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Study a language abroad for free this summer

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If you love studying language, then the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) could be a great fit for you! Augsburg had three students selected for this nationally-competitive scholarship just last year. Two Auggies applied to study Swahili in Tanzania and one to study Mandarin in Taiwan.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is an eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program where students receive intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity (students select one of fifteen languages to study). Alumni of the program also receive non-competitive eligibility status when applying for government jobs – a rare opportunity!

Because these languages are less commonly taught, most programs do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning (have studied or speak a 2nd language), a strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting (we recommend a minimum GPA of 3.2; average GPA of Augsburg winners last year was 3.73), and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
To learn more about the program, go to . The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS, so please contact to set up an appointment before November 9th if you are interested in applying.

EDTalk with Katie Bishop on Wednesday

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Remember to come and hear Katie Bishop discuss the impact of class status for students navigating higher education. This enlightening talk will take place just prior to the Faculty Meeting. Grab your coffee and come to Hagfors 151 at 3:20.

Wednesday, November 7th | EDTalk with Katie Bishop | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151

For more about the pre-faculty meeting EDTalks and other CTL events visit our website.


RSVP Now to Come to “Speaking of Scholarship” Lunch

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Next Monday, November 12th, Lars Christiansen, Shelby Breidenbach, and Maura Gunter will speak on “Bodies in Motion: The philosophy, science, and politics of movement”. Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend this discussion/lunch. Please RSVP using the form below. Space is limited. Food is provided.

Monday, November 12th | 11:10 am – 12:20 pm, Marshall Room


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.

General Announcements

Spend your Spring Semester Abroad – Apply by November 15

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The application deadline for the following spring semester abroad programs is November 15.

CGEE in Mexico: Liberal Arts, Education, or Social Work tracks available. Perfect for sophomores, and most majors

CGEE in Central America: Poli Sci, Spanish, History, Religion, Gender studies courses.

CGEE in Southern Africa: Poli Sci, History, Religion, Gender studies, Science with Lab, Yoga, and Internship courses.

The tuition for these programs is LOWER than on-campus. Financial aid applies and additional scholarships are available.

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

Apply to the Midco Scholars Program

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The Midco Scholars Program is a partnership between Midcontinent Communications (Midco) and Augsburg University which provides opportunities for underrepresented students to explore a career in business/IT and gain relevant work experience. This semester, up to 4 students will be selected to become Midco Scholars. Each Scholar will take part in monthly professional development workshops, receive a $2,500 scholarship, and will also have the opportunity to apply for a competitive full-time Summer 2019 internship with Midco, either in their Sioux Falls, SD or Edina, MN offices. (Internships will more likely take place in Sioux Falls, so applicants should be available to live in Sioux Falls for the summer – housing is available).

Ideal candidates for the Midco Scholars Program will:
-Be a Junior in good standing at Augsburg (anticipated graduation in Dec 2019 or May 2020)
-Have a major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics or other business related fields
-Be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of a summer internship and provide documents to verify work authorization

Underrepresented students, including students of color, low-income (Pell Grant eligible/Dream Grant eligible), and/or first generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested students should review the following link for more information and to apply: Applications are due Monday, November 26th.

Any questions please contact Janet Morales ( or 612-330-1792)

Midco Scholars Application

Augsburg recognized for Climate Commitment

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We’re proud to be one of 140+ institutions recognized by Second Nature for our carbon neutrality commitment and pledge that We Are Still In on climate change, even while our federal administration has pulled support for the Paris Climate Agreement.

Augsburg became a charter signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (now Second Nature Climate Commitment) in 2007. In signing this agreement, President Pribbenow affirmed our long- standing commitment to sustainability that has been fueled by the hard work, determination, and commitment of this community, primarily through the leadership of the Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) and our
students. With 100% of our electricity now coming from solar farms, we are making progress on our carbon neutrality commitment, but we still have a ways to go.

Thanks for doing your part in saving energy, reducing travel, and helping keep Augsburg accountable for taking bold steps towards structural, behavioral, and policy changes that mitigate climate change and work towards a world where all can thrive!

See the full list of honorees here:

And get up to date on Environmental Stewardship efforts with the 2018 Annual Report:

CIC Institute in Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts

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June 2-5, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will offer the second of two institutes focused on Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts. This Institute is intended to address major issues that drive unrest on today’s campus, including protests directed at public policy, social inequity, bias, and identity that sometimes become disruptive or even violent. The Provost’s Office is hoping to send a team from Augsburg and has been working with a few faculty and staff on the application. Applications must include a proposal that outlines how we intend to use the experience, if we are selected to participate, on our campus. While we can only send four people, we want the proposal to reflect the broader interests and commitments of the community. The Provost invites members of the community to join her for a conversation on how this institute might be used to advance our commitments to inclusion, equity, and cultural competence at Augsburg.

A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, from 12:00-1:00 pm in LIN 301. All are welcome — please feel free to bring your lunch! If Augsburg is accepted to participate in the Institute, additional open meetings will be held throughout the Spring, as we want the team’s work to help advance our collective goals.

Still time to register – Mock Interview w/ alumni

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Students are invited to participate in an one-on-one Mock Interview on campus!
Thursday, November 8th. Schedule a 20 minute slot between 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Applying to on-campus jobs? Internships? Full-time positions?

Improve your interviewing skills in a pressure-free environment by attending a practice interview night hosted by Strommen Career & Internship Services, Alumni-Parent Relations and the Alumni Board. Hear insights from recent Auggie grads on how to answer some of the most commonly asked interview questions, as well as, other tips and tricks to help you stand out and land your next role! In
addition, students will have an opportunity to have their resume reviewed by an employer.

Sign up for a time slot

Congratulations to September’s Auggie Pride Recipients

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Congratulations to Ilse Rolf, Gift Entry Administrative Assistant and Bonnie Tensen, E-Learning Specialist for receiving the September Auggie Pride Awards. Their constant support and service to others cross campus impacts far beyond those they work with. Staff Senate admires their outstanding work and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Learn more about September’s Auggie Pride Award Recipients

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

Market Survey/Shared Recreation and Wellness Facility

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In the next few days, all staff and full-time faculty will be receiving an email inviting participation in a market survey being administered to community residents and people who work in the I-94/Riverside Corridor. This market research is being undertaken by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Augsburg University, the YMCA, Pillsbury United Communities, and Fairview Health Services to explore the potential for creating a shared recreation and wellness facility on the east end of the Augsburg campus. The survey is being administered by ANA Research, an independent research firm located in the Twin Cities. All responses will be confidential. Please take the time to participate in this survey. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. For more information about the I-94/Riverside Corridor Shared Facility planning effort, go to:

Winter Intramural Leagues Registration Open

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Registration for Winter intramural leagues is now OPEN!!

This winter get a team together and come play indoor volleyball, basketball, or soccer in the Dome.

Registration for Intramural Volleyball and Soccer will close November 7th, and leagues will start the week of November 12th.

Registration for Intramural Basketball will close November 20th, and the league will start November 29th.

Visit the Intramural Website for more information!

Augsburg Intramural Website

Come Play Badminton

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Augsburg Intramurals will be hosting open Badminton in Si-Melby gym Tuesday nights, starting Tuesday, November 13th. The South and Center courts of Si-Melby Gym will be set up with nets from 8-10pm. Check out the Augsburg Intramural website for a detailed list of open badminton nights.

Get a group of friends together and come play some Badminton!!

Augsburg Intramural Website

Elections TOMORROW – Tues., Nov. 6

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Civic engagement is its own reward – but sport your “I voted” sticker on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and enjoy a free small coffee at Nabo and Kafe Kafeega courtesy of A’viands.

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,

Early voting began on Sept. 21 and continues through Nov. 5

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.

Event Announcements

Nov 8 – Open Mic Night

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Join Augsburg PASU & AISA for our first Open Mic of the year! It will be held on Thursday, November 8th @ 7:00 pm in the Student Lounge.

Want to perform? Know someone who may want to?

Email ( ASAP with your name, contact info, what type of performance you would like to do, and how much time you need to perform. Performances will be on a first come first serve basis so make sure to sign up soon.

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:

Begins TODAY: 2019 Annual Open Enrollment

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The Augsburg Human Resources team and our benefits broker, NFP, have worked diligently over the past several months to finalize benefit plan offerings for 2019. Information about the 2019 benefit plans will be available at the information meetings shown below. We strongly encourage you to attend one of these sessions to learn more.

Important: Benefit Open Enrollment begins TODAY, November 5 at 6:00 am and ends November 16 at 4:30 pm

To provide additional information and context related to Augsburg’s health insurance renewal, Human Resources has prepared a Health Insurance Renewal FAQ.

-There will be two additional coverage tiers for the dental plan – employee plus child(ren) and employee plus spouse/partner.
-There is an increase—from 1 times to 1.5 times base annual salary—in group term life insurance, with a new carrier – UNUM.
-With the change in life insurance carriers, we have a one-time open enrollment for Voluntary Life and AD&D for benefits eligible employees and their dependents with no Evidence of Insurability required for coverage up to the -Guarantee Issue amount.
-All Benefits Eligible Faculty and Staff Must Complete the Online Form(s):

All benefits eligible faculty and staff are required to complete the online enrollment form for 2019 elections even if you elect to waive coverage for 2019. Your 2018 elections WILL NOT carry over to 2019 (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Dependent Care, and HSA).

Benefit Information Sessions: All sessions will be in OGC, Room 100
November 5 at 11:00 am *
November 7 at 8:00 am
November 9 at 2:30 pm
November 13 at 10:00 am
November 15 at 4:00 pm

*For those unable to attend in person, we will be hosting and recording a remote session on November 5th. You can access that information here:

Or Telephone:
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 (Use Meeting ID: 197 330 591)
International numbers available:

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 15

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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Mike Grewe receives award for research

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Congrats to Mike Grewe, Director, LGBTQIA Director and Assistant Director, Campus Activities and Orientation, received the Lee Knefelkamp Award for Research Excellence. Mike received the award at the Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) conference in Mankato, Nov. 1-2. Mike leads Augsburg’s effort on assessing co-curricular student learning.

Tamrah Gehlen, StepUP and Joanne Reeck, Chief Diversity Officer, present at conference

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The Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) fall conference was held Nov. 1-2 in Mankato. The theme was “Building Community by Creating Space for Hope & Healing.”

Tamarah Gehlen, Director, StepUP, presented “Importance & Benefits of Collegiate Recovery Programs.” Joanne Reeck, Chief Diversity Officer and Director, Campus Activities and Orientation, presented “When “Well-Meaning” Is Not Enough.”


Strommen Center hiring student Peer Advisors

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center is looking to hire new student employees for the spring 2019 semester as Career Peer Advisors.

Learn how to assist other students on career related topics such as resumes and cover letters, internship and job searching, and more. Each Peer Advisor will be scheduled to work 5-10hrs per week and paid $11.25/hr.

Apply today if you are interested in helping others, communicating/writing, or want to learn more about careers and the world of work. Deadline to apply online via Handshake is Friday Nov 9th.

Handshake job post for Peer Advisor, Strommen Center

Are You an Experienced Debater? Earn Weekend $ With MNUDL

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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.

Are you a former competitor in policy, parliamentary, public forum, or LD debate?
We’re looking for debate judges and we’ll pay $ for experienced debaters to come work with us.

Pay is $55 for 3 rounds of debate.

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:

● 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 |

Come Judge For Us