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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

RSVP for Tuesday’s Assessment Workshops

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Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 23! RSVP with the link below.

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.

RSVP for Assessment Day Workshops

CTL Grant Information Sessions TODAY

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Find Grant Information at

CTL Director, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, will be hosting four short information sessions about the Scholarship, ICD, and Provost’s Internationalization Grants. You are invited to stop in for a review of the grants and to ask questions. In the link below, you can also find an informational recording from Jennifer.

Thursday: February 18:
9 am – 9:30 am
4 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, February 19
9 am – 9:30 am
4 pm – 4:30 pm

Grant deadline has been extended until Monday, March 1 at Noon.

Zoom Link for Grant Information Sessions (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

We Need More Nominations for Faculty Awards

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We have extended the deadline for nominations until March 22. Please consider nominating faculty for awards.

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 22.

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 22.

Distinguished Contribution Awards

TODAY is Fellowship Friday: 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)

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

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 Transcripts

The Minnesota State Grant Program Needs Your Advocacy

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We have an opportunity to communicate with Gov. Tim Walz and our state legislators about the importance of helping college students by increasing funding for the State Grant program. These need-based grants help two in five Minnesota students going to college in the state, at both public and private nonprofit institutions. And here at Augsburg, 1,350 students receive these grants.

Now is the time to ask Minnesota policymakers to invest in college students and increase the size of these grants. The State Grant program, which provides need-based financial aid similar to the Pell Grant, is the only way that the State of Minnesota supports students at our institution and other private colleges throughout the state.

Through the Minnesota Private College Council’s advocacy system, Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid, you can easily send a message to the Governor and your legislators stating your support for increased funding for the State Grant program.

Please consider contacting your elected representatives. You can find out more and take action here:

Advocate for the State Grant

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 soon!
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:
The application deadline is March 1, 2021.
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

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 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.

COVID-19 Vaccines Info

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The Minnesota COVID-19 Response site offers information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including who is eligible and where the vaccine is being offered. You can also sign up for Vaccine Connector, which will alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine and connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccines Details:

Vaccine Connector website

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**

HR Benefits and Payroll Change Forms: Due by Noon TODAY: Friday, Feb. 19

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Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon TODAY, Friday, February 19, to be processed on the February 26 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

2021 U.S. Bank Campus Discover Us Program August 16–20

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2021 Campus Discover Us program August 16–20, 2021

U.S. Bank is one of our valued employer partners! They recruit a number of Auggies each year for summer internships. In fact, they hire over 100+ interns each year.

Join this exciting pipeline Campus Discover Us program intended for students that are planning to graduate between December 2022 – May 2023.

This program is a pipeline to their 2022 internship program and is open to all majors. You will have the opportunity to learn from senior leaders, network with recent grads across the country and build on your strengths and career interests.

How you’ll develop:
• Increase business acumen and enhance professional growth and development
• Receive mentorship from Business Resource Groups
• Network and engage with senior leaders
• Participate in accelerated interview process on the final day of the program
• Awarded academic scholarship upon successful program completion

I’m interested, what’s next?

Learn More & Register –

Accepting submissions February 15 – March 5, 2021
Internship website:

Need Help Polishing Your Resume
Strommen Career Peer Advisors are available for virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours are:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 11am-12pm & 2:00-3:30pm
Wednesdays 1:00-3:30pm

Here is the Zoom Link to meet with a Career Peer Advisor

Student Registrar Position

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Are you a problem solver who enjoys details? Do you value organization? Consider joining our team!

The Student Assistant position in the Registrar’s Office is a customer service-driven and detail-oriented administrative position with a friendly team in an office setting. The Registrar’s Office is housed within the Academic Affairs Division. We provide services in the areas of document imaging, records retention, transfer evaluation, registration, graduation, term/curriculum records, class scheduling, grade recording, and veteran benefit certification. Our mission is to ensure the integrity of recorded data while providing timely service and communicating information regarding policies and procedures to the Augsburg University community. Consider joining our team and gaining meaningful experience that can be applied to many career fields.

Position available on handshake

Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training

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Attention University Faculty and Staff – If you did not attend both part I and part II of the Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training this past fall (Nov 30 and Dec 1), you need to register for and attend both part I and part II of the Anti-Racism Training this spring on Feb 22 and 23.

If you are unable to attend this Spring Training, you may register for and attend part I and part II of the make-up training session taking place on Mar 24 and 25.

Click the link below to visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Anti-Racism Training Webpage for more information and to register!

Auggie Connect for Students With Disabilities – Study Abroad

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This Monday, February 22 from 3:30-4:30, Auggie Connect will have a recent alum talk about their study abroad experience. Join us for social time and chatting about life abroad and after Augsburg.

Auggie Connect will be available every Monday, starting February 1, from 3:30-4:30 pm. Please contact for any accommodations needed to participate.

See you there!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 0654 4396
Passcode: 586732

Auggie Connect Zoom Meeting

Augsburg Named Top Producer of Fulbrighters

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We are delighted to be a 2020-2021 Fulbright Top Producing Institution as advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Congratulations to our 5 students who are or will be teaching English in 4 countries through Fulbright. Fulbrighters foster mutual understanding, share
knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world. We are proud that
our students are representing Augsburg University and the United States as cultural
ambassadors during the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary year!

The students representing Augsburg as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants are: Winni Godi ’17 (Rwanda), Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 (Malaysia), Eh Soe Dwe ’20 (Malaysia), Natalya Arevalo ’20 (Honduras), Bethany Lor ’19 (South Korea).

For Fulbright, you can study, do research, or teach. If you are interested in learning more about Fulbright, contact Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor Dixie Shafer at

Event Announcements

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

Focused Conversation on Academic Structure: Next week

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Join Provost Karen Kaivola, deans Monica Devers and Ryan Haaland, and faculty members Laura Boisen, Dal Liddle, and Diane Pike for an update on the work of the academic structure task force.

Focused Conversation: Academic Structure
Wednesday, February 24
12:30 p.m.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands Page

Black History Month: Self-Love

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Hello Auggies,

We are excited to announce the first ever in-person event for ESA (Ethiopian Student Association). On February 26, 2021, we will be celebrating Black History Month, and in that we wanted to provide a space where we can navigate through our experiences with self-love and self-appreciation. You will have the opportunity to check-in with yourselves and bring out your creative side.

We will be having a lot of fun activities including but not limited to face mask decorating, giveaways and so much more. More details on the event will be announced in the days to come. Keep a lookout for that!


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

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.

Black Communities-Stories of Resilience, February 25

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Please join the Sabo Center staff as we commemorate Black History Month by
highlighting the history of power building and resilience in Black
Communities in the Twin Cities. We are inviting community leaders to bring
voice to the collective story of resilience and power in historically black
communities and neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and beyond.

This will be a virtual event on Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-5:45pm.


Gay in the BWCA

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Wilderness Canoe Base & Augsburg University LGBTQIA+ Services will be partnering to offer a pilot program to 7 current LGBTQIA+ students of Augsburg University. The program is designed to provide intentional community for LGBTQIA+ students to experience nature – and specifically the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA.)

When thinking about communities and identities safe and welcome to share outdoor spaces, LGBTQIA+ communities are often not included in that equation. This pilot program is offering the opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students to experience and engage in learning that doesn’t involve a ‘classroom.’ Because queer and trans+ communities haven’t historically been welcome in outdoor spaces, to engage in learning that doesn’t uphold the lens of ‘traditional education,’ this program is offering queer ways of knowing.

Being modeled from adrienne mareen brown’s book, Emergent Strategy, this program looks to biomimicry to better understand how queer movement can model nature to find ways of cooperative and collective action – resulting in queer liberation.

This trip will be led by Director, LGBTQIA+ Services – Max Poessnecker & an LGBTQIA+ identified Wilderness Canoe Base staff member. This trip requires ZERO experience in the outdoors, canoeing, or BWCA. Part of the goals of this pilot program are to create exposure, access, and dismantle gatekeeping to outdoor spaces upheld by racism, queerphobia, and capitalism.

Interested? LGBTQIA+ Student Services will be holding two info sessions to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Info Session 1
Fri, March 5th
12 – 1pm

Info Session 2
Tue, March 9th
5 – 6pm

Info Session Zoom Link

10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men

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The 2020-21 10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men is now open. This event will center on finding, celebrating and sustaining wellness and joy as Black men in 2021 after a challenging 2020 and will feature a special keynote address, Brotherhood Talking Circles, and interactive workshop. The Brotherhood Talking Circles portion of the event is limited to only students and facilitators.

10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men

Saturday, March 6

1-4:30 p.m.

Registration is free.

This virtual event will take place over Zoom, and a link will be sent to those who register.

Register online here:

The Kente Summit is for undergraduate Black men who attend Colleges and Universities in Minnesota. Staff and Faculty are encouraged to attend with their students. All who attend – students, staff, and faculty – are asked to register.

Registration closes on Thursday, March 4.

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