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Augsburg GRE Summer Prep Course

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Augsburg University offers a four and a half week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (excluding Memorial Day)
May 13th – June 12th
Cost: $100 (includes 6-month subscription to online study tool, Magoosh)

Registration Form and Additional GRE Prep Course Info

Health Professions Schools Visiting Augsburg in April

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Meet with admissions representatives from the following health profession schools. Food will be provided. Please contact Catherina Kipper ( to RSVP or if you have questions.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Tuesday, April 9
Hagfors 151
6 pm
LECOM has locations in Pennsylvania and Florida; a choice of careers in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy; and a choice of student-centered learning styles for medicine including traditional and problem-based learning. Learn more about LECOM and applying to medical, dental, and pharmacy school.

Des Moines University
Wednesday, April 10
Hagfors 106
6 pm
Several alumni have attended DMU which offers clinical programs in osteopathic and podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy as well as masters programs in public health, health care administration, anatomy, and biomedical sciences.

St. George’s University
Thursday, April 11
OGC 100
12 pm
St. George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the Caribbean island of Grenada. SGU has MD, DVM, graduate, and dual degree programs. It is the number one provider of physicians to US residency positions. Learn more about applying to medical and veterinary medicine programs and what is sought in competitive applicants.

A.T. Still University
Thursday, April 11
Hagfors 106
6 pm
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences serves as a learning-centered university dedicated to preparing highly competent professionals with a commitment to its osteopathic heritage and focus on whole person healthcare, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity, and underserved populations. A.T. Still has programs in osteopathic medicine and dentistry in Missouri and Arizona.

World Drumming for all students, Fall 2019

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NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – no prior musical experience necessary.

Faculty Writing Retreat

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Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday and ends at 1:00 pm on Tuesday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members. If you are interested, please RSVP via the form below.

Sunday, May 19-Tuesday, May 21 | Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN (

RSVP for the Scholarly Writing Retreat

TOMORROW: Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum

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Participants will be learning to recognize various aspects of class-based values and how they play out in policies and practices both in and out of the classroom. Discussion will further focus on disrupting the class-based norms by exploring alternative ways of thinking and acting.

Wednesday, April 3rd | Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum | 3:10-4:20 pm, OGC 111


Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom

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Elaine Eschenbacher and Bob Groven will repeat their MLK, Jr. “Day of Action” session, in which participants will identify the advantages, disadvantages, and considerations for implementation of four potential policies on the use of racial slurs in a college classroom setting. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the use of racial slurs in an academic environment and the varied perspectives on it.

Monday, April 8th | Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom | 1:15-2:30 pm, OGC 100

Join URL:

RSVP for “The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom”

Tech Tip Tuesday: Inserting Zeros in Gradebook

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By default, only non-empty grades in the Moodle Gradebook are aggregated; the others are ignored. This means that if instructors want students to have an accurate understanding of their progress in a course, a value must be inserted into the points window. If students have not submitted an assignment, instructors need to insert a 0 (rather than leaving the place blank) to affect the final grade. See the link below for a quick way to add zeros for all students who haven’t already received a grade for an activity.
“Tech Tip Tuesdays” are posted on the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month. Watch for “Teaching Tip Tuesdays” on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. You can also find more tech resources at

Quick way to add zeros to gradebook

General Announcements

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!

Farewell to Melody Martagon-Geiger

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Melody Martagon-Geiger will be leaving Augsburg after ten (10!) years as academic advisor with TRIO Student Support Services and GST instructor. We appreciate Melody’s tireless commitment to students through advising, academic skills instruction, financial counseling, personal support and genuine care for all who were lucky enough to work with her over this decade. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend her send-off celebration on Melody’s last day at Augsburg, Friday, April 26 1:00-3:00 pm, OGC 100. There will be cake, and perhaps a few tears, as we wish Melody well in her next position as Assistant Director of Advising at St Olaf College.

Join next year’s Augsburg Day Student Government

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Are you interested in serving and advocating for the ideas, interests and concerns of your peers ? ?

Well, HURRY ‍♀️ and join Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG) ⚖️

Fill ✍ out the linked petition by Friday, April 5th and turn it in to Campus Life (Christensen Center Rooms 1B, 1C, 1D) or to any ADSG member!

Over the past year, we have been responsible for the following:
– managing $520,000 worth of student organization funds and environmental project grants
– facilitating the Metro Transit deal to provide unlimited bus and train access to all students for the next three years
– creating the Institutional Climate Resolution , which addressed 8 areas of concern (two of them encouraged the now-completed hiring of a full-time Chief Diversity Officer and full-time MSS staff!)

We also passed the Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution and the Protection of Transgender Students and Colleagues Resolution, worked with administrative leaders to bring hazardous needle disposals back to campus, implemented the Adopt-A-Bottle Program, created the Staff and Faculty of the Year Award , and completed many other projects.

On top of the allocation of funds and the initiation of new contracts and programs, we have successfully chartered 8 new student organizations that aims at serving newly-recognized groups of students on campus✊

This was all made possible by our different committees: Student Concerns ‍ , Environmental Action ‍ , Finance , Public Relations ‍ , Chartering & Commissioning , Elections ☑️, Awards , and Judicial ‍⚖️!

Thank you all and great luck with the rest of the semester

Augsburg Day Student Government Petition

Student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics

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Undergraduate day and AU students are strongly encouraged to complete the Student Survey – sent via email.

This survey is being administered by Augsburg University’s Equity in Athletics Task Force. Augsburg is committed to providing equal opportunities and effectively accommodating the athletic, recreational, and intramural interests and abilities of its students.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Results will be confidential.

The survey link is:

On behalf of the Equity in Athletics Task Force, thank you!

Matt Maruggi Selected to Participate in Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding

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We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor of Religion, Matt Maruggi, has been selected from a competitive national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Twenty-five faculty members will participate in the five-day Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar that will take place June 16–20, 2019, at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The seminar will be led by two leading scholars: Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses; and Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and former dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University. The program aims to broaden faculty members’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding through the development of new courses and resources.

“Interfaith dialog, although challenging, is essential for students who will live and work in an increasingly-diverse nation. Democratic participation is strengthened by mutual understanding among the many faith traditions shaping America today,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The faculty members who will participate in this seminar are up to that challenge,” Ekman added. “Their qualifications and achievements are most impressive.”

Congratulations, Matt!

For more information, visit

Student Support Guide

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Students, Faculty, & Staff: If a student is struggling with academic concerns, personal concerns, health concerns, or basic needs (like food and housing), the Student Support Guide is the place to go for a comprehensive listing of available supports, both on campus and in the community. The guide is arranged by topic/student need. If you haven’t already, please check it out. 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. The guide is in google doc format with a table of contents by topic/need.

Student Support Guide

Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup

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Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to attend this spring’s Christensen Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup, Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Physics Department, on Tuesday, April 9th from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Learn More and Register at:

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event. Also note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email before you add the event to your calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or

More about our speaker: Ben Stottrup
Ben Stottrup joined Augsburg’s Physics Department in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed a front row seat to watch and assist Augsburg’s science majors start their careers and pursue their own adventures. While at Augsburg, he has built a research lab focused on biomaterials, soft, and squishy interfaces. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, as well as private donors and foundations. In the classroom, he has taught across nearly the entire physics curriculum with a focus on how experiential education in science labs can build professional skills for students. Through his Science of Food and Cooking course he hopes to share his curiosity and interest in biomaterials to Augsburg’s wider community.

Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed

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Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed!

The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry are looking for volunteers for the Holy Hoops Basketball Tournament on Sunday, April 7th! This is an annual basketball tournament that Augsburg University hosts for churches in the area. It is always lots of fun for participants and volunteers alike!

There are 5 volunteer shifts and we encourage you to sign up for as many as you would like. These shifts are:

• Set-up: 10:45 am – 12 pm

• Shift 1: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

• Shift 2: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

• Shift 3: 3:45 pm – 6:15 pm

• Clean-up: 5:30 pm – 6:40 pm

*If you would like to help, but have a schedule conflict and cannot sign up for a specific time slot, please let us know and we would be more than willing to work with you!

The roles available are:

• Scorekeeper

• Timer

• 3-pt Competition Helper

• Court Host

• Go-fer / Runner / Where Needed

• Greeter / Hospitality

• Photographer

Volunteer Sign Up

Event Announcements

Faculty Conversations on Recruitment

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We invite you to provide input regarding faculty involvement in new student recruitment activities by participating in one or both of the following faculty conversations on recruitment.

Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Hagfors Center 150A
Thursday, April 4, 8:30 – 10:00 AM, Marshall Room, Christensen Center

We will have coffee available and you are welcome to come for whatever portion of the sessions that your teaching and work schedule accommodates. If you are unable to attend but have ideas to share, feel free to send an email to either one of us by April 5. This feedback will complement information gathered through the faculty survey.

As a reminder, one of the UC Enrollment Committees charges this spring is to strengthen the partnership between admissions/financial aid and faculty to recruit students to meet enrollment goals. The committee is working on an operational briefing that documents selected best practices/assessments for faculty to efficiently contribute to enrollment success. Your input is very valuable to the work of this committee. 

Rebekah Dupont and Matt Maruggi
Members of the University Counsel Enrollment Committee

Apply now for River Semester – Fall 2019

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Spend your Fall Semester traveling the length of the Mississippi River–from source to sea, with stops in St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and countless small communities along the way.

During the River Semester, all students take four courses, earning a total of 16 credits.

The experiential nature of this program is a key factor to learning. Between the actual paddling of the canoes, we will also have excursions to towns along the river, have guest speakers, and visit local organizations. These activities will tie in the subject matter with real-world experiences and stories.

Full financial aid applies., and students can also apply for one of the Pentair Scholarships, worth up to $3,000 toward the cost of the program.


To get a feel for some of what this experience is like, check out the short videos made by Kristy Ornelas, one of the students on the 2018 River Semester:

Learn more about courses and program features, and apply online

Interfaith Art Project Showcase

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The Interfaith Scholars are hosting the Interfaith Art Project Showcase in the Gundale Chapel (located 3rd floor of Hagfors) on Thursday, April 4th from 5pm-8pm. We asked the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light and submit their photos/text/voice. We will be displaying the submissions at the showcase, and providing snacks/refreshments! All are welcome to attend!

Run for ISO board: 2019-2020 ISO board election

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International Student Organization is looking for future board members in the next school year. The election will be on April 3 at Oyate Commons from 6 – 7 pm. Prepare your speech and be ready to take the lead!

There are totally six positions open:
-President (must be a international student)
As the President of ISO, you will be the main decision maker for things big or small, leading your team to plan and make all interesting events, collaborating
cross-functionally with other student organizations, faculty offices, and outside groups. During the whole year, you are the most important contributor to ISO’s development, and together with your team, leave another mark in ISO’s history.
-Vice-President (must be a international student)
As the Vice-President of ISO, you will be the second fiddle and a reliable assistant to the President. You will take the lead when necessary, and help forge a harmonious relationship in the board.
As the secretary, your main job is to keep board members informed of all kinds of information that is supposed to be delivered to everyone. You are also expected to organize board meetings and take notes.
-Communication Officer
As the Communication Officer, you will be the bridge between ISO and its active members, marketing and advertising events to Augsburg students. You are going to be in charge of social media and email box of ISO.
As the Treasurer, you will control the finance of ISO. All budget and cash flows have to go through you at the end, and not going anywhere until you approved.
-Study Abroad Liaison
As the Study Abroad Liaison, you will play a big role in facilitating the relationship between ISO and Study Abroad Office. You will be needed to use your intelligence to come up with ideas to showcasing the impact of studying abroad and cultural exchange.

To contact us:
facebook: @ISOofAugsburgU

Come and join us!

Submit Questions ADSG Presidential Debate

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The Echo student newspaper and Augsburg Day Student Government will be hosting this years student body president and vice president debate. This form is a chance for students to submit potential questions (could be more than one) that the candidates will answer at the event. Please note that due to time constraints not all questions will be chosen.

Date : April 9th

Time: 7-9 PM

Location: Student Lounge, Christensen Center

Please fill out the link below:

Brave Space conversation – TODAY

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This morning, April 2, the Augsburg community will welcome local circle keepers, Jamie Williams and Raj Sethuraju, who will draw upon indigenous practices to offer “circle work” designed to heal and restore community in the aftermath of racial incidents and experiences of harm. Each brings extensive experience with this work. The session will create a space in which participants can authentically engage, listen, and learn from one another. This session builds on experiences that were offered during the MLK Day of Action by Professor Joaquin Munoz of the Department of Education, though there is no expectation that anyone who attends has participated in those sessions or has experiences with circle work.

All members of the Augsburg community – students, faculty, and staff – are invited to attend and join in this conversation, which will run from 9-11 am in the East Commons. Refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m.

Farewell Party for Lisa Stock

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Please join us for a Farewell Party for Lisa Stock, Director and Chief Human Resources Officer. We are very sad to see her leave, but appreciate all she has done and her remarkable service these past 5 1/2 years at Augsburg. The party will being at 1:30 p.m. with formal remarks at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center
Cake & Lemonade

Help us to wish Lisa well, and usher her on to her next adventure!

UC-Subcommittee Forum – Spring Session

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Join Staff Senate to hear goals, updates, and plans moving forward from the University Council subcommittees whom we didn’t hear from this Fall.

Tuesday, April 2nd
OGC 100

Resource Committee (Net Growth Revenue Update)—Karen Kaivola
Resource Committee (Staffing Structure Update)—Beth Reissenweber
Enrollment Committee—Robert Gould
Student Success Committee—Katie Bishop

This is the second of this year’s two part series to help allow more time for questions. Half of the sub-committees presented this fall (read our event recap on the Staff Senate website). We look forward to seeing you there!

Faculty Discussion on Proposed Faculty Handbook Changes

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Faculty are invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook at one of the open discussions:

TODAY: (Tuesday, April 2nd), 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm in Hagfors 150B
TOMORROW: (Wednesday, April 3rd), 9:30 am – 11:00 am in Hagfors 150C

Documents are available on the Community Moodle forum for Faculty Handbook Discussions listed under “Committees”.

If you are not able to attend and have feedback, either provide that feedback on the Moodle site or contact a member of PPC, Ankita Deka, Bob Groven, Matt Haines, Merilee Klemp, or Marc McIntosh.

Two Remaining Gen Ed Proposal Q&A Sessions

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The General Education Team has been offering Q&A sessions regarding the Revised Gen Ed Proposal. There are two remaining opportunities:

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 3rd): 3:15-4:30 in HC 150A

Monday, April 8th: 9:30-10:45 in the Marshall Room

In addition to the in-person sessions, you can ask questions and/or submit your comments via the online form linked below. If you provide an email address, you will receive a response to your question(s) from a member of the Gen Ed Team as quickly as time allows. Questions given without a contact will be posted with follow-up as we move forward. Comments and questions will be shared with the Augsburg community via Q&A sessions, faculty meetings, and other communications.

For reference this link will take you to the Google Folder containing information on the Gen Ed Revisions:

Questions/Comments Regarding the Revised General Education Proposal

They/Them Project Discussion – Soup Gender & Sexuality

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Join us for a Gallery & Gender Discussion with participants of the THEY/THEM PROJECT. Because Pronouns Matter.

APRIL 9, 11:30 a.m.
Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Join the conversation.

They/Them Project interviews individuals who currently or previously use gender nonconforming pronouns, offering a platform for them to be seen and heard while informing all who listen how words and actions affect the Trans+ community. They/Them Project is produced by photographer and activist Brent Dundore.

Hosted by the Augsburg Art Galleries, LGBTQIA+ Student Services,
Queer Indigenous People of Color, and Queer Pride Alliance.


Free Yoga Tomorrow

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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 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. Mats will be available to borrow. 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

Thank you to Jennifer Simon, AISA Board

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Jennifer Simon, Director, American Indian Student Services, coordinated the 11th Traditional Powwow held at Augsburg this past Saturday, March 30. Congratulations and many thanks to Jennifer for this stellar event, which included hundreds of community members. Jennifer organized the honoring ceremony for 16 American Indian students graduating from Augsburg in undergraduate and masters programs.

Thanks to the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA)board members: Arianna Antone-Ramirez, Isaiah Simon, Joseph Gaskill, Reuben Kitto Stately, Christopher Oquist, and Emily Cherne.

Many students, faculty and staff volunteered for the event.


Earn $55 for Sharing Your Spanish Skills

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Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate!

Use Your Skills as a judge for the Spanish Debate League
Judge Spanish Debate – No Prior Experience Needed!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a nonprofit of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to over 930 students in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including our nearly 150 Spanish Debate League students.

We need Spanish-fluent debate judges. We will pay $55 for three rounds of judging, occurring over 1 tournament.

We’re looking for debate judges for 3 Spanish Debate League tournaments this spring:

Wednesday, April 10 | Highland Park High School

Wednesday, April 24 | Roosevelt High School

Wednesday, May 8 | Minneapolis South High School

Judges will observe rounds conducted completely in Spanish, determine winners for each round, and provide comments to help students improve their reading, critical thinking and Spanish language skills.

Participation in debate helps students improve their academic skills, including reading comprehension and critical thinking, and increases their confidence. Be a part of creating these outcomes for our Spanish Debate League students!

Please email if you have any questions or would like to arrange volunteering as a group. If you plan on volunteering as an individual, use the calendar at this link to choose your dates to volunteer.

Volunteer With Us

Duplex for Rent, 3 Blocks from Campus

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A duplex three blocks from Augsburg is looking for a tenant for the upstairs unit. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom with a full kitchen, laundry facilities, basement storage and off street parking. It is nicely maintained with window treatments and hardwood floors throughout. Looking to rent it (full year lease) to an individual or couple (no pets).

Contact directly with Molly at or 317-289-9665.