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Academic Affairs Committee Updates

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AAC had a busy meeting on Monday, December 7. Several proposals were reviewed. RLN 336 changed its course title to “Latin American Liberation Theologies and Social Change” (adding the “and Social Change” to its former title).

Campus Ministry was approved for an alternative spring break experience that “offers the Augsburg student community an opportunity to look deeper at justice issues in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, and engage in meaningful, relationship centered volunteer work”. Their experiences will be virtual or distanced this year.

AAC also approved the proposed new “Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies” program. The department still needs Faculty Senate approval before heading to the full faculty.

In addition to the three approved proposals, there was an update about the TEL subcommittee and its work on hybrid/online course approvals, as well as a point of information about recommendations for student learning put forth by the Augsburg Day Student Government.

Finally, the committee was briefly introduced to an intended proposal for student advisory grades. Feedback was given and is still being added by AAC.

You can find more information about the committee (including proposal forms, meeting minutes, and archival information) at

You can access the AAC approvals in the tracking spreadsheet linked below (it is also linked on the AAC page above).

Questions about AAC can be directed to AAC Chair, Phyllis Kapetanakis, or Program Coordinator, Kerri Maher.

AAC Approval Tracking (can only be accessed with an Augsburg login)

Religious Holidays Policy

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In recognition that observance of recognized religious holidays may affect students’ classroom attendance and the submission of graded work in courses, Augsburg University accommodates religious observances and holidays of diverse religious traditions. This policy reflects the university’s commitment to being responsive to our students’ diverse religious beliefs and to encourage students’ spiritual development.

Students are expected to formally notify their instructors at least two weeks in advance that they will miss class in order to observe a religious holiday. Students are to complete the Religious Observance Notification Form.

The Religious Observance Notification Form must be submitted online. It is routed to the faculty member faculty member and the University Pastors in the Campus Ministry Office. Should either of these parties raise questions about the request, they will contact the student or the faculty member’s academic dean.

The complete policy is available through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Religious Holidays Policy

General Announcements

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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As we are entering the 2020 holiday season the main shipping carriers have published their guidelines to have packages arrive by Christmas. If you are planning to send packages make sure to get them in before the following dates.

All dates listed are recommended send-by dates for contiguous US destinations. These dates are not guaranteed so earlier is always better (and cheaper).

Dec 15 – Ground
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

Dec 15 – Ground/Home
Dec 21 – Express Saver
Dec 22 – 2Day
Dec 23 – Overnight

Dec 15 – Retail Ground
Dec 18 – First-Class
Dec 19 – Priority
Dec 23 – Priority Express

Thank You
Central Services Staff

Apply to UpTurnships by December 14

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Variety of Spring and Summer internships!

Are you a sophomore, junior or senior graduating Spring 2021? Struggling to find an internship? UpTurnships has a strong history and partnership with Augsburg University. Over the years Augsburg has had a number of students who were a part of this outstanding program. They help students find their next career opportunity!

Priority application deadline – Monday, December 14th

*Priority will be given to students who are under-resourced or under-represented in their career field
*Students residing in Hennepin County must apply by the priority deadline to be eligible for an application completion incentive of $100

Apply at:

**** NOTE – when applying you will be asked to notify the career center for an access code to complete the CliftonStrenghts. YOU SHOULD EMAIL for the code.

If you have questions, please email

Strommen Career & Internship Services

Campus Kitchen: Food Security Funding Update

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Campus Kitchen is excited to share updates about a grant we recently received. Check it out!

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad in Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Apply by January 22, 2021

Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer
THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – Summer

HIS 170 — Food: A Global History (Humanities LAF)
HIS 440 — Upper Division Topics Course
ENL 221 — Writing about Art and Popular Culture
ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction

–MEXICO– (Apply by March 1)

Augsburg CGEE: Language and Culture

Augsburg CGEE: Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership


Music Therapy in South Africa – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get detailed information about these short term programs

Apply to be an Editor for the School Newspaper (paid positions)

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for students interested in our positions of Managing Editor and Features Editor.

Managing Editor is one of our highest paid positions and is responsible for budget tracking, payment of staff and assisting in leadership responsibilities for the paper. Features Editor is responsible for curating and editing articles that provide in-depth news stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community. Both positions are great opportunities for students who are looking to develop their writing, editing and leadership skills or are passionate about community and the power of narrative.

*Pro tip: you do not need to be an expert in writing or editing to do well as an Echo editor. The Echo provides ample training and a welcoming team of support. If you’re interested, go for it!*

Please reach us at to learn more about what these positions entail. To apply, send over a cover letter and resume!

Check out The Echo’s Latest

Sign up for the Minneapolis Moment Theatre Project

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The Minneapolis Moment is a one-minute play project attempting to continue dialogue rooted in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting uprisings in a time of pandemic and divisive federal elections. We’ll borrow the model of the Every 28 Hours Plays to create, select, and perform one-minute plays over Zoom or other video media to share with the Augsburg and Minneapolis communities.

The Minneapolis Moment will engage student, staff, and faculty in order to perform selected one-minute plays from the Every 28 Hours Plays and to write and perform new one-minute plays based on experiences since the murder of George Floyd. The goal is to facilitate critical dialogue and reflection by providing multiple viewpoints and multiple experiences.

The design of the project allows participants to start working in December 2020 and continue into the spring semester of 2021 with three or four performances building on each other and able to be broadcast virtually to be in alignment with essential health measures to protect against the pandemic. The idea is to have three or four performances with several one-minute plays and then ultimately to collect and edit them into one larger video. Participants can be involved in only one writing and performance cycle or in them all—it will be up to them. All Augsburg students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate.

Sign up here!

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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Campus Ministry invites you to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel. This week Nate Crary leads a fresh service of Vespers, stirring up music old and new that draws us closer to Bethlehem and closer to the ground on which we reside. We name that ground holy and tend to it as our calling.

Liturgy of the Hours

Event Announcements

Virtual Table Today – ACR Homes Hiring

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Paid opportunities! Great for Psychology, Social Work, Health Professions, and Education majors

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2:00-5:00 pm (Log on for a quick chat with recruiter)

Virtual Event –

(Stay for just a few minutes to learn more – virtual drop-by table)

Hosted by ACR Homes / ACR Healthcare
Organized by Philip Baumgarn

Virtual Session
Whether you are looking for a flexible part-time job that works around your schedule, patient care experience, an impactful internship, or a rewarding career for after school, ACR Homes may have the ideal fit for you.

Gain great experience for school, your resume, and for life all while making a difference in the lives of people who have disabilities.

ACR Homes Handshake Event

TODAY- ABO brings alumni to virtual event

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The Augsburg Business Organization is hosting a virtual event Wednesday, December 9th from 4:30 -5:30 pm. This event is meant to connect our members with Augsburg alumni in different professions within the business field. We will have alumni from different industries for our members to connect with and to ask questions.

Guests include:
Briana Alamilla – communication & social media specialist at Augsburg University
Barclay Bates – Associate Product Manager at Midcontinent
Taylor Severson – Big Data Engineer at Cargill and Senior Associate – Technical Analyst at Boomlab
Michael Graham – Anti Money Laundering Investigator and Securities Analyst at US Bank
Brien Boente – Staff Accountant at The MENTOR Network

Event will be hosted and sponsored by the Augsburg Business Organization (ABO)

Learn More and receive the link through Campus Labs

Forum Webinar – Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

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When: December 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Lisa Joyslin, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Cost: Free

Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in the development of a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for leaders who are seeking concrete next steps to better engage volunteers from racially diverse and immigrant communities.
In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the eight strategies, share your own experiences, and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program within your own organization.

Learning Outcomes
Identify the barriers that racially and ethnically diverse communities face when trying to volunteer
Learn about concrete strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program
Create an action plan to determine next steps for inclusive volunteer engagement at your organization

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