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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.

CTL Scholarship Award Winner Dr. Z. Vivian Feng

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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.

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

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.

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

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

Faculty: How is the new University Course Survey working?

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The survey used to gather feedback on student course experiences was redesigned and adopted in the Fall of 2018. To learn more about the strengths of the newly revised form, and areas where it could be improved, we ask faculty to complete this short questionnaire and reflect on the utility of the feedback that they have obtained using this new instrument. Please let us know your thoughts!

Survey for Faculty About Writing at Augsburg

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Augsburg Faculty: please take a moment to fill out this very short survey by Jennifer Forsthoefel, Writing Center Director and Faculty member in the English Department. This survey will help improve our understanding of what kinds of writing Augsburg faculty are assigning students and how these writing assignments are being assessed. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Survey link:

General Announcements

Last Chance – Sign Up for Resume Review w/ Employers

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Are you looking for an internship, part-time or entry level job? Are you planning to attend the On-Campus Career & Internship Fair on October 1st? It is not too early to start getting prepared, as many employers are hiring now for summer 2020.

The Strommen Career & Internship Center is happy to assist you!

1) RESUME REVIEW WITH EMPLOYERS: Get your resume critiqued, so you are ready to apply for jobs. Sign Up in Handshake and select your 20 minute slot for either Monday, September 23rd or Thursday, September 26th.
Questions? – 612-330-1148

2) DROP-IN RESUME HOURS: Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s) to have your resume reviewed by a Peer Adviser. Tuesday– Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Handshake Resume Round-Up

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:

Interested in being a STEM Mentor?

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Interested in being a STEM Mentor?

If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below by Friday, 9/27. Any questions can be sent to

Application Here

Campus Cupboard moving to Old Science building, 8A

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The Campus Cupboard (student food shelf) is moving to the Old Science building, room 8A!

It will be co-locating with the ShareShop, a new space on campus for students to share items/ resources (like cooking equipment, camping gear, etc.)

Open Hours: Fall 2019 Cupboard Hours will be posted ASAP on the Campus Cupboard website. The Cupboard will re-open at the end of September. If you need to access the Cupboard before it officially opens, feel free to email Natalie Jacobson or Nick Keener.

Free produce: Campus Kitchen distributes free, local produce to the Augsburg community on Mondays from 2-4pm in the Christensen Lobby. The first hour of produce distributions is for Augsburg students, the second hour is for anyone in the Augsburg community.

Career & Internship Fair – Only 2 weeks away

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The Strommen Center would like to invite sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend Augsburg’s annual Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, October 1st from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Foss Center.

A lot of organizations do their recruiting for summer internships and entry-level positions (for spring graduates) in September and October. It might seem early but it’s a typical recruiting schedule for many organizations. We expect over 38 employers to attend so don’t miss this great opportunity!

Register and view a complete list of employers through Handshake ( Once you register you will have access to a Moodle online prep session which will help you to be more confident and successful at the job fair. Dress: business professional


Register for Free!

Register in Handshake

Event Announcements

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 this 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

Global Youth Climate Strike

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The Environmental Action Committee and Campus Ministry have organized a gathering for the Youth Climate Strike: an international effort to protest the inaction of government and businesses on Climate Change.

This event will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 20th with donuts and blessing by Campus Ministry in Foss. At 10:15 in the Oren Gateway Center Lobby, Mayor Jacob Frey, will give a brief, energizing speech. Following the send off, we will take the light rail to Western Sculpture Park for the strike. We will take the light rail back to campus after the strike at 2 p.m.

Faculty have received notice of this event. Instructors were advised to be clear about any consequences of missing classes, and they have the discretion as well to focus on environmental issues in Friday classes or to create experiential learning opportunities for students to participate in the strike. It would be a good idea to talk to your professors ahead of time. If you all have any questions, feel free to email me. Details are linked below:

Elan Quezada
He, Him, His
Environmental Action Officer
Augsburg Class of 2022

Forum Diversity & Inclusion Webinar TODAY

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Date/Time: TODAY at 11 am – noon (CST)
Register (Free) at:

Join us via Zoom webinar for The Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion webinar at Augsburg University titled, “MassMutual’s D&I Journey: A Holistic Approach to Change”

Presenters: Mary-Frances Winters (The Winters Group, Inc.), Peggy Nagae, (WMFDP) Natalia Arbulu (MassMutual)

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is a program of Augsburg University. The Forum expands mindsets, skill sets, and tool sets necessary for true workplace inclusion through our events and programs, our media platform and our flagship event – the annual conference.

Register here (Free!)

Lazerbeak (Lizzo/Dessa/Doomtree) in Music Business today

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Please join us for a casual conversation with producer, manager, Doomtree Records CEO, performer, and gemstone enthusiast Lazerbeak today. Lazerbeak (Aaron Mader) has worked with artists like Lizzo, Dessa, Trampled By Turtles, and many many more. His latest album features the Minnesota Orchestra with Dessa.

Lazerbeak will be a guest of the Music Business program, for the “Careers in Music Business” class. All are welcome, but space is limited.

Today, Thursday, Sept 19
1:50 – 3pm
Anderson Music Hall, Room M23.

Lazerbeak Biography

October 3 – Christensen Symposium: Suffering and Hope in the Midst of Conflict

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Want to support more interfaith friendships in our divided world?

Attend the Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Suffering and Hope in the Midst of Conflict

11 a.m – 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

Hamdy El-Sawaf:founder and psychotherapist at the Family Counseling Center and imam of Masjid Al-Iman in Minneapolis

Munib Younan: retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation

Hamdy El-Sawaf and Munib Younan will share personal experiences and their religious faith perspectives on hope, reconciliation, and resiliency in the midst of suffering and struggles that often are intensified by religious convictions and differences.

About the Christensen Symposium:

Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:

Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
Diversity strengthens vital communities.
Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
The love of Christ draws us to God.
We are called to service in the world.

2019 Christensen Symposium

Peace in the Middle East: Challenges and Signs of Hope

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Join Interfaith at Augsburg for a Brown Bag Lunch discussion with visiting lecturer Munib Younan, retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation.

Wednesday, October 2
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Oren Gateway Center, Room 100

Bishop Younan’s parents were Palestinian refugees. His entire life and leadership have been focused on finding a lasting, just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and building up the civic agency of Palestinian people.

Note: Bishop Younan will also be speaking the next day at the Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, alongside Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf. This Brown Bag luncheon will be a good chance for small group discussions.

Brown Bag Lunch Website

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.

Sabo Snapshot #2

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