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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.

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

Off-Campus Research Application Workshop

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Attend URGO’s Off-Campus Summer Research Application Workshop and receive hands-on advice on how to build your strongest application to summer research opportunities.
In previous years, students have conducted research at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, The University of Pennsylvania , Dartmouth, The University of Minnesota, and many more!
Date: Saturday, January 14
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Sverdrup 201

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Ethics

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for its 2017 summer undergraduate research program in biomedical ethics. This program is highly competitive and 4-6 students will be selected. Each student will be placed with a faculty mentor for approximately 10 weeks. Students will participate in educational session on bioethics research and lunch meetings with faculty.

Interested applicants should apply to job posting 72700BR: Bioethics Intern on the Mayo Clinic jobs website ( ) by January 13, 2017.

Candidates must attach the following to the online application:

1. Cover letter describing your careers goals & how bioethics research relates to those goals
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, & related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors
For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Faculty, Apply for CTL Grants by February 15

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Applications for the 2017 annual CTL grants are now being accepted. Multiple recipients will be chosen for the three annual grants:

-Scholarship Grant
-Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant
-Integrated Course Design Grant

Calls for Proposals:

See the CTL grants webpage ( for links to the online application forms.

Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2017.

Nominate Faculty or Staff for Annual CTL Awards

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Students, faculty and staff – the Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty (full-time and adjunct) or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

See the CTL awards web page for detailed information on the award categories and to access to online nomination form.


Nominations will be accepted through February 20, 2017.

Study Abroad this Summer

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Plan now to study abroad this summer! Awesome opportunities to fulfill elective and major courses, while traveling to Europe or Mexico. Applications are due on January 31. Stop by the Study Abroad Office in the lower level of Christensen with any questions. Get started today!

Faculty Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Scholarship and Mentoring

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Mark your calendars for the first CTL event of the spring semester. On Wednesday, January 18, you are invited to gather in OGC 100 and hear faculty members’ perspectives on scholarship and the mentors that have supported and propelled them forward in their academic careers. The panel will feature CTL 2016 grant recipients Darcey Engen (Theater), John Zobitz (Mathematics & Statistics), and Ann Impullitti (Biology).

Faculty Perspectives on the Intersection between Scholarship and Mentoring
Wednesday, January 18
OGC 100

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

General Announcements

Leadership in Higher Education Spring Term

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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.

Staples Discount Available

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Augsburg students, staff, faculty, and alumni are eligible to receive discounted contract prices at both Staples retail stores and You must register in advance to get these discounts. Students, staff, and faculty visit the Purchasing Personal Deals & Discounts web page for the registration links. Alumni visit Benefits & Services page for the registration links. There are separate registrations for retail store and online shopping – feel free to register for both!

In the Staples retail store, you will receive the Augsburg contract price, or a lower price if the store is having a special. You receive free next-business-day shipping on an order of $35 or greater from (the order must be delivered to your home address).

Shop Staples for office supplies, of course, but also electronics, computers and peripherals, batteries, furniture, storage, shredders, safes, and more! Augsburg has some excellent contract prices, but we encourage you to be a good shopper as Staples may not be the lowest price on every item.

Discounted Metro bus/rail pass for students

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Students can purchase a Metro bus/rail “College Pass” for $125 at the bookstore. Discounted from $175, the College Pass is good for spring semester on all buses and both the green line and the blue line (not good for the Northstar, however).

While student bookstore accounts are open (through 10th-day of classes), students can put the permit on their bookstore account.

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel This Week

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Join us in the chapel today at 10:40 am for “Mindful Monday: Stress Management for All.” Come practice strategies to restore and balance energy with Jermaine Nelson!

Chapel Series “Our Shared (Im)migration,” starts on Tuesday:
Tuesday, 1/10, 11:30am: Babette Chatman, Community Collaborative Partner, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, preaching.

Wednesday, 1/11, 10:40am: Pastor Sonja Hagander, College Pastor & Director of Ministries, preaching

Thursday, 1/12, 11:30am: Interfaith Mini-Convo with Dr. Audrey Lensmire, Assistant Professor, Education Dept., and Director of the EAST program.

Friday, 1/13, 10:40am: Pastor Mike Matson, Chaplain to Student Athletes, preaching.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center – Everyone is welcome!

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Focused Conversations: TOMORROW & WEDNESDAY

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Student success is the topic of this week’s Focused Conversations — tomorrow and Wednesday. The sessions will be led by Katie Bishop, chief student success officer.

Join either session:
Tuesday (TOMORROW), January 10, 2 p.m., Oren 100 (remote access will be available for this session)
Wednesday, January 11, 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

Links to add these sessions to your Augsburg calendar are available on the Inside Augsburg calendar and the All Hands page (see link, below).

All Hands page (you must be logged in to access this page)

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