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“Take 2” minutes for Tech Teaching Tips from your Faculty Colleagues

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“Take 2” is a series of 2-minute videos by Augsburg Faculty sharing creative ways they have adjusted their classroom strategies to the remote learning environment. Yes, everyone is really pressed for time right now–that’s why we’ve kept it brief. So during your lunch break this week, tune in and “take 2” for a quick teaching tip.

“Take 2”: Faculty Tech Tips in 2 Minutes

Faculty and Staff: How do we Respond to Student Survey Findings?

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What are students saying about their experiences at Augsburg this semester? The recent NSSE Pulse and TEL surveys captured the opinions of hundreds of students on issues such as their sense of belonging, institutional support, social and academic interactions, and course delivery format.

Faculty Senate and the Provost invite you to join the chair of the Technology Enhanced Learning Committee and Director of Online and Blended Learning Jenny Hanson, and Director of Assessment Ben Denkinger for a review of the findings, followed by a solutions-focused discussion on our institutional response. Faculty Senate has engaged with this information and believes that sharing these findings with faculty and staff now can help us all better prepare for next semester.

Two live Zoom sessions are available, and you can register in advance to receive early access to the summary data and an overview of the key findings. Data summaries and a recording of the events will be made available after the events. All staff and faculty are invited to attend.

RSVP now for either of the sessions below:
Wednesday, 12/9, 3-4 pm or
Tuesday, 12/15, 3-4 pm

RSVP for the Institutional Data Workshop

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

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 Link

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.

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off Campus

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Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

Apply for Paid On Campus Summer Research

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Research/Creative Activity can be done in all disciplines. There are 400, 200, and 100 hour options.

Compensation over 11 Weeks:
400 hours – $5700
200 hours – $2850
100 hours – $1425

First step: Read the URGO Summer Research Info Packet (found at the link below)
Second step: Talk to faculty in your discipline(s) and ask if they have ongoing research and are willing to mentor you

Phase 1 Application is due February 4th

On Campus Summer Research Website

General Announcements

New 2 credit BIPOC Film Course this Spring

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Check out this Spring topics course on BIPOC film with filmmaker James Curry ( The course surveys the history, theories, debates, and controversies that have characterized BIPOC cinema, with an emphasis on the relationship between BIPOC cinema and American culture and politics more broadly. One of the debates within BIPOC film scholarship has centered on the problems of defining the terrain of BIPOC cinema. This course takes a broad view by including films that have been important to the public discourse about BIPOC existence in America, even if those films were not directed by BIPOC directors. Though our primary focus will be on independent film, we also will study a couple of landmark television series featuring BIPOC and put those into dialogue with the history of BIPOC’s in film.

Plan ahead for Study Abroad in Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Apply by January 22, 2021

Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer
THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – Summer

HIS 170 — Food: A Global History (Humanities LAF)
HIS 440 — Upper Division Topics Course
ENL 221 — Writing about Art and Popular Culture
ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction

–MEXICO– (Apply by March 1)

Augsburg CGEE: Language and Culture

Augsburg CGEE: Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership


Music Therapy in South Africa – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get detailed information about these short term programs

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!

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel: This Week: Advent is upon us. Our calendars have turned to December and to a new church year. Far from the resolutions and glitter of the new calendar year, we begin, like creation, in darkness. The Prophet Micah notes that when we sit in darkness, God is our light.
Luther Seminary Chapel Musician Deacon Mark Ertl leads Holden Evening Prayer, written by Marty Haugen.

Tuesday’s chapel service with President Paul Pribbenow is available online.

Tuesday’s Chapel Service

Event Announcements

Remembering Fidel Xinico Tum — Augsburg CGEE Guatemala

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On September 12, we lost our dear colleague and a tremendous educator, Fidel Xinico, after a courageous battle with cancer.

We invite the Augsburg community to celebrate his life, alongside friends, family, colleagues, and former students. Please join us in a celebration of Fidel Xinico’s life on:

Saturday, December 5th
Formal event: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Virtual reception: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (CST)

RSVP and Request Zoom Link for Fidel’s Celebration of Life

Focused Conversation on Working with MDH: TODAY

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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 Page

Virtual Advent Vespers – Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Join us Augsburg’s Advent and Christmas celebration — The 41st Annual Augsburg University Advent Vespers. This virtual service is open to all – No tickets and no reservations required this year!

Come Now, Breath of God
Advent Vespers
Friday, December 4 – 7 p.m. (CST)

Check out the vespers webpage below for the YouTube Premieres Link, additional details and to share with family and friends!

Advent Vespers Information & Links

Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide: Dec 10 – Free Event

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Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) continue to face violence, discrimination, and other human rights violations due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, not just in the United States but worldwide.

Global Minnesota is interested in bringing this global conversation to Minnesota, and we invite you to join this FREE EVENT, presented in partnership with Augsburg University (Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and LGBTQIA+ Student Services).

Alumni from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program will join the conversation and share their human rights advocacy work, related to LGBTQIA+ issues, in their home countries. The event will be moderated by our very own Raziel Valiño who is a member of Augsburg’s Center of Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and the coordinator of Red Migrāre (UNAM).

The program will include breakout rooms, lead by 3-4 Augsburg students, with the opportunity for audience engagement and participation.

Join us individually OR as a classroom!

Title: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide
Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12 pm CST


Forum Webinar – Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

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When: December 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Lisa Joyslin, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Cost: Free

Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in the development of a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for leaders who are seeking concrete next steps to better engage volunteers from racially diverse and immigrant communities.
In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the eight strategies, share your own experiences, and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program within your own organization.

Learning Outcomes
Identify the barriers that racially and ethnically diverse communities face when trying to volunteer
Learn about concrete strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program
Create an action plan to determine next steps for inclusive volunteer engagement at your organization

“Student Voice Matters” event hosted by The Echo, KAUG and Murphy Square on Dec. 7

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STUDENTS: Want to know where you can submit your writing and art? Want to learn how you can use your voice at Augsburg in the middle of a pandemic?

Join us on Dec. 7 from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. to learn more about The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, KAUG Radio and Murphy Square, Augsburg’s Literary Journal. Each of these organizations are committed to empowering student voice at Augsburg and will provide tangible ways to get involved with their work.

This event will be in-person and live streamed on our Instagram and Facebooks. There will be music and prepackaged food, including sandwiches and doughnuts!

COVID Safety: Maximum capacity for this event is 20 people, social distancing and masks are required.

Music Therapy Internship and Vocal Health Info Session

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Augsburg Student Music Therapy Association is having a general meeting on Friday, December 4th from 6-7pm through Zoom. We will be discussing how to prepare for internships as well as how to keep yourself vocally healthy as a working professional. Bring any questions you have!

Zoom meeting link:

Contact: if you have any questions

Keeping Track of Auggies

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