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Alternative Spring Break 2019: Building Together

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Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 16th-23rd, Augsburg students will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to serve with Habitat for Humanity. You could be one of these! We’ll visit places like the Civil Rights Institute and learn from African-American activism both past and present. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build houses and community!

Registration is open now! Forms can be found online at and in the Campus Ministry Office.

Note that sign up will continue after winter break! Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Get Your Moodle Course Ready for Spring Semester

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Getting your Spring Moodle courses ready? You can quickly and easily import content from previous semesters using the Faculty Course Archive block Save time changing due dates for assignments by using the “Dates Report” in the Administration Block. Building new content? Don’t forget that you can speed things up by easily duplicating any Moodle activity or resource. Check out the Faculty Moodle Resource for more timely tips.”

Boren Scholarship to study a language abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is a spectacular opportunity for students to receive funding for intensive language study abroad! Junior Auggie Abdul Sharif was selected last year to study Swahili in Tanzania – fully paid!

Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency (for example, the Department of State or Department of Defense) around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

Competitive applicants will generally have some experience in studying a second language or speaking one at home, and have a strong academic record.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact URGO at or Study Abroad/Study Away at as soon as possible. Please make an appointment before starting your application. Application Essays must be emailed to by the Augsburg Deadline, January 21st.

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.

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 began reviewing proposals September 10th.

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

URGO Summer Research Applications Available

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2019 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 16th – July 31st.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due January 29th, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research is going on in your department!

Visit the Writing Lab one last time this semester

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The last days to visit the Writing Lab are today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday)! We are open from 2:00pm-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.

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

General Announcements

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: deadline Jan. 18, 2019

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Students can now apply for the 2018-19 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2019, in the following areas:

1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.
Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found on the link below. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

Ann Lutterman-Aguilar has article published

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An article by Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar titled “A Protestant Feminist Perspective in Response to Our Current Context of Violence” appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Ann is the site director of the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) program in Mexico.

A copy of the article can be found on the CGEE blog page.

CGEE blog page

Become a Phillips Scholar, make a difference in your community

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Apply to be a Phillips Scholar!

The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders by developing a project to meet an unmet need in Minnesota communities. Phillips Scholars receive scholarships during their junior and senior years, and a stipend to complete a project during the summer between junior and senior year.

This preliminary application is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalist complete their applications.

You must be a sophomore during the 2018-2019 school year to apply.

Read more about the Phillips Scholarship program here:

Preliminary application (see link, below): Wednesday, January 23, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Full applications will be due February 8, 2018.

Phillips Scholarship Preliminary Application

Contribute to Campus Cupboard at staff/faculty holiday party

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Help support Augsburg students over the holiday break.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring contributions to Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard at the December 20 Faculty and Staff Holiday Party – Hagfors 150, 3-5 pm

Students have requested the following:
Personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, tampons, etc.)
Snack foods (granola bars, trail mix, chips, crackers, etc.)
Jars of peanut butter and other nut butters
Sandwich bread
Canned chicken
Canned fruit
Jars of pasta sauce
**Items that reflect the various food preferences and dietary needs of our diverse student body are appreciated!

Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard will be setting up hours to open over the holiday break.

More about Campus Cupboard

Water Policy

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Beginning January 1st, vending machines will no longer offer bottled water. Please reach out to with questions, comments, and ideas moving forward.

Sparkling and other “enhanced” water will continue to be available around campus.

Minneapolis tap water, which consistently meets or exceeds safe drinking water standards, is available in drinking fountains for FREE! Students who need a refillable water bottle can pick one up at the Campus Cupboard (see hours:, thanks the Environmental Action Committee’s Water Bottle Share program.

This is the next phase of the University’s Policy on Bottled Water, approved in May 2017. Learn more at:

Augsburg Environmental Stewardship Committee

Important Payroll Information

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In preparation for year-end 2018, we ask each employee to review the items below and contact us with any changes or updates to the information we have on file.

Please review your 12/07/18 or 12/21/18 pay stub and verify the following:
1) Name, Address and Social Security Number
If records need to be updated, please contact Human Resources at
2) Check your tax withholdings
The tax withholdings you are currently claiming are printed on the bottom left section of your pay stub. If you wish to change your tax withholdings, please complete a new federal W-4 form and submit to the Payroll office at

Students, staff and supervisors should ensure you are able access and approve time around the holiday break so everyone is paid appropriately and timely.
1) Last pay date for 2018 is 12/21/2018, this is for any hours worked 12/2 – 12/15.
There will NOT be any other payments issued after this date.
• Supervisors must approve time cards by 10am Tuesday, December 18th, however you may begin as early as Monday after 2pm.
2) The first pay date of 2019 is 01/04/2019, this is for hours worked 12/16 – 12/29.
• Hours worked should be logged daily.
• The time entry deadline is still 2pm Monday, December 31st. This is a holiday and all time cards will be submitted automatically by the system.
• Supervisors will need to approve the time cards by 10am on Wednesday, January 2nd – extended due to the holiday on Tuesday, January 1st. This will create a shorter processing time, so it is appreciated if all time is approved by the deadline of 10am. Time can also be approved any time after 2pm on Monday prior to the deadline. Time not approved could result in your employee NOT being paid timely.

If you need any further assistance please contact Payroll at Thank you and have a safe and happy holiday!

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