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ED Talk April 27: The Academic Transition to Summer

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Whether you’re in your first year of university teaching or have been doing this for more than 10 years, the transition that happens as faculty go “off-contract” for the summer (for those of us who do) can be surprisingly challenging every year! Join CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright to talk about strategies and/or rituals you use to navigate this transition.

ED Talks take place in Hagfors 151 immediately before Faculty meetings from 3:10-3:30pm. This is the final ED Talk of the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Teach, Study, Conduct Research Abroad for Free

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URGO is looking for Fulbright applicants to study, conduct research, carry out a creative project or teach English in over 140 countries.

We are looking for junior, seniors, graduate students, or recent alums who:
– Are U.S. Citizens
– Hold a 3.0 GPA or higher for English Teaching Assistantship
– Hold a 3.5 or higher for study and research
– Are active on campus or their home communities
– Will serve effectively as cultural ambassadors

Interested students should contact to set up an appointment to talk about the Fulbright program.

Fulbright Website

Podcast Ep. 91: Developing the Next Generation of Little Allies

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast Julie Kratz (Next Pivot Point) shares stories, ideas, and research from her new children’s book, “Little Allies.” She discusses the importance and impact of having conversations about diversity, inclusion, and allyship earlier with the children in our lives.

General Announcements

Last chance to Nominate Yourself or your Colleague for Staff Senate

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The deadline to nominate yourself and your colleagues for the three open positions on the Staff Senate is quickly approaching, Tuesday, April 26! Here are some fast facts and reasons you might find helpful when deciding if you’d like to run or nominate others to run:

1. Another way to increase your professional development, personal growth, and to connect with the Augsburg community!
2. A great way to serve Augsburg and change of pace from your regular responsibilities.
3. Represent your staff, of course!
4. A chance to work with staff from other departments and divisions!

1. Collaboratively set goals with the Staff Senate at the beginning of each new school year to reflect the current senate members.
2. Engage in staff community building.
3. Promote positive staff morale and address concerns expressed by staff members about equity, inclusion, health, and safety.
4. Plan and host monthly and annual events and recognition for Augsburg Staff.

Nominate yourself and your colleagues here!

Living on Campus this Summer? Keep your Mail Coming.

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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 survey for what you would like us to do with your mail after this semester.
Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 16, 2022) we will be closing all student campus boxes. Then before the fall semester starts we will reassign them (possible new numbers) to all students living on campus. 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 reassigned your current campus box number for the next semester if you will be returning in the fall.
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 not be forwarded. We can also only forward to USA addresses. The forwarding period for the Augsburg Mailroom is two months from when the request is submitted. 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 post office or the University, just the Mailroom.

Campus Box end of the year survey

MnTech Foundation Scholarship Applications – Now Open

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Greetings! It is that time of year again!

We are currently accepting applications for the Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarship. The 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 MN Tech member companies. The Minnesota Technology Foundation supports diversity in this application and award process.

We also have Named Scholarships in specific areas supported by our generous sponsors. In the past, we have provided scholarships in Computer Science, STEM Education, Data Science, Women in STEM, Underrepresented Populations in STEM and Women in Computer Science. We encourage you to let students know of this additional and exceptional opportunity.

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 2022 and presented to recipients at Minnesota Technology Association Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.

Special Circumstances

In addition to traditional STEM fields, health science majors whose studies will NOT lead to participation in direct patient care are welcome to apply.
The scholarship is open to international students, but preference is given to students who intend to work in Minnesota after graduation.
Past scholarship winners are eligible to re-apply as long as they meet the rest of the requirements listed here.

Deadline for application is May 20th, 2022. The application form is available below or on the website.,

New Fall Course: Expressing Identity Through Art, Music, and Dance

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Interested in Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous culture and history? If yes, this new course on expressing identity through art, music, and dance is for you! It is in registration as “Indigenous Forms of Cultural Expression”.

This course honors Indigenous contemporary cultural forms of expression including theater, film, new media, storytelling, literature, dance, and music both in our region and across Turtle Island. Throughout this course students will engage with the meaning of aesthetics in Indigenous culture, interact with guest artists and speakers, and explore how Indigenous culture shapes and is shaped by contemporary cultural contexts.
It fulfills an AIS requirement, a Humanities LAF and is 4 credits. No prerequisites

Bee 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

Volunteers Needed – Support Students During MoveOut (4/26-4/29)

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We welcomed them when they arrived, let’s support students as they move out, easing their transition from finals to summer break! From Wednesday 4/20 – MoveOut Day Friday 4/29, staff and faculty volunteers are needed to help students move out of their residence halls and sort donations going to the ShareShop and Sisterhood Boutique.

Residence Life and the ShareShop team are partnering to lead MoveOut with goals of easing students’ stress of moving, collecting donations so future students can make use of them, and diverting “waste” away from the Minneapolis incinerator. It’s a win-win-win! We just need your help! Sign-up by following the link below. Email questions to Monica McDaniel, Sustainability Officer at

For more info & to sign-up for a MoveOut shift (or shifts) click here!

Celebrate Earth Month in April

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April 22nd was Earth Day! Here at Augsburg, we are dedicating the entire month of April to celebrate our Home. Join us in attending the many events we have planned throughout the month!
Come rekindle community, self-heal, and reconnect with the Earth through celebrations during Earth Month. These Environmental Action Committee-supported events will allow you further connection to green spaces on campus, engagement with educational experiences by all forms of teachers, exploration of inclusive career paths, and the opportunity to build solidarity with social justice work bonded by intersectionality. Together in community, learn from Indigenous cultures, be rewarded with rest and find its productivity, fix your bike, have a ball with slow fashion, eat local, and then finish the month with a community bonfire into the sunset.

Mii omaa akiing endaayang – The Earth is our Home

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in these events are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event(s) with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation

Learn more about our upcoming Earth Month events here

Event Announcements

Earth Month Closing Ceremony: Bonfire and Poetry this Wednesday

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As Earth Month is coming to an end, we gather around a bonfire to find unity in community. We bring our bodies, minds, and spirits together in poetry to listen to Mother Earth and to honor our home. Our hearts are on fire for justice that is rooted in healing our planet. The collective struggle for liberation depends on how we treat one another and our environment. Join us in celebrating the close of Earth Month with a bonfire to honor our commitment to ecological stewardship.

When? This Wednesday, April 27th 7-9pm
Location: Augsburg Community Garden

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in these events are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event(s) with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Don’t’ Let Your Summer be a Bummer, File your FAFSA with SFS

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With Summer around the corner, don’t let your financial aid for next fall hold you back. The SFS office is host FAFSA help sessions every Wednesday from 1-4pm until May 11th! Stop by Sverdrup to file your FAFSA with SFS. There may even be some candy!

April 27th – Sverdrup 205 1-4pm
May 4th – Sverdrup 201 1-4pm
May 11th – Sverdrup 201 1-4pm

Email with any questions

Health Professions Personal Statement Workshop

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The URGO Office is kicking off Application Boot Camp with a Personal Statement Workshop this year! Application Boot Camp brings together applicants working on centralized applications to health professions programs, personal statements, and secondary applications.

May 3rd at 10:30 AM in Hagfors 104

Contact Catherina Kipper with any questions:

Register Here

Forum Webinar: Building a Diversity Program as an HR Professional

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When: May 19, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International | Diversity Dashboard
Cost: Free

Many human resources professionals are stepping into the diversity manager role for their organization. This can be a daunting proposition. This session will explore elements of a successful diversity program and the first steps to get started. We will look at ways to stretch budgets by creating building blocks that can expand as resources allow.
Topics will include forming a DEI council, finding diversity champions, forming ERGs, diversity communication tips, engaging senior leaders, and how DEI education can be more than classroom-based learning. We’ll also cover techniques and tools for working in the virtual and hybrid environments.

Learning Outcomes
Learn three tips for starting a DEI council
To ERG or not to ERG: Know the pros and cons to make an informed choice
Explore tools and techniques that are low budget and easy to implement

Costume/Cosplay Day – Mlife Spirit Week

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Join Mlife and QIPOC today for Costume/Cosplay Day!

Today we are collaborating with QIPOC and have many activities for today’s theme. Come as your favorite character or your favorite cosplay t-shirt on Tuesday April 26th. Feeling hungry? Well we are even going to be serving FREE pizza! There will also be games and a raffle for those who participate!

Where: Student Lounge
When: 12pm-1pm

Make sure to come quick, it is a first come, first serve basis!

Cosplay/Costume Day – Auggie Life

Multicultural Life Spirit Week

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Multicultural Life Spirit Week Starts This Week! There will be different themes starting Monday, April 25 to Thursday April 28th. Come and Join us as there will be food, raffles and games! This is a place and time to both relax and get in the needed time to study for finals!

Tuesday-Cosplay/Costume Day
Where: Student Lounge
When: 12pm-1pm

Wednesday-Auggie Pride Day
Where: Oyate Commons
When: 12pm-1pm

Thursday-HAT DAY
Where:Oyate Commons
When: 12pm-1pm

ABO Outing to Target Field – Weds 4/27

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Join the Augsburg Business Organization for an outing to see the MN Twins at Target Field. We’ve got a few more tickets left for our Wednesday, April 27th game at 6:40 pm vs the Detroit Tigers. Seats are in the RF Overlook near the flagpole on the Plaza. Email faculty advisor Marc Isaacson ( or Will Harvieux ( to claim your tickets.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggies Wins National Boren Scholarship

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The Off-Campus Study Office and URGO are pleased to announce that Justin Howela, a ’23 biology major, received a Boren Scholarship for $25,000. Justin will be studying Korean in South Korea for a full year. Only 25% of applicants receive this nationally competitive award. Justin can imagine himself working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a range of topics, including a plant disease called citrus greening. Justin completed a summer of URGO research funded by donors Dean and Amy Sundquist under the mentorship Dr. Leon van Eck.

Boren Scholars study a wide range of critical languages, come from diverse fields of study and immerse themselves in the language and cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are committed to public service, working in positions critical to U.S. national security throughout the federal government.

STEM students can participate in intensive language and cultural study for a summer, or like other applicants, study for six to twelve months in world regions underrepresented in study abroad. If you are interested in learning more about the Boren scholarship, please contact Andrea Dvorak in Off-campus Study at or Dixie Shafer in URGO at

Congratulations to Justin!

Boren Scholarship Website


Fun Summer Job Opportunity

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a second year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am currently looking for people who would want to work some hours during this Summer! If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join!

Last Chance: Support 4-H youth

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My son is a 4-Her in Anoka County and each year, Anoka County 4-H has a Clover Dash Fun Run/Walk as a fundraiser. If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket for $1, please let me know. There are 3 prizes to choose from: MN Twins Gift Basket- including 4 tickets for a game and snack; DQ Dilly Bars for a year; and Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area- 4 tickets for the Challenge Course. Contact me at

4-H Clover Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk