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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.

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

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.

General Announcements

Auggie Networking Experience Event

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Auggie Networking Experience Event – Using “YES” to CONNECT
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm; Hoversten Chapel
Register for this free event:

Students are invited to this dynamic experience to meet with alumni from all professions to build their Auggie network. Augsburg alumna Jenni Lilledahl, co-owner of the Brave New Workshop, will offer strategies to help you jump – start meaningful conversations and say “yes” to new experiences. Free LinkedIn headshots and appetizers provided.

Musicians Needed for Spring Musical

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2 Keys, 2 guitars, electric bass and drummer are needed for the spring musical “Passing Strange,” presented by the Augsburg Theater Department. Musically steeped in Blues, Gospel, and Rock and Roll, the show features a wide range of tunes, and a live band on stage. Rehearsals will take place in February and March and performances are scheduled March 30-April 9. All interested faculty, staff and student musicians should contact Music Director Sonja Thompson at

Update on Luther Seminary Strategic Alliance Projects

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Progress continues on the strategic initiative between Augsburg College and Luther Seminary to explore possible shared services in various functional areas.

An updated Projects-at-a-Glance document has been added in the Key Documents section on the Augsburg College and Luther Seminary Strategic Alliance Initiative page, which can be found on the College Reports page of Inside Augsburg (you must be logged in to access the page). Announcements of additional initiatives will be made as they get underway and after staff in those areas are informed of the work.

For questions, please contact the co-chairs of the Strategic Alliance:
Michael Morrow, chief financial officer, Luther Seminary
Rebecca John, vice president of marketing and communication, Augsburg College

Check out the Strategic Alliance page for more information (login required)

Event Announcements

Auggies Connect with Employers- 2/26/17

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Join the Strommen Career & Internship Center on Thursday, January 26, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center. (Stop by for a few minutes or the entire time.)

The following employers are excited to meet you and answer your questions about their field, offer you tips for how to stand out in the job or internship search, and even review your resume. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about possible careers you could have after leaving Augsburg College. No appointment necessary – feel free to dress casually.

Representatives include:

  • Wells Fargo – is a provider of banking, mortgage, investing, credit card, insurance, and consumer and commercial financial services. They offer a number of summer internships and full-time entry level opportunities.
  • SPS Commerce – providing cloud-based technology services for the retail industry. They offer a variety of full-time opportunities.
  • Lutheran Social Services – LSS helps Minnesotans by providing a wide range of human support services related to the basic necessities of life – food and shelter, physical health and safety. Internship and full-time entry level opportunities.
  • Minnesota United FC – A professional soccer team headquartered in Minnesota and playing in Major League Soccer. The company employs and contracts with a wide range of talented individuals including professional athletes and coaching staff, graphic designers, voice-over talent, writers, video production directors and crew, marketing and sales professionals, accountants, public relations professionals, attorneys, and web and software developers.

Questions? 612-330-1148

Disturbing the Peace (Film screening)

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Disturbing the Peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. The film follows former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters — who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them?

The Minneapolis screening will take place here at Augsburg Campus:
When: Wednesday, February 8th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Where Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Avenue

The premiere will be followed by a discussion with members of Combatants for Peace and moderated by UMN Theater Professor Sonja Kuftinec.

Co-sponsored by: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and Institute for Advanced Study, Augsburg College – Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and East Side Freedom Library

Disturbing the Peace

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 27–11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Lunch will be provided!

Updates to Focused Conversations schedule

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There have been schedule updates for the February and March Focused Conversations:

These updates have been made on the Inside Augsburg calendar and the All Hands page. You can click the links on the calendar or the All Hands page to add the updated events to your calendar.

See the All Hands page (login required) for a complete schedule

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

Feb. 2 Multifaith Perspectives Event

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Greetings Augsburg Students, Faculty, and Staff!

Are you interested in discussions concerning faith and interfaith dialogue? Are you curious about the various ways the term “calling” plays into the lives of people of differing faiths? If so, consider attending this thought-provoking event!

On Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Oren Gateway Center Room 100 Augsburg will be hosting “Calling in Today’s World: Multifaith Perspectives” an event aimed at discovering how and if different faiths share similar senses of calling as Christians do in their concept of vocation.

Three panelists from different faith backgrounds will come together to discuss the meaning of calling in their faiths, these panelists are Mark Berkson, Rabbi Amy Eilberg and Fardosa Hassan.

Mark Berkson is professor and chair in the Department of Religion at Hamline University. His work on Confucian and Daoist thought has appeared in numerous books and journals. His lecture series for the Great Courses, Cultivating Literacy for Religion, was released in 2012. His current project is Death, Immortality and the Afterlife: A Comparative Perspective.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg, the first woman ordained a rabbi in Judaism’s Conservative Movement, teaches and practices inter-religious and intra-Jewish dialogue. Deeply involved in the work of peace and reconciliation, she is the author of From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace (Orbis Books, 2014).

Fardosa Hassan is Muslim Student Program Associate at Augsburg College. She also works as the Interfaith Youth Connection Program Coordinator at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.

The event will be moderated by Martha Stortz, the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College. She is the author of A World According to God: Practices for Putting Faith at the Center of Your Life and Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes As a Compass for Discipleship.

Questions? Email Emily Glaser at

Spring All Hands Meeting: Thursday

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The spring 2017 All Hands meeting is this Thursday, January 26, at 11:30 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Access to connect to the meeting from off-site locations will be available; the link for remote access is posted on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

Click here to add the All Hands meeting to your calendar.

Morning Chapel: Mindful Monday

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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 this week:

  • Tuesday, 1/24, 11:30 am: No Chapel Service – Sverdrup Convo at 11 am
  • Wednesday, 1/25, 10:40 am: Interfaith Mini-Convo led by the Muslim Student Association
  • Thursday, 1/26: No Chapel Service – All Hands Meeting at 11 am
  • Friday, 1/27, 10:40 am: Dr. Paul C. Pribbenow, Augsburg College President, Preaching. Joined by The Mozart Ensemble: Abby Salmonson, English Horn; Erika Parvi, violin; Kristina Krasnokvtski, violin; and Derek Johnson, cello

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

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