Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

The Dome Returns

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Leaves are falling, birds are flying south, and it’s dark by 5:15 p.m. But the surest sign of winter arrives this week: Augsburg’s dome is going up.

Last week, athletic facilities staff undertook the multi-day process to convert Edor Nelson Field for winter use, taking down field pads, wind screens, goal posts, and the front section of the bleachers to be stored off-site until spring.

On Monday, the dome will arrive in five pieces on flatbed trucks. Street parking on Butler will not be available through Monday as cranes offload the dome sections. Working with Augsburg facilities maintenance staff, installation crews from the manufacturer Yeadon will roll out each section on the field, secure the connections between them, and attach the dome doors.

After three days of prep and assembly, inflation only takes about three hours. If the weather cooperates, the dome should be inflated by Wednesday night and open for use by Augsburg athletic teams, local leagues, and community members on November 21.

Facilities Blog

Teaching and Learning

Join CTL and CWC for a Zoom Session on Faculty Well-Being: November 16, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

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Teaching faculty and staff are consistently called to support and care for their students, sometimes in complex and challenging situations. In order to fulfill this role, teaching faculty and staff must also have tools, environments, and strategies that promote care and balance for themselves. This session, hosted by CTL, the Health and Well-Being Task Force and CWC, will focus on helping teaching faculty and staff consider strategies and perspectives that can improve their own sense of professional and personal well-being.

This session will be recorded and available on the CTL website home page by Nov 23, 2022.

Zoom Meeting Link (Wed Nov 16th 3:30-4:30pm)

Zoom Meeting Link

Boren Scholarship for Language Study Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicant in selecting a program, developing budgets and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:
• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Watch the Info Session for Auggies we hosted with Boren staff:
• Let us know your interest by contacting Maren Stoddard Mack ( or URGO staff ( by November 28th.
• Send application essay drafts to – we will work through several drafts with you to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.
Final applications are due February 1st!

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

Summer Research Info Sessions – Get Paid $6,000

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Hear from past researchers, learn how to write a strong application and find a faculty mentor!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded ($6,000 for full-time researchers) to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor they choose.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact

November 21st and 29th, 5:00-6:00 pm in Hagfors 150

Spring Break Study Abroad – Grab Your Spot Before It’s Gone

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A few spots left! Apply by November 15

Take a spring course with travel on spring break, AND also complete your 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 (choose 1):

— RLN 409: fulfills Search for Meaning II or

— RLN 480: KEYSTONE credit for some majors

Got questions? Get in touch:

Get more information and start your application!

General Announcements

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study By November 18 (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!

Looking for an Attitude of Gratitude? Use 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

URGO Offering Travel Grants for Student Researchers

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URGO has a limited amount if travel funding to award this academic year. 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 throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications November 14th.

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

URGO Travel Website

Campus Kitchen Give to the Max Campaign

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Augsburg Campus Kitchen’s Give to the Max campaign is thrilled to have already raised 47% of our goal!

Today I’d like to tell you about our work with CR youth. CR residents consistently identify wellness, food, and social connectedness as areas of opportunity, as many residents suffer from a range of health issues, including hunger, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Recent research by Fairview Health Services shows 92% of CR youth qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Our youth programming is in collaboration with the Brian Coyle Community Center, located a few blocks from our campus, which is the city’s busiest multi-service center, hosting 750+ daily visitors and annually serving 7,500+ individuals via a continuum of programs and partnerships that are implemented by a diverse multilingual staff. Since 2003, Campus Kitchen and Brian Coyle have partnered to offer after-school and summertime meals, cooking courses, and gardening programs. With your support, Coyle Youth Kitchen can continue working to address hunger by providing cooking, nutrition, and food systems education, strengthening youth leadership and advocacy skills, and expanding partnerships with local food organizations.

A $60 donation covers supplies needed for one cooking class for neighborhood youth. Your donation will make a significant difference in our ability to meet the growing and diverse food needs of Augsburg’s student body and our neighbors in Cedar Riverside. Thank you so much to our incredible supporters who have already given generous donations!

If you are able to support this vital work, you can make a donation here.

Thank you

Give to The Max Campaign

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email

Fill out the Google Form here!

Short Study Abroad/Away Courses – Earn Credit Off Campus This Summer

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Travel! Earn Credits! Complete Augsburg Experience!

Short-term study abroad & away in Summer 2023 – check out the awesome program options below:

• 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

Make Your Benefit Elections Now – Final Week of Open Enrollment

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2023 Open Enrollment: November 7 – November 18, 2022
Open Enrollment is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits for the coming year, unless you experience a qualifying life event.
During open enrollment, no action means no coverage.
Employees who fail to act by November 18 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2023, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

* Accessing the 2023 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment
Every benefits-eligible employee must act by electing or declining health, dental or vision insurance coverages and a flexible spending or health savings account.
Your 2022 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2023
Required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2023 elections even if you elect to waive your 2023 coverage.

Visit the HR website to view recorded information sessions:

Medica Pre-Enrollment Website:

Email with any questions.

2023 Benefits Guide

Event Announcements

Pre-PA Club Meeting Today, Virtual Shadowing on Thursday

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The Augsburg Pre-Physician Assistant Club (APPAC) is having their next meeting TODAY at 1035am in HC106. We will talk about how you can determine which category your Pre-PA experiences fall under: direct Patient Care Experience (PCE) or Healthcare Experience (HCE). Plus, share and learn about what other members have done to earn their PCE and HCE hours.

We also have our next Virtual Shadowing Movie Night on Thursday 11/17, 615-815pm in HC150. Join us for pizza and snacks as we learn about the role of a PA-C in Emergency Medicine.

The APPAC is open to the entire student body regardless of whether you have decided on becoming a PA. Please RSVP on Auggie Life, and we hope to see you there!


All Recovery Meeting On Campus: Oren Gateway Center 103 Mondays 7pm, All Welcome

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We’re excited to announce a new on campus meeting for anyone in recovery (of any form), curious about recovery, or have loved ones who struggle with any form of addiction. It is hosted by StepUp students, but is in no way limited to only StepUp students or people with specifically substance abuse issues. This isn’t tied to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous), it’s our own format and is completely fluid. We’re open to suggestions of any ways to better the meeting. Our focus is on providing a place to constructively process issues and work on spiritual development, whatever that may look like. It will be every Monday 7-8 in OGC 103, if you have any questions feel free to email me at or stop in to the StepUp office, OGC 204. Please join us, we’d love to have you!

Psychological Thriller Movie Night New Date – TOMORROW

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Hi everybody! We are so thankful to have found a new date for the psychological thriller movie night hosted by Augsburg Psychological Association. Stop by room 123 in the Old Science building this Tuesday (Nov. 15th) for snacks and a scary movie. We will be watching Zodiac. Popcorn and beverages will be provided. It will be a fun event and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Please contact for more information!

International Trivia Night: Wednesday, November 16

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Wednesday, November 16

6 – 8 pm

Hagfors 150 B

Food and fun for all!

Show off your knowledge of topics including international culture and cuisine, flags, geography, international pop culture, and current events. Fun prizes for top teams, fun times for everyone!

Grab your globally-minded friends to form a team! Four-person teams are recommended. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry. We’ll pair you up with teammates right before the game!

Brought to you by Augsburg International Student Organization, Study Abroad & Away, and Global Minnesota as part of International Education Week

RSVP requested, but not required:

RSVP here

Kao Nou Moua, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Shares Her Vocation Story in Chapel

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Kao Nou Moua, Assistant Professor of Social Work, shares her vocation story in chapel
Join us on Tuesday November 22nd from 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Hoversten Chapel for the next installment in our Uncovering Vocation series. Dr. Kao Nou Moua, Assistant Professor of Social Work and BSN Field Director, will share her story, “Turning Out Into the World”. Come and learn more about Kao Nou, our community, and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

This Week: International Education Week Events

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This week is International Education Week. You re welcome to attend events every day to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

TODAY, Monday, November 14
—-Coffee and Donuts with International Student Organization—-
11am – 2pm , Christensen Center lobby
Mix and Mingle with the international students of Augsburg, who represent 44 countries in the world.

Tuesday, November 15
—-Study Abroad Information Table—-
11:30 -1:30pm, Christensen Center Lobby
Learn about study abroad & away opportunities around the world

Wednesday, November 16
—-WorldQuest International Trivia Night—-
6-8pm, Hagfors 150 B
Grab your globally-minded friends to form a team! Don’t have a team? Don’t worry. We’ll pair you up with teammates right before the game! Fun prizes for top teams. Drinks and snacks provided for all.
t-shirts from the International Student Organization for students, as long as supplies last!

Thursday, November 17
—-International Cultural Night—-
7:30 to 10:30, Christensen Center East Commons
Celebrate with the International Student Organization – dance, food, fashion show, and talent! An exciting night for the whole student body, as we celebrate the global community.

Friday, November 18
—-International Student Org. Gear Day—-
11am to 1pm, Christensen Lobby
Sign up for the ISO student group and get your gear!

See the full schedule and get more details here

Keeping Track of Auggies

Students Participate in Math Contest

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Eight Augsburg students majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics competed in the 24th annual North Central Section Mathematical Association of America Heuer Memorial Team Contest. Shadin Elkhair, Max Figura, Sean Gaffaney, Jimmy Hemera, Diana Ortiz, Alinase Phiri, Devonna Singer, and Bjorn Solberg formed three teams that wrestled with ten challenging mathematical problems from a wide range of mathematical fields using only whiteboards, markers, paper and pencil, and three hours on a Saturday morning! Thanks to Unbounded Math Club and their advisor Rich Flint for nourishing the competitors with snacks and pizza. If you would like to test mathematical skills, old problems (and solutions!) can be found at


Start in January: MN Urban Debate League is Hiring Full-Time Program Coordinator

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Now Hiring: Program Coordinator

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, serves more than 1200 students in the Twin Cities Metro by providing year-round debate programming, including high school national topic policy debate, middle school debate, Spanish Debate League, East African Debate, Financial Literacy Leadership Debates, and MDAW Summer Speech & Debate Camp. Learn more about our work here:

We are hiring a new member of our program staff to help support our growth as we continue to create new partnerships with school districts across the Twin Cities Metro. We’re looking for someone who is a strong educator, advocate, and believer in the power of speech and debate. Learn more below:

Key Information:

• Pay is $20.75-$23/hr, 40 hours per week
• We are looking for someone with policy debate and urban education experience.
• We hope we can recruit someone with full fluency in Spanish, or connection with the East African community, or knowledge of Financial Literacy (our three community leadership debate programs).
• We offer competitive full benefits as a program of Augsburg University – you receive full medical, dental, life, disability, retirement benefits from the University. This includes a tuition reimbursement after 1 year of employment. Three staff members have completed a Masters in Education Policy through this benefit. (Folks who are pursuing their undergrad degree are also eligible).
• In addition to 12 federal holidays, we offer a two-week winter break, and a three-week summer break plus another handful of days for fall break, spring break, and election day.
The MNUDL is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds and experiences to apply, including BIPOC candidates, LGBTQIA+ applicants, and people with disabilities.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to me at

Learn more and apply here: