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Recognize a Faculty Member by Nominating them for the 2022-2023 Distinguished Contribution Award

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Augsburg annually recognizes faculty individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. All faculty who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards, and anybody at Augsburg University may nominate a candidate. Adjunct faculty are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching award specifically to recognize exceptional adjunct faculty.

For the full Call for Nominations, descriptions of criteria for each category, and the nomination form, please follow the link to the CTL Annual Awards page down below and scroll to the “Distinguished Contribution Awards” section.

Nominations will be accepted until midnight on Monday, March 21st (12am March 22nd) and award recipients will be announced at the April Faculty meeting as well as posted to A-mail. New this year: ALL nominees will be made public (pending award committee approval) to recognize the depth of faculty contributions.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright at or

Faculty: Tell Us What We Can Do – Take this Short Job Sustainability Survey by March 4

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The Faculty Development Committee (FDC) at Augsburg has been working on a “Faculty Balance” project for over a year so that the FDC can provide resources and advocate for things that the FDC can do to help make faculty work more sustainable now and in the future.

To that end, we’ve created a VERY short (< 5 minute) survey posted below that we would like ALL teaching faculty and staff to complete by March 4th. The information collected will be completely anonymous and will be used only by the FDC to help us focus our work. We hope to have results mostly analyzed by April and will report out then via A-mail. Thank you in advance for your time! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright at or

Reminder: Faculty Scholarship and International Grants Due Friday at Noon

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The Provost and Faculty Development Committee are pleased to offer two types of grants to support Augsburg faculty scholarship in Summer 2022 and/or during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Scholarship Grant provides up to $4000 to support the scholarly endeavors of full-time Augsburg faculty.

The Provost’s Internationalization Grant provides up to $2500 to support the collaboration of full-time Augsburg faculty with an Augsburg CGEE Global site or with existing international partner institutions.

Both grant applications are open until Friday, March 4, 2022 at noon and funds awarded will be available beginning June 1, 2022. To read the full Call for Proposals for each of these grants and apply, please see the Annual Awards page of the CTL website.

As always, please feel free to contact the CTL director, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (, if you have any questions that are not answered on that page!

Thinking about Studying in Norway?

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If so, join the informational webinar—put on by the Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis—on March 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. CST.

This event will provide the information about the how, where, and why you should consider Norway as your next study abroad experience.

And if you are serious, know that Augsburg has many exchange partner universities in Norway where you can study abroad for a semester – and all Auggies get a $1000 automatic travel grant for choosing one of them!

Explore options for your major at, contact us at or stop by the study abroad/away office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christiansen.

Free Webinar Registration Here

Fulbright Info Session Thursday – Get Funded to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad

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URGO is hosting an online Fulbright info session on Thursday, March 3rd at 1 PM.

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your
questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website:

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact

Click Here to Register

URGO Academic-Year Research Funds

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URGO now has funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 80 hours of research by May 23.

Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals immediately. The URGO Advisory Committee will begin reviewing proposals February 21st.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

On-Campus Research

Take a Spanish Course this Summer in Mexico

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Ready to learn or improve your Spanish skill? Take a class with Augsburg in Mexico this summer! Multiple programs for all levels of Spanish skill are available, in one of the most affordable study abroad programs available to Auggie AND complete your Augsburg Experience!

Check out these program options, and apply by March 1

• various dates throughout summer
• 4-12 credits
• SPA – Spanish courses at all levels beginning to advanced, can fulfill Language requirements
• independent study or internship also possible

• June 8 – July 31
• 8 credits
• SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare professionals
• INS/SPA 399: Observership

• June 8 – July 24
• 8 credits
• SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I
• SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry
• Upper-level courses available, if needed

To learn more about these programs and start an application, visit the website below.

You’re also welcome to stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center. Email us at

Get more details for all the programs listed above on our website

General Announcements

Funeral Arrangements for Claudia Murray

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We learned from Claudia Murray’s family that there will be a visitation and funeral at Mt. Olivet Church at 50th and Knox Avenue South in Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday. Here are the details.

Visitation on Friday, March 4 from 3-7 p.m.

Visitation on Saturday, March 5 from 12:30-2 p.m.

Funeral service on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

Reception with light food immediately following the service.

Private interment at Lakewood Cemetery following the reception.

Gathering for friends of Claudia on Sunday, late afternoon, TBD

The funeral will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.

Age 60+? Complete this Survey for a Prize Drawing and Charitable Donation

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Augsburg community members aged 60+ are invited to participate in a short online survey on their interactions with those in other age groups. One lucky winner will win a $100 Target gift card, and for each completed survey that we receive we will donate $1 to the American Red Cross. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and helps advance student and faculty research in the Psychology Department. For more information, contact the lead investigator at, or visit the link below for additional details and contact info.

Click here to access the survey

Provost Candidate on Campus March 1

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Staff and Faculty –

We will welcome Candidate #3 to campus on Tues. Mar. 1. There will be opportunities to meet and hear from the candidate as noted. A link to the candidate’s CV is posted below. Out of respect for the candidate and for the integrity of the search process, please do not share the candidate’s name or CV outside of the Augsburg community.

Link to feedback document for Candidate # 3 – survey will close Mar. 3 at 9:00 p.m.:

March 1
11:15 a.m. – Noon, OGC 100 and via Zoom access
Session with Staff and Faculty
Please register in advance – after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing Information about joining the session:

4:15 – 5:00 p.m., OGC 100 and via Zoom access
Session with Staff and Faculty (4:15-5:00 p.m.)
Please register in advance – after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session:

All participants are welcome. If you need accommodations, please call the University Events department at 612.330.1104 or email

As a reminder, we will also be hosting sessions with final provost candidate on Mar. 3 as follows:
• Session with Staff and Faculty (11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.)
• Session with Faculty (4:15-5:00 p.m.)

Both sessions will be held in person in OGC 100 and will be available via Zoom. Candidate information, Zoom details and a survey link to capture feedback will be shared in A-mail starting one business day prior to this visit.

CV – Candidate #3

Mar. 2, Public Presentation, Candidates for Chair and Executive Director, Interfaith

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The search committee for the inaugural El-Hibri Endowed Chair and Executive Director of Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to meet and hear from Candidate #1 on March 2nd. A public presentation will be held – both in person in OGC 100 and via Zoom. The candidate’s CV is linked below.

Additionally, the search committee is asking for your input – click link for the feedback form:

Public Presentation
March 2, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
OGC 100 (Zoom access available)

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

All participants are welcome. If you need accommodations, please call the University Events department at 612.330.1104 or email

CV – Candidate #1

First-year and Senior Students: Watch your e-mail for the NSSE

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Are you a first-year or senior student? Check your email starting today for an invitation to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey helps Augsburg better understand your experiences both inside and outside the classroom. All eligible recipients who complete the survey will be entered for a prize drawing to win or Target gift certificates! Don’t miss this opportunity for your voice to be heard – and for a chance for those sweet, sweet prizes!

Augsburg Leadership Awards and Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Nominations are Open

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The Augsburg Leadership Awards are given at the end of every spring semester to outstanding student leaders and student organizations. Members of the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society are inducted, graduating Act Six scholars are honored, and recent graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program are celebrated and recognized. A link to further description on awards can be found here.

The Augsburg Senior Leadership Society recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. A link to the criteria can be found here.

Nominations for both can be found in Auggie Life and will be open from this Thursday, February 10th to March 10th. The induction ceremony will take place April 3rd, in Hoversten Chapel.

Student Zoom Interviewers Needed for LGBTQIA+ and Pan-Afrikan Program Manager Today

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Multicultural Life will be inviting candidates to interview over Zoom for Program Managers today! Students! Please join us today over Zoom to interview your potential Program Managers. Below you will find the interview times and Zoom link for today’s sessions.

MLife will be providing the interview questions and you can even come up with some questions of your own!

LGBTQIIA+ Program Manager
Date: 03/01/2022
Time: 9:10am-9:50am
Zoom Link (make sure you join during the correct time):

Pan-Afrikan Program Manager
Date: 03/01/2022
Time: 1:00-1:40pm
Zoom Link (make sure you join during the correct time):

If you have any questions or concerns, email!

Student Interviewers would gain these great skills:
*To gain professional experiences to add to your resume.
*To learn communication, interview, and leadership skills.
*To be able to have/practice your voice being heard as a student.
*To be able to learn a different perspective in interviewing.
*To create a social network with other people on campus.
*To build a foundation with potential Multicultural Life Staff.

RSVP Here For FUTURE Student Interviews

Campus Partners Interview Today for LGBTQIA+ and Pan-Afrikan Program Manager

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Hello Campus Partners! Multicultural Life would like to formally invite you all to attend our LGBTQIA+ and Pan-Afrikan Program Manager Candidates interviews today! Attend whichever interview session you can!

Below are the dates and times for the interviews through Zoom!

LGBTQIA+ Program Manager
Date: 03/01/2022
Time: 10:00am-10:45am
Zoom Link (make sure you join during the correct time):

Pan-Afrikan Program Manager
Date: 03/01/2022
Time: 1:50-2:35pm
Zoom Link (make sure you join during the correct time):

If you have any questions or concerns please email Keo,

RSVP to get more information for FUTURE interviews!

Auggie Basics Housing – Application Open for Summer 2022 and 2022-2023 Academic Year

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Augsburg University is accepting applications for Auggie Basics Housing for summer 2022 and the 2022-23 academic year.

Monday, April 4, 2022 at 5pm

Auggie Basics Housing is designed to address the needs of students who are experiencing 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 Auggie Basics Housing 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.

Students are not required to have a meal plan if they are selected for Auggie Basics Housing, including those placed into buildings that require one.

To be eligible for Auggie Basics Housing, students must be returning students and not receiving other housing aid from the University. Incoming first-year and transfer students are not eligible to apply.

Students may apply for housing either for the summer term and/or for the academic year. Students must reapply each academic year, and may be part of the program for up to two academic years. Being chosen for Auggie Basics Housing one year does not guarantee participation in future years.


Questions may be directed to Michael Grewe, Assistant Dean of Students, at

Auggie Basics Housing Application

Puerto Rico is Calling – Take a Fine Arts Course in May

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Sign up for the summer study away program by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend ~3 weeks in Puerto Rico in May exploring different arts in the context of community building, activism, and social justice in Puerto Rico!


• Travel: May 9-27, 2022

• Course: THR 295: Community, Arts, & Culture in Puerto Rico (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits

• fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!

Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply

*** APPLY BY MARCH 18 ***

The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get full program details and start an application here

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off-Campus

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Get paid to conduct STEM research (a few social science options) 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 February through March 2022.

Contact URGO at to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications

Off-Campus Research Lists and Databases

Apply For URGO Student Conference Travel Funding

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URGO has a limited amount of funds this year to support students presenting their research at conferences.

URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly to make decisions on applications.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447

Student Travel Grant Application

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Registration Deadline is TODAY

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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 on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 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 1 (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact

URGO Website – Zyzzogeton

Come into Full Bloom with 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

Event Announcements

Equity and Social Justice Training Opportunities

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As part of the 2021-2022 Institution-wide DEI Plan, two equity and social justice-based trainings are being offered this spring semester by Joanne Reeck, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. These trainings will feature education-based case studies on poverty and socioeconomic status and will take place on Wed, Mar 9 @ 3-4:30 p.m. and Tue, Apr 5 @ 3-4:30 p.m.

To sign-up, click below:

Please note that these workshops also count toward maintaining good standing and good advanced standing in the Augsburg University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. For more information, contact the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department at or 612-330-1126.

Virtual STEM Alumni Research Talks: Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan and Laura Fricke

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Speakers: Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan and Laura Fricke

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

Time: 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Modality: Virtual

In this session, two current graduate students will each share about their current research, as well as their path to graduate school. This will be followed by time to ask them questions about their experiences and perspectives.

Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan ‘16 is a Ph.D. candidate in the Zasadzinski Research Group of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.

Laura Fricke ‘19 is a Ph.D. Student working with Dr. Amelia Lindsey in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota.

Registration Link and Zoom Info:

Registration Link and Zoom Info

Interested in Learning about a CSA/ Farm Share Opportunity?

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A CSA farm-share dropsite is coming to Augsburg!!

Get 18-weeks of locally grown produce at its peak in mid-June through mid-October!
The share is a good amount of produce for two people but can easily be shared
between 3-4 people. Boxes are very seasonal, emphasizing a variety of produce when
it’s at its peak. TGA’s weekly member newsletter provides loads of great recipe ideas
and storage tips, along with information about the farmers who grew the food.

Come to the VIRTUAL INFO SESSION with The Good Acre’s Farm Share Manager Karin Davey for more information! Thursday, March 3rd at noon! Sign up and access the zoom link here:

Sign up here!

TODAY: Virtual MN Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

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Did you miss the in-person fair on the February, 25th?

No worries, you are still able to connect with employers by attending the VIRTUAL fair today, Tuesday, March 1st which will be powered by Handshake. 9:00am-2:00pm

The Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair is designed to bring employers and students together in a way that allows students the opportunity to explore many different work and internship opportunities, and employers a cost-effective means of meeting highly talented students from Minnesota’s private colleges. The fair is sponsored by 17 private colleges in the state of Minnesota.

The fair is only open to current sophomores, juniors, seniors and December 2021 graduates.

REGISTER on Handshake to learn more on how to pre-schedule 1:1 chats with employers!

REGISTER on Handshake to learn more on how to pre-schedule 1:1 chats with employers!

Faculty and Staff Discount: 2022 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Annual Conference

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The 2022 Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference will be a three-day virtual experience. Augsburg faculty and staff are eligible to receive a 70% discount off the registration fee!

Join us at the 34th annual conference as we come together to Solve for X.

“Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in the East African Community: Part 2”

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Interfaith at Augsburg and the Muslim Student Association present:
“Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in the East African Community: Part 2”
March 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm Central Time on Zoom

The East African community in the Twin Cities is experiencing a crisis of opioid addiction touching the lives of youth, young adults, and their families in our community. Two community leaders will share their perspectives and how they have responded to the crisis.

Mimi Sahlu – Mimi Sahlu is a small business owner. She is a community leader who helps others find resources. She is an activist and voice for East African women.

Abdirahman Mukhtar – Abdirahman Mukhtar worked with the Confederation of Somali Communities in Minnesota, as a youth diversion coordinator and as the youth program manager at the Brian Coyle Center of Pillsbury United Communities, a hub for Somali immigrants. He strives to make a human connection with youth who are homeless, often alienated from their own community. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Daryeel Youth. DARYEEL (which means “care” in Somali) is a volunteer-based Street Outreach effort to support East African youth.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Interfaith at Augsburg and the Muslim Student Association thank the Batalden Ethics Grant Program at Augsburg for sponsoring this event.

HWT x AISA: Making Beautiful Things

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Hi all! Come join AISA and HWT to do some beadwork and Hmong embroidery, or just come hang out with us! Crafting materials and snacks will be provided to all attendees.

When: March 2nd, 2022 at 4:30-6:00pm
Where: OGC (Oren Gateway Center) 114

RSVP here:
NOTE: Please come with your campus clear app ready.

Graduate Program Info – Augsburg BOLD

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Graduate Admissions will be holding three sessions this week to provide more information about Augsburg BOLD.
Stop by our table in Christensen by Einstein Bagels today March 1st or Thursday March 3rd from 11:30-12:30 PM.
If you cannot make it or want to connect virtually, we will be holding an open Zoom on tomorrow March 2nd from 12:00-2:00 PM. You can register below.
We cannot wait to see you! Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win $25 gift cards from Target.

Virtual Zoom on Wednesday March 2nd from 12:00-2:00 PM

Need Help with FAFSA? TRIO and SFS has You Covered

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TRIO and SFS are partnering together to make sure everyone is able to filled their 2022-23 FAFSA for next school year with ease.

Join us either (or both!) From 3:30 to 4:30pm in Sverdrup 201 on:

Wednesday March 2nd
Thursday March 3rd

If you are able: Please have you FSA ID information, your 2020 tax information, and your parents’ 2020 tax information available.

Interested? Fill this registration form out!

Blood Drive in Lot L Tomorrow

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On Wednesday, March 2nd, from 10am to 3pm, the Augsburg Pre-PA Club, Augsburg Athletics, and TriBeta are hosting a blood drive. The blood mobile will be in Lot L, and check in will be in the dome.

If you donate blood:
– Bring your photo ID
– Eat and hydrate before donating
– No cold or flu symptoms for 72 hours before donating

If you have any questions, email, or

Sign-Up to Donate Blood

Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg Named Top Producer of Fulbrighters

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We are delighted to be a 2021-2022 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 76th year!

We have a Fulbright info session this Thursday, so pop in the zoom to learn more about it if you are interested.

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


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