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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.

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.

Study a language abroad for free next summer with CLS

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Most programs do not require experience studying the selected language. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

To learn more about the program, go to . The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 25th

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!

Looking for Experiential Education Ideas? Turn to the Experiential Ed Library Guide

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Looking to incorporate experiential learning into your class? 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!

RSVP for Talk by Dr. Z. Vivian Feng – 2019 CTL Scholarship Award Winner

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On Wednesday, October 2, you can hear Dr. Feng speak about, “Life at the Nano-bio interface — an Analytical Chemist’s journey towards an environmentally sustainable future.” Treats will be provided. RSVP with the link below.

Wednesday, October 2 | Speaking of Scholarship with Dr. Z. Vivian Feng – 2019 CTL Scholarship Award Winner | 3:10 pm – 4:20 pm, Hagfors 150 A

RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Dr. Z. Vivian Feng

EDTalk Tomorrow

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Before tomorrow’s Faculty Meeting, listen to the first EDTalk of the year, “Trauma: 3 Interdisciplinary Perspectives”.

Professors Beckman (Biology), Lehmann (Social Work), and Lowe (Religion) will describe how trauma is currently understood in their disciplines and highlight the points of tension and coherence among these disciplinary approaches to trauma.

EDTalks are fifteen minutes filled with information and inspiration, just prior to the monthly Faculty Meetings. Enjoy your coffee and some wisdom before the big meeting.

Wednesday, September 18 | EDTalk: Trauma: 3 Interdisciplinary Perspectives | 3:20 pm – 3:35 pm, Hagfors 151

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Tech-Tip Tuesday: How to Hold Class When Class is Cancelled

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Weather and other emergencies that cancel class can disrupt the teaching plan you originally devised in your syllabus. Fortunately, Augsburg has a number of e-learning tools that allow you to transform your in-class lesson(s) into an online (asynchronous) equivalent. Check out the link below for suggestions about how to re-imagine a lesson plan with relatively short notice so you won’t have to reorganize to catch up.

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.

2019-20 Augsburg Interfaith Fellows

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We are pleased to announce Augsburg’s Interfaith Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year: Busshō Lahn and Chris Stedman ’08

The Augsburg Interfaith Fellows are charged with deepening and extending Augsburg’s calling to inter-religious engagement, preparing students to live and serve in contexts of religious pluralism. Their work is coordinated by the newly created Interfaith at Augsburg: An Institute to Promote Inter-Religious Leadership and includes participating in classroom and campus discussions and events; working with students named as Interfaith, Christensen, and Sabo scholars; and engaging with Augsburg’s Interfaith Coordinating Committee and various religious groups on campus.

Busshō Lahn is a Senior Priest at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and is on the leadership team of Aslan Institute in Eagan, MN. This will be Bussho’s second year as an Interfaith Fellow. “I wish to keep offering myself as a resource on Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness to classes & students in whatever capacity I can. I have a relatively flexible schedule, with normal class/working hours being especially available. I’d love to meet more Auggies!”

Chris Stedman is a humanist community organizer, interfaith activist, and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I’m thrilled to start my third year as an interfaith fellow at Augsburg and can’t wait to continue learning from and with this wonderful community. I especially love visiting classes and engaging in conversation with students about humanism, secular worldviews, interfaith work, and my own undergraduate experience at Augsburg. Please reach out if you have any ideas or questions about ways we might work together.”

Full bios of Augsburg Interfaith Fellows

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2020 and August 2021. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a $1,000 stipend. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

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.

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.

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 on 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!

71% of employers are hiring now

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71% of employers are hiring now for 2020 interns and employees. That is why Augsburg Works is launching this semester to help students understand recruiting timelines for 2020 jobs and internships as well as connect them to the career readiness programs they will need to be successful candidates.

Any student looking for an internship or employment in spring or summer of 2020 should be actively searching for opportunities and applying now. There are a number of opportunities this fall to help students be competitive in the job application process. Look for posters around campus and on Handshake for a full list of programs.

Two events coming up soon are:

Resume Round-Ups Sept 23 (10 am – 3 pm) and 26 (3 pm- 7 pm): Have your resume reviewed by industry professionals during a 20 minute appointment. There are a number of appointment slots available, be sure to register through Handshake.

Career and Internship Fair Oct 1 (3-5 pm): Over 38 employers from a variety of sectors and industries will be on campus to recruit students. Register on Handshake.

Students can find more information and register on Handshake.

Auggie Pass still available for day students

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Over 1300 Augsburg day students have picked up their Auggie Pass.

The Auggie Pass is an all-you-can-ride pass for Augsburg day students. Supported by the green fee, Metro Transit and Augsburg, the Auggie Pass is good on any bus, any time, and any light rail, any time, as well as the NorthStar line to Anoka.

Students can get their Auggie Pass at the Library Circulation Desk – please bring Augsburg ID.

The passes are good August 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020.

For students who use Metro Mobility, please email Mike Fetting, The Auggie Pass does not work on Metro Mobility, so we have Go To cards with pre-loaded $180 value – and will add more value as needed.

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 – Noon
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

Campus Kitchen: Produce every Monday

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Campus Kitchen will continue produce distribution every Monday this semester from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Christiansen lobby. We will be implementing a new rule this semester to insure that everyone has an opportunity to get produce. The first hour (2-3pm) 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

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:

Event Announcements

CWC Health Fair – Wednesday 9/18

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Come and meet the Center for Wellness and Counseling staff (CWC) and 30 community partners offering resources and information on health and mental health topics. There will be FREE food, FREE chair massages, dogs, blood typing, and more. So join us from 10:30 – 1:00 pm on Wednesday 9/18 first floor of Christensen Center for this annual educational event. Questions call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Hope to see you Wednesday!

Morning Chapel: “Why Music?” with Sonja Thompson

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am for a service exploring the question “Why Music”. Sonja Thompson, University Organist, and Rev. Justin Lind-Ayers, University Pastor, will both offer short reflections in the service. We will have a Pop Up Choir, too. If you would like to join the Pop Up Choir, Sonja Thompson is holding a rehearsal from 11:00 – 11:15 am in the chapel.

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Free Money For You: Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop TODAY

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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 the Workshops this week!

Tuesday, September 17 – TODAY!
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

Sesqui Brown Bag: Big Pix on campus

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Are you curious about the new murals and window clings all around campus? Come to the first Sesquicentennial Brown Bag talk to learn more about the “On This Spot” scrims and window clings and about “Each, Together,” Augsburg’s group action in the Inside Out project.

Art & Design professors Chris Houltberg and Kristin Anderson, together with artist and Augsburg alum Maggie Royce ’16, will talk about the projects in an illustrated presentation on Wednesday, September 18, from noon-1:00 in Oren 100.

ASAC Homecoming Week

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Homecoming Decorating Contest: SUNDAY 9/22

The anual Homecoming Decorating Contest!

Calling all student organizations! The Homecoming Decorating contest is near and you will have the chance to decorate a section of campus that will display their student organization through Auggie pride. There are 6 different categories with $1,000 up for grabs.

The Grand Champion will also be eligible to win an extra $500 for their organization.

For more information or any questions please contact Campus Life

Date: 9/22/2019
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Check-in Christensen Center Lobby

Lip Sync Battle: MONDAY 9/23

The Return of the Lip Sync Battle!

The Lip Sync Battle will be held in Sateren Auditorium starting at 7 pm. Winner can win $150 dollars! Please email to register. Everyone is able to participate as we are accepting up to 12 individuals or groups (Max 3 people per group)

Date: 9/23/2019
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Sateren Auditorium

Chips & Dip with ASAC: TUESDAY 9/24

Come hang out with ASAC board members and enjoy some chips & dips with refreshments. There will be games, music, and prizes. You won’t want to miss your chance to win a pair of Airpods, Gift Cards, and COOL Auggie Merch!

Date: 9/24/2019
Time: 11:00am – 2:00 pm
Location: Student Lounge


Join ASAC in the Christensen Center to test your knowledge on Augsburg’s 150th trivia!

Date: 9/25/2019
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Christensen Center


ASAC will be hosting movie night at SCI-123. Grab your friends and come enjoy some snacks as we watch the classic feature film Shrek!

Date: 9/26/2019
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: SCI 123


Hosted by KAUG and ASAC come listen to your fellow auggies and local artists in Minneapolis.
Contact KAUG if you’re interested in performing

Date: 9/27/2019
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Student Lounge

Seward Redesign 50th Anniversary Celebration – Sept. 20

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Seward Redesign is celebrating 50 years of community development in the Seward neighborhood by hosting a series of 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

Sabo Center Fall Events

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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.

Tuesday, Sept 24: Sabo Snapshot

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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? Missed Monday’s “Sabo Snapshot”? Join us for a second opportunity to learn about the Sabo Center!

*Tuesday, September 24, from 11:30a-12:30p in the Riverside Room*

Bring a lunch and listen 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!

Bring your lunch! We hope to see you there.

Warrior Women Film Event

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents Warrior Women 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.

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

Native American Film Series

Ambiance Theatre Company’s Waiting in Vain

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Augsburg alums are putting on Waiting in Vain this weekend in the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater! Written by Malick Ceesay and directed by Atlese Robinson.

Sept. 21 at 7:00PM
Sept. 22 at 3:00PM

Waiting in Vain is a story about four young and black teens who rob a gas station and hide out in an abandoned store blocks away. As they devise a plan to escape home unscathed, they are stricken with agonizing panic, detachment, and nightmares, as the media finds evidence pointing closer to their location – preventing them from returning back into their esteemed lives.

Student tickets are only $3

Click here for tickets!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Welcome to new Director, StepUP

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Welcome to Renee Most, Director, StepUP, who started Monday, Sept. 16. Renee has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Catherine’s University and a Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School. Renee brings experience working at Kodiak Recovery, The Emily Program, and Hazelden Betty Ford, among others.

Please join in welcoming Renee.


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