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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

Congratulations to the first Batalden Student Scholar in Applied Ethics

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Please join me in congratulating Taiwana Shambley who has been selected as the first recipient of the Batalden Student Scholar in Applied Ethics fellowship for 2020-21. This merit-based fellowship provides an Augsburg student with an opportunity to support their scholarly interests in applied ethics. Toward this end, Taiwana will receive a $3,000 stipend over the course of the academic year. Taiwana will work with the Batalden Faculty Scholar in Applied Ethics to pursue her interest in abolition theory, decolonization, and communism in the context of postsecondary education. This fellowship position is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

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CLASS (Disability Resources) Resources for Students

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Welcome Back!
If you are a student with a disability, the CLASS Office (Disability Resources) is here to partner with you for equal access at Augsburg.

New to Augsburg and Have a Disability? 
The CLASS Office is here to work with you to determine reasonable accommodations and support for your classes. Head to our website to schedule a first meeting with us:

Already Connected with Us? Request Your Accommodations and/or Schedule a Meeting
Classroom accommodations are not active until you request them and we send letters to your professors.

Meetings with CLASS via Zoom
We will meet with you via Zoom (with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis or if you need to be in person to check out any equipment). Schedule with us here:

Gage Desk Not Staffed – Find Us in the Groves Lab
CLASS will no longer be using the Gage Center Main Desk (the big silver desk where you used to check in). Instead, staff will be available in the Groves Lab (behind the Gage Desk near the windows on the north side of the building). If you are there in person, please follow directions on posted signage to keep you and our staff safe.

Need to Get In Touch?
Email is or emailing a staff person directly is the best way to reach us.

We are so excited to continue working with you this fall. 

The CLASS Staff

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Help Greet Students When Classes Start: This Week

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Staff, student, and faculty volunteers are needed to help greet students before classes and reinforce public health behaviors as fall classes begin.

The volunteer sign-up sheet, below, has shifts across campus for Friday, September 4 and Tuesday, September 7. You can help remind students to wear face coverings before they go into their classes — we will provide you with some disposable masks to hand out if needed — and promote the use of the CampusClear screening app (

Use the link below to sign up. You can see which shifts are available by clicking on the tabs for each date within the sign-up sheet.

Pick a time slot to welcome students

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Friday, Sept. 4

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Forms Deadline
To ensure timely processing of payroll for the Sept 11 pay date, if you have forms to send, please submit them to HR by noon on Friday, Sept 4. This includes HSA, retirement, stipend payments, and direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Timesheet Deadlines changed to Monday of Pay Weeks
Please note that all timesheet submissions AND approvals have moved up to Mondays during pay weeks. Timesheets can be submitted on Friday for supervisors to approve by noon on Mondays.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as banking or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission. Please contact for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

COVID-19: Adhere to Health Guidelines in Social Media

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You already know that what you post on social media can impact your reputation, and you probably monitor what you do or say accordingly.

During the pandemic, there’s a new thing to watch out for: photos that don’t reflect physical distancing or the appropriate use of masks. Such photos can go viral, generating negative feedback.

This is especially important for social media posts that represent Augsburg. In order to support students, staff, faculty, and their families, we are following the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for institutions of higher education, as well as Governor Walz’s executive order mandating face coverings in public spaces indoors as well as outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Photos posted to Augsburg social media accounts or photos that tag Augsburg should reflect these practices.

Please also keep in mind that photos from before the pandemic may be misinterpreted. For now please do not use old photos that show groups of people close together for Augsburg-related communications.

COVID-19: Video overview of the CampusClear App

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The video is an overview of the CampusClear app, Augsburg University’s COVID-19 symptom screening app. CampusClear is a free self-screening free application for iPhones and Androids that everyone in the Augsburg community must complete daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Download at

Watch video here

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Study in NYC on Spring Break 2021 – Apply by November 1

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Take a spring semester course that includes a week of travel to NYC on spring break!


Course: HIS 195 – fulfills a Humanities requirement

Program Leader: professor Maheen Zaman

Travel Dates: March 12-19, 2021

We will walk in the footsteps of Malcolm X on our tour of Muslim Harlem as we study the vast diversity of Black Muslim traditions – Nation of Islam, Sunni Black Muslims, West African businesses, and Latinx Muslims of East Harlem. At New York University’s nationally acclaimed Islamic Center, located in the Village, we will observe the Friday prayer in the context of a campus community integrated with its surrounding professional workforce.

Beyond these two sites in Manhattan, we will venture out to Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx to learn from organizers and advocates of immigration rights and civil liberties, investigate the process of social disappearance of working class Muslims in the face of gentrification, conduct oral histories as paired researchers across the five boroughs, sit with disciples of a female Sufi master and experience the ambiance of their spiritual practice, visit the museums of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to critically compare natural and cultural representation of Islam and Muslims, take a ferry ride to Elis Island, Statue of Liberty, and compare that immigration narrative with the memories of exclusion curated at the Museum of the Chinese in America, and so much more.

***Applications due November 1*** Open to all Auggies

Learn more and start an application

TODAY: Theater Welcome Meeting

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Join the Theater Department on today at 4:00pm for our annual welcome meeting for majors, minors, and any student interested in participating in department activities. Faculty members and season directors will give brief presentations about the courses, the season projects, and different opportunities for the academic year. There will be a Q&A, and then we will go to breakout rooms to get to know or connect with other attendees. Check your email for the zoom link!

Any questions? Email

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