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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

Faculty are Invited to Deans’ Office Hour TOMORROW

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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

Batalden Ethics Research Assistant (RA) — Spring 2021

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The Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics program is pleased to announce that there is funding available to Augsburg faculty who wish to mentor undergraduate research assistants to support student or faculty research in applied ethics. Funding for this RA program is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled undergraduate Augsburg student with a strong interest in applied ethics research.

Stipend: Mirroring URGO, the selected undergraduate research assistants will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

Award reporting: All students who are awarded a Batalden RA position will be required to attend a May 2021 virtual event to briefly report on the impact of their research assistantship. Faculty working with their RA are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

Applications: Faculty should submit their application (see link shown). Students should submit their letter of interest and resume directly to the faculty member they would like to work with prior to faculty completing the Google Form application. Applications will be reviewed until program funds are no longer available.

Information: Please email Prof. Bibiana Koh, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, if you have any questions about this program.

Take a Moment to Recognize Faculty Who Have Made Distinguished Contributions This Year

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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, Apply for Grant Money Now

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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

The deadline for proposals is Monday, February 15 at Noon.

2021 Grant Information

Updates from the AAC

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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

Tomorrow is Fellowship Friday

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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 the 2021-2022 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?
Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.
In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2021-22 academic year.
Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2021-22 academic year.
APPLYING: Details about the process are available:
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:
The application deadline is March 1, 2021.
Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, Interfaith at Augsburg at or Matt Maruggi at, or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

General Announcements

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards Are Now Open

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Hello everyone,

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders, student organizations, and organization advisors for their innovation and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, please click the link below: (

Please contact Alex Abraha ( from Campus Life if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you!

2020 W-2 Forms Mailed

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All employees’ 2020 W-2 forms were mailed Thursday, January 28th.

Current faculty, staff, and student employees can also view and print an electronic version:

Please go to Inside Augsburg,

-Faculty and Staff: Administrative Tasks> Agresso Web
-Student Employees: Records and Registration>Student Employment Pay Records

Thank you!

HR Benefits and Payroll Change Forms: Due by Noon Friday, February 5

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Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon this Friday, February 5, to be processed on the February 12 pay date. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as bank accounts or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission. Please contact for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

Your Opinion Matters

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Share your suggestions for the next Batalden Convocation speaker for Spring 2022.

Each year (with the exception of last March 2020 due to the pandemic), the Batalden Program in Applied Ethics hosts a “Batalden convocation.” Historically, this has been a one-hour talk held in the chapel. Since the academic year 2018-2019, a “Batalden Visiting Scholar” approach has been taken; this allows the “Batalden Visiting Scholar” to both visit classes and with students on the same day as the convocation and, in some cases, the following day. Previous Batalden Visiting Scholars have included Professor Jin Park (Buddhist scholar), Professor Frederic Reamer (ethicist), and Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah (ethicist).

For the current Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics (Bibiana Koh) the overarching objective of the program is to promote broad conversations in interfaith, intersectional, or interdisciplinary applied ethics that promote social justice and social change across the Augsburg University campus and the community at large. The program defines applied ethics as work that focuses on, considers, and/or addresses public and/or private moral issues. The Batalden Ethics program is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

In hope and anticipation of a pandemic-free year, planning for the Spring 2022 convocation begins now. To have a voice in the selection of the next Batalden Convocation speaker, please share your ideas using the link below. This brief 5-min. questionnaire (using Google Forms) will be open until the end of February. Those completing the survey may also enter a lottery

Download Minnesota’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Today

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Download COVIDaware MN, Minnesota’s COVID-19 exposure notification app. The app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location. This app is made available by the State of Minnesota, in partnership with the PathCheck Foundation.
Download here:

Please note that this app does not replace the CampusClear app. The CampusClear app is an app that the Augsburg community must complete daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Download here:

Frederick Douglass Scholarship to Study Social Justice Abroad Next Summer

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Ready to change the world? Apply for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a full scholarship to study in Ireland in late summer 2021 with a cohort of student leaders from around the country!

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was founded to empower students of color with a transformative experience abroad, much like Frederick Douglass was inspired by his travels. This year’s cohort is co-sponsored by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Douglass’s four-month journey around Ireland.

You’ll be based in Dublin and visit other cities where Douglass campaigned, while meeting with government leaders and social justice activists. Special emphasis on leadership, social justice, agitation for positive change and cross-cultural understanding – so critical in 2020 of all years!

This opportunity is offered by CIEE, a study abroad organization that Augsburg partners with. All program fees are covered and airfare is COVERED – you only pay for your passport (if you need one) and a few meals.

All eligible students who submit an application also qualify for a $1,500 scholarship towards any CIEE summer program! You don’t have to win the fellowship to qualify for this funding!!

Questions? Email

Apply here by February 14!

Peace Scholars Program in Hiatus Summer 2021

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In a normal year this is the time when interested students would apply to our annual Peace Scholars Program. However this year, due to the pandemic, the decision has been made to gather all past Peace Scholars for an alumni event in the United States (not Oslo, Norway) to celebrate, network and build resources.

We encourage interested students to be on the lookout in about a year from now when the application process for summer 2022 will be available.

Information about the Peace Scholars Program

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

Register for a MN Private Colleges’ Fair Prep Session

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Are you seeking an internship or graduating this spring? If yes, we encourage you to register and attend the virtual MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 25th from 9:00am-2:00pm.

The fair is open to students in their sophomore, junior or senior year.
There is no cost to attend!

Job Fair Prep Session – We want YOU to be prepared, so join us and attend a prep session where you will learn how to make the best impression at a virtual fair powered by Handshake!

Log into Handshake and go to the events tab to register for one of the following prep sessions:

Thursday, February 4 11:30am-12:15pm
Monday, February 8 10:30-11:15am
Thursday, February 11 11:30am-12:15pm
Monday, February 15 10:30-11:15am
Tuesday, February 16 1:00-1:45pm
Wednesday, February 17 5:00-5:45pm
Monday, February 22 10:30-11:15am

If you have any questions email

Register for a Prep Session in Handshake

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

Not Feeling the Love from Homework? Use 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

Event Announcements

2021 Augsburg University Commencement

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Augsburg University looks forward to honoring the Class of 2021 with a prerecorded virtual ceremony that will be streamed online. Graduates, families, staff, faculty, and friends can watch and chat together during the streamed ceremony. The viewing link will be shared a few days prior to the premiere date.

Premiere Date: Monday, May 3, 2021, 6 p.m. Central

A personalized slide of each graduate will be displayed during the ceremony. After the scheduled viewing time, a video of the ceremony will be available to watch anytime. The platform party speeches, personalized slide of each graduate, and graduate video clips will also be searchable and available to watch individually.

Augsburg will plan an in-person commencement ceremony when it’s safe to have large gatherings. You can participate in both the virtual and in-person ceremonies.

If you have general questions about the virtual commencement ceremony, email

Find more information on Augsburg’s commencement page.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you during the virtual commencement.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Link Augsburg commencement webpage

Virtual Info Session: Ciresi Walburn Scholarship Program

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Virtual Info. Session: Ciresi Walburn Scholarship
Tuesday, Feb. 23rd from 4:30 pm -5:30 pm
Use this link

This opportunity is open to African-American men who are sophomores this spring. Participate need to be U.S. citizens who graduate from a Minnesota high school and have demonstrated financial need. Participants have to be on track for four-year graduation, be available to participate in all activities, and be motivated.

$10,000 in Scholarships ($5,000 per year)
A two-credit summer leadership course
Participation in a national leadership conference, expenses paid
Paid summer internship
Ongoing cohort activities, including service projects and networking with community leaders
$1,000.00 incentive paid for on-time graduation

World Wednesdays Events and Schedule

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Missed yesterday’s World Wednesday on affordable 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. 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

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 … Deadline extended!

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 – Be a Virtual Judge for the Minnesota 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

Learn More and Sign Up

The Intersection of Religion and Science: A Conversation with Aisha Mohamed ’16

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Date: March 2, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

You are invited to hear Aisha Mohamed ’16 explore the intersection of of religion and science as she shares her own experience of being a Muslim and a biology major at Augsburg. While at Augsburg she was active in MSA and was an Interfaith Scholar and now is a second year student at University of Minnesota Medical School. Aisha will explore ethical questions raised by the advances in science such as organ donation and stem cell research. Awareness of these ethical questions can create strong leaders in scientific and other fields while holding deep connection to their faith. Following Aisha’s presentation, two Augsburg students will offer their responses and there will be time for questions from the audience.

Sponsored by: Interfaith Institute, MSA, and Stem Peer Mentorship and supported by a Bataldan Ethics Grant.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register in advance for this webinar.

Chapel: 5th House Ensemble

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by Zoom for chapel today at 11:30 am we continue the five part series with the Fifth House Ensemble in which they lead us in 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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