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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

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!

The Ethics of Tension: Applications of Buddhist-Postmodern Ethics

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Presenter: Dr. Jin Y Park, Visiting Batalden Scholar

Workshop description: This interdisciplinary workshop for faculty and staff is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Buddhist and postmodern ethics, and to apply this knowledge to your discipline. The workshop will begin with an overview on Buddhist and postmodern ethics that builds on Dr. Park’s Batalden convocation. From there, participants will apply Buddhist-postmodern ethics to case examples in small groups (by discipline). Interdisciplinary discussions will follow. A continental breakfast will be served. (Participants may earn three social work CEUs.)

(*Note: Participants should bring a specific ethic issue and/or ethical dilemma for this small group work).

RSVP by emailing (and include “workshop RSVP” in the subject line) to by February 21st. Please also indicate if you would CEUs. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today.

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

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


Innovative Experiential Education Strategies

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Innovative Experiential Education Strategies. There are a variety of ways to incorporate experiential learning into a course. Join CTL and the Sabo Center as we hear faculty (Darcey Engen, Matt Maruggi, and Ben Stottrup) talk about their successes and challenges with different experiential learning strategies from field trips and guest speakers to semester-long projects–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


Two Days to Nominate for the 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 deadline for nominations is this Wednesday, February 20th. Information and the nomination form can be found in the link below.

Teaching and Learning Awards

Assessment Day is Near

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Next Tuesday, February 26th is Assessment Day. The Assessment Committee will be offering three workshops in OGC from 10:50-12:50.

Learning Outcomes Workshop : 11:00 – 11:30 OGC 100
Curriculum Mapping Workshop: 12:00 – 12:30 OGC 100
Writing Data, Watermark, & Aqua: 11:00 – 11:30; 12:00 – 12:30 OGC 111

Lunch will be provided from 11:30-12:00, so RSVP if you plan to attend!

Assessment Day RSVP

EDTalk This Wednesday Afternoon

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Just prior to Wednesday’s faculty meeting, you can hear Diane Pike give her talk, “Long Live the Lecture”. Grab your coffee and come to HC 151 at 3:20.

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

Zoom: Meeting ID 965-258-110

If you missed the December EDTalk with John Zobitz, you can click the link below to watch a recording.

Data Visualization as an Ethical Act

General Announcements

Terrance Kwame-Ross: Empathy in Education, S2E4 of The Augsburg Podcast

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The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff. We hope this is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Subscribe on Itunes.

Listen Here to Terrance Kwame-Ross: Empathy in Education

Curricular Inclusion Study

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Day Students,

If you have already completed the Curricular Inclusion Survey, thank you so much for taking the time to do so! Your feedback and input are valuable to us. If you have not yet done so, this notice is intended as a friendly reminder. Check your email for the survey and follow the link.

Because we deeply respect the time it takes to complete the survey, those who do so will automatically be entered into a raffle for one of eight gift cards (four awards valued at $25 and four awards valued at $50).

Today is National Battery Day

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This is a day to appreciate the convenience batteries provide to our everyday lives. Batteries can and should be recycled particularly lithium batteries which have been known to cause fires. Augsburg does not collect batteries for recycling yet, but don’t allow that to stop you. The link provided list nearby drop sites for batteries:

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

Summer Job Opportunity for Youth Theology Institute

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AYTI Mentors needed – apply this week for priority consideration! The Christensen Center for Vocation is looking for current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (AYTI).

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on Augsburg’s campus. This year’s theme is Stewarding Creation in our Neighborhoods: Science and Theology in Action, so if you are passionate about how these work together, this year’s program is for you! Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program. An AYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate Christian community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete ~22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of June 23-28, 2019. Interested in applying? Visit the Human Resources employment web page. Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at;jsessionid=A818FCF87167A52B7E00CA84F8A06C2D;jsessionid=5D6A05C45D8A5BA622C8F54CCED6CFB8?JOBID=107129&CNTRNO=0&TSTMP=1549469287218

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

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

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: 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 and pay the $12 on Handshake

Going to the Job & Internship Fair – Have your resume reviewed

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Are you attending the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 21st? If yes, don’t forget to stop by for a 15 minute resume review (no need to schedule) at the Strommen Career & Internship Services office. (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).

Drop In Hours week of February 18th: Monday- Wednesday – 10:00 -5:00

Register for the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

Politics of Empowerment February 21

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The 2018-2019 Sabo Scholars Present “The Politics of Empowerment” an event featuring facilitated round table discussions with elected officials focusing on getting marginalized communities involved in politics.

Event Info:
Date: Thursday 2/21
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Hagfors 151

Confirmed guests:
Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzaelz, first Latina mayor in Minnesota history
Mary Anne Quiroz, Candidate for St. Paul City council Ward 7
Kim Ellison, Clerk of Minnesota Board of Education
Latrisha Vetaw, Commissioner of Minneapolis Park Board

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Free Yoga on Wednesday

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Hello! My name is Elana and I am a certified yoga teacher. I will be offering a free class on Wednesdays from 11-11:45 in the Gundale Chapel in Hagfors. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. The yoga will be accessible to any level. Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. E-mail me if you have any questions:

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!