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Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this upcoming CTL workshop on Monday.

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion
Monday, October 9
OGC 100

In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

This session with end with an A’viands gift card raffle!

Adjunct instructors currently on contract who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact after the event to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

Spots Still Available for Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman

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What do Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Polyphemus, and Stuart the Minion have in common? Come to a lunchtime talk by Assoc. Prof. of Biology Matt Beckman for the answer. Also, you will learn about his sabbatical work in zebrafish that has enhanced the work he and students in the lab are performing to understand the molecular genetics of cyclopia. Over the past eight years Matt has built a program of research with undergraduates that focuses on Daphnia, a one-eyed (cyclopean) waterflea. In particular, the lab uses molecular biology, imaging, pharmacology and behavioral studies to explore the development and function of the eye and the motor system in Daphnia.

“Speaking of Sabbaticals”:The Hunt for Spinal Cord Dopamine Receptor Gene Expression in Zebrafish by Matthew Beckman
Monday, October 9
Riverside Room, Christensen Center

All faculty and staff are invited! Click here to RSVP.

CTL Diversity Dialogue Book Group: Make Your Home Among Strangers

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This fall, CTL diversity fellows will lead discussion of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. In the novel, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, begins her studies at an elite liberal arts college. But the privileged world at Rawlings College feels utterly foreign to Lizet. Pulled between life at college and the needs of her family, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that change her life forever.

There are two dates for discussion – please pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Discussion #1: Thursday, November 30, 3:45-5:00, OGC 100
Discussion #2: Friday, December 1st, 11:45-1:00pm, OGC 100

To RSVP and to receive your copy of the book, please click here.

Accessibility Workshops for Faculty – Oct 10 and 12

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Tuesday, October 10
Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources
12:00pm-1:00pm, Sverdrup 205

Videos have become an integral part of how we teach, create webpages with multimedia content, as well as provide information during events. Making sure these videos are captioned for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus is essential in creating a welcoming and accessible environment. In this session, we’ll address the why-to behind captioning, and well as the how-to so you can have the resources to caption your video content. Bring earbuds if you have them! Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

Thursday, October 12
Accessibility Workshop: Creating Accessible Documents
3:00pm-4:00pm, Foss 22B

Creating accessible documents is not only a good idea to ensure all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus have equal access, but as a result of recent changes in the legal world, it’s now the law for us to do so on our campus too. We all have the ability to make our documents accessible to everyone, once we know how to do it. In this session, we’ll go over how to create accessible Microsoft Word and Google Docs. We’ll provide easy steps to create these documents, provide resources for accessible document creation, and feature tools to help check if you are on the right track. In addition, we’ll talk about how to make your Moodle courses accessible as well. Bring a document or Moodle site, and your computer. At the end of the session we will have work time practice these skills. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

Adjunct instructors on contract in the current semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact after these events to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Learn What Makes Augsburg Unique with Phil Quanbeck

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All faculty and staff are invited to this installment of the new faculty series led by Phil Quanbeck.

Tuesday, October 10 | New Faculty Series: What Makes Augsburg Unique? | 3:45-4:45pm, OGC 100

Professor Phil Quanbeck II, Professor in the Religion Department, will share stories of Augsburg’s history, traditions, and his own personal experiences. He has some “skin in the game:” there has been a “Phil Quanbeck” on Augsburg’s Religion Faculty for 60+ years! All faculty and staff are welcome.

Teaching Tolerance: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students

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Join CTL for a discussion about the Teaching Tolerance webinar “Let’s talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students”. The 1-hour webinar airs on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. CDT and can be accessed any time after that.

Augsburg faculty will gather on Thursday, October 12th from 4:00-5:00 to examine the content of the webinar and discuss how we might engage this work in our classrooms. This session will end with a Gift Card Raffle!

To sign up for and view the webinar:
– Visit to create a free Login to access the Webinar
– Visit
– Scroll to Webinars
– Select “Let’s talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students”
– Select “Login to View Webinars”
– Select “Watch This.”

Adjunct instructors on contract in the current semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact to ensure that your attendance was noted!

Writing Something? Get Help in the Writing Lab

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If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

Study in Mexico on Spring Break

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Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

General Announcements

Interview prospective students for Honors

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The Honors Program once again needs interviewers for honors scholarship candidates. Interviews will begin October 23 and run through February 3, Monday through Friday, whenever classes are in session. Go to the Honors Interview Scheduling form to sign up.

Interviews typically last between 20 and 30 minutes. We will notify you as soon as you are put on the schedule, and then confirm a day or two prior to your scheduled time that you have a student to interview. At that time, we will also send you a link to a brief training video (15 minutes), and ask that you review this before you conduct the interview. Other than the training video, no advance prep is needed.

Even doing one interview helps tremendously. Thank you for doing your part to recruit great students to the Honors Program and the University.

Honors Interview Scheduling

Judge Debate for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 6 high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 6-7th: U of M (East Bank)
October 14th: Season Opener (St. Paul)
October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at or call (612)-330-1730.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League

Start submitting Tuition Benefit Applications

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Reminder to Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff:

The tuition benefit program is a wonderful benefit for those working at Augsburg University. If you are interested in applying for this benefit for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 courses, please remember to submit the tuition benefit application. The application deadline is May 1st, but the earlier applications are submitted, the better your chances for being awarded tuition benefit at partnering institutions.

Forms should be returned and submitted to HR, Memorial Hall, Room 19. (Forms are available for pick-up in the HR office, and at the following link:

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Study abroad in spring semester – apply by October 15

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Students of all majors have the opportunity to study abroad/away in spring semester 2018!

**Programs around the world, and in the USA

**Stay on track to graduate by taking a full load of courses that fulfill your major or minor requirements, as well as electives. ALL programs fulfill Augsburg Experience!

**Use your full financial aid package to help pay for your semester abroad/away, and apply for additional study abroad scholarships!

**Build your professional and intercultural skills while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

**Take advantage of internship and research opportunities abroad!

**Most programs are in English!

Learn more by visiting our website and stopping by the Study Abroad/Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center. Talk to our student advisers who’ve been abroad, or schedule an appointment with our staff advisers to explore your options!

Search programs and apply online here!

Campus Cupboard Updated Hours

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Hello everyone!
Campus Cupboard hours have been extended thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Here are the new hours starting the week of Oct 9th:
M- 8am-9am, 9:30am-6pm
T- 8am-9am, 2pm-6pm
W- 8am-9:15am, 9:30am-3pm
Th- 8am-9:30am, 10am- 1pm, 4pm-5pm
F- 8am-9:15am, 10am-1:30pm

I am still looking for volunteers to fill these shifts: Tuesdays between 9am-2pm, Wednesdays 3pm-6pm, Thursdays 1pm-4pm and 5pm-6pm, and Fridays 1:30pm-6pm. Volunteers can volunteer for as short as an hour or longer if they’d like. Volunteer shifts are a weekly commitment as we would like to keep the Cupboard open consistently. If you’re interested in learning more or would like to volunteer, donate items to the Cupboard, or have any questions, please email me!

Campus Cupboard is Augsburg’s food shelf located in the Foss lobby. We are open to all students and encourage students to utilize the Cupboard if they are experiencing food insecurity. Come check us out!

Event Announcements

Community Engagement Workshop

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Our college community engagement workshop is about teaching college students about how to be more involved in their neighborhood community and what does being on a neighborhood board means for the community. Our main goal for this workshop is to have an increase of leaders who are college students get to know or how to be involved in their community in Minneapolis. To diversify the Neighborhood boards, because we also noticed there’s barely any young generations involved in the board as well. The workshop will be on Next Tuesday, October 10th. It will be located in Christensen Center, in the Marshall Room from 6-8 PM. Everyone is welcome to come to attend. Students must sign up through the Google Form; there will be food provided from Afro Deli. Any more questions, feel free to contact Kalyn McConnell ( or Guillermo Perez ( ) through email.

VP for Enrollment Management Campus Visit: Tuesday, Oct. 10

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Credentials for the next Vice President of Enrollment Management candidate will be posted in Monday’s A-mail. The candidate will be on campus Tuesday, October 10, and the open forum 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. in the Marshall Room. (See the Inside Augsburg calendar for a link to add this session to your schedule).

A link to a feedback form also will be provided in A-mail for that session. The feedback form will be available Tuesday morning and will be due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 11.

MFA at Twin Cities Book Festival

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Howling Bird Press, the Augsburg MFA program’s student-run publishing house, will participate at the 2017 Twin Cities Book Festival at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 14, 10a-5p. The Twin Cities Book Festival is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. Look for us there!

Twin Cities Book Festival

TIAA Retirement Planning Seminar On Campus

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Augsburg Total Wellness is pleased to announce an information session on the topic of retirement planning. Join TIAA for a presentation titled Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement

Join us to understand the benefit of time, recognize essential features of retirement investments, and learn how to create or modify your retirement plan. This session is informative to all ages, where ever you might be in the planning stages of your retirement.

When: October 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch, bring a colleague, and take some time to grow toward your financial wellness in retirement!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinics Information Session

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Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Join colleagues to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness, presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics.

This will be an interactive and educational seminar to help manage this common disease.

When: October 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us!

For questions, contact Nicole at

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

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This month 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 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, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at

AugSTEM Fall Workshops: LinkedIn (10/9)

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Mondays, 12:30 – 1:40 PM or 3:10 – 4:20 PM
Marshall Room, Christensen Center
Similar content will be presented in each time period (12:30 or 3:10).
Pick whichever time works best for you.
Workshops are open to all interested students.
Join us this Monday!

Monday, Oct 9: “Creating Effective LinkedIn Profiles & Advanced LinkedIn Search Tips” [Augsburg Career & Internship Services]
Presentation by Emily Reinert, Assistant Director of Career and Internship Services (Strommen Center).

Upcoming workshops:
Monday, Oct 23 Identifying Graduate Opportunities [URGO]
Monday, Oct 30 Crafting Compelling Personal Statements [URGO]

Depression Screening Day 10/11/17

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Students are you worried, stressed, sad? Drop in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) for a 10 minute depression screening and short meeting with a counselor to discuss results immediately on Wednesday 10/11/17 between 9 – 4 pm. For more info stop by the CWC table in Christensen Center on Monday 10/9 between 10 – 12 or call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Curious about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA?

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Have you thought about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA? Attend one of our daily drop-in Info Sessions to hear about the basics and how you can get started. We cover howo choose a program, study abroad finances, academic credit, and more.

Come to the Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center, for a 20-minute Info Session:
Mondays at 10:40 am
Tuesdays at 2:15 pm
Wednesdays at 10:40 am
Thursdays at 3:40 pm
Fridays at 1:45 pm

Check here for more info about Study Abroad/Away

TODAY Free Coffee and Conversation: Norway Edition

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Coffee and Conversations: Norway Edition
Explore Your Relationship to Social Justice while Studying Abroad in Norway

Friday, October 6
8:30 – 9:30am
Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

Join the study abroad office for coffee and conversation about HECUA’s “The New Norway” program. Come grab a cup of coffee and some refreshments while learning about study abroad in Norway with the HECUA program director, Alex Bielicki.

The HECUA Norway program provides students the opportunity to deeply explore globalization, identity, and the politics surround nationality and immigration. The program is place-based, experiential learning paired an interdisciplinary internship.

All students, faculty, staff, advisors, or community members interested in learning more about Norway are welcome to stop by for all or part of the hour.

Topics we’ll cover:
• HECUA study abroad general Information
• The New Norway themes, projects, and overall outline
• Program internship sites, past student experiences, and potential projects
• General Information about why Norway is a beneficial place for students to study away

Feel free to come with questions and ideas! We look forward to seeing you!

Learn more about the HEUCA Norway program

MAL 30th Anniversary Celebration

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The MA in Leadership Program is turning 30! Join us as we honor the MA in Leadership Program’s three decades of success, cultivating leaders who inspire others to dream more, do more and become more.

Leadership for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

To purchase tickets and confirm your spot, click on “Register for Homecoming” at *MAL’s event will be listed towards the bottom.

Timeline of Events:
Registration & Check in: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner Program: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Dessert Social: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at or 612-330-1333.


Feminism and the construction of peace in Colombia

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Please join us for this exciting event at Augsburg on Mon., 10/9 at 7:30 pm. Carol Rojas, a feminist resistance leader in Colombia, will lead an interactive workshop where she will invite us to learn about women constructing peace in Colombia. Her workshop asks participants to reflect on feminism and antimilitarism to get patriarchy out of our systems through interactive body movements and participatory activities.

Mon., Oct. 9th, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Marshall Room,1st fl., Christensen Center

Objective: To foster a space for exchange and reflection that makes it possible to share the experience of popular feminism and antimilitarism in the search for the construction of possible scenarios for hope, democracy and peace in Colombia.
Working Questions: What emerges in Colombia after the peace process? How does popular feminism contribute to the construction of peace? What are the challenges of an anti-militarist vision in the face of the end of wars? Why did the armed conflict originate in Colombia? What do we know about the peace process for Colombia?
This workshop is co-sponsored by General Education, Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies, History, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Sabo Center. This event will prepare us to begin thinking about the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg that will honor Nobel Laureate and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

“Open Sesame”: Director and film here

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The director of the film, “Open Sesame: The History of Seeds” M. Sean Kaminsky, will be here from NYC to show his film and speak on a panel with 2 Augsburg students who have worked with Dream of Wild Health on seed saving efforts this past year.

Tuesday, October 10th
6:00pm-Film screening
7:30pm-Panel discussion
Science #123-Augsburg University

Thank you to Professor Christina Erickson and Batalden funding, Professor Jacqui deVries, the Seward Co-op, the Organic Consumers Association, and the Sabo Center for making this event possible.

(2) $20 gift cards from the Seward Co-op will be raffled off at the culmination of the panel.

Thanks to the Seward Co-op for snacks.


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Join us as Minnesota Urban Debate League Tournament Staff

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We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester, and middle schoolers next semester.


$11.00/hr *+ Free Food! Non-Augsburg students will receive $11/hr, Augsburg students will receive the Augsburg student employment rate. You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.

Job Duties:

Post signage and tournament information throughout building
Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
Help greet volunteers
Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots

Job Qualifications:

Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
Pass a background check
Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

Dates and Times:
University of MN Tournament – hiring 3 students per shift
Fri Oct. 6th
Sat Oct. 7th

Humboldt Tournament (west side of St. Paul) hiring 2 students per shift
Saturday Oct. 14th

Highland Park (Highland Park Neighborhood of St. Paul) hiring 2 students per shift
Fri Nov. 10th
Sat. Nov. 11th

UMBrooks (University of MN West Bank) hiring 2 students per shift
Sat Nov 18th

UDL Champs (TBD) hiring 2 students per shift
Fri. Dec. 8th
Sat. Dec. 9th

Questions? Email or call 612-330-1730. Please click on the link below to go to the calendar. You will be able to select any available shift time.

MNUDL Employment Opportunities