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Final Calls for Faculty Scholarship Display

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Join 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.

Faculty Moodle Gradebook Reminder

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As we approach the end of the term, ensuring the accuracy of your Moodle Gradebook becomes even more important than usual. Please be advised that by default, only non-empty grades in the Moodle Gradebook are aggregated, so if a student hasn’t submit work, entering a zero (or other minimum score) will ensure their missing work is reflected in their course total. If students have not submitted an assignment, instructors need to insert a 0 (rather than leaving the place blank) to affect the final grade. There is a quick way to add zeros for all students who haven’t already been given a grade for a particular activity–see

Faculty and Staff – You’re Invited

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Presented by Augsburg University Center for Teaching and Learning

May 8-11 CTL is hosting a large variety of opportunities for both professional development and community building! Join us for a variety of engaging discussions and workshops.

Full event schedule and descriptions available:

Questions? Visit our website or contact us at

RSVP before the premium seating and backstage passes are gone!

Finals Week Tutoring

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All Supplemental Instruction and Drop-in Tutoring will be ending on the last week of classes unless otherwise stated. Please check in with your course instructor, the course Moodle page, or the link below to see if Supplemental Instruction or Drop-in Tutoring will be offered during finals week for your course.

General Announcements

CLA+ Assessment

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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 Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 17th), Wednesday, April 18th, and Thursday, April 19th from 6PM – 9PM

CLA+ Assessment

Calling for Staff Help with Commencement

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Commencement will be here before we know it. This year it takes place on April 28th with rehearsal on April 26th. In previous years some of you have worked this event to help make it a success. We are again asking for help in having people sign up to work various shifts from the rehearsals to the actual events.

Please take a look at the link below and email Kia Burton ( to sign up for any shifts that you are able to work. If you are available for multiple feel free to request to sign up for more than one. Notice that there are separate tabs for different tasks and days needed. If you have any questions please let me know, and I am happy to get you the answers.

Thank you all in advance for your help!

Community Garden Brown-bag Brainstorming Session

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We already have waiting list for our new community garden plots this year season, but with a new space comes an opportunity for new kinds of involvement beyond just having your own plot! Got an idea for integrating the garden into a course, student group activity, or your lunch break? A research, art, or story-telling project? Come share your ideas and hear about other opportunities to live into our new space together! Bring a lunch or grab some from The Commons for brain food if needed.

Tuesday (4/17) and Wednesday (4/18), 12:30-1:30pm, Cedar Room

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin will join us on Wednesday to think about the potential for regenerative agriculture in our current and future garden spaces.

HLC Presentation- The Auggie Plan: Innovating How We Think about Transfer

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Ron Blankenship, Director, Adult Undergraduate Program at Augsburg University and Derrick Lindstrom, Dean, School of Liberal Arts & Cultures at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) presented at the HLC conference in Chicago on April 9th, 2018. The detailed information centered around our strategic partnership work related to the Auggie Plan.

As co-creators of the partnership, Ron and Derrick delivered an overview of the plan which is moving into it’s fourth cohort of students in Fall 2018.

You can access more details about the Auggie Plan here:

Auggie Plan

Gratitude Research: Participants Need

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My name is Owen Harrison, I am a Psychology student and I am completing a research project as part of an internship. I am researching gratitude, both how it works and why it works. I am looking for participants for my study. If you are interested in participating, please drop by Hagfors 275, the new Psychology lab, Tuesday 4-7pm. Participants are eligiable to recieve 1 research credit or $5.

Please feel free to reach out via email ( if you have any questions about the research or would like to set up a different time to complete the research.

MN Math & Reading Corps is hiring

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Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the community while earning to go toward student loans? Join Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps!! As a tutor, you’ll work students who need extra help with math or reading skills. Tutors receive up to $597 every two weeks and also earn a scholarship of up to $5,920 that can be used for college tuition or student loans. Tutors 55+ can gift the award to their child, grandchild or foster child. Learn more and apply at or contact the Augsburg Recruiter, Marie Hartke, at 612-568-6797.

Event Announcements

Yoga on Wednesday

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Good Morning! Please join us for yoga on Wednesday from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm in the Racquetball Court (Si-Melby 130). 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. Please e-mail me if you have any questions or suggestions at Yoga will continue throughout the summer!

Visitation for Pastor Dave Wold is tomorrow; funeral service is Thursday

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A visitation for Campus Pastor Emeritus Dave Wold will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Avenue South in St. Paul, on Wednesday, April 18, from 5-7 p.m.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery, 803 West Larpenteur Avenue, Roseville, MN.

Visit the Karvonen Funeral Home site for additional information.

Conference Opportunity for Students on Faith, Science, and Youth Ministry

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Did Jesus Ride a Dinosaur?

It sounds like a silly question, but it gets at the heart of a problem that-according to Pew Research-leads a significant number of youth to abandon their faith: the perceived conflict between faith and science.

Yet, faith and science don’t have to be at odds. There are faithful, fruitful, and intellectually rigorous ways of putting the two in conversation-something that might just be a lifeline for youth.

So bring your curiosity and questions to Jesus Rode a Dinosaur: Faithful Youth Ministry in a Scientific Age, a conference on May 7-8. Speakers include: Krista Tippett, Mike Mchargue, Kendra Dean, Mark DeVries, Rozella Haydée White, Paul Douglas and Andrew Root.

Learn more about this conference from this link:

The Theology and Public Leadership Program will pay for Augsburg students to attend who register by April 27th through this Google Form –

The conference runs from Mon, May 7, 2018, 9:00 AM – Tue, May 8, 2018, 5:00 PM. It will be held at Colonial Church 6200 Colonial Way, Edina. If transportation is an issue, let us know and we will try to connect you to ridesharing options!

Questions? Contact or Lonna Field at

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Convocation 10 a.m. Wednesday 4/18

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

Dr. Vicki Grassian presents:
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. 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.

2018 Zyzzogeton Research Symposium

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Zyzzogeton Research Symposium
Hosted by URGO, McNair, and STEM Programs

Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion

Augsburg University celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Over 70 students participate each year, showcasing their research. A “zyzzogeton” is a green leaf-hopper as well as the last word in the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is a fitting symbol to mark the end of the academic year. The public is welcome, so please come join us for this exciting event!

Visit for more information and for a full list of research abstracts.

Come to the 2018 Augsburg Student Film Festival

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This free event will showcase original student filmmaking by artists from Augsburg and surrounding colleges. The event will be held in Augsburg’s Sateren Auditorium on April 21, and will feature a screening of selected films (roughly 1 hour), followed by a Q&A and an award ceremony. Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening will begin at 7:00pm. Free popcorn and snacks will also be provided.
Use the Facebook event page link for more info and to RSVP!

Facebook event page

Free Tickets for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum

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Tickets are FREE for our Augsburg community including students, faculty and staff, and we encourage ticket reservations before the end of this spring semester.

You can catch us tabling in Christensen, where we can assist with registering on the 17th 11am-12 pm and the 18th 11am-1pm.

Our 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will take place at Augsburg University on September 13-15, 2018.

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).

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

Garbage Gala this Thursday

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Augsburg TriBeta and EAC have teamed up to present the first-ever “Garbage Gala”! The event will take place at 6:00pm on April 19th in the East Commons in Christensen Center. The Garbage Gala will include a Vegetarian buffet (FREE) and will feature a few panelists from Hennepin County, a Zero-waste consulting company, and Allyson Green. We will have a demonstration to show which items are compostable, which are recyclable, and what should be “trashed” as well as prizes!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Steblay (psychology)

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Dr. Nancy Steblay’s article “The Post-Identification Feedback Effect 15 Years Later: Theoretical and Policy Implications” was one of the most frequently downloaded papers from the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law in 2017, as reported by the American Psychological Association – the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States. Dr. Steblay’s coauthors on the paper are Dr. Gary L.Wells (Iowa State) and Dr. Amy Douglass (Bates College). This further underscores Dr. Steblay’s prolific and productive scientific contributions that have informed good policy practices. Congratulations!


Use Your Spanish Skills for Good and Earn Extra $

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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 are paying student judges $55 for those who judge all three rounds at a tournament. We’re looking for debate judges for 3 tournaments this spring, with maximum earning potential of $165:

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 those who wish to be paid rather than volunteer, email If you wish to volunteer, or use the calendar on the link below to choose your dates:

Volunteer With Us