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Two weeks in the Netherlands or Greece – Study Abroad in Summer 2020

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Short term study abroad is a great way to travel, earn credits, and still have the rest of your summer to work, play, do an internship, etc. There are a few great options coming up for Summer 2020–start planning now. Applications are open and the application deadline is JANUARY 31

***Living Green in Amsterdam***
Course options (students take ONE course):
SOC/URB111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement

Faculty Leader: Lars Christiansen
Travel Dates: May 7-22, 2020

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***
Course options:
KEY 490, ECO 495 , or BUS 495 (students register for one course).
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Faculty Leaders:
Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Travel Dates: May 13-27, 2020
Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

Visit the Augsburg Study Abroad & Away site to learn more about these programs!

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447.

Pre-Health Advising Session for New Augsburg Students

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Friday, September 20th | Hagfors 273 | 2 p.m.

This session for new first-year and transfer students interested in pre-health will provide information on how to explore health careers and how to plan for the courses and experiences required by professional/graduate schools such as medical, dental, PA, PT, public health, and many others. Contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the project or innovation and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,000. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website. Completed applications must be submitted to by Thursday, September 19th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1441, or stop in at Hagfors 101.

URGO Website

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.

The Writing Center is Open

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The Writing Center is now open! Our hours are:
Monday–Thursday: 2:00-9:00 pm, Sunday: 5:30-9:00 pm
We will begin Online Tutoring on October 6th. Our hours will be:
Sunday-Wednesday 7:30-9:00 pm

We are located in the Lindell Library to the left of the Circulation Desk. Please come see us and send your friends, students, colleagues, and peers our way!

Please email Jennifer Forsthoefel at if you would like the Writing Center to visit your class to tell your students about our services.

General Announcements

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 and scholarship info!

Auditions: All Students Welcome

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Main Stage Theater Auditions for Green
Thursday, September 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Augsburg Theater Department is holding auditions on Thursday night for its main stage production of Green. Green takes place in the near future in a vibrant underground community of hackers, botanists and artists who live off the grid. When a young inventor shows up looking for a place to hide from the government because she figured out how to circumvent water scarcity the entire community must decide if their desire to save lives is worth the risk of destroying their own…

We welcome all students on campus to audition. If you are interested, please check out the information located on the front door of Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, located in Foss Center. Don’t wait, do it today!!!

Meet with a TIAA Retirement Advisor

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday September 17th from 8:00am – 2:00pm
Lindell Library 301 (8:00am – noon)

Wednesday, September 18th from 8:00am – 2:00pm
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, September 19th from 8:00am – 2:00pm
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Joshua at

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 with the Sabo Center.

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!

Human Rights Voices in post-conflict Guatemala, 4-credits
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 and in-country transportation. 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!

Event Announcements

Free Money For 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

Adjunct Get-together – TODAY 4:15-6:15pm

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Just a reminder that the Annual Adjunct Get-together is TODAY, September 10 in the Augsburg Room of Christensen Center! This is your opportunity to connect with other adjuncts, sample some food from Birchwood Café, and meet your union stewards. Officially it’s 4:15-6:15 p.m., but we have the space reserved from 4:00-6:30 p.m. to allow for set-up and clean-up, so please come whenever your schedule permits!

Even if you did not RSVP, you are welcome to stop by. Hope to see you there!

You are invited to Join the Pop Up Choir on September 17

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Pop-Up Choir Invitation: All singers (students, staff and faculty) are invited to sing in Pop-Up Choir for a special chapel on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:30 am, focusing on “Why Music?”

Rehearsals will be held in Hoversten Chapel Monday, September 16, from 10:15-10:30 am and Tuesday, September 17, from 11:00-11:15 am, led by Sonja Thompson, University Organist. Please join us for either or both of these rehearsals. If you have questions, please contact Sonja Thompson at thompso2@augsburg. edu.

We hope to see you there!

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A few employee discounted Gala tickets are still available for purchase

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We have a small number of tickets available for the upcoming Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27, 2019. Employees can purchase up to two tickets at $75 each. Additional tickets or tickets purchased by non-employees are $150. 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

Students Invited to Sociology Open House

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The Department of Sociology is holding an open house (a meet and greet with treats) on Wednesday, September 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Oren 100. We welcome all new and returning sociology students, and particularly look forward to meeting students who have recently transferred. There will be a Sociology Faculty Bake-Off–come register your vote!!

Native American Film Series–Warrior Women

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents Warrior Women: Mothers and Daughters Fighting for Indigenous Rights in the American Indian Movement on Saturday October 5, 2019. Warrior Women looks at the history of Indigenous activism as lived and led by AIM activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcy. The film traces Madonna’s work for cultural sovereignty in education as she helped create the “We Will Remember” Survival School and the shared work she and her daughter have continued around environmental justice and Indigenous sovereignty. Join us for the screening of WARRIOR WOMEN and video conversations with Director Elizabeth Castle and activist Marcella (Marcy) Gilbert.

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Where & When:
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Screening begins at 7:00 p.m.
Discussion with participants follows
This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series

Communication, Film, and New Media Open House TODAY

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The Augsburg Communication, Film, and New Media Department is thrilled to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. Any students interested in the opportunities we have to offer are invited to our Open House. Come learn about internship opportunities, enjoy snacks, and maybe win a prize!

Welcome Back Open House
Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
, Foss 171

We look forward to seeing you!

“SABO” the Date for the Sabo Center Open House this Wednesday

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SABO THE DATE! Join us this Wednesday, 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

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Sod House Theater presents “Ghost Sonata”

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Sod House Theater (Darcey Engen ’88 and Luverne Seifert ’85) in collaboration with Black Label Movement present Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata in Swede Hollow Park. Production is FREE—reservations recommended.

September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 all at 6:00 pm

About the show:
Audiences will set off on an immersive, theatrical promenade through Swede Hollow Park, stopping along the way to experience moving vignettes inspired by the histories of immigration to the area beginning in the 1850s. Witness a kaleidoscopic performance, brought to life by an incredible cast of local multidisciplinary artists, evoking the struggles, joys, stories, and ghosts of the myriad communities that have called this land home. Working closely with local businesses and organizations, this project also includes additional community events designed to spark conversations about the rich history of this incredible neighborhood.

More information here!

Part-time Job Fair – Wed (Chance to win $25)

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Wednesday, September 11th
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Quad (weather, not permitting, Christensen Center)
Free Popcorn

The fair will feature local and on-campus employers that are seeking to hire Auggies! Learn more at

Check-in and attend the fair for a chance to win – $25 Visa Card

All are welcome. #augsburgworks

Seward Redesign 50th Anniversary Celebration – Sept. 20

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Seward Redesign is celebrating 50 years of community development work in the Seward neighborhood by hosting a series of informative and fun events on Friday, September 20th. The Redesign50 Community Wealth Building Summit and Celebration will include workshops, tours, a keynote address by Pete Saunders, and a block party featuring local artists, music, and food. For more information about Redesign50, including a schedule of events, go to

Study Abroad and Away Fair – On Friday

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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
10:00am – 2:00 pm, Christensen Center

Learn More about Study Abroad & Away

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Student Job: Marketing and Administrative Assistant, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion ( at Augsburg University is seeking a student marketing and administrative assistant for 20 hours per week during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The candidate will support The Forum’s marketing and logistics for an annual 3-day conference, quarterly breakfast events, and monthly webinars/podcasts.

For details, and to apply, visit:

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion