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URGO Academic–Year Research Funds

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URGO now has funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. Students are paid $1,400 for 80 hours of research. Research must be completed by May 23.

Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals immediately. The URGO Advisory Committee will review proposals on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO On-Campus Research

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program.

The 2023 trip will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Applications due February 7, 2023 and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at

*You DO NOT need to be a US citizen*

• Full-time student
• Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2023
• 3.0 GPA or higher
• Proof of COVID vaccinations

MINNE Holocaust Fellows

Tenured Faculty Members Needed to Serve as New Faculty Mentors

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The Faculty Development Program at Augsburg is launching a new Faculty Mentoring program for new (and new-ish) faculty members, and we’re looking for tenured faculty who are knowledgeable about how Augsburg “works” to provide mentoring! We’re looking for at least 11 mentors to “match” with our mentees – mostly first and second year assistant professors.

The basic requirements to be considered as a mentor are (1) you must be a current, tenured member of the Augsburg Faculty and (2) have a general understanding of how the University “works” beyond your department. If you are interested, please complete this short “Application of Interest” posted below no later than Monday, January 23rd (the form also contains more information). All selected members are required to attend Mentor Orientation on the afternoon of Thursday, January 26th.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright, CTL Director at 612-330-1071 or

Application of Interest

Faculty Scholarship Grant Applications Now Open

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The Provost and Faculty Development Committee are requesting applications for Scholarship Grants to support Augsburg faculty scholarship. Recipients of the Scholarship Grant can receive up to a maximum of $4000 to support their scholarly endeavors between June 1, 2023 – May 15, 2024.

Scholarship Grant applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 24, 2023!

To read the full Request for Proposals and access the application form, please see the Annual Awards page of the CTL website under “Scholarship Grants” (see link below). As always, please feel free to contact CTL ( any questions that are not answered on that page!

Annual Awards page of the CTL Website

Apply to be a Sabo Scholar

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The Sabo Scholars are juniors and seniors who have an interest in and a commitment to engagement in the political process, public policy, and/or careers in public service. This application is open to students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The scholarship for 2023/2024 is $3,500 and is renewable for one year. Applications are due by March 5.

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Apply Now for the Phillips Scholarship

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Phillips Scholars create and test innovative ideas that address community problems — running their own summer programming. There’s support along the way, with the students coming together to develop their leadership skills and prepare for their projects. Scholars receive more than $9,000 in scholarships and stipends. Ten students from 15 eligible Minnesota private colleges and universities will be selected each year.

Applications are due February 24, 2023.

You’re eligible if you:
– Are enrolled full-time in the undergraduate program
– Demonstrate financial need
– Are a first-year, sophomore or junior in the spring of 2023
– Aspire to address a significant need within a particular community
– Demonstrate interest in civic engagement
– Can participate in all required program trainings and events
– Can complete a community service project in Minnesota during the summer of 2024

If you plan to apply and would like help with your application, contact Sabo Center staff at Augsburg students have been very successful in securing this scholarship and we’re here to help you.

Phillips Scholars Program

Seeking Somali Student Participants for Social Work Survey

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My name is Rayan Macalin. I am a senior social work major and am working on my honors thesis. I am conducting a research study on the relationship between
exposure to substance use among family and community members in childhood and substance use during adolescence in the Somali American community. I am asking participants to complete a brief, anonymous survey about their exposures to substance use in their childhood and their behaviors around substance use in their adolescence. To participate in this study, you must:
● Identify as Somali
● attend Augsburg University

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click on the link below to access the consent form and the survey.

The Writing Center is Open – Come See Us

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Welcome back! The Writing Center is open for the Spring Semester!
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-7pm and Monday- Thursday 2-7pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We are here to give you feedback on all of your papers and projects.

For more information, please visit our website.

In addition, if you would like for a tutor or the Director to come to your class to introduce the writing center, please sign up for a class visit here:
We will do our best to accommodate you.

We look forward to seeing you!

General Announcements

Looking for a Great Summer Job?

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URGO SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM: All disciplines welcome
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program (May 15th – July 28th) where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $6,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $3,000 stipend and a housing discount.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,500 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 9th at 11:59 PM, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research or creative activity is going on in your department!

If you have questions, email

URGO On-Campus Research

Remote Volunteer Opportunity for the MN Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to more than 1,200 Twin Cities students. We’re seeking remote volunteers for the 2023 Spring Semester!

Because many of the students we work with are English language learners, one of the most powerful tools we have to help rookie debaters learn is auditory supplements to our written packets. With these recordings, students at all skill levels will be able to follow along with the text as they read, learn evidence while doing other tasks like doing chores or riding the bus, and rapidly improve their literacy and information retention.

How You Can Help

We are seeking volunteers to record our evidence packets at a conversational pace (120 words per minute). Help us record evidence for the following programs:

• Middle School Policy Debate: Record nonfiction evidence about the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) written in English. Recordings needed by January 27th.

• Spanish Debate League: Record nonfiction evidence about Puerto Rico statehood written in Spanish. Spanish fluency is required. Recordings needed by February 17th.

• East African Debate: Record nonfiction evidence about a topic central to the East African Debate community in the Twin Cities (TBD), written in English. Recordings needed by March 1st.

• Financial Literacy Leadership Debates: Record nonfiction evidence regarding the advantages and disadvantages of banking at a large national institution versus a small, local credit union. Recordings needed by April 1st.

Volunteers need to be able to speak slowly, clearly, and with energy. No special recording equipment is required, although we do ask that you record in a quiet space with minimal distractions. We can edit your audio for you.

Interested? Please contact Rebecca at to let us know, and/or fill out this form:

Sign Up to Volunteer

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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The following Augsburg staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

01/12/2023: 3rd Shift Custodian
01/11/2023: Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
01/11/2023: Director of Residence Life

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Obituary and Service Arrangements for Alexander Baker

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A celebration of Alex’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st, at White Funeral Home in Lakeville, MN. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Alex was always unapologetically himself, so please dress how you’re comfortable (hoodies and colors preferred). Balloons will be provided for guests who would like to release one somewhere they felt connected to Alex.

In lieu of flowers, donations requested to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The full obituary is linked below.

Alexander Baker Obituary

Important Student Surveys

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Hello all!

I just want to share these surveys with you all in hopes you have a chance to do them. Over the course of winter break. Please and thank you.

Advisory Grades Survey:

Bike Share Program Survey:

Wellness Course Survey:

Library Hours Survey:

Please fill these out when you are able to do so.

Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers: be a Volunteer Debate Judge

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Volunteer as a Middle School Debate Judge!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University provides academic competitive debate to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. We’re seeking volunteers for the spring season!

Middle school debate judging shifts are now open! No experience? No problem. We will train you. You just need to be able to pass a background check. Debate judges listen to students, provide feedback for them, and choose the winner. In the process, you’ll help students improve their public speaking, argumentation, and academic skills.

Please note that the timing for each shift is 3:30-7:00 PM CST and they are scheduled to be held in person in the Twin Cities Metro (location TBD).

Middle School Debate Shifts

• Tuesday – 1/24/23


• Wednesday 2/1/23
• Thursday 2/2/23
• Tuesday 2/7/2023
• Tuesday 2/14/23
• Wednesday 2/15/23
• Thursday 2/23/23
• Tuesday 2/28/23

• Tuesday 3/7/23
• Wednesday 3/8/23
• Thursday 3/9/23
• Tuesday 3/14/23
• Thursday 3/23/23

Learn more and sign up here!

Plus, stay tuned for our Spanish Debate League & East African Debate opportunities.

2022 W-2 Will be Mailed by January 31

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All Staff and Faculty: the 2022 W-2s will go out in the mail by January 31st, 2023. Current employees can also access the W-2 on January 31st via Agresso Web.

Please verify your address on your payslip, and update accordingly on the HR website via the address change form(do not email your address update to HR).

Allow 7-10 business days for your W-2 to be received in the mail before requesting a replacement copy.

Electronic access through Inside Augsburg:
Current Student Employees: Inside Augsburg > Records and Registration > Student Employment Pay Record.
Current Faculty/Staff Employees: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Agresso Web.

Instructions on how to access your Payslips and W-2

Scholarship Presentation by CRES Candidate

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The Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies will be hosting Dr. Jajuan Johnson, a candidate for our Black Studies position. Members of the Augsburg community are invited to hear Dr. Johnson give a presentation of his scholarship this Thursday.

WHEN: 2:00-3:00 PM, Thursday, January 19
WHERE: Oren Gateway Center, Room 100

Volunteer Opportunities

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This semester Campus Ministry will have various different volunteer opportunities to help programs and organizations around the twin cities. If you have an interest in being involved and would like to receive emails about the different opportunities please fill out the form linked below! You can email Pastor John or Cynthia with any questions.

This is a great chance to get involved in your community and meet new people!

Qualitative Data Analysis Software – Faculty Feedback Needed

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Many faculty who engage in qualitative research use some form of qualitative data analysis software (QDAS). There are a number of popular QDAS packages. We are interested in learning which software packages Augsburg faculty use and/or would prefer to use. This information will be used to inform choices for institutional subscriptions.

Qualitative Data Analysis Software Survey

Apply for a NASA Space Grant Scholarship

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The NASA Space Grant scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially Space Physics & Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Mathematics Education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for Spring 2023 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:
Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, pre-Engineering, or Mathematics/Science Education;
can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

The application deadline is Monday, January 30, at 11:59PM. To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, visit

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Stottrup at

Shipping/Receiving Hours

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With the start of 2023, Central Services has new procedures. As part of this we have new hours and staff. Cody has moved to another Loffler site and we are adding a great group of student workers to our Shipping/Receiving team. The Shipping/Receiving hours are now Mon to Fri from 10 am to 3 pm, the hours we are able to have our student workers available.

The Copy Center will be receiving packages from the delivery drivers outside of those hours to ensure things are not left around campus, but package pick ups need to be done between 10 am to 3 pm. If you are unable to make it during those hours you can reply to the email and give us the name of the person you authorize to pick up that package.


Alumni-Student Networking Event February 16, 6:30 pm

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Augsburg alumni are committed to helping current students succeed. The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, the Alumni Board, and Institutional Advancement staff are hosting a networking event to bring together Augsburg alumni and current students. This event will feature a panel of innovative professionals and time for informal networking.

Alumni-Student Networking Event
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel

Alumni-Student Event info and registration

Event Announcements

Study Abroad Fair – TODAY

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TODAY! Come learn about off-campus study programs available to Auggies, both abroad and in the USA. Programs range from a few weeks, to a semester, to a year, and there are opportunities that can work for every Auggie.

Wednesday, January 18
10am – 2pm
Christensen Center lobby

Pick up brochures, ask questions, and get inspired!

Attend the Fair to Enter the Prize Drawing for one of three gift cards: Visa, Amazon, or Einstein’s!

Follow us on Instagram to get some sneak peek fair information! @global_auggies

Questions? Email

Learn more about Study Abroad and Away

TODAY: Tips and Resources- Internship and Job Search

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Join the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, Augsburg’s Career & Internship Center as we share with students best practices and tips on how to find your next job or internship. All are welcome.

Wednesday, January 18
4:30-5:15 pm
Hagsfors Center, Room 351

Sponsored by: Augsburg Business Organization and Augsburg’s Career & Internship Center

Keeping Track of Auggies

MNUDL Staff Member and MAE Alum Jake Swede Earns 2023 James Graupner Distinguished Service Award

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MNUDL Program Director and Augsburg Master of Arts in Education alum, Jake Swede, was honored with the 2023 James Graupner Distinguished Service Award by the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association at the MSHSL State Debate Tournament this week.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of Minnesota’s debate community and the education of all students in debate. Find the full list of past awardees here:

Please send him your congratulations via social media:

• Facebook:

• Instagram:

• Twitter:


Now Hiring: Event Photographer for MNUDL

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is looking for a new event photographer for the Spring 2023 semester. The photographer needs to provide their own equipment, be able to travel throughout the Twin Cities Metro, and have some weeknight availability for our middle school, Spanish Debate, East African Debate, and Financial Literacy Leadership Debates. Videography experience is a bonus. We will negotiate with the photographer based on their expected rate of pay. To have an idea of the type of photography we are looking for, please check out MNUDL’s social media:



Interested? Please contact Rebecca at with a link to your digital portfolio, your availability, and your expected pay range.

Work With the MN Urban Debate League: Now Hiring Two Student Workers

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a nonprofit program of Augsburg University, provides academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. We are hiring two student workers spring semester! Apply to these positions:

• UDL Communication Assistant: Strong writers wanted! Practice the skills needed to do strategic communication in a nonprofit context, building your communication portfolio and helping the MNUDL advance its mission:

• UDL Video Assistant: Do you love creating videos? Build your skills and portfolio and help us create engaging video content for recruiting students, advancing our mission, and thanking donors:

These opportunities are only available to students who qualify for Work Study.

Our spring semester season includes engaging and fun programs like middle school policy debate, Spanish Debate League, East African Debate, Financial Literacy Leadership Debates, and MDAW Summer Speech & Debate Camp. Help us capture the magic and build your professional skills! Apply now!

Learn more about our work here: