Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Building Hours for the Election Day Holiday, November 7

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Election day is quickly approaching and Augsburg University will be observing a holiday to allow people a chance to get to the polls and vote. Please see below for building hours during the Election Day holiday on November 7.

– Christensen Center (polling location) – Open to the public 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
– Lindell Library – Open via fob access 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
– Athletic Facilities – Open normal hours via fob access, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
– All other academic buildings – closed
– Resident halls – normal operations

Normal building hours will resume on Wednesday, November 8. Please call the Department of Public Safety at (612) 330-1717, or email if you have any questions.

Teaching and Learning

$30,000 Graduate School Scholarship for Public Service

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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides merit-based scholarships to college students in their junior year who plan to pursue careers in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

• Full-time junior-level student
• US citizen
• Extensive record of community and public service
• Planning a career in public service
• Outstanding leadership potential
• Strong academic record
• Nominated by Augsburg University to apply
• Must meet with Truman Campus Representative, Dixie Shafer (, by Tuesday, November 21st

Public service is defined as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

Visit the Truman Scholarship website

Boren Scholarship for Language Study Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages critical to U.S. interests by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicant in selecting a program and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:

Check out the Boren website to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries.
Let us know your intent to apply by November 27th by making an appointment with Emilie Lenz in Study Abroad or Dixie Shafer in URGO.
Submit your application to by Augsburg’s internal campus application deadline of Friday, January 5th.

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

GenEd(it) Working Draft Feedback Survey

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Dear Augsburg Community,

We invite your feedback! Please share your perspectives and recommendations about the Working Draft of a revised general education curriculum in this brief, 5-10 minute, anonymous online GenEd(it) Working Draft Feedback Survey by November 3rd. Feedback from faculty, staff and students is critically important as we finalize the general education revision proposal due this December.

Working Draft:

GenEd(it) Working Draft Feedback Survey:

A special thanks to everyone who has offered feedback during recent workshops and meetings. Next steps on the general education revision initiative include developing and refining learning outcomes for each of the proposed general education requirements in consultation with faculty/staff. Details are forthcoming.

We are deeply grateful for your engagement and feedback.

With thanks,

Stacy (

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

GenEd(it) Comment Box:

Summary of NEW comments and those received so far:

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

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

General Announcements

Lot J – Reserved for Admissions Parking Only

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Lot J – Future Auggie Parking – is reserved for guests of Admissions only. We have ran into multiple instances where the lot is full (and not due to our visit schedule) and our guests/prospective students can not find parking that is reserved for them, starting their visit to campus off on the wrong foot. We ask the campus community to kindly respect the reserved lot, and only park there if you have an Admissions approved permit for the 2023-2024 school year. We thank you for your commitment in helping us provide great experiences for prospective students visiting our campus!

Applications Are Now Open for the PRISM Scholars Program

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The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, data science, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Spring 2024 (graduating by May ‘26)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
– U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or admitted refugee
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Wednesday, December 6th (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application).

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

To apply, visit:
For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

The PRISM Scholarship Program is funded through NSF Award #2030638 through August 2025. Scholarships awarded Fall 2025 and beyond are contingent on continued funding.

Funding for PRISM is provided through the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Have You Made a Plan to Vote? Tuesday Is Election Day

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. There are no classes at Augsburg on Election Day and it’s a holiday for faculty and staff in order to make it easier for our community to vote, volunteer, and take part in the democratic process. 

If you need to find your polling place, visit:

To view a sample ballot, visit: 

For a helpful overview of what’s on the ballot in Minneapolis this fall, the powers and duties of City Council, and tips for researching candidates, visit:

You can find lots of other helpful information on Augsburg’s voter information website.

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.
Daily trash pick-up: Given the camp’s size, trash pick-up needs to happen daily at a minimum. Currently, dedicated volunteers are hauling away 90% of the trash.

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 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.

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

10/27/2023: Public Safety Officer
10/26/2023: The Confluence Program Manager

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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:

10/30/2023: Student: Tutor/Grader/SI for Math, Stats & Computer Sciences
10/26/2023: Student: Writing Center Tutor, Spring 2024

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Event Announcements

Augsburg First-Generation College Celebration (November 6–9)

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November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. The HEA was passed to ensure that everyone has access to higher education, regardless of income. In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day, 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 are geared towards students but all are welcome to attend!

Monday, Nov. 6: First-Generation Week Kick-Off
10:40 – 11:00am, Hoversten Chapel
Guest Speaker: Firi Dawid, Campus Life

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Augsburg First-Generation Celebration
11:00am – 2:00pm, Gage Center (Lindell Library, 2nd floor)
Photobooth, treats, “Proud to Be First Gen” stickers

Thursday, Nov. 9: Film Screening & Discussion
5:30 – 7:00pm, SCI 123
A Walk in my Shoes: First Generation College Students
What’s it like to be the first one in your family to go to college? This inspirational documentary delves into the lives of eight first-generation college students, five preservice teachers and three successful educators, who chose a profession dedicated to a concept they are all committed to: changing lives.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross: what it means to be the “first”
11:30 – 11:50am, Hoversten Chapel

For questions, please contact Lara Crombie (

Augsburg Speak Up

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Join us at Augsburg for an event that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Our students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds have powerful stories to share, and we want you to be a part of the conversation.

By listening to our students’ experiences, assets, and struggles, we can work together to create a more supportive and inclusive community. This event will feature four inspiring narratives from students and faculty. We invite you to join us at The Chapel on November 9th, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Your participation will significantly contribute to our community’s growth and development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee and cookies will be provided

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

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:

Panel for Students:

Anahi Cantoran, Plant and Microbial Biology Ph.D. Candidate at the UMN. Alumna of Augsburg University (‘20, Biology, TRIO McNair Scholar)

Tesnim Mohamed, Biology, Society, & Environment Undergraduate Student at the UMN. Transfer Student from North Hennepin Community College

Barbara Sabino Pina, Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Mayo Clinic. Alumna of Augsburg University (‘23, Biochemistry, Minor in Leadership Studies)

Bjorn Solberg, Physics and Mathematics Undergraduate Student at Augsburg University. Transfer from Minneapolis College

Justin Third, Information Technology Undergraduate Student at Minneapolis College

Semele (Sema) Zewde, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student at the UMN

Panel for Faculty and Staff:

Phil Engen, University of Minnesota National Science Foundation Materials Research and Science and Engineering Center (UMN MRSEC)

Gina Ristani, The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio)

Kelly Vincelette, The Hormel Institute, University Of Minnesota

Join Us for a Networking Workshop on Thursday, November 9

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What: Networking for Success: The Latest Secret Sauce
Who: Presented by Tom Colosimo, career coach for the Strommen Center
Where: The Strommen Center
When: November 9th, 11am-12pm

About: Tom Colosimo, career coach and regional motivational speaker, will present on the ever-important topic of Networking. Networking is key to professional career actions. Over 80% of jobs are found through networking! In this session Tom will:
-Cover the various types of networking strategies and tactics
-Why do we promote networking in the marketplace?
-How do we network – the key elements of identifying a focus, setting an agenda, and following up
-Where do we network – how do we make the initial connection to those we don’t know
-How should we stay connected?
-How do we process what we’ve learned and apply it to our career path?
-Importance of staying relevant in our career fields ongoing

Register for this event on Handshake!

Government and Nonprofit Fair TODAY

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Register for the Government and Nonprofit Career Fair. There will be over 100 employers represented.

When: Friday November 3, 2023 from 10am-3pm
Where: Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Special Events During the Fair:
11:00am-12:00pm World Cafe Featuring Government Agencies. Meet with recruiters and hiring supervisors from government agencies across the Twin Cities. This interactive event includes a crash course on careers in the public sector followed by one-on-one and small group discussions with recruiters. You will learn tips for applying, how to find roles that meet your career goals, and the benefits of public sector work.

12:30pm-1:30pm Keynote Speaker from the CIA

Transportation will not be provided. If you are interested in walking over as group, we will depart from the Strommen Center (across from Einstein) at 10am.

Prior registration in Handshake is highly encouraged.

Register Here

Join Us for Interfaith in the Workplace: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion

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Join Interfaith at Augsburg for an interactive panel discussion on navigating diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Panelists include Joffrey Wilson, Vice President, Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion at Mortenson and Katie Clark, Associate Professor, and
Executive Director of the Health Commons.

Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Oren Gateway Center, 114

“Mariology,” October 27–November 12, Mixed Blood Theater

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MARIOLOGY, OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 12, 2023, Mixed Blood Theater

Mariology deconstructs traditional thinking to inspire imagination about the Virgin Mary’s roles in systems of gender, power, and faith, opening the many possibilities for liberation.

The Firehouse, Mixed Blood’s home, located at 1501 South 4th Street in Minneapolis.

Join us for activities and discussion surrounding the themes of Mariology after the matinee performances on Sunday October 29 and Sunday November 5.

Our work is guided by deep community engagement and rooted in Radical Hospitality. We eliminate barriers that prevent people from participating due to lack of resources, racism, physical accessibility, gender discrimination, or other barriers. Tickets are available at no cost to attendees.

Friday, October 27 – 7:30PM, Saturday, October 28 – 7:30PM, Sunday, October 29 – 2:00PM, Wednesday, November 1 – 7:30PM, Thursday, November 2 – 7:30PM, Friday, November 3 – 7:30PM, Saturday, November 4 – 7:30PM, Sunday, November 5 – 2:00PM, Wednesday, November 8 – 7:30PM, Thursday, November 9 – 7:30PM, Friday, November 10 – 7:30PM, Saturday, November 11 – 7:30PM, Sunday, November 12 – 2:00PM

For more information or to make a reservation:

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