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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.


Come to the Writing Center

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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

GenEd(it) Group Next Steps

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A warm welcome to our new and returning Augsburg community members. The GenEd(it) Group is working to finalize a set of proposed revisions to our general education curriculum (the set of requirements all undergraduate students share) this fall.

An overview of planned next steps are:
September: GenEd(it) Group creates draft version(s) of proposed revisions
October: Invite response to draft version(s) from faculty, staff and students
November: GenEd(it) Group finalizes proposed revisions
December: Shared governance begins

Since the start of this initiative in spring 2023, the GenEd(it) Group:
-Examined the rationale for general education revision
-Conducted a comparison of requirements across institutions
-Surveyed the Augsburg community about learning goals
-Convened a well-attended faculty workshop in May

We will be inviting feedback on the draft version(s) of proposed revisions to our general education curriculum next month. Specific details are forthcoming.
We look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks.

With gratitude,
Stacy Freiheit
General Education Director

GenEd(it) Group Members:
Salma Caamir, Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit

GenEd(it) Comment Box:

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

Miles Forma: Learning to Be Comfortable with People Who Are Different Is an Essential Life Skill

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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:

Miles Website:

General Announcements

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”

Welcome to New Managing Director of Interfaith at Augsburg

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We welcome Michon True Smith back to campus (she is an Auggie) as the new managing director of the Augsburg Interfaith Institute. Michon has worked in the non-profit sector for close to 20 years, telling the stories of organizations and people served, and raising funds through grant writing and events. She has supported organizations making a difference in an array of community needs, including education, housing, and equitable services for people with disabilities and immigrants. Prior to coming to Augsburg, Michon served as Development and Communications Manager for Portico Healthnet, a Saint Paul based organization that advances equitable access to health care. For the past five years she has been the co-chair of Human Services day for Leadership Saint Paul (LSP), a program of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce designed to prepare, challenge, and engage emerging and current civic and business leaders around the needs and challenges impacting the east metro region. She is an active member of my church, Nativity Lutheran in St. Anthony, where she enjoys helping others discover their gifts and passions. Michon is also an Augsburg alumni! She is really excited to be back on campus and to dive into the important work of the Interfaith Institute. Outside of work, Michon loves pop music and watching her kids play sports! She is also slowly learning to play pickleball.

Interfaith at Augsburg

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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

09/18/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian
09/14/2023: Program Associate, Career Services and Off-Campus Study
09/13/2023: Public Safety Officer

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Event Announcements

Book Discussion October 5 – Disability Visibility

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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

GlobalEd Africa Talk – TODAY

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The Augsburg community is invited to join CGEE in welcoming Pinias Kashedi, Global Faculty from Namibia, on campus! He will be hosting a talk about the marginalization of youth in Southern Africa, titled, “Education Capture and Youth Marginalization in Namibia.” A brief description is below:

In 2023, economic opportunities for young people in Namibia are drying up. The country is facing nearly 90,000 unemployed graduates, many with advanced educational qualifications, in a nation with a total population of approximately 2.5 million. With one of the highest unemployment rates in Africa, there is a prevailing belief among Namibian youth that political activism does not yield results.

Colonial and social injustices are a factor to these contemporary issues, but also an inherited education system which perpetuates economic and social marginalization of young people. What measures, if any, is the Namibian government undertaking to address these pressing concerns? Mr. Kashedi will expound upon these matters from his point of view as a Namibian citizen who has worked with youth for many years, during this captivating “GlobalEd” talk right here at Augsburg University.

When: Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 3:40 p.m.
Where: OGC 100

ALL are welcome to attend! We appreciate an RSVP, but it is not required.

RSVP Today

StepUP Director Ericka Otterson in Chapel – September 26

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 – 11:50 am on September 26 as we continue our “Uncovering Vocation” series co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation. Ericka Otterson, StepUP Director, will speak on “Where we come from is who we are, but we choose everyday who we become.”

Send-Off for Ariel Gutierrez – Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in the East Commons

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We are sad to say that Ariel Gutierrez has taken a new job position and will be leaving Augsburg at the end of September. Ariel has been a core member of the University Events team for the past four years and was one of two team members managing all of the back-to-school events this fall.

We’ve schedule a send-off event for Ariel from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 in East Commons. Please stop by to share our deep gratitude for Ariel’s outstanding work at Augsburg and to wish him well in his future endeavors!

Register for MN Private Colleges’ Recruiting Fair

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Attention all Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors, register for the MN Private Colleges’ Fall Recruiting Fair.

Date: Tuesday Sept 26th, 2023
Time: 12pm-3pm
Location: Mpls Convention Center (free shuttle information will be provided when you sign up).

At the fair you will have the opportunity to meet with Minnesota, regional, and national companies hiring in the areas of consulting, banking/finance, accounting, actuarial science, stats/data science, technology, business analysis, management and leadership training/development, and project management.

Most employers will be actively recruiting for Summer 2024 internships and full-time careers. Other employers may anticipate hiring within the next six months. Take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career interests may fit with their hiring needs.

Registration Required.

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Learn More about Augsburg’s Oromo Student Union

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Come and get to know more about Oromos and their culture!

AOSU Tabling:

Date: Thursday, Sept 21st & Friday, Sept. 22nd
Time: (Thursday: 11:20am-11:50am)(Friday: 10:20-10:50am)
Location: Christensen Center

Board Positions Available-
Event Coordinator
Public Relations

Follow us on Instagram: @Augsburg.OSU
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Keeping Track of Auggies

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Part-time Help Wanted: Before-School Care Helper for Three Children in Hopkins, Minnesota

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Seeking a before-school care helper for my children on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30am until 9:30am, including driving children to school those days.

Location: Hopkins, MN
Distance from Home to School: 6 miles

Children: One age 8, and twins age 6.

Duties: Care helper will help students get up, packed and dressed for school, will feed them a simple breakfast (cereal, toast, muffins), and drive them to school.

Children need to be at school between 9:15-9:25.

$25 an hour for about 2 hours each day.

Additional opportunities for other help during some weeks.

Please email:

Occasional Babysitters Wanted

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I am looking for sitters I can call on to provide occasional evening and weekend babysitting at my home. This would be light supervision (and potentially some playing of board games) with a mostly self-sufficient younger teenager. Location is a near northwestern suburb — you would need a vehicle. Please email Erin at if interested/for more information.