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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.

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.

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.

Sound Idea Podcast and More Resources on CTL Page

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Faculty, one of the new links added to the CTL “Teaching Tips and Resources” webpage is a podcast from SoundIDEA about addressing difficult moments in the classroom featuring Social Science faculty members from around the country. Find this resource and many more on the CTL website:

Teaching Tips and Resources from CTL

Distinguished Contributions Award Nominations – Now Through Feb. 20

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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.

CTL awards page

Faculty Grants from CTL – Apply by Feb 15

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Faculty are invited to submit applications for the 2017 annual CTL grants now through February 15, 2017. There are three annual grants available:

Scholarship grants can be used to support faculty scholarship in a variety of ways, including reimbursement for project expenses, a summer stipend, or course reassignment (with Chair and Provost approval). Grants will likely be in the form of two course reassignments, two $4,000 grants, and up to four $2,000 grants. Final award levels will be based on the merit and need of individual projects as well as the pool of applications. See the call for proposals here:

Two travel grants of up to $2,5000 will be awarded to faculty interested in pursuing teaching, research, curriculum development/integration, or other scholarship collaboration with an Augsburg CGEE Global Site or with an existing international partner institution. See the call for proposals here:

The ICD initiative is intended to provide an opportunity for faculty to spend a significant amount of time on course design. All proposals for course design and revision are welcome, but those that best demonstrate how their course design project would address creating more inclusive classroom experiences for students are strongly encouraged. See the call for proposals here:

Applications for all three grants will be accepted through February 15, 2017.

Visit the CTL Grants webpage for links to the online application forms.

General Announcements

Food Service Hours

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Einsteins is open from 7:30am-8pm, with the Late Night Menu starting at 7pm.

Nabo is open from 7:30am-7pm, with Hot Food starting at 10am

The Commons is open from 7:30am-7pm
Breakfast 7:30-9:45am
Continental Breakfast 9:45-11am
Lunch 11am-1:30pm
Light Lunch 1:30-4:30pm
Dinner 4:30-7pm

Einstein’s is open from 7:30am-3:00pm.

Nabo is open from 10:00am-2:00pm, with a Limited Grill Menu Available. There will be no BYO Salad or Pasta Available on Saturdays.

The Commons is open from 11:30am-1:00pm for Brunch and from 5:00pm-7:00pm for Dinner.

Einstein’s is Closed.
Nabo is Closed.
The Commons is open from 11:30am-1:00pm for Brunch and from 5:00pm-7:00pm for Dinner.

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 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 or mail to 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, or to schedule an appointment please send me an email at

Thank You!

100 Days of Engagement

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Starting today, and for the next 100 days, the Augsburg community will lean in to learning by creating spaces for faculty, students, and staff to learn and work together in ways that may be formal or informal, planned or spontaneous, including teach-ins, performances, seminars, pop-up artistic expressions in common spaces across campus. Here’s what’s happening:

Friday, January 20, 2017
10:40 a.m. Chapel Interfaith chapel service
11-12:30 pm Foss Atrium Paws for Learning therapy dogs

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10:00 AM St. Paul College 10-11 am group rally, 11 am march to the capitol

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Noonish Fishbowl in Christensen Come find out!

Visit to learn more.

Event Announcements

Farewell Gathering for Melodie Lane

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Melodie Lane will be leaving her position at Augsburg at the end of January to take on a new role as Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Mille Lacs Lake area.

Please join us in celebrating a new opportunity for Melodie as well as thanking her for her many years of excellent work here at Augsburg.

Where: Si Melby 206/Lobby
When: FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH–11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Lunch will be provided!

Interfaith Prayer Service for Our Public Leaders

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Join us in the chapel at 10:40am today for an Interfaith Mini-Convo – Inauguration Day Prayers for Our Public Leaders. Our friends from “Paws for Learning,” will join us in the atrium following worship so that we might spend some quality time with the therapy dogs – so please stick around after the service!

Chapel next week:
Monday, 1/23, 10:40am: Mindful Monday with Jermaine Nelson
Tuesday, 1/24: No Chapel – Sverdrup Lecture at 11am
Wednesday, 1/25, 10:40am: Interfaith Mini-Convo with the Muslim Student
Thursday, 1/26: No Chapel – All Hands Meeting at 11am
Friday, 1/27, 10:40am: Dr. Paul C. Pribbenow, Augsburg President, preaching

More information

NAS report attacks higher ed civic engagement

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A new report was released recently by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) called, Making Citizens: How Universities Teach Civics. The report targets “the civic engagement movement” in higher education which the authors claim is aimed at turning today’s younger generation of students, both college and K-12, into left wing activists. This includes service learning, various kinds of civic engagement and community involvement. NAS is planning a state by state campaign with state legislators to defund service learning and other kinds of community involvement.

Augsburg is highlighted in the report for its long history in service learning and experiential education, and a great deal of attention is given specifically to Public Achievement, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship’s youth empowerment initiative, and our theory of public work. NAS has invited Harry Boyte to submit a response to the report.

Before submitting his response, he invites feedback on the draft. Please join the Sabo Center on:
January 24, 2017, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
OGC 100
Michael Lansing will kick off the session with reflections on background of the report in the cultural wars of recent years, then we will discuss the draft.

Here is the link to Boyte’s draft response, please read it before the session on the 24th.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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