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We Need 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

Forum Podcast Ep. 56: Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Maureen Berkner Boyt (The Moxie Exchange) answers questions from listeners that attended our webinar Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal.

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

Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop

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Thank you to all those who attended our Assessment Day events! In case you missed the institutional assessment session, you can catch up with this recorded presentation, “Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop”.

Have an idea to share? Please consider taking a moment to fill out this form to share your new approaches to supporting our students. Form Link:

Recording of “Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop”

General Announcements

Sad News About Colleagues in Mexico

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Today we share the sad news that two staff members at CGEE Mexico, Isabel Sanchez Hernandez and her husband, Moisés Rios, passed away on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. Both had been in the hospital for COVID for the past month.

Isabel and Moisés were and always will be cherished members of the Augsburg community in Cuernavaca. Isabel worked as CGEE’s cleaner on and off for over 30 years, and Moisés was a night watchman and driver.

Here is a message of remembrance, written by Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, CGEE Mexico site director:

Maria Isabel Sanchez Hernandez was an amazing woman who touched the lives of students, faculty, and staff members alike. Isabel loved to sing while she worked and was known always to be smiling. She took English lessons so that she could communicate better with students, and she often stayed late, well beyond her work shift, so that she could help students with their Spanish homework. She was a colleague and a dear friend, someone who would always go the extra mile for the people around her. Her passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts.

Moisés Rios was a caring man who loved his family above all else. He didn’t speak much English, but this didn’t matter–even with those who didn’t speak Spanish, he always found ways to communicate. Words were not a barrier for Moi. Former students, visiting professors, and staff will attest to his warmth and kindness. As a driver, Moisés made countless runs to the airport, shops, community organizations, and field trip sites, showing every day that he was a critical part of the program team.

Isabel and Moisés leave behind their five children, Rosa, Andres, Diego, Miriam, and Sliri (11 years old).

New Course: Global Movement of Anti-Apartheid Southern Africa and the Murder of George Floyd

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A new program is being offered this summer by the Pan-Afrikan Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) called Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice.

The program will be offered May 17 – May 28. Students will be able to receive 2 credits and fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement OR they can take it only to fulfill the Augsburg Experience. The cost of the program is being supported by scholarships from CGEE, the Pan-Afrikan Center, and Augsburg University; therefore, we are able to offer it at a reduced price.

Program participants will critically analyze the global racial unrest movements of the Southern Africa Anti-Apartheid system, and the racially motivated murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Albertina Shifotoka, Program Director of CGEE Namibia, and Azania Tripp, Director of the Pan-Afrikan Center, will facilitate a 2-week program experience that will introduce students to the understanding of how these movements became historical events and impacted policy and the visibilities on racial inequities that impact the Pan-Afrikan diaspora and all BIPOC communities. The program will be offered from May 17 – May 28, 2021 and the deadline for applying is Thurs, March 25.

If you have any questions email Azania Tripp the Pan-Afrikan Director

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

Seniors – Use Your Augsburg Bold Scholarship to Study Leadership

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

The Augsburg Master’s Degree in Leadership

Auggie Basics Housing – Applications Now Open

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As part of the Augsburg University Equity Proposal, the Auggie Basics – Housing initiative is designed to address the needs of students who experience housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into the Auggie Basics Program will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student. Summer housing may be an option. Students must reapply each academic year. Being chosen for the Auggie Basics program one year does not guarantee participation in future years.

To apply, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Student Affairs office at 612 330 1160.

Please answer all of the following questions with as much detail as you are comfortable providing.

Auggie Basics Application

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.

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Event Announcements

Focused Conversation on Academic Structure: TODAY

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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

World Wednesday: Business Abroad

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This week’s World Wednesday event is all about Business abroad.

We’ll be discussing study abroad/away options best fit for business majors. Featuring Augsburg business faculty, and our partners at CAPA, global programs known for their business programs and internships abroad, including London, Sydney, and Florence.

Zoom session will be February 24th from 11:30 to noon. A recording will be posted after.

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

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

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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.

Skills Group on Working With Emotions – Starting Wednesday, March 3

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The Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) will be offering a psycho-educational group for Augsburg students starting Wednesday, March 3rd via zoom from 4:30 – 6 pm. The group facilitated by CWC counselor Josh Kent will identify and help students learn about the role of emotions in our lives and skills for working with them. If you are interested in the group or learning more contact Josh at

“A Breath for George” Film, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Thursday 2/25, 7-9pm CST – All students, staff, faculty and community members are invited and welcome!

Register here:

Please join Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) and valued Augsburg campus and community partners in watching this groundbreaking film honoring the life and death of George Floyd as well as exploring the larger issues of police brutality, systemic racism, and anti-Black racism. The film uplifts the voices of Minnesotan artists, scholars, and community members who have been historically and negatively impacted by these injustices, through a collection of interviews, music, and poetry.

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

Austene Van, the filmmaker and Founder/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

Learn more about this event, the film, and AWE here.

Open Education Week is Next Week

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Open Education Week is March 1-6! Join the Lindell Librarians for quick and informal workshops that explore finding and using open materials at Augsburg. Mark your calendars for:

Open Education Coffee Break: Finding Supplemental Resources (March 1 @ 3:00) (link forthcoming)
Open Education Coffee Break: Idun (March 4 @ 3:30) (link forthcoming)

And keep an eye on the library’s OER page for more information about how open resources are used right here at Augsburg!

Learn more about open education at Augsburg

Dr. Bill Green and Panelists, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

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Join Sabo Center staff as we commemorate Black History Month by
highlighting a 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.


Keeping Track of Auggies

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


Free Oak Entertainment Center (with photos)

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Free Oak Entertainment Center

Giving away our entertainment center. It is modular, made up of three pieces, so can be arranged in various configurations, or separated in different rooms. Custom built, oak, with adjustable shelving. Excellent condition.

Email with questions or if you want to arrange to pick it up.

Unit 1 (first two photos):
60” tall, 34” wide, 24.5” deep
Glass doors. Four shelves.
Unit 2:
36” tall, 34” wide, 24.5” deep
Four shelves.
Unit 3:
18” tall, 40” wide, 24.5” deep
Includes an upholstered cushion for seating.

Click link below for photos and details.

Photo and details here.