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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:

OFD/ CTL October Events Calendar

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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 Calendar

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

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

Postponed – Scaffolding Writing for Student Success Is Now on November 14, 3:40-5:00 p.m.

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The Scaffolding Writing for Student Success Workshop originally scheduled for today will be rescheduled for Tuesday, November 14 , 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

Study Language Abroad for Free with Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

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Spend 8-10 weeks next summer learning one of fourteen languages at an intensive study abroad! The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths essential to America’s engagement with the world. Most programs do not require experience studying the selected language and are designed to promote rapid language gains and intercultural fluency.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is
– A fully-funded 8-10 week language and cultural immersion program
– Students receive 8 credits of intensive language instruction
– Part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity
– There are 14 languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive up to three years of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs

Competitive applicants will need
– To illustrate a commitment to language learning,
– A strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting
– Ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment.
– Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

CLS application deadline is November 14th, 2023 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST.
The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS.

Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 20th.

Critical Language Scholarship Program Website

Free Arabic, Russian, or Chinese Language Instruction with CLS Spark

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Critical Language Scholarship Spark participants will spend approximately 8 weeks during the summer learning either Arabic, Russian, or Chinese through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers. Must be a beginning level learner with no classroom experience. This is a virtual initiative for undergraduate students to learn essential languages for America’s engagement with the world.

– 10 hours of intense live group instruction a week
– Cultural activities and individual consultations
– Monthly professional development workshops and inclusive support

Participants of CLS Spark will receive:
– Language instruction and cultural programming
– Textbooks and language learning materials
– Language gains certified using the widely-recognized ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) assessment
– Non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government employment for up to three -years after the program completion;
– Academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College; and
– A stipend towards equipment and connectivity costs (for example, a web camera or microphone)

The CLS Spark applications are due November 14th, 2023 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST

URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS Spark.

Please contact (reference CLS Spark) to set up an appointment before October 20th 2023.

CLS Spark Website

URGO Offering Travel Grants for Student Researchers

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URGO has a limited amount if travel funding to award this academic year. URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.
The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year to make travel decisions.

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

URGO Travel Website

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

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

General Announcements

Students – Nominate Your Peers for Homecoming Royalty

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Nominate up to 8 seniors (by credit*) to run for homecoming court! Top 8 candidates will be move to final voting during homecoming week. Finalists are required to attend all the homecoming events (as much as possible). Royalty, will be decided on based on the 2 highest votes received during final voting and will be announced at the coronation ceremony during Taste of Augsburg. Finalists must attend Taste of Augsburg to be eligible to win.

2023 Homecoming Royalty Nomination Form

Seeking 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!

New Staff Positions This Week (4)

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

09/29/2023: 1st Shift Custodian
09/29/2023: Pan-Afrikan Student Services Program Manager
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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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 with the same cast of characters from last year. You will see notification emails coming this week will be from which is the training platform. The content should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

Join Augsburg Vespers Choir

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Are you someone who:

LOVES singing Christmas music in a choir but doesn’t have time to sign up for a whole season of involvement?

Wants to join the company of musicians at Augsburg’s annual Advent Vespers services in Central Lutheran Church?

If so, then Vespers Choir is for you!

· 3 consecutive Tuesday-evening rehearsals on campus, starting October 31.
· 2 evening dress rehearsals at Central Lutheran Church: November 28 and 30.
· 3 services: December 1 @ 7:00 p.m.; December 2 @ 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Open to anyone in the Augsburg community (plus your friends and family).

For details, contact Dr. Kristina Boerger (

Study Abroad in Cuba in May – Fine Arts Class for All Majors

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Have the experience of a lifetime–sign up for a summer fine arts study abroad program, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend 12 days in Cuba this May exploring arts and culture!

Earn 4 credits and complete Augsburg Experience, too!


Travel: May 12-23, 2024

Course: THR 295 – Topics: Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba, (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits

fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!

***Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply

*** APPLY BY January 31 ***

The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get full program details and start an application here

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

Event Announcements

Chapel: Paul C. Pribbenow

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am to hear President Paul Pribbenow introduce the Augsburg Saga series in chapel. We will be hearing from faculty, staff, and alumni who will examine the threads of Augsburg’s history that shape our identity and values. In the upcoming weeks, we will also hear from Stewart Van Cleve, University Archivist (October 17); Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross, Associate Professor of of Education (November 17); and Katie Clark, Associate Professor, Executive Director of the Health Commons, and Dr. Muna Abdirahman, U of M (December 7).

Zen Buddhist Insights for Self-Awareness, Mental Health, and Wellness with Busshō Lahn

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Join us at the next Interfaith Forum for a presentation and discussion with Busshō Lahn.

The benefits of meditative practices have been intuited for millennia, but now science has clearly observed the connection between mental wellness and curious self-awareness. The practice of mindfulness is now mainstream, and we’re beginning to ask deeper questions about what it really is, and about what it might be able to show us: What is the relationship between our mental health and our spirituality? What do words like compassion and wisdom mean for me in this age of anxiety? How are qualities like resiliency, courage, clarity, and kindness made available to us? In this program, Busshō Lahn draws upon insights from the Zen Buddhist tradition to address possible approaches to these questions based on his new book, Singing and Dancing Are the Voice of the Law (2022).

Event Details:
Thursday, October 12th, 7:00 pm
Oren Gateway Center, Room 114

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

Register for Human Centered Leadership and Meaningful Work on October 27

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Join Augsburg University’s Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole for breakfast and conversation with compelling leaders from business, the arts, and education who share a common drive to bring greater wholeness and meaning to their organizations. You will hear candid stories of success and challenge at work, from creating space for individuals to thrive as their full selves at work, shaping policies to balance organizational and people needs, and navigating the practical realities of leading organizations through periods of prosperity and economic downturns.
The conversation is for anyone seeking to find greater meaning in their work and leadership—especially people who are new to managing teams, in charge of organizational policy in a post-pandemic world, or thinking about organizational futures.
• Najeeba Syeed, El-Hibri endowed chair and executive director of Interfaith at Augsburg University
• Jun-Li Wang, associate director of Springboard for the Arts
• Kyle E. Smith, co-CEO of Reell Precision Manufacturing
• Tom Henry, former CEO of Landry’s Bicycles (moderator)

Where: Augsburg University, Marshall Room
When: October 27th, 2023 at 8:30 – 10:30pm

Register here –>

Staff are able to register at no cost.

Reach out to Keri Clifton at with questions.

Coffee and continental breakfast provided.

AugSem Office Hours

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Kristen Chamberlain, Director of First Year Experience, invites Augsburg faculty, staff and students to share their ideas about AugSem and the First Year Experience. Please join her for one of the following office hours.

Monday, October 2, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Hagfors Atrium

Wednesday, October 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Einstein’s

Tuesday, October 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Foss Atrium

Thursday, October 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in OGC Atrium.

Topics of conversation could include:
What do you like about AugSem currently? What do you dislike?
What works and what doesn’t?
In what ways does AugSem serve our current students? How does it not?
Can we use AugSem to invite our students into learning? What would that look like?
What could AugSem be? Dream big, dream small.

If none of the times listed above will work, or if you just prefer to write all your ideas out in an email in the middle of the night, you can email Kristen at OR we can set up a different time to grab coffee (or tea) and talk.

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!

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.

Thank you to 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

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

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TODAY, 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. Please email with any questions.

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