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Act Now: Ask Your Legislators to Invest in the Promise Equalization Scholarship

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Last year’s investment by state policymakers in college affordability through the North Star Promise left out one-third of low- and middle-income students earning bachelor’s degrees—those who attend private nonprofit colleges like Augsburg.

New legislation authored this year by Sen. Omar Fateh and Rep. Dan Wolgamott would provide financial aid parity for low- and middle-income students at nonprofit colleges. The PROMISE EQUALIZATION SCHOLARSHIP investment of $13.9 million would mirror how much the state is investing through the North Star Promise to support students at the University of Minnesota, restoring financial aid parity for students at nonprofit colleges.

With the new Promise Equalization Scholarship, the State of Minnesota would help make college more affordable and reduce student debt for those students at nonprofit colleges with the most need—just as the North Star Promise Scholarship has done for low- and middle-income students at public and tribal colleges. An estimated 13,000 students would receive an average scholarship of about $1,000, helping low- and middle-income students who currently receive the Minnesota State Grant. Here at Augsburg, about 1,400 undergraduates would benefit from the new scholarship. Because there is a large surplus in the appropriation for the North Star Promise, this can be accomplished without any additional state funding.

The Minnesota Private College Council has put together an easy way to contact your legislators—it only takes a minute.

Ask your state senator and representative to invest in the Promise Equalization Scholarship.

Nominate Auggie Alumni for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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Now is the time to nominate Auggie alumni for the various 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards! Nominations are open for the First Decade Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Spirit of Augsburg Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. Awards will be presented at Homecoming this fall. Nominations are due by the end of June.

2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nomination Form

Students: Please Take the Textbook Affordability Survey

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Augsburg’s Textbook Affordability Working Group invites you to fill out our brief survey about how well you are able to afford the books and other materials required for your classes. We’ll use this information to help us understand whether the cost of course materials is a barrier for Auggies, so it’s important to hear from as many students as possible.

The survey is anonymous, although it does use your email address to make sure we only get one response per person. If you have questions about the survey or the Textbook Affordability Working Group, please contact Karen Alexander ( or Sara Fillbrandt (

Textbook Affordability Survey

Faculty: Let Us Know You’ll Attend Commencement

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All faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in the clapping tunnel in full regalia at commencement on May 7 or 8. Unlike in prior years, you will not need to reserve a ticket for the ceremony; however, you will need a faculty pass to enter the Target Center. Please complete the faculty sign-up form below by April 26 to let us know you plan to attend so that your credentials will be available when you arrive.

Faculty Commencement Sign-Up Form

Staff: Volunteer at Commencement

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Staff volunteers are needed to help make the commencement ceremony on May 7 or 8 a meaningful and successful experience for our graduates and their families. Volunteer roles include:

– Ushers, greeters, and wayfinding
– Accessible seating support
– Graduate name cards

Please fill out the staff volunteer form below by April 26 to let us know of your interest. You will receive a follow-up email to confirm your volunteer assignment and provide additional details.

Staff Commencement Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Need Help Filing Your FAFSA for Next Year? Come to Our Drop In Hours

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Haven’t started your FAFSA or DREAM Act for the 2024-2025 school year yet? No need to fear! Drop in Hours are here! Come by the Enrollment Center to get assistance from Financial Aid Counselors to file your 2024-2025 FAFSA the following days:

April 15th: 2PM-4PM
April 16th: 12PM-2PM
April 17th: 10AM-12PM

We will be available to answer any questions you may have and sit down with you to check off that item before heading off for the summer term.

Please email if you have any questions!

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!

Get Your Art Featured on the Cover of the Thó Wiŋ Magazine

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The Thó Wiŋ Literary and Arts Magazine is looking for art to feature on the cover of this year’s issue. The covers (both front and back) will be approximately 9×9″, so art must fit a square ratio. Pieces depicting themes related to Minnesota, Minneapolis, and especially our magazine’s namesake, Blue Star Woman, will be prioritized (more info about Blue Star Woman can be accessed at our website, Please send submissions from your Augsburg email to in .pdf, .png, or .jpg format.
We are approaching our printing deadline, so please submit as soon as possible!

Event Announcements

Join Us for Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice

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Professor Najeeba Syeed will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Terence Nichols Memorial Symposium lecture. The topic will be Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice.

When: Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center 126
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit:*jtrr4i*_ga*MjA4ODkyNjcxNS4xNzEwMjk3NDU4*_ga_B7VNHGCX7P*MTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4xLjAuMTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4wLjAuMA

Thrive Program Speaker Series: Michael Houston, 2023 Teacher of the Year

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Join the Thrive Program and the Aspiring Educators Club for our end of the semester Speaker Series event. We are excited to have guest speaker Michael Houston, the 2023 Teacher of the Year. This event will take place Monday, April 15th 4-6pm in Science Hall room 123.

This event is free and open to the public. Snack and refreshment will be provided

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