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Take a Fine Arts Theater Course in Puerto Rico in May

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Sign up for the summer study away program, Community, Arts, and Culture in Puerto Rico, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend ~3 weeks in Puerto Rico in May exploring different arts in the context of community building, activism, and social justice in Puerto Rico!

Through this program, you will complete THR 295, a 4-credit course that fulfills the Fine Arts general education requirement. Participation in the program also fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement!

Program details:

Travel: May 9-27, 2022

Course: THR 295: Community, Arts, & Culture in Puerto Rico (Fine Arts requirement)

Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply


The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

Moodle Gradebook Reminder

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Instructors, in the interest of ensuring integrity and accuracy for your grading methods as you prepare final grade submissions this term, please remember that Moodle will include grade items in the overall course grade calculation only when there is a value entered. This is to say, empty grades are not counted against your students.
Make sure any items to be included in course grades have a value. If a student didn’t submit work, entering a zero (or other minimum score) will ensure their missing work is reflected in their course total. Please click the link below for more information on entering zeros.

Entering Zeros in the Moodle Gradebook

ED Talk December 8: “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.

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.

Business Majors – Take your Keystone Course in Greece this Summer

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Are you a business or economics major heading into your junior or senior year? Graduating in May? This short-term study abroad program is for you!


May 5-23, 2022

Choose one course: BUS 495, ECO 495, or KEY 490

Also completes Augsburg Experience

Led by Professors Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetanakis

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model.


The program has a capacity of 30 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

General Announcements

Earn Credits by Studying Abroad 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

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

Only 3 Days Left to Get Your Resume Reviewed by a Strommen Peer Advisor

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This is the last week to get your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a trained Strommen Peer Advisor. Remaining undergraduate resume and cover letter drop-in hours for the fall semester are today (Wednesday, December 8th) and Friday, December 10th from 9:00am-2:00pm and Thursday, December 9th from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Please note: There will be no undergraduate resume and cover letter drop-in hours with Peer Advisors during finals week or winter break. Appointments with career coaches will still be available during finals week.

Schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

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

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

Congratulations to CGEE Staff Article on Solidarity and Global Citizenship

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Congratulations to Joseph Connelly, Experiential Education Specialist with CGEE, for his published article in the most recent volume of “Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal (JHE)” (Volume 10, Number 2 (2021). This volume is focused on Solidarity and Global Citizenship.

His article titled, “A Long, Loving Look at the Real: An Experiential Ignatian Approach to Immersion” can be found online for free. You can find excerpts at the CGEE blog, as well as the link to download the full article.

International travel is a popular and widespread practice among higher education institutions, but the pedagogy and approach to these programs varies widely. The Center for Global Education and Experience at Augsburg University facilitates international immersion programs for U.S. students, faculty, and staff focused on social justice and solidarity; this approach is particularly attractive to Jesuit institutions and has led to fruitful collaborations. This article offers an experienced immersion facilitator’s personal reflections on designing and implementing immersion programs and applies key themes of Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy to the experience of international immersion travel.

Read More at the CGEE Blog

Event Announcements

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

Study Abroad Scholarship Zoom Info Session on Thursday

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Are you planning to study abroad and in need of funding to realize those plans? Did you know that, by applying to the Fund for Education Abroad, you can be considered for over 20 scholarship opportunities?

To be eligible for The Fund for Education Abroad applications, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and participate in a study abroad program that is 4-weeks or longer (long summer programs, semester or year long programs).

Attend a zoom session this Thursday, December 9th at 2pm Mpls time where FEA team members will walk you through the FEA scholarship application and the process used to select awardees. You’ll get tips to make your application strong, maximizing your chances for funding.

Visit the FEA website to learn more:

Click here to register for the info session

TODAY: Tips for Handling the Holidays in a non LGBTQIA+ Affirming Environment

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Live Webinar, Today, Wednesday, December 8th, from 1-2 PM. Free and open to all.

If you’re anticipating some difficult emotions this holiday season related to your LGBTQ+ identity, you aren’t alone. Join Mental Health America and Sutter Health for this free, 60-minute panel, where we will discuss:

• What makes an environment psychologically safe for LGBTQ+ individuals, and the trauma that comes from spending considerable time in one that isn’t;
• Questions to ask yourself when deciding if you want to see your family of origin over the holidays; and
• How to set boundaries and prioritize your emotional, psychological, and physical safety regardless of where and with whom you spend the holiday season.

This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within one week.

Register here

Choral Ensembles – Performance This Friday

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Join The Augsburg Choir, Riverside Singers, and the Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir to celebrate the return of singing together!!

Featuring seasonal devotions ancient and contemporary, Gregorian plainsong and Renaissance polyphony, Sufi chant, Bozhniak sevdalinka, Malagasy protest song, Xhosa (South Africa) folk-revival music, and Black gospel hymnody.

Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Free and open to all!
Guest Registration and Masks Required.

Music Department Events

Two 4 p.m. Concerts to Catch this Week

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You are invited to join the Music Department in celebrating the end of the semester with two upcoming performances! Feel free to drop in and enjoy:

Wednesday, December 8 at 4 p.m.
Fall Chamber Music Recital
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Thursday, December 9 at 4 p.m.
String Studios, Fall Recital
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall

Free and open to all!
Onsite Guest Registration and Masks required.

Music Department Events

Free Samples from Keefer Court at Augsburg Local Tabling

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This Thursday, December 9th from 11:30am-2:00pm, Augsburg Local and local business Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe will be tabling in the Christensen Lobby and offering free samples of their goods! Make sure to stop by to learn more about Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe and Augsburg Local!

Augsburg Local

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.

Focused Conversation on Art and Science Group Project: TOMORROW

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Join Robert Gould, vice president for strategic enrollment management, for an update on the work underway with Art & Science Group to better understand the qualities of Augsburg that make a difference for prospective traditional undergraduate students and their decisions about enrolling at the university.

Focused Conversation: Art & Science Group
Thursday, December 9
2 p.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

Summer Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Informational Session

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Are you looking for exciting summer internship or fellowship opportunities?

ORISE is hosting a Summer Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Informational Session for summer 2022 on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2:00-3:00 pm. The session focuses on how you can apply at Zintellect to ORISE summer 2022 opportunities with DOE, CDC, FDA, NSF, and more. There are opportunities for both current students and recent graduates in STEM, Policy, Technical Support, and more.

Register Here

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Join us in Hagfors 108 to de-stress and bake some ~gluten free~ cookies! Everything is FREE for Augsburg students.

Food Lab Workshops:
The purpose of Food Lab Workshop is to teach the Augsburg community how to cook a variety of dishes and build community through food. Everything from the ingredients (e.g. Oil and Seasonings) to cooking appliances are provided for students attending workshops. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, email

Thursday December 9th from 6-8pm.

Limited to first 15 people to respond.

Gluten Free Cookies Workshop Sign up Link!

Faculty and Staff Holiday Party

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Faculty and Staff Holiday Party: Cozy at the Cabin

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 3–5 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 Foss Center Atrium with no food or beverage.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring contributions to Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard.

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

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