2020 Augsburg Fulbright Winners

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URGO is proud to share that we have four Fulbright winners this year!

Winni Godi ’17 has received an ETA Fulbright to Rwanda.
Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 and Eh Soe Dwe ’20 each won an ETA Fulbright to Malaysia.
Natalya Arevalo ’20 was granted an ETA Fulbright to Honduras.

URGO’s history with Fulbright is a long and successful one. In February, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs listed Augsburg University among top 5 producers of Fulbright students at master’s level institution, the sixth time Augsburg was ranked on the list.

The Fulbright program offers recent graduates and graduate students opportunities for research, study, and teaching in more than 140 countries. Since 2007, Augsburg University has had 34 Fulbright students selected for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Read about our most recent Fulbright winners and the exciting work ahead of them!

URGO Alumni in Public Health during COVID-19

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The global pandemic that has swept the world has put a bright spotlight on public health, an important healthcare avenue that directly affects populations across the globe. We spoke with three recent Augsburg graduates pursuing careers in this field, allowing them to shed light on their experiences and the special role public health plays in this crisis.

Read about the exciting futures of Sydney Busch ’18, Chung Lip ’18, and Hamdi Adam ’18!

URGO Alumni in Public Health During COVID-19

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The global pandemic that has swept the world has put a bright spotlight on public health, an important healthcare avenue that directly affects populations across the globe. We spoke with three recent Augsburg graduates pursuing careers in this field, allowing them to shed light on their experiences and the special role public health plays in this crisis.

Read about the exciting futures of Sydney Busch ’18, Chung Lip ’18, and Hamdi Adam ’18!

2020 Augsburg Fulbright Winners

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

URGO is proud to share that we have four Fulbright winners this year!

Winni Godi ’17 has received an ETA Fulbright to Rwanda.
Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 and Eh Soe Dwe ’20 each won an ETA Fulbright to Malaysia.
Natalya Arevalo ’20 was granted an ETA Fulbright to Honduras.

URGO’s history with Fulbright is a long and successful one. In February, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs listed Augsburg University among top 5 producers of Fulbright students at master’s level institution, the sixth time Augsburg was ranked on the list.

The Fulbright program offers recent graduates and graduate students opportunities for research, study, and teaching in more than 140 countries. Since 2007, Augsburg University has had 34 Fulbright students selected for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Read about our most recent Fulbright winners and the exciting work ahead of them!

URGO Alumni in Public Health during COVID-19

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The global pandemic that has swept the world has put a bright spotlight on public health, an important healthcare avenue that directly affects populations across the globe. We spoke with three recent Augsburg graduates pursuing careers in this field, allowing them to shed light on their experiences and the special role public health plays in this crisis.

Read about the exciting futures of Sydney Busch ’18, Chung Lip ’18, and Hamdi Adam ’18!

2020 Augsburg Fulbright Winners

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

URGO is proud to share that we have four Fulbright winners this year!

Winni Godi ’17 has received an ETA Fulbright to Rwanda.
Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 and Eh Soe Dwe ’20 each won an ETA Fulbright to Malaysia.
Natalya Arevalo ’20 was granted an ETA Fulbright to Honduras.

URGO’s history with Fulbright is a long and successful one. In February, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs listed Augsburg University among top 5 producers of Fulbright students at master’s level institution, the sixth time Augsburg was ranked on the list.

The Fulbright program offers recent graduates and graduate students opportunities for research, study, and teaching in more than 140 countries. Since 2007, Augsburg University has had 34 Fulbright students selected for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Read about our most recent Fulbright winners and the exciting work ahead of them!

URGO Alumni in Public Health during COVID-19

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The global pandemic that has swept the world has put a bright spotlight on public health, an important healthcare avenue that directly affects populations across the globe. We spoke with three recent Augsburg graduates pursuing careers in this field, allowing them to shed light on their experiences and the special role public health plays in this crisis.

Read about the exciting futures of Sydney Busch ’18, Chung Lip ’18, and Hamdi Adam ’18!

Third Fulbright Winner

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

URGO is proud to announce that Abdul Sharif (2000 Political Science and TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge Participant) has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Malaysia. Abdul has won many national awards, including the Gilman Scholarship (by working with Study Abroad and Study Away staff), Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Florida and Tanzania, the Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarship to study last summer at Princeton and the Critical Language Scholarship, which he declined to take the Boren. He also spent a semester in Namibia through CGEE.

He’s been active on and off campus, including being involved in student government, the Pan-African student union, West Bank College Bound, Capitol Pathways and Politics and Law and Society.

Abdul, through words, actions, coursework and professional goals, expresses a genuine interest in learning about the world. He’s attracted to Malaysia because it’s a Muslim majority country, with a strong Hindi contingent and other interfaith communities. He wants to further explore the Muslim diaspora in Asia that he found in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Previous teaching and tutoring experiences in the U.S. and Tanzania demonstrate his commitment to assisting others with language learning. A refugee from Kenya, who speaks multiple languages, Abdul understands the challenges and rewards of learning a second language and is driven to provide his Malaysian students with skills to be change agents in their communities. The ETA fits with his goals of working with the Foreign Service.

Congratulations to Abdul!

Fourth Fulbright Winner

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

URGO is pleased to announce that Eh Soe Dwe (2000 Clinical Psychology) has been named a Fulbright Teaching Assistant to Malaysia. Eh Soe is an Act Six Scholar, Christensen Scholar and Interfaith Scholar. She has been V.P. of ASA, an AugSEM leader, Karen interpreter, Personal Care Assistant, Volunteer tutor of English for immigrants at Open Door Learning, a member of Psi chi Psychology Honor Society, has studied abroad in Guatemala, the U.K. and Slovenia through CGEE. She also painted a public mural.

Eh Soe’s connection to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, goes deeper than ancestry, extending to her sense of artistry and mission to serve adolescents across cultural boundaries. Her empathy and generosity of spirit will serve her as an ETA and in a career in youth counseling for the diasporic Karen community; she plans to return to SE Asia to work on mental health accessibility. She has taught ESL to recent immigrants to the US and told us that, because so many of her students come to the US to learn, she feels it is her turn to contribute abroad, adding to her many experiences overseas. Her experience as an Interfaith Scholar will help her navigate the diversity of faiths that she will encounter in Malaysia. She will be an excellent teacher: patient, centered and intentional.

Congratulations and we wish you the best!

Third Fulbright Winner

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

URGO is proud to announce that Abdul Sharif (2000 Political Science and TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge Participant) has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Malaysia. Abdul has won many national awards, including the Gilman Scholarship (by working with Study Abroad and Study Away staff), Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Florida and Tanzania, the Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarship to study last summer at Princeton and the Critical Language Scholarship, which he declined to take the Boren. He also spent a semester in Namibia through CGEE.

He’s been active on and off campus, including being involved in student government, the Pan-African student union, West Bank College Bound, Capitol Pathways and Politics and Law and Society.

Abdul, through words, actions, coursework and professional goals, expresses a genuine interest in learning about the world. He’s attracted to Malaysia because it’s a Muslim majority country, with a strong Hindi contingent and other interfaith communities. He wants to further explore the Muslim diaspora in Asia that he found in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Previous teaching and tutoring experiences in the U.S. and Tanzania demonstrate his commitment to assisting others with language learning. A refugee from Kenya, who speaks multiple languages, Abdul understands the challenges and rewards of learning a second language and is driven to provide his Malaysian students with skills to be change agents in their communities. The ETA fits with his goals of working with the Foreign Service.

Congratulations to Abdul!

Fourth Fulbright Winner

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

URGO is pleased to announce that Eh Soe Dwe (2000 Clinical Psychology) has been named a Fulbright Teaching Assistant to Malaysia. Eh Soe is an Act Six Scholar, Christensen Scholar and Interfaith Scholar. She has been V.P. of ASA, an AugSEM leader, Karen interpreter, Personal Care Assistant, Volunteer tutor of English for immigrants at Open Door Learning, a member of Psi Chic Psychology Honor Society, has studied abroad in Guatemala, the U.K. and Slovenia through CGEE. She also painted a public mural.

Eh Soe’s connection to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, goes deeper than ancestry, extending to her sense of artistry and mission to serve adolescents across cultural boundaries. Her empathy and generosity of spirit will serve her as an ETA and in a career in youth counseling for the diasporic Karen community; she plans to return to SE Asia to work on mental health accessibility. She has taught ESL to recent immigrants to the US and told us that, because so many of her students come to the US to learn, she feels it is her turn to contribute abroad, adding to her many experiences overseas. Her experience as an Interfaith Scholar will help her navigate the diversity of faiths that she will encounter in Malaysia. She will be an excellent teacher: patient, centered and intentional.

Congratulations and we wish you the best!

Help Your Neighbor Beat COVID-19: Try SafeDistance, from U of M and HealthPartners, for Free.

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Several Augsburg employees & students are involved with launching SafeDistance, a new app from HealthPartners & University of Minnesota.

This app has been featured on KARE-11, WCCO-CBS Minnesota, and Pioneer Press.

SafeDistance is a free, non-profit app and website that crowdsources symptom data to help detect, predict, and prevent the spread of COVID-19, all while assuring your privacy.
By using SafeDistance, you’ll receive:

* Personalized, social distancing recommendations
* Neighborhood-level COVID-19 risk map
* Assured privacy – no account required, you remain anonymous

The more people donate their data to SafeDistance, the more detailed the risk map will be – and the better University of Minnesota & HealthPartners researchers will be able to track the spread of the virus.

https://safedistance.org/

Fulbright Winner to Rwanda

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

URGO is pleased to announce that Winnie Godi (2017, International Relations and Gender, Sexuality,and Women’s Studies) was selected as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Rwanda where she has familiar roots. Currently, Winnie is completing a Princeton in Africa
Fellowship where she teaches middle school Geography in Botswana at one of the top schools in Africa. Princeton in Africa offers yearlong fellowship opportunities to young leaders who are committed to Africa’s advancement. Winnie is one of the 50
fellows selected from approximately 430 applicants across the U.S. This experience built on her previous position as a Kindergarten teacher in Kenya.

Congratulations to Winnie for her numerous accomplishments and for her commitment to teaching in Africa.

Another Alum Recognized by NSF

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Ellyn Peters (2018 chemistry major, biology minor) received the distinction of Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. In her second year of an organic chemistry PhD program at the University of Utah, Ellie is developing molecular descriptors for the use in statistical modeling of catalytic transformations. While at Augsburg, Ellie completed two summers of research, one as a Lindstrom Scholar and one as a Give to the Max Scholar. She also presented her findings regionally and nationally. In addition to being an Honors Program Graduate Ellie was President of Augsburg’s Chemistry Club.

Congratulations on achieving such a high honor among young scientists.

Fulbright Winner to Rwanda

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

URGO is pleased to announce that Winnie Godi (2017, International Relations and Gender, Sexuality,and Women’s Studies) was selected as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Rwanda where she has familiar roots. Currently, Winnie is completing a Princeton in Africa
Fellowship where she teaches middle school Geography in Botswana at one of the top schools in Africa. Princeton in Africa offers yearlong fellowship opportunities to young leaders who are committed to Africa’s advancement. Winnie is one of the 50
fellows selected from approximately 430 applicants across the U.S. This experience built on her previous position as a Kindergarten teacher in Kenya.

Congratulations to Winnie for her numerous accomplishments and for her commitment to teaching in Africa.

Fulbright Awardee to Honduras

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

We are so very excited to announce that Natalya Arevalo ’20 has been accepted as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Honduras. Natalya is a history major and has been a recipient of the Sabo Scholarship, the CGEE Student of Color Scholarship, the Honoring Outstanding Latinx Students Leadership Scholarship, and the Norma Noonan Scholarship, and is an Interfaith Scholar. Last year she was a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Graduate Fellowship. She has worked as an intern with Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, and the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is co-founder of Augsburg Women for Political Change and has taken on many other student leadership roles.

In Honduras, Natalya will be teaching English and American Studies to students of a variety of ages, including college students. She will also be working with the Access Microscholarship Program, which assists underprivileged students with access to English language learning.

Congratulations Natalya!

Another Alum Recogized by NSF

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Ellyn Peters (2018 chemistry major, biology minor) received the distinction of Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. In her second year of an organic chemistry PhD program at the University of Utah, Ellie is developing molecular descriptors for the use in statistical modeling of catalytic transformations. While at Augsburg, Ellie completed two summers of research, one as a Lindstrom Scholar and one as a Give to the Max Scholar. She also presented her findings regionally and nationally. In addition to being an Honors Program Graduate Ellie was President of Augsburg’s Chemistry Club.

Congratulations on achieving such a high honor among young scientists.

Fulbright Awardee to Honduras

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

We are so very excited to announce that Natalya Arevalo ’20 has been accepted as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Honduras. Natalya is a history major and has been a recipient of the Sabo Scholarship, the CGEE Student of Color Scholarship, the Honoring Outstanding Latinx Students Leadership Scholarship, and the Norma Noonan Scholarship, and is an Interfaith Scholar. Last year she was a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Graduate Fellowship. She has worked as an intern with Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, and the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is co-founder of Augsburg Women for Political Change and has taken on many other student leadership roles.

In Honduras, Natalya will be teaching English and American Studies to students of a variety of ages, including college students. She will also be working with the Access Microscholarship Program, which assists underprivileged students with access to English language learning.

Congratulations Natalya!

Fulbright Awardee to Honduras

submitted by mebusts@augsburg.edu

We are so very excited to announce that Natalya Arevalo ’20 has been accepted as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Honduras. Natalya is a history major and has been a recipient of the Sabo Scholarship, the CGEE Student of Color Scholarship, the Honoring Outstanding Latinx Students Leadership Scholarship, and the Norma Noonan Scholarship, and is an Interfaith Scholar. Last year she was a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Graduate Fellowship. She has worked as an intern with Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, and the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is co-founder of Augsburg Women for Political Change and has taken on many other student leadership roles.

In Honduras, Natalya will be teaching English and American Studies to students of a variety of ages, including college students. She will also be working with the Access Microscholarship Program, which assists underprivileged students with access to English language learning.

Congratulations Natalya!

Six Auggies are Fulbright Semi-Finalists

submitted by mebusts@augsburg.edu

We are deeply proud to announce that six Augsburg students and alumni have been named Fulbright Semi-Finalists, a huge accomplishment in a very competitive application process. These Semi-Finalists have proposed projects in South Korea, Rwanda, Malaysia, Honduras, and Australia.

Semi-Finalists will hear of their finalist status soon.

Contact URGO (urgo@augsburg.edu) if you are interested in applying for this prestigious program.

Alum Wins Prestigious NSF Award

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Nyssa Capman (2018) graduated with a double major in physics and mathematics. She is currently in her 2nd year of a PhD program at the UMN in Mechanical Engineering. She has been awarded the coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which means she will be given $34,000 X 3 years for graduate school and will not pay tuition. According to the notification Nyssa received: ” [Her] selection as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow is a highly significant national accomplishment, and places [her] amongst an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers in STEM.”

While at Augsburg, Nyssa conducted research as a Sundquist Scholar under the mentorship of Ben Stottrup and then moved into Mark Engebretsen’s lab, followed by a Big Data REU at the UMN Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering in her final summer. As an Augsburg student she presented a space physics research poster at the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall meeting and at Zyzzogeton, and received an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her REU poster at the Twin Cities Statistical Association’s fall meeting. Also while at Augsburg, she co-authored one paper with Mark Engebretson, and published her own first-author space physics paper after graduating.

Congratulations Nyssa!

This is the 3rd time Augsburg has had an alum win an NSF GRFP in graduate school.

Alum Wins Prestigious NSF Award

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Nyssa Capman (2018) graduated with a double major in physics and mathematics. She is currently in her 2nd year of a PhD program at the UMN in Mechanical Engineering. She has been awarded the coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which means she will be given $34,000 X 3 years for graduate school and will not pay tuition. According to the notification Nyssa received: ” [Her] selection as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow is a highly significant national accomplishment, and places [her] amongst an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers in STEM.”

While at Augsburg, Nyssa conducted research as a Sundquist Scholar under the mentorship of Ben Stottrup and then moved into Mark Engebretsen’s lab, followed by a Big Data REU at the UMN Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering in her final summer. As an Augsburg student she presented a space physics research poster at the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall meeting and at Zyzzogeton, and received an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her REU poster at the Twin Cities Statistical Association’s fall meeting. Also while at Augsburg, she co-authored one paper with Mark Engebretson, and published her own first-author space physics paper after graduating.

Congratulations Nyssa!

This is the 3rd time Augsburg has had an alum win an NSF GRFP in graduate school.

From Prof. Doug Green: Beyond Shakespeare

submitted by green@augsburg.edu

My first non-Shakespearean article in decades was just published; it’s on the neo-western film “Hell or High Water”: “Appropriating the Comanche: ‘Hell or High Water’ and the New Southwest.” A big thanks to our Augsburg American Indian Studies colleague Elise Marubbio, one of the co-editors of this special issue of the journal Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, for encouraging me to contribute.

Article Link

Auggie Wins Prestigious STEM Award

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Laura Kundel, a junior biochemistry major, just received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. In addition to the monetary award of $7,500 Laura will now be deemed competitive for the top graduate programs in her field. There were 1,343 applicants from 451 institutions and 396 winners.

Lara has been a Sundquist research scholar the past two summers, once with Dr. Tara Mader and once with Dr. Wentzel. Dr. Wentzel assisted Laura with the research proposal section of the Goldwater and Wentzel, Mader and Allen all wrote letters on Laura’s behalf. Laura is scheduled to conduct research again this summer with Dr. Wentzel.

Laura is currently Vice President of Tri-Beta, an honors program student, member of the chemistry club and an organic chemistry tutor.

Her sister, Holly Kundel, won a Goldwater 2 years ago and is currently in the first year of her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of MN.

Kudos Laura!

Auggie Wins Prestigious STEM Award

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Laura Kundel, a junior biochemistry major, just received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. In addition to the monetary award of $7,500 Laura will now be deemed competitive for the top graduate programs in her field. There were 1,343 applicants from 451 institutions and 396 winners.

Lara has been a Sundquist research scholar the past two summers, once with Dr. Tara Mader and once with Dr. Wentzel. Dr. Wentzel assisted Laura with the research proposal section of the Goldwater and Wentzel, Mader and Allen all wrote letters on Laura’s behalf. Laura is scheduled to conduct research again this summer with Dr. Wentzel.

Laura is currently Vice President of Tri-Beta, an honors program student, member of the chemistry club and an organic chemistry tutor.

Her sister, Holly Kundel, won a Goldwater 2 years ago and is currently in the first year of her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of MN.

Kudos Laura!

What Are You Up To?

submitted by codek@augsburg.edu

The Alumni office is helping to promote alumni, faculty, staff and students to the broader alumni community. Do you have a talent to share? Is your department creating content? Are you an expert in something? Let the alumni office know.

We also want to create a reading list with books by Auggies. We would love any help in gathering a list.

Please share ideas at codek@augsburg.edu or coopers2@augsburg.edu

Kei Heltemes ’21 awarded Rossing Physics Scholarship

submitted by mebusts@augsburg.edu

URGO is proud to share that Kei Heltemes (’21) has been awarded a Rossing Physics Scholarship in the amount of $5000 for the 2020-21 Academic Year. The Rossing Scholarship is offered to students at ELCA-affiliated colleges and universities who show particular promise in the field of physics.

Kei is a double physics and chemistry (ACS-approved) major, with a minor in mathematics. He was named a Lindstrom Scholar as a part of the URGO Summer Research program in 2018, performing research with Dr. Amanda Case. Since then, he has performed research with Dr. Jeff Walter at the Leighton Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. He is an AugSTEM student, an Honors student, has worked as a tutor in both physics and chemistry, and is the vice president of the Society of Physics Students and the Augsburg Chemistry Society. He has received departmental awards from both the Physics and Chemistry Departments for his academic achievement.

Congratulations Kei!

Boyte published in Time Magazine –

submitted by eschenba@augsburg.edu

Harry Boyte, senior scholar in public work philosophy at Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship recently wrote an article that was published in Time Magazine.

“Want to win the presidency and extend democracy’s longest-running show? Emphasize a citizenship message for government to be a partner, not a savior.”

The Democrats Need to Sing a New Tune to Beat Trump

2020 Newman Civic Fellowship: Houa Thao

submitted by vangh@augsburg.edu

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.

Help us congratulate Houa Thao in being selected a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow! Read more about him here:
https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellow/houa-thao/

https://compact.org/newman-civic-fellow/houa-thao/

Five Auggies Placed at Speech Tournament

submitted by lapakko@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to five Auggies who placed at this Tuesday’s Twin Cities Forensics League tournament hosted by Augsburg. In persuasive speaking, Kimberly Enriquez-Aragon took home a 2nd place trophy, while four other Auggies received finalist certificates in the persuasive event: Laura Nelson, Edgar Astroga, Nick Madden, and Tatum Moore.

PPIA Winners

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce that two Augsburg students, Citlaly Escobar ’21 and Zakariya Abdullahi ’21, have been selected for the competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute for 2020. Both will attend the institute held this summer at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where they will participate in challenging policy coursework, leadership development training and graduate school preparation.

Citlaly Escobar ’21 is a Political Science and Sociology double major, an Honors Program Presidential Scholar and a McNair Scholar. She has done extensive research on the historical involvement of Mexican-American Women in the Twin Cities Chicano Movement. She is currently interning at the Minnesota Historical Society and is a Young People For Fellow.

Zakariya Abdullahi ’21 is a Political Science and International Relations double major, a Phillips Scholar, a Sabo Scholar and a Page Scholar, as well as a student of TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge. He is currently an intern with USAID doing political research analysis on Africa and the African Union. He has interned with Senator Tina Smith and Citigroup Global Government Affairs and worked for the Council on American Islamic Relations and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s campaign.

Congratulations to both of our winners!

New Staff at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

submitted by humerick@augsburg.edu

The Forum welcomes two new staff members: Wyatt Yager, Assistant Director of Finance and Operations and Earnest Jefferson, Registrar and Administrative Assistant. With The Forum conference a little over a month away, these two have quickly learned their jobs and become valuable assets to our team. Stop by and say hello!

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/

Schield elected President (Isaacson elected Sec/Treas) of National Numeracy Network

submitted by schield@augsburg.edu

Milo Schield and Marc Isaacson, Business Administration, were elected President and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively, of the National Numeracy Network (NNN). The NNN’s mission is to increase numeracy: the skills needed by citizens and decision-makers to read and evaluate the quantitative informtion they receive everyday.

The NNN does this by holding annual meetings, by publishing “Numeracy” (an open-source, no-cost, peer-reviewed journal), by conducting teacher-training workshops and by coordinating math learning centers. The 2019 Annual Meeting was held in Austin, Texas and sponsored by the Charles A. Dana Center.

Institutional sponsors of the NNN include the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

http://www.NNN-US.org

Congrats to the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates

submitted by grewe@augsburg.edu

Please join Campus Life in congratulating the following students for successfully completing the 2019 Augsburg University Emerging Leaders Program:
* Aaliyah Abdi
* Abdulahi Ahmed
* Alexis Dreon
* Alyssa Parkhurst
* Amanda Todd
* Andy Tran
* Angelica Bello Ayapantecatl
* Ashley Litzinger
* Austin Synder
* Barbara Sabino Pina
* Bisharo Abdi
* Bo Schlosser
* Brooke O’Quinn
* Bry Maddox-Sanders
* Bryam Alvarado
* Capri Bryant
* Cesar Degollado
* Chee Thao
* Connor Grenier
* Corey Hayden
* Cynthia Terry
* Daniel Garcia Garcia
* Daniel Lee
* Dejaleah Young
* Drew Strautman
* Elias Wirz
* Emma TItus
* Eric Oppegard
* Farina Thao
* Fritz Landherr
* Gabby Huerta
* Hope Kannare
* Hope Mwalilino
* Huda AliIng Wendland
* Ingri Ramirez Martin
* Jack Jensen
* Jalizbeth Dominguez-Matheis
* Julia Kramer
* Katie Flynn
* Kay Carvajal Moran
* Kenzie Kilborn
* Lailah Cloud
* Lajntxiang Lee
* Lizzy Vang
* Luz Villanueva
* Lynn Sommers
* Maggie Wallace
* Malachi Owens
* Mano Lara
* Mariana Chavez
* Maya Johnson
* Megan Brown
* Melisa Robles Olivar
* Miles Christopher
* Minna O’Connell
* Mollie Lohmann
* MongZong Xiong
* Nasteha Elmi
* Natalia Castillo
* Pa Her
* Pah Nhia Yang
* Rylee Hoyt
* Saida Alonso Ramirez
* Sam Dougan
* Sari Niles
* Savanah Hoard
* Siman Mohamed
* Soria Sarwary
* Sumaiya Azeez
* Taw Bee
* Tom Pribbenow
* Tyana Maddox-Sanders
* Valencia Cortes
* Varney Conneh
* Vayle Baker
* Victoria Garcia
* Vince Poch
* Zoe Barany

Congrats to the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates

submitted by grewe@augsburg.edu

Please join Campus Life in congratulating the following students for successfully completing the 2019 Augsburg University Emerging Leaders Program:
* Aaliyah Abdi
* Abdulahi Ahmed
* Alexis Dreon
* Alyssa Parkhurst
* Amanda Todd
* Andy Tran
* Angelica Bello Ayapantecatl
* Ashley Litzinger
* Austin Synder
* Barbara Sabino Pina
* Bisharo Abdi
* Bo Schlosser
* Brooke O’Quinn
* Bry Maddox-Sanders
* Bryam Alvarado
* Capri Bryant
* Cesar Degollado
* Chee Thao
* Connor Grenier
* Corey Hayden
* Cynthia Terry
* Daniel Garcia Garcia
* Daniel Lee
* Dejaleah Young
* Drew Strautman
* Elias Wirz
* Emma TItus
* Eric Oppegard
* Farina Thao
* Fritz Landherr
* Gabby Huerta
* Hope Kannare
* Hope Mwalilino
* Huda AliIng Wendland
* Ingri Ramirez Martin
* Jack Jensen
* Jalizbeth Dominguez-Matheis
* Julia Kramer
* Katie Flynn
* Kay Carvajal Moran
* Kenzie Kilborn
* Lailah Cloud
* Lajntxiang Lee
* Lizzy Vang
* Luz Villanueva
* Lynn Sommers
* Maggie Wallace
* Malachi Owens
* Mano Lara
* Mariana Chavez
* Maya Johnson
* Megan Brown
* Melisa Robles Olivar
* Miles Christopher
* Minna O’Connell
* Mollie Lohmann
* MongZong Xiong
* Nasteha Elmi
* Natalia Castillo
* Pa Her
* Pah Nhia Yang
* Rylee Hoyt
* Saida Alonso Ramirez
* Sam Dougan
* Sari Niles
* Savanah Hoard
* Siman Mohamed
* Soria Sarwary
* Sumaiya Azeez
* Taw Bee
* Tom Pribbenow
* Tyana Maddox-Sanders
* Valencia Cortes
* Varney Conneh
* Vayle Baker
* Victoria Garcia
* Vince Poch
* Zoe Barany

Congrats to 2019 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates

submitted by grewe@augsburg.edu

Please join Campus Life in congratulating the following students for successfully completing the 2019 Augsburg University Emerging Leaders Program:
* Aaliyah Abdi
* Abdulahi Ahmed
* Alexis Dreon
* Alyssa Parkhurst
* Amanda Todd
* Andy Tran
* Angelica Bello Ayapantecatl
* Ashley Litzinger
* Austin Synder
* Barbara Sabino Pina
* Bisharo Abdi
* Bo Schlosser
* Brooke O’Quinn
* Bry Maddox-Sanders
* Bryam Alvarado
* Capri Bryant
* Cesar Degollado
* Chee Thao
* Connor Grenier
* Corey Hayden
* Cynthia Terry
* Daniel Garcia Garcia
* Daniel Lee
* Dejaleah Young
* Drew Strautman
* Elias Wirz
* Emma TItus
* Eric Oppegard
* Farina Thao
* Fritz Landherr
* Gabby Huerta
* Hope Kannare
* Hope Mwalilino
* Huda AliIng Wendland
* Ingri Ramirez Martin
* Jack Jensen
* Jalizbeth Dominguez-Matheis
* Julia Kramer
* Katie Flynn
* Kay Carvajal Moran
* Kenzie Kilborn
* Lailah Cloud
* Lajntxiang Lee
* Lizzy Vang
* Luz Villanueva
* Lynn Sommers
* Maggie Wallace
* Malachi Owens
* Mano Lara
* Mariana Chavez
* Maya Johnson
* Megan Brown
* Melisa Robles Olivar
* Miles Christopher
* Minna O’Connell
* Mollie Lohmann
* MongZong Xiong
* Nasteha Elmi
* Natalia Castillo
* Pa Her
* Pah Nhia Yang
* Rylee Hoyt
* Saida Alonso Ramirez
* Sam Dougan
* Sari Niles
* Savanah Hoard
* Siman Mohamed
* Soria Sarwary
* Sumaiya Azeez
* Taw Bee
* Tom Pribbenow
* Tyana Maddox-Sanders
* Valencia Cortes
* Varney Conneh
* Vayle Baker
* Victoria Garcia
* Vince Poch
* Zoe Barany

Congratulations to Three Spring Gilman Scholarship Winners

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THREE AUGSBURG STUDENTS AWARDED U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY ABROAD!

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Jessica Mendoza, Erin Stene, and Bulungu Zanzu from Augsburg University were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this Spring 2020. Jessica is a double major in English and Sociology and will be studying in Central America on Augsburg CGEE’s Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement program. Erin is an International Relations major and will be studying in Jordan on SIT’s Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action Program. And Bulungu is a Bio-Psychology major and will be studying at Augsburg’s Exchange partner, the American College of Greece.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program. The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Since 2008, sixty-one Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $241,000. Over the last 7 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged about 50% – of 25 completed applications in that time, we have had 12 winners!

Congratulations once again to Jessica, Erin and Bulungu!

Gilman Scholarship: learn more and apply!

MFA Students publish in Rain Taxi

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MFA in Creative Writing students Elizabeth Fontaine, Evelyn May, and Sarah Degner Riveros have written an interview with poet Éireann Lorsung, author of MUSIC FOR LANDING PLANES BY. The interview appears in the fall online edition of RAIN TAXI. The piece resulted from an assignment in Jim Cihlar’s Poetry class.

http://www.raintaxi.com/how-multiple-and-how-simultaneous-an-interview-with-eireann-lorsung/

English Major Brad Hagen Publishes

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English Major Brad Hagen’s creative nonfiction essay, “On Dreamcatchers,” is being published in a forthcoming issue of Transmotion, a biannual journal “inspired by the work of Gerald Vizenor. Transmotion publishes new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde writing produced by Native American and First Nations authors, as well as book reviews on relevant work in Vizenor Studies and Indigenous Studies.” Congratulations, Brad!

Auggies compete in Data Analytics and Math Competitions

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The Augsburg team of Dayton Danielson, Carter Duncan, Andrew Hotchkiss, and Bjorn Melin, were among the hundreds of students from regional colleges and universities participating in the fourth annual Minnesota Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition on Saturday November 9 at Optum Health in Eden Prairie accompanied by Prof. John Zobitz. Each team worked collaboratively to predict the price of soybeans from data curated by Farm Femmes, a local non-profit focus and agricultural technology. The team presented their work several times to business and STEM professionals.

Auggies Maxwell Bannister, Alexus Emory, Kong Lee, Zishuo Li, Hendrik Louters, Devonna Singer, and Brandon Sjostrand constituted three of around 80 teams from 25 colleges and universities in the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America to participate in their twenty-third annual team contest, with support from Profs. Matt Haines and Pavel Bělík. Each team hunkered down in the Hagfors Center on Saturday November 16 to work collaboratively on ten challenging mathematical problems in three hours. Results will be available in a few of weeks.

K. Lane, A. Dvorak, A. Lutterman-Aguilar and C. Olson Present at CIEE Annual Conference

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Augsburg University was well represented at the 2019 CIEE Annual Conference: Opening Doors to Increase Diversity in Study Abroad in Brooklyn, NY this week. The Conference is attended by industry leaders and experienced professionals in the field of international education.

“Get out of my Way! Building Inclusive Study Abroad Experiences for Students with Disabilities” was presented by two Augsburg staff and a student: Katie Lane, Assistant Director, CLASS office, Andrea Dvorak, Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs, and Carden Olson, student.

“Start in the Middle: On-Site to Re-Entry & Back to Maximize Student Learning” was presented by Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Mexico Site Director along with colleagues from around the US.

CIEE Annual Conference 2019

Lutterman-Aguilarand and Trelstad-Porter Present at SIETAR Society of Intercultural Educators…

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Ann Lutterman-Aguilar (CGEE Mexico) and Jim Trelstad-Porter (ISSS) presented at SIETAR USA’s Annual Conference. Their presentation, “Prevention & Healing Interventions: Interculturalists on Campus & Abroad in Polarized Times” was well received by national and international intercultural educators, trainers and researchers.

Their presentation focused on the importance of creating pathways for healing from racism and other forms of oppression as an essential aspect of intercultural development work.

Leah Spinosa de Vega served as Conference Program Co-Chair.

SIETAR USA

Augsburg staff present at Minnesota College Professionals Association conference

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The Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) conference is Oct. 31- Nov. 1 in Bloomington, MN. Several Augsburg staff are presenting:
“Building Inclusive Study Abroad Experiences for Students with Disabilities” (2-part session): Katie Lane, Assistant Director, CLASS office, Andrea Dvorak, Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs, and Carden Olson, student

“Dismantling White Structures in Career Services”: Lee George, Executive Director, Strommen Center, Katie Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer

“Less is more…and more is more: Co-curricular Learning Assessment”: Mike Grewe, Director, Campus Life, and Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs

Seniors Student Affairs Officers Panel – facilitated by Ann Garvey Vice President of Student Affairs.

Augsburg staff presentations at Minnesota College Professionals Association conference

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The Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) conference is Oct. 31- Nov. 1 in Bloomington, MN. Several Augsburg staff are presenting:

“Building Inclusive Study Abroad Experiences for Students with Disabilities” (2-part session): Katie Lane, Assistant Director, CLASS office, Andrea Dvorak, Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs, and Carden Olson, student

“Dismantling White Structures in Career Services”: Lee George, Executive Director, Strommen Center, Katie Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer

“Less is more…and more is more: Co-curricular Learning Assessment”: Mike Grewe, Director, Campus Life, and Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs

Seniors Student Affairs Officers Panel – facilitated by Ann Garvey Vice President of Student Affairs.

Art Meets Literature

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Recently English Professor Lindsay Starck collaborated with six visual artists for an evening of art and literature at Gallery 2o7 in Milwaukee, where each artist presented a unique piece of art inspired by Starck’s novel Noah’s Wife.

Participating artists include Ann Baer, Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri, Stacy Ollmann, David Schaefer, Julia Taylor, and Robert Zondag. The exhibition was featured during gallery night last weekend and will be up until October 24, 2019.

https://www.gallery2o7.com/events

Let’s Play: League of Legends

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Let’s play League! Come join us in person or online for a full night of League. Bring your laptops or PCs if you’re coming in person and meet us in Hagfors 150A from 7:00-10:00 PM (may run longer if there’s interest). Otherwise join us online by sending us your username in advanced! Please RSVP on Auggie Life or Facebook in advanced (not required, but encouraged)!

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
When: 7:00-10:00 PM
Where: Hagfors 150A
Other details: FREE FOOD, DRINKS, and PRIZES will be available if you’re coming in person!

Auggie Life Event Page

Social Work Professors Koh and Bibus’ article published

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The article “Intercultural Humility in Social Work Education” by social work professors Bibiana Koh and Tony Bibus is now published in the Journal of Social Work Education: DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1661925

It is available online at:
https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/QF88X74WAS33ZU8SSICE/full?target=10.1080/10437797.2019.1661925

Welcome to new Director, StepUP

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Welcome to Renee Most, Director, StepUP, who started Monday, Sept. 16. Renee has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Catherine’s University and a Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School. Renee brings experience working at Kodiak Recovery, The Emily Program, and Hazelden Betty Ford, among others.

Please join in welcoming Renee.

Welcome to new Director, StepUP

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Welcome to Renee Most, Director, StepUP, who started Monday, Sept. 16. Renee has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Catherine’s University and a Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School. Renee brings experience working at Kodiak Recovery, The Emily Program, and Hazelden Betty Ford, among others.

Please join in welcoming Renee.

Darcey Engen ’88 and Luverne Seifert ’85 in the Star Tribune

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Engen and Seifert’s Sod House Theater production was featured in the Star Tribune! Here is more information about the show. Come out and support!

Sod House Theater (Darcey Engen ’88 and Luverne Seifert ’85) in collaboration with Black Label Movement present Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata in Swede Hollow Park. Production is FREE—reservations recommended.

September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 all at 6:00 pm

About the show:
Audiences will set off on an immersive, theatrical promenade through Swede Hollow Park, stopping along the way to experience moving vignettes inspired by the histories of immigration to the area beginning in the 1850s. Witness a kaleidoscopic performance, brought to life by an incredible cast of local multidisciplinary artists, evoking the struggles, joys, stories, and ghosts of the myriad communities that have called this land home. Working closely with local businesses and organizations, this project also includes additional community events designed to spark conversations about the rich history of this incredible neighborhood.

Link to article!

URGO Welcomes Augsburg Alum to Staff

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URGO is happy to welcome Solveig Mebust, a 2009 Augsburg graduate in Music Education and Vocal and Instrumental, to our staff as Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and Fellowships Specialist. Amy Cosimini, who worked in our office over the summer, accepted a tenure track position at St. Olaf.

While at Augsburg, Solveig completed an URGO summer research project evaluating the music historical canon through analysis of pieces included in music history textbooks under the mentorship of Dr. Merilee Klemp. She also was URGO’s first student worker.

Currently, Solveig is writing her dissertation on women’s music activism in Norway, 1870-1920 on route to her PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of MN. During 2016-2017, Solveig spent the year in Norway on a Fulbright Research Award.

We are pleased to welcome her back to Augsburg and look forward to the many contributions she will make to URGO and Augsburg students.

URGO Welcomes Augsburg Alum to Staff

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URGO is happy to welcome Solveig Mebust, a 2009 Augsburg graduate in Music Education and Vocal and Instrumental, to our staff as Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and Fellowships Specialist. Amy Cosimini, who worked in our office over the summer, accepted a tenure track position at St. Olaf.

While at Augsburg, Solveig completed an URGO summer research project evaluating the music historical canon through analysis of pieces included in music history textbooks under the mentorship of Dr. Merilee Klemp. She also was URGO’s first student worker.

Currently, Solveig is writing her dissertation on women’s music activism in Norway, 1870-1920 on route to her PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of MN. During 2016-2017, Solveig spent the year in Norway on a Fulbright Research Award.

We are pleased to welcome her back to Augsburg and look forward to the many contributions she will make to URGO and Augsburg students.

URGO Welcomes Augsburg Alum to Staff

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URGO is happy to welcome Solveig Mebust, a 2009 Augsburg graduate in Music Education and Vocal and Instrumental, to our staff as Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and Fellowships Specialist. Amy Cosimini, who worked in our office over the summer, accepted a tenure track position at St. Olaf.

While at Augsburg, Solveig completed an URGO summer research project evaluating the music historical canon through analysis of pieces included in music history textbooks under the mentorship of Dr. Merilee Klemp. She also was URGO’s first student worker.

Currently, Solveig is writing her dissertation on women’s music activism in Norway, 1870-1920 on route to her PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of MN. During 2016-2017, Solveig spent the year in Norway on a Fulbright Research Award.

We are pleased to welcome her back to Augsburg and look forward to the many contributions she will make to URGO and Augsburg students.

Prof. Emeritus Bibus completed training for writing social work licensing exam items

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In August, Professor Emeritus Tony Bibus completed the three-day training conducted by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for licensing examination item writers. He is planning to submit thirty multiple-choice test items for possible inclusion in the clinical examination that social workers take to be licensed in the United States and Canada.

Augsburg University Website

Sad news about former IT colleague, T. Scott Krenz

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Scott Krenz, academic LFC from 2006 – 2013, passed away last week following a nearly 5 year battle with cancer. His endless patience and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Scott’s memorial service will take place on Tuesday, August 27 at 6pm at Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel, 5000 W. 50th St., Edina, MN.
Visitation will begin two hours prior at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Minnesota Opera ( https://my.mnopera.org/donate/contribute1 ), TU Dance ( https://www.givemn.org/organization/Tu-Dance ), and the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center ( https://makingagift.umn.edu/give/fund.html?id=1511988036607 ).

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Sesquicentennial Project: Martin Sabo ’59 Interview Video Available in Fall

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An interview with the late Martin Olav Sabo ‘59, whose rise to politics was supported by Augsburg University students, is expected be available this fall at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship website. Find out more.

https://www.augsburg.edu/150/2019/07/31/interview-with-the-late-congressman-martin-sabo-59-to-be-shared-this-fall/

Lutterman-Aguilar (CGEE Mexico) and Marquel Moorer (’18) Published in “The Global Impact Exchange”

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Augsburg CGEE Mexico Site Director & Global Faculty member Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar co-authored an article with alumnus Marquell Moorer (’18) in the summer edition of THE GLOBAL IMPACT EXCHANGE: A Quarterly Publication of Diversity Abroad.

“Racism as an emotional Health Hazard: Studying Abroad as a Student of Color” (Lutterman Aguilar & Moorer, p.7-9)
“The Study Abroad Rollercoaster: Reflections on Racialized Experiences in Mexico” (Moorer, p. 13-14)

Read the articles here.

Lutterman-Aguilar (CGEE Mexico) and Marquel Moorer (’18) Published in “The Global Impact Exchange”

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Augsburg CGEE Mexico Site Director & Global Faculty member Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar co-authored an article with alumnus Marquell Moorer (’18) in the summer edition of THE GLOBAL IMPACT EXCHANGE: A Quarterly Publication of Diversity Abroad.

“Racism as an emotional Health Hazard: Studying Abroad as a Student of Color” (Lutterman Aguilar & Moorer, p.7-9)
“The Study Abroad Rollercoaster: Reflections on Racialized Experiences in Mexico” (Moorer, p. 13-14)

Read the articles here.

Lutterman-Aguilar (CGEE Mexico) and Marquel Moorer (’18) Published in “The Global Impact Exchange”

submitted by devega@augsburg.edu

Augsburg CGEE Mexico Site Director & Global Faculty member Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar co-authored an article with alumnus Marquell Moorer (2018) in the summer edition of THE GLOBAL IMPACT EXCHANGE: A Quarterly Publication of Diversity Abroad.

“Racism as an emotional Health Hazard: Studying Abroad as a Student of Color” (Lutterman Aguilar & Moorer, p.7-9)
“The Study Abroad Rollercoaster: Reflections on Racialized Experiences in Mexico” (Moorer, p. 13-14)

Read the articles here.

Congratulations to Kyle Huisman, Fall Semester Gilman scholarship winner

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AUGSBURG STUDENT KYLE HUISMAN AWARDED U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE’S GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY ABROAD!

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Kyle Huisman from Augsburg University was selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this Fall 2019. Kyle is a Film major and will be studying in Kofu, Japan on Augsburg’s Exchange program with Yamanashi Gakuin University (iCLA).

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program. The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Since 2008, fifty seven Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $222,500.

Gilman Scholarship

June 19 Leadership Summit Featuring Mayor Jacob Frey

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The 5th Annual Leadership Summit will take place on June 19th. This important leadership event is hosted in partnership with the Midway Chamber of Commerce and the Augsburg Department of Leadership Studies.

This year’s noon keynote speaker will be Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
The two morning workshops will be: Thinking Together: The Power of Deliberative Dialogue

And

Enhancing Your Leadership Skills by Knowing Your Decision-Making Style.
For more information on the Forum, contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at tuchten@augsburg.edu

Farewell to Tam Gehlen, StepUP Director

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Tamarah Gehlen, StepUP Director, will be leaving Augsburg on June 12, as she has accepted a position with Health Partners, as Senior Manager, Behavioral Health.

Tam led Augsburg’s StepUP program, which supports students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction as they achieve a college degree.

There will be no send-off for Tam but please feel free to stop by the StepUP office in Oren Gateway, or contact her before she leaves to wish her well, gehlen@augsburg.edu

Farewell to Tam Gehlen, StepUP Director

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Tamarah Gehlen, StepUP Director, will be leaving Augsburg on June 12, as she has accepted a position with Health Partners, Senior Manager, Behavioral Health.

Tam led Augsburg’s StepUP program which supports students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction as they achieve a college degree.

There will be no send-off for Tam but please feel free to stop by the StepUP office in Oren Gateway, or contact her before she leaves to wish her well, gehlen@augsburg.edu

Comm Studies professor is Think-Off finalist

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Communication Studies professor David Lapakko has once again been selected as a finalist for the Great American Think-Off, a philosophy competition held each June in New York Mills, MN. The Think-Off receives hundreds of essays every year from around the nation, and the top four writers are invited to an audience debate to determine who will win the title of “America’s Greatest Thinker.” In addition, finalists receive a cash award of $500. Lapakko was a finalist in 2013 and won the Think-Off championship in 2015; he hopes to be the first person in its 27-year history to win the event twice. This year’s question is, “To vote or not to vote: does it matter?” The Think-Off debates are in the New York Mills high school auditorium on Saturday evening, June 8.

Sad news about a former colleague

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John Sander sent the obituary for his mother, Marianne Sander, former Vice President of Student Affairs:

Marianne went peacefully to heaven on April 20, 2019 to be with our risen Lord. She was greatly loved and will be held in the hearts of many friends and family she graciously touched during her lifetime.

Born 12/21/1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marianne attended Valparaiso University where she married Bob Sander in 1950 and lived in St. Paul, Minnesota until they retired in Bonita Beach, Florida.

Marianne throughout her life demonstrated her love for God and willingness to serve others. She was a pioneer as the first woman vice president in the history of Augsburg University where she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs. She also served many years as the President of the Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. She also served with her voice in the church choir, her caring as part of the Stephen Ministries and her philanthropy in support of Valparaiso University, Augsburg University, Luther Seminary and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. These examples, among others, demonstrated the way in which Marianne exercised her deep and profound faith in Jesus Christ throughout her life, a legacy that will be forever cherished by her family.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Bob Sander and her children Robert Sander Jr (wife Lenda), Margaret Sander, Elizabeth Moreira (husband Jorge), John Sander (wife Barb), nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Dr, Naples, FL 34102 on Saturday, April 27. Memorials may be given to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

2 Fulbright Winners; 1 Alternate

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Emilie Tomes (19), a presidential scholar who earns a B.A. in Psychology next week, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Indonesia. At Augsburg Emilie has been involved as a Coordinator and Teacher for Interfaith Bridge Building. This work led her to choose Indonesia with its religious plurality and rich traditions. In addition to teaching English, Emilie plans to “take Bahasa Indonesian lessons and create a speech program for students to engage with literature and/or important issues.” After Fulbright, Emilie plans to pursue a PhD in psychology with a concentration in peace studies and become a faculty member.

Emily Knudson (2015, Environmental Studies, English Literature and Spanish) has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil. Also a Presidential Scholar, Knudson served as the Supplemental Instructor for Augsburg’s first River Semester. After Augsburg she earned two master’s degrees from the University of Granada, one in English Language and Linguistics and one in Women and Gender Studies. Outside of classroom teaching while in Brazil, Emily hopes to “work on a project including urban agriculture so the seeds I plant can continue to grant healthy food for years to come.” After Fulbright, Emily would like to teach languages in an American public school.

Madeline Kinn (2018, Psychology and Studio Art) has been named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to the Czech Republic. A Regent’s Scholar Madeline was very involved in research while at Augsburg, even co-authoring a paper with Dr. Ben Denkinger. In addition to teaching English in the Czech Republic, Madeline planned on beginning an afterschool art class or soccer club and to volunteer time in elder care facilities, where she currently works creating and facilitating activities. Madeline plans to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on gerontology.

Congratulations to all three Auggies!

Avis Benson, IT, retiring May 3

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

Avis Benson, system support analyst in IT, is retiring on friday after 22 years of service. She has kept Augsburg’s financial and HR data accurate, secure, and available to those who rely on it. She was a key member of the Agresso implementation team in 2002 and helped keep us focused on the impact of such a system change on the people here. She has continued to grow and expand our use of Agresso in the years since. Avis is an avid and accomplished watercolorist and now will have more time for painting and traveling with her friends. Her instantly recognizable voice and laugh will be missed in the IT offices. We wish her a wonderful retirement and appreciate all she’s done for Augsburg.

2 Fulbright Winners; 1 Alternate

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Emilie Tomes (19), a presidential scholar who earns a B.A. in Psychology next week, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Indonesia. At Augsburg Emilie has been involved as a Coordinator and Teacher for Interfaith Bridge Building. This work led her to choose Indonesia with its religious plurality and rich traditions. In addition to teaching English, Emilie plans to “take Bahasa Indonesian lessons and create a speech program for students to engage with literature and/or important issues.” After Fulbright, Emilie plans to pursue a PhD in psychology with a concentration in peace studies and become a faculty member.

Emily Knudson (2015, Environmental Studies, English Literature and Spanish) has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil. Also a Presidential Scholar, Knudson served as the Supplemental Instructor for Augsburg’s first River Semester. After Augsburg she earned two master’s degrees from the University of Granada, one in English Language and Linguistics and one in Women and Gender Studies. Outside of classroom teaching while in Brazil, Emily hopes to “work on a project including urban agriculture so the seeds I plant can continue to grant healthy food for years to come.” After Fulbright, Emily would like to teach languages in an American public school.

Madeline Kinn (2018, Psychology and Studio Art) has been named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to the Czech Republic. A Regent’s Scholar Madeline was very involved in research while at Augsburg, even co-authoring a paper with Dr. Ben Denkinger. In addition to teaching English in the Czech Republic, Madeline planned on beginning an afterschool art class or soccer club and to volunteer time in elder care facilities, where she currently works creating and facilitating activities. Madeline plans to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on gerontology.

Congratulations to all three Auggies!

Two Auggies Named to NSF Fellows List

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Senior biologist Holly Kundel was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides a $34,000 stipend/three years for graduate study. Holly was among 2,000 students named NSF GRFP fellows out of 12,000 applicants. Last year Holly was named a Goldwater Scholar, a national award for top STEM undergraduate scientists. Holly has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Emily Schilling conducting dragonfly research, funded by donor Dean Sundquist and the M.A. Cargill Philanthropies. Holly is a co-author on three publications and presented research findings at numerous regional and national conferences. Holly will be pursuing a Master’s of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic biology at the University of MN and plans on earning a PhD in the same field.

Senior biologist Olivia Fitch was named to the Honorable Mention NSF GRFP list. Olivia has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Matt Beckman studying the genetic mechanism for cyclops eye development in Daphnia magna, commonly known as water fleas. Olivia also worked in both the Bee and Monarch Labs at the U of M. She presented her research multiple times, including on-campus and nationally and is working with Dr. Beckman on a manuscript for submission. Olivia will be attending Michigan State University pursuing a PhD in Integrative Biology.

Congratulations Holly and Olivia.

Two Auggies Named to NSF Fellows List

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Senior biologist Holly Kundel was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides a $34,000 stipend/three years for graduate study. Holly was among 2,000 students named NSF GRFP fellows out of 12,000 applicants. Last year Holly was named a Goldwater Scholar, a national award for top STEM undergraduate scientists. Holly has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Emily Schilling conducting dragonfly research, funded by donor Dean Sundquist and the M.A. Cargill Philanthropies. Holly is a co-author on three publications and presented research findings at numerous regional and national conferences. Holly will be pursuing a Master’s of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic biology at the University of MN and plans on earning a PhD in the same field.

Senior biologist Olivia Fitch was named to the Honorable Mention NSF GRFP list. Olivia has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Matt Beckman studying the genetic mechanism for cyclops eye development in Daphnia magna, commonly known as water fleas. Olivia also worked in both the Bee and Monarch Labs at the U of M. She presented her research multiple times, including on-campus and nationally and is working with Dr. Beckman on a manuscript for submission. Olivia will be attending Michigan State University pursuing a PhD in Integrative Biology.

Congratulations Holly and Olivia.

Augsburg Represented at Regional Mathematics Education Conference

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Five Augsburg faculty, students, alumni presented at the 2019 Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference in Duluth this past weekend. The presentations and workshops were 60 and 90 minutes long, respectively.

Lewis Istok (’19) and Heather Krumwiede (’19): Factoring and Fun with Spirographs
Kathryne Chiqui (Former Augsburg Student and currently ABE Mathematics Teacher, for MPS): co-presented: Integrating Soft Skills to Achieve Success (co-presented with Amber Dellinger, ARCC)
Dr. Jennie Diaz (Education Dept): Thinking Beyond Mathematical Mindset: A Focus on Equity
Dr. Christopher Smith (MSCS Dept): Financial Literacy through Coin Flips

Several other former Augsburg students participated in the conference including Nate Peterson (Highview Middle School Mounds View), Indra LeMaire (Hmong College Prep Academy), Jenna Sheridan (SPPS), and Sue Wygant (Mathematics Specialist at MDE, Augsburg instructor, former student, and on the Board of Directors of MCTM).

http://www.mctm.org/springconf.php

Two Auggies Named to NSF Fellows List

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Senior biologist Holly Kundel was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides a $34,000 stipend/three years for graduate study. Holly was among 2,000 students named NSF GRFP fellows out of 12,000 applicants. Last year Holly was named a Goldwater Scholar, a national award for top STEM undergraduate scientists. Holly has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Emily Schilling conducting dragonfly research, funded by donor Dean Sundquist and the M.A. Cargill Foundation. Holly is a co-author on three publications and presented research findings at numerous regional and national conferences. Holly will be pursuing a Master’s of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic biology at the University of MN and plans on earning a PhD in the same field.

Senior biologist Olivia Fitch was named to the Honorable Mention NSF GRFP list. Olivia has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Matt Beckman studying the genetic mechanism for cyclops eye development in Daphnia magna, commonly known as water fleas. Olivia also worked in both the Bee and Monarch Labs at the U of M. She presented her research multiple times, including on-campus and nationally and is working with Dr. Beckman on a manuscript for submission. Olivia will be attending Michigan State University pursuing a PhD in Integrative Biology.

Congratulations Holly and Olivia.

HLC Recognition for Norma Noonan

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At the recent HLC annual meeting as a consultant-evaluator, team chair, and member of IAC (Institutional Actions Council), I was very proud to learn of Dr. Norma Noonan’s recognition for 45 years of service to HLC. This honor for Norma was announced (to great applause) at a formal luncheon on the first day of the conference. Congratulations, Dr. Noonan!

Drlandra Larkins wins Lead for America Fellowship

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Dralandra Larkins, a senior social work major, just received the Lead for America National Fellowship, along with 59 other fellows who will join her co-hort out of 681 national applicants. Dralandra currently holds two internships, one at Hennepin County as a case manager and a second at the Metropolitan Council as a housing assistant. As a Lead for America fellow, Dralandra will spend 5 weeks this summer at Harvard University with a cohort of passionate and informed leaders engaged in public administration and leadership development training. Following training, Dralandra will spend the next two years working full time with local government at the Metropolitan Council advancing economic security and housing opportunities for marginalized populations. During her two years as a fellow, Dralandra will receive ongoing training opportunities and attend fellow retreats in Washington D.C, where she will hear from prominent national, local and global leaders about significant challenges facing the 21st century society. Benefits from the fellowship program include a $12,000 graduate educational award, supportive mentorships, professional development and the summer institute training, health insurance as well as her internship salary.

Lead for America is a nonpartisan fellowship program that selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, transforming our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. To learn more about the fellowship, visit here or contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu.

Kudos to Dralandra.

Lidiya Ahmed wins $10,000 Rossing Scholarship

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Lidiya Ahmed (2020) has been awarded the top ELCA Rossing Physics Scholarship of $10,000, having won the $5,000 award last year. The award is granted to top physics students drawn from the 26 ELCA colleges in the country. A physics and mathematics major, Lidiya grew up in Ethiopia where her father, a one-time engineering student, inspired her to pursue her dream of being a physicist. Interested in space physics she found Dr. Mark Engebretson and his impressive research record on-line, which led her to Augsburg.

Her first summer at Augsburg she worked in Dr. Ben Stottrup’s biophysics lab, funded by URGO, where she learned important programming skills and that she “liked to work in a team to solve problems.” Last summer she worked in Dr. Mark Engebretson’s lab studying phenomena that occur at the edges of space, which has given her “an in-depth understanding of the space physics field and the career path [she] want[s] to follow.”

Lidiya is also a LEAD fellow who has worked at many different community-based programs, such as Campus Ministry’s Urban Plunge program, Soup for You, and the Campus Kitchens program. She is currently a STEM peer mentor and has worked as a teaching assistant for Calculus classes and Calc Workshop and was the 3D printing coordinator for the mathematics department last year. Lidiya is also a Christensen Scholar and will be a Sabo Scholar this coming fall.

After graduating from Augsburg, Lidiya plans to pursue a PhD in space physics. Ultimately, her plans are to “start a space physics department in Ethiopia since [she] believes that there are many young people who don’t get the opportunity to study space physics.”

Congratulations Lidiya! Thanks to her many Augsburg mentors and teachers.

Lidiya Ahmed wins $10,000 Rossing Scholarship

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Lidiya Ahmed (2020) has been awarded the top ELCA Rossing Physics Scholarship of $10,000, having won the $5,000 award last year. The award is granted to top physics students drawn from the 26 ELCA colleges in the country. A physics and mathematics major, Lidiya grew up in Ethiopia where her father, a one-time engineering student, inspired her to pursue her dream of being a physicist. Interested in space physics she found Dr. Mark Engebretson and his impressive research record on-line, which led her to Augsburg.

Her first summer at Augsburg she worked in Dr. Ben Stottrup’s biophysics lab, funded by URGO, where she learned important programming skills and that she “liked to work in a team to solve problems.” Last summer she worked in Dr. Mark Engebretson’s lab studying phenomena that occur at the edges of space, which has given her “an in-depth understanding of the space physics field and the career path [she] want[s] to follow.”

Lidiya is also a LEAD fellow who has worked at many different community-based programs, such as Campus Ministry’s Urban Plunge program, Soup for You, and the Campus Kitchens program. She is currently a STEM peer mentor and has worked as a teaching assistant for Calculus classes and Calc Workshop and was the 3D printing coordinator for the mathematics department last year. Also named a Phillips Scholar, Lidiya will be running a program this summer, under the mentorship of Dr. Rebekah Dupont, Augsburg’s Director of STEM Programs, designed to increase retention of underrepresented students in STEM disciplines. Lidiya is also a Christenson Scholar and will be a Sabo Scholar this coming fall.

After graduating from Augsburg, Lidiya plans to pursue a PhD in space physics. Ultimately, her plans are to “start a space physics department in Ethiopia since [she] believes that there are many young people who don’t get the opportunity to study space physics.”

Congratulations Lidiya! Thanks to her many Augsburg mentors and teachers.

Drlandra Larkins wins Lead for America Fellowship

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Dralandra Larkins, a senior social work major, just received the Lead for America National Fellowship, along with 59 other fellows who will join her co-hort out of 681 national applicants. Dralandra currently holds two internships, one at Hennepin County as a case manager and a second at the Metropolitan Council as a housing assistant. As a Lead for America fellow, Dralandra will spend 5 weeks this summer at Harvard University with a cohort of passionate and informed leaders engaged in public administration and leadership development training. Following training, Dralandra will spend the next two years working full time with local government at the Metropolitan Council advancing economic security and housing opportunities for marginalized populations. During her two years as a fellow, Dralandra will receive ongoing training opportunities and attend fellow retreats in Washington D.C, where she will hear from prominent national, local and global leaders about significant challenges facing the 21st century society. Benefits from the fellowship program include a $12,000 graduate educational award, supportive mentorships, professional development and the summer institute training, health insurance as well as her internship salary.

Lead for America is a nonpartisan fellowship program that selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, transforming our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. To learn more about the fellowship, visit here or contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu.

Kudos to Dralandra.

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Steblay

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We would like to share and recognize Dr. Nancy Steblay’s recent scientific contributions as one of the nation’s leading experts in eyewitness testimony. Dr. Steblay published a chapter, “Translating Psychological Science into Policy and Practice”, in the new book released this week, “Psychological Science and the Law” (N. Brewer and A. Douglass, Eds.). Dr. Steblay also just created a Webinar module, “Eyewitness Science: Protection and Evaluation of Eyewitness Identification Evidence”, that Minnesota judges will view as part of their judicial e-learning program. Congratulations Dr. Steblay!”

Congratulations to 2019-2020 Day Student Government

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Congratulations to the newly elected Augsburg Day Student Government for the 2019-2020 academic year!

President: Arianna Antone-Ramirez
Vice President: Lucia Davila Alvarez

STUDENT SENATE
Senior Class President: Ariam Asmerom
Senior Class Senators: Skye Rygh, Brittany Stokes & Mitchell Byers
Junior Class President: Joe Gaskill
Junior Class Senators: Berlynn Bitengo, Gabriel Ijjo & Taiwana Shambley
Sophomore Class President: Meek Stalling
Sophomore Class Senators: Estefani Guiracocha, Willington Gahona & Nou-Chee Chang
Incumbent Senator: Olivia Brammer

EXECUTIVE BOARD
Head of Staff: Ethan Quezada
Public Relations Officer: Jose Perales
Secretary: Faiza Jama
Student Advocate: Abdulkadir Sharif
Treasurer: Simone Rask

Sad news about Professor Emeritus of History Don Gustafson

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It is with great sadness that I write to share news that our colleague and friend, Don Gustafson, Professor Emeritus of History, passed away Sunday evening.

Affectionately know as “Gus,” he has been a member of the Augsburg community since 1961, when he began as an instructor in the History Department. He received tenure in 1968 and was promoted to full professor in 1985. Gus received the BA in History from Gustavus Adolphus College and the MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin. His research and personal interests led him and his wife Bev on several trips to India and southeast Asia. In retirement he and Bev went twice on safari in Africa!

Colleague and interim chair of the History Department, Jacqui deVries, reflected recently on the Gus-ness of Gus: “Gus was one-of-a-kind. A devoted teacher and avid conversationalist, he enjoyed nothing better than a long chat with one of his students. Over the years, a veritable river of them made their way to his famous poison green office, with its overstuffed chair draped with a llama skin (or was it an Ibex?). Treasures and trinkets collected around the world sparked hundreds of conversations. He decorated his office for the seasons, with junk-shop finds mingling with jars of maple syrup and vases of gorgeous flowers from his gardens in St. Peter. Gus had little patience for the pedantry of academia. He was interested in sparking thought, engaging minds, and resisting norms. With a career that spanned more than a third of Augsburg’s history, he was a keeper of this community’s memory, an endless font of entertaining stories.

“Since his retirement in 2014, Memorial Hall has lost some energy and certainly much color. But Gus continued to read and travel extensively. In a January 2019 update to the History department, he reported on his latest trip — an East African safari undertaken in February 2018 — and regaled us with his admiration for David Christian’s Origin Story and Yuval Harari’s works. Gus’ spirit lives on in Hagfors, where — of all the projects he might have funded — he endowed the building’s first gender-neutral bathroom.”

Gus retired from Augsburg in 2014 after 58 years of teaching Augsburg students.

As we celebrate Gus’ life and contributions to Augsburg students, our community’s thoughts and prayers go out to his extended family and friends. Service information will be shared as we learn more.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for April

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at http://www.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/auggie_pride/.

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate

Math Students present at Pi Mu Epsilon Conference

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Throwing caution to the snow, Augsburg mathematics students Andy Hotchkiss (’20), Brandon Perez (’20), Heather Krumwiede (’19), and Lewis Istok(’19) presented at the 40th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society Conference, April 12-13 at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. (https://www.csbsju.edu/mathematics/pi-conference)

Thanks to the support of URGO, the students were able to present their research: Curve Fitting of Periodically Repeating Functions (Hotchkiss/Perez), Comparative Study of Mathematical Middle School Texts Across Cultures (Krumwiede), and Spirographs for Fun and Pedagogy (Istok). The students were also able to meet and see two engaging presentations by the nationally-recognized speaker Dr. Talitha Washington from Howard University.

Congrats to Augsburg Leadership Awards Recipients

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Please join Campus Life in congratulating the winners of the 2018-2019 Augsburg Leadership Awards:

STUDENT LEADER AWARDS:
* Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award – BK Kormah
* Student Leader of the Year Award – Arianna Antone-Ramirez
* Dean of Students Award – Eli Baker, Athena Cloud, Melissa Flores Jaimes, & Skye Rygh
* Emerging Leader of the Year – Willington Gahona
* Civic Engagement Award – Brandon Williams
* Peer Engagement Award – Serena Xiong
* Social Justice Award – Citlaly Escobar & Taiwana Shambley
* Outstanding Seniors of the Year – Gabriel Glissmeyer, Noah Greenfield, Kassandra Quintero Diaz, & Fidelina Xinico Morales
* Outstanding Juniors of the Year – Lucia Davila Alvarez & Brittany Stokes
* Outstanding Sophomores of the Year – Ethan Quezada Hoffman, Isaiah Simon, & Houa Thao
* Outstanding First-Year of the Year – Reuben Kitto Stately

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
* Student Organization of the Year – Augsburg Indigenous Student Association
* New Student Organization of the Year – Augsburg Dance Club
* Civic Engagement Award – Echo
* Social Justice Award – Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness-Raising Team
* Innovations in Programming Award – Augsburg Asian Student Association
* Auggie Spirit Award – Queer Indigenous People of Color

Congrats to Augsburg Leadership Award Recipients

submitted by grewe@augsburg.edu

Please join Campus Life in congratulating the winners of the 2018-2019 Augsburg Leadership Awards:

STUDENT LEADER AWARDS:
* Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award – BK Kormah
* Student Leader of the Year Award – Arianna Antone-Ramirez
* Dean of Students Award – Eli Baker, Athena Cloud, Melissa Flores Jaimes, & Skye Rygh
* Emerging Leader of the Year – Willington Gahona
* Civic Engagement Award – Brandon Williams
* Peer Engagement Award – Serena Xiong
* Social Justice Award – Citlaly Escobar & Taiwana Shambley
* Outstanding Seniors of the Year – Gabriel Glissmeyer, Noah Greenfield, Kassandra Quintero Diaz, & Fidelina Xinico Morales
* Outstanding Juniors of the Year – Lucia Davila Alvarez & Brittany Stokes
* Outstanding Sophomores of the Year – Ethan Quezada Hoffman, Isaiah Simon, & Houa Thao
* Outstanding First-Year of the Year – Reuben Kitto Stately

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
* Student Organization of the Year – Augsburg Indigenous Student Association
* New Student Organization of the Year – Augsburg Dance Club
* Civic Engagement Award – Echo
* Social Justice Award – Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness-Raising Team
* Innovations in Programming Award – Augsburg Asian Student Association
* Auggie Spirit Award – Queer Indigenous People of Color

Thank you to Jennifer Simon, AISA Board.

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Jennifer Simon, Director, American Indian Student Services, coordinated the 11th Traditional Powwow held at Augsburg this past Saturday, March 30. Congratulations and many thanks to Jennifer for this stellar event, which included hundreds of community members. Jennifer organized the honoring ceremony for 16 American Indian students graduating from Augsburg in undergraduate and masters programs.

Thanks to the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA)board members: Arianna Antone-Ramirez, Isaiah Simon, Joseph Gaskill, Reuben Kitto Stately, Christopher Oquist, and Emily Cherne.

Many students, faculty and staff volunteered for the event.

Thank you to Jennifer Simon, AISA Board

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Jennifer Simon, Director, American Indian Student Services, coordinated the 11th Traditional Powwow held at Augsburg this past Saturday, March 30. Congratulations and many thanks to Jennifer for this stellar event, which included hundreds of community members. Jennifer organized the honoring ceremony for 16 American Indian students graduating from Augsburg in undergraduate and masters programs.

Thanks to the Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA)board members: Arianna Antone-Ramirez, Isaiah Simon, Joseph Gaskill, Reuben Kitto Stately, Christopher Oquist, and Emily Cherne.

Many students, faculty and staff volunteered for the event.

Congratulations to Carden Olson, recipient of a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship

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Congratulations to Carden Olson, the first ever Auggie to win a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship! FEA scholarships are awarded to US students consistently underrepresented in study abroad including minority, LBGTQ+ and first-generation college students. Carden was one of just 135 winners nationally, chosen from a pool of over 2,300 applicants representing approximately 517 colleges and universities across the country. Carden will be studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark this summer on the DIS program (Danish Institute for Study Abroad).

The 2019-2020 FEA Scholars come from a variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent 99 higher education institutions across the country. This year, 91% of the students are of minority backgrounds, and 90% are first-generation college students.

Congratulations Carden!

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Congratulations, Ariel Gutierrez ’19

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At a ceremony held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Renaissance Depot in downtown Minneapolis, senior Ariel Gutierrez was named the International Live Events Association, Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter’s (ILEA-MSP) Volunteer of the Year. The award, which is given annually, is given to one person in the chapter that has made a significant difference in the chapter and the local live events community with their exceptional gift of time and talent.

During the ceremony, the Chapter President related: “Ariel is a full time student, an intern in the Augsburg University Events department, and the event chair for their institution’s student activity council. If that wasn’t enough to keep busy, he is also a student in the Koehler and Dramm floristry program and a regular ILEA volunteer. He has consistently volunteered for the ILEA-MSP chapter the past two years on the programs and education committee, as a committee member for the Star Awards and is co-chairing the volunteer committee when ILEA Live (ILEA’s International convention) comes to Minneapolis this summer. He’s willing to jump in whenever needed, has a fierce work ethic and delivers each and every time.

Congratulations, Ariel! The University Events team is so proud of you and grateful for all you have done for our department and on behalf of ILEA.

Sip-Sustain-Stories: Zero Waste Discussion

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Please join us this upcoming Thursday on March, 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Hagfors 108 to reflect on readings about what cities and individuals are doing to move toward zero waste. Delicious food will be available. Below find link to readings we will discuss.

https://www.augsburg.edu/green/2019/02/04/sustain-sip-stories-monthly-gatherings/

Nancy Rodenborg presents on segregation at conference

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Social Work Prof Nancy Rodenborg is presenting her Social Contact Survey this week at the The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors conference in Jacksonville FLA . The Survey is an experiential education tool designed to increase participants’ understanding of segregation and how it affects prejudice and intergroup understanding. The tool is used in Augsburg’s MSW Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) program as well as in our BSW IGD-based course on diversity and equity in social work practice.

Student wins national award

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Congratulations to Augsburg University’s new Critical Language Scholar, Shamsa Ahmed! The CLS program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides 8-10 weeks of intensive overseas language study and cultural immersion in an effort to expand the number of people in the U.S. who speak languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. This summer, Shamsa will be studying Swahili in Tanzania. Only 10% of CLS applicants receive scholarships, and this is the second year in a row that Augsburg will be represented! We are proud of you!

$10 for completing this 10 question survey

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We are researching the consumption of alcohol on campus compared to the consumption of alcohol off campus.

Your responses are anonymous and the results will be used for a class research project. In the end of this week, we will randomly choose a winner who will receive a $10.00 gift card that can be used at any Augsburg eating location.

This is extremely helpful for my group, so please get as many people as possible to take the survey.

Thanks in advance!

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