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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

PA Information Session

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Join URGO to hear from the Augsburg PA Studies program about prerequisites, experiences, and writing a compelling personal statement for a competitive application. Alumni will also share information on how they successfully gained admission and their experiences in PA school.

Wednesday, March 21
6 – 7:30 pm
150A Hagfors Center

Contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP. Dinner will be provided.

Congratulations Grant Recipients

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Congratulations to the following faculty that received competitive CTL Grants for 2018!

Provost Internationalization Grants:
Caroline Maguire
Sarah Degner Riveros

ICD Grants:
Amanda Case
Laura Boisen
Nishesh Chalise
Jennifer Diaz
Bibiana Koh
Matthew Haines

Scholarship Grants:
Jennifer Bankers-Fullbright
Vanessa Bester
Lars Christiansen
Katie Clark and Kaija Freborg
Stephan Clark
Christina Erickson
Nidane Henderson-Stull
Christopher Houltberg
Dal Liddle
Joaquin Munoz
Beliza Torres Narvaez
Michael Wentzel
John Zobitz

Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice

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Social Work department announces the publication of a new textbook.
Christina Erickson, Ph.D., LISW has authored a new textbook on environmental justice and social work practice to be published by Oxford Press. Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice, “expands the discipline’s commitment to …the environmental movement while recognizing the unique contributions social work has to offer to ameliorate environmental inequities” Publication date is May 1, 2018.

Academic Skills Coaching and Tutoring Support

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Students, are you looking for strategies and resources to help you succeed in the classroom?

Faculty, do you have students who could use help learning study strategies and/or organizing their deadlines and work?

Academic Skills Coaches are available through the Academic Skills Office. Academic Skills Coaches work with students to develop effective study habits and skills specifically designed for academic success. Coaches offer comprehensive academic support including:
· Time management/organization

· Note taking

· Textbook reading

· Study strategies

· Test preparation

· Motivation/procrastination

Academic Skills Coaches also work with students to identify potential obstacles to college success and help to connect students to campus resources including our free Supplemental Instruction (SI) and tutoring support as needed. To learn more about Academic Skills Coaching and/or tutoring services, visit our website at or call/stop by the Gage Center (2nd floor of the Lindell Library, 612-330-1470) to schedule an appointment with an Academic Skills Coach.

Finish Your Written Work before Spring Break

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Only two days remain before spring break. If you are working on essays or revisions, you can find help in the Writing Lab. All writers can use reviewers and the Writing Lab tutors are ready to help you! The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Any Augsburg student — grad or undergrad, any major — is welcome. Just bring a hard copy of whatever you are working on — essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing assignments. 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 WL will be open Friday, March 9 and Sunday, March 18, but closed during spring break week.

Questions? Contact Kathy Swanson, English

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Presents: Four Days in May

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May 8-11 CTL is hosting a large variety of experiential learning opportunities for both professional development and community building! Join us for a cup of coffee and stay for the workshop and engaging discussions to follow.

Join us May 8-11 for sessions on the following topics:
Tools to Foster CLEAN Design
Principles of Universal Design for Instruction
Faculty Learning Tech Showcase
Library Research Tools
Retaining Transfer students in STEM
Faculty and Staff Leadership
Food Education
Portfolio Workshop
Connections with Cedar Riverside Neighborhood
Creating and Inclusive Campus Conference (May 10th)
New Framework for Experiential Education at Augsburg
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
IRB Changes and Challenges
LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Classroom
Teaching and Learning Environmental Sustainability in your Courses

Stay-tuned, a complete itinerary will be available on the CTL website shortly after Spring Break.

CTL website

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

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!

Two Augsburg Film Students will be featured at this year’s Mespies Film Festival

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Winston Heckt will screen “Conversations with God” and Rebecca Schroeder will screen “Honey”. The Mespies are an annual celebration of independent film and the people who make them. Films are selected based on innovation, cinematic courage, and demonstrated ambition.

The screenings take place March 16th-March 20th at the historic Heights Theatre.

2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards/Senior Leadership Society

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Nominations for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:( Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Applications are also open for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. (

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 19th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 8 from 5:00-8:00pm.

GCTWF Survey Extended through March 12th

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The Great Colleges to Work For survey has been open for more than two weeks. So far, Augsburg has a 70% response rate.

To allow additional time for those who haven’t had an opportunity to take the survey, the deadline to respond has been extended through Monday, March 12th until 4:00 p.m.

For those of you who have participated, thank you for sharing your voice! For those who haven’t, please do so!

If there are any questions or concerns about the survey, please direct them to Nicole Peterlin ( or 612-330-1602).

Oportunidad de Servicio Voluntario para Los Hispanohablantes

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Juez De Debate en Español

Buscando jueces de debate para 3 torneos de debate:

Miércoles 19 de abril de 3:30 a 7:30 PM
Miércoles 3 de mayo de 3:30 a 7:30 PM
Miércoles 17 de mayo de 3:30 a 7:30 PM

Los jueces observarán las rondas que serán completamente en español, determinarán los ganadores de cada ronda, y proporcionarán comentarias para ayudar a los estudiantes a mejorar su lectura, pensamiento crítico, y sus habilidades en el idioma español.

Se ha demostrado que la participación en el debate ayuda a los estudiantes a mejorar sus habilidades académicas e interpersonales, incluida la comprensión de lectura y el aumento de su confianza.

Si no tienes experiencia, no te preocupes. ¡Nosotros te ensenaremos!

Contacto: con preguntas o usa el calendario para elegir sus fechas.

English translation on website below.

Fechas de Servicio Voluntario

Interfaith Engagement: a Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Augsburg Faculty, Staff, and Students – you are invited to attend an evening of conversation with Bishop Munib Younan. In 2018, Bishop Younan retired as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and completed his 7 year term as President of the Lutheran World Federation. Bishop Younan is a global leader in inter-religious relationships and the pursuit of a just peace between Israel and Palestine.

This event, “Interfaith Engagement: a Palestinian Christian Perspective”, will take place on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM in Oren Gateway Center Room 100.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!
Link to full Bio –

Employers Tabling Today

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Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center between 10:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. Representatives from MN Department of Human Services and Arthur’s Residential will be on campus to share their internships, volunteer and full-time opportunities.

1) The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) – helps provide essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. Working with many others, including counties, tribes and non-profits, DHS helps ensure that Minnesota seniors, people with disabilities, children and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. DHS employs a highly talented and dedicated workforce committed to providing services that produce positive outcomes for clients in a cost-effective manner. Employees have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans every day.

2) Arthur’s Residential –Arthur’s Senior Care provides exceptional assisted living and memory care in two six-person homes in Roseville and Shoreview, MN. With more than 35 years of experience in Alzheimer’s care and other types of dementia, we are prepared to support people in all stages of the disease along with specialized care for clients with conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, diabetes, mobility issues, and other conditions, as well as hospice care. Arthur’s Senior Care is staffed by ACR Homes. which was voted the #1 workplace in Minnesota by employees 2 of the last 4 years in the annual Star Tribune Top Workplaces survey.

Need Marina nominations by Friday

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Please nominate a Senior for the Marina Christensen-Justice Award this year….

The recipient of the Marina Christensen-Justice Award must have demonstrated a dedication to the community beyond the Augsburg College campus, working in solidarity with marginalized people, as characterized by the personal and professional life of Marina Christensen-Justice. This award is given to one Augsburg senior each year at Commencement.

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

Depth and breadth of community involvement off-campus,
Commitment to understanding of systemic roots of the issues being addressed,
Personal and professional commitment to work with marginalized communities,
Bold and courageous leadership,
and authentic and sustained relationships with community and issues.

Please submit nominations to Mary Laurel True, by Friday, March 9. 2018.

Thank you,
Mary Laurel

Sisterhood events begin 3/13

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Sisterhood Boutique 3rd annual fashion show on Tuesday, March 20th at Augsburg, showcasing the talents of young social entrepreneurs through spoken word, art and fashion.

Also, Fashion Week events start on the 13th. Please check out the link below for more details.
Doors at 6 pm, Show starts at 7 pm
Free Admittance, Donations Accepted
Henna by Mehndi Moments when doors open at 6
Music ● Sisterhood t-shirts for sale ●
After the show there will be light refreshments and possibly the opportunity to buy outfits.
*There is a link below with the schedule for the entire week of Sisterhood events.

Collaborators: Augsburg University, A’viands, Sabo Center & St. Kate’s Fashion Department

Event Announcements

Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Presents

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Luther College piano faculty members, Du Huang and Xiao Hu, also known as the Unison Piano Duo, performs this coming Saturday in Minneapolis.
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM 9:00 PM
Location: Mindekirken – The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
924 East 21st Street Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States

For more information and tickets, visit the Norway House website.

Norway House

Game Night TODAY

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Come take some stress off before spring break and play games with SRJ, ABO, and QPA. (:

We will have gift cards and Augsburg apparel as prizes so you DON’T want to miss this event!

Join us and enjoy chocolate covered strawberries and a trail mix station too, so grab your friends and come have a good time (invite them to this event as well)!!

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the Student Lounge
This is a come and go event!

Facebook Event

Women Stand Up & Fight Back. International Women’s Day Protest.

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Women Stand Up & Fight Back! International Women’s Day Protest.
Join us this year on International Women’s Day and take to the streets in Minneapolis to speak out against the oppression and exploitation of women and non-binary people today.
Thursday, March 8th @ 5pm at Mayday Plaza, 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis FFI:

Learn What You Should Know About Social Security

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In a one-of-a-kind, special event: Rhonda Whiteneck, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration will present a comprehensive look at Social Security benefits and the role they play in retirement. The presentation will include a look at how your age at retirement affects your benefits, who else is eligible to receive a benefit, and how you enroll. In addition, Rhonda will discuss Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, touching on penalties, creditable drug coverage and how Medicare affects HSA participation.

Not sure if you should attend? Are you planning to retire – soon or sometime in the future? Do you have parents, friends, etc. who will be retiring and could use a few pointers? Are you unsure how your and your spouse’s Medicare benefits coordinate? Do you have an HSA and wonder what will happen to it when you reach Medicare eligibility age? If you answered yes to any of these, this seminar is for you!​

When: March 13th from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Hagfors 150A

Film Event: Native American Conversations on Law Enforcement, Justice, and Redemption

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Join us for an evening of short films focusing on issues of racism, law enforcement, and redemption from various Native American experiences. Our hosts represent two Native American media organizations-Vision Maker Media and MIGIZI Communications-which work with filmmakers to produce and distribute Native focused documentaries and shorts on issues important to Native American communities. The evening will include conversation and a variety of short films.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

For parking directions visit: You will be parking in Lot L off of 26th between Riverside and Butler Pl. You will need a parking permit. For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at Permits are limited in number.

Augsburg Native American Film Series

TODAY—Staff Appreciation Event

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Thursday, March 8
2-4 p.m. | Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Staff Senate hosts the Staff Appreciation event each year where the Length of Service awards, Diversity and Inclusion Certificates, and Outstanding Staff Award recipients will be honored. Food is served before the program and a candy bar is available after.

The Staff Appreciation program is intended to recognize exceptional staff members who exemplify Augsburg’s mission statement through their actions. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

We hope to see you there!

Vocation Lunch with Robert Tom – March 29th

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom, Augsburg’s Ceramics and Sculpture Professor! This event will take place on Thursday, March 29th from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about robert tom and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

Faith & Doubt at Cedar Commons

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Faith & Doubt
Thursday, March 8th 6:30-8:30pm

This week we’re gathering for a meal and discussion about Doubt. A source of confusion or shame for some, and a route to liberation or valuable wrestling for others, we want to explore this part of the human experience. Is it good? Bad? Useful? Scary? Important?

What’s your relationship to faith and doubt? How do you navigate seasons where things that used to be clear for you, become more fuzzy and you have more questions than things about which you feel certain? Looking forward to the sharing of experiences and rich discussion.

6:30 Food and Speakers
7:30 Discussion

**Dinner (Pizza Luce) will be provided!**

Hosted by: Augsburg Interfaith Scholars and Interfaith @ Cedar Commons

[Cedar Commons: 2001 Riverside Ave. S, below Trinity)

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggies win overseas language fellowship

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Congratulations to Augsburg University’s three new Critical Language Scholars: Abdulkadir Sharif, Bri Luetkahans, and Jubilee Prosser! The CLS program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides 8-10 weeks of intensive overseas language study and cultural immersion in an effort to expand the number of Americans who speak languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Abdulkadir Sharif, majoring in political science: public policy/political change and international relations, minoring in history, will be traveling to Arusha Tanzania to study Kiswahili;

Bri Luetkahans, international relations major with a minor in Mandarin Chinese, will be traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to study Chinese;

Jubilee Prosser, biology major and public policy and environmental studies minor, will also be traveling to Arusha, Tanzania to study Kiswahili.

To learn more about the CLS, check out the website at After reading the website, if you are interested in applying next fall, please contact


Earn $500 for One Week – Scrubs Camp Counselors Needed

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Counselors are needed to work at Metro Scrubs Camp at Augsburg from July 9 – July 13; 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily. Counselors earn $500 for the week. Metro Scrubs Camp provides opportunities for high school students from throughout the Twin Cities area to explore health careers by engaging in interactive sessions led by health care professionals. For the job description and application form, go to Questions? Contact Hli Vang at 612-330-1530;