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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

Changes for HSA, FSA, DCA Account Holders

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Augsburg University employees enrolled in Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts (including limited purpose), and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts received communications from HR Simplified Communications ( on or around March 12th about an upcoming change that will impact their account access. These communications are legitimate! Employees utilizing these accounts should review the action steps outlined in the communications. Additional details can be found in the link below.

Action items for employees with these accounts:
– Log in to your current HR Simplified account to verify that your email address, home address, and phone number are up to date so that you receive important communications about the transition.
– Stay tuned to upcoming communications from Human Resources and HR Simplified about the upcoming transition

Details on the transition can be found at

If you have any questions about the transition please refer to the transition details page or contact the HR Simplified Participant Services at 888-318-7472.

HR Simplified Transition Details

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.

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:

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

Both Championship tournaments will be held at Augsburg University in late April/early May, with undetermined dates.

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!

Thinking of a Master’s Degree? The BOLD Scholarship Cuts Your Tuition in Half

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As part of the Augsburg Bold initiative, the University has committed to a scholarship program for current seniors looking to continue their education in one of our designated graduate programs. To support our graduating students, Augsburg is offering a 50% tuition discount in the form of a scholarship in the designated programs below:

Master of Business Administration
Master of Arts in Leadership
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Music Therapy
Equivalency+ Master of Music Therapy

The Augsburg Bold Graduate Program Scholarship is not transferable to any other program at Augsburg University. Please email with any questions.

Click for more details!

Students – Take the Textbook Affordability Survey

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Calling all students! Please take the very short Textbook Affordability Survey sponsored by Augsburg’s Textbook Affordability Working Group.

We are seeking to understand how textbook and course materials costs affect students at Augsburg University. The survey is anonymous, but it does use your email address to ensure that we don’t get duplicate responses.

If you have questions about this survey or the Textbook Affordability Working Group, please contact Karen Alexander,, or Sara Fillbrandt,

Textbook Affordability Survey

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

Racialized Musical (His)tories Guest Lecture by Dr. Philip Ewell TODAY 2-3:30 p.m.

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RACIALIZED MUSICAL (HIS)TORIES Guest Lecture by Dr. Philip Ewell on Thursday, 3/21, 2-3:30pm,

Guest Lecture – Dr. Phillip Ewell
2-3:30pm, Thursday, March 21st
Sateren Auditorium

In certain languages the words for “history” and “story” are the same, as in French (histoire) or Russian (история). “History” usually implies an accurate account of past events, while “story” usually refers to events that may or may not accurately reflect on the past, embellished as necessary by a “storyteller.” But in this distinction, race is rarely mentioned. Anyone, irrespective of race, can write histories or tell stories, yet with remarkable consistency in the academic study of music in the U.S., our histories have been written by white persons, usually men, passing from generation to generation with little divergence from narratives of “great works” of the “western canon.” And when a nonwhite voice challenges the white narrative, efforts to stifle that voice are swift and severe. In this talk I’ll expand on music’s histories and stories, and explain why the common American music curriculum is still segregated along racial lines. I’ll then suggest that we need to desegregate it and foreground race in our discussions so that all racial musics, and musical races, have a seat at the table and a voice in the conversation.

For more information:

Faculty Recital – Bergman and Dawe 3/26, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Faculty Recital – Bergman and Dawe 3/26

Join us for a Faculty Recital featuring Rachel Bergman on flute and Jill Dawe on piano, accompanied by Merilee Klemp on oboe and Mark Bergman on double bass.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, March 26th
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Sateren Auditorium, 1977 S 7th 1/2 St, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

The program will feature a diverse selection of music, including pieces by Aaron Copland, Madeleine Dring, and three living composers, including a work for flute and electronics.

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to bring along friends, family, and fellow music enthusiasts to experience this memorable evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the talents of our esteemed faculty members!

For further details, please visit our event page:

Latinx Cultural Celebration – This Saturday

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Date: Saturday, March 23rd
Location:Sateren Auditorium
Partnering with Latinx Student Services (LSS),a showcase to represent the Latinx culture where students can show off cultural clothing, singing, dancing, traditions, poems and more. Latinx students can come to teach about their culture from different countries.

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QIPOC Pottery – All Invited

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On Tuesday, March 26th, QIPOC is hosting a Northern Clay Center visit at Augsburg. They will be giving a pottery class, all materials will be provided. This event goes from 5:30-7:00 PM and will be held in the East Commons.

Below is the RSVP form, only 20 students total can attend the event. Please only fill out this form if you are committed to attending. See you Tuesday!

Next Week: Focused Conversation on HLC Accreditation Review

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All faculty and staff are invited to the March Focused Conversation on Tuesday, March 26. Associate Provost Marah Jacobson and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs David Matz will provide an overview of the upcoming accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

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

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus in April

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, wherever you might be in your retirement planning.

All meetings are confidential!

Available dates and times:
Tuesday, April 2 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Marshall Room, Christensen Center 1st floor
Wednesday, April 3 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Marshall Room, Christensen Center 1st floor
Thursday, April 4 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Marshall Room, Christensen Center 1st floor
Friday, April 5 / 9:00am – 1:00pm
Marshall Room, Christensen Center 1st floor

For questions, please contact

Schedule your consultation here!

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