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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
Course (choose 1):

— 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!

The Writing Center is Open Today – Closed Tomorrow for Election Day

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The Writing Center is open Today!
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 4-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We will be closed tomorrow, November 8th, for Election Day.

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

Do Faculty Know What Students Are Truly Thinking?

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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

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

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

Short Study Abroad/Away Courses – Earn Credit Off Campus This Summer

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Travel! Earn Credits! Complete Augsburg Experience!

Short-term study abroad & away in Summer 2023 – check out the awesome program options below:

• 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 in May 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 in May 2023
• Choose 1 course:
*** ECO 315: Money and Banking
*** 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

General Announcements

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!

Apply to Be a 2023 Orientation Leader

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Interested in welcoming the class of 2027 and being apart of the Orientation Team? Then you should apply to be an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leaders are responsible for administering successful Orientation Programs, including SOAR, Transfer SOAR, and Auggie Days. Orientation Leaders work as a team to create a welcoming and inclusive environment to ensure that new first-year and transfer students have quality transitional experiences as they are introduced to Augsburg University.

Both part 1 and part 2 of the application process is due by 11:59pm TODAY!

If you have any questions about the position or the application process, please email

We hope to see your application!


New Staff Position: Maintenance Operator

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The available schedule for this position is Monday – Friday,2:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The MaintenanceOperator is responsible for the general building/equipment maintenance and repair of a multiple-building, multi-level campus. The MaintenanceOperator will operate, maintain, and repair electrical, mechanical, and HVAC systems. The MaintenanceOperator will report malfunctions and maintain accurate and timely operating logs and maintenance records for building support systems.
– General Repairs: Perform general facility maintenance including, but not limited to carpentry, sheetrock, wall repairs, painting, interior finishes, ceiling, wall and floor tile, carpet repairs, door repairs hardware, locks & panic bars, and related clean up.
– Electrical Repairs: Perform electrical diagnostic trouble shooting, repairs / replacement up to the point of permit requirement for lighting, wall outlets, general motor replacement, and miscellaneous electrical equipment.
– Mechanical Repairs: Perform general mechanical repairs up to the point of permit requirements for all plumbing fixtures, iron and sheet metal work, miscellaneous pipe fittings, and general mechanical equipment repairs and pump repairs.
– HVAC Repairs: Perform general mechanical repairs and preventive maintenance on all HVAC related equipment including belt replacement, filter replacement, parts replacement, refrigerant reclamation, related water system maintenance, fitting lubrication, miscellaneous repairs, record keeping, and general equipment/equipment area cleaning.
– All other miscellaneous responsibilities as assigned as it relates to general maintenance of the College campus facilities and grounds.
– All other duties as apparent or assigned by supervisor(s).
– Ability to lift 80 pounds.
– Continuous standing, walking, lifting, bending, stretching, kneeling and squatting and using fine motor skills.
– Exposure to temperature, noise, irritating substances and poor ventilation at times.

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Quiet Space for Virtual Interviews

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The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, Augsburg’s Career & Internship Center is excited to announce that we now have a quiet space available in our suite for students to participate in virtual interviews with employers. The room is equipped with all of the necessary technology, including a large screen, microphone and camera!

Should you find that you have a virtual interview coming up, email or stop by our office in Suite 100 of the Christensen Center to reserve our conference room.

Need to practice your interviewing skills?

Check out our Community Moodle site -Interviewing Tips & Resources. Here you will find information on Big Interview where you can learn and practice your interview skills, whether you’re interviewing for a job or graduate school.

Questions –

Strommen Center Community Moodle Resources

Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours with Strommen Peer Advisors Available

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The Strommen Center’s Peer Advisors are available to review your resume and/or cover letter. Peer Advisors can also answer quick questions and/or show you the many resources
that are available to assist you in your job and internship search.

DROP-IN HOURS are in person! Our center is located in the Christensen Center, Suite 100. (Across from Einstein’s)

Mondays: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Tuesdays: 11:30 AM -1:30 PM
Wednesdays: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 12:30-4:00 PM
Thursdays: 11:00 AM -4:00 PM
Fridays: 12:00-4:00 PM

Strommen Community Moodle Site

Employer Tabling Today: BrightStar Care

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A representative will be on campus from BrightStar Care on Monday, November 7th from 10:30am-12:30pm in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

BrightStar Care is a leading home care and medical staffing agency aimed at providing a higher standard to those entrusted to our care. Our professional care teams, each led by a Registered Nurse, deliver expert, compassionate, and personal care. They are looking to hire CNA’s.

Stop by their table to learn more!

Strommen Career & Internship Staff

Looking for an Attitude of Gratitude? 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

Auggies Vote On November 8

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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

Here are some free, open source, and nonpartisan resources that can aid you align your views with your votes:

ActiVote is an interactive tool to help people align their viewpoints with candidates:

Ballotpedia is a tool that allows people to see what their ballot looks like in preparations for elections:

The League of Women Voters’ Education Fund provides candidate and ballot Information:

Legal Defense Fund offers a summary of voter resources and ways to assess candidates:

URGO Offering Travel Grants for Student Researchers

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URGO has a limited amount if travel funding to award this academic year. URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications November 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447.

Dining Services on Election Day and Kafe Kafeega Opening

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On Tuesday November 8th, it is Election Day with classes cancelled on campus. Service hours in The Commons will remain same. Nabo will be closed, and Einstein’s will be open from 7:30 to 6:00pm.

We are also happy to announce the opening of Kafe Kafeega. Kafe Kafeega will open on Wednesday, 11/9. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:00pm.

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email

Fill out the Google Form here!

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:

All Recovery Meeting On Campus: Oren Gateway Center 103 Mondays 7pm, All Welcome

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We’re excited to announce a new on campus meeting for anyone in recovery (of any form), curious about recovery, or have loved ones who struggle with any form of addiction. It is hosted by StepUp students, but is in no way limited to only StepUp students or people with specifically substance abuse issues. This isn’t tied to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous), it’s our own format and is completely fluid. We’re open to suggestions of any ways to better the meeting. Our focus is on providing a place to constructively process issues and work on spiritual development, whatever that may look like. It will be every Monday 7-8 in OGC 103, if you have any questions feel free to email me at or stop in to the StepUp office, OGC 204. Please join us, we’d love to have you!

Panel Event Hosted By LGBTQIA+ Student Services: Queering Career

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Join the LGBTQIA+ Student Services on their upcoming event, Queering Career. The event will be held this Thursday, 11/10, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at OGC 100. This is an opportunity for queer students at Augsburg to have the opportunity to hear from queer professionals about how they got their job, what tips they have for students seeking job opportunities, and talk about their college experience. We will also have time at the end for you to connect with our panelists. If you have any questions about the event, please email us at If you need any accommodations, please reach out to events via email at

ASAC Presents: TBT Gameshow Night

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Come join ASAC in this throwback THURSDAY 80s theme game show night! The event will be this Thursday 11/10 from 4pm-7pm.

Come to the event with a group of friends to win a GRAND PRIZE!!! If you feel comfortable come dressed up with 80s Inspo, 90s and also bring back the Y2K fits!!!!

We will also be giving out a gift bags to students who come to either play or just to support/watch others play!!

We will have good music as always 😉



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, 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

International Trivia Night: Wednesday November 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

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