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

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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 in Lindell 202 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!

Teaching Tolerance: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students
Thursday, October 12
Lindell 202

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!

Click here to add this discussion event to your calendar.

Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion TODAY

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Faculty, mark your calendars for this upcoming CTL workshop this morning!

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!

Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman TODAY

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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! Come to Riverside over the lunch hour today.

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 Workshop on Tuesday: Captioning Course Resources

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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.

Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources
Tuesday, October 10
Sverdrup 205

Bring earbuds if you have them!

Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

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

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Accessibility Workshop on Thursday: Creating Accessible Documents

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

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green – RSVP Now

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Faculty and staff are invited to this next installment in the “Speaking of Scholarship” series featuring Professor Bill Green, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions Award in Scholarship. Professor Green has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history – A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2016 Hognander Minnesota History Award. He is presently working on a history of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.

Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green
Thursday, October 19
Marshall Room

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Please click here to RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green.

Today- Paid Summer Program Info session

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Interested in a paid Summer program? Public Policy and International Affairs Summer institute will be coming to Augsburg to hold an info session on Oct.9th from 3:30-4:30 in Oren Gateway Center room 111.

PPIA Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (U of M, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, hear from top leaders in the field, and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2018 and August 2019. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more.

General Announcements

Food Service Extended Hours Pilot Update

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As we analyzed the numbers of customers dining from 7-8 PM during the month of September, we have concluded that we will not be able to continue with the extended dinner hour. We will return to the normal 7 PM Commons closing time effective Monday, October 9.

The other hours changes made at the beginning of Fall semester have been very successful, so we will continue to open at 7 AM Monday-Friday, and extend hot food lunch until 2 PM Monday-Friday. Please let Daniel Meyer ( know if you have any questions or suggestions in the future.

October is Cyber Security Month – new tool being added to Google Drive

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October is Cyber Security Month. Come to an information session to hear briefly what the current cyber threats are, learn some tips that apply at work or home, share your experiences and strategies.

Also this winter IT is adding new tool to Google Drive to protect regulated data. If you have regulated data in Drive you will get an email notification. What is regulated data? Come and find out! Adding this tools means we will not dissuade you from keeping FERPA data in Google Drive in 2018. We want to you to be able to fully use Google Drive in your work.

There will also be online self-paced information security training coming for faculty and staff as part of our work on information security. Come and find out more!

We have several sessions scheduled in Lindell 202
Tuesday October 10, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Monday October 16, 12 noon – 1 PM
Thursday October 26, 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Find out what more about we’re doing for information security at Augsburg

Judge Debate for Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for 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 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

Event Announcements

Feminism and the Construction of Peace-TODAY

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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.

Auggie Student News Join Us

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Hello Auggies!
Is your dream to be a news anchor or reporter? Are you passionate about bringing to the news to the public or talking about the news?

Join ASN(Auggie Student News)!
We are a newly chartered student organization that is starting a Youtube Channel that provides broadcast news to the Augsburg campus.

If interested, email A.J. Hanson -The editor-in-chief!

Aiding in Natural Disaster Relief

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A group of students and staff members are collecting gently used clothes to sell at the Taste of Augsburg. All proceeds will go to aiding in natural disaster relief in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida. There are collection boxes in the StepUP office and in the Campus Ministry Office. If you have questions please feel free to email Owen at or Thenedra at

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.

Oct. 10 – VP for Enrollment Management Campus Visit

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Our next Vice President for Enrollment Management candidate will be on campus tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 10. The open forum is from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the Marshall Room. The remote access link will be posted in A-mail tomorrow morning.

The candidate’s resume and cover letter are available via these links (you must be logged in to access):

Cover letter:


After the open forum, please use the link below to provide feedback on the Oct. 10 Open Forum with VP for Enrollment Management Candidate B:
The feedback form for the Oct. 10 open forum session will be available as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, and will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 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

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe Oct. 24

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On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation series, we are excited to have Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, lecture on: Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc.

Professor Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Hoversten Chapel from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will include a discussion and a reception.

Questions? Email us at

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Seminary & Divinity School Day 2017

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Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Join us for Seminary and Divinity Day on Thursday, October 26.

A group of Auggies will travel to Gustavus Adolphus College on the 26th to gather with students from other colleges and representatives from ~22 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection conversations! The theme for the day is from Psalm 119:125, “I am your Servant, Give me Discernment.”

Whether you’re curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

This event is free, and lunch and transportation to Gustavus Adolphus College will be provided through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm.

REGISTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Friday, October 20.

For more information, visit our website at

Come with us to contemplate how you are stewarding God’s call for you in the world!

Questions? Email

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]

Comedian DJ Demers Coming to Campus

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Award winning and nationally known comedian DJ Demers is coming to campus! DJ has been on America’s Got Talent and on Conan O’Brien, and is making a stop on his 30 day college tour at Augsburg.

When: Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Hoversten Chapel – Foss Center
Tickets: Free – just show up

For More Information:

Facebook Event Page:

Let’s fill the chapel, Auggies!

“Open Sesame” film-TOMORROW

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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.

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