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¡Ándale! Enhance 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,

Feedback Requested: Working Draft of GenEd Revision Survey

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Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Your feedback is critically important. If you haven’t already, please share your perspectives and recommendations about the Working Draft of a revised General Education Curriculum in the brief 5-10 minute anonymous, online survey linked below. Please share your perspectives by November 17th.

In next steps, the GenEd(it) Group will be consulting with faculty and staff experts on draft learning outcomes for each of the proposed requirements, and drafting an assessment plan.

Thank you for your contributions and engagement in general education revision.

The GenEd(it) Group

Feedback Survey:

Working Draft of a Revised General Education Curriculum:

Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Students Pursuing Careers in 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

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

Wednesday, 12:30 pm: Providing Support for Multilingual Learners

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Presenter: Dr. Yacoub Aljaffery, PhD, Faculty of ESL Education

Description: Providing Support for Augsburg’s Bilingual and Multilingual Students

As our number of multilingual students grows in Minnesota and at our University, specifically faculty and staff need to learn more about this population. Understanding the needs of these students and providing the proper support is the key for their success in our school, which eventually will help them to continue chasing their dreams. In this workshop, attendees will learn about our bilingual and multilingual students’ needs. Attendees will also be able to offer academic and social support for our students who speak other languages.

Location: Lindell 301

In order to help with planning and attendance documentation, CTL asks community members to pre-register for Faculty Development Workshops as possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome. You will be emailed a copy of your selections. To assist with community building, please wear your university nametag to Faculty Development events.

RSVP Multilingual Learners Workshop

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New Staff Position: Staff Accountant

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We are seeking an individual to join our Business Office team to complete daily and weekly cash accounting processes to ensure accurate and detailed records of all cash transactions are maintained. This position will also be responsible for completing assigned monthly close processes, preparing journal entries and reconciliations, assisting with internal management financial reports and budgeting processes, preparing and completing tax filings, and providing backup support for other areas in the accounting office.

Primary Responsibilities:

– Reconcile main bank and sub accounts weekly.
– Prepare and post journal entries to record all main bank and sub account activity weekly.
– Access bank information online and record cash activity daily in cash spreadsheets.
– Follow cash reconciliation procedures and update documentation as necessary.
– Provide reconciliation report weekly to the Accounting Manager for review and follow-up on open items as well as daily follow-up on rejected transactions, fraud notifications, and check voids.
– Review available balances in cash accounts and recommend transfers between accounts as needed
– Update cash flow summary report with daily cash receipts and expenditures by type and assist in the analysis of unusual or unexpected transactions.
– Support any audit testing of cash accounts or transactions as needed.
– Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

Additional Responsibilities:

– Monthly fixed asset reviews, asset maintenance in the fixed asset module and reconciliations.
– Perform monthly investment and accrued interest reconciliations. Maintain electronic statements and assist with monthly endowment reporting.
– Prepare monthly prepaid reconciliations.
– Reconcile third party scholarships monthly and work with student financial services to clear balances.
– Monthly reconciliation of bond, note, and interest payable accounts as well as bond amortization and trustee deposit reconciliations. Update the capital and operating leases schedules as needed.
– Upload monthly central service journal entries to ERP system as well as accounting tickets.
– Various asset and liability monthly account reconciliations as assigned.
– Perform year-end inventory counts and reconciliations.
– Prepare various budget variance analysis in support of management and financial reporting.
– Assist in the annual capital budgeting process and completion of monthly summary reporting.

Tax preparation and filing:

– Prepare and file monthly sales tax as well as annual sales tax reports.
– Process and report unclaimed property.

Provide back up support:

– Provide backup support for accounts payable or other duties as necessary.
– Other reconciliation, duties, and special projects as assigned such as work with archiving and record retention.

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Lot J – Reserved for Admissions Guests Only

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Lot J – Future Auggie Parking – is reserved for guests of Admissions only. We have ran into multiple instances where the lot is full (and not due to our visit schedule) and our guests/prospective students can not find parking that is reserved for them, starting their visit to campus off on the wrong foot. We ask the campus community to kindly respect the reserved lot, and only park there if you have an Admissions approved permit for the 2023-2024 school year. We thank you for your commitment in helping us provide great experiences for prospective students visiting our campus!

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.

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.

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

Online Survey – Chance to Win $100 Giftcard

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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!

Questions on Your FSA/HSA During Open Enrollment

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If you have questions regarding your HSA or FSA account(s), either existing or new in 2024, you are encouraged to contact HR Simplified directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. They have experts who specialize in the complex rules and regulations governing these plans, and Augsburg relies on our partnership with HR Simplified to ensure accurate information will be provided to our employees during open enrollment and throughout the plan year. They can be reached at 888.318.7472, Option #1. Their customer service hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Fridays. You may also email them Please contact HR Simplified as your first resources for all of your HSA/FSA questions and concerns. Thank you!

Calling All Who Are Looking for a Club to Learn/Improve Cooking and Baking Skills

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Hello, Auggies! I want to start a club called ABCS, Augsburg Baking & Cooking Skills.
The club would feature the “ABC’s” of cooking and baking including cheap easy meals, the 5 essential meals everyone should know how to make, and baking for occasions, birthdays, holidays etc. Also I am hopeful for the inclusion of meals based with the frequent ingredients of the campus kitchen. However, I need student interest and participants to attend and help me run the club before I can start. If you would be interested in something like that please contact me at
Thank you so much!

It’s Beautiful Day to Get Outside – Join Us for Our Last Walking Group of the Semester

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Come join us in CWC for our last walking group of the semester, this Wednesday, November 15th at 4:30pm. We will explore the community together, enjoy the beautiful day, make connections, connect to nature, and move our bodies.

Meet in CWC.

Make Your Benefits Elections – Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 20

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Open Enrollment is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits for the coming year, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

During open enrollment, no action means no coverage.

Employees who fail to act by November 20 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2024, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

How to Access the 2024 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment

Every benefits-eligible employee must act by electing or declining health, dental or vision insurance coverages and a flexible spending or health savings account. Your 2023 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2024. You are required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2024 elections even if you elect to waive your 2024 coverage.

Need help completing your form? Come to an open enrollment help session:
11/15/23 — 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Sverdrup 206

Visit the HR website to view recorded information sessions:

Email with any questions.

2024 Benefits Guide

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TODAY – Open Enrollment Help Session

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HR team members will be available today in the Sverdrup 206 computer lab from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. to support with your Open Enrollment form and questions.

Open Enrollment is open now through Monday, November 20. 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.

During open enrollment, no action means no coverage. Employees who fail to act by November 20 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2024, and will need to wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs. Your 2023 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2024.

How to access the 2024 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment

Visit the HR Website 2024 Open Enrollment Page:

Email with any questions.

URGO Summer Research Info Session Nov 28 & 29

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Join us November 28th or 29th, 5-6pm in Hagfors 150B to hear from past researchers, learn how to write a strong application, and find a faculty mentor!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor they choose.

$6,000 for full-time researchers

$3,000 for half-time researchers

URGO Summer Research also counts as Augsburg Experience!

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact

See you there!

Staff Breakfast on Tuesday, November 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Maria’s Cafe on Franklin Ave

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Join your staff senators and colleagues for a meal and a chat at a real neighborhood favorite. Maria’s is a member of Augsburg Local and serves up wonderful Columbian staples like Arepas Rellenas, Pandequeso and Cachapas Venezolanas alongside U.S. American breakfast classics like french toast, oatmeal, eggs and bacon. The restaurant is just up Franklin in the Ancient Traders Market across the street from Pow Wow Grounds. Sadly, we don’t have the budget to buy you breakfast, but we are practiced in witty banter. Guffaws not guaranteed, but likely.

Please fill out this form to let us know if you would like to attend:

We will need to let María know in advance how many to expect, please submit your form no later than Friday, November 17th. We will send you a Google Calendar invitation with details. All guests will be responsible for their own purchases. Please email with any questions.

Read more about Maria’s at their website:

Cedar Cultural Center Volunteer Orientation – November 29

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Have you ever wanted to peek behind the scenes at the Cedar? Learn more about how to participate at our venue by attending our monthly Volunteer Orientation led by volunteer coordinator Jared Hemming! Beginning with our first show 30 years ago, all of the Cedar’s events have been staffed by volunteers in our program, which now includes more than 400 members. Volunteers earn credit to see future shows for free. Tasks include setting up the venue, selling tickets and concessions, and cleaning at the end of each performance. All are welcome to join our volunteer program.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
5:30 PM
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55454

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED: OR email Volunteer Coordinator Jared Hemming at

Do I need to bring anything? No, all materials will be provided.
How do I sign up? Reserve a spot via Eventbrite above, and/or email Jared at with your first and last name and which orientation you’d like to sign up for.

What if I reserve a spot but can’t make it? No worries – we host monthly orientation meetings. Scroll down to next month’s calendar to see if our next orientation works for you.

Can my underage child volunteer? Volunteers must be 18+ to serve alcohol and to cleanup, with respect to alcohol sales and curfew laws. However, if you’d like to volunteer with your child, signup for the orientation and we can accommodate.

If I sign up for the orientation, can I bring a friend? The more the merrier here at The Cedar. Feel free to bring anyone who might be interested in volunteering to our orientation.

Come to Our Workshop for “The Rocky Horror Show”

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Do you love musicals? Have you always wanted to do an Augsburg show but you didn’t know how to get involved? Here’s a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the Augsburg’s Theater Department’s upcoming production of “The Rocky Horror Show”!

We will be hosting a workshop to prepare for our January auditions on Monday, November 20th from 4:00-5:30pm in the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater! No preparation or experience is necessary. Come learn about our upcoming musical, meet new friends, and have fun!

If you have any questions, reach out to the director, Darcey Engen,

We hope to see you there!

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

TODAY – Gratitude & Goodies in the Gage Center

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Gratitude & Goodies in the Gage Center
Wednesday, November 15
Gage Center, Lindell Library 2nd floor

For the whole Augsburg community! Come for treats, cocoa, and writing thank-you cards. We can all benefit by taking time to demonstrate our thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives, whether in big ways or small.

If you need disability accommodations for equal access to this event, please contact

Chapel: Imam Tamim Saidi

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am to hear Imam Tamim Saidi of the Islamic Resource Group speak on Islam in the next installment of our “Living Stories” speakers. In collaboration with the department of religion and philosophy, each month we will feature a practitioner of a different faith or spiritual tradition to share their story in chapel.

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