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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

General Announcements

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

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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 on:
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!

Dr. Bester Wiins the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Leadership Award from Iowa and MN Campus Compact

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Vanessa Bester received The Presidents’ Civic Engagement Leadership Award from Iowa and MN Campus Compact for her work in advancing Augsburg’s distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic and community engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. She will be officially honored with this award on Friday, April 19th from 2:00 to 4:00 at Macalester College. Congratulations, Dr. Bester!

Volunteer Swim Instructors Needed for This Summer

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The Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside is looking for volunteers to help with our Women and Girls Swim Club that allows our community members access to swimming in cultural responsive ways! We are looking for volunteers who could meet at the Brian Coyle Center at 4:30 pm and departs the U of M pool at 7:30 pm returning to Brian Coyle around 8 pm. If you are interested, please email Katie Clark at


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!

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

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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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

Event Announcements

Late Night Breakfast Is Next Week

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The Dean of Students Office, Campus Life, and Dining Services are excited to host the Spring 2024 Late Night Breakfast! Join us at The Commons on Monday, April 22 from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

The menu will consist of a kale and sweet potato egg bake, scrambled eggs, cinnamon French toast, halal beef sausage patties, pork sausage links, hash brown potato triangles, assorted pastries, flavored coffee station (decaf and regular), ice cream station, and Tiger Sushi.

All student attendees will be entered into a raffle for Apple AirPods Max Wireless Over-Ear Headphones!

TOMORROW: 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)

Farewell Gathering for Dixie Shafer TODAY

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Please join us on Wednesday, April 17th from 1:00-3:00 in the Marshall room to celebrate Dixie Shafer’s nearly 25 years at Augsburg. Dixie was the inaugural Director of Augsburg’s McNair Scholars program and has spent the last 20 years directing the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity. Dixie is moving out of higher education and pursuing a new career in development with Northern Star Scouting. Dixie’s last day at Augsburg will be Friday, April 19th.

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!

Employer Tabling: Arthur’s Senior Care

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Come meet a possible employer, Arthur’s Senior Care, today in the Christensen Center Lobby from 10am-1pm!

Arthur’s Senior Care is a sister company to ACR Homes and provides exceptional assisted living and memory care in two six-person homes close to campus in Roseville and Shoreview.

With more than 35 years of experience in Alzheimer’s care and other types of dementia, we are prepared to support people in all stages of the disease. We can also provide specialized care for clients with conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, diabetes, mobility issues, and other conditions, as well as hospice care.

Stop by the Arthur’s Senior Care info table in the Billy to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of Seniors. Arthur’s Senior Care is staffed by ACR Homes and has numerous opportunities whether you are looking for a flexible job that fits around your class schedule, patient care experience/hours, an impactful internship (in any major), or a rewarding career after school.

Stop by and chat with Austin Morrow, Arthur’s Recruiter, to hear what Arthur’s has to offer, get your questions answered, and of course get a free gift.

Thank you for your time and we are looking forward to talking to you soon.

ACR is an EEO/AA employer

Employer Tabling: Arthur’s Senior Care

TONIGHT 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 (Tonight!)
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

Employer Tabling: The Human of Color Haircare

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Come meet a possible employer, The Human of Color Haircare, today in the Christensen Center Lobby from 10am-1pm!

The Human of Color hair care is a plant- derived hair care line that caters to the textured and curly head community. We provide moisture retention, shine and stimulating growth, throughout our complete product line in every step of the stage. We also focus on health, wellness and self esteem for our community through inclusive haircare.

Employer Tabling: The Human of Color Haircare

Weaving Together the Past, Present, and Future of 2511 E. Franklin Avenue

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Augsburg recently announced an agreement to sell the former Bethany Lutheran Church property at 2511 E. Franklin Ave. to the Somali Museum of Minnesota to develop a permanent museum facility and cultural center on the site.

Neighbors and community members are invited to attend a community gathering about the past, present, and future of 2511 E. Franklin Ave. Please join us to learn about the Somali Museum and their vision for the site. Participants will be invited to share stories about the site’s history and place in Seward.

Saturday, April 27, 2024
12:30–3:30 p.m.
Matthews Recreation Center
2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis

For questions about the gathering, contact

RSVPs for April 27 encouraged—respond here

Celebrate Collegiate Recovery

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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.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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