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Study Abroad with Augsburg in Central America or Southern Africa

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Augsburg Center for Global Education and Experience in Central America and Southern Africa offer Auggies the opportunity to spend a transformative semester immersed in community abroad. With a small cohort of peers, you will engage with the courses, the places you visit, and the people you meet. These programs are perfect for students who enjoy experiential, hands-on learning. The programs listed below are available in both fall and spring semesters. You can use all your financial aid, receive an automatic $1500 Travel Grant, and you can apply for additional scholarships, too!

Check out the options: CENTRAL AMERICA: Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement ~~three countries in one semester: Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador ~~Courses in Spanish, Religion, History or Women’s & Gender Studies, and Political Science ~~Host family stays help you improve Spanish skills quickly ~~All courses in English, no Spanish knowledge required

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Nation Building and Decolonizing the Mind ~~travel to South Africa and Namibia in one semester ~~courses in History, Political Science, Religion, Environmental Studies, Wellness ~~Internships available in a variety of fields

APPLY BY ~~November 1 – for spring semester programs ~~March 1 – for fall semester programs

Get more information about classes and costs, and apply online here

Summer Language Study with Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 8th.

CLS Website

General Announcements

Short Study Away in NYC or Italy on Spring Break

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Did you know you can study off-campus on spring break!? Two spring semester programs have a travel component on spring break, with various course options for each, and both programs fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement. These programs are open to students in good standing:

****ISLAM IN THE USA, traveling to NYC … choose one course: HIS 195 (Humanities credit) or RLN 205 (Search for Meaning II credit) see website, linked below, for full course and program details

****WRITING LA DOLCE VITA: FOOD, CULTURE AND ART IN ITALY … choose 1 or 2 courses: ENL 221 – Writing about Art and Popular Culture

ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction HIS 170 — Food: A Global History, fulfills a Humanities requirement HIS 440 — Topics: Food: A Global History see website, linked below, for full course and program details

Applications for these programs are due November 1 — use the link below!

Got questions? Get in touch:, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Get all the details and apply online at the Center for Global Education & Experience website.

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

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Short-term study abroad & away programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something a little different! Summer 2022 has several short program options, each with different course choices, and you only commit to 2-3 weeks of travel.

All programs fulfil the Augsburg Experience requirement. Check them out!

****Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, USA One course opton: THR 295 – Art for Social Change, fulfills a Fine Arts requirement

****Economic Crisis, Small Business, and Ethics in GREECE Choose one course: Business, Economics, and Ethics in the Greek context: BUS 495, ECO 495, or Keystone 490

****Innovation & Design in the NETHERLANDS: Past & Present Choose one ART and one HIS course: Innovation in the Netherlands – HIS 195 (fulfills Humanities requirement) or HIS 440 (upper elective) and Intro or Advanced Digital Photography – ART 133 (fulfills Fine Arts requirement) or ART 333

****Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA Choose one course: MUS 374 or 474 – Music Therapy Practicum Grad student course options: MUS 511 and/or MUS 582

****Augsburg in MEXICO Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry Applications for these programs are due January 31

— use the link below!

Get the program details here for the Augsburg Study Centers or Short-Term Programs here


Auggie Life – Sign up for Inclusion Scholars

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This is a reminder to anyone interested to sign up for the Inclusion Scholars Program. Their mission is to develop informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders who are equity-minded and intentional about confronting and dismantling systems of power and privilege in order to create positive change in their lives and the world around them. By completing the program, students can be recognized at the Augsburg Leadership Awards and will also have the opportunity to be recognized in the commencement ceremony at their respective graduations.

For more information regarding the program, please feel free to visit this link and learn more about the workshops and requirements that it entails. You can also register on this site as well.

To RSVP to the upcoming workshops, please visit this link and search for “Inclusion Scholars” into the search bar. There, you can sign up for the workshops with their dates and times listed.

Thank you,

November 1 – Study Abroad and Away Deadline for Spring Programs

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The following Study Abroad & Away programs have an application deadline on


~~Islam in the USA, New York City – spring semester courses with travel during spring break

~~Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – spring semester courses with travel during spring break

~~Augsburg Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa – semester programs.

Contact the study abroad office with any questions about the programs or your application progress:

Get the program details here for the Augsburg Study Centers or Short-Term Programs here

Student Job: Marketing Assistant Copywriter—Apply now

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Do you love writing—and rewriting until it’s just right?
Do your friends ask you to proofread an assignment before they submit it?
Do you have a strong opinion on the Oxford comma?
Are you already thinking about how you’d rewrite this A-mail post?

This job may be a good fit for you.

Augsburg’s marketing and communication team is searching for a motivated student who wants to get hands-on experience in writing, editing, and marketing.

Apply now:;jsessionid=CE4AFB38569044D320F20FD7D516061A?JOBID=137195

Feeling Spooky about Midterms? Use 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

Student Worker Wanted: Assistant Records Specialist

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Are you a problem solver who enjoys details? Do you value organization? Consider joining our team!

The Student Assistant position in the Registrar’s Office is a customer service-driven and detail-oriented administrative position with a friendly team in an office setting. The Registrar’s Office is housed within the Academic Affairs Division. We provide services in the areas of document imaging, records retention, transfer evaluation, registration, graduation, term/curriculum records, class scheduling, grade recording, and veteran benefit certification. Our mission is to ensure the integrity of recorded data while providing timely service and communicating information regarding policies and procedures to the Augsburg University community. Consider joining our team and gaining meaningful experience that can be applied to many career fields.

Event Announcements

Forum Webinar: Identifying and Eliminating Systemic Barriers to Employment for Immigrants and Refugees

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When: October 21, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT Level: Introductory Track: Critical Employment Practices Presenters: Lynn Thompson, Hospitality Career Pathway  |  Scarlett Xiong, Hospitality Career Pathway Cost: Free

Register at,

Participants will be able to identify the unique barriers that immigrants and refugees face in employment. Learn creative and innovative ways the International Institute has found to address these barriers and help immigrants and refugees overcome them. Hear from employer partners who have benefited from trained employees as well as get a glimpse at the curriculum and employment navigation tools utilized in helping immigrants and refugees overcome barriers in order to achieve their dreams and goals. Finally, participants will be introduced to program participants who have benefited from the Hospitality Career Pathway.

Learning Outcomes Identify barriers to employment for Immigrants and Refugees Recognize the importance of employer partnerships in employment navigation Understand the importance of a holistic approach to employment navigation

Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Building Your Interfaith Strategy and Skillset

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When: November 8, 2021 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST Where: Online/Virtual Conference Cost: $95

Presenters: Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)  |  Farah Siddiqui, Salesforce  |  Megan Hughes Johnson, Interfaith Youth Core

This event is part of The Forum’s new Professional Development Labs learning series. More information below.

Americans encounter more religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of life, yet religion is too often left out of the diversity conversation. Many of us are uncomfortable talking about religion at work because we are afraid of offending our colleagues or wading into uncertain legal territory, but engaging religious diversity can lead to stronger team culture and better relationships with clients and consumers. Join Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) for a Professional Development Lab that will give you the chance to explore issues of religious identity and diversity at work, develop your interfaith skillset, and create an action plan for how you will engage religious and secular identity in your workplace.

Learning Outcomes Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture Create a customized action plan for how to engage religious diversity productively in your workplace

About The Forum’s Professional Development Labs Professional Development Labs (PDLs) are half-day interactive learning experiences intended to develop professional competencies that support leaders in reaching the next level in their DEI leadership. Unlike traditional workshop sessions, PDLs will be goal oriented and include personal and professional action and accountability planning for next level leadership. PDLs will be offered synchronously in varying formats (in-person, hybrid or virtual) based on CDC convening recommendations.

Tour Kennedy/Si Melby with the Staff Senate Today

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Curious about Augsburg’s athletic facilities and how you can use them? Never been able to find the locker room in Kennedy Center? Excited to see the new sports medicine space? The Staff Senate invites you on a tour of Athletics buildings. Meet Jackie Voigt, the assistant women’s basketball coach, and other members of the staff senate at 1:00 pm today in the lobby of Kennedy for a half-hour tour of the athletic facilities.

2021-22 Staff Senate Members

Joel Enriquez Blas, Registrar’s Office Christopher Bogen, Institutional Advancement Janice Dames, Campus Ministry – Co-chair Deanna Davis, Professional Studies – Co-chair Kate Gray, Strommen Center Jackie Voigt, Athletics

YAGM and Urban Servant Corps

Today representatives from two organizations which offer year-long service experiences will be tabling in Christensen Center from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (except during chapel time).

Mae Helen Jackson is Young Adult Outreach and Placement Manager for Young Adult Ministries with the ELCA. She is in charge of recruitment for the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program as well as other Young Adult Ministries programs within the larger church expression. The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of ten countries around the world.

Also tabling is Ciara Kowalcyzk from Urban Servant Corps. Ciara will share about her experience as a full time volunteer at GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm in North Denver dedicated to food production, food education, food distribution, and economic opportunity in chapel today. During her year of service, Ciara Kowalczyk lived in intentional community with others who were serving people experiencing homelessness, teaching at a school for pregnant and parenting teens, offering nutritional food access and other organizations committed to social justice and racial equity.

Please stop by and learn more about service opportunities.

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY 11:30-1p.m.

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Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table today in Christensen Center from 11:30am to 1pm.

We are available to answer your questions about study abroad/away, check in on your application, or give you some information to get started.

Study Abroad & Away opportunities are for all Auggies–with programs ranging in length from 1 week to a semester or year, international locations as well as destinations in the USA, and courses to fit any major. Every Study Abroad & Away program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too!

Stop by today for more info!

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

TODAY-Fulbright Adventures in Finland: Mathematical Models from Soil to Satellite

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All are welcome to join us for the upcoming mathematics colloquium presented by John Zobitz, Professor of Mathematics and Data Science.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:10 – 4:10 PM
Hagfors 150A

Fulbright adventures in Finland: Mathematical models from soil to satellite

The Fulbright program supports students and faculty to engage in international exchanges and scholarship abroad. Last year I was fortunate to travel abroad with my family (even during a pandemic!) to Finland to work on a project that developed mathematical models for soil carbon following forest fires. This project involved an interesting mix of mathematics, data science, and some extra persistence and perseverance. This talk will describe some of the lessons learned from Finland, describe the project results, and provide perspectives on how ecological data informs mathematical models.

Come for the opportunity to learn about a fascinating country and stay for some interesting data visualization!

Greenhouse First Thursday

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Want to know what we’ve got growing on? The Biology Department Greenhouse on the rooftop of the Hagfors Center is open to the Augsburg community on the first Thursday of the month.

The next First Thursday is October 7, from noon to 3PM. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Questions? Please contact the Greenhouse Curator, Dr. Leon van Eck (

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Save the Date: Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

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Are you looking for an internship now or in the future? Are you graduating December 2021 or Spring 2022 and looking for a full-time career?

Many students are unaware of the wonderful opportunities in the government and nonprofit sectors and that is why, as a member of the Minnesota College and University Career Services Association (MCUSCA), we help host the Government & Nonprofit Career and Internship Fair which will take place on October 29th.

Friday, October 29, 2021
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (students can come and stay for as long as you like)

Registered Employers –

RESUME REVIEW- Drop-In Hours are M, W, F 9:00-2:00 and
Thursday 9:00-11:00 Suite 100, Christensen Center


Chapel: Urban Servant Corps

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Join us in chapel at 10:40 am to hear Ciara Kowalcyzk from Urban Servant Corps share about her experience as a full time volunteer at GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm in North Denver dedicated to food production, food education, food distribution, and economic opportunity. During her year of service, Ciara Kowalczyk lived in intentional community with others who were serving people experiencing homelessness, teaching at a school for pregnant and parenting teens, offering nutritional food access and other organizations committed to social justice and racial equity.

Navigating the Sea Inside: Skills for Working with Emotions

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Join us at the CWC for a four part educational program to learn about the role of emotions in our lives and skills for working with them effectively.

Starting today, October 6th at Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00

Contact CWC at 612-330-1707 or
to register and for more information

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