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World Drumming Course 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.

Gmail Tech Talk Webinar TODAY at 12:30

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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 them 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 better 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 Gmail Tech Talk

Calling all Singers, Actors, Composers & Writers

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Register NOW for Opera Workshop (MUE294/494) in the fall! Students will have an opportunity to create and perform new works of Music Theater – hopefully for inclusion in the Sesquicentennial Musical in April 2020. Guests will include Music-Theater professionals such as alumni composer Aaron Gabriel, and Ben Krywosz, Artistic Director of Nautilus Music Theater. Classwork includes songwriting, improvisation, preparation of scenes, songs/arias, solos/ensembles and more. Questions? Contact Sonja Thompson at

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

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.

EDTalk on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, just prior to the Faculty Meeting, Jenny Kluznik will be delivering her talk, “How PAs Think: A Glimpse Into PA Education”. After you pick up your coffee, head over to HC 151 for a seat by 3:20 pm to listen and learn.

Description of the upcoming EDTalk: 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.

Zoom: Meeting ID 608-510-523

Wednesday, April 17 | EDTalk with Jenny Kluznik | 3:20 p.m. – 3:35 p.m., HC 151


General Announcements

Be a Part of Something Great: Staffing for Commencement

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Help us send off our graduating seniors at the U.S. Bank Stadium this year! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal and the successful and smooth flow of the event.

There are many needs for assistance to help with checking in students, escorting students to field level, assisting with accessible seating, handing out programs and/or providing directional support at the stadium. Many of these opportunities would allow you the ability to stay and view the ceremony in its entirety.

If you’re interested in assisting with staffing this very important event and ensuring a wonderful experience for our students and their families, please fill out the Commencement Staffing Form and someone will reach out to you to discuss.

Commencement Staffing Form

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.

Donate gently used athletic shoes and equipment

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We are collecting gently used athletic shoes of all sizes and equipment for all ages (balls, bats, gloves, jump ropes, clothing, etc). Our goal is to donate to the Ceder Riverside Community School and the Sports Check it Out program. Last year we donated over 100 items. You can drop your items off at the collection box in the lounge located on the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center. E-mail Dr. Ana Ribeiro for more questions.

Augsburg Sports Bra Drive

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Augsburg Athletics and the HPE Department have partnered with The Sports Bra Project to create the first ever, Augsburg Sports Bra Drive. Utilizing networks of organizations to collect and distribute sports bras, The Sports Bra Project works to eliminate one barrier of participation and increase the access to sports for girls and women around the world.

How can you help?
– Donate a new & unused sports bra of any size!
– We will be collecting donated sports bras until April 17th.
– A collection bin is located in the main athletic office in Si Melby Hall (across from the gym).

Our goal is to collect over 100 sports bras! Please consider helping us reach our goal and supporting such an important and impactful cause!

Have questions? Contact

More information on The Sports Bra Project

Sexual Violence Prevention Month – April

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

Learn the facts: Sexual violence happens in every community. Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact – including sexual assault and rape. Learn more at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Augsburg has an agreement with the Aurora Center (U of Minnesota), so students can contact them for assistance. They have a 24-Hour Helpline: (612) 626-9111. Students can also get assistance through the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC), 612-330-1707, and the Department of Public Safety, 612-330-1717.

Thanks to Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team (SMART) for their advocacy, peer education, and events to eliminate sexual violence. To support their effort we’ll have announcements in Amail for the rest of April.

Student Employment Opportunity this Summer 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

Focused Conversations Next Week: Augsburg Strategic Planning

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President Paul Pribbenow and Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Leif Anderson will lead discussions on the university’s next strategic plan.

Tuesday, April 16, 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)

Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

For the live-stream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page

Saturday-Frente Accion Latino organizing meeting

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Latino leaders and non Latino supporters will assemble to share a vision of a Latino-led effort to address issues in common to all of us. We will form an action coalition to help each other on political-cultural-social issues in common. Latino groups will maintain their autonomy as before and still address their individual ethnic and culture related issues.

EN LA UNIÓN ESTÁ LA FUERZA! Dream away what we can accomplish together!

Please invite your friends and other Latino or non-Latino supporting organizations. All Latino groups are invited to share common values and what concerted actions are possible.

First organizational meeting:
Saturday, April 13
10:00 am
El Colegio High School, 4137 Bloomington Ave. So.

-Introduction and proposal for this meeting: Miguel Fiol
-Human Rights and Latinxs: Pablo Tapia
-Collaborative Latinx Culture: Marisol Chiclana
-Haiti Campaign: Ruben Joanem
-Campaign for Driver’s Licenses: Jovita Morales
-Health and Latinx: Roberto Lopez and other medical students from the U of MN
-Open discussion: Miguel Fiol, moderator
-Steering Committee/Task Force named

Contact for details or discussion: Miguel E. Fiol MD is the Coordinator of the meeting agenda and member of PRIM, Puerto Ricans in Minnesota. 612-382-4452,

(As a non-Latina, I am posting this message in solidarity with Latinx leaders and will be attending the meeting. If you need transportation to attend, you can ride with me, Sherilyn Young, 612-330-1462. I have room for 3-4.)

We need your Green By 2019 stories and data

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As the Environmental Stewardship Committee is evaluating our progress on Green By 2019 commitments, we need your help! So many of you have been part of our growth in sustainability efforts, yet we don’t remember everything that has happened.

Please check out the spreadsheet below and add whatever stories, data, memories, useful anecdotes you have for any of the commitments listed. Add new rows as needed if you have additional information to add to existing entries. We’ve come a long way – help us celebrate and document our progress!

Green By 2019 Progress Spreadsheet

Event Announcements

Earth Justice Month – celebrate, learn, and act together

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April 22 is Earth Day, and there’s no shortage of ways for the Augsburg community to honor our home planet and all its inhabitants this month. Check out the link below for details on ways to celebrate, learn, and act together.

Are you planning an event that is somehow related to environmental, social, economic, or cultural sustainability? Add details to the spreadsheet if you’d like to share!

Earth Justice Month Event Details

Sverdrup Convocation: Dr. Pamela Ronald – April 15th, 10 a.m.

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The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program
Serving Up Science: Plant Genetics and the Future of Food
Dr. Pamela Ronald

Monday, April 15, 2019
10 am, Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, University of California, Davis. Ronald studies rice genes that control resistance to disease and tolerance to environmental stress. Ronald and colleagues received the 2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award and the 2012 Tech Award for innovative use of technology to benefit humanity. In 2014 she was named one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by Thomson Reuters, in 2015 was selected by Scientific American as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology, and in 2016 was named one of the 50 innovators and visionaries who will lead us toward a more sustainable future by Grist magazine. She is co-author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. Her 2015 TED talk has been viewed by more than 1.5 million people and translated into 24 languages.

Queering Superheroes: A Gender Expression Workshop with Heriberto Ramírez (April 16)

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Superheroes usually use their extraordinary powers to fight villains, protect victims, and restore peace. With a few exceptions they are usually represented as Cis straight middle/upper class white men, with muscular strong able bodies, thus perpetuating hegemonic ideas about race, class, sexuality, ability and gender. In this workshop, we will challenge these ideas by creating alternative superheroes and narratives. How do superheroes who advocate for social justice and do not use violence look like? What extraordinary powers do they have and how do they use them?

Heriberto Ramírez is a Queer Puerto Rican educator and performer dedicated to anti-violence and popular education, as well as the exploration and celebration of alternative gender expressions. His alter ego Super Macho Menos, does interventions in public spaces challenging toxic masculinity.

Thu April 16 @ Foss Studio Theatre
A Gender, Sexuality and Woman Studies Program Event.

April 12 deadline for the Student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics

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The deadline for the student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics is approaching – April 12.

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 about 10 minutes to complete. Results will be confidential.

The survey link is:

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

Immerse yourself in WaterMusic

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On April 23rd in Hoversten Chapel, the Augsburg Choir and Director Kristina Boerger – with Reverend Karin Craven and her Comparative Religion students, and with Prof. Joseph Underhill of River Semester – present an interdisciplinary event highlighting the centrality of water in our musical, spiritual, and civic lives. The opening reception at 6:15 features guest exhibitors including Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Ecumenical Water Initiative,, and Clean Water Action Minnesota. The 7:00 performance offers: music about water from many lands and epochs; scriptures, prayers, and legends about water from many faiths; student writings from the Augsburg River Semester; and pipeline-resistance stories from the water-protection front. Collaborating performers include Cedar Singers, Riverside Singers, and St. Paul’s ComMUSICation youth choir. Come to be enraptured, educated, and involved.

Zyzzogeton Student Poster Symposium – April 15

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Augsburg University celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton poster session. The poster session falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Over 80 students participate each year, showcasing their research. A “zyzzogeton” is a green leaf-hopper as well as the last word in the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is a fitting symbol to mark the end of the academic year.

Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome, so please come join us for this exciting event!

Zyzzogeton Research Symposium
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019
Hagfors Center Atrium

Check out the 2019 poster abstracts online!

Sustainability, Equity, and Action Event – April 15

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“Sustainability Is No Joke” Environmental justice storytelling and action planning series, facilitated by RFTP (, sponsored by Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee. Why does sustainability and climate change matter? Why does equity in sustainability matter? And how can we respond collectively as the Augsburg community?

On April 1, we heard recent alum and current students share their experience with sustainability and climate change, and we began responding to questions and perspectives that will carry us forward together towards a shared vision of sustainability at Augsburg. April 15 is our follow-up to storytelling where we’ll begin to move towards action.

All are welcome, even if you missed the first event! RSVP and share on facebook:

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Got a rototiller or ice auger?

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The community garden has some seriously compacted soil that’s beyond shovel-able at this point. On April 18th, we’re trying to get as many people and as many soil-breaking machines as possible out in the garden to get the soil back in good shape. Can we borrow your (small) rototillers or ice augers? Let Allyson Green know if you have one to lend.