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ED Talk December 3: “Why is Financial Literacy Important for Student Success?”

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Financial literacy matters! Marc McIntosh, Associate Professor of Business Administration, will discuss the relationship between financial literacy and student success. Many students make financial decisions with little understanding of their implications. A basic understanding of finance will help students, and the faculty and staff advising them, to avoid potentially harmful life-altering decisions

CTL will offer ED Talks (based on the concept of TED Talks) before each faculty meeting from 3:10-3:30pm over Zoom (link provided below; Augsburg login required). This year’s theme is “The Future of the Professoriate at Augsburg”, and 2021-2022 Ed talks will be framed under this broad theme that speaks to our “new normal” and beyond.

General Announcements

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

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

It’s the final countdown — Advent Vespers Tonight

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(and if you didn’t sing the opening line from “The Final Countdown” by Europe … Well, you need to get your ’80s jam on, care of youtube this morning. Plus I’m kind of curious who will read this – Ha!) On to the message…

ALL are invited to the Augsburg Advent Vespers virtual TONIGHT! There are TWO viewing options:

1) Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 6:30 p.m. for the Augsburg Campus Community, Advent Vespers Watch Party … Bring your friends!
• Light snacks and beverages will be provided (masks required when not eating)
• Free. 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

Is success on your Christmas List? 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

Resources for Writing a Resume and Cover Letter

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You found the perfect position to apply for but you notice the application requires a resume and cover letter. Now what? Whether you need to update your documents or you are starting from scratch, the Strommen Center can help! Head over to Christensen Center, Suite 100 (across from Einstein’s) and meet with Ariana, Owen, Natty, or Pa Houa. They’re available to assist you Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2pm and Thursdays 9-11am.

Special note: Drop-in hours are 9am-12pm today (Friday, December 3rd).

Students may also schedule a Resume & Cover Letter Review appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

Visit our Strommen website and check out our online, on-demand resume and cover letter resources!

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.

Interested in Hosting International Students for Dinner?

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A new semester is just around the corner, and luckily we are expecting new international students to join us this spring—representing countries like Egypt, Sweden, China, South Korea & Norway to name a few!

Our office, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in hosting our new international students for a dinner off-campus in your home.

Here are the details:
Date: Thursday, Jan 6, 2021
Time: Pick up at 5 p.m. with a return to campus around 7 p.m.

We ask that our hosts pick up students from campus and return them once dinner is completed. The new incoming group will consist of 5+ international students.

COVID status: All the new international students coming from abroad are required to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines, with a required 7-day quarantine (unvaccinated students), and COVID testing on day 3-5 upon arrival.

All students will show proof of a negative COVID test prior to traveling to the United States (tested 72 hours before departure), proof of recovery and/or proof of vaccination.

Any students needing quarantine, will have ended this period on January 6. And will have been offered to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

Sign up to host dinner: International Students

Bookstore Accounts are Open for Spring — Here’s What You Need to Know

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Bookstore charge accounts will open the day after you’ve registered for spring term. The last day to charge online orders is Sunday, January 16th, 2022. The last day to charge in-store purchases is Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. Due to the financial aid cycle, you can only charge expenses to your bookstore account during this specific period. Be sure to plan ahead!

The full bookstore policy is available on the Student Financial Services webpage, link is below.

Bookstore Policy

Advent Vespers Devotional is Available Online

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The Music Department and Campus Ministry Office of Augsburg University are pleased to announce that today we will premier the 2021 Advent Vespers, “Angel Voices, Again Now Sing” on YouTube at 7:00 pm, with a watch party in Hoversten Chapel beginning at 6:30 pm. As part of the Vespers experience, Campus Ministry is offering an online Advent Vespers Devotional booklet. Today’s devotion is written by Pastor Babette Chatman, University Pastor and Director of Campus Ministry. Each day we’ll feature the daily devotion on the Campus Ministry Facebook page.

Advent Vespers Devotional Booklet

Event Announcements

Come to the Theater Department’s 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!


Curious About Making Changes in Education?

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This Saturday, December 4 at 11AM, join Augsburg Education masters students in a free webinar on advocacy for equity in education. Our class will creatively present our public narratives. You’ll find food for thought, challenges to your perspective, and next steps for making change in your setting.

Schedule and Registration

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

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