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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!

Study Abroad/Away Is Hiring Student Workers

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Study Abroad/Away is hiring.

Calling all study abroad returnees and international students. The Center for Global Education & Experience is hiring a new Peer Advisor to start this summer.

This is a key office support position supporting students who want to study abroad or study away in the US. Responsibilities in this position include: Peer Advising, library upkeep, office management, Event Promotion, Maintenance of online application system, and study abroad/away promotion through peer-to-peer outreach, class visits, tabling, and social media.

We can offer 15-35 hours per week this summer (depending on your schedule/needs) and/or starting in August. During the semesters, we offer 10 hours per week.

Watch for the job posting on the HR website soon, or contact to express interest in applying.

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 a.m.-1 p.m. 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:

Nominations for CTL Faculty Fellows Are Being Accepted

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is looking for faculty members interested in serving as CTL Fellows. CTL Faculty Fellows assist the CTL Director in designing and organizing programs with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at Augsburg. Fellows are also eligible for additional travel funds to spend on professional development. Nominations, both self and of your peers, should be sent to by April 20th.

Finish Some Assignments before Easter – Find the WL

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Find help in the Writing Lab before Easter! 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.

General Announcements

Study Abroad Next Year

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Now is the time to start planning ahead for study abroad. Short-term study abroad/away programs are a perfect way to have a global experience while maintaining your busy life. Check out the new opportunities for Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer 2018 options.

Study in England, New York, Mexico, Thailand and Laos, Denmark and Iceland, Palestine and Israel, Greece, Puerto Rico, and China!

Get the details on study abroad next year

Call for Student Hosts

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The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is seeking students who can act as hosts for visiting students in the Fall of 2017 during the important event days. Students are asked to step forward as hosts to other college and university students who will be visiting the Twin Cities for the Forum from the 14th-16th of September. Students will be coming from all over the country (as far as Hawaii) and we may also have a few international students on campus.
If you know you are living on campus next Fall, then you would make a perfect host! Anderson, Luther, and Mortensen would make great spaces for visiting students to stay, but any on campus living area would be fantastic. We are looking for students who would be willing to help out and provide space for 2-3 nights.
As a host you will have the opportunity to get to know a student outside of Augsburg. It is a great experience that allows you to meet some new faces and contribute to the college’s rich academic community. You will serve as another student’s introduction to the Twin Cities, and have the opportunity to connect with non-Augsburg students.

If you would like to be a student host, or have any questions about hosting please email or call!

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

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 21. Yard games would be greatly appreciated, but any donations would be great.

Bike Commuter Breakfast

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Join other cyclists for breakfast on April 19th at 8:30 am in the Commons.

As a way to build Augsburg’s bike commuter community and encourage others to bike to work instead of drive, let’s all have breakfast together. Join us if you regularly bike to work, have biked even once in the last year, or even are thinking about biking to work.

Hosted by Matt Fischer and Lee George

*Paying for breakfast is on your own.

If you have questions contact Lee at

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 staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal as well as ushering and ticket taking at the ceremony for they strongly contribute to the success and smooth flow of the event. There is also the chance to see some of the ceremony with most ushering responsibilities.

Help is needed:
-Rehearsal: Thursday, April 27 from 4:00-6:45 p.m.
-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!

Asst. Provost of Global Education & Experience – Finalist Presentations

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Please join the campus community to meet the 3 finalists for the position of Assistant Provost of Global Education & Experience. Finalist presentations will describe their vision for global education at Augsburg University and how their leadership style will serve as a catalyst for realizing this vision. Each presentation will be followed by QA.

• Monday, 4/17 2:45-3:30, OGC 100 | Karen Rodriguez
• Tuesday, 4/18 2:45-3:30, OGC 100 | Heidi Soneson
• Wednesday, 4/19 2:45-3:30, Lindell 301 | Patrick Mulvihill

Surveys to gather campus community feedback will be available after each presentation

CV Links:
Karen Rodriguez:

Heidi Soneson:

Patrick Mulvihill:

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 –

Event Announcements

Focused Conversation on University Structure

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The final Focused Conversation about university structure is TODAY, Wednesday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Marshall Room.

The session will be facilitated by Provost Karen Kaivola and launches a campuswide crowdsourcing campaign to solicit 500 (or more) ideas about structuring Augsburg University. See the link below for more information and to provide your input and ideas. The link to the 500 ideas campaign is also on the Inside Augsburg home page.

President Pribbenow and Provost Kaivola Seek 500 Ideas for Structuring Augsburg University

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

Augsburg Total Wellness: Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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In just a few weeks TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions! Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

Wednesday, May 10 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

Thursday, May 11 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Oren Gateway, Room 112

**Please note the room changes from previous announcements due to conflicts with Christensen Center restoration.

For questions, please contact Nicole at

2017 Zyzzogeton Research Symposium TODAY

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Hosted by URGO, McNair, and STEM Programs


About Zyzzogeton
Augsburg College celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Over 80 students participate each year, showcasing their research. A “zyzzogeton” is a green leaf-hopper as well as the last word in the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is a fitting symbol to mark the end of the academic year. The public is welcome, so please come join us for this exciting event!

Visit for more information and for a full list of research abstracts.

Augsburg Alum Needs Litter Patrol Help for March for Science

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Augsburg alum Amanda Lipsky has requested volunteers to help keep the April 22nd March for Science Minnesota route clean! Check out the message below and e-mail to sign up!

We need volunteers to join us at the start point of the march, Cathedral Hill, at 10:30am to form our Litter Patrol and prepare our march cleanup. We will provide bags to collect litter along the march route: separate bags for trash and for recyclables. Members of the Litter Patrol will collect litter as we march. After the march and rally, the Litter Patrol will pick up any litter at the rally site, the Minnesota State Capitol Mall. Our goal is to be environmentally responsible by ensuring the March for Science – Minnesota leaves the march route cleaner than we found it, and that anything recyclable is brought to a recycling center, not left in the trash. All the trash and recyclables that the Litter Patrol gathers will be responsibly disposed of.

FULL DAY: We need as many people as possible to commit to the full day, as outlined above.

If you have little time, small children to accommodate, or a bus home to catch there are two shorter shifts available for your convenience.

Shift 1: show up at Cathedral Hill at 10:30 and help with Litter Patrol until we reach the rally site at the capitol. Turn in your trash bags at the rally site. You can go home immediately after the rally.

Shift 2: Meet up with the Litter Patrol just outside the rally site at 12:00 Noon and get your trash bags. Stay to clean up after the rally for as long as you’re available and we need help.

Thank you for marching for science! As an Augsburg alumna it makes me very proud to see my college partnering with the March For Science Minnesota and leading the way in ecologically sound practices.

March for Science Minnesota

Students or Racial Justice Info Session – TODAY

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Today, during Chapel Time (10:35 – 11:05) in the Auggie’s Nest, Students for Racial Justice will be hosting an informational meeting for anyone considering joining the group for the upcoming school year. Come to learn about the goals of the group, the application process, and the commitments of an SRJ core member. An additional meeting will be held next Tuesday, April 18th, at 5:30 pm. All are welcome!

Banking The Unbanked

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According to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data, more than 250,000 households in the Twin Cities, including approximately one-half of all black and Latino households, either do not have a bank account or use costly services such as check-cashing and payday loans.

Some financial institutions are discovering new markets as they begin to provide needed products and services to previously underserved populations.

Chris Farrell, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Conversations on the Creative Economy, will discuss how organizations and financial institutions create products and services for markets traditionally not considered. Farrell and panelists will explore questions such as: Can financial institutions do good business while doing good? If some banks have figured out how to serve the unbanked, why haven’t all? What factors affect the ability of individuals to create wealth for themselves and improve the economic vitality of their communities?

Featured guests include:

Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Anne Leland Clark, Financial Capability Director from Prepare and Prosper
Tawanna Black, Executive Director of the Northside Funders Group

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