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Medical School Info Session

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Considering medical school? Come meet Augsburg alumni who are currently medical students and physicians! Our alumni will share their insights about picking schools, the MCAT, experiences, the application process, interviews, and general advice. Food will be provided.
Wednesday, October 10th, 6pm-8pm
Hagfors 250

For more information or to RSVP, contact Catherina Kipper at

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.
Please join us on Tuesday, Oct 9th from 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.

Final Group Session on Course Survey Forms

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Faculty and staff, and students, are invited to an information session in advance of the October 10th faculty meeting to vote on adopting a new end of term survey form for university wide feedback on courses. Based on over a year of analysis of research, pilot testing, and input from students and colleagues, this form is designed to measure student satisfaction with course experiences. It is not a form designed to measure teaching effectiveness or student learning; those purposes will be served through customized department and individual faculty data collection.
We are hoping to minimize any last minute changes from the floor to the form itself so please contact us with any questions or comments. We are happy to hear from you! There is one remaining group (of 3) listening sessions: October 4 from 10-11 in Cedar Room. We welcome questions and feedback prior to the faculty meeting. If you cannot attend any of these please contact a committee member directly. Send questions to The working group is: Scott Krajewski, Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Terrance Kwame-Ross, Kristin Chamberlin, Ben Denkinger and Diane Pike.

Active Learning Immersion Workshop – This Thursday, 10/4, 1:50-3:00 PM

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Join us for a four-part immersion presentation showcasing faculty expertise in active learning and engagement with students on Thursday, October 4 from 1:50 to 3:00 PM in the East Commons (Christensen Center). Lori Hale (Religion), Jennifer Diaz (Education), Matthew Maruggi (Religion), and Lyz Wendland (Art) will offer immersion experiences designed to teach techniques and strategies for active learning for students. Along with experiencing the techniques directly, participants will also receive handouts outlining the strategies, and reflection time to discuss the use of the techniques.

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

General Announcements

Internal Job Posting: Associate Director of Financial Aid

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Student Financial Services has an open position for Associate Director of Financial Aid. This position will be posted internally and will close on Sunday, October 7th.

The posting, job details, and application can be accessed through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks>Internal Job Postings. Select “Staff” under the “Industry/Function” box to access the posting. If you have questions, please contact

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 October 1st, the facility is reserved Monday and Wednesday for women’s open hockey, while Tuesday and Thursday will be for men’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.).

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 |

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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, bio-psychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
(1) Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
(2) US citizen or permanent resident.
(3) 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 application linked below.

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

Thank you Flu Shot participants

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Thank you to the 58 students, faculty and staff that got their annual flu shot on Monday. The MN Visiting Nurse Association will return on Thursday 10/25/18 for its second flu shot clinic. The clinic will be in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Please stay healthy this flu season and mark your calendar for the next clinic date on campus.

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

Study Abroad & Away Deadline

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

October 1 – Deadline for all spring semester programs and priority deadline for CGEE Study Center spring semester programs.

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

Event Announcements

Distinguished Alumni Awards

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You are invited to celebrate nine Distinguished Alumni at the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Augsburg and the Alumni office have been awarding these honors for 60 years and this year we are excited to celebrate the following Auggies.

First Decade Award
Joshua Harris ‘08
Dr. Brian Krohn ‘08
Killa Marti, Esq. ‘08
Chris Stedman ‘08

Spirit of Augsburg
Joe Hognander
John R. Holum
Grace Kemmer Sulerud ‘58

Distinguished Alumni Award
David J. Melby ‘68
Brynn A. Watson ‘89

The entire community is welcome to celebrate with us at the award ceremony on Friday, October 12 at 5:30pm in Hoversten Chapel and the dinner following (you must RSVP for this dinner) in the Hagfors Center for Science Business and Religion.
For more information you can contact the Alumni office at or by going to

Homecoming Website

Staff—Networking lunch, Thurs. Oct 4

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Join Staff Senate in the Commons over your lunch break to meet new colleagues and learn more about one another and how we work together. It’s a great opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the University, both for new employees and for those that have been here for years. Join us!

Thursday, October 4
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

Ableton Live Performing artist Moldover Free Workshop

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FREE Workshop: October 16th, Anderson Music Hall, Room M16 (Sponsored by the Music Business Program)

Moldover is a San Francisco based artist, musician, and instrument designer. He has performed at Sonar, Mutek, and Coachella, collaborated with artists including Bassnectar, Will-i-am, and DJ Shadow, and is a frequent guest speaker at top tier design schools including Stanford, NYU, and MIT. In this candid presentation, Moldover will share his original music, demonstrate his custom performance instruments, and take you deep inside a multitude of creative projects that all revolve around Ableton Live.

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Demystifying Social Security Information Sessions

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Back by popular demand! Rhonda Whiteneck, of 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 participants.

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: October 25 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and October 30 from 9:30 – 10:30 am
Where: OGC 100

Questions? Contact

Wednesday 10/3 – Fall Blood Drive

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HELP!! If you have not signed up for a blood donation appointment tomorrow, you can still do so and we need you to do so! Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for its annual fall blood drive and we still need donors! Please help save lives and consider donating blood. The blood drive will be in the East Commons on Wednesday 10/3/18 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Please sign up on-line at and enter sponsor code 0027. You can also call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to get a donation time. Please consider donating blood to help save lives.

Take your Keystone or Religion II in Guatemala on Spring Break

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Travel to Guatemala. Earn Credit!

Join the program Faith, Vocation, and Social Change on spring break and travel to Guatemala!
Explore the concept of vocation in the context of poverty and political oppression, examining the ways in which Christian theology has been and continues to be used, both to justify oppression and injustice, as well as to support social justice movements and offer hope for a peaceful and just social order.

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

Course options:
RLN 409 – fulfills Search for Meaning II, or
RLN 480 – fulfills Keystone for some majors

Program Fee: $3,200
This all-inclusive program fee covers: round-trip international airfare, , all lodging, all meals, and all program activities and on-site transportation. There is no additional tuition charge for full-time day students. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Apply by November 1

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Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas visits campus on October 4, 2018

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Dear Augsburg Students, Faculty and Staff,

Please join us in welcoming the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States, Kåre Aas, to campus this coming Thursday, October 4.
He will be the guest lecturer in Liz Klages’ Political Science class but due to extended interest we have reserved a larger room in order to host YOU as well!
The lecture will take place in English and Amb. Kåre Aas will share his insights on Norwegian Politics related to current events.

Location: Marshall Room, Christensen Center
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Ambassador Kåre Aas
Introducer: Paul Pribbenow
Campus Host: Bettine Hoff Hermanson

We look forward to seeing you there! Alle er velkomne.

—Norway Hub

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Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position

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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).

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