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Tuesday Tech Tip (from E-Learning)

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By default, only non-empty grades in the Moodle Gradebook are aggregated; the others are ignored. This means that if instructors want students to have an accurate understanding of their progress in a course, a value must be inserted into the points window. If students have not submitted an assignment, instructors need to insert a 0 (rather than leaving the place blank) to affect the final grade. Here is a quick way to add zeros for all students who haven’t already received a grade for an activity.

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.

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

Spring Courses in American Indian Studies

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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 (fulfills an AIS, film, or Culture and Social Justice elective) T-TH 1:50-3:30 pm

• AIS 364 Indigenous Filmmakers (fulfills an AIS, film, or 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

Still need to fulfill service hour requirements? It’s not too late

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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’re looking for debate judges and hospitality volunteers for its upcoming high school debate tournaments.

No debate experience? No problem. We train volunteers at every tournament.

What Judges Do:

● Watch rounds and evaluate teams on logic, argumentation, and public speaking.
● Provide written feedback and assign points to each debater.
● Choose the winner of each debate!

Opportunities to Volunteer:

● December 7th & 8th: UDL Championship (WTMS, St. Paul)

We have open evening shifts on Fridays and open morning or afternoon shifts on Saturdays.

Can’t make it this semester? We’ll need volunteers for our middle School, Spanish, and Somali debate tournaments in spring. Email us at for more information.

Come for the pizza. Stay to learn from our amazing students!

Visit us in Foss Office 18 |

Learn More & Sign Up

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

Time is running out to submit to Murphy Square

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The deadline for this year’s Murphy Square is quickly approaching! Make sure to have your submission in to before Dec. 21!

Murphy Square is Augsburg’s literary and visual arts magazine. We accept prose (fiction and nonfiction short stories/essays), poetry, and visual art (drawing, painting, photography, etc.). Submit your work today!

Event Announcements

TODAY—Staff Athletics Facilities Tour

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Tuesday, November 20 | 11:30 a.m.
Kennedy Center Lobby

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!

Stick around to continue conversation with other colleagues and join Staff Senate for an optional lunch following the tour.

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

Advent Vespers – Reserve your spot now

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Reserve your spot at Advent Vespers TODAY. This is one of the largest Advent & Christmas celebrations in the Twin Cities – Don’t miss out!

– Stop by the Christensen Center Welcome Desk
– Stop by the Music Office
– Reserve online

Tickets are free (a goodwill donation will be taken)
Free shuttles are available from Augsburg to Central Lutheran Church

Online Reservation Requests

Augsburg Asian Student Association Hosts Cultural Exploration: Syria

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Hello Augsburg Community! Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to AASA’s Cultural Exploration.

The Augsburg Asian Student Association’s Cultural Exploration aims explore a culture in the Pan-Asian community in various of ways to educate our members and to have a better understanding of a Pan-Asian identities.

Cultural Exploration: Syria will take place during AASA 6th General Meeting from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in room Hagfors 150A and B. AASA has invited a guest speaker, alumnus Nazhi Safi 17′, to present on Syria. Come and learn about Syria’s history and culture.

DPS Staff Update Presentation & Trainings

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Wednesday, December 5 | 1–2 p.m.
Christensen Center, Marshall Room

Scott Brownell, director of public safety and risk management, will be leading a 45 minute presentation on the Department of Public Safety. He’ll be discussing:

2018 Annual Security Report
Campus Trends
Parking Updates
CampusShield Safety App


DPS is also hosting two Discussion and Trainings on Active Threats for faculty and staff focusing on prevention, mitigation, and response preparedness for active threats.

Wednesday, November 28 | 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Christensen Center, Marshall Room

Thursday, November 29 | 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Oren Gateway Center, Room 100


Keeping Track of Auggies

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