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URGO Summer Research/Creative Activity Info Session Nov 28 & 29

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Join us November 28th or 29th, 5-6pm in Hagfors 150B to 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 to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor they choose.

$6,000 for full-time researchers

$3,000 for half-time researchers

URGO Summer Research also counts as Augsburg Experience!

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, use the link “Meet with URGO” to schedule an appointment with the Director of URGO, Dixie Shafer, or email

See you there!

Meet with URGO

Science and Cooking Food Lab Survey

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This study is being conducted by Nikki Lee, Emily Vang, and PangDao Xiong, marketing students at Augsburg University. The purpose of this study is to find out what students want to learn from food and their experience with the science of food lab. This information will be used to find data. It will determine what will interest students to learn that relates to food and will also be used in a presentation in a marketing research class at Augsburg University. Dr. Lori Lohman is the instructor for this course. Her phone number is (612) 330-1220.
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete the attached survey (or participate in a focus group). We want to leave students with knowledge and experience where they can use it in different ways beyond the course. The goal is to make the class engaging for students who are taking the class to fulfill credits and for students who are interested in the class content.

¡Ándale! Enhance Your Spanish Skills This Spring

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Is it time to move your intermediate Spanish-speaking skills to a higher level? Are you looking for another course to add into your schedule? The Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies department invites you to consider taking Spa 212 for the Spring semester. Continuing your Spanish study is a powerful way to enhance your resume and make you a more viable job candidate in a market that is looking for global competence and multilingual skills. Also, this course counts towards a minor or a major in Spanish and is a great way to get ready for upper-level Spanish courses.
SPA 212 is Intermediate Spanish, a 2nd yr. language course designed to continue building language skills while exploring cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and is intended for students who’ve completed Spanish 211 or the equivalent. Spa 212 meets on campus this spring: MWF 12:30-1:40. Students, faculty and staff are invited to register. Please spread the word to your Augsburg friends!
If you’re wondering if this is the right level for you or have any other questions, please contact Professor Michael Kidd,

General Announcements

Memorial Service for Dora Anne Quanbeck ’49

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We share the sad news that Dora Anne (Frojen) Quanbeck ’49 has died. Dora was wife of Philip Quanbeck, Sr ’50, Faculty Emeritus of Religion and mother of Philip Quanbeck II, also Faculty Emeritus of Religion.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, December 15 at Bethlehem Lutheran, 4100 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis. Her full obituary is linked below.

Please keep Dora’s family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

Obituary: Dora Anne (Frojen) Quanbeck ’49

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.

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

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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. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). 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

Questions on Your FSA/HSA During Open Enrollment

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If you have questions regarding your HSA or FSA account(s), either existing or new in 2024, you are encouraged to contact HR Simplified directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. They have experts who specialize in the complex rules and regulations governing these plans, and Augsburg relies on our partnership with HR Simplified to ensure accurate information will be provided to our employees during open enrollment and throughout the plan year. They can be reached at 888.318.7472, Option #1. Their customer service hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Fridays. You may also email them Please contact HR Simplified as your first resources for all of your HSA/FSA questions and concerns. Thank you!

Act Now – Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 20

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Submit your Open Enrollment form today! Open Enrollment ends November 20 at 4:30 p.m.

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 20 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2024, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

How to Access the 2024 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 2023 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2024. You are required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2024 elections even if you elect to waive your 2024 coverage.

Visit the HR website to view recorded information sessions:

Email with any questions.

2024 Benefits Guide

Online Survey – Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.
Thank you!

Thanksgiving Break – Dining Hours & Available Resources for Students

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The Dining Commons, Einstein’s, Nabo, and Kafe Kafeega will all close on Wednesday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m.

The Dining Commons will reopen for dinner on Sunday, November 26. Einstein’s, Nabo, and Kafe Kafeega will reopen for normal hours on Monday, November 27.

The Dean of Students Office, Residence Life, Campus Cupboard, International Student Services, and the Food Lab to make sure that students who are staying on campus have access to a kitchen if needed (especially those living in Urness) as well as knowledge about Campus Cupboard hours immediately before and during the Thanksgiving break.

Residential students, you will be notified of these hours and available resources if you’re staying on campus during the break. If you have any questions, contact Dean of Students Mike Grewe at

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

11/15/2023: Public Safety Officer – Hiring Bonus
11/13/2023: Staff Accountant

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New Student Positions This Week (2)

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

11/15/2023: Student: Institutional Advancement Office Assistant
11/14/2023: Student: Multicultural Life/LatinX Student Services

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Event Announcements

Study Abroad/Away Walk In Hours

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Do you have questions about studying abroad/away? Feel free to utilize our walk-in hours to get your quick questions answered!

Questions can be about any of our programs from short term to semester long and everything in between!

Located in Science Hall 110 Every Tuesday/Thursday/Friday in person.

Check Out Study Abroad & Away Programs here

Join Us for an Interfaith and Activism Panel Discussion – 11/30

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Join Interfaith at Augsburg for an interactive panel discussion on interfaith and activism. Panelists include Beth Gendler, Executive Director, Jewish Community Action <>; Phil Romine, Director, Opportunity Saint Paul, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul <>, and Augsburg’s own Jenean Gilmer, Program Manager, Community-Engaged Learning, Sabo Center for Democracy <>

Students, faculty, staff and public are welcome to attend.

Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Oren Gateway Center, 114

Yoga Monday

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Center for Counseling and Wellness, will offer a short reflection followed by mindfulness practice led by Tara Mader, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Please come join us on Monday, November 20th from 10:40am-11:40am in Marshall Room, Christensen Center

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students)

Keeping Track of Auggies

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