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Speaking Lab – Now Open

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The Speaking Lab is officially open for the Fall semester of 2018!

Need help with your speech? Come to the Foss 171C!

We can help you with:
– Presentation
– Outlines
– Toulmin Model
– Topic Proposals
– Stage Fright

Current lab hours are listed below:
TTH: 8:00a – 9:30a

M – F: 4:00p – 6:00p

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Posted onOctober 10, 2018
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General Announcements

Join us on garden work day

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There will be a volunteer opportunity every Friday in the month of October. All students, staff, and faculty will be welcome. It’s garden work day. We will be digging and mixing soil to make sure the garden works well for next year. This is a good time to use your Volunteer hours.
For further information, please contact Allyson Green.
or Urgesa Chiri

What: Medtronic Foundation Community Garden work day.

Where: Located Behind New Building (Hagfors Center).

When: Friday October 12, 2018
Friday October 19, 2018
Friday October 26, 2018

Come any time between 1:30 to 4:00pm

Thank you, for helping us.


Give Back + Get Service Hours with the MN Urban Debate League

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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’re 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: Humboldt Hawks (Humboldt HS, St. Paul)
● October 26th & 27th: Rosebowl (Roseville HS, Roseville, MN)
● 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

Attend Seminary and Divinity School Day on November 15

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Are you considering pastoral ministry? Are you interested in the intersection of nonprofit or sustainability work and faith? Whether you are curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

Join us for Seminary and Divinity School Day on Thursday, November 15. A group of Auggies will travel to St. Olaf College on November 15th. There we will gather with students from other area colleges to meet with representatives from at least 7 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection and conversation!

This event is free and includes lunch. Transportation to St. Olaf College will be provided to those who pre-register through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:30 am and return around 2:30 pm.

For more information, visit our website at

REGISTER SOON THROUGH THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Wednesday, November 7.

Heritage Day on Oct. 24, “The Many Foundings of Augsburg University”

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What do words like “founding” mean at a place like Augsburg? If, as a Lutheran institution, we believe in the concept of “semper reformanda” (always reforming), then shouldn’t we say that Augsburg has had multiple “foundings”—not only physically, but intellectually and theologically?

Augsburg history professor Phil Adamo will explore these questions in the 2018 Heritage Day Talk, offering examples from his new book, Hold Fast to What is Good: A History of Augsburg University in 10 Objects, written for the upcoming celebration of Augsburg’s 150th anniversary.

Please join us for this free event on Wednesday, October 24th from 7:00-8:30 pm in Hagfors Center 150. A reception will follow the presentation.

Learn More at

To help with preparations, please register in advance through the link below

Register for the 2018 Heritage Day with this link below:

Wondering what your body is made of?

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Find out by getting a body composition measurement in the Exercise Science department’s gold standard BodPod! This quick and easy test measures your body mass and volume to calculate how much fat mass and fat-free mass you’re made of. Augsburg’s senior Exercise Science Keystone students will walk you through every step and teach you so much along the way! Sign up outside the fitness center with your first and last name and then meet us in the Kennedy fitness center for your scheduled BodPod appointment! Appointments are available at varying times, Monday through Friday.

Gamers United is looking for New Officers

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Gamers United is looking to expand the group’s variety of interests and activities to make it more inclusive to all students. Therefore, we are currently looking for new officers to fill or co-chair the following positions:

– e-Gaming Officer: Coordinates events for all types of PC and console games.
– League Officer: Coordinates events for League of Legends.
– Fortnite Officer: Coordinates events for Fortnite.
– Magic Coordinator: Coordinates events for Magic the Gathering.
– Pokémon Officer: Coordinates events for Pokémon.

– Publicity Officer: Aids in advertisement for all events.
– Events Assistant: Aids and assists in events (including preparation and clean up).

If you have interest or want to learn more about any of these positions, please contact us at, through Facebook Messenger, or any other convenient source for you. Also, if there is a game (PC/Console or Tabletop) that is not listed that you would like to specialize in for our group, please contact us and we may be able to extend the list.

Thank you,
Gamers United’s Executive Board

Augsburg Gamers United Facebook Page

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for October

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Event Announcements

Great Colleges to Work For Survey results: Focused Conversations Tuesday and Wednesday

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In next week’s Focused Conversation, we will discuss Augsburg’s 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey results. The session, facilitated by Dawn Miller, senior human resources business partner, will include an overview of the survey result trends and comparison of the result to industry benchmarks.

The sessions are:
Tuesday, October 16, 2:00 p.m., Marshall Room (including remote access)
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

The 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey results are posted on the University Reports page of Inside Augsburg (see link, below).

University Reports (login required)

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

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Please join us for an “In Conversation with the First Decade Award Recipients” Friday from 1:50 pm–3:00 pm in the Sateren Auditorium.
Bob Groven will lead a conversation with First Decade Award recipients Joshua Harris (Communications), Killa Marti (International Relations) & Chris Stedman (Religion) about their first decade of life outside of Augsburg. This opportunity to get a glimpse into their tremendous accomplishments thus far is a not to be missed opportunity.
This event will now take place in the Hagfors Center room 150.
Please contact the Alumni Office to indicate your interest in attending this event by contacting

You can learn more about the Award Recipients on the Auggie Connections Blog

What do you know about 1968?

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You are invited to join the class of 1968 who will be presenting their Auggie Talk
The Baby Boom Effect: How 4 Years Affected 50″ in the Sateren Auditorium on Friday from 3:30 pm–4:15 pm.

Five members from the class of 1968 will each present a 3-5 minute description of how their time at Augsburg influenced what they have done personally and professionally over the past 50 years. Each has pursued different paths since leaving Augsburg while impacting the world in meaningful ways. Some topics will include Vietnam, Diversity, Vocation, Public Leadership, and Social Justice. Following the stories, there will be a chance for conversation and questions.

Michael Arndt ’68, Chair, and Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance at California Lutheran University, is serving as director and one of the speakers and he will be joined by Myrna Sheie ’68, Kim Gudmestad ’68, Ted Johnson ’68, Joey Sylvester ’68, and Augsburg Regent, Judge LaJune Thomas Lange ’75.

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Government Agencies and Non Profit Organizations hiring students

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Government & Non Profit Career Fair
Friday, October 19
10:00 – 3:00 (stop by anytime and stay for as long as you are able)
U of M, Coffman Memorial Building (7 minute walk from Augsburg)

** Getting to the Fair: Strommen Career & Internship Staff will be walking over groups of students at 9:45, 11:00 and 1:00 pm. (walk distance is 7 minutes) Meet in Suite 100, Christensen Center

FREE and open to all students and alumni. This fair is sponsored by the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association.

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies.

To see what employers are participating, schedule and details of presentations and more.. visit


PASU General Meeting

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Hello everyone,

We are having our next general meeting this Thursday (10/11) from 6pm-8pm in Old Main Room 105.

We will start off our meeting with voter registration so please bring your state issued-ID/driver’s license or the last 4 digits of your social security number.

After the meeting, we will prep for Taste of Augsburg in Anderson Hall.

Best Regards,
Pan Afrikan Student Union (PASU)

Basics of Organizing: Public Vs. Private, Power, Self-Interest

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Interested in learning about community organizing but don’t know where to start? This workshop is for you. Learn some of the foundational concepts of organizing to get started on your change making journey. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of relational power, the difference between public and private relationships, and how self-interest motivates us to act.

When: Thursday, October 11, 3:40pm – 5:40pm
Where: Oren Gateway Center, Room 112

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What the Health!? An Interfaith Discussion of Wellness and Faith

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This monthly gathering of community members is centered around building relationships across faith traditions and learning from each other’s experiences, stories, and convictions.

Our multi-faith organizing team works with Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars to plan and facilitate each gathering, all of which include a meal.

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Better Angels: Red/Blue Workshop

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At this Better Angels workshop participants will learn effective ways to communicate with others who differ from them politically.

This session will feature a fishbowl style discussion in which self-declared conservatives and an equal number of progressives hash out their differences, in the hopes that they’ll collectively come to a place that allows them to appreciate, if not exactly embrace, each other’s side.

Observers will be invited to consider their own beliefs and learn about how people on “the other side” see them.

When: Wed, October 17, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Where: Old Main Room 105

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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

Workshop: Identifying Graduate Opportunities in STEM

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“Identifying Graduate Opportunities in STEM” – presented by Dixie Shafer and Kirsten O’Brien of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO):

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 3:40-4:50, Oren Gateway Center 113 or
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3:10-4:20*, Hagfors 150A
*Co-sponsored by Math Colloquium

This workshop will be offered twice. Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

STEM workshops are designed to help students majoring in biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics meet their career goals.

Questions? Email

Workshop: StrengthsFinder – Exploring Your Strengths for Careers in STEM

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“StrengthsFinder*: Exploring Your Strengths for Careers in STEM” – presented by Emily Reinert of the Strommen Center.

Tues., Oct. 23, 3:40-4:50 Room OGC 113 or
Wed., Oct. 24, 3:10-4:20 Room OGC 113

*Please contact prior to workshop to get a StrengthsFinder code to fully participate.

Each workshop will be offered twice. Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

STEM workshops are designed to help students majoring in biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics meet their career goals.

Questions? Email:

Workshop: Crafting Compelling Personal Statements for STEM Opportunities

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“Crafting Compelling Personal Statements for STEM Opportunities” – presented by Dixie Shafer and Kirsten O’Brien of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO).

Tues., Nov. 6, 3:40-4:50 Room OGC 113 or
Wed., Nov. 7, 3:10-4:20 Room OGC 111

Each workshop will be offered twice. Pick whichever time works best for you. Workshops are open to all interested students.

STEM workshops are designed to help students majoring in biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics meet their career goals.

Questions? Email:

New LQBTQ mental health support group for young adults

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Hey folks!

I am facilitating a new support group for LGBTQ young adults who are living with mental illness. This group is free and run through NAMI Minnesota where I am conducting my senior year internship for my social work degree through Augsburg University. This group, like most NAMI groups, is peer-led, which means myself and my co-facilitator are both young adults who identify as LGBTQ and live with mental illness.

We meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Boneshaker Books (2002 23rd Ave S) which is right across the pedestrian bridge from campus. The suggested age guidelines are 18-30 years old. It is 100% confidential, free, and no registration is required.

The next meeting is October 18. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Two Degrees at The Guthrie

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On Friday, October 19th the ENV department is planning an event for people to go see a play at the Guthrie Theater about climate change and environmental policy. Tickets will be paid for. We will meet in the Hagfors lobby and walk over to the Guthrie as a group at 6:45. If you’re interested please email to secure your ticket or for more information!

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Discount Tickets to the Children’s Theatre

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If you would like to see “Last Stop on Market Street” at the Children’s Theatre, please send me an email so that I can send you a friends and family code to purchase discounted tickets.

Here’s a bit about the show:
Based on the Newbery Award-winning book, the show is sweet and timely with a message of a need for more empathy in our world. Lots of great reviews. It’s a great show to get the grandparents out with the family! You don’t have to be a kid to like this show.

Runs through October 21st.

Written by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West
Music and lyrics by Lamont Dozier and Paris Ray Dozier
Directed by Henry Godinez
Starring Greta Oglesby (Nana) and Alejandro Vega (CJ)
Co-commissioned with the Chicago Children’s Theatre

Last Stop on Market Street

Now Hiring: MNUDL Tournament Support Staff

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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).