Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

No Postings

Teaching and Learning

Faculty Vote in Support of GenEd Revision Proposal

submitted by

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

Days in May Schedule and Registration

submitted by

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that our 2024 Days in May Professional Development Conference will take place Wednesday, May 8 – Thursday, May 9, 2024, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. We invite all members of the Augsburg community to join us for two days of Reflecting and Re-imaging in Community.

The complete schedule is available at Detailed program forthcoming.

Days in May Registration Form

May 2 Faculty Recognition RSVP

submitted by

Please join us on May 2, 2024 at 1:30 pm in Hoversten Chapel for Augsburg’s annual faculty recognition ceremony honoring our Distinguished Award winners, tenured & promoted faculty, and career milestones, departures, and retirements. The favor of your reply is appreciated on or before April 25.

Honorees and their families have received a separate e-invitation, and do not need to respond here.

May 2 Ceremony RSVP

General Announcements

Nominate Auggie Alumni for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

submitted by

Now is the time to nominate Auggie alumni for the various 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards! Nominations are open for the First Decade Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Spirit of Augsburg Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. Awards will be presented at Homecoming this fall. Nominations are due by the end of June.

2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nomination Form

MNUDL Needs Your Help: Fight Funding Cuts at Saint Paul Public Schools

submitted by

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program in Augsburg University, is facing a major challenge to debate in St. Paul: a $107 million district deficit and looming budget cuts for debate. That puts 400 middle and high school students’ ability to debate at risk, meaning they’ll miss out on the crucial benefits debate provides. They deserve the same chance for academic growth, social and emotional learning, and leadership skills that their peers in well-resourced suburban schools, private schools, and other local districts receive through debate!

Our sincere thanks to Vineeta Sawkar for hosting our Executive Director, Amy Cram Helwich, on WCCO Radio to discuss our #SaveSPPSDebate campaign.

Please take 5 minutes to hear why debate’s in jeopardy in Saint Paul, and why it matters:

What You Can Do To Help:

Help fight debate funding cuts! We’ve provided talking points, templates, contacts, and social media images you can use at this link – but remember, your personal testimony about why debate matters in your neighborhood is the most effective.

Advocacy Resources:

Students – Please take the Textbook Affordability Survey

submitted by

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

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

submitted by

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

Get Your Art Featured on the Cover of the Thó Wiŋ Magazine

submitted by

The Thó Wiŋ Literary and Arts Magazine is looking for art to feature on the cover of this year’s issue. The covers (both front and back) will be approximately 9×9″, so art must fit a square ratio. Pieces depicting themes related to Minnesota, Minneapolis, and especially our magazine’s namesake, Blue Star Woman, will be prioritized (more info about Blue Star Woman can be accessed at our website, Please send submissions from your Augsburg email to in .pdf, .png, or .jpg format.
We are approaching our printing deadline, so please submit as soon as possible!

Draft of HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Assurance Argument

submitted by

Augsburg is on ten-year accreditation cycle with the Higher Learning Commission and we are scheduled for our ten-year review in 2024 (site visit scheduled for October 21-22). As a component of this review, members of the HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee have been hard at work preparing Augsburg’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation Assurance Argument. A working draft of the document is now posted on the HLC Accreditation Moodle site (see the Documents and Drafts section). Should you wish to review the document, the Committee would welcome any comments or suggestions you might have. There is a form to submit comments near the top of the Moodle site. We are particularly interested in pieces of evidence that might be used to back up statements about or practices.

HLC Accreditation Moodle site

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

submitted by

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

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Event Announcements

Late Night Breakfast Is Around the Corner

submitted by

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!

Earth Month: Film Screening and Community Discussion

submitted by

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!

TODAY: Focused Conversation on Schwartz School of the Arts

submitted by

All faculty and staff are invited to the first of two April Focused Conversations today, 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)

Drum Workshop 4/18 at 7 p.m.

submitted by

“Afro-Indigenous Rhythms: A Bilingual Drumming and Percussion Workshop with Jonathan Alarcon”

April 18th from 7-8:30pm
Anderson Music Hall M2 Band Room

About Jonathan: “Jonathan Alarcón is a professional drummer in a wide range of musical styles, with his first love being jazz. He is well known as a session drummer and teacher and has toured in Mexico, South America, Europe, Taiwan and Japan with Hibridúz, the jazz band that he co-founded in 2005. In the last few years Jonathan has spent time studying and collaborating with the Garifuna drumming master Chichimán. His experiences in the Garífuna community have inspired him to become a spokesperson for the Garifuna and to highlight their strength and resilience in the face of on-going repression and social injustices. He is now sharing presentations in various universities focused on the importance of recognizing the unique characteristics of this afro-indigenous community.”

In this drumming workshop, Jonathan will lead participants on an exploration of the drumming patterns and unique characteristics of Garífuna musical styles.

All are welcomed to attend!

Keeping Track of Auggies

No Postings


No Postings