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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

eLearning Update: Moodle Assignments and Academic Honesty

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February 16, 2024

Dear Augsburg Faculty,

We hope your semester is off to a great start!

This week in the CTL Workshop “AI in Higher Education”, there were several questions pertaining to academic honesty in the age of AI. As we pursue various avenues to encourage academic honesty, we would like to share with you a simple idea that could help in this area.

In this week’s eLearning update we will cover:

How to enable a setting in Moodle Assignments that requires students to accept a submission statement agreeing to submit their own work, except where they have acknowledged the use of the works of others, and adhere to : Augsburg University’s Academic Honesty Policy.

Enable “Submission Statement” in Assignment Settings

In “Assignment Settings, click on the “Submission settings” drop down and select “Yes”.

If you enable the “Submission statement” in Assignment Settings, the students will see this when they submit their work.

Give it a go in your Moodle Assignments, and take note if it makes a difference. We look forward to hearing from you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding eLearning, we are here to help you. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Your eLearning team,

Susan, Jad, Shane, Nathan

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

Application Due February 19 – 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

Get Funded to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad: Fulbright Info Session

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Learn about a life-changing opportunity!

URGO is hosting an online Fulbright Info session on Thursday, February 22nd at 5-6:15 PM

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your
questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website:

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact

Register for Fulbright Info Session

Ramadan Panel – February 22

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Join us for a student-led panel discussion on how to support student practices during Ramadan. Professor Najeeba Syeed will moderate the discussion. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Interfaith Institute, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Campus Ministry, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and the President’s Office.

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Science 123

CTL asks faculty/staff members to pre-register for Faculty Development events when possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome.

Faculty/staff, please register here:
NOTE: Registration link has been corrected.

Interfaith Scholars: Apply Today

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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:

Applications are due Friday, March 1.

Explore Christian Community and Vocation: Apply for Christensen Scholars

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The Christensen Scholars Program is a small group of ten academically accomplished students who share an interest in the theological and practical exploration of Christian community and vocation. The experience promises to be intellectual, communal, theological, dialogical, challenging, and practical.

– Develop a deeper understanding of your own vocation in a caring community.
– Create a deeper sense of belonging among your peers.
– Learn new ways to live out your faith on a daily basis within the community.
– Experience a remote retreat center in the middle of winter in the mountains.
– Receive a $2,000 scholarship to cover your tuition.
– All-expenses-paid pilgrimage to Holden Village Retreat Center in the Cascade mountains.
– 4 upper division Religion credits (can be used toward your major or minor)


General Announcements

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!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

02/14/2024: Director of Leadership Gifts, StepUP
02/13/2024: Program Associate, Off-Campus Study

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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

Do You Have Speech and Debate Experience? Earn $55 Per Tournament Judging Middle Schoolers

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, provides academic competitive debate program for middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro.

We’re seeking caring adults with speech & debate experience to serve as middle school debate judges! A tournament with no judges is just a scrimmage- and while practice is great, we know our students want the opportunity to compete with pride! That’s why we are paying judges with experience in forensics (speech or debate) $55 per tournament for the next 5 in-person, local meets:

• Thursday 02/15/2024: 4:15-7:15 PM at Como Park Senior HS
• Wednesday 02/21/2024: 3:15-7:15 PM at Central High School (*high need)
• Tuesday 03/05 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
• Wednesday 03/06 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
• Thurs 03/07 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
(*location unconfirmed, on UMN campus)

Want to just volunteer? No debate experience is needed. We will train you. Judges facilitate the debate round, listen to students speak, choose a winner, and provide feedback. By judging, you’ll help students grow in their confidence and academic skills!

Transportation is available for those who need it. Please reach out to if you need this accommodation.

We can’t wait to see you there! Sign up using our shift calendar:

Sign up to judge at the shifts where you’re available!

Collecting Donations of Clean and Nice Clothing for Sisterhood Boutique

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Hello! The Annual Women’s Night Out Party at the Brian Coyle Community Center will be collecting clean and nice women’s clothing for the Sisterhood Boutique. If you have items you would like to donate you can drop them by the Sabo Center in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall.

Event Announcements

Next Tuesday: Focused Conversation on Gen Ed Revisions

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend the February Focused Conversation next Tuesday, February 20. Professor Stacy Freiheit will provide an overview of the general education curriculum revision process and changes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

Debate Judges Needed for East African Debate League on February 29: Paying $55/Judge

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students. One of our programs is the East African Debate League, which provides a space for East African students to talk about community issues.

We’re looking for adults & college students from the East African community to join us at Edison High School on Thursday, February 29th from 3:15-7:15 PM and serve as debate judges.

You’ll earn $55 for sharing your time as a debate judge.

No debate experience is needed- we will train you at the beginning of the tournament.

By participating, you’ll help youth from across the East African community in the Twin Cities Metro build academic skills, express themselves on community issues, and grow their confidence. Sign up today and share the opportunity widely:

Transportation provided if necessary; email for info.

Sign up for the February 29th shift

Free Concert TONIGHT: The Mirandola Ensemble presents “The Music of Jeffrey Van and John Dowland”

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Join Minneapolis’s premier chamber singers

The Mirandola Ensemble

and students from

The Augsburg/Mirandola Chamber Collective

plus guitar phenom Maja Radovanlija

in a night of music featuring DEAD POETS,
a love balladeer from Queen Elizabeth’s time,
and one composer still alive and well in the Twin Cities.


Free with Augsburg ID.
General Public $25.
(Discounted pre-orders accessible at link provided.)

Minneapolis’ Annual Community Connections Conference, Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

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The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that connects residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, first floor, Hall E, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

This year’s conference will have workshops, performances, fun activities for the whole family, an expo and a community dialogue.

9-10 a.m. registration and exhibit hall opens
10-11 a.m. opening ceremony and performances
11:15-12:30 p.m. workshops
12:30-1:30 p.m. lunch
2-3:45 p.m. community dialogue
3:45-4 p.m. closing remarks

Our conference theme this year is “Open city, your Minneapolis.” We want to focus on making Minneapolis a transparent, accessible city. Being an “open city” means being open to everyone, open to new ideas and open for business.

At the event, you can:
Learn about how to get involved in government decision-making
Find opportunities in your local community
Celebrate the many parts of city that are reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic
Conference goals

We host this conference so that:
Residents, community groups, neighborhood organizations, City of Minneapolis departments and decision-makers can connect.
All communities feel welcome to get involved in local decision-making.
Residents learn about programs and policies that affect them.

For more information and to register visit:

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers Exhibit at UMN

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Head across the street for, Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art
On view January 16 – March 16, 2024
Gallery Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers marks the opening of the George Morrison Center for Indigenous Arts and features work in a wide variety of painting media and esthetic approaches by 29 artists, including Frank Big Bear, David Bradley, Awanigiizhik Bruce, Andrea Carlson, Avis Charley, Fern Cloud, Michelle Defoe, Jim Denomie, Patrick DesJarlait, Sam English, Carl Gawboy, Joe Geshick, Sylvia Houle, Oscar Howe, Waŋblí Mayášleča (Francis J. Yellow, Jr.), George Morrison, Steven Premo, Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, Cole Redhorse Taylor, Roy Thomas, Jonathan Thunder, Thomasina TopBear, Moira Villiard, Kathleen Wall, Star WallowingBull, Dyani White Hawk, Bobby Dues Wilson, Leah H. Yellowbird, and Holly Young.

Dreaming Our Futures is curated by Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor of American Studies, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, with Christopher Pexa, Associate Professor of English, Harvard University.

For more information visit:

Community Engagement as a Tool to Bridge Systems and Community | February 29, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Zoom

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Nexus Community Engagement Institute
Engaged Learning Series

The Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI) invites you to the first Engaged Learning Series of 2024! We will dive into community engagement as a tool to bridge systems and community, while keeping community at the center of these efforts.

Thursday, February 29
3:00 – 5:00pm CST
Zoom (online)

By centering community engagement efforts, it becomes possible to build a more inclusive and equitable society where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Join us as we ask ourselves “What power do I have? What decisions CAN I make?” and engage in an open space activity.

The Engaged Learning Series is an opportunity for people to brainstorm, process, and network with others in community – this series does not include trainings

Please note that the Zoom invitation will be sent out the week of the event.

To register for the event, please visit:

Job Fair Ready? Win Lyft and Food with Resume Prep Workshop TODAY

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Attend this event for a raffle entry to a win: $10 gift card to dining services AND $20 Lyft gift card. One raffle entry/event.

Session description:

Don’t Let Your Resume Go Stale: Freshen It Up With Donuts & Coffee

Friday February 16th, 2024 — 9am-12pm

Drop in the Strommen Center (across from Einstein) between 9am-12pm to freshen your morning and get your resume reviewed. Representative from US Bank and Strommen staff are ready to help you land that internship or job!

Special thanks to US Bank for sponsoring this session.

Interfaith Symposium: March 7

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Join Augsburg’s Interfaith Institute for our 2nd annual Interfaith Symposium. The Interfaith Symposium is an invitation to learn more about religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. Keynote speaker Manu Meel will speak to this year’s theme of Building Trust in Divisive Times. As CEO of BridgeUSA, Manu is leading the largest and fastest growing student movement to bridge our differences.

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm*
Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
*class times will be adjusted so that students/faculty/staff can attend

The symposium will be livestreamed. To register for livestreaming and to learn more about the symposium, visit:

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Our Streets Minneapolis Is Hiring for a Community Canvasser: Pay Begins at $27.58/hour

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Our Streets Minneapolis is hiring for a community canvasser. A quality candidate is passionate about our work to create a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone. Canvassers will work closely with the Community Engagement Specialist and Advocacy Director to engage with the communities most impacted by the various projects Our Streets Minneapolis is championing. This position will do direct contact through door knocks and phone banks, introducing people to our campaigns, engaging with them on issues that are important to them, and receiving and reporting on their feedback on each project.

Canvasser positions are part-time, non-exempt positions. Pay begins at $27.58/hour. Additional benefits include health insurance stipend.

Completely flexible schedule
Healthcare stipend
Paid commute and transit reimbursement

How to apply: Please send a resume and brief explanation of your interest in the role to Your resume should include any relevant paid or unpaid experience as well as education and skills.

To learn more about Our Streets and read the full job description visit: