Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

General Campus Access Issues

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The Department of Public Safety discovered an issue with one of the general campus accesses provided to students, staff and faculty which allows them to access academic buildings during normal building hours. This issue will only affect those students, staff and faculty who joined Augsburg during the 2018-2019 academic year and will prevent them from gaining access to the academic buildings.

We are not able to identify all persons affected by this and request that if you experience any issues getting into the academic buildings with your fob to call Public Safety at 612-330-1717 so we are able to determine if you were affected. Our staff should be able to resolve the issue immediately.

If you have any questions, please email your question to

Teaching and Learning

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

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 TODAY, 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

Submit to Murphy Square

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Are you an artist, writer, filmmaker, or musician?

Submit your work to Murphy Square, the annual campus arts magazine!

Interested in curating student submissions? Then join our team of editors!

Submissions are open NOW and they close on January 22nd. To submit your work, visit

To join our editing team, email Jacey Mismash at and indicate whether you would like to edit for Prose, Poetry, Art/Film/Music, or all three!


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

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.
Martin Luther King Day falls this week. It is a day set aside to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King. It is love that transforms us and transforms the world.
Liturgists: Luther Sem Alumni Josh & Sally Messner, & Luther Sem Student Jami Goetz.

The recorded video of the Tuesday chapel service with President Pribbebow giving a message of change and invitation to “Come and See.”

Tuesday Chapel Service

Introducing Halal Meats in the Christensen Center Dining Commons

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The Augsburg University Dining Committee and Food Services Director, Jeff Johnson, are pleased to announce a transition to the use of all halal meats (minus the pork, of course) in the Christensen Center dining Commons. The change began on January 11. Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the change are below.

What is halal meat? The word halal literally means “permissible.” Halal food refers to products that are prepared following Islamic dietary laws that determines what is permissible, lawful, and clean.

What makes food “halal?” According to Islamic guidelines, halal food is safe and it does not contain non-halal and najs (unclean) ingredients. It is processed and manufactured using clean equipment that is not contaminated.

In the future, when Nabo reopens, halal meats will be used there as well. We are unable to provide halal meats in Einstein’s given the mandated menu requirements from the company.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeff Johnson at

Event Announcements

Alternative Spring Break Experience 2021

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Campus Ministry invites students to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience March 15-19, 2021, offering the students an opportunity to look deeper at justice issues in the Twin Cities and surrounding area and engage in meaningful, relationship-centered volunteer work.
The justice issues will be examined through several experiences in the Twin Cities and reflection and sharing in order for participants to process their experience communally and individually. These experiences include:
-MN Council of Churches Sacred Sites Tour, exploring MN history through a Native lens by visiting sacred sites and through storytelling.
-Presentation & activities by the University of MN Mapping Prejudice project, exploring housing inequity due to racial disparities.
-Presentation & activities by the Lutheran Social Service of MN (LSS-MN) Advocacy team, providing practical and current information on ways to be advocates.
Activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 protocols.
For volunteer opportunities, students will partner with LSS-MN at Supported Living Homes (SLH), known as ‘group homes.’ SLH provides a family home setting to no more than 4 community members living with differing abilities.
Students will serve in small groups at several homes. Activities may include yard work, building maintenance, meal prep, and social activities alongside those who live in the home. Volunteer work will focus on the relational aspect of volunteering, rather than the actual jobs accomplished. Volunteer activities are designed to help volunteers and residents see one another as individuals rather than ‘other.’
This ASB has been approved to count as an Augsburg Experience. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like that option.
Cost: $25, including the required book & lunch each of the 5 days. Please fill out the registration form & turn in your fee to Janice Dames in the Campus Ministry office.
Contact Pastoral Intern, Jenn Luong.

Registration form

Tomorrow: 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

Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers – Judge Virtual Debates for the MN Urban Debate League

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Make A Difference for Middle Schoolers! Judge Virtual Criminal Justice Reform Debates This Spring

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to middle & high school students in the Twin Cities. We are still providing middle school debate tournaments during COVID-19 pandemic – virtually! We need volunteers to make it happen.

You can judge tournaments from home. No experience required. Sign up today!

This year, middle school debate tournaments will be split into separate dates for rookie & novice (for new debaters) and JV & varsity (experienced debaters) divisions. You are welcome to judge either division, but if you’ve never debated before, it may be helpful to try a Rookie & Novice tournament first. No experience is needed to judge! We will train you virtually.

Volunteer Schedule:

January 28 (Thursday) – Rookie & Novice
February 5 (Thursday) – JV & Varsity
Feb 17 (Wednesday) – Rookie & Novice
Feb 24 (Wednesday) – JV & Varsity
Mar 9 (Tuesday) – Rookie & Novice
Mar 16 (Tuesday) – JV & Varsity
March 25 (Tuesday) – All Divisions (Championship)

Tournaments will generally begin at 3:30 PM.

Thank you for continuing to be part of the MNUDL community. We hope to see you at upcoming tournaments! See which tournament dates work with your schedule & sign up today.

Learn More About Volunteering & Sign Up

Tomorrow: Ameriprise Financial Info Session

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*** Event is this Thursday, January 21st –
Sponsored by: Augsburg Student Business Organization and the Strommen Career & Internship Services.

Ameriprise Financial – Internship & Job Info Session
Thursday, January 21st
4:30-5:30 pm

All interested students are invited to attend a virtual information & panel discussion with Ameriprise Financial, featuring recent graduates from various institutions, including Augsburg. Students will hear from past interns on their experience, as well as, learn about the application process and deadlines.

Ameriprise Financial is one of our partner employers! They hire a number of Auggies each year for internships and/or full-time employment. The best way to find opportunities is through exploration and attending events like this!

Even if you aren’t looking currently, we encourage students to start networking EARLY so you do not miss deadline dates. All majors are encourage to attend.

Learn more about their summer internship program and types of positions offered.


Today: Learn About Short Term Study Abroad/Away

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Join us for the first of many weekly “World Wednesday” events, today at 10:30 a.m. on zoom.

We will explain briefly how short-term programs work for Augsburg students, and will highlight each of the upcoming programs available, which are:

*Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba
*Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy
*Science and Religion in Germany
*Language and Culture in Mexico

You will also have a chance to ask questions to the faculty running the short programs. This is a great introduction to study abroad/away at Augsburg and we encourage all students to attend to plan your future off campus program!

A recording of the event will be posted afterward.

Zoom Link to Join

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

Workshop on Friday, Jan. 22: Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

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Dixie Shafer of URGO will lead a workshop on how to search for and apply to paid off-campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in STEM fields.

This will be a virtual event designed to help students learn more about how to apply for summer research opportunities nationally as well as locally.

We will meet via Zoom on Friday, January 22, from 3:30 – 5:00PM.

All are welcome! Anyone interested in attending should complete this short registration link:

Questions? Feel free to contact Rebekah Dupont at

Focused Conversation on Human Resources: Next Week

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What We’ve Learned in Human Resources
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2-3 p.m.

Join Dawn Miller, director of human resources, and members of the HR team for a discussion about what we’ve learned over the course of 2020 in the department.

To register for this Focused Conversation, or to view the Focused Conversation schedule, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands Page

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