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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) or HIS 440 — Upper Division Topics Course


ENL 221 — Writing about Art and Popular Culture or 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

Fellowship Fridays are Back

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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.

Fridays | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Zoom information (New link for Spring. Must have Augsburg login to view.)

Professional Development Grants Information

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CTL is happy to announce that our budget now allows us to restore funding for participation/attendance OR presentation at conferences (we had previously been restricting funding to presenting faculty only). Please see the CTL website for application requirements, funding available, and information about other funding available for professional development.

Application forms have been temporarily down and will GO LIVE TODAY, JANUARY 13th. As is always the case, proposals will be evaluated and approved by CTL, and funding will be allocated until all funds have been awarded.

If you participated in/attended a conference between June and Dec 2020, paid for it with your personal money, and were NOT reimbursed, you may retroactively submit an application for consideration for reimbursement. However, because these conferences were not pre-approved, we may only be able to cover partial costs or none at all.

Also, up to $150 can be reimbursed for Professional Memberships. There is a separate application form for this posted on the page linked below. *CTL cannot cover any fees for licensures/testing/certification/continuing education credits. The funds for memberships are a part of the $1,500 cap.

This announcement does not apply to union adjunct faculty members. Information regarding Adjunct Professional Development Grants can be found at

** I usually respond very quickly to applications, however, some recent submissions on the new form were missed. I have fixed this issue, but if you ever have to wait more than a day for a response, please email or**

Professional Development Funds for Faculty

Update from the Academic Affairs Committee

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On Monday, January 11 the AAC met and was introduced to a draft of an upcoming scaffolding proposal. This policy would “help programs set the ‘appropriate’ rigor level for courses, guide programs for the appropriate prerequisites for courses, guide course and program assessment and ultimately, create deliberate pathways to graduation for our students”. A task force was formed to discuss the draft and work through updates to bring back to the committee in February.

A proposal was approved to remove the writing prerequisite from HPE 282, and a student-designed major requesting minor revisions was also passed.

There was an in-depth discussion regarding a recommendation on Zoom camera use from the TEL committee. Their recommendation will return to their subcommittee for further review.

AAC also had a brief introduction to a proposed policy on student advisory grades. There was no vote on this, however. In addition there was a point of information on Augsburg Experiences in our current virtual environment.

Meeting minutes, proposal forms, and committee archives can be found at Committee work is tracked on the sheet linked below (this can only be viewed with an Augsburg login).

AAC Tracking

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.

General Announcements

Graduating this Spring? Apply for a Paid Internship in China

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Auggies who are graduating this spring 2021 (as well as recent graduates) are invited to apply to serve as interns at Augsburg University’s exchange partner, United International College in Zhuhai, China (near Hong Kong and Macao).

Internship placements are from August 2021-June 2022. Airfare, Housing and a generous monthly stipend are provided. Apply by February 1st.

Click here to watch the info session given by local staff earlier this year about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact Andrea Dvorak at

Job Description | Application | More Information

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) – Table Event

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Have you ever thought about working for The Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI)? This Friday, January 15th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm a representative from the FBI will host a virtual table for Auggies! Stop by and stay for as long as you like!

The FBI has a wide variety of career paths for individuals from all backgrounds and experiences. They are looking for Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts, Forensic Accountants, Technology and IT professionals, and much more! They are looking for all majors, so join this Zoom tabling event with Recruiting Special Agent Brenda Kane to learn more!

For more information about the FBI and jobs, follow this link.

Zoom Link To Attend

MLK Jr. Day Faculty and Staff Workshop

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Along with Augsburg’s Annual MLK Convocation, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register for and attend “White Talk Moves in Higher Education” facilitated by Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross and Dr. Margaret Finders on Monday, January 18. The morning workshop taking place at 9:00-10:30 a.m. via Zoom is already at capacity and so an afternoon workshop at 1:30-3:00 p.m. via Zoom has been added.

Workshop Description: Spaces in higher education remain 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. In this interactive workshop, participants will focus on identifying White Talk Moves through a collection of scenarios in which the voices of BIPOC in higher education have been silenced. We will focus on how to engage in these situations explicitly and productively at the moment of utterance whether you identify as white or a BIPOC. We are excited to engage our community, and others, in these real, radical, and relational conversations through our article and workshop.

Registration for the afternoon workshop is required and the link can be found below. After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop will be sent.

Afternoon Workshop Registration Link

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours and Tuesday’s Chapel Service

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry: The Liturgy of the Hours podcast, by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry.
This Nation has changed since our last episode was released. Impeachment, further unrest, and division weighs down the cold, crisp, winter air. We hold our breath. We shout out. And Jesus finds us where we are; knows us.
The recorded video of the Tuesday chapel service with University Pastor Babette Chatman giving a powerful and needed message on “A Change is Gonna Come” is available on YouTube.

Tuesday’s Chapel with Pastor Babette Chatman

Campus Kitchen Open Food Lab Hours 2021

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Starting next week on Tuesday, January 19th, the food lab will be open through Campus Kitchen. Anyone is welcome to come experiment and cook. The limit of students available in the food lab is three people (this is excluding the two Campus Kitchen Student Workers). So if you are interested, please fill out this Google Form as soon as possible because these dates available are first come first serve. Additionally, do not hesitate to visit Campus Kitchen’s website or Campus Cupboard to learn more about what we do or who we are. For any questions or concerns, email

Google Form Sign Up Sheet

Event Announcements

World Wednesdays Events and Schedule

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During the spring 2021 semester, the study abroad/away officewill host weekly “World Wednesdays” live on zoom to answer your questions aboutstudy abroad/away for the future. Each Wednesday, we will do a deep dive into aspecific topic with guest speakers, alumni, and various programrepresentatives, along with time for Q & A from the audience.

Topics covered will include:

Jan. 20: Short term programs

Jan. 27: STEM abroad

Feb. 3: Affordable study abroad/away

Feb. 10: Psychology abroad

Feb. 17: Communication and new media in Mexico

Feb. 24: Business abroad

March 10: CGEE in Latin America

March 24: CGEE in Southern Africa

Can’t make the live session? Recordings will be posted onlineafter the live event concludes. See full details and schedule at our blogor follow us on Instagram @global_auggies for updates.

World Wednesdays Schedule and Details

Forum Presentation, Removing the Red and Blue Divide

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When: February 3, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30 Suggested Contribution
Level: Intermediate
Track: Leadership Development

Presenters: Hayward Bell, Raytheon Company RETIRED  |  Kimberly B. Davis, National Hockey League  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Lee Tschanz, Rockwell Automation  |  Amy Wilczynski, Borough of Allendale, NJ

The announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the electoral and popular vote for the next US President is, for many, a highly-awaited and anticipated moment. For others, it’s an acute loss.
Our most important work, right now, is to put in motion the practices and programs to create cohesion, build community and help leaders reach across difference.
That said, it’s become dangerous to talk about politics at work even though the political divide now more than ever inhibits positive connection, at work, at home, and in our communities. This divide threatens progress towards more diverse and equitable workplaces.
Now, amidst this divisiveness, is the opportunity for workplaces to double down and equip their leaders on how to bridge the divide. There is no time to waste.

Learning Outcomes
Be clear on why diversity, equity, and inclusion work matters, especially right now
Push your inclusive leadership skills for today’s unique needs
Explore how to narrow divides and speak to divergent groups

Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Celebration

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Augsburg University Virtual Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is on January 18th, 2021, from 11 am – 12:15 pm. The virtual gathering will include student and alumni performances. Our theme is ‘Art is Activism and Healing.’ There will be a small art gallery in the library and the Christensen Center on the first floor. This gallery will be available for the Augsburg Community from Jan. 18th – Jan. 22nd. If you are not able to come to campus, we have a 60 piece virtual gallery available on the Pan-Afrikan Website and MSS Facebook page. Which will be available from Jan. 18th – March 1st, 2021.

“The time is always right to do what is right,” Martin Luther King Jr.

Use the link below to register.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Alum Wins the Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

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Abdulkadir Sharif has been awarded a 2021 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest (45 students selected). The Pickering Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Director of the Fellowship Program, Lily Lopez-Mcgee Ph.D., stated, “We are truly thrilled and excited that Abdulkadir will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program. He demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during his time at Augsburg. These experiences bode well for his success through graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish in his career.”

Abdulkadir Sharif graduated from Augsburg with a major in international relations and political science. He was a Boren Scholar in Tanzania, a Gilman Scholar in South Africa and Namibia, participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University and was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Malaysia. He has interned with the Namibia Institute for Democracy as a research assistant and at the MN State Capitol for a law firm. Abdulkadir speaks Somali and Swahili.

The Fellowship will support Abdulkadir through a two-year graduate program to receive a master’s in International Affairs. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and skills training. As part of the Pickering Program, Abdulkadir will have an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of State in summer 2022. In the summer of 2023, he will work overseas and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Abdulkadir will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to his country. He will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.


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