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Faculty: Request a class 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!

Writing Lab tutors can make a quick visit (5 minutes) to your class to 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 can also show your students what a Writing Lab visit looks like through a “mock session” demonstration (15 minutes). If two tutors are available during the time that your class meets, they can present this “mock session” to your class. Alternatively, a tutor can play the role of “tutor” while you, the instructor, play the role of “tutee.” This session can also be adapted in other ways to fit the context and needs of your class.

If you are interested in either a brief visit or “mock session,” please email me (Sarah Groeneveld Kenney) at I will connect you with a tutor who can speak with you more about the most effective way to encourage your students to seek feedback on their writing.

Money for school, make a difference: Apply to be a Phillips Scholar

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Apply to be a Phillips Scholar by January 23!

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, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Full applications will be due February 8, 2019.

Phillips Scholarship Preliminary Application Due January 23

Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level?

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Grading practices and grade inflation are topics that can evoke passionate responses from both faculty and students. However, in this session, we ask an essential question: should grades exist at the university level? Joaquin Munoz, assistant professor of education, will facilitate what is sure to be a spirited discussion with multiple perspectives to be presented for debate and reflection.

Please see for links to videos that we invite you to view before this Deliberative Dialogue. *This session will have a door prize drawing for a 5 A’viands gift card!

Thursday, January 24th | Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? | 1:50-3:00 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for Deliberative Dialogue

Spanked, Whupped and Paddled: Our Complex Relationship with Corporal Punishment

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Come to hear from Christina Erickson on Wednesday, January 30th for what is sure to be a fascinating talk. Lunch is provided, so RSVP NOW!

Wednesday, January 30th | Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson | 11:10-12:20, Marshall Room

RSVP for Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson

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.

Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

The cost of the trip is $250 which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals.
Registration forms can be found online at and in the Campus Ministry Office.

Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Sydney Saygbe at

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

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.

Great summer job: Learn to do research with your faculty

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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!

Faculty: How URGO Can Support Your Research

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URGO’s summer research program is designed to both enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.

Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise.

While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship, for example, is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.

To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:

Phase 1 of summer research applications are due January 29th, with complete proposals due February 19th. If you have any questions about being a research mentor, please contact Dixie Shafer at x1447 or

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

General Announcements

Free Wellness Counseling for Students

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Augsburg students remember you can get up to ten FREE mental health counseling sessions with one of our on campus counselors. If you want to talk to someone confidentially about a variety of topics (depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, etc.) please call the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment or stop in the office between 8 – 4:00 pm. There is also an after hours services available by calling 612-330-1707 and pressing option 1 to be connected to a counselor by phone when the CWC office is closed. Check out our website for more info.

CWC Website

Outstanding Staff Awards – Nomination Deadline 1/24

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STEP 1: Email with the name and title of the individual you wish to nominate
STEP 2: Staff Senate will confirm receipt of your message and send you an online nomination form
STEP 3: Secure at least TWO additional letters of recommendation from a current staff, faculty, or student (Note: the nomination form will also ask for your own personal recommendation.)
STEP 4: Submit your completed nomination form with two or more letters of recommendation attached as either PDF or Microsoft Word documents

ABOUT THE AWARDS: The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize exceptional staff members who exemplify Augsburg’s mission statement through their actions. Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on March 7th.

Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for 2 years or less are eligible to receive this award.

DEADLINE: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from January 9th through January 24th. Nominees will be notified on or before February 1.

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Sesquicentennial Project Support Through the Digital Archives

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Did you know that the Augsburg University Archives have thousands of searchable documents, photographs, and recordings available online? As spring semester begins, and sesquicentennial projects continue to take shape, visit to explore digitized resources that are available for viewing and downloading.

The Archives include: issues of the Echo since the 1890s; Alumni magazines dating back to the 1930s; yearbooks published between 1916 and 2010; photographs of campus buildings dating back to the 1870s; music; speeches; recordings of commencements dating from the late 1950s to the present; and more!

Upcoming additions will include every A-mail issued between 2005 and the start of this year, a collection of historic films dating from the late 1930s to the early 1970s, and thousands of athletics photographs dating from the early 1970s to the early 2000s.

For help, sesquicentennial project support, or more information, please contact Stewart Van Cleve,

Visit the Augsburg University Archives

Discounted semester Metro Passes for sale in bookstore

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Discounted Metro Passes are available through the bookstore – sold at $115.00 (discounted from $165.00). Semester passes are good for both light rail lines, all buses, and the Northstar rail to Anoka.

Be sure to register your pass at If your pass is lost or stolen, the replacement costs only $5.00.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2019

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2019 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2020 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2020. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2020.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: applications Due TODAY

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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 Scholarship

Event Announcements

Join Augsburg Admissions for a Documentary Screening on Jan. 31

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You are warmly invited to attend an on-campus showing of the documentary titled, “The Test & the Art of Thinking.” The film addresses crucial questions about the SAT/ACT college entrance exams, including the value of the test score and what the test actually measures.

In 2018, Augsburg voted in favor of piloting a test-optional admission policy. The admissions department is organizing this thought-provoking opportunity as the institution continues to better understand the impact this policy has on applicants to the university.

When: Thursday, January 31st, 3:45 p.m.
Where: Hagfors 150A
Popcorn and beverages provided. Optional questions, comments, and discussion following the film.

Please RSVP here:

Watch the preview here!

Animals for Smiles – 7:00 pm Saturday

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The PA Program and Women’s Hockey are teaming up for the second-annual teddy bear toss. Bring a clean, new stuffed animal to throw out onto the ice during intermission when the Auggies play at home January 19th at 7:00pm. Stuffed animals should be wrapped or in a bag to protect them during toss. The stuffed animals will be donated to Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis Hospital.

Medical Report: Health in Honduras Caravan Refugee Camps

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Hear first-hand accounts, see photos from just-returned medical team of nurses, doctors, and medical students in five Tijuana camps on the border in Mexico. This team provided care to 200 refugees and brought medical supplies to members of the Honduran caravan staying in temporary shelters until their asylum cases are called.

Friday, January 18, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower, 2nd floor, 2-520
515 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
take the free shuttle from the West Bank to the East Bank (see Metro Transit schedule)

Information, conversation and discussion. How will we impact the future?

Sponsored by:
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL SCHOOL NEUROLOGY DEPARTMENT and Minnesota Caravan Solidarity / Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana

Info: FB @MNCaravanSolidarity and Dr. Miguel Fiol,, (612) 382-4452 or Sherilyn Young (651) 224-7308

Minnesota Caravan Solidarity FB event

Monday is the Day of Action

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Students, Faculty, and Staff, you are all encouraged to take part in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action this coming Monday. We will meet in the Chapel at 8:30 am for a Plenary Session before walking to Oren Gateway Center for breakout sessions. Many Faculty, Staff, and Students have contributed to making this important event take place. Everyone is welcome to attend! A full schedule is available on the link below.

Schedule for the Day of Action

RSVP for Assessment Day Workshops and Lunch

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Tuesday, February 26th is Assessment Day! The Assessment Committee will also be conducting three workshops this year.

Writing Effective Learning Outcomes
In this 30 minute workshop, participants will learn how to craft effective and assessable learning outcomes for their department, program, or course. Participants are encouraged to bring current outcomes to the workshop.

Department/Program Curriculum Mapping
Do you need to update your department or program curricular map? Does making a curriculum map sound like fun, but you have no idea where to begin? Then this is the workshop for you! During this 30 minute workshop you can see examples of curriculum maps and update your own. Creating up-to-date curriculum maps is particularly important as we submit our HLC assurance agreement this summer. Participants are invited to bring their current maps to the workshop. If you need to find your department or program map, please contact Kerri Maher.

Institutional Assessment: Writing
During this presentation, attendees will learn about the Institutional Assessment project on writing. The presentation will demonstrate how the Assessment Committee is using Aqua to assess writing on our campus.

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to let us know that you plan to attend.

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Season Theater Auditions – Jan. 22 & 23

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This semester, you have the opportunity to be in one of two of our amazing productions! Please join us for auditions next week:

(located in the Foss Atrium)

Tuesday, Jan. 22:
6:00-7:45 Pluma and The Tempest workshop audition
8:15-10:00 Ghost Sonata workshop audition

Wednesday, Jan. 23:
6:00-7:45 Ghost Sonata workshop audition
8:15-10:00 Pluma and The Tempest workshop audition

You do not need to prepare any material for workshop auditions!
You may attend on one night from 6-10pm or choose to audition for one of the projects on the first night and audition for the other project on the next night.

**Pluma Individual Auditions**
Thursday, Jan. 24 – 8:15-10:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 25 – 6:00-8:00 pm
*Please prepare a 1-minute movement or dance piece, song, monologue, poem, play an instrument, or any other performative talent or ability you want to share.*

**All are welcome and encouraged to audition for both shows!**

More info on Pluma and The Tempest:
A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism poetically explores themes of violence, trauma, homelessness and resisting oppression. Despite being adrift like a feather in a storm, Pluma attempts to preserve their hope and survive.
**You must attend one workshop and one individual session in order to auditions**

More info on Ghost Sonata:
A fun, playful, and immersive production of Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata. A chance to perform with Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement Dance company.
**Only need to attend one workshop in order to audition**

If you have any questions about logistics or fitting the times into your schedule, please email

White Fragility: Unpacking Privilege, Dr. Robin DiAngelo

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Tuesday, February 5th from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dr. Robin DiAngelo will be the keynote speaker for the “It’s Time to Act” series. From the “It’s Time to Act” Website: Dr. Robin DiAngelo is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. Robin has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in race relations and racial justice. Robin has numerous publications and books. Her work on white fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured or cited in Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Details and Tickets are available within the link below.

It’s Time to Act

Keeping Track of Auggies

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