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Sustainability-related grants – Deadline February 26

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Looking for funding for sustainability-related course development, conference travel, research, internships, or other ideas? The College Sustainability grant we received is in its last year of funding, and the grant team is requesting all proposals for funding be made by February 26 in order to prioritize spending for the spring and summer. Remember that we think about sustainability broadly – environmental, economic, social, and personal wellness – on our campus, in our neighboring community, and among our institutional partners. It includes stewarding a culture of sustainability alongside of our most precious resources – Air, Land, Water, Built Environment, People, Food, and Energy.

Funding is available for:
Conference Travel: up to $750 faculty/$600 students
Course Development: $1,500
Faculty Research: $4,000
Student Research with Faculty Mentor: student stipend – $4,000; faculty stipend – $1,000
Off-Campus Internship with Community Partner – up to $4,200
Other: Flexible – depends on project needs and available funding

The proposals are selected for funding based on the following criteria:
-Relevance to the grant objectives
-Significance and potential for long-term impact on campus sustainability culture
-Interdisciplinarity, multifunctionality

Learn more and apply!

RSVP for the “Wellness in Color” Discussion Group

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“Wellness in Color” ( is a podcast series of the National Alliance of Mental Illness that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness. In the podcast young adults of color share their challenges and successes in mental health recovery and wellness. NAMI’s goal is “to reach collective cultural communities through positive reflections on wellness through discussions on why community members do not seek help for themselves or their loved one living with a mental illness.”

There will be a two part discussion. You can attend either of the two sessions for each part, but should attend both parts.

In the first part we will discuss three podcast episodes:
-Blurring Tradition by Houa Moua (45min)
-Never Stop Watering your Roots by Lauryn David (34min)
-The Pressures of Perfection by Aneela Kumar (44min)

Also, we invite you to choose and listen to a fourth episode and do a “show and tell” during our discussion.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 3 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Riverside Room (Christensen Center) Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or Friday, March 6 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

Part 2: Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or
Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion Group

Speaking of Sabbatical with Doug Green

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“For once, then, something”: Sabbatical as Serendipity: You can’t prescribe what you’ll achieve during your sabbatical–or at least I can’t. This is a story of poems and a film Western and Shakespeare and a reunion of liberal Bronx Jews in Trump’s DC. It’s a story of art and small joys. It’s the story of a career closing and possibility blossoming. Above all, it’s a story of gratitude.

Lunch will be provided.

Monday, March 23 | Speaking of Sabbatical with Doug Green | 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm, The Marshall Room

RSVP for Speaking of Sabbatical with Doug Green

ICD Grant Deadline is Monday

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The deadline for submissions for the Instructional Course Design Grant has been extended to this coming Monday, 2/24, at noon.

About the ICD Grants:
-Designed to provide an opportunity for faculty to spend a significant amount of time on course design.
-The stipend amount is $2,000.

The 2020 ICD grants will prioritize course development which advances:
-The University mission of intentional commitment to diversity and creating more inclusive classroom experiences for students.
-Active and experiential learning opportunities.
-Interdisciplinary and problem-based modes of inquiry.

Proposals that clearly demonstrate the University’s mission of intentional commitment to diversity and creating inclusive classroom experiences for students may be eligible for an additional $500 ($2,500 total).

Find examples and further information in the link below.

CTL Grants

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 2

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 14. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 2nd (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact Lara Crombie,

URGO Website

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum Through the MINNE Fellowship

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program 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 universities to participate in the program. Five Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.
The 2020 trip will take place on April 23rd. 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 2021
• 3.0 GPA or higher

Mathematics Colloquium with Christopher Smith

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3:10 PM
Hagfors Center 151

Christopher E. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Secondary Mathematics Education
Augsburg University

Sid Sackson was born 4 February 1920 in Chicago, IL.  Come and learn who this great man was, his role in local business, his contributions to his field and, most importantly, how his work can influence how we understand the teaching, learning and understanding of mathematics.

All are welcome and treats will be served!

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Rebekah Dupont at Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

General Announcements

March 1 – Deadline for Summer and Fall 2020 study abroad/away programs

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Applying for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 Study Abroad or Away Programs?

Applications are due MARCH 1.

Get in touch with the Study Abroad & Away office if you have questions about programs, applications, etc. We’re here to help!

Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center

Get more information about Study Abroad & Away

Psychology Professor Nancy Steblay featured in StarTribune article on eyewitness ID senate bill

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“Nancy Steblay, a professor of psychology at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and a leader in the research of eyewitness identification in the United States, said the bill represents a consensus of what makes sound science among experts in the field, vetted by the National Academy of Sciences. The rules are also practical for law enforcement to implement, she said.”

To read more, please go to:

Inter-Office Envelopes

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Do you have excess inter-office envelopes clogging up space in your area/department?
You can either drop them off in the copy center, have them picked up on a regular mail stop or request a pickup.

Do you need inter-office envelopes?
Feel free to stop into the copy center and grab a bundle or request a bundle brought to you (depending on our stock).

Questions? Contact us at or 612-330-(x)1054

Event Announcements

Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 4

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The Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) welcomes Memorial Blood Centers for its annual Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday 3/4/2020 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Commons (upstairs Christensen Center). Please consider scheduling a blood donation that day. You can schedule an online appointment at and enter sponsor code 0027. Or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment time as well. Please help save lives and donate blood on Wednesday, March 4th!

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Southern Africa this fall

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Augsburg’s CGEE study center in Southern Africa offers an experiential, community-based, social-justice focused semester program in fall or spring:

Nation Building and Decolonizing the Mind in Southern Africa

Stay on-track to graduate by taking 16+ credits. Courses are available in History, Political Science, Religion, wellness, or even choose an internship as part of your semester. All courses are in English. Your semester starts in South Africa and then continues on to Namibia. Study in TWO countries in one semester!

For fall 2020 only: CGEE is providing **FREE AIRFARE** for all Fall 2020 semester students in Southern Africa!

You can use your full semester financial-aid package to help pay for the program, and additionally you will receive an automatic CGEE Travel Grant scholarship of $1,500, and free airfare for fall 2020, making a semester at CGEE Southern Africa one of the most affordable study abroad semester programs!

You can check off the following requirements on the program:

· Social and Behavioral Sciences (two course options available)

· Humanities requirement

· Search for Meaning II

· Recreational Wellness

· + your Augsburg Experience requirement!

Apply by March 1

Get more information about CGEE Southern Africa and apply online

Comm Majors: fall semester in Mexico is made for You

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Are you a Comm Major looking to study abroad? Want to get intercultural experience? Interested in using your media skills to engage in social justice issues?

Join us for the Fall 2020 semester in Mexico:


Develop yourself as a socially-conscious media professional equipped for the challenges of modern-day media! During your semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico, you will:

-Hear from experienced professionals on responsible journalism on critical issues such as (im)migration and the environment.
-Listen to the stories from those traditionally marginalized by society such as migrants, deportees, immigrant returnees from the U.S. and Canada, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ people, and low-income people.
-Engage deeply with critical issues facing the U.S. and Mexico.
-Learn to look at the world through the intersectional lenses of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Costs for this program are often LOWER than your costs on campus because:
-You can use your full financial aid package for semester programs off-campus
-You will recieve a $1500 CGEE Travel Grant on top of your fin aid, just for being an Auggie!
-Many additional scholarship opportunities available

This program is great for Communications Majors or Minors in their Sophomore or Junior years. Check out the website for more info!

Apply by March 1

Get more information and apply online

Commuter Check-In: Commuter Student Classroom Experience

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re you a commuter? Do you want to get connected on campus, meet other commuters, and discuss topics important to your experience here at Augsburg? Come to the Commuter Student Check-in on Monday, February 24. Our discussion topic this month will involve how being a commuter impacts your classroom experience. Snacks will be provided. Come when you can, leave when you must.

Monday, February 24
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Oren Gateway Center 100

Prof Beliza Torres performs her solo show this week only

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Theater Department Professor Beliza Torres Narváez will perform her solo show
“Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret” in double feature with storyteller Javier Morillo’s “Broken English Mother Tongue.”

When: Thu Feb 20- Sat 22 @ 7:30 pm and Sun Feb 23 @ 2pm.
Where: Avalon Theatre (HOTB) 500 E Lake St, Minneapolis
Tickets: $18 (general), $15 (Student and Senior) and $12 (groups of 10+).
The event runs for 2 1/2 hours with an intermission.

In “Broken English, Mother Tongue,” Morillo weaves personal stories of growing up on a US Army base in Puerto Rico with the history of the Island’s complicated relationship to the United States. Note: the audience may be quizzed on its knowledge of Puerto Rican history—but don’t worry—like Puerto Rico, all answers are, well, complicated.

Beliza’s “Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret” is a campy mixture of song, comedy, mistranslations and social critique that follows the story of Lola Amapola, a diva-wannabe that loves her country Puerto Rico but feels attracted to the U.S. mainland. She follows the “American Dream,” but things don’t turn out quite as planned. Will she stay in the U.S.? Will she go back home? Is there a home to go back to?

Keeping Track of Auggies

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MN Urban Debate Supply Drive: Seeking pens, highlighters, and expanding file folders

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The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming for Twin Cities high schools and middle schools. Our middle school debate season is underway. The Spanish Debate League, East African Debate Initiative, and Financial Literacy debates seasons are upcoming, and we need supplies!

Please reach out to if you have highlighters, pens, or expanding file folders (with 8+ pockets) to donate. We will accept gently used donations.