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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:

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

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

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

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

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Spend 8-10 weeks next summer learning one of thirteen 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 academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College
– 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

General Announcements

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Moodle Site

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The HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee recently launched an Accreditation Moodle site. Here you will find information about the upcoming HLC Site visit and accreditation portfolio, a timeline of activities and events, and a form to contact members of the Steering Committee. The site also contains a link to a submission portal whereby individuals can upload evidence to support the writing of the accreditation portfolio. Members of the Steering Committee are reaching out to departments, programs, and offices as needed to solicit evidence.

Accreditation Moodle Site

Stem Peer Mentorship Deadline Extension

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Interesting Being a STEM Mentor or Mentee?

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 2023. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to

Stem Peer Mentorship Application 2023-2024

New Staff Positions This Week (6)

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

10/03/2023: Area Coordinator, Residence Life
10/02/2023: Human Resources Coordinator
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:

10/02/2023: Athletic Concessions Student Attendant, 2023-24 Academic Year
10/02/2023: Chemistry Department Research Assistant, Academic Year 2023-24

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Event Announcements

Celebrate the Distinguished Alumni Award Winners on October 13 at 3:00 p.m.

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As part of Homecoming, Augsburg will be celebrate 8 alumni and award them with our First Decade, Distinguished Alumni, and Spirit of Augsburg awards.

Please join us in Hoversten Chapel on October 13 from 3:00-4:15pm. A social hour will follow the ceremony.

The Award recipients this year are:
-Mychal Frelix ’19 – First Decade Award
-Andre Creighton ’19 – First Decade Award
-Kacie Lucchini Butcher ’13 – First Decade Award
-Jan Nelson Meslin ’72 – Distinguished Alumni Award
-Devoney Looser ’89 – Distinguished Alumni Award
-Tsehai Wodajo Lemu ’97 – Distinguished Alumni Award
-James Rodde ’74 – Distinguished Alumni Award
-Paul Mueller ’84 – Spirit of Augsburg Award

Please sign up for this event (and all other Homecoming events) today!

Register Today!

Plan Ahead for Homecoming

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Homecoming is only days away, and we are eager to bring students, alumni, parents, and friends together throughout the Homecoming week. Please join us!
To view a full schedule, visit:
To register for the events that you will be attending, visit: and

STEM Group Meeting

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The Stem Peer Mentorship Program

We will have our second meeting coming up on Wednesday Oct, 18th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the East Commons(in Christensen Center). During this meeting, we will be announcing the mentor and mentee pairs and students will have the opportunity to talk to their mentor and mentee. We will go over some of the expectations for mentor and mentee as well. We will also be getting to know each other by doing arts and crafts. There will be FOOD and Beverages.

We hope to see everyone at the event.

Students Can RSVP Here.

TODAY: Greenhouse First Thursday

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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.

Today is First Thursday, 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!

TODAY – Book Discussion: Disability Visibility

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Join CLASS and Lindell Library today for 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

Uncovering Vocation Series: Sergio Madrid on October 10

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am on October 10 for our next speaker in the Uncovering Vocation series. Dr. Sergio Madrid is an Augsburg faculty member in the education department and currently serves as the assistant director of the THRIVE Program. His topic is “I shouldn’t be here, and yet here I am tracking a calling.” In this heartfelt conversation, we will explore the path of discovering and pursuing a calling, inspired by a desire to serve and a belief in the goodness of humanity. We will discuss the ups and downs of this journey with empathy and honesty. Moreover, we will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each step and guide individuals toward resources within the community that can facilitate profound realizations. Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

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

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Join Interfaith at Augsburg for the next Interfaith Forum, 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 – 8:00 pm
Oren Gateway Center, Room 114

Ongoing Pause on University Events Requests

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University Events continues to need your support to reduce requests for 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.

We are grateful to those across campus who are working to arrange their events to fit within those parameters. Larger, more involved events cannot be fully supported by the department for the foreseeable future.

Please see the updated University Events website for more information.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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