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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.

Details and Application

Discuss qualitative research software experiences, needs

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Faculty and Staff,
Join a conversation about current qualitative research software use and future needs and wants. Nathan Lind and Erin Sugrue are inviting you to be a part of the conversation. Please consider adding your expertise to the discussion. Share your experiences using our current primary campus QR software, HyperResearch, and other software options, including NVIVO, Dedoose, and Atlas.ti. Please fill out the Google Form to express your interest.
We will schedule a discussion in the near future. If you would rather share your comments via email or phone call or in-person, please feel free! Also, please share this invitation with your colleagues!

Nathan Lind

Qualitative Research Google Form – Join the discussion

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. This is a paid position with a commitment of 1-3 hours per week during Fall 2019. 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

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.

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.

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

Paideia Institue 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

General Announcements

Winner of Airpods/Scholarship recipients say thanks to donors

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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. Thank you to all scholarship donors for paying it forward.

Sherilyn Young
Donor Relations Coordinator

TODAY@3 pm–March for Workers/Immigrant Rights/Driver’s Licenses

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March to the Capitol for International Workers Day and Driver’s Licenses for All
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
3 pm, gather at Dale and University in St Paul
3:30 pm, march to the capitol and rally

–Workers unite! No matter what your status, our fight is the same.
–Let’s march together for clean driver’s licenses, DACA, TPS, DED holders, in support of our Central American brothers, sisters and friends, and for comprehensive immigration reform.
–Liberty, justice, and dignity for all!
–Bring your signs, banners, and justice messages.
–Organized by the May 1 Coalition-Twin Cities

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:

ACR Homes – Tabling Hiring Now

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE… ACR Homes has been voted ”No. 1 WORKPLACE IN MN” twice and has amazing opportunities working with people who have disabilities for current students and soon to be graduates looking for a rewarding and flexible job, meaningful Internship, or a life changing career. Opportunities are available to start now, this Summer, after Graduation, or next Fall. Stop by the Christensen Center Wednesday, May 1st between 10a-1p to learn more or contact Phil Baumgarn 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.

For more information, go to:

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Retirement Open House for Theresa Gade this week

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Please join us in the Human Resources office on Friday, May 3 between 1-2 PM for an open house to celebrate Theresa Gade’s retirement. Theresa has been a key member of the Augsburg Human Resources team for over 10 years, and her contributions in the areas of compensation, benefits, payroll and HR information systems have been invaluable to the Augsburg community. We thank her for all she’s done for Augsburg, and wish her well as she spends more time with her family, and on the golf course!

Theresa’s last day is Friday, May 3.

Another Late Night Breakfast success

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Thanks to A’viands food service for the Late Night Breakfast, Monday, April 29. Over 400 enjoyed great food from A’viands, and great music from KAUG. One student rode off on a new bike – the winner of a drawing sponsored by A’viands. Thanks to the servers – Paul Pribbenow, Brandon Williams, Angelia Bonfiglio, BK Kormah, Hana Dinku, and Dianne Detloff.
Omelets were cooked by Jim Trelstad-Porter and Matt Maruggi.
Strawberry shortcakes were dished by Emma Blom and Ryan Hoye.
Greeters were Sarah Griesse, Ben Smethhurst and Seth Rueter.
Thanks to EP!C Peer Mentors!

Faculty & Staff better late than never…

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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 in April; please email with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who volunteered before May 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

There’s still a chance for you to help staff 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

Event Announcements

Farewell for Kirsten O’Brien – TODAY

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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. Subscribe to Calendar.

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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.

Auggie Cyclists – Join Us for Inaugural Coffee Clunker Ride

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Fellow Auggie Cyclists!

If you’ve got a two-wheeled chariot, we encourage you to join us for an inaugural Coffee Clunker. We’ll be supporting local coffee establishments, while celebrating the end of the semester, and getting a few extra miles under our belt. Feel free to hop off the route whenever you need to leave.

This is an open ride for any cyclist at any ability level.

When: Friday, May 3 from 4:30 p.m. – ?
Where: We’ll gather in front of the Foss Center, on the grassy area
Why: To be healthier, to create community, to support local businesses, to relieve a bit of end-of-semester stress

Can’t join us? We’d still love you to join our group, track your miles, and keep in touch for future rides — we’re hoping to have one a month over the summer. A link to the route, a picture of the route with highlighted hilly areas, and mileage tracker can be found in the calendar event below — so make sure to add it to your calendar!

Have questions?
Contact Tessa Wegenke ( or Lee George (

Add to your calendar!

Keeping Track of Auggies

2 Fulbright Winners; 1 Alternate

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Emilie Tomes (19), a presidential scholar who earns a B.A. in Psychology next week, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Indonesia. At Augsburg Emilie has been involved as a Coordinator and Teacher for Interfaith Bridge Building. This work led her to choose Indonesia with its religious plurality and rich traditions. In addition to teaching English, Emilie plans to “take Bahasa Indonesian lessons and create a speech program for students to engage with literature and/or important issues.” After Fulbright, Emilie plans to pursue a PhD in psychology with a concentration in peace studies and become a faculty member.

Emily Knudson (2015, Environmental Studies, English Literature and Spanish) has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil. Also a Presidential Scholar, Knudson served as the Supplemental Instructor for Augsburg’s first River Semester. After Augsburg she earned two master’s degrees from the University of Granada, one in English Language and Linguistics and one in Women and Gender Studies. Outside of classroom teaching while in Brazil, Emily hopes to “work on a project including urban agriculture so the seeds I plant can continue to grant healthy food for years to come.” After Fulbright, Emily would like to teach languages in an American public school.

Madeline Kinn (2018, Psychology and Studio Art) has been named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to the Czech Republic. A Regent’s Scholar Madeline was very involved in research while at Augsburg, even co-authoring a paper with Dr. Ben Denkinger. In addition to teaching English in the Czech Republic, Madeline planned on beginning an afterschool art class or soccer club and to volunteer time in elder care facilities, where she currently works creating and facilitating activities. Madeline plans to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on gerontology.

Congratulations to all three 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.


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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