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Complete the Gen Ed Survey by Tomorrow

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Please remember to fill out the Gen Ed design survey before the May 1st deadline. You can find information about the proposal here: The Gen Ed Team would love to hear your thoughts. Access to the survey form is available via the link below.

Spring 2019 General Education Survey

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methods of analysis and a broad range of sources representing multiple perspectives, the course will examine competing historical references and their respective usefulness in understanding change and continuity over time, specifically between the 1979 Revolution and the current social-political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.

Empowering Underrepresented Students in STEM – Augsburg summer program for rising sophomores

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Empowering Underrepresented Students in STEM at Augsburg (E.U.S.S.A.). is a summer enrichment program that will offer workshops on Tuesdays, 5:00-8:30 PM, June 4th-July 20th. Students who participate in the program will receive a stipend of up to $600. Food will also be provided at each session.

The aim of the program is to bring more diversity to STEM at Augsburg and to support underrepresented students academically, financially, and through professional networking.

Underrepresented students: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Pacific Islanders
Current first year students (sophomores in fall 2019)
Non-transfers (enrolled fall 2018 at Augsburg)
Pursuing a STEM major: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics
Committed to their future college success

To sign up, please complete the E.U.S.S.A. Application (Google form) by May 15th.

Please feel free to share this information with students who you think might be good candidates.

Application form:

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.

MA in Education Info Session & Refreshments

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May 6th from 6:30-7:30 PM
OGC 100
MA in Education Info Session
Appetizers provided

This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch its new MA in Education program for classroom teachers and community educators alike (think: museum or outdoor education). This program is 30-31 credits and can be completed in less than 2 years.

To learn more, register for the event here:

Feel free to contact April Johnson ( with any questions

Reflection and Experiential Ed: 3 Days in May Workshop with special guest

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Join the Sabo Center for an extended workshop on *reflection and experiential education* during 3 Days in May. We’ll learn about designing, incorporating, and evaluating reflection in experiential education with a special guest presenter, MN Campus Compact Associate Director Sinda Nichols!

Matt Maruggi will also provide insight.

It may be the final afternoon of 3 Days in May, but it’s sure to be thought-provoking, fulfilling, and fun! We hope you’ll join us!

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection
Hagfors 150 B/C
Thursday, May 16, 1-4 p.m.

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection–RSVP

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

Apply to be an AugSem Student Leader

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We are looking for students who want to be peer mentors for first-year students in their AugSem class. Student Leaders work closely with faculty and students to ensure first-year students have a smooth transition to college. Fall 2019 AugSem linked courses, faculty, and Augsburg Seminar meeting times are listed on the Records & Registration page on inside Augsburg. Interested students are encouraged to submit an application using Handshake. Applications can be found on Inside Augsburg under On-Campus Student Jobs. Questions? Feel free to contact Rebekah Dupont at

Faculty Scholarship Display Registrations Due Tomorrow

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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

Sign Up for the “3 Days in May”

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Check out the link below for descriptions of the “3 Days in May” workshops, which will take place Tuesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 16. There are a variety of sessions planned, including a couple put on by the library: “Build Your Own Classroom Adventure Using Library Resources” and “Reduce the Cost of Textbooks Using Open Educational Resources”. Find out more about these and all of the other workshops at Then use the RSVP form linked below to sign up for the sessions you plan to attend.

RSVP for the “3 Days in May”

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 Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

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Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

Tuesday, May 7th
11am – 1pm
Hagfors 104

URGO is hosting a personal statement workshop for pre-health applicants with Simone Gbolo, executive director of the PPIA Program and former director of the Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program in the U of M Medical School’s Office of Admissions.
Please contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

General Announcements

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!

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

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:

Questions? Contact

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.

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Thanks to 144 scholarship recipients we have a winner

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Congratulations to Dralandra Larkins, a senior Social Work major from Minneapolis, who won Apple AirPods in a drawing for scholarship recipients. Along with the 143 other respondents, she filled out an online questionnaire and was entered into a prize drawing.

Each year more than 330 students, out of a student body of 3500, receive scholarship awards that were started by individual and corporate donors who care about students, learning, and value the unique attributes of an Augsburg education. Each year we ask these students to share their Augsburg experience with these donors as a way to demonstrate that their donations are making a difference.

Thank you to all 144 scholarship recipients who completed the questionnaire and a big thank you to all scholarship donors for paying it forward. Go Auggies!

Sherilyn Young
Donor Relations Coordinator

Event Announcements

Farewell for Kirsten O’Brien – TOMORROW

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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 Philanthropies. 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/STEM Programs suite (Hagfors 101) on Wednesday, May 1st from 2:00 to 4:30. Come by for cake and refreshments and to wish Kirsten well on her next career venture.

Key Sesquicentennial Dates. Calendar Available.

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Find some key dates and event descriptions as well as a link to subscribe to the Sesquicentennial calendar. Bookmark Inside Augsburg Sesquicentennial Planning to keep up with updates about this important year-long celebration.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Two Auggies Named to NSF Fellows List

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Senior biologist Holly Kundel was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides a $34,000 stipend/three years for graduate study. Holly was among 2,000 students named NSF GRFP fellows out of 12,000 applicants. Last year Holly was named a Goldwater Scholar, a national award for top STEM undergraduate scientists. Holly has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Emily Schilling conducting dragonfly research, funded by donor Dean Sundquist and the M.A. Cargill Philanthropies. Holly is a co-author on three publications and presented research findings at numerous regional and national conferences. Holly will be pursuing a Master’s of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic biology at the University of MN and plans on earning a PhD in the same field.

Senior biologist Olivia Fitch was named to the Honorable Mention NSF GRFP list. Olivia has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Matt Beckman studying the genetic mechanism for cyclops eye development in Daphnia magna, commonly known as water fleas. Olivia also worked in both the Bee and Monarch Labs at the U of M. She presented her research multiple times, including on-campus and nationally and is working with Dr. Beckman on a manuscript for submission. Olivia will be attending Michigan State University pursuing a PhD in Integrative Biology.

Congratulations Holly and Olivia.

Augsburg Represented at Regional Mathematics Education Conference

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Five Augsburg faculty, students, alumni presented at the 2019 Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference in Duluth this past weekend. The presentations and workshops were 60 and 90 minutes long, respectively.

Lewis Istok (’19) and Heather Krumwiede (’19): Factoring and Fun with Spirographs
Kathryne Chiqui (Former Augsburg Student and currently ABE Mathematics Teacher, for MPS): co-presented: Integrating Soft Skills to Achieve Success (co-presented with Amber Dellinger, ARCC)
Dr. Jennie Diaz (Education Dept): Thinking Beyond Mathematical Mindset: A Focus on Equity
Dr. Christopher Smith (MSCS Dept): Financial Literacy through Coin Flips

Several other former Augsburg students participated in the conference including Nate Peterson (Highview Middle School Mounds View), Indra LeMaire (Hmong College Prep Academy), Jenna Sheridan (SPPS), and Sue Wygant (Mathematics Specialist at MDE, Augsburg instructor, former student, and on the Board of Directors of MCTM).


Scrubs Camp Counselors Needed – Earn $500 for One Week

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Counselors are needed to work at Metro Scrubs Camp at Augsburg from July 8 – July 12, 2019; 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily. Counselors earn $500 for the week. Metro Scrubs Camp provides opportunities for high school students from throughout the Twin Cities area to explore health careers by engaging in interactive sessions led by health care professionals. For the job description and application form, go to Questions? Contact Hli Vang at 612-330-1530;

Share Your Spanish Skills & Earn $55 as a Debate Judge

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, will host the season’s final Spanish Debate League tournament on May 8th, 2019.

We are seeking Spanish-fluent judges for this final tournament.

Judges will receive a $55 check for judging 3 rounds of debate, held entirely in Spanish. Dinner is provided. This tournament is held at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, MN.

Please join us in helping boost the vocabulary, public speaking skills, and confidence for local Spanish-speaking high school and middle school students!

Email for more information or sign up below:

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Judge East African Debate League and Earn $55

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The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide several debate programs to Twin Cities students, including our East African Debate Initiative. This season, East African middle and high school students will debate rent control in the Twin Cities. We are searching for judges for the following upcoming tournaments:

May 1st @ Washburn High School, 3:30 – 7:00 PM
May 15th @ Augsburg University, 3:30 – 7:00 PM

Judges will receive a $55 check for judging 3 rounds of debate.

No debate experience? No worries. We will train you!

Debate is effective for improving students’ confidence, public speaking skills, and reading comprehension. We hope you will join us to help boost these outcomes for MPS & SPPS students!

Sign up below or email for more info:

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