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Earn Credits by Studying Abroad 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

Forum Podcast Ep. 78: ERGs – An Untapped Resource Worthy of Your Investment

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Graciela Meibar (Graciela Meibar Consulting) and Jane Hyun (Hyun & Associates) explore the value Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) bring to an organization like developing internal talent, providing insights on sensitive DEI matters, and more.

General Announcements

Get paid to be a Mentor for High School Students

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Do you have youth development skills? Are you curious 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!

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! The deadline to apply is November 10 at 12:00 pm.

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:

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

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 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.

Staff Pay Increase Letters

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Staff who were eligible for the pay increase, which was approved by the Board of Regents, and referenced at the Fall All-Hands Meeting, received SignNow invitations via email to acknowledge their updated pay.

Please note that these letters have been sent from the email by Human Resources staff, through our secure SignNow link, and are safe to open. There is a letter from President Pribbenow on the first page, followed by the wage notice document, with fields for you to add signature and date.

If you have any questions, please email us at Thank you!

Event Announcements

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

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

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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.

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

Email for the link.

Live Q & A will follow immediately after the webinar.


Still Time to Register: Government and Nonprofit Fair

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Government & Nonprofit Career Fair
Friday, October 29th – FREE
U of M, Coffman Memorial Union (short 10 minute walk)
All students are invited!
Meet at the Strommen Center at 10:25am if you would like to walk over with a group.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association.

Are you seeking an internship or full-time career (now or in the near future) in a government or non-profit setting? The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities. Registered employers are listed

Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours with Trained Career Peer Advisors :
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-2pm & Thursday 9am – 11am


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

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!

Creating StoryMaps with ArcGIS

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Telling stories well is a powerful skill that can be used to influence, teach, and inspire. But what makes storytelling so effective for learning? Stories share culture, history, thoughts, and values. Storytelling connects people to ideas and it disarms us to listen to others. ArcGIS StoryMaps allow you to create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, media, and interactive maps, allowing you to publish and share your story around the World. Please join your Academic LFCs for a workshop: Creating StoryMaps with ArcGIS.

Monday, November 1 from 10:00 – 10:45am

Zoom link

Chapel: Professor Russell Kleckley

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel for the second chapel in the religion department series “A Reformation for Our Time.” Today, Russell Kleckley will be preaching on “Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague: the Answer May (or May Not) Surprise You.” Chapel services are recorded and available on the Campus Ministry YouTube Channel.

Tuesday’s Chapel with Prof. Phil Quanbeck II

Faculty Invited – Provost Search Listening Sessions

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AGB Search firm has been engaged to assist with the provost search. Representatives from AGB Search are inviting faculty to participate in listening sessions. Listening sessions will be offered, via Zoom, on Mon. Nov. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Thur. Nov. 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Given the Zoom format, AGB Search has asked that each session be limited to 25 participants. If the response to the sessions warrants, a third session will be added. Please watch Amail for further updates.

Please use the registration form – linked below – to register for one of the upcoming sessions.

Questions may be directed to Cyndi Berg in the Office of the President,

Thank you.

Listening Sessions Registration Form

2022 Benefits Guide is Here – Open Enrollment Begins on 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 is published here.

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

Email with any questions.

Augsburg 2022 Benefits Guide

Keeping Track of Auggies

Updated announcement Re. Pat Parker

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Please see the updated announcement below.

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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 Minnesota. 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 ’80, ’89, and Jackie Cherryhomes Tyler ’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

Brad Hagen, Co-Curating for UST and St. Paul Almanac

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The Augsburg English Department congratulates alum Brad Hagen, who has been selected by the Saint Paul Almanac and the University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership to co-curate and develop a storytelling contest, “The Power of Storytelling for Environmental Justice in Our Communities.” The Partnership notes that “this contest seeks to bring awareness and inspire creative storytelling around the theme of environmental justice. In Minnesota, along with every state in the nation, Black, Brown, Indigenous and low-wealth communities are disproportionately affected by climate change and environmental pollution. We need storytelling that speaks to our communities’ lived experiences. This contest will encourage the community to create and share challenging and joyful narratives to combat environmental injustice and work towards an environmentally just future.” The contest will be open to Minnesotans of all ages.

Brad, an exemplary Augsburg alum, is currently at the University of Minnesota pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing. Last year, he taught Intro to Creative Writing, and this year he’s teaching Multicultural Literature of the United States. His thesis is a memoir, and he has been working closely with well-known Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang, the Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence. Brad is also working toward an Ojibwe language certification at the U and remains deeply committed to serving his community, through his continued work with Indian Education.


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