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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 p.m.. or Friday, September 22 at 2:30 p.m. You can register for one of these sessions at

It’s Time to Find the Writing Lab

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Fall semester has now begun 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. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

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

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

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

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

General Announcements

Community Opportunity Fair at Augsburg Next Monday

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Come to the Community Opportunity Fair to meet people from over 25 different community organizations and learn about service-learning, internship, volunteer and advocacy opportunities.
Christensen Center Lobby
For more information, please contact Mary Laurel True in the Sabo Center,

Augsburg McNair Scholars Program Award 5-Year Grant

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The Augsburg University Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was just notified the grant was approved for 2017-2022! This signifies the McNair Scholars, a federal TRIO program, will be funded $232,262 annually for the next five years by the U.S. Department of Education (slight fluctuations are dependent on congressional decisions). The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society; either first-generation college students with financial need, and/or members of a group underrepresented in graduate education. McNair participants have demonstrated strong academic potential and will prepare for graduate study through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The McNair Scholars Program was created by the U.S. Congress in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut and physicist who was among the first African Americans in the U.S. space program. For more information about the program visit or

Augsburg McNair Scholars Website

Violins and Violas Wanted

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The orchestra’s off to a great start! We have immediate openings for violin and viola players. We want to grow in size so that we can tackle more complex works later in the year. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6:40 p.m. in the Orchestra Room M-3 in the Music Building. You don’t have to be a music major to join. All Augsburg community members and their friends in the greater Twin Cities area are invited to come and be a part of this great musical experience!

Student Groups: Help Promote Augsburg

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Students Organizations and Clubs,

I’m looking to feature student groups on the Augsburg Admissions Twitter page. If you’re interested in helping, email me a short (twitter-sized) message about your club or organization, and a picture of your group doing something exciting (or a date that I could come take a picture)! Bonus for including #Auggies or #AuggiePride and for linking your group’s twitter page or website it you have one!

Admissions Twitter

Event Announcements

CWC Annual Health Fair Coming Soon

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Please join staff from the Center for Wellness and Counseling at our annual CWC Health Fair – Catch the Wellness Wave on Wednesday 9/27/17 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm. Over 30 community partners will be in the Quad to share information and resources about health and mental health issues. There will be free chair massages, food, dogs and more. Please stop by the Quad!

Thursday Lunch Deliveries with Campus Kitchen

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Every Thursday from 11:30-1:30, Campus Kitchen packages and delivers 60 meals to local seniors. This shift includes lots of warm greetings, a few shared stories about the week, lots of stairs or rides down in an elevator, and a free lunch that you can pack for yourself as well. Join us!

Staff – Remember, you can use your community service hours for this!

Sign up online to let us know you’re coming.

Sign up online to let us know you’re coming.

Faculty Reception in 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

Intercultural Conflict Styles Today

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This workshop makes use of the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, which describes an individual’s preferred approach or style for resolving conflict by reflecting the individual’s culturally learned patterns for dealing with disagreements and expressing emotions. This workshop will not only teach individuals about their own preferred approach and style, but it will also teach individuals about the preferred approaches and styles of others. Finally, this workshop will give participants tangible skills that can be used when navigating conflicts across cultural differences. The increased understanding of intercultural conflict styles and tangible skills participants will receive from this workshop can enhance their overall intercultural competence in resolving disagreements across cultures in addition to help them to create more inclusive campus spaces. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at

Augburg 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!

2017 Christensen Symposium: Address by Bishop Eaton and #decolonizeLutheranism Community Panel

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Join us on Thursday, September 21 as we welcome ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton for the 2017 Christensen Symposium!

Morning Event: Christensen Symposium Address by Bishop Eaton
Interfaith Friendships: How Difference Can Bring Us Together
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Augsburg is hosting a series of events this fall. As the first event in this series, Bishop Eaton’s address, “Interfaith Friendships: How Difference Can Bring Us Together,” will explore Lutheran identity and the ongoing Reformation in the 21st century.

Afternoon Event: #DecolonizeLutheranism Community Panel with Bishop Eaton
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, 625 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
The #DecolonizeLutheranism grassroots movement challenges long-held patterns of white power and privilege in the ELCA and exclusivity associated with stereotypes regarding what it means to be Lutheran.

The topic for Bishop Eaton’s address and the focus of the panel conversation speak to the rich and increasing diversity of the Augsburg community; the priorities reflected in Augsburg’s mission, vision, and values; the urban and global contexts that shape Augsburg’s vocation; and Augsburg’s deep grounding in, and vibrant relationship with, the Lutheran Church. Join us for this day of challenging conversations as together we envision what it means to be neighbor in a richly diverse world.

Questions? Email

We hope to see you there!

Study Abroad and Study Away Fair Tomorrow

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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!

10:30 to 2:30 in the Christensen Center

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 $5,000 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

Harry Potter to Brexit: Study Abroad Info Night Tomorrow – 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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Van Cleve Featured in PBS Interview

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Stewart Van Cleve, Digital Archivist and Research Services Librarian, is the subject of a PBS interview ( by local station TPT because of his role in their forthcoming documentary, “Out North: MNLGBTQ History” (, which premieres October 16. The interview highlights Van Cleve’s extensive research on the history of Minnesota’s LGBTQ community, culminating in publication of his book “Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota”, and his Twin Cities walking tours of historical LGBTQ sites.

The newest member of the Lindell Library team, Van Cleve started at Augsburg on July 10. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the Library’s digital archival collections and for managing its newly expanded Digitization Lab. Van Cleve also provides general reference and instructional services and is the Library’s designated liaison to the following academic departments: History, Leadership/MAL, Sociology, and Urban Studies. He holds degrees in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and Portland State University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from St. Kate’s.

“Land of 10,000 Loves”, described in the interview as “a gorgeous illustrated portrait of Minnesota’s queer history”, can be read online ( at no charge through Lindell Library’s ebook collection or purchased from Amazon ( or other booksellers.

Lindell Library


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