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URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

Find the application at URGO’s website.

URGO On-Campus Research

URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

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This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds. We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot. An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment. During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form. Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant.

Questions contact Human Resources at

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form

New Guide for COVID-Safe Community Engagement

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Planning a community-engaged learning opportunity now has added complexities, whether trying to stay virtual or working out details of being in person. It is possible! In addition to the existing guides on experiential education, the Sabo Center has created a new guide with questions to consider and resources to check out in the process of planning during COVID-19. Find this resource and more on our Classroom Connections webpage.

Resources for Community Engagement

Learning Pod Teacher Needed

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Hello! I’m looking for a student teacher or new graduate/almnus that might be interested in a teaching pod opportunity this fall. Our learning pod consists of eight school aged kids from three families in the Edina Public School district, grades 3-6th. We’re looking for an educator to facilitate enrichment opportunities that spark curiosity and collaboration three afternoons per week within our home beginning mid September (M-W, 1-4p). If you’re interested, let’s chat!

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Virtual Advising for Study Abroad and Away | Plan Ahead for Next Year

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The Center for Global Education and Experience (Study Abroad & Away) is operating remotely and we have appointments available via Zoom. Our staff and peer advisors are here to support you as you plan ahead for the future!

Semester and short-term programs in the US and internationally are available for fall semester and beyond. Short-term courses for spring break and summer 2021 have destinations in the following locations: Guatemala, New York City, Minnesota Tribal Lands, Cuba, Germany, and Italy.

Our advisors are here to help every Auggie – whether you’re just getting started with Study Abroad & Away, or you already have a program chosen. Schedule an appointment here:

You can also send us an email:, or stop by our website, below.

Learn more about Study Abroad and Away

Connect, Serve, Advocate

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Augsburg’s commitment to community service and engagement is long-standing and deeply held. Since 1992, day undergraduate students have participated in service projects on City Engagement Day, even before they’ve had their first class. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to press pause on City Engagement Day this year, but our commitment to community building is unwavering. Instead of sending hundreds of incoming students out to serve Minneapolis neighborhoods and organizations, we are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to engage with their local communities in ways that are meaningful to them personally.

For those looking for local options for engagement, Sabo Center staff members have compiled this list of local opportunities for community service. We will update this document as we learn of new opportunities, and we have not vetted every one, so take care in considering COVID-19 safety practices, the organization’s capacity to host groups, and other key questions.

If you’d like to suggest an addition to this list, please email us at

Local Opportunities

Payroll Changes – Effective Pay Date 9/11/2020

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Dear Staff and Student Employees,

We wish to inform you of some payroll changes that have been made for improving the payroll and timekeeping processes, effective Monday, August 23 (for pay date September 11).

Timesheet Deadlines
● All timesheets must be approved by 12:00 PM on Monday of payroll weeks.
● Supervisors may establish an earlier deadline for staff and student employees.

Time Entry
● Exempt staff must submit a timesheet recording their paid-time off or submit a blank timesheet affirming they did not take time off during the pay period.
● Hourly staff and student employees must accurately record all worked hours in increments of 15 minutes on each day/shift they work, not at the beginning or the end of the pay period.
● All staff must accurately record paid-time off each pay period.
-Exempt staff record time-off in four (4) hour increments*
-Hourly staff record time-off in 15 minute increments

Timesheet Corrections/Changes
● Supervisors should review all timesheets for accuracy before approving.
● If changes are needed, supervisors should “reject” the timesheet.
-The timesheet is returned to the staff/student employee to make changes.
-The staff/student employee must re-submit the corrected timesheet for approval
-Supervisors must approve the corrected timesheet.
● Supervisors should contact payroll to make changes to timesheets only if they have already approved it and changes are needed.

Vacation and Sick Accruals
● Vacation and Sick time will accrue over all 26 pay periods in the payroll year.
● Vacation and sick time earned in the current pay period will be available to use in the following pay period.

New UI (User Interface) and Home Screen of Time Entry System (KRONOS)
● The BACK TO CLASSIC menu on the top right will be removed and the new user interface design (NEW LOOK) will be updated.
● The main screen of the Dashboard will be updated to the Home screen with the widget function.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Watch Campus Dining Video: New Guidelines

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Our campus dining services have been modified due to COVID-19. This video highlights the guidelines we ask you to follow to ensure the safety of all members of the Augsburg community.

The Commons is limited to students with meal plans. Einstein Bros. Bagels and Nabo are open to the Augsburg Community. No cash transactions.

Watch Campus Dining Video

Volunteers Needed to Greet Students on First Days of Class

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Classes start Wednesday, and we need volunteers to serve as “public health ambassadors” on campus to greet students enrolled in in-person classes during the first week.

Shifts start this Wednesday, Sept. 2, and range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some are located outside the entrance to buildings and others are in main open areas.

The volunteers — staff, faculty, students! — will remind students to wear face coverings (we will provide you with some disposable masks to hand out if needed), promote use of the CampusClear screening app (, and aid students with mobility issues.

Use the link below and sign up for as many slots as you would like. There are also dining services volunteer slots open this week. You can see which shifts are available by clicking on the tabs for each date within the sign-up sheet.

Sign up to volunteer this week

COVID-19 Dashboard Metrics for August 23-29

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Augsburg’s COVID-19 transmission level remained at level 1 — low transmission — last week. We have followed up with everyone who was identified as a close contact of the new cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health requires 14 days of self-quarantine for anyone who was within 6 feet of someone who tests positive — even if you are wearing a face covering. The amount of time you need to be within 6 feet is very short: a cumulative 15 minutes, which could be over multiple days (e.g., five minutes a day for three days). So, keep yourself safe and reduce potential spread by wearing your face covering AND keeping 6 feet of distance.

The Augsburg COVID-19 Dashboard is updated weekly. The page shows the current percent of cases among the on-campus population and some key actions the university would need to take if cases increase to a moderate level (1% of the on-campus population) in a 2-week period.

See the August 29 COVID-19 Dashboard Metrics

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