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National Voter Registration Day – Tues., September 26

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Auggies vote! Day Student Government members will have a voter information and registration table in Christensen on Tues., Sept. 26, staffed 10-1 pm and 4-6 pm.

Minnesota city elections are Tues., Nov. 7. If you are a Minnesota resident and eligible to vote, register ahead of time. Students who live on campus and are eligible to vote can register in the City of Minneapolis and vote in local elections.

For more information, go to

Last Days: Metro Transit Deal for New and New Transfer Day Program Students

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Last days to get this amazing deal from Metro Transit for all new Augsburg day program first-years and transfers. Deadline is October 1.

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.

Resumé Critique Day – Prepare for the Career and Internship Fair

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Have you registered for the Career & Internship Fair yet? Have questions? Need to have your resume reviewed? Stop by the Strommen Center, Suite 100, CC on Monday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
No appointment necessary – just drop in for a 15 minute session

Register and learn more about the fair

Register and learn more about the fair

Get paid to do your internship- Apply now

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Wouldn’t it be GREAT if you could get paid to do an internship?

You may be able to do just that because of a grant awarded to Augsburg University. This program serves juniors and seniors who receive financial aid, improving their odds of graduating and preparing them to enter the workforce with real-world experience in their fields of study.

To be eligible:

* Students must be in good academic standing (2.0+ GPA).

* Students must be a college junior or senior (60 credits completed) at the time of the internship. (Second semester sophomores can apply as long as they hold junior standing BEFORE the internship begins.)

* Students must be eligible for financial aid (work study). Not sure if you are eligible? Email or check your awards package.

* The internship must be related to your major or career aspirations.

* Internships will take place Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. $12.50 per hour for up to 194 hours.

Act now! Limited space left for Fall 2017. Priority consideration is given to students who complete the short Augsburg application, so we recommend you complete it soon.

Apply for the grant through Inside Augsburg, On Campus Jobs. Search for “Great Lakes Grant.”

If you already have an unpaid internship lined up and would like to see if it can be turned into a Great Lakes site, please contact us at 612-330-1472 and we will assist you.

Free Pacifica Premium app — mindfulness and mental health

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Augsburg students, staff and faculty are now eligible to download a free premium version of the Pacifica app (a $34 value). Pacifica is a mindfulness and mental health app (for your smartphone or computer) that provides a set of tools for daily use based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and wellness, designed to be done at your own pace. Using Pacifica’s tools, you can do things like check in with your mood, examine your thoughts, track your health habits, or complete a relaxation activity. Simply download Pacifica from the App Store or Google Play Store. Use your Augsburg email address to sign up and click the link in the confirmation email, and you’ll get access to Pacifica Premium for free. Pacifica is teaming up with the Center for Wellness & Counseling to make this app available free to the Augsburg community this year (free subscription will expire August 2018; you do not need to enter any credit card information to sign up as there will be no financial cost involved and no automatic renewal). Questions? Contact Beth Carlson at

Pacifica App

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

Study abroad in spring semester – apply by October 15

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Students of all majors have the opportunity to study abroad/away in spring semester 2018!

**Programs around the world, and in the USA

**Stay on track to graduate by taking a full load of courses that fulfill your major or minor requirements, as well as electives. ALL programs fulfill Augsburg Experience!

**Use your full financial aid package to help pay for your semester abroad/away, and apply for additional study abroad scholarships!

**Build your professional and intercultural skills while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

**Take advantage of internship and research opportunities abroad!

**Most programs are in English!

Learn more by visiting our website and stopping by the Study Abroad/Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Talk to our student advisers who’ve been abroad, or schedule an appointment with our staff advisers to explore your options!

Search programs and apply online 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

Event Announcements

Focused Conversation Series Starts Next Week

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The 2017-18 Focused Conversation series begins next week, with Vice President for Institutional Advancement Heather Riddle discussing the work to understand and build a case for growing the endowment.

As with past years, each session will be offered twice, to provide more people the opportunity to attend. The first session of each pair also will be available via remote access.

See dates, times, locations, and topics by clicking the link below.

Access Details of the 2017-18 All Hands Schedule

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (Open to All STEM Majors)

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Mondays, 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Similar content will be presented in each time period (12:30 or 3:10).
Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

Join us this Monday!
Sept 25: STEM Study and Research Abroad [Augsburg Abroad]

Upcoming workshops:

Monday, Oct 9 Creating Effective LinkedIn Profiles & Advanced LinkedIn Search Tips [Augsburg Career & Internship Services]
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

Auggie Doggie Monday

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Don’t forget – Need a furry friend fix or a little stress relief? Stop by the Center for Wellness & Counseling office today from 10:30 – 11:30 am to visit with our dog friends from Paws for Learning. The CWC office is on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Paws for Learning will also be here Wednesday 9/27 for our annual health fair so twice in one week what more can you hope for?

Flu Shots Today

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The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association will be on campus administering flu shots in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) on Monday 9/25/17 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 with cash or check. Please be sure to bring your insurance card if you want your insurance to be billed. Another clinic will be held Thursday 10/26 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Seeing Things Whole: Transformation Through Social Entrepreneurship

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“Engaging Social Entrepreneurship Through Seeing Things Whole” featuring some great speakers and workshops. This promises to be a very interesting and useful conference. It is a great way to enhance your own professional development and is offered at no cost to Augsburg students, staff, and faculty.

Friday, October 6 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Post-conference session, Sunday, October 8 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Augsburg University, Christensen Center & Foss Center

To learn more and register

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National Voter Registration Day – Tues., September 26

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Auggies vote! Minnesota city elections are Tues., Nov. 7. If you are a Minnesota resident and eligible to vote, register ahead of time. Students who live on campus and are eligible to vote can register in the City of Minneapolis and vote in local elections.

Day Student Government members will have a voter information and registration table in Christensen on Tues., Sept. 26, staffed 10-1 pm and 4-6 pm.

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Give to the Max Day 2017

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Augsburg University is again participating in GiveMN’s annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 16th. Last year, 30+ projects raised $208,000 in funding thanks to donations made through the Give to the Max website.

If your academic department, athletic team, or student organization has a cause that needs funding, Give to the Max is an excellent way to raise support. Over the last four years Augsburg has raised $1.2 million and led the donation leaderboard for Colleges and Universities.

For more information about Give to the Max Day, or to join Augsburg’s campaign, please contact Chris Bogen ’09,

Interfaith @ Cedar Commons: Lost In Translation

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Next Thursday, Sept 28th 6:30-8:30pm

Religious language can carry heavy meaning. Some words hold sweet memories or deep significance for us, while other words might be associated with painful experiences, exclusion or just feel flat and dead.

Sometimes the language of our own cultural context does not translate clearly to people outside of our tradition. Even those within a religious tradition often don’t have access to the languages in which sacred texts were originally written. How much meaning is lost in translation?

Join us for a meal and an evening of discussion around the language of faith and all the complexity of communicating about deeply held values and beliefs.

Do you need to be a “person of faith” to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

Hosted by: Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars.

(Cedar Commons, part of Augsburg, is at 2001 Riverside Ave. S – below Trinity’s offices)

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Morning Chapel: Mindful Monday

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Join us this morning at 10:40am in Hoversten Chapel for for 20 minutes of relaxing yet invigorating breathing and stretching exercises led by Krista Costin ’08, a yoga and meditation instructor. 
Upcoming chapel:
• Tuesday, September 26 at 11:30am: Holy Communion
• Wednesday, September 27: No chapel due to All Hands meeting.
• Thursday, September 28 at 11:00 am: Tree Blessing
• Friday, September 29 at 10:40am: Join us at 10:40 a.m. Friday, September 29, as we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. Our service will include a lively blessing ritual of animals and pets to honor St. Francis’ devotion to all God’s creatures. Bring your pet (or picture of your pet) to chapel for this special worship service.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center.

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Community Service Opportunity: Judge Debate for MNUDL

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 6 high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at tournaments!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 6-7th: U of M (East Bank)
October 14th: Season Opener (St. Paul)
October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730

The Minnesota Urban Debate League

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!

LSAMP North Star STEM Kickoff Event

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LSAMP North Star STEM Kickoff
Thursday, September 28, 2017
McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Join students and faculty in the North Star STEM Alliance at our annual Kick-Off. This social event will highlight Alliance opportunities and the importance of a diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

Keynote by Dandrielle Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

Meet at STEM Office at 5:45 to carpool.

6-6:45pm Registration

6-7pm Networking, Refreshments, Resource Fair and Research Poster Session

7-7:45pm Kick Off Program

About North Star STEM (see
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant #1201983) which is intended to double the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.
In Minnesota, the LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance, which is a partnership of fourteen higher education institutions and three community partners – the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota High Tech Association, and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. The academic institutions represent the breadth of higher education institutions in Minnesota, and include both public and private colleges and universities, as well as technical colleges, and two tribal colleges.

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Congratulations to Professor Vela-McConnell

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The Department of Sociology is proud to congratulate James Vela-McConnell on the 2017 publication of “The Sociology of Friendship” a chapter of original work published in The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, vol 2 edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen. This work examines a fascinating area of social life and an emerging important sociological topic.