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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

Two Workshops for Faculty Mentors (Advisors) October 3 and 5

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Informed mentoring/advising of our students can be critical to their success, on-time graduation, and achieving their academic goals. The Degree Audit we’ve been using since 2021 is designed to help students and their faculty mentors better and more effectively communicate with each other about university and discipline-based requirements specific to each student as well as documentation of the student’s progression toward graduation.

In response to faculty requests, the Registrar’s Office Graduation Team is pleased to offer two sessions to help faculty learn more about the Degree Audit and how to use it as a tool for mentoring/advising students. Faculty may attend one or both workshops, and should RSVP planned attendance to one or both by sending an email to no later than 2pm the day of the session.

Faculty Development Workshop: Degree Audit Tutorial
October 3 from 3:40-5:10pm in Sverdrup Hall 205 (computer lab).
Description: Receive step-by-step, hands-on degree audit training from the Registrar’s Office Graduation Team. Feel free to bring your own laptop.

Faculty Development Workshop: Understanding a Degree Audit
October 5 from 3:40-5:10pm in Sverdrup Hall 205 (computer lab).
Description: The Registrar Office’s Graduation Team will lead you through sections of the degree audit to increase your understanding of the audit. Feel free to bring your own laptop, questions, and/or confusing audit examples.

As always, If you need accommodations for either of these sessions or have any questions, please contact

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

October 1 and November 1: Study Abroad and Away Deadlines

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Don’t let your Study Abroad & Away Application fall behind. Keep track of these deadlines and get in touch if you have questions!


Augsburg spring semester EXCHANGE Program application deadline


Augsburg spring semester CGEE Study Centers

Spring Break Programs (to Guatemala or Los Angeles)

Contact the study abroad office with any questions about the programs or your application progress:

Find your program and work on your application here

Spring Break in Guatemala or Los Angeles: Study Away Courses

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

Apply to take a class in one of the following programs in spring semester, and spend your spring break somewhere totally different than the Twin Cities!.

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

• Spring break travel to Guatemala

• RLN 409 (fulfills Search for Meaning II) or

• RLN 480 – KEYSTONE credit for some majors

Got questions? Get in touch:

Check out all the program offerings here

Come to the Writing Center for Help With Your Essays

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The Writing Center Is Open!

Our hours are:
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 4-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

For more information, please visit our website.
We look forward to seeing you!

Have the Writing Center Visit Your Class

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Please use this form to let us know that you would like a Writing Center tutor to visit your class. A tutor (or the Director) will talk about why a student might want to visit the Writing Center, describe what happens in a tutoring session, and share information about our hours and location.

Class visits last for 5-10 minutes and are usually scheduled at the beginning of a class period. If you complete this form, we will email you to confirm the date and time of the visit.

Thank you for inviting a tutor into your classroom! We look forward to seeing your students at the Writing Center and hope we we can help them become more confident writers this semester.

General Announcements

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

We Need Your Diaper Donations

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It is Diaper Awareness Week! Did you know children must have a full day’s worth of disposable diapers to attend daycare?

Help us reach our goal of collecting/purchasing 5,000 diapers for the Health Commons during the 2022 Diaper Drive.

Please make a diaper donation today! To make a monetary donation, go to and designate the “Augsburg Central Health Commons” from the dropdown menu (5th down).

Drop off diapers in Round bins located in Christensen Center entryway and Science Hall Room 116.

Please designate “Augsburg Central Health Commons” to make a diaper donation today.

Welcome Janet Morales to the STEM Programs Team

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Please join us in welcoming Janet Morales as the STEM Programs Grants Coordinator. She will divide her time in this part-time position between the NSF PRISM Scholarship Grant and the NSF PROSPECT grant which was awarded in April of 2022. The NSF PRISM grant supports STEM scholarship cohorts at Augsburg along with three community colleges. The NSF PROSPECT grant is a NSF scholarship research hub which will explore how equitable partnerships between two-year colleges and four-year institutions can empower low-income STEM transfer students. Researchers at Clemson University, East Carolina University, Southeast Community College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Augsburg University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at Arlington, and YNOTI Solutions along with 14 two-year college partners are united by their goal to support domestic, low-income undergraduates as they navigate the transfer process.

Janet brings a strong record of working to increase access to higher education. She worked at Augsburg for over a decade in both admissions and managing the Traveler’s EDGE Scholarship program and has spent the last three years working for the Minnesota Department of Corrections working to increase access to higher education for incarcerated individuals. We are very fortunate to have her join the STEM Programs team!

Janet will be on campus in the McNair/URGO/STEM Suite, Hagfors 101 on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 1:30 PM. She can be reached at

Augsburg Students Present at North Star STEM Alliance Kick-Off

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On Friday, September 23, eleven Auggies presented research posters at the 2022 Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA) Kick-Off, an annual event that celebrates the scholarly achievements of multicultural students in the sciences. These students conducted research last summer and during the previous academic year, working under the mentorship of a faculty member in their discipline. In addition to the poster session, the event also featured a panel of STEM professionals, moderated by Dr. Nana Owusu, an Augsburg alumnus (‘13) who recently earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Godwill Afolabi, The security and safety analysis of mobile banking app transactions, Dr. Nimanthi Atukorala (Computer Science)

Sehan Adan, Correlation between Race, Income, and Diabetes in Minnesota, Dr. Jessica Bell (Century College, Biology)

Salma Aden, Synthesis of 4-Aryl-7-methyl-3,4-dihydropyrano[3,4-e][1,3]Oxazine-2,5-Dione Through Biginelli-type Condensation Reaction, Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry)

Cipher Ayala, Identifying Synapses in Differentiated SH-SY5Y Cells and Planaria, Dr. Matthew Beckman (Biology)

Jazzmin Johnson, Sustainable Polymer Teaching Materials in the Wentzel Lab, Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry)

Millicent Orenge, Labeling stem cells in the regenerating planaria body parts, Dr. Matthew Beckman (Biology)

Jose Orozco Islas, Daphnia locomotion, Dr. Moumita Dasgupta (Physics)

Mark Ortega-Ponce, Using Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Navigation: Working Towards Self-Aware Robots, Dr. Amy Larson (Computer Science)

Jasmin Ramales Venegas, Effects COVID-19 Pandemic Had on Individuals With Tourette’s Syndrome, Dr. Jessica Bell (Century College, Biology)

Anzal Sahal, Activation of Carboxylic Acids using Ionic Liquids in the Synthesis of Amide Bonds, Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry)

Knaunong Xiong, Manganese Toxicity in SH-SY5Y Cells, Dr. Matthew Beckman (Biology)

Visit the link below for more information on LS-NSSA.

North Star STEM Alliance Website

Event Announcements

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

Faculty and Staff of Color Afterwork Gathering

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There will be an Augsburg Faculty and Staff of Color Afterwork Gathering on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00–5:30 p.m. at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners. This gathering is an opportunity for BIPOC faculty and staff to gather and build community in an informal setting.

To be added to the Google calendar invite for this event, please email

Hope to see you there!

Sabbatical Presentation: Experiences of Early-Career English Teachers

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Please join Dr. Rachel Lloyd, Education Department, for a presentation of her sabbatical research project, “Experiences of Early-Career English Teachers,” Monday, October 3, from 2 to 3 pm in Lindell Library, room 301.

This qualitative study examined the narrated experiences of eight English Language Arts teachers who were in their first five years of practice in academic year 2021-22. The research is informed by prior research on teacher retention factors, and made specific inquiries into the enactment of dialogic pedagogies, and factors influencing the selection of literature within their curricula. Dr. Lloyd will present initial findings from these interviews, and facilitate a discussion of the implications of these findings for work with aspiring educators.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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