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Feedback That Improves Student Writing Wednesday 3:40 p.m.

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Feedback that Improves Student Writing Workshop October 25, 2023, 3:40 -5:00 pm,

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

Description: This session will focus on how to giving effective and constructive feedback to students on their written projects. We will discuss best practices of constructing marginal comments and end comments to effectively improve student writing. We will also discuss strategies for conferencing with students about their writing. There will be time to discuss general needs and concerns instructors may have when teaching writing in their courses.

Location: Lindell Library 301

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GenEd(it) Faculty Workshop on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m

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GenEd(it) Faculty Workshop: Are We on Track?

The GenEd(it) Group invites faculty guidance and feedback on the initial draft of proposed revisions to our undergraduate general education curriculum. Light snacks will be provided.

Time and Location
Wednesday, October 25th from 3:40 – 5:00pm in Hagfors 150A/B

Working Draft of a Revised General Education Curriculum

MCAT Test Prep Scholarship Application

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Thanks to a generous donor, URGO has four $1000 MCAT Test Prep Scholarships available. Students must be juniors or seniors to apply. Interested students should fill out the application below and submit by 5 pm on Wednesday, November 1st. If you have questions please contact Dixie Shafer at

MCAT Test Prep Scholarship Application

URGO Offering Travel Grants for Student Researchers

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URGO has a very 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 Application 2023-2024

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URGO has very 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, November 2nd. Proposals need to be submitted by noon on Wednesday the 1st 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

Off-Campus Course Proposal Deadline: November 1

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November 1 is the deadline for proposing domestic and international off-campus courses that will occur between Fall 2024 and Summer 2025. If you have any questions about the proposal process or would like to talk through a course idea, please contact Leah Spinosa de Vega ( in CGEE.

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Find Your Inner Leader in LS205: Introduction to Leadership Studies

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Come learn about Leadership Studies by taking LS 205 Introduction to Leadership Studies.
Whether or not you have formal leadership experience, this course will benefit all students by bringing out your strengths and opening doors to new opportunities. If you already see yourself as a leader, you will get stronger. If you do not see yourself as a leader, by the end of the program, you will discover that you have all it takes to be a leader!

This course is the introduction to the minor in Leadership Studies and helps build communication skills and cultural competency skills. Check it out! All are welcome to sign up for the course–Monday and Wednesday night 3:10-4:50.

Get Your Augsburg Experience Credit with AIS304: Engaging Communities

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Need an Augsburg Experience and want to work in the community? AIS 304 Engaging Community is the course for you.
This course connects your research interests and your desire to work with BIPOC communities, organizations, and neighborhoods in Minneapolis/St. Paul. During the semester you do research into an area you are passionate about and we partner with a number of organizations and communities in community-based learning. This type of learning provides students with the opportunity to connect their gifts, skills, and interests with an organization, group, or issue. Your work informs our classroom discussions and course work while also giving back to the community in valuable and reciprocal ways.
Course meets T-Th 12-1:40 and fulfills an Augsburg Experience.

Calling All Musicians

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The Augsburg Student Music Therapy Association (ASMTA) is looking for musicians to perform for our (hopefully) annual Riverside Jams concert! The concert will be held in Sateren Auditorium on November 18th from 2-4:30pm and is a fundraiser to support music therapy students to attend conferences, including the Great Lakes Region Music Therapy Conference held in Milwaukee next March. This semester, we plan to host lots of great music with lots of great musicians across campus again. That means you! Yes, you! Students AND faculty invited. If you play in a band, combo group, perform a solo act, or just like to make music in any way, shape, or form, fill out an application below before November 10th!

Applications Are Now Open for the PRISM Scholars Program

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The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, data science, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Spring 2024 (graduating by May ‘26)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
– U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or admitted refugee
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Wednesday, December 6th (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application).

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

To apply, visit:
For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

The PRISM Scholarship Program is funded through NSF Award #2030638 through August 2025. Scholarships awarded Fall 2025 and beyond are contingent on continued funding.

Funding for PRISM is provided through the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Get Fruits and Veg Delivered to Your Home Weekly with Brightside Produce

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Brightside Produce, a non-profit started by community youth workers and St. Thomas Biology Professor Adam Kay, strives to eliminate food insecurity in urban areas by bridging communities through people and produce. Brightside provides weekly produce delivery to corner stores in neighborhoods that lack access to large markets as well as providing weekly home deliveries.

When you sign up for weekly local produce deliveries part of the fee will help stock the corner store shelves of our most food-insecure neighborhoods with affordable fresh produce. The simple act of getting a delivery subscription helps community members get reliable access to affordable fresh produce!

Weekly deliveries are available for $16 (small) or $25 (for larger households) and include add-ons like farm fresh eggs and locally roasted coffee. To learn more about Brightside, sign up for delivery, or make a donation to support their work you can visit their website:

Help Out Unsheltered Relatives at Camp Nenookaasi in East Phillips

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Camp Nenookaasi – located at East 24th Street and 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis – is a community based healing camp rooted in native practices & inclusive of all unsheltered relatives.

Some ways to help:

Call your council person and ask the city to provide porta potties and daily trash pick-up.
Daily trash pick-up: Given the camp’s size, trash pick-up needs to happen daily at a minimum. Currently, dedicated volunteers are hauling away 90% of the trash.

Volunteer: Join a morning kitchen shift or security shift. If you are new, volunteers will greet you at the door and work with you to train you in. We also need volunteers in the afternoons, to help do whatever is needed on a given day. And, we could even use volunteers today to help organize the kitchen storage area!
Follow this link to sign up for a shift:

Contribute food and supplies: Keeping 150 people fed, protected from the elements, and safe requires constant supply runs. It would be exceptionally helpful to have more people dropping off food and supplies on a regular basis, such as peanut butter, jelly, bread, sugar, disposable hot cups (no lids needed), disposable plates, bowls, and paper napkins. If you or your faith community or group of friends can commit to a daily delivery of these goods, even better.
Contribute money: You can also contribute money via Venmo (@Nenookaasi-Camp) or cash app ($Nenookaasi) accounts.
Ready to help? Please email or text Delaney at or 612-598-9508. Delaney will either get back to you or connect you with someone else who will.

Also follow on Instagram (, Twitter (, and Facebook ( for ongoing updates, needs, and calls to action.

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

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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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Mark Your Calendar – Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 6

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Open Enrollment, the annual period when benefits-eligible employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins Monday, November 6 and continues through Friday, November 17. This is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

All benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to attend open enrollment information sessions. The first session will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. in Oren Gateway Center, Room 100. We will have virtual sessions available as well.

The 2024 Benefits Guide will be available soon, watch A-mail for the announcement.

Mark your calendar to attend the following information sessions. Zoom links will be provided via A-mail.

11/1, 11:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment, OGC Room 100
11/2, 1:00 p.m. – HSA/FSA Education Session, Virtual
11/6, 9:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment, Virtual
11/9, 8:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment, Virtual
11/14, 3:00 p.m. – General Open Enrollment, OGC Room 100

Email with any questions about these events.

The Dandelion Fund – BIPOC MN Youth Grant Awards Between $1000-$3000

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The Dandelion Fund supports individuals to live into NCEI’s three guiding pathways of healing and liberation, decolonization, and joy.

Applications open on Monday, October 21 noon CT and close on Thursday, November 16 by 3:00pm CT, OR once NCEI receives 2,000 applications.

Eligibility requirements:
Individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC)
14+ years old
Minnesota resident (defined as someone who lives in MN with a MN address)
This is a random-selection process that will grant up to $3000 to individuals. Applicants can select how much they are requesting, starting at $1000.

Dandelions detoxify soil, dig deep roots, and spread their seeds to offer healing in other soils. This fund is an opportunity for people to do the same within their communities of support, and to live into NCEI’s values!

Visit Nexus for more information:

For questions contact

New Staff Positions This Week (6)

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

10/19/2023: Staff Accountant
10/18/2023: Director of TRIO/Student Support Services
10/17/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian (Part-Time)
10/17/2023: Athletics Graduate Assistant
10/17/2023: Human Resources Coordinator
10/16/2023: Senior Student Accounts Representative

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Event Announcements

Baile De Las Calaveras

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ALAS Invites you to join us on Friday, October 27th from 7:30-10pm in the East Commons.

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration where families honor and remember their loved ones who have passed away. It is thought that people’s deceased family member souls visit the families homes during this time. This year, ALAS will have a dance dedicated to our ancestors and to life. Please join us for this event where we will have music, food, face painting, and more! Thank you all for celebrating the day of the dead with us!

Auggie Life Paige

Augsburg Speak Up

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My name is Yacoub Aljaffery, a faculty member from the education department. I am thrilled to invite you all to attend the first Augsburg Speak Up event. This event offers a unique opportunity for our students of color to share their stories and for us to listen to them, learn from them, and foster a deeper understanding.

At Augsburg, we believe that inclusivity and support are crucial to creating a thriving community. This event will provide us with a platform to listen to our students’ diverse experiences, assets, and struggles and work together to create a more inclusive and supportive environment.

In this event, we will have four powerful stories to be told. Therefore, we highly encourage you to join us for this event and participate in this significant initiative in our community.

Date and time of the event: November 9th, from 3 pm-5 pm
Location: The Chapel

Thank you for considering our invitation, and we hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions about the event, or you need more information, please email me:

Indigenous Book Club – November 14

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For Native American Heritage Month, American Indian Student Services is sponsoring an Indigenous Book club where we will read Shutter by Ramona Emerson. Rita Todacheene is a forensic photographer working for the Albuquerque police force. Her excellent photography skills have cracked many cases—she is almost supernaturally good at capturing details. In fact, Rita has been hiding a secret: she sees the ghosts of crime victims who point her toward the clues that other investigators overlook. We will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14th from 5:30pm-7pm to discuss the book and have dinner. RSVP is limited to 20 people. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate. You will receive the book after you RSVP. Please direct any questions to

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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

Dixie Shafer of URGO and Lara Crombie of the TRIO McNair Scholars program will lead the workshop for students, staff, and faculty on identifying and applying for summer research opportunities such as National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).

The workshop will be followed by a panel for students featuring student and alumni research experiences and a panel for faculty and staff on supporting equitable access and participation in research programs.

All attendees are invited to stay for a community dinner following the workshop and panels.
Since dinner is provided, advance registration is greatly appreciated.

RSVP for November 2023 REU Workshop:

Norway House: Indigenous Leaders: A Conversation About the Future

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This fall’s program of the Minnesota Peace Initiative, celebrating events important to our Norway House neighborhood—Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 9th and Indigenous Peoples’ Month in November—invites two prestigious Indigenous leaders:

The Honorable Anne K. McKeig, Associate Justice, Minnesota State Supreme Court

Laila Susanne Vars, Associate Professor, Sami University of Applied Sciences, Norway (via special video message)

We will discuss the future challenges and opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, globally and locally, as well as what all of us can do together to better protect our earth for many generations to come.

There will be a moderated time for Q & A with the audience.

This event is free and will be live-streamed and recorded. RSVP is strongly recommended for in-person attendance.
If attending via live-stream the link will be posted at Norway House’s website (by 12 pm on October 24).

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TODAY – Rally to Shut Down HERC in Phillips – Tuesday, 10/23 from Noon to 3:00 p.m.

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The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute has recently joined the Zero Burn Coalition, a growing movement to shut down the HERC trash burner in Minneapolis.

Join us for a rally and meeting of Hennepin County Commissioners, this Tuesday (10/23), from 12-3 p.m., to call for a shutdown date of 2025 at the latest! At this meeting, commissioners will be voting on a resolution of a shutdown between 2028-2040, but we are showing up to say that this timeline is not acceptable.

To learn more, view fact sheets in English and Spanish, sign a petition and follow the coalition on social media follow this link:

There is also a growing list of people speaking out about the harmful impacts of the HERC, including teachers, health professionals, environmental lawyers, union leaders, and students. For instance, a local school nurse testified,

“Whenever I worked near the HERC, I noticed a much higher percentage of students with asthma…I kept extra inhalers and nebulizers for those with severe asthma, and sometimes these saved lives.”

Mariology – October 27-November 12 – Mixed Blood Theater

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Mariology deconstructs traditional thinking to inspire imagination about the Virgin Mary’s roles in systems of gender, power, and faith, opening the many possibilities for liberation.

The Firehouse, Mixed Blood’s home, located at 1501 South 4th Street in Minneapolis.

Join us for activities and discussion surrounding the themes of Mariology after the matinee performances on Sunday October 29 and Sunday November 5.

Our work is guided by deep community engagement and rooted in Radical Hospitality. We eliminate barriers that prevent people from participating due to lack of resources, racism, physical accessibility, gender discrimination, or other barriers. Tickets are available at no cost to attendees.

Friday, October 27 – 7:30PM, Saturday ,October 28 – 7:30PM, Sunday, October 29 – 2:00PM, Wednesday, November 1 – 7:30PM, Thursday, November 2 – 7:30PM, Friday, November 3 – 7:30PM, Saturday, November 4 – 7:30PM, Sunday, November 5 – 2:00PM, Wednesday, November 8 – 7:30PM, Thursday, November 9 – 7:30PM, Friday, November 10 – 7:30PM, Saturday, November 11 – 7:30PM, Sunday, November 12 – 2:00PM

Chapel: Jad Habib in our Uncovering Vocation Series

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Please join us this morning at 11:30 am in Hoversten chapel. Jad Habib, Academic Technologist, will speak in chapel as part of the Uncovering Vocation Series. The topic of his talk will be “Together in Harmony.”

Jad was born in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa and raised in a French speaking household to Lebanese parents. Exposure to travel at an early age across Africa, Europe and America heightened his desire to learn different languages and experience other cultures. These experiences are the source of his wish to bring people together and has shaped the many paths in his journey since coming to the United States as a Foreign Student.

All Saints Celebration – Please Submit Names

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On Wednesday, November 1, we will hold an All Saints service at 10:40 am in Hoversten. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. In this service we remember loved ones who have died, especially in this past year. We celebrate and remember through song and prayer. Please submit names you would like included in the service to the campus ministry office by emailing Janice Dames at by noon on October 31.

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Farewell to Matt Schornstein

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In IT this week we are saying farewell to Matt Schornstein (’04) who has been in the department since 2004. Matt has led our infrastructure team since 2011. He and his team run the IT you use daily but don’t see — WiFi, wired networks, servers. Matt has led that team through over a decade of incredible growth and change in technologies. And with the shared services agreement in 2016, he added Luther Seminary’s network to what he oversaw.

We appreciate all that Matt has accomplished and he will be sorely missed. Matt’s last day is Friday the 27th. We wish him well on his next IT adventure.

We have put together a kudoboard for people to contribute messages to Matt about his time at Augsburg.


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