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Teaching and Learning

Butter & Buttermilk Biscuits Workshop: Monday, December 2

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Join us on December 2nd from 5pm-7pm at Hagfors 108 as the Assistant to the Vice Presidents, Tessa Wegenke teaches us how to make Butter & Buttermilk Biscuits from scratch! Limited spots open, act fast to RSVP! Please share with your community and family members as well since all Food Lab programming is open to the public!

How to RSVP?
1) Copy & Paste this link to RSVP
2) Visit our Facebook Event page and scan the QR code on the flyer!

Contact if you have questions/inquiry about this workshop.

Butter & Buttermilk Biscuits FB Event Page

Speaking of Sabbatical with Michael Lansing TODAY

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Monday, November 18 | Speaking of Sabbatical with Michael Lansing | 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm, Marshall Room

“Before Minneapolis, There Was Good Bread”: Corporations, Scientists, Vitamins, and Nutrition Capitalism

This event is co-sponsored by CTL and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

If you weren’t able to sign up for this talk, there’s still time to RSVP for the December Speaking of Sabbatical event with Nancy Fischer: “Dire Straights? Critical Heterosexuality Studies”
Wednesday, December 4 | 12:30 pm- 1:40 pm, Marshall Room

RSVP for “Speaking of Sabbatical with Nancy Fischer”

TODAY: Experiential Ed Workshop with CGEE’s Joe Connelly (Room changed)

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PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM CHANGE: this event has been moved to Hagfors 150A

The Sabo Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) present a learning opportunity focused on CGEE’s distinct experiential education pedagogy. What are the approaches and values that CGEE uses in its experiential education settings, and how might its elements and values be applicable to on-campus teaching and learning? Learn with Joe Connelly, long-time CGEE Experiential Education Specialist.

Monday, November 18, 2019
Hagfors 150A

This session is part of Augsburg University’s International Education Week events.

International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Co-sponsored by Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and Center for Global Education and Experience.

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.

URGO Summer Research Info Sessions

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November 19, 5pm in Hagfors 250

December 5, 5pm in Oren Gateway 100

Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Applications for URGO Summer Research will be available on the URGO website ( by November 19.
If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact to set up an appointment.

General Announcements

Use your employee tuition benefit to study leadership

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Use your employee tuition benefit to study leadership here at Augsburg!

• Promote your professional development
• Increase your opportunities for career advancement
• Enhance your personal growth

You are invited to a lunch meeting (on us!) to discuss pursuing the three-course Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (GCLS) or the Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL).

When: Tuesday December 3 @ noon

Where: Augsburg Room in Christensen Center. Just go through the cafeteria line and tell the cashier you are with the Leadership Studies program. Bring your food to the Augsburg Room.

• Already have a master’s degree? The GCLS or even a second master’s degree will add a competitive edge to your resume. Graduate credits may even be transferred in from a previous degree.
• Have some college, but have not completed a bachelor’s degree? Come anyway! If you are interested in pursuing your education in leadership studies, we can help connect you to the resources to complete your bachelor’s degree (100% free tuition for undergraduate credits) on the way to graduate study.

We can provide you with contacts to current students and alumni working at Augsburg or on other college campuses, who have gone through the program and have become more successful in their careers.

Just let us know if you are coming! Register online at the link below.

Re-establish the faculty-staff discussion forum?

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Dear Colleagues: The “discussion forum” part of this website has been comatose for more than three years. (Many of you have probably never even been there!) Given my academic discipline, I think this is unfortunate and that the discussion forum is a place to (potentially) have some deeper and more civil conversations about a variety of issues. With that goal in mind, I have posted opening comments on two new topics: one related to the campus climate, the other related to “structures” and “marginalization.” If you are interested, please hit the “discussion forums” menu item (it’s in the “Community” section just below “university reports”) and become part of the conversation!

Are you looking for a rewarding summer job?

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EXPLO — a world-wide leader in summer academic enrichment — is hiring staff members for our programs on the campuses of Wheaton College (Norton, MA), Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY), and a third campus to be announced soon. We are seeking highly motivated and creative individuals to teach and advise students entering grades 2 -12 for the summer of 2020 (June 22, 2020 – August 8, 2020). Our teaching staff works to inspire a younger generation of students through a curriculum of hands-on, project-based courses and electives in fields ranging from studio and performance arts to natural sciences, social sciences, math, and international development. In addition to teaching, EXPLO staff members live on campus and serve as mentors, activity leaders, and trip leaders.

Kelsey (Jim Trelstad-Porter’s daughter) will be on campus on Friday, November 22nd. Tabling in the Christensen Center lobby from 10:00-1:30 on Friday, November 22nd to chat with Kelsey Porter, EXPLO Faculty Recruitment Coordinator. She will also be hosting informal information sessions at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to provide additional information on EXPLO positions and the application process.

Open Position on Staff Senate: Nominate Yourself or a Colleague Today

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Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for the open position on Staff Senate.
Staff senators help foster and promote a positive and meaningful dialogue among staff, faculty, students and administration by advising in decision making processes, by serving as an advocate for staff, by promoting professional development opportunities, and by recognizing staff members’ contributions to furthering and upholding the mission and values of Augsburg University.

The commitment is for two years, with an optional third year. We meet every other week for approximately 60 to 90 minutes and help plan a number of staff-focused events, including informal tours, University Council updates, and the annual Staff Appreciation awards.

Please email Staff Senate at The deadline for nominations is noon on November 27th.

Are you an artist, writer, filmmaker, or musician?

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Submit your work to Murphy Square (2020), the annual campus arts magazine! There are now more submission categories, too: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Art, Music, and Short Film. Spread the word.

Interested in curating student submissions? Then join our team of editors!

Submissions are open NOW and they close December 15th. To submit your work, visit

To join our editing team, email Sonja Mischke at

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, November 19 from 7:30am – 3:00pm
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, November 20 from 8:00am – 3:00pm
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, November 21 from 8:00am – 3:00pm
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Joshua at

What’s Happening in CCV? A brown bag lunch conversation

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Augsburg’s Christensen Center for Vocation is entering a new chapter, with a new vision for how this center can serve our students, the mission of our institution, and a growing network of faith-based community partners. We will be hosting two brown bag information lunches in the Augsburg Room on Nov. 20 and Nov. 26 from 12:00-1:00pm to share more about the direction CCV is heading.

Our center is deeply engaged with congregational contexts doing the work of vocational discernment centered on their neighbors and neighborhoods. In our new vision for CCV, these rich learning contexts can be combined with Augsburg’s unique approach to educating leaders who are informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders. This will happen through a variety of initiatives, some new and some existing ones that are being re-imagined towards this more intentional vision. Our aim is to create mutually beneficial learning partnerships between students, faculty, ministry leaders, and congregations who share a commitment to being neighbor in real places with real people working to solve real world problems.

We hope you will consider joining us one of these days to learn more. Reach out to Kristina Fruge ( or Jeremy Myers ( for more information.

Fundraiser for LGBTQIA+ Student Scholarship

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Each year, during Lavender Celebration, we honor and recognize LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and accomplices for their work in creating a more visible and just community for queer and trans+ folx. This year and coming years – LGBTQIA+ Student Services is looking to uplift more students by providing financial support through scholarship during the Lavender Celebration. Please help us raise funds to uplift and recognize the original work our LGBTQIA+ students are doing.

To buy a shirt(s) or donate, please follow this link

Spring break study abroad with a friend – get $500 off the program fee

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Interested in studying abroad on Spring break?


Study in Guatemala or Palestine – you don’t have to do the same program as your friend.

Human Rights Voices in Post-Conflict Guatemala, March 14-22
choose one course: SPA 495, CCS 495, or POL 459
4 credits, fulfills Augsburg Experience
program fee: $3,825


Palestinian Art of Resistance, March 13-23
choose one course: ART 211 or THR 295
4 credits, fulfills Augsburg Experience, and Fine Arts requirement
program fee: $4,635

Click here to learn more about how to sign up with a friend!

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – Application deadline in one week

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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.

Visit the program page for program information!

Palestinian Art of Resistance spring break study abroad – apply by Nov 25

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

Palestinian Art of Resistance, 4-credits, fulfills Fine Arts requirement and Augsburg Experience
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.


Click here for program information & applications

Campus Kitchen Open Food Lab Hours

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At Hagfors 108 during the times mentioned below, the space is held for everyone (within and outside of Augsburg) to use as a free and open kitchen space. We highly encourage students that reside in Urness Dormitory to check-it out as they don’t have a kitchen in their dorms.
Monday: 4pm-6pm
Thursday: 7pm-9pm
Friday: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Here there is a variety of ingredients, from seasoning to produce to butter, and materials, from pots & pans to spoons to stove-tops. We’ve also started holding food and cooking workshops for everyone to join us in.

1) Wish to be a part of programming updates? Fill out this form;
2) Have ideas for our Food Workshop’s? Tell us here!
3) Want to facilitate/recommend a facilitator for a Food Workshop? Let us know;

Contact for questions/inquiry.

Event Announcements

Advent Vespers Liturgical Party

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The 40th annual Advent Vespers is just around the corner! Be a part of the processional party by carrying a bell, candle, torch or banner!

There will be a practice on 12/3 and a dress rehearsal on 12/5 in addition to the Advent Vespers services on Friday 12/6 (5 pm and 8pm with dinner between the services) and Saturday 12/7 (2 pm and 5 pm with a hearty snack). Please come to as many as possible to enjoy the whole experience! Sign up online at or or in Foss 104.

If you have questions, please contact Janice Dames at or stop by the campus ministry office in 104 Foss Hall.

More information

Focused Conversation with Peter Frosch of Greater MSP: TOMORROW

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Peter Frosch, President and CEO of Greater MSP, will discuss future workforce needs and employment trends in our region. Because we have an outside speaker, this Focused Conversation will only be presented live once. A live stream will be available, and the session will be recorded for later viewing.

November 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Hoversten Chapel)
NOTE: Location has changed

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands

Office Hours with your Deans – December 5

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Mark your calendars for the last “Office Hours with you Deans” for the Fall semester. Monica Devers, Dean of Professional Studies, and Ryan Haaland, Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite faculty, staff and students to stop by and meet with them. These office hours are an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions.

The next session with take place:
Thursday, December 5 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Hagfors Center Lobby

Farewell to Nicole Peterlin

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It is with mixed emotions that we announce Nicole Peterlin is leaving Augsburg next week to pursue a fantastic HR leadership opportunity. Nicole started at Augsburg in 2014 as a temporary HR Assistant shortly after graduating from the University of MN Carlson School of Management and immediately proved to be an invaluable member of the team. During her 5+ years at Augsburg she moved quickly from HR Assistant into both HR Specialist and Generalist positions, and served the Augsburg employee community in nearly every aspect of Human Resources. Some of her many accomplishments include leading our award-winning Wellness program, serving as co-chair of Staff Senate, and taking on leadership roles on the Transportation Task Force in the development of yet another award-winning program to serve Auggies. In May of 2019, Nicole added graduating from Augsburg with her MBA to her list of achievements!

Nicole’s last day will be Friday, November 22. A farewell reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 21 from 1:30-3:00 PM in the Marshall Room. Please plan to join us in wishing her well in her new position as HR Director at Avenica!

TOMORROW: Learn how to Power Map

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Join the Sabo Center for our third community organizing skills workshop this semester: Power Mapping!

Tuesday, November 19
3:40-5 p.m.
OGC 114

People interested in promoting positive social change— through public work, civic action, advocacy and other vehicles—need to be aware of who else cares about their cause, and the political and social power structures in play. Social change agents need tools to access resources and to put their ideas into action. Power mapping gives participants a way to think about different kinds of power, and a set of tools to access the power needed to make things happen.

This workshop will be led by Dennis Donovan, national organizer for Public Achievement.

Power Mapping Workshop

Augsburg Theater presents Green: an elegy to summer

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green: an elegy to summer

By Carson Kreitzer

Directed by Taous Claire Khazem

In the near future a vibrant underground community of hackers, botanists and artists 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…

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center
Friday, November 15 at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 16 at 7:00PM
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00PM
Friday, November 22 at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 23 at 7:00PM
Sunday, November 24 at 3:00PM

Ticket Prices:
General Public
Augsburg Faculty/Staff
Non-Augsburg Students
Augsburg Alumni

Get your tickets here!

The Theory and Practice of Code-Shifting: Fostering Equitable Intercultural Communities

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When: December 12, 2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Presenters: Emily Clawson (Peace Corps) and D’Lynn Jacobs (Peace Corps)
Cost: Free, Online Webinar

Join us for The Forum on Workplace Inclusions December Webinar with presenters Emily Clawson (Peace Corps) and D’Lynn Jacobs (Peace Corps).

Learning Outcomes
-Explore the unique office dynamics that impact inclusion in international field offices -Learn and explore strategies to negotiate a shared and inclusive vision of working norms and practices
-Practice the skill of pro-actively acknowledging code-shifting in order to increase your own capacity
-Explore the unique office dynamics that impact inclusion in international field offices -Learn and explore strategies to negotiate a shared and inclusive vision of working norms and practices
-Practice the skill of pro-actively acknowledging code-shifting in order to increase your own capacity

Register Here

Queering Career Business Visits

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As a continuation of or Queering Career series, LGBTQIA+ Student Services is sponsoring visits to local queer-owned businesses.

Tuesday, November 19th we will visit Mossier
Thursday, December 5th we’re visiting Urban Growler

For each event, we will meet in the Auggies Nest at 2 pm, leave no later than 2:30 pm, and will be back on campus by 4 pm. Transportation will be provided.

For more information and to register for the business visits, please use this link

International Education Week Events TODAY

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Here are today’s events for International Education Week!

Experiential Education Workshop: CGEE Edition
Date: Monday November 18th
Time: 2-3 pm
Location: Hagfors 150A
Speaker: Joe Connelly, CGEE Experiential Education Specialist
The Sabo Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) present a learning opportunity on CGEE’s distinct experiential education pedagogy. What are the approaches and values that CGEE uses in its experiential education settings, and how might its elements and values be applicable to on-campus teaching and learning? Learn with Joe Connelly, long-time CGEE Experiential Education Specialist and Trip Leader.

Co-sponsored by Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and Center for Global Education and Experience.

Date: Monday November 18th
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Oyate Commons
Description: ISO will have a brave space to talk about issues that are affecting International Students with a panel of current students and alumni.

International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Augsburg University, the Center for Global Education and Experience, and the International Student Organization (ISO) will be celebrating the week with multiple activities and events!

See the whole International Education Week schedule here

Keeping Track of Auggies

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