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Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards 2020

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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.

Nominations are due on February 20. Find more information and the nomination form in the link below.

CTL Awards

URGO Summer Research Phase 1 Due February 5

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URGO Summer Research Phase 1 applications must be signed by faculty mentor and submitted in hard copy to the URGO office (Hagfors 101) by 5:00 pm or sent electronically from faculty mentor’s email address by 11:59pm on February 5. The Phase 1 application is non-evaluative but required. Phase 2 is due February 19.
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.

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

General Announcements

New Leadership in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

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I am pleased to announce that Angela Bonfiglio has been promoted to ISSS Program Director. In this role she will oversee and coordinate services for Augsburg’s international students and scholars, supporting their academic success and facilitating their adjustment to Augsburg University and life in the United States. She will also take over as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for Augsburg’s F-1 student visa program and as a Responsible Officer (RO) for J-1 exchange visas. As the PDSO, she has final responsibility for Augsburg’s compliance with federal visa regulations.

Angela previously served as Augsburg’s International Student Advisor, and she brings a host of other skills and experiences to the job. She has served as both a church youth director and a co-chair of the Harrison Neighborhood Association. She is also a CGEE alum!

Please join me in congratulating Angela on this well-deserved promotion!

Are you a beginning STEM major Interested in having a Mentor?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Having a mentor in STEM Peer Mentoring can be a major benefit in establishing the success of your STEM career. If you’re a First-year or Sophomore in a STEM major, interested in having a mentor, and want to learn more about internships, scholarships, certain classes, etc. — this is for you!!

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:

-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentor and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below by Thursday, 2/20. Any questions can be sent to

Link to Application

Faculty: cash for judging on-campus speech meet

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Faculty: on Tuesday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 25, Augsburg will be hosting Twin Cities Forensics League tournaments on our campus. If you’d be interested in judging a round or two at either or both meets, I can hire you to judge at $20 per round! There are eleven standard events at these competitions, including public address events (such as informative speaking and persuasive speaking) and oral interpretation events (such as prose interpretation and poetry interpretation). Rounds are scheduled at 3:30, 4:45, and 6:30. If you’re interested, all you might need is 5 minutes of training. Contact me (David Lapakko, Director of Forensics, if you are interested.

Nominations open for Outstanding Staff Awards

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Staff Senate is now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg University! Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from February 3rd through February 21st. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or student. Submission materials are due no later than 5 p.m. on February 21st.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

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 (as of February 1, 2020) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on the afternoon of March 26th. President Pribbenow, with the support of his leadership team, will also present an award to an outstanding department or group.

Check out the Staff Senate website for the nomination process:

The 2020 Staff Appreciation Event will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 3:30-5 p.m.

Staff Senate Website: Outstanding Staff Nomination

Interested in starting a NSBE group at Augsburg?

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Are you interested in participating in a new NSBE group here at Augsburg? NSBE, which stands for ‘National Society of Black Engineers’, is a national organization designed to support and promote the aspirations of collegiate, pre-collegiate, and professional individuals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

This program is geared towards students who identify as Black and are interested in pursuing an education and/or career in engineering or applied physical sciences (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics). Biology & Bio-psychology majors can also qualify.

These are the goals and objectives that a NSBE chapter at Augsburg would strive to accomplish:

-Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines
-Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
-Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations
-Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession
-Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers

For more information on NSBE as an organization, check out this link:

If you you are interested in seeing this group become a reality, please fill out the interest form below!

Link to interest form

Your Event Ideas For ASAC Form

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Hello Augsburg Day Students!

We are looking to have you all join us in our upcoming events for the spring semester. To do so, we are asking you all what you would like to see from ASAC this semester. We will bring these event ideas to our board meetings and discuss a possible future for them.

Attention, Augsburg Student-Poets

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Submit to Augsburg’s John R. Mitchell / Academy of American Poets Prize

Deadline for Submission: 17 February 2020

This competition, endowed by Jean Mitchell in honor of the late John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet, is for the best group of three poems composed by a current Augsburg undergraduate or graduate student. The award includes a $100 prize ($50 each, if split between an undergrad and a grad student) and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets. Carleton Professor emerita and poet Mary Moore Easter will be judging this year’s Mitchell Prize.

• A set of three well-proofread poems must be sent from your Augsburg email address as an attachment to by 17 February 2020.
• Writers should put Mitchell Prize in the subject line.
• The email must contain the titles of the poems, and the poet’s full name, pronouns, status (undergrad or grad), phone number, and mailing/permanent address.
• Winners will be announced by Augsburg University in early March. There will be a reading on campus with judge Mary Moore Easter and the prize winners on the evening of Wed, 25 March.
• In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

Event Announcements

Register to attend the Retirewise Workshop Series (starts Tuesday, February 18)

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Augsburg Wellbeing is inviting the Retirewise program back to campus. Retirewise is a financial and retirement education program presented by MetLife and is coordinated by our benefits broker, NFP. This program has been well received in the past, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to participate.

We invite you to learn more and see for yourself what action steps you can take to better prepare you to Retirewise. In just a few sessions you’ll be on your way to creating a realistic financial and retirement plan that works for you.

Join your colleagues for the complimentary, practical and straightforward Retirewise workshop series. It doesn’t matter how much or how little planning you’ve done, or if your retirement is many years away, you’ll find the Retirewise workshops worthwhile.

For more detailed information about the workshop series, and to register for the event, follow this registration link:

By registering, you are committing to attend each session in this 4-workshop series, which begins on February 18th. Specific dates, times, and locations are provided in the registration link.

Retirewise Information Flyer:

Registration Link

Auggie Doggie Monday

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Need a little stress relief? Want to get a good start to your week? Stop by the Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) office today from 10:30 – 11:30 am to mingle and sit with our four legged furry friends from Paws for Learning. All are welcome so stop by the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. Questions call the CWC office 612-330-1707.

ELCA Summer Camp Job Fair February 10

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ELCA Summer Camp Job Fair: Monday, February 10 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Christensen Center Lobby. Representatives from camps from all across the United States will be on campus to meet with students who are interested in working with children and youth for the summer. Working at a summer camp helps develop leadership skills and an opportunity to have a positive impact on youth. At the fair, you can interview on the spot! For more information, stop by the Strommen Center or Campus Ministry.

Northwestern Mutual Hiring Interns -Table February 5

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A Northwestern Mutual internship is challenging yet rewarding. Our internship is about personal and professional development meant to enhance your college education with real-life business experience. You will be provided with the tools, resources, and training necessary to help you discover and build your markets to develop a successful practice through our Financial Advisor Development Program.

As full-time college students, interns generally work full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year developing business- and client-building skills. In most aspects, our interns follow the same process for establishing their careers as our full-time financial advisors. You will learn what it takes to be successful, while sharpening your skills in communication and marketing to help build personal and professional self-confidence. You will also discover the rewards that come from helping others as you bring a full-service approach to your clients’ needs and provide guidance and solutions that will have a positive impact on families and businesses for years to come.

We are looking forward to seeing you on campus on February 5th! Stop by our table in the lobby of the Christensen Center between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. to learn more about our intern and full-time opportunities!

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