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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

River Semester Fall 2018 – Apply Now

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Students interested in a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to travel the length of the Mississippi River as part of a full semester of courses should check out Augsburg’s River Semester program for Fall 2018. Students in the program will spend 100 days paddling from the Twin Cities, to St. Louis, Memphis, and beyond, before returning to the Twin Cities in December.

Courses offered include:

POL 241 Environmental and River Politics (meets Liberal Arts Foundation for Social and Behavioral Sciences)
ENV 310 Environmental Studies Field Seminar. Study grassroots organizing and meeting with stakeholders throughout the watershed.
ENV 120: Environmental Science (Science w/ Lab)
BIO 495: Topics
POL/ENV/BIO 499 Directed Research Project (possible Keystone credit)
POL/ENV 399 Internship (with a river-related organization; some internships are paid)
KEY 490 Keystone
Other courses and specialized curriculum available by special arrangement
This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience requirement

The deadline for early registration is Dec. 15, 2017, which qualifies you for a $500 discount on the program fee. Thanks to a generous donation from Pentair, there are a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 toward the program fees.

Full information and details at or by contacting the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away Office in Christensen Center or Prof. Joe Underhill at

River Semester Information and Application

Thank you from CTL

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CTL would like to thank the following faculty and staff for sharing their expertise in workshops, panels, talks, and discussions this semester.

Joe Erickson, Bonnie Tensen, Joaquin Munoz, Melissa Hensley, Mike Grewe, Rachel Kruzel, Matt Beckman, Bill Green, Joanne Reeck ,Phil Adamo, Erica Swift, Tina Maria Tavera, Kirsten O’Brien, Dixie Shafer, Mary Lowe, Jennifer Diaz, Michael Wentzel, Cari Maguire, and John Schmit.

All events were also made possible through the hard work of the CTL Faculty Fellows and support staff: Dan Albert, Nishesh Chalise, Jennifer Diaz, Dave Conrad, Natalie Dinki, Mara Kilgore, Mary Lowe, Joaquin Munoz, Anna Sanchez, Bonnie Tensen, and John Zobitz.

CTL is a strong program at Augsburg because of folks like you!

General Announcements

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. There will be refreshments and, maybe, a small treat!

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

For questions, contact Nicole at

Music Theatre Club: The Drowsy Chaperone Auditions

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The Music Theatre Club’s spring musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, is a fully student run production with the purpose of bringing new and additional performance or production opportunities to all Augsburg students. If you are interested in auditioning for a role in The Drowsy Chaperone, there is a two-day audition process for which you must sign-up and attend.

***Audition sign-ups are located on the door if the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater on the main floor of Foss.***

Friday, December 15th (Song/Monologue Audition- Day 1)
Sign up for an audition slot between 6pm-9pm.

For the audition, please prepare the following:
1. 60 Second Monologue: Perform a monologue of your choice that is upwards of one minute in length. Memorization is not required but recommended.
2. 32 Bars of a Musical Theatre Song: Perform up to 32 bars (ex. a verse and a chorus) of a song of your choosing. You MAY choose to perform an excerpt of a song from The Drowsy Chaperone. Memorization is not required but recommended. Please bring a copy of sheet music for the accompanist.
Location: M3 (Choir Room in Anderson Music Hall)

Saturday, December 16th (Dance Audition- Day 2)
Sign up to participate in the group/small group dance audition on Saturday, December 16th at 6pm.

Callbacks: Sunday, December 17th will be 12pm-3pm

If you have any questions about the audition process, or if you are interested in participating in the technical team or pit orchestra, please email

Donate to Campus Cupboard

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Hi everyone,
Only a couple weeks left before the semester ends! Please keep Campus Cupboard in mind as you are cleaning out your space. If there are any unwanted, gently used clothing or miscellaneous items like plant pots, mugs, and office supplies, feel free to donate them to Campus Cupboard! We will gladly take them.

Food items are also still needed at the Cupboard. Some examples of items: canned soups, canned veggies and fruits, canned pasta sauce, instant rice, ramen, granola bars, spices, soup packs, etc. Please consider donating if you’re willing and able!

The Cupboard is dependent upon donations from the Augsburg community to stay open!
Any questions or concerns, please email me at
Thank you!

LSAMP NSS Funding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in STEM

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Are you an underrepresented student pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? If so, you might be eligible to participate in LSAMP North Star STEM (NSS). Augsburg’s LSAMP NSS program is designed to help STEM students succeed through peer mentoring, workshops, research opportunities, industry visits, and conference travel. LSAMP NSS funding opportunities include:

-Professional development stipends (up to $500) for participation in LSAMP NSS programming
-Travel funding for professional STEM conferences (including airfare and lodging)
-Academic year or summer research funding (contingent on mentor match)

STEM majors at Augsburg: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
-Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
-US citizen or permanent resident.
-Underrepresented in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This includes being Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the NSF to support underrepresented students pursuing a STEM degree. Minnesota’s LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance and includes 17 colleges, universities and community organizations.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at or complete the following application:

Please note that funding through NSF requires citizenship or permanent residence, but all students are welcome to participate in programming.

North Star STEM Application

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship: Call for Applications – deadline Fri., Jan. 19

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Students can now apply for the 2017-18 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg College. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2018, in the following areas:
Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 19, 2017.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found at the NASA Scholarship Information. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

Questions? Please contact STEM Programs at

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

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

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

Share your Study Abroad/Away Story

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How was your experience on a Study Abroad or Away Program? Would you like to share your experience and maybe a few photos with your fellow Auggies? Auggies go on programs all over the world on short and long programs–share your story!

Share your story, give advice, or simply give us some feedback on how your program went.

Share your study abroad story here!

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

Teach in China after Graduation

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Auggies who are graduating this fall or spring are invited to apply to serve as teaching interns at Augsburg University’s exchange partner, United International College in Zhuhai, China (near Hong Kong and Macao).

Internship placements are from August 2018-June 2019. Airfare, Housing and a monthly stipend are provided. Apply by February 1st.

Job Description | Application | More Information

Dean of Arts & Sciences Opening

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The search committee is asking for assistance from the campus community in networking to identify candidates for the Dean of Arts & Sciences position. Please share this open position with your networks:

As a resource, a sample email has also been prepared; please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be interested ​in this position:​

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Matz, Search Committee Chair at ​x1155 or

Toys for Tots Drive – Donate in the StepUP Office

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Hello Augsburg University,

The StepUP Peer Advisors from the StepUP Program at Augsburg University have organized a toy drive to support Toys for Tots this holiday season. If you are a student, staff, or faculty member, who is willing to donate brand new toys (not used) to this great cause, please drop off any donation in the StepUP Office. The StepUP Office is located on the second floor of the Oren Gateway Center. We will be accepting donations until December 20th. If you have any friends or family who may be interested in participating, please let them know!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cody Thompson at Thank you all for your kindness and generosity this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

Event Announcements

EPIC Stress Less Fest – Tuesday 12/12

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Join the EP!C Peer Health Educators and members of SMART for the EPIC Stress Less Fest in preparation finals week. Learn some great relaxing tips from journaling to guided imagery to aromatherapy, coloring and more. Paws for Learning and the dogs will be available, yoga demonstrations, and FREE chair massages. Refreshments and prizes, too. Hope to see you Tuesday evening 6:30-8:30 in the Student Lounge.

The Sons of Almighty in Chapel on Friday

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Gospel, Funk and Soul band “The Sons of Almighty” will perform a “Funky Christmas” in chapel Friday morning, December 15. The musicians are local rock legends, but they are also world renowned: Michael Bland, Sonny Thompson, Tommy Barbarella, Julius Collins & Tracey Blake. The first 3 are the core members of the New Power Generation, what Prince called ‘the baddest band in the land’. Friday at 10:40 am in Hoversten Chapel.

More information

Focused Conversations: Tomorrow/Wednesday – on Financial Management

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This week’s Focused Conversation topic is financial management. Join Beth Reissenweber, vice president of Finance and Administration and chief financial officer, for this important discussion.

The sessions are scheduled as follows:

TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 12, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 p.m.

Both sessions are in Oren 100. Remote access will be available for tomorrow’s session. Go to the Inside Augsburg calendar and click the links to add a session to your calendar.

Music Industry Legend, Peter Asher, CBE – Guest speaker

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The Music Department is honored to host Multi-Grammy award-winning, Music Industry Legend; Peter Asher, CBE for a one-hour Q&A session in the Sateren Auditorium on December 13 at 12:00pm. Peter Asher will being discussing a variety of topics on the evolution and current state of the music industry. Augsburg University Instructor of Music Business; Brian Lukasavitz will serve as moderator. Peter Asher, CBE will also be performing at the Dakota Jazz Club on December 12 and 13.

Peter Asher, CBE formerly of the rock n roll duo; “Peter & Gordon” has a unique perspective on the music industry. As an artist, he scored ten Top Forty songs, including three top ten songs and the chart-topping “A World Without Love”. As a producer and manager, he has worked with everyone from James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond and many others. He has earned three Grammy Awards, is a 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee and in 2015 was honored as a Commander of the Order of British Empire for service to the British Music Industry. He has served as the first head of A&R for Apple Records and was the former Senior Vice President of Sony Records. The Augsburg University Music Department is honored to welcome Peter Asher, CBE to our campus and community.

LSAMP NSS Funding for National Society of Black Engineers Convention

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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is holding its 44th annual convention March 21-25, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” ( Students who have attended in past years have found the conference to be an excellent professional development opportunity.

Augsburg students who are eligible for funding through LSAMP NSS may apply for travel funding to attend the NSBE convention. To learn more, see the “LSAMP NSS Funding” general announcement in Amail, email, or go to Students interested in attending should be in good academic standing as it will be necessary to miss some classes.

To find out more or express your interest in attending this convention, contact by Friday, December 15.

NSBE Convention Webpage

Get Your Holiday Spirit On

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, literally! We’d like to invite you to join the Alumni Relations office and spread some holiday cheer to our Alumni, Family and Friends. The Alumni Relations Office will be hosting a ONE TAKE video on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 2:30-4pm in the chaple. This video will have music, lots of fun and plenty of streamers! Gather your friends, put on your best holiday spirit, wear your ugly sweaters, throw on a Santa hat and join us as we sing along to “Its the most Wonderful Time of the Year” Get together your student groups, make a sign with the name of your group on it! If you need material for your sign we will have poster material. Please email for more information!

AURA Presents Open Recovery Meeting

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On December 14 from 7-8:30 pm, AURA will be hosting an Open Recovery Meeting in the Augsburg Room. We are providing a space for anyone to share their experience in recovery from substance use disorders, or how they have been affected by them. You are welcome to come listen, you do not have to share if you attend. We encourage everyone who may be interested to attend!

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Cody Thompson, Co-Founder and Co-President of AURA, with any questions that you may have! We hope to see you there!

Paws for Learning – Pre Finals Stress Relief

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Our good good friends from Paws for Learning will be here multiple times this week in preparation for finals week. Stop by the CWC office (First floor Anderson Res Hall) on Monday (today) between 10:30 – 11: 30 am. Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm Student Lounge Christensen Center and Friday 10:30 – 12 Christensen Center Lobby. Stop by any or all of these times to get your furry friend fix!!

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