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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.

GenEd(it) Update: Draft Stage of Revised Curriculum

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Dear Faculty Colleagues,

The GenEd(it) Advisory Group is in the midst of creating draft versions of a revised general education curriculum. We will be inviting feedback from faculty, staff, and students in the next few weeks and look forward to hearing from you. Feedback from the Augsburg community will inform the finalized general education revision proposal that will be completed in December. Please refer to the General Education Revision 2023 Moodle Site and Google Drive for additional information and resources about this initiative.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The General Education Advisory Group (aka GenEd(it) Group)
Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Salma Caamir, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, and Stacy Freiheit, GenEd Director (

GenEd(it) Comment Box (summary available in the Moodle and Google Drive links below):

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

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

Scaffolding Writing for Student Success – October 3 – 3:40-5:00 p.m.

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CTL’s Academic Literacies Series continues with Scaffolding Writing for Student Success, October 3, 2023, 3:40 -5:00 pm.

Session Description: Do you include writing assignments in your course? Do you have questions and/or need support? During this session, we will share information about how best to build your instruction for students to succeed in creating written assignments for your course. We will discuss creating an assignment sheet, planning brainstorming and drafting activities, and organizing a peer review session. We will also have time to discuss general needs and concerns instructors may have when teaching writing in their courses.

Presenter: Jennifer Forsthoefel Mollberg, Assistant Professor and Writing Center Director, English Department

Location: Marshall Room

Scaffolding Writing for Student Success Registration

Writing Your First Grant – October 4 – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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The Office of Faculty Development & CTL are pleased to offer the following workshop to support faculty development in grant writing:

Presenter: John Anderson, Director, Grants and Sponsored Programs

Session Description: Applying for a grant can be an intimidating process, especially if you have never done it before. But you don’t have to do it alone! This session introduces you to the people and resources at Augsburg who can help you identify and apply for grant funding. Attendees will learn the benefits that grants offer for one’s career, forms of support available to help you get started, and Augsburg’s procedures for submitting a grant proposal.

Location: Lindell Library 301

Writing Your First Grant Registration

Faculty Development / CTL October Events

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The Office of Faculty Development and Center for Teaching and Learning are pleased to offer a engaging schedule of professional development events in October. Sessions topics include two sessions on best practices in writing instruction, grant writing, AI, & accessibility. Please find the full schedule and links to register in advance for each of these opportunities on the detailed calendar linked below.

OFD/ CTL October Events

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

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

09/28/2023: Interim Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
09/28/2023: Event Planner

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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:

09/25/2023: Student: Women’s Hockey Team Manager
09/25/2023: Center for Wellness and Counseling Student Program Assistant, AY 2023-24

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Faculty & Staff: Parking Permit Important Update

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As you are aware, the federal COVID-19 public health emergency declaration has come to an end, and we are gradually returning to a sense of normalcy in our operations. With this transition, we would like to inform you of an important update concerning Augsburg parking permits.

Augsburg parking permits will no longer be pro-rated based on remote work plans. This means that parking permit fees will be applied at their regular rates, regardless of your remote work arrangements. This is in-line with practices prior to the pandemic.

If you have questions about your permit please contact

Parking Information

October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month – It’s Training Time

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October is cyber security awareness month. Every faculty and staff member has an important role to play in protecting the security of the data kept by the University.

In our digital lives data is at the heart of it. Augsburg has been trusted with data on our students, employees, alumni and donors. Your login information provides a key into Augsburg and that key needs to be protected. Also, as part of Augsburg’s Title IV financial aid requirements and insurance requirements employees must complete training twice a year for Augsburg to be compliant.

This year we have new videos on new topics with some of the same characters as last year. You will see notification emails coming this week from which is the training platform. The content should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

Take Your Business Keystone in Greece in May – Apply Now

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Are you a Junior or Senior business or economics major? Do you still need your Keystone and/or Augsburg Experience requirement? If you answered yes to both of those questions, this program is for you!

Travel to Greece May 12 – 27, 2024 to complete your Keystone requirement and/or Augsburg Experience in an experiential course. Visit businesses of all kinds, enjoy guest lectures from Greek business professionals and experts, visit museums, try fresh, local foods, and more!

Applications are due by January 31, 2024.

Visit the Greece program page to learn more and apply

Photography and History in Paris and Berlin in May – Apply Now to Study Abroad

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Ready to earn 8 credits and Augsburg Experience this summer?

The summer program Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin is a unique, short-term study abroad opportunity, open to all Auggies!

Earn 8 credits and your Augsburg experience in just a few weeks, while exploring two of the greatest European cities — Paris and Berlin – through the prism of history and photography. Visit museums, meet with speakers from across different industries, and so much more!

***Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin***

Travel Dates: May 2024

Faculty Leaders: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg

This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. You’ll choose one History and one Photography course:

• HIS 195 – Topics in European History, fulfills Humanities liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

• HIS 390 – Topics in European History,


• ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts liberal arts foundation requirement, OR
• ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography

***APPLICATIONS DUE January 31***

The program has a capacity of 25 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

Study Abroad in Italy on Spring Break – Apply Now

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Apply now to join the spring semester study abroad program, Interfaith Eating, Ethics, and Food Justice in Italy and travel to Montespertoli, Italy on spring break as a class.

Professor Matt Maruggi will be teaching the RLN 248: INTERFAITH EATING and ETHICS course and leading the group to Italy.

To join the class, you must complete an application through CGEE Study Abroad and Away–link below.

There is a Program Fee of $5,425 The program fee includes: international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, all program activities, and international health and travel insurance.


Get full details about this program, and start your application at the link below.

If you have any questions, contact

Interfaith Eating and Ethics in Italy: Info and online application here

Take the Rethinking I-94 Survey

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Rethinking I-94 is a long-term planning process led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to engage communities that live, work, commute, and play along the I-94 corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rethinking I-94 has reached an important milestone: design alternatives have been released to the public. Alternatives range from keeping things the same to creating an at-grade boulevard to expanding the number of freeway lanes. MnDOT is seeking feedback on these alternatives via an on-line survey (link below). Please take the survey and share your thoughts and insights.

Rethinking I-94 Survey

Seeing Your Input: Wheelchair Storage for Commuters

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Seeking Your Input: Wheelchair Storage for Commuters

The CLASS Office is seeking your input regarding a potential on-campus storage space for mobility devices (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.). Please share your thoughts in this brief anonymous survey. We welcome input from the entire Augsburg Community (living on/off campus, using/not using a mobility device, faculty/staff/students etc.).

Survey Link:

The survey will be open until Fri, Oct 6. Thanks for your help!

Event Announcements

Pause on University Events Requests

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Due to multiple vacancies in University Events staff positions, we need to pause on booking events that require event planning assistance. The University Events office can still book campus meeting rooms, coordinate basic room set up, and book audio/visual support, but larger, more involved events cannot be fully supported by the department for the foreseeable future.

We have updated the University Events website to reflect this change. (See link below.) Please note: If you have bookmarked any links to the former event request pages or forms, please do not continue to use those links. Submissions to prior forms are not being monitored.

I want to thank the members of the President’s Leadership Team, the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, and the deans and vice presidents who have been working with Meghan Gess, director of University Events, and me, to navigate this transition. We apologize for the inconvenience this scenario has caused, and appreciate the partnership across campus to ensure we do not take on more events than we can adequately support.

Augsburg University Events website

Save the Date: Batalden Convocation in Applied Ethics (October 25)

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Augsburg students, faculty, and staff are invited to the 2023 Batalden Convocation in Applied Ethics. Join us on October 25, 2023, from 10–11 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel or via Zoom for this free public event on interfaith responses to trauma.

Globally, over 50% of persons experience some sort of trauma during their lifetime. At this year’s Batalden Convocation event, three panelists will share resources from their specific religious traditions (Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam) that respond to trauma and foster resilience. The faculty panelists include Assistant Professor Iva Patel, Assistant Professor Shayna Sheinfeld, and Professor Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri Endowed Chair.

The Batalden Faculty Scholar Program in Applied Ethics strengthens the infusion of ethics and values into our campus community, so that the skills of ethical reasoning and critical reflection are hallmarks of Augsburg’s students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

If you wish to attend the Batalden Convocation via Zoom, register here.

TOMORROW – October 3 All-Staff Gathering in Hoversten Chapel – 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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TOMORROW, October 3rd All-staff gathering in Hoversten Chapel, 3:30-5:00 pm

Your staff senators are hosting a gathering for all staff members with the help of Campus Ministry. This gathering will provide space for you all to talk with each other and your senators to reflect on recent events and how we can best support your work at Augsburg moving forward. All staff members are encouraged to attend.

We’ll be serving coffee, hot cider, and cookies. Please fill out this brief Google Form to let us know if you’re coming (or not!), or to share any comments, concerns, and ideas you may have:

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Please email with any questions.

8th Annual Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM Workshop and Dinner

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Augsburg will be hosting an in-person event focused on applying to paid research opportunities in STEM that is open to students, staff, and faculty from Augsburg and the broader community.

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

Thursday, November 9, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Hagfors Center 150, Augsburg University

Workshop for students, staff, and faculty on identifying and applying for summer research opportunities with information on research programs such as National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).

Panel for students: Student and alumni experiences

Panel for faculty and staff: Supporting equitable access and participation

Community dinner for students, staff, and faculty

Since dinner is provided, advance registration is greatly appreciated.

RSVP for November 2023 REU Workshop:

Greenhouse First Thursday – 10/05

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The Augsburg Biology Department’s rooftop greenhouse grows an appreciation for and deeper understanding of the plants of our planet. The greenhouse is open to the Augsburg campus community on the first Thursday of every month during the semester, from noon to 3pm. The Augsburg community is invited to come see what we’ve got growing on, enjoy the tropical atmosphere and marvel at hundreds of plant species from all over the world.

The next First Thursday is this week, October 5, noon—3pm. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Stay updated on greenhouse events by following us on Instagram!

Gilman Scholarship Applications – Due October 5

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The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad applications are due October 5. This application cycle is for programs that start between December 1, 2023, and October 31, 2024 (Terms Accommodated: Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Academic Year 2024-2025)

Plan ahead to give yourself time to submit a solid application.

To be eligible for the Gilman a student must be a U.S. Citizen or National and receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or during the term of the study abroad program or internship

Have questions? Get in touch: or

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Blessing of the Animals on Friday, 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.

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 or accommodation needs please contact

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