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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.

Fall Course for Singers, Actors, Composers, Writers

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Calling all singers, actors, composers and writers! You are welcome to register for Opera Workshop in the fall! Students will have an opportunity to create and perform new works of Music Theater, facilitated by Music-Theater professionals including alum composer Aaron Gabriel, and Ben Krywosz, Artistic Director of Nautilus Music Theater. Classwork includes Improvisation, scenes, songs/arias, solos/ensembles and more. Questions? Contact Sonja Thompson at

EDTalk Tomorrow

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Remember to head to Hagfors 151 just prior to tomorrow’s Faculty Meeting. Jenny Kluznik will be speaking about, “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.

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

Internet Maintenance – Overnight 4/16-4/17

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One of our redundant Internet Service Providers will be performing emergency maintenance on Internet fiber circuits.

During this time, there will be two brief 2-5 minute period where some internet traffic may reroute to secondary internet providers.

Maintenance Window:
4/16/2019 – 4/17/2019
11:00pm – 4:00am

Estimated Downtime within Maint. Window:
Internet Traffic: two separate 2-5 minutes windows while internet traffic reroutes to redundant providers.
If on campus, you may see a short 2-5 minute disruption in your ability to get to some web sites or streaming services.
If off campus, you may experience a short 2-5 minute disruption in your ability to get to some Augsburg services.

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

Barbie for Boys Survey Results

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Thank you to all of those who were selected to fill out our Consumer Behavior class and filled it out! We really appreciated the 333 responses we received in under a week! If you are interested in see some of the results of our survey, then use this link: Keep in mind that you will need to be logged in as your Augsburg email in Google to view the document. If you have any problems viewing the results then send me an email and I will try to resolve them for you! My email is:! Thanks again!

Barbie for Boys Survey Results

Sexual Violence Prevention Month – April

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

Everyone Can Help – Bystander Intervention is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.
1. Notice the Event: People are busy, distracted, on their phones, talking, texting, not aware of their surroundings – some don’t want to notice. Pay attention to what is going on around you.
2. Interpret It as a Problem: Sometimes it is hard to tell if someone is in need of help. Error on the side of caution and investigate. Don’t be sidetracked by ambiguity, conformity or peer pressure.
3. Assume Personal Responsibility: If not you, then who? Do not assume someone else will do something. Have the courage and confidence to BE THE FIRST!
4. Know How to Help: NEVER put yourself in harm’s way but DO SOMETHING! Distract, Directly Address, Delegate.
5. Implement the Help – Act!

Thanks to Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team (SMART) for their advocacy, peer education, and events to eliminate sexual violence.

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.

Donate gently used athletic shoes and equipment

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We are collecting gently used athletic shoes of all sizes (youth and adult) and sports 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 – Final Push

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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! We have received 64 donated bras already!! We are over half way to our goal and this is the last week to donate!
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

University Council Staff Representative Nominations Open

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Staff Senate is grateful for the 3-year term that elected UC staff representative, Jim Trelstad-Porter has served. As his term comes to an end we are beginning the election process for the next elected UC staff representative.

The overall Council structure is an outcome of the Shared Governance Report released in 2014. The goal is to establish advocates with deep institutional knowledge from across the campus community to provide recommendations on issues that affect the University’s commitment to its mission and values.

The selection process for the University Council Staff Representative begins with an open call for nominations from April 15–22. Nominations are received electronically from any eligible voting staff members. Self-nominations, nomination of others, and nominations for Staff Senate members are acceptable.

UC Staff Representative Nomination Form

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!

Congratulations to the February Auggie Pride Winner

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Congratulations to Mai Chong Vang, Financial Aid Counselor, for receiving the Ferbuary Auggie Pride Award. During changes within her department both in staffing and processes, Mai has thrived as a fantastic counselor to our students and families. Staff Senate admires her outstanding work and are honored to award her with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Learn more about Mai’s award

Event Announcements

Travel to Germany with Augsburg Alumni

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On Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm we will be hosting an info session to learn more about the Alumni Trip to Germany in July 2020. At this meeting you will have the chance to hear from trip hosts Dr. Lori Brandt Hale & Dr. Hans Wiersma about the amazing opportunities on this trip. If you are unable to attend but want to learn more please contact Katie Code at

Alumni Travel Website

Free Chipotle: Sign up for ALAS’ Contamination Clean Up

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Join ALAS on Earth Day, April 22, 2019 from 4:30-7:00PM for our Contamination Clean Up event! With this event, we want to help create an environmentally conscience within our community and a cleaner campus. We also hope to improve animal life, while inspiring others to do the same and educate participants the difference between trash, recycle, and compost.

The goal of this event is to clean up any trash and litter around Murphy Square and Augsburg University. We will divide into different groups, where each group will be assigned a specific area to clean around campus. Each volunteer will also receive a FREE t-shirt, water bottle and chipotle!

If you are interesting in participating please sign up with the following link!

To sign up and for more information about the Contamination Clean Up please use the following link:

This event is open to all Augsburg students and staff.

Sign up for the Contamination Clean Up

Accident Reconstruction Lecture 4/18

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Society of Physics Students (SPS) has invited Minnesota State Trooper Scott Smith to give a one-of-a-kind lecture on accident reconstruction. Scott will discuss the role of the accident reconstruction program within the MN State Patrol, how physics is used to investigate serious injury and fatal crashes, and where accident reconstruction is moving in the future.

This event will be on Thursday, April 18th and will be at 3:40pm in HC – 151. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please email SPS President Noah Aleshire (

Focused Conversations TODAY/TOMORROW: Augsburg Strategic Planning

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President Paul Pribbenow will lead discussions on the university’s next strategic plan in the Focused Conversations this week:

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

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 from 11-11:45 in the Gundale Chapel in Hagfors. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses. 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:

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

Call for Proposals for Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute 2019

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The Sabo Center is excited to announce that this summer, Augsburg University will be hosting a national conference for the Place-Based Justice Network (PBJN), of which our institution is a member, along with 19 other higher education institutions from across the country. The Place-Based Justice Network is a learning community committed to transforming higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement with a racial justice lens.

At the Summer Institute on July 10-12, 2019, teams from universities and colleges from across the country will come together to learn, strengthen our practice, and network.

The PBJN has released a call for proposals for workshops and breakout sessions at the Summer Institute. They seek proposals for breakout sessions that center dialogue and interactivity on topics related to place-based community engagement initiatives and their planning, development, programs, evaluation and impact. Potential topics for breakout sessions include, but are not limited to:
*Scholar-activism and community-based research: examples and lessons learned
*Relationship-building and decentralized decision making
*Sustaining long-term commitments with neighborhoods and communities
*Critical scholarship on community engagement including racial justice, economic justice, education justice, disability justice, queer, and feminist theory and practices
*Lessons from community organizing
*Asset-based community development
*Power analysis and community voice
*Anti-racist storytelling strategies
*Preparing students to enter and transition out of place-based community engagement

Breakout session proposals are due Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 5pm PST.

Interested? Contact the Sabo Center for more information about how to participate and apply (

Place-Based Justice Network Website

Morning Chapel: President Paul Pribbenow

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Join us in chapel for the final sermon of a three homily series by President Paul Pribbenow that focuses on the theological and scriptural threads in Augsburg’s history that have shaped our identity and work over the past 150 years. Tessa Wegenke, Assistant to the Vice Presidents, will sing a solo in chapel this morning.

More information

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for April

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at


Earn $55 by Sharing Your Spanish Skills – Judge 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 judging as an individual, use the calendar at this link to choose your dates to judge.

Judge Spanish Debate