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CTL Workshop: Conversations in the Classroom Room Change

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Conversations in the Classroom: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion – ROOM CHANGE TO MARSHALL ROOM

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.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 12:30pm – 1:40pm
Where: Marshall Room


This session will end with a Gift Card Raffle!

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

Hagfors Classroom Technology Training – This Morning

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The IT UserSupport Team will be offering training on using the updated classroom technology that is installed in all Hagfors Center classrooms. All Faculty and Staff, especially those who plan on using Hagfors classrooms this semester, are invited to attend. We will cover the basics of using Windows 10, functionality of the interactive whiteboards, and projecting wirelessly using AirServer, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Feel free to drop-in and/or leave as your schedule allows. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, Jan 24th from 9:00-10:30am in HC 104

Denmark & Iceland: Summer study abroad program

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Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:

Courses: ENL 270 or ENL 395, AND SOC 111/URB 111, or SOC 295/URB 295 The program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn about two amazing cities: Reykjavik and Copenhagen and earn 8 credits at the same time! This two-course Augsburg Abroad experience explores the relationship between city and text; it is an interdisciplinary celebration of cities, with Reykjavik and Copenhagen and their environs as the sites of the celebration. Students will access the artistic heart of the city by immersing themselves in the real-life locations of Hamlet, Copenhagen Noir, and major films. Simultaneously, they will tour Copenhagen (often via bike and public transport) to learn why it is a mecca of urban sustainability and livability with some of the most inspired public spaces in the world. The program will also include a one-night stopover in Iceland, where students can explore Icelandic community life, explore its Viking history and storytelling (sagas).

Applications are due on January 31.

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants can apply their summer funds to this program!

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Legal research database @ Lindell

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Lindell Library has a trial subscription to a new legal research database known as HeinOnline. Use HeinOnline to access thousands of journal articles, US congressional documents, presidential papers, Supreme Court opinions, federal agency documents, and specialized legal resources such as:

Religion and the Law – materials on the development, history, organization, fundamental principles, and legal foundations of various world religions.
Women and the Law – books, biographies and periodicals on the role of women in society and the law over the past 200 years.
Slavery in America and the World – essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including every statute passed by every colony and state, every federal statute, and all state and federal cases pertaining to slavery.

Try HeinOnline at, or email a librarian for more information at


Apply to College Possible

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College Possible supports low-income students with college success through 1:1 coaching on academics, financial aid, and personal development. Our hope is that students apply as soon as possible so that they will be ready to go for the semester.

Students interested in applying must be Pell grant or Dream Act eligible. In order to apply, they can use the attached link and drop by the College Possible desk (located on the 2nd floor of the Lindell library) to fill out release forms. The application process will only take around 10 minutes!

Let me know if you or any interested students have any questions.

College Possible application

General Announcements

Nominate a colleague for the Outstanding Staff award

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Nominations are now open to honor outstanding staff at Augsburg University!

The Outstanding Staff Award is intended to recognize exceptional Augsburg staff members who exemplify the mission statement of the University through their work. We will honor a total of six staff, including one “Newcomer” – someone who has been at Augsburg for 2 years or less.

Nominations may be submitted by staff (full-time, part-time, and union), faculty, or students at Augsburg University.

Please use this form to submit your nomination:

Letters of recommendation can be sent to or delivered to Jay Peterson in Oren Gateway 106C.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The annual Staff Appreciation Awards will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 2–4 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel.

Nomination Form for Outstanding Staff

Career Quick Stop Hours

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Do you have a quick question about your resume? Registering an internship? Deciding on a major? Finding or applying for any opportunity? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).
Mondays and Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Summer 2018 Job Opportunity

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Looking for a memorable job opportunity this summer? Consider applying to be an Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) Mentor!

We are looking for SEVEN current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (AYTI).

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An AYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete ~22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of July 7-13, 2018.

Interested in applying? Visit the Human Resources employment web page.

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at
Brought to you by: Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and Theology and Public Leadership

Apply for 2018-2019 Public Leadership Scholars Programs

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Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s 3 Public Leadership Scholar Programs:Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In any one of the programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in either the Christian tradition, interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science along with receiving a $2,000 scholarship.

Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars:
Interfaith Scholars:
Sabo Scholars:

The application deadline is Monday, February 19th, 2018

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at

Alternative Spring Break Trip 2018

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Greetings from Campus Ministry (CM) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV)!

We are writing to inform you of a wonderful service opportunity coming up! During Spring Break this year, March 10th – 17th, we will be traveling to Laredo, Texas with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break. This trip is a great chance for students to travel during spring break while also making a positive difference in the Laredo community. The cost is $250 and includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot. Registration is between January 8th and February 2nd.

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break”
and Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Sophie Warnberg at


Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Augsburg Student Experience Survey – Let your voice be heard because your voice matters

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My name is Cody Thompson and I am a Senator on the Augsburg Day Student Government. I would like to learn more about your experience at Augsburg. How can ADSG and myself work toward making the change you want to see on campus? I have a few brief questions for you. Feel free to respond to my email –!

1. How do you identify your gender?
2. What year are you at Augsburg?
3. What do you like and/or admire about Augsburg?
4. What would you like to see improved, changed, and/or implemented at Augsburg?

I am happy to talk on the phone (612-469-5174), text, email, or meet in person! I look forward to hearing from you!

Faculty research finds new audience through Idun

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You may be aware that Augsburg faculty publish their research in scholarly journals, but did you also know those same journal articles are finding new readers and new life through Idun, Augsburg’s open access repository? Our faculty publications are especially popular in Japan.

Professor Joseph Erickson and Associate Professor Pavel Belik, for example, each have a serious fan base in Japan. Pavel Belik’s journal articles are frequently downloaded by readers in Tokyo but are equally popular with scholars across the United States. Likewise, Joe Erickson’s article “Service-learning in Preservice Teacher Education” has proven popular with readers in Tokyo and Hiroshima.

“Java Plus Coffee”, co-authored by Assistant Professors George Dierberger and Marc McIntosh, has found a Japanese audience, and Assistant Professor Daniel Albert’s research on the influence of composition competitions on student self-image has been downloaded numerous times by readers in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.

These are just a few examples of how Idun is promoting Auggie scholarship to a worldwide audience. To find out how your work can be included in Idun, contact Mike Bloomberg at


Howling Bird Press Prizewinner Announced

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Howling Bird Press has awarded the 2018 poetry prize to Simples by KateLynn Hibbard of St. Paul, Minnesota. The press will publish the book in November 2018, and Hibbard receives a $1,000 prize. Hibbard’s work was chosen in a national competition among more than one-hundred submissions.

Hibbard based Simples on extensive research into the history of women’s experiences on the American prairie during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Simples uses free verse and poetic form and persona to examine the lives of settlers and indigenous women against the backdrop of the Great Plains, with close attention to flora and fauna as well as the goods and materials of daily life. This unblinking look at a historical moment examines hardships both endured and inflicted.

“I started to get in touch with the fact that women’s voices and women’s experiences in this period of history and really in all periods of history have not been voiced as much as I think they should be,” Hibbard says. In Simples, she invites readers to experience the historical struggles of women in a way that is much more accessible than a textbook account.

Augsburg University’s student-run Howling Bird Press issues a nationwide call for submissions on an annual basis. Prior to awarding the 2018 Howling Bird Prize to Hibbard, Howling Bird’s editorial board reviewed over 130 manuscripts submitted by writers at all levels of expertise, from beginning poets to well-established authors.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for January

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at

Final Week to Apply for Midco Scholars

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Augsburg University and Midcontinent Communications (Midco) have recently formed a partnership which will provide opportunities for underrepresented students to earn a scholarship, explore a career in business/IT, and gain relevant work experience.

This semester, up to 4 students will be selected for the honor of becoming the first cohort of Midco Scholars. Each Scholar will have a $2,500 scholarship applied to their student account and will also have the opportunity to apply for a full-time Summer 2018 internship with Midco either in their Sioux Falls, SD or Edina, MN offices. (Internships will more likely take place in Sioux Falls, so applicants should be available to live in Sioux Falls for the summer – housing is available).

Ideal candidates for the Midco Scholars Program will:

-Be a Junior in good standing at Augsburg (anticipated graduation in Dec 2018 or May 2019)
-Have a major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics or other business related fields
-Be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of a summer internship and provide documents to verify work authorization

Underrepresented students, including students of color, low-income (Pell Grant eligible/Dream Grant eligible), and/or first generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested students should review the following link for more information and to apply:

Applications are due Monday, January 29th. Any questions please contact Janet Morales ( or 612-330-1792)

Interim leadership – Registrar’s Office

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I am pleased to announce that our two associate registrars, Tom Kelsey and Christine Berkenpas, have agreed to serve as co-directors of the Registrar’s Office until such time that a new Registrar joins us. The Registrar’s Office plays a critically important role for the University and functions as a hub for such time-sensitive core operations as transfer evaluations, registration, graduation, the academic calendar, FERPA, transcripts, and the implementation of academic policy. Please join me in thanking Tom and Christine for their critical service to the University during this transition period.

Tom Kelsey – Interim Registrar for Courses/Registration/Veteran Benefits
Tom Kelsey will continue to manage the curriculum and course offerings, academic catalogs, registration, veteran benefit certification, and customer service functions. He will have responsibility for processes related to FERPA, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), Non-Attendance/Non-Participation, the academic calendar, and new student orientation. In addition, Tom will serve as the Registrar’s representative on the Academic Affairs Committee, the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee, Graduate Council, the Student Standing Committee, and UC-Leadership Forum. Questions can be sent to

Christine Berkenpas – Interim Registrar for Graduation/Transfer
Christine Berkenpas will continue to manage the graduation and transfer credit functions. She will manage the Dean’s List, ACTC Administration, and updates to Records & Registration. In addition, Christine will serve on the Academic Affairs Leadership Team (AALT) and the U4SM Project Team. Questions can be sent to or

Katie Bishop, Director of Student Success, has agreed to chair the search committee, which will be appointed soon to conduct a national search for our new Registrar. Our hope is to have a new Registrar join us no later than May or June 2018.


Sesquicentennial Grants

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The Sesquicentennial Academic Sub-Committee is looking for project ideas and project leaders that will make the celebration of our Sesquicentennial year a special year for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Augsburg. Funds are available for evocative projects of all kinds that reflect Augsburg’s mission, academic excellence and community. The 150th anniversary will be celebrated between Homecoming 2019 and Homecoming 2020. Our aim is to have all Sesquicentennial projects identified by Spring 2018.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all completed applications through the Google form ( The links to the form will be on the Academic Affairs website ( and Sesquicentennial website ( Applications are due April 15, 2018 for consideration.

Contact Darcey Engen for more information.

Event Announcements

Take Control of Your Health: Register Now for January Biometrics Health Screening

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To kick off Augsburg Total Wellness for 2018, Augsburg Faculty and Staff will have the opportunity to participate in an on-site health screening event that will include a fasting biometric test. On-campus screenings will be held from January 30th through February 1st, in East Commons, Christensen Center.

To register for the Health Screening check out the emailed registration link in the email titled–Take Control of Your Health: REGISTER NOW for January Biometrics Health Screening!

Please note that you will need to fast 8-10 hours prior to your appointment. The health screen includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure and BMI.

Participation in the biometrics health screen is free, confidential, and entirely voluntary. Registration is required. All faculty and staff enrolled in the HDHP, who complete the health screening, will be eligible to receive a $50 HSA contribution. Those not eligible for an HSA contribution will be entered into a separate prize drawing.

Contact Nicole at or x. 1602 for any questions.

Augsburg Experience Expo – Wednesday

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Stop by the Christensen Center lobby Wednesday, Jan 24th between 10-2 to learn about the Augsburg Experience Graduation Requirement and how best to complete it. Your peers will share their experiences and you will have opportunities to ask questions about study abroad/away, internships, volunteer experience, and course embedded options.


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Good Morning! I will be teaching yoga at Augsburg this semester. Please join us TODAY from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm in the Racquetball Court (Si-Melby 130). This class will take place every Wednesday until the end of the semester.
We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Please e-mail me if you have any questions at

Literary Events with English Prof. Doug Green

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D. E. (Doug) Green of the Augsburg English Department is participating in several literary events this winter and spring.
• On Friday, 26 January, he’ll be reading with others at the Poken Sword Literary Salon, which takes place at the gallery 2001 A Space (2001 5th St NE, Minneapolis) between 7 and 8:30. The topic is Torment, a subject in which he is expert.
• At 2pm, Saturday, 27 January, Green will be reading with others in the Kickoff of the 2018 Sidewalk Poetry Contest in the Atrium at the Northfield Public Library. He will read his past winning sidewalk poems, which can be found on the streets of Northfield, and other poems.
• On Sunday, 18 February (time and place, TBA), Green will read at the Book Launch for the Martin Lake Journal 2017, an annual collection of poetry. One of his two poems in the volume, “Gratitude,” received the MLJ 2017 Bookend Prize.
• Between 1 and 2pm, Saturday, 3 March, Green will be one of three featured readers at Poet Ted King’s Tributary Reading Series at the Lake Coffee House (3223 E Lake St, Minneapolis). Come early: King draws a crowd.
• And at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, 19 June, at the University Club on Summit Avenue overlooking downtown St. Paul, Prof. Green will read along with poet Eric Tu at Carol Connolly’s Readings by Writers Series. Carol Connolly is the poet laureate of St. Paul and the series is organized by writers Danny Klecko and Dara Syrkin at her behest. The venue is to die for. And because it’s in June, this is a rare chance to see Prof. Green perform in something other than his customary black turtleneck.

Keeping Track of Auggies

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