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Fulbright: Live Abroad After Graduating

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Fulbright program participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities abroad. Each year, approximately 1,900 Americans traveling to more than 140 countries receive support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

If this program is something you are interested in, here is the first step towards applying:
• Call the URGO office at 612-330-1446, or email us at to schedule an appointment to meet with our staff

Competitive applicants will be:
• U.S. Citizen
• Senior, Graduate Student or Alumni
• Any major can apply
• GPA 3.4+

See our blog for Augsburg’s most recent Fulbright Scholars.

See our blog for Augsburg’s most recent Fulbright Scholars.

General Announcements

Augsburg Name Change: Department Name Change Checklist

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In fewer than 60 days, we officially will be Augsburg University.

Last week, department heads received email information specific to their department about the University Name Change. Please be sure to undertake this work so that our campus is transformed by September 1. Some of the major steps that department heads need to implement on behalf of the community include blocking time on calendars between August 28 through September 1 to implement the changes for which your department is responsible and reviewing your department’s University Name Change Checklist and download the University Name Change Master Task Tracker to track your implemented name changes

Two University Name Change Help Sessions remain and are a chance to get a project update and to ask any questions about your Department Name Change Checklist, or for any other name-change related queries. Sessions are:

August 2, 2017 at 1 p.m.—OGC 100
August 23, 2017 at 1 p.m.—OGC 100

Take a look at what’s new and underway on the University Name Change website under the “Updates.”

University Name Change Updates

Augsburg Total Wellness: Register for the Common Cents Campaign

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When it comes to financial wellness, there are few quick fixes. Taking the long view will pay dividends down the road and help you minimize the stress that often results when your financial house is not in order. Ultimately, this enhances your overall health and wellbeing, and improves life satisfaction. The Common Cents campaign is here to help you get your financial house in order!

REGISTER by July 16th at the following link:

What: 4 weeks for daily and weekly challenges aimed at helping you make healthy financial choices—the goal is to earn 3,000 points for the full 4 weeks!

Who: Faculty and Staff

When: July 17th through August 11th

Where: Anywhere! Keep track of your work with the Challenge Ledger

How: Earn points for completing daily challenges and weekly activities

-100 points for ANYTHING that helps you avoid a cost that has become a regular in your life
-250 points for completing each of the 4 weekly “long view” worksheets in the participant packet

Registration is required for participation. Detailed information and weekly reminders will be sent to registered participants beginning on July 11th. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

Welcome to New Program Coordinator in Namibia, Alex Sikume!

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Alex Sikume is our new Instructor for Political Science and Social Change in our semester program in Southern Africa: NATION BUILDING, GLOBALIZATION, AND DECOLONIZING THE MIND. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management majoring in Policy Analysis from School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China. He further holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and Industrial Psychology from the University of Namibia.

Alex worked for the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for ten years as a Development Planner dealing with issues of local government operations, administration and management. In 2011 he worked for the United Nations Development Programme as a Programme Officer. He further worked as Technical Advisor under the Building Local Capacity Project for Southern Africa within the Management Sciences for Health.

Alex has three years of experience working with the Namibia University of Science and Technology teaching courses ‘Governance and Politics in Africa’ and ‘Disaster Risk Management’. He also worked with the Namibia Business School of the University of Namibia as a tutor for a work based project course.

Faculty and Staff Construction Tours of Hagfors Center

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Augsburg faculty and staff are invited to sign up for a construction tour of the Hagfors Center. There are 10 faculty/staff tour dates offered. Now is the time to reserve your spot as space is limited during these final months of construction. Please visit for more information and online tour registration.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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Next week, TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, July 18 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, July 19 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, July 20 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Keeping Track of Auggies

Schield Says New Standards Promote Statistical Literacy

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Milo Schield, Professor of Business Administration, had his invited editorial (GAISE 2016 Promotes Statistical Literacy) featured in a special Statistical Literacy issue of statistical education’s premier journal: SERJ. GAISE are the guidelines for teaching introductory statistics. In the GAISE 2016 update, multivariate data and confounding were added as important topics. Milo has argued that confounding, alternate explanations and hypothetical thinking are what connect statistics to the liberal arts. In his editorial, he asserted that by adding confounding this update is “the biggest change in statistical education in decades” and “has done more to advance the cause of statistical literacy than
any previous paper, book, group or committee.” According to Google Scholar, Milo’s papers have been cited over one thouand times. Milo was the principle investigator in the 2001 grant Augsburg received from the W. M. Keck Foundation to promote statistical literacy as an interdisciplinary curriculum.


Hiring at Augsburg Bookstore

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Are you a student looking for a part-time job? Are you interested in working on campus, helping fellow Auggies find what they need to be successful students, being part of a great community and getting a discount at the bookstore?

If your answer is ‘Yes!’ then stop at our bookstore website,, and apply under careers. We are currently looking for booksellers to start August 1st – September 15th, with the opportunity to stay on and work throughout the academic year.

We look forward to hearing from you!