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Off-Campus Course Proposals Due This Wednesday, November 1

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November 1 is the deadline for proposing domestic and international off-campus courses that would 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.

Proposal Forms

OFD/CTL November 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 November. Sessions topics include best practices in writing instruction, working effectively with multilingual learners , a post-sabbatical presentation, and a follow-up AI conversation. Please find the full schedule and links to register in advance for each of these opportunities on the detailed calendar linked below.

OFD/ CTL November Calendar

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

Go Abroad This Spring Semester – Apply by November 1

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Missed your chance to go abroad this spring semester? Not quite!

Applications are STILL OPEN for Augsburg CGEE’s Study Center spring semester programs in Mexico, Central America, Northern Ireland, and Southern Africa until November 1st.

Why choose an Augsburg CGEE Study Center program? Earn Augsburg credits, complete multiple LAF graduation requirements, and get an Augsburg experience abroad!

Our programs are nationally-known, focus on peace, social justice, and community engagement. Northern Ireland, Southern Africa & Mexico also offer INTERNSHIPS!

Learn more and apply here!

GenEd(it) Working Draft Feedback Survey

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Dear Augsburg Community,

We invite your feedback! Please share your perspectives and recommendations about the Working Draft of a revised general education curriculum in this brief, 5-10 minute, anonymous online GenEd(it) Working Draft Feedback Survey by November 3rd. Feedback from faculty, staff and students is critically important as we finalize the general education revision proposal due this December.

Working Draft:
GenEd(it) Working Draft Feedback Survey:

A special thanks to everyone who has offered feedback during recent workshops and meetings. Next steps on the general education revision initiative include developing and refining learning outcomes for each of the proposed general education requirements in consultation with faculty/staff. Details are forthcoming.

We are deeply grateful for your engagement and feedback.

With thanks,
Stacy (

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

GenEd(it) Comment Box:
Summary of NEW comments and those received so far:
General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):
General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

General Announcements

New Student Positions This Week (2)

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

10/26/2023: Student: Writing Center Tutor, Spring 2024
10/23/2023: Student: Marketing Graphic Design Assistant

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New Student Position: Student: Writing Center Tutor, Spring 2024

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Augsburg Writing Center Tutor

Writing Center tutors will work with fellow Augsburg students, individually or in small groups, to

provide guidance and assistance in writing for courses in any discipline, at all stages of the writing process. Tutors may also work with students on extra-curricular writing such as applications, personal statements, and creative work. The purpose of our Writing Center work is to help students build their skills, their confidence, and their comfort level as writers and as students. As a part of this center, tutors will learn about writing in both practical and theoretical terms—as a way of thinking, a means of communicating with others, and a practice that varies across disciplines and across social and cultural conditions, also reaching into the practical aspects of one’s career. Additionally, as members of the Writer Center team, tutors are required to attend regular meetings for continuing education and discussions about Center business.


– Assist, individually or (occasionally) in small groups, students who seek help with their writing for a minimum of 5 hours a week
– Attend biweekly mandatory meetings prepared, having read or written any assigned material
– Attend two Staff workshops per academic year
– Assist in ongoing tasks (e.g., greeting students, collating data, keeping the space clean and orderly) to ensure the Center runs smoothly and efficiently
– As time allows during shifts, assist with creating Writing Center materials, conducting relevant research, marketing materials, and helping with projects such as designing the center space, assessment, and building connections across the campus community.
– Present Writing Center orientations (in the Center or in classes) on occasion
– Adhere to Writing Center policies and enforce Center rules
– Refer students to other campus resources when appropriate
– Meet with the Center Director as part of ongoing tutor evaluation and complete self-evaluations
– Maintain payroll and Center data records thoroughly and on time
– May also have opportunities to participate in specialty student and faculty development workshops
– Commit to ongoing education to improve tutoring techniques and enhance culturally responsive teaching practices

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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!

Learn About Leadership Studies by Taking LS 205 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 AIS 304 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 9:40-11:20 and fulfills an Augsburg Experience.

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.

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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

10/26/2023: The Confluence Program Manager
10/26/2023: Administrative Assistant, Music
10/24/2023: 1st Shift Custodian

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New Staff Position: The Confluence Program Manager

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About The Confluence:

The Confluence (formally the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute) is an annual week-long summer program for high school students (9th-12th grades) focused on vocational discernment. The experience offers young people an intensive opportunity for vocational and theological reflection in a college setting. It is a collaborative effort between Augsburg University’s Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry.

The Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg University is looking to hire a 15-20 hour/ week Program Manager for The Confluence. The Program Manager is responsible for the management and implementation of The Confluence. The Program Manager works with the Executive Director of the Christensen Center for Vocation to provide vision and direction for The Confluence. The Program Manger works with the Chaplain and Program Assistant to execute the operational plans of The Confluence.

Primary Responsibilities

– Plan, schedule, and facilitate staff team meetings, providing leadership structure for the team during and between meetings, helping the team identify the work that needs to be done, assigning who will do it, and tracking its completion.
– Work with Chaplain to hire and train Augsburg University students as summer staff.
– Supervise student workers and summer staff.
– Plan, coordinate, and facilitate community-based learning experiences during the week of AYTI.
– Develop program schedule for the week of The Confluence.
– Function as the key programmatic leader during The Confluence.
– Support program staff during The Confluence.

Additional Responsibilities

– Create and manage a communication/marketing plan to promote the Confluence.
– Oversee program evaluation.
– Manage budget.
– Create grant reports.
– Represent The Confluence to CCV and across the university
– Build partnerships across campus that ensure efficient and effective program development and implementation.
– Build external partnerships with synods, congregations, and ministry leaders the ensure participation and funding.

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Event Announcements

Augsburg Speak Up

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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!

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:

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

RSVP for the Indigenous Book Club

Government and Nonprofit Fair – Friday, November 3

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Register for the Government and Nonprofit Career Fair. There will be over 100 employers represented.

When: Friday November 3, 2023 from 10am-3pm
Where: Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Special Events During the Fair:
11:00am-12:00pm World Cafe Featuring Government Agencies. Meet with recruiters and hiring supervisors from government agencies across the Twin Cities. This interactive event includes a crash course on careers in the public sector followed by one-on-one and small group discussions with recruiters. You will learn tips for applying, how to find roles that meet your career goals, and the benefits of public sector work.

12:30pm-1:30pm Keynote Speaker from the CIA

Transportation will not be provided. If you are interested in walking over as group, we will depart from the Strommen Center (across from Einstein) at 10am.

Prior registration in Handshake is highly encouraged.

Register Here

Inside Biden’s Cuba Policy – Film Screening

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Augsburg CGEE invites everyone to join award-winning Cuban journalist and filmmaker, Liz Oliva Fernández, for a screening and Q&A of two new Belly of the Beast documentaries!

Gracie Award-winning Cuban journalist Liz Oliva Fernández will visit Augsburg University to present a new documentary film, Cuba in the Crosswinds [working title], produced by the independent media outlet, Belly of the Beast. Filmed this year in New Jersey and Washington D.C., Cuba in the Crosswinds exposes the economic and political interests driving U.S. policy toward Cuba under the Biden administration, which has mainly kept intact Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions on Cuba, fueling an unprecedented wave of migration from the island.

WHEN: November 2, 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Center 303A
WHO: Anyone! This event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by: Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies, Latinx Student Services, and Theater Arts.

**To request a reasonable accommodation for this event, please email Nichole at While we will make every effort to provide accommodations, please allow one week advance notice in order to ensure accommodations are set up in time for the event.**

Learn more about the screening here!

Join Us for Yoga TODAY

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Center for Counseling and Wellness, will offer a short reflection followed by mindfulness practice led by Tara Mader, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Please come join us on Monday, October 30 from 10:40am-11:40am in Student Lounge, Christensen Center

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students)

Chapel: Dia de los Muertos Community Altar Unveiling

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Dia de los Muertos Community Altar Unveiling on October 30

Latinx Student Services, ALAS, and Campus Ministry invite you to a celebration of Dia de los Muertos and a Community Altar Unveiling today beginning at 10:40 am in Hoversten Chapel. We will meet in the chapel to learn about the history of this important tradition and will join a procession led by Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli to the altar in Oyaté Commons. You are invited to bring a photo of those whom you would like to honor on our altar (to be displayed until November 3). Light refreshments will be provided.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggies Abroad Share Their Experiences in New Blog Posts

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Check out these CGEE blog posts from a couple of Auggies who are currently studying abroad!

Kathryn Ramach is currently abroad on the program Conflict, Peace, and Transition in Northern Ireland. Read about her first few weeks here:

Lorpu Sumo is currently abroad on the program Communication and Media Studies: Migration & Social Change in Mexico. Read about her first few weeks here:

Interested in going abroad yourself? Applications for spring 2024 CGEE programs are due November 1st, apply today!

Check out the CGEE programs and start your application


Auggie Love Your Melon Hats for Sale

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Colder weather is officially here, stay warm with your own Auggie LYM hat!
The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon and is selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation and helps fight cancer. Beanie hats are $25.

Contact with any questions or to purchase a hat.

Purchase your hat here!

Purchase your hat here!