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Teaching and Learning

Let Us Know Your Ideas for the “3 Days in May”

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The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering 3 days of professional development workshops and discussions from Tuesday, May 14th – Thursday, May 16th. In order to make for the most useful and engaging lineup, we’d like to hear your ideas. Please send any suggestions to Get the most from your experience by helping to create it!


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

General Announcements

Got Stress? Wellness Counseling Available

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If the start of the semester has been a little stressful, remember all 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.

Theater Auditions – January 31

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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)

6:00-7:00pm – Ghost Sonata
7:15-9:00pm – Pluma & The Tempest

**Audition for one or stay for both! All students welcome!**

GHOST SONATA: A collaborate movement piece! Those invited to participate will have the opportunity to work with Sod House Theater Company and Black Label Movement.
Rehearsals: Feb 11-Mar 12
Performances: Mar 13-14

PLUMA & THE TEMPEST: A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism that poetically explores themes of violence, trauma, homelessness and resisting oppression.
Rehearsals: Feb 4-Apr 4
Performances: Apr 5-14

Augsburg named in 25 top LGBTQ Friendly Colleges of 2019

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College Consensus, a unique new college review aggregator, has recognized Augsburg University in our survey of the 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges of 2019.
College Consensus works to bring attention to schools that other ranking publishers overlook – which is why College Consensus is featuring 25 LGBTQ Friendly Colleges of 2019.

As College Consensus notes, “Students of the LGBTQ community often need additional support as statistics show many of them continue to face discrimination and hostility at home, school, the workplace, and broader society. Providing an educational environment that recognizes the particular challenges these students face is crucial to their long-term well-being.”

Congrats to Augsburg and thanks to Michael Grewe for leadership, and to Augsburg students, faculty and staff.

Last Chance to Share Your Story for the Sesquicentennial Musical

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Come and help us create a new work of Music-Theater about the Augsburg community, past and present, to be performed in the Fall of 2019 in celebration of the Sesquicentennial. We are gathering stories to build a narrative that reflects the “real” Augsburg – its heritage, identity, highs and lows. The final two Story Circles will be held: Monday, January 28th, 5-6:30pm in East Commons, and Thursday, January 31st, 2-3:30pm in OGC 100. Please rsvp at the Story Circle link below, or email Sonja Thompson at:

For more information about the Sesquicentennial Musical, please check out our website:

Story Circle

Vocation Seminar/Book Study at Augsburg – Space is Limited

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Professor Mark Tranvik will facilitate a four-session group seminar/book study on vocation. Using Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, seminar participants will explore how they can use their gifts and talents in service to others, learn about the history of vocation at Augsburg, and hear from others who will share their vocational journeys. Our co-sponsors, The Christensen Center for Vocation, The Center for Teaching and Learning and Human Resources are delighted to be able to cover the cost of lunch and the book for this series.

This series will take place on February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the East Commons, Christensen Center.

Space is limited – register soon!

Vocation Seminar Registration

Meet with a TIAA Advisor in February

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, February 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Riverside Room, 2nd Floor, Christensen Center

Thursday, February 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
OGC 103, Oren Gateway Center

You can use the link below to sign up or call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Space is limited, so please register soon!

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Schedule an appointment by clicking here!

Earn Service Hours Judging Middle School Debates

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Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate.
Earn Service Hours Using Your Skills as a Volunteer Debate Judge.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, needs a few excellent folks to judge middle school debates this spring.

No experience? No problem. We train judges at the beginning of 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:

Volunteers will judge two rounds of debate from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

• January 10th – Central High School
• January 16th – Central High School
• January 17th – Barton Open School
• January 29th – North HS
• February 7th – Roosevelt HS
• February 13th – Washington Technology MS
• February 21st – Washburn HS
• February 28th – North HS
• March 5th – Edison HS
• March 7th – University of Minnesota
• March 20th – University of Minnesota
• March 21st – University of Minnesota

Stay tuned for our Spanish Debate & Somali Debate dates!

Visit us: Foss Office 18 at Augsburg University |
(612) 330-1730

Volunteer With Us

Thank You for Attending the Day of Action

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Faculty, Staff, and Students, thank you to everyone who attended the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action”. We would love to hear your thoughts about the morning’s activities. Please take time to fill out the evaluation form linked below, so we can consider your thoughts and ideas in planning future events.

Day of Action Evaluation Form

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for January

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at

Event Announcements

Staff Appreciation Program—March 7

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Each year, Augsburg University’s Staff Senate hosts a special event where staff are recognized for years of service, completion of the Diversity and Inclusion certificate program, and outstanding contributions to the campus community. The event includes refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a “candy bar.”

2019 Staff Appreciation Program
Thursday, March 7
3–4:30 p.m. | Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

More details

Assessment Day Workshops

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Assessment Day is February 26th from 10:50 am – 12:50 pm! Departments are encouraged to use this time to discuss or work on their annual assessment project. The Assessment Committee will also be conducting three workshops this year. Descriptions of the workshops are available in the RSVP link below. Lunch will be provided, so please fill out the form if you plan to attend.

RSVP for Assessment Day

2 weeks, 8 credits – study in the Netherlands in May

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A handful of spaces are still available on the summer study abroad program

May 18- June 2, 2019

Take two courses for a total of 8 credits. Choose one ART and one HIS course:
+ HIS 195 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands, fulfills Humanities requirement, OR
+ HIS 440 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands,

+ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts requirement, OR
+ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography​​
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement

This program will introduce students to one of the most innovative countries in the world — the Netherlands – through the prism of history and photography. Despite its small size, the Netherlands is producing ground-breaking approaches to transportation, water management, food & agriculture, and social policies on sex & drugs. In the digital photography class, we will explore the Netherlands, and more specifically Amsterdam, through a viewfinder. As we develop our photographic skills, we will ask such questions as: How do we approach taking photographs of one of the most explored cities in the world? In what ways can historical knowledge enlarge our perspective? How will we apply our own point of view to this exploration?

Program Cost: $5,499
Includes tuition, airfare, hotel, meals, and all program activities and excursions in the Netherlands.

Learn more and apply online!

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

Summer in Puerto Rico – 2 week course in May (scholarships available)

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

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. You will have a chance to learn how artists, art organizations, activists and members of various communities in Puerto Rico use, or are dedicated to, creating art that engages issues of social justice. As Puerto Rico faces a brutal financial crisis, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, its residents have found creative ways to foster possibility and claim social justice.

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!

2 weeks in Hawaii – study Astronomy on the Big Island in 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!!!

Norwegian Film Screening: Wednesday, January 30 at 6 pm

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Interested in foreign films? From Norway?

Well we have good news for you. Norway Hub and the Communications, Film & New Media Studies are co-sponsoring screenings this spring semester in partnership with Norway House 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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