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Diversity Dialogue Reading Group: “The Song Poet,” by Kao Kalia Yang

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Faculty and staff, there are still spots available in the spring Diversity Dialogue reading group!

“From the author of The Latehomecomer, a powerful memoir of her father, a Hmong song poet who sacrificed his gift for his children’s future in America. In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses; extemporizing or drawing on folk tales, he keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes. Following her award-winning book The Latehomecomer, Kao Kalia Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American’s Secret War. . . . The Song Poet is a love story — of a daughter for her father, a father for his children, a people for their land, their traditions, and all that they have lost.” –Macmillan

This book club discussion will be led by CTL Diversity Fellows Mzenga Wanyama, English, and Rachel Lloyd, Education. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Hmong Women Together, the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, and the Asian American Student Association.

An RSVP is required to attend one of the following two meeting times:

Book Discussion Group 1:
Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:30 pm in Marshall Room

Book Discussion Group 2:
Thursday, March 23, 12:00-1:30 pm in OGC 100

Click here to RSVP and to reserve your copy of “The Song Poet.”

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning – Nominate by February 20

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Nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning are due on Monday, February 20th. 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.

See the CTL awards page to submit your nomination.

Don’t Wait; Find the Writing Lab Now

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Papers, reports, applications, resumes — whatever you are writing, please remember that the Augsburg College Writing Lab is open and the writing tutors are ready to help. Find the Writing Lab in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Tutors will work with any Augsburg student with any writing assignment during these hours:

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

CTL Workshop This Thursday: Helping Our Students Prepare Themselves for Class

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this upcoming workshop from CTL Teaching & Learning Fellows Jenny Hanson (Communication Studies), Joe Erickson (Education), and Bonnie Tensen (E-Learning).

Helping Our Students Prepare Themselves for Class
Thursday, February 16
3:40-4:40pm, OGC 100

Do your students seem unprepared for class? Explore strategies for engaging students outside of class to ensure they come to class prepared. We will explore active reading strategies, quizzing, and other sample assignments to promote engagement with content prior to class.

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

General Announcements

All Student Inclusion Survey – opens on Feb. 13

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Students – please watch for the email inviting you to complete the 2017 Student Inclusion survey. Last implemented in 2014, the results guided Augsburg’s work for the past couple of years. Led by the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, it is time to re-assess what is important for students – day, graduate, Rochester, evening, and transfer!

Please watch your email for the link to the survey. Answers are anonymous – the last question invites you to identify yourself and enter a drawing for 1 of 3 Target gift cards, each $75.00

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Augsburg Leadership Awards

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Hello student organization leaders,

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders and student organizations for their innovative and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 18th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Hoversten Chapel.

All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 10 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, visit:

Please email me with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Summer 2017 Job Opportunity- ACYTI Mentor

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Looking for a cool job opportunity this summer? Consider applying to be an Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Mentor!

We are looking for SIX current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI).

Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) (link below) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An ACYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete 22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of June 24-30. Mentors will be paid a stipend of $1500.

Interested in applying? You will find the job description under the Human Resources website.

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at

Brought to you by: Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and YFM

Apply for 2017-2018 Public Leadership Scholars Program

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s 3 Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In any one of the programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in either the Christian tradition, interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science along with receiving a $2,000 scholarship.

Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is Monday, February 27, 2017.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Presidents’ Day: Obama Inaugural Poem

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As part of the First 100 Days events, English Prof Doug Green is organizing a multi-voice reading of Elizabeth Alexander’s short but beautiful “Praise Song for the Day” ( ), the poem Alexander composed for President Obama’s First Inauguration. But to do so we need voices–your voice included.

Green is divvying up stanzas to groups who want to read in unison. Students, staff, and faculty interested in participating, please contact him ASAP (MEM 223, x1187, And even if you don’t want to ‘perform,’ come listen and shout out the incredible, unifying last stanza with us–12:15-12:30 pm on Monday, 20 Feb. (Presidents’ Day) in the OGC Atrium.

Event Announcements

9th Traditional Powwow – March 25th

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Augsburg College’s 9th Traditional Powwow will be held on Saturday, March 25, on campus in the Si Melby Gymnasium. Grand Entries (beginning of a dancing session) will be at 1 PM and 6 PM, however dancing/ceremony will be all day until roughly 9 PM. You are free to come and go throughout the day as you wish. Honoring for our Augsburg American Indian Graduates will be at 3 PM.

You are welcome to come, bring your family and friends, purchase some craft items from our vendors, come support our American Indian students here at Augsburg by showing up and learning about our rich culture and traditions at our hosted Powwow on campus. Augsburg is one of the only colleges in the metro area to host a Powwow and the only private college!

NO ADMISSION COSTS – FREE! Find us on Facebook and invite your friends!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! If you are interested in volunteering at the concession stand, please email Athena Cloud, AISA Powwow Chair, at with your available time, t-shirt size and phone number. All volunteers get a t-shirt and much appreciation from us! We ask that people dedicate 2 1/2 hour time slots. Time slots to choose from are:

10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12:00-2:30 PM
2:30-5:00 PM
5:00-7:30 PM
7:30-10:00 PM (includes clean-up)

Pilamiya’ ye/Miigwech/Thank you!

Augsburg Faculty and Staff of Color Luncheons

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Interested in networking and sharing ideas with other faculty and staff members at Augsburg College during lunch? If YES, then this is the perfect event for you!

Faculty and Staff of Color Luncheons is an opportunity for faculties and staff members to network and share ideas on how to support each other on campus. Bring your own lunch to join other faculty and staff of color working here at Augsburg College for discussion!


Free lunch in exchange for your opinions!

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The Center for Global Education and Experience is looking for student input. Each year, we produce materials for students in an effort to help them learn about study abroad/away. We are seeking input from any and all students that would like to share opinions and ideas on what would be helpful to know about study abroad/away.

This event is open to ALL STUDENTS! You do not need to have studied abroad to join.

For any student interested in providing input on study abroad materials, please join us for an open discussion over lunch on Wednesday, February 15th from 12:30 – 1:30 pm in SVE 102.

All you have to do is (1) RSVP (2) SHOW UP (3) EAT FREE PIZZA (4) EXPRESS OPINIONS

That’s it! RSVP online at:

Know Your Rights Protesting Workshop

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On Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 pm, a representative from the local chapter of the ACLU will be presenting and answering questions on protest rights. Specific focus areas include legal protest methods, what to do when approached by law enforcement, and proposed legislation. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP here.

RSVP here

Summer Paid Job Camp Fair – TODAY

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Monday, February 13, 2017
4:00-6:30 pm; Christensen Center, Lobby
Free and open to all students. Looking for a paid summer job? Want to gain leadership skills? Enjoy working with youth? Stop by and meet with camp representatives that are interviewing on the spot for summer camp employees.
Camps include: Concordia Language Villages, Pathways, Voyagers Lutheran, Green Lake, Camp Amnicon, Red Willow, Luthercrest, Luther Park Bible, Luther Point, Okoboji, and Lutheran Lakeside.


Prep Session – MN Private College Job & Internship Fair

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Are you registered for the MN Private College Job & Internship Fair? Are you still wondering if the fair is for you? You must pre-register for the fair which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd. Register by Friday, February 17th.

To help you prepare, the Strommen Career & Internship Center will be holding two more prep sessions (you only need to attend one) on the following days:
Monday, February 13th – 10:40-11:00
Thursday, February 16th 11:30- 11:50

To register for the fair and to learn more go to If you have questions, please call 612-330-1148

Pre-Dental Club Hosts two Guest Speakers from U of M Dental School

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Do you have questions about graduate school? Are you interested in dentistry? Come join the Augsburg Pre-Dental Club as we bring in two guest speakers from the University of Minnesota Dental School. They will be sharing advice and stories about getting into graduate school.

The meeting will be held Monday 2/13 at 6:oopm in Old Main 107. Pizza will be available! Please stop by!

Summer Job Camp Fair – TODAY

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Monday, February 13, 2017
4:00-6:30 pm; Christensen Center, Lobby
Free and open to all students. Looking for a paid summer job? Want to gain leadership skills? Enjoy working with youth? Stop by and meet with camp representatives that are interviewing on the spot for summer camp employees.
Camps include: Concordia Language Villages, Pathways, Voyagers Lutheran, Green Lake, Camp Amnicon, Red Willow, Luthercrest, Luther Park Bible, Luther Point, Okoboji, and Lutheran Lakeside.


Morning Chapel: Mindful Monday with Krista Costin

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Join us in the chapel today at 10:40am for Mindful Monday with Krista Costin – Stress Management for All.

Chapel this week:
Tuesday, 2/14, 11:30am: Interfaith Mini-Convo with Arlene El-Amin, National Board Member, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Musician: Nadia Sandstrom, vocalist.
Wednesday, 2/15, 10:40am: Dr. Cheryl Chatman preaching, Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity, Concordia University. Musicians: Prof. Bill Capman and Laura Simms.
Thursday, 2/16, 11:30am: Interfaith Mini-Convo. Senior Dua Saleh ’17 reflects on her time at Augsburg.
Friday, 2/17, 10:40am: Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen – diversity consultant, trainer, planner, researcher and lecturer. Musician: Heather Larson, piano.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel – Everyone is welcome!

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Great Job For A College Student

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Are you looking for a fun, relaxed gig with flexibility???
Are you a motivated, reliable, honest, friendly person who loves to sell?!?

We are a locally owned clothing company in search of the best candidates to market and sell our expressive tees. We offer flexible scheduling, fair commission, and bonuses. This is a great gig for a student who has access to college campus. If you are self-motivated and would like some extra pay in your pocket this could be a good fit for you. You must have reliable transportation and be willing to work booth events in the local area as well. So if you’d like to get involved with a relaxed, fun, forward thinking brand. Contact us for details: