Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

No Parking in the Hagfors Center Roundabout

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A reminder that, beginning this week, vehicles parked in the roundabout in front of Hagfors Center will be ticketed and towed. Avoid parking your vehicle in this area!

Last week, crews installed the operable doors on the Hagfors Center coffee shop, and the first two art installations were installed:
>>Six Minnesota Wildflowers to Meet and Know by Amy Rice
>>Mississippi River Quartet by Mary Lingen

For photos and information about the artists, see the link below.

View the Hagfors Center update for the week of November 27

Teaching and Learning

URGO Research and Travel Grants

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of student research. Students who are interested in conducting research during the year are encouraged to seek out ongoing faculty research projects that they may join.

URGO also offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $850 for students who have been accepted to present their research at a professional conference.
Both applications can be found on the URGO website. The funds may be used at any time during the academic year, however the grants are given out on a rolling basis, so we recommend interested students apply in the fall.
If you have any questions about these grants, please contact Kirsten O’Brien ( or x1446), Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist.

Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Sessions Nov. 28 & 29

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URGO Summer Research Info Sessions
November 28th @3:30 in the Marshall Room
November 29th @6pm in OGC 100
Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2018 to be eligible.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships
In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact or call 612-330-1446 to set up an appointment.

Applying for Grad School? Come See URGO

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) staff is available to provide individualized advising for students and alumni who are applying to graduate school. Applying for graduate school requires planning and involves many details, so wherever you are at in the process – picking schools, studying for the GRE, or writing your personal statements – we encourage you to make an appointment with us at or 612-330-1446. URGO can provide resources and strategies to help you build your list of programs, prep for your GRE, and craft and tailor your application essays to put your best foot forward!

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for a one-year, 2018-2019 academic year, post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical biomedical ethics as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). GREP is designed for individuals who plan to attend graduate or medical school and must receive their bachelor’s degree before the position starts.
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 16, 2018.
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and 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. Letters should be sent directly to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director, by the recommender.

For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Ethics

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for its 2018 summer undergraduate research program in biomedical ethics. This program is highly competitive and 4-5 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 87872BR: Bioethics Intern on the Mayo Clinic jobs website ( ) by January 12, 2018.
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, and 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

River Semester Fall 2018 – Apply now

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Students interested in a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to travel the length of the Mississippi River as part of a full semester of courses should check out Augsburg’s River Semester program for Fall 2018.

Students in the program will spend 100 days paddling from the Twin Cities, to St. Louis, Memphis, and beyond, before returning to the Twin Cities in December. Courses offered include:

POL 241 Environmental and River Politics (meets Liberal Arts Foundation for Social and Behavioral Sciences)
ENV 310 Environmental Studies Field Seminar. Study grassroots organizing and meeting with stakeholders throughout the watershed.
ENV 120: Environmental Science (Lab Science)
BIO 495: Topics: Field Research Methods (focus on aquatic ecosystems)
BIO 495 Topics: Ecology of Rivers, Streams, and Estuaries (with lab)
POL/ENV/BIO 499 Directed Research Project (possible Keystone credit)
POL/ENV 399 Internship (with a river-related organization; some internships are paid)
Other courses and specialized curriculum available by special arrangement

The deadline for early registration is Dec. 15, 2017, which qualifies you for a $500 discount on the program fee.

Full information and details at or by contacting the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away Office in Christensen Center or Prof. Joe Underhill at

River Semester Information and Application

Semester’s End Is Near – Find the Writing Lab

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s time to do so! More than 650 Auggies have already used the WL this semester. Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Improving Course Evaluation Response Rates

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The course evaluation revision group is looking for faculty willing to pilot a different process for collecting end-of-term data this fall semester and improving response rates. Faculty will be asked to have the online evaluations completed during class time, as was previously done with old paper forms. If you are able to participate, this effort will allow us to collect comparative data on response rates. We will send specific instructions/guidance in early December. Please send your name to Diane Pike, or Scott Krajewski if you can join this work. Thank you.

Also, there are two additional sessions to hear your questions and comments about revising the current course evaluation system (into a new University Course Survey model). Join us in Foss Atrium on December 1st 11:15-12:30 and/or on December 6th from 11-12. What matters to you in this process and why?

General Announcements

Wanted: Jewelry Donations

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On February 13 and 14, the Associates will have a Valentine’s Day Vintage and Used Jewelry Sale on campus. To get ready for this sale, we are asking for your donations of gently used jewelry – those items that have been laying in your jewelry box for years just waiting to be worn. Now, those fancy earrings, delicate necklaces, shiny cuff links and awesome tie bars can find a new home and show themselves off again!

There will be a basket for your donations at Velkommen Jul on Friday, December 1st on the 2nd floor of Christensen Center near the Scholarship Table. Look for the signage! Donated jewelry can also be dropped off in the Alumni Office (OGC Suite 106) no later than January 10. The Associates will neatly package all of the jewelry and bring it back to campus for the sale in February. There will also be fudge for sale!

Augsburg Associates is a volunteer group of alumni, retired faculty and friends of Augsburg. This is an opportunity for you to support the Associates in their fund-raising projects for student scholarships. Don’t miss this opportunity and THANK YOU!

Personal Hygiene and Food Drive

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TriBeta (Biological Honor Society) is hosting a personal hygiene and food drive from Monday 11/21/17 to Monday 12/4/17. Please consider donating! Items can be placed in the five boxes throughout campus (Christensen Center Welcome Desk, Enrollment Center Lobby, Foss Atrium (outside of the Campus Ministry offices), Oren Gateway Center Welcome Desk and Si Melby Lobby (outside of the Athletics offices)). All items will be donated to Merrick Food Shelf who opens their doors to the Twin Cities community for those who are in need.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for November

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Campus Cupboard is open

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Hello everyone,

Here are the hours for the Cupboard this week:

Tuesday 8am-1:40pm, 2pm-6pm

Wednesday 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-1:40pm, 4-6pm

Thursday 8am-9:30am, 10am-1:45pm, 3:30pm-6pm

Friday 8am-9:15am 10am-5pm


Stop by if you’re in need of groceries! We’re located in the Foss Lobby.

We are still in need of donations! Non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, gently used clothing, etc. are all things that students would greatly appreciate. Please let me know if you have any question-

Thank you!

Janet Nguyen

Event Announcements

Save the dates: Nobel Peace Prize Forum dates shifted to September 13-15, 2018

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The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place on September 13 – 15 between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Two laureates have received invitations to participate in 2018, President Santos of Colombia and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and our programming will be built around the theme Paradox of Peace. The Forum will be hosted again on Augsburg’s campus and we look forward to your engagement and participation. Make sure you save the dates!

Mark Your Calendar for December 7: Informational Sleep Seminar

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Are you having problems sleeping, falling asleep, staying asleep or even just want to learn more about how to get a better night’s sleep?

Come join Regions Hospital Sleep Health Center’s Sleep Team and Insomnia physician, James Davig, Ph.D, for an informational seminar.

When: Thursday, December 7, from 12-1 pm
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us.

For questions, contact Nicole at

Save the Date: Relaxation Seminar on December 12

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Join fellow Auggies for a guided relaxation training program to help you manage stress, sleep more soundly at night, and approach your day with renewed energy and vitality.

Come relax with Beth Freschi, from a Time for Expression.

When: Tuesday, December 12, from 12-1 pm
Where: OGC 100

For questions, contact Nicole at

Fair Trade Open Forum, Nov. 29, 12-1:00 p.m. in Cedar

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What is Fair Trade? Come if you are interested in social justice, poverty, anti-trafficking and how these relate to “thoughtful stewardship”, “responsible leadership”, and “intentional diversity”. Please join Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Associate Professor, and Master of Arts in Leadership student, Christy Mattingly, on Wednesday, November 29 from noon to 1 PM in Cedar Room (2nd floor of Christensen) for an open forum on fair trade. Everyone welcome!

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A Cello for Sale: The Perfect Holiday Gift

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My name is April Johnson and I am a senior here at Augsburg! I am selling an Amati’s Fine Arts Instrument, full size, artisan model cello. It is held in a red, light weight, molded case that can be locked. The case has wheels, backpack straps, and can be zipped closed. The cello also comes with two bows, lightly used rosin, and a rubber rock stop.

The cello has four years of use and is in excellent condition.
Please contact with any questions! 701-552-1045