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URGO Phase 1 Application due Jan. 29

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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!

Deliberative Dialogue TODAY

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Attendees will be entered in a door prize drawing for a $5 A’viands gift card!

Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? 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.

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


Using Online Discussions to Foster Quality In-Class Discussions

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In this workshop, Lyz Wendland, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design, will discuss her research that implements online pre-discussions for greater in-class participation. Come learn strategies, layouts, and rubrics that foster active class discussions.

Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a $5 A’viands gift card!

Wednesday, February 6th | Using Online Discussions to Foster Quality In-Class Discussions with Lyz Wendland | 3:30-4:30 pm, OGC 100


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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

Meet with a TIAA Advisor in February

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, February 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Riverside Room, 2nd Floor, Christensen Center

Thursday, February 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
OGC 103, Oren Gateway Center

You can use the link below to sign up or call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Space is limited, so please register soon!

For questions, please contact Nicole at

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Gain Middle School Volunteer Experience with the Urban Debate League

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Earn Service Hours Using Your Skills as a Volunteer Debate Judge

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, needs a few excellent folks to judge middle school debates this spring.

No experience? No problem. We train judges at the beginning of 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:

Volunteers will judge two rounds of debate from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

• January 29th – North HS
• February 7th – Roosevelt HS
• February 13th – Washington Technology MS
• February 21st – Washburn HS
• February 28th – North HS
• March 5th – Edison HS
• March 7th – University of Minnesota
• March 20th – University of Minnesota
• March 21st – University of Minnesota

Stay tuned for our Spanish Debate & Somali Debate dates!

Visit us: Foss Office 18 at Augsburg University |
(612) 330-1730

Volunteer With Us

Vocation Seminar/Book Study at Augsburg – Space is Limited

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Professor Mark Tranvik will facilitate a four-session group seminar/book study on vocation. Using Parker Palmer’s book, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, seminar participants will explore how they can use their gifts and talents in service to others, learn about the history of vocation at Augsburg, and hear from others who will share their vocational journeys. Our co-sponsors, The Christensen Center for Vocation, The Center for Teaching and Learning and Human Resources are delighted to be able to cover the cost of lunch and the book for this series.

This series will take place on February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the East Commons, Christensen Center.

Space is limited – register soon!

Vocation Seminar Registration

Staff Awards – Nominations Due TODAY

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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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US Postal Service Prices Increasing – Jan 27th

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Effective Jan 27 prices from the United States Postal Service are increasing.
Forever stamps (currently $0.50) will be increasing to $0.55.
All Priority Mail services are increasing in price.
Postcards ($.35) and International Letters ($1.15) will remain unchanged.
Additional Ounce stamps (currently $.21) will be decreasing in price to $.15.

If you have any questions feel free to stop by the Copy Center or Shipping & Receiving.

Sesquicentennial Story Circles – Final Opportunities to share your story

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Come and help us create a new work of Music-Theater about the Augsburg community, past and present, to be performed in the Fall of 2019 in celebration of the Sesquicentennial. We are gathering stories to build a narrative that reflects the “real” Augsburg – its heritage, identity, highs and lows. The final two Story Circles will be held: Monday, January 28th, 5-6:30pm in East Commons, and Thursday, January 31st, 2-3:30pm in OGC 100. Please rsvp at this Story Circle link below, or email Sonja Thompson at: For more information about the Sesquicentennial Musical, please check out our website:

Story Circle RSVP

“Day of Action” Evaluation Forms

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Faculty, Staff, and Students, thank you to everyone who attended the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action”. Please let us know your thoughts on the morning’s activities. We intend to use your responses in planning for more opportunities in the future, so thank you for taking the time to fill out the form linked below.

Evaluation Form for MLK Day of Action

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nomination for January

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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

Auggie Pride Nomination Form

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!

HWT: HLUB (Love)

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Hlub (Love) is here to give Hmong women and their allies an opportunity to empower a woman and/or an inspirational figure(Guest Of Honor) in their life by participating in an intentional and intimate setting where they could express their gratitude to them. We highlThis event could be a time for them to expand their personal cultural identity and be a stepping stone for intentional relationship building.

If you choose to Honor someone, there will be time delegated for you, who RSVP’d, to express your gratitude to your Guest Of Honor. Please prepare a letter for you to read to them on the night of.
If you choose not to Honor anyone, please come with your support.

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Echo Student Newspaper

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Join the Echo Student Newspaper to plan out our next issue.

We encourage you to come hear about article ideas or give your own. Section article ideas can fall under: News, Opinions, Sports, Features, or A & E.

We also encourage people to sign up to take photos or submit comics. Get Paid $10-20 for pictures/articles that we publish.

Meetings are every Friday during chapel time (10:40-11am) in the Echo Room, Auggies Nest.

2 weeks in Hawaii – study Astronomy on the Big Island in May

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Spend two weeks on Hawaii’s Big Island, and earn your Natural Science and Math credit this summer, as well as your Augsburg Experience requirement!

SPACE MOUNTAIN: Astronomy in Hawaii (PHY 101)
May 13-27, 2019

During this 2-week program you will learn the physical and theoretical tools of astronomy, and the creative way these tools are employed to answer fundamental questions about the universe and our place in it. For decades, astronomers all over the globe have taken advantage of the superb atmospheric conditions afforded them on Hawai’i’s “Big Island” to gather the data to answer these profound questions. Now, it’s your turn.

+At the summit of Mauna Kea, you will meet astronomers at work
+At Volcanoes National Park, you will see first-hand the energy source that keeps the Earth alive—our planet’s interior heat
+Investigate why the Island of Hawai’i is a prime location to study light from space, and how this astronomical importance has impacted the ongoing conflict between colonialism and native culture in Hawai’i.

Faculty Leader: Jessica Ennis
Program Dates: May 13 – 27, 2019
Program Cost $4,700 – includes: tuition, airfare, room and board, and all program activities and excursions.

Apply by January 31

For more information and application instructions click below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center Lower Level.

Learn more and apply online!!!

Summer in Puerto Rico – 2 week course in May (scholarships available)

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Study for two weeks in Puerto Rico this May, and get a scholarship to help pay for it!

THR 295 – Art Performing Social Change, fulfills Fine Arts requirement
May 13-29, 2019

This 4-credit class examines the role of art in resistance and social change. You will have a chance to learn how artists, art organizations, activists and members of various communities in Puerto Rico use, or are dedicated to, creating art that engages issues of social justice. As Puerto Rico faces a brutal financial crisis, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, its residents have found creative ways to foster possibility and claim social justice.

Program cost:
$3,475 includes: tuition, airfare, housing, most meals, all program activities

Apply by January 31

SCHOLARSHIPS are available! The three scholarship opportunities (Mary Witt, Yackel, and Students of Color Scholarships) are open to all Auggies. Click the link below to find out more about these scholarship opportunities!
—> Scholarships applications due March 15

For more information, click the link below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons (lower level of Christensen Center)

Click here for more program and scholarship information, and to apply online!

Summer in Slovenia & Italy – 2 week Psychology & Education course

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Spend 2 Weeks in Slovenia and Italy this summer, and earn credit!

Psychology and Education in Slovenia, May 12-27, 2019
Course Options (choose one or two courses. If two, one must be PSY 205)
–EDC 490/580(3 credits): School and Society; and/or
–PSY 205 (4 credits): Culture and Psychology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF)
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience Requirement

Faculty Leaders: Joseph Erickson & Stacy Freiheit

Cost depends on course taken. Ranges: $4,533 to $5,057
Cost includes tuition, airfare, housing, some meals, all program activities.

During this program, students will examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture, explore the Roman ruins in Croatia, and experience the canals of Venice, Italy. Students will have opportunities to engage with various host communities and interact with local faculty, teachers, mental health professionals, fellow college students, and students throughout their study abroad experience.

For more information and application instructions click below and/or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, Christensen Center Lower Level.

Learn more and apply online

2 weeks, 8 credits – study in the Netherlands in May

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A handful of spaces are still available on the summer study abroad program

May 18- June 2, 2019

Take two courses for a total of 8 credits. Choose one ART and one HIS course:
+ HIS 195 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands, fulfills Humanities requirement, OR
+ HIS 440 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands,

+ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts requirement, OR
+ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography​​
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement

This program will introduce students to one of the most innovative countries in the world — the Netherlands – through the prism of history and photography. Despite its small size, the Netherlands is producing ground-breaking approaches to transportation, water management, food & agriculture, and social policies on sex & drugs. In the digital photography class, we will explore the Netherlands, and more specifically Amsterdam, through a viewfinder. As we develop our photographic skills, we will ask such questions as: How do we approach taking photographs of one of the most explored cities in the world? In what ways can historical knowledge enlarge our perspective? How will we apply our own point of view to this exploration?

Program Cost: $5,499
Includes tuition, airfare, hotel, meals, and all program activities and excursions in the Netherlands.

Learn more and apply online!

The Golden Night

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We would like to invite you to “The Golden Night”, dress up for this formal event in your favorite Roaring 20’s inspired attire for a night full of fun. Featuring exclusive live musical performances, an amazing DJ, hors-d’oeuvres, photographers, entertainment, gift-aways, and more. The ball will be held in the Christensen Center, on February 2nd from 7:30 pm – 12:00 am. This is a night you won’t want to miss!

Get your tickets here >>>

Don’t know what to wear? Check out our Pinterest >>

We will be doing a giveaway at The Golden Night Ball. Guest will have the chance to enter to win Airpods, Echo Dot speakers, an Intax Camera and more!

** Please save your ticket and bring it with you on the day of the event. You will need it for check-in. If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.


Summer Abroad in Norway – Info Session TODAY

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Are you a sophomore or a junior with a deep interest in central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. Then this program is for you!

Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of central issues on the global arena. If selected as a Peace Scholar you will be awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

The info session will be held in Foss 171 from 2pm-6pm in the Communication Department office across from the chapel in room 171. Kristian Evans, one of last year’s Peace Scholars from Augsburg, will be present to answer any questions about the program and application. Interested students are free to come and go as they please.

If you have questions, please contact:
Bettine Hoff Hermanson at (ext. 1378),
Leah Spinosa de Vega at (ext. 1650) or
Kristian Evans, 2018 Peace Scholar from Augsburg University, at

More information, and application instructions, can be found on our Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) website.

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