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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. Applications are due NOVEMBER 1

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)


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
This program is FULL, but applications are being accepted for the Wait List

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.

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Mexico – Semester or Summer

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Augsburg Center for Global Education and Experience in Mexico offers Auggies the opportunity to spend a semester or summer in Mexico with a focus on experiential-style learning, social justice, and community connections. Classes are small and personalized, and programs in Mexico are among the most affordable of all our programs abroad. Check out the options:


~~Liberal Arts, Migration, and Social Change semester (fall or spring)

~~Communication and Media studies (fall only)

~~Social Work in a Latin American Context (spring only)


~~Spanish Language and Culture (all levels of Spanish available)

~~Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership (prerequisite: 3 semesters of college level Spanish, or through SPA212, or instructor’s permission, or native speaker of Spanish )


~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for summer or fall semester programs

Get more information and apply online

General Announcements

Wear Your Support: Raise $$ for MN Urban Debate Through Bonfire Merchandise

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. Over 1,000 students are gaining academic schools through national topic policy debate, Spanish Debate, East African Debate, Financial Literacy Leadership Debates, and Summer Camp!

Just in time for the holidays, we’re launching our new Bonfire store:

Bonfire is helping us raise money for the Minnesota Urban Debate League through merchandise sales. Purchase one of our unique MNUDL items, and you’ll receive them through the mail!

Our merchandise includes shirts & sweatshirts from Youth Sizes-4XL, plus mugs and tote bags!

Visit the MNUDL Bonfire Store & order your merch early today:

Visit Our Store & Order Merchandise

Employer Table: Arthur’s Senior Care is Hiring

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Stop by Tuesday, October 26th and visit with a representative from Arthur’s Senior Care from 10:00am -1:00pm in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

Arthur’s Senior Care provides exceptional assisted living and memory care in two six-person homes in Roseville and Shorview, MN. With more than 35 years of experience in Alzheimer’s care and other types of dementia, we are prepared to support people in all stages of the disease. We can also provide specialized care for clients with conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, diabetes, mobility issues, and other conditions, as well as hospice care.

Arthur’s Senior Care is staffed by ACR Homes. ACR was voted the #1 workplace in Minnesota by employees 2 of the last 4 years in the annual Star Tribune Top Workplaces survey. Being named the top workplace means you can expect upbeat, high caliber ACR staff at Arthur’s Senior Care.

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2022 Student Leadership Applications Are Open

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Are you interested in a student leadership position for the 2022-2023 academic year? Apply to be an AugSem Leader, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Residence Life Lead, Pan-Asian Mentor, Pan-Asian Student Services Intern, Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor, and/or Strommen Peer Advisor today!

How to Get Affordable Health Insurance?

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Questions about getting health insurance through MNCare programs like Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare? MNsure-certified navigators from Health Access MN will provide information about these programs and other options; there will be lots of time for Q&A!

Many college students qualify for low cost insurance and don’t realize it! If you don’t have health insurance or want to learn more about it, check this out! Presentation will include info for undocumented students.

Health Access MN provides free, one-on-one assistance with health insurance 651-645-0215,,, sponsored by the Center for Wellness & Counseling, Augsburg

Apply to be a Mentor Today

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Do you have youth development skills? Do you have a faithful curiosity to talk with high school youth about their faith? Would you like to be a mentor at an awesome week long institute in summer 2022, and get paid to be a leader?

Then APPLY TODAY to be Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor! This application allows student leaders to apply and interview for multiple positions at one time. Check it out!

Applications are due Wed, Nov 10th and interviews will be on Sat, Nov 13th. You can learn more about AYTI on the website (, or questions about AYTI can be directed to Adrienne in CCV at or Pastor Babette in Campus Ministry at

Apply to be an AYTI Mentor Today!

Trick-or-Treat Yourself 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

Now Hiring: Opinions Editor for the Echo

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for creative, outspoken, and passionate individuals to join our staff!*

The editor of our “Opinions” section is responsible for curating, writing, and editing articles centered on Augsburg student and community opinions and stories. Our motto is “Your Voice Matters” and this section is the heart of that idea!

Some examples of Opinions content topics include comics, critiques of Augsburg administration and leadership, experiences of marginalized identities, raising awareness for social issues, political views and more. Check out the opinions section on our website for more examples.

Section editors are compensated $60 per issue and work approximately six hours total each week. Only mandatory times are our general meeting and staff meeting each week.

*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 out to us at if you have any questions about how to get involved. To apply, send us a cover letter (or writing sample) and resume!

Augsburg Echo – Opinions

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 NOVEMBER 1:

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

~~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 NOTE: This program has filled, but applications are still being accepted and added to the Wait List.

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

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)


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 and Culture (all levels of Spanish available)

+Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership (prerequisite: 3 semesters of college level Spanish, or through SPA212, or instructor’s permission, or native speaker of Spanish )

Applications for these programs are due January 31 — use the link below!

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

Get all the program details and apply online

New MacOS Monterey is Out, Not Ready for Campus Computers

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Apple has released a new operating system, Monterey. Augsburg-owned Macintoshes should be prevented from doing the upgrade through our management software. This is to prevent things breaking with an upgrade like campus printing. We’ll be testing Monterey and will make it available to Augsburg-owned Macs when we know it won’t break important services like printing.

If you are using a personal Mac and are currently printing to campus printers we recommend not upgrading to Monterey until we’ve tested it out. Campus printing will likely not work after the upgrade based on past experiences.

Event Announcements

Considering Retirement? Attend the “Taking the Mystery out of Medicare” Webinar Tomorrow

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Are you considering retirement but have questions about Medicare? Medicare expert Gary Deese, with TLC Insurance Group will present a one-hour webinar that will take the mystery out of Medicare. How does it work? What are my options? What are Medicare Parts A, B, C & D? How do I save money and have great Medicare benefits as I continue to work from age 65 on, without having to draw my SS if I choose not to? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this training sponsored by Human Resources.

Please click the link below the event time that you would like to attend virtually and the event will be added directly to your personal Augsburg Google calendar. *Please note that when you click the link the event will open in a new tab, all you need to do is click the “Save” button near the top of the page and it will save to your calendar.*

~ Wednesday, Oct. 27 Virtual Session at 12:00 PM ~

Live Q & A will follow immediately after the webinar.
Email with any questions.

2022 Open Enrollment Begins on Monday, November 1

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Benefits Open Enrollment is November 1-12. All benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to attend an open enrollment information session. All sessions will be virtual again this year. Mark your calendars to attend one of the live presentations:

Additional information and Zoom links will be provided later this week

Monday 11/1 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday 11/5 9:00 am – 10 am
Tuesday 11/9 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The 2022 Benefits Resource guide will be available by the end of the day today and published in Wednesday’s A-Mail.

A recorded session for on-demand viewing will also be available next week.

Email with any questions.

Forum Webinar, Who Gets to Belong in Corporate America?

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When: November 18, 2021 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
Presenters: Michael Welp, WMFDP  |   Julia Taylor Kennedy, Coqual  |  Michael Collins, State of NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Cost: Free
Register at,

A recent report reveals that, predictably, white men feel the highest sense of belonging in corporate America.

Conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), The Power of Belonging: What It Is and Why It Matters in Today’s Workplace is the first of its kind to define, measure, and quantify what it means to belong at work—with insights into race, gender, ethnicity, generation, and other demographic identities.

Together, we will explore CTI’s findings and how to create work cultures where everyone belongs.

Learning Outcomes
Learn about how different identities feel they belong
Identify new options for creating cultures of belonging
Become more conscious of how your own behaviors unintentionally reinforce unproductive dynamics

Focused Conversation on Augsburg’s Brand Perception Studies: Thursday

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Join Stephen Jendraszak, associate vice president for marketing and communication, and Laura Swanson Lindahl, director of marketing, for a look at two studies of how Augsburg is perceived in the Twin Cities and Rochester. The first benchmark study was conducted in 2017, and a second was fielded this spring to measure change since that time. Learn more about how the general public sees Augsburg and our competitors.

Focused Conversation: Brand Perception Studies
Thursday, October 28
11 a.m.
Marshall Room and Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands page

City Issues Forum with Minneapolis City Council President – TODAY

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Join the Sabo Center and the LEAD Fellows program for a forum featuring Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender. On Tuesday, October 26th, 6pm-7:45pm in Hagfors 150A. We will be focusing on the city questions surrounding public safety and rent stabilization that will show up on the ballot in the municipal elections in November.

In this forum, students will have the opportunity to engage with Council Member Bender through asking questions and sharing stories, and we will hear from the Council President on the issues our city is facing.

This is a hybrid event- we will be in-person and live-streaming online.

Forum PDL, Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace

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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.

Tickets for Augsburg Theater Department’s Production of “White” are On Sale

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Tickets for the Theater Department’s production of “White” by James Ijames, directed by Beliza Torres Narváez, are officially on sale!

Performances will be held on October 28th-30th at 7pm in the Foss Center!

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination and a photo ID in order to come to the performance. Along with this, all patrons must wear a mask inside all Augsburg buildings. Additionally, we will not be accepting late seating, so make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before the performance.

Click the link attached to reserve your seat!

We hope to see you there!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Sad News About a Colleague

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Dear faculty and staff,

I write to share the sad news that Patricia (“Pat”) Parker, former associate academic dean and instructor in library science, passed away on October 20. Pat joined Augsburg in 1960, was appointed associate academic dean in 1978, and retired in 1991.

Pat received the bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and the master of arts and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She was a strong advocate for equity and women’s rights. As associate academic dean, she helped develop Augsburg’s Weekend College. She is survived by two daughters, Sarah Lee ’80, ’91, and Jackie Cherryhomes ’76. Her daughter Jackie is Regent Emerita of the Augsburg Board of Regents, served as President of the Minneapolis City Council, and ran for mayor of Minneapolis in 2013.

Boyd Koehler, emeritus professor and librarian, offers these words about his mentor of many years: “Pat Parker was an early, profound, and articulate advocate of diversity. She championed authors of color through her teaching of children’s literature, thereby enlightening so many future teachers in her very popular classes. She also made a point of helping so many students of color–and countless others–achieve a high comfort level in her classes, and she demonstrated a genuine concern for their academic and social success.”

More information is available in the published obituary (see below).

Please join me in holding Pat’s family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.


Pat Parker obituary, Star Tribune 10/25/2021


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