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Free Registration for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum

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Our 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place at Augsburg University on September 13-15, 2018.
Tickets are FREE for our Augsburg community including students, faculty and staff, and we encourage ticket reservations before the end of this spring semester.
Please visit our website for more information regarding the upcoming event at Registration can also be placed via
Questions regarding ticketing should be directed to Jami Kadolph at

Posted onApril 20, 2018
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New CTL Fellows Named – What can we do for you?

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CTL is happy to announce that Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright and Beliza Torres Narvaez have been selected to serve two-year terms as CTL Faculty Fellows. They will join current CTL Fellows Dan Albert, Jennifer Diaz, Joaquin Munoz, Bonnie Tensen, and John Zobitz in supporting the work of faculty and staff.

We would also like to thank outgoing CTL Fellows, Nishesh Chalise and Mary Lowe for their outstanding contributions to Augsburg.

If you have ideas for how the CTL Fellows can support your work during 2018-2019, please fill out the following survey.

CTL Survey

First Annual Faculty Learning Technology Showcase

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On May 8th, 12:30-1:30 in Hagfors 150 AB, come see how your colleagues are employing various learning technologies in their teaching and research. CTL will supply sandwiches so you can munch as you stroll the exhibits where the faculty listed below will provide brief demos of ways they are using Moodle and other learning technologies to enhance their teaching and scholarship. [This session is part of CTL’s “4 Days in May.”]
Stu Anderson (Google Forms for peer review)
Nishesh Chalise (Screencasting)
Katie Clark (VoiceThread)
Carol Enke (Rubrics & Grading guides)
Jenny Hanson (Moodle quizzing)
Diane Pike (Vocaroo for grading)
Ana Ribeiro (Moodle Lesson)
Kaycee Rogers (annotated video)
John Schmit (Moodle grading guides)
Liaila Tajibaeva (ArcGIS for research)
James Vela-McConnel (Moodle course design)

4-Days in May Schedule

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Presented by Augsburg University Center for Teaching and Learning

May 8-11 CTL is hosting a large variety of opportunities for both professional development and community building! Join us for a variety of engaging discussions and workshops.

Full event schedule and descriptions available:

Please check the room locations (all in Hagfors) closer to the event as some last-minute changes will be necessary.

Questions? Visit our website or contact us at

RSVP before the premium seating and back stage passes are gone!

Auggie Wins a Prestigious Boren Award

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Sophomore Abdulkadir Sharif, who is double majoring in International Relations and Politics and is a TRIO/SSS Promise Scholar, just received the prestigious Boren Award Scholarship under the African Flagship Initiative Program. Through this award, Abdul will spend 8 weeks this summer with a cohort of learners studying Swahili at the University of Florida, followed by 4 months of intensive Swahili language study and cultural immersion in Tanzania. All of his expenses are paid and he will earn 24 credits.

Boren is established to teach American students less commonly taught languages and cultures in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. After graduation, Abdul will spend at least one year of paid employment in the federal government. He would like to work for the U.S. State Department. Boren recipients receive Schedule A hiring authority, which gives them preference when applying to federal positions.
Boren Scholarships can be for a 6 months to a year of study abroad or can be an 8-week summer study abroad if you are a STEM major.
To discuss making an application for a Boren Award Scholarship, please contact one of our Boren Campus Representatives: Andrea Dvorak, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study, Center for Global Education and Experience @ or Dixie Shafer, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) @

URGO recording graduate school acceptances of students and alumni

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As the advising office for graduate school applications, each year URGO records the names of students and alumni who have been accepted to graduate school programs.

If you are a student who has been accepted or a faculty/staff member who knows of a student’s acceptance that you are able to share, please send that information to

Holly Kundel Named 2018 Goldwater Scholar

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We are excited to announce that junior biology major Holly Kundel has been recognized as a 2018 Goldwater Scholar. Kundel, who is also pursuing minors in environmental studies and mathematics, has been involved with research at Augsburg since the summer after her first year when she worked with Dr. Emily Schilling on a project related to the Canada Darner dragonfly. She is also a member of Tri-Beta, the Augsburg Honors Program, and Campus Ministry.

The Goldwater Scholarship will provide tuition assistance for Kundel’s senior year of undergraduate study and set her apart in her future graduate school applications. She aspires to earn a PhD in environmental biology, focusing specifically freshwater ecosystems and the impact of climate change on these systems, including pollution prevention and ecosystem restoration. “I believe that research on freshwater ecosystems is important because freshwater is a limited resource, and it is a resource that humans and other animals rely on for survival,” writes Kundel.

1280 of the top STEM undergraduates from around the country applied, and only 211 were awarded scholarships. Congratulations to Holly on this prestigious recognition!

Five students receive Fulbright awards, one named alternate

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7 Augsburg seniors were named Fulbright Semi-Finalists this year! 5 were granted an award and 1 named an Alternate.

Kaylee Gueltzow (English Secondary Education & German): Kaylee will be an ETA in Germany where she also plans to organize a book club to spark conversation about the U.S.

Lyle Nyberg (Biology, Chemistry, & Mathematics): Lyle was named an Alternate to Zambia. Lyle applied to do research on malaria transmission at the Southern and Central Africa International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research.

Maddy Oswood (Spanish & Mathematics): Maddy will be an ETA in Spain where she also hopes to start an after-school art club where students can learn about both American and Spanish art.

Jubilee Prosser (Biology): Jubilee will be conducting public health research investigating the barriers to a sense of ownership of at-home water purification technologies in Kenya. She also plans to volunteer at the Maua Methodist Hospital in hygiene and water education for kids.

Blair Stewig (Biology): Blair will be conducting research on colorectal cancer at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Poland and will also shadow physicians and volunteer at the Maria Skłodowska Curie Memorial Cancer Centre.

Abby Tetzlaff (English): Abby will be an ETA in Germany. She currently teaches an English Language Learning class with MN Literacy Council’s Open Door, and in Germany she hopes to initiate an English-language conversation table open to older students and adults.

Jossel Franco (History): Jossel was named a Semi-Finalist for an ETA to Bulgaria. Though she will not be doing a Fulbright, Jossel received the Puente Cultural Services and Teaching Abroad Grant to teach English in Ecuador. She will be doing TEFL training, working at the CEDEI language institute, and volunteering as an English tutor.

If you are interested in Fulbright, contact

Considering Grad School? Register Now for On-Campus GRE Prep Course

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Applying to graduate school this fall or fall 2019? Most masters and doctoral programs, as well as some health professional schools, require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) for admission. GRE Prep is offered this summer on campus through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity. You’ll learn the most effective ways tackle the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections on the GRE.

The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-8 PM for four and a half weeks (May 14th – June 18th). The cost is only $125, which includes the official GRE test-prep book and a 6-month subscription to the online study tool, Magoosh; this is a fraction of the cost when compared to similar classroom GRE prep courses offered by Kaplan or the Princeton Review who charge over $1,000.

New this year, students can also earn a full-refund scholarship! Those who attend 9 of the 10 classes (including the final practice test), will receive a full refund for the course!

Students, Alum who graduated from Augsburg, and staff are also welcome to register.

Register now at the URGO website:

Questions? Contact the URGO Office at or x1446

Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences

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Wednesday, May 2
11 am
103 Hagfors Center

URGO is hosting a personal statement workshop for pre-health applicants with Naty Lopez, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Lopez is a nurse and counselor by training. She completed her doctoral studies in health professions education at the University of Pennsylvania. Please contact Catherina Kipper at to RSVP.

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Crossing I-94; Community Open Houses

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Do you travel between Seward and the West Bank? How do you #GetOver94?Join Seward Redesign in imagining new crossings that reconnect these neighborhoods. Learn about ideas for improving existing crossings and share your feedback. Two community open houses are scheduled: Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Seward Tower West Community Room (2515 S. 9th Street) and Tuesday, May 1st from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Room 100 of the Oren Gateway Center.

Resist ICE Support Professor Mzenga Wanyama

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Student-led March + Rally
Thursday, April 26th 4-6pm

(Meet in Murphy Park, Walk together to Amy Klobuchar’s office, Rally peacefully outside)

ICE is trying to deport beloved Augsburg Professor Mzenga Wanyama and his wife Mary. We insist that they be allowed to stay! Join this student-led action in support of Professor Wanyama, his wife, and all immigrants as we thank Senator Klobuchar for her support and ask that she boldly do everything in her power to advocate for this important pillar of our community.

Please spread the word on facebook

Campus clean-up @ noon today!

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Spend your lunch hour or study break helping beautify campus while enjoying this beautiful weather!

Trash clean-up supplies will be available in Murphy Square at noon on Thursday for anyone who wants to join the fun. Come grab a bag and some gloves and wander to your favorite spot to do some clean-up for as long as you can. With our powers combined, we can take campus pollution down to zero!

Norway Hub Seminar: the Political Adviser to Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

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The Norway Hub at Augsburg University was recently notified that Bård Ludvig Thorheim, the Political Adviser to Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, will be visiting Minneapolis and other parts of the Midwest at the end of May. The Norwegian Consulate reached out to see if there is any interest for faculty and/or staff at Augsburg University to host him for a student seminar during his visit.

As you can see from his resume, he has deep experience in the field of foreign affairs and wish to speak on the history behind the Norwegian constitution as well as Norwegian American History.

We are fully aware that the timing of his visit is not ideal. If you have an interest in attending or ideas of how to ensure an audience, please contact Bettine Hoff Hermanson at

Bård Ludvig Thorheim

Interfaith Sending

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Graduating students of all religious and non-religious identities 
are invited to an interfaith service celebrating your educational journey.This 45-minute service will be a special time of reflection and blessing. Graduating students in attendance will receive a blessing blanket. Refreshments will follow. 6:30 – 7:15 pm, Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

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Staff Community Service time in CR

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The Homework Help Program atTrinity Congregation (here in Cedar Riverside) will be losing most of their Augsburg after-school tutors now that the semester has ended. They are looking for Augsburg staff and faculty who might want to spend a few hours each week (until mid June) assisting youth with their homework. It’s a fun way to get to know young people in our neighborhood. Staff can use Community Service time for this.
Hours are Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6:00pm. A person does not have to commit to the entire time slot to participate. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kasi at