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Come to the Writing Center

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The Writing Center is Open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

Community Engagement as a Tool to Bridge Systems and Community | February 29 3-5 pm, Zoom

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Nexus Community Engagement Institute
Engaged Learning Series

The Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI) invites you to the first Engaged Learning Series of 2024! We will dive into community engagement as a tool to bridge systems and community, while keeping community at the center of these efforts.

Thursday, February 29
3:00 – 5:00pm CST
Zoom (online)

By centering community engagement efforts, it becomes possible to build a more inclusive and equitable society where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Join us as we ask ourselves “What power do I have? What decisions CAN I make?” and engage in an open space activity.

The Engaged Learning Series is an opportunity for people to brainstorm, process, and network with others in community – this series does not include trainings

Please note that the Zoom invitation will be sent out the week of the event.

To register for the event, please visit:

Get Funded to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad: Fulbright Info Session

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Learn about a life-changing opportunity!

URGO is hosting an online Fulbright Info session on Thursday, February 22nd at 5-6:15 PM

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your
questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website:

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact

Register for Fulbright Info Session

Next Steps for Gen Ed Revision Proposal

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Dear Augsburg Community,

The 2023 General Education Revision proposal has received support in the initial stages of the shared governance process. Both the Academic Affairs Committee and the Faculty Senate voted in support of the proposed revisions. We are grateful to AAC co-chairs Ana Ribiero, HPE, and Jacob Enger, Business, to Faculty Senate President Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology, and to the entire AAC and Faculty Senate committees for their thorough and detailed review of the proposal.

2023 General Education Revision Proposal:

Overview of the shared governance process:
January: Academic Affairs Committee vote (6 in support; 0 opposed; 1 abstention)
February: Faculty Senate vote (10 in support; 1 opposed; 0 abstentions)
March: Faculty first reading
April: Faculty second reading and vote
May: Board of Regents vote

Do you have questions about the 2023 General Education Revision proposal? If so, please plan to attend the Focused Conversation on Tuesday, February 20th, from 12-1pm in the Marshall Room. We hope to see you there!

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)

– GenEd(it) Comment Box
– General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available)
– General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive

Explore Christian Community & Vocation: Apply for Christensen Scholars

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The Christensen Scholars Program is a small group of ten academically accomplished students who share an interest in the theological and practical exploration of Christian community and vocation. The experience promises to be intellectual, communal, theological, dialogical, challenging, and practical.

– Develop a deeper understanding of your own vocation in a caring community.
– Create a deeper sense of belonging among your peers.
– Learn new ways to live out your faith on a daily basis within the community.
– Experience a remote retreat center in the middle of winter in the mountains.
– Receive a $2,000 scholarship to cover your tuition.
– All-expenses-paid pilgrimage to Holden Village Retreat Center in the Cascade mountains.
– 4 upper division Religion credits (can be used toward your major or minor)


Ramadan Panel: This Thursday

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Join us for a student-led panel discussion on how to support student practices during Ramadan. Professor Najeeba Syeed will moderate the discussion. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Interfaith Institute, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Campus Ministry, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and the President’s Office.

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Science 123

CTL asks faculty/staff members to pre-register for Faculty Development events when possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome.

Faculty/staff, please register here:
NOTE: Registration link has been corrected.

Interfaith Scholars: Apply by March 1

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We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Interfaith Scholar cohort.

Interfaith Scholars is a yearlong student cohort that engages students as partners in ongoing interreligious dialogue and action by exploring methods and best practices for talking about religion/spirituality/worldview in a diverse democracy. Students will engage in community service learning and interfaith events as well as learn from guest speakers from religious communities, business professionals, and other leaders from across sectors. Students accepted into the Interfaith Scholars program receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The cohort meets for the full academic year as a credit based course on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. Professor Najeeba Syeed is the primary instructor.

Students from every religious tradition and students without a connection to a religious tradition are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Applications are due Friday, March 1.

General Announcements

Women’s Night Out at Brian Coyle Center Needs Volunteers – Saturday, March 2, 4-8 p.m.

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Join us for a super fun party with women in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood! There will be food, traditional Somali dance, and good times for all! We could use some help setting up and taking down a few things (the young folks at Brian Coyle take care of most of this), childcare, food service and some other small, random things!

The party is on Saturday, March 2 from 4:00-8:00–you can volunteer for as little or as long as you like.

Fill out this form to let us know when you’re available:

Collecting Donations of Clean and Nice Clothing for Sisterhood Boutique

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Hello! The Annual Women’s Night Out Party at the Brian Coyle Community Center will collect clean and nice women’s clothing for the Sisterhood Boutique. If you want to donate items, you can drop them by the Sabo Center in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall. Get in touch with Jenean Gilmer with any questions,

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!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

02/15/2024: Director of Leadership Gifts, StepUP
02/13/2024: Program Associate, Off-Campus Study

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CLASS Student Survey and Chance for $50 Gift Card

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If you’re a student who receives support from the CLASS office we’d like your feedback! Complete a brief online survey about the CLASS Office and your campus experiences relative to accessibility AND email a screenshot of the completion screen to for a chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Follow these steps:
1. Access and complete the survey at this link:
2. After you click “submit”, send a screenshot of your completion page to to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

For questions/to request an accommodation contact

Deadline for Summer/Fall 2024 Semester Abroad – March 1

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Every Auggie can study abroad/away! Study Abroad/Away gives you a chance to live, learn, and earn credits somewhere else in world as part of your college experience!

You can gain confidence, learn about different places and cultures and make friends for life. Plus, it can open up new career and educational opportunities!

Are you interested in studying abroad for either the summer or Fall of 2024? Make sure to complete your application through the study abroad website today to secure your spot!

Click Here to Visit the Study Abroad/Away Website Today

CLASS Values Faculty Feedback — Take Our Survey

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The CLASS Office needs your feedback! CLASS in conjunction with the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is conducting a program evaluation. We are especially interested in your thoughts on ways we are doing well and how we could be a better resource for you and improve our effectiveness in serving students. Completion of the survey takes approximately 15 minutes.

Complete a brief online survey on your observations/experiences with our office at this link:

For questions/to request an accommodation contact

Event Announcements

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers Exhibit at UMN

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Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers exhibit at UMN

Head across the street for, Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art
On view January 16 – March 16, 2024
Gallery Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers marks the opening of the George Morrison Center for Indigenous Arts and features work in a wide variety of painting media and esthetic approaches by 29 artists, including Frank Big Bear, David Bradley, Awanigiizhik Bruce, Andrea Carlson, Avis Charley, Fern Cloud, Michelle Defoe, Jim Denomie, Patrick DesJarlait, Sam English, Carl Gawboy, Joe Geshick, Sylvia Houle, Oscar Howe, Waŋblí Mayášleča (Francis J. Yellow, Jr.), George Morrison, Steven Premo, Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, Cole Redhorse Taylor, Roy Thomas, Jonathan Thunder, Thomasina TopBear, Moira Villiard, Kathleen Wall, Star WallowingBull, Dyani White Hawk, Bobby Dues Wilson, Leah H. Yellowbird, and Holly Young.

Dreaming Our Futures is curated by Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor of American Studies, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, with Christopher Pexa, Associate Professor of English, Harvard University.

For more information visit:

TODAY: Focused Conversation on Gen Ed Proposal

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend the February Focused Conversation today. Professor Stacy Freiheit will provide an overview of the general education curriculum revision process and proposed changes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

Girl Scout Cookies in OGC 11-2 TODAY

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Come and get your favorite Girl Scout Cookies in OGC from 11am – 2 pm!

Eleanor will be selling all the flavors you know and love. We accept cash and card through the Digital Cookie app which allows you to use a variety of payment options. Your purchase helps fund her, her troop, and Girl Scouts across the region!

Skip the line and order ahead of time by using the online app. Select delivery and use Augsburg as the delivery address.

Order Girl Scout Cookies

Medica Benefits Presentation TOMORROW 2/21

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We invite you to join the Human Resources team and Medica for an informative presentation on Wednesday, February 21 from 8-9am about some of the programs and benefits you may not be aware are included in our Medica plans. Our Medica account representative will lead the event and cover the many other value-added benefits that are available to plan participants in addition to our health coverage. We encourage you to attend for part or all of this informative and interactive session. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be recorded.

Join via Zoom here!

Medicare 101 Webinar on 2/27

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We invite you to join the Human Resources team on Tuesday, February 27 from 8-9 am for an informative presentation about the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare by TLC Insurance Group. This live Medicare webinar will provide an overview of how Medicare works, when to enroll, Medicare options, penalties, the variety of plan types, 2024 updates and much more. General questions can be entered into the chat, and answered as time permits. Specific or personal situation questions will be answered privately by the host. Medicare beneficiary assistance, guidance, and evaluation is provided at no cost to our employees and their families.

Join via Zoom here!

Students: Meet Your Legislators at Day at the Capitol

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What: 2024 Day at the Capitol
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Time: 9:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (plus travel time to St. Paul by light rail)

Join us for Day at the Capitol 2024, where you can advocate for increased funding for education and other issues that matter to you. Your legislators need to hear from you about the Minnesota State Grant program and other causes that you care about.

What happens during Day at the Capitol?

You’ll attend a Minnesota State Grant advocacy and lobbying training with student advocates from Augsburg and other Minnesota private colleges. Then you’ll meet with legislators (we’ll make appointments for you in advance) and have lunch at the Capitol. The Minnesota Private College Council will host a Q&A session with public policy experts and policymakers and will provide everything you need to be a successful advocate. We will take the light rail from campus to and from the Capitol together. Plus, free lunch!

Have questions or need help? Email

Learn more and register for Day at the Capitol (choose February 28).

Cookies and Conversation in Religion and Philosophy

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On Wednesday February 21st, 4:00-5:00pm the Department of Religion and Philosophy will host Cookies and Conversation in Hagfors 165. These ongoing informal meetings will occur twice a month. This week’s theme is “Love Languages of Religion.” Join us for this bite-sized conversation about religion. And for cookies!

Interfaith Symposium: March 7

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Join Augsburg’s Interfaith Institute for our 2nd annual Interfaith Symposium. The Interfaith Symposium is an invitation to learn more about religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. Keynote speaker Manu Meel will speak to this year’s theme of Building Trust in Divisive Times. As CEO of BridgeUSA, Manu is leading the largest and fastest growing student movement to bridge our differences.

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm*
Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
*class times will be adjusted so that students/faculty/staff can attend

The symposium will be livestreamed. To register for livestreaming and to learn more about the symposium, visit:

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