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Faculty: Apply for Professional Development Funds by October 1

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If you plan to attend or present at a conference (or engage in other professional development that requires funding) December 2022 through February 2023, the deadline for requesting funds from the Faculty Development (aka CTL) budget is October 1, 2022.

You may apply at any time before the deadline; all requests will be reviewed and a decision communicated no later than October 3, 2022. You can find the request form, as well as all deadlines and a full description of the criteria used to allocate funding this year, on the CTL Ongoing Grant Offers webpage (link below).

As always, if you have any questions please contact

CTL Ongoing Grants Offers webpage

CTL Event September 21: Actively Engaging Students in the Classroom

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Want to add some energy to your classroom and enhance student learning? Join Su Dorée on Wednesday, September 21st in HC152 from 3:40-4:40pm for a hands-on session showcasing techniques to actively and equitably engage students during class. Appropriate for faculty at all levels of experience with active learning from beginners to experts. As always, if you need any accommodations to fully participate in this session please contact CTL ( or Events (

Adjunct instructors who are covered by the CBA between Augsburg and SEIU, Local 284 and are currently on contract are eligible to receive a $50 stipend for participation in this workshop. Please see the “Professional Development for Adjunct Faculty Members” page at the CTL website for more information.

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, 2 Augsburg faculty, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the project or innovation and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,500. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website ( Completed applications must be submitted to by Tuesday, September 27th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1447, or stop in at Hagfors 101.


Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of six participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, University of Washington or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2023 and August 2024. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Application Due Date; November 1, 2022.

Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 1 to set up a meeting to learn more.

Eligibility and Benefits

Earn Credit Off Campus on Spring or Summer Break

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Short-term study abroad & away in Spring or Summer 2023 is a great way to earn credits and get off-campus! All programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement:

• Spring Break travel to Los Angeles, CA
• WST 220: Topics: Race, Gender and Hollywood – fulfills a Humanities requirement

• Spring break travel to Guatemala
• Course: RLN 409 (fulfills Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 – Keystone credit for some majors

• travel in May 17-31, 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Speculative Fiction (4 credits), Humanities LAF
•SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (4 credits), SBS LAF, or
•SOC/URB 295: Sustainable Solutions in The Netherlands (4 credits), elective

•Summer 2023 Term 1, travel to Walnut Grove, MN
•Choose 1 course, with optional INS add on:
•SOC 495 – Sociology topics elective or
•THR 295 -Topics in Theater – LAF Fine Arts
•INS 292 – 2 credits – optional

• Travel in May 2023
•Choose 1 science course and/or the religion course:
•CHM 102 with Lab: fulfills Science w/ Lab (does not count toward Chm major or minor)
•SCI 490: Integrated Science Keystone Integrated Science
•RLN 205: Topics in Religion – may fulfill Search for Meaning II or Humanities LAF


• Travel in May 2023
•Choose 1 course:
•ECO 315: Money and Banking
•BUS 362: International Business

• Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry
• 4 study sessions in summer – choose the one (or more!) that works for you

Got questions? Get in touch:

Check out all the program offerings here

General Announcements

URGO Department is Hiring Health Professions Specialist

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The office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) is hiring a full-time Health Professions Specialist to coordinate the prehealth program at Augsburg University.

The Health Professions Specialist will be charged with developing, supporting, and maintaining a high-quality prehealth program as well as advising prehealth students directly. This includes providing support and advice to current students, as well as alumni, who are considering a wide range of health professions and assisting them with finding vocational fit; assisting students with the health professional school application processes, providing information on entrance exams, fee waiver applications, accommodation requests, and interviews; collecting and disseminating information regarding health professions to students, faculty, and staff; collecting and maintaining data regarding students’ acceptances to health-related professional schools; coordinating campus health professions events; and developing relationships with health professions schools and programs to benefit applicants as well as alumni working in health professions to increase shadowing, mentoring and research opportunities for prehealth students.

Minimum Qualifications
– A Master’s degree in the liberal arts or sciences is required.
3 to 5 years of experience in healthcare, higher education, or career development coaching is required.
– Knowledge and interest in the writing process; ability to evaluate and coach students’ writing from diverse educational backgrounds and with varied skill sets.
– Knowledge of the health professions.

For a full job description and to apply for this position, please visit the Human Resources website (link below).

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Back to School, Keep Your Cool 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

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study (Earn up to $35)

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This research study (IRB #: 2022-32-03) is designed to compare two different skill-building training programs that may help college students develop adjustment-related skills. You are eligible to participate if you are a current Augsburg undergraduate student.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to come to our Augsburg Psychology
research laboratory for 4 sessions over the course of one month. The sessions include an initial orientation meeting and three sessions focused on one of two skills-building programs (you will be randomly assigned to one of the two–like a flip of a coin). Both programs involve mini-informational videos as well as experiential activities for you to
complete. We will also have you complete a few personality measures. You will be assigned a peer coach who will work with you as progress through the study and guide you through the study components. Each of the sessions will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, we will check in one last time 3-months after the study is over for a brief online survey.

Participants will receive up to $35 for their participation. $5 for each of the first three sessions, and $10 for both the fourth session and the 3 month follow-up. Alternatively, Augsburg University Psychology students will receive up to $25 and 4 research credits.

To participate, please complete this participant inquiry form:

The researchers conducting this study are part of the Identity and Well-being Research
lab at Augsburg University ( or 612-656-6560), directed by Dr.
Alex Ajayi, Assistant Professor of Psychology (E-mail:, Phone:
612-330-1146). If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us via the emails and phone numbers specified above.

Please consider forwarding this to other individuals who may meet the criteria for participation. Thank you for your consideration!

Part-Time Work and Internships – Employers on Campus TODAY

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Representatives will be on campus in the lobby of the Christensen Center on Wednesday, September 21st from 10:30am-12:30 pm.

1) UPS is looking to hire part-time package handlers. We’re not only the largest package delivery company in the world, but also a global leader in supply chain solutions–and that’s made possible by our employees. Talented individuals like you help us deliver on our reputation for billions of customers worldwide each and every day.

2) Amplifon & Miracle Ear are recruiting for their internship program. Great for students who are interested in a business and STEM related career paths.

Sponsored by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Taco ‘Bout Resume Review – September 22

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Get your RESUME REVIEWED before the Internship and Career fair on September 28, 2022!

Two options:

1) Sign up for an in-depth, 20 minute resume review with a recruiting expert from Katapult Network, or drop-in for a quick 5-minute consultation.

After your resume questions are answered, stick around for a TACO!
Register via Handshake for your one-on-one resume review. (

2) Drop-In Resume Hours – M, W, F – 10:30am-3:30pm located in the Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center. Have your resume reviewed by our trained Peer Advisor.

Questions? Call 612-330-1148 or email

Jenny Hanson Gets to Create With VR Grant

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We are pleased to announce that Jenny Hanson was recently awarded the Create with VR Grant from Unity and Meta Immersive Learning. This grant positions our institution at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning by putting virtual reality (VR) technology and training in the hands of our educators and students. We will receive 13 Meta Quest 2 VR headsets for use in the classroom, both to deliver immersive instruction across a range of subjects and to train students to become the creators of tomorrow in the growing, high-wage VR industry.

As a grantee, Hanson will have access to professional development opportunities to build their knowledge of VR development and expand their capacity to create innovative and engaging learning experiences for their students.

Demand for workers with VR skills is growing rapidly across gaming, education, healthcare, automotive, architecture, engineering, and beyond. A PwC report on the economic impact of the industry estimates that, by 2030, 23 million jobs will be enhanced globally by AR and VR. Salaries in the industry also provide ample promise, averaging $158K USD annually, according to Hired’s 2022 report on the State of Software Engineers.The Create with VR grant will equip our educator community with the technology and skills to launch students on this exciting career path.

15 of ??? Readers — Are You Another?

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So far, 15 people have stamped our display to indicate they’ve read one of 25 most frequently challenged books of the last 3 years. Are you another?

Stop by Lindell Library’s display for Banned Books Week, September 18-24, 2022, on the street level by the Augsburg yearbooks and put your stamp on our easel to let us know if you are one of our freedom readers!

Books on the frequently challenged books list were banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content; because they were considered to have sexually explicit images; for profanity and violence; and because they were thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda.

Read more about book bans at the display and find out more about this nationwide celebration online at

Environmental Sustainability Work in Auggie News

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Environmental stewardship is an important part of Augsburg’s mission. Many students, staff, faculty, neighbors, and alumni engage in this work and see it as part of their vocation. No matter the major or department, everyone has a part to play in mitigating climate change and advancing intersectional environmentalism.

Thank you Augsburg Now and the Echo for featuring stories about all the great environmental sustainability and justice work happening on campus and by alumni.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, I encourage you to check out the following articles:

“Be the change”, Augsburg Now featured story:

“Sowing seeds for tomorrow”, Augsburg Now featured story:

“Student-led efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle”, Augsburg Now- around the quad:

“Campus community garden unites culture”, The Echo:

There are many opportunities to get involved and join the community of Auggies doing this great work for people and planet. Please email Sustainability Officer, Monica McDaniel ( for more information and/or follow us on Instagram @sustainable_augsburgu

Augsburg Now, Featured Stories on Environmental Sustainability at Augsburg

Event Announcements

2022 Oyaté Retreat

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Hello Auggies!

Join us on our annual Oyaté Retreat! For 3 days & 2 nights, we will be engaging in team building activities, food, and building a community! Registrations are open now!

Hosted by:
Augsburg Asian Student Association
Augsburg Indigenous Student Association,
Augsburg Latin American Students,
International Student Organizations,
Pan-Afrikan Student Union,
Queer Indigenous and People of Color

When: Friday, Sep 23rd to Sunday, Sep 25th

Make sure to RSVP in the link below

For any questions or concerns, contact

If you need any disability-related accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact university events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

2022 Oyaté Retreat- Auggie Life

Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance 2022 Kickoff

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The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA) Kickoff is an annual event for undergraduate students in the sciences to share their research projects, explore career and internship opportunities, and network with other STEM students, faculty and professionals. This year, ten Augsburg LS-NSSA Scholars that conducted research this past summer will be presenting their research posters. Everyone in the Augsburg community is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend.

What: Louis Stokes North Star Stem Alliance 2022 Kickoff
When: Friday, September 23, 2022
Time: 5:00-9:00pm
Where: University of Minnesota, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 SE Oak St., Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant #1712619) which is intended to double the number of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a five-year period. In Minnesota, the LSAMP program is called the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA). LS-NSSA is a partnership of 16 higher education institutions and 3 community partners in Minnesota.

For students that are interested in joining the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance, please visit the LS-NSSA website for more information or contact Dr. Jennifer Brookins-King at or

LS-NSSA Website

TODAY Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop

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The Gilman Scholarship is a study abroad scholarship of up to several thousand dollars! It’s a competitive scholarship, but Auggies have a good track record of being awarded. Come to the Gilman Scholarship info sessions/workshop to learn more about study abroad, the scholarship, and tips for submitting a competitive application.


Tuesday, September 20 3:45 – 4:45pm

Wednesday, Sept 21 3:30 – 4:40pm

(both workshops are the same – come on the day that works for you!)

To be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, a student must be a U.S. citizen, and receive a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or during the term of the study abroad program or internship.

Gilman Scholarship applications are ***due October 6*** for study abroad programs in: Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Academic Year 2023-2024

Have questions? Get in touch:

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY 11:30-1:30pm

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Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table today in Christensen Center from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

We are available to answer your questions about study abroad/away, check in on your application, or give you some information to get started.

Study Abroad & Away opportunities are for all Auggies–with programs ranging in length from 1 week to a semester or year, international locations as well as destinations in the USA, and courses to fit any major.

Every Study Abroad & Away program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too!

Stop by today for more info!

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

Cedar Riverside Multicultural Dinner – September 22

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The Cedar Riverside Multicultural Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 22 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Currie Park, adjacent to the Brian Coyle Community Center. Food from a variety of local restaurants will be featured. There will be performances celebrating the diverse cultures of Cedar Riverside. The Multicultural Dinner is an annual event intended to bring together people from all corners of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood to share a meal, celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood, and build community. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

Multicultural Life Open House

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Hello Auggies!

Multicultural Life is hosting an Open House for all current students, staff and faculty at Augsburg University. Learn about our team, our mission and our space: Oyate Commons.

When: Thursday, Sep 29th
Time: 3:00 PM
Where: Oyate Commons

Make sure to RSVP in the link below

For any questions or concerns, contact

If you need any disability-related accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact university events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Multicultural Life Open House_Auggie Life RSVP

Reception for International Journalists

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Faculty, students, and staff are invited to a reception this Friday, September 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Hagfors 150. The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and Global Minnesota are co-hosting the event, which will welcome Ambassador Ross Wilson and international journalists from the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow program.

Mr. Wilson is the former United States ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan and was the chargé d’affaires to Afghanistan until the U.S. Embassy in Kabul transferred operations to Qatar in August 2021.

The Edward R. Murrow journalists come from Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Croatia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. While in Minnesota, they will examine press freedom in the United States, the role of journalism in a democracy, and the ways that new technologies shape how news is gathered, reported, distributed, and consumed.

Though there will be a short informal presentation, this event is primarily for socializing and networking. Hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. Please email to RSVP by September 22 at 1:00 PM.

Interfaith Chapel: Rabbi Justin Held

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Rabbi Justin Held, Director of Jewish Education at Minnesota Hillel, will speak in Hoversten chapel today at 10:40 am. He will be introduced by Fardosa Hassan, Muslim Student Program Associate and Assistant Director of Interfaith at Augsburg, and Holly Farber, co-director of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Speakers Bureau, will speak in chapel.

Rabbi Justin “JP” Held grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota. He attended the University of Kansas where he studied religion and Judaism. Following graduation, Rabbi Justin served as the engagement associate at MN Hillel from 2014-2015. Justin then embarked on his rabbinic journey at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. While in rabbinical school, Rabbi Justin worked as the Rabbinic Intern at Boston University Hillel, as well as taught at Reform and Reconstructionist Hebrew schools. Rabbi Justin was ordained by the Hebrew College Rabbinical School in May of 2021, where he also received a master’s degree in Jewish Education. Rabbi Justin is entering his second year as the Director of Jewish Education at MN Hillel and Herzl Camp.

Provost Paula O’Loughlin Shares Her Vocation Story in Chapel – September 27

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel on Tuesday September 27th as we launch a new series at Augsburg University called Uncovering Vocation. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month we will have a member of the Augsburg community sharing their vocation story during chapel from 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Our first guest will be Provost Paula O’Loughlin. Come and learn more about our community and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

Global Roots Festival Next Week September 26-28

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Augsburg is delighted to be a co-sponsor of the 2022 Global Roots Festival at The Cedar Cultural Center. There are THREE SHOWS on three nights MON-WED 9/26-28 at 7:30. The shows are FREE, ALL AGES and will feature fabulous artists from Estonia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and more. Check out the music in our neighborhood!

Global Roots Festival at The Cedar

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