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MSNBC interviews international student Jonas Bergmann about ICE deportation plans

Student Jonas on MSNBCAugsburg international student Jonas Bergmann was interviewed by MSNBC to share his reaction to plans to deport international students taking an online course load in the fall. Bergmann is an international student from Denmark and is part of an Augsburg team that helps international students have a smooth transition to university life in the United States.

Bergmann, who’s majoring in clinical psychology and gender studies, wondered why now, though the administration soon after this interview dropped the deportation plan. Augsburg plans a mix of on-campus and alternative format classes.

Watch the full interview at the MSNBC website.

Augsburg’s EAST Program Director Audrey Lensmire interviewed by Sahan Journal about the program’s work to increase East African educators

EAST scholarsAs Minnesota gains its first Somali public school principals, an Augsburg University program is actively helping to increase East African educators here.

Located in Minneapolis’ largely Somali Cedar–Riverside neighborhood, Augsburg’s East African Student to Teacher (EAST) program is committed to recruiting, retaining, and licensing highly qualified East African students who wish to become K-12 teachers. EAST covers tuition costs towards initial licensure.

“In a relatively short time, we’ve been able to multiply the number of educators of East African descent in the state of Minnesota from a handful to a bit of a larger handful,” EAST Program Director Audrey Lensmire told the Sahan Journal. Lensmire is an associate professor in the education department.


Read the full article at the Sahan Journal website.

Learn more about Augsburg’s EAST program.


Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Augsburg University logoContent Warning: Sexual Assault

In light of recent inquiries Augsburg has received as well as forthcoming changes to U.S. Department of Education requirements for the ways colleges and universities investigate and address accusations of sexual misconduct, Augsburg is reiterating its current process for reporting and investigating such conduct.

Augsburg University takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously. The following information is not all encompassing; it’s intended to be a brief introduction and/or reminder about Augsburg’s policies and procedures for responding to reports of misconduct and violence. Additional information can be found on the Student Affairs website.

How to file a report
Anyone who experiences or is aware of an incident of sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged to share the information with the university and to seek support.

If you or someone you know would like to report sexual misconduct, you may do so by filling out this form. The form goes immediately to Katie Bishop, chief student success officer and Title IX coordinator, and Sarah Griesse, dean of students.

What happens when a report is filed
When a report is filed, Augsburg initiates a process to gather information about the incident, including meeting with students. When appropriate, a disciplinary meeting is held. As needed, Augsburg may put in place interim measures to promote safety and access to the school for the parties named in the report until the investigation has been resolved. In many cases, those who submit a report as a third party about conduct in which they were not personally involved will not learn the specifics of how the report was investigated or the outcome because of legal protections for the privacy of students involved.

Immediate support
If you are in need of immediate support, Augsburg partners with the University of Minnesota’s Aurora Center to provide confidential sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence support to the Augsburg community (students, staff, faculty, and concerned others).
Phone support: call 612-626-9111 (24/7) to talk to a trained advocate.
Walk-in support and appointments are available from Aurora Center’s professional staff during their business hours.
On your request, Augsburg’s Department of Public Safety can support you in getting connected to the Aurora Center (24/7, call 612-330-1717).

Additional support is available through other providers:
24/7 support through the Sexual Violence Center, a member of the TransYouth Support Network, at 612-871-5111.
Isuroon, an organization focused on connecting and supporting East Afrikan women.

Congratulations to Auggies named to the Spring Semester Dean’s List

University SealMore than 1,000 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2020 Spring Semester Dean’s List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2020 Spring Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.

Fox 9 Covers Augsburg’s Supply Drive

Volunteers at Augsburg’s supply drive.

On June 1, Augsburg University organized a supply drive to aid the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the devastation that followed the murder of George Floyd near campus put a strain on our community given that many local stores were closed and there was little to no public transportation.

More than 550 cars arrived to donate to the supply drive and a few dozen trips were made to the nearby Brian Coyle Center, the recipient of all the supplies.

“This is our community, this is our neighborhood. So when our neighbors are hurting, you step forward and you do what you can to help” a volunteer told Fox 9.

Watch the full report at the Fox 9 website.

WCCO highlights One Day in May, Augsburg’s Commencement Theme

WCCO’s Reg Chapman interviewed Augsburg students about One Day in May, the theme of this year’s virtual commencement and a historic call for change at the university.

Augsburg Echo article
Augsburg Echo article

One Day in May was a response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During One Day in May, classes were canceled and the Augsburg community participated in a series of workshops and lectures about racism.

“When we look at the number of students of color that we have now and the beautiful diversity that we have on this campus, we have to remember the significance of One Day in May,” said Director of Pan-Afrikan Student Services Hana Dinku, during the WCCO interview.

The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. More than half of Augsburg’s traditional day students during this academic year were students of color and last fall’s first-year class was the most diverse in the institution’s history.


Watch the full report at the WCCO website.

Learn more about One Day in May.

See info about the Virtual Commencement 2020.


Augsburg alum Brian Krohn ’08 behind app to track coronavirus outbreaks

Brian Krohn '08 Photo: Star Tribune
Brian Krohn ’08

HealthPartners Institute, researchers at the University of Minnesota, and Modern Logic have teamed up to create the SafeDistance smartphone application and website, a new tool that helps users track COVID-19 outbreaks using crowd-sourced information from anonymous users. 

The free app sends notifications as users travel through high-risk areas. “As you’re moving around, you’ll actually see if you’re going into a higher risk area or you’re coming from a higher risk area,” Brian Krohn ’08 told Kare 11. Krohn is a project manager and entrepreneur-in-residence at Minneapolis-based Modern Logic and technical lead on the SafeDistance project.

Users of the app take a short COVID-19 symptom survey and then see a map of their neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods. Data will not be used for-profit and users will not be asked for identifiable information. The app also offers tips about health risks and how to maintain social distancing. 

Krohn, a Rhodes Scholar, has been described as a “Minnesota “Genius”. His undergraduate research at Augsburg University led him to a “Good Morning America” appearance in which he talked about a process to produce environmentally-friendly fuel, which was later commercialized in the development of a $9 million pilot plant. Among Krohn’s creations are surgery tools, wizard staffs, a cycling workout app, the Soundly app, and more recently, SafeDistance. 

While the app launched recently in Minnesota, it is expected to expand across the country soon.


Read the full article on the Kare 11 website.

Click here to learn more and to download the app.


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Videos: Faculty, staff cheer Auggies as academic year comes to an end

Spring semester 2020 has brought us significant challenges that continue to reshape so many aspects of life.

As our academic year comes to an end this week, several departments have been sharing words of encouragement to Augsburg students. We are proud of our faculty and staff who’ve worked so hard to move their classes online in such a short amount of time and the students who’ve shown patience and flexibility during this transition.

See the videos to Auggies below created by Augsburg’s Communication Studies, Film, and New Media Communications department and by Augsburg’s Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science department.

Posted by Augsburg University on Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Augsburg’s business programs awarded globally-recognized accreditation

ACBSPAugsburg University’s Department of Business Administration was recently accredited the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for both undergraduate and MBA programs.

This globally-recognized accreditation for business programs rewards excellence in teaching and quality of student learning. Founded in 1988, ACBSP has accredited 430 campuses in 60 countries with the mission to promote continuous improvement of business education programs around the world. Evaluation standards include leadership, strategic planning, student and stakeholder focus, student learning assessment, faculty focus, curriculum, and business unit performance.

Augsburg is committed to continuous assessment and improvement to ensure that our business programs equip students with the skills employers seek.

Last year, Augsburg’s MBA program was named one of the top MBA programs by Twin Cities Business readers in a subscriber survey.

See Augsburg’s accreditation at the ACBSP website.

Visit the ACBSP website to learn more about the accreditation.

Learn about Augsburg’s undergrad and MBA business programs.


Advisory: Augsburg celebrates Class of 2020 with virtual commencement

Augsburg University will host a virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020.Augsburg University logo

The virtual commencement ceremony consists of a prerecorded ceremony that will be streamed online. There are two viewing times when graduates, families, and friends can watch and chat together in real time.

  • Friday, May 29, 2020, 7 p.m. Central.
  • Sunday, May 31, 2020, 2 p.m. Central.

You can follow the celebration through the hashtag #AuggieGrad on all social media platforms, where students will be sharing images of their virtual celebration.

As soon as it’s safe to have large gatherings, an in-person commencement ceremony will be planned for the Class of 2020 with the more familiar traditions of commencement.

The in-person commencement ceremony, previously scheduled for May 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium, was canceled given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit Augsburg’s commencement site for more details.