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Gen. Ed. Survey — Please Participate

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The General Education Design Team invites your participation in this survey about the core curriculum. We have been working for more than a year to evaluate the current program, understand the needs of our students, and imagine more effective pathways for their academic and vocational success. Before we finalize our proposals, we need your input. Curriculum design is one of the main responsibilities of the faculty, and the Design Team is eager to hear your perspectives. We are also interested in the perspectives our staff colleagues bring to these questions, and are thus inviting staff responses as well.

The questions on this survey are carefully designed to glean reliable data – that is, if enough people choose to fill it out. While many of the questions ask for a specific response (“yes” or “no”), you will find opportunities to provide qualitative feedback, which we encourage. It will be open until 5 pm on Wednesday, October 4.

As you fill it out, keep in mind that the core curriculum is a primary means through which we express the institutional mission and our highest academic values. It’s where we equip students in the basic skills, perspectives, and sensibilities to navigate their majors and the complex world beyond. Clarity about what we deliver, why and how, is imperative in today’s competitive landscape of higher education. But the core curriculum cannot do everything – there are choices to be made – so what will receive priority?

Your responses to this survey will inform the proposal the Design Team will share later this semester. At that time, you will have additional opportunities to engage in the design process.

Undergrad Curriculum Redesign Survey Fall 17

In 2.5 Weeks, 120 + Sessions in the WL

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Study Abroad in Spring Semester – Apply by October 15

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Students of all majors have the opportunity to study abroad/away in spring semester 2018!

**Programs around the world, and in the USA

**Stay on track to graduate by taking a full load of courses that fulfill your major or minor requirements, as well as electives. ALL programs fulfill Augsburg Experience!

**Use your full financial aid package to help pay for your semester abroad/away, and apply for additional study abroad scholarships!

**Build your professional and intercultural skills while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

**Take advantage of internship and research opportunities abroad!

**Most programs are in English!

Learn more by visiting our website and stopping by the Study Abroad/Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Talk to our student advisers who’ve been abroad, or schedule an appointment with our staff advisers to explore your options!

Search programs and apply online here!

Faculty Workshop on Monday, October 9

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In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

Adjunct instructors currently on contract who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact after the event to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion
Monday, October 9
OGC 100

Click here to add this CTL event to your Google calendar!

“Speaking of Sabbaticals” with Matt Beckman – RSVP

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What do Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Polyphemus, and Stuart the Minion have in common? Come to a lunchtime talk by Assoc. Prof. of Biology Matt Beckman for the answer. Also, you will learn about his sabbatical work in zebrafish that has enhanced the work he and students in the lab are performing to understand the molecular genetics of cyclopia. Over the past eight years Matt has built a program of research with undergraduates that focuses on Daphnia, a one-eyed (cyclopean) waterflea. In particular, the lab uses molecular biology, imaging, pharmacology and behavioral studies to explore the development and function of the eye and the motor system in Daphnia.

“Speaking of Sabbaticals”:The Hunt for Spinal Cord Dopamine Receptor Gene Expression in Zebrafish by Matthew Beckman
Monday, October 9
Riverside Room, Christensen Center

All faculty and staff are invited! Please see the RSVP form below.

Click here to RSVP for Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman on October 9

CTL Diversity Dialogue Book Group: Make Your Home Among Strangers

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This fall, CTL diversity fellows will lead discussion of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. In the novel, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, begins her studies at an elite liberal arts college. But the privileged world at Rawlings College feels utterly foreign to Lizet. Pulled between life at college and the needs of her family, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that change her life forever.

There are two dates for discussion – please pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Discussion #1: Thursday, November 30, 3:45-5:00, OGC 100
Discussion #2: Friday, December 1st, 11:45-1:00pm, OGC 100

To RSVP and to receive your copy of the book, please click here.

General Announcements

Judge Debate for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 6 high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 6-7th: U of M (East Bank)
October 14th: Season Opener (St. Paul)
October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League

Short Term Study Abroad/Away – Winter, Spring, and Summer

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The Center for Global Education and Experience is accepting applications for all of the Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer 2018 short-term study abroad programs! Check out these great options, good for any student:

WINTER BREAK 2018 – Apply by September 30!
-Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK

-Model UN in New York (travels slightly after spring break)
-Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico

-Thailand & Laos: Diversity and Inequality in Global Professional Practice
-Denmark & Iceland: The Dark Side of the Happy City
-Interfaith Engagement in Palestine & Israel
-Economics & Cultural Change in Greece
-Art Performing Social Change in Puerto Rico
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Check here for program details and application information

Study in UK on Winter Break – Apps Due on Saturday

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Take your winter break to a new level – study abroad!

The winter break program, From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK, will examine the connections among popular culture, politics, and youth activism in 20th and 21st century Britain. Travel to the UK from December 28 to January 7!

The course, WST 220, is 4-credits and can fulfill a Humanities credit, or a requirement for WST majors/minors or for Youth Studies minors. This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

APPLICATIONS are DUE SEPTEMBER 30. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Curious about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA?

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Have you thought about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA? Attend one of our daily drop-in Info Sessions to hear about the basics and how you can get started. We cover howo choose a program, study abroad finances, academic credit, and more.

Come to the Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center, for a 20-minute Info Session:
Mondays at 10:40 am
Tuesdays at 2:15 pm
Wednesdays at 10:40 am
Thursdays at 3:40 pm
Fridays at 1:45 pm

Check here for more info about Study Abroad/Away

Undocumented Students Webinar

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Undocumented Students Series

This one hour webinar focuses on what the legal aspects of admitting and supporting undocumented students are. Chad Teman will be your presenter for this ‘Hot Topic’ in higher education. Chad has presented on this topic for several years and continues to be a sought after expert in this field. He will look at what the state and federal government is doing to work with these students. We will examine some case studies on how some states are handling this issue. He will also provide advice on how to work with these students now. We will also discuss how to offer a safe space for these students. Our goal will be to teach you how to maximize the service you provide to these students.
A question and answer session will be included after this webinar to clear up any questions institutions would have regarding this topic.

Event Announcements

Aiding in Hurricane Relief

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A group of students and staff members are collecting gently used clothes to sell at the Taste of Augsburg. All proceeds will go to aiding in hurricane relief in both Texas and Florida. There are collection boxes in the StepUP office and in the Campus Ministry Office. If you have questions please feel free to email Owen at or Thenedra at

Study in Mexico on Spring Break

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Focused Conversations: Endowment: Tue/Wed

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Heather Riddle, vice president for Institutional Advancement, will lead the first Focused Conversations of the year on Tuesday and Wednesday. The topic: how endowments work and how Augsburg is building a case for an endowment campaign.

Each Focused Conversation is offered twice; the first session of each topic also will be available via remote access.

Find dates, times, locations, and topics by clicking the link below.

See the full 2017-18 Focused Conversations schedule

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Spice Up Your Weekend: Buy a Cello

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My name is April Johnson and I am a senior here at Augsburg! I am selling an Amati’s Fine Arts Instrument, full size, artisan model cello. It is held in a red, light weight, molded case that can be locked. The case has wheels, backpack straps, and can be zipped closed. The cello also comes with two bows, lightly used rosin, and a rubber rock stop.

The cello has four years of use and is in excellent condition.
Please contact with any questions! 701-552-1045