Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Active Shooter Preparedness Training

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Augsburg is offering a series of active shooter preparedness sessions to faculty and staff this fall.

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. And because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes—before law enforcement arrives on the scene—individuals must be prepared to very quickly make a determination about what is occurring and what potential actions to take, usually without official reports or instructions.

These in-person preparedness sessions will review the recommended “Run, Hide, or Fight” protocol and equip you to think in advance about the various response options in different locations on campus.

Register for Active Shooter Preparedness Training

The training sessions are scheduled for:

* Wednesday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
* Thursday, October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
* Friday, November 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Teaching and Learning

Free Arabic, Russian, or Chinese Language Instruction with CLS Spark

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Critical Language Scholarship Spark participants will spend approximately 8 weeks during the summer learning either Arabic, Russian, or Chinese through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers. Must be a beginning level learner with no classroom experience. This is a virtual initiative for undergraduate students to learn essential languages for America’s engagement with the world.

– 10 hours of intense live group instruction a week
– Cultural activities and individual consultations
– Monthly professional development workshops and inclusive support

Participants of CLS Spark will receive:
– Language instruction and cultural programming
– Textbooks and language learning materials
– Language gains certified using the widely-recognized ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) assessment
– Non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government employment for up to three -years after the program completion;
– Academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College; and
– A stipend towards equipment and connectivity costs (for example, a web camera or microphone)

The CLS Spark applications are due November 14th, 2023 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST

URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS Spark.

Please contact (reference CLS Spark) to set up an appointment before October 20th 2023.

CLS Spark Website

Study Language Abroad for Free with Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

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Spend 8-10 weeks next summer learning one of thirteen languages at an intensive study abroad! The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths essential to America’s engagement with the world. Most programs do not require experience studying the selected language and are designed to promote rapid language gains and intercultural fluency.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is
– A fully-funded 8-10 week language and cultural immersion program
– Students receive academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College
– Part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity
– There are 13 languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive up to three years of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs

Competitive applicants will need
– To illustrate a commitment to language learning,
– A strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting
– Ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment.
– Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

CLS application deadline is November 14th, 2023 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST.
The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS.

Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 20th.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Website

URGO Offering Travel Grants for Student Researchers

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URGO has a limited amount if travel funding to award this academic year. URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.
The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year to make travel decisions.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO Travel Website

URGO Academic Year Research Funds

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URGO has limited funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. Students are paid $1,200 for 80 hours of research. Research must be completed by May 20th. Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible as the funds will be awarded on a rolling basis.

The URGO Advisory Committee will review proposals every other Thursday. Their next meeting is Thursday, October 19th. Proposals need to be submitted by noon on Wednesday the 18th in order to be considered.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO Academic Year Research Application 2023-2024

MCAT Test Prep Scholarship Application

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Thanks to a generous donor, URGO has four $1000 MCAT Test Prep Scholarships available. Students must be juniors or seniors to apply. Interested students should fill out the application below and submit by 5 pm on Wednesday, November 1st. If you have questions please contact Dixie Shafer at

MCAT Test Prep Scholarship Application

General Announcements

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

10/06/2023: Staff Accountant
10/06/2023: Career Services Director, Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

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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:

10/11/2023: Student: Men’s Hockey Student Manager
10/09/2023: Career Peer Advisor

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New Staff Position: Student: Men’s Hockey Student Manager

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– Set-up pucks, sticks and video equipment before games and take down after.
– Set-up locker room for games and possibly run laundry after.
– Help load and unload the bus for away games.
– Assist with food delivery post-game.
– Additional tasks regarding hockey and helping student athletes.
– Additional tasks may be assigned by coaching staff

We are looking for someone who wants to be part of a fun, competitive, and professionally run program. The Student Manager will report to both the Head and Assistant Men’s Hockey Coaches.

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Looking for a 2-Credit Course for Time 2?

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Hello, I am Dr. Ana Ribeiro with the Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science Department. If you are looking for an interesting 2-credit course for this fall Time 2 (class starts on 10/23), sign up for HPE 450 Current Health Issues. We will discuss health behaviors, barriers to physical activity, and how to create a more inclusive fitness culture. I hope to see you in class! This class is open to students in all majors.

Deals and Discounts for Auggies

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Welcome to Augsburg Deals & Discounts, your ultimate destination for student, staff and faculty deals and discounts! We understand that being a student can be both exciting and financially challenging. That’s why we’ve created a one-stop platform dedicated to helping you stretch your budget while enjoying the best of what life has to offer.

Explore the deals and discounts available to Auggies:

Email if you know of any bargains that should be added to this list!

Help Out Unsheltered Relatives at Camp Nenookaasi in East Phillips

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Camp Nenookaasi – located at East 24th Street and 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis – is a community based healing camp rooted in native practices & inclusive of all unsheltered relatives.

Some ways to help:
Call your council person and ask the city to provide porta potties and daily trash pick-up.

Volunteer: Join a morning kitchen shift or security shift. If you are new, volunteers will greet you at the door and work with you to train you in. We also need volunteers in the afternoons, to help do whatever is needed on a given day. And, we could even use volunteers today to help organize the kitchen storage area!
Follow this link to sign up for a shift:

Contribute food and supplies: Keeping 150 people fed, protected from the elements, and safe requires constant supply runs. It would be exceptionally helpful to have more people dropping off food and supplies on a regular basis, such as: peanut butter, jelly, bread, sugar, disposable hot cups (no lids needed), disposable plates, bowls, and paper napkins. If you or your faith community or group of friends can commit to a daily delivery of these goods, even better.

Contribute money: You can also contribute money via the Venmo (@Nenookaasi-Camp) or cash app ($Nenookaasi) accounts.
Ready to help? Please email or text Delaney at or 612-598-9508. Delaney will either get back to you or connect you with someone else who will.

Also follow on Instagram (, Twitter (, and Facebook ( for ongoing updates, needs, and calls to action.

Get Fruits and Veg Delivered to Your Home Weekly with Brightside Produce

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Brightside Produce, a non-profit started by community youth workers and St. Thomas Biology Professor Adam Kay, strives to eliminate food insecurity in urban areas by bridging communities through people and produce. Brightside provides weekly produce delivery to corner stores in neighborhoods that lack access to large markets as well as providing weekly home deliveries.

When you sign up for weekly local produce deliveries part of the fee will help stock the corner store shelves of our most food-insecure neighborhoods with affordable fresh produce. The simple act of getting a delivery subscription helps community members get reliable access to affordable fresh produce!

Weekly deliveries are available for $16 (small) or $25 (for larger households) and include add-ons like farm fresh eggs and locally roasted coffee. To learn more about Brightside, sign up for delivery, or make a donation to support their work you can visit their website:

First-Generation Survey for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

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In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day (Nov. 8), the departments of TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO McNair Scholars, and Multicultural Life will be hosting events that highlight the first-generation college experience during the week of November 6. These events will be geared to students, but all of the Augsburg community is welcome to attend. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to this programming, we’re asking faculty and staff to complete this brief First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey. The information collected will be used to create ongoing resources and support for first-generation students here at Augsburg. Please provide as much information as you’re comfortable sharing. NOTE: This is the same survey we released last year, so if you already submitted a response, no need to do so again!

If you have any questions or comments about this survey or about the Augsburg First-Generation project, please contact Lara Crombie, TRIO McNair Scholars Program (

First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey

Event Announcements

“Murderball” Film Screening Oct 23: The Athletes and Competition of Wheelchair Rugby

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Join us for a screening and discussion of the film “Murderball”! This film presents the stories of athletes competing in Wheelchair Rugby leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games (with a particular focus on the US and Canadian teams). The film explores personal narratives alongside action-packed competition footage. We’ll follow the film with time to debrief and discuss.

Date and time: Monday, October 23, 4:00-6:15 pm
Location: Science Hall 123

Hosted by CLASS/Disability Resources. Snacks will be provided. This film is rated “R” due to strong language and sexual content. For questions or accommodation needs, please contact

Faculty and Staff who have earned their Diversity & Inclusion Certificate may use this event to contribute to Good/Advanced Standing.

Hope to see you there!

Homecoming Is Here

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We’re thrilled to have students, alumni, family, and friends on campus for all of our Homecoming events between October 8-14, 2023! Today we have the Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony in Hoversten Chapel at 3 p.m. and a Homecoming Dance for students in East Commons at 7:30 p.m. 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 TOMORROW?

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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!

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Centro Tyrone Guzman and Mia – Saturday, October 28, 2023

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Centro Tyrone Guzman and Mia!

WHEN: Saturday, October 28th, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Atrium – 1st Floor
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the #2 Metro Transit bus line from Franklin and 22nd to Franklin and 3rd Avenue.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Centro Tyrone Guzman and Mia. Visit a community ofrenda (altar) created by artist Monica Vega, and enjoy family-friendly art-making activities, music, dancing, snacks, and more! – All activities are free and open to the public!

“Day of the Dead is an opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us and, in doing so, keep their spirits alive. I like to think about the afterlife as two different worlds – one inhabited by people who are no longer living but continue to be remembered by friends and relatives, and the other inhabited by those who have been forgotten. The world of those who are remembered is filled with joy and celebration, whereas the world of the forgotten is filled with darkness and despair. And I ask myself, ‘Which of these worlds would I want for my loved ones?’ Day of the Dead is a way for me to actively allow the memories of loved ones to continue to guide and influence my life. As my children help create altars each year, they learn about loved ones they never had the opportunity to meet. Community altars, such as this one, provide an opportunity for us all to connect with the rich historical and cultural roots of our ancestors.”

– Monica Vega, Artist

For more information visit: or

West Bank Ride – Saturday, October 14

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Join a family friendly bike ride exploring the West Bank’s hidden routes and bike paths to the University of Minnesota, Stone Arch Bridge, Nicollet Island, and back to the West Bank. The West Bank Ride begins at the intersection of 6th St S and the bike path on the east side of Riverside Mall (620 16th Av S) at 3 PM on Saturday, October 14. First stop will be the Cedar Cultural Center Plaza (at 3:15 PM) for music by King Baron, a lively quartet playing New Orleans street music. The ride ends at the House of Balls (1504 7th St S) for more music, a party, and the Our Streets Mobile History Museum. Riders can keep the evening going strong by visiting one of many West Bank restaurants and venues after the ride. For more information email

West Bank Ride Facebook Post

October 21, 1-4 p.m. | East Phillips Neighborhood Institute Community Event

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October 21st, 1:00-4:00pm | East Phillips Neighborhood Institute Community Event

The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) formed around the multifaceted vision of an indoor urban farm and housing project to promote the personal, social, environmental, and economic health of our neighborhood.

In May 2023, after a 10-year fight for environmental justice in Minneapolis’ East Phillips neighborhood, the community won the chance to convert a contested industrial warehouse into a cooperatively-owned community hub with an indoor farm and housing, against steep odds.

Come learn what EPNI has been up to for the last six months! There will be a panel of speakers and tables from the health, fundraising, legal, financial, and community outreach committees.

Saturday, October 21st, 1:00-4:00 pm
East Phillips Community Center
2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Learn more about EPNI:

Stewart Van Cleve in Chapel on October 17

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Please join us on Tuesday, October 17, at 11:30 am in Hoversten Chapel to hear Stewart Van Cleve, University Archivist, share about “Love Letters from the Past: The Anita Gay Hawthorne Collection.” In the Augsburg Saga series in chapel, we will be hearing from faculty, staff, and alumni throughout the year who will examine the threads of Augsburg’s history that shape our identity and values.

Register Now for the October 20th Event: Edifying, Elevating, and Uplifting Teachers of Color

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Date & Time: Friday, October 20th 8:30 – 2:00 PM

Where: Hoversten Chapel at Foss Center

Breakfast, Lunch and parking are included for registered guests
Click here for registration.

The Thrive Program at Augsburg University is partnering with Edifying Teachers and Elevate Teaching for the event “Edifying, Elevating, and Uplifting Teachers of Color.” The keynote will be Ms. Sofia Gonzalez, an Ambassador Fellow at the US Department of Education. Dr. Rudy Ruiz of Edifying Teachers, Dr. Sergio Madrid of Augsburg, and Dr. Rose Chu of Elevate Teaching will facilitate the convening.

We aspire for this event to be an opportunity for prospective teachers, teacher candidates, and alumni from different programs to connect and learn together. It is also an opportunity to bring different stakeholders together who are interested and committed to attracting, supporting, and retaining teachers of color in their journey.

For more info and to register, go to:

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about group rates, please get in touch with

Additionally, this event is free for THRIVE Scholars, Augsburg students, faculty, and staff.

Use this unique code at checkout to register for free: THRIVE

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