Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Scheduled Snow Removal: Lot B, Saturday, February 16th

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Augsburg has designated Saturday February 16th a snow removal day for Lot B. For the removal, all vehicles will need to be out of the lot before 6:00am on Saturday and remain out of the lot until 12:00 p.m.

If you normally park in Lot B we ask that during this time you move your vehicle to lot D or L. After 12:00 p.m. on Saturday you can move your vehicle back to lot B.

Please note that any vehicles left in Lot B at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday are subject to immediate towing.

Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact DPS at 612-330-1717.

Teaching and Learning

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

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 at the “Interfaith Art Project Showcase” on April 4th in the Gundale Chapel, located in Hagfors from 5pm-8pm.

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

Dental Student Panel

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The Pre-Dental Club is hosting a Dental Student Panel on:

Tuesday, February 19th
Hagfors 152
6 pm

Meet current and entering dental students who will share their expertise and experiences about becoming competitive applicants to dental school, the AADSAS application, personal statements, and how to be academically successful.

Please email if you have any questions. We highly encourage you to attend if you are thinking about dental school. Pizza will be provided!

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 :

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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Join Audrey Lensmire, Rachel Lloyd, and Jennie Diaz in this CTL session that will historicize and describe Dr. Ladson-Billing’s work on culturally relevant teachers and her ideas about student learning, cultural competency, and sociopolitical consciousness. How might we think differently about freedom and safety on campus and in the classroom? How do we create certain kinds of communities of learners? What does it mean to teach and to learn at Augsburg University in 2019?

When: February 27 – 3:40-5:00
Where: OGC 100


Teaching and Learning Awards

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Don’t forget to get your nominations in for the 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.

Further information about the Awards and the Nomination Form are in the link below. Nominations are due by February 20th, so get yours in today!

Teaching and Learning Awards

Hear About Innovative Experiential Education Strategies

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On February 28th from 2:00-3:00 pm, Darcey Engen, Matt Maruggi, and Ben Stottrup will talk about their successes and challenges with different experiential learning strategies from field trips and guest speakers to semester-long projects. Join CTL and the Sabo Center as we hear from these Faculty about what worked, what didn’t, what surprised them, and more!

Thursday, February 28th | Innovative Experiential Education Strategies | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Marshall Room

Diane Pike Will Give the Next EDTalk

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Make sure to arrive at HC 151 by 3:20 on Wednesday to hear “Long Live the Lecture!”: Everyone talks in class and doing so as effectively as possible is important. Focusing on interactive lecture pedagogy, this session introduces rationale for paying attention to lecture style and strategies for making it work.

The EDTalks take place just prior to the Faculty Meeting and are a great way to sit and enjoy your coffee, while you learn and become inspired. More information is available on the CTL page.

Wednesday, February 20th | EDTalk with Diane Pike | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151

Zoom: Meeting ID 965-258-110


General Announcements

Apply for 2019-2020 Public Leadership Scholars Programs

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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

Historic Photos of Campus Buildings through the Digital Archives

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Looking for downloadable images of campus buildings through the years? The digital archives recently launched an improved page that helps users find photos by building at High-resolution and lower-resolution versions are available.

Contact Kristin Anderson ( or Stewart Van Cleve ( with questions or requests.

Campus Buildings Image Archive

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

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 7th 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

Free tax clinics from Prepare + Prosper

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Prepare + Prosper’s free tax clinics opened on Saturday, January 26 and will run through April 15.

Visit to learn more, and make an appointment.

More than 550 volunteers will serve nearly 13,000 people with free tax preparation and financial services at nine locations in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Hopkins. Volunteers went through up to 20 hours of comprehensive education on the tax codes and new federal tax laws.

LSAMP – North Star STEM Alliance MnDRIVE Summer Research Program: apply by Feb. 25

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Underrepresented students in STEM can now apply for summer research under the NSF-funded MnDRIVE program.

To be eligible for the MnDRIVE program, students must:

-be a United States citizen or permanent resident
-be enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree program
-self-identify as a minority or underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific
Islander, Alaska Native)
-complete and submit all application materials by the deadline.

The MnDRIVE program represents a partnership between the Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and the North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA) to provide summer research internship experiences to undergraduates. MnDRIVE has summer internship opportunities in four general research areas: Robotics, Global Food, Environment and Brain Conditions. Students should be available for research during Summer 2019 and have access to housing in the Twin Cities metro area. The NSSA provides $4,500 for the research opportunity.

The MnDRIVE application deadline is Monday, February 25th, 2019. Faculty reference letters are due Monday, March 4th.

For more information and to apply, please see:

We encourage interested students to make an appointment with Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs to discuss program eligibility, the application process, and the North Star STEM Scholars program, in general before applying. To set up an appointment with Sabrina, please send an email to:

North Star STEM – MnDRIVE program

Event Announcements

HabitAware: Winner of Meda’s $1 Million Challenge speaks at Augsburg University TOMORROW – 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 head shot taken.

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

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 for Jump Start Your STEM Job Search today!

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search – TOMORROW, Saturday, February 16

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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

DOOR PRIZES! Register before 9:00AM for your chance to win $100!!!

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 head shot 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 now!

Attend a Prep Session for the 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 under Events
– Friday, February 15th or Monday, February 18th
(10:40 – 11:00, Strommen Center)

*Moodle Community – Strommen Career & Internship (Link is posted in Handshake within the Job & Internship Description)

*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

Evening with Alumni Networking- Tips, Tricks, & Practice

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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 5:30 -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

Study Abroad & Away Fair TODAY

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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 TODAY!
10:30 – 2:30, Christensen Center

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

The Screen & The Female Gaze – A Filmmaking Intensive

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Jila Nikpay will be teaching an immersive two-day workshop at FilmNorth, March 2 & 3.

The course begins by reviewing select films of women directors who are gifted at engaging their audience through the expressive moments of the everyday. Following this session, participants learn how to write, direct, and edit a short scene.

The workshop resumes by screening everyone’s work. This course is for those who want to be inspired and experience the excitement that goes with making a short film over a weekend.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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.

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!


Actors Needed

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3 actors needed for a scene from Caryl Churchill’s ‘The Skriker’.
ROLES: Three roles available both male and female. One non-speaking role available.
REHEARSALS: Wednesday and Friday evenings and some weekends.
PERFORMANCE: Must be available to perform March 26th or 28th between 11am-1:30pm.

Contact Liz Behnke ( with interest and questions.