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Request for Feedback on General Education Learning Outcomes

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The directors of General Education and Assessment are requesting your feedback on the set of proposed General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs). The link below will take you to a survey outlining the context for this effort and the importance of identifying learning outcomes following our recent HLC accreditation review. A draft version of the learning outcomes is provided with an opportunity to share your thoughts on the direction of this critical work.

General Education Learning Outcomes Survey

Scholarship, ICD, and Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants

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Faculty, get your applications in for the Scholarship, ICD, and Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants. The forms are available now. You can find them, along with information about each type of grant and samples of successful grant applications, at

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 17 at Noon.

A Message from Katie Clark on Scholarship Grants

Does Hmong Shamanism fit with your course curriculum?

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Does Hmong Shamanism fit with your course curriculum? If so, I hope you’ll consider inviting Ger Vang, Hmong Shaman and Batalden Interfaith Fellow, to visit your class. Ger has returned to campus for the Spring 2020 semester! See link below to view his message to you!

He would love to visit your class and/or student group. If you’re interested in having him visit your class/student group, please contact him at If you have any questions, please feel free to email Bibiana Koh, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, at

Applications available for URGO Summer Research 2020

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The URGO Summer Research Program is an on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
• 200 or 400 hours
• Program runs May 14-July 29, 2020
• Full-time = $4,400 plus housing stipend
• Half-time = $2,200 plus housing stipend
• Design project with a faculty mentor
• Seminars and Speaker Series for support and professional development
• Final written product and oral presentation
There is also the option to be a Research Assistant at 100 hours for the summer (stipend of $1,100), in which undergraduates assist faculty with research tasks.
Applications can be found at Send an email to to make an appointment with URGO staff and get advising on the application process!

Research support for faculty through the URGO Summer Research Program

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The URGO Summer Research Program is designed to enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research and creative activity here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.
While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.
Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise and current line of inquiry.
To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:
Please encourage interested students to make an appointment with URGO staff by contacting

Peace Scholars Application Due February 1, 2020

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Are you interested in being a Peace Scholar in 2020/21? With a seven-week stay in Norway?
If so, remember to submit your application before February 1, 2020.

Augsburg sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in peace and justice issues are invited to apply for the 2020-21 Peace Scholar Program. Two students will be selected to join the group of 14 students taking courses in Oslo, Norway, at the International Summer Schools and the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in June and July 2020.

Peace Scholars have high academic achievements, interest in international & global issues, openness to explore new ideas, and experience with civil engagement. This program allows scholars to learn, grow, and experience in areas related to peace and current global issues in a Norwegian context.

Program cost and room & board in Norway is covered, and students pay for travel cost and personal spendings.

Kristy Ornelas ( and Natalie Zavoral ( spent their summer as Peace Scholars in Norway last year, and any questions you may have can be directed to them via email.

You can also connect with our CGEE office for additional information (x1159 or

Apply Here

General Announcements

Attention, first-year students: What do you expect in the workplace?

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, inclusion, and equity conference, and we want to share the Augsburg student perspective with the more than 1,400 professionals from a variety of industries who attend each year. When you look forward to leaving college and entering the workforce, what’s on your mind?

Fill out this two-question survey to let us know what you think.

Fill out the survey

Last day to apply for MSS scholarships

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Friday, January 24th is the LAST DAY for students to submit their applications for the MSS scholarships and/or Scholastic Connections. Please have your application submitted by 4pm Friday. Follow these links to the applications forms:

Scholastic Connections–

MSS Scholarships–

Open Food Lab Spring 2020 hours

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Looking for a space to cook/bake with friends and family, or alone? Come to Campus Kitchen’s Open Food Lab hours! During the hours below Hagfors 108 is a public space for everyone and anyone to come and cook, gather or bake food. Occasionally we will hold food workshops to teach participants specific and fun recipes! Keep in touch if you’d like to learn more.

Below are the regular hours for Spring2020:
Mo: 4p-6p, 7p-9p
Tu: 11a-1p
Th: 7p-9p
Fr: 11a-1p

Have questions or concerns?

Click here for Open Food Lab’s Google Calendar!

Campus Cupboard/Share Shop Hours

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Welcome back to campus and Spring semester 2020!
Need a water kettle, vegetables, air mattress, pasta, clothes??
Come to Campus Cupboard/Share Shop in Science Building 8!

We’re currently making efforts to be open as often as possible M-F. Current hours are as follows:
Mo: 9:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tu: 10:00am-5:00pm
W: 10:00am-5:00pm
Th: 10:00am-1:30pm, 2:00p-5:00pm
Fr: 9:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Please make note of these regular hours. Changes will be posted when needed.
Have questions or concerns?

Visit our Campus Cupboard page

Event Announcements

Focused Conversation on Building Capacity for Enrollment Growth, January 29

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Provost Karen Kaivola and Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management Robert Gould will co-host a Focused Conversation on building Augsburg’s institutional capacity to drive enrollment growth. They have invited special guest speaker David Strauss, principal of Art & Science Group, to join as a presenter via Zoom. For that reason, this Focused Conversation will be offered only once. A live stream will be available, and the session will be recorded for later viewing.

January 29, 2-3 p.m. (Christensen Center, Marshall Room)

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

All Hands

Commuter Student Check-In

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Are a commuter? Looking for a way to get connected on campus? Come to the commuter student check-in: a casual time to meet other students who commute, share challenges you face with your commuter status, and share your desires for your experience on campus. Some snacks will be provided.

When: Monday, January 27 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Where: Riverside Room, Christensen Center

Can’t attend this month’s Commuter Check-In? Contact Pastoral Intern Sarah Swindall ( for more information and to stay updated for February!

Study abroad in the Netherlands in May 2020

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LIVING GREEN IN AMSTERDAM, Study Abroad May 7-22, 2020

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

Love to explore? Have a sense of adventure? Like to walk and take trains? Like to ride bike? See cities by boat? Enjoy gardens? Markets? Architecture? Parks? Ever been interested in how the people of the Netherlands live? Do you have the desire to learn about innovative and creative solutions to environmental challenges? Would you like to have new ideas and tools to make positive changes back here in the U.S.?

Join Allyson Green and Lars Christiansen on a two-week exploration of urban environmental sustainability in Amsterdam and Delft, Netherlands in May 2020! We begin with several course sessions in Minneapolis in early May, and then depart for the Netherlands on May 7. We return two weeks later. There is so much to see and discover! We hope you join us.

This is a 6-credit program:

Students choose one SOC/URB course for 4 credits:
SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

All students also take INS 292 for 2 credits:
INS 292: Topics: Environmental Sustainability through an Intercultural Lens

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Program Cost: $5,500
*This all-inclusive program fee covers: tuition for 6 credits, international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, and all program activities.

Financial Aid: Check with Student Financial Services in Sverdrup hall to learn about how your financial aid package might help cover the cost of this program.

Get more information and apply online

Business/Econ Study abroad in Greece – May 2020

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Study Abroad for 2 weeks in summer and earn 4 credits + Augsburg Experience!

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***

Course options:
KEY 490, ECO 495 , or BUS 495 (students register for one course).
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Faculty Leaders:
Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Travel Dates: May 12-30, 2020 Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Examine challenges and opportunities in Greece as it has suffered from economic crisis combined with the current refugee crisis. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Through these connections, you will develop an understanding of Greece’s interaction with the European Union and the current instability in the region.

Get more info and apply online!

Augsburg Theater presents: Quake

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written by Melanie Marnich
directed by Emma Gustafson

It’s a big love Lucy is looking for. Her cross-country mission takes her through hilarious, but equally traumatic relationships in which time and emotion pass in a warped instant. Her quest becomes intertwined with that of a female serial killer. The two women find themselves on an exploration of the geography of the human heart.

Performances: January 30th, 31st, and February 1st at 7:00 PM, February 2nd at 3:00 PM
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater

Get your tickets here!

Morning Chapel: Installation of University Pastors

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Join the Augsburg community for the installation service for Pastors Babette Chatman and Justin Lind-Ayres today at 10:40 am in Hoversten Chapel! With the summer appointment of Pastor Sonja Hagander to Vice President of Mission and Identity, the Campus Ministry pastoral staff was reconfigured. As part of that process, Pastors Babette and Justin were called to be University Pastors. And on Friday they will be officially installed as the pastoral team by Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Come join the festive celebration which will include special music from President Paul Pribbenow and Thomas Pribbenow!

We continue to give thanks to the Search Team that worked diligently this fall to call Pastor Babette. The team included: Kelly Anderson Diercks, Athletics; Lee George, Strommen Center
Allyson Green, Sabo Center; Ian Heseltine, Student representative; and, Mark Tranvik, Religion Department.

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Registration Reduced for Augsburg Students, Faculty, and Staff for Diversity Insights Breakfast

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When: February 6, 2020 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton – University Area, Bridges Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 511 Huron Blvd. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, Phone: 612-504-3000

Cost: $45 (Select Augsburg Student/Faculty/Staff for registration type. email address required!)

Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity

Presenters: Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota | Shawntera M. Hardy, PolicyGrounds Consulting | Khadija Ali, Global Language Connections
Price of registration includes full plated breakfast buffet and coffee and specialty teas.

Global citizenship and interconnectivity allows us to experience and impact the world in more expansive ways than ever before. With this new international reach, however, comes responsibility for simultaneously caring for both our local communities and for others on the planet impacted by our actions or decisions. Given these new realities, how do we ensure our practices and solutions meet increasingly complex challenges at the local and planetary levels?

This workshop will include specific examples of what it takes to develop critical practices that satisfy individual interests while keeping in mind the needs of current and future generations – here and everywhere.

Learning Outcomes
This session will include specific examples that will have the following learning outcomes:

– Communications policies and practices that satisfy individual interests while keeping in mind the needs of current and future generations – here and everywhere
– Team member training approaches to developing simultaneously local and global thinking/action
– Feedback mechanism to involve the broader community in this “balancing” process

Register Here

Keeping Track of Auggies

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