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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

CTL/CWC Zoom Session: Supporting and Responding to Students in Distress

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Our students are struggling with increasingly complex needs and demands, many of which can create barriers and challenges to academic success. Further, because faculty see their students regularly, they are often the first to notice that a student is struggling. This session will focus on helping faculty to identify students in distress by increasing awareness of signs of struggle. We will then share strategies and resources for supporting students when you notice they are struggling.

Please join Ellie Olson, Director of the Center for Wellness and Counseling on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 3:30-4:40pm on Zoom (link below). This session will be recorded and posted on the CTL Home Page.

Zoom Meeting Link

Generous Scholorship for Rising Juniors Interested in Public Service

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The Voyager Scholarship for Public Service includes:
– Up to $50,000 in financial aid: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid for their junior and senior years of college.
– Summer Voyage: Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and Airbnb credit to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college.
– Fall Summit: Each fall, students will be invited to a summit to help define and inspire their public service journey.
– Network of leaders: Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders.
– 10-year travel stipend: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 Airbnb travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections throughout their public service careers.

– Have four (4) semesters left as of Spring 2023
– Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
– Demonstrate financial need
– Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
– Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
– Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident, or DACA

If you have any questions about applying, please email Applications are due March 22nd at 3PM CT.

Voyager Scholarship

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

URGO Prehealth Workshop Series

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Augsburg URGO is partnering with Gustavus Adolphus College to provide a virtual workshop series for prehealth students.

Are you planning to apply to a health professions program? This workshop will review important information regarding requirements, timeline, review logistics and provide recommendations for a successful application cycle. Applying does not have to be a complicated process. We will walk you through all you need to know so the application process will go smoothly.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 @ 6:30-7:30pm, Centralized Application/Letter of Recommendation Virtual Workshop

Future Workshops:
-Wednesday, Feb. 8 @ 6:30-7:30pm, Personal Statement Virtual Workshop
-Wednesday, Feb. 15 @ 6:30-7:30pm, Interview Like a Ninja Virtual Workshop
-Wednesday, Feb. 22 @ 6:30-7:30pm, Health Professions 101 Virtual Workshop

Email with any questions


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 $1,200 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

URGO On-Campus Summer Research – 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

Visit the Writing Center

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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!

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.

Options for Backing up Files

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Having an option (or two) for backups is essential to ensure that you don’t lose your hard work if your hard drive fails, lose your device, have your device stolen, or get a malware infection that takes your files hostage.

Below we will provide some options for backing up files. Please feel free to contact your LFC or IDT at any time for further support with any of these options

1) Back up to Google Drive. All faculty, staff, and students are provided with Google Drive associated with their Augsburg email address. In general, using this as a tool when creating and working on files instead of working and saving directly from the desktop works very well. The files will save to the drive automatically and can be accessed through any device (personal computer, phone, instructor computer in the classroom, etc.)

Download Drive for desktop here:

2) Use Facstaff and Orgs for file storage. Refer to the weekly eLearning update for more information on how to set this up, or make an appointment with your LFC to set up this option.

3) Make use of other external devices, such as an external hard drive or flash drive. Refer to the eLearning update for more information.

NOTE: this is a *condensed* version of the weekly eLearning update we email directly to all faculty.

For additional support, contact your LFC or Instructional Design Technologist.

Study in The Netherlands in May – Earn 8 Credits

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Are you ready for an amazing off-campus study abroad experience this summer?

Apply by January 31 to participate in a short study abroad program in The Netherlands in May with professors Nancy Fischer and Linsday Starck.

All students will take take two courses:

ENL 280: Genres: Worldbuilding in Speculative Literature (4 credits) fulfills Humanities LAF requirement

SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (4 credits) fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF requirement
SOC/URB 295: Topics: Sustainable Solutions in The Netherlands (elective)

—-> This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

On-Campus Course Meetings:
M,T,W,Th,F, mornings, from Monday, May 8 to Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Travel Dates:
Wednesday, May 17 – Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Applications are due January 31, 2023
Program is filled on first-come, first-served basis – ALL majors welcome!

Click the link below to get all the details and to start an application.

Program Info and Online Application

General Announcements

New Staff Positions This Week (7)

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

01/25/2023: Campus Locksmith

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New Staff Position: Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) Coordinator – Temporary

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The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is hiring a part-time temporary coordinator to complete administrative event planning and coordination, registration and communications, and marketing and promotion in partnership with the program director, to ensure a successful AYTI Institute. The ideal candidate will be a person who:

– Has experience coordinating youth ministry events
– Can be efficient and decisive to successfully complete administrative responsibilities.
– Has the ability to be attentive to details, accurate, and precise.

Time Commitment

– This is a temporary position, intended to conclude on July 31st, 2023.
– Approximately 5 hours per week
– Attendance at the Institute is Sunday, June 25th – Friday, June 30th, 2023. Applicants must be available to attend the institute. During the Institute, there will be full in-person work days with some overnight responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities

– Coordinating housing, event space, catering, and transportation needs for the week of AYTI, working with the Events Department on campus.
– Set up, and manage the registration process of AYTI participants.
– Oversee program evaluation and assessment from participants and mentors.
– Attend the Institute providing coordination with staff to implement a successful event.

Additional Responsibilities

– Keep accurate financial records of event expenses of the AYTI program to ensure compliance with the grant.
– Support communications for AYTI social media, website, printed materials, etc.
– Assist in managing contact databases and systems for consistent and effective communication.
– Other administrative and communication tasks as determined by the supervisor.

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New Staff Position: Campus Locksmith

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The Campus Locksmith will manage the campus key systems, door repairs/replacement, and door hardware in all campus buildings on the Minneapolis campus and off-campus University property located within Minneapolis. The campus locksmith will work with area vendors to maintain secure facilities and ensure all door hardware is functioning properly.

Primary Responsibilities:

– Manage and maintain the Academic and Residential key systems
– Manage and maintain emergency master system
– Installation/repair of architectural hardware
– Prioritize and complete assigned work orders in a timely manner
– Project management: door ordering and management, automatic door device ordering/installation, proximity card reader installation
– This position is on-call 24/7/365 for emergency situations determined by the Department of Public Safety management team

Additional Examples of Work Performed

– Preventative maintenance – routinely auditing doors and locks in campus buildings and conducting regular preventative maintenance
– Adjustment/repair of door closers, locking rods and panic hardware
– Record management (key control records, key distribution and return, master code book, master building book), cutting keys on-site, pinning cores on site and installation/maintenance of door hardware (locking devices, door closers, automatic and manual flush bolts, etc.)
– Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

– Typical work environment is in the field spending extensive periods on your feet with some time in an office with phone and desktop computing use
– Use of repetitive arm, hand, finger motions
– Lifting items up to 50 lbs.
– Occasional strenuous physical conditions or potentially extreme temperature conditions, such as working on exterior doors during extreme temperatures
– Occasional irregular or extended hours that may include evenings, weekends and/or holidays.

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Apply for a NASA Space Grant Scholarship- Deadline Monday, January 30

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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

Martin Luther King Jr Convocation 2023: We Rise: MLK and Our Voice Coming Alive Feedback

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Thank you everyone for attending the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. We hope you all had enjoy it and found it impactful. Please fill out our feedback form, your feedback will help us to create more Martin Luther King Jr. Convocations.

For any questions please contact Pan-Afrikan Student Services Director Kezia Burrows at

The Cedar Cultural Center is Hiring House Managers – Applications Due Jan. 31

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Looking for a super flexible, very cool part-time job in the neighborhood?

The Cedar Cultural Center is hiring HOUSE MANAGERS!

Position Status: Part time, 8+ hours/week, weekly hours dependent on event schedule with expected regular evening/weekend work. The position is in-person and pays $19/hour. Applicants must be 18+, have experience in customer service, and an interest in the arts and music. APPLICATIONS DUE Tuesday, January 31, 2023!!

Along with one other House Manager and Event Managers, this role oversees front-of-house activities during concerts and events. Tasks include but are not limited to; training and supervising volunteers during shows, managing concessions sales, reconciling accounts, and customer service. This is a unique opportunity for a candidate with experience in the service industry and working with a diverse community, and an interest in music, along with a passion in supporting an ambitious, growing organization doing groundbreaking work in arts and culture.

Visit for more information.

Sharing News of the Death of Garfield Hoversten ’50

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Garfield Quinten Hoversten ’50, 96, passed away on Jan. 22, 2023. Hoversten attended Augsburg, graduating with degrees in chemistry and math. He met his wife, Bernice (Kolden) ’50, there, and together they had eight kids.

The Hoversten family loved to travel, visiting relatives all over the United States. Garfield was a photographer, hunter, and Boy Scout commissioner. He went on to receive a master’s degree in science education from St. Cloud University and a real estate license.
His dedication to education was evident in his career as a math teacher at Richfield High school and as a science teacher at East Junior High. He also taught driver’s education and summer school.

Garfield was key in getting the funds for building the Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg, seeking support from family members, friends and alumni.

“He was instrumental in the ‘FUNdraising’ for Hoversten,” said Babette Chatman ’06, university pastor and director of campus ministry at Augsburg. “One of our amazing AUSM (Augsburg University Student Ministries) student leaders was a third cousin of Garfield, and it was fun to share in her pride that her family was key in the building and dedication of such a sacred space.”

The Hoversten Chapel is a multi-denominational facility that can seat up to 650 people and is a multi-use space, used for weddings, lectures, presentations or general sessions. The chapel also features a Dobson pipe organ and 9′ Steinway grand piano.

In 1990, Garfield established the Bernice Kolden Hoversten Memorial Choral Scholarship in memory of his wife, who was a soloist in the Augsburg choir. The scholarship is awarded annually to a freshman student member of an Augsburg University choir.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 11:00 AM, with a visitation an hour prior and a meal and interment following the service.

Garfield Q. Hoversten obituary

Event Announcements

Staff Senate/CWC Wellness for Staff Event

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Come join your friends and colleagues for a Wellness event on the afternoon of Thursday, February 2 from 1:00-2:30pm in the Marshall room (located in Christensen Center).

We all know that spring semester and be a very busy and stressful time so Staff Senate invites you for a little break in the day to hear a brief presentation shared by Ellie Olson, Director of CWC for the first half. The last 40 or so minutes will be spent hanging out or playing a board game.

Light snacks (cookies, water, and lemonade) and board games will be provided!

Fatigue Fighters Wellness Challenge: Register by 5pm TODAY

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What if you could conquer fatigue and hit the ‘reset’ for more energy? How might your day – even your life – look different?

Our first wellbeing challenge is called FATIGUE FIGHTERS and will focus on the culprits that zap energy, along with some new and even geeky tips to help you feel great and experience your most energized self!

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate.

Challenge Dates: 1/30 – 2/26 (4 weeks). Click below for details, and you’ll find the sign-up link at the bottom.

**The deadline for registration is 5:00pm FRIDAY.**

-Brought to you by your new Wellbeing, Health, and Wellness Task Force (more info to come!)

Questions? Contact Charlotte Swanson:

Fatigue Fighters Wellness Challenge: Free and Open to Everyone

Chapel: Paul Pribbenow and Installation of Pastor John Schwehn

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:30 am for a festive chapel service. President Paul Pribbenow is preaching, and Pastor John Rohde Schwehn will be installed as the University Pastor. We welcome our student deacons as readers, musicians, and members of the processional party. Stay after the service for coffee and cake.

Crip Camp Film Screening and Discussion

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Join CLASS and Lindell Library for a free film screening and discussion of Crip Camp. Crip Camp details a significant snapshot in the Disability Civil Rights Movement. Through the lives of activists in the 1970s, we learn about commitment to equal access and unwavering activism.

Date and time: Thursday, February 2, 2023, 3 pm to 6 pm

Location: Lindell Library, Room 301

Snacks will be provided!

Questions? Email Paul at

Note: Faculty/Staff who have earned their Diversity & Inclusion Certificate may use this event to contribute to Good/Advanced Standing. See you there!

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Day at the Capitol 2023

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us for Day at the Capitol 2023 where you can advocate for increased funding for education and other issues that matter to you. Your legislators need to hear from you about the Minnesota State Grant program and other causes that are important to you.

What happens on Day at the Capitol?
You’ll attend a Minnesota State Grant advocacy and lobbying training with student advocates from Augsburg and other Minnesota private colleges. Then you’ll meet with legislators (we’ll make appointments for you in advance) and have lunch at the Capitol. The Minnesota Private College Council will host a Q&A session with public policy experts and policymakers and will provide everything you need to be a successful advocate.

The group from Augsburg will take the light rail to and from the Capitol together. There will also be an optional pizza night on Tuesday, February 28 to meet other advocates from Augsburg and get ready for your day of civic engagement.

Register by visiting the Minnesota Private College Council website:

If you register and attend, you will be entered into an Augsburg raffle to win one of two $50 gift cards to Afro Deli!

Have questions or need help? Stop by the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Democracy in the basement of Anderson Hall. We’ve got snacks!

Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop

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The Gilman Scholarship for study abroad is up to $5,000 for an international study abroad program. Hundreds of Gilman Scholarships are awarded every year–will you be one of the next recipients?

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

Come to the Gilman Scholarship Workshop to learn more about study abroad, break down the scholarship essay questions, and get tips and resources for submitting a competitive application.

Tuesday, January 31 3:45 – 4:45pm
Wednesday, February 1 3:30 – 4:40pm

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

Gilman Scholarship applications are ***due March 9*** for study abroad programs that take place in: Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2023, or Academic Year 2023-2024

Have questions? Get in touch:

Gilman Scholarship information and application

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