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Free Trip to D.C. Holocaust Museum

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The Jewish Community Relations Council and Tolerance Minnesota are sponsoring a free one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Tour the permanent exhibit and special featured exhibits. Meet with a Museum education representative. Augsburg students who are selected to participate will receive a full scholarship (flight cost, meals, entrance fee) for participation.

Must be U.S. Citizen
Must be a registered, full-time Augsburg student, with at least one year left on campus
Must be a sophomore or above
Must have a 3.0 GPA or above

Applications are due by FEBRUARY 28th.

Additional information and the application can be found at:

HIS 195 in France This Summer

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This summer, examine the history of medieval pilgrimage through an online summer course that culminates with a one-week pilgrimage in Europe with Prof. Phil Adamo, as well as participants from around the world.

The 1230 Pilgrimage to Pluscarden Abbey, in which students will participate, recreates a pilgrimage undertaken by medieval monks from the monastery of Val-des-Choux in Burgundy, France to Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland. The entire pilgrimage traverses 1400 miles in 3 months, though students in the course will only participate in one of the first three weeks.

Apply by February 24!

More information and application here:

Study in China This Summer: Music Therapy, Social Work, Psych, Sociology Majors

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China has a long, rich music heritage that is well integrated into ancient healing practices. Through visits to Beijing area hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China.

This program will also spend several days at a burn camp in Chongqing. This is a free camp designed for children ages 6-18 who have experienced burns, but do not have access to outpatient treatment. The camp helps children develop communication and social skills, confidence, psychological well-being, and physical wound healing

We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

This program is designed for Music Therapy students, but would also be of interest to students in pre-med, nursing, psychology, social work, etc.

For more information, visit the program website:

Applications are due March 1

General Announcements

Student Inclusion Survey Open Through Feb. 24

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All Students! Watch for the email inviting you to complete the 2017 Student Inclusion survey. Last implemented in 2014, the results guided Augsburg’s work for the past couple of years. Led by the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, it is time to re-assess what is important for students – day, graduate, Rochester, evening, and transfer!

Please watch your email for the link to the survey. Answers are anonymous – the last question invites you to another link to enter a drawing for 1 of 3 Target gift cards, each $75.00.

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Augsburg Leadership Awards

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Hello student organization leaders,

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders and student organizations for their innovative and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 18th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Hoversten Chapel.

All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 10 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, visit:

Please email me with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Apply for 2017-2018 Public Leadership Scholars Program

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In any one of the programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in either the Christian tradition, interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn four upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science along with receiving a $2,000 scholarship.

Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is Monday, February 27, 2017.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

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? You will find the job description under the Human Resources website.

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at

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

Presidents’ Day: Obama Inaugural Poem

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As part of the First 100 Days events, there will be a multi-voice reading of Elizabeth Alexander’s short but beautiful “Praise Song for the Day” ( ), the poem Alexander composed for President Obama’s First Inauguration.

Come join us for this multi-voice reading and raise your own voice with ours in the incredible, unifying last stanza (there will be copies on site): 12:15-12:30 pm on Monday, 20 Feb. (Presidents’ Day) in the OGC Atrium.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: Register for the March Madness Fitness Challenge

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Hello Faculty and Staff,

Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to present, in partnership with our friends at the University of St. Thomas, the March Madness Fitness Challenge: Auggies vs. Tommies! Similar to the UST Challenge in years past, we’ve brought back this fun physical activity challenge to help inspire us to be more active and to ignite some healthy competition with our Tommie rivals. The objective is to track the most physical activity points over the course of 4 weeks, with a winner named each week. The institution with the most weekly wins will come out on top in this fitness challenge and earns bragging rights until the next year!

The competition begins on Wednesday, March 1 and ends on Tuesday, March 28.

What: 4 weeks of friendly and healthy competition

Who: Faculty and Staff

When: March 1-March 28, 2017

Where: Anywhere!

How: Earn points for every half hour of physical activity you log!

30 minutes of activity = 1 point
60 minutes of activity = 2 points

Note: Maximum of 14 points per person, per week.

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.

Join the fun–REGISTER by February 22nd at the following link:

Competition rules and details will be sent to registered participants on Thursday, February 23rd. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

9th Traditional Powwow

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Augsburg College’s 9th Traditional Powwow will be held on Saturday, March 25, on campus in the Si Melby Gymnasium. Grand Entries (beginning of a dancing session) will be at 1 PM and 6 PM, however dancing/ceremony will be all day until roughly 9 PM. You are free to come and go throughout the day as you wish. Honoring for our Augsburg American Indian Graduates will be at 3 PM.

You are welcome to come, bring your family and friends, purchase some craft items from our vendors, come support our American Indian students here at Augsburg by showing up and learning about our rich culture and traditions at our hosted Powwow on campus. Augsburg is one of the only colleges in the metro area to host a Powwow and the only private college!

NO ADMISSION COSTS – FREE! Find us on Facebook and invite your friends!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! If you are interested in volunteering at the concession stand, please email Athena Cloud, AISA Powwow Chair, at with your available time, t-shirt size and phone number. All volunteers get a t-shirt and much appreciation from us! We ask that people dedicate 2 1/2 hour time slots. Time slots to choose from are:

10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12:00-2:30 PM
2:30-5:00 PM
5:00-7:30 PM
7:30-10:00 PM (includes clean-up)

Pilamiya’ ye/Miigwech/Thank you!

Morning Chapel: Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen

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Join us for worship in the chapel at 10:40am: Vivian Jenkins Nelsen – diversity consultant, trainer, planner, researcher and lecturer – preaching. Musician: Heather Larson, piano.

Chapel Next Week:
• Monday, 2/20, 10:40am: Interfaith Youth Day of Service
• Tuesday, 2/21, 11:30am: Assessment Day – No Chapel Service
• Wednesday, 2/22, 10:40am: Dr. Paul C. Pribbenow, President of Augsburg College, preaching. Musician: Abby Salmonson, oboe.
• Thursday, 2/23, 11:30am: Worship with Word and Song
• Friday, 2/24, 10:40am: The Augsburg Jazz Ensemble

We gather in Hoversten Chapel – Everyone is welcome!

More information

Keeping Track of Auggies

7 Auggies Named Fulbright Semi-Finalists

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URGO is proud to announce that 7 Augsburg students/alums have been selected as Fulbright semi-finalists to the following countries: South Korea, Bulgaria (2 students), Czech Republic, Peru, Turkey, and Malaysia. The semi-finalist distinction means these applicants will be forwarded on to their host countries for further consideration. The U.S. Fulbright Commission typically sends twice the number of applicants as there are available positions to the host countries. Throughout the spring, host countries notify semi-finalists as to whether or not they have been selected as finalists. Being named a semi-finalist is considered a high level of achievement in an increasingly competitive landscape.

In addition to congratulating the semi-finalists, URGO wants to commend all students who applied for Fulbright as they worked equally diligently on their applications. We also want to thank the many faculty and staff interview panels as well as all letter writers who help provide a three-dimensional portrait of our Fulbright nominees.

Students: Please contact if you have an interest in applying for, or simply learning more about the Fulbright experience and application process.

Faculty: Please refer current students or alums to who you think might make solid candidates.


Girl Scout Cookie Time

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It’s that time of year for Girl Scout cookies. If you’d like to support my twin daughters and satisfy your annual cookie craving, please let me know. As a troop cookie parent, we’ve got plenty of stock. Boxes are $4 each (except for the gluten free, which are $5). Varieties available include: Thin Mints, PB Patties, PB Sandwiches, Shortbread, S’mores, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel Delites and Gluten Free Trios.

Contact me by email ( and I can make arrangements for delivery or pickup on campus.

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: