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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

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.

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.

Inclusion in Armenia

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On Thursday, April 25th from 12:00-1:20 Dr. Armine Avagyan, a visiting scholar from Armenia will be on campus presenting on her work on inclusion and UDL in Armenia. She was the Dean of Education at Armenian Pedagogical University where she is on faculty. Dr. Avagyan is a speech therapist by degree and is the Founder and Director of the Education and Research Foundation that has been carrying out research focusing on inclusive education. Currently, she is a Fulbright scholar at Appalachian State University conducting post-doctoral research on Peer-Mediated-augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention.

Please join in as you are able. The talk will be in Sverdrup 1.

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.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Test Anxiety

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Test anxiety is real, and although teachers can’t cure it, they can offer help/potential solutions. Please see the article linked below for more about this issue and how to be encouraging to students who have test anxiety.

Teaching Tip Tuesdays post on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Watch for TechTip Tuesdays on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. You can find other resources at

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies

Faculty, Display Your Scholarship

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than May 1) using the form linked below.

Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (

All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 a.m. to set up.

The faculty recognition luncheon and program begins in the chapel at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10 | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

Anthropocene River Semester looking for a few more adventurous students

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We are in the final stages of recruiting students for this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime to travel the length of the Mississippi River by canoe, in conjunction with a team of researchers, artists, scholars, activists, and river rats this fall. We have a good team of students who will be traveling from the headwaters at Lake Itasca all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. It would be great to have a few more to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be part of the combined River Semester and Anthropocene River project organized by the Haus der Kultur der Welt (HKW) and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPI). The group will engage with a wide range of artistic, political, and scientific projects that are all part of different field stations along the way, culminating with a week-long conference in New Orleans in mid-November. This is really a one-time educational experience.

So students, consider applying, and anyone else please spread the word and encourage undergraduate students who would like to enroll in the program full-time to contact: I’m happy to visit or set up meetings as needed, and help figure out how to make the program work for particular student’s needs. And we still have some Pentair scholarship funds to support students (up to $4,000/student).

River Semester

Paideia Institute 2019

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Join us for our 30th anniversary celebration of the Paideia Institute from July 22-26, 2019 at Augsburg University. This year’s question, “What’s the great idea?” will explore a multitude of great ideas from beauty to justice. During the Paideia Institute attendees participate in inquiry-based seminars on various texts. In coaching activities participants gain expertise in facilitating seminars. Paideia seminars are applicable in many professional settings and can be used with all ages and any subject area. Educators use seminars to introduce students to the vital skills necessary to have courteous conversations about challenging issues presented in texts.

This professional development course welcomes all Augsburg faculty, staff, and students, and can be taken for credits or continuing education units. Scholarships applications due May 1. On time registration is open until June 1.

For more information check out the Paideia website for details on cost, scholarships, and courses, or contact Rachel Lloyd (, 612-330-1561) or Anne Kaufman (, 612-209-2100).

Paideia Institute 2019

New 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

Annual faculty and staff IT survey is now available

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The annual IT survey of faculty and staff is now available. This survey has been given for over 10 years and provides us with a longitudinal view of your satisfaction with our IT services and support as well as feedback that assists with our planning.

The survey runs from 4/22 to 6/1.

IT Survey 2019

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:

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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.

(Check out the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship if you are 7 semesters away from graduating and/or have a major GPA of 2.75).

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:

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Interested in Grant Writing or Project Management?

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Interested in learning more about grant writing or project management? MAL is offering two courses this summer that you will find useful. Course descriptions and information on meeting times are below. Staff, Faculty, or graduate students who are interested in registering for either of these courses should contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at:

ML 599-B | Grant Writing
Effective grant writing skills are important for individuals working in many roles at nonprofit and government agencies – including education. This course will include an introduction to grants, budget development, and grants management, and establish an understanding of their role in supporting important community work. We will also address how to identify projects well-suited for grant support, as well as the process of prospect research, how to develop relationships with funders, and how to write a successful grant proposal. Students will build skills and practice creating letters of inquiry and competitive funding proposals.

Instructor: Lindsay Bacher
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays | Meeting Dates: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

ML 599 | Re-imagining Leadership for 21st Century Projects
Successful project management is strongly correlated to good leadership of teams. Corporate, non-profit, and public sector projects are increasing in complexity requiring the close collaboration and coordination of disparate disciplines, organizations, and teams. This course will help you unpack the critical leadership skills needed to to form and lead teams to optimal project outcomes using emotional intelligence, communication, conflict management, and clarity of strategic vision and purpose.

Instructor Mahad Ibrahim
Meeting Dates: Mondays | June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

Welcome Kari Kimbrough to Human Resources

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The Human Resources department is pleased to introduce Kari Kimbrough, PHR, SHRM-CP, who joined our team on Monday as our new Total Rewards/HRIS Manager. She will be replacing Theresa Gade, who is retiring in May. Kari’s role will focus on compensation and benefits, and supporting HR technology. Kari brings 15 years of Human Resources experience to Augsburg, over half of which have been in higher education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from The College of St. Scholastica, and holds PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Kari comes to us from TCF Bank, where she held positions as Senior Human Capital Partner Specialist and Senior Compensation Analyst. She is excited to be back in higher education, and looks forward to meeting the wonderful Auggie faculty, staff and students. Please stop by Human Resources in Memorial Hall to welcome Kari to the Augsburg community!

Melody Geiger’s Farewell This Friday 4/26

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Melody Martagon-Geiger is 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.

April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

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

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,

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.

Wednesday Free Swag – Career & Internship Services

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Students are you looking for a FREE Giveaway?

Stop by our table in the Christensen Center, Lobby between 10:00 am- 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24th. We have some fun swag for you. We would love to hear about your summer plans, or simply stop by to say hi and pick up your swag!!

Strommen Career & Internship Services

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.

Attention Muggles – Harry Potter study abroad in UK on winter break

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Plan ahead to spend your winter break studying in both London and Edinburgh exploring the connections between youth culture, media, and social change, with a focus on Harry Potter and Brexit!

Course title:
From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media, and Political Activism in the UK

Faculty Leader: Professor Adriane Brown

Travel Dates: December 29, 2019 to January 11, 2020

This program is limited to 15 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be used as needed.

Program cost TBD. Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

More information and application

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!

Event Announcements

SP+ is hiring part-time employees

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Are you looking for a paid part-time job with flexible hours? Representatives from SP+ will be on campus tabling Tuesday, April 23rd from 10:30-12:00 in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

SP+ is a diverse provider of professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security, and event logistics services to real estate owners and managers in a wide array of markets. They have a number of part-time jobs in Minnesota listed on their web site.


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In honor of Environmental Justice and Poetry Month, Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) will take a dive into Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a poet and climate change activist, statement address and poem at the 2014 UN Climate Change. Her poems and activitism correlates to current social and environmental issues we are facing today. We will explore what it means to talk about our experiences of the changes we see around the world on a personal level and as a group.

Jetnil-Kijiner UN Climate Change Statemeng and Poem:

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Join Norway Hub and let’s celebrate May 17th 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 (map)

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 can find more information about on the event page
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 and registration, then click here.

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

Buy tickets here

TOMORROW: Break the Silence

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Break the Silence is an event that honors, empowers, advocates, and brings awareness to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. SMART invites both survivors and allies to come to this powerful event on Wednesday April 24th from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Augsburg Room. Asian Noodles will be provided. Look for our posters around school for more information!

Attend Kirsten O’Brien’s Open House

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After working in URGO for 6 and ½ years, Kirsten O’Brien will be leaving Augsburg to take a position as Grants Management Associate with the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Students, faculty and staff who have worked with Kirsten in her role as URGO’s Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and National Fellowships Specialist are keenly aware of the considerable gifts Kirsten brought to every interaction and every task. Her attention to quality and supportive nature helped Augsburg students and alums reach their goals of attaining off-campus summer research, graduate school or national fellowship placements. Her considerable planning skills insured near-flawless Z events, Court Agre Summer Research Symposiums and URGO’s Summer Research Programs.

URGO will be hosting an open house in Kirsten’s honor in the URGO/McNair/AugSTEM Program suite (Hagfors 101) next Wednesday, May 2nd from 2:00 to 4:30. Come by for cake and refreshments and to wish Kirsten well on her next career venture.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Lidiya Ahmed wins $10,000 Rossing Scholarship

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Lidiya Ahmed (2020) has been awarded the top ELCA Rossing Physics Scholarship of $10,000, having won the $5,000 award last year. The award is granted to top physics students drawn from the 26 ELCA colleges in the country. A physics and mathematics major, Lidiya grew up in Ethiopia where her father, a one-time engineering student, inspired her to pursue her dream of being a physicist. Interested in space physics she found Dr. Mark Engebretson and his impressive research record on-line, which led her to Augsburg.

Her first summer at Augsburg she worked in Dr. Ben Stottrup’s biophysics lab, funded by URGO, where she learned important programming skills and that she “liked to work in a team to solve problems.” Last summer she worked in Dr. Mark Engebretson’s lab studying phenomena that occur at the edges of space, which has given her “an in-depth understanding of the space physics field and the career path [she] want[s] to follow.”

Lidiya is also a LEAD fellow who has worked at many different community-based programs, such as Campus Ministry’s Urban Plunge program, Soup for You, and the Campus Kitchens program. She is currently a STEM peer mentor and has worked as a teaching assistant for Calculus classes and Calc Workshop and was the 3D printing coordinator for the mathematics department last year. Also named a Phillips Scholar, Lidiya will be running a program this summer, under the mentorship of Dr. Rebekah Dupont, Augsburg’s Director of STEM Programs, designed to increase retention of underrepresented students in STEM disciplines. Lidiya is also a Christenson Scholar and will be a Sabo Scholar this coming fall.

After graduating from Augsburg, Lidiya plans to pursue a PhD in space physics. Ultimately, her plans are to “start a space physics department in Ethiopia since [she] believes that there are many young people who don’t get the opportunity to study space physics.”

Congratulations Lidiya! Thanks to her many Augsburg mentors and teachers.

Drlandra Larkins wins Lead for America Fellowship

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Dralandra Larkins, a senior social work major, just received the Lead for America National Fellowship, along with 59 other fellows who will join her co-hort out of 681 national applicants. Dralandra currently holds two internships, one at Hennepin County as a case manager and a second at the Metropolitan Council as a housing assistant. As a Lead for America fellow, Dralandra will spend 5 weeks this summer at Harvard University with a cohort of passionate and informed leaders engaged in public administration and leadership development training. Following training, Dralandra will spend the next two years working full time with local government at the Metropolitan Council advancing economic security and housing opportunities for marginalized populations. During her two years as a fellow, Dralandra will receive ongoing training opportunities and attend fellow retreats in Washington D.C, where she will hear from prominent national, local and global leaders about significant challenges facing the 21st century society. Benefits from the fellowship program include a $12,000 graduate educational award, supportive mentorships, professional development and the summer institute training, health insurance as well as her internship salary.

Lead for America is a nonpartisan fellowship program that selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, transforming our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. To learn more about the fellowship, visit here or contact the URGO office at

Kudos to Dralandra.


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