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Course Evaluation Project

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The working group on the University Course Survey revision continues its efforts this spring. We suggest that all faculty to take 20 minutes of class time (as was done with paper and pencil forms) and allow the students to complete the current form on their laptops, phones, or computer lab. Faculty should be absent from the room during this time. It is helpful to tell the students prior to the class session so that they bring their devices and taking the 20 minutes at the beginning of a class session. All evidence indicates that this process will bring the response rates that are of faculty concern to response levels that are reliable and useful.

The new form is being piloted this spring with approximately 30 faculty and thus several hundred students across disciplines and types of courses. The proposed form is designed to assess student perceptions of the quality of their learning experiences in courses and does not directly measure teaching effectiveness or student learning. Those important aspects are better measured in other ways.
Data from the pilot will be presented to the faculty in September. If any additional faculty would like to pilot the new form in summer school courses, please contact group co-leader, Scott Krajewski by June 8.

Questions or comments are welcome to any member: Kristen Chamberlain, Diane Pike, Terrance Kwame-Ross, Ben Denkinger, and Kelsey Richardson Blackwell. Additional information is on the working group’s web page.

Working Towards Inclusive Spaces

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When: Wed, April 11, 3:10pm – 5:10pm
Where: Marshall Room

This workshop will highlight the five most common ideologies and/or behaviors that well-meaning individuals subscribe to which actually counteract their attempts to create inclusive spaces at Augsburg. Also, this workshop will provide participants with history and examples connected to these ideologies and/or behaviors, individual and small group activities and discussions, and large group solution brainstorming around Augsburg-specific environments. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at

Faculty and staff, what can CTL do for you?

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Over the summer, yes summer is coming, the CTL Fellows will plan the discussions/panels/workshops for the 2018-19 academic year. Since faculty and staff development should be based on your needs, please use the link below to let us know what we can do to support your work.

Paideia 2018 Summer Courses

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Looking for a summer class to take? Interested in improving your skills as a discussion participant and leader? The 29th annual Paideia Institute, July 23 – 27, 2018, will explore the question “Beauty Is. . . ?” This timely and timeless concept will be interrogated through seminar discussions on a variety of genres. Coaching activities will develop participants’ skill in facilitating democratic discussions in educational or professional settings.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: INS 255-A: Paideia Approach: Thinking, Talking, and Reading is a 4 credit course that includes the Paideia Institute, or EDC 498 Independent Study for 2 Credits. Register online through Records and Registration.

GRADUATE STUDENTS: ECS 543 can be taken for either 2 or 4 graduate semester credits and can be counted as an elective course in the MAE program. This course is not offered through the college Records and Registration site. Contact Rachel Lloyd at to register.

FACULTY, STAFF, & COMMUNITY: The Paideia Institute welcomes all interested community members. For participants not seeking credits, there is a reduced professional development rate. Register directly at the Paideia Institute website.

Considering Grad School? Register Now for On-Campus GRE Prep Course

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Applying to graduate school this fall or fall 2019? Most masters and doctoral programs, as well as some health professional schools, require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) for admission. GRE Prep is offered this summer on campus through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity. You’ll learn the most effective ways tackle the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections on the GRE.

The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-8 PM for four and a half weeks (May 14th – June 18th). The cost is only $125, which includes the official GRE test-prep book and a 6-month subscription to the online study tool, Magoosh; this is a fraction of the cost when compared to similar classroom GRE prep courses offered by Kaplan or the Princeton Review who charge over $1,000.

New this year, students can also earn a full-refund scholarship! Those who attend 9 of the 10 classes (including the final practice test), will receive a full refund for the course!

Students, Alum who graduated from Augsburg, and staff are also welcome to register.

Register now at the URGO website:

Questions? Contact the URGO Office at or x1446.

The End Is Near. Find Help in the Writing Lab

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It is likely that you have papers, revisions, applications, personal statements, creative writing — something that is due soon — and tutors in the Augsburg Writing Lab are ready to help! 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. 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.

Calling all scholarship. Faculty Scholarship Display [Coming Soon]

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oin us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, April 27 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foss Atrium, prior to the Faculty Recognition Luncheon.

Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than April 20) at the link below. Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Nishesh Chalise ( All participating faculty should arrive by 11:30 a.m. to set up.

General Announcements

Wanted – EP!C Peer Health Educators

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Are you a current Augsburg student looking for a flexible work study job? Are you interested in helping fellow Auggies make healthy and positive choices about alcohol use? EPIC peer health educators are looking to add to our current awesome team. Apply online on the HR website for the EPIC peer health educator position or call Dianne in the CWC office at 612-330-1707 for more information.

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for April – Final Auggie Pride month for the school year

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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

Deadline Approaching for Sesquicentennial Project 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.

Attention Supervisors: Summer Student Employment

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As we approach the beginning of summer, we would like to remind people with student employees to submit hire forms for any students who will be working during the summer. This will include new students working over the summer. Summer employment begins April 29th, 2018 and ends on September 1st, 2018.

Please contact HR with any questions.

CLA+ Assessments

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We are in need of students to take the CLA+ Assessment – your participation would be greatly appreciated. Faculty, if you have any time for students to take this assessment, please send them the link below. Students – if you have any time to take an assessment, follow the link below!

The Assessment will be open Tonight (Wednesday, April 11th) and Tomorrow (Thursday, April 12th) from 6PM – 9PM.

CLA+ Assessment Instructions

Use Your Spanish Language Skills for Good

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Judge Spanish Debate – No Prior Experience Needed!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a nonprofit of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to over 750 students in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including our nearly 100 Spanish Debate League students.

We’re looking for debate judges for 3 tournaments this spring:

Wednesday April 18th – 3:30 to 7:30 PM
Wednesday May 2nd – 3:30 to 7:30 PM
Wednesday May 16th – 3:30 to 7:30 PM

Judges will observe rounds conducted completely in Spanish, determine winners for each round, and provide comments to help students improve their reading, critical thinking and Spanish language skills.

Participation in debate helps students improve their academic skills, including reading comprehension and critical thinking, and increases their confidence. Be a part of creating these outcomes for our Spanish Debate League students!

For more information, email or use the calendar on the link below to choose your dates to volunteer:

Learn More About Volunteering

Event Announcements

Calling All Class of 2021 Students

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Are you interested in a mentor-ship opportunity with Augsburg University alumni working in your field of study? The Auggie Take Out program is a program in which sophomores(Class of 2021) are paired with Alumni, in their field, to meet up a few times to build connections and learn about life after college! This program is great for networking, tips on how to get your dream job, preparing for professional interviews and is overall, fun! If you are interested in participating in Auggie Take Out during the 2018-19 academic year please fill out the short form linked below:

Auggie Take Out Form

Charity Clothing Drive

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On Friday April 13th students are hosting a clothing drive to support Puerto Rico and local area charities. Donations can be brought to the Christensen Center from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Donations will also be accepted in the bins located in the housing communities on campus. Cash donations will be accepted to assist in the shipping costs to Puerto Rico. Please help support this event.

TODAY: Guest Speaker Megan Dobratz of Native Sustainability 5 pm – Free Dinner

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The ESC and the EAC welcomes guest speaker Megan Dobratz of Native Sustainability today at 5 pm in the East Commons.

Native Sustainability is a creative consulting firm that take sustainability beyond the technical. Join us as Megan discusses different ways that we can move towards a more environmentally sustainable campus.

Free Dinner and Conversation
5 pm East Commons

TODAY 2nd Annual Environmental Synergy Event

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“Changes for Self, Community, & Society.”

Please join the EAC and ESC as we celebrate Earth Month TODAY Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 3 to 7 pm.
Join us for FREE dinner, FREE smoothies from the smoothie bike, FREE Petting Zoo, Free honey tastings from Beez Kneez, and more!

3 to 7 pm
April 11, 2018
Find us in the Quad*!

*In case of incliment weather we will be in the East Commons*

Registration Open for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

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Our 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place at Augsburg University on September 13-15, 2018.
Tickets are FREE for our Augsburg community including students, faculty and staff, and we encourage ticket reservations before the end of this spring semester.
Please visit our website for more information regarding the upcoming event at Registration can also be placed via

We aim to repeat a successful event come September and hope you will join Augsburg University in honoring the work of President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) (2017 laureate).

This year’s theme The Paradox of Peace will include plenaries, keynotes and breakout sessions related to tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear, and will highlight the laureates’ successful accomplishments navigating these paradoxes.

Schedule as follows:
September 13: Community Action Workshops/Dialogues
September 14: Honoring the work of President Santos — all classes will take place at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum
September 15: Honoring the work of ICAN

In the coming weeks, our interns are scheduled to visit classrooms to share updates about the Forum and assist with any questions regarding the ticketing process. We invite faculty members who are interested in such a visit, to contact Camila Payan at, to reserve a time and date. In addition, Frankie Shackelford, Professor Emerita of Norwegian (, is available to assist with finding connections between the Forum content and courses scheduled for fall semester.

Questions regarding ticketing should be directed to Jami Kadolph at

Focused Conversation on Experiential Education: TODAY

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The April Focused Conversation will feature Elaine Eschenbacher, director at Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Expand and integrate experiential learning opportunities to advance our efforts as a leader in experiential education.

Today 12:30 p.m., Oren 100

See the Inside Augsburg calendar or All Hands schedule for times and locations as well as to add a session to your calendar.

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Convocation

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April 18, 2018
10:00 am
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall

What is in the air we breathe? The atmosphere is composed of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Other gases are present at much lower concentrations and include ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde just to name a few. nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and formaldehyde just to name a few. Besides these gases, there is something else in the air we breathe, tiny microscopic particles called aerosols. Not just the aerosol that comes from spray cans that you are all probably familiar with but this talk will focus on any liquid or solid particles that is suspended in the air, which is the definition of an aerosol. These tiny particles come from many sources and can impact the Earth’s climate and human health in ways we are just starting to understand.

More information

Latinx Recognition Banquet

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Hey Everyone!
We would like to invite everyone and their families to our end of the year Celebration. We want to recognize our amazing Latinx students here at Augsburg University.

We will be recognizing the following areas of students;
Graduating Seniors
New ALAS Board
Old ALAS Board
Outstanding ALAS/Latinx students
and many more…

Our amazing DJ Miguel will be closing us out with an hour of dance!!

Mark your calendars and RSVP! The Latinx Recognition Banquet is near so if you are interested to attend please make sure you RSVP!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018
10:30am – 2pm
Hagfors 150

ALAS Contamination Clean up (Free Chipotle)

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This project will take place in Augsburg University – Murphy’s Square.

Augsburg Latin American Students (ALAS) will sign up Augsburg Students and Staff to engage in contamination clean up. The project consist in clean up trash/litter or any other physical contamination from Murphy’s Square and the surroundings. We will set up teams to go around campus and clean up after the snow has melted down. Our goals: Create environmental conscience, have a Cleaner Campus, Improve animal life, Inspire others to do the same, and Educate participants on the difference between Trash, Recycling, and Compost.


(Special Dietary request can be made upon request at

Monday April 16, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm

As stated in ALAS constitution, if you participate in our volunteering event, you are eligible for active membership in our organization.

We hope to see you there!!

Sign Up Here!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg Alumna Is Finalist for MN Teacher of the Year

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Kelly Holstine, MAE alumna and English teacher at the Takata Learning Center (Shakopee Public Schools), has recently been named one of the finalists for MN Teacher of the Year! An independent selection panel of 23 teachers in the areas of education, business, government, and non-profits selected 12 finalists from a group of 43 semifinalists. Congratulations, Kelly!