Playwrights’ Center/Augsburg CGEE Instructor one of “TV’s Hottest Writers”

submitted by devega@augsburg.edu

The StarTribune profiled Playwrights’ Center/Augsburg CGEE instructor Sofya Levitsky-Weitz in an article last week. The article highlights the connection between the Playwrights’ Center and “some of most in-demand TV writers this fall”

Read the article: https://www.startribune.com/neal-justin/6370468

Among Sofya’s works are:
Plays: “Cannabis Passover,” “This Party Sucks”
TV: “Gaslit,” “The Dropout,” “The Bear”

In 2020, Augsburg CGEE and the Playwrights’ Center launched an exciting new partnership to offer courses taught by the nation’s leading playwrights. Through online courses, university students connect with peers across the country and are taught by leading professional playwrights who are actively working in the field. These courses are open to students across the country as well as to Augsburg students in the theater, creative writing, and MFA programs.

This fall Sofya Levitsky-Weitz is teaching Writing for Television.

Learn more about the courses offered through Playwrights’ Center/Augsburg CGEE

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here!

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here!

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here!

Farewell to Annie Chen TODAY

submitted by jepsen@augsburg.edu

After four years as our communications director, event coordinator, tech/ equipment/ supply support, data manager, arts and crafts denizen, and snack wrangler– aka TRIO/SSS Program Assistant– Annie is moving on to nonprofit youth service, with the organization 826 MSP. There she will lead the Writers’ Room at South High School in Minneapolis.

Annie’s last day is TODAY (!) so please stop by the TRIO SSS office to wish her well if you are able.

Schield Presents Statistical Literacy at Metro State

submitted by schield@augsburg.edu

Augsburg professor emeritus, Milo Schield, is giving a talk to the Mathematics department at Metropolitan State University on Thursday, Sept 1 at 12:10 PM, . His title is “Offering a Confounder Based Statistical Literacy Course”. Milo is the Statistical Literacy coordinator at the University of New Mexico. The UNM statistical literacy course (Math 1300) is a copy of Augsburg’s GST 200: first offered in 2008. This event will be held in Room L120 inside Founder’s Hall. For those traveling East on I94, note that the Sixth Street exit is currently closed. Take exit 242C in downtown St. Paul heading south on Wall Street. Make an immediate left onto 7th Street heading east.

Communications Professor Receives Think-Off Award

submitted by lapakko@augsburg.edu

David Lapakko, Associate Prof. of Communication Studies, will once again be recognized at this year’s Great American Think-Off, a philosophy competition held annually in New York Mills, MN. He will be presented with an Honorable Mention award for his essay submission at this year’s Think-Off debate on Saturday night. In the past, Lapakko has been a Think-Off debate finalist in 2013, 2015, and 2019, with Honorable Mention essay awards in 2016, 2018, and 2022. This year’s question is, “Which should be more important: personal choice or social responsibility?”, with Lapakko arguing on behalf of social responsibility.

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Aaron Davis is a Management/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Blessing Kasongoma is a International Business/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Sameera Mohamed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business

Mohamed (Khadar) Muhumed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business.

Since 2008, eighty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships. This round alone, Auggies won over $30,000!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Maren Stoddard Mack, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats to all seven winners!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Aaron Davis is a Management/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Blessing Kasongoma is a International Business/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Sameera Mohamed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business

Mohamed (Khadar) Muhumed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business.

Since 2008, eighty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships. This round alone, Auggies won over $30,000!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Maren Stoddard Mack, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats to all seven winners!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Aaron Davis is a Management/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Blessing Kasongoma is a International Business/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Mohamed (Khadar) Muhumed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business.

Since 2008, eighty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships. This round alone, Auggies won over $30,000!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Maren Stoddard Mack, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats to all seven winners!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Aaron Davis is a Management/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Blessing Kasongoma is a International Business/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Mohamed (Khadar) Muhumed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business.

Since 2008, eighty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships. This round alone, Auggies won over $30,000!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Maren Stoddard Mack, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats to all seven winners!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Aaron Davis is a Management/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Blessing Kasongoma is a International Business/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Mohamed (Khadar) Muhumed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business.

Since 2008, eighty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships. This round alone, Auggies won over $30,000!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Maren Stoddard Mack, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats to all seven winners!!

https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural Nilsson Transcultural Nurse of the Year Award

submitted by farrisr@augsburg.edu

Jenna Nelson and Valerie DeCora Guimaraes, two nurses pursuing advanced degrees at Augsburg, have received the inaugural Nilsson Transcultural Nurse of the Year Award. Transcultural nursing emphasizes care in culturally diverse settings, including outreach to people who are underserved by traditional care systems and who exist outside of the social mainstream. The award is named for professor emerita Beverly Nilsson, who chaired the Department of Nursing and championed care for people living in poverty.

Nelson has spent the majority of her career working with marginalized communities as an emergency department nurse. While working to become a family nurse practitioner, she has engaged extensively as an intern and volunteer at the Health Commons. These nurse-led drop-in sites provide hospitality and care to guests from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are unhoused or living with mental illness. When the pandemic closed the drop-in locations, Nelson joined a team making weekly food deliveries to local encampments.

Guimaraes is the Mayo Clinic’s first Patient Experience Ambassador to work solely with Native American patients. In this role she works to dispel myths about Native American patients and educates colleagues across the Mayo enterprise about health disparities and spiritual care practices. She established a medication initiative to coordinate care with the Indian Health Service upon patient discharge from Mayo, developed a Native American family fund to address food and transportation needs, and successfully advocated to hire additional Native American Patient Navigators in MN and AZ.

Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Jenna and Valerie!

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural Nilsson Transcultural Nurse of the Year Award

submitted by farrisr@augsburg.edu

Jenna Nelson and Valerie DeCora Guimaraes, two nurses pursuing advanced degrees at Augsburg, have received the inaugural Nilsson Transcultural Nurse of the Year Award. Transcultural nursing emphasizes care in culturally diverse settings, including outreach to people who are underserved by traditional care systems and who exist outside of the social mainstream. The award is named for professor emerita Beverly Nilsson, who chaired the Department of Nursing and championed care for people living in poverty.

Nelson has spent the majority of her career working with marginalized communities as an emergency department nurse. While working to become a family nurse practitioner, she has engaged extensively as an intern and volunteer at the Health Commons. These nurse-led drop-in sites provide hospitality and care to guests from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are unhoused or living with mental illness. When the pandemic closed the drop-in locations, Nelson joined a team making weekly food deliveries to local encampments.

Guimaraes is the Mayo Clinic’s first Patient Experience Ambassador to work solely with Native American patients. In this role she works to dispel myths about Native American patients and educates colleagues across the Mayo enterprise about health disparities and spiritual care practices. She established a medication initiative to coordinate care with the Indian Health Service upon patient discharge from Mayo, developed a Native American family fund to address food and transportation needs, and successfully advocated to hire additional Native American Patient Navigators in MN and AZ.

Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Jenna and Valerie!

Auggie Named a Udall Scholar

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Alyssa Parkhurst, a junior at Augsburg double majoring in Environmental Studies and American Indian Studies, has just been named a Udall Scholar. Only 55 students across the country are selected. Alyssa’s scholarship is in the category of Tribal Policy. She receives $7,000 and will spend five days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation at the Udall Ranch. extending her professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

Alyssa is an Act Six Scholar, Summer intern at Dream of Wild Health, Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at Augsburg, Storyteller for Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Jingle dress dancer and educator.

Congratulations, Alyssa!

Udall Website

Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Holewa, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at dvorak@augsburg.edu or Dixie Shafer in URGO at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Congratulations to Justin!

Auggie Named a Udall Scholar

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Alyssa Parkhurst, a junior at Augsburg double majoring in Environmental Studies and American Indian Studies, has just been named a Udall Scholar. Only 55 students across the country are selected. Alyssa’s scholarship is in the category of Tribal Policy. She receives $7,000 and will spend five days in Tucson, Arizona, at Scholar Orientation at the Udall Ranch. extending her professional network, meeting other scholars and alumni, and learning new skills.

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

Alyssa is an Act Six Scholar, Summer intern at Dream of Wild Health, Environmental Stewardship Coordinator at Augsburg, Storyteller for Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Jingle dress dancer and educator.

Congratulations, Alyssa!

Udall Website

Multicultural Life Spirit Week

submitted by gomezos@augsburg.edu

Multicultural Life Spirit Week Starts Next Week! There will be different themes starting Monday, April 26 to Thursday April 28th. Come and Join us as there will be food, raffles and games! This is a place and time to both relax and get in the needed time to study for finals!

Monday-ROll OUT OF BED DAY
Where: Oyate Commons
When: Starting @10am
https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8047490

Tuesday-Cosplay/Costume Day
Where: Student Lounge
When: 12pm-1pm
https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8047492

Wednesday-Auggie Pride Day
Where: Oyate Commons
When: 12pm-1pm
https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8047494

Thursday-HAT DAY
Where:Oyate Commons
When: 12pm-1pm
https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8047496

Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Howela, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at dvorak@augsburg.edu or Dixie Shafer in URGO at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Congratulations to Justin!

Boren Scholarship Website

Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Howela, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at dvorak@augsburg.edu or Dixie Shafer in URGO at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Congratulations to Justin!

Boren Scholarship Website

Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Howela, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at dvorak@augsburg.edu or Dixie Shafer in URGO at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Congratulations to Justin!

Boren Scholarship Website

Faculty Win Distinguished Research Award

submitted by boeh@augsburg.edu

The Business Administration Department is happy to announce that 2022 Distinguished Research has been awarded to George Dierberger, Won Yong Kim, Cory Erickson and Jacob Enger by the Operations Management and Entrepreneurship Association for their paper “Issues Challenging the Valuation and Sale of a Family-Owned Italian Restaurant” for their presentation at the MBAA International Conference held recently in Chicago, Illinois.

Farewell to Seth Rueter Wednesday

submitted by jepsen@augsburg.edu

After five years at Augsburg, first working for Residence Life and most recently with TRIO/ Student Support Services, Seth Rueter is leaving to pursue an opportunity in residence life management at the University of Minnesota. We are so grateful for his gifts and talents and most importantly, his service to students. We will celebrate Seth with an Open House on Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the TRIO/SSS Office Suite, Lindell 201. All are welcome to stop by to wish Seth well!

Farewell to Seth Rueter on April 20

submitted by jepsen@augsburg.edu

After five years at Augsburg in both Residence Life and TRIO/ Student Support Services departments, Seth Rueter is leaving to pursue an opportunity in Residence Life management at the University of Minnesota. We are so grateful for his gifts and talents and most importantly, his service to students. We will be celebrating Seth with an Open House on Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the TRIO/SSS Office Suite, Lindell 201. All are welcome to stop by to wish Seth well!

Two Auggies Win Rossing Physics Scholarship

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Two Augsburg students, Edwin Panora and Bjorn Solberg, won a Rossing Physics Scholarship of $5,000. The Rossing Scholarship recognizes exemplary students in physics who attend ELCA schools.

Edwin Panora ’23 is majoring in physics and minoring in computer science. He has worked two summers and academic years in Dr. Dasgupta’s lab. He became enamored with STEM when he built his first computer in high school. He plans on earning a PhD in engineering and wants to build equipment that improves the human condition. This summer he might be conducting research on another campus or returning to Dr. Dasgupta’s lab. In addition to his strong record in research, Edwin is the 3D printer Coordinator, has been involved in the high-power rocket club, served as a physics lab assistant and STEM Peer Mentor. Edwin is also a McNair Scholar.

Bjorn Solberg ’24 is double majoring in physics and mathematics. He worked last summer and this school year in Dr. Stottrup’s lab in collaboration with a lab at the University of MN on a project of an Augsburg alum, Cain Valtierrez who is a PhD candidate. He will return to this position this summer. From a young age Bjorn has read popular science magazines, watched Nova specials and first learned about quantum mechanics and relativity through YouTube channels. When he isn’t being a student or researcher Bjorn is riding his bicycle as an ultra distance cyclist alone and unsupported on trips. He has spent months cycling through South Korea and Japan and this year plans on completing three races of 390 miles, 1,200 miles and 630 miles. Like Edwin, Bjorn participated in the rocket club and plans on earning a PhD, possibly in nuclear fusion as he would like to work on the problem of creating clean nuclear energy.

Congratulations to Bjorn and Edwin and to the Augsburg Physics Department for mentoring these two students.

Two Auggies Win Rossing Physics Scholarship

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Two Augsburg students, Edwin Panora and Bjorn Solberg, won a Rossing Physics Scholarship of $5,000. The Rossing Scholarship recognizes exemplary students in physics who attend ELCA schools.

Edwin Panora ’23 is majoring in physics and minoring in computer science. He has worked two summers and academic years in Dr. Dasgupta’s lab. He became enamored with STEM when he built his first computer in high school. He plans on earning a PhD in engineering and wants to build equipment that improves the human condition. This summer he might be conducting research on another campus or returning to Dr. Dasgupta’s lab. In addition to his strong record in research, Edwin is the 3D printer Coordinator, has been involved in the high-power rocket club, served as a physics lab assistant and STEM Peer Mentor. Edwin is also a McNair Scholar.

Bjorn Solberg ’24 is double majoring in physics and mathematics. He worked last summer and this school year in Dr. Stottrup’s lab in collaboration with a lab at the University of MN on a project of an Augsburg alum, Cain Valtierrez who is a PhD candidate. He will return to this position this summer. From a young age Bjorn has read popular science magazines, watched Nova specials and first learned about quantum mechanics and relativity through YouTube channels. When he isn’t being a student or researcher Bjorn is riding his bicycle as an ultra distance cyclist alone and unsupported on trips. He has spent months cycling through South Korea and Japan and this year plans on completing three races of 390 miles, 1,200 miles and 630 miles. Like Edwin, Bjorn participated in the rocket club and plans on earning a PhD, possibly in nuclear fusion as he would like to work on the problem of creating clean nuclear energy.

Congratulations to Bjorn and Edwin and to the Augsburg Physics Department for mentoring these two students.

Nancy Yang ’22 Awarded a Crystal Pillar

submitted by hansonjl@augsburg.edu

Film major Nancy Yang received a Student Production Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation for her work “Ee”, an animated short film. The student production awards are held annually and recognize outstanding work of high school and college students in a five state region.

Big congrats to Nancy for this well deserved recognition!

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Auggies at the 4th Annual Intercollegiate Film Festival

submitted by hansonjl@augsburg.edu

We also held the 4th Annual Intercollegiate Film Festival at Augsburg on Saturday night. Five colleges participated this year: Augsburg University, Century College, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Minneapolis College.

Three films by Augsburg students were selected to be part of the festival: “The Grind” by Kobe Markworth and Corrine Werckman, “Ee” by Nancy Yang, and “Wafflemaker” by Max Helmueller.

“The Grind” won Best Narrative and “Ee” won Best Animation! Congrats to everyone who took part.

CGEE staff present “Developing Justice-Oriented Global Competencies Online “

submitted by devega@augsburg.edu

CGEE’s Ann Lutterman-Aguilar and Leah Spinosa de Vega presented virtually along with colleagues from the UMN and AFS at the Forum on Education Abroad’s Annual Conference. Their presentation, “Developing Justice-Oriented Global Competencies Online at Home & In Study Abroad” addressed how online learning modules in the Global Competency Certificate can be leveraged to educate students to take action, develop mindsets to be more accepting and flexible, and to articulate the ways that they are interconnected to diverse people within the USA and around the world.

The Forum is a membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. The Forum provides training and resources to education abroad professionals and its Standards of Good Practice are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of education abroad programs may be judged. The Forum’s mission is to cultivate educators who champion high quality education abroad experiences that ignite curiosity, impact lives, and contribute to a better world.

The Forum on Education Abroad

Two Auggies won Study Abroad Scholarships from Fund for Education Abroad

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Blessing Kasongoma and Odalys Lozado for winning scholarships from the Fund for Education Abroad!

Blessing will be studying international business/MIS this fall semester at Augsburg exchange university partner, American College of Greece. Odalys will be at the Augsburg global study center in Mexico this summer, studying Spanish and completing a medical observership.

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. Learn more about the Fund for Education Abroad, and this year’s group of scholars from across the country, here:
https://fundforeducationabroad.org/meet-scholars/

The FEA Scholarship is a great scholarship opportunity, and all Auggies considering study abroad are encouraged to check it out. The next application cycle for the FEA Scholarship will open on July 1.

Congratulations, Blessing and Odalys!

Fund for Education Abroad

Congrats to 2 Auggie Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Blessing Kasongoma and Odalys Lozado for winning scholarships from the Fund for Education Abroad!

Blessing will be studying international business/MIS this fall semester at Augsburg exchange university partner, American College of Greece. Odalys will be at the Augsburg global study center in Mexico this summer, studying Spanish and completing a medical observership.

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. Learn more about the Fund for Education Abroad, and this year’s group of scholars from across the country, here:
https://fundforeducationabroad.org/meet-scholars/

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship is a great scholarship opportunity, and all Auggies considering study abroad are encouraged to check out the FEA Scholarship application. The next application cycle for the FEA Scholarship will open on July 1.

Congratulations, Blessing and Odalys!

Fund for Education Abroad

Isaacson Elected VP of National Numeracy Network

submitted by schield@augsburg.edu

Marc Isaacson, Department of Business Administration & MIS, was elected Vice President of the National Numeracy Network (NNN) at their recent national meeting. The NNN promotes education that integrates quantitative skills across all disciplines and at all levels. The Mathematics Association of America (MAA), the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) are institutional members. Marc is also the primary author of the Facts on File “Guide to Data Literacy” recently published by InfoBase. High school and college students can use this book to help them analyze, evaluate and communicate their data-based findings.

2022 Upper Midwest Emmy® Student Production Award Nominees

submitted by hansonjl@augsburg.edu

Nominations for the 2022 Upper Midwest Emmy® Student Production Awards are out and this year five Augsburg film students have been nominated in four different categories.

Kobe Markworth ’22, Corrine Werckman ’22, Finnr Elsmo ’22, Nancy Yang ’22, and Adrianna ‘Yani’ Forman ’20 earned these nominations for outstanding media production and will now be considered for a Crystal Pillar.

Crystal Pillars will be awarded at a ceremony on Friday, April 1st. This televised ceremony will be streamed for online and mobile devices on the Upper Midwest Emmy® YouTube channel and The Emmy® App.

You can read the full list of 2022 Nominees online at midwestemmys.org. College media production programs in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota are eligible.

COLLEGE – FICTION: SHORT FORM
The Grind
Augsburg University
Kobe Markworth, Director
Corrine Werckman, Writer/Talent
Jenny L. Hanson, Advisor

COLLEGE – NON-FICTION: SHORT FORM
Augsburg Profile – Za’Nia Coleman
Augsburg University
Yani Foreman, Producer/Director
Jenny L. Hanson, Advisor

COLLEGE – SPORTS PROGRAM
Augsburg Men’s Soccer: MIAC Playoff vs. Macalester
Augsburg University
Finnr Elsmo, Director
Jenny L. Hanson, Advisor

COLLEGE – ANIMATION/GRAPHICS/SPECIAL EFFECTS
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Augsburg University
Nancy Yang, Animator

*The awards were not held last year, thus the period of eligibility this year was Jan. 2020 – Dec. 2021.

https://midwestemmys.org/

Augsburg Named Top Producer of Fulbrighters

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

We are delighted to be a 2021-2022 Fulbright Top Producing Institution as advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Congratulations to our 5 students who are or will be teaching English in 4 countries through Fulbright. Fulbrighters foster mutual understanding, share
knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world. We are proud that
our students are representing Augsburg University and the United States as cultural
ambassadors during the Fulbright Program’s 76th year!

We have a Fulbright info session this Thursday, so pop in the zoom to learn more about it if you are interested.

For Fulbright, you can study, do research, or teach. If you are interested in learning more about Fulbright, contact Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Comm Professor’s Article Hits 70,000 Downloads

submitted by lapakko@augsburg.edu

David Lapakko, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, was informed that one of his articles (“Communication is 93% Nonverbal: An Urban Legend Proliferates,” Volume 34 of the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal) has been downloaded almost 70,000 times, making it one of the ten most popular downloads on Cornerstone, a website that houses thousands of articles across multiple disciplines. The article takes issue with the widely-mistaken notion that in communication, meaning is “93 percent nonverbal.” As of last week, the article has been downloaded 69,996 times. You can check out his analysis at https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol34/iss1/2/

Staff and Faculty Share your Experiences from Studying Abroad

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Are you a Staff or Faculty who has studied abroad/away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here!

CGEE’s Soto and Lutterman-Aguilar Present at AAC&U

submitted by devega@augsburg.edu

Dr. Fernanda Soto (CGEE Nicaragua) and Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar (CGEE Mexico) are presenting a session with Dr. Michele Belliveau (West Chester U) on Fri., January 21 at American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting on “Educating for Democracy.” The session’s title is “Democracy as Transgressive Practices: Community-Based Global Learning.” Through the engagement with four educational experiences, the presenters contend that programs that address democratic practices, at home and abroad, grapple with questions of social justice that ought to “gesture” toward decolonial educational practices (Stein et al). They say “gesture” because, while still grounded in Western educational paradigms, they engage with other epistemological and ontological forms of learning and embodying politics that can help participants to rethink their own political practices at an individual and collective level.

AAC&U Annual Meeting: “Educating for Democracy.”

Augsburg Has Our First Payne Fellow

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Shamsa Ahmed, ’21 Political Science and International Affairs double major, has been named a Payne Fellow, one of 15 selected in the country. In previous years 600 students have applied for the fellowship, making an applicant’s chance of earning the award around 2%.

Shamsa will receive $104,000 for graduate school in international affairs or a similar field, summer internships, one in D.C. and one overseas with the US Agency for International Development (USAID,) and a USAID mentor. After completing the fellowship, Shamsa will be ready to accept a position as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She has had this goal of working with USAID since her sophomore year when she applied for and won the Boren Scholarship. As a Boren Scholar Shamsa studied Swahili in Florida and Tanzania.

Shamsa is currently serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. She was also a semi-finalist for a Truman Scholarship and an alternate for the Pickering Fellowship.

At Augsburg Shamsa was an Act Six Scholar and a TRIO/SSS student. She served as Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, Founder of Women for Political Change and Student Government Class President. She also had internships and employment with the State of MN Department of Human Services, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and Common Cause.

Congratulations to Shamsa!

Augsburg Has Our First Payne Fellow

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Shamsa Ahmed, ’21 Political Science and International Affairs double major, has been named a Payne Fellow, one of 15 selected in the country. In previous years 600 students have applied for the fellowship, making an applicant’s chance of earning the award around 2%.

Shamsa will receive $104,000 for graduate school in international affairs or a similar field, summer internships, one in D.C. and one overseas with the US Agency for International Development (USAID,) and a USAID mentor. After completing the fellowship, Shamsa will be ready to accept a position as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She has had this goal of working with USAID since her sophomore year when she applied for and won the Boren Scholarship. As a Boren Scholar Shamsa studied Swahili in Florida and Tanzania.

Shamsa is currently serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. She was also a semi-finalist for a Truman Scholarship and an alternate for the Pickering Fellowship.

At Augsburg Shamsa was an Act Six Scholar and a TRIO/SSS student. She served as Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, Founder of Women for Political Change and Student Government Class President. She also had internships and employment with the State of MN Department of Human Services, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and Common Cause.

Congratulations to Shamsa!

Augsburg Has Our First Payne Fellow

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Shamsa Ahmed, ’21 Political Science and International Affairs double major, has been named a Payne Fellow, one of 15 selected in the country. In previous years 600 students have applied for the fellowship, making an applicant’s chance of earning the award around 2%.

Shamsa will receive $104,000 for graduate school in international affairs or a similar field, summer internships, one in D.C. and one overseas with the US Agency for International Development (USAID,) and a USAID mentor. After completing the fellowship, Shamsa will be ready to accept a position as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She has had this goal of working with USAID since her sophomore year when she applied for and won the Boren Scholarship. As a Boren Scholar Shamsa studied Swahili in Florida and Tanzania.

Shamsa is currently serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. She was also a semi-finalist for a Truman Scholarship and an alternate for the Pickering Fellowship.

At Augsburg Shamsa was an Act Six Scholar and a TRIO/SSS student. She served as Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, Founder of Women for Political Change and Student Government Class President. She also had internships and employment with the State of MN Department of Human Services, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and Common Cause.

Congratulations to Shamsa!

Augsburg Has Our First Payne Fellow

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Shamsa Ahmed, ’21 Political Science and International Affairs double major, has been named a Payne Fellow, one of 15 selected in the country. In previous years 600 students have applied for the fellowship, making an applicant’s chance of earning the award around 2%.

Shamsa will receive $104,000 for graduate school in international affairs or a similar field, summer internships, one in D.C. and one overseas with the US Agency for International Development (USAID,) and a USAID mentor. After completing the fellowship, Shamsa will be ready to accept a position as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She has had this goal of working with USAID since her sophomore year when she applied for and won the Boren Scholarship. As a Boren Scholar Shamsa studied Swahili in Florida and Tanzania.

Shamsa is currently serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. She was also a semi-finalist for a Truman Scholarship and an alternate for the Pickering Fellowship.

At Augsburg Shamsa was an Act Six Scholar and a TRIO/SSS student. She served as Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, Founder of Women for Political Change and Student Government Class President. She also had internships and employment with the State of MN Department of Human Services, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and Common Cause.

Congratulations to Shamsa!

North Loop’s Avivo Village offers shelters from the storm

submitted by madden@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s social work adjunct instructor, Emily Bastian, is featured in this recent Star Tribune article. Emily earned a master’s of social work degree from Augsburg and now works as Avivo’s vice president, helping to create Avivo Village, a “tiny village” that follows a low-barrier, harm-reduction model.

https://www.startribune.com/north-loops-avivo-village-offers-shelters-from-the-storm/600133658/

Farewell Wishes for Laura Swanson Lindahl

submitted by jendra@augsburg.edu

Laura Swanson Lindahl, director of marketing, will be leaving the shared services marketing and communication team that serves Augsburg University and Luther Seminary on January 18. She will be taking on a new role as director of marketing and communication at Metro State University in St. Paul. Laura has served Augsburg for nearly a decade, and the seminary since the shared services agreement began in 2017. At her request and due to the pandemic, there won’t be a large in-person farewell gathering. Instead, I invite colleagues to submit their congratulations and well wishes using the Google Form below. The responses will be compiled for her to enjoy on her last day.

Google Form

Farewell wishes for Laura Swanson Lindahl

submitted by jendra@augsburg.edu

Laura Swanson Lindahl, director of marketing, will be leaving the shared services marketing and communication team that serves Augsburg University and Luther Seminary on January 18. She will be taking on a new role as director of marketing and communication at Metro State University in St. Paul. Laura has served Augsburg for nearly a decade, and the seminary since the shared services agreement began in 2017. At her request and due to the pandemic, there won’t be a large in-person farewell gathering. Instead, I invite colleagues to submit their congratulations and well wishes using the Google Form below. The responses will be compiled for her to enjoy on her last day.

Google Form

Farewell Wishes for Laura Swanson Lindahl

submitted by jendra@augsburg.edu

Laura Swanson Lindahl, director of marketing, will be leaving the shared services marketing and communication team that serves Augsburg University and Luther Seminary on January 18. She will be taking on a new role as director of marketing and communication at Metro State University in St. Paul. Laura has served Augsburg for nearly a decade, and the seminary since the shared services agreement began in 2017. At her request and due to the pandemic, there won’t be a large in-person farewell gathering. Instead, I invite colleagues to submit their congratulations and well wishes using the Google Form below. The responses will be compiled for her to enjoy on her last day.

Google Form

Congratulations to Five Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce FIVE Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Huda Ali is a Biopsychology major who plans to study on the Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy short-term program in Spring break 2022.

Asha Abdirazak is a Computer Science major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Salma Abikar is a Bio-Psychology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea this Spring 2022.

Ingri Ramirez Martin is a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Sharmarke Omar is a finance and management double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at the American College of Greece in Fall 2022

Since 2008, **seventy-seven** Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $305,000.

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Catherine Maun, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Huda, Asha, Salma, Ingri, and Omar!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to Five Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce FIVE Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Huda Ali is a Biopsychology major who plans to study on the Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy short-term program in Spring break 2022.

Asha Abdirazak is a Computer Science major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Salma Abikar is a Bio-Psychology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea this Spring 2022.

Ingri Ramirez Martin is a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Sharmarke Omar is a finance and management double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at the American College of Greece in Fall 2022

Since 2008, **seventy-seven** Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $305,000.

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Catherine Maun, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Huda, Asha, Salma, Ingri, and Omar!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to FIVE Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce FIVE Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Huda Ali is a Biopsychology major who plans to study on the Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy short-term program in Spring break 2022.

Asha Abdirazak is a Computer Science major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Salma Abikar is a Bio-Psychology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea this Spring 2022.

Ingri Ramirez Martin is a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Sharmarke Omar is a finance and management double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at the American College of Greece in Fall 2022

Since 2008, **seventy-seven** Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $305,000.

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Catherine Maun, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Huda, Asha, Salma, Ingri, and Omar!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Staff and Faculty: Share Your Experiences from Studying Abroad

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check out our IG: @global_auggies

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here to share!

Congratulations to Five Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce FIVE Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Asha Abdirazak is a Computer Science major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Salma Abikar is a Bio-Psychology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea this Spring 2022.

Ingri Ramirez Martin is a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Since 2008, **seventy-seven** Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling OVER $290,000.

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Catherine Maun, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Asha, Salma and Ingri – and ALL our winners!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Congratulations to Three Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by dvorak@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce THREE Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Asha Abdirazak is a Computer Science major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Salma Abikar is a Bio-Psychology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea this Spring 2022.

Ingri Ramirez Martin is a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Since 2008, **seventy-five** Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling OVER $290,000.

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Catherine Maun, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Asha, Salma and Ingri!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

Solar and Carbon Neutrality Resolution

submitted by tinsleym@augsburg.edu

On 11/17/2021, ADSG passed the Solar and Carbon Neutrality Resolution proposed by EAC. The Environmental Action Committee along with the Environmental Stewardship Committee have been advocating for the implementation of solar panels on campus for years now. The goal of this resolution is to pressure administration and our institution to prioritize our carbon neutrality goals (which includes on campus solar installations) in the midst of a climate crisis, and to include student’s voices in sustainability-related initiatives around campus.

Big shout out to previous EAC officers for making such great progress. Thanks to everyone that helped write this resolution and huge thanks to all of you spreading the word about the work we do. Let’s keep demanding and advocating for these (necessary) changes!

Resolution can be found here

Resolution Passed

submitted by tinsleym@augsburg.edu

On 11/17/2021, ADSG passed the Solar and Carbon Neutrality Resolution proposed by EAC. The Environmental Action Committee along with the Environmental Stewardship Committee have been advocating for the implementation of solar panels on campus for years now. The goal of this resolution is to pressure administration and our institution to prioritize our carbon neutrality goals (which includes on campus solar installations) in the midst of a climate crisis, and to include student’s voices in sustainability-related initiatives around campus.

Big shout out to previous EAC officers for making such great progress. Thanks to everyone that helped write this resolution and huge thanks to all of you spreading the word about the work we do. Let’s keep demanding and advocating for these (necessary) changes!

Resolution Document

Ellie Peters Article In Science

submitted by raym@augsburg.edu

Ellyn Peters, 18’ Chemistry, earning her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Utah, recently co-published a research article, “Univariate classification of phosphine ligation state and reactivity in cross-coupling catalysis,” in Science. In her time at Augsburg, Ellie conducted research with Dr. Mike Wentzel over the course of two summers, one summer sponsored by donor Dr. Terry Lindstrom and one sponsored by Give to the Max. Ellie also was a lab supervisor, peer mentor, teaching assistant, and Gyberg Fellow.

Link to article

Updated announcement Re. Pat Parker

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

Please see the updated announcement below.

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Dear faculty and staff,

I write to share the sad news that Patricia (“Pat”) Parker, former associate academic dean and instructor in library science, passed away on October 20. Pat joined Augsburg in 1960, was appointed associate academic dean in 1978, and retired in 1991.

Pat received the bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and the master of arts and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She was a strong advocate for equity and women’s rights. As associate academic dean, she helped develop Augsburg’s Weekend College. She is survived by two daughters, Sarah ’80, ’89, and Jackie Cherryhomes Tyler ’76. Her daughter Jackie is Regent Emerita of the Augsburg Board of Regents, served as President of the Minneapolis City Council, and ran for mayor of Minneapolis in 2013.

Boyd Koehler, emeritus professor and librarian, offers these words about his mentor of many years: “Pat Parker was an early, profound, and articulate advocate of diversity. She championed authors of color through her teaching of children’s literature, thereby enlightening so many future teachers in her very popular classes. She also made a point of helping so many students of color–and countless others–achieve a high comfort level in her classes, and she demonstrated a genuine concern for their academic and social success.”

More information is available in the published obituary (see below).

Please join me in holding Pat’s family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

Karen

Pat Parker obituary, Star Tribune 10/25/2021

Brad Hagen, Co-Curating for UST and St. Paul Almanac

submitted by green@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg English Department congratulates alum Brad Hagen, who has been selected by the Saint Paul Almanac and the University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership to co-curate and develop a storytelling contest, “The Power of Storytelling for Environmental Justice in Our Communities.” The Partnership notes that “this contest seeks to bring awareness and inspire creative storytelling around the theme of environmental justice. In Minnesota, along with every state in the nation, Black, Brown, Indigenous and low-wealth communities are disproportionately affected by climate change and environmental pollution. We need storytelling that speaks to our communities’ lived experiences. This contest will encourage the community to create and share challenging and joyful narratives to combat environmental injustice and work towards an environmentally just future.” The contest will be open to Minnesotans of all ages.

Brad, an exemplary Augsburg alum, is currently at the University of Minnesota pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing. Last year, he taught Intro to Creative Writing, and this year he’s teaching Multicultural Literature of the United States. His thesis is a memoir, and he has been working closely with well-known Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang, the Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence. Brad is also working toward an Ojibwe language certification at the U and remains deeply committed to serving his community, through his continued work with Indian Education.

Sad News About a Colleague

submitted by kaivola@augsburg.edu

Dear faculty and staff,

I write to share the sad news that Patricia (“Pat”) Parker, former associate academic dean and instructor in library science, passed away on October 20. Pat joined Augsburg in 1960, was appointed associate academic dean in 1978, and retired in 1991.

Pat received the bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and the master of arts and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She was a strong advocate for equity and women’s rights. As associate academic dean, she helped develop Augsburg’s Weekend College. She is survived by two daughters, Sarah Lee ’80, ’91, and Jackie Cherryhomes ’76. Her daughter Jackie is Regent Emerita of the Augsburg Board of Regents, served as President of the Minneapolis City Council, and ran for mayor of Minneapolis in 2013.

Boyd Koehler, emeritus professor and librarian, offers these words about his mentor of many years: “Pat Parker was an early, profound, and articulate advocate of diversity. She championed authors of color through her teaching of children’s literature, thereby enlightening so many future teachers in her very popular classes. She also made a point of helping so many students of color–and countless others–achieve a high comfort level in her classes, and she demonstrated a genuine concern for their academic and social success.”

More information is available in the published obituary (see below).

Please join me in holding Pat’s family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

Karen

Pat Parker obituary, Star Tribune 10/25/2021

Two Augsburg Students Named 2021 Film Fellows

submitted by hansonjl@augsburg.edu

Isaiah Bruhjell (junior) and Jakobe Markworth (senior) have been named 2021 Twin Cities Film Festival Film Fellows. TCFF Film Fellows are competitively selected and receive access and mentorship during the festival, attending an industry night, exclusive events, and meeting with festival filmmakers.

The Twin Cities Film Festival kicks off next week at the West End in St. Louis Park. TCFF runs October 21-30 with both in-person and streaming events.

https://twincitiesfilmfest.org/tcff-film-fellows/

Congratulations to Isaac Tadé ’21

submitted by raym@augsburg.edu

Isaac Tadé, “21 Biology, started dental school at the University of Minnesota where he received the Xhonga Scholarship, $60,000 over four years, and was also awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship which covers tuition and fees and provides a monthly stipend. The NHSC Scholarship requires a commitment to work in an underserved community which has always been Isaac’s goal.

Congratulations to Isaac Tadé ’21

submitted by kipper@augsburg.edu

Isaac Tadé, “21 Biology, started dental school at the University of Minnesota where he received the Xhonga Scholarship, $60,000 over four years, and was also awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship which covers tuition and fees and provides a monthly stipend. The NHSC Scholarship requires a commitment to work in an underserved community which has always been Isaac’s goal.

Congratulations to Isaac Tadé ’21

submitted by kipper@augsburg.edu

Isaac Tadé, “21 Biology, started dental school at the University of Minnesota where he received the Xhonga Scholarship, $60,000 over four years, and was also awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship which covers tuition and fees and provides a monthly stipend. The NHSC Scholarship requires a commitment to work in an underserved community which has always been Isaac’s goal.

Math Student Wins Outstanding Paper Award

submitted by doree@augsburg.edu

McNair Scholar Mackenzie Ray is the recipient of an Outstanding Student Paper Session Presentation Award at the national MathFest 2021, which occurred earlier this month. Only 25 of the nearly 100 student presentations were distinguished with the award. Mackenzie is a mathematics and psychology double major. Her research project, “4D Hypercube Perspective Modelling Using 3D Printing for Educational Purposes” was funded by the McNair Scholars Program, and her research was conducted under the direction of Dr. Matthew Haines. Also presenting at the national conference were Drs. Dorée, Haines, and Zobitz of the MSCS Department.

https://www.maa.org/member-communities/students/undergraduate-research/mathfest-student-paper-sessions

Schield Gives Statistical Literacy Workshop at the US Statistics Conference

submitted by schield@augsburg.edu

Milo Schield, Professor Business Administration, gave an invited two-hour Statistical Literacy workshop at USCOTS: the US Conference on Teaching Statistics. Statistical literacy involves critical thinking about social statistics in the everyday media. The focus is on how everyday statistics can be influenced. Students are encouraged to look for the story behind the statistics. Schield’s workshop was well received with 125 registrations and 41 attendees. Marc Isaacson assisted. Schield is scheduled to give presentations on Statistical Literacy at the meetings of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and the American Statistical Association (ASA).

http://www.StatLit.org

Augsburg Undergrad Shelley Pacheco – Spanish Debate Coach Spotlight

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Shelley Pacheco is a Political Science and Sociology double-major at Augsburg University, She stepped up to help coach the Spanish Debate League at Southwest High School on behalf of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University.

“One of my main takeaways from doing debate is about leadership. I was always the shy girl who didn’t really speak up, especially about social issues, but debate has really helped me to improve my public speaking skills and also to be able to stand up for myself in my community,” Shelley tells us.

Find her full debate story at the MNUDL blog below:

Learn More at Our Blog

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Yordanos Adenew, a Marketing and Management double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece this Fall 2021

Ruti Mejia, an Interdisciplinary Studies and AIS double major who plans to complete Augsburg’s Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement program in Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador in Fall 2021

Ingri Ramirez Martin a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gaukin University in Kofu, Japan in Spring 2022

Lexington Thibodeaux, a Communications major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Fall 2021

Since 2008, seventy-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $284,000. In addition, over the last 10 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged over 60% – of 38 completed applications in that time, we have had 23 winners!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Casey Jarvala, Catherine Maun and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Yordi, Ingri, Ruti, Lexi — and all our winners this round!

Learn about the Gilman scholarship

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by dvorak@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.  

Winners include:

Yordanos Adenew, a Marketing and Management double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece this Fall 2021 

Ruti Mejia, an Interdisciplinary Studies and AIS double major who plans to complete Augsburg’s Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement program in Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador in Fall 2021 

Ingri Ramirez Martin a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gaukin University in Kofu, Japan in Spring 2022

Lexington Thibodeaux, a Communications major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Fall 2021

Since 2008, seventy-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $284,000. In addition, over the last 10 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged over 60% – of 38 completed applications in that time, we have had 23 winners! 

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Casey Jarvala, Catherine Maun and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors. 

Congrats Yordi, Ingri, Ruti, Lexi — and all our winners this round!

Learn about the Gilman scholarship

Shamsa Ahmed Wins a Fulbright

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Shamsa Ahmed, 2021, graduated with Political Science and International Relations majors won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to teach English in South Korea. She is a TRIO/SSS student, Act Six Scholar and Dell Scholar recipient. She also won the national Boren scholarship where she spent 8 weeks in Florida studying Swahili followed by 4 months in Tanzania learning Swahili and studying Swahili culture and history. Following her ETA she plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy. She is passionate about refugee rights as she herself spent many years in a refugee camp in Kenya until coming to the U.S. as a 6th grader. She’s passionate about peace building and can envision a career in the foreign service or the United Nations. Shamsa is familiar with 5 languages and for the past 5 years has taught young children Saturdays and Sundays at her mosque.

Citlaly Escobar Wins a Fulbright

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Citlaly Escobar, 2021, graduated with majors in Political Science and Sociology won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Taiwan. Citlaly has been involved on and off campus in a variety of ways. She was a first-team all-conference lacrosse player, vice president of the Augsburg Latinx Student Association, and a freshmen and sophomore class president for the Honors Program. She was also one of the working group members for the Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, serving as a Latinx student representative. In addition, she has spent the last two years as a student researcher for TRIO/McNair, URGO, and received a graduate research assistantship at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (first undergraduate to receive this award). She also won the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Award to study for 7 weeks last summer at the Hubert Humphrey School. Following her time in Taiwan, Citlaly plans to pursue a PhD in American Studies where she hopes to continue her research about the Twin Cities Chicano Movement and Latino society in the upper Midwest.

Ciashia Shiongyaj Wins a Fulbright

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Ciashia Shiongyaj, 2021, graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. Ciashia is motivated to become an ETA because she wants to create a community inside the classroom and join communities outside the classroom. She also wants to learn more about her Asian heritage. She played on Augsburg’s volleyball team and has taught volleyball for several years to many age groups. While at Augsburg she conducted URGO research with Dr. Emily Schilling and also did a summer of research with the DNR in Bemidji. Upon returning to the U.S. she plans to earn a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. She’s passionate about finding ways that humans can coexist in this ecosystem without depleting the Earth’s biodiversity.

Taiwana Shambley Named Fulbright Alternate

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Taiwana Shambley, 2021, graduated with majors in English and African American Studies and was named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Laos. Last summer she taught 7th-grade literature at Breakhthrough Twin Cities to many Hmong, Laotian, and Taiwanese students. Wanting to know more about these cultures is one of the reasons Taiwana chose Laos as her country. She is a TRIO/McNair Scholar, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics and Executive Editor of the Echo. She also served as a Writing Lab Tutor. Her future plans include earning graduate degrees in Creative Writing and American Studies.

Shamsa Ahmed Wins a Fulbright

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Shamsa Ahmed, 2021, graduated with Political Science and International Relations majors won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to teach English in South Korea. She is a TRIO/SSS student, Act Six Scholar and Dell Scholar recipient. She also won the national Boren scholarship where she spent 8 weeks in Florida studying Swahili followed by 4 months in Tanzania learning Swahili and studying Swahili culture and history. Following her ETA she plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy. She is passionate about refugee rights as she herself spent many years in a refugee camp in Kenya until coming to the U.S. as a 6th grader. She’s passionate about peace building and can envision a career in the foreign service or the United Nations. Shamsa is familiar with 5 languages and for the past 5 years has taught young children Saturdays and Sundays at her mosque.

Citlaly Escobar Wins a Fulbright

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Citlaly Escobar, 2021, graduated with majors in Political Science and Sociology won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Taiwan. Citlaly has been involved on and off campus in a variety of ways. She was a first-team all-conference lacrosse player, vice president of the Augsburg Latinx Student Association, and a freshmen and sophomore class president for the Honors Program. She was also one of the working group members for the Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, serving as a Latinx student representative. In addition, she has spent the last two years as a student researcher for TRIO/McNair, URGO, and received a graduate research assistantship at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (first undergraduate to receive this award). She also won the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Award to study for 7 weeks last summer at the Hubert Humphrey School. Following her time in Taiwan, Citlaly plans to pursue a PhD in American Studies where she hopes to continue her research about the Twin Cities Chicano Movement and Latino society in the upper Midwest.

Ciashhia Shiongyaj Wins a Fulbright

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Ciashia Shiongyaj, 2021, graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. Ciashia is motivated to become an ETA because she wants to create a community inside the classroom and join communities outside the classroom. She also wants to learn more about her Asian heritage. She played on Augsburg’s volleyball team and has taught volleyball for several years to many age groups. While at Augsburg she conducted URGO research with Dr. Emily Schilling and also did a summer of research with the DNR in Bemidji. Upon returning to the U.S. she plans to earn a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. She’s passionate about finding ways that humans can coexist in this ecosystem without depleting the Earth’s biodiversity.

Taiwana Shambley Named Fulbright Alternate

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Taiwana Shambley, 2021, graduated with majors in English and African American Studies and was named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Laos. Last summer she taught 7th-grade literature at Breakhthrough Twin Cities to many Hmong, Laotian, and Taiwanese students. Wanting to know more about these cultures is one of the reasons Taiwana chose Laos as her country. She is a TRIO/McNair Scholar, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics and Executive Editor of the Echo. She also served as a Writing Lab Tutor. Her future plans include earning graduate degrees in Creative Writing and American Studies.

Augsburg University MSW Alum, Jamil Lott Featured in NYTimes Article Published May 9, 2021

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In the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, mental health experts across the country say they have seen African-Americans, whose skepticism of therapy has been documented by research, seeking it in growing numbers.

Jamil and Sara Stamschror-Lott, the founders of Creative Kuponya, a mental health practice in Minneapolis just minutes from where Mr. Floyd, a Black man, was murdered, said the demand for therapy had “gone through the roof” over the past year. The couple said 31 percent of their practice’s clients are Black.

“We’ve seen everything that the nation has seen from afar, from folks in civil unrest and devastation, despair,” said Mr. Stamschror-Lott, who is Black. The couple said that some residents were overwhelmed and exhausted by the events of the past year, and that there remained a “great deal of pain and trauma.”

After a Traumatizing Year, Black People Turn to Therapy

Shamsa Ahmed Wins a Fulbright

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Shamsa Ahmed, 2021, graduated with Political Science and International Relations majors won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to teach English in South Korea. She is a TRIO/SSS student, Act Six Scholar and Dell Scholar recipient. She also won the national Boren scholarship where she spent 8 weeks in Florida studying Swahili followed by 4 months in Tanzania learning Swahili and studying Swahili culture and history. Following her ETA she plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy. She is passionate about refugee rights as she herself spent many years in a refugee camp in Kenya until coming to the U.S. as a 6th grader. She’s passionate about peace building and can envision a career in the foreign service or the United Nations. Shamsa is familiar with 5 languages and for the past 5 years has taught young children Saturdays and Sundays at her mosque.

Citlaly Escobar Wins a Fulbright

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Citlaly Escobar, 2021, graduated with majors in Political Science and Sociology won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Taiwan. Citlaly has been involved on and off campus in a variety of ways. She was a first-team all-conference lacrosse player, vice president of the Augsburg Latinx Student Association, and a freshmen and sophomore class president for the Honors Program. She was also one of the working group members for the Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, serving as a Latinx student representative. In addition, she has spent the last two years as a student researcher for TRIO/McNair, URGO, and received a graduate research assistantship at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (first undergraduate to receive this award). She also won the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Award to study for 7 weeks last summer at the Hubert Humphrey School. Following her time in Taiwan, Citlaly plans to pursue a PhD in American Studies where she hopes to continue her research about the Twin Cities Chicano Movement and Latino society in the upper Midwest.

Ciashhia Shionghai Wins a Fulbright

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Ciashia,Shionghaj, 2021, graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. Ciashia is motivated to become an ETA because she wants to create a community inside the classroom and join communities outside the classroom. She also wants to learn more about her Asian heritage. She played on Augsburg’s volleyball team and has taught volleyball for several years to many age groups. While at Augsburg she conducted URGO research with Dr. Emily Schilling and also did a summer of research with the DNR in Bemidji. Upon returning to the U.S. she plans to earn a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. She’s passionate about finding ways that humans can coexist in this ecosystem without depleting the Earth’s biodiversity.

Taiwana Shambley Named Fulbright Alternate

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Taiwana Shambley, 2021, graduated with majors in English and African American Studies and was named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Laos. Last summer she taught 7th-grade literature at Breakhthrough Twin Cities to many Hmong, Laotian, and Taiwanese students. Wanting to know more about these cultures is one of the reasons Taiwana chose Laos as her country. She is a TRIO/McNair Scholar, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics and Executive Editor of the Echo. She also served as a Writing Lab Tutor. Her future plans include earning graduate degrees in Creative Writing and American Studies.

Melissa Hensley Participates in Anti-Stigma Series

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Melissa Hensley, associate professor of social work, is leading a series of anti-stigma workshops for Wellness in the Woods, a peer support and and mental health advocacy organization. The anti-stigma events have been highlighted in the Wadena Pioneer Journal: https://www.wadenapj.com/community/events/7005019-May-sessions-highlight-the-importance-of-rejecting-mental-health-stigmas?fbclid=IwAR1Fum680_ibCy6FuLg6KlzUuOrOmo9nwOwNWyhqrDc2m4pYRe4Y61bpZyY

MN Urban Debate League Team Places in Semifinals of Tournament of Champions

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Minneapolis South High School’s debate partnership, Gabe Chang-Deutsch & Clara Conry, were Semifinalists in the Policy Debate section of the Tournament of Champions.

Conry & Chang-Deutsch debated students from Bellarmine Preparatory Academy in Tacoma, WA during the semifinal round of the tournament.

In response to COVID-19, the tournament was held entirely virtually.

The Tournament of Champions is hosted by the University of Kentucky. To qualify for the TOC, students must earn bids through strong performances at highly competitive tournaments during the season. Conry & Chang-Deutsch competed against many of the most competitive policy teams in the US, through octafinals, quarterfinals, and semifinals.

In policy debate, students across the nation research and prepare cases for the affirmative (pro) and negative (con) side of the same topic. The policy debate resolution debated at this year’s tournament was: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

South High School is a member of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students. The mission of MNUDL is to empower students through competitive academic debate to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active global citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

The following teams from the state of Minnesota also competed in Policy Debate at the Tournament of Champions:

Eagan HS – Li & Sen
Edina HS – Anderson McElligott & Atri

Learn More about the MNUDL

Auggie Wins a Goldwater Scholarship

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Maxwell Bannister, who will graduate spring 2022 with degrees in biology and chemistry, won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship award. Out of 1256 nominees, 410 Goldwater Scholars were selected. Each school can only recommend 4 nominations, making the pool of candidates formidable.

After his first year at Augsburg Maxwell did summer research with Augsburg’s plant biologist, Dr. Leon van Eck. This past summer and currently Maxwell is doing research in the Department of Pharmacology at the U of M’s Medical School and will return to the same lab this upcoming summer.

In addition to being involved with research, Maxwell was an AugSEM leader and an Orientation leader. Post-Augsburg Maxwell will be attending a MD/PhD program.

Congratulations, Maxwell, on such an impressive accomplishment!

Auggie Wins a Goldwater Scholarship

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Maxwell Bannister, who will graduate spring 2022 with degrees in biology and chemistry, won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship award. Out of 1256 nominees, 410 Goldwater Scholars were selected. Each school can only recommend 4 nominations, making the pool of candidates formidable.

After his first year at Augsburg Maxwell did summer research with Augsburg’s plant biologist, Dr. Leon van Eck. This past summer and currently Maxwell is doing research in the Department of Pharmacology at the U of M’s Medical School and will return to the same lab this upcoming summer.

In addition to being involved with research, Maxwell was an AugSEM leader and an Orientation leader. Post-Augsburg Maxwell will be attending a MD/PhD program.

Congratulations, Maxwell, on such an impressive accomplishment!

Auggies wins a Goldwater Scholarship

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Maxwell Bannister, who will graduate spring 2022 with degrees in biology and chemistry, won the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship award. Out of 1256 nominees, 410 Goldwater Scholars were selected. Each school can only recommend 4 nominations, making the pool of candidates formidable.

After his first year at Augsburg Maxwell did summer research with Augsburg’s plant biologist, Dr. Leon van Eck. This past summer and currently Maxwell is doing research in the Department of Pharmacology at the U of M’s Medical School and will return to the same lab this upcoming summer.

In addition to being involved with research, Maxwell was an AugSEM leader and an Orientation leader. Post-Augsburg Maxwell will be attending a MD/PhD program.

Congratulations, Maxwell, on such an impressive accomplishment.

Kei Heltemes Receives Prestigious NSF-GRFP

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Senior chemistry and physics major Kei Heltemes was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides a $34,000 stipend per year for three years for graduate study. Kei was among 2,074 students named an NSF GRFP out of over 13,000 applicants. For the past two years Kei has worked with Dr. Jeff Walter, conducting research in materials science of magnetic materials, and prior to that worked with Dr. Amanda Case. While at Augsburg, Kei has been named a Rossing Scholar by the ELCA as well as an NSF S-STEM Scholar. In addition to public funding, Kei’s work has been funded by Terry Lindstrom as well as the M.A. Cargill Foundation. He is a co-author on a 2020 Science Advances paper entitled ” Voltage-induced ferromagnetism in a diamagnet.” This work drew national media attention from outlets such as Popular Mechanics. He has presented research findings at numerous regional and national conferences. Kei will be pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota starting in the fall.

Popular Mechanics write-up

Mark Lester Article: Engaging with Marginalized International Voices in the “New Normal”

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CGEE’s Central America Director, Mark Lester, has published an article in the Institute for International Education-IIE Networker. Click on the link below to read it!

Engaging with Marginalized International Voices in the “New Normal”

Mark Lester Article: Engaging with Marginalized International Voices in the “New Normal”

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CGEE’s Central America Director, Mark Lester, has published an article in the Institute for International Education-IIE Networker. Click on the link below to read it!

Engaging with Marginalized International Voices in the “New Normal”

Schield: “Statistical Literacy for Policy Makers”

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Milo Schield, Department of Business Administration, has been asked to give an invited lecture at the 63rd World Statistics Congress: July 16-20, 2021. His topic: “Statistical Literacy for Policy Makers”. The title of the session is “Statistical and Data Literacy in Policy Making”. His session is sponsored by the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP) and the International Association of Statistics Educators (IASE). The congress is organized by the International Statistical Institute (ISI). Milo is an elected member of the ISI, the ISLP representative for the United States, the President of the National Numeracy Network, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. His 70+ statistical publications have earned more than 740 citations according to Google Scholar.

Two Faculty Members Emeriti Exemplify Augsburg’s Commitment to the City

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Retired art professor Norm Holen’s and retired social work professor Nancy Rodenborg’s powerful letters to the editor appeared in the StarTribune on successive days this week, each exemplifying Augsburg’s commitment to advocating for safe, integrated life for all neighbors. Norm’s letter on p. A6 of the March 16th edition remarked on the justice served by Minneapolis’s settlement with the family of George Floyd: “Every person’s life is special and should not be cut short by anyone.” Nancy’s letter on p. A8 of the March 17th edition featured the headline: “This neighborhood is in pain.” From her perspective and expertise as a social worker, the letter highlighted the toll on our mental health when gunfire and bullying are unchecked.

Help Get the Word Out About my Fundraiser, if You Can

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Hello Auggies! My name is Emma, I moved to Augsburg last semester, and ever since then this campus has been my safe haven. I quite literally was physically disabled when I arrived here on campus, having just got out of an ATV accident. Additionally, coming from an unstable and violent environment as a kid, I am putting myself through College.

I have set up a Gofundme and anything is appreciated, even if you would be able to spread the word. 🙂

Thank you so much to Augsburg, for finally giving a place I can live where I’m safe, and I get to call home. I get more and more excited for what my future holds everyday, and this University makes it possible.

https://gofund.me/2869d2a4

Augsburg Named Top Producer of Fulbrighters

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We are delighted to be a 2020-2021 Fulbright Top Producing Institution as advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Congratulations to our 5 students who are or will be teaching English in 4 countries through Fulbright. Fulbrighters foster mutual understanding, share
knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world. We are proud that
our students are representing Augsburg University and the United States as cultural
ambassadors during the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary year!

The students representing Augsburg as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants are: Winni Godi ’17 (Rwanda), Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 (Malaysia), Eh Soe Dwe ’20 (Malaysia), Natalya Arevalo ’20 (Honduras), Bethany Lor ’19 (South Korea).

For Fulbright, you can study, do research, or teach. If you are interested in learning more about Fulbright, contact Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Augsburg Named Top Producer of Fulbrighters

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

We are delighted to be a 2020-2021 Fulbright Top Producing Institution as advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Congratulations to our 5 students who are or will be teaching English in 4 countries through Fulbright. Fulbrighters foster mutual understanding, share
knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world. We are proud that
our students are representing Augsburg University and the United States as cultural
ambassadors during the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary year!

The students representing Augsburg as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants are: Winni Godi ’17 (Rwanda), Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 (Malaysia), Eh Soe Dwe ’20 (Malaysia), Natalya Arevalo ’20 (Honduras), Bethany Lor ’19 (South Korea).

For Fulbright, you can study, do research, or teach. If you are interested in learning more about Fulbright, contact Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu.

Auggie Wins Prestigious PPIA Award

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URGO is pleased to announce that Estefani Guiracocha ’22 has been selected for the competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute for 2020. She will attend the institute held this summer at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she will participate in challenging policy coursework, leadership development training and graduate school preparation over seven weeks.

Estefani is majoring in Political Science and Accounting and has been involved on campus in the Emerging Leadership Program and TRIO Summer Bridge and as a Resident Adviser. She has served the off campus community as a Phillips Community Outreach and Organizing Specialist, Marketing and Communications Intern for U.S. Bank, Capitol Pathways Intern and Bayan Staff Program Assistant.

Congratulations to Estefani.

If you are interested in learning more about PPIA (held at 5 sites around the country) contact urgo@augsburg.edu.