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Denmark & Iceland: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Courses: ENL 270 or ENL 395, AND SOC 111/URB 111, or SOC 295/URB 295 The program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn about two amazing cities: Reykjavik and Copenhagen and earn 8 credits at the same time! This two-course Augsburg Abroad experience explores the relationship between city and text; it is an interdisciplinary celebration of cities, with Reykjavik and Copenhagen and their environs as the sites of the celebration. Students will access the artistic heart of the city by immersing themselves in the real-life locations of Hamlet, Copenhagen Noir, and major films. Simultaneously, they will tour Copenhagen (often via bike and public transport) to learn why it is a mecca of urban sustainability and livability with some of the most inspired public spaces in the world. The program will also include a one-night stopover in Iceland, where students can explore Icelandic community life, explore its Viking history and storytelling (sagas).

Applications are due on January 31.

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants can apply their summer funds to this program!

Email, or 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

Mexico: Summer study abroad program

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Earn language, Art, Keystone, or Internship credit in Mexico this summer:

CGEE in Mexico offers five 3 1/2 week sessions (blocks) focusing on Spanish language and Mexican culture in which students can take one course per session, and take up to five courses throughout the summer. This community-based program includes homestays, a trip to Mexico City, optional weekend excursions, and numerous guest speakers designed to help students learn about history, culture, and contemporary struggles for peace, justice, and human rights.

Spanish language courses at all levels beginning to advanced, as well as specialized Spanish courses in Business Spanish, Spanish for Ministry, and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals can be combined with internships in those fields to create a truly customized summer experience.

The summer is organized into five blocks, you may take anywhere from one to five blocks. Students who wish to take an internship must enroll for at least two blocks:
Block I: May 2-27
Block II: May 23-June 17 (KEY 490 offered only during Block II)
Block III: June 13-July 8
Block IV: July 5-29
Block V: July 25-August 19

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Scholarships are available!

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants, may apply the summer grant funds to this program if they attend at least two Blocks.

Email, or 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, scholarship info, and application

Greece: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Join this two-week course to participate in an amazing learning experience in beautiful Greece! Students will obtain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Talking with people from various sectors of the community about how their lives have changed in an economic downturn and hearing stories from local people about economic and social relationships will help students understand the complexity of history and culture that has resulted in the contemporary culture and identity of Greece.

Applications are due January 24, 2018

Email, or 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

Learn to Improvise

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Jazz Improvisation can sound intimidating, but anyone can take advantage of the time-tested techniques used to spontaneously create musical ideas. This low-pressure improvisation class will benefit anyone who plays an instrument or sings, and will help you improvise in any style of music. Email with any questions!

MUS-242A – Jazz Improvisation I is open for Spring 18 registration now!

General Announcements

Wanted: Jewelry Donations

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On February 13 and 14, the Associates will have a Valentine’s Day Vintage and Used Jewelry Sale on campus. To get ready for this sale, we are asking for your donations of gently used jewelry – those items that have been laying in your jewelry box for years just waiting to be worn. Now, those fancy earrings, delicate necklaces, shiny cuff links and awesome tie bars can find a new home and show themselves off again!

There will be a basket for your donations at Velkommen Jul on Friday, December 1st on the 2nd floor of Christensen Center near the Scholarship Table. Look for the signage! Donated jewelry can also be dropped off in the Alumni Office (OGC Suite 106) no later than January 10. The Associates will neatly package all of the jewelry and bring it back to campus for the sale in February. There will also be fudge for sale!

Augsburg Associates is a volunteer group of alumni, retired faculty and friends of Augsburg. This is an opportunity for you to support the Associates in their fund-raising projects for student scholarships. Don’t miss this opportunity and THANK YOU!

School Space Media – Tabling on Campus

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School Space Media, a sports marketing and out-of-home advertising company, will be on campus tabling today (Monday, November 27) from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Christensen Center lobby. They are looking for reliable, enthusiastic men and women to join their Event Crew to help set up, operate, and take down LED boards at varsity athletic events around the Twin Cities metro. Ideal candidates will be self-starters, have excellent communication and critical thinking skills, be able to trouble-shoot with the assistance of our technical support team, and display professionalism during all shifts worked. Stop by their table!

Career Center Drop-In Hours

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Do you have a quick question about your resume? Registering an internship? Deciding on a major? Finding or applying for any opportunity? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).
Mondays and Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Auggies Connect with Employers – Service Opportunity Event

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Thursday, November 30th
3:00-5:00 p.m. (come and stay for as long as you like)
Strommen Career & Internship Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center

Why Attend: It is never to early to begin to think about your plans after graduation! All students from first year through senior year, are invited to stop by and learn how you can begin to prepare now for a one or two year long service opportunity that will help you explore career paths and gain experience and credentials that could contribute to graduate school. Depending on the program some of the sites offer an educational and living stipend.

Representatives will be on campus:
Peace Corps
College Possible
MN Reading & Math Corps
Conservation Corps
Lutheran Volunteer Corps

All majors and students are invited to stop by for this informal meet and greet to learn about service opportunities. Have your resume reviewed, get information and ask questions.

Questions? Email


Thailand & Laos: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Course: SWK 280 (elective credit for non-majors, requirement for social work majors). It also fulfills Augsburg Experience!

This program explores diversity and social inequality as a prerequisite to professional social work practice in a global context – specifically, in the context of Southeast Asia and Hmong culture. A critical dimension of professional practice is competence in work with diverse populations. The course introduces students to key theories and constructs undergirding cultural competence, including social construction theory, social contact theory, aversive racism, implicit bias, and micro-aggressions. Additionally, course introduces key social work practice models and frameworks as they pertain to cultural competence, including systems theory, ecological framework, strengths perspective and person-in- environment.

Applications are due on January 15, and SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

Email, or 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, scholarship info, and application

Winter Intramural League Registration Now Open

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Registration for winter intramurals will run Nov. 27th-Dec. 3rd. Leagues will start Dec. 7th.

Sign your teams up for Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, and Flag Football. Soccer and Flag football will both be played Thursday nights in the Dome. Volleyball and basketball will be played in Si-Melby hall and game nights will depend on participation numbers as well as gym availability.

All leagues will run Dec. 7th- Feb. 15th.

For more information and registration instructions, visit the intramurals web page.

Augsburg Intramural Website

Event Announcements

Women’s Soccer Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

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The Augsburg Women’s Soccer team is raising money for our upcoming trip to Barcelona! If you go to the Blaze Pizza location in Stadium Village on Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 am to 10:00pm , 20% of the proceeds will go back to Women’s Soccer. All you have to do is show the person at the register the flyer found in the attached link. Come out and show your Auggie Pride!

Minnesota Nice: Truth Telling in Judaism Lunch and Learn

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Come join MN Hillel-Augsburg and UMN Hillel’s Rabbi Dulkin for a lunch and learn on Minnesota Nice and Truth Telling in Judaism. We will be looking at Jewish texts to explore passive-aggressiveness and telling the truth in Judaism. Food will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 11:30am-12:30pm in the campus ministry office.

Holiday movie night @ Riverview Theater, Dec 7

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Take a break from studying and see a drama/comedy about a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco. Only $3, with pre-movie entertainment.

I Remember Mama (1948) is sometimes called a holiday classic.
Thursday, December 7
7:00 pm, Doors open at 6:30
Showing at Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave So, Minneapolis, 55406

Tickets sold at Ingebretsen’s,1601 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Presented by Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts. For more information, call 612-729-9333

Riverview Webpage

Fair Trade Open Forum

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What is Fair Trade? Come if you are interested in social justice, poverty, anti-trafficking and how these relate to “thoughtful stewardship”, “responsible leadership”, and “intentional diversity”. Please join Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Associate Professor, and Master of Arts in Leadership student, Christy Mattingly, on Wednesday, November 29 from noon to 1 PM in Cedar Room (2nd floor of Christensen) for an open forum on fair trade. Everyone welcome!

Join SMART for a Craft Night – Tonight 11/27

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SMART, the Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team, will be hosting a craft night tonight 11/27 from 6pm to 8pm in OGC 100. Crafts include making hand warmers, bath/sugar scrubs, and gift boxes for our Fall semester Fundraiser.
Self-care Kits will be sold this week, Tuesday 11/28 and Wednesday 11/29 in Christensen Center. Put together a self-care kit for you or a friend as we enter the last few (stressful) weeks of the semester.
Snacks and music will be provided. All are welcome and may come and go as you need!

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Live Jazz Music for the Holidays and Beyond

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There is no better way to warm up your holiday festivities than with holiday music performed by a live band. The Yuletide Tree-O is a group of professional jazz musicians, including Augsburg staff and alumni, that have put together a specialized holiday ensemble that works with any budget for any gathering. Check out the website to hear sample tracks, view the playlist, and contact with questions or booking requests. Mention Augsburg University and save 15%!

Yuletide Tree-O!