Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Recent Phishing Emails

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Please watch out for two recent phishing emails with the titles “ASSESSMENT REVIEW REPORT FOR ALL MEMBERS” and “FREE DOWNSIZING AND GIVEAWAY ITEMS FOR ALL STUDENTS / STAFFS.”  The first email in particular tries to trick you into entering your password into an online form.  The second email is trying to get money from you.

In both cases you should mark them as spam to train Google’s spam filter.  If you are concerned that the first email did trick you then you should change your password on Inside Augsburg – under “Account Utilities.” 

Also, pay close attention when you get Duo pushes on your phone. Duo tells you the location from where the push originated. A strange location is a red flag. If you’re not expecting a push you should deny it and change your password. That means someone is trying to login to your account.

If IT or Google detects your account has been compromised it will be disabled and you will need to contact IT to get access again.  Students can contact the Tech Desk for help and faculty and staff can contact the LFCs for help.

Teaching and Learning

GenEd(it) Update: Draft Stage of Revised Curriculum

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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

The GenEd(it) Advisory Group is in the midst of creating draft versions of a revised general education curriculum. We will be inviting feedback from faculty, staff, and students in the next few weeks and look forward to hearing from you. Feedback from the Augsburg community will inform the finalized general education revision proposal that will be completed in December. Please refer to the General Education Revision 2023 Moodle Site and Google Drive for additional information and resources about this initiative.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The General Education Advisory Group (aka GenEd(it) Group)
Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Salma Caamir, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, and Stacy Freiheit, GenEd Director (

GenEd(it) Comment Box (summary available in the Moodle and Google Drive links below):

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

Weekly eLearning Update – Gradebooks

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Here we are in October and it’s time to think about Gradebooks!

You are always welcome to connect with your LFC (Liaison for Computing) or your IDT for help with gradebooks. We won’t be running the usual email campaign for gradebook checkups. But, if you would like support, we are here for you.

This week’s eLearning update is presented on Google Slides. It covers:
– Navigating the Gradebook
– Polishing Your Gradebook
– Extra Credit and Other Points to Consider
– Viewing the Gradebook

Please view the attached Moodle Gradebook Presentation with important information that will help you ensure your gradebook structure is built to accommodate your course activities.

NOTE: this is a *condensed* version of the weekly update we email directly to all faculty.
For additional support, contact your LFC or IDT (Instructional Design Technologist).

Moodle Gradebook Presentation

General Announcements

Join Advent Vespers Choir

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Are you someone who:

LOVES singing Christmas music in a choir but doesn’t have time to sign up for a whole season of involvement?

Wants to join the company of musicians at Augsburg’s annual Advent Vespers services in Central Lutheran Church?

If so, then Vespers Choir is for you!

· 3 consecutive Tuesday-evening rehearsals on campus, starting October 31.
· 2 evening dress rehearsals at Central Lutheran Church: November 28 and 30.
· 3 services: December 1 @ 7:00 p.m.; December 2 @ 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Open to anyone in the Augsburg community (plus your friends and family).

For details, contact Dr. Kristina Boerger (

Volunteer with Campus Kitchen

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Hello! Campus Kitchen needs some awesome volunteers to help pack produce boxes for our neighbors in Cedar Riverside.

We have shifts available every Thursday from 1:40-4:00pm.

The Details: Meet outside the Campus Cupboard (Anderson 26). You will ride in the Campus Kitchen van to the Sanneh Foundation Warehouse in St. Paul, where you will work in a team to prepare produce boxes/bags that will be distributed to neighbors in Cedar-Riverside the next day. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes.

Anyone can sign up- staff, faculty, students, friends 🙂

Sign up here

Seeking Your Input: Wheelchair Storage for Commuters

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Seeking Your Input: Wheelchair Storage for Commuters

The CLASS Office is seeking your input regarding a potential on-campus storage space for mobility devices (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.). Please share your thoughts in this brief anonymous survey. We welcome input from the entire Augsburg Community (living on/off campus, using/not using a mobility device, faculty/staff/students etc.).

Survey Link:

The survey will be open until Fri, Oct 6. Thanks for your help!

Application Still Open: STEM Peer Mentorship Program

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Interesting Being a STEM Mentor or Mentee?

If so, STEM Peer Mentorship wants you!

STEM Peer Mentorship is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentorship can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a rising Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Having a Mentor in STEM Peer Mentoring can be a major benefit in establishing the success of your STEM career. If you’re a first-year or sophomore in a STEM major interested in having a mentor and want to learn more about internships, scholarships, certain classes, etc… This is for you !

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Data Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below to express your interest to participate starting Fall 2023. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to

Stem Peer Mentorship Application 2023-2024

Take the Rethinking I-94 Survey

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Rethinking I-94 is a long-term planning process led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to engage communities that live, work, commute, and play along the I-94 corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rethinking I-94 has reached an important milestone: design alternatives have been released to the public. Alternatives range from keeping things the same to creating an at-grade boulevard to expanding the number of freeway lanes. MnDOT is seeking feedback on these alternatives via an on-line survey (link below). Please take the survey and share your thoughts and insights.

Rethinking I-94 Survey

Best Wishes to Jared Zeigler

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Friday, Oct. 6 (TODAY), is Jared Zeigler’s last day in his role as Augsburg University Events Planner, Operations. We want to thank Jared for the terrific work he has done leading the University Events student team and supporting so many amazing events at Augsburg this past year. Jared is taking a position in theater work, so we also want to say, “Break a leg, Jared!”

If you haven’t had a chance to share your gratitude and best wishes with Jared, you may find him (and Farlie) at Chapel today for the Blessing of the Animals. If you have a chance, please share with him your well wishes!

New Staff Positions This Week (6)

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

10/04/2023: Pan-Afrikan Student Services Program Manager
10/03/2023: Area Coordinator, Residence Life
10/02/2023: Human Resources Coordinator
09/29/2023: 1st Shift Custodian
09/28/2023: Interim Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
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09/28/2023: Event Planner

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New Student Positions This Week (2)

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

10/02/2023: Athletic Concessions Student Attendant, 2023-24 Academic Year
10/02/2023: Chemistry Department Research Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24

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Event Announcements

Homecoming Is Days Away

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We can’t wait to have students, alumni, family, and friends on campus for all of our Homecoming events between October 8-14, 2023! We kick things off for students this Sunday with a Homecoming Decorating Contest across campus. Check out the Homecoming & Reunion Weekend website for full schedule details:

If you have questions about any event, please contact our Alumni Relations office at 612-330-1580 or email

Will We See You at Taste of Augsburg on Saturday, October 14?

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Taste of Augsburg 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Murphy Square

Come to Murphy Square between 11:00 a.m.—1:00p.m. and meet many of Augsburg’s student groups and other member associations. Not only can you enjoy yummy food and drinks, but your purchases will directly support the student groups. Tickets will be on sale near Murphy Square, and you will be able to purchase various food, beverages, raffle tickets, and game entries throughout the event!

RSVP for Homecoming Events:

Zen Buddhist Insights for Self-Awareness, Mental Health, and Wellness with Busshō Lahn

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Join Interfaith at Augsburg for the next Interfaith Forum, a presentation and discussion with Busshō Lahn.

The benefits of meditative practices have been intuited for millennia, but now science has clearly observed the connection between mental wellness and curious self-awareness. The practice of mindfulness is now mainstream, and we’re beginning to ask deeper questions about what it really is, and about what it might be able to show us: What is the relationship between our mental health and our spirituality? What do words like compassion and wisdom mean for me in this age of anxiety? How are qualities like resiliency, courage, clarity, and kindness made available to us? In this program, Busshō Lahn draws upon insights from the Zen Buddhist tradition to address possible approaches to these questions based on his new book, Singing and Dancing Are the Voice of the Law (2022).

Event Details:
Thursday, October 12th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oren Gateway Center, Room 114

Chapel: Blessing of the Animals

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We will offer a blessing of the animals in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am. You are invited to bring your pet or emotional support or service animal to chapel today for a blessing. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated. October 4 was originally chosen for the blessing of the animals because it is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment.

8th Annual Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM Workshop and Dinner

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Augsburg will be hosting an in-person event focused on applying to paid research opportunities in STEM that is open to students, staff, and faculty from Augsburg and the broader community.

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

Thursday, November 9, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Hagfors Center 150, Augsburg University

Dixie Shafer of URGO and Lara Crombie of the TRIO McNair Scholars program will lead the workshop for students, staff, and faculty on identifying and applying for summer research opportunities such as National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).

The workshop will be followed by a panel for students featuring student and alumni research experiences and a panel for faculty and staff on supporting equitable access and participation in research programs.

All attendees are invited to stay for a community dinner following the workshop and panels.

Since dinner is provided, advance registration is greatly appreciated.

RSVP for November 2023 REU Workshop:

Keeping Track of Auggies

Three Augsburg Students Selected as Film Fellows

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Alondra Alamilla, Max Helmueller, and Max Jacobson were selected to be 2023 Twin Cities Film Festival Film Fellows. The competitive program gives select college students from the region an up close and personal look into the world of film festivals.

They will immerse themselves in the film festival events attending an industry night party, a filmmaker brunch, film screenings + Q&A’s with filmmakers, educational panels & workshops, and networking events. This program is intended to educate, inspire, and connect collegiate filmmakers with people who share their passions.

Congrats to the Alondra, Max J., and Max H. We are so proud!

Film Fellows Program – Twin Cities Film Festival


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