Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Teaching and Learning

Five More Days This Semester: Find the WL Now

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Deadlines are looming! Find help in the Writing Lab to finish your papers, reports, applications, resumes — whatever you need to write or revise before the term ends. The writing tutors are ready to help in the WL located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Tutors will work with any Augsburg student with any writing assignment during these hours:

Mondays: 11:10 a.m.–1:40 p.m.; 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m.; 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:30–6 p.m.; 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays: 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m.; 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays: 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays: 5–8 p.m.

Note: The last day of spring semester in the WL is Wednesday, April 26. The lab will reopen on May 8 with reduced summer hours.

General Announcements

Support for Faculty Travel to Nicaragua

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A reminder that Steve Sheppard and Mark Lester, representatives of the Winds of Peace Foundation (WPF), will be available to meet with faculty interested in travel to Nicaragua that supports teaching and research interests. WPF has offered to provide financial support for projects; it has a particular interest in supporting work with curricular impact. Join them TODAY, Fri., 4/21 in the NPPF Suite (Memorial Hall 20) between 2-3:15, to learn more. All faculty are welcome. (See also Provost’s email of 4/17/2017.)

#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign – Video Contest

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Members from across more than 3,000 U.S. universities and colleges are dedicated to extending a warm welcome to international students around the world. Do you want to show your support and build upon the coalition of welcoming campuses and organizations? If the answer is YES, we invite you to send a 2-3 minute video sharing Augsburg’s commitment to a diverse, supportive, and safe environment to all students. All submissions received by May 5 will also be entered into a drawing for a $300 Travel Certificate and one of two $50 Amazon gift cards!

Questions and video submissions can be sent to: Tracy How – 612-330-1359 –

P.S. For ideas, check out the #YouAreWelcomeHere to see what other universities and colleges have come up with.

Audition for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Choir

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Auditions for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Choir will be held in the Music Building (Choir Room – M3) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24, 25 and 26.

HISTORY: The choir, now in its 84th year, is one of Augsburg’s oldest ongoing organizations. For the past 37 years it has been the anchor ensemble of the college’s Advent Vespers which is attended by some 8000 people each year.

THIS NEXT YEAR: Mark Sedio (’76) will continue as conductor for this forthcoming academic year. In addition to his role at Augsburg, Sedio is Cantor (Director of Music) at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. He is a widely published composer, choral and organ clinician, stand-up comedian, teacher and a specialist in multi-cultural/world music. This forthcoming year the choir will not only focus on choral repertoire from Europe (i.e. Iceland, Slovakia, Germany, Estonia), the United States and Latin America – but will partner with the National Lutheran Choir and Palestinian ethnomusicologist Zafer Tawil for a program highlighting music of the Middle East and North Africa.

SCHEDULE: The Augsburg Choir meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:00 (usually 5:40 to accommodate evening classes).

WHO? YOU! Membership in the choir (by audition) is open to ANY and ALL Augsburg undergraduate students – regardless of discipline/major. Over the years we’ve worked out schedules to include those involved in athletics (football, soccer, lacrosse) and theater.

HOW? Sign-up sheets for auditions will be available at the CHOIR DESK in Christensen Hall (10:30 to 11:30) and will then be posted outside the choir room in the music building. No preparation necessary.

Audition Schedule:
Monday, April 24, 3:45 to 4:45
Tuesday, April 25, 4:00 to 5:45
Wednesday, April 26, 3:45 to 4:45

If you have questions – please contact Mark Sedio at

Help Needed for Commencement-AU/Grad

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Are you wanting to take part in Commencement as we send off our graduating seniors? Help with staffing Commencement! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal as well as ushering and ticket taking at the ceremony for they strongly contribute to the success and smooth flow of the event. There is also the chance to see some of the ceremony with most ushering responsibilities.

Help is most needed at the AU/Grad Ceremony, but also:
-Rehearsal: Thursday, April 27 from 4:00-6:45 p.m.
-Undergraduate Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.
-Adult Undergraduate/Graduate Studies Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Please sign up today by contacting Katie Radford at .

Take a Break With Campus Kitchen!

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Because FOOD. Because FUN. Because NEIGHBORS. Because HELP!!! You have lots of options: Monday – Thursday, 4-5:30pm with the Brian Coyle Center youth; Tuesday, 11:30-1pm with adults at the Peace House; Thursday, 11:30-1:30pm with seniors at Ebenezer Tower and the Seward Towers (exercise included with lots of stairs!); Friday, 5:30-7:30pm with Ebenezer Tower seniors. Sign up to join us on one (all?) of these meals!

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Event Announcements

You’re Invited – Spring Brunch May 6th

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Please join us for the annual SPRING BRUNCH sponsored by the Augsburg Associates on Saturday, May 6, in Hoversten Chapel, beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. The theme is Bon Voyage – Augsburg’s Alumni Travel Program. Katie Koch ’01, director of alumni and constituent relations, will share her experiences and photos from the recent trip to Germany, which celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and will speak about the history of the travel program. Professor Kathy Swanson, who led the January 2017 trip to Thailand and Cambodia, will highlight her travel stories and photos. The cost of this event is $30 per person. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a student for $30. Friends, family, and all Augsburg alumni welcome! Registration deadline is April 24. Register now at or call Becky at 612-330-1085 with your credit card information.

The Screen and The Female Gaze

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Saturday: June 17, 9 am to 6 pm
Instructor: Jila Nikpay
In this class designed for women of all backgrounds and communities, we turn to female directors such as Lynne Ramsay, Jane Campion, and Claire Denis for inspiration in visual storytelling.

Course includes: screening of scenes and learning how the meaning is constructed through film language, generating ideas for short scenes, creating a shot list, principal photography, and editing.

Student Receives Prestigious Boren Award

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Jubilee Prosser received the 2017 Boren Scholarship, $8,000 for summer language and cultural study in Tanzania. Jubilee is our first recipient ever (or at least for many years). Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Jubilee is double majoring in biology and environmental studies while minoring in political science. A Presidential Scholar and Honors Program Participant, she also conducted URGO summer research with Dr. Emily Schilling, completed the River Semester and a 4-month study abroad experience in Kenya. Her long-term plans are to earn a Master’s of Public Health degree in epidemiology or environmental health. Because of her long-term goals, Jubilee has decided to turn down the Boren award to conduct research with epidemiologist Mark Travers at the Roswell Park Institute for Cancer Research in Buffalo, New York this summer. She is considering applying for Boren again at the graduate level.

Boren has opportunities for semester ($10,000) to one year ($20,000) study abroad experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the shorter summer experience for STEM undergraduates. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

If you are interested in learning more about Boren talk to one of our Boren Campus Representatives: (1) Andrea Dvorak, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study, Center for Global Education and Experience or (2), Dixie Shafer, Director of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO). You should also visit

West Bank Greener and Cleaner-Earth Day Celebrations

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West Bank Clean-up: Friday and Saturday, April 21 – 22nd, 10am-12pm

In 2017 we’re focusing on making the West Bank greener *and* cleaner, and what better weekend to celebrate that than Earth Day weekend?! Stop by our table April 21 or 22, from 10am-12pm. In addition to tasty snacks, we’ll have information about garbage and recycling can adoption, neighborhood clean-ups, and graffiti removal. We’ll also be distributing graffiti removal kits and supplies and will have sign-up sheets for hosted clean-ups.

Help us reach our targets! Our goals this year are: 5 more adopted trash cans, 10 *NEW* recycling cans, and 5 extra clean-ups.

Stop by for more information, to sign up, OR to pick up supplies for your earth day cleanup activities!

We’ll be hosting a table out on the Cedar Cultural Center’s Plaza.

Neighborhood Clean-ups: Saturday, April 22

Riverside Park 9:00am-11:30am (2820 S 8th St.)
Bluff Street Park 9:30am-12:00am (1 20th Ave S.)
Currie Park 1:00pm-3:00pm (500 15th Ave S.)

Lots of our neighborhood youth are volunteering for clean-ups, washing windows, and more! Following the clean-up activities, we will be hosting a dinner for volunteers. If you’d like to donate food or funds to help support recognition, please contact Coach Weber –

And happy Earth Day!!!

Honduran Writer and Singer On Campus Today

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Event featuring 2 amazing artists from Honduras… Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara.

Friday, April 21st 1:50pm-3:00pm, Foss Studio

Melissa Cardoza’s book “13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance” tells 13 stories of women who joined the resistance to the U.S. backed 2009 coup d’etat. Melissa is a fearless Afro-indigenous journalist, poet, writer, and feminist organizer from Honduras.

Melissa will be touring with her fellow member of the Honduran Red de Defensoras (or network of women rights defenders) and beloved jazz/folk protest singer Karla Lara, who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice for the resistance. Both of the women were close friends of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous leader and organizer of COPINH, who was assassinated for her work in defense of the Lenca people and against patriarchy, capitalism, and racism. This book and this tour are dedicated to Berta.

Here is an excerpt of the book’s review by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza:
“13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance by Melissa Cardoza is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the many contours of Honduran feminists fighting for self-determination and dignity. These stories of bravery, of struggle and pain, and ultimately of a resilience rooted in a love for freedom will grip your heart. Cardoza is brilliant in storytelling, and ensures that, in memory of our sister Berta Caceres, feminisms are three dimensional and span multiple experiences—trans, Black, elderly, and more. The lessons contained in these stories offer important reflections for all revolutionaries.”

Co-sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Celebration of Music and Community at Redeemer Lutheran

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Come celebrate community, diversity, and fantastic Gospel Music during the Celebration of Music and Community Potluck at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis, on April 29 at 4 pm. The concert will feature the Bethel Lutheran Church Gospel Choir from Chicago, Dave Sherer AKA Agape, The Redeemer Music Team, and many more. There will be a delicious potluck and time of fellowship following the celebration. Please come, celebrate, bring a dish to share, and fellowship with us on April 29 at 4 pm. All are welcome, spread the word!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Student Wins NSF Grad Award

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Augsburg senior Mike Alves (chemistry) has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines. NSF received 13,000 applications this cycle and awarded 2,000 grants. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution).

Mike is a transfer student from MCTC who was afforded the opportunity to conduct URGO research with Dr. David Hanson the summer prior to starting at Augsburg through AugSTEM grant (Rebekah Dupont PI) funding. That fall he continued working with Dr. Hanson and was admitted to the McNair Scholars Program. The following summer he conducted research at the University of California San Diego, where he has decided to pursue a PhD in chemistry and biochemistry.

Congratulations, Mike. We all look forward to observing your contributions to science.

Two Fulbright Winners; Two Fulbright Alternates

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Overview of 2016-2017 Fulbright Results
Of the seven Augsburg students named Fulbright semi-finalists, two were named awardees, two were named alternates, one is still waiting to hear from Peru and one, who applied to Turkey, learned the program has been cancelled this cycle due to political unrest.

Two Fulbright Winners; Two Fulbright Alternates
Rachel Frantz (2017, biology, lacrosse, cross country, choir) awarded English Teaching Assistant grant to Malaysia. She also has been admitted to a PhD program in Marine Biology with full funding at the University of Southern California–Los Angeles. She will attend six months of graduate school, teach for a year in Malaysia and then return to her PhD studies.

Hannah Frey (2015, international relations, history, Honors Program, orchestra) awarded an English Teaching Assistant grant to South Korea.

Hannah Schmidt (2017, sociology, religion, biology, Presidential Scholar, Honors Program, choir) named alternate for an English Teaching Assistant grant to Czech Republic.

Erica Byer (2017) English as a Second Language, music, German, Presidential Scholar, Honors Program, orchestra, band) named alternate for English Teaching Assistant grant to Bulgaria.

Congratulations to all applicants. Thanks to those who wrote letters of recommendation and served on interview committees.


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