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Alternative Spring Break 2019: Building Together

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Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 16th-23rd, Augsburg students will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to serve with Habitat for Humanity. You could be one of these! We’ll visit places like the Civil Rights Institute and learn from African-American activism both past and present. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build houses and community!

Registration is open now! Forms can be found online at and in the Campus Ministry Office.

Note that sign up will continue after winter break! Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

The cost of the trip is $250 which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals.
Registration forms can be found online at and in the Campus Ministry Office.

Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Sydney Saygbe at

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Money for school, make an impact – Apply to be a Phillips Scholar

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Apply to be a Phillips Scholar by January 23!

The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders by developing a project to meet an unmet need in Minnesota communities. Phillips Scholars receive scholarships during their junior and senior years, and a stipend to complete a project during the summer between junior and senior year.

This preliminary application is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalist complete their applications.

You must be a sophomore during the 2018-2019 school year to apply.

Read more about the Phillips Scholarship program here:

Preliminary application (see link, below): Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Full applications will be due February 8, 2019.

Phillips Scholarship Preliminary Application Due January 23

Trauma & Learning Styles in the Classroom

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Tamarah Gehlen will give the next EDTalk on January 23rd from 3:20-3:35 in HC 151. This talk will feature information to help attendees understand the impact of chronic stress and traumatic experiences on learning and cognition. Attendees will learn simple ways to implement trauma-informed practices into their classrooms and teaching styles in order to enhance connection and learning for the students that they serve.

Arrive early, grab your coffee, and get a seat to take in the talk just before this month’s Faculty Meeting. For more about the EDTalks and other upcoming CTL events, visit the website.

Zoom: Meeting ID 933-677-248


Faculty Grant Applications

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We are only one month away from the application due date for the Scholarship Grant, the Integrated Course Design Grant, and the Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant. All of the descriptions, calls for proposals, and application forms are available on the CTL page linked below. Remember, applications are due by Noon on Friday, February 15th!

Grant Applications

Teaching and Learning Awards Annual Recognition

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Teaching and Learning Awards

General Announcements

Biology Student and Professor Publish Paper

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Here’s a blurb for Amail:
Professor Emily Schilling and senior Biology major Holly Kundel just had an article published in the International Journal of Odonatology. The paper is a review of the reproductive habitat requirements of a rare and threatened North American dragonfly species, the spatterdock darner. Holly has been conducting research in Dr. Schilling’s lab since the summer after her first year at Augsburg, and she is currently applying to graduate programs in Ecology and Conservation Science. Dr. Schilling continues to pursue research questions related to dragonflies common to naturally fishless lakes and ponds in Minnesota. Find their article here:

Share your Augsburg Story – Join the Staff Story Circle

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The Music Department invites all staff to join them in creating a new Music-Theater piece about, for, and with people who have been or are currently a part of the Augsburg University Community (

To gather material, the music department is hosting Story Circles, facilitated by theater professionals Leah Cooper of Wonderlust Productions and Aaron Gabriel of Interact Theater. A Story Circle is an opportunity to gather in groups to tell stories, write down thoughts, and share experiences about Augsburg. If you don’t feel like sharing, you can just listen. Nobody’s story or experiences will be used in the play directly (like a documentary); they’ll be blended together into a fictional story, protecting the privacy of those who share.

They are hosting a staff story circle on January 17th from 1-2:30pm in the Augsburg Room (you are not required to stay the entire time if you are unable to). Please attend if you are interested and able. RSVP to Sonja Thompson at

-Staff Senate

Journal Publication for Business Professors

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Professors, Dr. George Dierberger, Marc Isaacson, and Dr. David Conrad have recently been notified by the American Journal of Management that their research paper has been chosen for publication in its spring edition. The title is, “The Management of Knowledge-Sharing in College Business Departments: A Study of the Perceptions of Business Department Faculty Regarding Knowledge-Sharing Practices Within Their Department.”

Staff Appreciation Awards – Accepting Nominations Until 1/24

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STEP 1: Email with the name and title of the individual you wish to nominate
STEP 2: Staff Senate will confirm receipt of your message and send you an online nomination form
STEP 3: Secure at least TWO additional letters of recommendation from a current staff, faculty, or student (Note: the nomination form will also ask for your own personal recommendation.)
STEP 4: Submit your completed nomination form with two or more letters of recommendation attached as either PDF or Microsoft Word documents

ABOUT THE AWARDS: The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize exceptional staff members who exemplify Augsburg’s mission statement through their actions. Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on March 7th.

Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for 2 years or less are eligible to receive this award.

DEADLINE: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from January 9th through January 24th. Nominees will be notified on or before February 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Discounted semester Metro Passes for sale in bookstore

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Discounted Metro Passes are available through the bookstore – sold at $115.00 (discounted from $165.00). Semester passes are good for both light rail lines, all buses, and the Northstar rail to Anoka.

Be sure to register your pass at If your pass is lost or stolen, the replacement costs only $5.00.

Discounted student membership with HOURCAR

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Get a discounted student membership with HOURCAR, the Twin Cities’ nonprofit car-sharing provider. Use the promo code AUGSBURG19 to get $40 in driving credit when you sign up for an annual membership. With a hub conveniently located on campus and many others nearby, HOURCAR connects you to the city and gives you the freedom of having a car without the hassles of owning one.

go to for more information and to sign up.

Focused Conversations on Data Analytics Framework: TODAY/TOMORROW

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The January Focused Conversation will feature Leif Anderson, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Katy Hahn, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; and Chris Jacobsen, Associate Director of Shared Services Enterprise Applications discussing the development of a data analytics framework for academic, enrollment, and financial planning.

Tues, Jan. 15, 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wed, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

For the livestream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands page

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: applications due on Friday

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Students can now apply for the 2018-19 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2019, in the following areas:
1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.
Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found on the link below. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

NASA Space Grant Scholarship

Subscribe to the Study Abroad & Away Newsletter

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Sign up for the Study Abroad & Away Monthly Newsletter to get updates from the Center for Global Education and Experience. We will have information about upcoming programs, deadlines, events, feature stories about students who’ve gone abroad, and resources for students who are still thinking about study abroad or returning. There’s something for everyone!

Sign up for the Newsletter here!

Event Announcements

Study abroad in Africa! Learn more on Thursday

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Interested in study abroad to Africa? Meet with Augsburg CGEE professor, Dr. Lamont Slater, on Thursday, to learn about Augsburg’s Southern Africa Study Center program! Dr. Slater will be tabling in the student center from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday, January 17th.

“Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind” is a semester program that takes students across two countries (Namibia & South Africa) to learn about the impact of gender, race, culture, and identity on democratic processes, human rights issues, and social and economic advancement today, from the point of view of Southern Africans.

Auggies that study abroad on this program can complete a variety of general education requirements, and will receive an automatic $1,500 travel grant.

Learn more and meet one of CGEE’s professors on Thursday!

Learn more about the Southern Africa semester program

Join Augsburg Admissions for a Documentary Screening on Jan. 31

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You are warmly invited to attend an on-campus showing of the documentary titled, “The Test & the Art of Thinking.” The film addresses crucial questions about the SAT/ACT college entrance exams, including the value of the test score and what the test actually measures.

In 2018, Augsburg voted in favor of piloting a test-optional admission policy. The admissions department is organizing this thought-provoking opportunity as the institution continues to better understand the impact this policy has on applicants to the university.

When: Thursday, January 31st, 3:45 p.m.
Where: Hagfors 150A
Popcorn and beverages provided. Optional questions, comments, and discussion following the film.

Please RSVP here:

Watch the preview here!

Registration Open: MN Private College Job & Internship Fair

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If you are looking for an internship or graduating in the spring, you should attend the Minnesota’s Private Colleges annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Thursday, February 21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m .- 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

It is NOT to early to start researching the employers that are registered. Visit the to learn more about the fair.

*Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
*Chat with more than 260 employers – all under one roof!
*Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.
*Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!

REGISTER & PAY THE $12 FEE in Handshake

Study abroad in summer

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Travel and earn credit this summer! Options around the world and the USA to help you get ahead on credits and graduation requirements. Every program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too! Apply by January 31!

May 12-27, 2019, choose one or two courses:
• PSY 205: Culture and Psychology, Fulfills Social & Behavioral Sciences LAF
• EDC 490/580: School and Society

May 13-29, 2019
• THR 295: Art Performing Social Change, fulfills Fine Arts LAF
• Scholarships available

May 13-27, 2019
• PHY101: Astronomy, fulfills Natural Sciences LAF

May 18 – June 2, 2019, choose a history & an art course:
• HIS 195 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands, fulfills Humanities Gen Ed, or
• HIS 440: upper level elective for history majors
• ART 133: Intro to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts Gen Ed
• ART 333: Advanced Digital Photography

July 9-22, 2019, choose one course:
• MUS 374 or 475: Practicum
• MUS 582: Transcultural Mus. Therapy II
• MUS 511: Practicum

Multiple 3-week course blocks, May to August
• Spanish classes, beginning to advanced: fulfills Modern Language Gen Ed, or electives for Spanish Majors and Minors
• SPA/ART 231: fulfills Fine Arts Gen Ed
• Internship and Independent Research opportunities
• Scholarships available

June 5 – July 21, 2019
• SPA 206: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
• INS/SPA 399: Internship, Medical Observership
• Scholarships available

Learn more and apply online

Keeping Track of Auggies

Less Than One Week Away…

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action is next Monday the 21st! All of the Augsburg Community is invited to attend. Faculty, Staff, and Students, plan to meet at the Chapel at 8:30 am before heading to breakout sessions in OGC. A detailed description of the day’s events is linked below. We encourage everyone to join in this important work before heading to the Convocation at 1:00 pm to hear from Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross.

Day of Action Tentative Schedule

Ava Fojtik selected for national anthology of student art

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Ava Fojtik’s piece “Illuminated” has been selected to be included in plain china’s national anthology of undergraduate creative writing and art. “Illuminated” was originally published in the 2018 issue of Murphy Square, Augsburg’s literary and visual arts journal. The piece can be viewed in the online Augsburg archives here on page 31.

Congratulations, Ava!



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