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Teaching and Learning

Join CTL and CWC for a Zoom Session on Faculty Well-Being: November 16, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

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Teaching faculty and staff are consistently called to support and care for their students, sometimes in complex and challenging situations. In order to fulfill this role, teaching faculty and staff must also have tools, environments, and strategies that promote care and balance for themselves. This session, hosted by CTL, the Health and Well-Being Task Force and CWC, will focus on helping teaching faculty and staff consider strategies and perspectives that can improve their own sense of professional and personal well-being.

This session will be recorded and available on the CTL website home page by Nov 23, 2022.

Zoom Meeting Link (Wed Nov 16th 3:30-4:30pm)

Zoom Meeting Link

Boren Scholarship for Language Study Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicant in selecting a program, developing budgets and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:
• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Watch the Info Session for Auggies we hosted with Boren staff:
• Let us know your interest by contacting Maren Stoddard Mack ( or URGO staff ( by November 28th.
• Send application essay drafts to – we will work through several drafts with you to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.
Final applications are due February 1st!

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

Discussion of Student and Faculty NSSE-FSSE Survey Data HC 106 Wednesday, November 9

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Immediately preceding the next faculty meeting, please join the assessment committee from 3 – 3:30pm on Wednesday, November 9th, in Hagfors Center room 106 for an opportunity to discuss the results of a recent pair of high-quality surveys of students and faculty.

In the spring of 2022, hundreds of Augsburg First Year and Senior students completed the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey measures students’ perception of Academic Challenge, Student-Faculty Interactions, Quality of Interactions, and experience with High Impact Practices. Meanwhile, tens of faculty members (proportionally, a fine result!) provided their perception of students’ experiences in these same domains on the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE).

The combined NSSE-FSSE results offer a unique opportunity to directly compare student and faculty perspectives on a wide range of academic issues. Whether you teach in upper or lower-division courses – and regardless of your academic discipline – these data offer something for everyone.

A copy of the summary report will be made available to faculty members who RSVP in advance of the session. We will set aside the majority of the time for discussion of the results, so we encourage attendees to preview the findings. A recording of the event will be available for those who are unable to attend. Unfortunately, any recording can’t possibly offer the thrills and excitement of first-hand experience with such breathtaking data, so in-person attendance is highly encouraged.

RSVP for the session

Spring Break Study Abroad – Grab Your Spot Before It’s Gone

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A few spots left! Apply by November 15

Take a spring course with travel on spring break, AND also complete your 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, Choose 1 course:
— RLN 409: fulfills Search for Meaning II or
— RLN 480: KEYSTONE credit for some majors

Got questions? Get in touch:

Get more information and start your application!

General Announcements

How to Vote in Tuesday’s Election

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th – this is an Augsburg holiday – there are no classes on election day!

If you live in Augsburg dormitories, your polling place is in Christensen Center. Bring your student ID!

If you live off-campus, find your polling place at

Polls are open 7am-8pm on Tuesday.

You can register to vote on Election Day:
visit for details

If you want to vote early, find your early voting location at

Can I vote? Yes, if you are:
• A U.S. citizen
• At least 18 years old on Election Day
• A resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days as of Election Day
• Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
• A judge has not revoked your right to vote under guardianship

Feel free to contact Sabo Center staff with questions!

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

Campus Kitchen Updates

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– Campus Kitchen’s Burrito Workshop will be this Monday, November 7th at 4:30 pm in Hagfors 108. Come and bring a friend to make some burritos! RSVP in the Link below.

– We also have open cooking hours every Monday from 4:00-7:00 pm and Tuesday from 3:00-5:00 pm. During this time you are able to create whatever dish you want to make. Feel free to use the food lab’s bulk ingredients and bring your own ingredients as well to supplement.

Burrito RSVP

Campus Kitchen’s Give To The Max Campaign

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We are thrilled to have already raised $2,656 — 29% of our goal!

For Give to the Max Day this year, we are raising funds for two important programs: The Augsburg Campus Cupboard and our Cedar-Riverside food justice initiatives.

Augsburg University has, over the past decade, become a school that serves a student body that is more diverse and lower-income than our neighboring state schools, and where the burden of food insecurity on students is significantly affecting their capacity to benefit from the studies in which they are investing so much of their familial resources.

The Campus Cupboard is open four days per week to all Augsburg students and recent alumni. There are no item limits; students can take as much food as they need for themselves and their families. In 2019, an average of 50 students visited the Campus Cupboard to pick up free groceries each week. In 2022, that average increased to 220 students per week. We regularly receive feedback from our students that the groceries we provide make a huge difference for their families’ ability to access high-quality, healthy foods. Many students and their families in the Twin Cities Metro Area now see this service as a key piece of meeting their basic food needs.

In order to expand this work, we are seeking funds to purchase culturally appropriate food items for our diverse student population. Because our program operates on a small budget, we rely primarily on recovered food items, which limits choice and thus our ability to meet students’ specific needs.

A $30 donation provides one grocery bag with culturally-appropriate foods for an Auggie. Your donation will make a significant difference in our ability to meet the growing and diverse food needs of Augsburg’s student body and our neighbors in Cedar Riverside. Thank you so much to our incredible supporters who have already given generous donations!

If you are able to support this vital work, you can make a donation here.

Campus Kitchen’s Give To The Max

Sylvia Ann Sabo (Nee Lee), 85, Passed Away On October 26

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Sylvia Ann Sabo (nee Lee), 85, passed away on October 26, 2022.

Sylvia attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and became a registered nurse. Her close connection to Augsburg began when she returned to Minneapolis, after spending a year as a traveling nurse, and married her husband, Martin Olav Sabo ’59.

The Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning was founded on lessons that come from Sylvia and Martin’s work.

In 2014, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Sabo Center were combined into a single entity, bringing together these two traditions of public service and citizen engagement.

Today, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is recognized for its innovative leadership in democracy education, public work philosophy, experiential learning, and place-based engagement.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 10:00 AM, followed by a brunch and interment.

Read Sylvia’s official obituary.

Read Sylvia’s official obituary.

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study by November 18 (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!

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM Workshop and Dinner

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Augsburg will be hosting an in-person event focused on applying to paid research opportunities in STEM that is open to students, staff, and faculty from Augsburg and the broader community.

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM
Thursday, November 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Hagfors Center 150, Augsburg University

Workshop for students, staff, and faculty on identifying and applying for summer research opportunities with information on research programs such as National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).

Panel for students: Student and alumni experiences

Panel for faculty and staff: Supporting equitable access and participation with representatives from The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), ATP-Bio ATP-Bio , and The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MSERC)

Community dinner for students, staff, and faculty

Since dinner is provided, advance registration is greatly appreciated.

Register for Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

Do Something Different This Summer … Study Abroad or Away

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Earn credits and get off-campus, and all programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement:

• travel in May 17-31, 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Speculative Fiction (4 credits), Humanities LAF
•SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (4 credits), SBS LAF, or
•SOC/URB 295: Sustainable Solutions in The Netherlands (4 credits), elective

•Summer 2023 Term 1, travel to Walnut Grove, MN
•Choose 1 course, with optional INS add on:
•SOC 495 – Sociology topics elective or
•THR 295 -Topics in Theater – LAF Fine Arts
•INS 292 – 2 credits – optional

• Travel May 4-19, 2023
•Choose 1 science course and/or the religion course:
•CHM 102 with Lab: fulfills Science w/ Lab (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 May 8-17, 2023
•Choose 1 course:
•ECO 315: Money and Banking or
•BUS 362: International Business

• 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:

Check out all the program offerings here

Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Student Leadership Position

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Interested in helping young people? AYTI offers young people a chance to connect with others. This program is an annual week long summer program for high school students (9th-12th grades). AYTI practices place-based vocational discernment connected to a specific theme. Participants engage in daily reflection with a theology, community based learning, small group relationship building, and worship. Interviews will be on November 12, 2022.

AYTI Website

Volunteer with Feminist Book Club for the National Women’s Studies Conference, November 12 and 13

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Feminist Book Club (FBC), located in the Seward Neighborhood, is the Official Bookseller for the National Women’s Studies Association conference. Keynote speakers are Angela Davis and Anita Hill! Volunteers will have access to the conference the day they are volunteering if they would like to sit in on panels or presentations. Here’s the conference website:

Please email for details or to sign up for a shift!

Shifts available are:
Saturday, Nov 12
Sunday, Nov 13

FBC is a subscription service with an active community of more than 800 members internationally. Books are selected by members, you can opt in for monthly subscriptions that include goods related to the book from BIPOC and Queer owned businesses, and 5% of their profits go to orgs working on social justice issues.

Feminist Book Club

Event Announcements

Celebrating National First-Generation Day

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November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The Higher Education Act (“HEA”) emerged from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. This year, TRIO/Student Support Services, TRIO/McNair Scholars Program and MLife at Augsburg will be celebrating national first-generation day through various events on campus.

Monday, November 7th:
Social Media Challenge! Kick off celebrating First Generation Day this week by posting on social media. Take a photo and use #celebrateFirstGen! on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, November 9th:
#celebrateFirstGen kick off
Join us in celebrating National First-Generation Day
Location: Gage Center
Time: 11:00-2:00pm

Thursday, November 10th:
First Generation Day documentary Screening On November 10th at 5:30pm. in Science 123 Please refer to Auggie Life post for more info:

International Trivia Night: Wednesday Nov 16

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Wednesday, November 16
6 – 8 pm
Hagfors 150 B

Food and fun for all!

Show off your knowledge of topics including international culture and cuisine, flags, geography, international pop culture, and current events. Fun prizes for top teams, fun times for everyone!

Grab your globally-minded friends to form a team! Four-person teams are recommended. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry. We’ll pair you up with teammates right before the game!

Brought to you by Augsburg International Student Organization, Study Abroad & Away, and Global Minnesota as part of International Education Week

RSVP requested, but not required:

RSVP here

TODAY: Leadership Development Series on Collaborative Leadership (Now Waitlisting)

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**This event is full, though we would are still accepting registrations as wait list attendees. If we are notified that a registrant cannot attend after all, we will offer the open seat to the next name on our list.**

If you are unable to attend this session, our third session will occur March 4, 2023 – more details to come.

Leadership Development Series
Session II
Collaborative Leadership: Reflection & Action
Free and open to the public!

Augsburg faculty, staff, students, and friends of Augsburg are all invited to take advantage of this free opportunity to develop their collaborative and responsible leadership skills.

DATE: Friday, November 4

Enjoy a glass of wine or soda and join our alumni as they facilitate networking discussions

Collaborative Leadership: Reflection & Action
Led by Ken Simon, EdD, Deputy Director
Institute for Educational Leadership

Student Gallery & Marshall Room
Christensen Center
Augsburg University
720 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
*This location has changed from Hagfors Room 150

Register for Leadership Development Series II Here!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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