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URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

Due Nov. 1 — Off-campus Course Proposals

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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.

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General Announcements

Share your Study Abroad/Away Story

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How was your experience on a Study Abroad or Away Program? Would you like to share your experience and maybe a few photos with your fellow Auggies? Auggies go on programs all over the world on short and long programs–share your story, give advice, or simply give us some feedback on how your program went.

Share your study abroad story here!

November 6 midterm 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,

Student 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.

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.

Augsburg Public Notaries

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Do you need a document notarized? If so Augsburg can help. Following is a list of the current public notaries on the Augsburg Minneapolis campus.

Cheryl Sticha x1130 Sverdrup Hall 3 – Education
Liz Behnke x1171 Oren Gateway Center 300
Mike Suter x1054 Christiensen Center 6 – Copy Center
La-Tonya Pearson x1119 Christiensen Center 104 – Mail Room
Cyndi Berg x1212 Memorial Hall 130 – Office of President

If you need a document notarized, please call ahead or email and set an appointment (from off campus, the number is prefixed by 612-330-xxxx). Bring ID: Drivers License, Passport, or other government photo ID.

The notary must WATCH you sign the papers you are bringing, please do not sign ahead. If you need your SPOUSE or WITNESSES to also sign, please bring them with you.

Beware of “Toner Phoners”

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There are several unscrupulous businesses out there who attempt to sell you outrageously priced toner over the phone. We have already gotten a call from someone (mis)representing themselves as our printer vendor – Marco, and referencing our fleet of Sharp copiers.

They may start with asking you what is the model or ID# of the copier near your desk. They may say they have extra stock of the toner you need or the price is due to increase. They may offer to ship you a toner on trial. Regardless of what they say, DO NOT give them any information. All you need to know is that you get toner for your copier or printer by either calling the Copy Center at extension x1054 or emailing at

You will NEVER need to purchase toner for machines in your area.

A quick way to ditch these “toner phoners” is to tell them you would like to transfer them to the person in the organization who purchases toner – they will hang up before you can transfer them!

Welcome Joshua Shirreffs to Human Resources

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On October 17th, Joshua joined the Augsburg Human Resources team as an HR Generalist. Prior to joining Augsburg, Joshua received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and served in the U.S. Army as an HR Specialist. He will be working in the areas of benefits, compensation, and systems. Please join me in welcoming Joshua to Augsburg!

Student Support Guide

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Faculty and Staff: Are you looking for a quick way to help struggling students connect with support on campus or in the community? The new Student Support Guide lists resources in the following areas: Crisis Resources, Academic Support, Personal Concerns, Health Care, and Basic Living Needs. Please announce the guide to your students/advisees, and if possible, include it on future syllabi. The Student Support Guide can be found on the Moodle “Resources” tab, in the “A-Z Directory”, and on the Student Affairs webpage.

Student Support Guide

Survey Submission: The Future of the Forum

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Last month, Augsburg University hosted the 30th Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis (NPPF). Over the Forum’s three days, more than 1,200 individuals took part in workshops, plenaries, breakout sessions, and arts activities centered on the theme “The Paradox of Peace.”

This was the final Forum bearing the Nobel name, and building on our 30 years of experience, there is strong interest in continuing to convene an annual international forum at Augsburg to showcase our commitments to global perspectives, living faith, active citizenship, and meaningful work.

As we look toward the future, we want your ideas for what a redesigned Forum might look and feel like here at Augsburg. How will a “signature event” that expresses our institutional commitments be designed to align with students interests and curriculum across a range of departments?

Please share your voice and ideas with us. Click on the survey link below that best describes your role at Augsburg:

Faculty –
Students –
Staff –

The deadline for submitting your feedback is October 24th.

Eight lucky participants (4 students/4 faculty and staff) will receive a $25.00 Visa gift card at the end of the survey process!

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:

Apply to be a 2019 Orientation Leader

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Campus Activities and Orientation is recruiting people to be 2019 Orientation Leaders! We strongly encourage you to apply for this position whether you are a sophomore, junior, or will be a senior next year.

If you are considering applying to become a 2019 Orientation Leader the application deadline is November 9th at 4:00pm.

To get more information of the expectations of being an Orientation Leader, as well as the experiences of the past Orientation Leaders, we invite you to our Ice Cream Social that will be on November 1st from 5pm- 6pm in the Student Lounge.

Hope to see you there!

If you are interested in applying, here is the link to the application

Event Announcements

Take your Keystone or Religion II in Guatemala on Spring Break

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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 15

More Program Info and Application

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,

“One Vote” Documentary Screening at St. Thomas

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Elections are coming around the corner. Before you go and cast your vote, why not see a documentary about five different families as they prepared to vote in the 2016 election? Each vote tells a story, and this documentary shows the challenges that some people faced or how others helped their community before and during Election Day.
The screening will be on October 23rd at 6 pm. The event will be in the John Roach Center – Room 126 on St. Thomas’s campus.

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Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian (Film Event)

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Augsburg Native American Film Series Presents : Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

“Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian” is “a deeply personal family film that follows Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family as they trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer and one of the first Native American doctors. Along the way, Beane uncovers uncanny parallels between their lives, through they were born more than 100 years apart” (Vision Maker Media).
Please join Kate Beane and executive producer Syd Beane for an evening of conversation about this remarkable film and their family heritage.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with participants follows

This event is free to the public

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Conference on Cuba, music and dance this weekend

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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.

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

Halloween Cookie decorating and discussion with Augsburg Hillel

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October is here! The leaves are changing and Halloween is coming up soon. Although Halloween isn’t a Jewish holiday, there are a fair share of ghouls and superstitions in Jewish folklore. Join us for a discussion and cookie decorating!
This will be taking place in OGC 100 on Wednesday, October 24 from 1:30-2:30

Community garden workday today 1:30-4pm

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It’s going to be a beautiful day! Take a break and enjoy some outside time and exercise in the community garden. We need to dig up and loosen the soil in all 30 of our in-ground beds, and we’re hoping to make more progress before the snow flies.

Great way to use your community service hours! Join us at any time and stay for however long you can.

Sign up here so we have enough shovels

Democracy Augsburg Teach-in: What’s at Stake on the Sixth

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Join us for another Democracy Augsburg Teach-In sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship TODAY, October 19th! Professor Andy Aoki of Political Science will lead a discussion of the November 6th Midterm Elections and the potential consequences of it. We’ll also be discussing presidential-congressional relations, the Supreme Court, and other public policy issues.

Democracy Augsburg is a series of teach-ins, workshops, and events that focuses on the midterm elections in 2018 and other ways we can engage civically and influence our democracy.
All of these and other events are listed on the Sabo Center Events Calendar.

WHEN: Friday, October 19th 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Oren Gateway Center 100

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One-to-One Relational Meetings Workshop

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Sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, we welcome you to join us for one of two upcoming One-to-One Relational Meetings Workshops. One-to-one conversations are about creating a public relationship with someone so that participants can share interests and stories to help understand one another’s motivations and desire to make change. These conversations can lead to collaborative projects in relation to the change you’re attempting to make. One-to-one meetings are an essential skill in community organizing!

Join us to learn more about one-to-one relationship building for organizing and public work, and practice having a one-to-one conversations with other participants!

Date: Wednesday, October 24th AND Thursday, October 25th
Time: Wednesday- 3:10-5:10pm. Thursday- 3:40-5:40pm.
Location: Wednesday- OGC 100. Thursday- Marshall Room, Christensen Center

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Keeping Track of Auggies

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