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“For once, then, something”: Sabbatical as Serendipity

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Monday, March 23 | Speaking of Sabbatical with Doug Green | 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm, The Marshall Room

“For once, then, something”: Sabbatical as Serendipity: You can’t prescribe what you’ll achieve during your sabbatical–or at least I can’t. This is a story of poems and a film Western and Shakespeare and a reunion of liberal Bronx Jews in Trump’s DC. It’s a story of art and small joys. It’s the story of a career closing and possibility blossoming. Above all, it’s a story of gratitude.

Lunch will be provided.

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CTL Award Nominations Accepted Through Monday at Noon

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Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards
Annual Recognition 2020

Call for Nominations – Extended to Monday, March 2 at Noon.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

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RSVP Now to Attend the Writing Retreat for FT Faculty

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Sunday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 19 | Jessica Nathanson Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

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It’s Feedback Time: Midcourse Corrections

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Consider this your digital announcement that we didn’t quite get to at the February Faculty Meeting. Just a reminder that it is expected good practice to gather formative feedback during the course to gauge student input, address any unidentified concerns, and learn what’s going well. This week and next are good times to ask: how’s it going?

Important Notice About CTL Travel Grants

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Because of a budget shortfall, CTL is not accepting/approving any new applications for travel within the current fiscal year.

-If your travel is near the end of this fiscal year, and you are willing to use personal funds and wait until after June 1 for reimbursement to be processed, you can submit an application. However, this will be coming from your 2020-2021 funds.

-This does not affect travel applications already submitted and approved. If you already received an approval for travel this fiscal year (travel taking place before the end of May), then follow instructions as outlined in your travel grant approval.

-This does not affect any adjunct travel grants/professional development funding.

We are accepting applications for travel between June and December starting March 1.

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“Wellness in Color” Discussion Group Dates to be Rescheduled

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The first part of the “Wellness in Color” Discussion Groups, set to take place next week, are being rescheduled. Please watch for more details in A-mail and on the CTL page soon.

“Wellness in Color” is a podcast series of the National Alliance of Mental Illness that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness. In the podcast young adults of color share their challenges and successes in mental health recovery and wellness. NAMI’s goal is “to reach collective cultural communities through positive reflections on wellness through discussions on why community members do not seek help for themselves or their loved one living with a mental illness.”

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Free Trip to Holocaust Museum Through the MINNE Fellowship – Applications due 9 p.m. TODAY

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program. Five Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.
The 2020 trip will take place on April 23rd. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.
• U.S. Citizen
• Full-time student
• Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2021
• 3.0 GPA or higher

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 2

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 14. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 2nd (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact Lara Crombie,

URGO Website

Getting Ready to Write: Centralized Application for the Health Professions

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Interested in submitting a centralized application to one of the health professions this cycle? Join us to get your ideas organized and start the writing process for personal statements and experiences. Food will be provided.

Thursday, March 12th


Lindell Library 301

Please contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

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Apply for the 2020-2021 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

More details:
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

APPLYING: Details about the process are avaialble
The application deadline is March 9, 2020.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Focused Conversation Webinar on Signature Experience and Problem-based Learning: Available Now

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Elaine Eschenbacher, director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, host a webinar on signature experience and problem-based learning at Augsburg last week. The recording is now available on the All Hands page.

All Hands

New Forum Podcast Ep 27, Creating the “Stick”: How to Build a Year-Long D&I Program

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Chris Jones (Spectra Diversity LLC) shares insights on the effectiveness or “stickiness” of diversity and inclusion trainings and how post-training sustainment is key to making new inclusion behaviors “stick.”

Listen here

Have Extra Bags You Don’t Want?

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Campus cupboard is in great need for both plastic and paper bags. If you have any bags laying around you don’t want/need we would gladly take those off your hands. Any kind you have (plastic, paper, cloth/reusable) is greatly appreciated. You can drop them off at the cupboard during our open hours generally 10-4 mon-fri or at the donation bin located in Christiensen lobby near Einstein’s. Thank you!

March 1 – Deadline for Summer and Fall 2020 study abroad/away programs

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Applying for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 Study Abroad or Away Programs?

Applications are due MARCH 1.

Get in touch with the Study Abroad & Away office if you have questions about programs, applications, etc. We’re here to help!

Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center

Get more information about Study Abroad & Away

Event Announcements

It’s Not Too Late. Recognize Outstanding Staff Today

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UPDATE: Nominations will be accepted through the end of day Friday, Feb. 28th – with exceptions made for a Monday, March 2nd submission for those who email

Staff Senate is now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg University! Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from February 3rd through February 21st. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or student.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of February 1, 2020) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on the afternoon of March 26th.

Click here for the nomination form:

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information:

Blood Drive Sign-Up Tabling TODAY

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The spring blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday 3/4/2020 from 10 – 4 pm in the East Commons. If you have not signed up to donate you can do so today in Christensen Center between 10:30 and 12:00 pm or go online at drives and enter sponsor code 0027. Appointment times are still available and donors are needed!! Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Let’s help save lives Auggies – schedule a blood donation time soon!!

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Southern Africa this fall

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Augsburg’s CGEE study center in Southern Africa offers an experiential, community-based, social-justice focused semester program in fall or spring:

Nation Building and Decolonizing the Mind in Southern Africa

Stay on-track to graduate by taking 16+ credits. Courses are available in History, Political Science, Religion, wellness, or even choose an internship as part of your semester. All courses are in English. Your semester starts in South Africa and then continues on to Namibia. Study in TWO countries in one semester!

For fall 2020 only: CGEE is providing **FREE AIRFARE** for all Fall 2020 semester students in Southern Africa!

You can use your full semester financial-aid package to help pay for the program, and additionally you will receive an automatic CGEE Travel Grant scholarship of $1,500, and free airfare for fall 2020, making a semester at CGEE Southern Africa one of the most affordable study abroad semester programs!

You can check off the following requirements on the program:

· Social and Behavioral Sciences (two course options available)

· Humanities requirement

· Search for Meaning II

· Recreational Wellness

· + your Augsburg Experience requirement!

Apply by March 1

Get more information about CGEE Southern Africa and apply online

Comm Majors: Fall Semester in Mexico is Made for You

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Are you a Comm Major looking to study abroad? Want to get intercultural experience? Interested in using your media skills to engage in social justice issues?

Join us for the Fall 2020 semester in Mexico:


Develop yourself as a socially-conscious media professional equipped for the challenges of modern-day media! During your semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico, you will:

-Hear from experienced professionals on responsible journalism on critical issues such as (im)migration and the environment.
-Listen to the stories from those traditionally marginalized by society such as migrants, deportees, immigrant returnees from the U.S. and Canada, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ people, and low-income people.
-Engage deeply with critical issues facing the U.S. and Mexico.
-Learn to look at the world through the intersectional lenses of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Costs for this program are often LOWER than your costs on campus because:
-You can use your full financial aid package for semester programs off-campus
-You will recieve a $1500 CGEE Travel Grant on top of your fin aid, just for being an Auggie!
-Many additional scholarship opportunities available

This program is great for Communications Majors or Minors in their Sophomore or Junior years. Check out the website for more info!

Apply by March 1

Get more information and apply online

Join us for Free Apps at Surly. You’re Invited to Learn More About the MNUDL, a Program of Augsburg

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to 1,200 middle school and high school students in the Twin Cities. We love being part of the Augsburg community, and we want to connect more Auggies to our cause! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us at our free & flavorful friendraiser at Surly Brewing Company this spring.

MNUDL Friendraiser
@ Surly Brewing Company
March 12, 2020
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Bring a friend and don’t worry about bringing a donation. This will just be a fun, casual event to hang out, meet some interesting people, and learn more about ways to connect with our organization!

We hope to see you there!

Please email us at if you have any questions.

You don’t need a ticket to attend, but please RSVP below (for planning purposes):

Sign Up

Host an All-School Reunion gathering

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Want to gather alumni from your department, group, or affinity! Want to show off your fancy new space? The All-School Reunion will be the perfect opportunity to do so. To host a gathering you can fill out the form below or contact Darcey Engen or Katie Code at for more information. There are options to host a gathering that are at no cost to you! Be a part of history and celebrate #Augsburg150

Registration Form

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MN Urban Debate Supply Drive: Seeking binders, pens, highlighters, and expanding file folders

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The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming for Twin Cities high schools and middle schools. Our middle school debate season is underway. The Spanish Debate League, East African Debate Initiative, and Financial Literacy debates seasons are upcoming, and we need supplies!

Please reach out to to arrange pickup if you have highlighters, binders (under 2.5 inches), pens, or expanding file folders (with 8+ pockets) to donate. We will accept gently used donations.