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Fulbright US Student Program Advising

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English and American Studies, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

NEW – Forum Podcast Ep. 30 – The Neuroscience of Trust, Empathy, and High-Performance Teams

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kenneth Nowack (Envisia Learning, Inc.) dives into new research on how to measure and change a key aspect of an effective company and team culture: interpersonal trust and psychological safety.

Dr. Nowack presents the latest neuroscience research around interpersonal trust and its relationship to the hormone oxytocin that provides insight about the biological survival roots of unconscious bias and in-group bias. Finally, Dr. Nowack will explore the link between high-trust teams with important employee outcomes such as retention, engagement, reduced job burnout, and well-being.

Learning outcomes and listen here:

Learning outcomes and listen here

Helpline: We Answer Your Questions

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The Augsburg University HELPLINE is determined to support our community in navigating the complexity of the current situation. Our team consists of staff, coaches, and advisors who answer any questions you may have—or direct you to find answers. Our goal is to support you in finishing up the semester successfully. #FinishStrong2020

HELPLINE Call Center: 612-474-3100
Hours this week:
April 6 – April 9: 2 p.m to 6 p.m
April 10: 2 p.m to 4 p.m

HELPLINE Email Address:
Email support is offered every day.

Inside Augsburg Outbreak Planning

Setting Up Your LinkedIn For Success

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Join the Strommen Career & Internship Center and UpTurnships on Thursday, April 9 at Noon (CST) for a Lunch & Learn on Setting Up Your LinkedIn for Success! In this Zoom webinar, you’ll learn why LinkedIn is important for college students, best practices for using LinkedIn, and how to enhance your profile so you stand out among the crowd.

Register for the Event in Handshake Now!

General Announcements

Messy room? Clean it Up With an Augsburg Zoom Background

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Download these Augsburg branded Zoom backgrounds for a change in scenery.

• Campus Banner:

• Spring flowers:

• Auggie–Maroon:

• Auggie–Gray:

Change your background by logging into Zoom. Go to the settings and select “Virtual Background,” there you can upload the photos and set your background.

Image links can also be found on the Marketing and Communications website.

Emotional Support Resources

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Just a reminder to all that the Center for Wellness & Counseling website has many resources to support our community in emotional coping during this challenging time. The website includes pages such as:

Coping with the Coronavirus
Skills to Feel Better Now
Anxiety Self-Help
Depression Self-Help
Online Mental Health Screening
Crisis Information

Center for Wellness & Counseling

Echo Hiring New Editors

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The Augsburg Echo is hiring new editors for several positions next year. These positions are paid between $40 and $100 per issue and give a unique opportunity for professional growth. To apply for any number of the open positions, please send a resume and cover letter to Please list all positions that you are applying for in your email.

The open positions, and their responsibilities, are:

Managing Editor

-Be responsible for payment of staff and any other record keeping needs.

-Help uphold journalistic standards and guidelines.

-Assist in running staff and editor meetings as needed.

-Be a part of editing and layout processes.

-Provide instruction to writers and editors when needed.

Layout Editor

-Lay out the paper from front to back page each week. Knowledge of InDesign is strongly recommended for this position.

-Understand journalistic guidelines for layout.

-Create any ads, posters, promotional material, and any other reasonable designed request from the staff.

-Collaborate with editing staff on design aspects of each section.

Web Editor

-Be the coordinator of online publication.

-Post all stories in timely manner.

-Communicate with editors for specifics of each section.

-Maintain all online publication operations.

-Report directly to Editor(s)-in-Chief (or editor assigned to oversee web content) any issues or noteworthy items.

News Editor

-Be knowledgeable about current events including Augsburg, state, national, and world.

-Fact check news articles extensively.

Sports Editor

-Be knowledgeable about Augsburg Athletics schedule and events.

-Attempt to balance sports coverage as much as possible.

-Conduct or coordinate interviews for stories as much as possible, specifically with Augsburg coaches and student-athletes.

Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Editor

-Be knowledgeable about artistic happenings in the Augsburg and greater Minneapolis community.

-Understand the components of a fair and adequate review.

No Campus Cupboard Deliveries the Rest of This Week

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Due to limited staff capacity and the need to care for everyone’s health and wellness, Campus Cupboard deliveries are suspended for the rest of the week of April 6th. With this quickly evolving situation, we are regularly reevaluating and editing our practices. Updates on next week will be posted here soon!

Laptops Available to Borrow or Purchase at Augsburg

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Augsburg has computers on campus and available if students need them to fulfill the requirements of their coursework this term. Visit the Information Technology website to learn about the university’s laptop checkout program and HP Chromebook computers that are available for purchase and pickup through the bookstore. Supplies are limited.

Computer options available to students

Coping with the COVID-19: Medical and Mental Health/Coping Supports

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Information on health care (particularly if you are uninsured) and emotional coping can be found on our webpage, Coping with the Coronavirus (please see link below). This page includes links to a number of free resources and apps to support your coping during these challenging times.

Throughout the remainder of the semester, we are also available to meet with students for Wellness Consultations via phone or Zoom. There is no wait list for these services. For more information, please see our home-page or leave a message at our main number- 612-330-1707!

For more immediate mental health support, our phone counseling line will be available 24-7 through the end of the semester, and can be reached by dialing 612-330-1707, and selecting option 1.

Please contact us anytime: your safety and well being is our highest priority.

CWC Coping with the Coronavirus Webpage

Event Announcements

Daily Chapel: Prayers

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Campus Ministry is offering online chapel. New chapel services are available daily and can be found on the Augsburg Campus Ministry calendar page. Today we offer a prayer service with Pastor Babette Chatman, Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres, and Pastoral Intern Sarah Swindall offering prayers for mental health professionals, spiritual leaders, and the unemployed and furloughed. Look for the link for the services on the Campus Ministry calendar Please also visit the Campus Ministry blog to read the daily prayer. Today’s prayer is for musicians.

More information

Celebrate (virtual) Earth Month

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April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!! While we can’t celebrate in person, we invite you to follow the Environmental Stewardship facebook page for opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action with our student leaders. The first Earth Day mobilized college students to demand action for clean air and water for everyone, and in this time of climate and public health crisis, we can still take action together towards long-term change that supports the health and wellbeing of us all. Join us! And reach out to with ideas for virtual collaborative action!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Alum Wins Prestigious NSF Award

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Nyssa Capman (2018) graduated with a double major in physics and mathematics. She is currently in her 2nd year of a PhD program at the UMN in Mechanical Engineering. She has been awarded the coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which means she will be given $34,000 X 3 years for graduate school and will not pay tuition. According to the notification Nyssa received: ” [Her] selection as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow is a highly significant national accomplishment, and places [her] amongst an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers in STEM.”

While at Augsburg, Nyssa conducted research as a Sundquist Scholar under the mentorship of Ben Stottrup and then moved into Mark Engebretsen’s lab, followed by a Big Data REU at the UMN Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering in her final summer. As an Augsburg student she presented a space physics research poster at the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall meeting and at Zyzzogeton, and received an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her REU poster at the Twin Cities Statistical Association’s fall meeting. Also while at Augsburg, she co-authored one paper with Mark Engebretson, and published her own first-author space physics paper after graduating.

Congratulations Nyssa!

This is the 3rd time Augsburg has had an alum win an NSF GRFP in graduate school.


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