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October 11 Post-Faculty Meeting Social Hour 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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The Office of Faculty Development invites all faculty to an informal social hour at Pizza Luce Seward, 2200 E Franklin Avenue following the October 11 faculty meeting, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Please join us to connect and converse with our teaching community!

October 11 Post-Faculty Meeting Social Hour RSVP

Embracing the Power of Generative AI: Online Webinar, 10/11, 1 p.m.

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Do you want to better understand ways you could use AI in higher education?

Join this free online webinar from Cengage to learn why and how you can consider using AI to open new possibilities in the classroom. Hear first-hand experiences, insights and potential concerns from a grassroots higher ed panel including a student, an instructional designer, an administrator and faculty. Plus, you can continue the AI conversation in our All Access Community.

The goal of this Empowered Educator event is to offer various perspectives, considerations and practical applications for ways you, as faculty, could use generative AI to improve learning outcomes.

Please Note: There is no cost to attend this webinar.

Embracing the Power of Generative AI Registration

Proposals for National Higher Education Teaching Conference due 11/13/23

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We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the National Higher Education Teaching Conference 2024, powered by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), to be be held in Minneapolis, June 13-14, 2024. This event is a unique opportunity for campus leaders, educators, and policymakers in higher education to come together, share innovative ideas, and transform the future of teaching and learning.

The Augsburg community is invited to submit session proposals due 11/13/23.
ACUE invites engaging and thought-provoking proposals, as we aim to create an enriching program that grows the great teaching movement across higher education, campus wide, and in the classroom.

NHETC Call for Proposals

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

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 19th. Proposals need to be submitted by noon on Wednesday the 18th 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

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

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

First-Generation Survey for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

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In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day (Nov. 8), the departments of TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO McNair Scholars, and Multicultural Life will be hosting events that highlight the first-generation college experience during the week of November 6. These events will be geared to students, but all of the Augsburg community is welcome to attend. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to this programming, we’re asking faculty and staff to complete this brief First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey. The information collected will be used to create ongoing resources and support for first-generation students here at Augsburg. Please provide as much information as you’re comfortable sharing. NOTE: This is the same survey we released last year, so if you already submitted a response, no need to do so again!

If you have any questions or comments about this survey or about the Augsburg First-Generation project, please contact Lara Crombie, TRIO McNair Scholars Program (

First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey

Sound Healing – Open to All

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Please make sure to save the date as we introduce you to the Sound Healing sessions here at Augsburg. It is another way that you can heal and relax your mind through the waves of sounds.

Dates: Tuesday, October 17th
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Student Lounge

Don’t forget to join us! We hope to see you there 🙂

New Staff Positions This Week (5)

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

10/06/2023: Staff Accountant
10/06/2023: Career Services Director, Strommen Center for Meaningful Work
10/04/2023: Pan-Afrikan Student Services Program Manager
10/03/2023: Area Coordinator, Residence Life
10/02/2023: Human Resources Coordinator

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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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Deals and Discounts for Auggies

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Welcome to Augsburg Deals & Discounts, your ultimate destination for student, staff and faculty deals and discounts! We understand that being a student can be both exciting and financially challenging. That’s why we’ve created a one-stop platform dedicated to helping you stretch your budget while enjoying the best of what life has to offer.

Explore the deals and discounts available to Auggies:

Email if you know of any bargains that should be added to this list!

Event Announcements

Register for Human Centered Leadership for 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 – 10:30am. Coffee and continental breakfast provided.

Register here –>
Staff are able to register at no cost.

Reach out to Keri Clifton at with questions.

This Thursday: Focused Conversation on Enrollment Landscape

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Faculty and staff, join us this Thursday for the October Focused Conversation. Robert Gould, vice president for strategic enrollment management, and John Coskran, chief financial officer, will present an overview of the changing enrollment landscape and what Augsburg is doing to grow net tuition revenue in response.

Thursday, October 12, 2023
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Centro Tyrone Guzman and Mia – October 28, 2023

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Centro Tyrone Guzman and MiA

WHEN: Saturday, October 28th, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Atrium – 1st Floor
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

HOW TO GET THERE: Take the #2 Metro Transit bus line from Franklin and 22nd to Franklin and 3rd Avenue.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Centro Tyrone Guzman and Mia. Visit a community ofrenda (altar) created by artist Monica Vega, and enjoy family-friendly art-making activities, music, dancing, snacks, and more! – All activities are free and open to the public!

“Day of the Dead is an opportunity to remember those who are no longer with us and, in doing so, keep their spirits alive. I like to think about the afterlife as two different worlds – one inhabited by people who are no longer living but continue to be remembered by friends and relatives, and the other inhabited by those who have been forgotten. The world of those who are remembered is filled with joy and celebration, whereas the world of the forgotten is filled with darkness and despair. And I ask myself, ‘Which of these worlds would I want for my loved ones?’ Day of the Dead is a way for me to actively allow the memories of loved ones to continue to guide and influence my life. As my children help create altars each year, they learn about loved ones they never had the opportunity to meet. Community altars, such as this one, provide an opportunity for us all to connect with the rich historical and cultural roots of our ancestors.”

– Monica Vega, Artist

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Aabijijiwan Ukeyat Yanalleh Exhibit Opening, October 12, 2023 | 6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.

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Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh Exhibit Opening!
October 12, 2023 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
All My Relations Arts, 1414 E Franklin Ave #1, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Join us Thursday, October 12th for the opening reception of Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh. Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh is a collaborative exhibition from artists Karen Goulet (Ojibwe) and Monique Verdin (Houma). Karen and Monique are sisters of the same river, connected by the planetary lifeforce known as the Misi-ziibi (Big River, Ojibwe) near the headwaters in the north and remembered as Misha sipokni (Older than Time, Chata) in the coastal territories of the southern Delta, where the bayous of Turtle Island meet the sea.

6-8 pm; All My Relations Arts; Food and drink will be provided.

GETTING THERE: All My Relations Art Gallery is located in the same building as Pow Wow Ground on Franklin Avenue and 15th. It is less than a twenty-minute walk from Augsburg.

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Chapel: Sergio Madrid

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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.

Internship & Career Fair Prep Sessions

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Feeling the jitters about the upcoming on-campus internship and career fair on October 18th from 3-5pm? Fear not! The Strommen Center has got your back with three epic prep sessions to help you nail it!

Prep Session #1
Tues Oct 10th from 1-2pm
Strommen Center (Across from Einstein)

Prep Session #2
Thurs Oct 12th from 11am-12pm
Strommen Center (Across from Einstein)

Prep Session #3
Tues Oct 17th from 3:30-4:30pm
Strommen Center (Across from Einstein)

Registration is not required. Students can attend any session.

Homecoming Royalty Ballot Open Until Wednesday Night

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Day Students: remember to vote for two seniors for homecoming royalty! The ballot is open now and closes Wednesday, October 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Here is the link to the ballot –

Winners will be crowned at Taste of Augsburg on Saturday!

Happy Homecoming! Go Auggies!

Thursday: Zen Buddhist Insights for Self-Awareness, Mental Health, and Wellness

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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

Homecoming Is Here

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We’re thrilled to have students, alumni, family, and friends on campus for all of our Homecoming events between October 8-14, 2023! Today we have an ASAC Build an Auggie for students in the Student Lounge at 10 a.m. and a women’s soccer game at Edor Nelson Field at 7:30 p.m. Check out the Homecoming & Reunion Weekend website for full schedule details:

If you have questions about any event, please contact our Alumni Relations office at 612-330-1580 or email

Will We See You at Taste of Augsburg on Saturday, October 14?

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Taste of Augsburg 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Murphy Square

Come to Murphy Square between 11:00 a.m.–1:00p.m. and meet many of Augsburg’s student groups and other member associations. Not only can you enjoy yummy food and drinks, but your purchases will directly support the student groups. Tickets will be on sale near Murphy Square, and you will be able to purchase various food, beverages, raffle tickets, and game entries throughout the event!

RSVP for Homecoming Events:

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