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What Brings You Light?

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What brings you light?

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

MLK, Jr. Day of Action – Repeat Sessions

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Over the next few weeks, CTL will be repeating several of the sessions originally offered during the Day of Action. The first opportunity to catch a session you might have missed is this Wednesday at 3:40 in OGC 100 – “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.” For more information on this session as well as upcoming events, please visit the CTL website.

While on the website, consider checking out the teaching resources and classroom consultants.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching Tip Tuesday

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This site is home to research, articles, and teaching tips related to Racial Equity. In addition, it offers tools including strategic plans, as well as the ability to evaluate progress and results. You can also connect with others, ask questions, and share ideas.

Teaching Tip Tuesdays fall on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month. You can also watch for Tech Tip Tuesdays on the First and Third Tuesdays. Find more resources in the link below.

Teaching Tips and Recources

Tomorrow: 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: Tomorrow (February 27th) – 3:40-5:00
Where: OGC 100


Innovative Experiential Education Strategies: Thursday

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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


Bodies and Embodiment in Queer Theologies

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Religion professor Mary Lowe will share how familiar Christian categories and concepts like the Bible, the human person, God, sin, and relationships take on new and fluid meanings when located within the discipline of emerging queer theologies.

Lunch will be provided, so RSVP soon.

Wednesday, March 6th | Speaking of Scholarship with Mary Lowe | 12:30-1:40 pm, Marshall Room

RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Mary Lowe

General Announcements

NCAA Final Four Games – Hiring

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US Bank Stadium is looking to fill full/part-time positions with the food services department during the NCAA Final Four Games. US Bank Stadium is having a hiring event on Thursday, February 28 and would like to invite anyone that is interested to apply.

Review our open positions and apply: This link is case sensitive and if typed in, it is typed into the ‘browser’ bar, not the ‘search’ function bar.

The pay range is $11.00 – $20.00 depending upon experience. Employees from the games that are in good standing will be invited to work for us for future events – including the 2019 Vikings season.


Save lots of time and apply online at –

Tell us you are coming and register for an interview –

$5 for staff, faculty, and students

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We are looking for staff, faculty, and/or students willing to take 10 minutes to participate in a psychological study. This study looks at criminal justice procedures. Participants are able to obtain one course credit (when applicable) or $5 for participation. Research will be conducted in Hagfors 252. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Ellenburg at or Donovan Paz at to set up an appointment, or ask questions.

Leadership Award 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.

Employer tabling: Summer Camp Job – Wayzata Community

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Representatives from Wayzata Community Church will be on campus tabling on Tuesday, February 26th from 10:30-12:30 in the lobby of the Christensen Center. Stop by to learn more about their summer jobs.

They are hiring faith-centered, college-aged young adults for all positions their 2019 Summer Camp in Annandale, MN (June 1-July 30). They offer overnight camps — 3 sessions for high school students, 3 sessions for middle-school students and 2 sessions for children in grades 3-6.

See the website for full position descriptions.

Search openings

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

Open Position in Multicultural Student Services: Program Assistant

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Multicultural Student Services has an open position for a Program Assistant. This position is being posted internally only and can be accessed through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks: Internal Job Postings. The posting will remain active through Monday, March 4, 2019.

Open Position in Human Resources: Administrative Assistant

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Human Resources has an open position for an Administrative Assistant at a .75 FTE. This position is being posted internally only and can be accessed through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks: Internal Job Postings. The posting will remain active through noon on Friday March 1st.

Historian speaking on Honduras, Friday, March 1st

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Friday, March 1st
Marshall Room, Christensen Center
Dr. Dana Frank will be visiting MN and coming to Augsburg as part of a Midwest tour with Witness for Peace. She is professor emerita from the University of California Santa Cruz and Honduran expert. Dana is a well known scholar and author of many books including “Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America” and recently released a new book titled, “The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup.

Work Connections for Adult Undergrad Business Majors

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center will give an overview of Work Connections before your Thursday class.

Work Connections will satisfy the Augsburg Experience requirement for your degree. In addition to the presentation, Faculty from the Business Department will be joining us to engage you in conversation. This is a prime opportunity to build your professional network and learn about an important component of your curriculum.

When? Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time? 5pm to 5:50pm
Where? Oren Gateway Center, Room 111
Note: This event is for Business Majors ONLY in the Adult Undergraduate program.
A light meal will be served.

Please RSVP by selecting Yes or No in the Google calendar invite you received.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Work Connections

Resume Resources for All Adult Undergrad Business Majors

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center will give an overview of important information about your Resume & Cover Letters (things every working professional should know). They will show where the resources are located and how easy it is to use them.

This could be the most important information you need to land your next position or get that coveted promotion at the office. In addition to the presentation, Faculty will be joining us to engage you in conversation. This is a great opportunity to connect with the Strommen Career & Internship Center, faculty at the university, and other students (did I mention we have food at the event?).

When? Monday, March 4, 2019
Time? 5pm to 5:50pm
Where? Hagfors Center, Room 150A

A light dinner will be served.

Please RSVP for the event by Wednesday, February 28, 2019. You can easily RSVP by selecting Yes or No in the Google calendar invite you received via email.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Strommen Center

Funding Opportunity Announcements for Faculty Research

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We are pleased to share the below grant announcements, which may be of relevance to faculty interests. If you would like to apply, please contact Lauren Causey, Manager of Sponsored Research (; ext. 1184).

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities
Funding Program: NEH Fellowships
Amount: Max of $60,000 (12 months); minimum of $5,000 (1 month).
Deadline: April 10, 2019
Purpose: **NEH encourages applicants to consider the impact—both immediate and long term—of the momentous events of 1776. We invite applications that explore the role of the Declaration of Independence and other foundational documents in the making of U.S. history. In addition, we welcome applications that explore the experiences of states and communities beyond the original colonies in joining the nation, since they have their own stories of becoming part of the United States. We also invite applications examining the stories and contributions of under-represented communities in our nation’s history.
**NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture, as well as projects that advance civic education and knowledge of America’s core principles of government.
**NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.

Sponsor: Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation
Funding Program: Faculty-Post-Doctoral Fellows program
Amount: up to $20,000 USD across two years
Deadline: April 1, 2019
November 1, 2019
Purpose: Areas of interest to the Fund are studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems.

Support for Students with Personal Concerns Affecting School

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Students, are you struggling with something that is affecting your ability to do your best work as a student, but don’t know where to go for support? Please check out the Student Support Guide to identify resources for support (on campus and in the community) when you are dealing with personal concerns that may be affecting your well-being. The Guide Includes information on Alcohol/Drug Problem, Anxiety/Stress Management, Depression, Eating Disorder, Family Problems, Gambling, Grief & Loss, Relationship Violence, Self-Injury When Distressed, Sexual Assault & Stalking, Social Life, Suicidal Thoughts, Support Groups, and Unplanned Pregnancy. The Student Support Guide can be found in the “A-Z Directory”, on the Student Affairs webpage, or on the Moodle Resources tab.

To access the guide, make sure you are logged into your Augnet account.

Student Support Guide

One week left to apply for public leadership 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

Subscribe to the Study Abroad & Away Newsletter

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Sign up for the Study Abroad & Away Monthly Newsletter to get updates from the Center for Global Education and Experience. We will have information about upcoming programs, deadlines, events, feature stories about students who’ve gone abroad, and resources for students who are still thinking about study abroad or returning. There’s something for everyone!

Sign up for the Newsletter here!

Share your Study Abroad/Away Story

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How was your experience on a Study Abroad or Away Program? Would you like to share your experience and maybe a few photos with your fellow Auggies? Auggies go on programs all over the world on short and long programs–share your story, give advice, or simply give us some feedback on how your program went.

Share your study abroad story here!

Augsburg Leadership application

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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 admitted 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.

Event Announcements

TODAY: Networking Event

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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

LSAMP North Star STEM Funding for Experimental Biology Conference

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Join the Experimental Biology (EB) community in Orlando, Florida April 6-9, 2019!

“EB is the largest and most prestigious interdisciplinary meeting of its kind. Life sciences and biomedical researchers from all over the world meet to network and share cutting-edge research that leads to discoveries and career advancement. EB welcomes everyone with interest in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. EB 2019 offers:

-Access to five society meetings in one location with one registration fee
-More than 50 concurrent scientific sessions open to all attendees featuring the latest in life science disciplines.
-Opportunity to meet representatives from over 300 companies on the exhibit floor
-Over 5,000 poster presentations
-A diverse audience: 65 countries on average are represented”

Read more at:

Augsburg students who are underrepresented minority students in STEM may be eligible for funding to travel to this event through the LSAMP North Star STEM Alliance. Students wishing to travel must be in good academic standing and be able to accomodate time away from classes and labs.

To express an interest in attending this conference, please fill out the following “EB: I’m interested!” Google Form by February 28.

Questions? Please email Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs:

Interest Form for EB Conference

A Day in the Life of Social Media

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You are invited to the next Augsburg Business Organization meeting featuring an alumni guest speaker. DJ Hamm ’08 who is a leader in Social Media and Earned Media at Securian Financial will be speaking on the variety of tasks involved in the day in the life of a social media leader at a Fortune 500 company. Learn about his current job and his career path since leaving Augsburg.

Thursday, February 28th 5 to 6 pm

Location: Hagfors 351

Free pizza provided by ABO!

ABO Facebook Event

AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock

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Augsburg Native American Film Series and Myron Dewey present Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock on March 29, 2019. The film AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.” Myron Dewey ( Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band and Temoke Shoshone)–filmmaker, professor, historical trauma trainer and journalist–will present the film, which he worked on, and talk about what has happened since the action and to the water protectors and other Indigenous activists.

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Assessment Day: Learn about new assessment technology

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Please join us in Oren 111 starting at 11am on Tuesday, 2/26 for an introduction to the university’s new assessment software, Watermark and Aqua. Watermark offers departments new ways to structure, track, and report out on their yearly assessment efforts. Aqua is a flexible cloud-based platform for easily scoring student work. These systems are available now to interested departments, and will be introduced to the full campus over the coming years. Lunch will be served following the talk.


Students, You Could Win a $25 Bookstore Gift Card

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The Augsburg Assessment Committee values your participation in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and encourages you to take the time to provide your feedback about your experience at Augsburg. To show you how much we value your participation, we have reserved a computer lab in Sverdrup during Assessment Day tomorrow (Tuesday, February 26). All students who take the NSSE during this time will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards from the Augsburg Bookstore. If you can’t make it to SVE 201 during this time, please still complete the NSSE. You will receive three invitations to participate over the next several weeks.

The NSSE gives you an opportunity to provide feedback on your campus experience. Take the NSSE between 10:50 am and 12:50 pm tomorrow (February 26th) in SVE 201 and be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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