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May Events from the Center for Teaching and Learning

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Faculty and staff, add the upcoming May events from CTL to your own Google calendar now! These engaging sessions, with designated time to share a cup of coffee, will provide opportunities for both professional development and community-building in early May:

Monday, May 8
9:00am – Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop
More information coming soon!

Tuesday, May 9
9:00am – A Roundtable Discussion on Working with Student Researchers
10:15am – Coffee Break
10:45am – Making Good Connections: Teaching via Interactive Video Conferencing
12:30am – Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum: Activities for the Student Learning Outcome

Wednesday, May 10
9:00am – Creating Documents Accessible to Everyone. It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s the Law!
10:15am – Coffee Break
10:45am – Exploring the Possibilities of Virtual Reality and 360* Video
12:30pm – Building Resilience in Students with Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Thursday, May 11
9:00am – Open Faculty Discussion: Interpreting and Reflecting on Student Feedback
10:15am – Coffee Break
10:45am – Classroom Management Strategies to Engage Today’s Student: A Roundtable Discussion
1:00pm – CTL Portfolio Workshop
4:30 – Open Discussion (Happy Hour) on Academic Freedom

Visit the CTL website to see the CTL calendar and add the events to your own Google calendar.

AAC and GAAC Submission Deadlines

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To faculty and staff: The final AAC and GAAC submission deadlines for this academic year are early next week – April 10 for AAC, and April 11 for GAAC. Any submissions made after these dates will be reviewed in the fall.

Detailed information can be found on the committee websites.

AAC Submission Deadlines:

GAAC Submission Deadlines:

Register for Augsburg Summer GRE Prep Course

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Augsburg Summer GRE Prep Course

Augsburg College offers a four and a half week general GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). Throughout the course students will have a chance to take two full-length practice tests, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction.

Course Dates: May 17 to June 19
Course Time: Monday and Wednesdays from 5-7:30 p.m.
Course Cost: $100 (The registration fee includes instruction, a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh, as well as the official ETS GRE test prep book

How to register:

Pre-Health Application Bootcamp

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Pre-Health Application Bootcamp is a series of guided workshops where participants work on centralized applications to health professional programs, personal statements, and secondary applications. Bootcamp begins with a personal statement workshop on Wednesday, May 3 from 11 am – 1 pm in Sverdrup 205. Jo Peterson will present “Your Favorite Burger: Five Paragraph Method to Create a Snatched Personal Statement.” Contact Catherina Kipper at for more information. To register, go to:

Just What You Need at This Point in the Term: the WL

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The end of the term is near! 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.

Note: Because the library will close at 6 on Thursday, April 13, there will be no evening hours on that day. The library and WL will also be closed on Friday, Sat., and Sunday. Regular WL hours resume on Monday, April 17.

May 2017 Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Institute

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The May 2017 Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Institute will concentrate on select foundational principles of creating more inclusive classrooms and interactions by focusing on improving communication and conflict resolution across cultures and by improving the success of all students through culturally responsive teaching across majors.

● The Institute will be divided into a morning session and an afternoon session.
● Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
● Institute will be led by a faculty/staff collaboration.
● There are only 36 spaces available for the Institute and participants must register by using the link below. (A waiting list will be instituted if registration surpasses 36 participants.)
● Participation in the Institute counts towards a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program requirement.
● If you have attended the Intercultural Conflict Styles Workshop, some information during the Institute may be repeated.

ATTENTION: Please DO NOT register for the Institute unless you are able to commit to both the morning and afternoon session.

Questions concerning the Institute should be directed to

Click here to register!

General Announcements

Dental Hygiene Item Drive

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Do you have extra unused dental hygiene items around??

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 through the end of the semester, 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

Thank you Auggie Blood Donors

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At last week’s Memorial Blood Center spring blood drive Augsburg achieved its highest ever percentage of donations at 105% That means from just last week’s drive alone Auggies helped save potentially 103 lives!! Twenty-two donors were first timers — thank you. Eight donors were double red call donors — thank you, too.

CWC also wants to thank Taylor Mattice and the Student Athlete Advisory Council for their partnership in tabling and promoting the event as well as having student athletes assist the day of the donation at the snack bar area.

Thank you again and we will be back in October for our fall blood drive.

Commencement Help Needed 2017

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Are you wanting to take part in Commencement as we send off our graduating seniors? Help with staffing Commencement! Annually we rely on our volunteers to help assist with ushering and ticket taking at the ceremony. Our volunteers strongly contribute to the success and smooth flow of the event.

Volunteers are needed:
-Undergraduate Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.
-Adult Day/Graduate Studies Graduation: Saturday, April 29 from 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Please sign up today by contacting Katie Radford at

We need all hands on deck!

Donate used athletic shoes and equipment to Cedar Riverside

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The HPE Department is collecting gently used athletic shoes and equipment for the Cedar Riverside School and the Check it out program. Please drop off items at the collection boxes located in the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center and Sabo Center. We will collect items until April 21st. Yard games would be greatly appreciated, but any donations would be great!

Tuition Benefit Application Deadline is May 1

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The tuition benefit program is a wonderful benefit for faculty and staff 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 1 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

Graduation Garb at the Bookstore

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We will be having our Grad Fair this Friday in the bookstore from 10 am – 2 pm; and 4 pm- 6pm. We will have representatives from Herff Jones on-site, from 10 am – 2 pm, to assist with any questions you may have about regalia, class ring purchase and any other graduation needs you may have.

There will also be treats to celebrate this exciting time for our Graduates!

Can’t make it in this Friday? Don’t worry! You can still come into the bookstore and purchase your Graduation Garb ANYTIME during bookstore business hours from this Friday until graduation.

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

Friday Augsburg College Bookstore Grad Fair Regalia Pricing

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Want to know what your Graduation Garb will cost this Friday at the Fair?
Bachelor’s cap, gown, tassel is regularly $64.98, but on Friday you will receive a $10 discount for a Grad Fair Price of $54.98.

Master’s cap, gown, tassel, hood is regularly $100.98, but on Friday you will receive a $10 discount for a Grad Fair Price of $90.98.

Nominate Staff for March’s Auggie Pride Award

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Each month of the academic year, Staff Senate highlights two staff members for their outstanding work. The Auggie Pride Program was created to uplift the work of staff members who go above and beyond. Nominations can be submitted via email ( or submit a form found at

Additional “All About Bias” Workshop Offered

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An additional “All About Bias” workshop has been added in May!

“All About Bias” is a hybrid, group-format e-learning workshop that is a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and provides an introduction to understanding and responding to unconscious bias in any workplace setting or interaction. Relevant to employees of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all aspects of an organization. This workshop explores the hidden and pervasive nature of unconscious bias – how it works in the human brain, how it can impact workplace interactions and decisions, and how individuals can respond when they encounter it in themselves.

For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Initiatives Staff at

Click here to register!

Grad Fair at Augsburg College Bookstore

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We will be having our Grad Fair this Friday in the Augsburg College Bookstore from 10 am – 2 pm and 4 pm- 6pm. We will have representatives from Herff Jones on-site, from 10 am – 2 pm, to assist with any questions you may have about regalia, class ring purchase and any other graduation needs you may have.

There will also be treats to celebrate this exciting time for our Graduates!

Day Student Body Election Results

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Day Student Body elections; a record 596 Day Students voted. The results are:

President & Vice President: B.K. Kormah & Francesci Chiari
Senior Class Senators: Cleo Romain (President), Jesse Ochoa, Jhoseline Gabriella Flores Castellanos, Ismail Said
Junior Class Senators: Yuri Garcia-Pena (President), Jose Saucedo, Patrick Carr, Ayan Mohamed
Sophomore Class Senators: Jose Perales (President), Abdulkadir Sharif, Ariam Asmerom, Arianna Antone-Ramirez

President: Destyn Land

MPIRG Fee: Passed for 2017-2018
Activity Fee Surplus Usage: Additional grant funding for Student Organizations

A full accounting of the election can be found on the accompanying link.

FULL Day Student Body Election Results

Farewell reception for Jim Gross

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​I hope you will join me in thanking–and saying farewell–to Dr. Jim Gross, whose position as associate provost for academic innovation and strategic initiatives will end with the current academic year.

Jim’s last day will be May 12. A farewell reception in Rochester is planned for the last week in April – details will be shared soon. A reception is also planned in Minneapolis on May 3rd from 10-11:00 am in OGC 100.

We are working to ensure a smooth transition in Rochester and to ensure that the site has the leadership required to continue to strengthen our programs, partnerships, and presence in SE Minnesota. Until that leadership is secured, Ron Blankenship will serve as Interim Director of the Rochester site.

I am grateful for Jim’s commitment and service to Augsburg and for his partnership as a senior academic leader. He has helped develop a strategic plan for Rochester that aligns with Augsburg 2019 and focuses our attention on key priorities: (a) boosting enrollment in existing programs, (b) developing new programs that respond to the needs of the Rochester community, (c) enhancing the teaching and learning environment; (d) enhancing our reputation in SE Minnesota, and (e) positioning the College as a partner with a set of distinctive strengths in a community experiencing rapid growth and transformation. He has demonstrated keen awareness of emerging trends, a deep understanding of the contemporary landscape in higher education, and mature judgment when faced with tough questions. Perhaps most importantly, he has repeatedly shown himself to be a person of integrity, generosity, and character.

Academic program innovation that is aligned with our mission and institutional strengths, and responsive to the regional needs, remains a high strategic priority for the College. We remain committed to fueling the innovative and creative energies of our faculty, staff, and administration as we move forward.

Event Announcements

Academy of American Poets Reading

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All members of the campus community are invited to attend the Academy of American Poets Reading on Thursday, April 13, featuring Matt Rasmussen, winner of the Academy of American Poets Whitman Award and finalist for the National Book Award, and this year’s student winner of Augsburg’s John R. Mitchell Award.

Thursday, April 13
OGC 100

Learn about the featured poet, Matt Rasmussen, here.

Compost Relays in the Quad

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Make your way through the quad today and join in on Compost Relays!
From 10-12 today the ESC will be putting on compost relays in the quad. Join in on the fun and you have a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Do you pledge to compost items that are compostable here on campus? to wrap up Compost Week, Friday the ESC will be tabling in the quad with compost pledge sheets for students, faculty and staff to sign as a commitment to compost the compostable items at Augsburg.

Medicare Info Session on April 18

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce an April brown bag lunch and learn information session on the topic of Medicare. 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 HealthPartners Medicare information session to learn more.

When: April 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: OGC 100

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

For questions, contact Nicole at

Destination: Augsburg (Admitted Student Open House)

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Please help the Admissions Office welcome our Class of 2021 students on Friday, April 7th as part of our annual admitted student open house, Destination: Augsburg! During this event, approx. 100 students and their families will be on campus exploring what it is like to be an Auggie through campus tours, an activities fair, city excursions, and more. If you see any prospective families on campus, please help us in welcoming them to our community! More information and the schedule of the day can be found at

Theater Dept. Presents: Passing Strange 3/30 – 4/9

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Passing Strange
Book and Lyrics by STEW

Music by STEW and Heidi Rodewald

Lead Collaborators
Jamil Jude
Sonja Thompson
Kelli Foster Warder

Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
Friday March 31 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.

Saturday April 8 at 3 p.m.
Saturday April 8 at 7 p.m.
Sunday April 9 at 3 p.m.

Part comedy. Part coming-of-age story. Full-out rock concert! PASSING STRANGE, a Tony award-winning musical, is a genre-bending exploration of an artist’s journey to find life’s truths. The story follows Youth, a young Black man raised in the idyllic hills of California, as he passes through life, learning about himself and the world around him, through music and the people he meets because of it. Throughout his journey for “the real,” he gains so much, but is what he gives up too much? Will the ends justify the means? Will everything be alright?

Reserve Tickets Now!

2016-2017 Productions

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Focused Conversations on University Structure: Next Week

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Join the Focused Conversations next week to discuss the implications for our institutional structure of the transition to Augsburg University.

The two sessions — Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12 — will be facilitated by Provost Karen Kaivola. See details and add to your calendar using the links below.

Tuesday, April 11, 2 p.m., Oren 100
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Wednesday, April 12, 12:30 p.m., Marshall
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Rochester Grad Fair on April 10th

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There will be a Grad Fair for our Rochester students. This Grad Fair will be from 4pm-7pm on Monday, April 10th, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Want to know what your Graduation Garb will cost Monday at the Fair?
Bachelor’s cap, gown, tassel is regularly $64.98, but on Monday you will receive a $10 discount for a Grad Fair Price of $54.98.

Master’s cap, gown, tassel, hood is regularly $100.98, but on Monday you will receive a $10 discount for a Grad Fair Price of $90.98.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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