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Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green: Thursday, Oct 19 at 4pm in the Marshall Rm

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All are welcome to this next installment in the “Speaking of Scholarship” series featuring Professor Bill Green, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions Award in Scholarship. Professor Green has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history – A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2016 Hognander Minnesota History Award. He is presently working on a history of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green
Thursday, October 19
Marshall Room

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Please click here to RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green.

Gradebook Checkup

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Mid-term is soon upon us, and the E-Learning Team would like to help you confirm that your Moodle gradebook setup aligns with the grading plan described in your syllabus. This way students will have an accurate sense of their progress, and you can provide grades though Moodle with confidence.

If you would like help with this or any other Moodle questions, please contact your LFC: Christy; Nathan; Eric or the E-Learning Specialist: Bonnie, and we would be glad to assist you.

Boren Scholarship: Fund your study abroad

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Where: OGC 113
Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 3:30 – 4:30
Hosted by: URGO and Study Abroad/Study Away

Come join URGO and Study Abroad/Study Away to learn about this spectacular opportunity for communications students to not only receive funding for study abroad and learn a less commonly taught language, but to start a career working on important national and international issues after graduation!

Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (who must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

Competitive applicants will generally have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Questions? Please contact URGO at or x1446.

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Curious about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA?

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Have you thought about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA? Attend one of our daily drop-in Info Sessions to hear about the basics and how you can get started. We cover how to choose a program, study abroad finances, academic credit, and more.

Come to the Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center, for a 20-minute Info Session:
Mondays at 10:40 am
Tuesdays at 2:15 pm
Wednesdays at 10:40 am
Thursdays at 3:40 pm
Fridays at 1:45 pm

Check here for more info about Study Abroad/Away

Study Abroad this summer

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

-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
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Applications are Due on January 31! Come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. 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!

Mark your calendars: Annual Open Enrollment is coming

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Benefits open enrollment time is here again. This year open enrollment will be from November 6th-17th.

Benefit Information Sessions:

· November 6 at 11:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 8 at 8:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 10* at 2:30 pm (Oren Gateway Center, Room 100)
· November 14 at 10:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 16 at 4:00 pm (East Commons, Christensen Center)

*We will be recording the November 10th session and making it available for those unable to attend a session in person. Access to the 2018 recorded version will be provided once posted.

You will receive additional details including an overview of what’s new in 2018, benefits plan information, and instructions for filling out the online enrollment form in the next two weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at or at 612.330.1602.

Become a Judge for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 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 this great service learning opportunity!

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

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, click the link below, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

Sign Up

October is Cyber Security Month – Google Drive email notification info

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October is Cyber Security Month. Come to an information session to hear briefly what the current cyber threats are, learn some tips that apply at work or home, share your experiences and strategies.

Also in December IT is adding new tool to Google Drive to protect regulated data. If faculty or staff have regulated data in Drive you will get an email notification. What is regulated data? Come and find out! Adding this tools means we will not dissuade you from keeping FERPA data in Google Drive in 2018. We want to you to be able to fully use Google Drive in your work.

There will also be a required online self-paced information security training coming for faculty and staff as part of our work on information security. Come and find out more!

We have several sessions scheduled in Lindell 202
Thursday October 26, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Thursday November 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Wednesday November 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Friday November 17, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Find out what more about we’re doing for information security at Augsburg

Prudential on campus TODAY Seeking student employees.

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Are you looking for an internship, part-time job, or full-time entry level position. Stop by the Christensen Center lobby this Wednesday, October 18 from 9:30 a.m- 1:00 p.m and visit with representatives from Prudential.

Prudential is looking for students that have a positive attitude, desire to learn, and a passion to help people come be a part of our Prudential team! In this role you are part of an elite team of experts assisting our customers with their unique financial needs, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the financial industry through an extensive training program that allows you to develop technical expertise, process knowledge and a solid foundation of Prudential’s life insurance products. To learn more about this opportunity – please stop by the student union on Wednesday, October 18th to speak with our reps.

Click on the following link and apply by 10/19

Event Announcements

International Women Entrepreneurs: Panel Discussion & Networking

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Students, faculty, and staff are invited to listen to a panel discussion led by Twin Cities business and policy leaders for a delegation of international women entrepreneurs from the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Following the discussion, you will have a chance to socialize and network with the delegation, which represents 50 countries.

When: This Thursday, October 19, at 3:00 PM
Where: East Commons, Christensen Center

Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to strengthen U.S. engagement abroad by cultivating relationships with emerging leaders in partner countries’ civil, business, and public policy sectors. Learn more about the IVLP here:

This IVLP delegation is visiting Minnesota to discuss the social, economic, and political factors that influence and encourage women as entrepreneurs; to examine leadership development, job creation, and access to capital; and to tour Minnesota companies, incubators, and educational institutions.

This event is co-sponsored by Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and Global Minnesota. For questions, contact Pat Mulvihill at

Event Detail:
Augsburg attendees free to come and go throughout.
• 3:00 – 4:00, Panel discussion
• 4:00 – 5:00, Breakout sessions for delegation
(Augsburg attendees may observe breakouts or learn more about the IVLP from a Global Minnesota staff member)
• 5:00 – 5:30, Networking with women in delegation

Ms. Jeannie Fox, Professor of Practice & Director of Nonprofit Managemennt, Hamline University (moderator of panel)
Ms. Cecile Bedor, Executive Vice President, Greater MSP
Representative Marion O’Neill, Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
Ms. Silvia Ontenada, Women Leadership Diplomacy
Ms. Mónica Romero, Business Liaison Manager, Women Venture
Ms. Kathy Tunheim, CEO and Principal, Tunheim

Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal – Oct 24

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Join your fellow citizens for the first annual Minnesota Symposium on Civic Renewal

Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development and sponsored by the Spencer Foundation.

Americans of diverse political, social, and cultural perspectives agree that our public life is polarized, dysfunctional, and displaces citizens from the center of self-government. Learn from fellow Minnesotans working together, across differences, to reassert their ownership of public life and their responsibilities to improve it.

The day opens with a luncheon address by nationally recognized depolarization expert Bill Doherty and features a keynote address from Harvard philosopher, Washington Post columnist, and best-selling author Danielle Allen.

Visit or write for more information.

Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinics Information Session

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Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Join colleagues to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness, presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics.

This will be an interactive and educational seminar to help manage this common disease.

When: October 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: (note location change!) East Commons

Bring your own lunch and join us!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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This month 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, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

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

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Summer Opportunities Preview (STEM)

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Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 5-7 PM
Location: UMN – Weisman Art Museum

Research and internship programs will present an overview of what opportunities are available for summer 2017.

Attend when you can! Interested in walking over with other Augsburg students? Let us know by writing to
Co-sponsored by NOBCChE, NSBE, SHPE.

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (open to all STEM students): Identifying Graduate Opportunities 10/23

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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!
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]

Next workshop:
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

Questions? Email

Comedian DJ Demers Coming to Campus – TOMORROW

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Comedian DJ Demers Coming to Campus

Award winning and nationally known comedian DJ Demers is coming to campus TOMORROW! DJ has been on America’s Got Talent and on Conan O’Brien, and is making a stop on his 30 day college tour at Augsburg.

When: Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Hoversten Chapel – Foss Center
Tickets: Free – just show up
For More Information:
Facebook Event Page:

Let’s fill the chapel, Auggies!

Got your flu shot yet?

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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 Thursday 10/26/17 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 cash or check. Please be sure to bring your insurance card if you want your insurance to be billed. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Local high school student needs stats tutor

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Do you like engaging others to learn? Have you worked with younger students before?
A local, female, high school student needs tutoring in AP statistics. Job is one hour per week, $20 per hour, on the Augsburg campus. You will help the student review her homework and correct it. Creative communication skills and easy going attitude needed. Call 612-872- 5289 or email for more information.