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EDTalk with John Zobitz

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John Zobitz will be giving our next EDTalk! Just before the Faculty Meeting on December 5th, he will speak on Data Visualization as an Ethical Act. The meeting will also be available for Zoom at, Meeting ID 987-896-017.

If you missed the last EDTalk with Katie Bishop, a recording is available on YouTube at

All of the EDTalks take place prior to the Faculty Meetings from 3:20-3:35 pm in Hagfors 151. Come to listen and learn! Find out more about the EDTalks and other CTL events on our website.


Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Sessions Nov. 28 & Dec. 4

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URGO Summer Research Info Sessions
November 28th @ 6pm in Hagfors 150A
December 4th @ 6pm in OGC 100

Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2018 to be eligible.

In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact to set up an appointment.

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 16th if you are interested in applying.

General Announcements

Walk the Talk: Achieving Civility and Respect in Times of Polarization

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Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, This Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul there will be a special seminar opportunity presented by SIETAR USA and SIETAR MN on the issue of polarization. Provost Kaivola has offered to support a number of students, staff, or faculty who would like to attend. If you are interested, please let Elise Marubbio know so she can send you information and confirm your ticket.

Pop-Up Flute Group for Velkommen Jul

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Calling all Flutists! Ring in the holiday season by joining our merry band of flutists – also known as the Augsburg Flute Ensemble – for a spontaneous “pop up” group playing your favorite Christmas tunes during Velkommen Jul in Christensen Center on Friday, Nov 30, 12:00 – 12:45. Dust off your own flute or borrow one of Augsburg’s. Contact Trudi Anderson at for details.

Event Announcements

Staff Athletics Facilities Tour

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Staff Senate invites you to take a tour of the athletic facilities! As a staff member, you have access to these facilities and athletic sporting events on campus. Come to learn more about these facilities (weightroom, gym, dome, locker rooms, etc), how and when to access them, and who to contact with any questions. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any general athletic facilities questions you might have, and to learn about the resources available on campus to help you achieve your health and fitness goals!

Join us on Tuesday, November 20th at 11:30 a.m. We will meet in the Kennedy Center Lobby. Stick around to continue conversation with other colleagues and join Staff Senate for an optional lunch following the tour.

Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian

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THIS WEDNESDAY, 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

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

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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

Thurs, Nov 15: Social Change and Politics in Central America

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Please join us for a presentation on


Thursday, November 15 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
in East Commons, Christensen Center
Coffee will be served!

Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) is pleased to bring Dr. Fernanda Soto Joya to campus for a presentation about the current political and social climate in Nicaragua, as well as the ways that history and social change can be understood through the perspective of indigenous people in Guatemala.

Dr. Soto Joya is CGEE’s newest instructor in Central America, where she teaches the course “Cultural Conflict and Social Change in Latin America: The Central American Context”.

About Dr. Soto Joya:
Fernanda Soto Joya, PhD, is a Honduran/Nicaraguan anthropologist whose research includes mestizo and indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. Her current projects include research with colleagues at Michigan State University, defining a feminist collaborative research project in Nicaragua; the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) at Antwerpen University in Belgium teaching a class on intersectionality and feminist decolonial thought; and Northumbria’s University in England on a memory project about the war in Nicaragua during the 1980s

This event is also part of International Education Week, from November 12-16, a national effort to promote increased global awareness at US college campuses and universities.

Read more about Dr. Soto Joya here:

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Give to the Max Day is Tomorrow

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This year’s annual Give to the Max Day giving extravaganza is almost upon us!

Tomorrow is Give to the Max Day, a one day giving event for non-profits state wide. Once again Augsburg departments, teams, and organizations are raising money to help fund their work. Augsburg’s goal this year is to raise $250,000 from 1,001 unique donors.

You can see a list of all fundraising projects by visiting:

Help support your fellow Auggies and show that Augsburg University truly Gives to the Max!

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