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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

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

TODAY Religious Diversity & Belonging in the Classroom, 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

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

Interfaith Scholars: Applications Due Friday

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We are currently 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.

Last Week to Apply: Explore Christian Community & Vocation

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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

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!

Fluent in Spanish? Get Paid to Help Students Improve Their Speaking Skills

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Fluent in Spanish? Be a Debate Judge for the Spanish Debate League

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is looking for Spanish-speaking adults to judge our Spanish Debate League. This program helps middle and high school students build confidence, grow their academic skills, improve their fluency, and connect with other Spanish speakers in the Twin Cities.


You will earn $55 for each tournament you judge. We will provide transportation if necessary.

Learn more and sign up here:

Search the calendar for: Español/Spanish Debate

Need more info? Talk to our volunteer coordinator, Johan, at: He speaks Spanish!

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:

• 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:

Are you 55+? Participate in a Study in Interactions with Others

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We’re looking for adults aged 55+ to participate in research on social interactions with others by engaging in a structured conversation with another person virtually using Zoom. The experiment takes about an hour, and as a benefit for participating you will receive a $5 Target gift card, or we will make a $5 donation in your name to Open Arms of MN which provides meals to terminally ill and homebound Minnesotans. Plus there will be one randomly selected grand prize winner on June 1st who will also receive a $100 Target Gift Card!

The basic technology skills required are:

* Participants must have access to a computer (desktop or laptop). This study can only be performed using a computer (desktop or laptop). We don’t recommend using a phone.
* Your computer must have camera and microphone abilities.
* Individuals need to be able to fill out an online survey. You will be asked to complete short online surveys before and after the online Zoom conversation session.
* Participants need the ability to use email, have reliable internet access, and be able to download and access the Zoom application on their computer. If needed, we can help you get connected with Zoom in advance of your participation.

If you are interested in participating in our study, please click the link below, fill out the consent form, and complete a preliminary online survey. Afterwards, a member of our research team will reach out to find a time to schedule your session to participate.

Participate in Research on Social Interactions

MarComm Staff Departure: Charly Haley

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MarComm Copywriter and Editorial Coordinator, Charly Haley, will be leaving Augsburg University on March 4, 2024. Her skills in writing, editing, and storytelling have been such a big asset to the MarComm department, Augsburg Now, and to our campus partners. We wish her the best!

If you have any questions on projects, please email Douachee Lee at

Women’s Night Out at Brian Coyle Center Needs Volunteers—Saturday, March 2 from 4-8 p.m.

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Join us for a super fun party with women in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood! There will be food, traditional Somali dance, and good times for all! We could use some help setting up and taking down a few things (the young folks at Brian Coyle take care of most of this), childcare, food service and some other small, random things!

The party is on Saturday, March 2 from 4:00-8:00–you can volunteer for as little or as long as you like.

Fill out this form to let us know when you’re available:

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!

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!

Event Announcements

Biology Games Night (+Pizza)

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Please join our new Augsburg Biology Club (formally TriBeta Club) for Games Night (+Pizza!)
It’s in Hagfors 232 (BioHome) on Thursday February 29th from 5 to 7pm.
We’ll be playing our new collection of Biology-Themed games including Cytosis, Photosynthesis, Cellulose, Evolution, Peptides and More!! All are welcome.

We’re Paying East African Students, Staff & Faculty on February 29: No Experience Required

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

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.

Please spread the word about this opportunity! It’s our last East African Debate tournament of the year, and we want to make it special.

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:

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Zander DiPaola Looking for Student to Be Backup PCA $13 an Hour

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Hi my name is Zander DiPaola I am a sophomore who is in a wheelchair and I am looking for someone who can be my back up PCA this job Will entail you coming to my dorm for 20 to 40 minutes and doing such things as filling water bottles feeling containers making a bed and refilling a humidifier don’t expect this job to take that long and I am very flexible so you can come at any time that you would need on the day that I tell you. the pay starts at $13 an hour usually $13 a day as you will not be working for longer than an hour. please contact me if you have any questions I will clarify and answer any question you have or If you would like to schedule an interview for the job by texting me at (612)430-3233 Or emailing me at