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Boost Your Brain Power with Language Study

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Ready to continue Latin or French study?
If you have had some previous experience studying French or Latin we invite you to consider continuing that journey this semester in FRE 112 or LAT 102. Both courses meet on campus this semester, 11:10-12:20. Questions can be directed to Professor Sharon Gerlach for French,, and Professor Michael Kidd for Latin,

Interested in other languages? There is still time to sign up for courses this semester! Spring offerings can be found here:

Tuesday, 1/23/24, 3:40 to 5 p.m. — AI in Higher Education: Idea Exchange

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Please join this interactive workshop where we will discuss useful ways to incorporate AI in your course plans.

Facilitator: Susan Hadjiyanis, Instructional Design Technologist

Location: Marshall Room

In order to help with planning , CTL asks community members to pre-register for Faculty Development events 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.

AI in Higher Education: Idea Exchange RSVP

Nominations Open: Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

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Augsburg annually recognizes faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment in one of three categories: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. All full-time faculty who have been employed at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Additionally adjunct faculty who have taught at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching Award.

Any member of the Augsburg Community (faculty student, staff, etc.) may nominate a person for these awards. For more information on the process and requirements of nominators, please see the individual nomination forms on the page linked below.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

Phishing Awareness Workshop

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We cordially invite you to an enlightening Zoom session dedicated to enhancing your awareness of phishing scams, a critical issue in our digital age. As educators, it is imperative to stay informed about these deceptive practices that threaten our online security. This session will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to identify and protect yourself from phishing attempts. Join us for an engaging and informative experience, where we will delve into real-life examples and prevention strategies. Thank you for helping safeguard our academic community. Please mark your calendars and be a part of this essential conversation. We look forward to your participation!

Date: Wednesday, February 7th on Zoom
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm (the last 15 minutes will be saved for Q and A)

Registration Required:

Update: Next Steps in Gen Ed Revision Process

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Dear Augsburg Community,

The shared governance process for the 2023 General Education Revision proposal, completed in December, is underway. Here is a timeline and overview of the shared governance process this spring:

– January: Academic Affairs Committee vote

– February: Faculty Senate vote

– March: Faculty first reading

– April: Faculty second reading and vote

– May: Board of Regents vote

As context and a brief review, in February 2023 the Provost charged a representative group of faculty, staff, and students to bring forward a general education revision proposal by December 2023. Based in part on broad consultation with the Augsburg community, proposed revisions to our general education curriculum include:

– three new mission-based requirements in Equity, Power, & Social Justice, Local & Global Engagement, and Sustainability & Wellness

– a streamlined and transfer-friendly curriculum to facilitate students’ progress toward graduation

– opportunities for distinctive new certificate programs and emphases

For more information, please click on the proposal linked below.

With gratitude,

Stacy (

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


2023 General Education Revision Proposal:

GenEd(it) Comment Box:

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

General Announcements

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

01/16/2024: Graduate Assistant Football Coach
01/15/2024: Senior Academic Technologist

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New Student Positions This Week (2)

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

01/17/2024: Central Services Customer Service Assistant, Spring Semester 2024
01/17/2024: Student: Academic Advising Assistant, Spring Semester 2024

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MarComm Training: How to Use Lytho

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MarComm is holding trainings for staff and faculty to help navigate our project management tool – Lytho. Join us as we go over the system — how to log in, how to submit a request, how to proof a design — and answer questions about the platform.

Training Dates/Times:
Monday, January 22, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, January 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 30, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, February 2, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

More information about MarComm can be found at

Sign up for a training today!

Sign up for a training today!

TODAY – Yoga Monday – Everything Is Provided

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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, January 22nd

Breathing and Centering –
Time: 10:40am-11:00am
Location: Foss Chapel

Yoga Practice –
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Grundale Chapel (Third floor of Hagfors)

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students)

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

TRIO/Student Support Services – New Director Kevin Cheatham

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Kevin Cheatham has accepted the Director of TRIO/Student Support Service position. In this role, Kevin will direct all aspects of the college’s implementation of the TRIO/ Student Support Services grant. He will ensure that the college, as grantee of U.S. Department of Education, complies with federal legislation, regulations, and grant policies in carrying out the grant objectives.

Kevin has worked in Augsburg’s TRIO/SSS program since 2006 and we are lucky he decided to take on this new role.

Online Survey – Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

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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!

Seeking East African Staff, Students, and Community Members: Be a Paid Debate Judge

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is looking for East African college students and professionals to serve as debate judges for our upcoming East African Debate League season. No debate experience is required. We will train you at the tournament.

Judges listen to students speak, weigh the arguments, choose a winner, and provide feedback to help students improve. By judging, you’ll help students gain confidence, build their argumentation skills, and improve their critical thinking!

This is a paid opportunity!

Questions? Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Johan Fullard-Tellez at

Sign up for weeknight shifts on Thursday, January 28th and Thursday, February 8th:

Want to Fulfill Service Hours? Volunteer with the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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Warm Your Heart: Volunteer With Middle Schoolers This Winter

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to more than 1,300 students in the Twin Cities!

In January-March, we will be hosting weeknight debate tournaments for middle school students. Middle school debaters learn important skills like critical thinking, deep listening, note-taking, argumentation, and public speaking in debate – but they also have fun, make friends, and take pride in representing their school!

You can help make it happen by becoming a volunteer debate judge. No debate experience? No problem. We’ll train you. Judges listen carefully to students debating, weigh the arguments, choose a winner, and provide feedback for improvement.

Need/want service hours? Finish them before the semester heats up!

Sign up here:

Event Announcements

Peace Scholars Information Sessions: Jan 23 and 24 During Chapel

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Join us in the Marshall Room (Christensen Center) to receive information about the Peace Scholars Program. Previous peace scholars, Theresa Akinjo and Heidi Danielson, will share their experiences in Oslo, Norway from this past summer of 2023.

This is a time to get your questions answered, and gain an understanding of this incredible program.

Application Deadline is February 1, 2024

Information sessions will be held:
Tuesday, January 23 from 11:30 am – 11:50 am (Marshall Room)
Wednesday, January 24, from 10:40 am – 11:00 am (Marshall Room)

Apply to the Peace Scholars Program

Uncovering Vocation Chapel TOMORROW Featuring Rachel Farris

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Please join us on January 23 in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am to hear Rachel Farris reflect on “Trying Softer” as part of the “Uncovering Vocation” series in chapel co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation. Rachel Farris is director of public relations and internal communication for Augsburg University and Luther Seminary. Before joining Augsburg in 2022, she worked in communications at the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan, as well as in various roles in the nonprofit sector. She is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Chicago, an ordained Presbyterian elder, a 6 on the enneagram, and a lifelong fan of the Michigan Wolverines (who, incidentally, recently won the national college football championship).

MN Private Colleges’ Spring Job & Internship Fair (Feb 22)

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Date: Thursday February 22nd, 2024
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center – 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Who Should Attend: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Opportunity to network with 200+ organizations who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with Minnesota graduates!

Many of the organizations who will be present at the event will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. Other organizations may anticipate hiring in the next six months.

To explore what employers will be at the fair, visit

Registration on Handshake is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. It will make your check-in time faster.

Any questions can be directed to the Strommen Center or

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Fosdick Lecture on Preaching, February 29 at 10 a.m.

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You are invited to the 7th Fosdick Lecture on Preaching where Rev. Barbara Lundblad will address the topic “Shall the Christian Nationalists Win?” Join us at 10:00 am in Hoversten Chapel (livestream is also available). One of Harry Emerson Fosdick’s most well-known sermons is “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” He preached that sermon in 1922: would he preach it today? Would we? What are the loudest Christian voices in the United States? Let’s reclaim our voices for the sake of the Gospel!

Barbara Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She received a B.A. in English from Augustana College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and served 17 years as a parish pastor in New York City. She has been a campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University and has taught homiletics at several schools, including Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. She also served as president of the Academy of Homiletics and in 2014 the Academy honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
She is the author of two books, Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change (2001) and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense (2007) which grew out of the Beecher Lectures she delivered at Yale Divinity School. In 2010 she received the YDS Alumni Award for Excellence in Theological Education. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission.
Following the lecture, please stay for chapel at 11:30 am to hear Rev. Lundblad preach.

Registration and more information

Medica Benefits Lunch and Learn on 1/24

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The Human Resources department, in partnership with Medica will be hosting a one-hour lunch and learn session via zoom on Wednesday, January 24 at noon. The event will be led by our Medica account representative, and will cover the many other value-added benefits that are available to plan participants in addition to our health coverage. Please plan to attend for some, or all of this informative and interactive session.

The event and zoom link is listed on the University calendar.

Please email for more information.

Join ZOOM meeting HERE

Your Kid Can Stay on Campus This Summer: Sign Up for MNUDL Summer Speech & Debate Camp

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Announcing MNUDL’s On-Campus Academic Camp for Middle and High School Students: Register Now

Looking for a way to keep your middle or high school student engaged this summer? The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is hosting 5 weeks of summer speech and debate camps in 2024. Camps will be held on-campus and include lunch in the Augsburg cafeteria. After-care is available for middle school students for an additional fee.

Camps include Policy Debate, Public Forum, Congressional Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Speech. Whether your student has debate experience or not, we’ve got a camp for all levels, from true beginners to intermediate to advanced!

Generous scholarships are available for those with financial need. Payment plans are also an option. You can register and claim your spot with a $5 deposit while applying for scholarships!

Learn more and sign up:

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Art Commissions Open: Your Own Personal Hand-Painted Pet Portrait

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My name is Rebecca and I work for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, but I’m also a painter. I am paying off some medical bills with art commissions. Members of the Augsburg community commissioned several paintings over the holidays, and I was very grateful. I am still open for commissions going into 2024!

I am painting acrylic on canvas in multiple small sizes for the following prices:

4″ x 4″: $40

4″ x 5″: $50

5″ x 5″: $70

5″ x 7″: $80

8″ x 10″: $120

I will ask you for a photo of the pet to copy and some colors you like, as well as the pets’ interests, to inform the background.

This provides a good sample of the type of portraits I do:

As does this link:

I can be paid by cash, Venmo, or PayPal and can drop off on Augsburg’s campus OR mail in the USA as needed.

If you are interested, please reach out ASAP and let me know by what date you want the portrait. (It makes for a great birthday present!)

Serious inquiries only. Please email me at if you are interested.