Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center Move-In Continues with New Art and Furniture

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Furniture and additional art installations are featured in this week’s Hagfors Center update. The office move-in also continues this week, with faculty and staff getting things settled into new offices before the faculty/staff holiday party next week (Thursday, December 21, 3 – 5 p.m.)

See the link below of images of the new furniture and artwork, including:
[1] RECOVERY – Ta-coumba Aiken
[2] Searching for Understanding – Tina Tavera
[3] A Song of Dust – Stephanie Hunder
[4] In Plain Sight – Amy Baur and Brian Bolden

See the full update for the week of December 11

Teaching and Learning

Register Your Spring Internship

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The last day to register your spring internship or Augsburg Experience internship is January 22nd. Internship registration requires filling out 2 forms (an online form and a paper form.) You can access forms and instructions on our Internship Registration Guide.

Contact Emily Reinert at with questions.

Internship Registration Guide

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

Apply for Off-campus Summer Research – workshop 1/15

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Travel. Learn. Connect.

Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

See URGO’s website to find hundreds of off-campus research opportunities:

Off-Campus Research

Application deadlines for these programs are most often near the start of next semester (January, February), so Winter Break is the perfect time to get started! URGO will be hosting a workshop January 15th where students will receive one on one advising and feedback on their applications. Students are encouraged to send their application essays to prior to the workshop to make the most of the time.

Off-Campus Research Application Workshop
Monday, January 15th (no classes)
3-5pm in SVE 205
Pizza will be provided.

If you cannot make it to the workshop, please contact URGO at 612-330-1446 or to make an individual appointment.

URGO off-campus research page

800+ and Counting: Find Help in the Writing Lab

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s time to do so! More than 800 Auggies have already used the WL this semester. Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.
Note – The Lab will close after the Wed. night shift on Dec. 20!

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

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

General Announcements

Handmade Jewelry Sale Supports NicaHOPE

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Sponsored by MAL Faculty, Cari Maguire, the NicaHOPE jewelry sale has raised hundreds of dollars for families in Nicaragua. NicaHope is a non-profit that teaches economical skills to the Acahualinca community surrounding the Managua city dump. MEA, PA, and MAL students have the opportunity to visit NicaHope on one of many site locations during the study abroad course.

We hope to have a tabling event where you can pick up a gift for another or for yourself. Event announcement forthcoming!

-Christy Mattingly

Sample pictures of jewelry

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

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: application deadline Friday, 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

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

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

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

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

Be a part of the next Holiday Classic

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The Holiday Video is just one day away!
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 chapel. The filming will start at 3:15 so if you have to come late aim to be there by 3:15. As soon as we’ve got it we are done! This video will have music, lots of fun and plenty of streamers!

Gather your friends, departments, teams & clubs, put on your best holiday spirit, wear your ugly sweaters, bring items that represent you and your club/team/department and join us as we sing along to “Its the most Wonderful Time of the Year”. Make sure to 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 or for more information!

TODAY/TOMORROW: Focused Conversations on Financial Management

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The December Focused Conversation topic is financial management and is facilitated by Beth Reissenweber, vice president of Finance and Administration and chief financial officer.

There are sessions, both in Oren 100:

TODAY, Tuesday, December 12, 2 p.m. (remote access available on the All Hands page)
TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy Your Lunch with Staff Senate

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Get out of the office and join Staff Senate in the Commons for lunch and discussion. Take some time to engage with fellow staff in casual conversation.

Wednesday, December 13
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

You can use this opportunity to speak specifically with Staff Senate members or just enjoy new company for lunch. Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

EPIC Stress Less Fest Tonight 6:30 pm

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Join the EP!C Peer Health Educators and members of SMART for the EPIC Stress Less Fest in preparation for 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.

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

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.

AURA Presents Open Recovery Meeting – 12/14/2017 @ 7 pm

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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!

TODAY: Relaxation Seminar

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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

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Plastic Water Bottle Ban Questionnaire

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The Environmental Stewardship Committee is working on implementing a plastic water bottle ban on campus, so in order to gain more information on Augsburg University student’s water usage, we would appreciate if you could fill out this short survey.