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Environmental Activism Documentary Screening – Sunday, Oct 1, 3:00 p.m., SCI 123

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Environmental Activism Documentary Screening
Sunday, Oct 1, 3:00 PM, SCI 123

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2023 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
SCIENCE HALL 123, Q & A with director John de Graaf after the film

Stewart Lee Udall was the most prominent and effective Secretary of the Interior in American history, yet his legacy is not well recognized. John de Graaf’s film, STEWART UDALL: The Politics of Beauty examines the trajectory of Udall’s life from his childhood to his years as Secretary of the Interior under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, focusing on his effectiveness as a dedicated, bi-partisan public servant. The film highlights his long fight to win compensation for Navajo Indians and “downwinders” who acquired cancer from their exposure to radiation during the Cold War atomic bomb testing – without being warned of the dangers! Udall called on all Americans to move away from our emphasis on economic growth and consumerism toward quality of life, and a new political ethos centered on beauty, simplicity, appreciation of nature and the arts, and a recognition of Earth’s limits – a message that still resonates today!

“It beckons us all to public service, informs us on how we came to benefit from the conservation we so enjoy, and, perhaps above all, teaches us the power of persistence and a smile. Don’t miss this masterpiece.”
Gus Speth, Former Director, United Nations Development Program and Dean, Yale School of the Environment.

“Absolutely fantastic! An amazing and insightful offering.”
-Dr. Michael Dorsey, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College

Working on a Paper? 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!

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

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.

Apply by Wednesday – Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Due Wednesday! 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.


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 1, 2023.

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

Eligibility and Benefits

URGO Academic Year Research Funds

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URGO has limited funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. Students are paid $1,200 for 80 hours of research. Research must be completed by May 20th. Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible as the funds will be awarded on a rolling basis.

The URGO Advisory Committee will review proposals every other Thursday. Their next meeting is Thursday, October 5th. Proposals need to be submitted by noon on Wednesday the 4th in order to be considered.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO Academic Year Research Application 2023-2024

General Announcements

TODAY – Platicas Con Cafecito: Undocumented Testimonios

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Join Latinx Student Services this week in our first dialogue series on Tuesday, September 26th and Thursday, September 28th, from 2:30pm to 3:45 p.m. at the Augsburg Room.

By participating in our “platicas con cafecito”, we will strive to co-create a courageous and an intentional space to share our stories, deepen healthy, inclusive, and strong relationships at the speed of trust.

On Tuesday, we will be sharing personal experiences and stories about navigating higher education as undocumented, immigrant, and mix-status students, friends, family members, and/or allies. We have a diverse immigrant community, so regardless, of your legal status, ethnicity, or classes, you encouraged and welcomed to join us in our circle.

Please note that in our efforts to build trust during our time together, you are asked to attend for the entirety of the dialogue, as leaving early or arriving late may create a distraction from our time together.

This dialogue will be co-facilitated by Erika Hernandez, Latinx Student Services Program Manager, and Luis Solis-Reyes, CWC Counselor.

On Thursday, September 28th, we will be moving from listening and sharing our personal stories, to collectively creating solutions about the issues and barriers faced by undocumented and immigrant students in higher education. Allies and friends are encouraged to participate in this session.

For any questions or disability accommodations, please email us at


New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

09/19/2023: Event Planner
09/18/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Sad News About the Death of Regent Emeritus Darrell Egertson ’55

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The Office of the President received the sad news of the death of Regent Emeritus Darrell J. Egertson ‘55. Egertson, 89, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2023, after courageously facing a recurrence of cancer. He was a lifelong Augsburg supporter and engaged alum of the university who served on the Board of Regents from 1980 to 1994.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 500 Blake Road South, Hopkins, Minnesota.

Please join us in keeping Darrel’s wife, Helga, and their family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

Darrell J. Egertson ’55 obituary

Interested in Being a STEM Mentor or Mentee?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentorship wants you!

STEM Peer Mentorship is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentorship can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a rising Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Having a Mentor in STEM Peer Mentoring can be a major benefit in establishing the success of your STEM career. If you’re a first-year or sophomore in a STEM major interested in having a mentor and want to learn more about internships, scholarships, certain classes, etc… This is for you !

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Data Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below to express your interest to participate starting Fall 2021. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to

Application 2023-2024

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

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September 28, 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:

Reminder: Dining Commons Check-In Is Required for All Meals

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Students obtaining food from the Dining Commons must report to the check-in station near the top of the stairs first prior to entering the food serving area. Students with meal plans are expected to swipe their students IDs; students without meal plans can pay with cash or card. Students who skip the check-in station are subject to the University’s conduct process.

Please know that if you are experiencing food insecurity, Campus Cupboard, the University food shelf, is available with food for students. It is located in Anderson Hall 26. More information, including hours of service, can be found here:

Campus Cupboard Website

Open to All – Mindful Activity: Yoga Monday in Student Lounge

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Center for Counseling and Wellness, will offer a short reflection followed by mindfulness practice led by Tara Mader, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Please come join us on Monday, October 2nd from 10:40am-11:40am in Student Lounge, Christensen Center

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students)

Wellness Wednesday: Mini Zen Garden

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Here comes the most popular Wellness Wednesday—Mini Zen Garden is back. Please stop by the Center for Wellness and Counseling office to create one for yourself or others.

Wednesday, September 27th from 10:30am-11:30am

**Limited supplies and first come first serve basis**

Event Announcements

Join Us for an Interactive Interfaith Discussion – This Thursday

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Join Augsburg Interfaith Scholars for an interactive discussion on Judaism/Islam/Christianity and Interfaith engagement.

Guest speakers include Matt Maruggi, Associate Professor of Religion and Department Chair and Shayna Sheinfeld, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy.

Event details:
Thursday, September 28th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oren Gateway Center, 114

Learn more about Interfaith Scholars

Blessing of the Animals on October 6

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We will offer a blessing of the animals in chapel at 10:40 am on Friday, October 6 in Hoversten Chapel. You are invited to bring your pet or emotional support or service animal to chapel for a blessing or send a photo to Janice Dames at by October 4 to have your pet featured in a chapel slideshow. World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated. The date was originally chosen because it is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment.

Send-Off for Ariel Gutierrez – Thursday, 2 p.m., East Commons

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Join us this Thursday, Sept. 28, for a send-off reception for Ariel Gutierrez, University Events event planner. Ariel has taken a new job position and is leaving Augsburg at the end the month.

Please stop by the East Commons from 2-4 p.m. Thursday to thank Ariel for his tremendous work at Augsburg the past four years and to wish him well in the future!

Somos Latino America y El Caribe Event

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
4-7pm at Murphy Square
ALAS invites you all to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us. With this event we hope to embrace Latin American and it’s diverse and unique cultures. This is perfect for students to not only learn but to embrace different cultures through our programming and variety of cultural foods. Join us with cultural foods, games, activities and socializing with the Hispanic/Latin community. We are also looking for volunteers and paid student performers, so check out our Instagram @alas.augsburg for more information!

Auggie Life RSVP Link

Keeping Track of Auggies

Newsweek Spotlights MNUDL Mayors Challenge Event

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Newsweek covered the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s 11th annual Mayors Challenge event, which took place at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis last week. The coverage is part of Mightier, a partnership with the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues to illustrate the ways in which debate strengthens the skills young people need to promote civil discourse in a multicultural democracy. The Mayors Challenge is an annual event at which exceptional high school debaters show off their skills and engage with local and state political leaders before a crowd of supporters. This year’s featured attendees included Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, First Lady Gwen Walz, and Governor Tim Walz (via Zoom).

MNUDL is an Augsburg program that provides resources and programming to support competitive academic debate for more than 1,000 students at 40 partner schools in the Twin Cities.

Read more: “Minneapolis Mayor Inspired By ‘Intellectual Battle’ At Debate Fundraiser”


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