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ED Talk April 27: The Academic Transition to Summer

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Whether you’re in your first year of university teaching or have been doing this for more than 10 years, the transition that happens as faculty go “off-contract” for the summer (for those of us who do) can be surprisingly challenging every year! Join CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright to talk about strategies and/or rituals you use to navigate this transition..

ED Talks take place in Hagfors 151 immediately before Faculty meetings from 3:10-3:30pm. This is the final ED Talk of the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Teach, Study, Conduct Research Abroad for Free

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URGO is looking for Fulbright applicants to study, conduct research, carry out a creative project or teach English in over 140 countries.

We are looking for junior, seniors, graduate students, or recent alums who:
– Are U.S. Citizens
– Hold a 3.0 GPA or higher for English Teaching Assistantship
– Hold a 3.5 or higher for study and research
– Are active on campus or their home communities
– Will serve effectively as cultural ambassadors

Interested students should contact to set up an appointment to talk about the Fulbright program.

Fulbright Website

Podcast Ep. 91: Developing the Next Generation of Little Allies

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast Julie Kratz (Next Pivot Point) shares stories, ideas, and research from her new children’s book, “Little Allies.” She discusses the importance and impact of having conversations about diversity, inclusion, and allyship earlier with the children in our lives.

Short Study Abroad/Away Courses for Next Year – Earn Credit Off Campus

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Short-term study abroad & away is a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something a little different!

Check out the Spring and Summer 2023 program options. Only 1-3 weeks of travel. All programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement:

• Spring Break travel to Los Angeles, CA
• WST 220: Topics: Race, Gender and Hollywood – fulfills a Humanities requirement

• Spring break travel to Guatemala
• Course: RLN 409 (fulfills Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 – Keystone credit for some majors

• Travel in May/June 2023
•Choose 1 science course and/or the religion course:
•CHM 102 with Lab – fulfills Science with Lab course (does not count toward Chm major or minor)
•SCI 490: Integrated Science Keystone Integrated Science
•RLN 205: Topics in Religion – may fulfill Search for Meaning II or Humanities LAF

• travel in May/June 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Travel Writing (4 credits), Humanities LAF
•SOC/URB 111: City Life: Introduction to Urban Sociology (4 credits), SBS LAF
•SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (4 credits), elective

•Summer 2023 Term 1, travel in Greater Minnesota (location TBD)
•Choose 1 course, with optional INS add on:
•SOC 495 – Sociology topics elective
•THR 295 -Topics in Theater – LAF Fine Arts
•INS 292 – 2 credits – optional

• Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry
• 4 study sessions in summer – choose the one (or more!) that works for you!

Got questions? Get in touch:, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Check out all the program offerings here

Need Your Augsburg Experience? Take Intercultural Communication Online this Summer

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If you still need Augsburg Experience, you can take Intercultural Communication (COM 329-A) in summer!

The course instructor is Ann Lutterman‑Aguilar, director and instructor at the Augsburg Mexico study center.

This is an online/hybrid class in summer term 1 (May 9 – June 24) with class meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings via zoom

Earn 4 credits and complete your Augsburg Experience!

Register yourself for the class on Inside Augsburg.

COM 329 – course information & registration

General Announcements

Celebrate Earth Month in April

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Today, Friday April 22nd is Earth Day! We are dedicating the entire month of April to celebrate our Home. Join us in attending the many events we have planned throughout the month!
Come rekindle community, self-heal, and reconnect with the Earth through celebrations during Earth Month. These Environmental Action Committee-supported events will allow you further connection to green spaces on campus, engagement with educational experiences by all forms of teachers, exploration of inclusive career paths, and the opportunity to build solidarity with social justice work bonded by intersectionality. Together in community, learn from Indigenous cultures, be rewarded with rest and find its productivity, fix your bike, have a ball with slow fashion, eat local, and then finish the month with a community bonfire into the sunset.

Mii omaa akiing endaayang – The Earth is our Home

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in these events are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event(s) with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation

Learn more about our upcoming Earth Month events here

Roll out of Bed Day MLife Spirit Week

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Today is MLife’s first day of spirit week, called Roll out of bed day.
We know how stressful finals can be so you should come in some of your comfiest clothes and participate with Mlife staff for today’s themes. There will even be FREE donuts and coffee for a lazy Monday.

We will also be providing containers to-go for those who are participating in Ramadan!

Where? Oyate Commons
When: 10am
RSVP in the link:

MnTech Foundation Scholarship Applications – Now Open

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Greetings! It is that time of year again!

We are currently accepting applications for the Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarship. The scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MN Tech member companies. The Minnesota Technology Foundation supports diversity in this application and award process.

We also have Named Scholarships in specific areas supported by our generous sponsors. In the past, we have provided scholarships in Computer Science, STEM Education, Data Science, Women in STEM, Underrepresented Populations in STEM and Women in Computer Science. We encourage you to let students know of this additional and exceptional opportunity.

Eligibility requirements:

Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2022 and presented to recipients at Minnesota Technology Association Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.

Special Circumstances

In addition to traditional STEM fields, health science majors whose studies will NOT lead to participation in direct patient care are welcome to apply.
The scholarship is open to international students, but preference is given to students who intend to work in Minnesota after graduation.
Past scholarship winners are eligible to re-apply as long as they meet the rest of the requirements listed here.

Deadline for application is May 20th, 2022. The application form is available below or on the website.,

New Fall Course: Expressing Identity Through Art, Music, and Dance

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Interested in Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous culture and history? If yes, this new course on expressing identity through art, music, and dance is for you! It is in registration as “Indigenous Forms of Cultural Expression”.

This course honors Indigenous contemporary cultural forms of expression including theater, film, new media, storytelling, literature, dance, and music both in our region and across Turtle Island. Throughout this course students will engage with the meaning of aesthetics in Indigenous culture, interact with guest artists and speakers, and explore how Indigenous culture shapes and is shaped by contemporary cultural contexts.
It fulfills an AIS requirement, a Humanities LAF and is 4 credits. No prerequisites

Interested in being a STEM Mentor?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a rising Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.
Please apply! Complete the application below to express your interest to participate starting Fall 2022. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to

2022-2023 Stem Peer Mentoring Application for Mentors

Interested in being a STEM Mentee (1st and 2nd Year Student)?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Having a Mentor in STEM Peer Mentoring can be a major benefit in establishing the success of your STEM career. If you’re a first-year or sophomore in a STEM major interested in having a mentor and want to learn more about internships, scholarships, certain classes, etc… This is for you !

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 2-3 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentor and attend occasional group meetings.
Please apply! Complete the application below to express your interest to participate starting Fall 2022. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to

2022-2023 Stem Peer Mentoring Application for Mentees

Send Your Student to Summer Camp On Campus – With Financial Aid Options

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities high school and middle school students. For nearly two decades, we’ve provided debate camps through our Minnesota Debate & Advocacy Workshop (MDAW).

Our debate camps are open for registration, and financial aid options are still available.

Options Include:

* High School Policy Debate Camp
* High School Congress Camp
* High School Public Forum (NEW)
* High School Debate & Argumentation Skills Camp (NEW)

* Middle School Congress Camp
* Middle School Speech Camp
* Middle School Policy Debate Camp
* Middle School Spanish Debate Camp (NEW)

Learn more:

Financial Aid options are available to attend camp. Scholarship applications can be completed after registration. Payment plans are also available.

Register now to reserve your spot at camp using the “For Financial Aid Only” option. You’ll be taken to the scholarship application once you’ve registered:

Summer Academic Enrichment Programs

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program will provide stipends to students on a first-come, first-served basis, to cover all or a portion of the direct cost to the student for attending one of our camps up to $1,000. Students must meet income qualifications and have earned a minimum C average in the camp’s subject area. The student application will go live on the State of Minnesota Office of Higher Education website on April 1st, 2022. If you qualify for free and reduced lunch and want to apply, please email Kitt at

Learn more now:

Learn More & Register Now

Bee a Smart Student 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

Come to the Writing Center for Feedback on your Papers and Projects

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The Writing Center is offering online appointments to help all students with their writing needs. Tutors are available during the following online hours:

• Sunday 2-8pm
• Monday 4-8pm
• Tuesday 2-8pm
• Wednesday 2-8pm
• Thursday 4-8pm

We close for the summer on April 29th but will be open during regular hours for finals week!

Visit our website to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Event Announcements

Upcoming Events

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Hello Auggies!

Below are some exciting upcoming end of year events! We’ve highlighted an array of big events that will be happening on campus and encourage you to check them out and attend what appeals to you.

Come meet new people, celebrate holidays, announcements, and enjoy the end of year festivities! What a way to end the year with a bang!

Reach out to organizations directly with any questions about their specific events*

Focused Conversation on FY23 Budget: TODAY

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Join us for a Focused Conversation on Augsburg’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. John Coskran, associate vice president and CFO, will present a review of Augsburg’s operating model and expense structure and an overview of the proposed fiscal 2023 operating budget, which will be presented to the board of regents at its May meeting. John will also present some details of Augsburg’s operating model to provide context and background for the university’s operating budget.

Focused Conversation on FY23 Budget

Monday, April 25 Noon in the Marshall Room and Zoom

Tuesday, May 10 3:30 p.m. Marshall Room and Zoom

Wednesday, May 11 9 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

Late Night Breakfast: TODAY

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

Monday, April 25 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. in The Commons.
Free to students with an Augsburg ID.

A 40″ Samsung HD television will be raffled to attendees!

Some menu items include:

Tiger Sushi
Cheese Omelets
O’Brien Potatoes
Beef sausage Patty
Pork Sausage Link
Italian Soda Station
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Fresh Pastries (Grandma’s Bakery)

Environmental Healing Earth Month Event with Dr. Anton Treuer

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April 22nd was the 52nd Earth Day! Here at Augsburg, we are dedicating the entire month of April to celebrate our Home. Check out the event happening TODAY:

Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of many books. His equity, education, and cultural work has put him on a path of service around the region, the nation, and the world. In this presentation, Dr. Treuer will discuss the inextricable links between environmental and racial healing.
“Indians. We are so often imagined and so infrequently well understood.” —Anton Treuer

When: Monday, April 25th 6-7pm
Location: Oren Gateway Center 100 & Virtual: pVS040NzlqQXVBZFU3VG4wUT09
Passcode: hope

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in these events are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event(s) with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Learn more about our upcoming Earth Month events here

Faculty Register to Display your Scholarship

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Please submit your work from the past 2 years to be displayed such as articles, performance programs, books or anything you have been working on!
Faculty Scholarship will be displayed Friday April 29th at 1 PM in the Foss Atrium prior to the year-end reception. We hope to see a broad range across all disciplines.

Mental Health Matters: Free Coffee and Mental Health Resources

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As the last event of the year, on 4/25 MHM is going to have free coffee, stress relief items, resources for summer mental health, coping with finals stress, and more. Jasmine and Gloria will be graduating, so stop by at our last event. Hope to see you at Murphy square at 11! 

Contact Jasmine Chikkala or Paula Watts Zehringer

Don’t’ Let Your Summer be a Bummer, File your FAFSA with SFS

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With Summer around the corner, don’t let your financial aid for next fall hold you back. The SFS office is host FAFSA help sessions every Wednesday from 1-4pm until May 11th! Stop by Sverdrup to file your FAFSA with SFS. There may even be some candy!

April 27th – Sverdrup 205 1-4pm
May 4th – Sverdrup 201 1-4pm
May 11th – Sverdrup 201 1-4pm

Email with any questions

Health Professions Personal Statement Workshop

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The URGO Office is kicking off Application Boot Camp with a Personal Statement Workshop this year! Application Boot Camp brings together applicants working on centralized applications to health professions programs, personal statements, and secondary applications.

May 3rd at 10:30 AM in Hagfors 104

Contact Catherina Kipper with any questions:

Register Here

Forum Webinar: Building a Diversity Program as an HR Professional

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When: May 19, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International | Diversity Dashboard
Cost: Free

Many human resources professionals are stepping into the diversity manager role for their organization. This can be a daunting proposition. This session will explore elements of a successful diversity program and the first steps to get started. We will look at ways to stretch budgets by creating building blocks that can expand as resources allow.
Topics will include forming a DEI council, finding diversity champions, forming ERGs, diversity communication tips, engaging senior leaders, and how DEI education can be more than classroom-based learning. We’ll also cover techniques and tools for working in the virtual and hybrid environments.

Learning Outcomes
Learn three tips for starting a DEI council
To ERG or not to ERG: Know the pros and cons to make an informed choice
Explore tools and techniques that are low budget and easy to implement

MNUDL Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking Finance Professionals to Judge Financial Literacy Debates

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You’re Invited! Judge Debates & Network with Students on May 21st!

The MN Urban Debate League is looking for financial professionals that identify as female or gender non-conforming to judge at our annual Financial Literacy Debate tournament this year!

You do not need debate experience to be a judge. We will provide training and opportunities to ask questions prior to the tournament, and will also be available to support you during the tournament.

Financial Literacy Debate is an innovative program that supports students’ public speaking, critical thinking, and financial literacy skills and knowledge. Our program works to close the gender gap in the financial sector by building the leadership and financial knowledge of high school participants that identify as female or gender non-conforming, through debate. Over the course of the initiative, students meet with their coach after school, learn about the topic area and fundamental economic concepts through an engaging curriculum, hold practice debates, and participate in a competition with other schools.

Our tournament this year is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at Augsburg University. The tournament schedule will be as follows:

· 9:30 am: Judge training

· 10:00 am: Judge three debate rounds about the benefits/harms of cryptocurrency

· 1:00: Lunch and networking between students and financial professionals

· 2:00: Awards Ceremony

· 2:30: End

Sign up at our website to be a part of our event at Augsburg University on May 21st from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Thank you for supporting our students as they build their financial literacy skills and explore career pathways in finance!

Learn More & Sign Up to Judge

Multicultural Life Spirit Week

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Multicultural Life Spirit Week Starts Next Week! There will be different themes starting Monday, April 26 to Thursday April 28th. Come and Join us as there will be food, raffles and games! This is a place and time to both relax and get in the needed time to study for finals!

Where: Oyate Commons
When: Starting @10am

Tuesday-Cosplay/Costume Day
Where: Student Lounge
When: 12pm-1pm

Wednesday-Auggie Pride Day
Where: Oyate Commons
When: 12pm-1pm

Thursday-HAT DAY
Where:Oyate Commons
When: 12pm-1pm

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY 1:00-2:30

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Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table today in Christensen Center from 1:00 to 2:30pm

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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

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The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Howela, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at or Dixie Shafer in URGO at

Congratulations to Justin!

Boren Scholarship Website


Earn $55 and Help Students Build Skills: Judge the Spanish Debate League

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Earn $55 and Help Students Build Skills: Judge the Spanish Debate League

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is searching for some last-minute Spanish-speaking judges for our Spanish Debate League.

In the Spanish Debate League, Twin Cities middle and high school students debate a community-chosen topic entirely in Spanish. This year’s topic involves the ethics of consuming animal products.

We need judges to make it happen. No debate experience is required. We are seeking folks who are fluent in Spanish and willing to be educators, who will listen to students speak, give constructive feedback, and choose a winner of our debates. You’ll help students build their academic skills and Spanish fluency.

You’ll earn $55 for 2 rounds held virtually on weeknights.

We need judges for the following dates:

Thursday, April 21
Friday, April 29
Thursday, May 5
Thursday, May 12
Thursday, May 19

Sign up here:

If you are interested in being paid, please email Jenna Randerson at If you are looking to volunteer, feel free to sign up directly.

Please feel free to reach out to with any questions!

Learn More & Sign Up