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Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for a one-year, 2019-2020 academic year, post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical biomedical ethics as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). GREP is designed for individuals who plan to attend graduate or medical school and must receive their bachelor’s degree before the position starts.
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 15, 2019:
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors. Letters should be sent directly to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director, by the recommender.

For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

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:

Few Spots Remaining: Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright

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RSVP NOW for the first installment in the “Speaking of Sabbatical” series featuring Professor Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright from the Department of Biology. Jennifer will discuss her sabbatical project focused on Discipline Based Education Research. All Faculty and Staff are invited to attend. Lunch is provided.

Thursday, October 25, 2018;
Marshall Room


General Announcements

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.

November 6 Elections

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Minnesota holds its midterm elections on Tues., Nov. 6. Information about how to register, where to vote, sample ballot – and more, is available from the Minnesota Secretary of State website,

Students living on campus can vote in the precinct for Augsburg and register online or on Election Day. Augsburg will provide the City of Minneapolis Board of Election with a list of resident students.

Augsburg will be the voting place for its local precinct – Marshall room, Christensen Center.

Cuban music and dance lessons Saturday evening

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You are invited to a very special evening of Cuban music and dance with the amazing Charanga Tropical band on Saturday, October 20th, 7:00pm, Foss Center. Augsburg students FREE with I.D.
The evening will also feature a special address by Miguel Fraga, First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by: MN Cuba Committee, Augsburg Spanish Department, National Network on Cuba and Witness for Peace.

Make a Difference + Eat Free Pizza with 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 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

Volunteer With Us

Submit to Murphy Square

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Submissions for Murphy Square, Augsburg’s own literary and visual arts journal, are currently open! We are accepting prose (fiction or creative nonfiction short stories), poetry, and visual art (photography, drawings, paintings, etc.)!

You can submit now at ! Submissions close on the last day of the semester (December 21, 2018), so make sure you submit!

Attend Seminary & 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.

Note that the last day to register is Wednesday, November 7.

Questions? Email

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.

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

Register for the 2018 Heritage Day with this link below:

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Student Discussion on Political Issues and Voting Tomorrow 10/18

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My name is Janet (pronounced Juh-Nette) and I’m the Campus Election Engagement Fellow at Augsburg this year. My primary duties are to help folks register to vote, inform folks on their voting options and why they should vote, and to get them to actually go vote! I’ve hosted a couple registration drives and participated in door-knocking on campus. Many students are aware of the importance of voting, especially in this midterm election, but there are also a good amount who don’t care to vote, don’t understand how to vote, or just haven’t had the opportunity to learn more about voting and its implications.

I am hosting a workshop called “Where Do You Stand? Why You Should Vote in the Midterm Election” tomorrow, Thursday October 18th from 6pm-7:30pm in the Marshall Room. The link to the Facebook event is down below. The floor is open for students to share what issues they feel strongly about and how that aligns with political platforms. For example, if students say that they don’t care about politics and don’t want to be involved, but they believe that folks have the right to do what they want with their bodies, their beliefs align with the political candidate who is pro-choice and is pushing for abortion to be legalized. I hope that with this workshop, students will recognize that politics will affect them regardless of their participation.

One final thing about the event- I am intending for this event to be just for students, no staff or faculty. I want this space to be open and intentionally for students, especially Students of Color. Students don’t have to have political experience. Also, for students who are not able to vote due to immigration status or other reasons, please feel free to come by! Your voice matters and we’d love to hear you. There are more ways to be politically and socially involved than through voting!

Where Do You Stand?

Focused Conversation TODAY: Great Colleges to Work For Survey Results

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The second Focused Conversation on the university’s 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey results is today at 12:30 p.m. in the Marshall Room. Join Dawn Miller, senior human resources business partner, to provide your input on action steps to take to address key results.

To review the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey reports, go to the University Reports page of Inside Augsburg (see link, below).

University Reports (login required)

Save the Date CWC Convocation on 11/8

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Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Center for Wellness and Counseling Center convocation on Thursday 11/8 at 11:0 am in the Chapel. The CWC convo speaker is Dr. Gloria Burgess who will present on “The Greatness that Lives in Us All”. Dr. Burgess is an author and speaks to thousands of people across the country. Triumphing over extreme poverty, racism, and sexism, Dr. Burgess shows that your life circumstances do not have to predict your destiny. Please plan to join us for an inspirational presentation.

Give to the Max Day 2018

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Augsburg University is again participating in the annual Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 15th. Last year, 40+ projects raised $220,000 in funding thanks to donations made during Give to the Max.

If your academic department, athletic team, or student organization has a cause that needs funding, Give to the Max is an excellent way to raise support. Over the last five years Augsburg has raised $1.5 million.

For more information about Give to the Max Day, or to join Augsburg’s campaign, please contact Chris Bogen ’09,

Oct 24—Staff Senate and UC Subcommittee Forumm

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Wednesday, October 24
1–2 p.m. | Christensen Center, Marshall Room

Staff Senate will be hosting a forum to help continue to improve communication and create an opportunity for the Augsburg community to come together. Join us to hear:

• Staff Senate’s role and goals for the year
• Updates from the University Council staff representatives Jim Trelstad-Porter and Jeff Swenson
• University Council subcommittees: Campus Design Committee, Space sub-committee, Environmental Stewardship Committee, and Leadership Forum

Learn more about the UC-subcommittee Open Forum

Friday: Walk with Strommen Staff Over to the Government & Non Profit Career Fair

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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


Memorial Service for Michelle Nies

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A memorial service for Michelle Nies will be held today from 2:00-2:30 PM in the Gundale Chapel, located on the 3rd floor of Hagfors Center. Michelle passed away in August after a brave battle with cancer, and served as the Custodial Services Manager at Augsburg for five years. Her son, Christopher is a current student. All members of the Augsburg community are invited to gather in a time of scripture, prayer, music and remembrance of Michelle’s many contributions.

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

Artist Talk with Margery Amdur – TODAY

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Today at 12:30 p.m. in the Adeline Johnson Conference Center, Oren Gateway Center. Join us for an artist talk with Margery Amdur. She will discuss her latest work featured in the two-gallery show in the Christensen Center and Gage Family Art Gallery, as well as share the creative process that has allowed her work to change throughout her well-established artistic career.

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

It’s Model UN application time

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Apply now to take the spring semester Model UN course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the 59th Midwest Model United Nations from February 20-23, 2019, held in St. Louis, Missouri.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in February. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

For more information about the course, contact professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to St. Louis.

Apply by December 1

Model UN Course & Program Info and Application

Business majors: earn your Keystone 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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Democracy Augsburg Teach-In: The Opioid Epidemic

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Sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, we welcome you to join us for another Democracy Augsburg Teach-In. Bridget Duffy, an undergraduate from the University of Minnesota, Neuroscience major, had been watching her brother’s addiction progress until he suddenly passed last year at the age of 30. He is one of the 72,000 overdose deaths in Minnesota in 2017. In this intimate discussion, Bridget will talk about how addiction impacts the person who is suffering, along with their loved ones in addition. She will also be discussing her passion for health care and incarceration, hoping to educate more on addiction.
When: Tuesday, October 23rd 6-7PM
Where: Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

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MVNA Flu Shot Clinic #2

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Still needing a flu shot? The MN Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Center for Wellness and Counseling office on Thursday 10/25/18 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Please stop by with your insurance card (most insurances accepted) or you can pay $38 cash or check. The CWC office is located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall. No appointments are needed – walk on in and get your shot. Any questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Let’s keep our campus and Augsburg community healthy this flu season — get your flu shot next Thursday!

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