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Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop – Monday, May 8

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend this year’s Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) workshop, entitled “Supporting Out Students in Turbulent Times: Civic Engagement and Nonviolent Philosophy in Higher Education.”

This half day workshop will engage participants in exploring the history, philosophy and skills needed to promote a deep commitment to civic engagement, democratic principles and pedagogy in the classroom and broader community.

Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop
Monday, May 8
Hoversten Chapel (General and Closing Sessions) & OGC 1st floor classrooms (Breakout Sessions)

Lunch is included – please RSVP using the form below!

The Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop is offered as part of Augsburg’s on-going college mission commitment to “intentional diversity in our life and work.” The goals of the workshop are to provide faculty and staff participants with the opportunity for continued growth in personal intercultural competence and to build skills necessary for creating an inclusive campus community.

Co-sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Committee, CTL & the Sabo Center.

Please click here to RSVP for the 2017 Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop

Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum – Tuesday, May 9

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Faculty and staff are invited to attend this special event held during the CTL “Four Days in May” of professional development and community-building activities.

Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum: Activities for the Student Learning Outcome
OGC 113

The goal of this workshop led by Christina Erickson, Social Work, is to widen the circle of those involved in teaching activities related to Environmental Sustainability and Wellness. Based on the nationally recognized Ponderosa/Piedmont model, participants will engage in stimulating discussion and begin developing learning activities that meet our college wide student-learning outcome. Join us for lunch and an opportunity to learn more about incorporating sustainability and wellness across our academic disciplines.

Lunch is included – please click here to RSVP!

“Four Days in May” of Faculty Development and Community Building: May 8-11

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All faculty and staff are invited to attend these upcoming May workshops from CTL. 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
9:00 a.m. – Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop
More information coming soon

Tuesday, May 9
9:00 a.m. – A Roundtable Discussion on Supporting Student Research and Creative Activity
10:15 a.m. – Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. – Making Good Connections: Teaching via Interactive Video Conferencing
12:30 a.m. – Environmental Sustainability and Wellness in Your Curriculum: Activities for the Student Learning Outcome

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

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

Read more about these events and add them to your calendar via the CTL website.

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!

CTL Faculty Fellow Nominations Closing Tomorrow

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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.

Portfolio Review

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Faculty who are in the queue for third year review, tenure, or promotion are strongly encourage to attend the CTL sponsored workshop on preparing for formal review. Diane Pike, Jill Dawe and Bonnie Tensen will guide the workshop including attention to how to construct the Moodle portfolio. We also welcome all faculty who will participate in annual reviews or non-tenure track review who may benefit from ideas about documenting teaching and service, in particular.

The workshop is May 11 from 1-4:30 and attendees are asked to participate for the full time of the session. Room is Oren 200. We request rsvps by Monday May 8th. Any questions welcome:

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:

You May Need to Find the WL This Week

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Deadlines are looming! Find help in the Writing Lab to finish your papers, reports, applications, resumes — whatever you need to write or revise before the term ends. The writing tutors are ready to help in the WL located 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.

General Announcements

Order Your CSA Today

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This summer the Augsburg community will have the wonderful opportunity to purchase fresh produce that will be delivered to Augsburg College in the form of a CSA share beginning mid-June. The share will contain a variety of seasonally appropriate produce. One can expect to find treats such as basil, carrots, cilantro, sweet corn, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes at some point over the summer. Delivery begins mid-June and lasts for 18 weeks or through mid-October. The food is grown on a 140 acre farm near Plato, MN. Purchasing local produce helps to support the local economy. The farmers who grow this produce are devoted to using only natural botanical and biological methods to control pests. They use other sustainable farming practices such as biodiversity, crop rotation, cover cropping and natural fertilizers to deliver healthy and nutritious produce to the table. More information about the operation and where to order can be found at
or you can reach me, Nell, at

Upon ordering, enter promo code AUGGIES to receive a gift card!

Audition for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Choir

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Auditions for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Choir will be held in the Music Building (Choir Room – M3) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24, 25 and 26.

HISTORY: The choir, now in its 84th year, is one of Augsburg’s oldest ongoing organizations. For the past 37 years it has been the anchor ensemble of the college’s Advent Vespers which is attended by some 8000 people each year.

THIS NEXT YEAR: Mark Sedio (’76) will continue as conductor for this forthcoming academic year. In addition to his role at Augsburg, Sedio is Cantor (Director of Music) at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. He is a widely published composer, choral and organ clinician, stand-up comedian, teacher and a specialist in multi-cultural/world music. This forthcoming year the choir will not only focus on choral repertoire from Europe (i.e. Iceland, Slovakia, Germany, Estonia), the United States and Latin America – but will partner with the National Lutheran Choir and Palestinian ethnomusicologist Zafer Tawil for a program highlighting music of the Middle East and North Africa.

SCHEDULE: The Augsburg Choir meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6:00 (usually 5:40 to accommodate evening classes).

WHO? YOU! Membership in the choir (by audition) is open to ANY and ALL Augsburg undergraduate students – regardless of discipline/major. Over the years we’ve worked out schedules to include those involved in athletics (football, soccer, lacrosse) and theater.

HOW? Sign-up sheets for auditions will be available at the CHOIR DESK in Christensen Hall (10:30 to 11:30) and will then be posted outside the choir room in the music building. No preparation necessary.

Audition Schedule:
Monday, April 24 3:45 to 4:45
Tuesday, April 25 4:00 to 5:45
Wednesday, April 26 3:45 to 4:45

If you have questions – please contact Mark Sedio at

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:

It’s Not Too Late – Submit Your Faculty Scholarship Today

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Thursday, April 27 from 11:45am to 12:30pm in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than April 24th) Questions may directed to Bibiana Koh ( or Nishesh Chalise ( All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 am to set up.

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:

Great Idea for Your Community Service Hours

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The Homework Help Program at Trinity Congregation here in Cedar Riverside is looking for people to work with youth on their homework any afternoon of the week that fits your schedule. The program goes from 3:30pm-6:00pm. You can go for one hour or more. This is a good way to use your community service hours.
If you are interested or for more information, you can contact Mary Laurel True, or Kasi at

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel: Hannah Thiry ’17

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Come to chapel at 10:40am to see Hannah Thiry’s senior chapel and the Borodin String Quartet featuring Erika Parvi, Kristina Krasnokutski, Dr. Reinaldo Moya, and Michael Obert. Hoversten Chapel in Foss Center. All are welcome.

• Thursday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.: Senior Chapel with Emma Blom ’17. Music by Handel featuring Lauren Capps, soprano and Kaylie Johnson (’17) trumpet
• Friday, April 21 at 10:40 a.m.: Come and celebrate Earth Day and the last day of classes! Musicians include Ray Makeever (flute), the Augsburg Choir, Riverside Singers and Cedar Singers.

More info

Needed: Volunteers for Commencement

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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. – extra help is really needed here!

Please sign up today by contacting Katie Radford at .

You’re Invited – Spring Brunch May 6

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Please join us for the annual SPRING BRUNCH sponsored by the Augsburg Associates on Saturday, May 6, in Hoversten Chapel, beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. The theme is Bon Voyage – Augsburg’s Alumni Travel Program. Katie Koch ’01, director of alumni and constituent relations, will share her experiences and photos from the recent trip to Germany, which celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and will speak about the history of the travel program. Professor Kathy Swanson, who led the January 2017 trip to Thailand and Cambodia, will highlight her travel stories and photos. The cost of this event is $30 per person. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a student for $30. Friends, family, and all Augsburg alumni welcome! Register now at or call Becky at 612-330-1085 with your credit card information.

FREE Screening of the Movie “Tickling Giants” in Sateren Hall

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Please join the Augsburg College Social Work Department and Pan African Services Committee on Wednesday, April 19th for a special screening of Tickling Giants. The screening will be held in Sateren Hall Auditorium on the Augsburg College campus and will start at 7:30pm.

Seating is limited. Register to guarantee a spot:

This event is free and open to the public.

Watch the trailer:

About the film:

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef creates the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.

Register Today for the People of Color Career Fair

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Register today for the People of Color Career Fair on Thursday, April 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and then stop by the Strommen Center to have your resume reviewed in advance of the fair. Make an appointment with a career counselor or stop by during Career QuickStop between 3-4:30 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Target, US Bank, Hennepin County and many other top employers will be at the fair. The fair is requesting that you submit your resume so they can send it to employers in advance.

Email your resume to and receive a free professional headshot on site at the Career Fair.

There are no fees associated with the fair.

Download a free pass for a bus or train ride from Metro Transit at

People of Color Career Fair (April 27)

Honduran Visitors Perform This Friday

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Event featuring 2 amazing artists from Honduras… Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara.

Friday, April 21st 1:50pm-3:00pm, Foss Studio

Melissa Cardoza’s book 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance tells thirteen stories of women who joined the resistance to the U.S. backed 2009 coup d’etat. Melissa is an an afro-indigenous fearless journalist, poet, writer, and feminist organizer from Honduras.

Melissa will be touring with her fellow member of the Honduran Red de Defensoras or network of women rights defenders and beloved jazz/folk protest singer Karla Lara, who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice for the resistance. Both of the women were close friends of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous leader and organizer of COPINH who was assassinated for her work in defense of the Lenca people and against patriarchy, capitalism and racism. This book and this tour are dedicated to Berta.

Review of the book by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza:
“13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance by Melissa Cardoza is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the many contours of Honduran feminists fighting for self-determination and dignity. These stories of bravery, of struggle and pain, and ultimately of a resilience rooted in a love for freedom will grip your heart. Cardoza is brilliant in storytelling, and ensures that, in memory of our sister Berta Caceres, feminisms are three dimensional and span multiple experiences—trans, Black, elderly, and more. The lessons contained in these stories offer important reflections for all revolutionaries.”

Co-sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
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Summer Job — Part-Time Nanny

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Want to earn $300 a week for 20 hrs. of work? St. Paul family looking for an outgoing, responsible college-age nanny to help us this summer. Position is part-time, 20 hours weekly (Tues-Thurs).

Family has two children (5 & 7yrs) who love to be outside (biking, parks, picnics, pool, etc.) and who also need help with some educational goals (reviewing site words, math games, etc).

The position will include easy meal prep and light chores (loading & unloading dishwasher, tidying up kitchen after meals, and some laundry). Ideal candidate would be nursing or elementary education major who has CPR and first aid certification along with a working vehicle.

Those interested in apply can email me:

Extra Commencement Tickets

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Hi Auggies and Community,

I am walking in the commencement ceremony this spring and I am in a bit of a tough situation. I invited 8 relatives (some from out of town who have purchased airplane tickets) who want to attend the commencement ceremony to support and celebrate my accomplishments. I need four more commencement tickets to accommodate my family members so they can come to the ceremony. In the past there has typically been extra tickets available for students in this situation but there seems to be a large amount of students who are participating in the ceremony this year so there has not been any extra tickets available as of yet or possibly not at all. I invited more relatives than I had tickets with the understanding that there would be more tickets available as it had been stated in multiple emails and even on the commencement site. Anyways, my ask is that if someone has one or more extra tickets, that they share them with me so that my family can be a part of one of the biggest moments of my life. If you have extras or know someone that does, please email me at

Thank you,

Diamonique Walker