Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Personal Document Destruction Event – Thursday, April 6

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Faculty, staff and students are welcome to bring their personal confidential documents to a FREE Shred Event sponsored by Augsburg Facilities Management. Bring your materials (two boxes or bags maximum please) to the Shred Right truck parked between Sverdrup and Lindell Library on Thursday, April 6 between 8:30-9:30 a.m. You must present your documents at this time. We cannot offer early pick-up and storage of your personal documents. If you are not available at this time, it is your choice if you wish to entrust one of your coworkers to bring the documents to the truck for you. An Augsburg ID will be required, as we unfortunately cannot make this a community event.

Teaching and Learning

Considering Grad School? Register Now for On-Campus GRE Prep

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Going to graduate school by the Fall of 2017 or 2018? Most masters and doctoral programs require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) for admission. GRE Prep is offered this summer on campus through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity. You’ll learn the most effective ways tackle the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections on the GRE.

The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7:30 PM for four and a half weeks (May 17th – June 19th). The cost is only $100, which includes test prep materials; this is a fraction of the cost when compared to similar classroom GRE prep courses offered by Kaplan or the Princeton Review who charge over $1,000.

Alums and staff are also welcome to register.

Online registration is now open at the following website:

Questions? Contact Dixie Shafer, URGO Director:

New Theology and Public Leadership Degree

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The Religion department will be launching a new degree in Theology and Public Leadership in the fall of 2017. This degree program will be replacing the Youth and Family Ministry Degree. This new major will include concentrations in Youth Studies, Leadership and Management, Community Engagement, Worship and Music, Environmental Stewardship, Advocacy and Public Policy, Human Service, and Cross-Cultural Relations. We are excited for this new endeavor and for the leaders it will produce for our faith communities. Please visit our website for more information.

New Youth Studies Minor

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Do you love working with children, youth or young adults?
If so, you should consider becoming a Youth Studies minor. This minor is
designed to pair well with any other major including Political Science, HPE,
Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Theology and Public Leadership, etc. There are some great classes being offered in this minor next year, including a class in the UK! So take a look at our website to learn more.

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 am to 2 pm. 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

Paideia Institute

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.

Paideia Institute

General Announcements

Dental Hygiene Item Drive

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How many of us actually use the items in the goodie bag given to us by our dentists? 

Bring these items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss) back to school and donate them to the Pre-Dental Student Club Hygiene Item Drive! We will be collecting donations from Monday March 20th – Friday March 31st, keep an eye out for boxes around campus!

We will be donating the items collected to local groups in need. We thank you for your support! If you have any questions about donations, please feel free to contact us at

Congrats to Jie He for her Presentation

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Congratulations to Jie He, Assistant Director and International Student Adviser for ISSS, for her presentation at the Diversity Abroad Conference on March 22nd, “Inclusive spaces to bridge global and domestic diversity”.

The Diversity Abroad Annual Conference constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.

Help Inspire CSBR Artists

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We are looking for contributions to artwork to be installed in the new Hagfors Center! Two artists are looking for text passages to accompany three pieces designed for the new building, and we are looking for student input! Selections of text may come from any literary work or religious text of any faith tradition, as long as they are inspiring and fitting with the spirit of the artwork. Display boards depicting the artwork designs will be posted around campus, where anyone may fill out a slip and drop it in the submission box. Or check out the link below to see more information about the artists and make submissions online!

Click here for online form

AASAs Pan-Asian Week

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The Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA) is hosting their Pan-Asian Week (PAW). Various events are hosted this week to celebrate Pan-Asian cultures & raise awareness on issues that are relevant in the Asian community. All events are free & open to the public.

The Song Poet Book Club Discussion
Location: Marshall Room
Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Event: Asian Celebration Show
Location: Hoversten Chapel
Time: 6pm-8:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm
Bio: There will be many talented performances, ranging from singing, dancing, modeling, & more to celebrate Asian arts.


Tuition Benefit Application Deadline is May 1

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Dear Augsburg Benefits Eligible Faculty and Staff,

The tuition benefit program is a wonderful benefit for those working at Augsburg College. If you are interested in applying for this benefit for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 courses, please remember to submit the tuition benefit application. Completed forms must be submitted by May 1st to Nicole Peterlin, HR Specialist in Memorial Hall, Room 19 or to

More information regarding the tuition benefit policy and application forms can be found on HR Connection, under Benefits>Tuition Benefit. Log in at with username: ACemployee and password: Info2017.

If you have any questions, contact Nicole at

Volunteers Needed: Holy Hoops Basketball Tournament April 2

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Hi Auggies!

The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry are looking for volunteers for the Holy Hoops Basketball Tournament on Sunday, April 2! This is an annual basketball tournament that Augsburg College hosts for churches in the area. It is always lots of fun for participants and volunteers alike!

There are 5 volunteer shifts and we encourage you to sign up for as many as you would like. These shifts are:
Set-up: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Shift 1: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Shift 2: 1:30 am – 4:00 pm
Shift 3: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Clean-up: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

*If you would like to help, but have a schedule conflict and cannot sign up for a specific time slot, please let us know and we would be more than willing to work with you!

The roles available are:
3-pt Competition Helper
Court Host
Go-fer / Runner / Where Needed
Greeter / Hospitality

To volunteer, please register here:

PS We will provide snacks and lunch!

If you have any questions, we would be more than happy to answer them! You can email us at

Apply for IT Summer Internships at Fairview

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Fairview Health Services is currently seeking applicants for Information Technology summer internships as part of the MSP TechHire Scholars initiative. Funding from the City of Minneapolis will enable Fairview to hire up to three Augsburg students, who will each complete a paid ($20/per hour) full-time summer internship within IT at Fairview.

Eligible candidates will meet the following criteria:
– Identify as a student of color, first generation college student (neither parent has a 4 year degree), and/or low income (Pell Grant or MN Dream Grant eligible)
– Major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Business Management
– Rising Senior in good standing at Augsburg (expected graduation in Dec 2017 or May 2018)
– Interest in pursuing an IT career within healthcare

In order to apply, interested students should email their resume to no later than Wednesday, March 29th. You will also be asked to complete a brief application at that time.

Semifinalists will interview on campus the week of April 10th. Internships begin on May 15th.

General information on Fairview Health Services can be found at

Event Announcements

Interfaith @ Cedar Commons: Celebrating Passover

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This week we are celebrating the Passover, the Jewish festival of Freedom. Passover commemorates the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and the story serves as a powerful metaphor for many kinds of liberation, with lots for all of us to reflect on.

Our speakers will be two guests from the JCRC. We will not have a full meal but we will have some Passover foods to enjoy!

Do you need to be a “person of faith” to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

This gathering is hosted by the Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith Scholars.

Cedar Commons [2001 Riverside Ave. S, Minneapolis MN]

Save the Date: Medicare Info Session on April 18

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce a brown bag lunch and learn information session on the topic of Medicare in April. Medicare can be confusing and oftentimes difficult to understand. If you’re nearing the time to start thinking about Medicare and want some answers, attend this session to learn more!

When: April 18th from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: OGC 100

Bring your own lunch and join us to learn more about Medicare and what it means to you!

Save the date! For questions, contact Nicole at

1,000 Who CAIR – Call to Action; 3/25

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“1,000 who CAIR, a Call to Action: Challenging Islamophobia/Defending Civil Rights” will be held on Saturday, March 25th beginning at 4:00 PM in O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Catherine. This event will be a rallying cry to all who believe in religious freedom for Muslim Americans and all people. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota is hosting this event not only as a fundraiser/conference, but as a kick-off to its campaign to activate 10,000 Minnesotans in the fight against bigotry and hatred. The event will feature noted Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, Khizr Khan, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Civil Rights Leader Nekima Levy-Pounds and many other politicians and entertainers such as comedians Jeremy McLellan and Danish Maqbool to inspire and energize people into action. For more information go to

As a sponsor of the event, Augsburg has some free tickets to distribute. If you would like to reserve a ticket, please email Steve Peacock at

Vocation Lunch with Bill Green March 30

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You are invited to attend this year’s Christensen Vocation Lunch with Bill Green on Thursday, March 30 from 12 to 1:15 p.m.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Learn More at:

Register by visiting:

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event. Also note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email before you add the event to your calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at 612-330-1403 or

More about our speaker: Bill Green
Bill Green began working at Augsburg in 1991 as a Professor of History. Over the years, he has held several different teaching positions, including working as both an Adjunct Associate Professor of History at St. John’s University and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Leadership, Policy, and Organization at Vanderbilt University. From 2006-2010, he served as the Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Since 2013, he has been back at Augsburg serving as a Professor of History. He regularly teaches Minnesota History, American Legal History, History of Civil Rights, History of African American Religion, 19th Century U.S. History, and History of African American Education.

We hope you can join us on Thursday, March 30 at 12:00-1:15 p.m. to hear more of Bill Green’s vocation story.

Spring Blood Drive – Next week

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Auggie students, faculty and staff please help save lives by donating blood on Wednesday 3/29/17 from 10 :00 am – 4:00 pm in the East Commons in Christensen Center. You can sign up online at and enter sponsor code 0027. The Center for Wellness and Counseling welcomes Memorial Blood Center to our campus two times a year. We have always had great results and are hoping for the same this spring. If you prefer to schedule the appointment through the CWC office, please call 612-330-1707 and we can see what openings are available. Thank you for helping save lives by donating a pint of blood on Wednesday 3/29!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg Student Selected for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

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Vision Bagonza (’17, biology major, chemistry minor, honors program) has been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting taking place in late June in Lindau, Germany. Only the 400 most qualified young scientists are selected for this opportunity, described on the web site as: “Once every year, 30 to 40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange between scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.” Vision was nominated for the honor by Augsburg’s Nobel Laureate, Dr. Peter Agre. In the past Dr. Agre nominated two other Augsburg students, Brian Krohn and Kirubel Gezejegn, who both received the award.

Throughout her undergraduate career, Vision has engaged in multiple research experiences, including the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics, and several years in Dr. Ben Stottrup’s biophysics lab. Her first summer research experience was funded by donor and board member Dean Sundquist. Congratulations, Vision.

Salmeri appointed as Augsburg’s Executive Director for Recovery Advancement

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The College appointed Patrice Salmeri to the donor-endowed position of 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.