Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Community Help Requested

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An Augsburg student lost an Iphone 6S with a blue cover Tuesday in Oren Gateway Center around lunchtime. The phone is needed for medical purposes, so the student and their family are desperately hoping the phone will be turned in.

If you find or have this phone, please turn it into the Department of Public Safety in Mortensen Hall or call our Dispatch Center with any information at 612-330-1717.

Thank you.

Teaching and Learning

Study Abroad Program Proposals Info Session Today

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CGEE will be offering an informational session for faculty who are interested in proposing/leading an off-campus course. The sessions will be held on TODAY from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. in the Riverside Room. Come with any questions or program ideas. We look forward to hearing about your program proposal!

The deadline for receiving a proposal this year is November 1st and the application process is now online. You can learn about it on our website:

Thank you for all that you do in providing engaging educational experiences for Augsburg students!

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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PPIA Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (U of M, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, hear from top leaders in the field, and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2018 and August 2019. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

Info Session: Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute

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Interested in a paid Summer program? Public Policy and International Affairs Summer institute will be coming to Augsburg to hold an info session on Oct.9th from 3:30-4:30 in Oren Gateway Center room 111.

PPIA Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (U of M, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, hear from top leaders in the field, and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2018 and August 2019. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

Faculty Workshop: Facilitating Student Discussions, October 9

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this upcoming CTL workshop!

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion
Monday, October 9
OGC 100

In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

Adjunct instructors currently on contract who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact after the event to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Click here to add this CTL event to your Google calendar!

RSVP for Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman on October 9

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What do Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Polyphemus, and Stuart the Minion have in common? Come to a lunchtime talk by Assoc. Prof. of Biology Matt Beckman for the answer. Also, you will learn about his sabbatical work in zebrafish that has enhanced the work he and students in the lab are performing to understand the molecular genetics of cyclopia. Over the past eight years Matt has built a program of research with undergraduates that focuses on Daphnia, a one-eyed (cyclopean) waterflea. In particular, the lab uses molecular biology, imaging, pharmacology and behavioral studies to explore the development and function of the eye and the motor system in Daphnia.

“Speaking of Sabbaticals”:The Hunt for Spinal Cord Dopamine Receptor Gene Expression in Zebrafish by Matthew Beckman
Monday, October 9
Riverside Room, Christensen Center

All faculty and staff are invited! Please see the RSVP form below.

Click here to RSVP for Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman on October 9

CTL Diversity Dialogue Book Group: Make Your Home Among Strangers

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This fall, CTL diversity fellows will lead discussion of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. In the novel, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, begins her studies at an elite liberal arts college. But the privileged world at Rawlings College feels utterly foreign to Lizet. Pulled between life at college and the needs of her family, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that change her life forever.

There are two dates for discussion – please pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Discussion #1: Thursday, November 30, 3:45-5:00, OGC 100
Discussion #2: Friday, December 1st, 11:45-1:00pm, OGC 100

To RSVP and to receive your copy of the book, please click here.

General Announcements

Deadline of Oct. 1 for Metro Transit College Pass deal

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The deadline for new Augsburg day program first-years and transfer students to get the College Pass deal is October 1.

1. Metro Transit will sell College Pass Semester Cards for all new first year and transfer students at $90 for fall semester that expires December 31, 2017
2. New students also have the option to purchase a FULL YEAR card at $150 that would cover fall and spring semesters and expires June 1, 2018.

The site is:

Any other Augsburg student may purchase an Augsburg-subsidized College Pass from the Bookstore. Regularly $175, the College Semester Pass sells for $125.

Congratulations Dianne Detloff

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Dianne Detloff received the College Partner of the Year Award from the Memorial Blood Centers for the second year in a row. Once again, Dianne has gone “above and beyond.”

The award was presented to her at the annual appreciation breakfast hosted by the Memorial Blood Centers, and Tim McNiff of KARE 11 was the emcee. She is being recognized for exemplary service organizing the Annual Blood Drive at Augsburg University and for being a model college/university partner. The Blood Drive at Augsburg provides the entire Auggie community the opportunity to be of service to the larger community and to help save lives.

Let’s extend our appreciation for Dianne Detloff’s dedicated service to the community, and let’s help her to win this award for the third time by signing up
next year to be a blood donor!

Free Pacifica Premium app — mindfulness and mental health

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Augsburg students, staff and faculty are now eligible to download a free premium version of the Pacifica app (a $34 value). Pacifica is a mindfulness and mental health app (for your smartphone or computer) that provides a set of tools for daily use based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and wellness, designed to be done at your own pace. Using Pacifica’s tools, you can do things like check in with your mood, examine your thoughts, track your health habits, or complete a relaxation activity. Simply download Pacifica from the App Store or Google Play Store. Use your Augsburg email address to sign up and click the link in the confirmation email, and you’ll get access to Pacifica Premium for free. Pacifica is teaming up with the Center for Wellness & Counseling to make this app available free to the Augsburg community this year (free subscription will expire August 2018; you do not need to enter any credit card information to sign up as there will be no financial cost involved and no automatic renewal). Questions? Contact Beth Carlson at

Pacifica App

Judge Debate for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 6 high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 6-7th: U of M (East Bank)
October 14th: Season Opener (St. Paul)
October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League

Study abroad in spring semester – apply by October 15

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Students of all majors have the opportunity to study abroad/away in spring semester 2018!

**Programs around the world, and in the USA

**Stay on track to graduate by taking a full load of courses that fulfill your major or minor requirements, as well as electives. ALL programs fulfill Augsburg Experience!

**Use your full financial aid package to help pay for your semester abroad/away, and apply for additional study abroad scholarships!

**Build your professional and intercultural skills while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

**Take advantage of internship and research opportunities abroad!

**Most programs are in English!

Learn more by visiting our website and stopping by the Study Abroad/Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Talk to our student advisers who’ve been abroad, or schedule an appointment with our staff advisers to explore your options!

Search programs and apply online here!

Short Term Study Abroad/Away – winter, spring, and summer

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The Center for Global Education and Experience is accepting applications for all of the Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer 2018 short-term study abroad programs! Check out these great options, good for any student:

WINTER BREAK 2018 – Apply by September 30!
-Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK

-Model UN in New York (travels slightly after spring break)
-Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico

-Thailand & Laos: Diversity and Inequality in Global Professional Practice
-Denmark & Iceland: The Dark Side of the Happy City
-Interfaith Engagement in Palestine & Israel
-Economics & Cultural Change in Greece
-Art Performing Social Change in Puerto Rico
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Check here for program details and application information

Study in UK on Winter Break – Apps due on Saturday

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Take your winter break to a new level – study abroad!

The winter break program, From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK, will examine the connections among popular culture, politics, and youth activism in 20th and 21st century Britain. Travel to the UK from December 28 to January 7!

The course, WST 220, is 4-credits and can fulfill a Humanities credit, or a requirement for WST majors/minors or for Youth Studies minors. This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

APPLICATIONS are DUE SEPTEMBER 30. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Event Announcements

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2017

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day on Thursday, October 26.

A group of Auggies will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College on the 26th to gather with students from other colleges and representatives from ~22 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection conversations! The theme for the day is from Psalm 119:125, “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment.”

Whether you’re curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 3:45 pm.

Click the link below to register! Note that the last day to register is Friday, October 20.

For more information, visit our website at

Come with us to contemplate how you are stewarding God’s call for you in the world!

Questions? Email

Today: Interfaith @ Cedar Commons – Lost in Translation

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“Interfaith @ Cedar Commons: Lost in Translation” Today, Sept 28th 6:30-8:30pm

Religious language can carry heavy meaning. Some words hold sweet memories or deep significance for us, while other words might be associated with painful experiences, exclusion or just feel flat and dead.

Sometimes the language of our own cultural context does not translate clearly to people outside of our tradition. Even those within a religious tradition often don’t have access to the languages in which sacred texts were originally written. How much meaning is lost in translation?

Join us for a meal and an evening of discussion around the language of faith and all the complexity of communicating about deeply held values and beliefs.

Do you need to be a “person of faith” to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

Hosted by: Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars.

(Cedar Commons, part of Augsburg, is at 2001 Riverside Ave. S – below Trinity’s offices)

Cedar Commons Facebook

Morning Chapel: Tree Blessing Service

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At 11:30 am today, meet outside Foss Center to walk together to the new burr oak tree on the west side of the new Hagfors Center for a tree blessing ceremony. The tree is along 20th Avenue (between 6th and 8th Street). Please join us at the site if you miss our group.

Friday, September 29 at 10:40am: Join us at 10:40 a.m. as we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. Our service will include a lively blessing ritual of animals and pets to honor St. Francis’ devotion to all God’s creatures. Bring your pet (or picture of your pet) to chapel for this special worship service in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center.

More information

Final Days to register your group for Taste of Augsburg

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Join the festivities at Taste of Augsburg (Saturday, October 14) and host a booth. Departments, student groups, teams & organizations are invited to participate and raise money and awareness for their group.

For more information please contact Katie Code in the Alumni office at or you can fill out the registration form.

Taste of Augsburg Registration Form

Keeping Track of Auggies

Monica McDaniel for the Seward Co-op Board of Directors

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MSW student and Sabo Center Graduate Fellow, Monica McDaniel, is running for the Seward Community Co-op Board of Directors. Elections are now open and run through the evening of October 23rd. If you are a Seward Co-op member/owner you can vote online or in person at the store.

Monica has been a patron of the Seward Co-op for over 10 years and believes it to be a community space for everyone to engage in dialogue and action around issues relating to food justice. As a youth worker and farmer who has worked at the intersections of food production and consumption, she knows that our food system is disconnected from the land and communities, particularly those on the margins and with non-dominant identities. The Seward Co-op is well-positioned to repair and mend those disconnects, and Monica will help that happen. Please consider voting for her if you are a member/owner.


Ikea Nyvoll Full Sized Bed Frame

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Selling our Ikea Nyvoll bed frame (full size/medium brown in color) includes mid beam and Luroy bed slats, but no mattress. It’s about 4 years old and we had it in our seldom used guest bedroom, so it’s in great condition and disassembled ready for you to pick up in South Minneapolis and enjoy. Asking $50 cash only.