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River Semester Information Session

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Join us from 5:00-7:00 on Wed., October 25th in Oren Gateway Center 100 for pizza and conversation about plans for the next River Semester, which will launch on Aug. 20, 2018. Students will spend 100 days paddling the Mississippi River, hearing from local experts and meeting residents all along the way. This unique semester program includes 16 credits of courses in Environmental Studies, Political Science, Biology, a integrative independent study project, and other custom courses. In 2018 the River Semester will also partner with the Bancroft-Arnesen Expeditions Access Water trip down the Mississippi, and students will participate in the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum with an international contingent of water experts joining part of the river trip.
Applications are now being accepted with a $500 discount on applications approved before Dec. 15th.

River Semester

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 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.

General Announcements

Campus Cupboard Hours

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Hello people of Augsburg!!!! Campus Cupboard is the food shelf on campus open to all students.
Here are the hours this week:
M- 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
T- 8am-1:40pm, 2pm-6pm
W- 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-6pm
Th- 8am-9:30am, 10am- 1pm, 3:30pm-6pm

We are accepting for donations of ramen, canned soups (we’re good on tomato, so any other kinds will be much appreciated), mac and cheese, granola bars, flour, sugar, instant rice, tuna and other canned meats, and dried pasta.
Donations bins are located in the Urn/Mort lobby, at Einstein’s, in the Campus Ministry Office, and in Anderson Res Hall.
Thank you!

Janet Nguyen
Campus Cupboard Coordinator

Free Pizza & Community Service Hours with Minnesota Urban Debate League

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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 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, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

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Represent Colombia at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in NYC

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Applications are now being accepted for delegates for the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. Augsburg University will send a delegation of 16 students representing Colombia to this year’s conference, which will take place March 19 – 26th, 2018.

This is a 4-credit Spring Semester course, and students accepted into the program need to enroll in POL 368 (or a POL 499 independent study) and pay a $500 program fee, which covers travel, conference registration, and hotel costs for the week in New York. Enrollment limited to 16 students and priority deadline for applying is Nov. 13.

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

Questions can be directed to either or
Students interested in applying should visit the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away page linked below to apply and register.

Model UN Program Information and Application

Study abroad in spring semester – there’s still time to apply

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Study abroad this spring semester at one of Augsburg’s Global Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, or Southern Africa!

These programs offer courses great for many students including general graduation requirements, courses for some majors, internship options, and a personalized, experiential learning environment. Join other Auggies, as well as students from around the US, for an unforgettable and meaningful semester.

Auggies can use their full financial aid, and automatically receive an additional $1500 Global Scholarship for these programs. Additional scholarships are available, sometimes making it less expensive to study abroad than to study and live on campus!

Applications are open until November 1. Visit the Study Abroad office in the lower level of Christensen Center to talk with an advisor and get your questions answered.

Get the program details and application information online here.

WILD about Augsburg

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Celebrate and respect our veterans and our men and women in service by joining the Augsburg University Alumni Association for the 6th Annual Minnesota Wild Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Awareness Night at the Xcel Energy Center on Thu, Nov 2 at 7:00 p.m.!

The Wild take on the Montreal Canadiens in a game that shouldn’t be missed… tickets include a new custom designed Grunt Style T-Shirt and entry into a raffle for autographed items.

Ticket collection will take place in the lobby of the Xcel Energy Center at 6:00 p.m on Thursday, November 2. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at:

Event Announcements

Palestine & Israel Interfaith Engagement study abroad information session

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You’re invited to attend an information session for the Palestine & Israel Interfaith Engagement study abroad program to learn more about the course offered, eligibility, application process, and other details of the program. Pizza will be provided.
Time: Monday Oct 23, 2017, 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Marshall

Coming up at Cedar Commons

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Tuesday, October 24th 6-8pm

Do you ever wonder…
* What does being a writer have to do with social justice movements?
* What role can writers and artists have in the life of a community?
* How can the skills of a writer contribute to social change work?
* How do we connect our skillsets and academic interests with what’s urgent to us?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Erin Sharkey, Farrington Llewelyn, and Vanessa Taylor who will talk about their personal and professional journeys, and about the many creative ways that they seek to live out their commitments to justice through their work as writers and artists.

This Local Leaders Strengthening Communities series is aimed at connecting young people with change-making work and pushing them to think about creative ways that their disciplines/skill sets could be applied towards justice.

Co-Sponsored by the Augsburg English Department.

Thursday, Oct 26th 6:30-8:30pm

How do people who don’t believe in a god or universal spirit, or people who don’t identify with a religious tradition, make sense of their lives and work for social justice?

Join us for a meal and panel discussion with Karen Louise Hutt, Chris Stedman and a student panelist on how humanists, atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious people find meaning, build community, act on their values, and connect with others.

Hosted by Interfaith @ Cedar Commons and Interfaith Fellow Chris Stedman

Mark your calendars: Benefits Open Enrollment is upon us

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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.

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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In a few short weeks, 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

Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn

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Human Resources and Student Financial Services are partnering this fall to offer a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn on November 1, in Old Main, Room 107, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit.

Questions? Email

Kathy McBride’s Retirement Celebration, Thursday Oct 26

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Please join the Augsburg community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30 years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience, and she will be retiring at the end of 2017.

In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its legacy is far reaching. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

Kathy will be on campus October 23-27, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 3 to 4:30 pm
Location: Christensen Center, East Commons
Cake and coffee will be served

Study in Mexico on Spring Break

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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!

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2017

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day on Thursday, October 26.

A group of Auggies will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College on the 26th to gather with students from other colleges and representatives from ~22 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection conversations! The theme for the day is from Psalm 119:125, “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment.”

Whether you’re curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

REGISTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Friday, October 20.

For more information, visit our website at

Come with us to contemplate how you are stewarding God’s call for you in the world!

Questions? Email

“Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation” with Mary Lowe Oct. 24

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On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation series, we are excited to have Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, lecture on: Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc.

Professor Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Hoversten Chapel from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will include a discussion and a reception.

Questions? Email us at

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Vocation Lunch with Maria “Tina” Tavera November 15

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Fall Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera, Augsburg TRIO-McNair Scholars Director! This event will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:15 AM – 12:25 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about “Tina” Maria Tavera and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

Christensen Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera

Biology Faculty Candidate Research Presentation – Today

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Leon Van Eck, Ph.D., a candidate for the Plant Biology Tenure Track Position, will be presenting a seminar on his research titled “Plants, Pests, Pathogens, and People.” The seminar will be held today, October 23, in Science Hall Room 123 from 1-2pm. All community members are welcome to attend.

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (open to all STEM students): Identifying Graduate Opportunities TODAY

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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]

Keeping Track of Auggies

Cheyenne Kelly-Moll is speech finalist

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Congratulations to Cheyenne Kelly-Moll, a member of Augsburg’s Speech Team. On Saturday, Cheyenne was a finalist at the Larry Schnoor Invitational Speech Meet at Minnesota State-Mankato. In her event, prose interpretation, Cheyenne placed in the top 5 among the 30 contestants in preliminary competition, and she earned a 5th place trophy overall. Cheyenne was pitted against speakers from around the Upper Midwest, including UW-Eau Claire, Concordia/Moorhead, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of North Dakota, the University of South Dakota, North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, and Gustavus.


–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.