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Visit the Writing Center

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Welcome back! The Writing Center is open for the Spring Semester!
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-7pm and Monday- Thursday 2-7pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We are here to give you feedback on all of your papers and projects.

For more information, please visit our website.

Music Therapy in South Korea, Summer Course – Apply by March 1

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The Music Therapy in South Korea summer course is open to Music Therapy and Music Majors, and students in related majors, such as Psychology, Biopsychology, Education, Social Work, Physician Assistant, Nursing, and students in related fields who have a strong interest in the intersections of music, health, community, and culture. This will be a participatory and immersive experience, and participation will fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Applications for this program are due March 1.

• Travel July 6-19, 2023
• MUS 374 or 474 for undergraduate students
• MUS 511 and/or MUS 582 for graduate students

Got questions? Get in touch:
To learn more about costs, program details, and to apply, follow the link below.

Learn more and apply

Spanish Classes in Mexico This Summer – 3 Weeks Each

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Ready to learn or improve your Spanish skills? Take a class with Augsburg in Mexico this summer and complete Augsburg Experience, too!

Classes are available at all levels, at various times, and specialized courses for pre-med or ministry are available.

Apply by April 1


– various dates throughout summer
– 4-12 credits
– SPA – Spanish courses at all levels beginning to advanced, can fulfill Language requirements
– independent study or internship also possible


– June 8 – July 31
– 8 credits
– SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare professionals
– INS/SPA 399: Observership


– June 8 – July 24
– 8 credits
– SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I
– SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry
– Upper-level courses available, if needed

To learn more about these programs and start an application, get in touch:

Visit the link, below
Email us at
Stop by our office: Science Hall 110

Get more information about summer in Mexico

Faculty Scholarship Grant Applications Now Open

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The Provost and Faculty Development Committee are requesting applications for Scholarship Grants to support Augsburg faculty scholarship. Recipients of the Scholarship Grant can receive up to a maximum of $4000 to support their scholarly endeavors between June 1, 2023 – May 15, 2024.

Scholarship Grant applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 24, 2023!

To read the full Request for Proposals and access the application form, please see the Annual Awards page of the CTL website under “Scholarship Grants” (see link below). As always, please feel free to contact CTL ( any questions that are not answered on that page!

Annual Awards page of the CTL Website

General Announcements

Apply to be a Sabo Scholar

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The Sabo Scholars are juniors and seniors who have an interest in and a commitment to engagement in the political process, public policy, and/or careers in public service. This application is open to students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The scholarship for 2023/2024 is $3,500 and is renewable for one year. Applications are due by March 5.

Apply for Sabo Scholars

Apply Now for the Phillips Scholarship

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Phillips Scholars create and test innovative ideas that address community problems — running their own summer programming. There’s support along the way, with the students coming together to develop their leadership skills and prepare for their projects. Scholars receive more than $9,000 in scholarships and stipends. Ten students from 15 eligible Minnesota private colleges and universities will be selected each year.

Applications are due February 24, 2023.

You’re eligible if you:
– Are enrolled full-time in the undergraduate program
– Demonstrate financial need
– Are a first-year, sophomore or junior in the spring of 2023
– Aspire to address a significant need within a particular community
– Demonstrate interest in civic engagement
– Can participate in all required program trainings and events
– Can complete a community service project in Minnesota during the summer of 2024

If you plan to apply and would like help with your application, contact Sabo Center staff at Augsburg students have been very successful in securing this scholarship and we’re here to help you.

Phillips Scholars Program

PASU and Pan-Afrikan Student Services Mural

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To honor Pan-Afrikan Student voices black identifying students are invited to collaborate and work on a mural. We will create purposeful artwork that embodies student-centered perspectives through visual narratives created by the Pan-Afrikan students. The aim is to connect Pan-Afrikan students by acknowledging their voices, contributions, and existence in the Augsburg University community. Please join Pan-Afrikan Student Services and PASU as we create and connect with one another!

There will be a week of art workshops from February 6th – 10th from 5 pm- 7 pm in Oyate Commons (basement of Christensen Center)

Here are some things that will be covered:
• A history of muralism which will include art making.
• Conversations on Art and activism which will include an art-making workshop
• Learning about and prepping material, tools, and processes workshop
• Strategic planning and mural design workshop
• Student mural creation and art-making workshop(s)

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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The following Augsburg staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

02/02/2023: Assistant Director of Residence Life
02/02/2023: Accounts Payable Specialist
02/02/2023: Communication and Social Media Specialist

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Martin Luther King Jr Convocation 2023: We Rise: MLK and Our Voice Coming Alive Feedback

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Thank you everyone for attending the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. We hope you all had enjoy it and found it impactful. Please fill out our feedback form, your feedback will help us to create more Martin Luther King Jr. Convocations.

For any questions please contact Pan-Afrikan Student Services Director Kezia Burrows at

Seeking Women and Gender Expansive People With Money Sense: Volunteer with the MNUDL

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Support Girls & Gender Expansive Youth In Financial Literacy Leadership Debates

Are you a woman or gender expansive person employed or studying in the field of finance?

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, serves middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. We are looking for leaders to join us as volunteer debate judges for our Financial Literacy Leadership Debates program.

In this program, girls and gender expansive youth learn about core financial literacy subjects through the fun, engaging, and competitive vehicle of debate. The topic this year involves the advantages and disadvantages of banking at a large national bank versus a local credit union.

No debate experience is needed – we will train you. Attend our luncheon at Augsburg University in late spring and share your story! Please sign up here for more information (dates TBA):

Express Your Interest Here

Calling Public Speakers and Aspiring Voice Actors – Build Your Portfolio and Help Twin Cities Students

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to more than 1,200 Twin Cities students. We’re seeking remote volunteers for the 2023 Spring Semester!
We know that one of the reasons debate helps students improve their literacy is that students are engaging with all four foundational skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because many of the students we work with are English language learners, one of the most powerful tools we have to help rookie debaters learn is auditory supplements to our written packets. With these recordings, students at all skill levels will be able to follow along with the text as they read, learn evidence while doing other tasks like doing chores or riding the bus, and rapidly improve their literacy and information retention.

How You Can Help

We are seeking volunteers to record our evidence packets at a conversational pace (120 words per minute). Help us record evidence for the following programs:

• East African Debate: Record nonfiction evidence about a topic central to the East African Debate community in the Twin Cities (TBD), written in English. Recordings needed by March 1st.
• Financial Literacy Leadership Debates: Record nonfiction evidence regarding the advantages and disadvantages of banking at a large national institution versus a small, local credit union. Recordings needed by April 1st.

Volunteers need to be able to speak slowly, clearly, and with energy. No special recording equipment is required, although we do ask that you record in a quiet space with minimal distractions. We can edit your audio for you.

Interested? Please contact Rebecca at to let us know, and/or fill out this form:

Sign Up Here to Express Your Interest

Our Saviour’s Housing Volunteer Opportunities

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Our Saviour’s Housing provides shelter, comfort, hope, and community for people who are
homeless. They serve over 650 people annually in our Emergency Shelter and Permanent
Supportive Housing programs. Please consider joining as a partner in our work!

Host Bingo for the residents in our Emergency Shelter. We provide the Bingo set; you provide
small prizes such as treats, gift cards, socks, or hygiene items. Bingo is a fun way for our
residents to relax and socialize in the evening.
● This opportunity works for 2-4 people of all ages.
● Bingo can be scheduled almost any evening, usually from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Serve breakfast or dinner for our 21 Emergency Shelter residents. Purchase, prepare, and serve the meal. Both weekday and weekend opportunities are available. This opportunity is best suited for groups of 3-4 people. All meal volunteers must be four
years of age or older.
● Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. and clean-up must be complete by 9:00 a.m.
● Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and clean-up is usually complete by 8:30 p.m.

Make sandwiches or bag lunches for us to hand out as Emergency Shelter residents leave for the day. You can make the sandwiches off-site at any time and drop them off at the shelter. This opportunity works well for groups of all sizes and ages.

Create cleaning kits for us to give as welcome gifts to new Permanent Supportive Housing
residents. Purchase and assemble all of the essentials for these formerly homeless residents to care for their new homes. Kits should include sponges, dish soap, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, paper towels, etc. Please contact us for a complete list.

Our Saviour’s Housing is in south Minneapolis at 2219 Chicago Avenue (55404) and has
ample off-street parking.

To schedule a volunteer opportunity, please contact Wateen Osman, Volunteer
Coordinator, at 612-843-3622 x2 or

Minnesota History Day is Looking for Volunteer Judges

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Minnesota History Day is looking for volunteer judges!

There are multiple opportunities available for judges–virtual and in-person–for the Spring 2023 MN History Day. As a judge, you work as a team with 2-3 other judges to review projects and select the strongest to advance to the next level of the competition. It’s a great way to connect with High School students in Minnesota, meet other educators, and really just pretty dang fun (and there are good snacks).

You can learn more and register at:

If you’re curious about what it’s like, email

Minnesota History Day

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dr. John R. Holum, Has Died

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Dr. John R. Holum, professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away peacefully at age 94 on January 27, 2023.

In his more than 30 years as a faculty member at Augsburg, John embodied the best of Augsburg with his commitment to making chemistry engaging, accessible to all and exciting to learn. He was a prolific writer who published dozens of books and peer-reviewed papers, which inspired not only generations of students who read his chemistry textbooks, but also thousands of researchers and teachers around the world. One of his students – Peter Agre ‘70 – went on to win a Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

In recognition of his exceptional service to the Augsburg community, John was awarded the Spirit of Augsburg Award in 2018.

John came to Augsburg in 1957 with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and began to teach chemistry to nurses and pre-med students. He continued to work at Augsburg until his retirement in 1993, also teaching advanced organic chemistry and environmental chemistry, which students said should be required for all their classmates. He was known to be kind and generous as a professor, and was a man who lived a life of faith and service beyond the classroom.

At this time, his full obituary and information about memorial service are pending. When information is available, it will be published here (

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!

Class of 2023 Survey for the Forum on Workplace Inclusion

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When you look forward to leaving college and entering the workforce, what’s on your mind? Fill out this two-question Google Form survey to let us know what you think about life after graduation:

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, inclusion, and equity conference, and we’ll share the perspectives of Augsburg’s upcoming graduates (class of 2023) with the more than 1,400 professionals from a variety of industries who attend each year.

Fill out the Class of 2023 survey

Donations of Cold Weather Gear Needed

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With the recent closing of the encampment in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, the Afghan Cultural Society, located in a storefront on Cedar Avenue, is seeing more unsheltered individuals stopping in and asking for help. Cold weather gear is especially needed. To help the Afghan Cultural Society respond to this immediate need, Health Commons and the Sabo Center are collecting new or gently used hats, gloves, and coats. Handwarmers are also appreciated. Please place donations in the bin outside of the Nursing Department (first floor of Science Hall).

Event Announcements

Alumni-Student Networking Event February 16, 6:30 pm

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Augsburg alumni are committed to helping current students succeed. The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, the Alumni Board, and Institutional Advancement staff are hosting a networking event to bring together Augsburg alumni and current students. This event will feature a panel of innovative professionals and time for informal networking.

Alumni-Student Networking Event
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel

Alumni-Student Event info and registration

Prepare for the MN Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

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Are you seeking an internship or graduating this spring? If yes, we encourage sophomores, juniors, and seniors to register and attend the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 22nd from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. You will have the opportunity to meet with over 240+ employers.

There is no cost to attend! FREE Shuttle transportation! FREE padfolio!

We want YOU to be prepared, so join us and attend a prep session where you will learn how to make the best impression at the career fair. We are offering a number of 20-minute prep sessions. Dates and times are listed in Handshake under the events tab.

If you have any questions email

Register to attend the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

Register to attend the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

Valentine’s Day: Be A Sweetheart and Volunteer With the MNUDL

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We LOVE Our Middle School Debate Judges (Especially on Valentine’s Day)!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. We are currently in the middle of our Middle School Debate season!

This year, one of our middle school debate tournaments happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. Why not bring a date to do some good, with plenty of time for your dinner reservation afterward? Or if you’re single, why not mingle with some debate folks? Volunteers on this day will get an exclusive MNUDL valentine & goodie bag! Seriously, we do need judges and we would if you could help. Sign up here to judge from 3:30-7:30 at Central High School in St. Paul.

No experience? No problem. We train judges at every tournament. Judges watch students debate, provide constructive verbal and written feedback, and choose the winner of the debate.

Be A Sweetheart and Judge This Valentine’s Day:

Day at the Capitol 2023 | Wednesday, March 1

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us for Day at the Capitol 2023 where you can advocate for increased funding for education. Your legislators need to hear from you about the Minnesota State Grant program and other causes that are important to you.

What happens at Day at the Capitol?
You’ll attend a Minnesota State Grant advocacy and lobbying training with student advocates from Augsburg and other Minnesota private colleges. Then you’ll meet with legislators (we’ll make appointments for you in advance) and have lunch at the Capitol. The Minnesota Private College Council will host a Q&A session with public policy experts and policymakers and will provide everything you need to be a successful advocate.

The group from Augsburg will take the light rail to and from the Capitol together. There will also be an optional pizza night on Tuesday, February 28 to meet other advocates from Augsburg and get ready for your day of civic engagement.

Register by visiting the Minnesota Private College Council website:

Have questions or need help? Stop by the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Democracy in the basement of Anderson Hall.


The Cedar and TAMU Events Present: Minneapolis Afrobeats Dance Party II – Winter Edition

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Saturday, February 25, 2023
Doors: 7:00 PM
Event Start: 8:00 PM
Event End: 11:00 PM
All Ages, Standing


This is a standing show with an open floor. To request seating or other access accommodations, visit the Cedar’s website and go their “Access” page.
General Admission tickets are available online.

The Cedar & Tamu Events Presents MINNEAPOLIS AFROBEATS DANCE PARTY II! The 2023 WINTER EDITION of the best afrobeats dance party in the city – featuring the contemporary African sound taking over the world. This edition features: local DJs, SALIF KEITA of KFAI FM and KING SWANK + performances by OBI ORIGINAL and our beloved host, FANAKA NATION.



Finding Education Research

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This workshop focuses on library and web resources for education research. We will feature the most useful databases to find peer-reviewed education research as well as websites with useful curriculum standards and assessment information.

Open to master’s and undergraduate students.

These sessions will not be recorded.

Please register on Zoom at the library’s Education subject guide.

Monday, February 13, 2023, 6-6:45 pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 6-6:45 pm
Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6-6:45 pm

Register online

Pizza and Prizes for Students February 21

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First-year and senior students, check your Augsburg email for a special opportunity for a free pizza lunch and a chance to win one of two $100 Target gift cards, or one of ten $10 Target Gift Cards!

On Tuesday, February 21st from 11am – 1pm you’ll be invited to attend a short writing activity in Hagfors center. Check your email now for a chance to register and win!

Pre-Physician Assistant Club General Meeting and Upcoming Events

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The Augsburg Pre-Physician Assistant Club (APPAC) is having their next general meeting on Wed. Feb. 8th during chapel time (1035-1105am) in Hagfors 106. We’ll be playing a fun game (with a chance to win a prize!) and going over lots of upcoming events.

We also invite you to watch the Virtual Pre-Health Workshops put on by URGO and Gustavus College. They are every Wednesday in Feb., 630-730pm. Our club has reserved HC150 during these times if you would like to watch along with fellow members, and snacks will be provided! See the post in A-mail for more info., to RSVP, or to ask any questions.
– Wed. Feb. 8: Personal Statement Virtual Workshop
– Wed. Feb. 15: Interview Like a Ninja Virtual Workshop
– Wed. Feb. 22: Health Professions 101 Virtual Workshop

Finally, we are starting Virtual Shadowing Movie Nights again! Our first movie night is this Thurs., Feb. 9th, 6-8pm in HC150. This is a great opportunity to see what a PA-C is and what their day looks like across a variety of specialties. Pizza and snacks will be provided!

Please RSVP on Auggie Life and we hope to see you there!

Thursday: Focused Conversation on Interfaith at Augsburg

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Join us this Thursday for the February Focused Conversation. Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri endowed chair and executive director of Interfaith at Augsburg, will introduce the work of Augsburg’s Interfaith Institute and share about her approach to interfaith work in higher education as well as community settings.

Thursday, February 9, 2023
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

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Paid Opportunity: Seeking Judges for the East African Debate League

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We Need YOUR Help To Judge Upcoming East African Debate Tournaments!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students. We have an upcoming opportunity for folks who want to earn extra money while doing good for the community.

The East African Debate season is coming soon! In this program, middle and high school students from the East African community debate a topic they choose that is central to their identity and life in the Twin Cities.

We are seeking judges to volunteer in person on weeknights in schools across the Twin Cities, paid $55 per tournament. No debate experience is needed! We will train you ahead of the tournament. Judges are asked to watch students debate, provide helpful spoken and written feedback, and choose the winner. Judges must be able to pass a background check.

Sign up for more information:

Paid Opportunity for Fluent Spanish Speakers: Judge the Spanish Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is seeking fluent Spanish speakers to serve as debate judges for our upcoming Spanish Debate League tournaments. These tournaments help middle and high school students build their Spanish fluency as well as public speaking skills, self confidence, and critical thinking. The topic this year involves Puerto Rico becoming a US State.

We will pay judges $55 per tournament. No debate experience is required, but Spanish fluency is. All judges will receive training. Judges are asked to listen to students speak, choose a winner, and provide written and verbal feedback at the end of the round.

Tournaments will take place in person, at locations in the Twin Cities Metro, on Thursday evenings throughout late March, April, and May:

High School Tournaments:

• March 30
• April 20
• May 4

Middle School Tournaments:

• April 13
• April 27
• May 11

The tournaments will start at 4 and end at 7. The tournaments will involve two rounds at a time. Here is a rough tournament schedule:

4:00 Arrival / Judge Training
4:30 Round 1
5:30 Round 2
6:45 Awards
7:00 End of Tournament

Volunteer shifts will be uploaded to the MNUDL website shortly:

In the meantime, please fill out the following form to be put on the Spanish volunteer outreach list:

Sign Up for Our Interest List