Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Super Bowl Gatherings: Get Tested for COVID-19

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Did you watch the Super Bowl with others? If so, get tested for COVID-19, health experts advise. There are many options:

Saliva tests for COVID-19 are available to students, faculty, and staff at Lindell Library’s circulation desk for you to pick up.

Links and information about testing at the People’s Center near Augsburg and at MDH locations around the metro and state as well as ordering at-home tests are available at the Health Resources page at Outbreak Planning:

Teaching and Learning

Scholarship/ICD/Provost’s Internationalization Grant Proposals Due Monday

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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

Accepting Your Nominations for Distinguished 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

RSVP Now for Assessment Day Workshops

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General Education Assessment: Where do we go from here? (11 am – 11:45 am)

The newly-minted set of General Education Learning Outcomes have now been mapped to every course in the general education curriculum, providing us with new information on where and how students achieve the core learning outcomes of Augsburg’s signature curriculum. During this session, we will review the learning outcomes, as well as our preliminary data on where students achieve these outcomes. As we pivot to next steps, we invite faculty/staff feedback about implementation plans, including what resources are needed to support an expanded assessment of student learning in our general education curriculum.

Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop (12 pm – 1 pm)

After hearing from over a thousand students in our fall institutional surveys, faculty and staff workshopped ideas on how to better serve students in changing times. But how do we transform these ideas into action? In this session, we will review the ideas collected during the Fall student survey workshops and discuss straightforward ways to better meet student needs.

For those who want to take the work to the next level, staff and faculty will identify an area of interest and join in small group discussion and planning. Our objective is to conclude this session having created collaborative working groups built around key themes, with a call to action and supportive resources for those who want to pilot new approaches to improve student experience.

Use the link below to RSVP for the above workshops (the link can only be viewed 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

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

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

Live transcripts come to Zoom

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We are excited to announce that Zoom has enabled the Live Transcription option to all education customers. This option is now available in your meetings. See the Live Transcription How To ( ) for details. Individual participants are able to turn it off if they do not wish to see the live transcript.

Keep in mind this is an AI-driven transcription so there will be errors. This is not sufficient for an accommodation request — continue working with the CLASS office for accommodation requests for captioning. However this does provide a useful service for other situations.

Zoom Live Transcript

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:
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 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

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, presented by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry.
It is Transfiguration, the event when Jesus became dazzling light and illuminated a new time and a new way. This is my child, the beloved, listen to him, God says. This way, this time would lead Jesus down the mountain and to the cross.
We sing, pray and hear the words of scripture for us. Our liturgists this week are Nate Crary, Augsburg University Alum and Luther Seminary Student Sarah Hanson.

Transfiguration Matins

On-Campus Internships Open Now

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Through the Strommen Career & Internship Office, Give to the Max Day funds as well as some additional funds we are able to support four on-campus internships for the spring semester. Students will be given a stipend of $1,900 for completion of this internship.

The four internships are:

1) #4410375 Spanish Resource & Curriculum Assistant Minnesota Urban Debate League (MNUDL)
2) #4392241 Minnesota Urban Debate League Nonprofit Communication Intern
3) #4363702 Health Commons Engagement Specialist (intern)
4) #4359929 Strength and Conditioning Coach Internship


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

Augsburg Leadership Awards

Abolition Democracy

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Are you interested in abolition democracy?

If so, perhaps you would like to join a student committee that is planning an April 2021 panel event, “Abolition Democracy as our Moral Compass: A “Radical Imaginary” This event would be generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Critical race theorist and abolition scholar Stovall (2018) invites us into “a radical imaginary” that “challenges us to think about the world as it is while committing to a process that systemically changes it” (p. 53). Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in traditionally White institutions (TWIs) must navigate a covert White supremacist infrastructure (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, 2005) and a White milieu in higher education (for example, “White talk moves,” see Finders & Kwame-Ross, 2020). This proposed panel seeks to imagine higher education in the context of abolition democracy (DuBois, 1998; Davis, 2005).

This panel discussion will feature Professor David Stovall and additional student selected panelists. The event will be shaped and organized with Augsburg students under the guidance of the Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, Prof. Bibiana Koh. Students who serve on the committee will receive some kind of recognition for their time.

If interested, please email Prof. Bibiana Koh at

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**
**The Scholarship will be applied this Spring Semester**

-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.

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 Features Editor. Applications for this position close on Friday, Feb. 12 at 11:59 p.m.

*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, editing and writing articles that provide in-depth news stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community. Some examples of Features content includes articles that engage community perspectives on topics relevant to Augsburg and wider Minneapolis communities, highlights specific resources on campus, and spotlights the work of local artists, leaders and organizers. Other examples include interactive games and column pieces. 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 active in engaging students, staff, faculty and community members in topics of their interest.
-Be knowledgable of student resources at Augsburg.
-Plan photos 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

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

Event Announcements

Black Comedy Show

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Welcome to Black History Month

On February 16th, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, in the chapel for a comedy show! Three local twin cities comedians will feed us with laughter. There is be a Q/A at the end with all three comedians.

Laughter activates and relieves your stress response.
Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles.

Our host will be Khadijah Cooper @kcoopercomedy
Khadijah grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis as an only child. Working as a Sexuality Educator with teens, her confidence in public speaking coupled with her quick wit gave her all the fuel she needed to burst on to the comedy scene in February 2018.

Special Comedian guest Star: Ali Sultan @alisultancomedy

Ali Sultan saw his first stand up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15. He grew the desire to go on stage but first he needed to learn English.

Ali is the first professional Yemeni American comedian to be featured on Television when Kevin Hart hand picked him to perform on Comedy Central’s Hart of The City. In 2018 he was flown to Dubai to film a Half Hour Special for Comedy Central Arabia. He was named both Best Local Comic and artist of the year by City Pages. He represented Minnesota and won the Best in The Midwest competition at Gildas LaughFest. His album happy to be here debuted at #2 on iTunes and can heard on iTunes and Spotify. When Ali isn’t telling jokes Ali enjoys doing a podcast with his mom, Stories With My Muslim Mom.

@alisultancomedy is the first Yemeni American Comedian to be featured on Television when Kevin Hart hand picked them for Comedy Central’s Hart of The City. You can find his album Happy to be Here can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Xm and Pandora.

Special Comedian guest Star: Abenezer Merdassa
Is an Ethiopian American comic based out of the Twin Cities. He helps run the renowned Comedy Corner Underground, and has competed in 10,000 Laughs.

RSVP for the event using the Zoom link.

PASU: Black History Month Events

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PASU has two more Black History Month events coming up!

We hope to see you all stop by this Friday, Feb. 12th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm for a game and PRIZES in the Christensen Center lobby.

Black Jeopardy/Trivia in the Chapel, On Monday, Feb. 22nd, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Follow PASU on Instagram @augsburgpasu to get updates about events and great content.

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

Posted onFebruary 8, 2021
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Today: Psychology Abroad

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Today’s first World Wednesday event is all about Psychology abroad.

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: River Semester Info Session

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Today’s second World Wednesday event is all about the River Semester program this fall!

This will be a chance to learn more about the Fall ’21 River Semester program and expedition, and is for students who are interested in applying, have already applied, or are just curious to learn more about this unique semester-long trip down the length of the Mississippi River. Information session will be presented by faculty leader, Joseph Underhill.

Zoom session will be February 10th at 12:00 pm.

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

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).

Watch “A Breath for George” followed by panel discussion 2/25 7pm

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Students, faculty, and staff – You’re invited to join AWE and other valued Augsburg and community partners for a virtual viewing of “A Breath for George”, a Twin Cities film by Austene Van, honoring the life and death of George Floyd. A panel discussion will immediately follow the film screening.

Thursday, February 25th 7-9pm CST

Post viewing, there will be a 30-minute discussion with the following esteemed guests:

Austene Van, the filmmaker and Artistic Director of New Dawn Theatre

Joanne K. Reeck, M.A., Augsburg Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross, Augsburg Associate Professor & Chair of Education

Dr. Michael Lansing, Augsburg Associate Professor & Chair of History

This film includes artistic expressions and deep emotional reactions to the racial injustice in Minnesota and the greater United States. Attendees are encouraged to participate with sensitivity and an open mind to listen and engage with the voices presented in this film. As described by the filmmaker, “‘A Breath for George’ is a vehicle to mobilize viewers in both a nationwide and local context; to roll up our sleeves and work together to create real, radical, and lasting change for our future”. Please take care when watching this film as there are explicit narratives and imagery put forward by the artists and scholars in their truths. This could be triggering or traumatic for some viewers.

The film is available only for viewing during this event. It will not be recorded.

Event co-hosted by:

Pan-Afrikan Center

Theater Arts Department

Master of Arts in Leadership

Alumni Board

Equity Innovation Center of Excellence/YMCA of the North

Growth & Justice

To register and get more information, click here

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:

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


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