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On-campus Resident Student Sustainability Survey

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Do you live on campus? Please help me with my research! This is an anonymous survey that will gather research data on students experiencing sustainability in the residence halls. My research question is: “How can sustainability programming be effectively implemented in the residence halls of a university campus?” It will take 5-10 minutes maximum to complete. Thank you for your responses!

On-campus Resident Student Sustainability Survey

Developing Student Writing Skills in the Disciplines, TODAY 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 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, FREE airfare for Auggies in Spring 2022

~~courses in History, Political Science, Religion, Environmental Studies, Wellness

~~Internships available in a variety of fields


~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for fall semester programs

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

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

Thor Heyerdahl Conference 2021: Videos Available

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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 important subject.

Norway Hub: Videos THI Conference

“Let’s Tell Our Stories: A Professional Publishing and Editing Presentation”

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This event aims to give students a look into the world of publishing and editing, more specifically the importance of diversity and equity within the industry. Guest speaker, Christine Ha, and board members from Thó Wiŋ Magazine will be giving a presentation about the publishing and editing industry and the importance of telling diverse stories. The Thó Wiŋ Magazine board members connect more specifically to Thó Wiŋ Magazine and their goals at Augsburg; Christine Ha will share her experiences with the local publishing community and her hopes as an individual for the broader industry.
This event will be taking place on Thursday, December 2 starting at 4pm in the Oyate Commons.
FREE FOOD and Thank-you Gifts will be available. On a first come first serve basis and you must be present until the end to receive our Thank-you gifts.

Let’s Tell Our Stories

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.

General Announcements

Augsburg Advent Vespers

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ALL are invited to the Augsburg Advent Vespers virtual premiere this Friday. There are TWO viewing options; Details are included below!

1) 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 encouraged –
• We also invite you to donate an item to the Augsburg-Central Health Commons – Details & suggestions are included with the RSVP link

2) Watch the Virtual Advent Vespers YouTube Premiere from anywhere!
• Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. – Link:
• Also available on-demand from Dec 4-Jan 10

Full Details and Links

Feedback Invited on First Candidate for Asst. Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning

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The search committee for this open position welcomes feedback on our first candidate, Jennie Robinson Kloos, who was on campus yesterday. If you were able to attend the Q&A session with Jennie, we hope you will feel free to share your thoughts on her candidacy using the form below.

Feedback Form for Jennie Robinson Kloos

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

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.

Staff and Faculty Share your Experiences from Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Questions? Email

Fill out the Google Form here!

Need Augsburg Experience? Take a Study Abroad/Away Course in Summer

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If you haven’t completed your Augsburg Experience requirement yet, a short study abroad/away program is a great way to do it! In summer 2022, several short programs are on offer, each only 2-3 weeks of travel. You will earn credits AND complete your Augsburg Experience, a winning combo!

Check out these program options, and apply by January 31:


-THR 295, 4 credits – fulfills Fine Arts requirement


-choose one elective OR Keystone course: ECO 495 or BUS 495, or KEY 490


-ART 133 or 333 – Digital Photography, ART 133 fulfills a Fine Arts requirement


-HIS 195 or 440 – Innovation in the Netherlands, HIS 195 fulfills a Humanities requirement

Check out these additional options and apply by March 1:

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN MEXICO, various dates throughout summer, 4-12 credits

-SPA – Spanish courses at all levels from beginning to advanced, can fulfill Language requirements


– MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum

– graduate-level course options also available


– SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare professionals

– Interdisciplinary Studies or Spanish 399: Observership


– SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I

– SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry

– Upper-level course alternatives available, if needed

To learn more about these programs and start an application, visit the website below.

You’re also welcome to stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center

Get more details for all the programs listed above on our website

Event Announcements

Beyond the Narrative: A Day of Action

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Saturday, December 4 from 11AM to 2PM! Join Education Department Masters students for a day of action. These educators will share their Public Narratives in creative formats. You will find food for thought, challenges to your perspective, and next steps for making change in your own settings. This event is a webinar (due to COVID) but free and open to the public!

Late Night Breakfast is Next Monday, Sony Headphones will be Raffled

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Attend this end-of-the-semester Augsburg tradition!
Take a break from studying and attend the Late Night Breakfast.

Monday, December 6 from 9-10:30 p.m. in The Commons.
Free to students with an Augsburg ID.

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones will be raffled to attendees!

Menu items:
Sundae Bar
Tiger Sushi
Salad Team – Fall Harvest Salad
Cheese Omelet
Halal Beef Breakfast Patty
Pork Sausage Links
French Toast
O’Brien Potatoes

UMN PharmD Visits Augsburg Virtually – TODAY

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Join us virtually today, 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:

TODAY: 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 last First Thursday of the semester is today: December 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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TODAY: 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 and Filmmaker Discussion Thursday, Dec. 2

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“Coded Bias” is “[A] fascinating study of how even the seemingly impartial world of technology is subject to embedded racism and privilege.” Brian Tallerico,

Come see this groundbreaking film that explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will join us via Zoom for a Q & A.

Thursday, Dec. 2nd

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


About the Filmmkaer:
Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya´s Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She directed for the National Geographic television series Breakthrough, Executive Produced by Ron Howard, broadcast globally in June 2017. Her debut, Catching the Sun, premiered at the LA Film Festival and was named a NY Times Critic’s Pick. Catching the Sun released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo Di Caprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award of the Best Documentary. Kantayya is a TED Fellow, a William J. Fulbright Scholar, and an Associate of the UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism.

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

Read More About the Film

St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program Info Session

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Join the Pre-Physician Assistant Club TODAY, 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 and contact with any questions.

Faculty and Staff Holiday Party: 12/16/2021

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Faculty and Staff Holiday Party: Christmas at the Cabin

Thursday, December 16, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Capel

Attend the annual faculty and staff holiday party! Celebrate the completion of a successful semester and the holiday season with colleagues on campus.

Food and beverages will be restricted to Hoversten Chapel. Additional seating will be available in the Atrium with no food or beverage.

If you need accommodations, please call the University Events department at 612.330.1104 or email

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!


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