Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Facilities Management Weekly Updates

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Weekly updates posted on the Facilities Management website include:

-Updated information regarding the T-Mobile antenna work in Oren Gateway.
-Information on reporting icy conditions on campus.
-How to order COVID disinfecting supplies.

For more complete information, visit the Facilities Management website.

Teaching and Learning

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

River Semester Info Session and Social

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For students already accepted, applying, or interested in the 2021 River trip there will be an info session and meet & greet on Wed., Feb. 10th.  It will be a chance for students to get to know each other a little, share ideas and questions about the trip, hear some updates on plans for the fall, and talk about some of the prep and mapping work we’ll be doing this summer.  Once the weather warms up, for those who are in town, we’ll plan on a (COVID-safe) bonfire down at the white sand beach on the river.  For now, we’ll be on Zoom (yah, we know . . . ) from 12 – 1 on Wed. Feb. 10th.  The link for the required event registration is below.

Information Session Sign-up Here.

February 15: Deadline for Scholarship/ICD/Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant Proposals

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Forms are currently open for Scholarship, Instructional Course Design, and Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants. You can find the calls for proposals, samples, frequently asked questions, and the application forms in the link below. If you have any questions, contact

2021 Grant Information

Requesting Nominations for Faculty Who Have Made Distinguished Contributions

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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

Faculty are Invited to Deans’ Office Hour on Friday

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The Deans welcome you to join them THIS FRIDAY – Feb 5th – from 10 am -11 am for their first office hours of the term. Alicia Quella will join to share information and updates on best practices on campus and in the classroom during COVID. They will also discuss fall planning: course offerings and modalities.

Zoom information is available in the link below (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login).

2/5 Office Hour with the Deans

Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

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The AAC had a busy meeting on Monday, February 1. Below are the proposals approved by the committee:

-Temporary grading policies that were implemented in Fall 2020 will extend into Spring 2021.
-New Minor in “Music Production”
-New Theater course: PWC 320 “Writing for Television”
-Removal of the “Social Psychology” and “Psychology and Law” concentrations from the catalog.
-Policy proposal from the TEL subcommittee that seeks to revise the course approval process for courses that are proposed in online or hybrid formats. It assumes that the goal of AAC in the course review process is to see that online/hybrid courses are designed in alignment with course goals/objectives and that the course will be delivered effectively.

In addition to those approvals, the committee received an update on the joint AAC/GAAC working group on a scaffolding policy, which seeks to create a guideline for course level values and a sensical pathway of courses through a major. The policy has not yet been voted on but will be brought back before the committee on February 15.

Finally, the committee worked through a Zoom camera statement recommended by the TEL subcommittee. The final approved version of the statement read as follows, “The Augsburg community will be cognizant of the varied living and personal situations of our community members. In live remote settings, camera on/off status shall not be a determinant of attendance or participation, result in lost points, or in any other way lower a student’s grade. An exception can be made in the case of proctored exams.”

AAC minutes, approvals, information, and proposal forms are available at The link to the approvals is also available below.

AAC Tracking Summary

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Interreligious Conversation available online

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If you were unable to attend the event last week (or would like to watch it again), Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to watch the video which is now available on the Campus Ministry website.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, moderated a conversation 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. 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 students Athena Estime and Christian Nelson offered their responses.

Video Link

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.
A presentation and activities by the University of MN Mapping Prejudice project, exploring housing inequity due to racial disparities.
A presentation and 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

General Announcements

Submit Your Art, Writing, Film, or Music to Murphy Square – Deadline Extended to February 5

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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.


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

Apply to be the Features 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 “Features” section is responsible for curating and editing articles that provide in-depth news stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community. Some examples of Features content include stories that highlight specific individuals or resources on campus, interviews, column pieces from interesting people, or an interactive horoscope game. Features is also often a home for art pieces and poems. A bullet-point list of this position’s responsibilities are below:

– Curate, edit, and write articles that provide in depth news and human interest stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community.
– Be knowledgable of various students, staff, faculty and resources at Augsburg.
– Plan photos in coordination with Photo Editor.
– Own an interest in journalism, narrative and empowering student voices.
– Be part of a welcoming and supporting team.

This position is paid $60 per newspaper issue (we release 10 issues every semester) and works 6 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

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.
– Plan photos for section in coordination with Photo Editor.
– Be part of a welcoming and supporting team.

This position is paid $60 per newspaper issue (we release 10 issues every semester) and works 6 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

Looking For a Space to Experiment With Cooking?

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The food lab located in Hagfors 108 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

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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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.
We lean into the comfort of the prophet whose audience were people in exile, cut off from home and replanted beyond their border. He gave comfort to those who couldn’t be consoled and a future to those who lived with downgraded hope.
Liturgists: Zach Busch and Luther Seminary’s Musician in Residence Jearlyn Steele.


Event Announcements

Today: How to Afford Study Abroad/Away

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This week’s World Wednesday theme is how to afford study abroad/away!

Do you want to study abroad/away but concerned about cost? Don’t worry, this is a common question! We will help you understand how financial aid applies to study abroad/away, discuss scholarship opportunities, and learn about the most affordable programs for Auggies available to help make study abroad/away a reality for you.

Featuring Catherine Maun from the Financial Aid Office and Carden Olson, Auggie alum and Gilman Scholarship winner who studied abroad in Denmark. Zoom session will be February 3rd from 3:30 – 4:15 pm.

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

Find the updated zoom link at our blog

Reserve Your Spot Today – 5th House Ensemble Residency

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The Augsburg Music Dept in collaboration with MacPhail and Campus Ministry invites you to share virtually with the FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE.

5-consecutive, 90-minute sessions; Deep Listening and story gathering rooted in collective decision making through creative acts. Fosters authentic inquiry among participants of varied social and political backgrounds, uses Deep Listening to bring strangers together through communal music-making. Each session culminates in a creative act, including the development of new text scores, graphic scores, or other work products.

>Mondays, February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 5
>All sessions 4:30—6:00 p.m.
>Maximum of 100 participants
>Registration Information Linked Below

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.

Fifth House Ensemble Residency, Full Details

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

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming for middle and high students in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Roseville.

Our all-virtual middle school debate season has begun, and we need judges to help make it happen! No experience is required. We will train you!

By judging, you can help students gain critical thinking skills, public speaking experience, and confidence as they analyze multiple angles of this year’s debate topic, police reform.

Register for upcoming tournaments:

February 4 (Thursday) – JV & Varsity – 3:30-6:30pm
Feb 17 (Wednesday) – Rookie & Novice – 3:30-6:30pm
Feb 24 (Wednesday) – JV & Varsity – 3:30-6:30pm
Mar 9 (Tuesday) – Rookie & Novice – 3:30-7:30pm
Mar 16 (Tuesday) – JV & Varsity – 3:30-7:30pm
Mar 25 Championship (Thursday) – 3:30-7:30pm

Sign Up

Last Day to Audition for the Well of Horniness

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Today is your last chance to audition for Augsburg Theater’s spring production, The Well of Horniness!

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!

Today – 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

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