Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

People’s Center: COVID-19 Testing 12:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays

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The People’s Center offers COVID-19 testing on Monday afternoons whether or not you have health insurance. This is a throat-swab test. (For now, the testing is Mondays only.) Please fill out this form once to be tested at People’s Center as many times as you need:

Teaching and Learning

2021 Mississippi River Expedition Info Session and Social

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Ready to start thinking about life after Zoom? For students already accepted, applying, or interested in the 2021 Mississippi 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.

Pre-register here.

Join Fellowship Friday 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)

Faculty, Deans’ Office Hour is TODAY at 10 a.m.

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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

In Need of Faculty Award Nominations

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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

Grant Proposals for Scholarship/ICD/Provost’s Grants Due February 15

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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

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

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

General Announcements

Submit Your Art, Writing, Film, or Music To Murphy Square – Last Day To Submit is TODAY

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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 February 5th 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.


Submit HERE

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Scholarship

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The Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need with preference given to students engaged in coursework or majoring in Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies as the vision for this new department is realized.

Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
The department has been in construction since 1968 and was supported by President Pribbenow on June 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the Minneapolis police department.

The desire in the creation of the CRES Department will Include

1) a major and minor in CRES with concentrations in Africana Studies; Latine/x Studies; and Asian-American Studies
2) 5 tenure faculty total, with 3 immediate tenure-track faculty in the Fall 2021 and two more in the following years; and
3) actively center the interdisciplinary scholarship rooted in the practices, philosophies, and methods of ethnic studies.

This scholarship was created by a generous donor and in collaboration with a group of students and PASU (Pan-Afrikan Student Union) raising money to create more accessible scholarships.

**This application must be submitted by 5:00 pm Monday, February 22, 2021**

-Must have completed at least one full semester at Augsburg
-Be enrolled as a full-time student in the Augsburg Day program for the academic year 2021-2022
-Meet the University’s standard of conduct
-Complete this application
-Must demonstrate financial need, defined by Student Financial Services.

The 6 Scholarship Recipients will receive $2,500.00 each to their tuition.

Humans of Augsburg – Interfaith Scholars

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This year’s Interfaith Scholars Cohort is planning a social media campaign that we’re calling “Humans of Augsburg”. We’re looking to cover a diverse mix of students, faculty, and staff about what you believe, what you value, and what has shaped your worldview. The idea is to hear your story and share that across our campus community, and beyond. We will showcase all of our amazing students, faculty, and staff on our instagram follow us @humansofaugsburg.

Apply to be a 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 using the link below. 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.

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

Mnsure Special Enrollment Period for Anyone Uninsured

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Special Enrollment Period Starts Feb. 16

Beginning Tuesday, February 16, MNsure is opening a three-month special enrollment period to help any Minnesotan not currently enrolled through MNsure to secure health insurance coverage. It will run through May 17. Check out the link below for more info.

This announcement follows the nationwide special enrollment period established by President Biden for those states who use, the federally run health insurance marketplace.

Note: If you experience a qualifying life event, qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, or are a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, you can enroll through MNsure at any time of the year.

HR Benefits and Payroll Change Forms: Due by Noon TODAY

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Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon TODAY 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

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!

Event Announcements

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.

Peace Scholars Program Information

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

Chapel: 5th House Ensemble

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by Zoom for chapel today at 10:40 am for the last of 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. We will hold silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and our call for racial justice in God’s world. 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

Augsburg Has 6 Fulbright Semi-Finalists

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Six Augsburg students have been named Fulbright Semi-Finalists. Their applications will now be forwarded on to their host countries for further consideration. All students are competing as English Teaching Assistants to the following countries: 2 to South Korea, 2 to Taiwan, 1 to Laos and 1 to Mexico. It’s an honor to make it this far in the process of a competitive national award.

Thanks to faculty and staff who wrote letters of recommendation and served on Fulbright interview committees.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright to teach English, conduct research or pursue a master’s degree contact for more information.


Seeking Opinions

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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-minute questionnaire (using Google Forms) will be open until the end of February. Those completing the survey may also enter a lottery to win a gift e-card.