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Forum Podcast: Fostering Women Leaders: Learnings From a Tibetan Leadership Development Context

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Tenzin Nordon (Get Ready Program) will address how individuals and organizations can foster women’s leadership by applying learnings from her research in the Tibetan community.

Developing Student Writing Skills in the Disciplines, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m.

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Are you interested in helping students to achieve better writing skills in your courses or across your curriculum? Join Jennifer Forsthoefel (English) and Ben Denkinger (Psychology, Assessment) on Thursday, December 2nd at 9am for a live Zoom presentation and discussion on best practices in writing instruction across disciplines. We will present data from a recent survey of over 100 Augsburg faculty on the kinds of writing they assign and how they assess it. We will also discuss best practices for writing instruction based on recommendations by the International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs and the Council of Writing Program Administrators, among others. We will then evaluate new ways of building upon our students’ developing writing skills in our own disciplines and programs.

Click here to RSVP for the Zoom session

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 (upper level Spanish required)


~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for summer or fall semester programs

Get more information and apply online

Videos Available: Thor Heyerdahl Conference 2021

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Videos with amazing learning content from the Migration and Identity Conference are now available on the Norway Hub website. Feel free to use these resources with your students or for your own use.

President Pribbenow’s session is included alongside Curt Rice (alumnus of Augsburg University), and other interesting sessions on this subject.

Norway Hub: Videos THI Conference

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The Storytelling of Art: 2nd Annual Virtual Art Gallery

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The purpose of the art gallery is to highlight the creativity and iconic work that many local artists continue to make. Everyone is welcome to submit.

Participants can submit up to three art pieces. Any form of art can be submitted. The art gallery will be virtual.

Click link to submit art:

Ron Kurpiers is Retiring

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It is said that all good things must come to an end and so, after 18 years of dedicated service to Augsburg students and faculty, Ron Kurpiers has decided to retire.

We will toast Ron and celebrate his many achievements on Friday, December 3, 2:00 – 3:30 in the Marshall Room. Please join us for cake and light refreshments as we bid him a fond farewell and wish him all the best in this next phase of his life.

Strommen Center Senior Career Toolkit

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The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work would like to acknowledge that the job search process has its unique stressors and want you to know we are here to support you. Whether you are graduating this December or in the spring, we are committed to helping you every step of the way. It is for these reasons we are proud to present our Senior Career Toolkit! Over the next few weeks, Augsburg seniors can expect emails from us with tips and tricks to a successful job search! Topics include: LinkedIn Profile Tips and Tricks, Job Search Strategies, Interview Preparation, Tips for Negotiating a Salary Offer & information regarding career services assistance post-Augsburg.

Resources for Seniors are also available on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Looking for an Attitude of Gratitude? 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

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

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Summer study abroad & away programs are a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something 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.

—————–Apply to the following programs by January 31——————–

****Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, USA

One course option: 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

—————Apply for the following programs by March 1———————

****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) – 4 study dates available during the summer

+Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership: June 8 – July 31 8 credits

Spanish 218: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

SPA/INS 399: Clinical Observership (prerequisite: 3 semesters of college level Spanish, or through SPA212, or instructor’s permission, or native speaker of Spanish )

+Spanish for Ministry & Public Theology: June 8 – July 24 8 credits

SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits) and

SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry (4 credits) upper level sections available for both classes.

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

Event Announcements

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 November 2, 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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Two Options to view Augsburg’s Virtual Christmas Event

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RSVP Today for the Augsburg Campus Community, Advent Vespers Watch Party on Friday, December 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Come together to celebrate Advent Vespers as an Auggie Community!
• Open to Augsburg Students, Faculty & Staff
• Light snacks and beverages will be provided (masks required when not eating)
• Free, RSVP required (
• We invite you to donate an item to the Augsburg-Central Health Commons – Details & suggestions are included with the RSVP link

Watch the Virtual Advent Vespers YouTube Premiere from anywhere!
• Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. link available here:
• Available on-demand from Dec 4-Jan 10

Complete Details & Links

Forum Webinar, Demystifying Culture: Building an Inclusive Culture that Lasts

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When: December 16, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: Leadership Development
Presenter: Lilian Eilers, The Blue Ocean Company
Cost: Free

What is required to create and sustain an inclusive culture?

This highly interactive webinar will demystify culture and introduce you to a blueprint for culture change that you can implement immediately in your own organization.

Learn about the cultural dimensions that make up an inclusive culture. Find out about the specific values, behaviors, symbols and systems that support such a culture, and which traits in your existing culture may help or hinder a successful outcome.

Also, learn about a Five-Step Framework for Culture Change, along with Seven Success Factors for the most effective and efficient approach to creating a culture of inclusion.

Learning Outcomes
Gain new insights into what culture is, and how to create, sustain and change it
Discover which traits in your existing culture help or hinder the creation of an inclusive culture
Find out how to build the business case for an inclusive culture in your organization.

St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program Info Session

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Join the Pre-Physician Assistant Club this Thursday, December 2nd, at 6 pm via Zoom to learn about St. Catherine University’s physician assistant program. We will be hearing from Rejeetha Gort, the PA program admissions counselor. Please register in Auggie Life or contact with any questions.

Faculty and staff invited to meet Asst. Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning candidates

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Please join faculty and staff colleagues for an informal Q&A session with our finalists for the Assistant Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning this week and next. We have 3 finalists, and our first, Jennie Robinson Kloos, is on campus TODAY. This conversation will be held from 2:15-2:45 pm, in OGC 100. Jennie’s CV and the job posting for the AP position are both linked below.

Our two other candidate Q&A sessions will be held this Fri., 12/3, 2:35-3:05 pm, and next Wed., 12/8 2:00-2:30 pm – both also in OGC 100. Candidate materials will be shared on the morning of their interview.

Feedback forms will be sent out via A-mail the day following each candidate’s interview. We hope you will join us for as many of these opportunities as your schedule permits!

Jennie Robinson Kloos

Assistant Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning

UMN PharmD Visits Augsburg Virtually Thursday

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Join us virtually Thursday, December 2nd at 9:30am or 2:00pm on Zoom for information on the University of Minnesota’s PharmD program. Come to one or both sessions to ask questions and learn more about the PharmD program at the University of Minnesota.

Morning info session:

Afternoon info session:

December 13: Join Us for the 9th Annual Mayors Challenge – The Great Water Debate (Virtual)

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Join Us Fun & Informative Virtual Event Demonstrating the Power of Debate!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, provides academic competitive debate to 1,000+ students in the Twin Cities.

We are proud to present our 9th annual Mayors’ Challenge Debate Fundraising Breakfast: The Great Water Debate. This event will be hosted virtually by Augsburg University on Monday, December 13th, 2021.

Four of our debaters from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Roseville school districts will face off in two teams, articulating arguments on how we steward one of our greatest resources – water.

Our VIP panel of judges (and you!) will pick the most persuasive team.

You will also see how the MNUDL creates new opportunities for our students to be champions – both in and out of the classroom.

Governor Tim Walz (Invited) and Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz will host the Governor’s table. Mayor Melvin Carter, Mayor Jacob Frey, and special guests will judge our debate. You have a chance to join them as a VIP judge with your sponsorship!

Schedule of Events: December 13th, 2021
8:30 am: Virtual Program Begins
– Debate & Student Panel
– Champion of Change

9:40 am: Decision by Mayor Carter, Mayor Frey and Panel

10:00 am: Program Concludes

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and how to register for your free ticket, check out Augsburg University’s Advancement Page.

Augsburg Advancement Page – Get Your Tickets

12/2 SciTech Workshop – Learn How to Tell Your Story

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Learn how to impress recruiters and interviewers in this hands-on, fast-paced workshop presented by SciTech! There will be engaging activities that will help you feel prepared and confident in your job search. You will learn two critical skills:

How to create and use an elevator pitch
How to respond when someone says “Tell me about yourself”

Join us for this session:

VIRTUAL: Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, 4:00-5:00pm over Zoom

This event is presented by the SciTech Internship Program and the Minnesota’s Louis Stokes-North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA).

About SciTech:
The mission of SciTech is to connect college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to paid internships in small to mid-sized companies.

SciTech was created in 2011 to address Minnesota’s STEM workforce needs. Since its inception, SciTech has helped nearly 2,200 students find paid internships in small and medium-sized Minnesota companies.

See for more information.

About LS-NSSA:
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation which is intended to double the number of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.

The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance is the Minnesota branch of this nation-wide program.

See for more information.

Questions? Email

“Coded Bias” Film Screening with Filmmaker Q & A Shalini Kantayya

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Ever wonder how facial recognition technology works? Does artificial intelligence have a bias? Explore these questions and more as filmmaker Shalini Kantayya explores algorithmic oppression and what can be done about it.

Thursday, Dec. 2nd

5:30 Snacks
6:00 pm “Coded Bias”
7:30 pm Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Shalini Kantayya

About the Film
When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies misclassify women and darker-skinned faces, she is compelled to investigate further and start the Algorithmic Justice League. It turns out that artificial intelligence, which was defined by a homogeneous group of men, is not neutral. What Buolamwini learns about widespread bias in algorithms drives her to push the U.S. government to create the first-ever legislation to counter the far-reaching dangers of bias in a technology that is steadily encroaching on our lives. Centering on the voices of women leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected, Coded Bias asks two key questions: what is the impact of Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties? And what are the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, and gender?

This event is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, Film, and New Media and the the Department Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.

Watch the Trailer

Come to the “Into the Woods” Get to Know You Workshops

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The way is clear, The light is good!

Come play in the world of Into the Woods! Learn about our approach to the spring musical; have fun with improvisational games and musical rhythms; and get to know others who are interested in the spring musical. As we explore the world of Into the Woods, we’ll also explore your vision and how it may fit into the approach we are taking to magic and transformation!

The workshops will be taking place:

  • December 6th at 7-8:30pm, Foss Center
  • December 7th at 5-6:30pm (this is a change!), Foss Center

You only have to attend one of the dates!

The Artistic Staff is excited for this opportunity to get to know students who are auditioning in January and are looking forward to working on and talking more about Into the Woods!

No preparation is necessary and all are welcome to attend!

Audition will be taking place on:

  • January 24th from 6:30-9:30pm
  • January 25th from 4-6:30pm
  • Callbacks: January 26th from 6:30-9:30pm

We hope to see you there!


TriBeta Second Annual Webinar Speaker Series on Wednesday

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Please join us this Wednesday, December 1st, on zoom as we welcome Dr. Bryan Dewsbury to share his expertise on undergraduate education in the STEM field.
Dr. Bryan Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology and Associate Director of the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University. He is Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program where his team explores questions around the social contexts of teaching and learning. He is a faculty developer who has conducted workshops and trainings at over 85 institutions across North America. He is an advisory board member and fellow of several national education reform institutions including the John N. Gardner Institute where he helps supports institutions of higher education undergoing transformation particularly as it pertains to inclusive educational practices.
The zoom link is posted below and posters are hanging up around campus with the QR code which can be scanned and take you directly to the zoom room!

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Personal Care Assistants Needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a second 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 some hours during this Fall and Spring semester! 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!