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Faculty of Color, Indigenous Faculty and White Allies

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Augsburg faculty, you are invited to attend “Supporting and Thriving During Difficult Times” at the University of St. Thomas.

This event is intended to provide a time to connect, share, and build a conversation with other faculty about what we need, and how we can create restorative spaces for Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty.

FOR: Faculty of Color, Indigenous Faculty, and White allies from the twin cities

WHEN: Thursday October 26, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30

WHERE: McNeely 100, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

WHAT: Comments by Dr. Yohuru Williams (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas) followed by facilitated discussion and networking/happy hour

~Beverages and light snacks will be served~

To attend: Please RSVP to Ann Johnson:

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Pippert:

Moodle Gradebook Help Available

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Mid-term is soon upon us, and the E-Learning Team would like to help you confirm that your Moodle gradebook setup aligns with the grading plan described in your syllabus. This way students will have an accurate sense of their progress, and you can provide grades though Moodle with confidence.

If you would like help with this or any other Moodle questions, please contact your LFC: Christy; Nathan; Eric or the E-Learning Specialist: Bonnie, and we would be glad to assist you.

Short Term Study Abroad/Away in Summer 2018

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

-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
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Applications are Due on January 31! Come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. 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!

General Announcements

Have a Seat At Our Table: Apply to Residence Life

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The Department of Residence Life is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Gain great leadership skills and engage our residential students throughout the year!

Apply on-line through Human Resources in student employment. Lead applications are due November 1st and RA applications are due November 8th.

For more information or questions, please contact

Annual Open Enrollment is coming–mark your calendars

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Benefits open enrollment time is here again. This year open enrollment will be from November 6th-17th.

Benefit Information Sessions:

· November 6 at 11:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 8 at 8:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 10* at 2:30 pm (Oren Gateway Center, Room 100)
· November 14 at 10:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 16 at 4:00 pm (East Commons, Christensen Center)

*We will be recording the November 10th session and making it available for those unable to attend a session in person. Access to the 2018 recorded version will be provided once posted.

You will receive additional details including an overview of what’s new in 2018, benefits plan information, and instructions for filling out the online enrollment form in the next two weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at or at 612.330.1602.

Interview prospective students for Honors

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The Honors Program once again needs interviewers for honors scholarship candidates. Interviews will begin October 23 and run through February 3, Monday through Friday, whenever classes are in session. Go to the Honors Interview Scheduling form to sign up.

Interviews typically last between 20 and 30 minutes. We will notify you as soon as you are put on the schedule, and then confirm a day or two prior to your scheduled time that you have a student to interview. At that time, we will also send you a link to a brief training video (15 minutes), and ask that you review this before you conduct the interview. Other than the training video, no advance prep is needed.

Even doing one interview helps tremendously. Thank you for doing your part to recruit great students to the Honors Program and the University.

Honors Interview Scheduling

Represent Colombia at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in NYC

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Applications are now being accepted for delegates for the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. Augsburg University will send a delegation of 16 students representing Colombia to this year’s conference, which will take place March 19 – 26th, 2018.

This is a 4-credit Spring Semester course, and students accepted into the program need to enroll in POL 368 (or a POL 499 independent study) and pay a $500 program fee, which covers travel, conference registration, and hotel costs for the week in New York. Enrollment limited to 16 students and priority deadline for applying is Nov. 13.

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

Questions can be directed to either or
Students interested in applying should visit the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away page linked below to apply and register.

Model UN Program Information and Application

Study abroad in spring semester – there’s still time to apply

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Study abroad this spring semester at one of Augsburg’s Global Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, or Southern Africa!

These programs offer courses great for many students including general graduation requirements, courses for some majors, internship options, and a personalized, experiential learning environment. Join other Auggies, as well as students from around the US, for an unforgettable and meaningful semester.

Auggies can use their full financial aid, and automatically receive an additional $1500 Global Scholarship for these programs. Additional scholarships are available, sometimes making it less expensive to study abroad than to study and live on campus!

Applications are open until November 1. Visit the Study Abroad office in the lower level of Christensen Center to talk with an advisor and get your questions answered.

Get the program details and application information online here.

Event Announcements

Safe Block, October 24th 6-8PM

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Please join Residence Life and the Urness Hall team in collaboration with the First-Year Residential Committee with their annual event Safe Block. This Halloween program is geared towards kids and providing a safer Halloween experience. This event is open to children in the community, as well as children of staff and faculty at Augsburg. There will be tons of snacks, candy and fun to go around!

For more information, please contact Ijaaz Cousin at

Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinics Information Session

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Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Join colleagues to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness, presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics.

This will be an interactive and educational seminar to help manage this common disease.

When: October 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: (note location change!) East Commons

Bring your own lunch and join us!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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This month TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Coming up at Cedar Commons

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Writing for Social Change
Tuesday, October 24th 6-8pm

Do you ever wonder…
* What does being a writer have to do with social justice movements?
* What role can writers and artists have in the life of a community?
* How can the skills of a writer contribute to social change work?
* How do we connect our skillsets and academic interests with what’s urgent to us?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Erin Sharkey, Farrington Llewelyn, and Vanessa Taylor who will talk about their personal and professional journeys, and about the many creative ways that they seek to live out their commitments to justice through their work as writers and artists.

This Local Leaders Strengthening Communities series is aimed at connecting young people with change-making work and pushing them to think about creative ways that their disciplines/skill sets could be applied towards justice.

Co-Sponsored by the Augsburg English Department.

Interfaith @ Cedar Commons:
Thursday, Oct 26th 6:30-8:30pm
Social Action w/o Religion: What do nonreligious people believe and practice?

How do people who don’t believe in a god or universal spirit, or people who don’t identify with a religious tradition, make sense of their lives and work for social justice?

Join us for a panel discussion on how humanists, atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious people find meaning, build community, act on their values, and connect with others.

Stay tuned for panelist details!

Interested in Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA?

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Have you thought about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA? Attend one of our daily drop-in Info Sessions to hear about the basics and how you can get started. We cover how to choose a program, study abroad finances, academic credit, and more.

Come to the Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center, for a 20-minute Info Session:
Mondays at 10:40 am
Tuesdays at 2:15 pm
Wednesdays at 10:40 am
Thursdays at 3:40 pm
Fridays at 1:45 pm

Check here for more info about Study Abroad/Away

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (open to all STEM students): Identifying Graduate Opportunities 10/23

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Mondays, 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Similar content will be presented in each time period (12:30 or 3:10).
Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

Join us!
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]

Next workshop:
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

Kathy McBride’s Retirement Celebration Thursday Oct 26

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Please join the campus community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30 years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience. In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

In all her work at Augsburg, Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its’ legacy is far reaching.

Kathy will be on campus next week, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 3-4:30 pm
Location: Christensen Center, East Commons.
cake and coffee will be served.

Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn

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Human Resources and Student Financial Services are partnering this fall to offer a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn on November 1, in Old Main, Room 107, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit.

Questions? Email

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Garden plants and “stuff” available

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This summer, the community gardeners worked with Oslund and Associates to envision a new space together. The time has come to make that space a reality!

At this point in the season, any plants, bricks, rocks, and structures left in the garden will be looking for either permanent or temporary homes. Our gardeners have taken out what they want to save before then, and the community is invited to come and grab the rest. Please come and get them! Also please respect any signs placed on objects or plants that just haven’t been able to be moved yet. If there’s no sign attached – it’s all yours!

Plants available: raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, chives, mint, bee balm, columbine, nettle, etc.

We will have space for perennials in the new garden next year, so if you are willing to take some home for the winter, plant them in a temporary space, and bring them back for us in the spring, let me know!

Help spread around the love and plants grown in this garden over the years!

More info on the garden re-design