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Join Us for Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice

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Professor Najeeba Syeed will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Terence Nichols Memorial Symposium lecture. The topic will be Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice.

When: Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center 126
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit:*jtrr4i*_ga*MjA4ODkyNjcxNS4xNzEwMjk3NDU4*_ga_B7VNHGCX7P*MTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4xLjAuMTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4wLjAuMA

Faculty Vote in Support of GenEd Revision Proposal

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Dear Augsburg Community,

In the third shared governance step, the Faculty voted in support of the 2023 General Education Revision proposal (93 in support; 7 opposed). We are deeply grateful for your engagement and support throughout this initiative, and to Andy Aoki, Bob Groven, and Joe Underhill for serving as Parliamentarians and deftly facilitating the second reading and vote during the April 10th faculty meeting. In the final step of the shared governance process, the Board of Regents will vote on the proposed revisions in May.

January: Academic Affairs Committee vote (6 in support; 0 opposed; 1 abstention)
February: Faculty Senate vote (10 in support; 1 opposed; 0 abstentions)
March: Faculty first reading
April: Faculty second reading and vote (93 in support; 7 opposed)
May: Board of Regents vote

Thank you again for your wisdom and support.

With gratitude,
Stacy (

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

2023 General Education Revision Proposal
GenEd(it) Comment Box
General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available)
General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive

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Need Help Filing Your FAFSA for Next Year? Come to Our Drop In Hours

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Haven’t started your FAFSA or DREAM Act for the 2024-2025 school year yet? No need to fear! Drop in Hours are here! Come by the Enrollment Center to get assistance from Financial Aid Counselors to file your 2024-2025 FAFSA the following days:

April 16th: 12PM-2PM
April 17th: 10AM-12PM

We will be available to answer any questions you may have and sit down with you to check off that item before heading off for the summer term.

Please email if you have any questions!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

04/12/2024: Technical Director and Production Manager, Theater
04/10/2024: Area Coordinator, Residence Life

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Students – Please Take the Textbook Affordability Survey

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Augsburg’s Textbook Affordability Working Group invites you to fill out our brief survey about how well you are able to afford the books and other materials required for your classes. We’ll use this information to help us understand whether the cost of course materials is a barrier for Auggies, so it’s important to hear from as many students as possible.

The survey is anonymous, although it does use your email address to make sure we only get one response per person. If you have questions about the survey or the Textbook Affordability Working Group, please contact Karen Alexander ( or Sara Fillbrandt (

Textbook Affordability Survey

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!

Student Volunteers Needed for April 27 Event—$50 Gift Card

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A number of volunteers are needed to take notes at a community engagement event in the Seward neighborhood on April 27. This event will feature presentations and conversation about the vision for the former Bethany Lutheran Church property at 2511 E. Franklin Ave. Augsburg recently announced an agreement to sell the property to the Somali Museum of Minnesota to develop a permanent museum facility and cultural center on the site.

WHAT: Weaving Together the Past, Present, and Future of 2511 E. Franklin Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 12:30–3:30 p.m. (arrive by 12:45)
WHERE: Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Volunteers will take notes at small group discussions during the second half of the event (bring a laptop or transcribe your notes into a digital document within 48 hours). All notes will be gathered, summarized and given to a graphic facilitator who will create an illustrated report of the day. Student volunteers will receive a $50 gift card as a thank-you.

To volunteer, email

New Student Positions This Week (2)

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

04/12/2024: Student: TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge Peer Mentor, Summer 2024
04/09/2024: TRIO / SSS Summer Bridge Student Peer Mentor, Summer 2024

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Event Announcements

TODAY: 2024 Zyzzogeton Student Research Symposium

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Augsburg celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton Student Research Symposium. The symposium falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments.

This year Zyzzogeton will feature posters from more than 60 undergraduate researchers in the science, social science and humanity disciplines.

Zyzzogeton will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 3 – 4:30pm in Hagfors Center. There will be a convocation schedule for that day and no classes scheduled during the event time, so we hope that all students, faculty and staff are able to attend!

For a full list of presenters and their research abstracts, please visit the Zyzzogeton website (link below).

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Zyzzogeton Website

Earth Month: Film Screening and Community Discussion

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Come join us as we invite St. Paul-based Filmmaker, Community Organizer, and Emmy Award Recipient Francisco Sánchez to our community here at Augsburg. Come and join us for a community dialogue about grassroots movements centered on the respect and bounded liberation of Mother Earth and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

This event will take place at the East Commons at Augsburg University on Tuesday, April 23rd, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the community!

Thursday: Focused Conversation on Schwartz School of the Arts

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All faculty and staff are invited to the first of two April Focused Conversations on Thursday, April 18. Associate Professor Christopher Houltberg will provide an update on plans for the John N. Schwartz School of the Arts.

Thursday, April 18, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

ACTC BIPOC Faculty and Staff Gathering

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Faculty and staff are invited to a community-building event for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) among the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) member institutions. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event is Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. and will be held at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus in the Anderson Student Center, South Woulfe Alumni Hall (ASC 378S).

Email Dr. Bryana French, with questions.

Co-sponsored by STEM Inclusive Excellence and the Center for Faculty Development.


National Marrow Donor Drive TODAY

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Augsburg University Football Team will host a Marrow Donor Drive on Tuesday, April 16th during the hours of 10 am to 3 pm. There will be tables to register in front of the Kennedy Center, Christensen Center, & Hagfors.

Last year, we were able to secure 345 registered donors with 3 matches from our community. We would like to reach a goal of 500 registered donors on that day.


Earth Month: Film Screening and Community Discussion

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Come join us as we invite St. Paul-based Filmmaker, Community Organizer, and Emmy Award Recipient Francisco Sánchez to our community here at Augsburg. Join us for a community dialogue about grassroots movements centered on the respect and bounded liberation of Mother Earth and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

This event will take place at the East Commons at Augsburg University on Tuesday, April 23rd, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event is open to the community!

You Are Invited to Our International Student Organization’s 2024 Banquet

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We would like to reach out to everyone to participate and celebrate with us the accomplishments of the International Graduates of 2024.

Our annual Banquet is one of the biggest events hosted by ISO, and we would love for you all to join us this year. There will be performances, speeches, photo booth, and dinner served! RSVP on auggie life is required if you are planning to attend.

*there will be performances, food, photo booth, and raffles!!

Date : 04/19/24
Location : East Commons
Time : 6pm
Theme : formal/cultural

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Celebrate Collegiate Recovery Week

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WEDNESDAY, April 17 | 12-1PM | OGC 100

Join us for an enlightening lunch-and-learn session where we’ll explore the essential
role of a Recovery Ally. Lunch is provided.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 | 4–5PM. | OGC 100

• What does it mean to be “sober curious”?
• What is “gray area drinking”?
• What does substance use disorder look like?
• Where do I fall on the spectrum of substance use?
• What’s it like to be sober during college?
• Where can I find support?

This is an open discussion led by Nell Hurley from StepUP and Ellie Olsen from The Center for Wellness and Counseling.

All are welcome! Join us for what we hope will be a rich discussion and a safe place to explore sobriety.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 | 10A–2PM. | OGC 204
Join StepUP staff and students in OGC 204 for sweet treats.

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Augsburg Faculty, Students and Alumni at Math Teacher Conference

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Dr. Christopher Smith led an active hour-long presentation “Wind Racer Re-Revisited” at the April 12-13 Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Duluth. Augsburg students and alumni spotted at this conference focused on grades K-12 mathematics education: Krystal Bollinger (’25), Kaleb Saindon (’17), Amanda Procopio (’15), and Kathy Berlin (’13).

Students at Pi Mu Epsilon Conference

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Augsburg mathematics and computer science students Khandakar Saad (’25) and Ivie Taft (’26) attended the Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society Conference, April 12-13 at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Dr. Haines accompanied the students.

Ivie presented her work based on a class project from Dr. Bělík’s Numerical Analysis course. The presentation “Deformations on a Beam: Computational Approximation” was very well received.

Thanks to those who contributed to the Give to the Max Day campaign that funded the travel, lodging, and food.

Explore Augsburg’s “Radical Roots” in New Book

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A new book by President Paul Pribbenow, Associate Professor Katie Clark, Professor Tim Pippert, and former staff member Green Bouzard explores how Augsburg deepened its commitment to the public purposes of higher education over the last half century.

“Radical Roots: How One Professor Changed a University’s Legacy” tells the story of Augsburg sociology professor Joel Torstenson. In the 1960s, Torstenson challenged Augsburg to embrace its urban setting and to design curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement programs to advance the mission of “Education for service.”

The compelling story of Torstenson’s legacy at Augsburg over the past 60 years offers lessons for colleges and universities across the country committed to democratic engagement in their work at the intersections of mission and place.

If you’re interested in a complimentary copy of the book, please reach out to Cyndi Berg at

Video: Paul Pribbenow, Katie Clark, and Tim Pippert on “Radical Roots”


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