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Holiday Shipping with Central Services

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As the holidays are approaching you may want to send friends & family gifts or receive packages. Augsburg Central Services – Shipping & Receiving is here to help!

We can ship via UPS, FedEx and USPS and have discounted rates through UPS and FedEx. There are cut off dates to have packages arrive by Dec 24th which are detailed below.

If you are planning on receiving personal packages through the University we would ask that you be prompt in picking up your package from shipping/receiving as we have limited storage space.

These dates are all recommended dates to ship, NOT guaranteed! The sooner you can get mail/packages out the better.

UPS Ground : Dec 12
UPS 3 Day: Dec 19
UPS 2 Day: Dec 20
UPS Next Day: Dec 23

FedEx Ground/Home: Dec 15
FedEx Express Saver: Dec 19
FedEx 2 Day: Dec 20
FedEx Overnight: Dec 23

USPS 1st Class Mail: Dec 20
USPS Priority: Dec 21

If you have any questions or need any advice please stop into the shipping/receiving department or check the corresponding shippers website.

Sophomores: $16,000 Phillips Scholarship Pre-Application Now Open

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The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders.

A preliminary application (linked below) is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalists complete their applications.

Applicants must be a sophomore during the 2019-2020 school year.

Each year, projects must fit within a theme. This year’s application theme is “Addressing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap in Minnesota.”

Scholarship recipients receive $6,000 during their junior year, a $4,000 stipend while completing a summer project, and $6,000 their senior year upon successful completion of their summer project.

Last year, 3 of the 5 Phillips Scholar recipients were Augsburg students, and many Augsburg students have received the scholarship in the past. Check out the Phillips Scholar website for more information about current and former Phillips Scholars and their projects:

Deadline for Preliminary Application: Friday, January 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
Augsburg finalists selected to submit full proposals will be notified by Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Full applications will be due February 7, 2020.

Phillips Scholarship Pre-Application Due January 10

EAC needs your donations

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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

Event Announcements

Presentation: Live from Antarctica

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Monday December 2 at 10:30am-11am in Old Main 105, Mike Lucibella will be Skyping live to us from Antarctica. Mike Lucibella is the editor of The Antarctic Sun, the official newspaper of the U.S. Antarctic Program. Mike is passionate about communicating the excitement of Antarctic research to the public, reporting directly from the frozen continent on the wide range of research that’s carried out at the bottom of the planet. This is a great opportunity to hear about cutting-edge science as well as to ask questions about living in Antarctica.

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

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When: December 19, 2019 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity
Presenters: Emily Clawson, Peace Corps | D’Lynn Jacobs, Peace Corps
Cost: Free
Note: This webinar was originally scheduled fro December 12, 2019, but it has been update and rescheduled to December 19, 2019. The date of this webinar is December 19, 2019
This webinar will detail the United States Peace Corps’ journey and approach to fostering working environments abroad in which both host country and U.S. staff can bring their full cultural selves to work.

The following questions will be explored:

How does a U.S.-based organization adapt to host-country cultural norms and office practices?
How much does the U.S. leadership shift to be effective and appropriate in their interactions and engagement with local staff and communities?
How much and in what ways are host-country national staff expected to shift to work according to U.S. cultural norms?
Participants will be prompted to think critically about how these dynamics can be made explicit and negotiated in inclusive ways. Methods such as ensuring space for continual conversation, establishing shared vocabulary, and engaging culturally appropriate feedback loops will be explored.

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

Register Here

Norwegian Events in December

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Want some Norwegian inspired Christmas infusion? You are in good hands! Many Norwegian related events will take place in the Twin Cities in the weeks ahead. Please see below and pick your choices.

Julefest Gala
December 5 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM | FIVE Event Center, Minneapolis.
This holiday favorite is back for its sixth year! As always, expect live music, authentic Nordic food, dancing around the Christmas tree, gift drawing, and a hosted bar, taking place at a new and exciting venue each year. Julefest is organized in partnership between the Norwegian Consulate, the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, and Norway House. Monday December 2 is the last day to get tickets on Eventbrite (see link below).

4th Annual Nordic Julemarket
December 6-8 | Utepils Brewing Co, Minneapolis | Free
Nordic Julemarket is a unique holiday market with a cultural inspiration taking root in the Christmas traditions of the five Nordic Countries. With Scandinavian-inspired shopping, traditional folk music, dancing and other festivities, Nordic Julemarket encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to attend. As always, NORDIC JULEMARKET IS A FREE EVENT and great fun for the whole family! Come be a part of the festivities!

5th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland
Now through January 5 | Norway House, Minneapolis
Together with families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland has returned to the Gallery in all of its cinnamon coziness. You’ll recognize familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities and beyond, created by friends and neighbors—everyone from your favorite local bakeries and cake wizards, to families and first-time gingerbread baking enthusiasts. For hours and more information, visit

Julefest Gala Tickets

MN farming: The Dirt

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mn farming: The DIRT is a fitting follow-up to Minnesota Peace Initiative (MPI) spring dialogue, Climate Change Comes Home! The topic of regenerative agriculture is inextricably linked to climate change—a changing climate has direct impacts on crop yield, water use, biodiversity and soil health.

The agricultural industry will continue to face challenges that come with a rapidly changing environment, and the importance of regenerative agricultural techniques become increasingly essential with the threat of decreased food production.

Tue, December 3, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST

McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Gregory Bohrer
Agriculture Program Director at Environmental Initiative
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
President and CEO at Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Dr. Nick Jordan
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota

Free Registrations

Velkommen Jul this Friday

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Every year, the Augsburg Associates bring festivities to campus the first Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Velkommen Jul celebration. Please join them Friday, December 6, from 11am to 1pm in the Commons to celebrate.

So how do you Velkommen Jul?
1. Enjoy complimentary Norwegian treats in the Commons including waffles, lefse and a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Wear your Norwegian sweater or bunad – find one at a thrift store!
3. Shop at the holiday boutique downstairs while enjoying some music
4. Worship with Norwegian music in the Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 a.m. for the annual Velkommen Jul services

Everyone (students, staff, faculty, and friends) is welcome to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this campus-wide tradition and share in a piece of Augsburg’s heritage.

Preprandial Poetry, or Hors d’oeuvres and Verse

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Lindell Library is graciously hosting English Professors D. E. (Doug) Green and James Cihlar, who will be reading their poetry in the Learning Commons (street level, Lindell) between 5 and 6pm on Tuesday, 3 December. Doug’s first collection Jumping the Median is available in the bookstore, and Jim’s new book The Shadowgraph is forthcoming this spring. There will be refreshments. Please join us.

You can also catch Doug at Eat My Words Bookstore, 3pm, Sunday, 8 December, with poet and spoken word artist Eric Tu (Tu the Judoka).

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congrats to 2019 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates

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Please join Campus Life in congratulating the following students for successfully completing the 2019 Augsburg University Emerging Leaders Program:
* Aaliyah Abdi
* Abdulahi Ahmed
* Alexis Dreon
* Alyssa Parkhurst
* Amanda Todd
* Andy Tran
* Angelica Bello Ayapantecatl
* Ashley Litzinger
* Austin Synder
* Barbara Sabino Pina
* Bisharo Abdi
* Bo Schlosser
* Brooke O’Quinn
* Bry Maddox-Sanders
* Bryam Alvarado
* Capri Bryant
* Cesar Degollado
* Chee Thao
* Connor Grenier
* Corey Hayden
* Cynthia Terry
* Daniel Garcia Garcia
* Daniel Lee
* Dejaleah Young
* Drew Strautman
* Elias Wirz
* Emma TItus
* Eric Oppegard
* Farina Thao
* Fritz Landherr
* Gabby Huerta
* Hope Kannare
* Hope Mwalilino
* Huda AliIng Wendland
* Ingri Ramirez Martin
* Jack Jensen
* Jalizbeth Dominguez-Matheis
* Julia Kramer
* Katie Flynn
* Kay Carvajal Moran
* Kenzie Kilborn
* Lailah Cloud
* Lajntxiang Lee
* Lizzy Vang
* Luz Villanueva
* Lynn Sommers
* Maggie Wallace
* Malachi Owens
* Mano Lara
* Mariana Chavez
* Maya Johnson
* Megan Brown
* Melisa Robles Olivar
* Miles Christopher
* Minna O’Connell
* Mollie Lohmann
* MongZong Xiong
* Nasteha Elmi
* Natalia Castillo
* Pa Her
* Pah Nhia Yang
* Rylee Hoyt
* Saida Alonso Ramirez
* Sam Dougan
* Sari Niles
* Savanah Hoard
* Siman Mohamed
* Soria Sarwary
* Sumaiya Azeez
* Taw Bee
* Tom Pribbenow
* Tyana Maddox-Sanders
* Valencia Cortes
* Varney Conneh
* Vayle Baker
* Victoria Garcia
* Vince Poch
* Zoe Barany

Congratulations to Three Spring Gilman Scholarship Winners

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The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Jessica Mendoza, Erin Stene, and Bulungu Zanzu from Augsburg University were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this Spring 2020. Jessica is a double major in English and Sociology and will be studying in Central America on Augsburg CGEE’s Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement program. Erin is an International Relations major and will be studying in Jordan on SIT’s Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action Program. And Bulungu is a Bio-Psychology major and will be studying at Augsburg’s Exchange partner, the American College of Greece.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program. The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Since 2008, sixty-one Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $241,000. Over the last 7 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged about 50% – of 25 completed applications in that time, we have had 12 winners!

Congratulations once again to Jessica, Erin and Bulungu!

Gilman Scholarship: learn more and apply!