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Sabbatical Lunch with Ben Stottrup

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RSVP now for the first Sabbatical Lunch of 2018. Join us at 12:30 p.m. on January 17th in the Marshall Room for a talk by Ben Stottrup, Department of Physics.

For over a decade, work in the Augsburg Biophysics Lab has focused on the morphology and thermodynamics of thin soft matter films. Recently we added rheological techniques to investigate soft matter and fluid flow in Langmuir monolayers. A series of short vignettes will be presented to highlight several aspects of this scholarship – from student collaborators to the HCSBR.

RSVP is required.

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

Thanks to a generous donation from Pentair, there are a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 toward the program fees.

Apply by March 15, 2018

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

Faculty, start thinking about summer

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It is not too early to start planning for summer. The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Development Committee, the Office of International Programs, and the Office of Academic Affairs would like to remind you that over $45,000 has been budgeted to support faculty scholarship, course design, and collaboration with our international partners. Please visit the CTL website for further information and application forms.
Scholarship Grants – February 15, 2015
Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants – February 15, 2018
Integrated Course Design Working Group– February 15, 2018

Applications and Calls for Proposals

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2018 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching (full-time and adjunct), scholarship, or service. For additional information regarding award criteria and to submit a confidential nomination, please visit the CTL Awards website. The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2018.

CTL Awards Website

College Possible is recruiting Students for Spring Semester

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College Possible supports low-income students with college success through 1:1 coaching on academics, financial aid, and personal development. Our hope is that students can apply now, or during the break so that they will be ready to go once the spring semester starts.

Students interested in applying must be Pell grant or Dream Act eligible. In order to apply, they can use this link here: and drop by the College Possible desk (located on the 2nd floor of the Lindell library) to fill out release forms.

Let me know if you or any interested students have any questions.

Apply for off campus summer research- Workshop 1/15

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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:

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

Paid Fellowship for trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2018 trip will take place on April 24th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– At least a sophomore and cannot be graduating before Spring 2019
– 3.0 GPA or higher

General Announcements

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!

Library Promotes Auggie Scholarship to Global Audience

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Last fall the Library implemented a new service known as an institutional repository, designed to publicize and disseminate faculty and student scholarship to a global audience. Augsburg’s repository, known as Idun, went live in August 2017 with three initial collections: 1) faculty-authored articles, 2) faculty-authored books, and 3) theses and dissertations.

Idun includes a readership map which displays a real-time view of which publications are being downloaded, how frequently, and the country or countries in which each publication is downloaded.

While we were all busy with fall classes or relaxing over the holidays, Idun was hard at work. In just a few short months, faculty and student publications have been downloaded well over 300 times by readers across the United States and in 27 foreign countries on 5 continents. These early results demonstrate the promise of Idun, but realizing its full potential depends on the broadest possible participation of Auggie scholars. To learn how you, too, can tap into Idun’s global audience, contact Mike Bloomberg,


Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Research Network

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Ann Johnson, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at the University of St. Thomas, and
Donna Maeda, Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College are working to establish
a network of Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty from the twin cities area to provide opportunities
for professional and social connection. On Thursday, February 22, Macalester is hosting a Happy Hour in
conjunction with their annual American Studies Conference. See below for more information.
Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Research Network
Happy Hour at Macalester College
Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Briggs House
1644 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Following the Happy Hour, all are invited to stay for the 19th Annual American Studies Conference:
"Race Studies/Race Struggles 50: Looking Backward to Move with History"
Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Yuichiro Onishi, Assistant Professor of African American & African Studies
and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota and Panelists Shelley Carthen Watson, ’82,
and Zeam Porter, ‘19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: John B. Davis Auditorium, Macalester College Campus
For questions, please contact Ann Johnson at

New Food Justice Resources Available

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The Campus Kitchen’s “Food To Know” online resources now include the following:

Exploring Food Systems Through a Social Justice Lens (Environmental Studies Keystone Project by Hannah Arvold (’17))
“Thoughts and Comments To Spark Discussion”
“Key Terms in Food Justice Dialogue”
“Food Justice Resource Materials”
“Food Justice Courses at Other Universities”

Food Systems 101 (List of online resources on various topics compiled by our 2017 summer Mpls Step-Up Interns)

Resources are open to anyone and meant to support digging into food systems through multiple perspectives, including economics, politics, and social justice. Find the resources at:

Breakthrough Program tabling Today

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LearningWorks at Blake: A Breakthrough Program is one of 24 sites of the Breakthrough Collaborative. We are located in Minneapolis, MN and have a dual mission: to offer a challenging academic enrichment program to a representative group of highly motivated, high potential middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools, setting them on the path to college by preparing them to enter rigorous high school programs; and to draw talented high school and college students into the education field by engaging them in the art of teaching.

As a part of our LearningWorks PAID internship, summer teaching fellows design and teach original 6-week academic and elective courses to our middle school students. Our teachers receive support from our Curriculum & Instruction Director and licensed teachers, referred to during the summer as Mentor Teachers. In addition to developing curriculum and teaching, our teaching fellows serve as advisors and committee members. Our summer teaching fellows can expect a rigorous, community-centered, engaging environment where they have the opportunity to support amazing middle school students on their paths to college!

Stop by our table at the Christensen Center on January 9 from 10am-1pm!

Our application can be found at:
**Make sure to rank LearningWorks at Blake as your #1 site!

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

Greece: Summer study abroad program

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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

Your voice matters and I’m ready to listen to you. Get to know ADSG Senator Cody Thompson

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Hello Auggies!

My name is Cody Thompson and I am a student at Augsburg. I am also a Senator on the Augsburg Day Student Government.

I am currently conducting a Augsburg Student Experience Survey. Not only do I want to learn more about your experience at Augsburg, but I want to know how I can best support you as one of your peers. There are so many opportunities to get involved here at Augsburg and I would love to share that with you!

I am here to listen to you and support you to the best of my ability. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, and concerns in regards to your experience at Augsburg.

I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you! You can either contact me via my email ( or my cell phone (612-469-5174). I am open to chatting via social media, text, phone, or setting up a meeting time to meet in person. Whatever works best for you!! Thank you for your time!

Enjoy today & stay warm!

Discounted Metro Transit College passes

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Augsburg students can purchase a College Pass – good for Metro Transit buses and light rail – for $115.00 at the Bookstore. The passes are $165.00 and the University sells them at the discounted price.
Students can use their University Bookstore account while it is open.
Students are STRONGLY encouraged to register your semester pass with Metro Transit – if lost or stolen, the replacement is only $5.00.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for January

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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

New advertising campaign launch

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Augsburg is updating its institutional advertising with a new campaign focused on embracing the challenge of engaging with difficult topics and wicked problems (, where no one answer may be “correct.” The ads embrace a notion of “both/and” rather than “either/or” and serve to reinforce the reasoning used in explaining the change to Augsburg University. This advertising campaign complements other, program-specific advertising designed to generate leads by encouraging prospective students to request more information about the university.

Preview an audio ad from the campaign.

Next phase of Love Local Water initiative begins Feb. 1

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The first phase of implementing our Policy on Bottled Water, approved in May 2017, was to eliminate bottled water from on-campus catering (Thanks, A’Viands!). We are now on to the next phase in implementing this initiative – no longer using Augsburg funds to purchase individual bottles/cases of water: Augsburg will use already available local tap water and eliminate the sale, reimbursement, and provision of bottled water on campus. This policy aims to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and supports the provision of water as a human right and not a commodity.

Beginning February 1, 2018, Augsburg will no longer use or reimburse University funds for purchases of bottled water for on-campus use (except for athletic events). You may have been purchasing bottled water in the following ways:

Expense reports
Petty Cash

Watch for the retrofit of drinking fountains to include water filling stations in various spots on campus!

If you have questions or would like support finding alternatives to bottled water for your department, feel free to contact the Environmental Stewardship Committee: We are happy to help brainstorm ideas as we move towards loving our local water! And please share your own creative solutions so we can celebrate together!

Learn more about the Policy, our local tap water, and the network of institutions implementing similar policies on the Environmental Stewardship Committee website: Student project updates, including water quality testing in our buildings and a re-usable bottle share program, will be available soon.

Special thanks to Administrative Accounting and Purchasing for supporting implementation, and thanks to all of you for your cooperation and creativity as we #LoveLocalWater together!

Meltdown and Spectre computer vulnerabilities

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The latest computer vulnerabilities, being called Meltdown and Spectre, relate to how the CPU (brain) of computers operates. The major software vendors are releasing patches to their software (Windows, MacOS, linux) to deal with the vulnerabilities.

We are updating servers as the updates are made available by vendors. We may have to schedule some off-hours downtime for major services to complete the patching.

For institutional PCs we’ll be pushing out updates once they are available. For Macs those will be pushed by Apple through the App Store under the Apple Menu. On your personal computers be sure to run your system updates.
Early news reports suggest computers may become slower after the patching though whether that will be noticeable will likely depend on how old the computer is.

We’ll be monitoring this as it continues to unfold.

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Apply to the Midco Scholars Program

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Augsburg University and Midcontinent Communications (Midco) have recently formed a partnership which will provide opportunities for underrepresented students to earn a scholarship, explore a career in business/IT, and gain relevant work experience.

This semester, up to 4 students will be selected for the honor of becoming the first cohort of Midco Scholars. Each Scholar will have a $2,500 scholarship applied to their student account and will also have the opportunity to apply for a full-time Summer 2018 internship with Midco either in their Sioux Falls, SD or Edina, MN offices. (Internships will more likely take place in Sioux Falls, so applicants should be available to live in Sioux Falls for the summer – housing is available).

Ideal candidates for the Midco Scholars Program will:

-Be a Junior in good standing at Augsburg (anticipated graduation in Dec 2018 or May 2019)
-Have a major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics or other business related fields
-Be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of a summer internship and provide documents to verify work authorization

Underrepresented students, including students of color, low-income (Pell Grant eligible/Dream Grant eligible), and/or first generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested students should review the following link for more information and to apply:

Applications are due Monday, January 29th. Any questions please contact Janet Morales ( or 612-330-1792)

Welcome Leon van Eck, Plant Biologist

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Stop by the Biology Dept Home in Hagfors 232 on Friday, Jan 12th from 2-4PM for cookies, berries, coffee and conversation. Meet the Biology Department’s newest faculty member, Dr. Leon van Eck. Leon comes to us with broad training in plant biology and plant-pest interactions. His specific area of interest is in the Rosaceae family which includes many edible fruits such as strawberries and raspberries, as well as roses.

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

Event Announcements

New Year, New Financial Goals: Meet with a TIAA advisor now

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Start January 2018 off on the right financial foot! Take advantage of this on-campus 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 please 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:

Wednesday, January 24 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, January 25 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Friday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Take Control of Your Health: Register Now for January Biometrics Health Screening

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To kick off Augsburg Total Wellness for 2018, Augsburg Faculty and Staff will have the opportunity to participate in an on-site health screening event that will include a fasting biometric test. On-campus screenings will be held from January 30th through February 1st, in East Commons, Christensen Center.

To register for the Health Screening check out the emailed registration link in the email titled–Take Control of Your Health: REGISTER NOW for January Biometrics Health Screening!

Please note that you will need to fast 8-10 hours prior to your appointment. The health screen includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure and BMI.

Participation in the biometrics health screen is free, confidential, and entirely voluntary. Registration is required. All faculty and staff enrolled in the HDHP, who complete the health screening, will be eligible to receive a $50 HSA contribution. Those not eligible for an HSA contribution will be entered into a separate prize drawing.

Contact Nicole at or x. 1602 for any questions.

The Misunderstanding

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Written by Albert Camus
Directed by Del Logeais

Thursday, January 25th – 6:00p
Thursday, January 25th – 7:30p
Friday, January 26th – 6:00p
Friday, January 26th – 7:30p
Saturday, January 27th – 6:00p
Saturday, January 27th – 7:30p
Sunday, January 28th – 3:00p

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater
Foss Center

A prodigal son returns home unrecognized, having been abroad for twenty years, to an inn run by his mother and sister—who have been killing lodgers in order to make a living for themselves. In an immersive reimagining of this rarely performed play, described by Camus as the theatrical piece that “resembles him the most,” The Misunderstanding explores concepts of grief, guilt, and the absurdity of existence in a world that is equally cruel to the innocent and the criminal.

2017-2018 Production Season

One Voice Mixed Chorus – Minnesota’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender chorus and allies

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One Voice Mixed Chorus Presents Sanctuary, Exploring the Music of Minnesota’s Immigrant Communities

Where: Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg

When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:45-10-45AM

One Voice Mixed Chorus presents Sanctuary, a concert that explores the music of immigrant cultures to Minnesota- from early Scandinavians, to African Americans arriving through the Underground Railroad, and recent music of Hmong, Mexican and Somali communities. Several contemporary songs describe the experience of LGBT people struggling for a place of belonging and finding home through both biological and chosen family.

This concert is a collaboration with local non-profit, Green Card Voices, which has collected stories of youth immigrants.

One Voice’s OUT in Our Schools program will offer workshops in schools utilizing a curriculum designed by Green Card Voices. Paired with music from the Sanctuary concert, OUT in Our Schools engages students in researching and writing about their own immigrant history, including stories and music that comes from their cultural background.

One Voice will perform for middle-school students and the Augsburg community on Thursday, January 11 at Augsburg University in Minneapolis

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PSP (+ games and case) for sale

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Selling lightly used PSP3000. In great condition. Includes the PSP, its charger, a case, and five games.

The games are: Star Wars Battlefront 2, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Ys Seven, Gods Eater Burst, and Puzzle Quest Challenge of Warlords

Cost: $85 (Cash only)

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Email if interested or have questions: