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Greece: Summer study abroad program

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Greece: Summer study abroad program
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

TODAY Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Session

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URGO Summer Research Info Session
Today @6pm in OGC 100
Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2018 to be eligible.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships
In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact or call 612-330-1446 to set up an appointment.

Palestine & Israel: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Courses: RLN 205 or RLN 490. This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

Join this two-week course to gain a transformational learning experience. You will be immersed in the Israeli and Palestinian contexts, particularly focusing on the three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through lectures, readings, and conversations you will deepen your understanding of the history, sacred texts, beliefs and practices of the three Abrahamic faiths. Particular attention will be given to the roots of conflicts in the region and to peacebuilding movements.
We will visit holy sites that are at the center of the sacred stories that shape the beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. We will hear how faith shapes the daily lives of those living in the land often called “holy.”

Applications are due on January 31, 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

Music Therapy in China: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Course options:
-MUS 374, -MUS 474, or MUS 582. It also fulfills Augsburg Experience

Music therapists benefit greatly from exploring the evolution of music from one generation to the next, the way in which music is integrated into everyday life, and its role in health, healing, and well-being in China. Through visits to hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China. Students also engage in direct dialogue with Chinese music therapists and other rehabilitation therapists. The program allows participants to reflect on their own musical roots, and to discover how their own musical preferences have developed based on cultural experiences. We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

Applications are due March 15, 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

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

General Announcements

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

Study Abroad Scholarships – Apply by January 15

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The Fund For Education Abroad has opened their annual scholarship application. To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

**U.S. citizen or permanent resident
**Currently enrolled as undergraduate at U.S. university or college
**Minimum of 4 weeks (28 days) in-country study
**Study abroad programs must take place in summer 2018, fall 2018, and/or spring 2019
**Program must be eligible for academic credit

Applications are open November 15 through January 10.
To learn more visit the website below, or stop by the Study Abroad/Away Office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Get more scholarship details here

Students – open enrollment for health insurance

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Open enrollment for health insurance began November 1!
MNSure open enrollment is November 1, 2017, to January 14, 2018. MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage.

For more information, go to

MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.

Contact Center: you can call to speak with a MNsure representative about your options: 1-855-366-7873 (or 651-539-2099).

Donate your old Jewelry

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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!

Submit your creative work for the Engman Prize

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The John Engman Writing Prize, a literary competition sponsored by Murphy Square and the Augsburg English Department, is awarded each year to promising writers. This year’s submission deadline is December 21st (the last day of finals). Judges of the competition will select winners in each of the categories of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

To enter writers must submit the following:

Short Fiction – One complete short story of not more than 15 pages.
Creative Non-fiction – One complete piece not longer than 15 pages.
Poetry – At least three poems.

All writers must be enrolled at Augsburg University and may enter each of the categories as often as they wish, but they may only win in one. Names of writers must not be on the works submitted.

Entries must be submitted through Moodle.

The direct link to the site is:

The prize was named in honor of poet and Augsburg alumnus John Engman who died in 1996. Judges for the contest are English Department faculty members. The judges reserve the right to withhold awards if entries in specific categories are not of winning quality; they may also increase the number of awards in a category that has attracted entries of obvious merit. Winners will be notified in January and will be awarded gift cards to the university bookstore.

Coming changes to Google Drive for faculty and staff zoom sessions

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October was Cyber Security Month. Tune in for 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 tool 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!

Zoom virtual sessions
Thursday November 30, 9:00 – 9:30 AM
Monday December 4, 9:00 – 9:30 AM

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

Ugly Sweaters at the Bookstore

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The tradition of the ‘ugly sweater’ is back, featuring our Auggie wrapped in a scarf and ready for the holidays. Also at the bookstore– retro is back! We have a limited supply of personal, arcade style video games: Frogger, Space Invaders, Ms. Pac-Man and Double Dragon! There are many more gift ideas for the whole family so stop on by, we can’t wait to see you!

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for November

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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

Congratulations to 2017 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates

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Campus Activities and Orientation would like to congratulate the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program graduates! These individuals successfully completed an intense ten week course around developing, enhancing, and promoting their leadership skills and capabilities. They are:

Abdi Abdullahi
Alana Goodson
Alyssa Crow
Anthony Villagrana
Ashlyn Winkels
Ava Pedersen
Bella Dawson
Billy Thao
Bobbi Hernandez
Brooke Pontinen
Carrington Nowak
Cyrus Frye-Dixon
Emily Brown
Emily Miszkiewicz
Emily Vang
Gabrielle Lewis
Ian Heseltine
Jasmine Gonzalez
Jessica Hing
Jessica Mendoza
Joe Gaskill
Kayla Cross
Khadra Bashir
Kristi Schulz
Lauren Holzem
Lydia Stephens
Mac Quist
Melissa Flores Jaimes
Mike Reeder
Nelago Nashandi
Oteju Oluwatofunmi
Pheng Xiong
Portia Green
Rose Zahn
Sabrin Gadow
Samantha Marholtz
Seakh Menheer
Shamarr McKinney-Vanburen
Shamsa Ahmed
Simon Redstone
Tanner Hintz
Yvonne Twinawe

Also thank you to the student leaders who provided mentorship to those participating in ELP:

Abe Johnson
Ariel Gutierrez
Ash Kaun
Destyn Land
Esteban Perez Cortez
Jose Perales
Mahamoud Abdi
Mayli Camposeco

Director at Rochester

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I am pleased to announce that Jeremy Updike will be the new Director at our site in Rochester. Jeremy will play a critical role in supporting our work in Rochester including, but not limited to, increasing student enrollment, supporting program growth, and expanding our external partnerships. The Director will supervise staff and operations and serve as a liaison to business and community organizations in Rochester and the surrounding area.

Jeremy has 11 years of experience as the Director of Summer Academic Programs at Carleton College. In this work, he has collaborated with faculty, staff and external partners to develop and enhance new and continuing programs. Jeremy will begin his work at Augsburg on January 16, 2018.

A special thanks to the members of the search committee who were critical to the successful search process and to Dawn Miller (HR) for her excellent work throughout the search.

Please join me in welcoming Jeremy Updike to Augsburg University.

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

Open Faculty/Staff feedback sessions on the University’s Consensual Relationship Policy

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The Employee Handbook Review Committee seeks your input as it develops a newly proposed University Consensual Relationship Policy. Because this policy will impact all employees, a sub-committee has been formed and seeks your viewpoints on consensual relationships. The sub-committee has two open seats. One faculty and one staff member will be selected from those who attend an open session and express an interest in participating in this sub-committee.

Two one-hour sessions will take place during the week of December 4 – December 8. Please watch future A-Mail notices for dates/times.

Please contact Dawn Miller in HR at for additional information.

Food and Fun

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You are all invited to the International Students 2nd general meeting! There will be food, fun, and goodbyes. It is also our last meeting of 2017.

Please stop by to hear about our events next semester, and say goodbye to the Fall 2017 International exchange students – all while dining with Caribbean style food.

The Meeting is: December 12th from 5:00-6:30 PM. It will be held in OGC 100.

See you all there!

ISO Team

ISO Facebook Page

Native American Book Sale

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As National Native American Heritage Month (November) comes to an end, the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) and American Indian Student Services would like to invite you to check out the Native American Book Sale they are hosting on Wednesday, November 29th from 2- 6 PM and again on Thursday, November 30th from 11 AM – 4 PM in the Lobby of the Christensen Center @ Augsburg University 720 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

Word Carrier Trading Post is a Native American owned book business, specializing in Literature of the Northern Plains. Books range from pre-school level reading to college level reading. There will be a lot of books to choose from!!
For more information on Word Carrier Trading Post, visit their website at They are based out of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Mark Your Calendar for December 7: Informational Sleep Seminar

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Are you having problems sleeping, falling asleep, staying asleep or even just want to learn more about how to get a better night’s sleep?

Come join Regions Hospital Sleep Health Center’s Sleep Team and Insomnia physician, James Davig, Ph.D, for an informational seminar.

When: Thursday, December 7, from 12-1 pm
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us.

For questions, contact Nicole at

Save the Date: Relaxation Seminar on December 12

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Join fellow Auggies for a guided relaxation training program to help you manage stress, sleep more soundly at night, and approach your day with renewed energy and vitality.

Come relax with Beth Freschi, from a Time for Expression.

When: Tuesday, December 12, from 12-1 pm
Where: OGC 100

For questions, contact Nicole at

Thursday: 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


Movie night at the Riverview, Dec 7

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

I Remember Mama (1948) (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 Theater

Faculty & Staff appreciation sale at the Bookstore Thursday – Saturday

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Faculty and Staff, this week Thursday through Saturday is the faculty/staff appreciation sale. All regular priced clothing, trade books, gifts and school spirit merchandise will be 40% off. I hope you have your list and have checked it twice because it is a perfect time to do your holiday shopping, plus a great opportunity to get some new Augsburg University gear for yourself! . Take advantage of this great discount as a thank you for your support of the bookstore throughout the year.

Shop during store hours:
Thursday Nov. 30: 9am – 5pm
Friday Dec.1: 9am – 5pm
Saturday Dec. 2: 10am – 2pm

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