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Writing Something? Find the Writing Lab

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The Augsburg Writing Lab is alive and well (and busy). The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. All Augsburg students — grad and undergrad, any major — are welcome. Just bring a hard copy of whatever you are working on — essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing assignments. 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.

Questions? Please contact Kathy Swanson, English.

Faculty: How URGO Can Support Your Research

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URGO’s summer research program is designed to both enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.

Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise.

While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship, for example, is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.

To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:

Phase 1 of summer research applications are due February 1st, with complete proposals due February 22nd.

Get Paid to Learn This Summer

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2018 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 14th – July 27th.

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 now to learn about what research is going on in your department!

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2018 trip will take place on April 24th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– At least a sophomore and cannot be graduating before Spring 2019
– 3.0 GPA or higher

Sesquicentennial Grants Available

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The Sesquicentennial Academic Sub-Committee is looking for project ideas and project leaders that will make the celebration of our Sesquicentennial year a special year for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Augsburg. Funds are available for evocative projects of all kinds that reflect Augsburg’s mission, academic excellence and community. The 150th anniversary will be celebrated between Homecoming 2019 and Homecoming 2020. Our aim is to have all Sesquicentennial projects identified by Spring 2018.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all completed applications through the Google form ( The links to the form will be on the Academic Affairs website ( and Sesquicentennial website ( Applications are due April 15, 2018 for consideration.

Contact Darcey Engen for more information. engen@augsburg.

Palestine & Israel: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Courses: RLN 205 or RLN 490. This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

Join this two-week course to gain a transformational learning experience. You will be immersed in the Israeli and Palestinian contexts, particularly focusing on the three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through lectures, readings, and conversations you will deepen your understanding of the history, sacred texts, beliefs and practices of the three Abrahamic faiths. Particular attention will be given to the roots of conflicts in the region and to peacebuilding movements.
We will visit holy sites that are at the center of the sacred stories that shape the beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. We will hear how faith shapes the daily lives of those living in the land often called “holy.”

Applications are due on January 31, and SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details, scholarship info, and application

General Announcements

College Possible is Accepting Applications

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College Possible supports low-income students with college success through 1:1 coaching on academics, financial aid, and personal development. Our hope is that students apply as soon as possible so that they will be ready to go for the semester.

Students interested in applying must be Pell grant or Dream Act eligible. In order to apply, they can use the attached link and drop by the College Possible desk (located on the 2nd floor of the Lindell library) to fill out release forms. The application process will only take around 10 minutes!

Let me know if you or any interested students have any questions.

College Possible Application

Cedar Riverside Guest Readers

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Guest Reader Program Sign Up – Read Aloud to 1st or 2nd grade students this spring.

Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 am (sign up for just one or two if you’d like to read once to 1st grade & once to 2nd grade)

Sign up for one of the Tuesdays and fill in the book you’ll be reading and contact information. Once I have you signed up I will send a Google Doc with some tips and ideas to make your experience and the kids experience awesome.

Here is the sign up Doc –

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact me Jennifer Weber at 763-464-2790 or

Valleyfair Auditions at Augsburg

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Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium
Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Please send an email to to sign up for an audition slot

If you would like to be considered for multiple positions, please specify in your email.

If you cannot attend the auditions, video submissions will be considered! Please send headshot, resume and audition video submission to

Check out the short Video for more information about working in the Entertainment Department at Valleyfair Amusement Park!

Justine Bergevin
Entertainment Manager
Valleyfair Amusement Park

Campus Cupboard Hours

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Campus Cuoboard is open for all students! Come in to check out what grocery items we have stocked. Here are the hours for this week:

Tuesday- 9am-11:45am
Wednesday- 9:30am-11am and 12:30pm-3pm
Thursday- 1pm-3pm
Friday- 9:30am-12:30pm

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at with questions or comments.

Have a great week!

Campus Cupboard Google Calendar

Event Announcements

Soup for You Celebration this Friday

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Come and celebrate Soup for You Cafe at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 Franklin Avenue from 11am-1pm on Friday, February 2nd.
Almost 3 years and going strong. ~41,000 bowls of soup served.
There will be food, music, art and lots of love. Join the community celebration.
Music by: Ray Makeever and The Good Neighbors with special guests Siama Matuzungundi and Dallas Johnson. Ukuleles, violins, mandolins, flooglehorns!

Yoga Tomorrow

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Good Morning! I will be teaching yoga at Augsburg this semester. Please join us tomorrow from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm in the Racquetball Court (Si-Melby 130). This class will take place every Wednesday until the end of the semester.
We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. Private sessions are available as well, let me know if you are interested! Please e-mail me if you have any questions at

Auggies Networking Experience – Explore. Experience. Evolve.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Foss Center (FREE and open to all majors and students, & alumni)

Food, beverages and free head shots provided.

Spend an evening networking with students and alumni from various industries. This is a great opportunity to practice networking skills with alumni as they share their career insights and stories with students. Alumni are also able to reconnect with their peers. Attending events like this will benefit you by building relationships that can help you professionally now and in the future.

New this Year – Mock Interviews offered during the event! Please signup by emailing your name, major, career interest, and year to You will then be assigned a time for a 10-15 minute interview with an alumni. Space is limited with only 12 spots available on a first to email first serve basis.

For those alumni who want more time to network with their peers, we welcome you to gather at the Republic at Seven Corners after the event.

Alumni (even if employed by Augsburg) please register at:


Students click on the Join Event button in Handshake to register.


Depression and Anxiety Screening 1/31

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Students are you worried, stressed, sad? The Center for Wellness and Counseling is offering FREE depression and anxiety screenings Wednesday 1/31 from 9:30 – 3:30 pm in the CWC office (first floor Anderson Residence Hall). Stop by the CWC office, complete a short assessment and have a 10 minute meeting with a counselor to review the assessment and get additional resources. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Census 2020 Event Feb. 7th 4-6pm

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What: Join the Tom SenGupta Forum and the Sabo Center for a panel discussion on the 2020 Census and what it means for Minnesota.
When: Wednesday February 7th from 4-6pm
Where: Marshall Room in the Christensen Center
The panelists will include:
Marcia Avner (Moderator), Consultant to MN Council on Foundations
Susan Brower, MN State Demographer
Joan Naymark, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey
Bob Tracy, Policy & Communications Director at MN Council on Foundations

Census 2020 Facebook Event Page

Gilman Scholarship Workshops (for Study Abroad)

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Do you want to win $5,000 for your study abroad program?
Are you Pell Grant Eligible with U.S. Citizenship?
If yes – we encourage you to apply for a Gilman Scholarship for your summer or fall 2018 program.

The Study Abroad/Away Office will have two workshops where you can learn about the Gilman, and get help with the application process:

In-Depth Session:
Thursday Feb 8
10:30-11:30 am
Cedar room, Christensen

Express Session:
Wednesday Feb 21
10:30-11 am (Chapel time)
Cedar room, Christensen

Gilman Scholarship Applications for summer and fall programs are due by March 6th, 2018. For more information on the Gilman, see:

Since 2008, fifty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $205,500!

Facebook Event Page

Focused Conversations on Diversity – Today/Tomorrow

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Today’s Focused Conversations on diversity is at 2 p.m. in Oren 100 and will be available via livestream. Tomorrow’s session, also in Oren 100, is at 11 a.m.

The sessions feature guest speaker Eve Fine, who will present her findings from the Augsburg University Fall 2017 Faculty Hiring Review Project. Fine is an associate scientist at the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of “Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide for Search Committee Chairs.”

Keeping Track of Auggies

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