Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Cause of Fire Alarm Wednesday at Mortensen Hall

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A fire alarm went off at 11:39 a.m. Wednesday at Mortensen Hall after Facilities had been defrosting an air filter and it caught on fire. Minneapolis Fire Department firefighters and Augsburg Department of Public Safety officers responded to the scene. They inspected the building, and confirmed by noon that the fire was out and that the smoke had cleared enough that it was safe for the students who had been escorted out of the building to return.

Teaching and Learning

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 Phase 1 App Due February 16

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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

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

TODAY 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)

February EDTalk: Incorporating Intentionality, Mindfulness, and Gratitude in Teaching and Learning

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Premiering Wednesday, February 17 at 3:10 pm. Tara Mader (faculty in the department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science) and Dan Ibarra (faculty in the Department of Art and Design) will explore the benefits and techniques of employing gratitude, mindfulness, and intentionality in the classroom.

This year, EDTalks will be pre-recorded and have a community “premiere” on Zoom hosted by CTL at 3:10 pm on days when there is a faculty meeting. These premieres will end no later than 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to log into the Faculty Zoom meeting early. After the premier, the recording will be posted on the CTL website, along with any resources (if applicable).

EDTalk Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

General Announcements

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Scholarship

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Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Scholarship is available now! Up to 6 awardees will receive $2,500.00 each. the amount will be added to your outstanding tuition bill.
WHO CAN APPLY: (All of you can apply)
-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.

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

What Do You Think?

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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.

Humans of Augsburg

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This year’s Interfaith Scholars Cohort has created 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 value, what you believe, and what has shaped you. 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 so make sure to follow us @humansofaugsburg.

Crossover Registration Change for Fall 2021

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For the Fall 2021 undergraduate registration period we are eliminating the crossover registration waiting period on a trial basis. Registration for AU students into Day classes and Day students into AU classes will be available as soon as a student is eligible to register. A decision about crossover registration in future semesters will be made after we see how this trial impacts Day and AU student access to courses in their home programs.

Have Younger Siblings Who Need Tutoring?

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Trinity Lutheran Congregation offers a homework help program for kids k-12. The program is working online via zoom. Tutors of different academic interests are available and are able to help. Tutoring is held school days from 3:30-6:00pm.

If you know, or have younger siblings who would like to sign up for tutoring, email the program director, Destiny Cummings (

Apply to be the Features Editor for the School Newspaper (Paid Position) by February 15

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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 Monday, Feb. 15 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

Mayo Career Fair, February 18

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Graduating this spring? Consider attending Mayo Clinic’s Virtual Career Fair! The following message is from our employer partner at the Mayo Clinic.
We invite you to connect with our recruiters and hiring managers, and explore a “life-changing career” at Mayo Clinic!

What if your career could change your life? Whether you are starting your professional life or well vested in your career journey, you may wonder if you are aligning with the work you were meant to do. Mayo Clinic invites you to register for the Mayo Clinic Virtual Career Fair!

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 3:00-7:00 PM (CST)
Cost: Free and open to everyone

• Finance, Coding, Supply Chain, Billing
• Human Resources
• Research
• Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
• Surgical Techs
• Facilities & Security
• Patient Appointment Scheduling & Administrative Services
• Environmental Services, Linen Central Services, General Services
• Nursing – RN Students/Graduates, RN Experienced
• Nursing Support – LPN, PCA, HUC, NA, MA
• Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
• Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant
• Pharmacy
• Cardiac Monitoring
• Information Technology, Information Security, Healthcare Technology Management
• Management Engineering & Consulting
• Charter House (Senior Living)
• Center for Digital Health (Data science and AI in healthcare)

Once registered, you will receive a link to the event page. No additional download or software is required.


Augsburg Student Mail

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Auggies, if you live on campus you were assigned a campus box. (You can search yourself in the Augsburg directory if you are unsure of the box number.) Please make sure to check your campus box on a regular basis. Currently there are a lot of tax documents being delivered. Even if you are not expecting mail you may want to check your box just to be safe.

Please also keep an eye on your email. There are a number of students who no longer have a campus box, but still have mail sent to their Augsburg address. In these cases, we send an email to your email account with the subject line Will Call Mail. We will hold the mail for two weeks to give you time to come pick it up or contact to see about other options. If we do not hear from you, your mail will be sent back to the original sender.

Thank You,
Mail Room Staff

Due Monday: 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

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Applications Now Open

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Hello student leaders,

Campus Life is currently accepting applications for the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors (i.e., those graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021) for their leadership contributions during their tenure at Augsburg University. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Please click on the link below to apply: (

Those who apply for the Society will also be considered for the following awards:

– Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which is given to one senior (by credit) and carries an award amount of $500.

– Marina Christensen Justice Award, which is awarded at Commencement.

Those accepted into the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society will be inducted and recognized at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place virtually on Sunday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding these leadership recognition opportunities for Augsburg University Seniors, please reach out to Michael Grewe ( from Campus Life.

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

Event Announcements

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.

Fosdick Lecture on Preaching: Does Preaching Matter? More Than Ever

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Rev. Dr. David Lose, Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Former President of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
Author of “Making Sense” series of books

Augsburg University Campus Ministry invites you to join us via Zoom on Tuesday, March 9, at 10:30 am as Augsburg University welcomes Pastor Lose for the fourth annual Fosdick Lecture on Preaching. Amid a pandemic, economic and ecological crisis, painful reminder of racial justice, and a period of drastic political polarization, one may wonder whether or not the preaching of the church matters. Fair question. Yet at the same time, preaching the love, justice, and mercy of God has never mattered more. Preaching matters because it reminds us that the challenges of the day, while urgent, are neither the only nor ultimate realities with which we live. It matters because in the proclamation of the Gospel we are reminded of our primary identity as God’s beloved children. And it matters because a central component of the Gospel is the promise that the future is in God’s hands. Come, join the conversation!

10:30 am Welcome, Lecture and Q&A
11:30 am Chapel Worship (via Zoom)

Via Zoom from Hoversten Chapel

Zoom link

8 Minutes 46 Seconds: Prayer and Presence

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You are invited to join us in Hoversten Chapel to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and our call for racial justice in God’s world. Pastoral presence is available in Hoversten Chapel for support and prayer. Pastor Babette Chatman will be available in the chapel at 10:40 – 11:00 am.

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:

Find Your Inner Peace

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Tuesday March 9th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
The Holistic Health Series will be a monthly session facilitated by CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center. For 60 minutes, students will come together on zoom to practice a plethora of grounding activities. Covid-19 and the historical racial unrest have increased anxiety, isolation, depression, unstable housing and employment, and more. CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center will provide culturally competent sessions that will allow people to practice mindfulness through music, poetry, movement, relationship building, and more. After each session, the facilitators will ask for feedback and suggestions to increase the participants’ quality and enjoyment of Holistic Health Series.

Virtual Info. Session: Ciresi Walburn Scholarship

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Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2021

4:30PM -5:30PM

Zoom Link:

This opportunity is open to African-American men who are sophomores this spring. Participants 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

Black Comedy Show

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Attend a virtual Comedy Show
In-Person for Augsburg Students, Staff, and Faculty
On February 16th, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Three local twin cities comedians will feed us with laughter. There is a Q/A at the end with all three comedians.

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 onto 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 be 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.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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