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Fulbright: Live abroad after you graduate

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The Fulbright Student Program fully funds students to study, research, or serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for a year (no classroom teaching experience required!). During their year abroad, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing participants to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Past Augsburg students have been selected for Fulbright Awards to countries such as Czech Republic, South Korea, Ecuador, Poland, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany (and more!), and we currently have six alums abroad through the program! Augsburg’s focus on cross-cultural engagement and community involvement makes Auggies particularly strong candidates who are well-prepared to make the most of a Fulbright experience.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact or stop by Hagfors 101 to set up an appointment for April or May!

The competition is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni in all fields, and a GPA of 3.0+ is considered competitive.

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.

Scholarly Writing Retreat Opportunity for Faculty

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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

Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom

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On Monday, 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”

EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik

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Make sure to attend the upcoming EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik. She will speak on “How PAs Think: A Glimpse Into PA Education”.

The physician assistant (PA) profession often is listed as a top job to have in the US, but roles in healthcare are rewarding and challenging at the same time. Come take a glimpse into how students are trained within PA education to step into the role of health provider, advocate, and leader.

Stop in to Hagfors 151 just prior to the faculty meeting on April 17th. You can also join via ZOOM: Meeting ID 608-510-523

Wednesday, April 17th | EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151


Optimize Your Use of Gmail – a 15 Minute Tech Talk Webinar

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Gmail is a powerful platform with many productivity-enhancing features. The trouble is that most of us use only a small percentage of the features available because finding and learning new features takes time. Plan to invest 15 minutes to attend this online Tech Talk led by LFC Nathan Lind to learn a few quick tips and tricks that will help you take full advantage of what Gmail has to offer beyond the basics of sending and receiving messages. Join the Webinar via Zoom on Friday, April 12th from 12:30-12:45 pm.

Zoom Link to Tech Talk on GMail

General Announcements

Summer Student Employment Opportunity with the Sabo Center

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This summer, the Sabo Center is hosting the Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute, a national conference for higher education institutions committed to transforming higher education and our communities through place-based community engagement.

We are seeking TWO student workers to provide support before and during the conference event as Summer Conference Hosts/Detail Managers.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:

*Work with Sabo staff to prepare materials for the conference.
*Manage registration tables, welcome and assist conference participants with on-campus housing and other details.
*Help direct participants during transitions and be responsive to their needs.
*Take photos at event and post to social media.

This is a short term job with hours as follows:
During the week of July 1-5, 10-15 flexible hours
During the week of July 8-12, 40 hours, less flexible. (must be available 8am-8pm on July 10-11 and 8am-4pm on July 12)

You can apply by clicking the link below.

Apply to work with the Sabo Center this summer

Housing Assistance for Students in Need

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As part of the Augsburg University Equity Proposal, the Auggie Basics – Housing program is designed to address the needs of students who experience housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into the program (10 spots) will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student. Students must reapply each academic year. Being chosen for the Auggie Basics program one year does not guarantee participation in future years.

The Auggie Basics – Housing application is for: Summer 2019 only, 2019-2020 Academic Year only, or Summer 2019 and 2019-2020 Academic Year.

To apply for Auggie Basics – Housing, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Student Affairs office at 612-330-1160.

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Pain in the neck?

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Did you know that 80% of Americans struggle with chronic neck or back pain?

Augsburg Wellbeing is excited to invite staff from Health Partner’s Physicians Neck & Back Clinic to go over some of the myths about how to deal with chronic neck and back pain.

Join us:
Tuesday, April 9th
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Christensen Center — Marshall Room

**NOTE: This will be an inter-active session where they will teach us simple exercises that we can do at home, or work, to improve our spinal fitness!**

Questions? Contact

Submit Your Gen Ed Proposal Questions Via Online Form

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The General Education Team has been offering Q&A sessions regarding the Revised Gen Ed Proposal. There’s still one remaining opportunity scheduled:

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

You can also 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

Wishing Natalie Dinki Farewell

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After 4 years, Natalie Dinki will be leaving Augsburg for a new position at the University of Minnesota, where she will join the research administration department at the University of Minnesota Medical School as a grants coordinator.

Natalie’s supervisor, Nate Hallanger, writes: While this is a great professional and career opportunity, we are saddened to see her leave Augsburg. From the time she started four years ago, Natalie has embraced Augsburg’s identity and mission, and has become critical to the ongoing operations of almost everything that happens in academic affairs. She’s helped lead us through an implementation of a new applicant tracking system, an on-boarding system, and myriad new processes and procedures including CTL grants and professional development support for faculty. In early 2017 she took on the work of classroom scheduling–a challenging task under any circumstances–and then we went ahead and opened a big, shiny new academic building to make it more complicated. I can say with certainty that despite having more classroom space, the scheduling task did not get any easier. And then we decided to upgrade our scheduling software last fall, a process in which Natalie has been critical to sorting out the inevitable bugs.

Through it all, she has approached her work and everyone with whom she interacts with humility, optimism, and care, and a real sense of service to the neighbor. For all of this and much more, I want to publicly thank Natalie for all that she’s done to help academic affairs run more smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.

Natalie’s last day here will be April 12, so I hope you’ll be able to stop by our office suite in Memorial Hall 118 on April 12 from 1:30-2:30 pm, or stop by before then if you can’t make it on the 12th.

Event Announcements

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:

TODAY – Info Session on Study Abroad in the Sciences

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Join us TODAY to meet a representative from The School for Field Studies (SFS) and learn about field-based research experiences around the world on critical environmental issues. Study biodiversity in marine environments, wildlife management & conservation on the African savanna, or environmental justice & policy in the rain forest!

Study Abroad in the Sciences: Info Session
Thursday April 4, 12:45-1:30
Hagfors CSBR room 151

Find more information about SFS at

Learn more about how study abroad works with your financial aid to meet your requirements!

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!

Job Search Strategies session for AU Students

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center will give an overview of important information related to Job Search Strategies. A brief presentation will showcase web resources, the importance of your professional network, and other tips to help you conduct a comprehensive search. Whether you are just wanting to move up in your current company or you are starting from scratch in a new field, this will be valuable information to prepare you for what lies ahead.

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 AU students. A light meal will be served.

When? Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time? 5pm to 5:50pm
Where? Hagfors Center, Room 150A

Please RSVP for the event by Friday, April 5. You can easily RSVP by selecting Yes or No in the Google calendar invite that was send to you.

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.


Celebrating Native Voices: Short Films by Indigenous Filmmakers

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April 16, 2019
Join us for a night of short films that include films ranging from narrative fiction based on historical reality to documentary to youth produced work. Films represent groups in Canada, US, and Norway. The filmmakers will participate in person and via zoom at the University of St. Thomas.

Location and Time: 4:00-5:30 University of St. Thomas
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium (located on Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave)
University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Garden Party: Our Community Food Stories

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Come join Campus Kitchen in the community garden to share a meal and stories on Tues, April 16 from 5:45-7:45. We are featuring guest speaker LaDonna Redmond, who will be telling us about S.O.U.L (sustainable, organic, local food) and connections between food, land, and trauma. This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with the greater Augsburg community and our neighbors. RSVP on facebook!

River Semester – Fall 2019 – apply now

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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

Study Abroad in the Sciences: Info Session

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Study Abroad in the Sciences: Info Session
Thursday April 4, 12:45-1:30
Hagfors CSBR room 151

Come meet a representative from The School for Field Studies (SFS) and learn about field-based research experiences around the world on critical environmental issues. Study biodiversity in marine environments, wildlife management & conservation on the African savanna, or environmental justice & policy in the rainforest!

Find more information about SFS at
Learn more about how study abroad works with your financial aid to meet your requirements at

The School for Field Studies

Pluma & The Tempest: Tickets On Sale now

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By Arístides Vargas, Translated & Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez

$3 student tickets– reserve now!

A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism that tells the story of a youngster of unspecified gender who runs away after being born to a hostile world. They find themselves living in the inner city streets, meeting all kinds of people and facing all kinds of dangers. The kid fights to learn from these experiences and to assert their personhood. Despite being adrift like a feather in a storm, Pluma attempts to preserve their hope and survive.

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Seeking Fluent Spanish Speakers – Earn $55 By Judging Spanish Debate League

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Share Your Spanish Skills to Help Area Students!

Judge Spanish Debate – No Prior Experience Needed!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, will begin its Spanish Debate League next week. We’re looking for judges for our first tournament! If you’d rather be paid than volunteer, we will pay $55 for three rounds of judging, or 1 tournament.

Spanish Debate League tournaments will happen over 3 dates this spring:

Wednesday, April 10 | Highland Park High School

Wednesday, April 24 | Central High School (tentative)

Wednesday, May 8 | Highland Park High School (tentative)

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.

Students who participate in Spanish Debate League are a mix of heritage speakers and immersion students in Twin Cities high schools and middle schools. 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.

Sign up to Judge