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New Class: Interested in the environment and food systems?

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A new course has been added for this fall in the Environmental Studies Program and it’s all about food and its impact on the environment!! Register for ENV 100-A (Fall 2019).

The course satisfies the core curriculum requirement of Liberal Arts Foundation: Social & Behavioral Sciences and is 4 credits. We meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:40-5:20pm.

General Description: Environmental Connections is an interdisciplinary introduction to current issues regarding the natural environment upon which we all depend, an environment under increasing strain. It also serves as the introductory course for Augsburg’s Environmental Studies Program and as a Social and Behavioral Sciences course in the Liberal Arts Foundation. Throughout the semester we will explore food systems and our collective challenge of balancing a sustainable society with sustainable ecologies. We all need food to survive, but current processes of cultivation, production, distribution, and waste disposal significantly, and detrimentally, impact the natural world. How serious are these challenges? How will we respond? What can be and is being done now to minimize the further damage from these human activities?

Contact Monica McDaniel at for more details or with questions.

Looking for experiential education ideas? Turn to the Experiential Ed Library Guide

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Looking to incorporate experiential learning into your syllabus for this fall? Check out two great resources compiled by the Sabo Center that can help you shape a course or assignment related to experiential education.

The first is the Experiential Education website. This website offers an overview of experiential learning at Augsburg, the core elements of effective experiential education, and offers examples of different kinds of experiential learning strategies:

The second is a comprehensive library guide, covering topics from theory to resources for course design, ideas for reflection activities, and more!

Curious about the Sabo Center? Join us for “snapshot” lunches this month

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Faculty and staff:

Curious about what the Sabo Center does and how you might connect your course, department, or program to our work? Join the Sabo Center for a brown bag lunch while we present a “snapshot” of our work. Come learn about resources for experiential education, civic skills workshops, Campus Kitchen, LEAD Fellows, Public Achievement, and more!

There are TWO opportunities to join us:

Monday, September 16, 12-1 p.m., Marshall Room
Tuesday, September 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Riverside Room

Bring your lunch! We hope to see you there.

Attention Muggles: study abroad in the UK on winter break

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Spend winter break in both London and Edinburgh exploring the connections between youth culture, media, and social change, with a focus on Harry Potter and Brexit.


From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media, and Political Activism in the UK
Course: WST 220, 4-credits, fulfills Humanities and Augsburg Experience requirements

Faculty Leader: Professor Adriane Brown
Travel Dates: December 29, 2019 to January 12, 2020
This program is limited to 15 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be used as needed.

This 4-credit course is part of the spring 2020 enrollment. It can be taken as part of, or in addition to, your usual course load, and overload fees incurred by this study abroad program will be waived.

Program cost $4,675
includes: international airfare, all meals, all lodging, all program activities, all transportation in the UK. There is no additional tuition fee for full-time undergrad students.

Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

Human-Rights Voices in Post-Conflict Guatemala – study abroad on spring break

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Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break!

Course options: CCS/SPA 495, or POL 459

Faculty Leader: Professor Joseph Towle
Travel Dates: March 14-22, 2020 (spring break)

Course Description:
Many U.S. citizens know little of Guatemala and the struggles its people face although it is a nation that continuously finds its fortunes bound to the interests and intent of the United States.

This course invites you to hear Guatemalan people’s views of their country, to explore past and present US involvement, and learn from those who lived through and survived the civil war spanning four decades (1960-1996), as well as a new generation of writers and artists–all who creatively and peacefully counteract the culture of fear through art and literature.

This 4-credit course is part of the spring 2020 enrollment. It can be taken as part of, or in addition to, your usual course load, and overload fees incurred by this study abroad program will be waived.


Program cost $3,825
includes: international airfare, all meals, all lodging, all program activities, all transportation in the UK. There is no additional tuition fee for full-time undergrad students.

Scholarships are available!

Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

Palestinian Art of Resistance – study abroad on spring break

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Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to your Spring break!

Palestinian Art of Resistance, 4-credits, fulfills Fine Arts requirement
Course options: ART 211 or THR 295

Faculty Leader: Sarah Myers and Robert Tom
Travel Dates: March 13-23, 2020 (spring break)

Course Description:
Art of Resistance will immerse you in contemporary Palestinian culture and invite you to learn directly from a wide range of artists in the region. You will have the unique opportunity to experience art and performance first-hand in diverse Palestinian contexts, from a day-long excursion to cultural sites in Ramallah to a conference call with artists in Gaza. A major component of the course will be ongoing cultural exchange with students from Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. Augsburg students will also learn about the complex political, historical, social, and religious context for Palestinian art and theater through guided tours, performances, gallery talks, museum visits, readings, and discussions. Throughout these experiences, students will interrogate what it means to create art under occupation, explore various definitions of the “art of resistance,” and learn tools to make creative work that defies and reimagines the status quo.


Scholarships are available!

Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program is highly selective and brings together teams of science and economics undergraduate students and master’s-level business students to analyze a product in development at Mayo. Undergraduates are chosen from 12 of Minnesota’s private college and universities, comprising teams of four students. Each student team is lead by an MBA student and is advised by a project manager in the Mayo Office of Intellectual Property. Teams then present their findings to college faculty, inventors, and Mayo Clinic representatives. Participants gain valuable experience as consultants understanding how product development intersects science, business, and bioethics. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded $1,000 stipends for their work. Eligible students are undergraduates studying science, business, or economics. More information on MISP.

The MISP Application deadline is September 20, 2018.

MISP Application Form

General Announcements

Campus Cupboard Looking for Donations

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Hey all,

Campus Cupboard is looking for some donations to help stock the cupboard shelves. We are currently looking for:

– Pasta
– Soup
– Dinner box mixes (hamburger helper, etc)
– Snack type item / crackers
– Rice / grains

Any donations you have are greatly appreciated and can be dropped of in the donation bin located next to Einstein’s cafe or directly to the cupboard during open hours:

Tuesday: 11-4
Wednesday: 11-4
Friday: 2-4

For larger donations or if these times don’t work for you feel free to email me: and we can set up a meeting time that works for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and keeping us in mind in the future. We always appreciate your help in keeping the campus kitchen up and running

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Student Share Shop Opening this Fall–Looking for donations

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Hey all,

Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are proud to announce a new student resource on campus: the student Share Shop. We are working towards opening this space in the sublevel of the old science building by Fall, 2019. To help us get started we are asking you—students, staff, and faculty at Augsburg—for some helpful donations.
Based off of a recent survey, here are some of the things we are looking for for the share shop:

– Household / dorm Repair (Spackle, Tool kits, poster putty)
– Recreational gear (sports equipment, out door games, hammocks, etc.)
– Office materials (calculators, sharpeners, staplers)
– First aid kits
– Twin XL sheets (new or washed)
– Weather related items (umbrellas, shovels, extra hats/scarves/mittens)
– Sewing/glasses repair kits
– Hot pots or rice cookers
– Cooking (Microwave, pots and pans, utensils, coffee makers)
– Board games, DVDs

Any donations are greatly appreciated and welcome, but please don’t feel obligated to donate. Donations can be brought to the Sabo Center located in the basement of Anderson Hall and placed in the designated bins. We appreciate your time and consideration thank you in advance.

For more informations please feel free to email me:

Produce Distribution Resumes Mon Sept. 9

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Happy to say that Campus Kitchen will resume produce distribution next Monday September 9th from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Christiansen lobby. We will be implementing new rules this semester to insure that everyone has an opportunity to get produce. The first hour (2-3) will be reserved for students and the following hour will be open for everyone. Please bring your own bag if you are able. Thank you for your continued support.

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Important Announcement About Choral Placement Auditions

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The Augsburg choral faculty will be hearing placement auditions for Cedar Singers, Riverside Singers, and the Augsburg Choir during the afternoons of September 4th, 5th, and 6th. All University students are eligible – and heartily welcomed – to audition. If you were in Augsburg Choir last year, you are accepted to continue in AC this year, and there is no need to take these auditions. Likewise, Riverside Singers intending to continue in that group are also exempt. But we want to hear you if you are:

 a First-Year student.
 a Transfer student.
 a previous member of Cedar Singers.
 a previous member of Riverside Singers seeking consideration for Augsburg Choir.
 a returning Augsburg student who has not previously been involved in our choirs.

Please take careful note of these audition procedures:

1. Sign up for your audition appointment in Anderson Music Hall. Between the band and choir rooms, M2 and M3, you will find a bulletin board where the sign-up sheets will be posted. Auditions will be heard as follows: 9/4, 3:00-6:00; 9/5, 3:00-6:00; 9/6, 2:00-6:00.

2. Arrive outside the choir room (M3) at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment to access and complete the intake sheet and music-literacy assessment. (Never fear: we will use this assessment to inform our work with you, not to exclude you from participation.)

3. There is no need to prepare any song performance for this audition.

4. Results will be posted by Saturday at 5:00 pm on the same bulletin board where you found the sign-up sheets.

5. If you have questions, please contact the Music Office at or (612) 330-1265.

Nota bene: If you are a first year or new transfer student music major, you will be required to choose a Thursday audition appointment.

We look forward to hearing you!

Kristina G. Boerger, DMA
Schwartz Professor of Choral Leadership
Director of Augsburg Choir

Allyss Haecker, DMA
Director, Riverside Singers

Ryan LaBoy, MM
Director, Cedar Singers

Music Students Welcome Session, Sept 5th, 4pm – Sateren Auditorium

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New and returning music students should attend a welcome session TODAY (Thursday, Sept 5th) at 4pm in Sateren Auditorium in Anderson Music Hall. Music faculty available will introduce themselves & some information will be shared. A casual gathering to meet new folks and re-connect with returning folks. Students who have a music fine arts scholarship for 2019-2010 will have a group photo taken on stairs outside Sateren Lobby at 4:45pm. Contact Tina with questions,

Sabo Center Learning Opportunities this Fall

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Join the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship this fall for a wealth of opportunities to learn and connect!

Upcoming events include an open house, “snapshot” brown bag lunches for faculty and staff, the Community Opportunity Fair, a Constitution Day dialogue, workshops, trainings, and more! Check out the blog post, linked below, for more information about all our upcoming events and like us on Facebook ( for the latest updates.

Read more about upcoming opportunities to connect to the Sabo Center.

Musicians Needed

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Do you love to perform? If so, Augsburg has many opportunities for you to get involved, and you don’t have to be a Music Major to participate. We’d love to include you! For starters, check out the following:

• The Sesquicentennial Musical: A new piece of community devised Music-Theater is currently under construction, with funding provided by an institutional grant, to celebrate 150 years of Augsburg. Look for Songwriting workshops and readings this fall. Auditions for singer-actors will be held in Tjornholm-Nelson Theater on November 4-8. Rehearsals will take place in February and March (’20), and performances are scheduled for April 1-5, 2020.

• Opera Workshop: Students with an interest in singing, acting, movement and storytelling are welcome to join the OPERA WORKSHOP! Meets T/Th 1:50-3:30 in Sateren Auditorium. Expand your Performing Power and collaborate with other creative performers!

• Daily Chapel: Musicians of all styles, faiths and backgrounds are welcome to perform in daily chapel. Soloists and groups are regularly featured. Chapel meets MWF 10:40-11am, and TTh 11:30-11:50am. Come and share your gifts with the Augsburg community!

CONTACT: Sonja Thompson

Augsburg Asian Student Association T-Shirt Campaign

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Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff!!

Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA) would just like to announce that we will be launching our first ever ONLINE T-Shirt Fundraiser!

There will be 2 different kinds of shirts that will be made available:

-Short-Sleeve $20

-Long Sleeve $25

This campaign will help fund future AASA events and will only be active for 21 days, so get your AASA T-Shirts before the campaign ends. Because of this, please give Bonfire time to deliver your T-Shirts. Expected delivery date will be between September 30th and October 9th!

For more information, click on the link to read our campaign!!

Please Like and Share with your friends and family! Thank you for supporting Augsburg Asian Student Association

-AASA Core
President: Houa Thao
Vice-President: Linh Nguyen
Secretary: Jacynthe Moua
Treasurer: Zaj Lee
Marketing & Relations Officer: Asheema Alice Yang
Outreach Coordinator: Cindy Vue
Historian: Sienna Skye Lee

AASA T-Shirt Campaign

New Inside Augsburg Calendar Has Launched

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On Monday, August 26, Augsburg launched a brand-new unified calendar ( This new calendar allows the University to integrate a number of already-existing institutional Google Calendars and display them on the same platform. Students, staff, and faculty will also be able to submit events manually to the calendar. This calendar will replace the previous calendar on the Inside Augsburg homepage.

This new calendar is the result of advocacy from Day Student Government to streamline events and announcements at the University. During fall semester 2018, a number of meetings were held with key event planners and calendar managers around campus to identity challenges to the current calendar system and how to move forward. Based on those discussions, a team was created in the spring to move forward with the creation of a unified calendar system. This team consisted of:

Michael Grewe, Campus Life (Chair)
Sarah Cash-Darvell, University Events
Jami Kadolph, University Events
Scott Krajewski, Information Technology
Stephen Jendraszak, Marketing
Gita Sitaramiah, Public Relations and Internal Communications

The Augsburg University Calendar Policy can be found here:

Questions about this new calendar can be directed to

Event Announcements

Last chance to apply to be a vendor at Taste of Augsburg

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Taste of Augsburg will take place in Murphy Square this year on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11-1:30pm and there are a few spots left to participate as a vendor.

We have 1 spot left for an Appetizer/Side, 2 Spots left for Beverages and 2 spots left for activities. We do not allow groups to sell the same items so please have a few ideas ready if you are interested in applying.

There is also some seed money remaining to help offset the costs of purchasing the items needed and your group keeps everything they earn at the event.

For more questions please contact

TOA Application

A small number of Gala tickets are now available for purchase

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We have a small number of tickets now available for the upcoming Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27, 2019. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact Ilse Rolf ASAP to secure your spot at or calling 612-330-1512.

Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial Gala will be held on Friday, September 27 at the Minneapolis Depot. This event includes 1,000 alumni, past and present faculty, and community members who care a lot about the mission of Augsburg. There will be a reception, dinner, and a dance! Hotel information and more is posted on the Gala webpage.

About the Gala

Save the Date for the Sabo Center Open House

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Join us on September 11 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Sabo Center for an Open House! Drop in for food and connection! Come learn about the Sabo Center, meet our staff, and eat some delicious snacks. Students, Faculty, Staff: ALL are welcome!

When: September 11
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Sabo Center, located in the lower level of Anderson Residence Hall

RSVP for the Sabo Center Open House on Facebook.

Theater Welcome Meeting TODAY

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The Augsburg Theatre Department is thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year and our new theatre season! Any students interested in the opportunities we have to offer are invited to our annual Welcome Back Meeting.

We will introduce our season and directors and find out about activities in the shops. You’ll meet new theater friends and enjoy some free snacks!

Welcome Back Meeting
Thursday, September 5th, 3:45 – 4:45 pm
Tjornholm- Nelson Theater

We look forward to seeing you!


Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop

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Come learn all about how study abroad works at Augsburg, and about the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad, where you can win $5000-$8000 for your experience. You’ll leave with a great start on your essays and ideas for programs that will meet your requirements. The Gilman Scholarship is open to all US citizens who are Pell Grant eligible.

Come to one of TWO Workshops this month!

Tuesday, September 17
3:45 – 4:45 pm
Oren Gateway Center, room 100

Wednesday, September 18
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Oren Gateway Center, room 100

There is a pile of money on the floor! Will you pick it up?

Questions before the workshop? Email:

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship

Study Abroad & Away Fair – Next week

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Come learn about the off-campus study programs available to Auggies!
Programs are available around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit every student!

Browse the options, grab some program brochures, ask questions, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you! Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too!

Join us:

Friday, September 13, 10:00 – 2:00, Christensen Center

Learn More about Study Abroad & Away

Keeping Track of Auggies

URGO Welcomes Augsburg Alum to Staff

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URGO is happy to welcome Solveig Mebust, a 2009 Augsburg graduate in Music Education and Vocal and Instrumental, to our staff as Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and Fellowships Specialist. Amy Cosimini, who worked in our office over the summer, accepted a tenure track position at St. Olaf.

While at Augsburg, Solveig completed an URGO summer research project evaluating the music historical canon through analysis of pieces included in music history textbooks under the mentorship of Dr. Merilee Klemp. She also was URGO’s first student worker.

Currently, Solveig is writing her dissertation on women’s music activism in Norway, 1870-1920 on route to her PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of MN. During 2016-2017, Solveig spent the year in Norway on a Fulbright Research Award.

We are pleased to welcome her back to Augsburg and look forward to the many contributions she will make to URGO and Augsburg students.