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Profs Degner Riveros and Rodriguez Receive Provost’s Internationalization Grants

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Sarah Degner Riveros and Rafael Antonio Rodriguez have both been awarded 2021-2022 Provost’s Internationalization Grants by the Faculty Development Committee in association with the Center for Global Education and Experience. Two grants are offered each year to provide support for faculty to pursue international teaching, research, or other scholarly collaboration with Augsburg University international programs or partner institutions.

Sarah Degner Riveros (Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies) will receive a $3,500 grant to support her work this summer with Augsburg’s Cuernavaca, Mexico CGEE Global Site.

Rafael Antonio Rodriguez (Music) will receive a $2,000 grant to support his work this summer with the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, an Augsburg partner institution.

3 Days in May: Request for Proposals (Due April 16)

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CTL’s annual “Three Days in May” professional development event will take place over Zoom Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021, and we are officially accepting proposals for seminars, workshops, panels, etc. You do not need to present a topic in order to propose it, but it is much more likely to get scheduled if you provide a coordinator for the session.

Sessions may be 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes long and should somehow address one of the categories listed below OR provide other essential information for teaching faculty and staff (e.g. tenure portfolio workshops). To submit a proposal, click on the short Google form here which will ask for a temporary title, topic category(ies), coordinator name (if any), and length of session.

The theme for “3 Days” this year is “Closing the Loop on the Augsburg Student Survey”, and all sessions will be listed under at least one of six categories: (1) Student Mental and Physical Health, (2) Planning and Study Skills, (3) Peer Support and Connection, (4) Student Interaction with Faculty, (5) Clear and Flexible Teaching Practices, and (5) Student Professional and Career Development.

We fully expect most proposals to be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, CTL Director (

Submit Your “3 Days in May” Proposal

Office Hours TODAY and TOMORROW: Degree Audit System

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All faculty are invited to join the upcoming deans’ office hours (Tuesday, April 6 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm and Wednesday, April 7 from 10 am – 11 am). These two sessions will include a very brief demonstration of the new degree audit tool, followed by an opportunity for Q&A.

The encoders have developed a series of short training videos and posted them on Augsburg’s Community Moodle site. There are 15 videos with a total viewing time of about 2.5 hours. If possible, we encourage you to review these videos before the office hours next week.

We will also be conducting one Q & A session during 3 Days in May to answer any further questions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hope Blatchley or Christine Berkenpas

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Zoom Information for Office Hours (must have Augsburg login to view)

RSVP Now for CTL’s NAMI “Wellness in Color” Discussion

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It’s hard to ignore our emotional, psychological, and social well-being today when it’s being inundated with MAJOR stressors that affect how we think, feel, and act. Please join CTL fellows and other faculty/staff for a discussion of mental health, especially related to communities of color. We will be facilitating a discussion on NAMI Minnesota’s Wellness in Color podcasts. Please listen to three of these podcasts (available at and come discuss what you’ve learned on a Zoom meeting with other faculty and staff members. We will be meeting on Monday, April 12 from 3:10 pm to 4:10 pm to listen to so that we will have things in common that we can discuss. Please listen to the following podcasts: “Blurring Tradition,” “Flipping the Status Quo,” and “Between Two Worlds.”

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. Use the linked RSVP form to let us know you would like to join.

Wellness in Color Podcast Discussion | Monday, April 12 | 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm | ZOOM

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion

Want to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad With Fulbright?

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field, including performance studies and the creative arts. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

US Student Fulbright Program Website

Fulbright Information Session hosted by Fulbright

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Juniors, graduating seniors, and alums hear from Fulbright employees about the Fulbright US Student Program. In this program, you can teach English, study and/or do research in one of 140 countries, paid for by Fulbright. Learn from the experts about the program and application process.

This virtual session is April 19th at 3:00 pm.

Register Here

General Announcements

Apply to be an Editor on the Echo

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The Echo is hiring for the next school year! If you are looking for a welcoming and supporting environment to be in while gaining experience in writing, editing, amplifying student voices, and keeping our community informed – this is the place for you!

Available positions are:
Opinions Editor
Arts & Culture Editor
News Editor
Features Editor
Managing Editor
Outreach Coordinator

For more information on position duties, check out our most recent posts on our Instagram page: @augsburg_echo

Interested individuals should send in a resume and a cover letter (or two page writing sample.) to before April 10th.

Thank you for your interest!
Zully Sosa, executive editor

Augsburg Brand Perceptions Study

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Last week, you should have received via email an invitation to participate in a brand perception study for Augsburg University. The message was sent through our third-party research partner, Beehive Research, and we’ve heard reports that that has resulted in the message sometimes displaying with a warning that it may be spam. The message is authentic, and we sincerely appreciate your time and willingness to share your feedback by following the link to the survey. Thank you!

Strommen Senior Career Toolkit

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The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work would like to acknowledge that the job search process has its unique stressors and want you to know we are here to support you. Whether you are graduating this spring or in December, we are committed to helping you every step of the way. It is for these reasons we are proud to present our Senior Career Toolkit! Over the next week, Augsburg seniors can expect emails from us with tips and tricks to a successful job search! Topics include: How to Write an Effective Resume and Cover Letter, Setting up your LinkedIn for Success, Job Search Tips, Interview Preparation, Tips for Negotiating a Salary Offer, & Career Services to Utilize Post-Augsburg.

Resources for Seniors are also available on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Nominations for Staff Senate and University Council Representatives

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Augsburg University Staff Senate has two important elections this spring. We are currently taking nominations for Staff Senate Representatives and University Council Staff Representatives.

Staff Senate Representatives: Augsburg University’s Staff Senate is composed of six members who are nominated and elected by their peers for a two-year term as well as two additional at-large members, appointed by Staff Senate. All members have the option to serve a third year. We are currently filling four positions. For more information on Staff Senate visit our about page.

University Council Staff Representatives: There is one opening on the University Council for an elected staff representative. For an overview of the full process, go to our University Council tab.

Staff may nominate other eligible staff or self-nominate for either Staff Senate or University Council using this form

Nomination deadline for both Staff Senate and University Council is April 9, 2021. Please email with questions. Thank you for your participation in this important process.

Augsburg University Staff Senate

Janice Dames, Campus Ministry
Deanna Davis, Professional Studies
Nancy Huynh, Academic Advising*
Ilse Rolf, Institutional Advancement
Stewart Van Cleve, Lindell Library
Jackie Voigt, Athletics
Uriah Ward, Student Financial Services
Tessa Wegenke, Finance & Administration*

*2020-21 co-chairs

For Students Observing Ramadan

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Dining services will be offering meals after sundown for students observing Ramadan. Ramadan should begin on April 12 at sundown. From April 12 through April 29 (the last meal plan dinner for the semester), dining services will offer a meal for students observing Ramadan from 8:45-10pm each night. At these meal times, students may take with them the food needed for breakfast prior to sunrise. Please share this information with others.

MFA George Floyd Memorial Award

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The Augsburg University MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winner of our George Floyd Memorial Award — the poet Valérie Déus.

Valérie Déus is a poet, film programmer, and radio show host. Her work has been featured in Minnesota Women’s Press, The Brooklyn Rail, Midway, Saint Paul Almanac, The BeZine and, most recently, A Garden of Black Joy anthology and Under Purple Skies: A Minneapolis Anthology. When she’s not writing, she is the host of Project 35, a local low-fi radio show featuring music from all over the diaspora and poetry on KRSM – 98.9 FM. She curates FilmNorth’s Cinema Lounge and is the Shorts Programmer for the Provincetown Film Society & Festival.

Augsburg University created this award to support and celebrate writers that show great promise in their ability to further dismantle anti-Black racism, racism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression. The award covers the cost of tuition for the MFA program’s three required summer residency sessions and provides a reduced rate for the remaining credit hours needed for the degree.

Owing to the strength of the candidates for this award, Augsburg University was able to provide a second scholarship to Minnesota-based fiction writer Hawo Jama.

Please help us celebrate these writers!

Use Your Tuition Benefit — Study Leadership Summer and Fall Terms

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Faculty and Staff – Use your Augsburg employee tuition benefit to pursue a graduate credential in leadership. Check out our website is at: for information about the MA in Leadership, the three course Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (GCLS), as well as the dual MBA/MAL degree.

All summer and fall term MAL classes will be zoom/online.

Click hear to learn more about leadership studies at Augsburg

Staff Appreciation: Nominate a Colleague Before April 10

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This year, the Staff Senate will host a virtual Staff Appreciation Event on May 10. We are celebrating Augsburg staff in several ways:

– We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form:

– Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted through April 9th. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.

– We are also inviting Augsburg staff to tell us: what are you proud of this year? Did you pick up a new hobby, accomplish a difficult task, or just make it through a challenging year? Share your story with the Augsburg community by filming a short (less than 1 minute) video that will be featured during the Staff Appreciation Event. Videos can be submitted through this link:

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 March 1, 2021) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the virtual event on May 10.

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information:

Be a Smart Student Using TutorMe

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can access TutorMe through any of your Moodle classes. At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Dining Services Survey – Chance To Win a $100 Visa Gift Card

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Augsburg University Dining Services is looking for feedback on your dining experience this year. Please complete the following survey to help us make your experience the very best. By completing the survey you have the option to be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. Thank you for your participation.

Event Announcements

2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards Ceremony

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The 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards Ceremony is coming up soon! The Augsburg Leadership Awards are given at the end of every spring semester to outstanding student leaders and student organizations. The award recipients will be announced at the Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Inductees of the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society and graduates of the Inclusion Scholars program will also be honored.

The Zoom Link is TBD, but please RSVP on Auggie Life to join the celebration of our student leaders and student organizations.

Link to Auggie Life:

#StopAsianHate Virtual Candlelight Vigil

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Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA), Hmong Women Together (HWT), and Pan Asian Student Services(PASS) recognizes that anti-AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) prejudice is only one form of systematic racism that continues to spread in our nation. Together, we appreciate the outpour of outreach and attention from Administration, peers and allies in support of the recent events in Georgia last week and our daily lived experiences.

We hope that there will be work in solidarity from Augsburg to take a stand against the structures that perpetuate and fuel discrimination for all BIPOC and specifically recently more heightened assaults on Pan-Asians in our communities, and to identify actionable ways to address this and all forms of prejudice, stigmatization, and racism.

We hereby recommend for you to consider attending the following conference to learn more about these AAPI issues at the 2021 APAHE national summit on April 15, 2021–

Coalition of Asian American Leaders: Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate

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The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) is hosting Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate.

Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate in being hosted by the AsianMinnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) as a public community event to hear from
leaders and community members about what has been occurring in Minnesota and
nationwide, and how to work together to take action against violence and hate.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 5:00PM – 6:30PM CST
Register at

Speakers include: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL
Network & Executive Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others.

QIPOC is Now Accepting Nominations

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Are you a Queer Person of Color and want to get involved on campus? Currently, QIPOC is accepting nominations to serve on the QIPOC board. This is a great opportunity to get active within the community and help make Augsburg an even more inclusive, welcoming space for QIPOC students! If you are interested, please nominate yourself by applying through the nomination form attached. Nominations are open until Friday, April 23rd. Elections are held Monday April 26-30th.

QIPOC Nomination Form

Virtual Poster Presentation on April 13 at 10:30 A.M: Cultural Applications of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

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Join this virtual event where graduate students from Augsburg’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program will review existing research on cultural applications and adaptations to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Graduate students will present virtual posters of their work and respond to questions on the following specific topics: CBT for American Indians with Substance Use Disorders, CBT with Arab individuals presenting with symptoms of trauma, addressing therapist microaggressions when working with transgender individuals in a CBT framework, and cultural considerations when using CBT with transgender BIPOC individuals.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 989 2538 6248
Passcode: 087642

Working with Emotions – Skills Group Starts Wednesday, April 7

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The Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) will be offering for the the last time this semester, a psycho-educational group for Augsburg students starting Wednesday, April 7th via zoom from 4:30 – 6 pm. The group facilitated by CWC counselor Josh Kent will identify and help students learn about the role of emotions in our lives and skills for working with them. If you are interested in the group or learning more contact Josh at

Register for “Abolition Praxis as a Moral Compass: A ‘Radical Imaginary’ in Higher Education”

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April 7th, 4-6pm

This event is co-sponsored by Student Day Government (ADSG) and Batalden Applied Ethics Program


This co-sponsored [Student Day Government (ADSG) and Batalden Applied Ethics Program] panel event will feature David Stovall (Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago) and Augsburg undergraduate student panelists, Reuben Kitto Stately (’22) and Taiwana Shambley (‘21).

Funding for this public event is generously provided by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Zyzzogeton Virtual Student Research Symposium

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Augsburg celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments.

This year Zyzzogeton will be held virtually, with student posters available for viewing online and live Q & A sessions.

Live Session Schedule:
(Zoom links will be posted on the Symposium website)
3:00 – 3:20pm Maroon Session 1: Biochemistry, Chemistry, MSCS, Physics
3:20 – 3:40pm Maroon Session 2: Biology
3:40 – 4:00pm Silver Session 1: Social Sciences
4:00 – 4:20pm Silver Session 2: Arts, Humanities, Business, Exercise Science, Social Work

Please join us on Tuesday, April 13, 3 – 4:30pm at

April 13th is Convocation schedule so there are no classes during Zyzzogeton, you can find the altered class times here:

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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Selling White/Black Racer Gaming Chair

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Taking offers! Will go as low as $50. These chairs are in the $150’s zone.

Near brand new condition, Only flaw is that the chair goes back a little to far. It seems as though there’s a busted metal piece in the back. The whole chair is in tact and I will supply pictures with inquiries! 🙂

Hope you can enjoy this gaming chair more then I did, I know the struggle with how expensive nice chairs like these are. Comes with extra pillows as well for back support! 🙂