Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Winter Break Parking Reminders

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Greetings Auggies,

If you plan on staying on campus over winter break and haven’t bought a parking permit, winter break permits will go on sale on December 16 for $50. Even first-year residents are eligible for this permit. The permit lasts until January 15. If you have already bought a year or fall permit, you can disregard this.

Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone that if you drive more than one vehicle or get a new license plate, you MUST register these vehicles to your parking account. The LPRs (License Plate Reader cameras) won’t recognize another vehicle you drive if you haven’t registered it, regardless of whether you bought a permit or not.

We hope everyone has successful finals this week and safe travels home. If you have any parking questions, please contact us at

Augsburg Parking Website

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View Videos of Fall Semester’s Vocation Chapels

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The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry hosted five great vocation chapels this past semester. The following members of our Augsburg community shared parts of their vocation stories with us as part of our Uncovering Vocation Series.

Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (Biology)
Sergio Madrid (Education)
Jad Habid (Technology)
Jennifer Diaz (Education)
Joanne Reeck (Equity and Inclusion)

Follow the link to see videos of their talks on CCV’s YouTube channel.

Uncovering Vocation Series YouTube Channel

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey Today

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Strommen Center Hours – Winter Break

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The Strommen Center will not have drop in hours from December 18th through January 15th. If you need to meet with a career coach or need resume, interview, or job/internship help, please make an appointment with us on Handshake.

Additionally, the Strommen Center will be closed from December 22nd through January 2nd for the winter holidays. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Nominations for Auggie Pride Award for Fall

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Do you know someone who has recently completed a significant project, implemented an innovative idea, or worked creatively across divisions or departments? If so, nominate them for an Auggie Pride Award today!

We are taking nominations for the fall!

The Auggie Pride Awards are part of a peer recognition program that honors individual staff members who have made a significant contribution to department, division, or University-wide goals. All nominations are submitted through an online form and considered by Staff Senate. Nominations are kept on a rolling basis throughout the Academic Year, and awards are distributed to two staff every season.

Those honored will receive a letter from Staff Senate (including some text from the nomination letters) and a $50 Visa gift card as a token of our appreciation.
Please get your nominations in by Friday, December 15th.

Auggie Pride Submission Form

Online Survey – Chance To Win $100 Gift Card

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.
Thank you!

Event Announcements

Faculty and Staff Holiday Party TODAY

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Faculty and Staff Holiday Party
Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 3–5 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

You are invited to attend the annual faculty and staff holiday party! Celebrate the completion of a successful semester and the holiday season with colleagues on campus. Light food and beverages will be provided.

If you need accommodations, please call the University Events department at 612.330.1104 or email

To support our community, please consider bringing nonperishable food or hygiene product donations for Campus Cupboard. A list of preferred/needed items is linked below.

Campus Cupboard – Suggested Donations

Bring Your Kids On-Campus This Summer – Registration Is Open for Summer Speech and Debate Camp

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University that provides academic competitive debate programming. This summer, we’re hosting our annual Summer Speech & Debate Camp. The camp is hosted on Augsburg University’s campus, is now open for registration!

We have camps ranging from 3 days to 3 weeks in all types of forensics, from policy debate to speech. These labs are divided by level of experience, so we have camps that are suitable for total beginners, intermediate, and advanced students!

Find more information on our website and register today!

Middle school and high school students are welcome to join us for 5 weeks of fun, learning, and growth this summer. These are day camps that are hosted on Augsburg University’s campus. Lunch in Augsburg’s cafeteria is provided with tuition.

Please note that you need to register with a $5 deposit to apply for scholarships. The priority deadline is April 21st, and we have multiple ways to help keep camp affordable for you and your family. We have grants of up to $1,000 to cover camp tuition depending on income level. We also have other supplementary scholarships and payment plans. We’ll work with you to help your students attend camp- just reach out to!

Learn more and register today

TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus in January

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, wherever you might be in your retirement planning.

All meetings are confidential!
Space is limited. To schedule your consultation, please use the link below:

o Available dates and times:
Tuesday, January 16 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor
Wednesday, January 17 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor
Thursday, January 18 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor

For questions, please contact

Schedule your consultation here!

Annual Augsburg Anti-Racism Training

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It is time to register for the Augsburg University Annual Anti-Racism Training. This year the training will be led by Dr. Abdul M. Omari, founder and principal of AMO Enterprise. The training, entitled Understanding and Using Cultural Intelligence, will allow participants to revisit the previous annual anti-racism trainings and introduce connections to Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to practically fight oppression and its many tenets in a university setting. CQ will be used to help participants better connect with themselves and others while examining oppressive behaviors, assumptions, and mindsets.

All Augsburg employees must register for and attend one of the three sessions listed below:

Thu, Dec 7, 2023
Via Zoom
3:30-6:30 p.m. (3 Hours)

Wed, Mar 27, 2024
Via Zoom
3:00-6:00 p.m. (3 Hours)

Thu, May 9, 2024
Via Zoom
8:30-11:30 a.m. (3 Hours)


Annual Augsburg Anti-Racism Training Website

Keeping Track of Auggies

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