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Queen Esther and Purim Celebration with Augsburg Hillel

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Want to learn about one of the few female heroines in the Old Testament? Want to discuss how one person resisted tyranny and saved her people?

Join Augsburg Hillel on Thursday, March 1 from 4-5:30PM to read the Book of Esther to commemorate the holiday of Purim ( the Jewish version of Halloween). We will be meeting by the tables outside of the Foss Chapel.. Costumes are optional and holiday treats will be provided.

From Microinequities to Inclusion

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Fri, March 2, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Marshall Room

“From Microinequities to Inclusion” is a hybrid, group-format e-learning workshop that provides an introduction to the concept of microinequities: small, often subtle expressions of bias and exclusion. Relevant to employees of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all internal and external interactions. Participants explore microinequities across national cultures as well as cultures related to gender, ethnicity, language, generations, and sexual orientation, and will learn how to identify and respond to specific scenarios. Note: This workshop should be taken after “All About Bias” if possible. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at

To register for the event, use this link:

River Semester Fall 2018 – Apply Now

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Students interested in a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to travel the length of the Mississippi River as part of a full semester of courses should check out Augsburg’s River Semester program for Fall 2018. Students in the program will spend 100 days paddling from the Twin Cities, to St. Louis, Memphis, and beyond, before returning to the Twin Cities in December.

Courses offered include:

POL 241 Environmental and River Politics (meets Liberal Arts Foundation for Social and Behavioral Sciences)
ENV 310 Environmental Studies Field Seminar. Study grassroots organizing and meeting with stakeholders throughout the watershed.
ENV 120: Environmental Science (Science w/ Lab)
BIO 495: Topics:
POL/ENV/BIO 499 Directed Research Project (possible Keystone credit)
POL/ENV 399 Internship (with a river-related organization; some internships are paid)
KEY 490 Keystone
Other courses and specialized curriculum available by special arrangement
This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience requirement

Thanks to a generous donation from Pentair, there are a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 toward the program fees.

Apply by March 15, 2018

Full information and details at or by contacting the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away Office in Christensen Center or Prof. Joe Underhill at

River Semester Information and Application

General Announcements

Employer tabling in Christensen Center today

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Want to make a difference this summer? Come and talk to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN Thursday March 1st from 10:30 – 12:30 in the Christensen Center lobby. They have several summer job employment opportunities with flexible hours ranging from a few days a week to all summer employment. Opportunities will be working with students of various ages and service opportunities throughout the Twin Cities.

Faculty and Staff Grants for Sesquicentennial Projects

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The Sesquicentennial Academic Sub-Committee is looking for project ideas and project leaders that will make the celebration of our Sesquicentennial year a special year for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Augsburg. Funds are available for evocative projects of all kinds that reflect Augsburg’s mission, academic excellence and community. The 150th anniversary will be celebrated between Homecoming 2019 and Homecoming 2020. Our aim is to have all Sesquicentennial projects identified by Spring 2018.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all completed applications through the Google form ( The links to the form will be on the Academic Affairs website ( and Sesquicentennial website ( Applications are due April 15, 2018 for consideration.

Contact Darcey Engen for more information.

Make A Difference for Middle Schoolers (With Bonus Free Pizza)

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Do you want to earn service hours while making a difference for middle school students in the Twin Cities? Come judge debate rounds for the Minnesota Urban Debate League.

Middle school students will debate education reform, and we’re looking for caring students to judge them on their critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking. No debate experience? No problem – we’ll train you. Judges also enjoy free pizza.

Volunteer shifts last from 3:15 – 7:30 PM.

We’re still looking for judges for the following tournaments (named for famous former debaters):

Thursday – 3/1: Rosalind Franklin Tournament
Thursday – 3/8: Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink Tournament
Tues-Thurs 3/13-3/15: Justice Sotomayor Conference Championships
Tuesday – 3/20: Winona LaDuke Middle School City Championships

Please direct any questions to, or stop by our office in Foss 18.

Click the link below for more information and to sign up:

Volunteer With Us

Great Colleges to Work For Survey: Be Heard

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Augsburg University is participating in the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey. The survey opened Monday, February 19 and will remain open until Monday, March 5. Eligible participants received an email from ModernThink which contained a survey invitation and link to the survey.

Important things to note:
– Survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
– Your responses to the survey will be completely confidential. ModernThink LLC, an independent survey firm, will not provide Augsburg with any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.
– Your participation is very valuable and desired, but voluntary.
– Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the HR Moodle site:

Human Resources recognizes that many members of our community have work that does not require use of a computer, or who may not have a dedicated office. We will be hosting computer lab sessions for employees to ask any questions they might have, get assistance with the process, and complete the survey.

Final Lab Session (NOTE location change!):

March 2—10:00-11:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 201

Should you have questions, please contact Lisa Stock ( or 612-330-1783) or Nicole Peterlin ( or 612-330-1602) in Human Resources. Thank you for sharing your voice!

Kaycee Rogers Selected as Fellow

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Kaycee Rogers, Department of Education, was selected to be a Clinical Practice Fellow with the Association of Teacher Educators. The symposium was by invitation only and brought together scholars from across the nation who share a passion for putting clinical practice and boundary-spanning roles for university- and school-based professionals at the center of all teacher education endeavors.

2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards/Senior Leadership Society

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Nominations for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:( Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Applications are also open for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. (

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 19th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 8 from 5:00-8:00pm.

Music Therapy in China: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Course options:
-MUS 374, -MUS 474, or MUS 582. It also fulfills Augsburg Experience

Music therapists benefit greatly from exploring the evolution of music from one generation to the next, the way in which music is integrated into everyday life, and its role in health, healing, and well-being in China. Through visits to hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China. Students also engage in direct dialogue with Chinese music therapists and other rehabilitation therapists. The program allows participants to reflect on their own musical roots, and to discover how their own musical preferences have developed based on cultural experiences. We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Email, or 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

Share your Study Abroad/Away Story

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How was your experience on a Study Abroad or Away Program? Would you like to share your experience and maybe a few photos with your fellow Auggies? Auggies go on programs all over the world on short and long programs–share your story!

Share your story, give advice, or simply give us some feedback on how your program went.

Share your study abroad story here!

Event Announcements

Focused Conversations on Strategic Facilities Management

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The March Focused Conversation topic, strategic facilities management, will be facilitated by Beth Reissenweber, vice president of Finance & Administration and chief financial officer, and Rebecca John, vice president of Marketing and Communication.

The sessions are Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 7, at 12:30 p.m. — both in Oren 100. To add a session to your calendar, click on the link on the Inside Augsburg calendar or the All Hands page (login required).

SRJ – The Urgency of Intersectionality TODAY

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Students for Racial Justice is excited to invite you to join us in another video and discussion event! This time we will be watching a Ted Talk where Kimberlé Crenshaw talks about how race and gender bias combine can create even more harm.

After this 20-minute Ted Talk we will have a discussion while enjoying some yummy food!

OGC 100 at 6 PM on Thursday March 1st

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Concert on campus Saturday, Free student tickets

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“Call to Prayer,” a joint performance by The Augsburg Choir & The National Lutheran Choir will be held right here at AUGSBURG!

Saturday, March 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg University
General Public: Tickets Required
FREE tickets available for Augsburg Students with ID
(No parking permit needed for Lot L, Map)

General Public Tickets

What You Should Know About Social Security: Info Session

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Rhonda Whiteneck, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration will present a comprehensive look at Social Security benefits and the role they play in retirement. The presentation will include a look at how your age at retirement affects your benefits, who else is eligible to receive a benefit, and how you enroll. In addition, Rhonda will discuss Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, touching on penalties, creditable drug coverage and how Medicare affects HSA participation.

Not sure if you should attend? Are you planning to retire – soon or sometime in the future? Do you have parents, friends, etc. who will be retiring and could use a few pointers? Are you unsure how your and your spouse’s Medicare benefits coordinate? Do you have an HSA and wonder what will happen to it when you reach Medicare eligibility age? If you answered yes to any of these, this seminar is for you!​

When: March 13th from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Hagfors 150A

Native American Film Series: Native Americans on Law Enforcement, Justice, and Redemption

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Join us for an evening of short films focusing on issues of racism, law enforcement, and redemption from various Native American experiences. Our hosts represent two Native American media organizations-Vision Maker Media and MIGIZI Communications-which work with filmmakers to produce and distribute Native focused documentaries and shorts on issues important to Native American communities. The evening will include conversation and a variety of short films.

Location 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

Vocation Lunch with Robert Tom – March 29th

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom, Augsburg’s Ceramics and Sculpture Professor! This event will take place on Thursday, March 29th from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about robert tom and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

John N. Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Choral Leadership and Conducting presentation

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Faculty and staff are invited to a presentation by Dr. Kristina Boerger, candidate for the Schwartz Endowed Professorship in Choral Leadership and Conducting, on Tuesday, March 6, at 10:15 a.m. in Gundale Chapel in Hagfors Center. The campus community is invited. A meet-and-greet for Professor Boerger will follow. She promises dialogue and singing as part of her presentation!

Currently Director of Choral Activities at DePauw University, Dr. Boerger’s experience includes professional and university-level choral leadership as well as a wealth of interesting experiences outside the traditional choral milieu. Her CV is attached.

David Myers, on behalf of the choral leadership and conducting search committee.

Kristina Boerger Curriculum Vitae

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