Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts/Keep up with weather-related changes to classes and operations

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Decisions to cancel classes are made by 6 a.m. for daytime classes and 2 p.m. for evening classes. The University uses the Augsburg Emergency Alerts system to communicate timely information on campus emergencies and class and facility changes due to severe weather. The Augsburg Emergency Alert sends subscribers a text, email, and phone call (subscribers determine which and how many alert types they wish). Only people signed up to these alerts receive them.

After the alert is sent out, information and updates about weather-related class cancellations and closures are posted on the “News” section of the Department of Public Safety website. This information is then shared with television and radio stations, and lastly on Augsburg’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts

Teaching and Learning

Grant Applications are Due Two Weeks from Today

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Faculty, the deadline for applications is noon on Friday, February 15th for the Scholarship Grant, the Integrated Course Design Grant, and the Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant. Now is the time to apply! Calls for proposals, as well as the application forms, can be found on the link below.

Grant Descriptions and Applications

Teaching and Learning Awards

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Further information and the nomination form can be found in the link below.

Teaching and Learning Awards

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

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Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson, which was supposed to have taken place on January 30, will now happen Wednesday, February 20. You can still sign up to attend! Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, February 20th | Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson | 12:30-1:40 pm, Marshall Room

RSVP for Speaking of Sabbatical with Christina Erickson

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.

Participants 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

RSVP for Workshop with Lyz Wendland

Peace Scholars Application: New deadline – February 6

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Extended deadline for applications: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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.

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

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

Apply here.

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

3 Days in May: We Want to Hear Your Suggestions

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The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering 3 days of professional development workshops and discussions from Tuesday, May 14th – Thursday, May 16th. In order to make for the most useful and engaging lineup, we’d like to hear your ideas. Please send any suggestions to Get the most from your experience by helping to create it!

General Announcements

Register Now – MN Private College Job & Internship Fair

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If you are looking for an internship or graduating in the spring, you should attend the Minnesota’s Private Colleges annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Thursday, February 21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m .- 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

Prep Sessions are listed on Handshake under Events. All students should attend one of our 20 minute prep sessions.

It is NOT to early to start researching the employers that are registered. Visit the to learn more about the fair.

*Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
*Chat with more than 275 employers – all under one roof!
*Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.
*Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!

REGISTER & PAY THE $12 FEE in Handshake

Earn Service Hours Volunteer with Middle School Debaters

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Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate.
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.

• February 7th – Roosevelt HS
• February 13th – Washington Technology MS
• February 19th – Seward Montessori
• February 21st – Washburn HS
• February 28th – North HS
• March 5th – Edison HS
• March 7th – Highland Park HS
• March 19th – University of Minnesota
• March 20th – University of Minnesota
• March 21st – University of Minnesota
• March 26th – Central High School

Stay tuned for our Spanish Debate & Somali Debate dates!

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

Volunteer With Us

Alternative Spring Break Trip

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Greetings from Campus Ministry (CM) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV)!

We are writing to inform you of a wonderful service opportunity coming up!

During Spring Break this year, March 16th – 23rd, we will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break. We’ll visit the Civil Rights Institute and learn from African-American activism both past and present. This trip is a great chance for students to travel during spring break while also making a positive difference with community. The cost is $250 and includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot. Registration is open now until February 4th.

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

If you have any questions feel free to contact student leader Sydney Saygbe at or staff adviser Lonna Field at


Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

MSS Scholarships Due TODAY

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The Multicultural Student Services Scholarships (including ASIA Scholarship, Bonnie Wallace American Indian Scholarship, HOLA Scholarship and M. Anita Gay Hawthorne Scholarship) recognize returning underrepresented undergraduate students in the Day program. Students who are eligible and awarded will receive a $2,500 annual, renewable award. These scholarships are for returning students of American Indian/Latinx/Pan-Afrikan/Pan-Asian descent and/or a student who has participated, demonstrated record of and/or potential for leadership and awareness within the communities mentioned above.

**This application must be submitted by 4:00 pm Friday, February 1st, 2019

First-Time Applicants Eligibility Criteria:
-Must have completed at least one full semester at Augsburg by February 1st, 2019
-Be enrolled as a full-time student for the academic year 2019-2020
-Meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
-Meet the University’s standard of conduct
-Complete this application and essay
-Must demonstrate financial need as defined by Student Financial Services.

Previous Recipients Renewal Criteria:
-Meet satisfactory academic progress as defined by the university which includes maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
-Meet the University’s standard of conduct
-Student must complete this application, required essay and questions.

Note: DACA and undocumented students are eligible and highly encouraged to apply. Promise, Presidential and ActSix Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this award.

Questions/Concerns? Contact Mai Xee Vang at or 612-330-1663 or stop by Oyate Commons, Lower Level of Christensen Center

Application located on the MSS website

Scholastic Connections Scholarship Due TODAY (2/1)

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Scholastic Connections is a scholarship program for high-achieving undergraduate students of color at Augsburg University. It is designed to assist students succeed in completing their undergraduate degree and prepare them to be engaged, successful citizens of the world on graduation by facilitating career development and planning.

Scholarship: $5000 annually renewable

Students applying to the program must be/have:
-Be enrolled as a full-time student of color (American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Pan-Afrikan, Pan Asian)
-Meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
-Meet the University’s standard code of conduct
-Must demonstrate financial need as defined by Student Financial Services.
-Demonstrated involvement in community, on or off campus
-Complete the application and essay
-Preferred to have completed at least one full semester at Augsburg
-Renewal Criteria for Previous Recipients:

Meet satisfactory academic progress as defined by the university which includes -Maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
-Meet the University’s standard code of conduct
-Student must complete this application, required essay and questions.
-Note: DACA and undocumented students are eligible and highly encouraged to apply. Promise, Presidential and Act Six Scholarship recipients are not eligible for this award.

Applicants must complete the following:

1) Scholastic Connections Application (due Friday, February 1st, 2019)

Learn more about Scholastic Connections

Event Announcements

Spring All Hands Meeting: Next Thursday

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The spring 2019 All Hands meeting is next Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Access to connect to the meeting from off-site locations will be available. For the livestream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands page

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 is February 26

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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

Free Bagels and Coffee for Your Opinions

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The Center for Global Education and Exchange is hosting a focus group to help us develop new brochures for our study centers! We want to hear your opinions on study abroad/away brochure design and information. What would be helpful to know? What styles are most eye-catching?

This event is open to all students- even if you haven’t studied abroad/away, you are welcome to attend. We will have bagels and coffee for attendees.

Join us Monday, February 4th, 10-11a.m., in the Marshall Room.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 1st:

Multicultural Dinner – 8 Restaurants – Free – February 7

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Food from 8 different West Bank restaurants will be served at the annual Multicultural Dinner at the Brian Coyle Community Center, 420-15th Avenue South next Thursday (February 7th) from 5-7pm. Cultural dance, spoken word and music will also be part of this great event. No charge. All are welcome!
Sponsored by many neighborhood partners including Augsburg University.
For more information or to volunteer at this event, please contact Mary Laurel True,

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