Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Parking Lot Closures this weekend. Plan ahead.

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Parking Lot Closures this weekend:

This weekend beginning on Thursday night 10/26/2017 at 11:59pm, Lot K will be closed for events happening in the lot. There will be no vehicle access to this space. Please plan accordingly.

From Friday night 10/27/2017 at 11:59pm, Lots A, D, C, and J will be closed. These lots are also reserved for event use this weekend. Limited access to this space will be for authorized event vehicles only. Please plan accordingly.

For this weekend, during the above stated times, regardless of what your parking permit states, you may park in lots B, L, M, and O, or find any available city street parking following their guidelines. It is always a good idea to look into carpooling or metro transit for alternative options as the volume of cars will be increased significantly. Again, please plan accordingly.

Lots A, D, C, and J will re-open for normal use which will correspond with your designated permit lot assignments on Sunday 10/29/2017 at 7:00am.
We will re-open lot K for normal use on Sunday, 10/29/2017 at 5:00pm.

Thank you for your cooperation and please plan accordingly for the weekend.

Teaching and Learning

Critical Thinking Workshop – Thurs, Nov 2

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We all say we teach critical thinking, but when was the last time we thought deeply about how to do it effectively? Critical thinking is an institutional student learning outcome. This year, it’s being assessed once again. In year’s past, our students have not performed as well as we would like. In this workshop faculty will be introduced to Bloom and Costa’s models of critical thinking. Faculty are asked to bring an assignment, quiz, exam, or activity that they are currently using and then we will work on integrating the prompts and levels of critical thinking into these assignments or exams.

Critical Thinking Workshop
Thursday, November 2
OGC 100

** Adjunct instructors on contract in the current semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Curricular Update – Changes from AAC and GAAC

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The Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) and Graduate Academic Affairs Committee (GAAC) are the undergraduate and graduate curriculum committee of the college. Here’s what the committees have approved so far this year:

New Undergraduate Courses:
FLM 372 Producing for Film and Television
CAR 160 Designing Your Future: Majors, Careers, and a Life of Joy

Undergraduate Course Revisions:
-BIO 476 Microbiology (prereq)
-FLM 260 Documentary Production I (AugEx)
-MIS 260 Problem Solving for Business (online delivery)
-THR 366 Stage Direction (prereq)
-THR 367 New Method. of Stage Direction and Dramaturgy (prereq)
-THR 490 Theater Keystone: Exploring Vocation and Artistic Practice (credits)

Undergraduate Major/Minor/Program Revisions (effective Fall 2018):
-Computer Science Minor
-Computer Science BS (LAF/Lang Waiver)

Graduate Course Revisions:
-MBA 583 Entrepreneurship: Execution, Planning & Strategy (title, content)
-MBA 595 Strategic Management (content)

Graduate Program Revision (effective Fall 2018)
-MBA Program – Entrepreneurship Concentration

Graduate Program Policy:
-Required Transcript Submission Policy

All curricular updates are posted on the live document “Summary of AAC/GAAC Action.” Please use this resource to stay up to date and to read directions on how to find out more information on a particular item.

Need to submit a curricular change to the committee? See for undergraduate programs and for graduate programs.

Summary of AAC/GAAC Action – Updated Weekly

Fully Scholarship for Critical Language Study

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The application is now live and available online at:
Applications are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm EST.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for US citizens enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: ALL Levels

Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;

Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Informational videos available:
CLS Program Overview:
Tips for Writing a Successful Application:

More info on the Critical Language Scholarship

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 16 – 23, 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

Speaking of Pilgrimage… with Phil Adamo

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Speaking of Pilgrimage: Echoes of the 1230 Pilgrimage from Val-des-Choux to Pluscarden Abbey, with Phil Adamo
Wednesday, November 1
12:00-1:00pm, Marshall Room

In the year 1230AD, King Alexander II of Scotland founded Pluscarden Abbey, a monastery in northern Scotland. The monks who formed the original community, known as Caulites, came from the priory of Val-des-Choux in Burgundy, France.

History professor Phil Adamo designed and participated in a pilgrimage that echoed the journey of those early Caulite monks. Over the summer months of 2017, he and his fellow pilgrims walked roughly 1400 miles across France and the United Kingdom, from Val-des-Choux to Pluscarden, an experience that was both physically challenging and spiritually enriching. Come hear about Phil’s journey in a special presentation to the Augsburg community, November 1, from noon to 1pm.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Please click here to RSVP for Speaking of Pilgrimage.

General Announcements

Free Pizza and Serving Learning Hours with 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, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

Sign Up

Final days to register: Augsburg Total Wellness MŌVEmber Steps Challenge

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Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to put a MŌVEmber Steps Challenge to help keep us active in the month leading up to the holiday season! The challenge will run from November 1st through November 29th.

The MŌVEmber Steps Challenge will help you get out of your seat and get moving as you increase your daily step count. So are you ready to walk your way to better health?

What: Steps Challenge, with a goal of 10,000 steps per day!

Who: Faculty and Staff

When: November 1st – November 29th

Where: Anywhere!

How: Walk. Move. Keep track of your steps. Convert movement into steps. Submit weekly totals to HR.

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.

Join the fun–REGISTER by October 27th at the following link:

*Registration is required for participation. Challenges rules, details, and tracking tips will be sent to registered participants on November 1st. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

Curious about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA? Or Interested in Study Abroad/Away?

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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 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.

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad 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!

Short Term Study Abroad/Away in Summer 2018

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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

Event Announcements

AugSTEM Fall Workshops (open to all STEM students): Crafting Compelling Personal Statements (10/30)

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Join us for the last AugSTEM workshop* of the term!

Monday, Oct 30: Crafting Compelling Personal Statements. Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO).

Time: 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM. (Similar content will be presented in each time period). Pick whichever time works best for you.

Location: Marshall Room, Christensen Center

*Workshop is open to all interested students.

Save the Date: Benefits Open Enrollment

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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.

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

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA–Only a Few Spots Left

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Next week, 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

Experiential Education Strategic Initiative: Brown Bag Lunch Forum

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As President Pribbenow announced at the All Hands Summit in September, experiential education is the focus for one of the university-wide strategic initiatives for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please join Elaine Eschenbacher and Green Bouzard of the Sabo Center on November 1 or 2 for a presentation on the initial goals for this strategic initiative, and participate in a conversation to help inform its early stages. Bring your lunch and join us!

When: November 1, 12-1 p.m., Riverside Room
November 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Riverside Room

Honduran LGBTQ and Indigenous Human Rights Speaker, Nov. 1st.

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Gaspar Sánchez, Honduran human rights defender and sexual diversity coordinator at COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras), will be on campus on Wed., Nov. 1st. You are invited to join us at these events:

Uniting to resist attacks on our Land and Identities: Building on the Queer Indigenous Framework in the Americas.
• 11:10-12:20 in the Chapel
• 1:50-3:00 in Old Main 105
Gaspar will present on how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures. Gaspar will also discuss what you can do in solidarity with COPINH and others facing repression in Honduras, including supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR1299). (This presentation will be translated into English.)

• 12:30-1:30: FREE LUNCH and conversation with Gaspar.
Drop in and participate in an open discussion with Gaspar and others present. Our goal is to promote the exploration of connections and shared stories of challenges across international borders. No Spanish is required.
Augsburg Room, 2nd fl. Christensen.

Co-sponsored by: Augsburg Center for Wellness and Counseling, Augsburg LGBTQIA+ Student Services, the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Department, Augsburg Students for Racial Justice and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Laurel True, Sarah Degnar Riveros of Kate Reinhardt.

Click here for more information on Gaspar

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