Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Attention Hyundai and Kia Owners

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Attention Hyundai and Kia owners –

Augsburg has experienced a number of attempted and completed auto thefts on our campus. Almost all of these incidents involved either Kia or Hyundai vehicles. This is consistent with a trend that has been occurring within the City of Minneapolis as well as across the country. We strongly encourage owners of these makes of vehicles to take extra precautions. Use of a steering wheel lock or other anti- theft device is recommended. Such devices are available on-line and at many auto part stores. We also suggest Hyundai and Kia owners check with their dealerships to see if there are any recalls or software upgrades available for their vehicle.

The incidents that have occurred on campus and in the surrounding community are under investigation by the Minneapolis Police. Augsburg Department of Public Safety continues to patrol the campus to both deter and detect criminal and/or suspicious activity. We urge anyone who observes suspicious behavior to contact us through Dispatch at 612-330-1717.

Teaching and Learning

GenEd(it) Group Next Steps

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A warm welcome to our new and returning Augsburg community members.

The GenEd(it) Group is working to finalize a set of proposed revisions to our general education curriculum (the set of requirements all undergraduate students share) this fall. An overview of planned next steps are:
September: GenEd(it) Group creates draft version(s) of proposed revisions
October: Invite response to draft version(s) from faculty, staff and students
November: GenEd(it) Group finalizes proposed revisions
December: Shared governance begins

Since the start of this initiative in spring 2023, the GenEd(it) Group:
-Examined the rationale for general education revision
-Conducted a comparison of requirements across institutions
-Surveyed the Augsburg community about learning goals
-Convened a well-attended faculty workshop in May

We will be inviting feedback on the draft version(s) of proposed revisions to our general education curriculum next month. Specific details are forthcoming.
We look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks.

With gratitude,
Stacy Freiheit
General Education Director

GenEd(it) Group Members
Salma Caamir, Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit

GenEd(it) Comment Box:
General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):
General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

Free Speech at a Crossroads Symposium 9/18 to 9/20

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Free Speech at a Crossroads: A Minnesota Dialogue, Monday-Wednesday, September 18-20, 2023. The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and the Knight Foundation are hosting a Symposium on Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression (flyer attached), titled Free Speech at a Crossroads: A Minnesota Dialogue, being held at Hamline University next week. The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.

The impetus for holding the symposium here in the Twin Cities was the complex set of academic freedom issues raised at Hamline last year around a class that showed an image of the Prophet Mohamed; an Iranian artist’s exhibit at Macalester displaying images of Iranian women in sexually provocative clothing, and the events here Augsburg several years ago concerning the use of racist epithets in class discussions of American racial history several years ago.

Free Speech at a Crossroads

Mitigating Stereotype Threat and Imposter Phenomenon Webinar Tuesday, 1 p.m.

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Strategies for Fostering Inclusive Campus Communities: Mitigating Stereotype Threat and Imposter Phenomenon
Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 1-2pm CDT

As part of Augsburg’s involvement with Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community, all faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to register and attend the Strategies for Fostering Inclusive Campus Communities: Mitigating Stereotype Threat and Imposter Phenomenon webinar on Tuesday September 19th at 1:00 pm CDT.

This interactive 60-minute webinar will provide you with practices to address stereotype threat and imposter phenomenon on campus. We hope you will take advantage of this professional development opportunity to learn best practices for making our students feel more included on campus.

Mitigating Stereotype Threat and Imposter Phenomenon Webinar Registration

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 2-3 undergraduate science students, 1-2 undergraduate business/economics student, 2 Augsburg faculty, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the project or innovation and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,500. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website ( Completed applications must be submitted to by Wednesday, September 27th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1447, or stop in at Hagfors 101.


Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy and International Affairs

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The purpose of the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of seven participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Harvard, University of Washington, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2024 and August 2025. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Application Due Date; Wednesday, November 1st, 2023.

Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

Eligibility and Benefits

Photography and History in Paris and Berlin in May – Apply Now to Study Abroad

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Ready to earn 8 credits and Augsburg Experience this summer?

The summer program Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin is a unique, short-term study abroad opportunity, open to all Auggies!
Earn 8 credits and your Augsburg experience in just a few weeks, while exploring two of the greatest European cities — Paris and Berlin – through the prism of history and photography. Visit museums, meet with speakers from across different industries, and so much more!
***Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin***
Travel Dates: May 2024
Faculty Leaders: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg
This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. You’ll choose one History and one Photography course:
• HIS 195 – Topics in European History, fulfills Humanities liberal arts foundation requirement, OR
• HIS 390 – Topics in European History,
• ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts liberal arts foundation requirement, OR
• ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography
***APPLICATIONS DUE January 31***
The program has a capacity of 25 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.
Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away Website

Take Your Business Keystone in Greece in May – Apply Now

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Are you a Junior or Senior business or economics major? Do you still need your Keystone and/or Augsburg Experience requirement? If you answered yes to both of those questions, this program is for you!

Travel to Greece May 12 – 27, 2024 to complete your Keystone requirement and/or Augsburg Experience in an experiential course. Visit businesses of all kinds, enjoy guest lectures from Greek business professionals and experts, visit museums, try fresh, local foods, and more!

Applications are due by January 31, 2024.

Visit the Greece program page to learn more and apply

Study Abroad in Cuba in May – Fine Arts Class for All Majors

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Have the experience of a lifetime–sign up for a summer fine arts study abroad program, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend 12 days in Cuba this May exploring arts and culture!

Travel: May 12-23, 2024
Course: THR 295 – Topics: Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba, (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits
fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!
***Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply
*** APPLY BY January 31 ***
The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get full program details and start an application here

Study Abroad in Italy on Spring Break – Apply Now

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Justice in Italy and travel to Montespertoli, Italy on spring break as a class.

Professor Matt Maruggi will be teaching the RLN 248: INTERFAITH EATING and ETHICS course and leading the group to Montespertoli, Italy.

To join the class, you must complete an application through CGEE Study Abroad and Away–link below.

There is a Program Fee of $5,425 The program fee includes: international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, all program activities, and international health and travel insurance.


Get full details about this program, and start your application at the link below.
If you have any questions, contact

Link to the Application!

General Announcements

Tuesday Is National Voter Registration Day

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Are you registered to vote? Tuesday, September 19 is National Voter Registration Day. To vote in Minnesota, you must be:

– A U.S. citizen
– At least 18 years old on Election Day
– A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
– Not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction

In Minnesota, you can register to vote online or on paper up to 21 days before Election Day. You can also register to vote on Election Day (November 7) at your polling place.

Visit Augsburg’s Voter Information website to find how out how you can register to vote.

High Holy Days Information

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Rosh Hashanah began at sundown on Friday, September 15 and lasted through sundown Sunday, September 17. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Sunday, September 24 and lasts until Monday night, September 25. Lesser known holidays Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah are also part of this holiday season. Sukkot begins at sundown on Friday, September 29 and the non-work holiday lasts until sundown on Sunday, October 1. Sukkot continues (as a working holiday) until sundown on Friday, October 6. Shmini Atzeret begins that same night, Friday, October 6, and the following night begins Simchat Torah, which lasts until sundown on Sunday, October 8, both as non-work holidays. During these days, please be thoughtful of those who observe them by not scheduling meetings, conference calls, or deadlines. For teachers, please do not schedule tests, presentations, or other mandatory activities. And remember that many Jewish households host family and/or other guests for these holidays. For those who celebrate Christmas, imagine if everyone wanted something from you between the mornings of December 24th and December 26th while you had multiple things cooking, preparations to be in services, and family and friends coming over. Be thoughtful, kind, and inclusive. And greetings: “Happy New Year” is appropriate to say on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. “Have an easy/meaningful fast” is appropriate to say on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement when Jews traditionally fast for 25 hours. Or to avoid mentioning fasting (which not everyone can do) you can say “Have a meaningful holiday” instead. “Happy holiday” is appropriate for Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, and really most Jewish holidays. Thank you!!” (Credit: Ronald Weber and Shayna Sheinfeld)

Augsburg Religious Holiday Policy:

Information at Interfaith at Augsburg

Interested in Research and Graduate School? Apply to the TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2023 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2024 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2024. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, though preference is given to applicants that are interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all participant slots are filled.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through coursework, academic advising, workshops, and involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($6000) with an Augsburg faculty member during Summer of 2024.

The McNair Scholars Program is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, applicants must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred). Unsure if you qualify? Please visit the link below for more information on eligibility requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about McNair, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, Visit for more information.

Determining McNair Eligibility “Cheat Sheet”

New Staff Positions This Week (4)

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The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

09/14/2023: Program Associate, Career Services and Off-Campus Study
09/13/2023: Public Safety Officer
09/08/2023: Event and Conference Coordinator
09/08/2023: Volunteer Coordinator – MN Urban Debate League

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New Staff Position: Program Associate, Career Services and Off-Campus Study

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Summary of Position: The Program Associate for Career Services and Off-Campus Study manages administrative operations for internships and events through the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and for off-campus study programs through the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE). The Program Associate will work directly with students to prepare them for their learning experiences. The Strommen Center and CGEE are two of Augsburg’s four Centers of Commitment, dedicated to living out the university’s educational mission.

Primary Responsibilities

Strommen Center 0.5 FTE

– Coordinate and manage logistics for on-campus recruiting events i.e. employer info sessions and career fairs. Organize the annual recruiting calendar, including deadlines and processes.
– Oversee Augsburg’s internship program, tracking and data. Advise students completing zero-credit internships from registration through transcription.
– Support students seeking credit-bearing internships and the faculty who supervise them.
– Maintain employer database and recruiting system (currently Handshake.)
– Develop communication materials for employers including website content.
– Monitor the Strommen Center departmental email accounts and ensure that inquiries are responded to in a timely.


– Review students’ post-acceptance documents, verifying that they are submitted and are valid in CGEE’s application system (Terra Dotta).
– Coordinate and manage CGEE course offerings, record generation for non-Augsburg students, student registration, grade reports, and other course-related and records-related administrative activities.
– Create student accounts for international and domestic exchange students who come to Augsburg.
– Liaise with Health and Safety Coordinator, Disability Services, and other student services departments at Augsburg and at non-Augsburg students’ home institutions.
– Monitor host-country visa regulations for US and non-US citizens; coordinate visa processing.
– Design, deliver, and coordinate pre-departure materials and orientation sessions for CGEE programs in conjunction with program staff.

Additional Responsibilities

– Represent the Strommen Center or CGEE at campus events like SOAR and other student information sessions.
– Other relevant duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

– Typical work environment is in an office.
– Regular computer and phone use.
– Sedentary work for long periods of time.
– Lifting and carrying materials up to ten pounds for events or presentations.

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Event Announcements

Gilman Scholarship Applications – Due October 5

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The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad applications are due October 5. This application cycle is for programs that start between December 1, 2023, and October 31, 2024 (Terms Accommodated: Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Academic Year 2024-2025_
Plan ahead to give yourself time to submit a solid application.
To be eligible for the Gilman a student must be a U.S. Citizen or National and receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or during the term of the study abroad program or internship
Have questions? Get in touch: or

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Miles Forma: Learning to Be Comfortable with People Who Are Different

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September 28th, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Central Time)

Miles is a Disability advocate, public speaker, Augmentative Communication User, and Educator. In this honest conversation, Miles provides a perspective from someone who has experienced the special education system first hand.

Please join us using this Zoom link:

Miles Website:

Securing Your Financial Future: Free One-on-One Consultations (Employees)

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Your financial future matters. We understand that planning for your future, especially retirement, can be a complex and sometimes daunting task. Even though employer retirement contributions are temporarily paused, it’s vital to plan for tomorrow.

We’re excited to offer Augsburg retirement plan members Free one-on-one financial consultations with Jim Soholt of TIAA. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan.
You’ll get answers to these questions and more:
– Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
– Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
– How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

Sessions offered on campus in the Cedar Room
9:00AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday 9/26
9:00AM – 4:00 PM Wednesday 9/27
9:00AM – 4:00 PM Thursday 9/28

RSVP Today using the link below (requires logging in to your TIAA account) or by calling 800-732-8353

Your financial well-being is our priority. Don’t miss out on this chance to take control of your financial future.

RSVP for a One-on-One Consultation

Save the Date: Batalden Convocation (October 25)

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Augsburg students, faculty, and staff are invited to the 2023 Batalden Convocation in Applied Ethics. Join us on October 25, 2023, from 10–11 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel or via Zoom for this free public event on interfaith responses to trauma.

Globally, over 50% of persons experience some sort of trauma during their lifetime. At this year’s Batalden Convocation event, three panelists will share resources from their specific religious traditions (Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam) that respond to trauma and foster resilience. The faculty panelists include Assistant Professor Iva Patel, Assistant Professor Shayna Sheinfeld, and Professor Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri Endowed Chair.

The Batalden Faculty Scholar Program in Applied Ethics strengthens the infusion of ethics and values into our campus community, so that the skills of ethical reasoning and critical reflection are hallmarks of Augsburg’s students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

Batalden Convocation

Book Discussion – October 5 Disability Visibility Part 2

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CLASS and Lindell Library invite you to a book discussion for “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” edited by Alice Wong. “This anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community.”

We’ll discuss narratives from Part 2: “Becoming” on Thursday, October 5, 2023, 4:00-5:00 pm in Lindell Library, Room 301. We welcome you (students, faculty, and staff) to this discussion regardless of how much of the book you read! Snacks will be provided. Faculty/Staff: Good/Advanced standing credit for Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

A few copies of the book are available to borrow from Lindell Library at the circulation desk. You can find the book at your favorite bookstore and public library. For questions about this event please contact

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