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

Still Available for Spring 2021 — Batalden Ethics Research Assistant (RA) Positions

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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 complete 50 hours of work and 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 this link (also shown below); faculty applicants may request additional funds to support the undergraduate RAs work for consideration (to avoid these costs being deducted out of the RA stipend). 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.

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 5

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place VIRTUALLY on April 13th. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 5th (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).
For questions about registration or the event, please contact

URGO Website: Zyzzogeton

We Need Your Nominations for Faculty Contribution 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

Time is Running Out for 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

Two Weeks Until 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

AugSem Faculty – Apply to be an FYE Fellow

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The First Year Experience/AugSem program is seeking faculty to be a part of a pilot program for instructors teaching an AugSem during the fall 2021.

Goal: Create a cohort of instructors who will meet to discuss anti-racist pedagogy and student learning in relation to working with first year students.

Fellows will need to commit to attending all 1-hour FYE Teaching Fellows meetings in spring 2021 and fall 2021 semesters. Meetings will take place in: March, April, May, September, October and November.

FYE Teaching Fellow positions are open only to those planning to teach an AugSem course in the fall of 2021.

To apply, simply submit a brief statement of why you would like to be a FYE Teaching Fellow to Lyz Wendland, Director of First Year Experience: by February 19th, 2021.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Advisory Grades

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Regardless of how we instructors feel about it, students want to know their grades and track their progress. In a study (Borreson Caruso and Salaway, 2007, ECAR)of how students use their classroom management systems (like Moodle), almost 30,000 students from across the U.S. self-reported that keeping track of assignment and test grades was their 3rd most common use of the technology, just behind accessing the syllabus (ranked #1) and course readings and assignments (#2). However, 93% of these same students ranked keeping track of assignment and test grades as the number one most useful feature of this technology.

At Augsburg, the Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG) has recommended to AAC that we faculty engage in “…updating Moodle grades or informing students of their progress in the class” throughout the semester. In response to this recommendation, Augsburg is conducting an Advisory Grading Pilot this semester to ensure that this information is provided to every undergraduate student for every class at least twice a semester. Please be on the lookout for more information about this process very soon!!

In the meantime, check-out the Faculty Moodle Resource page for tips and tricks on using the Moodle Gradebook and other Moodle Feedback tools.

Teaching Tips are posted on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Find more resources on the CTL page:

Faculty Moodle Resources

Apply for the 2021-2022 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Augsburg University’s Public Leadership Scholar Programs give students the opportunity to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

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:

There is one APPLICATION for all three programs DUE BY MARCH 1, 2021
You will also need to submit a FACULTY OR STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Questions? Contact:
Christensen Scholars: Jeremy Myers at
Interfaith Scholars: or Matt Maruggi at
Sabo Scholars:

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

URGO Summer Research Deadlines Pushed Back

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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

The URGO Phase 1 Summer Research Application deadline has been extended to February 16th, it must be completed on time to be considered for Phase Two Summer Research. The Phase 2 Application is now due March 1. This change is to give students more time to find a research mentor and to work with them to write a strong application.

URGO Summer Research Website

General Announcements

Do You Want To Have a Say?

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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.

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!

Augsburg Leadership Awards

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

MN Private Colleges’ Fair Prep Sessions Available

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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 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

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

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

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50 Free Spots for Forum on Workplace Inclusion (March 9 or 10)

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Hello student organization leaders and members!

Augsburg is hosting the Forum on Workplace Inclusion virtually from March 8-12. Business leaders, nonprofit managers, community organizers, and more from all over the world will be attending this conference. I highly encourage you all to consider registering.

Augsburg has reserved 50 free spots for students to attend on either Tuesday, March 9 or Wednesday, March 10. It’s a completely virtual event.

It is first-come, first-serve, so I would highly encourage you to register sooner rather than later. After 50 students register, there will be a wait list. Register for the conference here:

If you have classes during the day you want to attend, inquire with your faculty members ahead of time to see how flexible they are in letting you attend.

This is an amazing opportunity to network with professionals across the world around promoting inclusion and equity in the workplace, as well as to build skills.

The conference is hosting an Innovation Sprint, which is taking place March 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10 from 1:30-3:30pm each day. There are 10 additional free spots for Augsburg students.

The application to apply is Friday, February 19. Apply for the innovation sprint here:

If you apply, you will also want to register for the conference (see link above).

Let me know if you have any questions!

The Future of Higher Education and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The 33rd Annual Forum Conference

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® at Augsburg University in collaboration with Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is providing an opportunity for those in Higher Education to address issues specific to their work culture and structure with this special half-day virtual event:


When: Thursday, March 11, 2021  | 11:30 – 3:45 PM CST
Cost and Registration: $300

***Augsburg Faculty/Staff who wish to participate in the higher education industry track should email to receive a special discount code. Registration includes participation in this special half day industry track session as well as the full five day Forum annual conference.

More information about this special session can be found here:

Note: Augsburg faculty or staff interested in registering should contact The Forum via the instruction listed above. Do not use the registration button found on the link above.

This year’s conference is March 8-12, 2021 and is HRCI and SHRM Continuing Education Credit (CEU) eligible.

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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