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¡Ándale! Improve Your Spanish Sklls This Fall

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Is it time to move your beginning Spanish-speaking skills to a higher level? Are you looking for another course to add into your schedule? The Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies department invites you to consider taking Spa 211 for the Fall semester. Continuing your Spanish study is a powerful way to enhance your resume and make you a more viable job candidate in a market that is looking for global competence and multilingual skills. Spa 211 is the last prerequisite course for a Spanish minor, but even if you’re not able to pursue a minor, adding another Spanish course or 2 to your transcript and resume will give you an advantage in a competitive hiring market.

SPA 211 is Intermediate Spanish, a 2nd yr. language course designed for continuing skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and exploring cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and is intended for students who’ve completed Spanish 112 or the equivalent.

This fall Spa 211 meets MWF 12:30-1:40, on campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to register. Please spread the word to your Augsburg friends! And if you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact me or Professor Michael Kidd.

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Seeking Photoshoot Student Volunteers

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The marketing and communication department is looking for students to participate in photoshoots around campus throughout the year. Photos can be used for print materials, websites, social media, and other marketing and communication efforts.

If you are interested in volunteering to be in photos for Augsburg University, please fill out the Media Sign-Up Form. Volunteers will added to a list and whenever students are needed, the marketing and communications department will send out an email asking for availability.

Sign up today!

Give to the Max Planning and Application

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With the fall semester fast approaching, planning for this year’s Give to the Max fundraising efforts are underway. We hope to raise significant funds as we have in years past, but we will be rolling out a new fundraising platform and will be asking for all proposed Augsburg Give to the Max fundraising projects to apply via the 2023 Give to the Max Application. Please submit your application by September 11.

In your Google Form application, know that we will be prioritizing projects that are budget relieving. So, please consider fundraising for a project that helps in this way when submitting your application.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Nate Berkas with any questions (

2023 Give to the Max Application

Learn About Paid and Volunteer Debate Judging Opportunities with the MN Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming for middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. We want to give you a big welcome to campus! We look forward to meeting students and sharing more information about our work at upcoming events.

We’re seeking debate judges throughout the year. Learn more about our programs below:

NATIONAL TOPIC POLICY DEBATE: In our Fall season, we look for experienced speech and debate competitors to serve as judges at weekend tournaments. This year’s topic involves solutions to economic inequality.

EAST AFRICAN DEBATE LEAGUE: In late fall through January, we hold the East African Debate League for middle and high school students. We will be seeking PAID judges from the East African community for this program.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE LEAGUE: From January-March, we hold weeknight tournaments for middle school debaters. No speech or debate experience is required to judge!

SPANISH DEBATE LEAGUE: Spanish Debate League for middle and high schoolers is held during Spring Semester. We’re seeking fluent Spanish speakers to serve as judges for our Spanish Debate League. This is a PAID opportunity for fluent Spanish speakers.

FINANCIAL LITERACY DEBATES: This specialized program is for judges with extensive knowledge and experience in finance.

Why debate? Because it helps students from all backgrounds develop powerful skills like critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking. Our students develop academically, personally, and socially. You can contribute to their success as a judge!

Sign up here to express your interest:

Fill Out this Form to Learn More

Choir Placement Auditions

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Choirs at Augsburg are open to students of any major and musical background. We perform classical concert music and folkloric music from all over the globe, collaborating with professional artists from around the world. If you love choral singing, come to our placement auditions!

When are they being held?

• Wednesday, August 30, between 10:00 and 3:00.
• Thursday, August 31, between 10:00 and 3:00.

(If you absolutely cannot come according to this schedule, please e-mail Dr. Kristina Boerger ASAP at for an accommodation.)

How long do they take?

Between 20 and 25 minutes:

• 10-15 minutes to complete an intake sheet in the hallway.
• 10 minutes to visit and sing in the classroom with vocal faculty.

Do I need to prepare anything for my audition?

We would love to hear you sing one verse of a song in any style that you feel shows your vocal talents. But if you don’t have a song, don’t let that stop you!

How do I sign up for and complete my audition?

• Any time after 5:00 on Friday, August 25, stop by room M3 in Anderson Music Hall and sign up for your singing time on the sheets posted outside the classroom.

• On your appointment day, arrive 15 minutes ahead of your singing time. Grab an intake sheet, fill it out, and wait to be called in for your hearing.

• When you are invited in to sing, bring your completed intake sheet with you.

How do I get started with choir class?

• Look for an e-mail with your placement result, to be sent out by noon on 9/4.
• On receiving that e-mail, register for the class in which you have been placed.
• Report for your class according to its published schedule, beginning after Labor Day.


Orchestra Auditions

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Students who have not enrolled in Orchestra (MUE 121) but who are interested in auditioning for placement in the Orchestra should contact Dr. Rafael Rodriguez by email at All Orchestra placement auditions are by video submission.

All string players with previous experience playing in orchestra (school orchestra, community orchestra, church orchestra, etc.) or with previous experience taking lessons on a string instrument are welcome to enroll in Orchestra. The audition videos are intended for placement and seating only – they’re not “make or break” auditions. We just want a chance to get to know you musically and to see what you’re doing as a player.

Orchestra meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:40 p.m. in the Music Hall, M3 rehearsal room.

ShareShop (Free Store) Open Today 1-3 p.m.

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Love free stuff? Are you decking out your residence hall or need a fan? Come to the ShareShop!

ShareShop is open today from 1-3pm. Regular fall hours start the week of the 4th: Mondays 3-5:30pm, Wednesdays 10am-12:30pm and Thursdays 3-5:30pm.

We’re located in Science Hall 8b. You can find free, gently-used furniture, clothes, room decor, kitchen equipment, school supplies, FANS!!, and more. Our Pop-up includes professional attire and is open in the Strommen Center from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Campus Kitchen provides us with some snacks and you can go visit them at the Campus Cupboard (foodshelf) in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall, Room 26.

Come by to browse. Record what you take. Help to divert waste. Live more sustainably. Follow us on Instagram.


New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

08/24/2023: Seasonal Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach
08/22/2023: Seasonal Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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New Student Positions This Week (2)

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

08/22/2023: Theater Costume Shop Student Artist, Academic Year 2023-24
08/22/2023: Theater Scene Shop Student Technician, Academic Year 2023-24

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Event Announcements

Pan-Asian Student Services Movie Night

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Kick off the first week of classes by joining PASS for a movie night! We will be showing Xai & Luna Blood Bond 2 a Hmong romantic comedy that will have you laughing and crying. This film is produced from a local artist who will be joining us for a Q&A session after the showing. The event is free and open to the public, you must register due to limited seating.

Wednesday, August 30th. 7pm-10pm
Sateren Auditorium, free parking in lot L
Door prizes after the movie!
Meet the producers and Q&A session

email Paul Vang, PASS Program Manager, at for more information.

Please register for the event

Keeping Track of Auggies

Bon Voyage: Star Tribune Features River Semester

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The Star Tribune visited campus last week to spend time with Joe Underhill and a handful of River Semester students as they made final preparations to set sail down the Mississippi in early September. River Semester is a program of Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience.

Read the article:

“Forget study abroad. These college students will spend the semester on the Mississippi River.”

Tom Witschen, ‘Voice of the Auggies,’ Passes Away

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Tom Witschen, the longtime broadcast voice of Augsburg University athletics, died on August 24. Witschen called more than 4,000 collegiate and high school games during his four-decade career as a broadcaster in the Midwest, including more than 2,000 Augsburg events in football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s hockey, wrestling, baseball and softball. He received Augsburg’s Distinguished Athletic Service Award in 2015.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bradshaw Funeral Home, 1078 Rice Street in St. Paul, Minn. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 380 Little Canada Road E., Little Canada, Minn., with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Read the full remembrance on the Augsburg Athletics website.


Personal Care Assistants Needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a fourth year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am currently looking for people who would want to work some hours during this school year! If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join! *All genders welcomed*