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Assigning and Assessing Student Writing Panel

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Assigning and Assessing Student Writing: Panel Discussion
Monday, November 13
OGC 100

This panel, composed of faculty and staff, will discuss specific strategies for devising, integrating, and assessing writing assignments. Topics discussed will be:

– Writing within STEM Disciplines: Writing plays a significant role in STEM curriculum; it makes students career-ready because writing is a big part of any profession, but, more importantly, it helps them organize thoughts and clarify thinking. Michael Wentzel will discuss strategies for scaffolding lab report writing in science classes.

– Writing in Blended Learning: Students in hybrid and online courses sometimes complain that online forum discussions are boring and repetitive “busywork.” Bonnie Tensen will discuss strategies for varying assignment writing prompts that encourage students to think more critically about assigned texts and take greater ownership of the conversation.

– Effective and Efficient Feedback: Grading student writing can be time-consuming, so it is important to be strategic and provide feedback that helps students recognize areas of strength as well as ways to improve without overwhelming them or you. John Schmit will discuss how to streamline your grading while simultaneously providing valuable feedback.

– Responding to Writing from Non-Native Speakers of English: Although native speakers of English also have problems with writing, non-native speakers’ problems can be quite different, and the approach taken by the instructor needs to be different as well. Cari Maguire will provide suggestions for how to recognize and respond to typical writing problems for ESL students.

Click here to add “Assigning and Assessing Student Writing” to your own calendar.

Batalden Convo info for Spring Syllabi

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The Batalden Convocation will be held on Thursday February 8 at 11:00 in the chapel. Below is the title and info on the presenter. Please incorporate into your spring syllabi as you see fit!

Title: Just sustainabilities in policy, planning and practice

Professor Julian Agyeman, Tufts University

Professor Julian Agyeman will first outline his concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ – the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’ He will then give practical examples in terms of his recent research into urban planning and design, food justice, sharing cities, bike equity and planning for intercultural cities. For more about his work visit

Course Evaluation Revision

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Course Evaluation Revision Open Discussions
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open sessions on the revision of Augsburg’s end of term course evaluation system. The working group is eager to share current thinking on possible changes and to gather input and feedback from the campus. All one hour sessions will gather in the Foss Atrium. Please join us.
November 16 @3:45
November 21 @12:15
December 1 @11:15
December 6 @11:00
We welcome other conversations or meetings with any members of the group: Kristen Chamberlin, Crystal Comer, Ben Denkinger, Scott Krajewski, Terrance Kwame-Ross, and Diane Pike

Pre-Pharmacy Advising

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Dr. S. Bruce Benson, Associate Director of Professional Relations at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, brings his extensive experience as a pre-pharmacy advisor to Augsburg students. He currently supervises a mentoring course for first professional year pharmacy students and serves on the advisory committee for the state of Minnesota’s Health Professional Services Program. For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Tuesday, November 14
1-4 pm
Chemistry suite (3rd floor Science)

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Ethics

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for its 2018 summer undergraduate research program in biomedical ethics. This program is highly competitive and 4-5 students will be selected. Each student will be placed with a faculty mentor for approximately 10 weeks. Students will participate in educational session on bioethics research and lunch meetings with faculty.
Interested applicants should apply to job posting 87872BR: Bioethics Intern on the Mayo Clinic jobs website ( ) by January 12, 2018.
Candidates must attach the following to the online application:
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals & how bioethics research relates to those goals
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors
For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research

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The Mayo Clinic seeks applicants for a one-year, 2018-2019 academic year, post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical biomedical ethics as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). GREP is designed for individuals who plan to attend graduate or medical school and must receive their bachelor’s degree before the position starts.
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 16, 2018.
1. Cover letter describing your careers goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
2. Resume/CV including your major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
3. 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in bioethics
4. Current college transcript
5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or professors. Letters should be sent directly to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director, by the recommender.

For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at

URGO Research and Travel Grants Available

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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of undergraduate research. Undergraduates who are interested in conducting research during the year are encouraged to seek out ongoing faculty research projects that they may join.

URGO also offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $850 for undergraduates who have been accepted to present their research at a professional conference.
Both applications can be found on the URGO website. The funds may be used at any time during the academic year, however the grants are given out on a rolling basis, so we recommend interested students apply in the fall.

If you have any questions about these grants, please contact Kirsten O’Brien ( or x1446), Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist.

Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Sessions Nov 28 & 29

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URGO Summer Research Info Sessions
November 28th @3:30 in the Marshall Room
November 29th @6pm in OGC 100
Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2018 to be eligible.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships
In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact or call 612-330-1446 to set up an appointment.

General Announcements

Kudos to Team Lindell

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Congratulations to the team at Lindell Library for organizing and hosting the first ever Upper Midwest Region WMS User Group meeting! Fifty participants representing twelve academic libraries gathered at Augsburg last Friday to share information and tips on the finer points of WMS (WorldShare Management System), the platform used by participating libraries to manage their online catalogs and all basic library operations.

Mike Bloomberg served on the planning committee and was instrumental in bringing this meeting to Augsburg in the first place. Rebecca Ganzel served as hostess extraordinaire throughout the day’s festivities. Karen Alexander and Karen Hogan presented on their experience implementing a new interlibrary loan management system, and Rebecca Ganzel and Stewart Van Cleve discussed how they created customized search boxes for locating music and video titles in WMS.

Thanks to each and every one of you for all your hard work and for making all our colleagues feel so welcome throughout the day! Congratulations on making this event such a huge success!

Benefits Open Enrollment: Remote Meeting Option on Friday

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Benefits open enrollment time is here again. Annual enrollment will be open until November 17th.

Benefit Information Sessions:

· November 10* at 2:30 pm (Oren Gateway Center, Room 100)
· November 14 at 10:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 16 at 4:00 pm (East Commons, Christensen Center)

*We will be hosting and recording a remote session on November 10th. To join the meeting, please follow this link:

Alternatively, you can go to and click the “Join a Meeting” button at the upper right and enter the meeting ID “305-907-857” when prompted. Your computer may ask you to install a plugin if you have never used Zoom before.

Remote participants will have the opportunity to ask questions by typing their questions into the “Chat” function of Zoom, and a moderator will relay questions to the presenter.

This session will be recorded. The link will be sent out for the 2018 recorded version once available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at or at 612.330.1602.

Free Pizza and Community Service Hours with 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 remaining core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

November 10th-11th: Highland Park Senior High School
November 18th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (Location 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.

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Announcing Spring Musical, Seeking Student Directors and Stage Managers

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The Augsburg University Music-Theatre Club will be presenting a fully student run Spring Musical, performance dates to be the end of March, 2018. The production will be “The Drowsy Chaperone”, music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, text by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
Any student interested in the role of student director, stage manager, or assistant stage manager, please contact Kandra Rudelius-Palmer
( or Briana Ekstrom ( for more information.
For any and all students interested in auditioning or being involved in tech or pit orchestra, we are very excited to work with you to create our first production. More information about auditions, rehearsals, and performances to come in the next few weeks.

The Music-Theatre Club

Event Announcements

Are you a student interested in being a part of Advent Vespers?

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Be a part of one of the biggest celebrations at Augsburg! Each December, Augsburg students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends celebrate Advent at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis with word and song. Students can join the Liturgical Team and carry bells, candle, banner or torch as part of the Gospel Processional (if not already in the choir or orchestra).

Advent Vespers is the first Friday and Saturday in December, with services on Friday at 5pm and 8pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 5pm. Practices are on Tuesday at 4:30 pm and Thursday at 6:45 pm. Transportation for the liturgical team is provided between Augsburg campus and Central Lutheran Church, as well as some meals and snacks. Many past participants have commented on how meaningful their participation in Advent Vespers is – that they feel a true sense of the Auggie spirit.

Be a part of this fun and moving experience! For more information, stop by Campus Ministries in Foss 104 or contact Janice Dames at

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Warren Bowles

Thursday, November 9 at 7:00pm
Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 11 at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 16 at 7:00pm
Friday, November 17 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 18 at 7:00pm
Sunday, November 19 at 3:00pm

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Brecht sets his satirical tale in Chicago during the turbulent times of Depression and Prohibition. Things are not going well for the Cauliflower Trust and so Arturo Ui seizes the opportunity to grasp power. Brecht directly references the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich though his parable is perfect for our modern times.

Reserve your tickets today!

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Cocoa and Call Your Reps

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On Monday, November 13th from 5-6 pm in Old Main 105, Students for Racial Justice and Augsburg Law and Politics Society will be hosting “Cocoa and Call Your Reps” to encourage Augsburg community members to get in touch with their legislators, especially newly elected city government, and advocate for important issues. We will provide scripts for some important issues, contact information for city, state, and federal legislators, and snacks and hot cocoa! Come to make sure your government hears your voice!

MVNA Flu Shot Clinic – Next Week

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If you did not get your flu shot yet or missed the earlier MVNA flu shot clinics you still have one more opportunity to get the flu shot on campus.The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association will be on campus administering flu shots in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) on Tuesday 11/14/17 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 cash or check. Please be sure to bring your insurance card if you want your insurance to be billed. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Students with no insurance or needing financial assistance to get a flu shot, please contact the CWC office for information.

Enjoy a slice of fun with Augsburg at Waitress at The Orpheum Theater Nov. 22, 7:30pm

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Join us as we continue our Auggies in the City series with Waitress at The Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.

TODAY: Rochester Director Candidate on Campus

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The second candidate for the position of Director in Rochester will be on campus in Minneapolis (morning) and in Rochester (afternoon) today. The Open Forum will be held from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, Room 219, in Rochester, with remote access via Zoom in OGC 103.

The following Zoom link is available for all faculty and staff in Minneapolis:
Meeting ID: 774-240-5399

Following are links to the candidate’s resume and cover letter (you must be logged in to access):


Cover Letter:

After the open forum, please use the link below to provide feedback on the candidate:

The feedback link will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, 11/10.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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