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URGO Research and Travel Grants Available

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of student research. Students who are interested in conducting research during the year are encouraged to seek out ongoing faculty research projects that they may join.

URGO also offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $850 for students who have been accepted to present their research at a professional conference.

Both applications can be found on the URGO website. The funds may be used at any time during the academic year, however the grants are given out on a rolling basis, so we recommend interested students apply in the fall.

If you have any questions about these grants, please contact Kirsten O’Brien ( or x1446), Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist.

Guest Lecturers and Events for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Convocation

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With regular classes not meeting on Friday, Sept. 15th, the Augsburg community will have the opportunity to hear from the following speakers, including the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, Olav Njolstad, Ann Bancroft, Barbara Bush, Elijah Anderson, and many more.

9:00-10:45 Opening Plenary on The Power of Dialogue: a Conversation with Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet and Olav Njolstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Moderated by PBS’s Fred de Sam Lazaro.

11:15-12:30 Breakout sessions:
Inter-Religious Inspirations for Peacemaking

The Role of Artists in the Promotion of Peace and Social Justice

Strengthening Democracy and Human Rights after the Arab Spring: Part I
Seeking Peace in the Wilderness

Healthcare and Peacebuilding in Africa Workshop for Practitioners and Delegates

Race and Space: Keynote by Elijah Anderson’

Dialogue across the Red-Blue Divide: Reporting out on the One America Bus Tour and High-Level Dialogue

1:45 – 3:00 Breakout sessions:

Responding to Domestic and Regional Challenges after the Arab Spring

Practical Organizing and Mobilizing Tools for Peace Building

Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project wit

Thor Heyerdahl Lecture: Access Water – Inspirations and Visions

Nonviolence Responses to Extremist Violence

Healthcare and Peacebuilding in Africa: Charting a Path Forward

3:30 – 5:00 Closing Plenary on Peace by Design: What Will it Take to Bring Peace to Our Cities?

Evening Activities:

Tree Planting Ceremony with Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Pastor Hagander, along with Native Spiritual Leaders, Sonja Hagander, other faith leaders and Interfaith Fellows

Theater Performance Silence is Health

Cienaños, Project TwentyThirty, local artists tbd

Co-sponsored Concert Event. All Ages event.

Cocktails at the Castle

Local musicians and student art exhibit. (21+ event. Separate ticket required from ASI)

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the projects or innovations and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,000. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website. Completed applications must be submitted to by Thursday, September 21st. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1441, or stop in at Science 152.

Study in UK on Winter Break – Apply by Sept. 30

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Take your winter break to a new level – study abroad!

The winter break program, From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK, will examine the connections among popular culture, politics, and youth activism in 20th and 21st century Britain. Travel to the UK from December 28 to January 7!

The course, WST 220, is 4-credits and can fulfill a Humanities credit, or a requirement for WST majors/minors or for Youth Studies minors. This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

APPLICATIONS are DUE SEPTEMBER 30. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Short Term Study Abroad/Away – Winter, Spring, and Summer

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The Center for Global Education and Experience is accepting applications for all of the Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer 2018 short-term study abroad programs! Check out these great options, good for any student:

WINTER BREAK 2018 – Apply by September 30!
-Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK

-Model UN in New York (travels slightly after spring break)
-Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico

-Thailand & Laos: Diversity and Inequality in Global Professional Practice
-Denmark & Iceland: The Dark Side of the Happy City
-Interfaith Engagement in Palestine & Israel
-Economics & Cultural Change in Greece
-Art Performing Social Change in Puerto Rico
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Check here for program details and application information

General Announcements

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Last Name Change Update: A New Day

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On Tuesday, September 5, 2017—now recognized by the state of Minnesota as “Augsburg University Day”—hundreds gathered to celebrate the Augsburg University name change. For months now, students, faculty and staff, and alumni have been carrying out tasks big and small to prepare for the official change and the reveal. And thanks to the hard work of our events team, led by Jodi Collen, our day of celebration did not disappoint.

Read more and view Pribbenow’s convocation and celebration messages in our final University name change update.

Augsburg University: A New Day

Donate Your Spanish Book

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Do you still have your copy of the Spanish 111-112 textbook ¡Arriba! that you’d be willing to give to a Auggie? We are collecting used copies of the textbook, and gently used or clean copies of the student activities manual workbook to share with Augsburg students in need of a copy of the textbook. To arrange to drop off used ¡Arriba! 6th edition books, please contact Prof. Sarah Degner Riveros at ¡Gracias!

Metro Transit Deal for New and New Transfer Day Program Students

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Metro Transit is offering a splendid discount on the College Pass for all new Augsburg day program first-years and transfers.
1. Each new Augsburg 2017 first year and transfer student will receive a $5 Stored Value Cards.
2. Metro Transit will sell College Pass Semester Cards for all new first year and transfer students at $90 for fall semester that expires December 31, 2017
3. New students also have the option to purchase a FULL YEAR card at $150 that would cover fall and spring semesters and expires June 1, 2018The site and pass sale sites are live right now – first-year day and new day transfers can purchase a fall pass for $90 or a full-year pass for $150.

The site is:

Any other Augsburg student may purchase an Augsburg-subsidized College Pass from the Bookstore. Regularly $175, the College Semester Pass sells for $125.

Support for Hurricane Harvey Victims

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Lutheran Disaster Response welcomes contributions to assist those affected by hurricane Harvey. Go to the ELCA website, and you will find the link for the Lutheran disaster Response.

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for “Hurricane Response – United States” at this time will be used in full (100 percent) in responding to Hurricane Harvey until the response is complete.

Environmental Stewardship Annual Report

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Read about the BIG accomplishments of the shared environmental efforts of the Environmental Stewardship Committee in collaboration with the Environmental Action Committee of Day Student Government and Environmental Studies. Thanks to everyone who made this Annual Report possible – especially Environmental Stewardship Fellow and MAE student, Andrea Porter!

Event Announcements

Vinyasa Yoga and Vinyasa Express

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Vinyasa Yoga Drop-in: Tu & Th 630PM
Vinyasa Express: Wed @ Chapel (1040AM-
STARTING THIS WEEK 9/7 thru 12/14
Exercise and meditation practices are proven to be beneficial to students and athletes by promoting healthy sleep patterns, more restful sleep and greater memory retention.
All levels welcome – Open to current students, alumni, faculty & friends!
Vinyasa yoga and guided breathing meditations every Tuesday & Thursday 630PM and WEDNESDAY express starting during chapel this semester in Si Melby 130 – mats & blocks provided.
Questions? Email

Sept. 8 – VP for Enrollment Management Campus Visit

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Our first Vice President for Enrollment Management candidate will be on campus tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 8. The open forum is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Oren 100. The remote access link will be posted in A-mail tomorrow morning.

The candidate’s resume and cover letter are available via these links (you must be logged in to access):

Cover letter:


After the open forum, please use the link below to provide feedback on the Sept. 8 Open Forum with VP for Enrollment Management Candidate A

The feedback form for the Sept. 8 open forum session will be available as of Friday, Sept. 8 and will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Theater Welcome Meeting

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The theater department’s annual Welcome Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 7th at 3:40pm in the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater (Foss Center).

This meeting is open to all students (majors and non-majors alike) interested in learning more about what the department has to offer; returning theater students are encouraged to attend! At the meeting, students will have the opportunity to meet faculty from the theater department, network with other Augsburg students interested in theater, and get a taste for the upcoming 2017-18 theater season. Refreshments will be provided!

Any questions surrounding this meeting should be directed to the department’s Administrative Assistant, Del Logeais, at

Augsburg Associates Fall Luncheon

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The Augsburg Associates invite you to their Fall Luncheon at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul. The program “Do Not Let My Words Fall to the Ground: Reflections of a Hymn Writer” will be presented by Susan Palo Cherwien, freelance writer and musician. An update from the University will be brought by Heather Riddle, VP Institutional Advancement. RSVP by September 11 online at The Town & Country Club is located at 300 Mississippi River Blvd. N. and the cost of the event is $30. See you there!

Register Now for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

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The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum is coming up on the 15th and 16th of September! Augsburg students, faculty, and staff can attend the Forum for free! You must register in advance at University Tickets:

Register now to join us in discussion of the theme, “Dialogue in Divided Societies.” This year the Forum will be honoring the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, and their work creating peace during a tumultuous time in Tunisia’s history. Many world leaders, activists, civil rights leaders, and others, including Gabby Giffords, Barbara Bush, Ann Bancroft will be gathering to promote peacemaking and create a dialogue. Come be a part of these incredible conversations! Find out more on our website:

Fall Career and Internship Fair

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Plan to attend the 2017 Fall Career & Internship Fair!
Meet with 35 employers looking to hire Augsburg students for internships and entry-level positions! Register for free through Handshake. (

Attend one of the prep sessions offered by Strommen Center staff or by representatives from US Bank. Times and locations are listed in Handshake under Events.

Fall 2017 Fall Career & Internship

Deliver Lunch with Campus Kitchen Today

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It’s our first day back for Thursday lunch deliveries with elders in Phillips and Seward neighborhoods, and we need some help! It’s a Meals-on-Wheels style delivery where we pack lunches here on campus and then deliver to three apartment buildings, knocking on doors and chatting for a bit as we go. We deliver to 23 floors of the buildings, so deliverers should be comfortable going down lots of stairs or waiting for elevators.

Meet at the back of the kitchen (near the elevator in Christensen) at 11:30am TODAY if you can join us! We’ll be back to campus by 1:30pm.

Study Abroad and Study Away Fair – September 13

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Come to the Study Abroad & Study Away Fair to learn about all the opportunities to study off-campus in the USA and Around the World. Programs go over winter and spring breaks, summer, and fall and spring semesters!

Grab some popcorn, talk to advisers, program representatives, and fellow Auggies who have recently returned. Enter our prize drawing for a chance to win a gift card to Amazon, Target, Bite Squad, and more!

Learn more about the Study Abroad/Away Fair

Win $5000 to Study Abroad – Gilman Scholarship Information and Workshop

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Are you thinking about study abroad in Spring or Summer 2018? Are you a US Citizen and a Pell Grant eligible student?

If you answered yes to all three, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE for the Gillman Scholarship for Study Abroad! Gilman Scholarship recipients can win up to $5000 or $8000 for a semester abroad program. Generous scholarships are also available for Summer programs.

Learn more about the scholarship and how to submit a strong application at one of the upcoming Gilman Workshops:

MONDAY September 18, 3:00-3:30 pm in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center lower level

TUESDAY September 19, 11:30-12:00 in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center lower level

Gilman Scholarship Applications are DUE ON OCTOBER 3. Get started today and we’ll see you at the workshop. Stop by our office in Oyate Commons if you have any questions before then.

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship here

Orchestra Meet and Greet Today

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Our first session for orchestra is today, Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. No instruments – just a chance to meet, gather information, and prepare for the semester. Plan on being there and invite your friends to join! We welcome all string players looking for a musical home on-campus to come and play with the Augsburg Orchestra. No audition required. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Augsburg community are welcome to join. Regular rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:40 p.m. in the choral room M-3 in the Music Building. See you there!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Dorée Elected Chair of MAA Congress

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At the summer national meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Dr. Suzanne Dorée was elected to Chair the MAA Congress for a 2-year term beginning February 2018. This fall she serves as Interim Vice Chair. In these roles, Dorée will run the Congress, help identify and develop future leaders for the organization, sit on the MAA Board of Directors, and serve on the MAA National Speakers Bureau. Congratulations Dr. Dorée!


Cello For Sale

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My name is April Johnson and I am a senior here at Augsburg! I am selling an Amati’s Fine Arts Instrument, full size, artisan model cello. It is held in a red, light weight, molded case that can be locked. The case has wheels, backpack straps, and can be zipped closed. The cello also comes with two bows, lightly used rosin, and a rubber rock stop.

The cello has four years of use and is in excellent condition.
Please contact with any questions! 701-552-1045

Free Nursing/Nurse Practitioner Books

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Free nursing books (wasn’t able to be sell back). Books are:

“Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review” by Leik (2nd Edition)
“A Primer in Theory Construction” by Reynolds
“Family Health: A framework for nursing” by Denham
“Middle Range Theory for Nursing” by Smith & Liehr (2nd Edition)
“Perspective on Nursing Theory” by Reed & Shearer

Please email for details on books or to pick up, if interested!