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Denmark & Iceland: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

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

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

Applications are due on January 31.

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

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Greece: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

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

Applications are due January 24, 2018

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Hagfors Classroom Technology Training

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The IT UserSupport Team will be offering training on using the updated classroom technology that is installed in all Hagfors Center classrooms. All Faculty and Staff, especially those who plan on using Hagfors classrooms this semester, are invited to attend. We will cover the basics of using Windows 10, functionality of the interactive whiteboards, and projecting wirelessly using AirServer, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Feel free to drop-in and/or leave as your schedule allows. Snacks will be provided.

Friday, Jan 19th from 12:45-2:45pm in HC 201
Wednesday, Jan 24th from 9:00-10:30am in HC 104

Apply to College Possible for help navigating academics or finances

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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 apply as soon as possible so that they will be ready to go for the semester.

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.

College Possible Website

CTL Workshop: Conversations in the Classroom

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Conversations in the Classroom: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion

In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 12:30pm – 1:40pm
Where: OGC 100 

This session will end with a Gift Card Raffle!

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Faculty Grants Available

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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

Get Paid to Learn This Summer: URGO App Available

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2018 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 14th – July 27th.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 1st, so start talking with your faculty now to learn about what research is going on in your department!

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

KAUG Meeting Today

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Hello everybody,

We would like to apologize on behalf of our inactivity this school year. However, we are having a meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17 at 4:00 pm in the Auggie’s Nest to rebuild Augsburg University’s radio station.

Firstly, we are announcing that we are going to fill officer roles. So, if you are interested in fulfilling any of the following positions: President, Vice President, Marketing Director, Webmaster, this would be an especially good opportunity for you to join us in this meeting to become a candidate for this position.

Secondly, coming to this meeting would also be a good opportunity for you to fill in spots to host your own shows. Our studio is almost completely renovated, however our computer is currently not working. IT is currently working on trying to fix the problem ASAP.

Finally, we are looking for people, whether they be officers or general members, to table for two hours per week for four weeks. As we are in a rebuilding stage, we do need people to help get the word out that we are working on a revamp of this program.

Please come to this meeting, especially if you are in interested in any of these points.

Thank you, and we will see you there!

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 their semester pass with Metro Transit – if lost or stolen, the replacement is only $5.00.

Augsburg Student Experience Survey – Let your voice be heard because your voice matters

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My name is Cody Thompson and I am a Senator on the Augsburg Day Student Government. I would like to learn more about your experience at Augsburg. How can ADSG and myself work toward making the change you want to see on campus? I a few brief questions for you. Feel free to respond to my email –!

1. How do you identify your gender?
2. What year are you at Augsburg?
3. What do you like and/or admire about Augsburg?
4. What would you like to see improved, changed, and/or implemented at Augsburg?

I am happy to talk on the phone (612-469-5174), text, email, or meet in person! I look forward to hearing from you!

Register for MN Private College Job & Internship Fair

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For the 42nd year, Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Tuesday, February 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m .- 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

Why attend the fair?
Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
Chat with more than 260 employers – all under one roof!
Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.
Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!
Learn more about the fair and who will be attending:

REGISTER & PAY THE $12 FEE in Handshake


NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship: Application Deadline This 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, 2018.

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

Alternative Spring Break 2018

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Greetings from Campus Ministry (CM) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV)!

We are writing to inform you of a wonderful service opportunity coming up! During Spring Break this year, March 10th – 17th, we will be traveling to Laredo, Texas with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break. This trip is a great chance for students to travel during spring break while also making a positive difference in the Laredo community. The cost is $250 and includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot. Registration is between January 8th and February 2nd.

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break”
and Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Sophie Warnberg at


Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Join the MUS 342: Choral Conducting Lab Choir

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Want more singing in your life?
Can’t get enough of choir? OR…
Can’t fit a choir into your schedule but still want to sing with people?
Join the MUS 342: Choral Conducting LAB CHOIR!

30 minutes every Wednesday afternoon; 2:15pm – 2:45pm, starting Jan. 24!
Anderson Music Hall, Choir Room (M3)

Learn a few songs, taught and conducted by your peers with a fun, low-key performance in April.
Snacks provided each week!

Questions? Email Tim Buzza at

Auggies Networking Experience

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Foss Center (FREE and open to all majors and students)

Food, beverages and free headshots provided

Spend an evening networking with students and alumni from various industries. This is a great opportunity to meet with alumni as they share their career insights and stories with students. You will be able to practice networking skills by meeting with alumni and talking about their experiences in the workforce. Attending events like this will benefit you by building relationships that can help you professionally now and in the future.

Click on the Join Event button in Handshake to register.


Ellison/Omar to speak on campus 1/23

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Congressman Keith Ellison and Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar are coming to Augsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6:00-7:30pm to offer Reflections on Feminist Resistance and Human Rights Struggles in Honduras, a Report-back from their November Delegation with Witness for Peace.

Augsburg University is hosting this special report by our lawmakers and Augsburg and community delegates who traveled to meet with journalists, lawyers, indigenous communities, and other human rights defenders and social movement leaders during the November presidential elections in Honduras which have been widely criticized for fraud and state violence.

Please save the date and plan now to come to this special human rights event.

Event Announcements

Yoga Today

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Good Morning! I will be teaching yoga at Augsburg this semester starting TODAY. Please join us today from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm in the Racquetball Court (Si-Melby 130). We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. Please e-mail me if you have any questions at

CTL Diversity and Inclusion Spring Book Group

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Please join the CTL Diversity and Inclusion Spring Book Group to read Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others. Her new book explores themes of race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, and the desire for belonging. Please email Mike Fetting (x1160 or in Student Affairs by Wednesday, January 31 to order your copy of the book and indicate your selected meeting time: Monday, March 5 at 3:10 or Thursday, March 8 at 12:15. By ordering the book, you commit to joining us at one of the sessions. We look forward to seeing you!

CTL Events Calendar

TODAY: Interest Meeting for Potential Departmental Honors Project Participants

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Date: Wednesday, January 17th
Location: Foss Green Room
Time: 3:30 pm
Augsburg senior Shoshana Freund is looking for anyone interested in participating in her departmental honors project. It will be a collaboratively devised piece focusing on themes and issues surrounding the topic of disability. Students of all abilities and experiences are welcome. If you are at all interested, please join her for an initial interest meeting.
Email with any questions or concerns.

Chris Coleman Campaign Internships. Sign Up Today

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Come down to the Christensen Center and meet with Chris Coleman representative Alberto Lazo and intern Darby Cusack to learn how you can obtain first hand experience with the democratic process! From 10am to 1pm they will be there to answer questions about gubernatorial candidate Chris Coleman and about how you can earn college credit by becoming an intern in the exciting world of politics.

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.

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

League of Legends Tournament

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Come join us for a League of Legends Tournament and Party this Saturday from 12:00-6:00pm in Sverdrup 206! There will be Chipotle, drinks, and fun!

The tournament will consist of ARAM games with prizes and scoring based off of cumulative scores.

Prizes include:
– Razer Headset
– Razer Mouse
– $50 RP Card

For more information visit us on our Facebook page at Augsburg Gamer’s United!

Register Here!

Grants to Teach English in Ecuador: Info Session Thursday

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Have you ever thought about teaching English abroad after graduation? This is an excellent opportunity, particularly for graduating seniors with Spanish skills!

The Puente Cultural Services and Teaching Abroad Grant in Ecuador is accepting applications from graduating seniors until January 31, 2018.

Info Session: This Thursday Jan 18
3:30 pm in Marshall Room Christiansen Center

Criteria to win the grant:
-Financial need, Spanish proficiency and interest in cross cultural experience.
-The grant covers round trip airfare, the TEFL training, insurance and partial living expenses, but you are expected to help pay some of your living expenses.
-1 year commitment – July thru June
-Start with TEFL training at the CEDEI foundation – after that you are hired for 20 hours a week at the foundation and 20 hours volunteering at the foundation
-Host family set up by CEDEI includes meals, but they are exploring finding apts. If you could find a roommate (one of the other TEFL trainees maybe) it would be affordable.

Join us at the information session THIS THURSDAY to learn more! You can also read a fellow Auggie’s blog on her experience with the program, Anabel Chavez, at:

Puente Cultural Grant Facebook Page

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Steblay

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Dr. Nancy Steblay, Psychology Department, has been appointed as the Associate Editor for the journal “Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.” PPPL is a journal of the American Psychological Association and provides a forum for critical evaluation of public policy and legal issues in light of the scientific knowledge base in psychology. Congratulations Dr. Steblay on this prestigious honor!


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