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Vaccine Appointments Still Available April 22 and May 20 at People’s Center

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The People’s Center Clinic (across Riverside Avenue from Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus) still has vaccine appointments available for Augsburg students, faculty or staff on April 22/May 20. This is a 2-dose Moderna vaccination; participants need to be available on BOTH dates (the dates are not flexible) in order to be scheduled.

To request an appointment:
1) Download and complete this PDF patient form:

2) Respond to the required questions and upload your completed PDF patient form using this Google form (Augsburg login required):

The People’s Center Clinic will call individuals in the order that they receive the completed forms to confirm appointment times on the two dates.

You can also confirm an appointment for yourself or a loved one by volunteering for a shift on one of the two vaccination days. More information here:

Teaching and Learning

Eight Augsburg Faculty Receive Augsburg Grants to Support Course Design this Summer

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Eight Augsburg faculty from seven different programs have been awarded a total of $14,500 in Instructional Course Design (ICD) Grants to support their development or major revision of a course. Each year, the selected ICD cohort attends workshops that focus on creating courses that provide more inclusive classroom experiences, active and experiential learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary and/or problem-based modes of inquiry for students. Congratulations to all 2021-2022 recipients!

Beliza Torres Narváez THR268: Queer Theatre and Performance
Lindsay Starck ENL330: Shakespeare
Joseph Towle SPA332: Latin American Civilizations and Cultures
James Vela-McConnell SOC390: Intersections of Race and Immigration
Ben Denkinger, Henry Yoon PSY105: Psychology in a Post-Pandemic World
Leon van Eck BIO444: Genomics and Biotechnology
Mary Lowe RLN205: Trauma and Religions: Texts, Critiques, and Strategies

Augsburg Faculty Recognized for Distinguished Contributions in Teaching

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Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Here are the Teaching Awardees:

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching (Full-Time Faculty Member)
Jacqueline deVries; History
“Professor deVries is an outstanding colleague who has modeled exemplary teaching during her time at Augsburg. She sets high standards and builds courses carefully to encourage student development.Jacqui is dedicated to interdisciplinary curricula that extends beyond the classroom and across the globe. Over her tenure at Augsburg Jacqui has introduced or invented at least nine new courses, broadening the range of course offerings to meet changing student interest and needs. Her consistent willingness to create new teaching and learning experiences benefits students and the University alike.”

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching (Adjunct Faculty Member)
Anna Bonderson; Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
“Anna approaches each student with respect and support. She helps each student identify and remedy their gaps or misunderstanding through clearly-explained, relevant examples. Anna does an exceptional job of teaching and she cares deeply about student learning. As one student said: “Professor Bonderson is an amazing professor. She genuinely cares about all of her students and she went above and beyond to prepare us for each exam. She is the kind of professor who will not let a student fail if the student advocates for themself. I LOVED her class even though I hate math.”

Augsburg Faculty Member Recognized for Distinguished Contributions in Scholarship

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Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship : Michael Wentzel; Chemistry
“Michael’s many research projects focus on “green chemistry”: how to make useful chemicals in ways that protect the environment, are affordable and are accessible. In 2019 he won the American Chemical Society Environmental Improvement Award for developing “Sustainable Chemistry at Augsburg University inspired by the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion.” Students actively seek to join his research because they resonate with the green chemistry goals. Michael provides a crucial research experience for students, and students have an opportunity to make a difference with their work.”

Augsburg Faculty Recognized for their Distinguished Contributions in Service

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Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Here are the Service Awardees:

Distinguished Contribution in Service (Community-Focused)
Kathleen (Katie) Clark, Nursing and Executive Director of the Health Commons
“Many of those served by the Health Commons are living on the streets of Minneapolis or are marginally housed. Katie figured out a way to continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic — she started seeing visitors outside, continuing to distribute hygiene kits and delivering food to encampments and to those who tested positive for COVID and were not allowed into the shelters. George Floyd used to visit the Augsburg Central Health Commons. Although Katie didn’t know him well, the continuing efforts of the Health Commons in the community are dedicated to the memory of George. The fight for justice will not end.”

Distinguished Contribution in Service (University-Focused)
Jenny Hanson, Communication Studies
“During these extraordinary times, Jenny has gone to extraordinary lengths to serve our students, faculty, and staff. Jenny has worked tirelessly over the past year, as the university pivoted and faculty and staff needed resources to provide high-quality remote learning and services. She provided exemplary service to the Augsburg community through her work on policy development and best emerging practices for remote teaching and learning, all in the midst of a global pandemic. The positive impact of Jenny’s service will be experienced by our students, faculty, and staff well into the future.”

Want To Teach, Study, or Research Abroad with Fulbright?

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field, including performance studies and the creative arts. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

Fulbright US Student Program Website

Fulbright Session Hosted by Fulbright Today

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Juniors, graduating seniors, and alums hear from Fulbright employees about the Fulbright US Student Program. In this program, you can teach English, study and/or do research in one of 140 countries, paid for by Fulbright. Learn from the experts about the program and application process.

This virtual session is today, April 19 at 3:00 pm.

Register Here

General Announcements


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Dear Auggies,
I hope your family & you are doing well.

We are Voices! A campaign based on raising awareness for POC communities. Our target is to provide solutions to their problems and spread awareness regarding their issues in our world right now. To participate, feel free to share stories of your experiences, and helplines which could support our page ! Join us on our journey to bring awareness and support us by following our pages Facebook & Instagram.

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Instagram page username- voices.united_



Paid Summer Internship

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Saint Paul Public Schools are offering paid internships for our CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Intern positions (SLI) to teach the IRC to a class of ten primarily African Americans and foster an environment that supports our children and young adults (known as “scholars” in the CDF Freedom Schools program) to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, country, and world with hope, education, and action.

Job Details: Currently enrolled in a college program with a G.P.A, of 2.0; completed at least 1 year of college; experience working with culturally diverse children for 2 years; and former CDF Freedom Schools scholars are preferred. |
Required Virtual National Training with pay 5/21-5/27
from 12:30-5pm EST: Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute. Work
hours per set-up day (June 15 -18); and there are opportunities for promotions. Initial Hourly Pay
8.0 hours/day; work 8.0
Rate= $15, M-F, 8:30am – 4:30pm June 21 – July 30, 2021: Interested candidates apply to

Apply Here!

Join the ASAC Board (Paid Position)

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Are you looking to expand your resume and build lasting connections all at once? Then ASAC is the board for you. Join our dynamic team: The Augsburg Student Activity Council. Our board is awarded the largest student org. budget to create and host events to keep Augsburg entertained and engaged. Apply Below! The application closes on April 24th!

Apply Here!

Congratulations Staff Appreciation Award Nominees

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The Staff Senate invites you to join us on May 10 to celebrate Augsburg staff! This year, we will be hosting the Staff Appreciation event on YouTube to celebrate work anniversaries, recognize Diversity and Inclusion Certificate recipients, and appreciate the 2020-21 recipients of the Outstanding Newcomer Award and the five Outstanding Staff Awards.

Here is a list of the award nominees:

Newcomer Nominees:
Kate Gray, Career Specialist, Strommen Center
Adrienne Kuchler Eldridge, Program Director, AYTI & Public Church Scholars
Aliza Verma, Program Specialist, PA Program
Marilyn Wetterer, Academic Liaison for Computing

Outstanding Staff Nominees:
Tina Brauer, Administrative Assistant, Music Department
Beth Carlson, Assistant Director, Center for Wellness & Counseling
Rev. Babette Chatman, University Pastor, Campus Ministry
Dianne Detloff, Administrative Program Coordinator, Center for Wellness and Counseling
Chris Dixon, Director of Athletic Diversity & Inclusion/Track & Field Assistant Coach
Andrea Dvorak, Associate Director of Off-Campus Study, Center for Global Education and Experience
Mulu Erana, Custodian, Facilities Management
Mike Fetting, Program Coordinator, Student Affairs
Nancy Guilbeault, Director, Center for Wellness & Counseling
Jack Hein, Assistant Director for Events and Engagement
Dan Malvin, System Administrator, Information Technology
Bryan Massich, Facilities Operations Manager
Susan Peacock, Coordinator of Custom Short Term Programs, Center for Global Education and Experience
Denielle Stepka, Assistant Director of Marketing

Nominated, but not eligible:
Alex Abraha, Assistant Director of Campus Life (last day on April 30)
Deanna Davis, Program Coordinator and Academic Advising, Professional & Graduate Studies (Staff Senator)
Alicia Quella, Program Director and Department Chair, PA Program (Faculty)

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Thank you for all you do for Augsburg.

– Augsburg Staff Senate

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Apply here

Be a Smart Student Using TutorMe

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can access TutorMe through any of your Moodle classes. At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Campus Boxes Closing/Survey

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As we near the end of another year please don’t forget to take care of your campus mailbox. This includes checking it for any mail, returning your lock and filing out the digital survey for what you would like us to do with your mail after this semester.

Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 16 2021) we will be closing all student campus boxes unless otherwise notified. Before the fall semester starts we will reassign campus boxes to all residential students. Commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they would like one.

If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer, please either fill out this survey ( ) or send us an email ( with any relevant information. There is also an option to be keep your current campus box number for the next semester if you will be returning in the fall. If you do not fill out the survey, we will close your campus box and return to sender any mail in the box.

We are only able to forward 1st Class USPS mail and packages. Other packages (UPS, FedEx, Amazon, etc.), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will be returned to sender or recycled. We can also only forward to US addresses. The forwarding period for the Augsburg Mailroom is two months from when the request is submitted (July 16 2021). Afterward any additional mail we receive will be returned to sender.

We request that you contact the people/business sending you mail and update your address with them. Enrolling in online/electronic bills or statements can also be a smart option, it is environmentally friendly, secure and will often save you time (and sometimes money). Asking us to forward your mail does not change your mailing address with the USPS or the University, just the Mailroom.

In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

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Like the Class of 2020, the Class of 2021 will have a virtual commencement ceremony open to all, scheduled for the evening of May 3, 2021. However, with the increasing pace of vaccinations and the relaxing of public health limitations on events, we are now able to contemplate the best way to celebrate graduations face-to-face as well.

Based on survey results from our graduates, the majority of the Class of 2021 prefers to have an in-person ceremony soon, with limited guests, masking, and mandatory physical distancing. The majority of the Class of 2020 prefers waiting until spring of 2022 in hopes that fewer restrictions will be in place by that time.

For the Class of 2020, we will share more as plans come together and dates are confirmed to ensure you and your guests have time to plan for next year’s celebration.

The Class of 2021 ceremony has been scheduled for June 8, 2021, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Updates will be shared with graduates and added to the Augsburg commencement webpage when details become available.

Applications are Now Open for the 2021-22 AugSTEM Scholars Program

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2021 (graduating by December ‘23)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Thursday, May 13 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Tuesday, May 25 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Let us know you’re interested!

Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open

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The Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MnTech member companies.The Minnesota Technology Foundation supports diversity in this application and award process.

Eligibility requirements:
– Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
– Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
– Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
– Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2021 and presented to recipients at Minnesota Technology Association Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.

The application period for the MnTech Foundation 2021 scholarships is open until May 15th, 2021. For more information on the scholarship and instructions to apply, please visit the MnTech website.

MnTech Website

Faculty and Staff: Submit a Message to Auggies by Tomorrow

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Faculty and staff are invited to submit short messages of support for students as we end this particularly challenging academic year via the Google Form linked below. The messages will be displayed in the digital screens around campus during the Late Night Breakfast and for the rest of that week.

Please keep the quotes short (no more than 3 sentences) and include your name and title.


Google Form

Event Announcements

Campus Kitchen Giveaway

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Happy Earth Day! Campus Kitchen will be distributing 30 sustainable food bags to Augsburg students (first come first serve). These bags will include reusable straws + straw brushes, mason jars, locally-sourced fruit, and refillable containers with bulk food staple foods from Seward Coop including rice, pasta, and oats.

Join us in the Christensen Lobby Thursday, April 22nd between 11:30-noon to grab a bag!

Late Night Breakfast TOMORROW

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Celebrate the end of the academic year with this end-of-the-semester Augsburg tradition.

Tuesday, April 20, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in The Commons. Free to students with an Augsburg ID. A Visa gift card will be raffled that evening.

In addition to the more standard breakfast items served, we will have a Zucchini and Tomato Frittata, French Toast, and a BANANA SPLIT STATION.

The banana split station will be at the soft serve ice cream machine. Our staff members will be building your banana split to your desires. Choose any or all of the following; waffle wedge, bananas, cherries, jimmies, crushed pineapple, chocolate syrup, whipped cream…

Also available:
Vegan ice cream
Gluten free waffles
French Toast
Tater Tots
Scrambled Eggs
Beef Sausage Patties (halal)
Pork Sausage Links
Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Fresh Baked Pastries

We hope to see everyone in the dining hall.

Hybrid All Hands Meeting on May 6

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The final All Hands Meeting of the 2020-21 year will be Thursday, May 6 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held as a hybrid event, both in Hoversten Chapel and via Zoom. While we normally hold a longer, strategy-focused All-Hands Planning Summit at the end of the year, we have decided to move our summit conversation to the fall and use this opportunity to report on the significant accomplishments of the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty and staff can email to reserve an in-person spot. Space will be limited; the maximum capacity of the chapel under current structured event guidelines is 58. Faculty and staff can also register to join the webinar on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg (log in required).

Inside Augsburg

Auggie Connect TODAY

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Join us today at 3:30 pm for the last Auggie Connect meeting of the semester!
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. If you need a disability related accommodation to participate please contact

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 0654 4396
Passcode: 586732

Auggie Connect zoom meeting

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