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The Writing Center Is Open

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The Writing Center is open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

In addition, if you would like for a tutor or the Director to come to your class to introduce the writing center, please sign up for a class visit: We will do our best to accommodate you.

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy and International Affairs

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The purpose of the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of seven participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Harvard, University of Washington, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2024 and August 2025. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Application Due Date; Wednesday, November 1st, 2023.

Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

Eligibility and Benefits

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 2-3 undergraduate science students, 1-2 undergraduate business/economics student, 2 Augsburg faculty, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the project or innovation and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,500. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website ( Completed applications must be submitted to by Wednesday, September 27th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1447, or stop in at Hagfors 101.


General Announcements

Need to Know When Elevators Are Down? Opt In Here

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As part of this new process, a new opt-in listserv will offer timely information and updates about elevator status around campus, including when normal service resumes after an elevator has been out of order. If this information would help you avoid disruptions and navigate campus more easily, please subscribe at the link below.

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Seeing Things Whole Launches Community Practice Cohort

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This fall, The Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole is launching our first Community Practice Cohort to support the professional development of three leaders by advancing their strategic thinking toward action.

Seeing Things Whole is a disciplined process that embraces the organization’s relationships to the larger world, cultivating whole leaders and thriving organizations to positively impact the common good. Working closely with staff and cohort members, participants will receive customized coaching, develop mutually supportive relationships, and learn to apply the Seeing Things Whole framework to real-life problems. Over the course of three months, cohort members will identify and dig into a particular workplace challenge, gaining insights and perspective to see the whole of their situation and formulate an effective path forward.

Participants will:
– Attend three Whole Leader Roundtable sessions throughout fall 2023
– Work with fellow cohort members and staff to articulate and make progress on a leadership challenge
– Present the challenge to a Whole Leader Roundtable and receive focused feedback and insight
– Share progress and provide accountability within the Community of Practice Cohort
– Participate in structured reflection throughout the experience
– Leadership challenges can encompass a wide range of issues, such as how to grow a program that requires many collaborators, how to share power within hierarchical organizational structures, or how to sustain motivation and resilience in a challenging leadership environment.

This opportunity is ideal for any individual looking to develop a deeper, more positive connection between their values and leadership action.

Learn more and share your interest online at –

Contact the Reell Office Program Director, Keri Clifton, with specific questions at 612-330-1525 or

Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole

Interested in Research and Graduate School? Apply to the TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2023 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2024 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2024. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, though preference is given to applicants that are interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all participant slots are filled.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through coursework, academic advising, workshops, and involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($6000) with an Augsburg faculty member during Summer of 2024.

The McNair Scholars Program is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, applicants must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred). Unsure if you qualify? Please visit the link below for more information on eligibility requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about McNair, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, Visit for more information.

Determining McNair Eligibility “Cheat Sheet”

Petition to Keep Our Streets MPLS the Organizer of Open Streets MPLS

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Petition to Keep Our Streets MPLS the Organizer of Open Streets MPLS

After 12 years of working on this program, we believe we can bring the best version of Open Streets Minneapolis to the City of Minneapolis and other cities in Minnesota, and we will be applying to become the organizer in 2024.

It is not an overstatement to attribute the success of Open Streets Minneapolis directly to us, Our Streets MPLS, as the organizer. We founded this event and have fostered years of community engagement and relationships to make it the success that it is. We are steadfast in the belief that we remain the event series organizers to continue the level of engagement and success of Open Streets Minneapolis.

Connecting marginalized communities to opportunities to engage in dialogue about walking, biking, and rolling has always been at the forefront of our mission and the core of the events we host. The proposal for Open Streets Minneapolis 2024 aims to fund payroll, equipment, communication, and professional fees to feature local talent, insurance, software, supplies, and printing costs so that we can elevate the richness and diversity of these communities, and highlight the incredible potential for each of these communities to thrive.

We take great care in choosing areas that have been most impacted by historically harmful transportation decisions. We prioritize communities that might not be able to afford to host an event like Open Streets Minneapolis, and we believe the City of Minneapolis should share this priority.

Follow this link to sign the petition:

New Staff Positions This Week (4)

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

09/08/2023: Event and Conference Coordinator
09/08/2023: Volunteer Coordinator – MN Urban Debate League
09/07/2023: Lead Custodian (Wednesday – Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
09/07/2023: 1st Shift Custodian

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Event Announcements

TODAY: Annual TriBeta Plant Sale

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TriBeta and the Biology Dept. Greenhouse are holding their annual plant sale!

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 10 a.m. — 3 pm.
Where: Lobby of the Christensen Center

We’ll have easy-care houseplants, including some lush begonias and peperomias, aroids, cacti and succulents, and even a few carnivorous pitcher plants! We’ll also have a select number of mature specimens for sale for those houseplant afficionados. Stocks of the most desirable species are limited, so get there early!

Cash or PayPal accepted. Plant prices start at $5. Funds raised directly support greenhouse operations and the Augsburg chapter of the TriBeta Biology Honors Society.

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Miles Forma: “Learning to Be Comfortable with People Who Are Different”

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September 28th, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (Central Time).

Miles is a Disability advocate, public speaker, Augmentative Communication User, and Educator. In this honest conversation, Miles provides a perspective from someone who has experienced the special education system firsthand.

Please join us using this Zoom link:

Chapel: Interfaith Scholars

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am for a blessing of the Interfaith Scholars. Interfaith Scholars are students who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action. Dr. Najeeba Syeed, El Hibri Professor of Religion and Executive Director of Interfaith at Augsburg, teaches the course and will introduce the scholars.

Book Discussion October 5 -Disability Visibility Part 2

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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 2: “Becoming” on Thursday, October 5, 2023, 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. You can find the book at your favorite bookstore and public library. For questions about this event please contact

“We Are Riverside” Cultural Workshops at Brian Coyle Center: Somali, Oromo and Native American

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“We Are Riverside” Cultural Workshops at Brian Coyle Center: Somali, Oromo and Native American

Join Pillsbury United Communities at the Brian Coyle Center for their “We Are Riverside” series of cultural immersion workshops planned in partnership with neighborhood organizations and businesses. These events uplift the cultures of Cedar-Riverside to build bridges of understanding across our community.

Workshops are four hours on Saturday afternoons leading up to the Cedar-Riverside Multicultural Dinner on Thursday, September 21st–mark your calendars, this is a much-loved community gathering with great food from restaurants across the neighborhood, performances from different cultural groups, translators to help neighbors connect across language barriers and a bunch of other fun stuff!

You can register for the workshops using the links below. There is a suggested donation of $25 dollars, but you do not have to pay to register or attend–all are welcome!

Saturday, 16 September
We Are Cedar-Riverside: Oromo Cultural Immersion Workshop

Saturday, 23 September
We Are Cedar-Riverside: Native American Cultural Immersion Workshop

We Are Riverside

Transmigrating Cassettes Vol. 1 Friday, September 15, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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Transmigrating Cassettes Vol. 1

Friday, September 15, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
program starts at 6 PM

Soomaal House Gallery
2200 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Organized as part of the public program for the inaugural 2023-2024 Soomaal House Archive Fellowship.

The public is invited to the concluding presentation by Soomaal House Archive Fellows-in-residence SITAAD (Leyla Degan and Naima Hassan). Over the course of the residency, the fellows have developed the first iteration of their project Transmigrating Cassettes in various settings, including Milan, Amsterdam, New York City, New Jersey, and Minneapolis. In the Twin Cities, the fellows have benefited from a rich program delivered by Soomaal House of Art, Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA), and The Liberal Arts Engagement Hub.

The presentation will delve into the fellows’ sonic-research methodology and their activation of Augustus F. Sherman’s Somali Photographs. The fellows will provide a walk-through of their archival research visits to Ellis Island, New York Public Library, Drew University (GCAH) and their findings. The presentation will conclude with a sonic offering.

The presentation will include light refreshments.


Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
1 – 5 PM

The Blooming Lotus Flower
August 19 – September 23, 2023

Interfaith Forum – TODAY at 7 p.m. – Hindu Approaches to Interfaith with Dr. Iva Patel

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The Interfaith Institute will be hosting seven Interfaith Forums this academic year.
We’re so excited to welcome Dr. Iva Patel as our speaker for the first of seven Interfaith Forums planned by the Interfaith Institute this year! She will be presenting on Hindu approaches to interfaith relationships. She is on the faculty of Augsburg University. She is a scholar, translator, and instructor of Asian religious literature with specialization in literary cultures of Indian religious traditions.

We’re honored to have her join us at 7 pm, Thursday, September 14, Oren Gateway Center, OGC 114. Open to everyone on our campus community. Look for more forums coming up throughout this semester!

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