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Are you 55+ or Know Someone Who Is? Help Us Study Interactions with Others

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We are 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. If you know someone who is 55+ you can let them know about this A-mail and see if they might be interested in participating. 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:

* Have a valid email address.
* Participants must have access to a computer as 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

Get Paid to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad: Apply for a Fulbright

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Fulbright gives you the opportunity to teach, research, or study abroad for an academic year. The process of applying is invaluable and winning the award is a life changing experience.
To be eligible and competitive you need to be:
– A U.S. Citizen or national
– Hold a 3.0 or higher GPA for serving as an English Teaching Assistant
– Hold a 3.5 or higher to conduct research or attend graduate school
– Active member in the Augsburg community or your home community
– Effective skills to serve as a cultural ambassador of the U.S. to your host country
If you are a junior or senior you would be working this summer on your application for an early fall submission. If you are awarded the Fulbright you would most likely leave the following summer.
If you would like to learn more about the Fulbright program, please schedule an appointment with Dixie Shafer, Augsburg’s Fulbright Program Advisor, by clicking the link below.

Meet with Dixie

Graduating Students: Join Us for Beyond the Cap & Gown – Job Prep Crash Course

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The Strommen Center is proud to offer a job prep course for those planning to find work after graduation. Beyond the Cap and Gown will be an online, 4 week asynchronous course. You will be led through:
-job search techniques
-resume and cover letter writing
-interviewing tips
-self-care and dealing with rejection

The course is planned to launch March 25th and will involve videos and activities with roughly 1-2 hours of work a week.

Register for Beyond the Cap & Gown!

GenEd Revision – First Faculty Reading

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Dear Augsburg Community,

Thank you to everyone who attended the February Focused Conversation on General Education Revision. The session was well-attended and we appreciate everyone’s continued engagement on this important initiative.

In the next step of the shared governance process, the general education revision proposal will be formally introduced to the faculty at the upcoming faculty meeting on March 20th. An overview of the shared governance process and a link to the proposal are available below:

Shared Governance Overview
January: Academic Affairs Committee vote (6 in support; 0 opposed; 1 abstention)
February: Faculty Senate vote (10 in support; 1 opposed; 0 abstentions)
March 20th: Faculty first reading
April 10th: Faculty second reading and vote
May: Board of Regents vote

2023 General Education Revision Proposal:

Information sessions about proposed revisions to our general education curriculum will be offered in early April; details are forthcoming.

Have a wonderful spring break!

With gratitude,
Stacy (

The General Education Advisory Group (aka GenEd(it) Group)
Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Salma Caamir, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit (GenEd Director)

GenEd(it) Comment Box:

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

Interested in Research and Graduate School? Apply to the TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2024 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2025 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2025. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, though preference is given to applicants that are interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. The priority deadline to apply is March 28; however, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all participant slots are filled.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through coursework, academic advising, workshops, and involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($6000) with an Augsburg faculty member during Summer of 2025.

The McNair Scholars Program is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, applicants must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred). Unsure if you qualify? Please visit the link below for more information on eligibility requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about McNair, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator,

Determining McNair Eligibility “Cheat Sheet”

General Announcements

CLASS Survey by March 11 – 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 by March 11 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

Faculty, Provide Feedback to CLASS by March 11

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The CLASS Office needs your feedback by March 11! 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

Are You a Parent? Bring Your Kid to Campus This Summer for the MNUDL’s Speech & Debate Camp

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Build Skills, Make New Friends, & Speak Out at MNUDL’s Summer Speech & Debate Camp

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is offering 17+ camps for middle and high school students in 2024. Join us for fun, engaging, and competitive learning for middle and high school students.

Whether your student is new to the activity or has experience, we have a camp for you, taught by experienced and caring Minnesota educators!

Our 5 weeks of day camps for middle and high school students are hosted at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and include:

• Policy Debate
• Lincoln Douglas Debate
• Student Congress
• Public Forum Debate
• Speech, Including Interp & Public Address
• Basic Debate & Argumentation

We’ve got 3-day, 5-day, and multi-week camp options to fit your needs! Learn more about our camps, register, and apply for financial aid here:

Don’t miss these dates! We encourage you to register and apply for scholarships at the same time: scholarship applicants only require $5 down!
• The early bird discount deadline is April 7th
• The scholarship priority deadline is April 21st
• Registration deadlines range from May 31st-June 27th
• Cancel your registration up to May 10th without penalty

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to your participation!

Ensuring access to speech and debate education is critical to our mission at Minnesota Urban Debate League. This form of education is proven to improve crucial skills like critical thinking, argumentation, reading comprehension, and public speaking. We’re committed to providing scholarships and financial aid!

Learn more and apply for scholarships at registration:

Deadline Extended: Apply for Summer Work with the MNUDL By March 10

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply to coach Summer Speech & Debate Camp by March 10th

Will you be in the Twin Cities this summer? Looking for a way to make extra money while making a difference? Join us here on Augsburg University’s campus for the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s Summer Speech & Debate Camp!

Learn more about our camp offerings here:

We’re looking for folks who have extensive speech and debate experience to serve as camp staff members.

We have more than 17 camps across 5 weeks in June and July, so you can pick and choose which camp works best for your schedule. Apply here by Sunday, March 10th:

Dates and pay rates are in the form. We have an especially strong need for speech instructors!

No speech or debate experience? If you like working with kids, you could join us as our Aftercare Coordinator. Find job details on the form:

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.

Tournaments will happen at the following dates and times:

Wed. 3/13, Roosevelt HS, 4-7 PM
Thurs. 3/28, Roosevelt HS, 4-7 PM
Thurs. 4/11, South HS(tentative location), 4-7 PM
Thurs. 4/18, Highland Park HS(tentative location), 3:30-7:30 PM
Thurs. 4/25, Augsburg, 4-7:30 PM
Wed. 5/8, Augsburg, 4-7:30 PM

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!

2024 Staff Appreciation: Nominate a Colleague

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This year Augsburg Staff Senate will host an in-person Staff Appreciation Event on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Hall.

We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form:
Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2024. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of March 1, 2024) are eligible to receive this award.
Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the in-person event on April 17th.

Current Open Student Positions: Link to Apply

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Here are the current open on-campus student job postings:

Sports Medicine Student Assistant: Academic Year 2024-25

Public Safety Student Patrol: Spring Semester 2024 (immediate openings)

Interfaith Outreach Student Assistant: Spring Semester 2024

Requirements: Must be enrolled at Augsurg, and have work-study as part of your financial aid award. For questions about your student financial aid award, please contact Student Financial Services at

Link to apply for on-campus student jobs:

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

Need Help with Your 2024-25 FAFSA? Come to the FAFSA Lab

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During these hour long help sessions, financial aid counselors will walk you through the process step-by-step. We’ll have computers for you to use on campus, if you like. Register by clicking the green spots on the Admissions calendar.

We will be located in Hagfors 373 Computer lab

Monday, March 4, 4-5 PM
Thursday, March 7, 6-7 PM
Wednesday, March 13, 4-5: PM

Keeping Track of Auggies

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TODAY – Girl Scout Cookies

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Come and get your Girl Scout Cookies today in Christensen between 11-2!

Eleanor will be selling all the flavors you know and love. She accepts cash and card through the Digital Cookie app which allows you to use a variety of payment methods. Your purchase helps fund her troop and Girl Scouts across the region!

Can’t make it? Use the app and select “Have Girl Scout Eleanor deliver” and we can deliver to Augsburg!

Order Online for Pick-Up on Campus