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Teaching and Learning

Fall course for singers, actors, composers, and 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

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

Writing Lab Hours

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The Writing Lab will be closed on Sunday, April 21st. We’ll then be open during our regular hours until the Wednesday of finals week (May 1st). Stop by Monday-Thursday 2-9 and Sunday 7-9. Our tutors can help you with your final papers and encourage you to finish up the semester by turning in your best work yet!

If you have questions about the Writing Lab, please email Sarah Groeneveld Kenney (

CTL Faculty Fellows – Seeking Nominations

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is looking for four faculty members interested in serving as CTL Fellows. CTL Faculty Fellows assist the CTL Director in designing and organizing programs with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at Augsburg. Fellows are also eligible for additional travel funds to spend on professional development. Nominations, both self and of your peers, should include a brief statement addressing why you would like (or why you are nominating your colleague) to serve as a CTL Fellow. Please submit all nominations to by noon, April 26th.

Apply for Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project

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Dear white-bodied colleagues, Are you unsure how to respond when a fellow white-bodied person says or does something with a racist impact? Do you ever find yourself, despite your best intentions, feeling uneasy or tense when the topic of race comes up? Do you ever experience the impulse to fight, flee, or freeze in racialized moments and then struggle to navigate the shame of inaction or imperfect action? Are you eager to build loving, accountable community where we can learn to cause less harm and lean into the discomfort that comes with growth?

Learn more and apply to be part of a 2019-2020 academic year cohort of white faculty and staff learning to undo the ways white supremacy shows up in our bodies, not just in our minds. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m on Monday, May 13, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Sabo Center is convening the Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project in partnership with Augsburg’s Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. Contact Rachel Svanoe or Allyson Green with questions about this opportunity.

Learn more and apply

Online Summer Course on Nicaragua

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Register for HIS195-B this Summer 2019 to learn about the current Nicaraguan social-political crisis. Students will observe, learn and reflect on the historical contexts that have shaped and impacted Nicaraguan politics of the present days. Using historical methods of analysis and a broad range of sources representing multiple perspectives, the course will examine competing historical references and their respective usefulness in understanding change and continuity over time, specifically between the 1979 Revolution and the current social-political crisis of Nicaragua.

This course fulfills a Humanities Liberal Arts Foundation Requirement

Learn more about this course and register here.

General Announcements

2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship

RSVP for the “3 Days in May” Workshops

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The “3 Days in May” will take place on May 14 – May 16. Use the RSVP link below to register for the sessions that you would like to attend. Note that there are some overlapping sessions, so be sure to only sign up for one workshop in each time slot. You can find a schedule, as well as descriptions below it, here:

RSVP for the “3 Days in May”

Sexual Violence Prevention Month

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

Consent: Consent requires words or overt actions by a person indicating a freely given present agreement to perform a particular sexual act with another person. Silence or the absence of resistance does not imply consent. It is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity between individuals of legal age. Consent means the person is freely giving their present agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be given at every stage of sexual activity. Past consent does not imply future consent. Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another.

For more information go to Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Policy,

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.

Auggie Wins a Prestigious Boren Award

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Shamsa Ahmed, who is majoring in Political Science and is a TRIO SSS participant and Act 6 Scholar, just received the prestigious Boren Award Scholarship under the African Flagship Initiative Program. Through this award, Shamsa may spend 8 weeks this summer with a cohort of learners studying Swahili at the University of Florida, followed by 4 months of intensive Swahili language study and cultural immersion in Tanzania. All of her expenses will be paid and she will earn 24 credits. Shamsa was also awarded a Critical Language Scholarship this year!

Boren is established to teach American students less commonly taught languages and cultures in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. After graduation, Shamsa will spend at least one year of paid employment in the federal government. She would ultimately like to work for USAID in foreign service. Boren recipients receive Schedule A hiring authority, which gives them preference when applying to federal positions.

Boren Scholarships can be for a 6 months to a year of study abroad or can be an 8-week summer study abroad if you are a STEM major.

To discuss making an application for a Boren Award Scholarship, please contact one of our Boren Campus Representatives: Dixie Shafer, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) @ or Andrea Dvorak, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study, Center for Global Education and Experience @

Augsburg to add women’s wrestling as varsity sport

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Full story:

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg University is continuing its tradition of being a pioneer in women’s athletics by creating a varsity women’s wrestling team, which will begin competition in the 2019-20 school year with Max Mejia as its first head coach, the university has announced.

By being the only collegiate institution in Minnesota to currently sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling program, Augsburg continues to lead the field in adding athletic opportunities for women. Women’s wrestling will be the 22nd varsity sport offered at Augsburg, and the 12th Auggie women’s sport. In 1995, Augsburg was the first college or university in the Midwest to sponsor a varsity women’s ice hockey team, and in 2014, Augsburg became the first collegiate institution in Minnesota to sponsor a varsity women’s lacrosse team.

“I am proud that our outstanding intercollegiate athletics program will once again set a new standard for offering competition opportunities for women,” said Augsburg President Dr. Paul Pribbenow. “Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and it is especially fitting that Augsburg — with its nationally recognized men’s wresting program — will join this movement. I look forward to our women’s wrestling program recruiting top-notch student-athletes from across the country and competing at the highest level.”

Adding women’s wrestling will add to Augsburg’s seven-decade reputation as one of the elite small-college wrestling programs in the nation. Augsburg has won 13 NCAA Division III national championships in men’s wrestling, including the most recent title in March.

Currently, 46 colleges and universities in the United States sponsor women’s wrestling on the varsity level, with another 14, including Augsburg, planning to add the sport within the next two years.

Full story on Augsburg Athletics Website

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2019
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

AugSTEM Scholars Program

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

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. The last day for donations will be 4/30.

Augsburg Sports Bra Drive – Last Day to Donate

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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

Staff Representative for University Council—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

We Need You: 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

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Alumni Volunteers for the Month of April

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Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. This information assists the college in securing grants and other funding for the University. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who have volunteered already in the month of April or will be volunteering before May 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

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

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

Event Announcements

TODAY Queering Superheroes: A Gender Expression Workshop

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The Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies Program Presents:
Queering Superheroes: A Gender Expression Workshop with Heriberto Ramírez
Thu April 18 @ the Foss Studio Theatre
Everyone Welcome

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.

Accident Reconstruction Lecture – TODAY

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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 (

Liberal Arts and the AI Future Lecture – 4/22

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Please join Society of Physics Students in welcome Dr. David Murr, an alumni and former professor of Augsburg University, for his exciting lecture on: “Liberal Arts and the AI future: Extracting information from exabytes of aerial imagery (and practical advice for getting a job in machine learning and AI)”.

Dr. Murr works for Eagleview, a leading aerial imagery provider that covers 98% of the U.S. population. They are currently building and deploying algorithms to scan through this data and automatically extract information such as the presence of solar panels on a home or hurricane-related damage. Dr. Murr will discuss practical and technical issues in this field and the ones encountered during his transition from academia to industry. The talk will include a high-level overview of several buzzwords: big data, cloud computing, machine learning and AI. He will also argue that the liberal arts provide the best preparation for taking advantage of these powerful news tools as well as being an engaged citizen able to identify their associated risks.

When: Monday, April 22nd, 3:40-4:40pm
Where: Hagfors 151

Please contact SPS President Noah Aleshire ( if you have any questions.

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

Join Norway Hub and celebrate May 17 together

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Join us for a fun and festive cultural evening as we celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day! Norway Hub would like to invite you to the Syttende Mai Minnesota Banquet that takes place May 17.

Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Minnesota Valley Country Club

This event promises you a warm evening with entertainment from Soloist Ariel Wilberg, Pianist Loryce Sivertsen, and LeRoy Larson and the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble.

In addition, we have a special guest speaker; His Excellency Kaare Aas, Norway’s Ambassador to the United States

New for this year is your option to reserve your seat in advance to sit next to your friends and family! You will have to register you and your fellow companions before May 10. It costs $70 for adults and $35 for students. For more information about the event, reservation and registration, then click the link below.

This event guarantees a truly Norwegian experience. Hope to see you there!

Syttende Mai Minnesota Banquet – registration page

Free Chipotle: Sign up for ALAS Contamination Clean Up

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Join ALAS on Earth Day, Monday 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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to 2019-2020 Day Student Government

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Congratulations to the newly elected Augsburg Day Student Government for the 2019-2020 academic year!

President: Arianna Antone-Ramirez
Vice President: Lucia Davila Alvarez

Senior Class President: Ariam Asmerom
Senior Class Senators: Skye Rygh, Brittany Stokes & Mitchell Byers
Junior Class President: Joe Gaskill
Junior Class Senators: Berlynn Bitengo, Gabriel Ijjo & Taiwana Shambley
Sophomore Class President: Meek Stalling
Sophomore Class Senators: Estefani Guiracocha, Willington Gahona & Nou-Chee Chang
Incumbent Senator: Olivia Brammer

Head of Staff: Ethan Quezada
Public Relations Officer: Jose Perales
Secretary: Faiza Jama
Student Advocate: Abdulkadir Sharif
Treasurer: Simone Rask


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