Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hyundai to Provide Free Safety Upgrades in Minneapolis

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On Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, in cooperation with the Minneapolis Police Department, technicians from Hyundai will be on site in the parking lot of the old K-Mart building at 10 W Lake St. to provide free security upgrades for Hyundai vehicles that have been affected by an issue that leaves them vulnerable to theft.

The event will run each day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Visit the Department of Public Safety website for the full details of this event.

Full Event Details

Teaching and Learning

¡Ándale! Improve Your Spanish Skills This Spring

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Is it time to move your intermediate Spanish-speaking skills to a higher level? Are you looking for another course to add into your schedule? The Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies department invites you to consider taking Spa 212 for the Spring semester. Continuing your Spanish study is a powerful way to enhance your resume and make you a more viable job candidate in a market that is looking for global competence and multilingual skills. Also, this course counts towards a minor or a major in Spanish and is a great way to get ready for upper-level Spanish courses.

SPA 212 is Intermediate Spanish, a 2nd yr. language course designed to continue building language skills while exploring cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and is intended for students who’ve completed Spanish 211 or the equivalent. Spa 212 meets on campus this spring: MWF 12:30-1:40. Students, faculty and staff are invited to register. Please spread the word to your Augsburg friends!
If you’re wondering if this is the right level for you or have any other questions, please contact Professor Michael Kidd,

Research Compensation Opportunity

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.
Thank you!

Call for Proposals Due 11/13: National Higher Education Teaching Conference

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The Call for Proposals is currently open for the National Higher Education Teaching Conference (NHETC), set to take place in Minneapolis, MN, on June 13-14, 2024.

The 2024 NHETC will focus on three interconnected themes aimed at accelerating the student success movement in higher education:

1. Growing the Great Teaching Movement in the Classroom
2. Growing the Great Teaching Movement Campus-Wide
3. Growing the Great Teaching Movement across Higher Education

You can reference a list of suggested topics from the NHETC Programming Committee, though out-of-the-box thinking and innovative ideas that align with the overarching themes are also welcome and encouraged. Diverse perspectives and creative approaches are essential to driving meaningful change in higher education.

This is a unique opportunity to share your expertise, research, and experiences with a community of educators and thought leaders committed to enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. Your contribution can make a significant impact and help shape the future of student success within higher education.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 13th. To submit your proposal, please visit the NHETC website.

Call for Proposals National Higher Education Teaching Conference

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 below.

OFD/ CTL November Events Calendar

Boren Scholarship for Language Study Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages critical to U.S. interests by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicant in selecting a program and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:

Check out the Boren website to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries.
Let us know your intent to apply by November 27th by making an appointment with Emilie Lenz in Study Abroad or Dixie Shafer in URGO.
Submit your application to by Augsburg’s internal campus application deadline of Friday, January 5th.

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

$30,000 Graduate School Scholarship for Public Service

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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides merit-based scholarships to college students in their junior year who plan to pursue careers in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

• Full-time junior-level student
• US citizen
• Extensive record of community and public service
• Planning a career in public service
• Outstanding leadership potential
• Strong academic record
• Nominated by Augsburg University to apply
• Must meet with Truman Campus Representative, Dixie Shafer (, by Tuesday, November 21st

Public service is defined as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

Visit the Truman Scholarship website

General Announcements

Tap Into Your Inner Leader 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.

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey Today

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

2024 Open Enrollment November 6 – November 20

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Open Enrollment Dates: Monday, November 6th through Monday, November 20th.

This is the only time of year outside of a qualifying life event when benefits-eligible employees may elect or change their benefit options, connect with the informative resources to help make the best decisions to meet their needs and enroll for the coming year.

Please review the 2024 Benefits Guide:

The 2024 Open Enrollment form located on;
Inside Augsburg > Augnet Services > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment

Do I need to submit a form if I’m not making any changes? Yes, you must submit a form for 2024 before open enrollment closes, even if you are not making any changes to your 2024 benefits. If you do not enroll or re-enroll, you may not have benefits in 2024.

You are encouraged to attend open enrollment information sessions to learn more.

11/8, 1:00 p.m. – HSA/FSA Education Session, Virtual
11/9, 8:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, Virtual
11/14, 3:00 p.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, Hagfors Center 150B

Need help completing your form? Come to an open enrollment help session:

11/9/23 — 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Science Hall 205
11/15/23 — 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Sverdrup 206

Add these events to your google calendar! Visit the HR website ( and add the Payroll and Benefits calendar.

Visit the HR Website 2024 Open Enrollment Page:

Add these events to your google calendar! Visit the HR website ( and add the Payroll and Benefits calendar.

Please read your A-Mail daily to make sure you have the most up to date information. Please Email with any questions regarding your 2024 Open Enrollment.

Thank you!

The Augsburg Human Resources Team

Augsburg Human Resources Website

Earn Course Credits With Short Term Study Abroad This May: Apply Today

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Interested in earning class credit with Augsburg classmates and an Augsburg professor for a short time in May? Sign up today for one of these amazing opportunities!

***Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin***

Travel Dates: May 15th-May 30th

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

***Explorations in Greece: Economy, Ethics and Culture***

Travel to Greece

Travel Dates: May 12 – 27, 2024

Faculty: Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Course options: All students must choose one course:

KEY 490 – Keystone

BUS 490 – Keystone

ECO 495 available by arrangement with professors

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Visit businesses of all kinds, enjoy guest lectures from Greek business professionals and experts, visit museums, try fresh, local foods, and more!

***Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba***

Study Abroad in Cuba in May

– fine arts class for all majors

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!

Travel: May 12-23, 2024

Course: THR 295 – Topics: Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba, (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!

Click here to learn more about the programs

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.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Speak Up

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Join us at Augsburg for an event that celebrates diversity and inclusivity. Our students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds have powerful stories to share, and we want you to be a part of the conversation.

By listening to our students’ experiences, assets, and struggles, we can work together to create a more supportive and inclusive community. This event will feature four inspiring narratives from students and faculty. We invite you to join us at The Chapel on November 9th, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Your participation will significantly contribute to our community’s growth and development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee and cookies will be provided

Networking Workshop on Thursday, November 9

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What: Networking for Success: The Latest Secret Sauce
Who: Presented by Tom Colosimo, career coach for the Strommen Center
Where: The Strommen Center
When: November 9th, 11am-12pm

About: Did you know over 80% of jobs are found through networking? Tom Colosimo, career coach and regional motivational speaker, will present on the ever-important topic of Networking. Networking is key to professional career actions.

Tom will:
-Cover the various types of networking strategies and tactics
-Why do we promote networking in the marketplace?
-How do we network – the key elements of identifying a focus, setting an agenda, and following up
-Where do we network – how do we make the initial connection to those we don’t know
-How should we stay connected?
-How do we process what we’ve learned and apply it to our career path?

Register for this event on Handshake!

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY 10:30 – 12:00

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Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table today in Christensen Center from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

We are available to answer your questions about study abroad/away, check in on your application, or give you some information to get started.

Study Abroad & Away opportunities are for all Auggies! Programs range in length from 1 week to a semester, there are international locations as well as destinations in the USA, and courses are available to fit any major.

Every Study Abroad & Away program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too!

Stop by today for more info!

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

Short Term Program in South Africa: Information Session

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Hello Everyone,

We have a scheduled Zoom information session planned for the following date and time:

Monday, November 13th, 2023 from 5 – 6 pm (CST).

Here is the Zoom link:

We welcome non-music/music therapy majors as well. If you study related fields such as psychology, social work, nursing, and physician assistant, consider joining us! Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

Juyoung & Jess

Find out More information about the South Africa Program

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

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:

Panel for Students:

Anahi Cantoran, Plant and Microbial Biology Ph.D. Candidate at the UMN. Alumna of Augsburg University (‘20, Biology, TRIO McNair Scholar)

Tesnim Mohamed, Biology, Society, & Environment Undergraduate Student at the UMN. Transfer Student from North Hennepin Community College

Barbara Sabino Pina, Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Mayo Clinic. Alumna of Augsburg University (‘23, Biochemistry, Minor in Leadership Studies)

Bjorn Solberg, Physics and Mathematics Undergraduate Student at Augsburg University. Transfer from Minneapolis College

Justin Third, Information Technology Undergraduate Student at Minneapolis College

Semele (Sema) Zewde, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student at the UMN

Panel for Faculty and Staff:

Phil Engen, University of Minnesota National Science Foundation Materials Research and Science and Engineering Center (UMN MRSEC)

Gina Ristani, The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio)

Kelly Vincelette, The Hormel Institute, University Of Minnesota

TOMORROW – Interfaith in the Workplace: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion

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Join Interfaith at Augsburg for an interactive panel discussion on navigating diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Panelists include Joffrey Wilson, Vice President, Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion at Mortenson and Katie Clark, Associate Professor, and
Executive Director of the Health Commons.

Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Oren Gateway Center, 114

You Still Have Time to See “The Clockwork Professor” This Weekend

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Augsburg Theater Department presents:
The Clockwork Professor
by Maggie Lee
Directed by Beliza Torres Narváez

Friday, Nov 3, and Thursday, Nov 4, at 7 pm.
Thursday, Nov 9- Saturday, Nov 11 at 7 pm.
Sun Nov 12 at 3 pm.

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

The show runs for approximately 2 hours with an intermission.

Professor Shae Pemberton is a humble, secretive inventor who leads a quiet life focused on science. However, as her loyal assistant Matilda reminds her, fixing broken toys, clocks, and household gadgets is what she must do to pay the bills. When her friend Lawrence visits her with a business proposal from two shady fellows, buried secrets from her past resurface. As political unrest sweeps over the great city of New Providence, unexpected (and weird!) events start to unravel and threaten to destroy everything Pemberton holds dear, perhaps even the Crown itself! The Clockwork Professor is an action-packed adventure of fantastical science fiction with a steampunk twist.

Content Disclosure: The Clockwork Professor is a comedy intended for young adult and adult audiences. This play includes the use of some strong language and contains suggested nudity. There are also simulated fights, physical restraint, and a bit of romantic display of affection. Ah! And there will be some occasional theatrical smoke, too!

Click the Link Here for More Information on How to Get Tickets

Augsburg First-Generation College Celebration (Nov. 6 – 9)

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November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. The HEA was passed to ensure that everyone has access to higher education, regardless of income. In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day, 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 are geared towards students but all are welcome to attend! Stop by any of these events to pick up a “Proud to Be First Gen” sticker and/or a “Proud to Support First-Generation Auggies” office placard.

Monday, Nov. 6: First-Generation Week Kick-Off
10:40 – 11:00am, Hoversten Chapel
Guest Speaker: Firi Dawid, Campus Life

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Augsburg First-Generation Celebration
11:00am – 2:00pm, Gage Center (Lindell Library, 2nd floor)
Photobooth, treats, “Proud to Be First Gen” stickers

Thursday, Nov. 9: Film Screening & Discussion
5:30 – 7:00pm, SCI 123
A Walk in my Shoes: First Generation College Students
What’s it like to be the first one in your family to go to college? This inspirational documentary delves into the lives of eight first-generation college students, five preservice teachers and three successful educators, who chose a profession dedicated to a concept they are all committed to: changing lives.

Thursday, Nov. 16: Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross: what it means to be the “first”
11:30 – 11:50am, Hoversten Chapel

For questions, please contact Lara Crombie (

Jennifer Diaz, Chair of Education Department, Shares Her Vocation Story in Chapel

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Join us on Tuesday November 14th from 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Hoversten Chapel for the next installment in our Uncovering Vocation series. Dr. Jennifer Diaz, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, will share stories about how her vocational path was revealed for her life’s work to become an educator. The stories will explore how we may not always know what is coming next and sometimes in the midst of uncertainty, the world just might surprise us. Come and learn more about Jennifer, our community, and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

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