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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

Days in May Schedule and Registration

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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, in-person at the Oren Gateway Center. We invite all members of the Augsburg community to join us for two days of Reflecting and Reimagining in Community.

The complete schedule & program is available at

Days in May Registration Form

May 2 Faculty Recognition RSVP

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Please join us on May 2, 2024 at 1:30 pm in Hoversten Chapel for Augsburg’s annual faculty recognition ceremony honoring Distinguished Award winners, tenured & promoted faculty, 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 Faculty Recognition Ceremony RSVP

General Announcements

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!

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

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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. If you’ve personally benefited from debate, volunteered with our program, or simply value our work, please join us in advocating to #SaveSPPSDebate.

Find advocacy resources here:

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

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

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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!

Event Announcements

Next Week: Focused Conversation on Art & Science Implementation Update and Next Steps

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All faculty and staff are invited to the second of two April Focused Conversations on Wednesday, April 24. Provost Paula O’Loughlin will provide an update on the implementation of the Art & Science Group recommendations to date and an overview of what’s next.

Wednesday, April 24, 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.


Join Us for Late Night Breakfast on Monday

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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!

Intercollegiate Film Festival—Congratulations Alondra Alamilla and Savanna Gorbunow

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Congratulations to Alondra Alamilla, Savanna Gorbunow, and alumni Max Helmueller whose work will be screening at the 2024 Intercollegiate Film Festival (IFF) hosted by Twin Cities Film Festival! Please join us on Thursday, April 25th, 7pm to celebrate their work!

Intercollegiate Film Festival
April 25th, 7pm
ShowPlace ICON Theatres
1625 West End Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 5541
Cost: $13

Intercollegiate Film Festival Website

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Affordable Babysitting Available

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Are you a graduate student juggling classes and childcare? My name is Malak, and I work in the Admissions Department at Augsburg. I understand the challenges that come with balancing academic responsibilities and parenting. To support our graduate students, I am offering babysitting services at a rate of $20 per hour.


Rate: $20 per hour
Experience: Skilled in childcare, with a focus on creating a safe and nurturing environment.
Availability: I can accommodate your class schedule, providing flexible childcare when you need it most.
If you’re interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at Let’s make your academic journey a little easier with reliable childcare!

Looking forward to assisting you and your family!