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Laptop and Hotspot Loan Information

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Need a laptop or hotspot for your coursework this Spring semester? If so, requests can be submitted beginning Tuesday, December 1st by going to Augsburg is committed to providing this resource so students can successfully navigate the technical hurdles of this pandemic. Requests will be processed on the basis of need, but please note that we do have a limited number of devices and may run out. Any laptops and hotspots loaned out for the Fall semester will need to be returned to the library by December 18th.

Student Access to Laptops and Internet

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to Cover Language Learning Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Awards fund intensive language study abroad for U.S. undergrad and grad students. After graduation, Boren winners complete one-year minimum of paid work in the federal government, in areas like national defense, diplomacy, and intelligence. STEM majors can apply for summer scholarships too! The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Let us know your interest by contacting Dixie Shafer ( or Andrea Dvorak (
• DUE January 20: send a draft of your application to or – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

Mayo College of Medicine and Science Virtual Info Session

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Interested in applying to the Mayo Clinic of Medicine and Science? Tune in via Zoom on December 3rd at 2:30 p.m. to hear Ashya Burgess, Admissions Recruiter, share information on Mayo’s medical program as well as their Master’s of Physician Assistant, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PhD in Biomedical Science graduate programs.

Contact with any questions.

Zoom Meeting Link

Fall 2021 River Semester applications now being accepted

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This coming September, the next group of students, faculty, and staff will embark from Lake Itasca to begin their hundred-day expedition by canoe and van down the length of the Mississippi River. Students take courses in environmental justice, climate change, politics in the American heartland, outdoor leadership, and undertake individual research projects. In addition to spending time in St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, the group paddles and camps portions of the river in the Driftless region, part of the “Wild Miles” on the Lower Mississippi and the cypress swamps of the Atchafalaya River, the heavily industrialized “Chemical Corridor,” and finishes by paddling to the Gulf of Mexico, 2,345 river miles from the headwaters. Students interested in joining the program are invited to apply through the Augsburg Study Away web portal. Those completing their applications by Dec. 15 receive a $500 discount on the program fee.

River Semester Application

Faculty and Staff Participation in 2021 River Semester

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Faculty and staff are invited to consider connecting with and potentially traveling with the 2021 River Semester (for anywhere from an afternoon to several weeks). There are a range of ways to connect with the project, including virtual course connections, field research, guest lectures, film and media production, hybrid courses, and supervised independent studies. A sample of projects created with the 2019 expedition can be found at Anyone with questions or interested in participating can submit an application via the link below or contact Joe Underhill at

Faculty and Staff Application Form

General Announcements

Frederick Douglass scholarship to study social justice abroad next summer

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Ready to change the world? Apply for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a full scholarship to study in Ireland in late summer 2021 with a cohort of student leaders from around the country!

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was founded to empower students of color with a transformative experience abroad, much like Frederick Douglass was inspired by his travels. This year’s cohort is co-sponsored by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Douglass’s four-month journey around Ireland.

You’ll be based in Dublin and visit other cities where Douglass campaigned, while meeting with government leaders and social justice activists. Special emphasis on leadership, social justice, agitation for positive change and cross-cultural understanding – so critical in 2020 of all years!

This opportunity is offered by CIEE, a study abroad organization that Augsburg partners with. All program fees are covered and airfare is COVERED – you only pay for your passport (if you need one) and a few meals.

All eligible students who submit an application also qualify for a $1,500 scholarship towards any CIEE summer program! You don’t have to win the fellowship to qualify for this funding!!

Questions? Email

Apply here by February 14!

2020 Holiday Shipping

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As we are getting close to the 2020 holiday season the main shipping carriers have published their guidelines to have packages arrive by Christmas time. So if you are planning to send packages make sure to get packages in before the following dates.

All dates listed are recommended send-by dates for contiguous US destinations. These dates are not guaranteed so earlier is always better.

Dec 15 – Ground
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

Dec 15 – Ground/Home
Dec 21 – Express Saver
Dec 22 – 2Day
Dec 23 – Overnight

Dec 15 – Retail Ground
Dec 18 – First-Class
Dec 19 – Priority
Dec 23 – Priority Express

Thank You
Central Services Staff

Got Problems? Count on TutorMe for free

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can find TutorMe on Moodle by clicking any of your classes! At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Personal care assistants needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am first year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am very flexible on hours and more help would be much appreciated. If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join!

Marketing team welcomes Hayley Selinski

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Today Hayley Selinski joined the integrated Augsburg University/Luther Seminary marketing team. In her role as a creative associate, Hayley will complete graphic design assignments, assist with photography needs, and contribute to web projects. Hayley holds bachelors degrees in both architecture and graphic design, and she most recently was employed as a marketing director at Kodet Architectural Group in Minneapolis.

Sign up for the Minneapolis Moment Theatre Project

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The Minneapolis Moment is a one-minute play project attempting to continue dialogue rooted in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting uprisings in a time of pandemic and divisive federal elections. We’ll borrow the model of the Every 28 Hours Plays to create, select, and perform one-minute plays over Zoom or other video media to share with the Augsburg and Minneapolis communities.

The Minneapolis Moment will engage student, staff, and faculty in order to perform selected one-minute plays from the Every 28 Hours Plays and to write and perform new one-minute plays based on experiences since the murder of George Floyd. The goal is to facilitate critical dialogue and reflection by providing multiple viewpoints and multiple experiences.

The design of the project allows participants to start working in December 2020 and continue into the spring semester of 2021 with three or four performances building on each other and able to be broadcast virtually to be in alignment with essential health measures to protect against the pandemic. The idea is to have three or four performances with several one-minute plays and then ultimately to collect and edit them into one larger video. Participants can be involved in only one writing and performance cycle or in them all—it will be up to them. All Augsburg students, staff, and faculty will be welcome to participate.

Sign up or show your interest here!

Monday Advent Blessing

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During Advent, you are invited to watch a short message from the Rev. Meta Herrick Carlson, a pastor and poet living in Minneapolis, MN. Meta is passionate about cultivating leadership, challenging systems, and preaching that moves us toward mercy and justice. She is also a co-founder of the Alter Guild podcast network. Today she offers a Blessing for Advent.

Advent Blessing Video

Event Announcements

Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training Happening TODAY

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Attention University Faculty and Staff – Please remember to sign-up for the required Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training. Click the link below to visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Anti-Racism Training Webpage for more information and to register!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night: Free Poetry

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Join us for a Zoom reading with local poet and MFA mentor Heid E. Erdrich on Tuesday, December 1st, at 7pm. Heid’s new poetry collection, Little Big Bully, was published earlier this fall.

Hope to see you there!

Meeting ID: 937 4430 1609

Passcode: 757329

Focused Conversation on Working with MDH: Wednesday

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What We’ve Learned from Working With MDH
Wednesday, December 2
10-11 a.m.
Join Alicia Quella, director of physician assistant studies program, and Elaine Eschenbacher, director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, for a discussion about what we’ve learned from working with the state government during a pandemic. Alicia has served as the university’s liaison to the Minnesota Department of Health, and for several months, Elaine has been on a special assignment with the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Testing Workgroup.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands

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