Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Construction for the First Week of 2017

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Construction on the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion enters its ninth month, and a new year! This week’s summary includes a photo of the sun rise on the construction site on January 1, 2017. The full update¬†of this week’s construction activities is posted on and includes the following:

[1] Main lobby stairwell
[2] West stairwell
[3] Precast exterior brick
[4] Window frames and glass
[5] Interior work

To subscribe to regular emails about the Hagfors Center construction, go to and sign up for email updates.

Teaching and Learning

Scholarship + 2 Paid Internships for First Years

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Apply to be a 2017 Kemper Scholar!

The Kemper Scholars Program is designed for first-year students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a business-related degree program such as accounting, data science, finance, risk management, economics, statistics, math, computer science, communications, and/or actuarial science. Scholars receive:

*Up to $10,000 yearly scholarship
*2 paid internships:
*1 paid summer internship at a nonprofit in Chicago, learning and living with 25 fellow Kemper Scholars
*1 paid summer internship at one of the many Kemper companies around the US
*Paid trip to annual Kemper Conference in Chicago; 3 summers

Augsburg is one of only 15 liberal arts colleges selected to take part in the Kemper Scholars Program. Go to to learn more about this incredible opportunity.

Please set up an appointment with URGO at or x1446 to confirm your eligibility if you plan to apply. URGO is available to provide feedback on applications as well if you wish to meet with us before submitting your application.

Applications are due January 31.

URGO Summer Research Applications Available

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2017 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 15th – July 28th.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 1st, so start talking with your faculty before break to learn about what research is going on in your department!

Visit URGO for Advising on Grad School Apps

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Applying to grad school? Come meet with URGO staff for individualized advising on finding and selecting programs, preparing for standardized tests, securing letters of recommendation, and writing application essays. We are here to help you through the process!

To make an appointment you can call the URGO office at 612-330-1446 or email us at

Honors Scholarship Interviewers Needed

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Dear colleagues,

The format for Scholarship Weekend is changing this year. Interviews for Honors Scholarships now happen on a rolling basis. You can help with this important (and fun) process, even by signing up for a single interview. We resume interviews starting next Monday, January 9.

Check the times below, then email to let them know when you’re available. Please indicate whether you are staff of faculty.

Interview dates and times:

January 9 – 13:
M, T, Th, F – Interviews at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00
W – Interviews at 11:00, Noon, & 1:00

January 17 – 20:
T, R, F – Interviews at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00
W – Interviews at 11:00, Noon, & 1:00
(Please note no interviews on Monday, January 16th)

January 23 – 27:
M, T, Th, F – Interviews at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00
W – Interviews at 11:00, Noon, & 1:00

January 30 – February 3:
M, T, Th, F – Interviews at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, & 3:00
W – Interviews at 11:00, Noon, & 1:00

Contact and someone will be in touch to confirm your assignment.

General Announcements

Surviving and Thriving in These Times

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Happy New Year!

The Surviving and Thriving in These Times group (announced before the holiday break) will have its first meeting on Wednesday, January 11th at 4:00pm in the Augsburg Room. For those people who prefer to get together at lunch time, the group will also meet on January 18th at noon in the Cedar Room.
Below, please find the schedule of gathering times for the next month.
January 11-4:00pm-Augsburg Room
January 18-noon-Cedar Room
January 25-4:00pm-Augsburg Room
February 1-noon-Cedar Room
February 8-4:00pm-Augsburg Room
February 15-noon-Cedar Room

Please feel free to come whenever it is convenient for your schedule.
For more information, please contact Mary Laurel True,

New A-Mail System to Launch Today

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Information Technology and Marketing and Communication have addressed the technical hurdle that delayed launch of the new A-Mail system last week. We expect to launch the new system this afternoon and will send an email to all A-Mail subscribers once it is available.

Once the system is available, you will be able to submit content for A-Mail by clicking the “Submit A-mail” link in the left-hand navigation at or by clicking the blue submit button on the upper right of the A-Mail webpage (

The deadline for submitting A-mail has also changed. The new deadline for inclusion in a day’s A-Mail is 11:59 p.m. the day prior to publication, rather than 10 a.m. on the day of publication. This means that posts for the January 5 edition of A-Mail can be submitted today between the system’s launch and 11:59 p.m.

Please send questions or concerns to

New Graduate Course in Higher Education Leadership

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“Leadership in Higher Education” is a new graduate course offered in the Master of Arts in Leadership program spring term 2017. It is open to any graduate student. Augsburg faculty, staff, and students are also invited to enroll as part of a graduate degree or for their own professional development.

If you are interested in taking this course and would like the course description and/or other information please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen ( or Jolee Lilja ( in the Dept of Leadership Studies.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: Biometrics Health Screen

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Dear Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

Did you know that many Americans have significant health risks that they are not aware of? This includes:

-In 2014, 29.1 million people had diabetes or 9.3% of the U.S. population (almost 1/3 of them don’t know they have it)
-One out of three U.S. adults – 34% has high blood pressure.
-More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2014.
-About 1 or every 6 adult Americans has high blood cholesterol.

Could you have an undiagnosed health risk? Knowing your health risks is the first step in taking charge of your health.

That’s why Augsburg Total Wellness will be continuing to offer free, confidential health and wellness screenings this January! The biometrics health screening is completely voluntary. But we hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more so that you can improve your health – starting now.

Screenings will include a brief health questionnaire and the following simple tests:

-Height, Weight, Wait circumference
-Glucose(blood sugar)
-Blood Pressure
-Body Mass Index (BMI)

Registration information will be sent via email soon!

Focused Conversations on Student Success

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The Focused Conversation series resumes next week with the topic of student success, led by Katie Bishop, chief student success officer.

Dates, times and location:
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m., Oren 100 (remote access will be available for this session)
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

Click the following links to add a session to your calendar:

Tuesday session (the remote access link is posted at the top of the All Hands page):

Wednesday session:

Stock the Campus Cupboard for 2nd Semester

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Join the Auggie Athletic Department in our 1st annual “Stock the Campus Cupboard” food drive. Athletes and coaches are joining together to help make sure our campus cupboard is stocked and ready to serve our students for the spring semester.

Come support our Auggie basketball teams on Saturday, January 14th (WBB @ 1pm, MBB @ 3pm) and drop off your non-perishable items to donate to the Campus Cupboard. If you can’t make it on the 14th, items can be dropped anytime to Jane Becker (Si Melby 137), or directly to the Campus Cupboard.

Go Auggies!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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