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Workshop: Helping Our Students Prepare Themselves for Class

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All faculty are invited to 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 (Tomorrow!)
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.

Assessment Day Faculty Workshop and Lunch

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Faculty are invited to attend this year’s Assessment Day workshop and lunch on Tuesday, February 21. No classes will be held during the assessment period of 10:50-12:50 p.m. Faculty will gather in OGC 114 for the Institutional Curricular Assessment Workshop. Lunch will be provided by Afro Deli! Submit the RSVP form below to reserve your seat.

Click here to RSVP by February 15

Win $5,000+ to Study Abroad

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Thinking about study abroad in the summer, fall or next year? If you receive a Pell Grant and are a US citizen, consider applying for a Gilman scholarship to win $5,000-$8,000 to study and/or intern abroad through the Gilman International Scholarship!

Join us this Thursday for a workshop to learn the keys to winning this scholarship.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:25am – 11:55am in Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Click here for more details on the scholarship and how to apply:

Deadline to apply for funds for summer, fall or next year abroad is March 7.

For more information contact

Gilman Scholarship

Pilgrimage in France – Get Credit This Summer

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This summer, examine the history of medieval pilgrimage through an online summer course that culminates with a one-week pilgrimage in Europe with Prof. Phil Adamo, as well as participants from around the world.

The 1230 Pilgrimage to Pluscarden Abbey, in which students will participate, recreates a pilgrimage undertaken by medieval monks from the monastery of Val-des-Choux in Burgundy, France to Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland. The entire pilgrimage traverses 1400 miles in 3 months, though students in the course will only participate in one of the first three weeks.

Apply by February 24!

More information and application here:

Free Trip to D.C. Holocaust Museum

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The Jewish Community Relations Council and Tolerance Minnesota are sponsoring a free one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Tour the permanent exhibit and special featured exhibits. Meet with a Museum education representative. Augsburg students who are selected to participate will receive a full scholarship (flight cost, meals, entrance fee) for participation.

Must be U.S. Citizen
Must be a registered, full-time Augsburg student, with at least one year left on campus
Must be a sophomore or above
Must have a 3.0 GPA or above

Applications are due by FEBRUARY 28th.

Additional information and the application can be found at:

Study in China this Summer: Music Therapy, Social Work, Psych, Sociology majors

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China has a long, rich music heritage that is well integrated into ancient healing practices. Through visits to Beijing area hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China.

This program will also spend several days at a burn camp in Chongqing. This is a free camp designed for children ages 6-18 who have experienced burns, but do not have access to outpatient treatment. The camp helps children develop communication and social skills, confidence, psychological well-being, and physical wound healing

We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

This program is designed for Music Therapy students, but would also be of interest to students in pre-med, nursing, psychology, social work, etc.

For more information, visit the program website:

Applications are due March 1.

It’s Time to Find the Writing Lab

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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.

Faculty, CTL Grant Applications are Due TODAY

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Faculty, there is still time left to apply for the three annual CTL grants: the Scholarship Grant, the Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant, and the Integrated Course Design Grant. Receive money to support your research, travel, and course design. Applications will be accepted through the end of the day today, February 15.

Find more information and the application forms on the CTL grants webpage.

Nominate Faculty and Staff for Teaching & Learning Awards by Feb. 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.

Visit the CTL awards webpage to submit your nomination now!

General Announcements

Announcing the 2017 John R. Mitchell Academic of America Poets Prize

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Augsburg undergraduate students are invited to enter the John R. Mitchell Academic of America Poets Prize, endowed by Jean Mitchell in honor of John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet. The best group of THREE POEMS will be awarded a cash prize of $100 and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets. A poet not affiliated with Augsburg College will judge the contest.

Deadline for entries: March 17, 2017

Conditions of entry:
– Poems must be sent as separate attachments to
– Writers should put “Mitchell Prize” in the subject line.
– The email must contain the titles of the poems, the poet’s full name, campus address, and permanent address.
– Winners will be announced by Augsburg College in April.
– In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

Food Service Hours

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The Kitchen and Commons will be closed for repairs until further notice.

Einstein’s hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
There will be limited bagel and sweets options available, due to the kitchen being closed. All students can use their meal replacements at Einstein’s throughout the week.

Resident Students: Food service for resident students with meal plans will be provided at Nabo, in Oren Gateway Center, during the following hours:
Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Salad & Deli: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dinner, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Non-Resident Students, Faculty, Staff: Because Nabo will be focused on providing dining services for resident students with meal plans, all non-resident students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit Nabo only during non-meal times (see above). During non-meal times, Nabo will offer coffee, espresso, and grab and go items. The usual menu will NOT be available, as the kitchen will be focused on providing dining services to those with meal plans.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Flex Points/Meal Replacements

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It has come to our attention that there was a glitch with some of the Meal Replacements on certain Meal Plans, where instead of being charged a Meal, Flex Points were taken. If you had Flex Points taken, instead of Meals, please contact Retail Manager at and include your name, student ID number, what you purchased, and the dates/locations where you were charged incorrectly.

The glitch has been fixed and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Food Service Menu

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This Menu will be Served out of Nabo. Grab n Go’s and Beverages will be available to purchase between meal times.

Breakfast 7:30am-9:45am
Assorted Hot and Cold options.

Lunch 11:00am-1:30pm
Wing Bar with Buffalo, BBQ, Dry, and Teriyaki, Potato Wedges, Broccoli,
Boca Nuggets, and Tofu.

Dinner 4:30pm-8:00pm
Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Tofu, Squash and Zucchini.

World Flavors Lunch and Dinner
Pasta Station with Macaroni, Meat Sauce and Vegetarian Sauce.

Gluten Free and Vegan options available, ask your cashier about any dietary restrictions.

Student Inclusion Survey – Sent to All Students and Open Now

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Students – 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.

Last Week to Register for the 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 22. Register by Friday, February 17th.

To help you prepare, the Strommen Career & Internship Center (Suite 100, CC) will be holding one more prep session on the following day:

Thursday, February 16, 11:30- 11:50 a.m.

To register for the fair and to learn more go to

If you have questions, please call 612-330-1148

TODAY: Learn about Augsburg College Name Change to Augsburg University

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Join leadership of the Marketing and Communication division at the last of three information sessions to learn about work being done to prepare the Augsburg College community for the potential change of the name of our institution to “Augsburg University.”

At the session, scheduled at 11 a.m., today, in OGC 100, you’ll learn about:

–A flexible messaging platform that allows members of the community to address Augsburg’s anticipated name change in meaningful and authentic ways and that address our reality, reputation, and promise.

–A new logo, spirit mark, and seal being developed and reasons and insight into the changes.

–A rough timeline for communicating the change, should it be approved by the Augsburg Corporation, to important audiences including throughout campus, with alumni and donors.

–Work done to date to prepare for the potential name change, including the development of a database to track all the places we will need to change our name from monument and freeway signs to letterhead and legal documents, and from athletics equipment and uniforms to business cards and anything else you can think of!

–How you can help Marketing and Communication make sure we don’t miss anything.

We know we won’t be able to answer every question you might have just yet, but knowing what you are thinking about will help us prepare for some of the individual department meetings and summer trainings we anticipate.

This potential change will impact our community in small and large ways, and we’re looking forward to sharing where we are now, how you can support and participate in this project, and our next steps.

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.

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!

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel: Dr. Cheryl Chatman

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Join us for worship in the chapel! We welcome Dr. Cheryl T. Chatman to the pulpit. Dr. Chatman has served as the Executive Vice President and Dean of Diversity at Concordia University, St. Paul since 2000. Musicians: Prof. Bill Capman and Laura Simms.

Chapel this week:
• Thursday, 2/16, 11:30am: Interfaith Mini-Convo with Senior Dua Saleh ’17 reflects on her years 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!

More information

Know Your Rights Protesting Workshop

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Tonight, Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 pm in the Student Lounge, 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.


TODAY: Brown Bag — Protest! Lessons from the Suffragettes

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Protest! Lessons from the (Militant) Suffragettes

Wednesday, February 15, 12:30 to 1:30 OGC 112

Did you go to the Women’s March last month? Looking for the next step? Wondering what protest strategies can be effective? History professor Jacqui deVries will share stories from the women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century, when thousands of women adopted “militant” strategies in their fight for the right to vote. Perhaps we can learn something useful from their successes … and their failures.

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!

Minnesota Dream Act – What is up on the state level?

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Facilitated by Meghan Bunio de Flores, Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Augsburg alum, this is an opportunity to check in on the current Minn Dream Act — and the Governor’s budget proposal that will impact MN Dream Act students. We will also have time to discuss how changes to DACA would impact the MN Dream Act.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3:00-4:00 pm in OGC 100.

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton — Register by March 1st

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 12th. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 1st.

For questions about registration or the event, please contact Lara Crombie (

Augsburg Total Wellness: Register for the March Madness Fitness Challenge

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Hello Faculty and Staff,

Augsburg Total Wellness is excited to present, in partnership with our friends at the University of St. Thomas, the March Madness Fitness Challenge: Auggies vs. Tommies! Similar to the UST Challenge in years past, we’ve brought back this fun physical activity challenge to help inspire us to be more active and to ignite some healthy competition with our Tommie rivals. The objective is to track the most physical activity points over the course of 4 weeks, with a winner named each week. The institution with the most weekly wins will come out on top in this fitness challenge and earns bragging rights until the next year!

The competition begins on Wednesday, March 1 and ends on Tuesday, March 28.

What: 4 weeks of friendly and healthy competition

Who: Faculty and Staff

When: March 1-March 28, 2017

Where: Anywhere!

How: Earn points for every half hour of physical activity you log!

30 minutes of activity = 1 point
60 minutes of activity = 2 points

Note: Maximum of 14 points per person, per week.

Need an extra incentive? Participants who report their points for all 4 weeks will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.

Join the fun–REGISTER by February 22nd at the following link:

Competition rules and details will be sent to registered participants on Thursday, February 23rd. For questions, concerns, or requests for accommodation, please contact Nicole at

NEDA Walk 2017

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Augsburg Active Minds and Residence Life team up to participate in the NEDA Walk 2017. First 30 people can sign up and be reimbursed for the event with the receipt at the student registration price. Event takes place 2-26-2017. We will meet in the Urn/Mort lobby at 7 a.m. and take the light rail together to Mall of America. Any questions contact Steven Weston at


Keeping Track of Auggies

Anthony Wilder, Residence Life, Presents at Conference

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Anthony Wilder, Director, Urness Residence Hall, is presenting at the 38th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. His presentation is called “Is That a Texturizer?: Untangling Race and Gender of Natural Black Hair.” This presentation will explore the intersection of identity and black natural hair and its social implications.

Anthony also serves as the session chair for the Women, Gender and Sexuality: Race and Gender and will present with two other scholars.


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: