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Spend Your Fall Semester Abroad – There’s Still Time

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Deciding on which courses to take this fall? Check out Augsburg’s own study abroad programs in Africa, Europe, or Latin America!

Augsburg international study centers offer Auggies amazing opportunities to learn from diverse professors and community members, include travel to amazing places, include all meals in your room and board, all while completing Augsburg requirements for graduation!

Use your financial aid and also receive an automatic $1,500 travel grant


*** MEXICO: Communication and Media Studies: Migration & Social Change

*** MEXICO: Liberal Arts, Migration and Social Change in Mexico

*** NORTHERN IRELAND: Conflict, Peace, and Transition – free airfare to this program!

*** NAMIBIA & SOUTH AFRICA: Decolonizing the Mind: Racial and Environmental Justice – free airfare to this program!

*** CENTRAL AMERICA: New Activisms, Human Rights and Social Justice [Costa Rica, Guatemala, & Chiapas in Mexico all in one semester!]

Visit the link below, or email us at

Stop by our office in Science Hall 110 anytime with questions!

Find Your Fall Program!

Pre-Med Students: Improve Spanish and Gain Experience in Medical Settings This Summer in Mexico

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Ready to learn or improve your Spanish skills, and get experience in a medical setting through an Observership? Join fellow Auggies and students from across the US at CGEE in Mexico this summer.

Take 8 credits of classes designed to benefit pre-med students:

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

*** Apply by April 1 ***

Applicable, affordable, and scholarships are available. Amazing on your resume as you plan ahead for your career in a medical field.

Visit the link, below

Email us at

Stop by our office: Science Hall 110

Learn More and Apply Today

Hey Prof – A Little Help Here

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Make your voice heard through a research project! This research project examines what it’s like for students to seek help related to your courses. Step one is a short survey. Optional step two is a brief interview with the researcher. Those who complete step two have a chance at a $50 gift card. Survey is open during Spring Semester and is available here:

Contact Derek Schwartz in the Education Department for more detail.

Seven Augsburg Faculty Receive 2023-2024 Scholarship Grants

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Seven Augsburg faculty have been awarded a total of $15,000 in Scholarship Grants to support their professional work during 2023-2024. Each Spring, the Faculty Development Committee reviews faculty requests for the available scholarship funds provided by Augsburg University and selects projects which provide the maximum benefit to faculty, students, the university, and the faculty member’s discipline. Congratulations to all 2023-2024 recipients!

Adriane Brown: “Kid Stuff: Identity, Community, and Nostalgia Among Adult Fans and Collectors”; $2,000.00

Ankita Deka: “Substance use and addictions among Muslim-American youth: Exploring the lived experiences of survivors, community members, and family members”; $1,725.00

Dahn Gim: “(M)other Nature”; $1,500.00

Raven Johnson: “Short Film Project”; $3,000.00

Jenna McNallie: “Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships: Exploring the Dyadic Nature of intergenerational Relationships”; $2,000.00

Kao Nou L. Moua and Alex Fink: “Redesigning theoretical education in social work through anti-racist design thinking”; $2,000.00

Erin Sugrue: “Mandated Reporting and School Social Workers”; $2,810.00

Apply for a Fulbright

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Fulbright gives you the opportunity to teach, research, or study abroad for a year. The process of applying is invaluable and winning the award is a life changing experience.

To be eligible and competitive you need to be:
– A U.S. Citizen or national
– Hold a 3.0 or higher GPA for serving as an English Teaching Assistant
– Hold a 3.5 or higher to conduct research or attend graduate school
– Active member in the Augsburg community or your home community
– Effective skills to serve as a cultural ambassador of the U.S. to your host country

If you are a junior or senior you would be working this summer on your application for an early fall submission. If you are awarded the Fulbright you would most likely leave the following summer.

If you would like to learn more about the Fulbright program, please schedule an appointment with Dixie Shafer, Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor, by contacting To streamline the scheduling process, please provide general days and times that work for you to meet. Meetings typically run about an hour long, but if you decide you need a follow up meeting, we are happy to help schedule a second meeting.

Fulbright Website

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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!

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

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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:

Learn more and apply

Holistic Wellness Survey

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Hello Everyone,

This year the CWC created the Mental Health Task force. Augsburg Day Student Government works on this committee to ensure that student needs are being advocated for in each meeting and in each wellness motion made in the committee.

The first major thing that we would like to do is get feedback from as many students as possible on the current state of wellness on campus. Below I have linked a survey that we created to gather the information that we would like.

The survey is a little lengthy but should take only a few minutes and it will be completely anonymous. Your feedback is vital to understanding a more diverse perspective on Augsburg wellness.

If you have any questions on the survey or issues accessing you can reach out to Kalista Miller the ADSG representative at

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.

New Staff Positions This Week (5)

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

03/20/2023: Seasonal Assistant Men’s Hockey Coach
03/20/2023: Lead Custodian
03/17/2023: Education Graduate Program Coordinator
03/16/2023: Program Assistant – TRIO/SSS
03/16/2023: Financial Aid Counselor

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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.

Food Lab Workshop–Fundamental Series

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We have an amazing opportunity coming up next week! Want to learn how to make eggs differently? Sign up to Make Eggs 3 Ways on Tuesday 03/28 starting at 4:30 PM located in Hagfors 108.

This workshop is a part of the Cooking Fundamental Series Workshop with Chef Jess. This series has 4 workshops in total and they all are on Tuesdays starting at 4:30 PM.

(1) Make Eggs 3 Ways on 03/28
(2) Make Sauces on 04/04
(3) Make Butter/Spaghetti on 04/11
(4) Upgrade Your Ramen on 04/18.


Make Eggs 3 Ways Workshop

Welcome Bridget Lavish

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Join URGO in welcoming Bridget Lavish as our new Health Professions Specialist. Bridget will be defending her thesis next week and will earn a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from Oklahoma State University, where she also holds a Master’s in Public Health and Master’s in Mass Communications. Bridget joins us after many years at Oklahoma State, where she was an academic success coach and an instructor in Public Health and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. In addition to her time in academia, Bridget spent ten years in publishing and editing and will be a valuable resource for students applying to the health professions schools. We are excited to have her! Her office is Hagfors 101D. Please stop by and greet her.

Kalista and Salma for Student Body President and Vice President

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Hello everyone!

We were happy to see those of you we did yesterday at our first tabling session. We heard what you had to say about what you would like to see and we appreciate you stopping by an asking us questions.

We will be tabling today (03/23) from 10:30-11:30 and next Tuesday and Thursday from 11-12 if you would like to stop by and say hello and get know more about our campaign and us! And we will be continue tabling and posting on instagram for the next few weeks as we approach the ADSG election day.

If you want to know more about our campaign, have questions about us or our goals if elected check out our Instagram account, K.S.Campaign. This will be the central location for information about us and our campaign and if you want to DM us you absolutely can.

Check it out and we will see you on campus!

Kalista Miller and Salma Caamir

Event Announcements

Songs of Hope and Healing

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On April 28, 2023 at 7 pm in Sateren Auditorium the Augsburg Music Therapy Program will be hosting an event entitled, Songs of Hope and Healing. This is a concert that will feature music therapists sharing and performing songs composed with clients during their therapeutic process. The concert is also designed as an arts-based research experience conducted by the Augsburg Music Therapy faculty. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate by completing a brief questionnaire about their experience listening to these unique songs.

MLife and CLASS Community Hour – Coming Tuesday, March 28

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You are invited to join Multicultural Life and the Center for Learning and Accessible Student Services (CLASS/Disability Resources) for a community hour! This will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 (2-3:30 p.m.) at Oyate Commons, located in the lower floor of Christensen Center.

During this community hour we will be having a fun community building activity, conversations about disability and intersectionality, and we will be sharing free tech tools that are available to all of our students to ensure their success.

Everyone is invited! We will have snacks and drinks.

If you need accommodations to fully participate in this event, contact

Friday, March 24 – Virtual Start Up Job Market

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Have you ever wondered how to connect with startup companies? Augsburg students have been invited to attend the virtual Startup Job Market event sponsored by the University of Minnesota. All are welcome.

Friday, March 24th
Virtual – powered by Handshake

This event connects startup companies with Minnesota talent. Make connections, get career advice, and learn about the needs, opportunities, and recruiting practices of leading startups.

As part of the entrepreneurial spirit of the event, the Startup Job Market is not as structured as typical career fairs. It is important for you to feel comfortable with a little ambiguity, to be able to introduce yourself, to help lead a conversation and follow through to see where that conversation leads.

This networking event will take place virtually through Handshake. When registering you’ll be asked to sign up for appointment times with participating companies.



TOMORROW: 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 Assistant (PA) and be able to help underserved people as much as she can.

March 30 Disability Visibility Book Discussion

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CLASS and Lindell Library invite you to a book discussion for “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” edited by Alice Wong. “This anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community.”

We’ll discuss narratives from Part 1: “Being” on Thursday, March 30, 4:00-5:00 pm in Lindell Library, Room 301. We welcome you (students, faculty, and staff) to this discussion regardless of how much of the book you read! Snacks will be provided.

A few copies of the book are available to borrow from Lindell Library at the circulation desk and from the CLASS Office (LL 216). You can find the book at your favorite bookstore and public library. For questions about this event please contact Paul,

Edible Books Festival at Lindell Library

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Calling all cooks and book lovers!

In honor of Edible Book Day, Lindell Library is hosting its first ever Edible Books Festival on Friday, March 31 at 3:00 pm.

An edible book is any dish based on a book or literary theme. Books, poems, short stories, or even graphic novels can serve as inspiration.

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to submit an entry. Please register your dish and the book that inspired it no later than Thursday, 3/30.

Examples from other libraries’ events can be found at and

Even if you don’t submit an entry, please stop by to admire – and EAT – the edible books!

To register or for more information, contact Mary Hollerich at or x1603.

CACE Course – Register Now – Creating Heath Equity in Healthcare Certificate

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This course is designed to create awareness around issues of equity and racial justice in healthcare for those working in the health services.

Please consider sharing the course link below with those in your life who work in healthcare and may be interested in growing in their ability to recognize the scope of work of racial justice—including power, privilege and white supremacy culture, and develop skills to become a change agent in delivering culturally relevant and just healthcare and social services.

If you are interested in the course yourself, a discount is available. Be one of the first 10 students, staff and faculty to register with an Augsburg email and receive a 20% discount. Registration must be received no later than April 11 for the discount.

Zoom sessions: Tuesdays, 3-5pm, April 18, 25, May 2, 9

CEUs are available for nurses and social workers.

Contact the Center for Adult and Continuing Education with questions, comments or concern., We would love to hear from you (!

Register for Creating Health Equity in Healthcare Certificate.

CACE Course – Register Now – Disembodying White Supremacy Through Bodywork

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Registration is now available for Augsburg’s inaugural offering of Disembodying White Supremacy Through Bodywork course. Join us to learn to understand your body’s reaction to racial discomfort, identify where racial stress is stored, and metabolize that discomfort to avoid getting stuck in your anti-racism efforts. Class discussion will focus on healing and ways to root our anti-racism in healing justice. Indigenous, Black and Brown bodies will be offered an affinity space for deeper healing.

Online via Zoom: Mondays, 6-9pm, April 10, 17, 24

Be one of the first 10 Augsburg students, staff and faculty to register with your Augsburg email and receive a 20% discount. Registration must be received no later than April 3 for the discount.

We are excited to be moving forward with this important work at Augsburg, and want to hear from you. Would you like to see something specific offered as continuing education? Would you like to teach a course through CACE? Have feedback for us? Whatever your question, comment or concern, we would love to hear from you (!

Check out the CACE website for more information and to register!

Donate Blood and Get a Chance to Win a $250 Gift Card

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The Augsburg Pre-Physician Assistant Club (APPAC), TriBeta, and Augsburg Athletics have teamed up with Memorial Blood Centers to host a Blood Drive on campus. This blood drive is open to all Augsburg students, faculty, staff, and friends. As thanks for giving blood, all presenting donors are automatically entered into weekly drawings for a chance to win a $250 gift card for your choice of Apple or Beats earbuds!

When: Thurs., March 30th, 10am-3pm (sign-up for a time below)
Where: Check-in at the Dome (football field), donate in the Bloodmobile (Lot L)

Sign-up here:
Eligibility Guidelines:

We are tabling in Christensen Center on 3/23 (9-1130am), so you can stop by to say hi or ask any questions. You can also email,, or

Thank you, and please consider donating to make a difference!

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