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Pop-up Museum: “Race & Ethnicity in the Middle Ages”—Reception on 1/26, 4-5pm

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Medieval history was long taught as a narrative of white Europeans, even though the historical sources—literary and visual—suggested a more complex demographic. Scholars of the medieval period avoided terms like racism, a 19th-century construct, and seemed to suggest that without the term, nothing like racism could exist.

In fall of 2016, students in HIS 440, Race & Ethnicity in the Middle Ages, examined the range of racial and ethnic identities in the Middle Ages, and how medieval Europeans interacted with them. As a final project, they created a “pop-up museum” on this subject, designed to spur dialog about how racial perceptions of the past relate to our own times.

The exhibit, “Race & Ethnicity in the Middle Ages,” is in the second-floor “link” area of Lindell Library. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 4 to 5 PM. Students will be on hand to discuss their posters. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Amazing Opportunity to Study in Norway in Summer 2017

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Augsburg sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in peace and justice issues are invited to apply for the 2017-18 Nobel Peace Prize Scholar Program. Two students will be selected to join a group of 16 students taking courses in Oslo, Norway, at the International Summer School and the Nansen Dialogue Center in June & July 2017. Travel and tuition costs are covered by the generous support of the college and our sponsors. The Peace Scholars also take a leading role in promoting student participation in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, hosted each year by Augsburg College.

Full information:

Applications are due by Feb. 1st. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Bettine Hermanson ( or 330-1378) or Joe Underhill ( or at 330-1318).

The Writing Lab Is Now Open for Spring Semester

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The Augsburg College Writing Lab is now open for the spring term. Tutors will help any Augsburg student with any writing assignment during these hours:

Mondays – 11:10 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30 – 3 p.m.; 3:30 – 6 p.m.; 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Wednesdays – 3:30 – 6 p.m.; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30 – 3 p.m.; 3:30 – 6 p.m.; 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Fridays – 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Sundays – 5 – 9 p.m.

Faculty/staff – If you would like a tutor to visit your class to present information on the WL, please contact K. Swanson, English.

Nominate Adjunct Faculty for CTL Awards

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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 or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Any member of the campus community – student, staff, or faculty – may nominate.

You may submit a nomination in one of three areas:

TEACHING – Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms, pedagogies and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and their overall passion for teaching. Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for FULL-TIME faculty and one for ADJUNCT faculty (2 courses per term or less).

SERVICE – Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the college, community, or their discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees that impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

SCHOLARSHIP – Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the college, or community.

Nomination deadline: February 20, 2017.

Submit a nomination using the online form on the CTL awards webpage.

Kemper Scholarship – Applications Are Due Jan. 31

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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.

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

URGO Phase 1 App Due Feb. 1

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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.

URGO Summer Research Program:
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 Summer Research Assistantships:
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.

General Announcements

Health Insurance Market Still Open

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There is still time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. January 31, 2017, is the last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Go to or and learn more. You can also call 1-800-318-2596, available 24 hours/day. If you need help or assistance, contact Genu Vang, Community Resource Coordinator, Center for Wellness and counseling, 612-330-1707, or

If you’ve signed up for insurance – be sure to use it! If you have questions about coverage, contact Genu Vang (contact information provided above).

MinnesotaCare Coverage Available for DACA

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As of January 1, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide MinnesotaCare coverage to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees who meet all MinnesotaCare eligibility requirements.

DACA grantees who want to apply for MinnesotaCare must use the DHS-6696, Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs.

Forward applications to DHS by fax or mail:

fax number: 651-431-7579
mailing address:

Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64839
St. Paul, MN 55164-0839

To receive MinnesotaCare coverage beginning January 1, 2017, an eligible DACA grantee must submit an application on or before January 31, 2017. If a DACA grantee applies after January 31, 2017, and is determined eligible, they will qualify for MinnesotaCare coverage beginning no earlier than the first day of the month after eligibility is approved.

Romantic Relationships Study

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My name is Anabel Chavez, and I’m a Psychology major and McNair Scholar at Augsburg College. I am conducting research this semester as a part of my Psychology Honors project and I would like to invite you to participate in my study!

This study looks at how relationship memories may relate to relationship satisfaction. Therefore, the study asks for participants to disclose two personal relationship-defining memories.

WHO can participate?
Participants are required to be at least 18 years of age and are currently involved in a romantic (but not marital) relationship. Participants will also need to have been in their current romantic relationship for at least 6 months (or longer). Participants who have participated in my summer research experiment, cannot participate again.

The study will require participants to come to the Augsburg College campus to take a survey (20-30 minutes). Participants will then have the choice to either receive 1 credit for their research participation requirement in PSY105/PSY215 or receive a $10 cash compensation for their time and effort.

For any further questions, concerns, please send me an email at

To schedule an appointment, please follow the link below.

Thank You!


Event Announcements

Alternative Spring Break 2017

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Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 11th – 18th, Augsburg students will be traveling to West Virginia to work with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build community!

The cost of the trip is $250, which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals.

Registration forms can be found in the Campus Ministry Office or online at
Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Emily Glaser at

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Morning Chapel: Vision Bagonza ’17 Senior Chapel

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Chapel series, “Our Shared (Im)migration,” Continues:

Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.: Vision Bagonza ’17 Senior Chapel

Friday, January 20, 10:40 a.m.: Interfaith Mini-Convo – Inauguration Day Interfaith Prayer Service to pray for our public leaders

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

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Seeking After School Childcare 2-3 days a Week

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Part time job opportunity for this semester. We are looking for after school childcare for one 8-year-old on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays and/or Fridays. Will need your own car because driving will be 4-16 miles a day. School pick up is at 2:45pm in St. Paul. We are hoping to have someone stay until 6pm. That works out to 6-9 hours a week at $15 an hour. Occasionally there are other evening and weekend hours are available too. Thanks for considering it! Oh — one more thing. Our house has cats.