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Interfaith Scholars: Applications Due Friday

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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 & Vocation: Apply for Christensen Scholars – Deadline Friday

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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)



TODAY at 10:40 am: Navigate Training

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Navigate is student success software that guides students through the Augsburg experience. It allows staff and faculty to fully support a student by creating a coordinated care network. This one hour workshop will provide an introduction to faculty and staff use of this tool prior to the spring mentoring campaigns and midterm progress reporting. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to this workshop.

Facilitator: Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Associate Dean of Advising, Registration & Student Success

Location: Marshall Room

Navigate Training 2/26/24 RSVP

Religious Diversity & Belonging in the Classroom: Wednesday, 2/28/24, 3:40 – 5 p.m.

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Description: Increasingly questions of religious identity have become a part of the DEI landscape in higher education. Join us for this interactive workshop as we explore how one might handle a range of topics, including religious accommodation and hot button issues around religion.

Facilitators: Najeeba Syeed, Matt Maruggi, & Shayna Sheinfeld, Religion Department Faculty

Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 977 6695 0974 Passcode: 918907

Religious Diversity & Belonging RSVP

Fostering Campus Cultures of Learning, Belonging, and Thriving: Wednesday, 2/28/24, 1 p.m.

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Location: Zoom webinar

Facilitators: CIC/ Belong, featuring Elon University President Emeritus Leo Lambert, in addition to Peter Felton and Isis Artze-Vega co-authors, Connections Are Everything.

Description: For five decades, research has demonstrated that student connections with faculty, peers, and staff are critical to learning, identity, persistence, and success during and after college. This is doubly true for first-generation students and students of color. But institutions have not always prioritized student relationships in their mission, reward structures, and strategic plans. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with students, faculty, and staff, we will illuminate how institutional leaders at all levels can 1) foster institutional cultures that prioritize relationship-building and 2) assist students in developing practical strategies to build the constellations of relationships that will help them learn, belong, and thrive.

Belong Workshop Registration

Final Week for Nominations: Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

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Augsburg annually recognizes faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment in one of three categories: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. All full-time faculty who have been employed at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Additionally adjunct faculty who have taught at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching Award.

Any member of the Augsburg Community (faculty student, staff, etc.) may nominate a person for these awards. For more information on the process and requirements of nominators, please see the individual nomination forms on the page linked below.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

General Announcements

Faculty, Share Your Experience with CLASS

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The CLASS Office needs your feedback! CLASS in conjunction with the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is conducting a program evaluation. We are especially interested in your thoughts on ways we are doing well and how we could be a better resource for you and how we can improve our effectiveness in serving students. Completion of the survey takes approximately 15 minutes.

Complete a brief online survey on your observations/experiences with our office at this link:

For questions/to request an accommodation contact

Online Ordering Now Available at Einstein’s

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You can now order from both Einstein’s and Nabo on the order+eat app!

When you place your order through Einstein’s or Nabo, you will be provided an estimated completion time. You can pick your order up at Einstein’s in Christensen Center or Nabo in Oren Gateway Center by going through the line and providing your name/order number.

Again, please be patient and courteous with our Einstein’s and Nabo staff as we continue to implement online ordering for these locations!

Download the order+eat app!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

02/22/2024: Program Manager, Parking & Communications
02/19/2024: Program Manager TRIO – Student Support Services

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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

Seeking Photoshoot Volunteers Over Spring Break

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The marketing and communication department is seeking students to participate in a photoshoot around campus over spring break (March 13–15). The time commitment will be roughly 1–2 hours maximum. Photos can be used for print materials, websites, social media, and other marketing and communication efforts.

If you are interested in volunteering to be in photos for Augsburg University, please fill out the Media Sign-Up Form. Volunteers will will be emailed by the marketing and communications department the week of March 4 to confirm scheduling.

Sign up today!

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!

Apply to Be the New Assistant Dean for Student Persistence and Graduation

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Faculty Members, are you passionate about student success, student persistence and graduation rates? Apply for the Assistant Dean for Student Persistence and Graduation position ( In this three-year role, you will teach part-time and spend the rest of your time developing, implementing and supporting Augsburg’s initiatives that foster student persistence and graduation.

All regular full-time faculty are encouraged to apply for this part-time position. Preference will be given to those who have achieved the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at Augsburg. For full consideration, interested applicants should send a current CV and a 1-2 page letter of interest to by March 15, 2024.

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

TODAY – Yoga Monday – Everything Is Provided

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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, February 26th

Breathing and Centering
Time: 10:40am-11:00am
Location: Foss Chapel

Yoga Practice –
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Grundale Chapel (Third floor of Hagfors)

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students

Students Connected with CLASS — Chance for $50

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If you’re a student who receives support from the CLASS office we’d like your feedback! Complete a brief online survey about the CLASS Office and your campus experiences relative to accessibility AND email a screenshot of the completion screen to for a chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Follow these steps:
1. Access and complete the survey at this link:
2. After you click “submit”, send a screenshot of your completion page to to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

For questions/to request an accommodation contact

Event Announcements

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:

Career Exploration Day TOMORROW

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Career Exploration Day is a required event for first-year undergraduate students who started at Augsburg in fall semester 2023 or spring semester 2024. Students will explore potential majors and the various career opportunities associated with each major, set career goals and competencies they would like to develop, link their long-term goals with academic planning, and meet with faculty to help assist with their goals.

All classes prior to 5pm on February 27, 2024, will be canceled to ensure that first-year students are able to attend this event.

Career Exploration Day Schedule

Medicare 101 Webinar TOMORROW 2/27

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We invite you to join the Human Resources team TOMORROW Tuesday, February 27 from 8-9 am for an informative presentation about the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare by TLC Insurance Group. This live Medicare webinar will provide an overview of how Medicare works, when to enroll, Medicare options, penalties, the variety of plan types, 2024 updates and much more. General questions can be entered into the chat, and answered as time permits. Specific or personal situation questions will be answered privately by the host. Medicare beneficiary assistance, guidance, and evaluation is provided at no cost to our employees and their families.

Join via Zoom here!

Assessment Day: Luncheon & Data Crunchin’ TOMORROW

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Please join the Directors of the Center for Teaching and Learning, First Year Experience, and Assessment for discussions on Tuesday, February 27th from 11am – 1pm in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center. No classes are in session at this time, so we hope you can join them for a lively lunchtime discussion.

First the Directors of Teaching and Learning and First Year Experience will explore a selection of data related to student retention, including AugSem performance indicators and responses to institutional surveys, to foster a discussion on solutions to support student academic progress.

After lunch, The Director of Assessment will discuss the university’s use of data and analytics to inform decisions, and describe recent efforts to advance our assessment practice, data governance, data access, and analytical support, as we approach our upcoming HLC accreditation review.

Click here to RSVP for the event

Gilman Scholarship Applications – Due March 7

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The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad applications are due March 7th. This application cycle is for programs that start between May 1st 2024 to April 30th 2025 (Terms Accommodated: Summer 2024, , Fall 2024, Academic Year 2024-2025, and Spring 2025)

Plan ahead to give yourself time to submit a solid application.

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

Have questions? Get in touch: or

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Fosdick Lecture on Preaching, February 29 at 10 a.m.

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You are invited to the 7th Fosdick Lecture on Preaching where Rev. Barbara Lundblad will address the topic “Shall the Christian Nationalists Win?” Join us at 10:00 am in Hoversten Chapel (livestream is also available). One of Harry Emerson Fosdick’s most well-known sermons is “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” He preached that sermon in 1922: would he preach it today? Would we? What are the loudest Christian voices in the United States? Let’s reclaim our voices for the sake of the Gospel!

Barbara Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She received a B.A. in English from Augustana College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and served 17 years as a parish pastor in New York City. She has been a campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University and has taught homiletics at several schools, including Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. She also served as president of the Academy of Homiletics and in 2014 the Academy honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is the author of two books, Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change (2001) and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense (2007) which grew out of the Beecher Lectures she delivered at Yale Divinity School. In 2010 she received the YDS Alumni Award for Excellence in Theological Education. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission.
Following the lecture, please stay for chapel at 11:30 am to hear Rev. Lundblad preach.

Registration and more information

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Augsburg Teams Participate at the Konhauser Problemfest

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Two Augsburg teams consisting of MSCS and PHY majors participated this past Saturday at the annual Konhauser Problemfest featuring 18 other teams from Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, and St. Thomas. This year’s contest was hosted by Macalester College. One of Augsburg teams was among the announced top 7 teams, taking home the 5th place, which may be the best finish Augsburg has ever had in this challenging competition!

Congratulations to all of Augsburg’s participants: Kodjo Agboyibo (MAT major), Ariana Beeby (CSC + MAT major), Linus Bendel-Stenzel (CSC major), Krystal Bollinger (MAT with Secondary Education Concentration major), Max Figura (CSC + MAT major), and Sean Gaffaney (PHY major + MAT minor).

Konhauser Problemfest Webpage


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