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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

Extended Deadline: URGO Phase 1 Application due February 5

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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 February 5th, 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 February 5th, with complete proposals due February 19th. If you have any questions about being a research mentor, please contact Dixie Shafer at x1447 or

General Announcements

Story Circle Tonight

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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 the Story Circle link below, or email Sonja Thompson at:

For more information about the Sesquicentennial Musical, please check out our website:

Story Circle RSVP

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations 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 can be found at

Love Local Water initiative update

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As we move forward in our Love Local Water initiative, you’ll notice that Aquafina bottled water has now been replaced with Bubly (flavored sparkling water) or Lifewater (“enhanced” vitamin water) in vending machines. One more step closer to honoring our readily available, clean, local tap water! We recognize this is a complex process, with lots of questions and grey area. You may be wondering:

Q: Is all the water coming out of our drinking fountains and sinks actually safe to drink?
A: The places that students have tested on campus so far meet federal standards for key pollutants. Minneapolis tap water consistently meets standards. What are those standards anyways? Who determines them? What if what feels “safe” to me is different than the standards?

Q: Aren’t these new options just bottled water with a marketing twist?
A: Perhaps. What do you think? What about people who might not drink plain water but could stay hydrated by drinking these?

Q: Aren’t we encouraging more sugary beverage consumption by removing plain water as an option?
A: We don’t know yet what people’s purchasing habits will be, but we have data on which beverages were previously purchased. Do you know someone who needs a water bottle so they can get free water at the drinking fountains? Send them to the Campus Cupboard to pick one up!

Q: Why are we even doing this? Why does it matter?
A: Good question. Want to talk more about this? Contact

Q: Why did you answer all these questions with more questions?
A: Because we are complex creatures living in a complex world in which environmental sustainability doesn’t usually fit nicely into “good” or “bad” actions and outcomes. And aren’t we all here to be critical thinkers amidst our thoughtful stewardship?

Theater Auditions – January 31

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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)

6:00-7:00pm – Ghost Sonata
7:15-9:00pm – Pluma & The Tempest

**Audition for one or stay for both! All students welcome!**

GHOST SONATA: A collaborate movement piece! Those invited to participate will have the opportunity to work with Sod House Theater Company and Black Label Movement.
Rehearsals: Feb 11-Mar 12
Performances: Mar 13-14

PLUMA & THE TEMPEST: A dystopian play in the Latin American tradition of magical realism that poetically explores themes of violence, trauma, homelessness and resisting oppression.
Rehearsals: Feb 4-Apr 4
Performances: Apr 5-14

Event Announcements

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 Save The Date – March 7

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Each year, Augsburg University’s Staff Senate hosts a special event where staff are recognized for years of service, completion of the Diversity and Inclusion certificate program, and outstanding contributions to the campus community. The event includes refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a “candy bar.”

2019 Staff Appreciation Program
Thursday, March 7
3–4:30 p.m. | Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

Learn more

Assessment Day Workshops

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Assessment Day is February 26th from 10:50 am – 12:50 pm! Departments are encouraged to use this time to discuss or work on their annual assessment project. The Assessment Committee will also be conducting three workshops this year. Descriptions of the workshops are available in the RSVP link below. Lunch will be provided, so please fill out the form if you plan to attend.

RSVP for Assessment Day Workshops and Lunch

Join Augsburg Admissions for a Documentary Screening on January 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!

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!

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

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!

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!!!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Schield invited to give Statistical Literacy workshop at US Conference on Teaching Statistics

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Milo Schield, Professor of Business Administration, has been invited to give a 3 hour workshop titled “Statistical Literacy: Evaluating Evidence from Observational Studies”. This topic is quite controversial among statistical educators. Many say statistical educators should stop after saying “Association is not Causation”. Milo argues that consumers and decision makers need more, and that statistics educators can do more. His workshop is one of six invited half-day workshops at this conference. He will give this workshop on Thursday May 16 at the US Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) at Penn State College. Milo was named as a Fellow by the American Statistical Association in 2018.

2019 USCOTS Workshop Schedule


Need a weekend or evening babysitter?

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I’m Natalie Jacobson– I work in the Sabo Center as this year’s Campus Kitchen Coordinator through Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). If anyone needs an occasional weekend or evening babysitter and lives in Minneapolis, feel free to contact me at I have lots of experience working with kids of all ages!