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Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Sessions Nov. 28 & Dec. 4

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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.

Please welcome Dr. Lauren Causey, Augsburg’s new Manager of Sponsored Research

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I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Causey is Augsburg’s new Manager of Sponsored Research.

Lauren comes to Augsburg via the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she held the title of Senior Evaluation and Research Associate. In this position, Lauren served as lead proposal writer and/or evaluator on several $1M+ federal grants; served as a peer reviewer on National Science Foundation proposal review panels, and conducted prospect research on grantmakers familiar to faculty here.

Lauren was recently a member of the 2017-2018 cohort of Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD), a program under the auspices of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. LEEAD supports talented researchers in their pursuits of careers in evaluation that will influence the life outcomes of children, families, and communities.

As Manager of Sponsored Research, her primary responsibility will be to provide faculty and staff with guidance and direct support to help secure funds from external agencies and government sources such as the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. These grants will support faculty and student research, federal outreach and student services programs (e.g. TRIO-SSS, TRIO – McNair); equipment purchases; and other academic and learning services functions of the university.

Please join me in welcoming Lauren to Augsburg!

Jay D. Tacke Peterson
Director, Grants & Sponsored Programs

Visit the Writing Lab before Thanksgiving Break

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The Writing Lab will be closed for Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday-Sunday), but you can still stop by today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday) between 2:00 pm and 9:30 pm. We will open again on Monday, November 26th.

Our regular hours are 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 undergraduate and graduate students. 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.

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

General Announcements

Still Need a Class for Spring?

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If you are still looking for Spring classes AIS is offering the following courses:
• AIS 105 Introduction to American Indian Studies (fulfills a humanities LAF and a Culture and Social Justice elective) MWF 11:10-12:20

• AIS 264 American Indians in the Cinema (AIS elective and a Culture and Social Justice elective) T-TH 1:50-3:30 pm

• AIS 364 Indigenous Filmmakers (fulfills electives in film studies, American Indian studies, and Culture and Social Justice elective) W 6:00-9:30 pm

• AIS 405 Indigenous Activism and Resistance in the Americans (fulfills AIS Keystone and Culture and Social Justice upper division course) MWF 1:50-3:00 pm

American Indian Studies Department

UPS – Tabling – Hiring Seasonal Workers

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Are you looking for a part-time job? UPS is currently hiring!

UPS (United Parcel Service) will be tabling in the Christensen Center lobby today from 10:00-12:30. Stop by their booth and learn about part-time employment as package handlers. Pay is $15 per hour and they offer an earn & learn package of up to $5,250 per year and their excellent benefit package.

Last week to apply for Midco Scholars

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The Midco Scholars Program is a partnership between Midcontinent Communications (Midco) and Augsburg University which provides opportunities for underrepresented students to explore a career in business/IT and gain relevant work experience. This semester, up to 4 students will be selected to become Midco Scholars. Each Scholar will take part in monthly professional development workshops, receive a $2,500 scholarship, and will also have the opportunity to apply for a competitive full-time Summer 2019 internship with Midco, either in their Sioux Falls, SD or Edina, MN offices. (Internships will more likely take place in Sioux Falls, so applicants should be available to live in Sioux Falls for the summer – housing is available).

Ideal candidates for the Midco Scholars Program will:
-Be a Junior in good standing at Augsburg (strong applications from Sophomores will be considered)
-Have a major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics or other business related fields
-Be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of a summer internship and provide documents to verify work authorization

Underrepresented students, including students of color, low-income (Pell Grant eligible/Dream Grant eligible), and/or first generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested students should review the following link for more information and to apply: Applications are due Monday, November 26th.

Any questions please contact Janet Morales ( or 612-330-1792)

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Midco Scholars Application

Event Announcements

Staff Athletics Facilities Tour—TOMORROW

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Staff Senate invites you to take a tour of the athletic facilities! As a staff member, you have access to these facilities and athletic sporting events on campus. Come to learn more about these facilities (weightroom, gym, dome, locker rooms, etc), how and when to access them, and who to contact with any questions. This is the perfect opportunity to ask any general athletic facilities questions you might have, and to learn about the resources available on campus to help you achieve your health and fitness goals!

Join us on Tuesday, November 20th at 11:30 a.m. We will meet in the Kennedy Center Lobby. Stick around to continue conversation with other colleagues and join Staff Senate for an optional lunch following the tour.

It’s Model UN application time

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Apply now to take the spring semester Model UN course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the 59th Midwest Model United Nations from February 20-23, 2019, held in St. Louis, Missouri.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in February. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

For more information about the course, contact professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to St. Louis.

Apply by December 1

Model UN Course & Program Info and Application

Norwegian Julefest: Tickets Available

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Start off your holiday season with participating at the 5th Annual Julefest, the Twin Cities’ Scandinavian Christmas party!

After all, our very own institution, Augsburg University, was founded by Norwegian immigrants 150 years ago, and this is a way to celebrate our own heritage and network with the Norwegian (and Scandinavian) community in Minnesota.

When: Thursday, November 29
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Watson Block, Minneapolis

We need to recruit 3 more student volunteers for the evening. Your volunteer ticket provides you with free access to the event (and includes food and drinks).

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bettine at

Tickets (for non-volunteers) can be purchased by following the link below.

We welcome you!

Julefest Tickets and Registration

2 sessions – Discussion and training on active threats

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For faculty and staff: Prevention, Mitigation, and Response Preparedness for active threats. Scott Brownell, Director, Public Safety. Includes presentation, video, and discussion.

Offered two times
Wed., Nov. 28 8:30am to 10:00am, Christensen Center, Marshall Room
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2-3:30 pm, OGC 100

Keeping Track of Auggies

Prof. Emeritus Bibus conducted workshop on developing cultural humility in child welfare supervision

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Social work professor emeritus Tony Bibus conducted a workshop on developing cultural humility in child welfare supervision at the Second Annual Child Welfare Conference in St. Paul on Friday, November 16, 2018.


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