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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.

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the projects or innovations and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,000. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website. Completed applications must be submitted to by Thursday, September 20th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1441, or stop in at Hagfors Center 101.

Last day to register internships: Sept 18th

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Internship registration (including Augsburg Experience internship registration) is a two-step process. Fill out the Internship Site Agreement Form and the Internship Registration Form on the Strommen Center website to get credit/the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.

You have to register your internship before you start your hours. We do not give credit or the Augsburg Experience for completed, past internships. Please contact with internship-related questions.

Internship Registration Forms

The Writing Lab’s (new) hours

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This fall, the Writing Lab will be open Monday-Thursday from 2:00pm-9:30pm and Sundays from 7:00pm-9:30pm. We are located on the main floor of Lindell Library, to the left of the circulation desk.

No appointment is needed – just show up! Tutors meet one-on-one with all students for free. They’ll talk about all kinds of writing (for any class, or even for writing that you’re doing outside of class) and can work with you at any stage of the writing process. You don’t even need to have words down on the page – tutors can help you brainstorm how to get started!

If you have questions about the Writing Lab, please email Prof. Sarah Groeneveld Kenney (

Faculty: Request a classroom visit from a Writing Lab tutor

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Would you like to encourage your students to become more confident writers? Invite a Writing Lab tutor to visit your classroom and speak briefly to your students about the services that we offer.

Our tutors will talk about why a student might want to visit the Writing Lab, describe what happens in a tutoring session, and share information about our hours and location. Tutors are also happy to customize the information they share to better address the interests and needs of your students.

Class visits will be offered during first few weeks of the semester. They last for 5-10 minutes and are usually scheduled at the beginning of a class period. Please complete the form below and a tutor will email you to confirm the date and time of the visit.

As the new faculty director of the Writing Lab, I’d also love to hear from you about how the Lab can better serve your students. Email me (Sarah Groeneveld Kenney) at

Sign Up for a Writing Lab Class Visit

General Announcements

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

Augsburg Intramurals

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Augsburg Intramural registration for Fall 2018 leagues is now open!! Get your team together for Soccer, Indoor Volleyball, or 3 on 3 basketball. Find the registration link on our Website. Contact with any questions.

Registration will close September 13th.

All leagues will begin the week of September 17th!

Join Our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive

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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.

We’re excited about the response our Back to Debate Supply Drive from August! We’ve EXCEEDED our goal for pens, highlighters, & 3-ring binders, and now all we have left is to fulfill our goal for expanding file folders.

You can support us through Amazon by purchasing expanding file folders from our Wish List here:

And while you’re buying, don’t forget to buy through our Amazon Smile page!

Your support will help make our debate season a success!

Donate supplies for our debaters

Audition Notice: ‘The Arsonists’

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Please join us for auditions for ‘The Arsonists’! Auditions will be held in the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater on Sept. 10th and 11th from 6:30-9:30 pm. Please sign up for your audition slot on the door of the theater in the Foss Center and prepare a 1-2 min monologue and something to sing! Email with any questions.

Nursing Faculty Article Published

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Nine current and/or retired nursing faculty have had their article published in “Advances in Nursing Science” recently. The article can be downloaded for free for a little while longer since it is a featured article. The link for the article and blog follow. (article – available for free download for the moment) (blog)

Event Announcements

Strommen Series: The State of Health in Minnesota

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Rosemond Owens, Director of Health Equity | Diversity and Inclusion for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will speak to The Ecology of Human Suffering nursing class on September 10th.

If you are looking for a speaker for your class please contact the Strommen Center.


Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation, but those advantages don’t accrue to all. The fact is, our gap in health outcomes is among the greatest in the nation, with communities of color and American Indian communities usually facing the worst inequities. The face of Minnesota is changing. Our state will lose its healthy edge – and its way forward – if we don’t meet the needs of diverse communities and changing demographics.

Lately everyone is talking about health equity, while health inequities have been with us for generations. People experiencing inequities are often blamed for their predicaments, while health inequities are often caused by unfair treatment and systemic injustices such as structural and institutional racism.

Rosemond Sarpong Owens makes a compelling and urgent case for building equity into policies and practice. With her wide-ranging experience in public health, health equity and cultural competency, Rosemond brings a multifaceted perspective to this issue. She will provide insight on the many promising practices that can combat health inequities, including how Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has created tools to embed equity in its policies and practices.

In this session, attendees will:
• Obtain a shared definition of health equity      
• Understand what causes health inequities
• Understand strategies for advancing health equity   
• Discuss effective resources and strategies in providing culturally competent care, including the LEARN Model

Presenter: Rosemond Sarpong Owens, Director of Health Equity | Diversity and Inclusion

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Help to make the Peace Meal sustainable and atmospheric

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Help crowdsource candles and vases for the PEACE MEAL on September 14, 2018. The PEACE MEAL will take place during the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and is a curated experience designed to promote dialogue, reflection and human connection by sharing food around a common, collectively decorated table.


– medium-sized vases that can hold small bouquets of flowers (any color or shape – 40 total needed)
– votive glasses to hold tea lights (clear or white glass, no colors – 200 total needed)


You can drop off your loan collection at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Office (Memorial Hall 20) on the following days:

– Wednesday, September 5, 9am-12pm
– Thursday, September 6, 9am-12pm
– Monday, September 10, 9am-12pm
– Tuesday, September 11, 9am-12pm

Please put a label with your name on the bottom if you would like your item(s) back. If you would like to donate your item(s), we will gladly use it/them for the series of community dinners that will be happening on campus in the process of developing the new Environmental Action Plan.

Reach out to Esther Seha at

Learn about sesquicentennial planning in Focused Conversations Monday/Tuesday

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Next week’s Focused Conversation on Monday and Tuesday provide an opportunity to hear about plans in the works for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Augsburg’s founding, which will be celebrated during the 2019-20 academic year.

The Focused Conversation sessions will be hosted by Sesquicentennial Co-chairs Darcey Engen ’88, Theater Department professor, and Jeff Swenson ’79, athletic director, and Sesquicentennial Project Manager Jodi Collen, senior director of University Events.

Date, time, place:
Monday, September 10, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room (including remote access)
Tuesday, September 11, 10 a.m., Marshall Room

Also: Mark your calendar for the fall 2018 All Hands Meeting scheduled Thursday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. (Chapel time), in Hoversten Chapel. Use the link below to access the 2018-19 All Hands and Focused Conversations schedule, where you can click on events and add them to your calendar.

2018-19 All Hands and Focused Conversations schedule (login required)

Student Involvement Fair TODAY from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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The Fall Student Involvement Fair is taking place TODAY from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Quad. (In case of bad weather, it will be in Christensen Center Lobby.)

All incoming students are strongly encouraged to attend, where you’ll have an opportunity to meet student leaders from 40+ student organizations, learn about upcoming events and meeting times, and find out what Augsburg has to offer for activities and groups. You can also chat with Campus Activities and Orientation staff about starting a student organization of your own.

Study Abroad & Away Fair – September 12

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Come learn about the off-campus study programs available to Auggies!
Programs are available around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit every student!

Ask your questions, pick up program brochures, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you! Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too! Join us:

Wednesday, September 12, 10:00 – 2:00, Christensen Center

Learn More about Study Abroad & Away

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Now Hiring: MNUDL Operations/Administrative Support Position

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Now Hiring: MNUDL Operations/Administrative Support Position
The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is seeking new student employees for the academic year of 2018-2019. Each position will be scheduled to work 10-15 hours per week.

Job Description:

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:
● Assist admin with clerical tasks (P-Card reconcilement, organizing the office, paper/electronic filing, delivering documents)
● Assist admin with logistics (scheduling buses, scheduling pizza parties for debaters, etc)
● Assist program staff with administrative tasks pre and post-tournament (scanning, filing, assembling judge materials and nametags)
● Volunteer Recruitment: to include tabling, posting recruitment posters, connecting with relevant classes/campus groups
● Other duties as assigned
● Other duties aligned with applicant’s individual strengths


● Be comfortable working with youth and adults
● Be organized and possess excellent interpersonal skills; excellent customer relation skills needed
● Organized, timely communication needed
● Be 18 years of age or older – this is helpful, though most University students will qualify
● Some knowledge of debate, speech, or argumentation helpful but not required
● Be able to self direct, some projects will require working on your own after getting an overview
● Having these skills / experience is helpful – but we are willing to provide training and grow with a candidate

Application Instructions:

To set up an interview contact:
● Genesia Williams, Administrative and Program Assistant
● Email: | Telephone: 612-330-1730
● Foss 18 (Basement)

Learn More About Our Student Position

Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position

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Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position
The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester and middle schoolers next semester.

You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.

Job Duties:

● Post signage and tournament information throughout building
● Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
● Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
● Help greet volunteers
● Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots
Job Qualifications:

● Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
● Pass a background check
● Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
● Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

2018 – 2019 shifts are now open!

Questions? Email, call 612-330-1730, or visit us in our office (Foss 18).

Learn More About the Position

Looking for a Fantastic Hairstylist?

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If you are new to the Twin Cities and are looking for someone to cut your hair (or just need someone new), I have a great recommendation. Her name is Melissa Huber. She is located in Maple Grove (I live in South Minneapolis) and she is worth the drive! Her salon is called Wanderlust and it is located in Salons by JC in Maple Grove. The number is 763-381-4738. Give her a try; you will not regret it. I have been going to her for years!