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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!

The Echo’s Website

Academic Affairs Committee Updates

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AAC had a busy meeting on Monday, December 7. Several proposals were reviewed. RLN 336 changed its course title to “Latin American Liberation Theologies and Social Change” (adding the “and Social Change” to its former title).

Campus Ministry was approved for an alternative spring break experience that “offers the Augsburg student community an opportunity to look deeper at justice issues in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, and engage in meaningful, relationship centered volunteer work”. Their experiences will be virtual or distanced this year.

AAC also approved the proposed new “Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies” program. The department still needs Faculty Senate approval before heading to the full faculty.

In addition to the three approved proposals, there was an update about the TEL subcommittee and its work on hybrid/online course approvals, as well as a point of information about recommendations for student learning put forth by the Augsburg Day Student Government.

Finally, the committee was briefly introduced to an intended proposal for student advisory grades. Feedback was given and is still being added by AAC.

You can find more information about the committee (including proposal forms, meeting minutes, and archival information) at

You can access the AAC approvals in the tracking spreadsheet linked below (it is also linked on the AAC page above).

Questions about AAC can be directed to AAC Chair, Phyllis Kapetanakis, or Program Coordinator, Kerri Maher.

AAC Approval Tracking (can only be accessed with an Augsburg login)

December 16 EDTalk: Internships in the Age of COVID

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Premiering Wednesday, December 16 at 3:10 pm.

Presented by: Lee George and Sandy Tilton from the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and Melissa Hensley from the Department of Social Work

What has happened to internships since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic? How can students connect with meaningful experiences? How can faculty support students in online or remote internships? This ED Talk will discuss processes and resources for students who are seeking internships. Changes and updates, as well as resources for faculty, will be discussed. In addition, the internship process used by the social work department will be discussed as an example of facilitating both online and in-person internship experiences.

This year, EDTalks will be pre-recorded and have a community “premiere” on Zoom hosted by CTL at 3:10 pm on days when there is a faculty meeting. These premieres will end no later than 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to log into the Faculty Zoom meeting early. After the premier, the recording will be posted on the CTL website, along with any resources (if applicable).

EDTalks Zoom Information (can only be viewed with Augsburg login)

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.

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

“White Talk Moves” in Higher Education

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Terrance Kwame-Ross, Chair and professor of the Department of Education and Peg Finders, former professor of the Department of Education have a new article published by Change, The Magazine of Higher Learning. Spaces in higher education are predominantly white, and white people tend to silence the voices of faculty and staff of color without realizing it. These “white talk moves” suppress important perspectives and voices, and prevent meaningful inclusion. We share these here as a common vocabulary for greater and greater recognition and disruption, in Higher Education, that can lead to “real” equity, equality, and quality of all voices, particularly of BIPOC in predominately White campuses and spaces. You can download a free copy of the article by clicking on the link or emailing or

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.

One Live Zoom session is still 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 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

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.)

General Announcements

Student Financial Services Virtual Drop-in Appointments Next week

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The Student Financial Services office will be offering drop-in appointments next week (December 14th-17th). Please stop by via zoom to speak to a counselor about any financial aid or billing questions you may have. Available times can be found here:

We look forward to meeting with you!

No-Cost Home Saliva Tests Available at Augsburg

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Saliva tests are available to students, faculty, and staff. These are leftover tests from the November 11 and 18 testing events we held on campus. They must be used by the end of December 30. What you need to do:

Pick up a free saliva test kit from Elaine Eschenbacher in the Mortensen lobby on
Friday, Dec 11, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. or Tuesday, Dec 15, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Beginning on Monday, you also can pick up test kits at Lindell Library’s circulation desk. See library hours for the rest of the semester at

You are welcome to take 1 or 2 tests at this time

You will be asked to fill out a simple form to provide your name and email address

Follow the instructions on the saliva test kit and mail it by the end of December 30. (The instructions require that you go online to register the test, which you can do on a smart phone or tablet.)


Have you Moved Recently? Update your Address

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Please be sure Human Resources has your current address and other information on file. For changes, please fill out the Address/Phone Number Update form below.

2020 W-2 Tax forms will be mailed at the end of January 2021, but the Post Office will not forward these forms. Please let us know if you’ve moved or will be moving soon. Thank you!

Augsburg Employee Address/Phone Number Update Form

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due by Noon Friday, Dec. 11

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Please submit any change forms you may have for current 2020 benefits to HR by noon Friday, December 11 to be processed on the December 18 pay date. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

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

Only 2 Days Left of Virtual Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

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Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 are the last two days to get your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a trained Strommen Career Peer Advisor. Virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours are Thursday 11am-4pm and Friday 11am-3:30pm via Zoom.
Career Peer Advisors will be unavailable for virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours during finals week and winter break. Please note: Appointments with career coaches are available during finals week.

Schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

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!

Campus Kitchen: Food Security Funding Update

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Campus Kitchen is excited to share updates about a grant we recently received. Check it out!

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

MNsure Open Enrollment Ends December 20

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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

Dr. Philip A. Quanbeck, Sr. Obituary and Service Information

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The Augsburg community mourns the loss of faculty emeritus of religion, Dr. Phil Quanbeck, Sr. Dr. Quanbeck passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 1. He was 93 years old.

Phil Quanbeck, Sr. received the bachelor of arts degree from Augsburg College, the bachelor of divinity from Augsburg Theological Seminary, and the master of theology and the doctor of theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He leaves a long legacy at Augsburg, where he taught at both Augsburg College and the Seminary, from 1957 until 1993. He continued teaching in Augsburg’s Weekend College after retiring from his full-time faculty position.

His obituary and memorial service information is available at the link shared below.

Obituary for Dr. Philip A. Quanbeck, Sr.

Event Announcements

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-religious Conversation

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Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A..

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar

TODAY: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide

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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 Students and CGEE instructors in México
Monica Meyer, Executive Director, OutFront Minnesota
Raziel Valiño, Medical and Cultural Anthropologist and CGEE instructor

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!


Next Week. Forum Webinar – Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies

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

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

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

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

Link to event


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