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What brings you light?

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Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars, a group of students who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action, are organizing a campus wide art project focused on the question: “What brings you light?” This is an ambiguous prompt, as our goal is to engage with folks from many different religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds and to showcase what is the “light” in our lives despite our different beliefs.

We ask the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light, and to photograph if they are able. Perhaps it is a beloved pet, a significant other, a spice rack because you love cooking, a pocket bible, a special place you spend time in, etc. If it is not something you’re able to photograph, a selfie would be a great submission! Please send appropriate content, as these photos will be displayed on campus.

We are also asking for an audio clip with your photo submission. You can talk about what your light is or answer one of the following questions the Interfaith Scholars has compiled. Please send your photo submission to You may submit a text description or an audio recording between 30 seconds and 90 seconds long answering any of these questions:
– What brings you light?
– What brings you meaning?
– What brings you joy?

Please feel free to interpret the question in whatever way resonates with you. Be creative, be spontaneous, and be intentional. Please let us know if you have any questions on this art project or are unsure on how to complete the submission.

We look forward to seeing (and hearing!) from you.

Augsburg Interfaith Scholars

Augsburg Asian Student Association Hosts Cultural Exploration: Japanese American History

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Hello Augsburg Community! AASA invites all students, faculty, and staff to AASA’s 4th Cultural Exploration.

The Augsburg Asian Student Association’s Cultural Exploration purposes are to explore a culture in the Pan-Asian community in a variety of ways to educate our members and to have a better understanding of a Pan-Asian culture.

Cultural Exploration: Japanese American History will take place during AASA’s 10th General Meeting from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in room Hagfors 150A on February 18th, 2019.
AASA is happy to announce that we have invited Augsburg Faculty Andrew L Aoki, Professor, Chair of Political Science and Sabo Fellow, to present on Japanese American History. AASA will also be having guest speaker Sally Sudo, from the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Education Committee, who will be speaking on their lived experience through the Japanese Internment camp during World War II.

This can be a heavy topic for some people, so we ask that you come with intentionality to learn and respect what the presenters have to share.

We hope to see everyone join us on the 18th of February.

AASA’s 10th General Meeting Facebook Event :

Andrew L Aoki :

Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Education Committee :

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

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. The nomination deadline is February 20th.

Teaching and Learning Awards

“Data Visualization as an Ethical Act” Video Link

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Check out the link below for a recording of the fascinating EDTalk done by John Zobitz in December.

Original Description:
Data visualization is not a new concept, but in today’s data-rich world we rely on visualization to make meaningful connections to our professional work and personal lives. How do we discern the intent and intentionality of a data visualization? This presentation will showcase visualizations spanning from the 19th century to today and beyond.

Remember, the EDTalks take place from 3:20-3:35 in the HC 151 just prior to the faculty meetings. Next up is Diane Pike with, “Long Live the Lecture!” on Wednesday, February 20th.

“Data Visualization as an Ethical Act”

General Announcements

Apply for the 2019-2020 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Current students with sophomore or junior status who plan to study on campus all of the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is March 4, 2019.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Earn Service Hours and Judge Debates at the East African Debate Initiative

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Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate.
Use Your Skills as a Volunteer Judge for the East African Debate Initiative

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, needs a few excellent folks to judge East African Debate Initiative. In this program, middle and high school students in the Twin Cities compete, learn, and discuss issues facing the East African community.

No debate 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.

April 17th | Location TBD
May 1st | Location TBD
May 15th | Location TBD

To learn more, visit us: Foss Office 18 at Augsburg University | Contact:
(612) 330-1730

Volunteer With Us

Use Your Skills Volunteering With the Spanish Debate League

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Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate.
Use Your Skills as a Volunteer Judge for the Spanish Debate League

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, needs a few excellent folks to judge the Spanish Debate League. In this program, middle and high school students in the Twin Cities compete, learn, and discuss issues they are passionate about.

No debate 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!

Dates to volunteer:

Wednesday April 17
Wednesday May 1
Wednesday May 15

To learn more, visit us: Foss Office 18 at Augsburg University | Contact:
(612) 330-1730

Volunteer With Us

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society application now open

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Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. Students will also be nominated for the Marina Christensen Justice Award, given out at Commencement. (

Applications are due on Thursday, March 14 at 5pm. Recipients will be honored at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society nominations are now open

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Nominations for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:( Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Congratulations Outstanding Staff Nominees

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Staff Senate would like to congratulate and recognize those nominated for the Outstanding Staff and Outstanding Newcomer Award. The winners of the awards will be announced at the Staff Appreciation Event on Thursday, March 7th from 3–4:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Outstanding Staff Nominees:
• Amanda Burgess
• Beth Carlson
• Mike Christianson
• Dianne Detloff
• Kristina Fruge
• Stephen Jendraszak
• Katie Koch Code
• Bryan Massich
• Kirsten O’Brien
• Kim O’Flaherty
• Eric Pegues
• Lisa Raetz
• Jennifer Simon
• Jenny Wheatley
• Ann Marie Yacobucci

Outstanding Newcomer Nominees:
• Jack Hein
• Seth Rueter
• Gita Sitaramiah
• Stewart Van Cleve

Thank you to all of those who nominated these outstanding staff members. We hope to see you all at the event!

Staff Appreciation Event Details

Staff Length of Service Awards—Check list

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Thursday, March 8th Augsburg staff who celebrated a work anniversary of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, or 35 years during the calendar year 2018 will be recognized at the Staff Appreciation Event from 2-4 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel. All staff are invited to join us in celebrating these milestones as well as the nominees for the Outstanding Staff Awards.

If anyone on this list has corrections or if you feel you should be included, please email

5—Xia Xiong-Vang
5—Denielle Stepka
5—Mark Matich
5—Casey Jarvela
5—Rachel Svanoe
5—Lisa Stock
5—Amy Alkire
5—Emily Glynn
5—Bonnie Tensen
5—Charles Scott
5—Karen Kaivola
5—Kathryn Knippenberg
5—Tesfaye Kelborie
5—Kathleen Matthews
5—Thomas Annett Jr.
5—Catherine Maun
5—Ilze Vogel
5—Abby Johnson Schnedler
5—Christy Mattingly
5—Kathryn Hahn
5—Rebecca Ganzel Thompson
5—Aaron Jarson
5—Justin Lind-Ayres
5—Efa Ateya
10—Nathan Hallanger
10—David St Aubin
10—Stephen Peacock
10—Timothy Amborn
10—James Matthias
10—Josef Fortier
10—Kelly Anderson Diercks
10—Leah Spinosa de Vega
10—Michael Grewe
10—Lara Crombie
10—Joanne Reeck
10—Maria Tavera
15—Mulu Erana
15—Sandra Fevig
15—Ronald Kurpiers
15—Sherilyn Young
20—Ann Garvey
20—Sonja Hagander
25— Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

Thank you, Staff Senate 2018–19

Schedule your Graduation Advising appointment

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Are you planning to graduate in Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020? Do you need help with filling out your Graduation Application forms?

If you answered YES to both, then schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor to complete your Graduation Advising!

Go to our Advising Website:, find your Academic Advisor, and use our online scheduler to make a Graduation Advising appointment.

Who’s my Academic Advisor?
Login to with your username and password
Click on “Records and Registration”
Click on “Student Info/Contacts”
Your Academic Advisor’s name is listed on your LEFT hand screen. (You can click on their hyperlink name to see their contact)

Academic Advising is taking photos of students who complete their Graduation Advising forms with our Advising backdrop to add to our social media! Take selfies with us and hashtag #AugsburgAdvising!

Questions? Contact Academic Advising at 612-330-1025 or email

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 5th

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 15. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 5th (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact

URGO Website

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2019

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2019 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2020 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2020. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2020.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

McNair Website

Event Announcements

Networking- Tips, Tricks, Practice an Evening with Alumni

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Wondering what networking is? Never been to a networking event?

Students are invited to join alumni on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. in the Hagfors Center.

Reasons why you should attend:

*Learn from Auggie experts who have used networking to further their career.
*Get advice on ways to feel comfortable with networking and how to put your best foot forward in professional situations.
*Practice your networking with Auggies from all professions and ages, and start to build a network in a safe and supportive environment.

The evening will consist of a panel discussion and mingling with alumni.

Panel Moderator, Matt Shannon 04′ – Medtronic
Deb Krueger Knight ’82, Founder Career Professionals
Janice Gladden ’12, Target Corporation
Mike Cunningham ’10, Richfield Middle School
Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’11 MBA, United Health Care

Registration is free and open to all students! All majors and students are welcome! Light snacks will be provided.

Register on Handshake

Last Chance to Register: MN Private Colleges’ 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.

Attend a Prep Session
*In person: Job Fair Prep Sessions are listed on Handshake in Events on the
_Friday, February 15th or Monday, February 18th
(10:40 – 11:00, Strommen Center)

*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

FAFSA & MN Dream Act Completion Workshop

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The Multicultural Student Services and Student Financial Services are holding a FAFSA completion workshop in order to assist students in completing their FAFSA applications. Students should be sure to bring their 2017 taxes/W-2s, parent’s 2017 taxes/W-2s and their FSA ID login. Computers will be available for use but students are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Wednesday, February 13th 4:00-5:30pm.
Sverdrup 201

For any questions about the event contact the MSS office at & 612-330-1087 or the Student Financial Services office at & 612-330-1046.

Study Abroad & Away Fair – Friday, February 15

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Come learn about hundreds of off-campus study programs available to Auggies! Programs are around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit each student!

Pick up program brochures, ask questions, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you! Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too!

Join us:
Friday, February 15
10:30 – 2:30, Christensen Center

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

Focused Conversations on the Strommen Center Initiative: TODAY

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The February Focused Conversation will feature Katie Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer, and Lee George, Executive Director of the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work discussing the Strommen Center Initiative. This initiative is to develop a comprehensive plan for the Strommen Center, positioning workforce readiness and alignment as one strategic focus of the Augsburg2025 plan.

Wed, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., Hagfors150

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

All Hands page

HWT’s Hlub(Love) *RSVP Deadline Extended*

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Hlub (Love) is here to give Hmong women and their allies an opportunity to empower a woman and/or an inspirational figure(Guest Of Honor) in their life by participating in an intentional and intimate setting where they could express their gratitude to them.

If you choose to Honor someone, there will be time delegated for you, who RSVP’d, to express your gratitude to your Guest Of Honor. Please prepare a letter for you to read to them on the night of.
If you choose not to Honor anyone, please come with your support.

Please join us by RSVP-ing if you hope to attend. Only current Augsburg Students and Augsburg Alumni may RSVP. We have limited spots for RSVP’s (with a Guest of Honor). First Come First Serve! The Guest Of Honors may be a non-Augsburg community member. One guest per RSVP please!

Dress-Code: Semi-Formal
Location: Marshall Room
Address: 720 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Food: Will be provided

RSVP here:
**DEADLINE to RSVP: 02.13.19 11:59pm**

Want more information or have any questions? Feel free to contact Bobbie Thao ( or Nan Vang (
Feel free to refer to Hlub’s fb event page as well!

Click here for Hlub’s fb event page

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search – February 16 – Register today

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Join us at the 5th annual Jump Start Your STEM Job Search!

Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

This event is perfect for all STEM majors – first year students to seniors. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to:

-Network with STEM industry professionals
-Attend career-oriented workshops
-Gain insights from STEM panelists
-Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
-Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

We welcome Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as our keynote speaker. HabitAware’s Keen smart bracelet “Retrains The Brain.” Keen creates awareness of hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting, debilitating mental health conditions. Having grown up with hair pulling disorder, Aneela is now an outspoken mental health advocate. HabitAware is a HAX hardware accelerator alumnus and recently received an NIH research grant. Her life’s work (HabitAware) has been featured as a TIME Magazine 2018 Best Invention and in BuzzFeed, SELF Magazine, The Washington Post, Prevention Magazine and more.

No cost to attend. Breakfast and lunch included.

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register Today!

HabitAware: Winner of Meda’s $1 Million Challenge speaks at Augsburg University February 16

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“HabitAware, a local tech startup developing a smart awareness tracker called Keen to stop behaviors like hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking, took home the top prize at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s (Meda) $1 Million Challenge startup competition Wednesday.

As the first place winner in the $1M Challenge, Minneapolis-based HabitAware will receive $400,000 to advance its business.”

Read more at:

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search welcomes Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as its keynote speaker. Jump Start offers opportunities to:

-Network with STEM industry professionals
-Attend career-oriented workshops
-Gain insights from STEM panelists
-Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
-Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

Join us!
Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

Register for Jump Start Your STEM Job Search today!

Keeping Track of Auggies

3 Auggies Selected for National Fellowship in Public Policy

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Three Augsburg rising seniors were selected for the nationally competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in 2019. This seven-week program prepares students for graduate school in public policy and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service at five of the top public policy schools in the country. Not only is this summer program fully-paid, but it promises a minimum of $5,000 scholarship to a consortium of public policy graduate schools.

Natalya Arevalo, Political Science and Philosophy, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Noah Greenfield, Political Science, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Abdul Sharif, Political Science and International Relations, will be attending Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

Only 20% of applicants receive the PPIA award. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement!

3 Auggies named Fulbright Semi-Finalists and Advance in Competition

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Two Augsburg alumni and one current student were named Semi-Finalists for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships abroad. Reaching semi-finalist status means that one’s application has passed the first round of evaluation and will receive further consideration by the host country. In a competition with more than 10,000 applicants per year, being named semi-finalist is an impressive honor! The Semi-Finalists include:

Madeline Kinn ‘18, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Czech Republic

Emily Knudson ’15, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Brazil

Emilie Tomas ‘19, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Indonesia

If you are a junior or senior and would like to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program, go to and attend one of URGO’s information sessions this spring! Dates of these sessions will be advertised in March.


Need a weekend or evening babysitter?

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I’m Natalie Jacobson– I work in the Sabo Center as this year’s Campus Kitchen Coordinator through Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). If anyone needs an occasional weekend or evening babysitter and lives in Minneapolis, feel free to contact me at I have lots of experience working with kids of all ages!