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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

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

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

First-Generation Student Leaders – Focus Group

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My name is Eve Christensen and I am a staff member at Augsburg University, as well as a graduate student in the Leadership in Student Affairs Program at the University of St. Thomas. For my capstone, I am conducting an action research project on the gifts that first generation students bring to leadership roles at Augsburg. If you are a first-generation student leader at Augsburg, I want to speak with you!

Linked below is a form with some available times – please fill it out if you are willing to be a part of my study!

Focus Group on First-Gen Student Leaders

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TIAA Consultant on Campus in April – 3 Spots Left

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.
All meetings are confidential!

Space is limited. To schedule your consultation, please use the link below:

o Available dates and times:

Thursday, April 13 / 9:00am – 1:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor

For questions, please contact

Schedule your consultation here!

Schedule your consultation here!

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

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 at our tabling sessions last week. 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 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

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 Student Positions This Week (3)

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

03/23/2023: Summer 2023 Student: URGO Student Office Assistant
03/21/2023: Student: University Events Front Desk, Spring & 2023-24 Academic Year
03/20/2023: Student: Sabo Center- Environmental Stewardship Coordinator

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New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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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

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Calling All Musicians

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Like last semester, ASMTA is looking for musicians to perform for our Riverside Jams concert! The concert will be held in Sateren Auditorium on April 15th from 3-6pm and is a fundraiser to financially support music therapy students going to Canada for the World Congress of Music Therapy. This semester, we plan to host lots of great music with lots of great musicians across campus again. That means you! Yes, you! Students AND faculty invited. If you play in a band, combo group, perform a solo act, or just like to make music in any way, shape, or form, fill out an application below before March 31st!

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

Study and Intern in Europe This Fall Semester – Free Airfare

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Time to level up your college experience with Study Abroad–spend Fall semester 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, PLUS 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!

Contact the Study Abroad & Away office with questions and to set up an advising appointment:

Learn More and Apply Today

Event Announcements

MFA Mentor Jim Cihlar Reads at Next Chapter

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Jim Cihlar, the publisher of Augsburg’s Howling Bird Press and a Mentor in Augsburg’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, will read poems from his book THE SHADOWGRAPH as well as new work on April 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Next Chapter bookstore on Snelling and Grand Ave. in St. Paul. He is joining 2023 Minnesota Book Award finalist Janna Knittel, who is reading from her new book REAL WORK. Free and open to the public!

HBP Publisher Jim Cihlar reads at Next Chapter

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.

Earth Month 2023 Events

April 3 4:30-6pm: A Reading and Conversation With Erin Sharkey and Michael Kleber-Diggs

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What are the politics of nature? Who owns it, where is it, and what role does it play in our lives? Does it need to be tamed? Are we ourselves natural? Erin Sharkey and Michael Kleber-Diggs will discuss, A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars, a collection of personal and lyric essays in conversation with archival objects of Black history and memory. The collection explores stories spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles, traveling from roots to space–finding rich Blackness everywhere. Together we will consider the significance of nature in our lives and on the role of nature in the lives of Black folks.

Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in Lot D. Books can be purchased in person at the event and online. Photos from Augsburg’s Pan-Afrikan Archive will be on display.

When: Monday April 3rd 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Hagfors Center, Room 150 & Zoom

Contact: Monica McDaniel, Sustainability Officer (

More event details can be found here

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 disability accommodations to fully participate in this event, contact

Thursday-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. Faculty/Staff: Good/Advanced standing credit for Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

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,

Employers Hiring – Tabling TODAY

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On Monday, March 27th the following companies will be on campus looking to hire students. Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center between 10:30am-12:30pm.

*PRECISION REACH the dynamic nature of ever-evolving data drives everything we do. Our programmatic proprietary technology allows us to deliver targeted digital media strategies across all mediums to B2B niche markets. Join a team of passionate marketers, in a
fast-paced industry, selling a high demand service offering.

*PARK NICOLLET – They offer excellent experiences for students that are interested in
pre-health careers.

Part time Employment:
> Search and apply for jobs > Additional opportunities > Search open positions > Select Employment Type(s) > Part Time > Search.

Volunteer Opportunities Learn More:

Sponsored by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Benefit Show for East Phillips Urban Farm TODAY

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Monday, March 27th from 5:30-7:30pm
The Terminal Bar, 409 East Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55414

Join us for a benefit show at the Terminal Bar in Northeast to support the East Phillips Urban Farm! There will be three sets of original music featuring singer/songwriters Barb Ryman, Eóin Small & Friends and Sunni Leilani.

The show is FREE but we’re STRONGLY requesting donations inside cuz… that’s that point!
SEEKJOY will also be hosting a small community marketplace splitting proceeds 50/50 towards the cause! If you’re an artist and want to collaborate – reach out to seekjoy via messenger and we’ll get things figured out

Can’t make it to the show? Consider a donation to the “Protect East Phillips from the City’s Pollution” campaign via GoFundMe:

More about EPNI and the East Philips Urban Farm, including current updates & calls to action can be found here:

Spread the word, see ya there!

Minnesota Humanities Center Presents: Learning from Place: Cedar-Riverside/West Bank | April 29

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Minnesota Humanities Center Presents: Learning from Place: Cedar-Riverside/West Bank
April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Cedar-Riverside/West Bank neighborhood in Minneapolis is one of the most diverse communities in the Midwest, with a longstanding tradition of activism, cultural diversity, and the arts. The neighborhood has long been a landing place for newly arrived immigrants, with some moving on and some settling in the West Bank more permanently. Today the neighborhood is home to a large East African community, including Somali, Ethiopian, and Oromo people who live alongside neighbors and descendants from earlier waves of immigration. The West Bank continues to welcome new arrivals. Build your cultural understanding during this interactive, in-person experience that includes a walking tour of the neighborhood with Abdirizak Bihi, host of KFAI’s Somali Link Radio; food sampling from local restaurants; and stories from community members. K-12 educators will receive 4 clock hours.

This event is a collaboration with Pillsbury United Communities/Brian Coyle Center, Augsburg University, the West Bank Business Association.

Date and Time: April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CDT

Registration is $30, with some spots reserved at no-cost for Augsburg staff and faculty. Please email if you’re interested in attending. You can also learn more and register here:

The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program – April 10 and April 11

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The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program welcomes Dr. Sarah Keller, Professor Of Chemistry, and biophysicist at University of Washington. In her Convocation Lecture titled “Stabilizing Fragile Membranes on the Early Earth”, Keller will explain that small building blocks of DNA and proteins can interact with membranes, stabilizing them and providing insight into early life processes on Earth (Tuesday, April 11, Hoversten Chapel). Please note the Convocation Schedule for adjusted class times on this day.

Dr. Keller will also attend, mingle, and talk to students about the Zyzzogeton Research Symposium and other events as well as present a seminar for undergraduate STEM students entitled: “Membranes of Hungry Yeast are Tiny, Living Thermostats,” April 10 at 5:00 PM in Hagfors 150A.

Convocation Schedule

Sisterhood Boutique Pop-Up Sale TODAY

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Sisterhood Boutique, a neighborhood business run by and for entrepreneurial East African young women in Cedar Riverside, will be on campus today for a Pop-Up Sale. Browse their curated racks of affordable, stylish clothing and accessories in the Christensen Center Lobby from 11am-1pm. The sale is sponsored by Augsburg Local.

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Edible Books Festival at the 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.

Sewing in the ShareShop Monday March 27

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Do you have clothes that need repair? Are you interested in learning how to sew? Do you want to find creative ways to keep old items out of the landfill?

Join Spanish Professor Dr. Degner Riveros and the ShareShop team in the ShareShop (Science 8B) every Monday from 10:30 am – 12 pm to sew.

No supplies or no experience? Not a problem! We will have fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies available in the ShareShop to use during this time. If you are new to sewing, we are happy to provide instructions. Or if you have a project you’re working on, feel free to bring that.

We hope to see you there!

Questions? Email:

ShareShop Website

Celebration for Eric Strom

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Come celebrate Eric Strom’s time at Augsburg! As you may have heard, Eric has an opportunity to move on to bigger and better things. Eric’s expertise, patience, and vision have been a blessing to Augsburg over the past 15 years. We will definitely miss him, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors!

To celebrate Eric’s time at Augsburg, please stop by Hagfors 150A on Tuesday, March 28th, 4-5pm to wish him well. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Keeping Track of Auggies

From Augsburg Now Magazine: How Auggies Serve Unhoused Neighbors

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Curious about how members of our community are working to address homelessness in the Twin Cities? Read about how Katie Clark ’10 MAN, ’14 DNP, associate professor of nursing and executive director of Augsburg Health Commons, and Emily Bastian ’07 MSW, vice president of ending homelessness at Avivo Village, bring their skills, energy, and intelligence to serving unhoused neighbors. Check out their stories and suggestions of how you can get involved in the latest issue of Augsburg Now.

Augsburg Now: Meeting the Needs


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