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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

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.

Leadership in Higher Education Offered Second Summer Session

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“Leadership in Higher Education” is a graduate course offered in the Master of Arts in Leadership program spring term 2017. It is open to any graduate student. Augsburg faculty, staff, and students are also invited to enroll as part of a graduate degree or for their own professional development.

If you are interested in taking this course and would like the course description and/or other information please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen ( or Jolee Lilja ( in the Dept of Leadership Studies.

Pick Three

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Are you required to attend all the CTL events in May? Absolutely not!

Should you attend some? Absolutely!…and we agree with Provost Kaivola that picking 3 is a reasonable expectation.

The CTL Fellows have worked hard to offer sessions requested and designed by faculty and staff in a new format (4-Days in May v. “the May calendar”). The offerings are varied, designed to help with the pressing needs of the day, and have have been built around the goal of community building.

Full event schedule (May 8-11) and descriptions available:

Questions? Visit our website or contact us at


One More Week to Use the WL This Semester

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Deadlines are looming for papers, revisions, projects, applications, personal statements. Find help for whatever you are working to finish this semester; visit the Writing Lab. There is only one week remaining this semester. May and summer hours will be posted soon!
Hours for the last week:

Wednesday –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursday – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Friday – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sunday – 5–8 p.m.
Monday – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesday –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.

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.

Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences

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Wednesday, May 2
11 am
103 Hagfors Center

URGO is hosting a personal statement workshop for pre-health applicants with Naty Lopez, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Lopez is a nurse and counselor by training. She completed her doctoral studies in health professions education at the University of Pennsylvania. Please contact Catherina Kipper at to RSVP.

General Announcements

Donate gently used shoes and athletic equipment

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The HPE department is collecting donations of gently used shoes and athletic clothing/ equipment (balls, gloves, bats, yard games, etc) for the Cedar Riverside Community School and the Sports Check it out program. A donation box is set at the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center by the office suites. You can also reach out to Dr. Ana Ribeiro ( with any questions.

TODAY – idea sharing for the Community Garden

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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.

Today, 12:30-1:30pm, Cedar Room

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

Funding to Attend IoT Fuse Conference on May 3rd

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What is IoT? IoT, or Internet of Things, is a network of physical devices embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity that enables these devices to connect and exchange data. These physical devices can be everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, Bluetooth headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.

Based in Minneapolis, IoT Fuse is a a robust community of IoT practitioners, developers and makers who strive to build a deeper understanding of where the Internet of Things is today, where it is headed in the future, and how IoT associated technologies and use cases can be used to improve the physical world in which we live.

The IoT Fuse: Conference is an event that features a variety of exhibits, speakers and interesting sessions, with the aim of “fusing together” both engineers, developers and the technical crowd, with the marketing, business, finance and art crowd. This one of a kind event draws people from all over the country.

The 2018 IoTFuse: Conference will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For more information, go to:

A registration fee is required. Before April 20th the fee is $50, after this date the price will increase to $70. Students may apply to STEM Programs using this form in order to receive funding to attend.

Go to form:

STEM Programs can only cover a certain amount of registration fees, so funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until April 19, or until funding is all allocated. Feel free to send any questions to

Headline: AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application Deadline May 15, 2018

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Applications are now open for the 2018-19 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science,
environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2018
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 15, 2018 at midnight.

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

University Council staff representative update

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University Council staff representative Jim Trelstad-Porter has accepted an invitation to extend his term of service by one year. Trelstad-Porter, a member of the University Council’s inaugural advisory team, will continue to represent staff in the internal deliberation of university-wide decisions and to advise President Pribbenow. Elections for the next staff representative on University Council will be held in spring 2019.

March Madness Fitness Challenge Concludes: Auggies v. Tommies

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Congratulations on a challenge well-played, Augsburg Faculty and Staff! Last month, in an annual event, Augsburg’s faculty and staff took on the University of St. Thomas’s faculty and staff in a fun rivalry for the most physical fitness points. The challenge ran during the 4 weeks in March and Augsburg won 3 out of the 4 weeks. Way to go, Auggies!

Thank you for those who participated in the fun, and to our friends at St. Thomas for partaking in the challenge with us!

Prize drawings for those who submitted points during all 4 weeks of the challenge will be announced separately by email, so keep your eyes peeled!

Event Announcements

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!

Paws for Learning Upcoming Schedule

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We missed our furry friends last Monday due to all the snow but they have not forgotten that we are in the last week of classes and have finals next week. So please mark your calendars for 3 opportunities to meet old and new friends before the semester ends as follows: Friday 4/20 10:15 – 12 in Christensen Center Lobby; Tuesday 4/24 10:30 – 12 in the Center for Wellness & Counseling Office and finally Tuesday 4/24 from 2 – 3:30 pm on the Skyway Level of Lindell Library. Questions, call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.


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Good Morning! Please join us for yoga today 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. Take some time for yourself during the end of the semester! Please e-mail me if you have any questions or suggestions at Yoga will continue throughout the summer!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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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:

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