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Film Instructor James Curry is a Jerome Fellowship Finalist

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James Curry has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Film/Video & New Media Minnesota Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. Curry was awarded a one time grant of $5000 by the Jerome Foundation and named an alternate. The Jerome Foundation awarded 60 Fellowships (10 in film/new media) to artists in Minnesota and New York City. The Foundation also granted 84 additional awards to finalists and alternates.

Congrats Mr. Curry!

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2021 Minnesota Grantees in Film/New Media

Join CTL’s NAMI “Wellness in Color” Discussion TODAY

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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

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

Nine Augsburg Faculty Receive Augsburg Grants to Support Their Scholarship in 2021-2022

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Nine Augsburg faculty from eight different programs have been awarded a total of almost $22,000 in Scholarship Grants to support their professional work during the 2021-2022 academic year. Each Spring, the Faculty Development Committee reviews faculty requests for the available scholarship funds provided by Augsburg University and selects projects which provide the maximum benefit to faculty, students, the university, and the faculty member’s discipline. Congratulations to all 2021-2022 recipients!

Kristina Boerger (MUS) $150.00
Jacqui deVries (HIS) $2,000.00
Lori Brandt Hale (REL) $4,000.00
Annie Heiderscheit (MUS) $1,685.00
Abby Hughes-Scalise (PRP) $3,165.00
Ibrahim Keita (ECO) $2,500.00
Tara Mader (HPE) $3,000.00
Erin Sugrue (SWK) $2,250.00
Belize Torres Narváez (THR) $3,000.00

EDTalk: Pondering the ‘Experience Curriculum’ with Jason Lukasik

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Pondering the ‘experience curriculum’: Jason Michael Lukasik, Assistant Professor of Education, will share insight into the curriculum history and theory that underpins ‘experiential education.’ Given Augsburg’s commitment to meaningful experiential education, this session invites you to ponder the experience curriculum.

Premiering Wednesday, April 14 at 3:10 pm

This year, EDTalks will be pre-recorded and have a community “premiere” on Zoom hosted by CTL at 3:10 pm on days when there is a faculty meeting. These premieres will end no later than 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to log into the Faculty Zoom meeting early. After the premier, the recording will be posted on the CTL website, along with any resources (if applicable).

EDTalk Zoom Information (must have Augsburg login to view)

Forum Podcast ep 59, Radically Rethinking Inclusion: A Bold New Approach to Succeeding Together

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebekah Steele(Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs) and Alison Maitland (author, speaker, coach) discuss the “INdivisible approach” as a way to radically rethink “feel good” inclusion initiatives.

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

General Announcements

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.

Continued Support for Augsburg Family After COVID-19 Deaths

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The CGEE Mexico Site wants to thank all of you who gave generous contributions to support the 5 Rios-Sanchez children after the COVID deaths of Isabel Sanchez & Moises Rios, who were an important part of the Augsburg Mexico staff for many years. We are happy to report that the youngest (11-year-old Sliri) now has a refurbished computer in order to complete her online coursework. She is very excited about having her first computer, and we are hopeful that it will help her tremendously as she does her best to keep up her straight-A average in school and someday attend university, perhaps here at Augsburg.

Thanks to you and your spreading the word, The GoFundMe campaign for the Rios-Sanchez family has already succeeded in raising more than our initial goal of US $15,000. However, we are extending the campaign due to the enormous needs of the family, so if you haven’t given yet and would like to (or want to tell friends), please do so. Thank you, Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, CGEE Mexico Site Director & Global Faculty

Personal Care Assistants 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 starting May 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!

“Blessed Ramadan” Signs Available

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The first day of Ramadan is Tuesday, April 13. Ministry has “Blessed Ramadan” lawn signs available for you to put in your office or outside your building. If you would like a sign, please stop by the Campus Ministry office in Foss 104 or contact Janice Dames at If no one is in the office, we will have some outside the office door to pick up.

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) 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

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

Looking for a Summer Job Working with Youth?

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Are you a student who enjoys working with kids and youth? Are you still looking for a summer job? Then check out Voyageur Lutheran Camps in northern Minnesota. There are many positions available: counselor, canoe guide, program coordinators, waterfront director, kitchen assistant, and more. They are still taking applications today! Contact them with questions ( or apply today (

Voyageur Lutheran Camps Summer Employment

Applications are Now Open for the 2021-22 AugSTEM Scholars Program

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2021 (graduating by December ‘23)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Thursday, May 13 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Tuesday, May 25 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

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Augsburg Dining Services During Ramadan

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With the start of Ramadan on April 12, those that observe will be able to visit the dining hall for service. We will be serving a special menu from 8:30 to 10pm. You will also be able to take chilled breakfast items that can be consumed before sunrise.

Please direct any questions to Jeff Johnson at

Thank you.

Register for a Global Course this Summer

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Looking for a way to keep up on some extra credits this summer? Want to hear from people all over the world to deepen your knowledge of international perspectives? If yes, we encourage you to register for an online course taught by CGEE staff this summer!

These courses are taught by Augsburg CGEE faculty from Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa and will also bring in a variety of guest speakers and unique voices from around the globe using our community connections in those countries. Several courses also fulfill LAF graduation requirements!

Courses taught during Summer Time 1 (May 10 – June 25):
Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (4 credits, HIS 156)
Cross Culture Perspectives: Feminisms in the Americas (4 credits, CCS 495)
Global Competence Certificate (1 credit, INS 291)
Intercultural Communication (4 credits, COM 329)
Latin American Liberation Theologies and Social Change (RLN 336)
Mexican Cultures through Film (4 credits, credit give in either FLM 295 or FLM 495)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers I

Courses taught during Summer Time 2 (June 28 – August 13):
Apartheid, Mandela and Post-Apartheid Southern Africa (4 credits, HIS 195/387)
Citizen Participation within a Globalized Economy (4 credits, POL 310)
(Im)Migration, Gender and Social Change (4 credits, POL 357)
In the Aftermath of War: History, Memory and Transitional Justice in Central America (4 credits, WST 355/HIS 355)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Virtual Internships Summer 2021 dates: June 7 – August 13
Virtual Internships are available in multiple disciplines, virtual interns will be placed with an agency in Latin America. Spanish language is required.

View Course Descriptions

Event Announcements

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.

#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–

Minneapolis City Issues Info Session

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Join the Sabo Center for an info session centering initiatives to create change in our city regarding public safety and affordable rent.

We will be joined by Elliot Altbaum, an organizer with ISAIAH to help us learn about what these initiatives mean for us and for community members around us. Event is via Zoom.

Learn more and register here

“We Are Good” Final Performance

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Deep Listening Jam Session:
The 5th House Ensemble residency culminates in a Deep Listening Jam, which includes the creative work and dialogue captured throughout the 5 “We Are Good” sessions. Join us for this performance!

Monday, April 12, 4:30—6:00 p.m.
Maximum of 100 participants.

Register Now

TOMORROW: Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Dr. Joseph S. Francisco

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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

Event Registration

Forum Event – Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference

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When: May 6, 2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Megan Hughes Johnson, Interfaith Youth Core  |  Jenan Mohajir, Interfaith Youth Core

Religious diversity is an incredibly important part of American public life. Controversies regarding religion and business are regularly in both the press and the courts and more Americans say that they encounter religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of their life (PRRI, 2019). However, religion is often left out of the corporate diversity conversation. Diverse identities and perspectives on a team can lead to greater outcomes or can lead to misunderstanding and conflict. It is only when diverse identities are engaged, and team members have opportunities to intentionally learn about one another, that the potential strength of workplace diversity is unlocked. Developing a company culture that proactively engages religious diversity can open doors to greater employee productivity, enhanced client satisfaction, and even new business prospects. Join IFYC to explore why engaging religion matters in the workplace, workshop challenging scenarios, and identify your interfaith skillset.

Learning Outcomes
Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace
Understand and apply interfaith frameworks to common tensions in the workplace related to religious identity and diversity
Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture

Virtual Poster Presentation Tomorrow at 10:30: 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 individuals who identify as transgender and BIPOC.

TOMORROW: 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.

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