Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Download Minnesota’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Today

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Download COVIDaware MN, Minnesota’s COVID-19 exposure notification app. The app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location. This app is made available by the State of Minnesota, in partnership with the PathCheck Foundation.
Download here:

Please note that this app does not replace the CampusClear app. The CampusClear app is an app that 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.
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Teaching and Learning

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

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

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

RSVP for the Institutional Data Workshop

“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

TODAY 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.)

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

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 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

General Announcements

Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training – A Big Thank You

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A big thank you to the approximately 250 Augsburg faculty and staff members who completed the Anti-Racism Training equity initiative this past Monday and Tuesday. Any opportunity we as an institution take to engage together on topics such as this, not only allows us to grow and/or re-affirm our knowledge and skills, but to also live more-fully and with more integrity into our mission.

“What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.” -bell hooks

Apply to be an Editor for the School Newspaper (paid positions)

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for students interested in our positions of Managing Editor and Features Editor.

Managing Editor is one of our highest paid positions and is responsible for budget tracking, payment of staff and assisting in leadership responsibilities for the paper. Features Editor is responsible for curating and editing articles that provide in-depth news stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community. Both positions are great opportunities for students who are looking to develop their writing, editing and leadership skills or are passionate about community and the power of narrative.

*Pro tip: you do not need to be an expert in writing or editing to do well as an Echo editor. The Echo provides ample training and a welcoming team of support. If you’re interested, go for it!*

Please reach us at to learn more about what these positions entail. To apply, send over a cover letter and resume!

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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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. If you are planning to send packages make sure to get them 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 (and cheaper).

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

Summer 2021 – Study Abroad and Away Courses are Waiting for You

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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

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.

MNsure Open Enrollment Deadline Approaching

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Do you need insurance? You can sign up for 2021 private health and dental insurance through MNsure now through December 22, 2020.

Click the link below for info on how to sign up. If you have questions about whether you might qualify for these plans, or for Medical Assistance (free insurance for those meeting income guidelines), contact Health Access MN at 651-645-0215 for free, expert enrollment assistance.

MN Sure Open Enrollment

Hiring: Admissions Tour Guides and Ambassadors

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The Admissions office is looking to hire Tour Guides and Ambassadors for the Spring 2021 semester!

The Tour Guide position is low commitment so it is great for a student with a busy schedule that still wants to share their passion for Augsburg with prospective students.

The Auggie Ambassador position is a bit more of a commitment with an awesome opportunity to build office skills and work closely with the Admissions team in recruiting future Auggies. Apply today through Handshake (found on Inside Augsburg).

Student Jobs – Handshake

Advent Vespers Devotional Available

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Campus Ministry invites you to join us on our Advent journey with the 2020 Advent Vespers Devotional book. This year’s Advent Vespers theme is, “Come, Now, Breath of God,” and we thank our writers for their reflections on this theme and the scriptures and hymn texts. Today, Pastor Babette Chatman offers a reflection on Isaiah 42.

2020 Advent Vespers Devotional

Strommen Senior Career Toolkit

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The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work would like to acknowledge that the job search process has its unique stressors and want you to know we are here to support you. Whether you are graduating this December or in the spring, we are committed to helping you every step of the way. It is for these reasons we are proud to present our Senior Career Toolkit! Over the next two weeks, Augsburg seniors can expect a series of emails from us with tips and tricks to a successful job search! Topics include: How to Write an Effective Resume and Cover Letter, Setting up your LinkedIn for Success, Job Search Tips, Interview Preparation, Tips for Negotiating a Salary Offer, & Career Services to Utilize Post-Augsburg.

Resources for Seniors are also available on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Event Announcements

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! Please RSVP at the link below.

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

RSVP here

Advent Vespers is Just Hours Away

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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 Info & Links

Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide: Dec 10 at 12 p.m. CST

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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 bringing this global conversation to Minnesota, presented in partnership with Augsburg University (Center for Global Education and Experience and LGBTQIA+ Student Services).

Minnesota Senator D. Scott Dibble
Garuka Christian Nsabimana, Independent Human Rights Attorney in Rwanda
Antonio Ortega, Doctoral student in History at the Colegio de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México (Augsburg CGEE)
Monica Meyer, Executive Director, OutFront Minnesota
Raziel Valiño, Medical and Cultural Anthropologist (Augsburg CGEE)

We invite you to join this FREE VIRTUAL EVENT.
Title: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide
Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12 pm CST

The program will include breakout rooms with the opportunity for audience engagement and participation.

Join us individually OR as a classroom!


Monday Auggie Connect

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Join us Monday, December 7, for a discussion with Josh Kent of the Augsburg Center for Wellness and Counseling.
Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join student Zsolt Vincze and CLASS staff Cassie Charles as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect is available Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm. If you need a disability accommodation to participate email

We hope to see you Monday!
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 981 8852 9961
Passcode: 062277

Music Therapy Students: Internship and Vocal Health Info

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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

Chapel: “Come Now, Breath of God” and 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds of Silence

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel or by Zoom at 10:40 am for a chapel service of scripture, prayer and music for our Advent Vespers message “Come Now, Breath of God.” As part of the service we will hold 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, (and others) and our call for racial justice in God’s world. The service will be live on Zoom.

Today, Pastoral Justin Lind-Ayres offers a prayer, “Come Now, Breath of God” :

Pastor Justin’s Prayer

Keeping Track of Auggies

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