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Teaching and Learning

If you build it, will they come?

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CTL built and maintains a web page that includes an extensive list of resources for faculty at

For example, we just added The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the best teaching ideas for 2017 as well as several articles on racism and prejudice. Take a few minutes and see all that we have to offer.

Faculty Resources

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this upcoming CTL workshop.

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

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!

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

RSVP for Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman on October 9

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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 here.

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.

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty Next Week

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Tuesday, October 10
Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources
12:00pm-1:00pm, Sverdrup 205

Videos have become an integral part of how we teach, create webpages with multimedia content, as well as provide information during events. Making sure these videos are captioned for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus is essential in creating a welcoming and accessible environment. In this session, we’ll address the why-to behind captioning, and well as the how-to so you can have the resources to caption your video content. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

Thursday, October 12
Accessibility Workshop: Creating Accessible Documents
3:00pm-4:00pm, Foss 22B

Creating accessible documents is not only a good idea to ensure all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus have equal access, but as a result of recent changes in the legal world, it’s now the law for us to do so on our campus too. We all have the ability to make our documents accessible to everyone, once we know how to do it. In this session, we’ll go over how to create accessible Microsoft Word and Google Docs. We’ll provide easy steps to create these documents, provide resources for accessible document creation, and feature tools to help check if you are on the right track. In addition, we’ll talk about how to make your Moodle courses accessible as well. Bring a document or Moodle site, and your computer. At the end of the session we will have work time practice these skills. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

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

General Announcements

Food Service

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Pork Free Pizza

Pizza in the Commons will continue to be offered with a variety of toppings, but pork toppings have been discontinued. This eliminates the risk of cross-contamination of utensils for the Commons customers who choose not to eat pork.

Extended Hours
Because you asked for it, the Commons will be open earlier for breakfast, hot lunch served longer, and dinner served later.
The Commons is open from 7:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:00-9:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast: 9:45-11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Light Lunch: 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30-8 p.m.
Note that the 8 p.m. closing time is a one-month pilot program for the month of September. If dining from 7-8 p.m. proves to be a popular option, we will be able to stay open until 8 p.m. on a permanent basis.

Cilantro Lime Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Squash and Zucchini
Hot Turkey & Swiss Sandwich, Potato Wedges, Carrots, Baked Potato
Coconut Curry Lentil Stew
Curried Broccoli & Cauliflower
Cheesy Pasta Bake
Italian Green Beans
Tortellini Tuesday at World Flavors

Nabo Specials
Monday- Chicken Parmesan sandwich
Tue-Chicken Florentine Pasta
Wed- Veggie Wrap
Thur- Club Salad
Fri- Tenders & Fries

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

Welcome to Angela Bonfiglio – International Student Advisor in ISSS

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Please join me in welcoming Angela Bonfiglio to Augsburg. Angela is our new International Student Advisor/DSO working in ISSS. Angela previously worked at Redeemer Center for Life and Redeemer Lutheran Church with youth in the community in a variety of programs focused on mentoring, leadership and equity. She is a 2013 alumni of Augsburg, was a leader on campus and passionate about being involved in the community and justice work. She also studied at CGEE-Namibia in 2012. Angela is excited to return to Augsburg to work with international students and collaborate across campus with staff & faculty. Angela’s e-mail is

Fall Blood Drive Hits 107% of Goal!

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Auggies came through at the annual Fall blood drive on Monday with 107% of goal achieved – 45 units of blood collected and 103 lives saved!! Thank you so much to all of you who were able to donate especially at a critical time of need for blood donations. Thank you also to those of you who turned in your FREE Crayola Experience tickets at Mall of America. They will be given to a local community group to use. If you were not able to donate, the spring blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday 3/28/18 from 10 – 4 pm. Thank you again!

Beware of “Toner Phoners”

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There are several unscrupulous businesses out there who attempt to sell you outrageously priced toner over the phone. We have already gotten a call from someone (mis)representing themselves as our vendor – Marco, and referencing our new fleet of Sharp copiers. They may start with asking you what is the model or ID# of the copier near your desk. They may say they have extra stock of the toner you need or the price is due to increase. They may offer to ship you a toner on trial. Regardless of what they say, don’t give them any information. All you need to know is that you get toner for your copier or printer by calling the Copy Center at extension 1054. You will never need to purchase toner for machines in your area. A quick way to ditch these “toner phoners” is to tell them you would like to transfer them to the person in the organization who purchases toner – they will hang up before you can transfer them!

“Open Sesame” film and Seward Co-op gift cards

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The director of the film, “Open Sesame: The History of Seeds” M. Sean Kaminsky, will be here from NYC to show his film and speak on a panel with 2 Augsburg students who have worked with Dream of Wild Health on seed saving efforts this past year.

Tuesday, October 10th
6:00pm-Film screening
7:30pm-Panel discussion
Science #123-Augsburg University

Thank you to Professor Christina Erickson and Batalden funding, Professor Jacqui deVries, the Seward Co-op, the Organic Consumers Association, and the Sabo Center for making this event possible.

(2) $20 gift cards from the Seward Co-op will be raffled off at the culmination of the panel.

Thanks to the Seward Co-op for snacks.


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

Additional VP for Enrollment Management Candidates Scheduled for On-campus Visits

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Two additional candidates for the vice president for Enrollment Management position are scheduled for on-campus visits on Tuesday, October 10, and Monday, October 16.

Both candidates will present in an open forum in the Marshall Room from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on those dates. See the Inside Augsburg calendar for links to add those sessions to your calendars.

Watch for A-mail posts at the end of this week and the end of next week with links to the candidates’ credentials and to the survey to collect feedback from campus community members after the open forum sessions.

The search committee will collect all the feedback and make a recommendation to President Pribbenow by October 20 about the three finalist candidates.

October is Cyber Security Month – new tool being added to Google Drive

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October is Cyber Security Month. Come to an information session to hear briefly what the current cyber threats are, learn some tips that apply at work or home, share your experiences and strategies.

Also this winter IT is adding new tool to Google Drive to protect regulated data. What is regulated data? Come and find out! Adding this tools means we will not dissuade you from keeping FERPA data in Google Drive in 2018. We want to you to be able to fully use Google Drive in your work.

There will also be online self-paced information security training coming for faculty and staff as part of our work on information security. Come and find out more!

We have several sessions scheduled in Lindell 202
Thursday October 5, 3 – 4 PM
Tuesday October 10, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Monday October 16, 12 noon – 1 PM
Thursday October 26, 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Find out what more about we’re doing for information security at Augsburg

Save the Date November 8, 2017 INAATE/SE at Augsburg

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INAATE/SE [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./ it flies.falls./] returns to Minneapolis for another FREE screening. Come meet the filmmakers

This experimental documentary by Zack and Adam Khalil explores the Ojibwe story of the Seven Fires Prophecy, which has been interpreted as predicting the arrival of the Europeans in North America and the subsequent destruction they caused. Bold, smart, and unflinching, the film examines the relationship between cultural tradition and modern indigenous identity.

Place and Time:
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with filmmakers follows
This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series Website

AugSTEM Fall Workshops: LinkedIn (10/9)

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Mondays, 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM

Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Similar content will be presented in each time period (12:30 or 3:10).
Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.

Join us this Monday!
Monday, Oct 9: “Creating Effective LinkedIn Profiles & Advanced LinkedIn Search Tips” [Augsburg Career & Internship Services]
Presentation by Emily Reinert, Assistant Director of Career and Internship Services (Strommen Center).

Upcoming workshops:
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

STEM Programs

SMART General Meeting TODAY: Free Pizza and Volunteer Sign-Up

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SMART, the Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team, is having our monthly general meeting today, October 4th at 10:40am-11am in the Marshall Room in Christensen Center.
At this meeting, you will be able to hear about the events SMART is planning this month, and get involved in volunteering for Homecoming activities. We are seeking volunteers for the Taste of Augsburg and our Consent Demonstration which we will be presenting during half-time at both of the Homecoming Soccer games Saturday night, October 14th.
Our monthly general meetings are held for the purpose of reaching out to students, faculty, and staff who cannot make it to our bi-weekly meetings on Monday nights, 7-8pm in OGC 100. Please visit during chapel time to hear about SMART’s involvement on campus, sign-up for volunteering, and enjoy FREE PIZZA!!!

Sincerely, The SMART Board
Maddie Johnson
Ashley Parent
Briana Ekstrom
Eve Taft
Rosie Attiyeh

Women and the Construction of Peace

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Carol Rojas will be on campus to give a presentation and a participatory workshop on Women and the Construction of Peace in Colombia.
Monday, October 9th at 7:15pm-9:00pm
Marshall Room-Christensen Center

About the Speaker
“In the Antimilitarist Feminist Network, she learned about working class feminism and discovered the need to collectively build forms of life that invite the transformation of the living conditions of those who have suffered war, hunger, dehumanization, lack of education, work, and health. Changing imagery, denaturalizing war and violence, working towards peace and building women’s power.

Carol Rojas is a popular educator who accompanies formative processes with men and women who live in working class neighborhoods. Her primary objective is to demilitarize and undo the patriarchy that exists in peoples’ bodies and minds so that they can transform their territories based on an antimilitarist working class feminism and the commitment towards the democratization of the Colombian state, which is a key idea for the construction of peace.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Sabo Center, Center for Teaching and Learning, General Education, the History Department and the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Department.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Join us as Tournament Staff – Minnesota Urban Debate League

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We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester, and middle schoolers next semester.


$11.00/hr *+ Free Food! Non-Augsburg students will receive $11/hr, Augsburg students will receive the Augsburg student employment rate. You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.

Job Duties:

Post signage and tournament information throughout building
Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
Help greet volunteers
Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots

Job Qualifications:

Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
Pass a background check
Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

Dates and Times:
University of MN Tournament – hiring 3 students per shift
Fri Oct. 6th
Sat Oct. 7th

Humboldt Tournament (west side of St. Paul) hiring 2 students per shift
Saturday Oct. 14th

Highland Park (Highland Park Neighborhood of St. Paul) hiring 2 students per shift
Fri Nov. 10th
Sat. Nov. 11th

UMBrooks (University of MN West Bank) hiring 2 students per shift
Sat Nov 18th

UDL Champs (TBD) hiring 2 students per shift
Fri. Dec. 8th
Sat. Dec. 9th

Questions? Email or call 612-330-1730. Please click on the link below to go to the calendar. You will be able to select any available shift time.

Employment Opportunities