Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Christensen Center fire recovery and repair

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Christensen Center is on track to open the week of February 27, barring any complications with the mandatory city inspection needed prior to resuming food service from the Commons.
Staff and work crews are working around the clock to repair damage, clean, and return the kitchen to full operation.
Nabo cafe in Oren Gateway Center will continue to provide meal service to residents with meal plans and Einstein’s continues to operate for grab-and-go items. For a reminder about food service hours, see the A’viands website at

Teaching and Learning

Diversity Dialogue Reading Groups for Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Augsburg’s Center for Teaching Learning and Hmong Women Together, in collaboration with Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee and the Asian American Student Association are pleased to invite all interested students, faculty and staff to join us for a book club discussion of Kao Kalia Yang’s The Song Poet.

“From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children’s future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American’s Secret War. . . . The Song Poet is a love story — of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.” –Macmillan

CTL Diversity Dialogues are facilitated by Mzenga Wanyama, English, and Rachel Lloyd, Education.

A limited number of books are available for participants. Please RSVP for one of the two meeting times below.

Book Discussion Group 1:
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:30 pm in Marshall Room

Book Discussion Group 2:
Thursday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 pm in OGC 100

Students, faculty, and staff, click here to RSVP and receive a copy of “The Song Poet.”

Faculty, Submit CTL Grant Applications by February 15

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Applications are open now through February 15th for the 2017 annual CTL grants for faculty. Multiple recipients will be chosen for the three annual grants: the Scholarship Grant, Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant, and Integrated Course Design Grant.

See the calls for proposals below:

See the CTL grants webpage for links to the online application forms.

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service.

All faculty, including adjunct, or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Any member of the campus community – student, staff, or faculty – may nominate.

You may submit a nomination in one of three areas: Teaching, Service, or Service.

Nomination deadline: February 20, 2017

Read more about the three categories and submit a nomination on the CTL awards webpage.

Speaking of Scholarship and Sabbaticals – RSVP for Upcoming Luncheons Now

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The Center for Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Center for Global Education and Experience and the Christensen Center for Vocation, is offering a series of luncheons this spring featuring faculty scholarship and sabbatical work. These events have a limited number of seats, so please RSVP now!

Friday, February 24 | Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire | 11:30-12:30pm, Marshall Room

Monday, February 27 | Speaking of Scholarship with Nancy Fischer | 12:30-1:30pm, OGC 100

Thursday, March 2 | Speaking of Sabbaticals with Henry Yoon | 11:30-12:30pm, Lindell 301

Read more about these events and find links to RSVP on the CTL main page.

Building Democracy in “Trump Country” – Thursday, Feb. 9

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In an Appalachian coalfield county that voted 79% for Trump, Confederate flag-waving volunteer firefighters are working with punk anarchist environmentalists in a broad-based effort to build a democratic culture and economy. Join Ben Fink, organizer at the Appalshop, for a discussion about what’s happening in Letcher County, Kentucky, and what it could mean for us nationwide.

Building Democracy in “Trump Country”
A report and discussion with Ben Fink
Thursday, February 9
12-1:30 pm, OGC 100

Sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy & Center for the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

Visit URGO for Advising on Grad School Apps

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Applying to grad school? Come meet with URGO staff for individualized advising on finding and selecting programs, preparing for standardized tests, securing letters of recommendation, and writing application essays. We are here to help you through the process!

To make an appointment you can call the URGO office at 612-330-1446 or email us at

Present your research at Zyzzogeton — Register by March 1st

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 12th. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 1st.

For questions about registration or the event, please contact Lara Crombie (

General Announcements

NODAPL Meeting – Wednesday at 3:30 p.m

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There will be a meeting in OGC 202 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to discuss how the Augsburg community can help the No Dakota Access Pipeline effort. We will be discussing creating a documentary to educate people about the pipeline. This documentary which will include interviews with people who have been to Standing Rock. We will also be discussing Augsburg’s relationship with Wells Fargo because of Wells Fargo’s involvement with funding the pipeline. All are welcome to join us on Wednesday!

Outstanding Staff Nominations Due TODAY

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The Outstanding Staff Award is intended to recognize exceptional Augsburg staff members who exemplify the mission statement of the College through their actions.

Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, February 7 at 5 p.m. and may be submitted from any current staff, faculty, or student at Augsburg College; self-nominations are not allowed.

Five staff will be receive the Outstanding Staff Award and one will received the Newcomer Award. These individuals will be recognized at the annual Staff Appreciation Awards on Thursday, March 2 from 2–4 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Learn more and submit your nominations on the Staff Senate website

Summer Paid Camp Jobs -Tabling

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Do you need a summer job? Stop by the Christensen Center, Lobby from 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m on Tuesday, February 7th and visit with two camps that are hiring!

1)Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp from Northwest Montana is looking for camp counselors who want to work with and accompany kids ages 2nd grade through 12th grade. Spend your summer swimming, hiking, canoeing, worshiping, and growing in your faith with youth of all ages.

2)Luther Heights Bible Camp is a great opportunity for you to live out a concern for others, share the Gospel story of Jesus Christ, and to develop life-long friendships with others who also share in the desire to give of themselves in a Christian camping environment. Since 1952, Luther Heights has served youth and adults from all backgrounds, helping them to better know themselves, and to live creatively in community while experiencing God’s love.

Career Quick Stop

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Spring Semester: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.

These drop-in hours are designed to expand access to career coaches and to accommodate impromptu student career questions as they arise. During Quick Stop hours students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis for brief, 15-minute drop-in appointments. These times are meant for quick career questions, brief resume or cover letter reviews, or help getting started with an internship or job search.

Quick Stop is not intended to replace longer appointments, and we regret we cannot accommodate career assessment requests during Quick Stop hours (please schedule an individual appointment: 612-330-1148).

Information Sessions: Augsburg College Name Change to Augsburg University

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Join leadership of the Marketing and Communication division at one of two remaining information sessions to learn about work being done to prepare the Augsburg College community for the potential change of the name of our institution to “Augsburg University.”

You’ll learn about:
–A flexible messaging platform that allows members of the community to address Augsburg’s anticipated name change in meaningful and authentic ways and that address our reality, reputation, and promise.

–A new logo, spirit mark, and seal being developed and reasons and insight into the changes.

–A rough timeline for communicating the change, should it be approved by the Augsburg Corporation, to important audiences including throughout campus, with alumni and donors.

–Work done to date to prepare for the potential name change, including the development of a database to track all the places we will need to change our name from monument and freeway signs to letterhead and legal documents, and from athletics equipment and uniforms to business cards and anything else you can think of!

–How you can help Marketing and Communication make sure we don’t miss anything.

Informational sessions will be held:
1. Thursday, February 9; 2:00pm—OGC 100
2. Wednesday, February 15; 11:00am—OGC 100

We know we won’t be able to answer every question you might have just yet, but knowing what you are thinking about will help us prepare for some of the individual department meetings and summer trainings we anticipate.

This potential change will impact our community in small and large ways, and we’re looking forward to sharing where we are now, how you can support and participate in this project, and our next steps.

Register Now- MPCC Job & Internship Fair

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Cost $10
9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m (come and stay for as long as you are able)
For the 41st year, Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR, which stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. This Fair allows employers and undergraduate candidates to meet at the booths from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. while simultaneously allowing interviewing for either job or internship candidates until 5:00 p.m. The second day of the Fair (Thursday) will be exclusively for pre-select interviews.

The Fair is open to undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, and features more than 260 employers all under one roof!

To learn more and register visit

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2017

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2017 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status Spring 2018 and available to conduct research Summer 2018. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health). STEM Sophomores may also be eligible during this recruitment period; please contact us if you’d like more info on this.

The McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2018.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant at Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg College

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Students can now apply for the 2016-17 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg College. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2017, in the following areas:
-Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
-Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, February 24, 2017

NASA Scholarship Information

Summer 2017 Job Opportunity- ACYTI Mentor

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Looking for a cool job opportunity this summer? Consider applying to be an Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Mentor!

We are looking for SIX current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI).

Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) (link below) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An ACYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete 22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of June 24-30. Mentors will be paid a stipend of $1500.

Interested in applying? Visit the Human Resources employment web page (below).

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at

Brought to you by: Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and YFM

Wondering if you should attend the MPCC Job & Internship Fair

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MN Private College Job & Internship Fair – Prep Sessions
Are you registered for the MN Private College Job & Internship Fair? Are you still wondering if the fair is for you? You must pre-register for the fair which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd. To help you prepare the Strommen Career & Internship Center will be holding a number of prep sessions (you only need to attend one) on the following days:

Thursday, February 9th – 11:30- 11:50
Monday, February 13th – 10:40-11:00
Thursday, February 16th 11:30- 11:50

To register for the fair and to learn more go to

If you have questions, please call 612-330-1148

Dry weather helps roof work advance on the Hagfors Center

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This week’s Hagfors Center construction update includes daytime and pre-dawn exterior photos flexible classroom and lobby entrance areas of the building, as well as updates on the following:

[1] Pre-cast exterior brick, including a photo of sections of precast on the construction site ready to be installed
[2] Lobby exterior
[3] Brick wall on flexible classroom
[4] Roof work
[5] Window frames and glass, including a photo of the windows on the west side of the north wing

The full summary is on the Hagfors Center web site (see link below). You also can subscribe to regular emails about the Hagfors Center construction project on that site.

See the full construction update for the week of February 6, 2017

Event Announcements

100 Days: Presidents’ Day Event

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As part of the First 100 Days events, English Prof Doug Green is organizing a multi-voice reading of Elizabeth Alexander’s “Praise Song for the Day” (see link below), the poem Alexander composed for President Obama’s First Inauguration. But to do so we need voices–ideally people of as many different backgrounds as possible, because that is who “we” living in this country are.

Green is divvying up the stanzas to groups who want to read in unison. If you or faculty, staff, and/or students you know are interested, please contact him (MEM 223, x1187, He’ll assign you and your group a stanza. If you want to request one, that will work on a first-come, first-served basis for a while. This event will be impromptu in the sense that we’ve got one shot at it when we meet on the 20th. The 14th stanza and the additional final line all the participants and even willing auditors (there will be extra copies of the poem) are reading together.

We hope you’ll join us as participant and/or auditor. The reading will take place 12:15-12:30pm on Monday, 20 Feb (Presidents’ Day) in the OGC Atrium. People reading odd-numbered stanzas will do so from the balcony overlooking the Atrium and the even-numbered stanza readers will respond from the main floor. Readers have to project, but the acoustics are good: our voices will resonate–loudly, variously, messily, humanely!

Teach In: General Strikes in History and Practice–Wed., Feb. 8, 12:30PM-1:30PM–

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Please join Lars Christiansen, Jacqui deVries, and Michael J. Lansing in the Student Lounge of the Christensen Center for this teach-in on the history of general strikes as a strategy for social change. As part of Augsburg’s “100 Days of Engagement” programming, this informal event is open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Bring your lunch and learn more about how general strikes work, the ways in which they are (and aren’t) effective, and the possibilities they hold for advancing agendas.

Interfaith @ Cedar Commons: Faith and Human Rights

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Interfaith @ Cedar Commons: Faith and Human Rights
THIS THURSDAY, February 9th 6:30-8:30pm

Come join us for a meal and lively discussion on how our engagement with human rights work is informed by our faith and spiritual traditions! We will hear from three speakers and then discuss over delicious food from Holy Land.

* How do our belief systems or faith communities compel to us to respond to the violation of human rights?
* Are there ways that your faith has also been manipulated/abused to perpetuate injustice?
* How do you resist the violation of your rights?

SPEAKERS: Bahgat Elsagher, Brenda Elsagher and Vanessa Taylor.

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.

This gathering is hosted by the Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars. For more info about Interfaith @ Cedar Commons, join our Facebook group: “Interfaith @ Cedar Commons” and contact Rachel Svanoe with questions (

Cedar Commons [2001 Riverside Ave. S, Minneapolis MN]

Interfaith Mini-Convo: Malick Ceesay ’17

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Join us in the chapel today at 11:30am for an Interfaith Mini-Convo – Malik Ceesay ’17 Senior Chapel, with musician Imani Waters.

Chapel this week:
Wednesday, 2/8, 10:40am: Worship with a special blessing & sending for Ben Krouse-Gagne. Musicians: The Riverside Singers, directed by Nancy Grundahl.
Thursday, 2/9, 11:30am: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Riverside Church, NYC
Friday, 2/10: No Chapel Service – Batalden Convocation

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center – Everyone is welcome!

More information

Thursday, Register today! February 9: 2nd Annual Fosdick Lecture

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Join the Augsburg College Office of Campus Ministry on Thursday, February 9, 2017, for ”Good News/Bad News: Preaching the Gospel and the Headlines,” the second Fosdick Lecture on Preaching. We welcome the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, New York, who will be the featured lecturer and preacher.

9:30 a.m.: Coffee & Registration
10 a.m.: Lecture
11:30 a.m.: Chapel Service

This event will be held in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Register today!

Augsburg Total Wellness: Financial Wellness Lunch & Learn

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Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to announce a brown bag lunch and learn to focus on Financial Wellness. Auggie Professor Marc McIntosh will be presenting–Friday, February 10 from noon-1 p.m.

Feel free to bring your lunch and join us in Si Melby 206!!

Questions? Contact Nicole Peterlin at

Executive actions – what are they?

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Recent executive actions by President Trump have raised concerns, met campaign promises, and prompted protests. A panel of faculty and staff – some licensed attorneys in Minnesota – will provide brief information on executive actions – What can Congress do..or not? What can legal challenges do…or not?

Andy Aoki, and Milda Hedbloom, Political Science, Bob Groven, Communications, Ann Garvey, Student Affairs, and Katie Bishop, Student Success, will provide an opportunity for the community to get information.

Wed., Feb. 8, 11:30 am-12:30 pm , OGC 100

Off Campus Studies Fair on FRIDAY!

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Would you like to study abroad, study somewhere else in the USA, or maybe do an international internship?

Come check out your options for studying off campus at the Off Campus Studies Fair in Christensen Center on Friday, Feb. 10.

Talk to program representatives, grab a snack, and enter to win awesome prizes such as travel gear and gift cards!

Get additional Fair details here!

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search

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Registration for the third annual Jump Start Your STEM Job Search event is now open.

Date: Saturday, February 18
Time: 8:15 AM – 2 PM
Location: Foss Center

Sponsored by Boston Scientific, Thomson Reuters, Proto Labs and Jamf Software, Jump Start is a professional development opportunity for STEM majors.

The event will include opportunities for feedback on your resume or LinkedIn profile, workshops on interviewing and job search tools, and networking with STEM professionals. Continental breakfast, Steve Wozniak’s Learn Different presentation and lunch are included.

Questions? Contact:

Link to Jump Start Registration

Movie Screening – THIS WEDNESDAY – FEB 8

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At a moment marked by fear of Islam in a variety of global (and local) contexts, you are invited to attend a more hopeful story. Combatants for Peace (CFP), an alliance of Israeli and Palestinian ex-combatants, use theater as a tool for conflict transformation.

A new documentary film traces the origins and work of the organization. Come see the Minneapolis premiere of DISTURBING THE PEACE!

Screening will take place:
When: Wednesday, February 8th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Where Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue

The screening is a free event and is open to the public. No reservation is available so we encourage you to arrive early to claim your seats.

Post-show screening conversation will take place with CFP members Chen Alon and Mohammed Ouwa moderated by TAD Professor Sonja Kuftinec.

Co-sponsored by: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and Institute for Advanced Study, Augsburg College – Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and East Side Freedom Library

Note: The film does contain some scenes of graphic violence from the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Disturbing the Peace

Focused Conversations on Strategic Planning – Today and Tomorrow

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The Focused Conversations today and tomorrow will launch the next phase in Augsburg’s long-range strategic planning. The initiative, called Commission150, will engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, regents and other community members in developing a strategic plan that looks beyond Augsburg’s 2019 sesquicentennial. President Paul Pribbenow will facilitate the conversations today and tomorrow:

Tuesday (TODAY), February 7, 2 p.m., Oren 100 (remote access will be available for this session)
Click to add to your calendar:

Wednesday (TOMORROW), February 8, 9:30 a.m., Oren 100
Click to add to your calendar:

See the full All Hands schedule (login required)

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Great Job For A College Student

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Are you looking for a fun, relaxed gig with flexibility???
Are you a motivated, reliable, honest, friendly person who loves to sell?!?

We are a locally owned clothing company in search of the best candidates to market and sell our expressive tees. We offer flexible scheduling, fair commission, and bonuses. This is a great gig for a student who has access to college campus. If you are self-motivated and would like some extra pay in your pocket this could be a good fit for you. You must have reliable transportation and be willing to work booth events in the local area as well. So if you’d like to get involved with a relaxed, fun, forward thinking brand. Contact us for details: