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TODAY Summer Research Info Session – 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 29th, 5:00-6:00 pm in Hagfors 150B

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

General Announcements

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

Interfaith Institute Introductory Round Table

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Date: Thursday Dec 8th
When: 10-11am
Where: Riverside Room

Please join the Interfaith Institute for coffee, snacks, fellowship and guided discussion about Interfaith at Augsburg.

Our staff would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and our work, as well as get to know and learn from you about your hopes for interfaith programming on Augsburg’s campus and beyond. We hope you will attend, and bring a friend!

(Students, faculty, and staff welcome!)

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

Submit to the Interfaith Calendar

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The Interfaith Institute is in the process of building a robust informational Interfaith Calendar to share with Augsburg’s community. This calendar will be a living resource for students, faculty and staff, to learn about upcoming holidays and stay informed about learning opportunities and events the Institute is hosting.

The Interfaith Institute office is new and our staff is in the early stages of building this calendar out. Therefore, we want to hear from you! You’re invited to submit holidays, other days of significance, or faith related events to the Interfaith Calendar by filling out our google form: Interfaith Calendar Submission.

Finally, If you’re passionate and/or curious about Interfaith on Augsburg’s campus please subscribe to our calendar!

(Feel free to reach out to Managing Director Jane Ulring ( with any questions or ideas you have about the Interfaith Calendar.)

Interfaith Calendar Submission

Calling All Musicians

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ASMTA is hosting a fundraising concert full of students/faculty performers on December 10th from 3-6pm in Hoversten Chapel, and we want you! We are throwing this concert together in efforts to raise money and take music therapy students to Canada for the World Congress Music Therapy Event this July. We are asking for performers to volunteer their time and music for this concert!
If you would like to participate, please fill out this form before December 2nd!

Welcome Jasvir Singh to MarComm Department

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Please join me in welcoming Jasvir Singh as the web manager and front-end developer to the MarComm department! Jasvir has experience as a website designer and coordinator for companies like Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and Northern Tool. As an undergraduate and graduate alumnus of Augsburg University, Jasvir brings his experience as a student to the work he will be focusing on now. We are lucky to have him join the team.

Jasvir started on November 28. You can connect with Jasvir at

Alternative Spring Break to Chicago | March 13 – 16, 2023

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Alternative Spring Break to Chicago | March 13 – 16, 2023

Join LEAD Fellows and Sabo Center staffers LaToya Taris-James and Jenean Gilmer on an immersive learning experience in the City of Chicago to explore the history of housing marginalization, place-making and their impacts on housing today. We will explore the rich histories of different communities in Chicago, make parallels to the communities we come from, and learn from organizers and artists.

Join us in the Riverside Room in Christensen Center to learn more about the trip:
Monday, December 5th at 3:30pm
Monday, December 5th at 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 6th at 12pm

You can also email or for more information.

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

Event Announcements

Sports Extravaganza is Back on Campus

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The physical education and exercise science majors are hosting the 22nd Annual Augsburg Sports Extravaganza on Wednesday, November 30th. We are finally back in person! This is a BIG play day for students (200+) in grades 3-6 with disabilities and will take place in the dome from approximately 9:30 am – 2 pm. Please be aware of street parking changes. “No parking” will be enforced from Butler to Riverside on the east side of 23rd Ave from 7am to 2pm.

Annual Anti-Racism Training

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The Augsburg University Annual Anti-Racism Training is a required training for all Augsburg faculty and staff and has been scheduled for this year. For more information about the training and to register, please visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Website.

Thu, Dec 8, 2022
Via Zoom
3:30-6:30 p.m. (3 Hours)

2022-2023 Anti-Racism Training Website

Pre-PA Students: Physician Assistant Panel Event

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The Augsburg Pre-Physician Assistant Club (APPAC) is hosting a PA-C/PA-S panel. We’ll learn about various specialties from practicing PA-Cs and tips for applying to/surviving PA school from PA students.

When: Wednesday, 11/30 at 615pm
Where: Hagfors 106

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


This Week: Greenhouse First Thursday

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It’s your last chance to visit the Biology Department’s rooftop greenhouse before the end of the semester! Come see what we’ve got growing on, and enjoy the tropical atmosphere while surrounded by hundreds of different plant species from all over the world.

The final Greenhouse First Thursday is December 1, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

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Audrey Lensmire, Associate Professor of Education, Shares Her Vocation Story in Chapel on December 6

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Join us on Tuesday December 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. in the Hoversten Chapel for the next installment in our Uncovering Vocation series. Dr. Audrey Lensmire, Associate Professor of Education, will share her story, “We Die, We Break, We Love: A Jewish Story of Call and Response”. Come and learn more about Audrey, our community, and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

Focused Conversation: Response to Art and Science Project Results TOMORROW

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The next Focused Conversation this academic year will be the second of two meetings devoted to the important work arising from the research conducted on our behalf by Art & Science Group. Their research suggests specific areas in which we can make Augsburg even more appealing to prospective students and better able to retain our current students. Join Provost Paula O’Loughlin for a review of Augsburg’s response to their findings.

Focused Conversation—Response to Art & Science Project Results
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

Keeping Track of Auggies

MN Urban Debate League Executive Director, Amy Cram Helwich, Earns Rotary Award

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The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. Please join us in sending congratulations to our Executive Director, Amy Cram Helwich, for winning the John Fischer Rotary Hope Award. This award was established in 1987 to honor John Fischer, the founder of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club. It is presented annually to a person and/or charitable organization (501(c)(3)) outside of the club for his/her/its outstanding leadership and service in bringing hope to others.

Thank you so much to Scott Benson, former MNUDL Advisory Board Member, for the nomination and his continued support of debate. The award includes a $2,500 grant for the MNUDL! The City of Lakes Rotary does great work in Minneapolis, and we are so grateful to have their partnership and support! 


Looking for a New Job in the New Year? Be the New Program Coordinator at MN Urban Debate League

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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: