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Speaking of Pilgrimage… with Phil Adamo

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Speaking of Pilgrimage: Echoes of the 1230 Pilgrimage from Val-des-Choux to Pluscarden Abbey, with Phil Adamo
Wednesday, November 1
12:00-1:00pm, Marshall Room

In the year 1230AD, King Alexander II of Scotland founded Pluscarden Abbey, a monastery in northern Scotland. The monks who formed the original community, known as Caulites, came from the priory of Val-des-Choux in Burgundy, France.

History professor Phil Adamo designed and participated in a pilgrimage that echoed the journey of those early Caulite monks. Over the summer months of 2017, he and his fellow pilgrims walked roughly 1400 miles across France and the United Kingdom, from Val-des-Choux to Pluscarden, an experience that was both physically challenging and spiritually enriching. Come hear about Phil’s journey in a special presentation to the Augsburg community, November 1, from noon to 1pm.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Please click here to RSVP for Speaking of Pilgrimage.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Ethics

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for its 2018 summer undergraduate research program in biomedical ethics. This program is highly competitive and 4-5 students will be selected. Each student will be placed with a faculty mentor for approximately 10 weeks. Students will participate in educational session on bioethics research and lunch meetings with faculty.
Interested applicants should apply to job posting 87872BR: Bioethics Intern on the Mayo Clinic jobs website ( ) by January 12, 2018.
Candidates must attach the following to the online application:
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals & how bioethics research relates to those goals
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors
For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Curricular Update – Changes from AAC and GAAC

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The Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) and Graduate Academic Affairs Committee (GAAC) are Augsburg’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees. Here’s what the committees have approved so far this year:

New Undergraduate Courses:
-FLM 372 Producing for Film and Television
-CAR 160 Designing Your Future: Majors, Careers, and a Life of Joy

Undergraduate Course Revisions:
-BIO 476 Microbiology (prereq)
-FLM 260 Documentary Production I (AugEx)
-MIS 260 Problem Solving for Business (online delivery)
-THR 366 Stage Direction (prereq)
-THR 367 New Method. of Stage Direction and Dramaturgy (prereq)
-THR 490 Theater Keystone: Exploring Vocation and Artistic Practice (credits)

Undergraduate Major/Minor/Program Revisions (effective Fall 2018):
-Computer Science Minor
-Computer Science BS (LAF/Lang Waiver)

Graduate Course Revisions:
-MBA 583 Entrepreneurship: Execution, Planning & Strategy (title, content)
-MBA 595 Strategic Management (content)

Graduate Program Revision (effective Fall 2018)
-MBA Program – Entrepreneurship Concentration

Graduate Program Policy:
-Required Transcript Submission Policy

All curricular updates are posted on the live document “Summary of AAC/GAAC Action,” linked below. Please use this resource to stay up to date and to read directions on how to find out more information on a particular item.

Need to submit a curricular change to the committee? See for undergraduate programs and for graduate programs.

Summary of AAC/GAAC Action – Updated Weekly

General Announcements

Campus Cupboard in Need of Donations

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Hello Augsburg Campus!
Campus Cupboard is in need of donations. Please consider donating to us if you are willing and able.
Here are some items we are in need of:
– Grains like dried pasta, instant rice
– Canned soups (any kind except tomato. We are stocked on tomato!)
– Proteins like small jars of peanut butter, beans, canned tuna and chicken
– Healthy snacks like granola bars, crackers, dried fruits, popcorn
– Baking supplies like sugar, salt, 2lb bags of flour, baking soda/powder
– Spices like paprika, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, etc
– Pasta sauce, sticks of butter, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pads, tampons, etc.

We are also taking clothing donations! Please drop off donations at Campus Ministry, the Welcome Desk in Christensen, or the Campus Cupboard table in the Foss Lobby.

Here are the Cupboard hours this week:
M 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
T 8am-1:40pm, 2pm-6pm
W 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
Th 8am-9:30am, 10am-1:45pm, 3:30pm-6pm
F 8am-9:15am 10am-6pm

Thank you!

Contact Janet at with any questions/comments/concerns.

Campus Cupboard is the food pantry on campus, open to all students and run by students. Help keep us open by donating groceries/clothing/ and other items!

Career Services Drop In Hours

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Do you have a quick question about your resume? Registering an internship? Deciding on a major? Finding or applying for any opportunity? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).
Mondays and Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Free Pizza and Service Learning Hours with Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 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 remaining core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

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.

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Registration Deadline Extended: MŌVEmber Steps Challenge

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There are 2 extra days to REGISTER for the MŌVEmber Steps Challenge, which will help you get out of your seat and get moving as you increase your daily step count. Are you ready to walk your way to better health?

Join the fun–Register at the following link: (Registration closes midnight on October 31st)

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes. There also might be some other award categories to spice things up…

*Registration is required for participation. Challenges rules, details, and tracking tips will be sent to registered participants on November 1st. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

Temporary Outgoing Mail Change

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Effective today, USPS mail will be posted at full first class rate and we will be unable to accept bulk/standard mailings while we search for a new daily mail service. Depending on the size of your bulk mail project, we may be able to send out the entire project (addressing, stuffing, etc.) to a different vendor for a reasonable cost. Ask Les or Gao in the Copy Center or call x1054.

Director in Rochester Candidates – Campus Visits start on Thursday

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The first of our three candidates for the position of Director in Rochester will be on campus in Minneapolis (morning) and in Rochester (afternoon) on Thursday 2nd November. Credentials for the first candidate will be posted in Thursday morning’s A-mail.
The Open Forum for the first candidate will be on Thursday 2nd November, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester. A zoom link will be available for faculty and staff in Minneapolis.

The Open Forum sessions for the other candidates are listed below:
Thursday 9th November, 230-330pm – Open Forum in Bethel 214, Rochester.
Friday 10th November, 2 – 3pm – Open Forum Lindell 202, Minneapolis

A feedback form will be available for each session so that participants may provide input to the search committee.

Event Announcements

Honduran LGBTQ and Indigenous Human Rights Speaker, Nov. 1st.

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Gaspar Sánchez, Honduran human rights defender and sexual diversity coordinator at COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras), will be on campus on Wed., Nov. 1st. You are invited to join us at these events:

Uniting to resist attacks on our Land and Identities: Building on the Queer Indigenous Framework in the Americas.
• 11:10-12:20 in the Chapel
• 1:50-3:00 in Old Main 105
Gaspar will present on how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures. Gaspar will also discuss what you can do in solidarity with COPINH and others facing repression in Honduras, including supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR1299). (This presentation will be translated into English.)

• 12:30-1:30: FREE LUNCH and conversation with Gaspar.
Drop in and participate in an open discussion with Gaspar and others present. Our goal is to promote the exploration of connections and shared stories of challenges across international borders. No Spanish is required.
Augsburg Room, 2nd fl. Christensen.

Co-sponsored by: Augsburg Center for Wellness and Counseling, Augsburg LGBTQIA+ Student Services, the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Department, Augsburg Students for Racial Justice and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

Click here for more information on Gaspar

In One Week: Benefits Open Enrollment

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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 soon.

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

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

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA–Only a Few Spots Left

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THIS WEEK, 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

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (open to all STEM students): Crafting Compelling Personal Statements (TODAY)

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Join us for the last AugSTEM workshop* of the term!

Monday, Oct 30: Crafting Compelling Personal Statements. Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO).

Time: 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM. (Similar content will be presented in each time period). Pick whichever time works best for you.

Location: Marshall Room, Christensen Center

*Workshop is open to all interested students.

Farewell to Carrie Shidla – October 30th

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It is with mixed emotions that I announce Carrie Shidla’s resignation from Augsburg effective October 31st. She will be joining Normandale Community College as their Associate Director of Advising and Career Services.

We will be honoring Carrie on Monday, October 30th from 2:30 – 4 pm in the Christensen Center Art Gallery. Short remarks will be made at 3:00 pm and all are welcome to attend.

In her 14+ years of service, Carrie has developed strong and lasting relationships across campus with faculty, staff, and students. In Academic Advising, Carrie restructured first-year advising and registration several times, adjusting for changing software–and most importantly–student need. She developed a reputation as a strategic problem-solver.

In August of 2016, Carrie joined a newly designed graduation and transfer team in the Registrar’s Office. She quickly embraced her new role and has brought a deeply student-centered perspective to the work. Her ability to navigate complex curricular nuance has led to the implementation of several process and policy changes that have and will continue to impact the recruitment, matriculation, and graduation of students.

We will all miss Carrie’s passion, expertise, positive attitude, and partnership. Please join us in celebrating Carrie and wishing her great success in her vocational journey.

Auggies Connect with Employers – 11/2

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Thursday, November 2nd
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center
3:00-5:00 p.m. (come and stay for as long as you like )

Students are invited to stop by this informal meet and greet to learn about internships and entry level careers, have their resume reviewed, and ask questions. All majors welcome.

Representatives from: Greater Twin Cities United Way, Anoka County, Lutheran Social Service, League of Minnesota Cities, and TC Habitat are eager to meet you.


Thomson Reuters Information Session Summer Internships

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Are you looking for a paid summer 2018 internship? TCI Solutions on behalf of Thomson Reuters is hiring! TCI Solutions is a certified minority and veteran-owned consulting firm committed to connecting employers to high quality, local and diverse students, and recent graduates. Thomson Reuters has 15 summer internships that are looking to fill. They are seeking students that will be entering their junior or senior year Fall 2018. They will also consider recent graduates.

Attend one of the following information sessions:
11:25 – 11:55 a.m or 4:30-5:00
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Strommen Career & Internship Center, Suite 100, Christensen

Tabling in Christensen Center – Lobby
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS: **job descriptions can be found in Handshake, by clicking on the Events tab

*Finance Intern
*Inside Sales Intern
*Marketing Intern
*Software Engineer Intern

Business casual attire

Pizza will be served – Register through Handshake by clicking on the Join Event button



Join Augsburg at MN Wild Game- Nov 2

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Celebrate and respect our veterans and our men and women in service by joining us for the 6th Annual Minnesota Wild Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night at the Xcel Energy Center on Thu, Nov 2 (The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and ticket collection will be at 6:00 p.m.)!

The Wild will take on the Montreal Canadiens in a game that shouldn’t be missed… the ticket price even includes a new custom designed Grunt Style T-Shirt and entry into a raffle for autographed items!

Ticket collection will take place in the lobby of the Xcel Energy Center at 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 2. Tickets cost $40 and seats are in Sections 227, 228, 229 and 230. Tickets for this event can be purchased at:



Join Augsburg at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Mixed Blood Theater Nov. 12

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Join us as we kick off our Auggies in the City series with our neighbor Mixed Blood Theater’s production of the Tony award winning play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. Included in your ticket is a pre-theater lunch starting & conversation at nearby Town Hall Brewery at 12:30p.m. where you can also collect your tickets. Tickets for this event are only $10!

Don’t miss out on this event- buy your tickets today!

Experiential Education Strategic Initiative: Brown Bag Lunch Forum

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As President Pribbenow announced at the All Hands Summit in September, experiential education is the focus for one of the university-wide strategic initiatives for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please join Elaine Eschenbacher and Green Bouzard of the Sabo Center on November 1 or 2 for a presentation on the initial goals for this strategic initiative, and participate in a conversation to help inform its early stages. Bring your lunch and join us!

When: November 1, 12-1 p.m., Riverside Room
November 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Riverside Room

Native American Film Series: INAATE/Se

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Save the Date! November 8, 2017 INAATE/SE [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./ it flies.falls./] here at Augsburg for a FREE screening.

This experimental documentary by Zack and Adam Khalil explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity.

Place and Time:
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series Website

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