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Paideia Faculty & Staff Development Summer Events

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“Real answers need to be found in dialogue and interaction and, yes, our shared human condition.” —Malcolm Boyd

In today’s challenging political climate, the skills of civil, civic- minded, and evidence-based democratic deliberation are a necessity. Paideia (pie-day-a) is a pedagogy that encourages inquiry-based, democratic discussions around a common text. It can be used with all ages and in all subject areas. The Augsburg College Paideia Program has offered training to the Augsburg community and teachers across the United States for the past twenty-eight years. We invite you to join us this summer.

PAIDEIA INSTITUTE: The 28th annual Paideia Institute, July 24–28, 2017, will explore the question What makes a Citizen? This timely and timeless concept will be interrogated through seminar discussions on a variety of genres. Coaching activities will assist participants in facilitating seminars within their own curriculum.

FEES: Registration for the Summer Institute is $600. We are pleased to offer two $500 scholarships: the Marie McNeff Scholarship for Augsburg faculty and the Rita Kaplan Scholarship for staff. Faculty are also encouraged to apply to the Center for Teaching and Learning Professional Travel Fund. Staff should speak with their supervisors about equivalent financial support from the College.

PAIDEIA INVITATIONAL: Don’t have five days available for the full Paideia Institute? Attend our one-day Paideia Invitational for a sampling of how teachers are engaging students in civil discourse. The invitational is Friday, July 28 from approximately 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The agenda involves a morning seminar, lunch, and an afternoon breakout session.

Learn more about the Augsburg Paideia Program at
To register contact Rachel Lloyd at

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Paideia Courses Summer 2017

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Looking for a summer class to take? Interested in improving your skills as a discussion participant and leader? The 28th annual Paideia Institute, July 24–28, 2017, will explore the question, What makes a Citizen? This timely and timeless concept will be interrogated through seminar discussions on a variety of genres. Coaching activities will develop participants’ skill in facilitating democratic discussions in educational or professional settings.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: INS 255-A: Paideia Approach: Thinking, Talking, and Reading is a 4 credit course that includes the Paideia Institute, or EDC 498 Independent Study for 2 Credits. Register online through Records and Registration.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: ECS 543 can be taken for either 2 or 4 graduate semester credits and can be counted as an elective course in the MAE program. This course is not offered through the college Records and Registration site. Contact Rachel Lloyd at to register.

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General Announcements

Summer & Fall Study Abroad Application Deadline – March 15

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If you have started an application to a summer 2017, or fall 2017 study abroad/study away program, the deadline is coming up on March 15.

If you have questions about your application, contact the study abroad office as soon as possible. Stop by our office in the lower level of Christensen Center, or send us an email:

Don’t let the application deadline pass you by.

Mailroom and Copy Center Remodeling—March 13-17

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During the week of spring break our mailroom and copy center are having some much needed remodeling done. During this time we may be asked to step out of the room while work is being done, if you need immediate assistance please contact the copy center at 612-330-1054 or the mailroom at 612-330-1750, you may also email Travis Boss

Event Announcements

9th Traditional Powwow

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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 p.m. and 6 p.m., however dancing/ceremony will be all day until roughly 9 p.m. You are free to come and go throughout the day as you wish. Honoring for our Augsburg American Indian Graduates will be at 3 p.m.

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 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
12-2:30 p.m.
2:30-5 p.m.
5-7:30 p.m.
7:30-10 p.m. (includes clean-up)

Pilamiya’ ye/Miigwech/Thank you!

Residence Life Awards 2017: Nominations Open

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The Department of Residence Life is excited to introduce out Residence Life Awards. These awards were created to honor the hard work and dedication of our staff to the Augsburg community through their involvement within Residence Life. Please take some time and nominate individuals whom you think embodies the awards described below. The recipients will be honored on Sunday, April 9 in the Oren Gateway Lobby.

The Department of Residence Life will be giving out the following awards:

The Illumination Awards
Pickens-Opoku Social Justice Leadership Award
Resident Advisor of the Year
Lead Staff Member of the Year
Outstanding Program of the Year
Cyndy Rowe Dean’s Award

* Nominations for the Department of Residence Life Awards will be accepted from February 20–March 20.
* Nominators can submit more than one nomination for an award.
* Any Augsburg Student or Professional Staff Member can make nominations.

You can find more information by visiting:


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Salmeri named Augsburg’s Executive Director for Recovery Advancement

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The College appointed Patrice Salmeri to the donor-endowed position as Executive Director for Recovery Advancement to bring to fruition the strategic priorities of the StepUP Advisory Board and College. In her new role, effective June 2017, Salmeri will work to:

  • Reduce stigma associated with substance use disorder recovery by advising on and shaping policy issues.
  • Advise the Augsburg College president on issues and resources related to support for student recovery.
  • Support and inspire other colleges and universities across the nation to provide recovery programs modeled after Augsburg’s successful StepUP Program.
  • Develop and pilot programs for students who have graduated from or left the StepUP Program but still have coursework to complete.
  • Work with StepUP Program alumni and connect soon-to-graduate students with program alumni.

A search is underway to fill the position of Director of StepUP, previously held by Salmeri.

About Patrice Salmeri: The StepUP Program director since 2002, Salmeri has led StepUP Program growth from 30 students per year to over 100. Salmeri is recognized nationally as a leader and champion of recovery, is an expert on residential collegiate recovery, and is a sought-out national speaker on substance use disorder issues related to young people.


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