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Teaching Faculty: New Seminar Recordings Added to CTL Home Page

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Two CTL sessions this week were conducted over Zoom so that we could provide recordings to make them available more widely. See the titles below and go to the Augsburg CTL home page and scroll down to “Videos from CTL Events” to access them!

“Did You Know Faculty Can Be Fulbright Scholars”? (recorded March 6, 2023)
“How Faculty Meetings Work” (recorded March 7, 2023)

You can find past session recordings at this site as well. If you have any questions or experience any trouble accessing these recordings, please contact CTL at

Augsburg CTL Homepage

Summer Course in South Korea—Perfect for Music and Humanities Majors

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Are you interested in the ways people and culture are impacted by music, movement, and community? This summer course might be for you!

The two-week Music Therapy in South Korea summer course is open to students in Music Therapy, Music, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Biopsychology, Education, and students in related fields who have a strong interest in the intersections of music, health, and culture.

Applications for this program are due April 1.

• Travel July 6-19, 2023
• MUS 374 or 474
• graduate course options available

This program completes the Augsburg Experience for all participants.

MUS 374 is the course option for non-Music Therapy majors, and would be a general elective credit.

Got questions? Get in touch:

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Spanish Classes in Mexico This Summer

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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

General Announcements

Applications Are Now Open for the 2023-24 PRISM Scholars Program

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The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2023 (graduating by December ‘25)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or admitted refugee
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 17 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Friday, May 26 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

To apply, visit:
For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

5 Days Left to Nominate a StepUP Alum for the “25 in 25” Outstanding StepUP Alumni Awards

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In celebration of StepUP’s 25th anniversary, we are recognizing 25 StepUP alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and the cause of recovery. We are calling for nominations to honor these alumni at our 25th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. the Radisson Blu–Mall of America with the “25 in 25 Outstanding StepUP Alumni” awards.

If you know of a StepUP alum who deserves to be recognized, please fill out this short form. You may also nominate yourself.

Nomination criteria

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, March 24, 2023

The StepUP Gala Committee will determine award recipients

Award recipients will be announced by Friday, March 31, 2023

You may nominate yourself or another StepUP alumnus

Anyone who participated in the StepUP program as a student is eligible to be nominated; nominees do not need to have graduated/completed StepUP or graduated from Augsburg

You may nominate more than one person (you need to fill the form out for each person)

You may nominate someone anonymously or publicly

Current StepUP students are not eligible

Nominees should represent a member of the StepUP community who has made a meaningful difference in the lives of others

You should be able to provide examples of ways that the nominee has demonstrated leadership skills, such as within their community, their career, and/or their recovery

For questions, contact Martha Truax at 651-261-9646 or

Prior to the gala

Award recipients will be interviewed and asked to provide a short biography and photo to share in marketing and promotional materials

At the gala

A special pre-Gala reception will be held for award recipients and their guests
Award recipients will be recognized in printed programs and on stage at the Gala
Due to time constraints, individual award recipients will not be able to speak on stage.

Click here to nominate someone

Study Abroad in Africa This Fall and Get Free Airfare

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Deciding which courses to take this fall? Check out Augsburg’s own study abroad program to South Africa & Namibia – and get free airfare!

“Decolonizing the Mind: Racial and Environmental Justice” offers Auggies the opportunity to deconstruct environmental and racial injustices felt today by examining the legacies of apartheid and colonization. You will learn from local organizations, community members, and others who call South Africa or Namibia home.

This program is perfect for students who enjoy experiential, hands-on learning. You can use all your financial aid and receive an automatic $1,500 Travel Grant!

Highlights include:

*Travel to two countries (South Africa and Namibia) in one semester – all included in the program price!
*Complete graduation requirements (LAF’s) in: Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Search for Meaning II, Recreational Wellness, and your Augsburg Experience
*[Optional] internships for hands-on work experience in a local organization

Apply by April 1st to join the fall 2023 cohort and receive free airfare for this program!

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Take Classes and Intern in Europe This Fall (Plus Free Airfare): Join the Fall ’23 Cohort

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Level up your fall semester –Study Abroad in Northern Ireland

*** Earn 16 credits and stay on track to graduate

*** Complete an internship – a stellar addition to your resume!

*** Complete your Augsburg Experience Requirement

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

*** Travel around Northern Ireland as part of the semester experience

*** Use your financial aid, and Auggies get an additional $1,500 CGEE Travel Grant for this program

Apply by April 1st for the Fall 2023 Cohort, and get FREE AIRFARE to the program!

Contac the Study Abroad & Away office with questions or advising:

Learn More and Apply Today

New Staff Positions This Week (5)

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

03/16/2023: Program Assistant – TRIO/SSS
03/16/2023: Financial Aid Counselor
03/10/2023: Academic Technologist
03/10/2023: Accounts Payable Specialist
03/10/2023: Associate Director of Finance and Event Operations

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New Staff Position: Program Assistant – TRIO/SSS

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Position Summary: Coordinate departmental services and programming for TRIO/Student Support Services. Supervision of 1-2 student workers, oversee data entry and data management, coordinate communication and execution of events on and off campus, administer ongoing operations of office.


– Office Management: day to day office management including reception, supplies, files, scheduling, communication/ correspondence, outreach, forms, documents, equipment lending.

– Data Management: maintain student information in Agresso and Student Access databases, manage data reports for the department, university and Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education.

– Communication Flow: implement and manage strategies for Summer Bridge and academic year program outreach, including recruitment and communication with 500+ admitted students, and communication with current students.

– Student Employees: recruit, hire, train and supervise student worker office staff. Maintain training documents and reference manuals.

– Events Coordination: organize and implement logistics for student program events, meetings, and activities for groups of 6 – 75 people.


– Professional development training, represent department at orientations, committees, events.

– All other duties as apparent or assigned by supervisor.

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Deadline Extended – Augsburg Leadership Awards Nominations

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Campus Life has extended the deadline for Leadership Awards Nominations and the Senior Leadership Society! The new deadline for both forms is Tuesday, March 21st at 8 a.m.

Students and staff may nominate individuals and organizations for many different awards. Clubs and organizations, as well as individual students are encouraged to self-nominate!

The Augsburg Senior Leadership Society application allows seniors for eligibility of the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has a cash prize of $500, as well as the Marina Christensen Justice Award, which is presented at commencement.

Please find links to these forms below and email with any questions!

Augsburg Leadership Awards Nominations:

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Application:

Seniors, Academic Advisors, and Strommen Center Staff, Please Participate in This Sociology Survey

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My name is Tori Simmons, and I’m an Urban Studies Senior. My research project attempts to understand how support services provided by Augsburg University benefit seniors as they prepare for their lives after graduation. The research question seeks an answer to the definition of success, from the perspective of students and the staff that are supporting them. This research justifies the entry level positions that college graduates should be able to attain based on the skills that employers, from my research, are saying that graduates do not have.

There’s a gap between graduate employability and career preparedness. This research will help locate where that gap lies, in an attempt to bridge it, and better prepare Augsburg seniors for employment upon graduation. Previous research studies have evaluated student success from the perspective of students and their relationships with their advisors. Studies have also sought employers to know what they are looking for when hiring for entry level positions at their organization. This research will apply the skills that employers are looking for and evaluate if Augsburg students are employable.

Participants will be asked to read a document of consent to participate and answer up to 22 questions if they are a student or 14 questions if they are a student support service staff member.

Participants will not receive direct benefits because there aren’t any incentives, but they will receive indirect benefits, such as, improving student success and the betterment of student support services at Augsburg University. The potential risks for participating in this study are that it may challenge participants to think deeply about their experiences and may awaken passionate feelings from answering questions pertaining to their experiences.

If you’re interested in participating, then click on the link in the description box below, or email my professor James A Vela-McConnel, Ph.D. at ( with questions.

Event Announcements

Women in STEM Alumni/Professional Panel

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Friday, March 24, 2023, 3:10 – 4:10 PM, HC 150A

All are welcome to join the Augsburg Women in STEM group to hear the experiences of three alumna.

Natasha Clark (‘17), Advanced Control Systems Engineer, 3M
Renee Van Siclen (‘11), Data Scientist, Hennepin County
Grace Puchaicela (‘22), Lab Technician, Labcorp

Natasha Clark has held various positions at 3M in areas such as adhesives, sustainability and automation. Shortly after graduating from Augsburg with a B.A in physics she started her career at 3M as Laboratory Technician. She then explored positions in the company’s energy and sustainability as an analyst while obtaining her master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University or St.Thomas. She currently working at 3M as an Advanced Control Systems Engineer to assist in the automated production of 3M’s most popular products such as N95 masks and Post-it Notes.

Renee Van Siclen is a Data Scientist who is passionate about using analytics to solve complex problems and inform strategic decision-making. She has extensive experience in gathering, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets using advanced analytical techniques and visualizing results for clear and effective communication. Renee completed a BA in International Relations at Augsburg and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Liberal Arts in Data Science from the Harvard Extension School.

Grace Puchaicela graduated from Augsburg University, majoring in Biochemistry. During her time at Augsburg she did research, assisted in an O-Chem lab, volunteered in hospitals out of the country and in nursing homes in the states. She currently works for Labcorp and will soon will start a phlebotomy certification course to help get involved in her community and to contribute toward her ultimate goal which is to become a Physician’s Assistant (PA) and be able to help underserved people as much as she can.

Attend the Next Whole Leader Roundtable on April 12th

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Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to participate in our upcoming Whole Leader Roundtable. Hosted by the Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole, these gatherings allow leaders the opportunity to network and provide insight to each other on the leadership challenges of today.

Our next in-person Whole Leader Roundtable is Wednesday, April 12th at Augsburg. You can also check out the Whole Leader Roundtable Schedule online at The Roundtable is free, but advanced registration is required.

Our next Zoom Roundtable is Friday, April 21⋅12:00 – 1:15pm. This opportunity is open to current Augsburg Graduate Students only.

Contact Keri Clifton at to register for either opportunity or to get more information.

One individual brings a challenge for the group to explore using the Seeing Things Whole Threefold Model to understand a “whole” way forward. Advice is not given, but questions are asked as the group supports the individual to discover the many dimensions of the challenge.

Challenges can be anything the individual is navigating, including how to balance work and life, how to make professional decisions about a new career path, or how sustain oneself in a challenging yet fulfilling environment.

Through the Roundtable, we build trusting relationships that support leaders to reflect openly and gain insight to tackle challenges. This process supports their ability to see things whole.

Read what past Roundtable participants are saying.
“I find the model to be very thorough in a way that fosters a unique depth of conversation.”

“I am more mindful of others. We all have stories and hearing the others reminds me the people I interact with on a daily basis have stories as well that affect our interactions.”

Earth Month 2023 Is Coming

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Come rekindle community, self-heal, and reconnect with the Earth through celebrations during Earth Month. These campus-wide, cross-department collaborative events will allow Augsburg students, staff, and faculty further connection to green spaces on campus, engagement with educational experiences by all forms of teachers, and the opportunity to build solidarity with social justice work bonded by intersectionality. Together in community, engage with local writers Erin Sharkey & Michael Kleber-Diggs in celebration of A Darker Wilderness (4/3), share in the art of resistance (4/13), bike/walk/roll to campus (4/21), eat/buy local, love water, share your voice at the State Capitol (4/11), and finish the month with a community bonfire into the sunset (4/25).

Mii omaa akiing endaayang – The Earth is our Home

Follow @sustainable_augsburgu & @augsburg_eac on Instagram for regular updates.

Make a contribution! During April’s Earth Month (and year-round), the ShareShop is accepting donations of gently-used items! These items will be redistributed back to students in the fall. As you move out of your residence hall or do some spring cleaning, drop off your donations with a student leader at Science Hall 8. Checkout the ShareShop website for accepted items and expanded hours during MoveOut.

Event details & descriptions can be found here

Keeping Track of Auggies

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