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Help your students develop critical reading skills – Wednesday, 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 – link to be distributed soon!

Help Your Students Become 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) in OGC 100 on Wednesday, February 28, 12:30 – 1:40 PM, as they share strategies they’ve used to encourage students to read, analyze, and interact more deeply with texts. We’ll also have a Zoom link up soon for those who wish to join us remotely!

Faculty and Staff Grants for Sesquicentennial Projects

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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.

Papers, Revisions/Applications Due? It’s Time to Visit the WL.

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The Augsburg Writing Lab is alive and well and the tutors are ready to help you! The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. All Augsburg students — grad and undergrad, any major — are welcome. Just bring a hard copy of whatever you are working on — essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing assignments. 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.

Questions? Contact Kathy Swanson, English

General Announcements

Retrofitted water fountains now water filling stations

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In our effort to LoveOurLocalWater, 3 water fountains on campus are being retrofitted to include water filling stations. Foss near room 126, first floor of OGC, and in the Fitness Center. Thank you Environmental Action Committee and the Batalden Faculty Scholars Program in Applied Ethics for supporting our effort to practice access to local water as a human right. Auggies live out our values!

Employers tabling today

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Stop by and visit with representatives from the following organizations on Wednesday, February 21st. 10:00-1:00, lobby of the Christensen Center

*College Tutors and Nannies is currently accepting applications from responsible, outgoing individuals for a variety of childcare and tutor positions. We offer flexible scheduling and a wide selection of jobs to fit your skills and preferences.

*Pinnacle Services is currently hiring for Case Management, Program Managers, and Program Counselors! For more information, visit our website at Pinnacle Services is recognized as an industry leader in quality services through CARF accreditation.

Make a Difference for Twin Cities Middle School Students

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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):

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, or stop by our office in Foss 18.

Click the link below for more information and to sign up:

Volunteer With Us

Resources for loving local water (and not using bottled water)

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The Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) is keeping track of creative solutions to replace bottled water and #LoveLocalWater. Here’s what we have so far. Email us at with more ideas or scenarios to navigate!

For campus visitors:

Instead of providing bottled water to visitors coming to campus, we encourage departments to use language like this to alert visitors to our policy: Augsburg University is phasing out bottled water on campus in order to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and support the provision of water as a human right and not a commodity. While on campus, you will have access to clean Minneapolis tap water. If you are not able to bring your own water bottle to campus, please let us know if we can provide you with a glass/cup to use and return or with a reusable water bottle to use and keep. We appreciate your support as we #LoveLocalWater together!

If you provide hot water to visitors through a Culligan dispenser, consider purchasing an electric tea kettle for your office space in order to get ready for the eventual phase-out of Culligan.

For events:

Order water by the gallon through A’viands catering.
Purchase water pitchers and reusable/compostable cups for your department (if sink access for washing is an issue, contact us for ideas).


The Environmental Action Committee (Student Government) may be able to help with purchasing supplies that will directly benefit students as we move away from bottled water.

Learn more on the ESC Website

Six more days to apply to be a part of the Public Leadership Scholars Program

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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 26th, 2018

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

2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards/Senior Leadership Society

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Nominations for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:( Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Applications are also open for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. (

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 19th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 8 from 5:00-8:00pm.

Great Colleges to Work For Survey: Participate Now

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Augsburg University is participating in the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey. The survey opened Monday, February 19 and will remain open until Monday, March 5. Eligible participants received an email from ModernThink which contained a survey invitation and link to the survey.

Important things to note:
– Survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
– Your responses to the survey will be completely confidential. ModernThink LLC, an independent survey firm, will not provide Augsburg with any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.
– Your participation is very valuable and desired, but voluntary.
– Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the HR Moodle site:

Human Resources recognizes that many members of our community have work that does not require use of a computer, or who may not have a dedicated office. We will be hosting computer lab sessions for employees to ask any questions they might have, get assistance with the process, and complete the survey.

These sessions are scheduled at the following dates and times:

February 22—4:00-5:00pm, Sverdrup Hall 204
February 28—8:00-9:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 205
March 2—10:00-11:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 204

Should you have questions, please contact Lisa Stock ( or 612-330-1783) or Nicole Peterlin ( or 612-330-1602) in Human Resources. Thank you for sharing your voice!

Eric Pegues: ATCCHA Chair Appointment

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Please take a moment to congratulate Eric Pegues, Assistant Director of Residence Life, on being elected as the 2018-2019 Chair Elect and the 2019-2020 Chair of ATCCHA (Area Twin Cities College Housing Association)!

This is such an exciting time for ATCCHA as the organization is growing and hosting the 2020 UMR-ACUHO regional conference. ATCCHA is lucky to have Eric’s leadership and energy!

Event Announcements

Gilman Scholarship Workshop – TODAY

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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 host an express workshop where you can learn about the Gilman, and get help with the application process:

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!

Making Augsburg more inclusive to those of the Jewish faith

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What can we do to make Augsburg University more inclusive to students, staff, faculty, and visitors of the Jewish faith? The Augsburg Community is invited to attend a presentation by Minnesota Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator, Rabbi Ryan Dulkin.

Tuesday, February 27
OGC 100
9:40-11:40 a.m.

Rabbi Ryan Dulkin brings with him an extensive background in Jewish education, having served most recently as a visiting professor of Jewish Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His other academic appointments have included the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Washington University in St. Louis.


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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).
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 email me if you have any questions or suggestions at

Sabo Symposium-2/28

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Are the “Nones” Done with Civic Engagement?
Organizing the religiously unaffiliated in today’s climate of polarization

Martin Olav Sabo Symposium
February 28, 2018
6-8 PM
Augsburg University, Hagfors Center, Room 150

How do the religiously unaffiliated factor into this current moment of political polarization, when many are seeking to increase political and civic participation? Join us for a symposium exploring this important topic, beginning with a keynote from Phil Zuckerman—chair of Pitzer College’s Secular Studies program and author of numerous books including The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016) and Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2014)—followed by a panel of researchers who study the religiously unaffiliated. Concluding the evening will be a conversation about how local community organizers and elected officials are engaging religiously diverse populations in their efforts, particularly the religiously unaffiliated.

Hosted by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Stories of Navigating Family Traditions and Beliefs

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Story time! Navigating Family Traditions and Beliefs
Thursday, February 22nd 6:30-8:30pm

Come on out for another evening of storytelling as we share stories of navigating the complex universe that is one’s family or community of origin! Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s not so funny.

* What is one part of yourself that you’ve had to fight for or defend in your family or community of origin?
* What part of your family tradition has shaped you in a positive way? Are there traditions/values that you’re grateful for?
* How have you navigated the reactions or opinions of family, as you define your own identity?
* Have you ever felt like you were brainwashed?
* When did you realize your family wasn’t like every other family?
* Who has become family for you when you needed people to belong with?

*Dinner will be provided!*

Hosted by: Interfaith @ Cedar Commons

[Cedar Commons: 2001 Riverside Ave. S]

Augsburg Men’s Basketball hosts St. Thomas in MIAC playoffs Wednesday

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Augsburg University men’s basketball team will be competing in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason playoffs this week, hosting the University of St. Thomas in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday (2/21) at 7 p.m. at Si Melby Hall.

It’s a MAROON OUT night, so make sure and wear your Augsburg maroon to the game!

For all MIAC postseason playoff games, tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students (children ages 5 and under are free). There are no senior discounts. ALL Augsburg students, faculty, staff and alumni must pay admission. The only passes accepted for admission are MIAC-issued passes. Augsburg’s A-Club alumni organization will pay admission for the first 150 Augsburg students to attend the home men’s basketball playoff game on Wednesday (2/21) at Si Melby Hall. Students must show their Augsburg ID for entry to the hockey games.

Augsburg (18-7 overall, 13-7 MIAC) is the No. 4 seed in the MIAC playoffs, and will host No. 5-seed St. Thomas (14-11 overall, 12-8 MIAC) in the quarterfinals. Should the Auggies win Tuesday, they will travel to face either top-seed Saint John’s or No. 2-seed St. Olaf on Friday (2/23) at 7 p.m. The conference championship game will be on Sunday (2/25) at 2 p.m., at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Day at the Capitol

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Hi Auggies,



9:30 AM- 1:30PM

*lunch and transportation free*

Augsburg has an annual Day at the Capitol, which is a chance to meet with legislators, tour the newly renovated Capitol, and learn how to advocate for important causes! Augsburg students greatly benefit from the Minnesota State Grant, which is need-based financial aid that Minnesota students receive through their FAFSA. Over 1,000 students receive a State Grant, which is over 1/3 of students at Augsburg.

Legislators love meeting college students in person—like Senator Kari Dziedzic who will be speaking to your group at the Capitol—because they want to hear YOUR story, your journey to college, and want to keep helping all Auggies and MN college students. Your voice MATTERS.

Sign up here: and to get a better idea of what the day looks like, check out this video:

Any questions, reach out to Kitana Holland ( or Lee George (

Deadline Date Approaching: Register – MN Private College Job & Internship Fair

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For the 42nd year, Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Tuesday, February 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

Why attend the fair?

Many students find their summer internships at this fair and even more seniors find their first job!

*Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
*Chat with more than 270 employers – all under one roof!
*Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the
Minnesota Private Colleges.
* Attend a panel “Jobs and Internships for International Students”
*Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!

Learn more about the fair and who will be attending:

Prep sessions are being offered this week in the Strommen Center. You may register to attend a prep session through Handshake.

REGISTER & PAY THE $12 FEE in Handshake

Register in Handshake

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search 2018 – All STEM students are welcomed to attend

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Join us for Jump Start Your STEM Job Search!

Saturday, February 24
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Hagfors Center
Augsburg University

Keynote: Dr. Raj A. Rajan, Ecolab Vice President and Global Sustainability Technical Leader, will present “Paychecks and Possibilities: Shaping Your Career in STEM”

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the following workshops:
-Leveraging LinkedIn for Maximum Networking
-Applying Your Strengths to Interviewing
-Gap Year Opportunities for Pre-Health Applicants
-Representing Yourself Well: Cover Letters, Personal Statements and Thank-You’s
-Comparing Corporate Cultures: Small, Medium, and Large
-How to Ace Your Coding Interview

The event will end with a Buffet Lunch & Resource Fair:
-Resume Review
-LinkedIn Doctors
-Professional photos for LinkedIn headshots
-SciTechsperience Internship Program
-Student Internship Poster Session

Information Tables:
-Boston Scientific
-Software Guild
-Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Register today!

Demystifying Social Security: Info Session

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I know it’s spring break, but this is important! Social Security can be so mystifying. In this unique session, learn—directly from the SSA–about Social Security benefits in retirement to help yourself, your spouse, your parents, or other loved ones navigate the world of retirement and the SSA. This information session will be led by Rhonda Whitenack of the Social Security Administration.

This is good information no matter what your age; and getting someone from the SSA to come directly is harder than it looks—take advantage of it!

When: March 13th from 11:30-1:00 pm
Where: Hagfors 150A

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

Biology Research Symposium (Free Snacks)

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The annual Biology Research Symposium is NEXT Tuesday, the 27th! It is being hosted in Hagfors 150 at 6:30pm! All are welcome! There will be several Augsburg biology undergrads (Olivia Fitch, Nastaran Nassiri, Aaron Wilson, and Angelica Gomez De La Casa) presenting their research! This is a great opportunity for students to learn about research occurring on campus! Come join us and learn about some incredible research and munch on some FREE SNACKS too!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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