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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.

Get the Moodle Mobile App

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Instructions for setting up the app are linked in this announcement.
What can you do with the free Moodle Mobile app?

1. Turn in assignments from your SMART phone.
2. Check the course schedule to prepare for the upcoming weeks without turning on a computer.
3. Read and respond to forum postings.
4. Check your grades.
5. Download an article from your course site to read on a SMART phone or tablet.

Tip from a high-tech student: See the CLASS Office web site for information on Natural Reader which will read the article to you, highlighting words as it reads. Free for computers and $10 for SMART phones.

Instructions for setting up the Moodle Mobile App.

Today: Des Moines University Information Session

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Tuesday, March 20
11 am – 12 pm
101A Hagfors Center

Anna Cruz, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist, will provide information on Des Moines University’s clinical programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy as well as non-clinical master’s programs in anatomy, biomedical science, public health and health care administration. Food will be provided.

Physician Assistant Information Session

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Join URGO to hear from Augsburg Physician Assistant Studies 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

Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Catherina Kipper at

General Announcements

Graduation Cap & Gown/Graduation Regalia

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If you missed ordering your Cap & Gown/Graduation Regalia online from Herff Jones– DON’T STRESS!! All graduation regalia will be available for sale IN APRIL at the Augsburg University Bookstore.

You will be able to purchase your graduation regalia from April ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT.

GRAD FAIR at Augsburg University location in Minneapolis: Wednesday, APRIL 11th, at the Augsburg University Bookstore, 9am-5pm. Purchasing the graduation bundle (BS: cap, gown & tassel, MS: cap, gown, tassel & hood) on this day will save you $10.

GRAD FAIR at Augsburg University location in Rochester: Monday, April 16th, from 4pm-6pm. Purchasing the graduation bundle (BS: cap, gown & tassel, MS: cap, gown, tassel & hood) this day will save you $10.

Student Commencement Speaker Nominations

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Nominations are open for graduating students who would be good candidates to represent this year’s graduates at the April 28 commencement ceremonies. To nominate a student, please send an email to Nate Hallanger ( that describes why you believe the nominee would make an excellent student commencement speaker for this year. Nominations are due Friday, March 23.

Support Professor Mzenga Wanyama

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Current and former Augsburg students have created a GoFundMe campaign for Professor Mzenga Wanyama. All contributions will go toward supporting Professor Wanyama’s representation.

Unfortunately, ICE is currently threatening to remove him from this country and we must come together as a community to stand by him and his family during this difficult time.

Please check out his GoFundMe campaign and share this link on your social media platforms! Thank you for supporting Professor Wanyama!

Faculty and Staff Grants for Sesquicentennial Projects

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The Sesquicentennial Academic Sub-Committee is looking for project ideas and project leaders that will make the celebration of our Sesquicentennial year a special year for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Augsburg. Funds are available for evocative projects of all kinds that reflect Augsburg’s mission, academic excellence and community. The 150th anniversary will be celebrated between Homecoming 2019 and Homecoming 2020. Our aim is to have all Sesquicentennial projects identified by Spring 2018.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all completed applications through the Google form ( The links to the form will be on the Academic Affairs website ( and Sesquicentennial website ( Applications are due April 15, 2018 for consideration.

Contact Darcey Engen for more information.

Curious about Southern Africa?

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Did you know that Augsburg has had its own study center in Windhoek, Namibia for over 20 years? It’s true!

Augsburg’s nationally-recognized semester program “Nation-building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind”has applications open for fall 2018 until April 16th!

On this program, students will travel to two countries, Namibia and South Africa, to learn about the challenges posed by underdevelopment, globalization, extreme inequality,and the legacies of apartheid in the Southern Africa region.

Augsburg students can complete multiple LAF requirements including Humanities, Recreational Wellness, and Search for Meaning II. Internships are also available!

Start an application today!

Event Announcements

Fosdick Lecture and Chapel

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Today we offer the Fosdick Lecture on Preaching entitled “‘Unbind Them! Let Them Go’ Preaching Resurrection Hope”. Our lecturer is the Rev. Mark Hanson, Executive Director of the Christensen Center for Vocation. Rev. Hanson will speak at 10 am. At 11:30 am the Rev. Meta Herrick Clark of Bethlehem Lutheran Church will preach a word of hope during our Daily Chapel worship. In Hoversten Chapel. All are welcome.

More info

Employer Event – Thursday

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Thursday, March 22nd
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center
3:00-5:00 p.m. (come and stay for as long as you like )

Students are invited to stop by this informal meet and greet to learn about internships and entry level careers, have their resume reviewed, and ask questions. All majors welcome. Representatives will be on campus from: MN Department of Human Services, Andersen Corporation, Travelers, C3 Fellows Program and CBRE Group. Learn more about these companies by logging into Handshake.


Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn March 21st

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Human Resources and Student Financial Services are partnering up again this Spring for a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn. The timing is perfect–remember to note Augsburg universal application deadline of May 1st (for upcoming summer, fall, and spring courses).

Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit. Come get all your questions answered before the deadline!

March 21st from 11:30-12:30 pm, in the Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

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!

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 –

Dean of Arts & Science candidate on campus: Thursday, 3/22

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Dr. Robert Knight, candidate for the Dean of Arts & Sciences position will be on campus this Thursday, March 22nd. His public presentation will be held in the Marshall Room, from 2-3:00 pm. Faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of opportunities to meet with Dr. Knight, and are strongly encouraged to provide feedback on perceived strengths and weaknesses, using the feedback form. Access to the feedback form will close at noon on Friday, 3/23

Dr. Knight’s CV is available at:

Dr. Knight feedback form

Spring Blood Drive Coming 3/28

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Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for our annual spring blood drive on Wednesday 3/28 from 10 – 4 pm in the East Commons. Please consider making a donation and helping save lives. You can sign up for a donation time online at and enter sponsor code 0027 or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule a time.

Short Term Study Abroad Showcase

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An Augsburg faculty-led short-term study abroad program is a great option for any students that want to get an international or off campus experience! These programs are embedded in a semester course, with a travel component, typically 7-10 days.

On Monday, March 26th, we will be showcasing the 2018/19 short term programs in Christensen Center. Come meet the faculty leaders, ask questions, and learn about your options for the 2018/19 academic year! Programs include:

· From Roots to Rap: Islam in America

· Faith, Vocation, and Social Change in Central America

· Space Mountain: Astronomy in Hawaii

· Innovation & Design in the Netherlands: Past & Present

· Art Performing Social Change in Puerto Rico

· Psychology and Education in Slovenia

· Music Therapy in China

For more study abroad/away information

Juniors and Seniors: Live Abroad for a Year after College

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Fulbright Info Sessions:
Wednesday, April 4th @ 10:40am in OGC 112
Thursday, April 5th @ 5pm in Riverside Room (2nd floor of Christensen Center)
Food will be provided.

The Fulbright Student Program fully funds students to study, research, or serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for a year (no teaching experience required!). During their year abroad, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing participants to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Past Augsburg students have been selected for Fulbright Awards to countries such as Czech Republic, South Korea, Ecuador, Malaysia, Peru, Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany (and more!), and 7 of this year’s applicants have been named semi-finalists. Augsburg’s focus on cross-cultural engagement and community involvement makes Auggies particularly strong candidates who are well-prepared to make the most of a Fulbright experience.

Join URGO for one of our Fulbright information sessions to learn more about the program and hear from past applicants. If you cannot make it to one of the sessions, please contact or stop by Hagfors 101 to set up an appointment for April or May. The application opens in early April.

The competition is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni in all fields, and a GPA of 3.4+ is considered competitive.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congrats to Dr. Nancy Steblay on her recent work

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Dr. Nancy Steblay, Psychology Department, was an invited speaker for a two-day training for the command staff of the New Orleans Police Department, March 12 and 13 in New Orleans. The program—the first of its kind—was titled “NOPD Commanders’ Symposium: Best Practices in Major Incident Investigation to Ensure Accurate Convictions.” The training was designed to support forward-thinking police practices that solve more crimes accurately and guard against wrongful arrests and convictions. Best practice in collection of eyewitness evidence was a substantial component of the training. Congratulations Dr. Steblay!


ISO Roommate St Paul – $425

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Looking for a roommate for a twelve-month lease on a 2-bedroom apartment on Thomas Ave and Lexington Ave, St. Paul. Move in July 1. Preference for women/nb.

Location: Corner of Thomas Ave and Lexington Ave in St. Paul. A short walk away from the Midway Shopping Center and Green Line rail stop. Apartment: Common spaces are fully furnished. You would need to bring your own furniture for your bedroom. Three windows with blinds and a closet. Card-operated laundry in basement and indoor mailboxes. Rent: $425/mo. Utilities: Around $20 for energy. About $17 internet. Heat included. No A/C. Accessibility: Apartment is on the second floor of the building, up a couple flights of stairs, and laundry is in the basement. There’s no elevator. Front door has a raised step.

If you’re interested or want more info send me a message or email me at