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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.

Get paid to do research on-campus this summer

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Come learn about this on-campus, paid opportunity to work toward your academic and career goals!

URGO Summer Research Info Sessions
November 28th @6pm in Hagfors 150A
December 4th @6pm in OGC 100
Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

URGO Summer Research Program
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 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 2019 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.

General Announcements

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

Have you submitted to Murphy Square yet?

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Murphy Square is looking for prose (fiction or creative nonfiction short stories), poetry, and visual art (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) for this year’s edition of Murphy Square, Augsburg’s one and only literary and visual arts magazine!

We are SO excited about this year’s issue, and we definitely want YOU to be a part of it! Submit your work now to !

Sesquicentennial Story Circle Next Monday

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Please join us for the next SESQUICENTENNIAL STORY CIRCLE – Monday, November 12 at 7:00pm in the Foss Green Room. We need your “Augsburg Story” to create a new Music-Theater piece celebrating the diversity of Augsburg University. We will gather for 1½ to 2 hours to tell stories, write down thoughts, and share experiences about Augsburg. Theater professionals Leah Cooper of Wonderlust Productions and Aaron Gabriel (‘01) of Interact Theater will facilitate, posing questions such as, “Tell us about your first day at Augsburg and what that was like.” “Tell us about a moment when you realized this was exactly the right or wrong place for you.” “Tell us about your favorite place, object or person at Augsburg.” If you don’t feel like sharing, you can just listen. Nobody’s story or experiences will be used in the play directly (like a documentary); they’ll be blended together into a fictional story, protecting the privacy of those who share.
We hope to see you and hear your stories – crazy, funny, serious or whatever – next Monday evening! To RSVP, or if you need accommodations because of a disability, please contact Sonja Thompson ( Feel free to invite other Augsburg colleagues and friends!

Happy veterans day

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Celebrating veterans and current military! Veteran’s day is being observed on Monday, Nov. 12. Augsburg University thanks and celebrates our veterans and currently serving military students, faculty, and staff.

On Monday, Nov. 12, A’viands invites veterans and current military for a free meal in the Commons Dining room or $5.00 off at Nabo. Please show military ID.

Hoversten Chapel will be open from 11- 12 on Monday, Nov. 12, opportunity for quiet reflection.

We are grateful for your service!

Support the Campus Cupboard

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For Give to the Max, Campus Kitchen is raising money for Campus Cupboard, our campus food shelf that is accessible to all students. In order to create a food shelf that meets students’ needs, we need to expand the Cupboard’s quality and quantity of food items. That’s where you come in! Please consider making a donation. Any amount helps!

Event Announcements

Interested in the U.S. food system? Check out this documentary screening

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Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten. But at the same time, one in eight Americans struggles to put enough food on the table. This amounts to 21% of the U.S. agricultural water usage, and growing, processing, transporting, and disposing that uneaten food has an annual cost of $218 billion (National Resources Defense Council).

Join us for a discussion and viewing of the film Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

November 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Augsburg campus, Science Hall, Room 123

Snacks provided by Campus Kitchen (recovered food)

Augsburg2025 Strategic Planning: Focused Conversations Next Week

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Next week’s Focused Conversations with President Paul Pribbenow are dedicated to discussion about Augsburg2025 — the university’s next strategic plan.

The sessions are:
Tuesday, November 13, 2:00 p.m., Hagfors 150A (including remote access)
Wednesday, November 14, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

See link below to add a session to your calendar or access the remote link.

Go to the All Hands page for the remote access link or to add a session to your calendar

“The Arsonists” Opens This Friday – Tickets On Sale Now

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Tickets for Augsburg Theater Department’s production of ‘The Arsonists’ are now on sale at

Student – $3.00
Faculty/Staff – $6.00
Non-Augsburg Students – $5.00
Augsburg Alumni – $4.00
General Public – $8.00

Augsburg Theater Department is now offering online purchases for tickets! Tickets are prepaid online, eliminating lines and wait time. Simply bring your printed or downloaded ticket to the theater door or take the gamble and buy at the box office (cash or check only) 45 mins prior to show time.

Audition Notice: “Mud” by María Irene Fornés

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AUDITIONS: Monday, Nov. 12th – 6:30-9:30pm
CALLBACKS: Tuesday, Nov. 13th – 7:30pm

Sign up for your 5 min audition slot on the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater door in the Foss Center atrium!

NO NEED TO PREPARE A MONOLOGUE! Audition material is available for pickup in the Theater Office– Foss 104.

Please remember to show up 15 prior to your audition slot in order to fill out necessary paper work!

Cultural Night

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are doing well, International Education Week is coming and we are looking for people who want to represent their culture. It can involve showing your traditional clothing, a talent or simply walking with music that represents your country or culture.

The event is going to happen on November 16th 2018 From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

If you know anyone who would be interested let them know.
If you have questions email to

Cultural Night!

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