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2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarships: Application Deadline October 19

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Applications are now open for the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: October 19, 2020 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

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2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application Deadline October 12

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

-Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2020 (graduating by December ‘22)
-Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Monday, October 12 at midnight

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

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Qualtrics Classic Reports Going Away Oct 31

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Qualtrics has informed us that they’re retiring the Classic Reports in favor of the new Advanced Reports. Below is what they have said:

Over the last 24 months, we’ve been working hard to develop an improved and modern reporting experience. The new and improved Advanced Reports experience is now available to all of our customers and offers a number of benefits including: a new simplified user experience, better application performance and increased stability in report generation. You can find out more about the new experience on this support page.

After October 31st, 2020, you will lose access to any reports which were created with Classic Reports, including scheduled emails and public reports. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to rebuild reports on the Advanced Reports platform and to download a PDF copy of existing reports you wish to keep.

To view Classic Reports in a user account, navigate to the Advanced Reports page (Reports tab > Reports section), click on the name of the advanced report and select View Classic Reports from the dropdown.

Qualtrics Reports Support

Dr. Mark Engebretson Receives 30th Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Space Weather

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Dr. Mark Engebretson, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has received a five-year grant totaling $805,744 from the National Science Foundation to continue operation of the Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies (MACCS) as well as analyze and disseminate its data. This grant represents the 30th research study on which Dr. Engebretson has served as the Principal Investigator via National Science Foundation funding.

MACCS is an 8-station ground-based array that records and disseminates important magnetic field measurements for scientific analyses.  It is the only longitudinally-spaced cusp-latitude array in existence and will continue to provide critical data for studies of geospace phenomena including solar wind-magnetosphere and magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions, geomagnetic storms and substorms, and localized instabilities that produce large geomagnetically induced currents which can cause power grid blackouts on Earth.

Engebretson and his team (Dr. Laura Simms, Dr. Slava Pilipenko, and Dr. Erik Steinmetz) will continue to maintain the MACCS array and conduct detailed observational and theoretical studies using both ground-based and satellite data.  The MACCS project has provided research experiences to over 50 students since its installation in 1992.  The team’s most recent undergraduate co-author of a refereed paper, Lidiya Ahmed (’20), will begin graduate study in Physics at Harvard University after spending 2020/2021 doing research at work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C.

The title of the new study is Collaborative Research: Ground-Based Studies of High-Latitude Magnetospheric and Ionospheric Dynamics Using the Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies (MACCS) and the NSF Award number is 2013648. The University of Michigan (PI Dr. Mark Moldwin) is a key partner on the MACCS 9 project, which will span 8/1/2020 – 7/31/2025.

Grants and Sponsored Programs

Support for Mid-Semester Evaluations of Student Course Experiences

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Wednesday, October 14 | Assessment/CTL Workshop | 2 pm – 3 pm, ZOOM

Faculty mid-semester course evaluation workshop

With changes to our course delivery methods, how do we know that our methods are resonating with students? Don’t wait until the end of the semester to find out what is working (and what can be improved). Join faculty colleagues for a workshop on mid-semester course evaluations co-sponsored by CTL and the Assessment Committee. We will present pre-prepared templates in multiple formats to fit your needs. We will also discuss what feedback faculty have heard so far, and how they have responded to student comments.

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 2pm for a live Zoom workshop. This event will be recorded and will be made available later on the CTL website.

Assessment/CTL Workshop ZOOM Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Remember, TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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Fridays | “Fellowship Fridays” | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, ZOOM

CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

Fellowship Fridays ZOOM Information (This doc is only accessible with an Augsburg email address.)

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

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

Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 23rd.

CLS Website

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2021 and August 2022. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend. Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 15th to set up a meeting to learn more.

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

General Announcements

Students, we want to hear from you

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At Augsburg University, our faculty and staff want to ensure our students have the best educational experience possible during these unprecedented times. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) developed a short questionnaire that will provide vital information to help evaluate your experience this term. Your participation is critical and should only take 3 minutes, so I hope you will complete NSSE Pulse in the next day or two. You can click the link below to start NSSE Pulse.

More information about NSSE Pulse can be found at If you have other questions, please contact the university’s Director of Assessment, Ben Denkinger, at

Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to reflect on your experiences and help us strengthen Augsburg University!

Start NSSE Pulse Survey

Staff Senate Election Deadline 5:00 p.m. Friday

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This is just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to vote for staff senate candidates. Staff members, please take time to vote if you haven’t already.

Augsburg University’s Staff Senate is composed of six members who are nominated and elected by their peers for a two-year term as well as two additional at-large members, appointed by Staff Senate. All members have the option to serve a third year. The senators serve Augsburg University and its staff by providing a forum to foster and promote a positive and meaningful dialogue among staff, faculty, students and administration by advising in decision making processes, by serving as an advocate for staff, by promoting professional development opportunities, and by recognition of staff’s contributions to furthering and upholding the mission and values of Augsburg University. You can learn more about the Staff Senate on our webpage.

Please review the list of nominees and vote for two candidates you would like to see on the Staff Senate using the link that staff received by email. The deadline for voting is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9th.

Staff Senate Website

Event Announcements

Strommen Career Peer Advisors Meet and Greet Today at 2 p.m.

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Get to know the Strommen Career Peer Advisors via Zoom! Join Athena, Molly, Ciashia, & Anthony for an informal meet and greet today at 2pm. Not only will you get to know the Peer Advisors better, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Strommen Center and the ways this office can support you during your time at Augsburg.

Click here to meet with the Career Peer Advisors via Zoom

Public Presentations by the Director of Latinx Student Services Candidates this Week

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All members of the Augsburg community are invited to attend a public presentation by the four finalists for the Director of Latinx Student Services search. All presentations will be conducted through ZOOM. Candidates will give a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q & A session. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about each candidate. A feedback link will be provided at the conclusion of each presentation.

Candidate 1
Thursday, October 8

Dial-In: 1+ 312 626 6799
Passcode: 831846

Candidate 2
Friday, October 9

Dial-In: 1+ 312 626 6799
Passcode: 518528

Candidate 3
Wednesday, October 14

Dial In:1+ 312 626 6799
Passcode: 883035

Candidate 4
Thursday, October 15

Dial In: 1+ 312 626 6799
Passcode: 320427

Chapel: Blessing of the Animals

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Please join us this morning at 11:30 am outside Foss Hall for a Blessing of the Animals service, in honor of St. Francis of Assissi and his love for all sentient beings. You are invited to join us outside Foss Hall with your pet or a photo of your pet for a blessing of your animal companion. Please be aware we will be standing during the service and will request that people stay socially distanced during the blessing. If you would like to download the service bulletin, it can be found at
Chapel is also live streamed via Zoom

Campus Ministry Calendar

Fall Check-In Session for Faculty and Staff TODAY at 10 a.m.

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Join Rebecca John, vice president of operations, and other panelists to check in on our progress during this fall semester, ask questions, and share lessons you’ve learned in the course of your work.

October 8, 10 a.m.

Register for a Zoom session on the All Hands Page (login required).

All Hands page

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Auggie Love Your Melon Hats for Sale

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Fall is here and so is cooler weather, stay warm with your own Auggie LYM hat!
The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon and is selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation. Beanie hats are $35 and pom hats are $45. Purchase your hat today!

You can pay with cash, check or card. We are also able to ship hats for a $5 shipping fee per hat.

Contact with any questions or to purchase a hat.

LYM Beanie & Pom