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Strategies for Developing Critical Readers – February 28

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Looking for ways to help your students read with greater comprehension and/or through a more critical lens to enrich class discussion? Join panelists Ann Marie Yacobucci (Education), Dallas Liddle (English), and James Vela-McConnell (Sociology) on Wednesday, February 28, 12:30 – 1:40 PM, in OGC 100 as they will share strategies they’ve used to encourage students to read, analyze, and interact more deeply with texts. Adjunct instructors on contract this semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. We’ll also have this session available remotely via Zoom.

Speaking of Sabbaticals: Lunch with John Schmit

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RSVP now (link below) for the second Sabbatical Lunch of 2018. Join us at 12:30 p.m. on February 14th in the Marshall Room for a talk by John Schmit, Department of English.

This sabbatical project titled “Constructing a Written Identity” combines two disciplinary areas–sociolinguistics and rhetoric–by focusing on social status and written identity. The manuscript in progress explores language use through a series of concerns addressing language varieties: codes, registers, dialects, and the use of Standard English. It also explores differences among written genres and the demands of communication within disciplinary boundaries. These concerns combine as manifestations of social power and powerlessness that derive from a writer’s self-presentation in discourse.

Professor Dal Liddle Awarded Prestigious Curran Fellowship

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Professor Dallas Liddle of the English Department was recently awarded a 2018 Curran Fellowship by the scholarly organization Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Curran Fellowships are awards of up to $5000 to support primary and archival research into the Victorian periodical press, funded by a bequest from pioneering periodicals researcher Eileen Curran of Colby College. Liddle’s project is a book manuscript on the systems history of Victorian newspapers titled “News Machines: Technology and Agency in British Daily Journalism, 1785-1885.” The fellowship award will support a research trip to London in June 2018 to view artifacts and materials at the British Library, Science Museum, London School of Economics, News UK Archive, and St. Bride Printing Library.

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Health Care Competencies

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Dr. Keneeshia Williams (’03 Biology and Chemistry) will speak on how she developed essential core competencies and how health care professionals work as a team. Dr. Williams received her MD degree from the University of Illinois at Peoria and completed her general surgery residency at University of Illinois at Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed a research residency in trauma and burn research and did her surgical critical care/acute care surgery fellowship at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. She now serves as a trauma surgeon and assistant professor at Emory University. Contact Catherina Kipper at for more information.

Friday, February 9
12 pm
Riverside Room

General Announcements

LSAMP – North Star STEM Alliance SUMMIT Summer Research Program: Apply in February

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Underrepresented students in STEM can now apply for summer research under the NSF-funded SUMMIT program.

To be eligible for the SUMMIT program, students must:

-be a United States citizen, national or permanent resident
-be enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree program
-self-identify as a minority or underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native)
-complete and submit all application materials by the February deadline.

In the SUMMIT program, Plant Science and Biology majors will be mentored by Ph.D. researchers who are working toward the understanding of the mechanism of meiotic recombination using modern genomic, molecular biology, and cytogenetic techniques. This multi-institutional collaborative group will be supporting undergraduate student research opportunities for the Summer at either the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities or Cornell University – Ithaca, NY. Each selected participant will receive a stipend of $5,000. Supplemental travel and housing funds are also available. Students should be available to complete research between June 4, 2018 to August 10, 2018.

The SUMMIT program application deadline is Monday, February 26th, 2018.
For more information and to apply, please see:

We encourage interested students to make an appointment with Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs to discuss program eligibility, the application process, and the North Star STEM Scholars program, in general before applying. To set up an appointment with Sabrina, please send an email to:

Dr. Leon van Eck Quoted in Atlantic Article on Publishing

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Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Leon van Eck was recently quoted in an article on scientific publishing. The journal PLOS Biology will begin accepting manuscript submissions even if the discovery has been “scooped” by another research group. Dr. van Eck weighed in on this new development in scientific publishing.

Deadline Extended for the Alternative Spring Break Trip til February 9th

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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 open til February 9th.

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

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

Interfaith Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy: Engaging the Diverse, the Devout, and the “Nones”

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This interactive conference will bring together individuals with diverse core commitments for skill building in the areas of storytelling and story listening in order to build greater dialogue on our campuses around difference. The event is a collaboration between staff and faculty from Augsburg University, Bethel University, and the University of St. Thomas and the Interfaith Youth Corps (IFYC). It will take place on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at the University of St. Thomas. The cost is normally $10 (including meals) but is free for Augsburg students. For more information and a schedule go to or contact Professor Matt Maruggi at

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2018

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2018 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2019 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2019. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2019.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at last a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant, Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Website

Earn Service Hours and Eat Free Pizza

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Do you want to earn service hours while making a difference for middle school students in the Twin Cities? Come judge debate rounds for the Minnesota Urban Debate League!

Middle school students will debate education reform, and we’re looking for caring students to judge them on their critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking. No debate experience? No problem – we’ll train you. Judges also enjoy free pizza!

Volunteer shifts last from 3:15 – 7:30 PM.

We’re still looking for judges for the following tournaments (named for famous former debaters):

Thursday 2/15: Kareem Abdul Jabbar Tournament
Tuesday – 2/20: Oprah Winfrey Tournament
Tuesday – 2/27: Sherman Alexie Tournament (make up)
Thursday – 3/1: Rosalind Franklin Tournament
Thursday – 3/8: Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink Tournament
Tues-Thurs 3/13-3/15: Justice Sotomayor Conference Championships
Tuesday – 3/20: Winona LaDuke Middle School City Championships

Please direct any questions to! Click the link below for more information and to sign up:

Sign Up to Volunteer

50% Off Flash Sale in Bookstore

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The bookstore will be having an in-store 50% flash sale off of anything that says ‘Augsburg College’, Feb. 7th-23rd. We have picture frames, water bottles, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, stuffed bears, socks, etc! This is a great time to purchase a gift for someone special, who graduated from ‘Augsburg College’. This is our last sale, in-store only, for the ‘Augsburg College’ gear!

Event Announcements

Healthy Relationships Workshop

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Nataly Quintero, Sex Educator will be coming to campus to facilitate a dynamic session on Healthy Relationships. She will cover topics of consent, sex, intimate and personal relationships as they pertain to the Latinx Community! A topic that is usually a taboo in our community will finally be talked about in a fun and safe environment!

Single or not, you are encouraged to attend! There will be snacks and prizes!

Wednesday, February 7th at 4:00PM in Hagfors 301

*Hosted by Latinx Student Services. Contact Ruby Murillo for more information at

Religion and Violence, Meal and Discussion

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“Religion and Violence”
Thursday, February 8th 6:30-8:30pm

Join the Interfaith Scholars and Interfaith @ Cedar Commons team for a challenging discussion around this important topic. Free dinner will be provided!

*How and why have religious texts and doctrines been used to fuel and justify violence? Are there other ways to understand those texts?
*What are other root causes of violence, if religion isn’t necessarily the root?
*How can faith communities be a force of non-violence?

SPEAKERS: Interfaith Fellow Wendy Goldberg and Professor Maheen Zaman.

HOSTED BY: Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars and Interfaith @ Cedar Commons

[Cedar Commons: 2001 Riverside Ave. S]

Life in Balance Workshop—February 27

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Feeling stuck? The busy lives we lead can get in the way of doing what we know we ‘should’ be doing to achieve better health. In this engaging workshop you’ll learn new ways of thinking about what it takes to be healthy, and discover simple secrets on fitting powerful natural ‘medicines’ into the nooks and crannies of our lives for more energy and healthier, happier bodies. The result? Looking and feeling your very best all day, every day!

Join this hands-on workshop, led by well-being consultant Teri Erhardt, from Augsburg’s benefit broker NFP. It’s sure to be a fun, engaging, and worthwhile workshop!

Tuesday, February 27, 11-12 pm in the Augsburg Room

Gilman Scholarship Workshop – Thursday

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Auggies – Do you want to win $5,000 for your study abroad program?
Are you Pell Grant Eligible with U.S. Citizenship?
If yes – we encourage you to apply for a Gilman Scholarship for your summer or fall 2018 program.

The Study Abroad/Away Office will have two workshops where you can learn about the Gilman, and get help with the application process:

In-Depth Session:
Thursday Feb 8
10:30-11:30 am
Cedar room, Christensen

Express Session:
Wednesday Feb 21
10:30-11 am (Chapel time)
Cedar room, Christensen

Gilman Scholarship Applications for summer and fall programs are due by March 6th, 2018. For more information on the Gilman, see:

Since 2008, fifty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $205,500!

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Study Abroad & Away Fair – Feb. 16

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Come learn about hundreds of off-campus study programs available to Auggies! Programs are around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit each student!

Grab some hot cocoa, pick up program brochures, ask questions, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you! Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too! Join us:

Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00 – 2:30, Christensen Center

Get more details about the Study Abroad/Away Fair


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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. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. Private sessions are available as well, let me know if you are interested! Please e-mail me if you have any questions or suggestions at

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Students Needed for Campus Cupboard Photography Project

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Hello everyone,

In an effort to destigmatize the usage of food pantries and food shelves, particularly the one on campus, I’m looking for some students who would be interested in having their portrait taken and sharing their experience with either Campus Cupboard, food insecurity, hunger, or any other issue food-related.
The photos will be pieced together into a poster to show that food insecurity does not discriminate and that Augsburg students experience it too. You’ll also receive a digital copy of your picture.
Please email me at if you’re interested and we can set up a day and time to do a quick shoot/informal interview.