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Scaffolding Strategies for Integrative Learning Experiences – TODAY, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, OGC 100

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How does one create a set of assignments that build upon one another and combine into a more in-depth and meaningful learning experience? In this session, James Vela-McConnell (Sociology) will share examples of integrated assignments in both lower and upper division courses TODAY from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in OGC 100. Participants will brainstorm ideas for scaffolding learning experiences within their own courses. Adjunct instructors on contract this semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. We’ll also have this session available remotely via Zoom.

Link to Zoom session on Scaffolding

Off-Campus Program Proposals Due November 1

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Interested in teaching an off-campus course abroad or domestically? Proposals are now being accepted for academic year 2019-2020. The deadline for Program Proposals is November 1st.

You can learn more about the process and begin an online proposal at the following link:

If you have questions or would like to talk through an idea for a program, please contact Leah Spinosa de Vega ( or set up a meeting on the google calendar.

Additional Proposal Resources

Faculty: Request a Study Abroad/Away Class Visit Today

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As part of the University’s increased internationalization efforts, the Center for Global Education & Experience staff are visiting classes across campus to spread the word to your students about the many study, internship and research options available to them both abroad and off-campus around the US.

Can you spare 5-10 minutes in your class(es) in Fall semester for a message about study abroad/away programs? If so, please request a visit to your class online!

We can customize our message based on your course content, and on your majors’ needs and interests. We can address questions about scholarships, various length programs (some are better for WEC/AU students, STEM, Honors, athletes, etc) and other issues you might identify. And as always, we are happy to provide content to AugSem’s with a full class period on the topic of study abroad/away.

Request a Study Abroad/Away Class visit

Where we Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks – CTL Diversity and Inclusion Book Group

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The CTL fellows for Diversity and Inclusion would like to invite you to join our fall book group where we will read and discuss Where we Stand: Class matters by bell hooks. This text and our discussion of it will allow us to explore how issues of race, class, and gender are intertwined. This will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to understand how everyday interactions and social structures both reproduce and deny the class hierarchy.
There are 2 choices for discussion groups:
-Friday, November 2 from 12:30-1:30 or
-Thursday, November 8 from 3:40-4:40
Please email Mike Fetting ( to reserve your copy of the book by Friday, September 28 and arrange pick up. If you reserve a book, please be sure to attend at least one of the discussion sessions.

Decolonizing the Classroom

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At this moment when racism and violence against communities of color is unapologetically visible, it is necessary to look at how academic institutions and our own practice may be perpetuating colonizing structures. This workshop on decolonizing pedagogies will feature shared vocabulary building, embodied practice, and small group discussions. Participants will leave with deepened understanding of colonial structures and how they manifest in our work in addition to strategies for decolonizing different aspects of our teaching.

Join us on Tuesday, Oct 9th 2:00-3:20 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Foss Building for what is sure to be a provocative discussion and workshop.

General Announcements

Recruiting for STEM Peer Mentoring

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Are you a STEM student interested in having or being a peer mentor?
If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program and official Augsburg student organization, which focuses on providing support to first year, second year and transfer students as they navigate their academic and career life in preparation for success inside and outside of the classroom. (Augsburg’s STEM majors are: biology, bio-psychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics). Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (See link below).

Students in the program are asked to commit 5-6 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee/mentor, attend orientation and group meetings, go to STEM events and/or participate in fun, de-stress activities!

To join the STEM Peer Mentoring program please complete the application below by Thursday, 9/27. Questions can be sent to

STEM Peer Mentoring Sign-up

LSAMP NSS Funding for Underrepresented Students in STEM

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Are you an underrepresented student pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? If so, you might be eligible to participate in LSAMP North Star STEM (NSS). Augsburg’s LSAMP NSS program is designed to help STEM students succeed through peer mentoring, workshops, research opportunities, industry visits, and conference travel. LSAMP NSS funding opportunities include:

-Professional development stipends (up to $500) for participation in LSAMP NSS programming
-Travel funding for professional STEM conferences (including airfare and lodging)
-Academic year or summer research funding (contingent on mentor match)

STEM majors at Augsburg: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
-Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
-US citizen or permanent resident.
-Underrepresented in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This includes being Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the NSF to support underrepresented students pursuing a STEM degree. Minnesota’s LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance and includes 17 colleges, universities and community organizations.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at or complete the following application:

Please note that funding through NSF requires citizenship or permanent residence, but all students are welcome to participate in NSS programming.

North Star STEM Application

Homecoming Royalty

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Make sure to stop by the Christensen Center Lobby to submit your Homecoming Court Royalty nominees. The court will be made up of 10 seniors and you may nominate up to three people.

The tabling schedule for Tuesday, September 25 – Friday, September 28 will be:

Tuesday, 11-11:55 AM
Wednesday 10:30-11:30 AM
Thursday 11-11:45 AM
Friday 11-12 PM

We want to hear from you! Find our table in between classes or lunch. Homecoming is quickly approaching and will be the week of October 7-13th.

Online Homecoming Nomination form is as below:

If you have any questions please send them to


ASAC Homecoming Nomination

Volunteers Needed: Earn Community Service Hours + Free Pizza with MNUDL

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The MN Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is looking for debate judges and hospitality volunteers for its upcoming high school debate tournaments.

No debate experience? No problem. We train volunteers at every tournament.

What Hospitality Volunteers Do:

● Greet & guide kids, coaches, and judges as they arrive at tournaments
● Answer questions and assist with wayfinding at tournament sites
● Distribute goody bags to students and thank-you gifts to our judges

What Judges Do:

● Watch rounds and evaluate teams on logic, argumentation, and public speaking.
● Provide written feedback and assign points to each debater.
● Choose the winner of each debate!

Opportunities to Volunteer:

● October 5th & 6th: U of M (East Bank)
● October 13th: Season Opener (Humboldt HS, St. Paul)
● November 9th & 10th: Tamar Kaplan (Highland Park HS, St. Paul)
● November 17th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
● December 7th & 8th: UDL Championship (WTMS, St. Paul)

We have open evening shifts on Fridays and open morning or afternoon shifts on Saturdays.

Can’t make it this semester? We’ll need volunteers for our middle School, Spanish, and Somali debate tournaments in spring. Email us at for more information.

Come for the pizza. Stay to learn from our amazing students!

Visit us in Foss Office 18 |

Volunteer With Us

Open Ice Time

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Due to current construction in the Augsburg ice arena, open ice time is available for all students at the Highland Arena (800 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116) from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m. The week of September 24th, the facility is reserved Monday and Wednesday for men’s open hockey, while Tuesday and Thursday will be for women’s open hockey. Until the completion of Augsburg Rink A, the M/W and T/Th schedule will alternate weekly between men’s open hockey and women’s open hockey. All students are welcome to participate and will need to provide their own gear (skates, helmet, pads, etc.).

All Hands Meeting: Tomorrow at 11:30 in Hoversten Chapel

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The All Hands meeting for fall 2018 is Thursday at 11:30 in Hoversten Chapel. The meeting is open to all Augsburg staff and faculty. Remote access will be available via Zoom:

Join the meeting to learn more about fall 2018 enrollment results, the 2017-18 strategic initiatives, and other campus updates.

Study Abroad & Away Deadlines: Oct 1 & Nov 1

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Study Abroad & Away deadlines for Spring semester programs are coming up:

October 1 – all SPRING SEMESTER 2019 program applications due

November 1 -all SPRING BREAK short-term program applications are due
& Final Deadline for CGEE Spring Semester programs in Mexico, Central America & Southern Africa

For questions about your study abroad options or applications, please email, or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Study Abroad & Away homepage

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – apply by Oct 2

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The Gilman Scholarship for study abroad is $5000-$8000 for a semester or summer program abroad. US Citizens who are Pell Grant eligible may apply.

The application deadline is October 2. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to earn serious funds for your program abroad.

Do you have questions about the application? Want someone to read through your essay before you submit? Contact the Study Abroad office in Oyate Commons in Christensen Center, or email

Gilman Scholarship Info and Application

Event Announcements

Whose Democracy Is It Anyway?

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Join the Sabo Center and a panel of distinguished guests in exploring the questions: What role do citizens play in our democracy? What role do elected officials play? In a thriving democracy, how do (or should) the two interact?

October 4, 2018

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Hagfors Center, Room 150, Augsburg University

Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis Ward 5

Irene Fernando, Candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner – District 2

Opioid Epidemic

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A Personal Look into the Opioid Epidemic: Loss, Empathy, and a Call to be Better

Bridget Duffy Undergraduate Student University of Minnesota, Neuroscience

October 2, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Hagfors Center 150A

October 23, 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

Bridget grew up watching her older brother’s addiction progress from his age of 15 until his sudden death last year at age 30. This is an intimate view into the life of a Minnesota resident and one of the 72,000 overdose deaths of 2017. She will speak of how addiction impacts the person suffering as well as those that love them, and tie this into her passion for healthcare and incarceration in hopes to educate, create more empathy, and de-stigmatize addiction

South Africa’s first democratic election — a first hand account of lessons from the field

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South Africa’s First Democratic Election: Recollections from the Field

Marie-Louise Strom, Co-Director Public Work Academy and former Education Director of the Institute for a Democractic Alternative in South Africa
October 8, 2018, 4:30-5:30 p.m., OGC 114
This first-hand account of the preparations leading up to the first democratic election in South Africa in 1994 provides a reminder that the right to vote cannot be taken for granted.

Help us tell the “Real” Story of Augsburg

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Please join us for a Story Circle – the first step in creating a new Music-Theater piece about the Augsburg Community, past and present, to be performed in the fall of 2019 in celebration of the sesquicentennial. We want to hear your stories about Augsburg – as an alumnus, staff member, student, faculty, coach, neighbor, associate, advocate or activist. If you have worked for, attended, or been involved at Augsburg in any capacity we’d love to meet you and hear whatever you’d like to share about your experiences.

Help us tell the stories that are sometimes forgotten or left untold!

Tuesday 10/9, 6:30pm – Foss 21B
Friday, 10/12, 11:30am – Foss Green Room
Saturday 10/13, 6:30pm – tbd
Monday 11/12, 7pm – tbd
Monday 12/3, 4:30pm – Choir Room
Wednesday 12/5, 4:30pm – Choir Room

Please contact Sonja Thompson at to R.S.V.P. for one of the Story Circles listed above, to schedule a new Story Circle, or if you need a disability related accommodation or wheelchair access information. Requests should be made at least one week in advance of the event.

All Hands Meeting: TOMORROW, 11:30 a.m.

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Join the Fall 2018 All Hands meeting at 11:30 tomorrow morning in Hoversten Chapel. President Pribbenow will share information about fall 2018 enrollment results, the 2018-19 strategic initiatives, and other campus updates.

The meeting is open to all Augsburg staff and faculty. Remote access will be available via Zoom:

Optum (United Health) Info Session for Students

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Plan to attend an information and networking session with Augsburg alumni
Mubarik Hassan ’18, Nazih Safi ’17, Justin Lochner ’13, and Yibralem Tesfaye ’15
on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:30-5:30 in Hagfors Center 351.

They will provide an overview of Optum, including the Consulting Development Program, which they are a part of. In addition, there will be time for questions and networking!

Treats will be provided. Open to all students and majors.

Optum Info & Networking Session

Architect John Jager: A view from Slovenia

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Professor Nadja Zgonik of the University of Ljubljana will speak tonight at 7:30 in Hagfors 150 about John Jager, a Slovenian-American architect who lived and worked in Minneapolis. Come to hear about this fascinating man, and learn the interesting story about the archives collections–here and in Slovenia–that tell us about his life and work.

General Mills – Hiring IT Interns & Full-Time

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Representatives will be on campus Monday, Oct. 1st from 4:30-6:00 in Hagfors, 351. They are interested in making connections and collecting resumes from sophomores, juniors and seniors that are majoring or minoring in Computer Science or MIS. There will be a short presentation, Q & A, and time to network. To join this event log into Handshake.


Only 2 days left until – Career & Internship Fair

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Register and view a complete list of employers through Handshake (

Career & Internship Fair
Thursday, September 27th
3:00-5:30 pm (come and stay for as long as you are able)
FOSS Center
Dress Business Professional

Are you looking for an internship now or summer 2019? Are you graduating December 2018 or Spring 2019? A lot of organizations do their recruiting for summer internships and entry level positions (for spring graduates) in September and October. It might seem early but it’s a typical recruiting schedule for many organizations. We expect over 36 employers to attend so don’t miss this great opportunity!

See you at the fair!

Register for the fair

CWC Health Fair – TODAY 9/26

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Today is the day!!! Please plan to join the Center for Wellness and Counseling staff and over 30 community partners on Wednesday 9/26 for our annual health fair which will be in East Commons in Christensen Center from 10:30 – 1:00 pm. Many community organizations will be providing resources on health and mental health in our community. Also at the fair, our furry friends from Paws for Learning, free chair massages, healthy snacks and a build your own healthy salad (FREE). Any questions call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Study in NYC this Spring Break

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Travel to NYC. Earn Credit. Spring Break!
Join the program Roots to Rap: Islam in America for a spring break you’ll never forget. Explore the neighborhoods of New York, meet with religious leaders, community organizers, and engage with the history of Islam in America!

This program will meet throughout spring semester, but much of the coursework will take place during your travel on spring break.

Course options:
HIS 212 Topics: Roots to Rap: Islam in America (fulfills humanities requirement),
RLN 205 Topics: Roots to Rap: Islam in America (fulfills Search for Meaning II requirement)
Professor Maheen Zaman

The program cost is $1499 and covers round-trip airfare, lodging, most meals, and all program activities. There is no extra tuition charge for full-time undergraduate students.

Apply by November 1

More Program Info and Application

TONIGHT: English Alumna Anne Panning Reads from Her New Memoir

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Augsburg English Alum and Author Anne Panning will be reading from her new memoir “Dragonfly Notes: On Distance and Loss” TONIGHT, 7-8pm, Wed, Sept. 26, in Gundale Chapel (Hagfors CSBR, 3rd Floor). Her book will be on sale at the bookstore and the event. Please join us!

Anne Panning’s Website

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Earn Extra $ With MN Urban Debate League

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Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester and middle schoolers next semester.

Pay: $11.00/hr *+ Free Food!

● (Non-Augsburg students will receive $11/hr, Augsburg students will receive the Augsburg student employment rate)
● You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.
Job Duties:

● Post signage and tournament information throughout building
● Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
● Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
● Help greet volunteers
● Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots
Job Qualifications:

● Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
● Pass a background check
● Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
● Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

2018 – 2019 shifts are now open!

Questions? Email, call 612-330-1730, or visit us in our office (Foss 18).

Learn More Here