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URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

General Announcements

Important Announcement about Choral Placement Auditions

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The Augsburg choral faculty will be hearing placement auditions for Cedar Singers, Riverside Singers, and the Augsburg Choir on September 5th, 6th, and 7th. All University students are eligible – and heartily welcomed – to audition. If you were in Augsburg Choir last year, you are accepted to continue in AC this year, and there is no need to take these auditions. But we want to hear you if you are:

 a First-Year student.
 a Transfer student.
 a previous member of Cedar Singers.
 a previous member of Riverside Singers seeking consideration
for Augsburg Choir.
 a returning student who has not previously been involved in our choirs.

Please take careful note of these auditions procedures:

1. Sign up for your audition slot in Anderson Music Hall. Between the band and choir rooms, M2 and M3, you will find a bulletin board where the sign-up sheets will be posted.

2. Arrive at least 15 minutes early at the choir room (M3) to access and complete the intake sheet and music-literacy assessment. (Never fear: we will use this assessment to inform our work with you, not to exclude you from participation.)

3. There is no need to prepare any song performance for this audition.

4. Results will be posted by Saturday morning on the same bulletin board where you found the sign-up sheets.

5. If you have questions, please contact the Music Office at or (612) 330-1265.

Visit the New Archives Website

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Over the past year, Lindell Library has developed a new platform for the University Archives that features improved display, searching, and download functionality. It is now live!

Featured collections include: the Echo archives (with every issue since 1898 available); all issues of the Augsburg Now and other alumni magazines; all available course catalogs since 1890; photograph collections; and audiovisual recordings.

More materials are added on an almost daily basis. Please contact Stewart Van Cleve ( with questions or comments.

Augsburg University Archives website

Join MNUDL’s Secondhand School Supply Drive

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Cleaning out your office?

Join MNUDL’s Back-To-Debate Supply Drive.

Your gently-used donation will prepare our debaters for success!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, equips Twin Cities students with all the basics needed to become debaters: curriculum, coaches, tournaments, and supplies. As our high school, middle school, Spanish, and Somali debate programs grow each year, our need for supplies grows, too.

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies in the 2018-19 school year!

Our MOST-NEEDED ITEM is expanding file folders/accordion folders!

Other helpful (new or gently used) items:
● 3-hole sheet protectors
● 2-pocket folders
● Highlighters
● Pens

Your support will help make our debate season a success!

Items can be picked up or dropped off at Augsburg University.

If you’d like to join our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please contact us at to arrange your donation.

On-campus Student Employment now on Handshake

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Augsburg University Human Resources and the Strommen Career & Internship Services are pleased to announce that starting this fall, students will find all on-campus student positions posted through Handshake. Handshake was implemented July 2017 and is a platform for students to schedule career coaching appointments, register for events and fairs, search for jobs and internships off campus, and now find all on-campus student employment.

Human Resources will still be the main contact for student employment. Departments will continue to create requisitions, hire forms, student paperwork, etc. through Human Resources and Interview Exchange/Hirezon. You will still view applicants through Interview Exchange/Hirezon. This process has not changed.

What has changed is the link of how students find on-campus student jobs.

1. Log into: Inside Augsburg
2. Click On-Campus Student Jobs
3. First time users of Handshake will be asked to activate their account (this takes 90 seconds).
4. Select the On-campus box under Jobs tab, click search
5. Apply to jobs!

The Strommen Center would like to encourage staff and faculty when working with students to find employment opportunities, to have the student log into Handshake.

If staff or faculty would like a student account, so you can see what a student sees, please email and we will create an account for you

Event Announcements

Opening Convocation & Kick–Off Lunch

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Opening Convocation is the kick–off to the 2018 academic year and welcomes first-year students to campus. The student processional will begin from Murphy Square park at 9:45am and Convocation begins at 10am in the chapel. Faculty and staff are invited to line-up by 9:45 a.m. outside of Foss to form a tunnel to welcome this year’s incoming class. Faculty robe for this event and process after students. Very limited seating may be available in the chapel for those not involved in AugSems. If seating is not available in the chapel, overflow seating and a live video feed of the convocation will be available in Sateren Auditorium.

The campus community is also invited to join the AugSems for a kick–off luncheon in the quad from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The lunch will feature food stations, games & activities, and live music. All are invited.

South Africa event in Hagfors: An evening of music, food, and conversation

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the Center for Global Education & Experience (CGEE) and Global Minnesota are co-hosting a “Year of South Africa” event in the Hagfors atrium on Thursday evening, September 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. All Augsburg faculty, staff, and students are invited.

The president of Global Minnesota recently traveled with an Augsburg group to CGEE’s South African program sites, a visit that coincided with a Minnesota Trade Office mission to South Africa and a well-publicized tour by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Chorale, and Minnesota Public Radio. We expect that people from all these contingents will join the event, making for a lively atmosphere. President Pribbenow and the South African consul general are also expected to attend.

Register on the Global Minnesota website. Choose the cheaper member option ($10).

Global Minnesota website

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