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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 1,400 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

Final Day to Nominate Faculty and Staff for 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 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 – Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms, pedagogies and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and their overall passion for teaching. Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty (2 courses per term or less).

Service – Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the college, community, or their discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees that impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

Scholarship – Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the college, or community.

Nomination deadline: February 20, 2017.

Submit a nomination using the online form on the CTL awards webpage.

Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire

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Faculty and staff are invited to this sabbatical reflection and luncheon featuring Education Professor Jeanine Gregoire. The title of her talk is ‰”Immigration, Migration and More: A yearlong journey to develop an Education semester abroad program in Mexico.‰”

This presentation highlights Minnesota-Mexico cultural, educational, economic and environmental connections and the rationale and framework behind the Education department semester abroad program. Dr. Gregoire will talk about how a spring break service learning trip to Cuernavaca in 2003 led to her sabbatical where she had the opportunity to explore and develop a new study abroad program with CGE-Cuernavaca, Mexico faculty and staff.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Global Education and Experience.

There are a limited number of spots available for this luncheon. Please click here to RSVP.

Speaking of Scholarship with Nancy Fischer

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For this spring‰’s installment of the “Speaking of Scholarship‰” series, Sociology professor Nancy Fischer will discuss her on-going research involving people who sell, purchase and wear vintage clothing, based on her survey research, interviews and attending vintage events. Her research explores what dressing in vintage clothing means to consumers in terms of nostalgia, aesthetics, and ethics. The title of Nancy‰’s presentation is ‰”Consuming Nostalgia: Are Vintage Clothing Consumers Caught in the Past?‰”

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

There are a limited number of seats available for this luncheon. Please click here to RSVP.

General Announcements

Apply for 2017-2018 Public Leadership Scholars Program

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Current sophomores and juniors:

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 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 the Sabo Center or the Christensen Center for Vocation websites, 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‰Ûªs 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 $1,500.

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

The John R. Mitchell Academy of American Poets Prize

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Augsburg undergraduate students are invited to enter the John R. Mitchell Academic of America Poets Prize, sponsord by Jean Mitchell in honor of John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet. The best group of three poems will be awarded a cash prize of $100 and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets. A poet not affiliated with Augsburg College will judge the contest.

Deadline for entries: March 17, 2017

Conditions of entry:
– Poems must be sent as separate attachments to
– Writers should put “Mitchell Prize” in the subject line.
– The email must contain the titles of the poems, the poet‰’s full name, campus address, and permanent address.
– Winners will be announced by Augsburg College in April.
– In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

Event Announcements

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!

Presidents’ Day (Today!): Obama Inaugural Poem

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As part of the First 100 Days events, everyone–faculty, staff, administrators, and students–are welcome to join us TODAY for a multi-voice reading of Elizabeth Alexander‰’s short but beautiful ‰”Praise Song for the Day‰” ( ), the poem she composed for President Obama‰’s First Inauguration. Raise your own voice with ours in the magnificent, unifying last stanza (there will be copies on site): 12:15-12:30 pm (between classes), TODAY, Monday, 20 Feb. (President’s‰ Day) in the OGC Atrium.

2017 Outstanding Staff Award Nominees

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All Augsburg staff are invited to the Staff Appreciation Event at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Hoversten Chapel. Staff Senate will honor staff who celebrated their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 35th anniversaries in 2016 as well as the nominees and winners of the Outstanding Staff Awards.

Nominees for Outstanding Newcomer Award
Mara Kilgore, Academic Affairs
Adam Troldahl, Registrar’s Office
Anthony Wilder, Residence Life

Nominees for Outstanding Staff Award
Katie Bishop, Academic Affairs
Thomas Carroll, Administrative Accounting
Mark Chamberlain, Marketing and Communication
Nate Hallanger, Academic Affairs
Verlon Moses, Custodial Services
Devon Ross, Undergraduate Admissions
Matthew Schornstein, Information Technology
Dennis Stuckey, Facilities Management
Rachel Svanoe, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
Minasie Theophilos, Custodial Services
Rebecca Waggoner, Alumni & Constituent Relations
Bill Wittenbreer, Library

Length of Service Awards
Wossene Dembel, 5 years
Jie He, 5 years
Paul Kienberger, 5 years
Seth Lienard, 5 years
Gobane Mudi, 5 years
Christine Oliver, 5 years
Susan Peacock, 5 years
Paul Raymond, 5 years
Stephanie Weiss, 5 years
Annette Carpenter, 10 years
Kevin Cheatham, 10 years
Stacy Cutinella, 10 years
Timothy Gormley, 10 years
Nathan Gorr, 10 years
Sarah Griesse, 10 years
Greg Holker, 10 years
Fatimah Kinaphone, 10 years
Nathan Lind, 10 years
Daniel Malvin, 10 years
Daniel Monsour, 10 years
Paul Pribbenow, 10 years
Mohamed Sallam, 10 years
Debra Shapiro, 10 years
Aregash Shokiyo, 10 years
James Shropshire, 10 years
Michelle Strauch, 10 years
Lula Temnewo, 10 years
Micheal Bloomberg, 15 years
Dianne Detloff, 15 years
Cathy Knutson, 15 years
Alyson Olson, 15 years
Olee Phommapheng, 15 years
Leif Anderson, 20 years
Doran Edwards, 20 years
Benjamin Kent, 20 years
Minasie Theophilos, 25 years
Michael Christianson, 35 years

For corrections to the length of service list, please email

Thank you!
Staff Senate

Staff Appreciation Awards 2017

Immigration and DACA information session by local attorneys

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Thursday, Feb. 23, attorneys from the Contreras Law firm will provide information on executive actions, immigrant rights, and updates on immigration law, and will be available for questions from individuals afterwards.

3:30-5:00 pm, Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building. Need more information – please contact Ann Garvey,

See “Corazón Eterno” at the Mixed Blood Theater for free!

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All students, staff and faculty are invited to join us on a cultural excursion to see ‰”Corazón Eterno – Always in My Heart‰” at the Mixed Blood Theatre on Fri., 2/24/17. This production is presented in English and Spanish.

Tickets are free if you sign up on this Google Doc by 4 p.m. the day of the performance. We will walk from campus to the theater together. If you have a mobility issue, we can arrange a ride for you.

For more information and to sign up, please go to this Google doc:

If you have questions, please contact either:
Kate Reinhardt,
Sarah Degnar Riveros, or
Mary Laurel True,

More information about the play:

This event is organized by the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Dept. and the Sabo Center.

Auggies Connect with Employers 3/2/17

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
3:00-5:00 p.m. (come and stay for as long as you like)
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center

Representatives are excited to meet students and answer questions about their field, offer tips for how to stand out in the job or internship search, and even review your resume. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about possible careers you could have after leaving Augsburg College. No appointment necessary ‰– feel free to dress casually.

Representatives include:
•Pocket Hercules – Pocket Hercules is a Minneapolis advertising agency and public relations firm providing advertising, PR, digital, social and integrated communications. Learn about internships and full-time opportunities.

•Anoka County – Staff of over 300 employees and volunteers serve the 4th largest county in the state. They offer a variety of careers and internships in all areas.

•Gillette Children‰’s Specialty Healthcare – Gillette has been a Twin Cities Top Workplace seven years in a row and is a National Top Workplace. They offer a number of volunteer, internship, and full-time entry level positions. Positions include computer science, customer service, healthcare professionals, administrative, accounting and more.

• League of Minnesota Cities – The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. The League serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services. They offer a wide range of positions in a number of city wide government,as well as, other organizations.


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Job opportunity for students!

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My name is Frankie McNamara, and I‰’m a student at Augsburg. I use a wheelchair and require assistance with daily living tasks. I’m looking to a personal care attendant (PCA). The pay is $12.80 an hour. I use a company called Lifeworks who pays the PCA. There is some paperwork and a background check that they require.
If anybody is interested/require more information please email me at