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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

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? with Elijah Anderson, Toni Carter, Tom Fisher, Kim Norton (moderated by Steve Kelley) with music by Cienanos.

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.

Medical School Information Session

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URGO will host Dr. TJ Bramwell, an orthopedic surgeon at Marshfield Clinic, and five alumni–David Bergstrand, David Fowler, Michelle Grafelman, Mahad Minhas, and Anna Weitz–currently attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. Learn more about Dr. Bramwell’s experiences as an osteopathic medical student at Des Moines University, residency, and orthopedic surgery. Our alumni will also share their insights about picking schools, the MCAT, experiences, the application process, interviews, and general advice.

Wednesday, September 13
6-7:30 pm
Science 108

For more information or to RSVP, contact Catherina Kipper at

Pre-Health Advising Sessions for New Augsburg Students

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This session for new first-year and transfer students interested in pre-health will provide information on how to explore health careers and how to plan for the courses and experiences required by professional/graduate schools such as medical, dental, PA, PT, public health, vet med, etc.

Advising sessions will be offered in Lindell 202 on Wednesday, September 20 at 6 pm or Friday, September 22 at 2:30 pm. You can register for one of these sessions at

Good News: The Writing Lab Opens Today – Monday, Sept. 11

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Monday, Sept. 11 is the first day of the semester in the Augsburg Writing Lab. Tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10 – 1:40 and 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Tuesdays – 12:30 – 3; 3:30 – 6 and 7:30 – 10 pm
Wednesdays –11:10 – 1:40; 3:30 – 6 and 6:30 – 9 pm
Thursdays – 12:30 – 3; 3:30 – 6 and 7:30 – 10 pm
Fridays – 4 – 6:30 pm
Sundays – 5 – 8 pm

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

General Announcements

Commons Cafe Extended Hours

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Because you asked for it, the Commons will be open earlier for breakfast, hot lunch served longer, and dinner served later.
The Commons is open from 7:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast: 9:45 – 11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Light Lunch: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Note that the 8 p.m. closing time is a one-month pilot program for the month of September. If dining from 7 – 8 p.m. proves to be a popular option, we will be able to stay open until 8 p.m. on a permanent basis.

What is that Structure in Murphy Square?

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In the spirit of fostering dialogue and engagement during the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, local and national artists have collaborated to create an outdoor exhibition of installations across the Augsburg University campus.

One of these installations is the Hex House.

“With the prevalence of refugee displacement across the globe, Architects For Society has embarked on designing housing solutions that help alleviate and overcome many of the problems associated with current temporary refugee shelters. The Hex House is not only low cost and can be shipped in pieces to be easily assembled by the end user, equally as important, it is also long term and dignified!” -The Journal of the American Institute of Architects

You will be able to go inside the Hex House during the Forum as well as interact and experience the other art installations on campus!

Augsburg students, faculty, and staff can attend the Forum for free! You must register in advance at University Tickets:

Drop In Hours for Career and Internship Services

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Do you have a quick question about your resume? Registering an internship? Deciding on a major? Finding or applying for any opportunity? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).
Mondays and Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strommen Career & Internship Services Website

Study in the 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!

Spend your Break Abroad

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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

Global Root Festival – Free and Close to Campus

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The Cedar kicks off its 29th Season with three days of free, all-ages global music! The ninth annual Global Roots Festival will take place on September 18-20th, featuring six musical acts from around the world on The Cedar’s main stage, alongside outdoor performances and activities that spotlight local artists, organizations, and businesses. Activities and performances begin on The Cedar’s Plaza at 6:00pm each night. Global artists take the stage in the main hall at 7:30pm. To RSVP or review the full lineup, please visit The Cedar’s website at

Hope to see you at the Global Roots Festival!

Event Announcements

Harry Potter to Brexit: Study Abroad Info Night on Wednesday – Pizza Provided

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Come learn about the Harry Potter to Brexit Study Abroad Program going to the UK on Winter Break!

Wednesday, Sept 13
OCG 201

This Info Night will be led by Prof. Adriane Brown and the Study Abroad/Away office to provide more information on the program itinerary, coursework, and logistical aspects of study abroad including application, finances, and academic credit.

Study Abroad/Away will provide pizza and beverages.

RSVP for the Info Nite Here

VP Enrollment Management Open Forum Cancellation

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The VP for Enrollment Management open forums scheduled for today and tomorrow have been canceled as a result of the candidates withdrawing their candidacy for the position. In both cases, the candidates cited personal situations that prevented them from being able to fully commit to a transition at this time.

The next open forum for the VP of Enrollment Management is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Oren 100. The candidate’s credentials will be posted in A-mail on Friday.

A reminder to those who attended the Sept. 8 open forum with the first VP for Enrollment Management candidate: Please complete the feedback form at the link below:

The feedback form will be available until 5 p.m. today.

Songs For Sanctuary Concert Featuring Members of Cien Anos

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Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (2315 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis) invites everyone to “Who Is Our Neighbor? Songs for Sanctuary,” a fundraiser to respond with beauty and support to the needs of immigrants in our midst.

The event will be held Saturday, September 16, at 7 pm and will feature Bret Hesla, composer and folk singer, Kent Goodroad, jazz pianist, and members of Cien Anos, the Honduran band in town for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Money raised will provide support to local sanctuary and immigration reform efforts, including the work of ISAIAH, the English Learning Center of Our Saviour’s Outreach Center, and material support to congregations providing sanctuary in Minnesota.

Come enjoy good music and support the work of providing sanctuary to people who are in fear of deportation in the current political climate.

“The real work of sanctuary—creating safety and shelter and welcome—falls to ordinary people.”

Freewill admission, give what you can, no one is turned away (cash, credit/debit, and checks accepted).

This is a children friendly event with childcare available.

Learn more about the performers at,, and

More on facebook or the OSLC website:

Register for the 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.

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Fall 2017 Career & Internship Fair

Wednesday – Study Abroad and Study Away Fair

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Come to the Study Abroad & Study Away Fair on Wednesday 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

Calling All Student Organizations and Departments

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Save the Date for Homecoming’s Taste of Augsburg event on Saturday, October 14 from 11-1:30 pm.
Taste of Augsburg is our own version of the State Fair where booths sell food and play games in effort to raise some money while having fun and taking part in Homecoming traditions! To apply for a booth, complete the form below by booth registration deadline of September 29, 2017.
Back by popular demand–seed money for Student Organizations. Contact the Alumni office to learn more or apply . Note, this application is in addition to the booth registration form.
Questions? Contact Katie Code at

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:

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!

Faculty Reception in Lindell Library

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All faculty members are warmly invited to a wine and cheese reception in the lower level of Lindell Library immediately following the Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, September 13 from approximately 4:40 to 6:30 PM. In addition to wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Provost Karen Kaivola, faculty members will be treated to:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of our newly expanded Digitization Lab – come see how the Library preserves Auggie history for current and future generations
  • An introduction to Idun (ee-doon), Augsburg’s own repository for faculty and student scholarship
  • A visit to the Special Collections room, featuring City of Augsburg room materials, Scandinavian music collection, items from the University Art Collection and the Rare Books collection

Librarians will be on hand to answer your questions about all the ways the Library facilitates student learning and supports faculty scholarship. Please join us as we kick off Year 1 of Augsburg University!

For additional information, contact Mary Hollerich, Library Director, at or x1603.

Lindell Library website

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