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November 1: Study Abroad and Away Deadlines

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Don’t let your Study Abroad & Away Application fall behind–applications are due soon!


Augsburg spring semester CGEE Study Centers in Northern Ireland, Mexico, Central America, and Namibia & South Africa.

Spring Break Programs to Guatemala or Los Angeles

Contact the study abroad office with any questions about the programs or your application progress:

Find your program and work on your application here

Visit the Writing Center for Help With Your Assignments

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The Writing Center Is Open!

Our hours are:
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 4-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

For more information, please visit our website.
We look forward to seeing you!

General Announcements

Sabbatical Report: The Chase

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Catch up with a selection of Dr. Matthew Haines’ sabbatical work on “Playing Catch Up on The Chase and Bertrand’s Ballot Problem” during Augsburg’s Mathematics Colloquium Series at 3:40-4:40 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2022 in Hagfors 150A.

The Chase is a television game show (2009-present in UK; from 2013-2015; 2021-present in US) that consists of three rounds and three contestants. This presentation explores the probability of a contestant “being caught” by the chaser in the second round of the game. A solution will first be developed using Markov chains, and subsequently improved upon by a method revealing a connection to a generalized version of Bertrand’s Ballot Problem.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – It’s Training Time

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October is cyber security awareness month. Every faculty and staff member has an important role to play in protecting the security of the data kept by the University.

In our digital lives data is at the heart of it. Augsburg has been trusted with data on our students, employees, alumni and donors. Your login information provides a key into Augsburg and that key needs to be protected. Also, as part of Augsburg’s Title IV financial aid requirements and insurance requirements employees must complete training twice a year for Augsburg to be compliant.

This year we have selected a new training provider with current topics and a more engaging delivery. You will see notification emails coming this week will be from which is the training platform. The content should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

Donate to Campus Kitchen’s Give to the Max Campaign

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The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg University works to build community through food and make healthy food accessible in and around the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood and on Augsburg’s campus.

Access to affordable, healthy food is always critically important for Augsburg students and our neighbors in Cedar-Riverside. With increased rates of food insecurity during the pandemic and recession, your support matters now more than ever.

This year, we are seeking donations to support two key component of the Campus Kitchen program: The Campus Cupboard student food shelf AND food access programming in Cedar Riverside.

Donate here!

Farewell to Hli Vang

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It is with a heavy yet proud heart that I announce that Hli Vang will be leaving Augsburg University on November 1 for a fabulous new opportunity at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In Hli’s 8 years at Augsburg she has been an integral part of the development and growth of the Multicultural Life Department and has been an incredible advisor and mentor to student organizations and students during her tenure. Additionally, Hli was able to successfully keep multicultural life student services afloat with only a two-person department spanning the first year and a half of Covid and now has emerged as an amazing leader to the brand new Multicultural Life staff. She has also been instrumental in helping me reimagine an updated vision and mission for the Multicultural Life Department. Quite simply, Hli will be greatly missed.

Hli rather not have a formal goodbye gathering, but welcomes anyone who would like to stop by her office and wish her well before she goes!

Feeling Spooky About Midterms? 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

Advent Vespers Volunteer Opportunities

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The 43rd annual Advent Vespers is just around the corner! Be a part of this wonderful event at the start of the Advent season. We will be in person again at Central Lutheran Church and need many volunteers.

Join the processional party by carrying a bell, candle, torch, or banner! There will be a practice on November 29 and an open dress rehearsal on Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 pm in addition to the Advent Vespers services on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm and 5 pm (with a hearty snack between the services). Please sign up today!

We also need volunteers to usher, assist at the will call office onsite, and other production roles. Sign up on this form: Please contact Margaret Albers at or Janice Dames at to find out more about volunteering.

First-Generation Survey for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

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In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day (Nov. 8), the departments of TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO McNair Scholars, and Multicultural Life will be hosting events that highlight the first-generation college experience during the week of November 7. These events will be geared to students, but all of the Augsburg community is welcome to attend. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to this programming, we’re asking faculty and staff to complete this brief First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey. The information collected will be used to create ongoing resources and support for first-generation students here at Augsburg. Please provide as much information as you’re comfortable sharing.

If you have any questions or comments about this survey or about the Augsburg First-Generation project, please contact Magaly Ortiz, TRIO Student Support Services ( or Lara Crombie, TRIO McNair Scholars Program (

First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study (Earn Up to $35)

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This research study (IRB #: 2022-32-03) is designed to compare two different skill-building training programs that may help college students develop adjustment-related skills. You are eligible to participate if you are a current Augsburg undergraduate student.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to come to our Augsburg Psychology research laboratory for 4 sessions over the course of one month. The sessions include an initial orientation meeting and three sessions focused on one of two skills-building programs (you will be randomly assigned to one of the two–like a flip of a coin). Both programs involve mini-informational videos as well as experiential activities for you to
complete. We will also have you complete a few personality measures. You will be assigned a peer coach who will work with you as progress through the study and guide you through the study components. Each of the sessions will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, we will check in one last time 3-months after the study is over for a brief online survey.

Participants will receive up to $35 for their participation. $5 for each of the first three sessions, and $10 for both the fourth session and the 3 month follow-up. Alternatively, Augsburg University Psychology students will receive up to $25 and 4 research credits.

To participate, please complete this participant inquiry form:

The researchers conducting this study are part of the Identity and Well-being Research Lab at Augsburg University ( or 612-656-6560), directed by Dr. Alex Ajayi, Assistant Professor of Psychology (E-mail:, Phone: 612-330-1146). If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us via the emails and phone numbers specified above.

Please consider forwarding this to other individuals who may meet the criteria for participation. Thank you for your consideration!

Need Fine Arts and Augsburg Experience? You’re in Luck

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Do something different this summer–explore a new region of Minnesota! Join the summer course to earn your Fine Arts credit *and* Augsburg Experience!


COURSE MEETINGS: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm, for 4 weeks beginning May 9 and ending June 3.

This course will travel to Walnut Grove, Minnesota for 2 short residencies:
Tuesday, May 23 – Friday, May 26
Thursday, June 1- Saturday, June 3, including a public showing in Walnut Grove on June 2

THR 295 – Topics in Theater, fulfills Fine Arts requirement
SOC 495 – elective for sociology majors or minors
INS 292 — 2 credit optional add-n for students wishing to take additional credits in summer

Changing demographics, especially in rural communities, provide both challenges and opportunities for building strong and equity-minded communities. This course explores these challenges and opportunities with the goal of building community ties as well as connections between Augsburg University students and the residents of Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

While in Walnut Grove, you will meet with community members and conduct interviews to learn more about the residents of the community and their history. Research, stories, and data will be collected and used as material to create a public presentation at the end of the class.
This is a great opportunity to earn credits in a new, dynamic way during summer, without interfering with work schedules, and other summer commitments!

Check the website below for more info and start an application! Applications due March 1, 2023

Get all the details here

Event Announcements

Intern and Study in Northern Ireland This Spring – Free Airfare

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Spend your spring semester in Northern Ireland!

This semester-long program is an investigation of a society’s transition from violent conflict to sustainable democracy, a transition that continues to be a fragile and difficult process. On this semester program you will complete an internship – a stellar addition to your resume for post-college job hunting! – in a setting that focuses on one or more of the key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Equality and Social Justice; Democracy and Active Participation; Human Rights and Social Responsibility.

In addition to your unique internship, you will:

– Complete a full 16 credits of Augsburg University credit

– Travel the country on included excursions embedded in the semester

– Live at Ulster University’s Magee Campus, alongside other international and Irish students

– Enjoy the charming city of Derry-Londonderry, a historic and vibrant city in the northwest Northern Ireland

– Receive an automatic CGEE travel grant of $1,500 off your tuition

– Receive free airfare (spring 2023 program only)

– Complete your Augsburg Experience requirement

Application Deadline: November 1

Learn more about Northern Ireland and apply here

Spring Break in Guatemala or Los Angeles: Study Away Courses

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Short-term study abroad & away in Spring 2023 is a great way to earn credits and get off-campus! All programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Apply to take a class in one of the following programs in spring semester, and spend your spring break somewhere totally different than the Twin Cities!.

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

• Spring break travel to Guatemala

• RLN 409 (fulfills Search for Meaning II) or

• RLN 480 – KEYSTONE credit for some majors

Got questions? Get in touch:

Check out the program details and start an application here

Hmong New Year Performers

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Hmong Women Together is hosting our Hmong New Year this year on Friday, November 18th, 2022 from 5pm until 9pm, and we are seeking performers! If you are wanting to show off your dancing, singing skills or creative performances, please sign up ASAP. We have limited spots so please sign up as it is also NOT ONLY FOR AUGSBURG STUDENTS.

**Note that we welcome all types of performances (Ex: Hmong Dance, Break Dance, Latin Dance, Rapping, Singing, Stand up comedy, etc)**

DISCLAIMER: We will not condone any inappropriate performances.

Hmong Women Together’s Hmong New Year Performers Interest Form

Faculty and Staff of Color Afterwork Gathering

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There will be an Augsburg Faculty and Staff of Color Afterwork Gathering on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00–5:30 p.m. at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners. This gathering is an opportunity for BIPOC faculty and staff to gather and build community in an informal setting.

To be added to the Google calendar invite for this event, please email

Hope to see you there!

October 20 Lunch and Learn MA in Leadership for Augsburg Employees

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On October 20 Augsburg Staff are invited to bring lunch or grab lunch in The Commons and join us to chat about Augsburg’s own Master of Arts in Leadership program and taking advantage of your employee tuition benefit!

October 20, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Riverside Room (3rd Floor Christensen Center)
For Augsburg employees

Bring a lunch or grab lunch in the cafeteria and join us in the Riverside Room!

We will go through the benefits of a masters degree, the versatility of this Leadership degree, and how to utilize your Augsburg tuition benefit.

Register or express interest here!

Indigenous Book Club Event

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For Native American Heritage Month, American Indian Student Services will have an Indigenous Book club where we will read A History of Kindness by Linda Hogan. Poems from Linda Hogan explore new and old ways of experiencing the vagaries of the body and existing in harmony with earth’s living beings. Throughout this clear-eyed collection, Hogan tenderly excavates how history instructs the present, and envisions a future alive with hope for a healthy and sustainable world that now wavers between loss and survival. We will meet on Monday, Nov. 7th from 5 pm-7 pm to discuss the book. You can register by going to or by scanning the QR code.

Event Link

Virtual Shadowing Opportunity for Pre-Physician Assistant Students

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The Augsburg Pre-PA Club (APPAC) is hosting a Virtual Shadowing movie night! Please join us as we hear about a day in the life and review case studies of PA-Cs in various specialties. Pizza and snacks will be provided, so please RSVP on Auggie Life!

When: Thursday, 10/20, 615-815pm
Where: Hagfors 301

The APPAC is open to the entire student body regardless of whether you have decided on becoming a PA. We hope to see you there!


Celebrating the Life of Peter Hendrickson ’76

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Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2pm in Hoversten Chapel

Peter Amnell Hendrickson, retired Professor Emeritus and former Director of Choral Activities at Augsburg University, died this past June.

Dr. Hendrickson was a member of the Augsburg University faculty from 1994 until his retirement in 2017, serving as the conductor of the Augsburg Choir and the Masterworks Chorale. He also served as Artistic Director of the annual Advent Vespers, a combination of music and liturgy involving over 300 singers, instrumentalists, and readers, presented by the Augsburg community each year at Central Lutheran Church. He led annual Augsburg Choir tours throughout the United States, Europe, and China during his tenure, and presented and commissioned world premieres by such noted composers as Steve Heitzeg and Kari Tikka. Dr. Hendrickson was an inspiring and charismatic teacher who influenced and encouraged many students over the course of his career.

A chorus of 90+ alumni & friends have organized to share music during the service.

Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri Shares Her Vocation Story in Chapel On October 25

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Join us on Tuesday October 25th from 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Hoversten Chapel for the next installment in our Uncovering Vocation series. Najeeba Syeed, our El-Hibri endowed chair and executive director of Augsburg Interfaith Institute, will share her story, “Hate Has No Home Here”. Come and learn more about Najeeba, our community, and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

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