Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sign Up for the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will: alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine; connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area. You also may still work through your healthcare providers to try to get access to vaccines, as they become available.

George Floyd Update: Noon March 4 UST Panel on Upcoming Police Trial

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The University of St. Thomas hosts this event:

As the first of the former police officers charged in the death of George Floyd heads to trial now scheduled to begin on March 8, many members of our community have questions about the legal process. Join us for a panel and discussion that will help us understand the process and learn more about the events happening in the courtroom and in our community.

The panel will feature three University of St. Thomas School of Law Faculty, Rachel Moran, Mark Osler and Rachel Paulose, and will be moderated by Dr. Yohuru Williams of the University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative.

Click on the Join Event Online to attend the event from noon to 1 p.m. March 4.

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

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

Join Fellowship Friday at 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)

Submit Your Nominations for Distinguished Contributions from Faculty

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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

Recording/Invitation for Feedback: Institutional Student Surveys

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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”

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.

New List of External Funding Opportunities for Faculty

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The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs has updated its general list of funding opportunities for faculty research and creative pursuits. Check out requests for proposals for grants in your discipline at the page linked here:

For next steps, visit
To conduct your own tailored search for external grants, visit

General Announcements

Apply for the 2021-2022 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars – New Deadline is March 8

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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:
The application deadline has been extended to March 8, 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

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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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!

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

Scribes (Note Takers) Needed for The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Annual Conference

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The Forum needs staff or student note takers for its deep dive session on higher education, titled: Reinventing the Higher Education Workforce as a Mechanism for Disrupting Systemic Racism.

The session is scheduled from 11:30am -3:45pm on Thursday, March 11. A full conference complimentary registration is available in exchange for note taking duties. If interested, contact The Forum at

Interested in Grad School? Apply to TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2021 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2022 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2022. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000+) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2022.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant, Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

McNair Website

Deadline on Monday: Calling Seniors “Augsburg Bold Graduate Program Scholarship”

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As part of the Augsburg Bold initiative, the university has committed to a “one time” scholarship program for current seniors looking to continue their education in one of Augsburg’s designated graduate programs. To support our graduating students, Augsburg is offering a 50% tuition discount in the form of a scholarship. Applications due by March 1st.

Augsburg Bold Graduate Program Scholarship

Ways to Connect with Student Financial Services

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We are also happy to announce that our Student Service Window in the Enrollment Center will be re-opening on March 1st. With registration around the corner, feel free to stop by if you have any questions about financial aid, payment plan, verification, and/or unpaid balance hold. Window hours are Monday thru Friday from 10am-2pm.

Virtual drop-in hours are also available for quick questions with a Financial Aid Counselor or you can schedule an appointment online. Feel free to email your questions to or call (612) 330-1046 for assistance.

Connect with Student Financial Services

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. On the campus ministry blog, Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong offers a prayer for victims of racial violence and injustice in memory of Trayvon Martin, killed on February 26, 2012.

A Prayer for Victims of Racial Violence and Injustice

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

Augsburg Intercolligate Film Festival

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The online film festival recognizes the work of student filmmakers and writers as part of an interconnected statewide film community. The festival provides networking opportunities and juried merit awards of distinction. The festival is organized by Augsburg University fine arts film scholars and juried by professors and industry professionals. Augsburg students get one free submission the waiver code is CFNFilm2021.

Film Freeway Website

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit

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Community partner, Mossier is offering a FREE summit to all students.

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit
There are way too many systems that present barriers to the intersections of being LGTBQ and our cultural backgrounds and race. Committing to equity means dismantling policies to create an anti-racist culture at work. Mossier will be kicking off Proud to Work ’21 programming by digging into systems that create unfair environments, how others are undoing destructive workspace systems, and ideation on strategies that will permanently remove racist policies from our workspaces.

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist
Fri, Feb 26th
10-4pm CST

When registering, use the code “MOSSIER100” for FREE registration.

You can use this link to learn more and register:

Register for The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit

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

HR/Payroll Virtual Open House

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The Human Resources department invites all Augsburg faculty, staff and student employees to join us for a virtual open house on Tuesday, March 2 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your HR and payroll team and learn about the exciting work we are doing to better serve the Augsburg community! This event will kick-off a variety of virtual learning and development events throughout 2021 to keep you informed of progress on the priorities outlined in our January Focused Conversation: What We’ve Learned in HR.

We are excited for you to meet our specialists in student employment and payroll/benefits, and the HR dedicated partners who support your department. Informal break-out rooms will be available for you to “drop-in” and meet individually with a member of the team. Stay for five minutes, or as long as you like — whatever works for your schedule. We invite you to share feedback and ideas, ask questions, and learn more about how our work is evolving to better meet your needs!

Click HERE for a link to the zoom session.

We hope to see you there!

10th Annual Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men: The Prequel

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On behalf of the Kente Summit Planning Committee, registration for 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
1:00pm-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.

Please share this information with others who may be interested.

The Kente Summit is an outstanding opportunity for collegiate Black men. The objective is to assemble male undergraduate students of African descent in order to build community across campuses, identities, experiences, and commonly faced issues while honoring identity, intersectionality, inclusion, and intentionality – the four cornerstones of the Kente Summit.
Our hope is that this event will provide a supportive space for participants to build community and strategies for success together.

Please contact Sedric McClure (, Brad Pulles ( or Carlos Sneed ( with any questions.

Posted onFebruary 25, 2021
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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!


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) (Zoom link:
Open Education Coffee Break: Idun, Augsburg’s Institutional Repository (March 4 @ 3:30) (Zoom link:

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

Auggie Connect on Monday

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Join us on Monday!

Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join Augsburg alum, Zsolt Vincze, and CLASS staff, Cassie Charles, as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect is available Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Please contact for any accommodations needed to participate. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 0654 4396
Passcode: 586732

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