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

One Week Left for Your Scholarship/ICD/Provost’s Internationalization 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

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

2021 Grant Information

Recognize Faculty for 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

February 23 is Assessment Day

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Mark your calendars for Assessment Day 2021! Workshops will take place on Tuesday, February 23 from 11 am – 1 pm. Descriptions of the planned sessions are available in the link below (only viewable with an Augsburg login).

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Assessment Day Workshops

River Semester Info Session This Wednesday.

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Ready to start thinking about life after Zoom? For students already accepted, applying, or interested in the 2021 Mississippi River Semester ( there will be an info session and meet & greet this Wednesday at noon. 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. 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 . . . ) starting at noon on the 10th. The link for the required pre-registration is below.

Pre-register here.

HBP Book, “Self, Divided,” on Most Anticipated Books List

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Howling Bird Press’s nonfiction prize-winning book, “Self, Divided,” by John Medeiros, made the “Lambda Literary Review” list for most anticipated books of February! Howling Bird Press is the student-staffed publisher of Augsburg’s MFA program. Congratulations to our student editors!

Lambda Literary Most Anticipated Books

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

2021 Holiday Schedule

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Benefits-eligible staff should observe the paid holiday schedule unless it is determined by their manager that the department needs to remain open to meet the needs of the campus. Being a student-centered institution, it is expected that certain offices and services will need to remain open on some or all of these days. If you have questions about whether you are scheduled to work, please see your supervisor.

Thank you!
Your Human Resources and Payroll Team

2021 Holiday Schedule

Mindful Monday

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If you missed the five- part series with the Fifth House Ensemble series in Hoversten Chapel in which they led us in Deep Listening – a mindfulness practice motivated by the idea that communal music-making is everyone’s birthright, they are available on the Campus Ministry YouTube Channel. Campus Ministry invites you to a moment out of your day to participate in a deep listening activity.

Campus Ministry YouTube Channel

COVID-19: Monitor Your Symptoms Daily with the CampusClear App

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CampusClear is a free self-screening free application for iPhones and Androids that everyone in 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 at

Free $$4U: Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship Info + Resources

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Interested in study abroad, but think you can’t afford it?

The Gilman Scholarship for study abroad is available to Pell grant eligible students who are US Citizens to win $5000-$8000 for an experience abroad! Deadline to apply is March 2 if you’d like to go abroad Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022!

There are some great resources to help you WIN:

1. Check out our 25 min workshop recording –
It has great info on study abroad, tips to winning the scholarship and more. There is even an accompanying worksheet linked in the description you can use to get a jump start on your essays!

2. Staff in the study abroad/away office are happy to work with students 1-1 on choosing a program and preparing essay drafts.
Book a specific Gilman Scholarship Advising Appt at

3. Gilman is hosting AMAs ( Ask Me Anything!) sessions with staff and alums of the program all through February to talk about the scholarship and answer student questions live…
Every Thurs at 2pm CST on Zoom and YouTube Live and
Every Fri at 2pm CST on Instagram live
Get links for all the live sessions here:

There is a pile of money on the floor! Will you pick it up?
Questions? Email:

Learn more about the Gilman scholarship and APPLY

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

Seniors – Use Your Augsburg Bold Scholarship to Study Leadership

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As part of the Augsburg Bold program, the university offering a scholarship for current seniors looking to continue their education in one of Augsburg’s designated graduate programs. Augsburg is offering a 50% tuition discount in the form of a scholarship. The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) is one of the designated programs. Find out more by using the link below or contact the program director, Dr. Alan Tuchtenhagen at:

The Augsburg Master’s Degree in Leadership

Calling Seniors “Augsburg Bold Graduate Program Scholarship”

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As part of the Augsburg Bold initiative, the university has committed to a “one time” scholarship program for current seniors looking to continue their education in one of Augsburg’s designated graduate programs. To support our graduating students, Augsburg is offering a 50% tuition discount in the form of a scholarship.

Augsburg Bold Graduate Program Scholarship

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

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.

Palentine’s Day Breakfast for Dinner Wednesday, February 10

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Per Isabelle Daniels request, we will feature a special evening. On Wednesday, 2/10 we will have Palentine’s Day Breakfast For Dinner.

Replacing our normal supper will be Cheese Omelets, Pancakes and Waffles, Hash Browned Potatoes, Breakfast meats, Oatmeal and Veggie Tofu Sautee.

See you Wednesday night for breakfast.

Music Therapy Study Session

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February 9th from 2-4pm come join the music therapy club board for a time to study together and keep each other accountable. Please feel free to bring any homework you would like to work on, questions you might have, or any you might need help with. Link is attached below!

World Wednesday: Psychology Abroad

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This week’s World Wednesday theme is psychology abroad.

This week we’ll be discussing options best fit for psychology majors! We’ll hear from Psychology faculty member Stacy Freiheit and American College of Greece Exchange partner representative Justin Schaefer.

Zoom session will be February 10th from 10:30 to 11 am.

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

Find the updated zoom link at our blog

TODAY 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 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 is available every Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm. Please contact for any accommodations needed to participate.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 0654 4396
Passcode: 586732

1st Session Tonight – 5th House Ensemble

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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

Virtual Info. Session: Ciresi Walburn Scholarship

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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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggie Wins Prestigious PPIA Award

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URGO is pleased to announce that Estefani Guiracocha ’22 has been selected for the competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute for 2020. She will attend the institute held this summer at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she will participate in challenging policy coursework, leadership development training and graduate school preparation over seven weeks.

Estefani is majoring in Political Science and Accounting and has been involved on campus in the Emerging Leadership Program and TRIO Summer Bridge and as a Resident Adviser. She has served the off campus community as a Phillips Community Outreach and Organizing Specialist, Marketing and Communications Intern for U.S. Bank, Capitol Pathways Intern and Bayan Staff Program Assistant.

Congratulations to Estefani.

If you are interested in learning more about PPIA (held at 5 sites around the country) contact

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.


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