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Global Learning Resources for Faculty

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If you are looking for a way to enhance global learning in your classroom, consider bringing in a guest speaker or global learning activity, arranged by the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE). With our vast network of in-country experts on our staff, as well as community leaders and partners in Latin America, Southern Africa, and Palestine, we can find speakers and activities for you on a wide range of topics.

Global Learning Resources 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

Fellowship Fridays is TOMORROW

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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.)

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 now due February 9th

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

Selling Roland Electronic Keyboard Piano on Campus

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Hello! I’m selling a gorgeous Roland piano keyboard, with full weighted keys and pedals. This piano has the feel of a real, professional piano, and the flexibility of easily removing the top half from the bottom. Would love to share photos. Just bought a few months ago, and has some minor outer flaws, but overall perfect functioning and sounding. A must for all music majors. Currently asking $1500, but very flexible with the price. Text or email me for pictures!

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

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to Cover Language Learning Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicants in selecting a program, developing budgets and writing/editing 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:

• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!

• Watch the Info Session for Auggies we hosted with Boren staff in November:

• Let us know your interest by contacting Andrea Dvorak ( or URGO staff (

• Send application essay drafts to – we will work through several drafts with you to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

Final applications are due February 3!

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

Strommen Virtual Drop-In Hours Resume Tuesday, January 19

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The Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are trained, ready, and available to review your resume and/or cover letter via Zoom. Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 11am-12pm & 2:00-3:30pm and Wednesdays 1:00-3:30pm. Virtual drop-In hours resume Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, April 23.

Whether you’re creating your resume and/or cover letter for the first time or if you’re applying for the job or internship of your dreams, our Career Peer Advisors are here to support you!

Virtual Drop-In Hours Zoom Link Available on Strommen Community Moodle Site

Ideas for Recentering in Uncertain Times

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There is much chaos around us right now but we MUST get through this together. If you are feeling uncertain and anxious check out this article with 10 things you can do right now to recenter. Also a reminder that the CWC website has many resources for stress and anxiety as well.

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 the 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

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 11:00 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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation – Hiring

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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

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.

Next Week: Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal

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When: January 21, 2021 11:00 am CST
Presenters: Maureen Berkner Boyt, M.Ed, The Moxie Exchange  |  Stephanie Douglass, MA, Vungle  |  Becca Gelenberg, MBA, Upstart

How do we create a more inclusive normal? The convergence of the global pandemic and racial justice movement has shifted the way we work in ways we are just beginning to understand. In the midst of the unknown, what we do know is there is an unprecedented opportunity to focus on people; who is on our teams and how we can evolve company systems and cultures to be more innovative, productive, inclusive and equitable.
Two innovative leaders, Stephanie Douglass, VP of People, Vungle and Becca Gelenberg, Head of People Operations, Upstart have doubled down on their respective companies commitments to DE&I during this environment of change. In this webinar we’ll share how they engaged executive leadership to their newest hires, partnered with The Moxie Exchange to digitize their learning and tools, and as a result have been able to make significant progress in a short period of time.

Learning Outcomes
How to leverage this moment to engage your executive team in committing to a meaningful DEI strategy
How to capitalize on employee’s ‘what can I do?’ enthusiasm to drive real change behavior change
Hear how to take a multimodal approach to delivering DEI tools, knowledge and resources

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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