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Faculty Perspectives on the Intersection of Scholarship and Mentoring

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We have all had mentors that have help support and propel us forward in our academic careers. CTL 2016 grant recipients Darcey Engen, John Zobitz, and Ann Impulittii will talk about the intersection between their CTL-funded scholarship and mentoring.

Faculty Perspectives on the Intersection between Scholarship and Mentoring
Wednesday, January 18
OGC 100

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

Nominate Faculty and Staff for Distinguished Contributions Awards

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service.

All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Any member of the campus community – student, staff, or faculty – may nominate.

You may submit a nomination in one of three areas:

TEACHING – Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms, pedagogies and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and their overall passion for teaching. Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for FULL-TIME faculty and one for ADJUNCT faculty (2 courses per term or less).

SERVICE – Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the college, community, or their discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees that impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

SCHOLARSHIP – Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the college, or community.

Nomination deadline: February 20, 2017.

Submit a nomination using the online form on the CTL awards webpage.


Faculty Grants from CTL – Apply by February 15

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Faculty, submit applications for CTL’s annual grants now through February 15. The three annual grants are:

Scholarship Grant
Scholarship grants can be used to support faculty scholarship in a variety of ways, including reimbursement for project expenses, a summer stipend, or course reassignment (with Chair and Provost approval). Grants will likely be in the form of two course reassignments, two $4,000 grants, and up to four $2,000 grants. Final award levels will be based on the merit and need of individual projects as well as the pool of applications. See the call for proposals here:

Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant
Two travel grants of up to $2,5000 will be awarded to faculty interested in pursuing teaching, research, curriculum development/integration, or other scholarship collaboration with an Augsburg CGEE Global Site or with an existing international partner institution. See the call for proposals here:

Integrated Course Design Grant
The ICD initiative is intended to provide an opportunity for faculty to spend a significant amount of time on course design. All proposals for course design and revision are welcome, but those that best demonstrate how their course design project would address creating more inclusive classroom experiences for students are strongly encouraged. See the call for proposals here:

Visit the CTL grants webpage to apply.

Moodle Help Available

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It’s a new semester and it’s time to get your Moodle course and gradebook ready! Come to Lindell 202 for individualized help from your E-Learning Team on Thursday, 1/12 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Feel free to drop in for as little or as long as you’d like!

We can help you:
-import content from a previous course
-synchronize your Moodle gradebook with your grading plan
-track student participation and attendance in Moodle
-streamline your grading with Moodle rubrics and grading guides
-use VoiceThread to create interactive Web presentations
-get answers to questions about Moodle or other learning technologies

Bring your laptop and any pertinent course materials with you (in electronic docs, if possible). Can’t make it Thursday? Contact your E-Learning team for an appointment!

CTL Diversity Dialogue Book Group Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19

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The CTL Diversity Dialogue book group will meet for their second and final discussion of “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota,” a collection of essays edited by Sun Yung Shin, next Thursday, January 19, from 12:00-1:15pm in OGC 100.

All free copies of the book have been claimed. However, members of the community who wish to join the discussion and read the book on their own are welcome to attend. At the first meeting, the group read pages 1-97; for next Thursday they will finish the book (pp. 99-221).

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and eat during the discussion. CTL Diversity Fellows Rachel Lloyd, Education, and Mzenga Wanyama, English, will facilitate. All faculty and staff are welcome. Contact with questions.

Study Abroad This Summer – Apply by Jan. 31

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Plan now to study abroad this summer! Awesome opportunities to fulfill elective and major courses, while traveling to Europe or Mexico. Applications are due on January 31. Stop by the Study Abroad Office in the lower level of Christensen with any questions. Get started today!

URGO Phase 1 App Due Feb. 1

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2017 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

URGO Summer Research Program:
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 15th – July 28th.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships:
URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 1st.

Visit URGO for Advising on Grad School Apps

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Applying to grad school? Come meet with URGO staff for individualized advising on finding and selecting programs, preparing for standardized tests, securing letters of recommendation, and writing application essays. We are here to help you through the process!

To make an appointment you can call the URGO office at 612-330-1446 or email us at

Kemper Scholarship – Applications Are Due Jan. 31

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The Kemper Scholars Program is designed for first-year students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a business-related degree program such as accounting, data science, finance, risk management, economics, statistics, math, computer science, communications, and/or actuarial science. Scholars receive:

*Up to $10,000 yearly scholarship
*2 paid internships:
*1 paid summer internship at a nonprofit in Chicago, learning and living with 25 fellow Kemper Scholars
*1 paid summer internship at one of the many Kemper companies around the US
*Paid trip to annual Kemper Conference in Chicago; 3 summers

Augsburg is one of only 15 liberal arts colleges selected to take part in the Kemper Scholars Program. Go to to learn more about this incredible opportunity.

Please set up an appointment with URGO at or x1446 to confirm your eligibility if you plan to apply. URGO is available to provide feedback on applications as well if you wish to meet with us before submitting your application.

Applications are due January 31.

General Announcements

Discounted Bus/Rail Semester Pass for Students

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Students can purchase a Metro bus/rail “College Pass” for $125 at the bookstore. Discounted from $175, the College Pass is good for spring semester on all buses and both the green line and the blue line (not good for the Northstar, however).

While student bookstore accounts are open (through 10th-day of classes), students can put the permit on their bookstore account.

Health Insurance Market Still Open

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There is still time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. January 31, 2017, is the last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

You can enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance right now. Go to or and learn more. You can also call 1-800-318-2596, available 24 hours/day.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: Biometrics Health Screen

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Dear Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

Did you know that many Americans have significant health risks that they are not aware of? Could you have an undiagnosed health risk? Knowing your health risks is the first step in taking charge of your health.

Augsburg Total Wellness will be offering free, confidential health and wellness screenings this January! The biometrics health screening is completely voluntary. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more so that you can improve your health.

Screenings will include a brief health questionnaire and the following simple tests:

-Height, Weight
-Glucose(blood sugar)
-Blood Pressure
-Body Mass Index (BMI)

Registration information is in your inbox now! Contact Nicole Peterlin with any questions:

Free Tickets to See Richard Louv at the Fitzgerald

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In celebration of The Dodge Nature Center’s 50th Anniversary, the internationally renowned journalist and author, Richard Louv, will be the featured speaker at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul on Thursday, Feb. 9th at 7:30.

Richard coined the term “nature deficit disorder” in his book Last Child in The Woods. This work helped launch an international movement to connect children and families to nature. His most recent book, Vitamin N, was published this past year. It expands on the idea that experiences in nature are foundational to learning, development, and wellness in children and adults. A generous donor has made available 25 tickets (normally $25-100) for students.

Please contact Joe Underhill ( or 330-1318) by Jan. 25th for details.


Alternative Spring Break 2017

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Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 11th – 18th, Augsburg students will be traveling to West Virginia to work with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build community!

The cost of the trip is $250, which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. Registration forms can be found in the Campus Ministry Office or online at Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Emily Glaser at

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Interfaith Mini-Convo: Dr. Audrey Lensmire

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Join us in the chapel today at 11:30 am as we continue our Chapel Series “Our Shared (Im)migration” with an Interfaith Mini-Convo. Our speaker is Dr. Audrey Lensmire, Assistant Professor, Education Department, and Director of the EAST program.

Chapel Series Continues:
Friday, 1/13, 10:40am: Pastor Mike Matson, Chaplain to Student Athletes, preaching.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center – Everyone is welcome!

More information

Keeping Track of Auggies

Hear D. E. Green at Upcoming Writers’ Events in Northfield

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Augsburg Professor of English Doug Green is a participating writer at two upcoming writers’ events in Northfield. These events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Jan. 15
Writers Resist/Northfield: Hope is Greater than Fear
512 Washington St S, Northfield, MN
An afternoon of readings by local writers, celebrating freedom of expression, our diverse American literary heritage, and the ideals of democracy. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee and cookie reception will follow.
Read more about the Writers Resist movement at
See the Facebook event page here:

Thursday, Jan. 19
Writers’ Night: A Sense of Place
Northfield Public Library – 210 Washington St, Northfield, MN
Join the Northfield Poet Laureate and ten featured local writers for a reading of poetry and prose on the theme of “A Sense of Place.” Selections were chosen by judges in a blind selection process.
See the Facebook event page here:


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