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Free Trip to Holocaust Museum

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Applications due February 19, 2024 and can be found at The trip will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at

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.

*You DO NOT need to be a US citizen*

• Full-time student
• Sophomore or above with at least one year left before graduating
• 3.0 GPA or higher
• Proof of COVID vaccinations may be required

Trip and Application Info

Due February 12 – URGO Summer Research Phase 1 Applications

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Phase 1 of the applications are due February 12th 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!

The URGO Summer Research/Creative Activity Program is an 11-week, on-campus program (May 13th – July 26th) where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. 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.

If you have questions, email or visit the link below.

URGO Summer Research Info and Application

Phishing Awareness Workshop – Feb 7, 3-4pm (Win 1 of 4 $25 Target Gift Cards for Attending)

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Phishing Awareness Workshop – Feb 7, 3-4pm (Win 1 of 4 $25 Target Gift Cards for attending!)

We cordially invite you to a Zoom session about enhancing your awareness of phishing scams, a critical issue in our digital age. As educators, it is imperative to stay informed about these deceptive practices that threaten our online security. This session will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to identify and protect yourself from phishing attempts. Join us for an engaging and informative experience, where we will delve into real-life examples and prevention strategies. Thank you for helping safeguard our academic community. Please mark your calendars and be a part of this essential conversation. We look forward to your participation!

Date: Wednesday, February 7th on Zoom
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Registration Required:

Target Gift Card drawing will take place at the end of the Zoom session!

Report from Cat Island—Tomorrow at Noon

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This last fall the River Semester managed to make it out into the Gulf of Mexico, ending our trip at Cat Island off the coast of Mississippi. On these trips down the Mississippi River, we have actually visited three “Cat Islands,” each with their own story and lessons. Anyone interested in hearing more tales from the Fall 2023 Mississippi River expedition, some lessons from the past five trips down the river, and an open discussion of where we go next, is welcome to stop by Oren Gateway Center 100 at noon on Friday, February 2nd. Feel free to bring your lunch.

An interactive map of the 2023 Mississippi River Expedition

Apply to Be an Interfaith Scholar

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We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Interfaith Scholar cohort.

Interfaith Scholars is a yearlong student cohort that engages students as partners in ongoing interreligious dialogue and action by exploring methods and best practices for talking about religion/spirituality/worldview in a diverse democracy. Students will engage in community service learning and interfaith events as well as learn from guest speakers from religious communities, business professionals, and other leaders from across sectors. Students accepted into the Interfaith Scholars program receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The cohort meets for the full academic year as a credit based course on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. Professor Najeeba Syeed is the primary instructor.

Students from every religious tradition and students without a connection to a religious tradition are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Interested in a Social Work Major? Learn More

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Are you a second-year student interested in the social work major? Find out more about the BSW candidacy process! This Website will get you started:
Feel free to reach out to BSW Program Director Dr. Melissa Hensley with questions about the BSW major and candidacy process, and for the link to the online application. Dr. Hensley’s e-mail is

General Announcements

Kafe Kafeega Returns to Normal Hours TODAY

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Kafe Kafeega, located in the Hagfors Center on the second floor at the end of the skyway from the Library, is open today from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will follow those hours Monday through Friday moving forward. We appreciate your patience as we figured out staffing across our dining locations.

At Kafeega all of our coffee and espresso beans are certified fair trade and organic, we also serve fresh pastries, fruit cups, salads and wraps.

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

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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

Sharing Sad News About Alum Helen Meilin Derechin ’20

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Sharing the sad news that Helen Meilin Derechin, a 2020 Augsburg graduate with a major in Biology, passed away on January 22, 2024. Our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, classmates and faculty.

To honor her life and memory:
SHIVA 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1st at 2221 Youngman Ave., St. Paul, in the community room. Memorial/Celebration of Life 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15th followed by burial at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

For more further details, updates and livestreaming information, please consult at Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapels at 612-871-1234 or

Her full obituary is linked below.

Helen M. Derechin Obituary

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences from Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email

Fill out the Google Form here!

Deadline for Summer/Fall 2024 Semester Abroad – March 1

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Every Auggie can study abroad/away! Study Abroad/Away gives you a chance to live, learn, and earn credits somewhere else in world as part of your college experience!

You can gain confidence, learn about different places and cultures and make friends for life. Plus, it can open up new career and educational opportunities!

Are you interested in studying abroad for either the summer or Fall of 2024? Make sure to complete your application through the study abroad website today to secure your spot!

Click Here to Visit the Study Abroad/Away Website Today

Study Away in the USA

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As an Augsburg Student, you are eligible to study away for a semester at another college or university across the United States! Our new partnership with National Student Exchange makes it possible for students to study for a semester at a variety of different types of universities!

Supplement and complement classes that you take here at Augsburg to graduate on time. Pay your augsburg tuition and be eligible for scholarships to help with your costs!

Gain cultural experiences at a variety of different universities such as

-Historically Black Colleges and Universities

-Hispanic Serving Institutions

-Private or Public Universities

-Speciality programs that are suited for your major!

-So much more!

Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this incredible experience! Apply today!

Click here for more information about National Student Exchange through Augsburg

Study Abroad Wants Your Opinion

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CGEE is excited to announce we will be opening a brand-new semester program in Norway in the fall of 2025. As we prepare for the big announcement, we are missing one last piece: a new program title! We are asking our amazing students, staff, and faculty to vote for their favorite from a short list of options to help us choose.

Please spare 2 minutes and vote for your favorite title in this new survey.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by our table at the study abroad fair on Wednesday and gave their input!


Event Announcements

TODAY: Greenhouse First Thursday

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The Augsburg Biology Department’s rooftop greenhouse grows an appreciation for and deeper understanding of the plants of our planet. The greenhouse is open to the Augsburg campus community on the first Thursday of every month during the semester, from noon to 3pm. The Augsburg community is invited to come see what we’ve got growing on, enjoy the tropical atmosphere and marvel at hundreds of plant species from all over the world.

The next First Thursday is today, February 1, noon—3pm. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Stay updated on greenhouse events by following us on Instagram!

Free Workshop: Multifaith Leadership and Engagement in a Fractured World

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Join us for this annual workshop co-hosted by the Interfaith Institute. Augsburg Professor Najeeba Syeed and Rabbi Dr. Rachel Mikva from Chicago Theological Seminary will be the featured keynote speakers. The workshop includes two breakout sessions and dinner. Registration is required.

Date: Sunday, March 3rd
Time: 1:00 -7:00 pm (includes dinner)
Location: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

To learn more and register:

We are looking forward to hosting next year’s workshop on Augsburg’s campus. More information to come!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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