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MCAT Test Prep Scholarship Application

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Thanks to a generous donor, URGO has four $1000 MCAT Test Prep Scholarships available. Students must be juniors or seniors to apply. Interested students should fill out the application below and submit by 5 pm on Wednesday, November 1st. If you have questions please contact Dixie Shafer at

MCAT Test Prep Scholarship Application

GenEd(it) Faculty Workshop Today at 3:40 p.m.

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GenEd(it) Faculty Workshop: Are We on Track?

The GenEd(it) Group invites faculty guidance and feedback on the initial draft of proposed revisions to our undergraduate general education curriculum. Light snacks will be provided.

Time and Location
Wednesday, October 25th from 3:40 – 5:00pm in Hagfors 150A/B

Working Draft of a Revised General Education Curriculum

Come to the Writing Center

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The Writing Center is open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

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: We will do our best to accommodate you.

General Announcements

Find Your Inner Leader with LS205

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Come learn about Leadership Studies by taking LS 205 Introduction to Leadership Studies.
Whether or not you have formal leadership experience, this course will benefit all students by bringing out your strengths and opening doors to new opportunities. If you already see yourself as a leader, you will get stronger. If you do not see yourself as a leader, by the end of the program, you will discover that you have all it takes to be a leader!

This course is the introduction to the minor in Leadership Studies and helps build communication skills and cultural competency skills. Check it out! All are welcome to sign up for the course–Monday and Wednesday night 3:10-4:50.

Get Your Augsburg Experience Credit with AIS304 Engaging Communities

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Need an Augsburg Experience and want to work in the community? AIS 304 Engaging Community is the course for you.
This course connects your research interests and your desire to work with BIPOC communities, organizations, and neighborhoods in Minneapolis/St. Paul. During the semester you do research into an area you are passionate about and we partner with a number of organizations and communities in community-based learning. This type of learning provides students with the opportunity to connect their gifts, skills, and interests with an organization, group, or issue. Your work informs our classroom discussions and course work while also giving back to the community in valuable and reciprocal ways.
Course meets T-Th 12-1:40 and fulfills an Augsburg Experience.

Farewell to Matt Schornstein

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IT this week we are saying farewell to Matt Schornstein (’04) who has been in the department since 2004. Matt has led our infrastructure team since 2011. He and his team run the IT you use daily but don’t see — WiFi, wired networks, servers. Matt has led that team through over a decade of incredible growth and change in technologies. And with the shared services agreement in 2016, he added Luther Seminary’s network to what he oversaw.

We appreciate all that Matt has accomplished and he will be sorely missed. Matt’s last day is Friday the 27th. We wish him well on his next IT adventure.

We have put together a kudoboard for people to contribute messages to Matt about his time at Augsburg.

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey Today

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Dear Participant,

My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.
If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Ice Skating Lessons at Augsburg Ice Arena

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Winter ice skating lessons for adults and kids begin Nov. 6th. The Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis provides weekly lessons at Augsburg Ice Arena Mondays – 6:30- 7:30pm, Thursdays – 6:30 – 7:30pm or Saturdays 9:45 – 11:15am. For more information, please contact

Applications Are Now Open for the PRISM Scholars Program

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The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, data science, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Spring 2024 (graduating by May ‘26)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
– U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or admitted refugee
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Wednesday, December 6th (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application).

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

To apply, visit:
For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

The PRISM Scholarship Program is funded through NSF Award #2030638 through August 2025. Scholarships awarded Fall 2025 and beyond are contingent on continued funding.

Funding for PRISM is provided through the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Mark Your Calendar – Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 6

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*Please note corrected Open Enrollment end date*

Open Enrollment, the annual period when benefits-eligible employees make their benefit choices for the coming year, begins Monday, November 6 and continues through Monday, November 20. This is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

All benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to attend open enrollment information sessions. The first session will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. in Oren Gateway Center, Room 100. We will have virtual sessions available as well.

The 2024 Benefit Guide will be available soon, watch A-mail for the announcement.

Mark your calendar to attend the following information sessions. Zoom links will be provided via A-mail.

11/1, 11:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, OGC Room 100
11/2, 1:00 p.m. – HSA/FSA Education Session, Virtual
11/6, 9:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, Virtual
11/9, 8:00 a.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, Virtual
11/14, 3:00 p.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, OGC Room 100

Add these events to your google calendar! Visit the HR website ( and add the Payroll and Benefits calendar.

Email with any questions about these events.

New Staff Positions This Week (5)

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

10/19/2023: Staff Accountant
10/18/2023: Director of TRIO/Student Support Services
10/17/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian (Part-Time)
10/17/2023: Athletics Graduate Assistant
10/17/2023: Human Resources Coordinator

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Event Announcements

8th Annual Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM Workshop and Dinner

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Augsburg will be hosting an in-person event focused on applying to paid research opportunities in STEM that is open to students, staff, and faculty from Augsburg and the broader community.

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

Thursday, November 9, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Hagfors Center 150, Augsburg University

Dixie Shafer of URGO and Lara Crombie of the TRIO McNair Scholars program will lead the workshop for students, staff, and faculty on identifying and applying for summer research opportunities such as National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).

The workshop will be followed by a panel for students featuring student and alumni research experiences and a panel for faculty and staff on supporting equitable access and participation in research programs.

All attendees are invited to stay for a community dinner following the workshop and panels.
Since dinner is provided, advance registration is greatly appreciated.

RSVP for November 2023 REU Workshop:

Baile De Las Calaveras – Friday, October 27

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ALAS Invites you to join us on Friday, October 27th from 7:30-10pm in the East Commons.

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration where families honor and remember their loved ones who have passed away. It is thought that people’s deceased family member souls visit the families homes during this time. This year, ALAS will have a dance dedicated to our ancestors and to life. Please join us for this event where we will have music, food, face painting, and more! Thank you all for celebrating the day of the dead with us!

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All Saints Commemoration on November 1 in Chapel

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On Wednesday, November 1, we will hold an All Saints service at 10:40 am in Hoversten. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. In this service we remember loved ones who have died, especially in this past year. We celebrate and remember through song and prayer. Please submit names you would like included in the service to the campus ministry office by emailing Janice Dames at by noon on October 31.

Farewell and Thank You for Tina Brauer This Friday

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The Music Department invites you to a gathering for our wonderful TINA BRAUER this FRIDAY October 27th at 2:30 in the Band Room of Anderson Music Building. On her last day at Augsburg, please join us to thank Tina for her many contributions to Augsburg, and wish her well as she begins new adventures as a flight attendant!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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