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Teaching and Learning

Nominate Faculty for Scholarship, Service, FT and Adjunct Teaching Awards

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Development Committee invite your nominations for the annual Augsburg University Distinguished Contributions Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Nominations are due Monday, March 1.

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching – Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty (2 courses per term or less).

Distinguished Contribution in Service

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship

*Letters of support will help bolster your nomination. Make sure to email them to before March 1.

2021 Distinguished Contributions Award Nomination Form/Information

Deadline is February 15 for Grant Applications

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The link below contains calls for proposals, frequently, asked questions, samples, and application forms for the Scholarship Grants, ICD Grants, and Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants. All applications are due Monday, February 15 at Noon. If you have any questions, email

2021 Grant Information and Applications

Fellowship Friday TOMORROW at 4:30 p.m.

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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 (requires an 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 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

Navigating the Sea Within – Skills for Working with Emotions

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The Center for Wellness and Counseling is offering a group workshop about the role of emotions in our lives and skills for working with them effectively. The group will start on Wednesday February 3 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm via zoom. A brief meeting with Josh Kent, a CWC counselor is required prior to joining the group. Call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule a meeting with Josh prior to joining the group.

General Announcements

Apply for a NASA Space Grant Scholarship

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The NASA Space Grant scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for Spring 2021 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:
1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
– are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
– can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
– show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

The application deadline is Monday, February 15, at 11:59PM. To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, visit

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Stottrup at

Ring in the New Semester with TutorMe

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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

2020 W-2 Forms Update

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All employees’ 2020 W-2 forms will be mailed Thursday, January 28th and will be available for online viewing and printing on Friday, January 29th.

View and Print through Inside Augsburg,

Faculty and Staff: Administrative Tasks> Agresso Web

Student Employee: Records and Registration>Student Employment Pay Records

The 1095 forms will also be mailed Thursday.
Please email if you need any further assistance. Thank you!

Submit Your Art, Writing, Film, or Music to Murphy Square – Deadline Extended to January 29

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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 we’ve extended the deadline to January 29th so get your art in soon! 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!

Spread the word! Talk to your friends about this opportunity! You can submit your art together or even join our editing team together.


Check Out Augsburg Theater on YouTube

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Augsburg Theater’s two most recent productions are up to watch on our YouTube page! Read about the shows below:

After months of work and collaboration in the fall, Theater Department is proud to announce the release of At a Glance, a project devised by a four-person ensemble with direction from Atlese Robinson, Eshay Brantley, and Malick Ceesay of Ambiance Theatre Company. At a Glance provides varying perspectives on what it feels like to be a young woman of color in today’s world.

The second piece available to watch is the first cycle of Minneapolis Moment. Watch four very short plays exploring what it means to live in Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd–Opening Moments, the Bullets, All Convenience, and Hooded Tears: An Elegy.

Click here for the Augsburg Theater YouTube page!

Admissions Staffing Update

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I am excited to announce Paul Kienberger as the new Associate Director of Transfer Admission replacing Brian Turk. Paul has been working in admissions for over 13 years. He has worked with transfer students, adult students, and first year students during this time. Paul has been very successful with our international recruitment efforts, parent communications, the development of our guaranteed admission for our ACAP programs, and holds advanced standing for our Diversity and Inclusion Certificate. He graduated with his BA from Gustavus Adolphus, holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and an MAE from Augsburg University. Please help me in welcoming Paul to the transfer team. His duties will officially begin on February 8th. A search to replace Paul on the first year team will commence as soon as possible.

Reminder: COVID Relief Funding Application Deadline is January 31

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As a result of new federal COVID relief funding, we are able to review applications for students who are in need of financial assistance with spring semester tuition payments as a result of the current pandemic. Please review the following information prior to submitting an application:
*Applications will be accepted through January 31st, 2021.
*Students must be enrolled in the current spring semester to apply.
*Appeals will be reviewed based on financial need and current financial aid information for each student.
*Funding is not guaranteed and is non-renewable.
*Students whose total gift aid meets or exceeds standard tuition and fees will not qualify for additional funding.
*Any funding awarded to a student will be added to their financial aid package and applied to their Augsburg student account.

Applications will be reviewed during the first two weeks of February and students will be notified of the result through their Augsburg email.

Please contact with any questions.

The application is available on the Student Financial Services website.

Apply to be the Opinions Editor for the School Newspaper (Paid Position)

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for students interested in our position of Opinions Editor.

*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!*

The editor of our “Opinions” section is responsible for curating, editing and writing articles centered on Augsburg student and community opinions and stories. Some examples of Opinions content topics include political comics, critiques of Augsburg administration and leadership, experiences of marginalized identities, political views and more. A bullet-point list of this position’s duties are below.

Curate, edit and write articles centered on Augsburg student and community opinions.
When editing, maintain writer’s intended meaning. Strive to collaborate with writers when possible.
Commit to being open, fair and reasonable about Opinions submitted.
Allow appropriate civic discourse within the Opinions section.
Plan photos for section in coordination with Photo Editor.

This position is paid $50 per newspaper issue and works 4-5 hours a week.

If you are interested in applying, please send over a cover letter and resume to! Let us know if you have any questions.

The Echo Website

Event Announcements

World Wednesdays Events and Schedule

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Missed yesterday’s World Wednesday on STEM options abroad? No problem, it will be posted at our youtube channel soon!

In the meantime, check out the upcoming topics and events we have planned:

Feb. 3: How to afford study abroad/away

Feb. 10: Psychology abroad AND River Semester

Feb. 17: Communication and new media in Mexico

Feb. 24: Business abroad

March 10: CGEE in Latin America

March 24: CGEE in Southern Africa

See full details and schedule at our blog or follow us on Instagram @global_auggies for updates.

World Wednesdays Schedule and Details

Next Week. 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

Auditions for The Well of Horniness

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Auditions are just around the corner for our spring production, The Well of Horniness, directed by Beliza Torres Narváez!

You can sign up for an audition during the following times:
Tuesday, February 2nd from 4:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, February 3rd from 7:00-9:00pm
Callbacks will be Friday, February 5th from 7:00-9:00pm.

See the attached document for all the information you need for auditions! The document has links to the sign-up sheet, actor information form, the play script, tips for Zoom auditions, and a tentative rehearsal schedule.

Click here for audition information!

Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities

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It can be difficult to connect with one another right now but it doesn’t have to be impossible! Auggie Connect will begin meeting again on Monday, February 1. Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join Augsburg alum, Zsolt Vincze, and CLASS staff, Cassie Charles, as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect will be available every Monday, starting February 1, from 3:30-4:30 pm. Please contact for any accommodations needed to participate.

See you in February!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 0654 4396
Passcode: 586732

Chapel: 5th House Ensemble Deep Listening

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by Zoom for chapel today at 11:30 am for the first of a five part series with the Fifth House Ensemble in which they will introduce Deep Listening – a mindfulness practice motivated by the idea that communal music-making is everyone’s birthright. Fifth House Ensemble will partner with Augsburg University to work with students from the school of music, the McPhail Music Center, and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship for a semester-long residency focused on community and co-creation. Fifth House will work directly with composition students to develop their works and. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom

For more details about the 5th House residency schedule, please go to the music department website.

Fifth House Ensemble schedule

Keeping Track of Auggies

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