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Augsburg Citizen Educations presents: Restorative Practice Professional Development Opportunity

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Educators and students will learn the history and seven guiding principles of restorative practice. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the circle process and reflect on the benefits of restorative practices in learning communities. Participants will also be given time to reflect on their own classroom, site, and district’s capacity to adopt restorative practices.
Event hosted by Education Minnesota and organized by Augsburg Citizen Educators.


Restorative Practice RSVP Form

Visit the Writing Lab today

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The Writing Lab is now open! Our hours are Monday-Thursday from 2:00pm-9:00pm and Sundays from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We are located on the main floor of Lindell Library, to the left of the circulation desk.

No appointment is needed – just show up! Tutors meet one-on-one with all students for free. They’ll talk about all kinds of writing (for any class, or even for writing that you’re doing outside of class) and can work with you at any stage of the writing process. You don’t even need to have words down on the page – tutors can help you brainstorm how to get started!

If you have questions about the Writing Lab, please email Prof. Sarah Groeneveld Kenney (

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

Great summer job: Learn to do research with your faculty

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2019 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 16th – July 31st.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due January 29th, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research is going on in your department!

Faculty: How URGO Can Support Your Research

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URGO’s summer research program is designed to both enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.

Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise.

While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship, for example, is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.

To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:

Phase 1 of summer research applications are due January 29th, with complete proposals due February 19th. If you have any questions about being a research mentor, please contact Dixie Shafer at x1447 or

TODAY – Last day to apply for Phillips Scholarship

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Apply to be a Phillips Scholar by January 23 (TODAY)!

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.

Preliminary Application Due TODAY


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This afternoon before the Faculty Meeting, Tamarah Gehlen will speak about “Trauma & Learning Styles in the Classroom”. 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.

Show up early, grab your coffee, and take a seat in HC 151 at 3:20 to listen and learn before heading off to the faculty meeting.

Wednesday, January 23rd | EDTalk with Tamarah Gehlen | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151

For more about the Pre-Faculty Meeting EDTalks and other upcoming CTL events, check the CTL website regularly.


Deliberative Dialogue TOMORROW

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Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? Grading practices and grade inflation are topics that can evoke passionate responses from both faculty and students. However, in this session, we ask an essential question: should grades exist at the university level? Joaquin Munoz, assistant professor of education, will facilitate what is sure to be a spirited discussion with multiple perspectives to be presented for debate and reflection. Check this post at for video links you are invited to view before the dialogue.

**Attendees of this event will be part of a door prize drawing for a $5 A’viands gift card!

Thursday, January 24th | Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? | 1:50-3:00 pm, OGC 100


Apply for Faculty Grants

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The application deadline is approaching quickly for the Scholarship Grant, the Integrated Course Design Grant, and the Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant. All of the grant descriptions, calls for proposals, and application forms are available via the link below. Applications for all three of these grants are due by Noon on Friday, February 15th, so apply today!

Grant Applications and Calls for Proposals

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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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. Nominations are due on February 20th.

Information and Nomination Form

General Announcements

Let Us Know About Your Day of Action Experience

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Thank you to everyone who attended the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action”. Please let us know your thoughts on the morning’s activities. We intend to use your responses in planning for more opportunities in the future, so thank you for taking the time to fill out the form linked below.

Evaluation Form for MLK Day of Action

Alternative Spring Break 2019

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Auggies! There are only a few weeks left to sign up for Alternative Spring Break! This year we are traveling to Birmingham AL, from March 16th-23rd. This is an amazing opportunity to serve others, visit iconic sites of the Civil Rights movement, and get to know some other awesome Auggies!
The cost of the trip is $250, and registration form is available on Augsburg’s Campus Ministry Website. >><&lt;
Questions?Email Sydney at

Staff Awards – Nominations Due TOMORROW

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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

Recognition Workshop for Supervisors

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Augsburg is excited to offer a development opportunity from Brave New Workshop to all supervisors at the university.

BNW, the oldest improvisational comedy theater company in the country, also uses the skills of improvisation to help organizations adopt behaviors that change organizational culture. In our session, the facilitators will equip supervisors to recognize and share staff accomplishments and to foster an open culture receptive to new ideas and approaches.

The workshop will take place 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 in East Commons. Supervisors have received an invitation to attend via e-mail.

-Stephen Jendraszak and Lisa Stock,
Staff Recognition Task Force Co chairs

(Learn more about Brave New Workshop.)

Prep Sessions – 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)

Attend a quick, 20 minute session where you will learn what to expect and how to make a great first impression at the fair. The first prep session will be held Wednesday, January 23rd at 10:40 a.m. in Suite 100, Christensen Center. All prep session times and dates can be found on Handshake under the events tab –

*Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
*Chat with more than 275 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 Astronomy in Hawaii this May

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Spend two weeks on Hawaii’s Big Island, and earn your Natural Science and Math credit this summer, as well as your Augsburg Experience requirement!

SPACE MOUNTAIN: Astronomy in Hawaii (PHY 101)
May 13-27, 2019

During this 2-week program you will learn the physical and theoretical tools of astronomy, and the creative way these tools are employed to answer fundamental questions about the universe and our place in it. For decades, astronomers all over the globe have taken advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions afforded them on Hawai’i’s “Big Island” to gather the data to answer these profound questions. Now, it’s your turn.

+At the summit of Mauna Kea, you will meet astronomers at work
+At Volcanoes National Park, you will see first-hand the energy source that keeps the Earth alive—our planet’s interior heat
+Investigate why the Island of Hawai’i is a prime location to study light from space, and how this astronomical importance has impacted the ongoing conflict between colonialism and native culture in Hawai’i.

Faculty Leader: Jessica Ennis
Program Dates: May 13 – 27, 2019
Program Cost $4,700 – includes: tuition, airfare, room and board, and all program activities and excursions.

Apply by January 31

For more information and application instructions click below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center Lower Level.

Learn more and apply online!!!

Free Wellness Counseling For Students

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A reminder that currently enrolled Augsburg students can get up to ten FREE mental health counseling sessions with one of our on campus counselors. If you want to talk to someone confidentially about a variety of topics (depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, etc.) please call the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment or stop in the office between 8 – 4:00 pm. There is also an after hours services available by calling 612-330-1707 and pressing option 1 to be connected to a counselor by phone when the CWC office is closed. Check out our website for more info.

Event Announcements

White Fragility: Unpacking Privilege, Dr. Robin DiAngelo

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Tuesday, February 5th from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dr. Robin DiAngelo will be the keynote speaker for the “It’s Time to Act” series. From the “It’s Time to Act” Website: Dr. Robin DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. Robin has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in race relations and racial justice. Robin has numerous publications and books. Her work on white fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured or cited in Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Details and Tickets are available within the link below.

It’s Time to Act

Summer in Slovenia & Italy – 2 week Psychology & Education course

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Spend 2 Weeks in Slovenia and Italy this summer, and earn credit!

Psychology and Education in Slovenia, May 12-27, 2019
Course Options (choose one or two courses. If two, one must be PSY 205)
–EDC 490/580(3 credits): School and Society; and/or
–PSY 205 (4 credits): Culture and Psychology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF)
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience Requirement

Faculty Leaders: Joseph Erickson & Stacy Freiheit

Cost depends on course taken. Ranges: $4,533 to $5,057
Cost includes tuition, airfare, housing, some meals, all program activities.

During this program, students will examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture, explore the Roman ruins in Croatia, and experience the canals of Venice, Italy. Students will have opportunities to engage with various host communities and interact with local faculty, teachers, mental health professionals, fellow college students, and students throughout their study abroad experience.

For more information and application instructions click below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center Lower Level.

Learn more and apply online

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!

Echo Newspaper Meeting

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Join the Echo Student Newspaper to plan out our next issue.

We encourage you to come hear about article ideas or give your own. Section article ideas can fall under: News, Opinions, Sports, Features, or A & E.

We also encourage people to sign up to take photos or submit comics.

Meetings are every Friday during chapel time (10:40-11am) in the Echo Room, Auggies Nest.

Norwegian Film Screening: Wednesday, January 30 at 6 pm

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Interested in foreign films? From Norway? Well we have good news. The Norwegian Film Institute has sent us a box of amazing movies available to share.

That means that this spring your very own Norway Hub will be screening 3 Norwegian films in partnership with Norway Hub and the Norwegian Honorary Consulate General. Kult, ikke sant?

The first runner up is the film “In Order of Disappearance” (Norwegian: Kraftidioten) which is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film (compared to the film Fargo) directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård. The film had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. It’s a must see!

Come join us on:
Date: Wednesday, January 30
Location: Oren Gateway Center, room 100
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Additional screenings this semester (hold the dates):
Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, March 13.

Questions? Contact Bettine Hoff Hermanson at (x1378).

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Learn about opportunities with Kipsu

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Kipsu is pioneering a software-based solution designed to revolutionize how service-driven brands interact with consumers. They are looking to hire students graduating spring 2019 that have an interest in business. There will be a panel and overview about Kipsu, along with time to network. Pizza Provided.
All are welcome to learn more. Sponsored by: Augsburg Business Organization and Strommen Career & Internship Center

Date: Thursday, January 24th
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Hagfors Center, 351

Handshake for more info and to join the event

Spring Season Theater Auditions: Tonight

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This semester, you have the opportunity to be in one of two of our amazing productions! Please join us for auditions next week:

(located in the Foss Atrium)

Tuesday, Jan. 22:
6:00-7:45 Pluma and The Tempest workshop audition
8:15-10:00 Ghost Sonata workshop audition

Wednesday, Jan. 23:
6:00-7:45 Ghost Sonata workshop audition
8:15-10:00 Pluma and The Tempest workshop audition

You do not need to prepare any material for workshop auditions!
You may attend on one night from 6-10pm or choose to audition for one of the projects on the first night and audition for the other project on the next night.

**Pluma Individual Auditions**
Thursday, Jan. 24 – 8:15-10:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 25 – 6:00-8:00 pm
*Please prepare a 1-minute movement or dance piece, song, monologue, poem, play an instrument, or any other performative talent or ability you want to share.*

**All are welcome and encouraged to audition for both shows!**

More info on Pluma and The Tempest:
A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism poetically explores themes of violence, trauma, homelessness and resisting oppression. Despite being adrift like a feather in a storm, Pluma attempts to preserve their hope and survive.
**You must attend one workshop and one individual session in order to auditions**

More info on Ghost Sonata:
A fun, playful, and immersive production of Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata. A chance to perform with Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement Dance company.
**Only need to attend one workshop in order to audition**

If you have any questions about logistics or fitting the times into your schedule, please email

Two Weeks in Puerto Rico – Summer course 2019

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Study for two weeks in Puerto Rico this May, and get a scholarship to help pay for it!

About the program:

THR 295 Art Performing Social Change, fulfills Fine Arts requirement
May 13-29, 2019
This 4-credit class examines the role of art in resistance and social change.

Program cost:
$3,475 includes: tuition, airfare, housing, most meals, all program activities

Apply by January 31

SCHOLARSHIPS are available! The three scholarship opportunities (Mary Witt, Yackel, and Students of Color Scholarships) are open to all Auggies. Click the link below to find out more about these scholarship opportunities!
—> Scholarships applications due March 15 <--- For more information, click the link below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons (lower level of Christensen Center) Click here for more program and scholarship information, and to apply online!

Assessment Day is February 26th

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Mark your calendars now! From 10:50-12:50 on Tuesday, February 26th, the Assessment Committee will be conducting three workshops in the Oren Gateway Center. The descriptions are below. Lunch is provided for participants, so RSVP today!

Writing Effective Learning Outcomes
In this 30 minute workshop, participants will learn how to craft effective and assessable learning outcomes for their department, program, or course. Participants are encouraged to bring current outcomes to the workshop.

Department/Program Curriculum Mapping
Do you need to update your department or program curricular map? Does making a curriculum map sound like fun, but you have no idea where to begin? Then this is the workshop for you! During this 30 minute workshop you can see examples of curriculum maps and update your own. Creating up-to-date curriculum maps is particularly important as we submit our HLC assurance agreement this summer. Participants are invited to bring their current maps to the workshop. If you need to find your department or program map, please contact Kerri Maher.

Institutional Assessment: Writing
During this presentation, attendees will learn about the Institutional Assessment project on writing. The presentation will demonstrate how the Assessment Committee is using Aqua to assess writing on our campus.

RSVP for Assessment Day Lunch/Workshops

Keeping Track of Auggies

Thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. planning committee – and speaker

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Thank you to all who contributed to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., convocation and celebration:

Jennifer Simon, chair, Director, American Indian Student Services
Kevin Cheatham, Assistant Director, TRIO/Student Support Services
Leo O’Ryan, President, Pan-Afrikan Student Union
Eric Pegues, Assistant Director of Residence Life
Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs
Brandon Williams, Day Student Body President
Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross, Assistant Professor, Education Department
Jordan Narloch and Sarah Cash-Darvell, University Events
Mai Xee Vang, Multicultural Student Service Program Assistant

A special thank you to keynote speaker, Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross.


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