FAQ: Student Organizations at Augsburg College

Augsburg CollegeAugsburg College is committed to fostering an environment where students of different backgrounds and perspectives can grapple with challenging topics. The College is committed to supporting students in determining their own decisions and actions relative to such topics.This post provides further important factual information about Augsburg College, Augsburg College Day Student Government, the role of the Day Student Government in chartering student organizations, and the rights that we support for all student organizations—chartered or unchartered. This post will be updated as new information is available.

Have any student groups been banned at Augsburg College?

No. Augsburg College has not prohibited students or organizations from assembly on campus. Student groups do not require formal approval to organize, assemble, or express their opinions. No student group has been banned from these activities.

In fact, the Sept. 23 meeting of people who identified themselves on Facebook as members of Students Supporting Israel took place in Oren Gateway Center on Augsburg College’s campus, and was scheduled using the College’s standard meeting and events scheduling process, which is available to all students, faculty, and staff. Augsburg College did not limit or impede this meeting in any way, nor did the College remove the message posted to the College’s Facebook page about the meeting.  Continue reading

Star Tribune features Augsburg College’s City Service Day

The Star Tribune featured Augsburg’s annual City Service Day, an opportunity in which members of the College community venture off campus to complete service work in Minneapolis neighborhoods. The publication showed a student working at Stones Throw Urban farm, one of nearly two dozen community sites where Auggies assisted with cleaning, painting, gardening, and more. View the image on the Star Tribune site.

Sculptures by Alexandra Buffalohead ’13 called show ‘highlight’

A recent City Pages article reviewed the opening of “On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest” being held at All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis. Augsburg College alumna Alexandra Buffalohead ’13 is among those showing work at the gallery. City Pages describes Buffalohead’s work as “one of the highlights of the show” and describes her sculptures as hanging “like ghosts in front of a turquoise wall.” Read the full review on the City Pages website.

Auggies featured in German newspaper

Augsburger AllegmeineThree Auggies were featured in a story in the Augsburger Allegmeine’s series “We are all Augsburger.” Natalya Brown, Kayla Feuchtmann, and Jens Pinther shared photos of themselves on campus, their areas of study, and comments about Augsburg College’s namesake with the German newspaper’s Nicole Prestle. See the story on the Augsburger Allegmeine website. Click on the photo in the story to go to a gallery of photos of the three students.

Augsburg College receives grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

greatlakeslogoThe nonprofit Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has awarded Augsburg College $150,000 to fund paid internships during the 2014-15 school year.

As one of 10 Minnesota colleges to receive a grant award from Great Lakes, Augsburg will use newly available funds to convert previously unpaid internships into paid placements that support learning on and off campus.

The grant award garnered media coverage in the Star Tribune article, “Giving beat: Great Lakes Higher Ed gives $5.2 million for internship grants,” and the Inside Philanthropy story, “Graduating Is Not Enough: How This Funder Is Backing Student Career Readiness.”

Augsburg named among most LGBT-friendly colleges in U.S.

indexAugsburg College was named to Campus Pride’s 2014 list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges. Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization aimed at creating more LGBT-friendly colleges, compiled the list from schools that achieved the highest ratings in categories such as LGBT academic life, LGBT student life, LGBT housing, and more. The accolade was featured by The Washington Blade, The Huffington Post, and Advocate.

In 2013, Campus Pride awarded Augsburg College a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars on its LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.

Congratulations to Auggies named to Spring Semester Dean’s List

More than 700 Augsburg College undergraduate students were named to the 2014 Spring Semester Dean’s List. Students named to the list achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

2014 Spring Semester Dean’s List PDF

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion.

View the hometown news announcement.

Minnesota Public Radio reports on first Spanish-language debate hosted by Minnesota Urban Debate League

MPRLogoMinnesota Urban Debate League’s (MNUDL) first Spanish-language debate  was the subject of a story by Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post. The story provided a brief overview of  why MNUDL, a program that serves more than 500 students at 33 public schools, added such a competition to its program, how the new event allows the program to introduce more bilingual students to debate, and more. Read “Augsburg College reaches bilingual students through Spanish debates.”

Limerick Leader features The Augsburg Choir

choir2During May, The Augsburg Choir will travel throughout Ireland as part of its triennial international tour. The Limerick Leader newspaper recently announced the group’s collaborative concert featuring the award-winning Limerick chamber choir Ancór at a historic cathedral. Read, “Acclaimed choirs join up for choral concert in St. Mary’s” on the Limerick Leader website.