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Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad 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 very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

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.

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.

Med School Info Session

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Considering medical school? Come meet Augsburg alumni who are currently medical students and physicians! Our alumni will share their insights about picking schools, the MCAT, experiences, the application process, interviews, and general advice. Food will be provided. For more info or to RSVP, contact Catherina Kipper at

Wednesday, October 23rd
6 pm
Hagfors 150A

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

Is Your Moodle Gradebook in Need of a Check-up?

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The E-Learning Team invites you to drop-in to HC 151 on Monday, October 21 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm to get help fine-tuning your Moodle gradebook prior to mid-terms. Using the Moodle Gradebook helps students track their progress since it provides immediate, private, and accurate feedback. LFC’s Eric and Christy, E-learning Specialist Bonnie, and Faculty Director of Online/Blended Learning Pedagogies Jenny Hanson will be on hand to answer questions and provide individualized help

CTL Book Group Registration Closing Soon

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Due to popular demand, the Book Group registration will be closing sooner than expected. Few spots remain, so register now if you want to take part.

CTL (with support from the University Committee for Equity and Inclusion) is holding a book group focused on, “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life” by Melody Moezzi.

“With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity.”

There will be a two part discussion. You can attend either of the two sessions for each part, but should attend both parts (the first half of the book will be discussed during the December meetings and the second half of the book will be discussed at the January meetings).

Part 1: Dec 2 at 1:00 pm in OGC 100 (Facilitated by Melissa Hensley) or
Dec 5 at 3:40 pm in LL 301 (Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez)

Part 2: Jan 23 at 3:40 pm in OGC 100 (Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez) or
Jan 24 at 1:00 pm in CC Riverside Room (Facilitated by Melissa Hensley)

The books are being provided by the University Committee for Equity and Inclusion. Please fill out the form linked below if you would like to reserve a book and a place in the group. By accepting a book, you are committing to attend one of the December sessions and one of the January sessions. Once registration closes, Book Group members will receive emails about how to collect their books.

Register for the Book Group

Celebrating Your Creativity Scars: Engaging Art for Holistic Student Engagement

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On Wednesday just prior to the Faculty Meeting, you are invited to attend the October EDTalk with Dan Ibarra & Lyz Wendland.

“Celebrating Your Creativity Scars: Engaging Art for Holistic Student Engagement”. In this session, professors Wendland and Ibarra from Art & Design will talk about engaging creativity in the pedagogical practice. This session will serve as a starting point for a longer upcoming workshop.

EDTalks are 15 minutes of information and inspiration. The talks are conveniently located in HC 151, next door to the big meeting. Find out about these and other CTL events on the page linked below.

Wednesday, October 16 | EDTalk with Dan Ibarra & Lyz Wendland | 3:20 pm- 3:35 pm, HC 151

Center for Teaching and Learning

Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Prejudice on Campus

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The goal of this session is to create greater awareness among faculty and staff about students with mental health conditions and to better equip faculty and staff with the skills to address prejudice and discrimination against students inside and outside of the classroom. This workshop will address the following points:

*What person-first language is and how it is used to describe people with mental health conditions as well as people in recovery.
*Best practices for addressing episodes of prejudice when they occur inside (and outside of) the classroom.
*Understanding intersectionality in regards to prejudice around mental health conditions.
*Exploring techniques that can help students deal with the stigma connected to discussing, seeking help for, etc., mental health within and outside of their communities.

Facilitated by Barbara Lehmann and Melissa Hensley

Friday, November 8 | Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Prejudice on Campus | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for “Addressing Mental Health Stigma and Prejudice on Campus”

General Announcements

Clothing Donations Needed

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Have clothes you love but don’t wear anymore? Clean out your closet and give your clothes a second life by donating them! Environmental Action Committee is holding a campus clothing swap event this spring and is currently looking for donations. You can drop off any clothing you no longer want to the Share Shop in Science 8B during the following times:

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10am-noon
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm

World Mental Health Day TODAY

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Today is World Mental Health Day and is an ideal opportunity to start or continue a pro-active conversation about mental health. So today, take some time for some self-care – take a walk, go to the fitness center, check out the massage chairs at CWC. Students you can share your voice on World Mental Health Day in a facilitated conversation hosted by everfi and several mental health partners from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Also, check out the CWC website for many links to resources on a variety of mental health topics.

Most importantly, if you feel you are at risk or having thoughts of suicide, there are resources available immediately at the Crisis Textline: Text MN to 741 741 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Other questions, call the Center for Wellness and Counseling at 612-330-1707.

On-Call Test Proctor Job with the CLASS Office

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We are looking to hire proctors for tests taken in the CLASS office as soon as possible for this fall semester. This is an on-call, student worker position and is open to apply to via Inside Augsburg–> Student Jobs. You can also email if interested or have any questions.
Below is the job description:

-Test Proctors for the CLASS Office/Groves Computer Lab provide a welcoming and supportive environment to students taking their class exams in the Groves Computer Lab.

-Test Proctors oversee one to three students taking exams at a time, help read and clarify directions, and provide feedback to the Accommodations Assistant and Disability Specialists about these students.

-Occasionally, problem-solving and troubleshooting situations occur in which the proctor must stay calm and act accordingly to solve the situation.

-Hiring preference is placed on those students who are willing to be a Reader and/or Writer Proctor; a proctor who feels comfortable reading exams to students and/or transcribing word-for-word what a student is saying for exam answers.

Thank you,
Lauren Dusek
CLASS Office Assistive Technology and Accommodations Specialist

Augsburg Transportation Survey

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Student, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Augsburg University Transportation Survey. The link is in an email sent to everyone – and also is below. The survey should take about 10-12 minutes.

Survey link:

The deadline to complete is Wed., Oct. 23.

The results of this survey will be used to better understand transit choices and to identify opportunities for improvements in transit options. Your feedback is critical as we strive to understand all of the different ways Augsburg employees/students are getting to work.

On behalf of the Augsburg Transit Task Force – thank you.

Auggie Pass Still Available for Day Students

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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.

Over 1400 Augsburg day students have picked up their Auggie Pass.
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.

Augsburg Support for Uninsured Students – The People’s Center

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Augsburg is now working with the People’s Center to provide certain clinic services to students (all academic programs) who don’t have insurance for a $5 co-pay.

The People’s Center is located at 425 20th Avenue South, one block west from Augsburg, off Riverside Avenue.

With a $5.00 co-pay, the following are available to Augsburg students who do not have insurance:

Office visits for acute or chronic medical problems
Annual physical exams – 1 per year
Sexually transmitted diseases screening and lab work done at The People’s Center (lab diagnostics done outside of The People’s Center are not covered)
X-rays performed at The People’s Center
Tetanus immunization
Lab tests performed at The People’s Center
Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux)
Casts, crutches, splints, slings and ace bandages
Allergy injections (prescription and supply must be provided by student)
Flu shots

If you have health insurance, your insurance provider may cover medical services through The People’s Center. The clinic will bill your insurance for medical services and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles associated with your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider to see if services at The People’s Center will be covered.

Smiley’s Clinic remains available for students – they accept most forms of insurance.

DPS will provide an escort to The People’s Center and/or to Smiley’s Clinic.

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 – 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

Happy Coming Out Week from LGBTQIA+ Student Services

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We invite students, staff, and faculty to join us as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ History all month and this special Coming Out week. Our department and student organizations haze planned an array of events this month, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Today October 10th:
QIPOC and the Echo will be hosting a Night of 1000 Prompts writing event where they will also be giving out free notebooks! The event will be held 6-8 pm in the Women’s Resource Center, located on the 2nd floor of Sverdrup.

If you have any questions about these events, please email us at

Look for Howling Bird Press at the Twin Cities Book Festival this Saturday

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Please join the MFA program and Howling Bird Press at the Twin Cities Book Festival, the largest one-day book gathering in the region featuring hundreds of exhibitors, dozens of presenting authors from near and far, special children’s and youth programming, and endless curiosities for all ages—all in a massive celebration of our vibrant Minnesota literary culture.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
10 am-5 pm • FREE Admission

Twin Cities Book Festival

Next Flu Shot Clinic 10/31

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Thank you to the 80 faculty, staff and students that got their flu shots this week. The MN Visiting Nurse Association will be back again on Thursday 10/31/19 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm in the Center for Wellness & Counseling office (first floor Anderson Residence Hall). Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $39 cash or check. Any questions please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Event Series for Ongoing Grant Proposal Development: Thursday, Oct. 17 (3:30pm)

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The Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs is hosting an event series to support ongoing grant proposal development among faculty and staff. The next session is Thursday, October 17 (3:30 – 5pm) in Lindell 301. We will start with 45 minutes of discussion about Broader Impacts, which is especially relevant to research funded by the National Science Foundation. Everyone is welcome to attend — the discussion will focus on how to make sure your grant project is accessible to a variety of audiences. Materials from the National Alliance for Broader Impacts will be shared.During the second half of the session, we will have 45 minutes of quiet time to write proposal drafts, think up research questions, look into related projects and funders, or consult with peers.

October 17 (Thurs., 3:30 – 5pm, Lindell 301): Broader Impacts + National Science Foundation (NSF)

* updated date * December 12 (Thurs., 3:30 – 5pm, Lindell 301): Preparing and Managing your Grant Budget

Everyone is welcome to attend! Please RSVP to Contact Lauren Causey with questions.  

Central Services Info/Training Session Oct 15

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Have you ever wondered what does Central Services do or what they can do for you?

On Tuesday Oct 15th at 10:30 am in Lindell Library Room 301 I will be going through all the various services that the Copy Center, Mailroom, and Shipping/Receiving handles as well as the processes to make your interactions the most efficient for you and for us.

Topics covered will include:
-Copy Job requesting
-Copy center finishing services
-Student and Faculty incoming mail/package handling procedures
-Outgoing mail/packages
-Third Party ordering (Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes, Posters)
-Any other pertinent information

Please RVSP so I can get a rough guesstimate of how many will be attending. If you would like to attend something similar but can’t make this date please fill out the RSVP form and select the appropriate option.


Campus Clean-Up (Dinner Provided)

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Student Ministries and Environmental Action Committee hope you can join us on October 23rd to clean-up Augsburg’s campus and to enjoy some free food after our hard work!

The clean-up itself will be from 5-6pm. Following the event, there will be dinner from 6-7pm for our amazing volunteers.

In addition, Wednesday night’s worship starts at 8pm, right after our dinner. It will feature a speaker from Young Adults in Global Mission. Anyone is welcome to come to the speaker event, regardless of if they participated in the clean-up or not.

Please feel free to contact Student Ministries ( or Environmental Action Committee ( with any questions regarding the event.

TODAY Faith & Science: Bridging the Divide (food included)

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Come join the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars on October 10th at 6:30pm, as we host an event titled, “Faith & Science: Bridging the Divide” at Cedar Commons on Riverside Ave. This event is one in a series of monthly events over the course of the year that aims to facilitate interfaith dialogue around a variety of topics. The purpose of this event is to explore the intersections of science and faith, while enjoying a FREE DINNER with Augsburg student, faculty, and community members. Speakers for the evening include Augsburg religion prof. Russel Kleckley; Professor from the University of Minnesota, astrophysicist Lawrence Rudnick; and Baird Linke, Augsburg Riverside Innovation Hub Alum.
Hope to see you there!

Faith & Science Facebook Page

Free Registration: Human Rights Forum, October 28 and 29

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276 of your fellow Auggies have already signed up!

…..and the good news is that here is still time to secure your FREE registration to the The Human Rights Forum.

Yes, attendance is free for Augsburg students, faculty and staff (via your account), but registration is required. Follow the link below to register.

Joining us on campus are 20-25 impressive young and diverse human rights activists—international guests as well as national and local leaders—who will share their stories and activism, and guide us as we explore ways to take action in our ongoing promotion of human rights globally and domestically.

Plenaries, lectures, panels and workshops as well as networking opportunities will be included during the event days (October 28 and 29, 2019).

For more details, please visit our websites:

Contact us (extension 1378) for questions, ideas and comments. We look forward to hearing from you.

Free Registration

“Lost Augsburg” Sesquicentennial Brown Bag on Wednesday, October 16

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Did you realize that the Marshall Room was named for Augsburg’s first home in Wisconsin? Join me for the second Sesquicentennial Brown Bag, at noon on Wednesday, October 16, in the aforementioned Marshall Room. We will look at the historic spaces of Augsburg, going back to our 1869 campus in Marshall. Get a look at the twenty or so buildings that were part of the “lost” campuses of Augsburg over the past 150 years.

Mark your calendar for the third Sesquicentennial Brown Bag, on Wednesday, November 13, when Gracia Grindal ’65 will present “A Glimpse at the Unrecognized Women Who Saved Augsburg.” Gracia’s talk begins at noon in the Marshall Room.

Diversity Insights Breakfast With Governor Tim Walz

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Please join The Forum on Workplace Inclusion on October 31 for the first Diversity Insights Breakfast of our 2019-2020 series!

To kickoff the breakfast series, The Forum will hear from Governor Tim Walz, followed by a panel of state officials discussing the state’s efforts to build One Minnesota, where we collaborate across differences to create a state that works for everyone.

Governor Walz will be introduced by President Pribbenow.

Follow the link below for details and to register.

Diversity Insights Breakfast Website

Cook with Staff Senate Next Monday

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Calling all staff! Join Staff Senate for an afternoon of cooking and networking in Augsburg’s Food Lab, led by Campus Kitchen. We’ll spend some time cooking, and then enjoy the fruits of our labor by eating it! Staff new to the Augsburg community are particularly invited to attend. Everyone is welcome!

Monday, October 14
4:30-6 p.m.
Hagfors 108

Visit the Staff Senate webpage to add our cooking event to your calendar!

Community Organizing 101

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Interested in learning about community organizing but don’t know where to start? This Sabo Center workshop is for you!

Wednesday, October 16
3:10-4:40 p.m.
OGC 100

Learn some of the foundational concepts of organizing to get started on your change making journey. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of relational power, the difference between public and private relationships, and how self-interest motivates us to act.

Community Organizing 101 will be led by Dennis Donovan. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities.

Community Organizing 101

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