Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Parking in Lot K (Don’t Get Towed)

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Dear Augsburg community,

Recently, a number of vehicles (both with and without permits) have been parking in Lot K in spaces that aren’t parking spots. We’ve seen individuals parked along the grass by the entrance; over the striped, diagonal lines; and double parked by actual parking spots.

Regardless of whether you have a permit or not, if you’re parked in a way that obstructs traffic in the parking lots, your vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Thank you for your patience with parking on campus and for choosing not to obstruct traffic even when frustrated with limited parking spots. If you have any questions, please feel free to email

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:

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

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.


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!

Earn 4 credits and complete Augsburg Experience, too!


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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Apply now to join the spring semester study abroad program, Interfaith Eating, Ethics, and Food 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 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

Interfaith Eating and Ethics in Italy: Info and online application here

General Announcements

New Staff Positions This Week (4)

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

09/19/2023: Event Planner
09/18/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian
09/14/2023: Program Associate, Career Services and Off-Campus Study
09/13/2023: Public Safety Officer

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Event Announcements

Send-Off for Ariel Gutierrez – Sept. 28, 2 p.m., East Commons

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Join us next Thursday for a send-off reception for Ariel Gutierrez, University Events event planner. Ariel has taken a new job position and will be leaving Augsburg at the end of September.

Please stop by the East Commons from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, to thank Ariel for his tremendous work at Augsburg the past four years and to wish him well in the future!

Learn More about Augsburg’s Oromo Student Union

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Come and get to know more about Oromos and their culture!

AOSU Tabling:

Date: Thursday, Sept 21st & Friday, Sept. 22nd
Time: (Thursday: 11:20am-11:50am)(Friday: 10:20-10:50am)
Location: Christensen Center

Board Positions Available-
Event Coordinator
Public Relations

Follow us on Instagram: @Augsburg.OSU
Email Us:

Free Concert: Oslo Kammerkor (October 4)

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For fans of choral music, the Augsburg choral program invites you to a concert of Norway’s internationally-renowned Oslo Chamber Choir (Oslo Kammerkor) during their upcoming visit to the Twin Cities. The concert will feature a guest appearance by the Augsburg/Mirandola Collective.

Wednesday, October 4
7:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel

Orange Shirt Day 2023

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Orange Shirt day recognized on Sept. 30th annually and is a national day of remembrance of those who survived Indian boarding schools and those who did not come home. This year the Augsburg Indigenous Student Assocation and American Indian Student Services are providing Orange Shirts with “Every child matters” on them for Augsburg students, staff, and faculty. Orange Shirts will be available (at no charge) on Sept. 28th & 29th in the Oyate Commons from 9am-4:30pm. T-shirts will be available while supplies last so it is first come first served. Any questions can be directed to

Learn more about the story of Orange Shirt Day

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

“Uncovering Vocation” on Septmber 26: Ericka Otterson

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 – 11:50 am on September 26 as we continue our “Uncovering Vocation” series co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation. Ericka Otterson, StepUP Director, will speak on “Where we come from is who we are, but we choose everyday who we become.”

TODAY: Christensen Symposium with Patrick Reyes

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Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us in Hoversten Chapel TODAY for the 2023 Christensen Symposium.

Patrick B. Reyes, PhD

Thursday, September 21, 2023
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

How do we create conditions for people to find meaning and purpose in their lives? Leveraging research and practices from his award-winning book, The Purpose Gap, Dr. Reyes will lead an interactive and participatory lecture to address the many challenges plaguing our society. Together, we will embody a more hopeful and equitable future.

A Chicano writer, theologian, and executive leader, Patrick B. Reyes, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of The Purpose Gap (WJK 2021) and Nobody Cries When We Die (Chalice Press, 2017). He is the dean of Auburn Theological Seminary. He was inducted into the Morehouse College MLK Jr. Collegium of Scholars in 2023. The Council of Independent Colleges NetVUE selected The Purpose Gap as the Big Read for 2022-2023. Patrick serves on boards in theological and higher education, publications, and the non-profit sector, supporting the next generation of Black, Indigenous, and Chicano spiritual and cultural leaders. Patrick holds a doctorate and masters from Claremont School of Theology, an M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology, and is a proud graduate of California State University, Sacramento. He lives on ancestral land in New Mexico, embracing the cultural and religious traditions and communities he and his family inherit and belong to.

Christensen Symposium

Keeping Track of Auggies

Bob Groven Earns CTAM Outstanding Individual Award

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We want to send our congratulations to the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s Faculty Director, Dr. Bob Groven. Bob was honored with the Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota (CTAM) Outstanding Individual Award earlier this week. The award was given to recognize his contributions to speech and debate in Minnesota through his college and high school coaching, contributions to the MNUDL, work at Augsburg University, and more.

Learn more about the other CTAM award winners here:


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