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Teaching and Learning

Last Chance To Register for Virtual Abolition Panel This Afternoon at 4 p.m.

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

April 7, 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.

Physician Assistant Info Session – Augsburg Pre-PA Club

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Join the Augsburg Pre-PA Club to learn more about the physician assistant profession, graduate physician assistant programs, and much more on Tuesday, April 13th at 6:00 pm via Zoom! This info session is open to any student interested in medicine or looking to explore different careers in healthcare. Contact for more information on the upcoming event.

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 19 at 3:00 pm.

Register Here

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

Professors 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

Join 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

Latinx Theatre and Performance Course Is Back This Fall

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The Latinx Theatre and Performance course is coming back this Fall (THR 273-A MWF 1:10AM‑12:20PM). This LAF course is open to everyone! We will discuss in seminar style different cultural expressions of the Latin American Diaspora in the US. We will study and analyze plays, telenovelas, spoken word, and reggaetón among others. (Yes! There will be some Bad Bunny and Cardi B!). We will critically study how Latinx artists challenge stereotypes and articulate Latinidad in their own terms. (Instructor: Prof Beliza Torres Narváez)

General Announcements

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.

MN Urban Debate League Wins Ethical Leadership Award

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is one of two Minnesota nonprofits that has been honored with the 2021 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award, presented by Synergy & Leadership Exchange.

The Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award was created by the Minnesota Character Council to spotlight character and ethical leadership development, honor organizations with exemplary efforts, motivate honorees for continued effort and success, and inspire others with examples to replicate.

Debate was recognized for helping to cultivate the leadership qualities of critical thinking, ethical argumentation, and empathy towards others.

MNUDL members will received the award and receive the virtual Character Recognition Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 18.

Fluent in Spanish? Volunteer for the MN Urban Debate League’s Spanish Debate Program

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming for Twin Cities middle and high school students. One of our spring programs is the Spanish Debate League, held entirely in Spanish.

Our program is an opportunity for middle and high school students to refine their Spanish proficiency be affirmed in their identity, and gain the benefits of debate- including public speaking, critical thinking, and academic skills.

Are you fluent in Spanish? Be a judge for the Spanish Debate League! You will listen to students’ speeches, give them constructive feedback, and pick a winner of the debate.

Tournaments are happening entirely virtually. No debate training? No problem. We will train you.

Event dates:

Thurs. April 29, 3:30-6:30 PM

Thurs. May 13, 3:30-6:30 PM

Thurs. May 27, 3:30-6:30 PM

Sign Up to Judge & Learn More

Apply To Be an Augsburg LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Learn more and apply here

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 9. 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:

MNsure Special Enrollment Extended Through July 16

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COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period

MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for any Minnesotan who is uninsured or who is not currently enrolled in a qualified health plan through MNsure. The American Rescue Plan expands benefits to Minnesotans through MNsure.

This special enrollment period has been extended through Friday, July 16.

Health Access MN provides FREE phone support to help you navigate the health insurance application system. Call them at 651-645-0215 with any questions you have. Check out the link below for information about the special enrollment period.

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry:

The Liturgy of the Hours podcast by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry.
Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Christians have echoed this proclamation throughout the centuries, in caves and catacombs, churches and cathedrals, now virtually by video across the internet and the radio.
We gather prayer in light of the resurrection dawn, offering Matins. This week: Tom Witt and Mary Preus, and Sawyer Vanden Heuvel.
We calm our hearts now as we open ourselves to the presence of God.

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

Event Announcements

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Dr. Joseph S. Francisco: Next Tuesday

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Everyone is welcome to attend the Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Convocation next Tuesday, April 13, 2021.


Dr. Joseph S. Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
11 – 11:45 a.m. Central
Format: Zoom Webinar

Zoom Registration

MN Urban Debate League To Host Virtual Middle & High School Summer Camps – Register Now

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The Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) is a collaborative effort between The Minnesota Urban Debate League (a program of Augsburg University) and The University of Minnesota Debate Team. Our goal is to increase access to speech & debate for schools, coaches, and students entering 5th – 12th grade providing a high quality, virtual summer camp experience to students in the Twin Cities Metro, the Upper Midwest region, and across the US!

2021 Virtual Speech & Debate Camp Offerings

Middle School (all online)
– Middle School Policy Debate Camp
– Middle School Speech Camp
– Middle School Congressional Debate Camp

For more details, costs, and registration visit:

High School (all online)
– Congressional Debate Camp (1 session)
– Policy Debate Camp (3 sessions)
* Extended – for intermediate and advanced students
* Core – for beginning and intermediate (advanced students may attend as camp leaders)
* Core and Extended – for intermediate and advanced students

For more details, cost and registration visit:

The priority date for scholarship applications is April 25. Learn more at the MNUDL Website.

Register & Learn More About MDAW

#StopAsianHate: APAHE National Summit

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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 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–

Come Celebrate the 14th Annual Lavender Celebration

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The event will take place on Saturday, April 10 from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Chapel. This event will be held in person, simply RSVP on Auggie Life. You can also attend virtually through this link. The virtual event will be held, via webinar, with a recording available for view post-event.

We would love folks to attend in-person, as you feel comfortable, however you can always watch Lavender Celebration live, or the recording that will be available after.

RSVP on Auggie Life

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 Biochemistry, Chemistry, MSCS, Physics
3:20 – 3:40pm Biology
3:40 – 4:00pm Social Sciences, Humanities
4:00 – 4:20pm Arts, 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.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Selling Modern Brown Finished Desk

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Mahogany colored desk, very modern, black metal legs giving it a unique look. Super light weight, great for any room or dorm!

Sturdy wood, accepting offers on this desk, originally paid $150, can go very low. Only flaw is that it has a small white scratch on the top, everything else is great!

Excited to share photos, let me know if you’re interested.

Personal Care Assistance Needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a first year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am currently looking for people who would want to work every Sunday’s 3:00pm- 10:00pm and some hours during this summer! If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join!