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EdTalk Tomorrow

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Don’t forget to come hear Katie Bishop speak on “How Class Matters at Augsburg” tomorrow before the Faculty Meeting. The talk will focus on specific student outcomes and offer suggestions for supporting students in the classroom. Head to Hagfors 151 at 3:20. Enjoy your coffee and gear up for the faculty meeting while listening to this meaningful discussion. The talk will also be available through ZOOM at the following address: Visit the CTL website for more on this and other CTL events.

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


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.

General Announcements

Cultural Night

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are doing well, International Education Week is coming and we are looking for people who want to represent their culture. It can involve showing your traditional clothing, a talent or simply walking with music that represent your country or culture.

The event is going to happen on November 16th 2018 From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

If you know anyone who would be interested let them know.
If you have questions email to

Cultural Night!

Elections TODAY – 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 ended 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.

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:

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

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

Complete Your Service Hours – Volunteer at This Weekend’s Debate Tournament

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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 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 |

Volunteer Sign Up

MVNA Flu Shot Clinic on 11/14/18

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The MN Visiting Nurse Association has a few additional flu shot clinic dates available so they will be back at Augsburg on Wednesday 11/14/18 from 10:30 – 12:00 pm for on campus flu shots. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 cash or check. It is a walk-in clinic so no appointment is needed. Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID. Any questions, call Dianne in the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Sign Up For Your Mock Interview With 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

Apply to 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

Event Announcements

Morning Prayer: “A Cloud of Witnesses”

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Join us at 8:45 – 9:00 am in Gundale Chapel in Hagfors Center to celebrate saints traditional and non-traditional who impact our lives. Morning prayer worship with students and staff members offering a prayer, poem, or quotation from a diverse “cloud of witnesses.” Today Tulela Nashandi will present about Joyce Meyer.

More information

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

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Save the Date: November 14, 2018
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, 2200 Anderson 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

Workshop: Crafting Compelling Personal Statements for STEM Opportunities (TODAY)

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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:

CWC Convo – Thursday 11/8

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Please plan to attend the CWC convocation on Thursday 11/8 at 11:00 to hear Dr. Gloria Burgess speaking on the “Greatness that Lives in All of Us!” Her popular books include Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside, Flawless Leadership, and Sanctuary: Restoring the Rhythm of Rest & Renewal. Her most recent book: Pass it On! is an inspiring picture-book biography is about her father, Earnest McEwen, Jr., and his life-changing relationship with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner. Learn more about Gloria’s work:

Norwegian Christmas Party: November 29

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Start off your holiday season with participating at the 5th Annual Julefest, the Twin Cities’ Scandinavian Christmas party!

After all, our very own institution, Augsburg University, was founded by Norwegian immigrants 150 years ago, and this is a way to celebrate our own heritage and network with the Norwegian (and Scandinavian) community in Minnesota.

When: Thursday, November 29
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Watson Block, Minneapolis

We need to recruit 4 volunteers (primarily students) for the evening. This will provide you with free access to the event and include food and drinks.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Bettine at

Join us!

Julefest Tickets and Registration

Power and Hope: Awakening Democracy Through Public Work

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Awakening Democracy Through Public Work: Pedagogies of Empowerment, is a new book written by Harry C. Boyte which tells many stories of Public Achievement and public work in the United States and around the world. Public work is a civic philosophy with deep roots in nonviolent traditions that express a generative power, never more needed than today when power is understood as domination and control.

This event will feature a diversity of voices, an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book, and have it signed by the author.

Monday, November 12th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Augsburg University, Hagfors Center, Room 150

Event Details

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 15

More Program Info and Application

How do I get a Global Career? Workshop on Nov 13

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Do you aspire to be internationally or globally engaged in your career? Want to work or live abroad after you graduate? Yes?

Join us!

How Do I Get a Global Career? Workshop
Tuesday, November 13
9:30 – 11 am – Hagfors 150A
Coffee and donuts!

Augsburg Center for Global Education and the Strommen center present a workshop on how Global and International careers look in different industries and fields of work. Learn how to apply your global and intercultural experiences to a job search, how to add it to your resume, and learn about opportunities to go abroad after graduation.

Come with your energy and curiosity, leave with resume and interview tips, international job information, and resources for your career.

More information and details

Keeping Track of Auggies

Prof. Emeritus Tony Bibus served on national Curriculum Guide Task Force

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Prof. Emeritus Tony Bibus represented Augsburg’s social work department on a national task force convened over the past year by the Council on Social Work Education and the Association of Social Work Boards to create the “Curriculum Guide for Licensing and Regulation,” which has just been published. He worked with the sub-group of the task force that focused on competencies related to human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. Especially regarding that latter area, he tapped into the recent studies and publications of colleague Prof. Christina Erickson for resources to highlight in the guide.