Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center Elevator Out of Service

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The Hagfors Center main lobby elevator is out of service to make repairs. The parts have been ordered and we anticipate repairs to be completed next week. We will continue to post updates as we get more information.
There is an alternative north hall elevator that will be available while the lobby elevator is out of service.
If you have any questions contact Bryan Massich at 612-280-7447.

Parking Lot D & Admissions MLK Day Event

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In celebration of MLK, the Admission Office will be having an MLK Day Open House Visit Event on Monday, January 20th. Our visitors will have 75 spaces marked off for them in Lot D; once the remaining spots are filled, we ask that faculty and staff park in Lot L, Lot J, or in the 21st Ave Parking Ramp across Riverside (free day permits are available in the Admission Office). In addition, the Admission Office is providing Metro passes for those who wish to park further away and commute to campus using bus or light rail. Please feel free to swing through the Admission Office (LL of Christensen) to pick up your ramp pass or Metro Pass.

We thank you again for your assistance in helping to welcome visitors and future Auggies to campus!

Teaching and Learning

Research support for faculty through the URGO Summer Research Program

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The URGO Summer Research Program is designed to enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research and creative activity here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.
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 is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.
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 and current line of inquiry.
To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:
Please encourage interested students to make an appointment with URGO staff by contacting

Applications available for URGO Summer Research 2020

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Applications available for URGO Summer Research Program

The URGO Summer Research Program is an on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
• 200 or 400 hours
• Program runs May 14-July 29, 2020
• Full-time = $4,400 plus housing stipend
• Half-time = $2,200 plus housing stipend
• Design project with a faculty mentor
• Seminars and Speaker Series for support and professional development
• Final written product and oral presentation
There is also the option to be a Research Assistant at 100 hours for the summer (stipend of $1,100), in which undergraduates assist faculty with research tasks.
Applications can be found at Send an email to to make an appointment with URGO staff and get advising on the application process!

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad

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Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad!
The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.
Scholarship amounts:
Up to $20,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $10,000 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Stop by our Joint Office Hours on Thursday, Dec 12 from 1-3pm in Andrea Dvorak’s office in Oyate Commons (lower level of Christensen) to get advising from URGO staff on the scholarship application/essays and Study Abroad staff on program options.
• If you can’t attend office hours, let us know your interest by contacting Solveig Mebust ( or Andrea Dvorak (
• DUE January 21: send a draft of your application to – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

2020 brings student pronouns to Moodle

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We’re excited to let everyone know that student pronouns are now displayed in moodle. They are displayed:
– On your login page next to your name and photo
– In the class roster
– In the gradebook
– In discussion board postings

Remember that you can select your pronouns in Records and Registration on the Student Information page. You may also select that you do not wish to define your pronouns (essentially opting out).

Moodle will update pronouns every night.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Increase Student Learning in Only 3 Seconds

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Faculty, check out this article to learn the benefits of increasing the “wait time” between asking a question and getting a student’s response. Also, make sure to look to for more resources.

Teaching Tip Tuesdays are posted on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. You can also find Tech Tips posted on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

Increase Student Learning in Only 3 Seconds

EDTalk: Forming Student Groups

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Just prior to the next Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, January 22, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright will talk about the CTL “Faculty Resources” tab with links to Teaching Tips and Resources. Highlighted will be a simple, powerful, yet flexible survey tool to aid you in forming more compatible (and thus hopefully more effective!) student groups for group projects.

EDTalks take place before every Faculty Meeting in HC 151. Grab your coffee and find a seat by 3:20 pm for 15 minutes of information and inspiration. Find out more at the CTL page linked below.

Wednesday, January 22 | EDTalk with Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright | 3:20 pm – 3:35 pm, Hagfors 151

Center for Teaching and Learning

General Announcements

CGEE Finance Assistant/Front Desk Student Job Opening

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The CGEE department is looking to hire a student employee to fill their Finance Assistant/Front Desk position for Spring 2020 & possibly Summer of 2020. This position will be focused on finance and other administrative duties, and scheduled to work 10 hours per week.

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:
– Administrative duties including checking emails, answering phone calls, data entry, ordering supplies, general office work, etc.
– Preparing spreadsheets with financial information noted accurately
– Making payment deposits
– Collecting and organizing procurement card (p-card) receipts and statements monthly
-Special projects as assigned

Job Requirements:
-Passionate about cultural difference and international experience
-Strong communicator, both written and verbal, able to relate well to a wide variety of people in multiple settings
-Detail oriented and highly organized
-Maintain confidentiality with sensitive information
-Self starter and self-directed
-High customer service orientation
-Skilled in the use of Google platform, Microsoft Excel, Word

Preferred skills/experience:
-CGEE or other study abroad program alumni, or international student
-Related majors such as: Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, International Business, etc.
-Spanish language skills (speaking and writing) a plus

Application Instructions
To apply, please login to your student Augnet account and submit your cover letter and resume through Student Jobs-Handshake. Position will be opened until filled.

Student Jobs-Handshake

New IT status page

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New for 2020, we have an IT Status service we’ve been testing internally and we’re ready to release to you.

On this page you can subscribe to receive email or text alerts about major service issues (you can even select which services you care about – moodle, telecom, internet, etc). Please keep in mind a human still has to create the alerts and in some cases solving the problem will take priority over updating the status page. Some updates may come after the fact.

Our hope is that this empowers you, if you’re interested, to receive updates about major service issues that you care about.

IT Status Page

Exam Scheduling Event in the Class Office

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For those registered with the CLASS Office, we are inviting you to the Stress Less: Schedule your Exams event on Wednesday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 21st from 8:30am-4:30pm in the Groves Lab (Lindell Library 216). You can get help you scheduling exams and quizzes for the entire semester as well as answer any testing questions you may have.

Snacks and fidgets will be available as well as a drawing for Barnes and Noble and Augsburg Bookstore gift cards. If you do schedule your exams and quizzes for the entire semester on your own, you can still come in and put your name in the drawing.

Please bring your course schedule, your laptop, if possible, as well as your course syllabi with dates/times of exams and quizzes.

Questions? You can come to the CLASS Office at the Groves Lab by email at or call at 612-330-7148 or go to the Groves Lab in Lindell Library 216.

2020 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program – applications due: January 20

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Students can now apply for the 2020 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 up to 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2020 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:

-Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
-Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). 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.

2020 NASA Scholarship Cover Letter

2020 Holiday Schedule

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Benefits-eligible staff should observe the paid holiday schedule unless it is determined by their manager that the department needs to remain open to meet the needs of the campus. Being a student-centered institution, it is expected that certain offices and services will need to remain open on some or all of these days. If you have questions about whether you are scheduled to work, please see your supervisor.

2020 Holiday Schedule

Nominate a student for the Newman Civic Fellowship

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The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change makers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions.

Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to nominate a student to be considered for Augsburg’s 2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellow (self-nominations accepted). The nominee must have at least one full year of their education remaining, such that they will be enrolled in higher education for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. The link to the nomination form is below.

Nominations will close on January 20, 2020.

Newman Civic Fellows:
*Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
*Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
*Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.

Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Form

Fundraiser for LGBTQIA+ Student Scholarship

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Each year, during Lavender Celebration, we honor and recognize LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and accomplices for their work in creating a more visible and just community for queer and trans+ folx. This year and coming years – LGBTQIA+ Student Services is looking to uplift more students by providing financial support through scholarship during the Lavender Celebration. Please help us raise funds to uplift and recognize the original work our LGBTQIA+ students are doing.

We will be selling shirts in Christensen lobby Wednesday, 1/15 and Friday, 1/17 from 10:40 am – 1:40 pm.

You can also buy a shirt(s) or donate, by following this link

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel: Pastor Justin-Lind Ayres

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Throughout the month of January, Campus Ministry will draw upon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Augsburg and the work and witness of Dr. King in Daily Chapel worship. Our general chapel theme for the month is, “Public Church: Sticking with Love.” Together, we will reflect upon this theme in various ways seeking to build on the prophetic call to be a public church for the sake of the gospel. And we will do so, in part, leaning into the Dr. King’s words from his speech in August of 1967: “And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love…hate is too great a burden to bear.” Amid chaos and hardship in our society, how might we as church stick to an ethic of love and embody a public witness that works for justice and peace in God’s world?

Today join us in Hoversten chapel at 11:30 am as Rev. Justin Lind-Ayres, University Pastor, preaches on “Sticking with Love.”

More information

MLK Day of Action Revisited

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MLK Day of Action Revisited will provide an opportunity for Augsburg faculty, staff, and students to revisit and hear updates on various aspects of the 2019 MLK Day of Action. Attendees will also be able to participate in and/or learn from select workshops, discussions, and panels focused on topic areas related to equity and inclusion.

Date: January 20th, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Hoversten Chapel

Please feel free to contact inclusion at or (651)-330-1126 for any questions or concerns.

Note: This event will be followed by the 2020 Augsburg University MLK Day Convocation at 1:00 p.m

Alternative Spring Break: Registration Open

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Come join the fun on the Augsburg Alternative Spring Break trip this March! A group of Augsburg students, led by the Campus Ministries office, will travel to Taos, New Mexico for a week of service, cultural exploration, learning and fun. We will partner with Habitat for Humanity to help restore and build homes for families in need and learn about the challenges that face the Taos community.

For interested students, the Alternative Spring Break trip can be taken as a Augsburg Experience. Please contact Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres for more information.

To register for the Alternative Spring Break trip, click on the link below and follow the instructions. The trip is $250 (including a $100 deposit), which includes travel, most meals, and lodging.

ASB Registration Page

2020 Augsburg MLK Convocation

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Monday, January 20, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Augsburg Chapel
625 22nd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Dr. John S Wright.: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
John S. Wright is the Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Full Professor of African American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota. Wright, who was born in Minneapolis, earned a Ph.D. in American Studies and the History of African peoples, an M.A. in English and American literature, and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He helped lead the student movement that founded the University’s Department of African American & African Studies, which he chaired for three terms, and its Martin Luther King Program, which he administered from 1970-73. Wright also built a major in Afro-American and African Studies at Carleton College, where he taught from 1973-83.

Civic Skills Workshop: Public Narrative

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Public leadership requires the use of both the “head” and the “heart” to mobilize others to act effectively on behalf of shared values. It engages people in interpreting why they should change the world – their motivation – and how they can act to change it – their strategy. Public narrative is the “why” – the art of translating values into action through stories. Learn about how to craft your own public narrative and relate the story of self, story of us, and story of now.

This workshop builds on other Sabo Center workshops last semester focused on change-making skills. Whether or not you attended a workshop last semester–JOIN US!

Thursday, January 23
3:40-5 p.m.
OGC 114

Led by Dennis Donovan. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities.

Public Narrative: Event Information

Want to make change in your community? Come to Civic Action Coaching.

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Do you want to take action? Are you working on a public project or problem and need to workshop, brainstorm, or ask for ideas about how to proceed? Bring your project to Civic Action Coaching!

There will be 4 sessions planned for the spring semester. Come to one or all of them–the most important thing is to be prepared with a project you are working on our would like to work on. For students who want to take action!

Monday, January 27, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, February 17, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, March 23, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, April 13, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114

Sessions will be led by Dennis Donovan of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities. Questions? Email or

Civic Action Coaching

3rd Annual Animals for Smiles

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Join the Augsburg Women’s hockey team and the Physician Assistant Studies program for the third annual Animals for Smiles event! Stuffed animals will be donated to pediatric patients at Children’s Minneapolis. The toss will take place during the home hockey game against Bethel on January 17th at 7:00 pm. Stuffed animals will be tossed onto the ice following the first period. Please bring a new stuffed animal, preferably wrapped or bagged so it will stay clean during the toss. Supplies will also be available to wrap toys before entering the rink.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Bedding for XL or Twin Bed

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Bedding for Dorm size XL twin OR regular twin bed.
1. Brand new fitted mattress pad. Never used. $25
2. Same as above but gently used. Washed and ready for you. $20
3. Comfy and cozy teal/blue comforter. $25
Smoke free – Pet free – Bug free – Stress free Home
I’ll send pictures if you reply. State the item in your message.
Contact Prof. Iseminger

African Ghana Dashiki tunics Genuine

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Two imported Dashiki tunics, unisex. They are a men’s Large, and they hang down about mid-thigh. Beautiful patterns and gorgeous hand embroidery.
Neither were worn more than an hour. Dry-cleaned just for you.
Bug free – Pet free – Smoke free – Stress free Home.
1. blues and brown pattern $50
2. navy blue and yellow pattern $50
Both for $80. obo
If you are in a drumming group–they’re perfect for your performances!
Contact Prof. Iseminger:
Include item name in your message and I’ll send pictures. You gotta see how beautifully crafted these are!

Bedding Available for Dorm size XL bed

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Two mattress pads available. Fits dorm size beds XL twin, or a regular twin bed.
1. One pad was used only a month and has been washed twice for you. $15 obo
2. Brand new mattress pad in the package $25 obo
3. XL or regular twin: Comfy cozy comforter, teal with blue, reversible. $25 obo
Smoke free, pet free, bug free home.
I’ll send pictures if you’re interested.
I’m Prof. Iseminger and can be contacted at:

Two pairs dressy mens shoes size 10

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1. Size 10 ankle cowboy boots, brown, used for two hours, like new! Synthetic upper with rubber sole. $40 obo
2. Size 10 dress black ankle boots, gently used, like new! 1 inch heel.
Genuine leather in a weave pattern. Shoe laces included! $80 obo
I’ll send pictures if you’re interested.
bug free, smoke free, pet free home
You may contact me at:

African Tunics- Two

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Two African dashiki tunics for sale. Each used only once so brand new condition. Hand made in Ghana and beautiful hand embroidery.
They have been professionally dry-cleaned and are in great condition.
Fits a man size large.
1. Blue and brown tones
2. Navy blue and yellow tones
Each $85
Both for $160
If interested, I’ll send pictures.
Prof. Iseminger is