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Apply to be an AugSem Student Leader

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Apply to be an AugSem Student Leader! We are looking for students who want to be peer mentors for first-year students in their AugSem class. Student Leaders work closely with faculty and students to ensure first-year students have a smooth transition to college. Applications can be found on Inside Augsburg under On-Campus Student Jobs.

1st Annual Faculty Learning Technology Showcase

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On May 8th, from 12:30-1:30 pm in Hagfors 105, please join us for an opportunity to observe how your colleagues are employing various learning technologies in their teaching and research. CTL will supply sandwiches so you can munch as you stroll the exhibits where the faculty listed below will provide brief demos of ways they are using Moodle and other learning technologies to enhance their teaching and scholarship.
Stu Anderson (Google Forms for peer review)
Nishesh Chalise (Screencasting)
Katie Clark (VoiceThread)
Carol Enke (Rubrics & Grading guides)
Jenny Hanson (Moodle quizzing)
Diane Pike (Vocaroo for grading)
Ana Ribeiro (Moodle Lesson)
Kaycee Rogers (annotated video)
John Schmit (Moodle grading guides)
Liaila Tajibaeva (ArcGIS for research)
James Vela-McConnel (Moodle course design)
[This event is part of CTL’s “4 Days in May.”]

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

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

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.

Questions? Email

Countdown: Five Days Remain for You 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 are only five days left for you to visit the WL this semester. May and summer hours will be posted soon!

Hours for the last week:
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.

General Announcements

Congratulations to March’s Auggie Pride Recipients

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Congratulations to Jack Hein, Admissions Operations Coordinator for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. New in August, Jack hit the ground running and his colleagues, student workers, and perspective students have been impacted by his presence. Staff Senate admires the work he does everyday and are honored to award him with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Learn more about March’s Auggie Pride Award Recipients

Donate gently used athletic shoes and 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.

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

Event Announcements

2018 Augsburg Student Film Festival this Saturday

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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

Celebrating Professors Dalglish, Swanson & Waterman

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Next week we’re celebrating three English colleagues who have retired or are retiring: Kathryn Swanson, Cass Dalglish (continuing as a mentor in the MFA), and Cary Waterman.

If you are an Augsburg colleague, past or present, or a current or former student of any of these three great profs, please join us for our Retirement Celebration for Kathy, Cass, and Cary, 2-4 pm, Tuesday, 24 April, in the Marshall Room of the Christensen Center at Augsburg.

Staff Senate Open Lunch—Wed. May 2

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Get out of the office and join Staff Senate in the Commons for lunch and discussion. Take some time to engage with fellow staff in casual conversation.

Wednesday, May 2
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

You can use this opportunity to speak specifically with Staff Senate members or just enjoy new company for lunch. Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

Staff Spring Social—Tuesday, May 15

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Join the Augsburg community in celebrating the work of its staff during the past academic year. Food and drink will be provided and door prizes will be given away.

Staff Spring Social
Tuesday, May 15
3-5 p.m. | The Quad
(In case of rain, the event will move inside Christensen Center)

Email with any questions.

Honors Convocation – TODAY

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Reminder that the annual Honors Convocation where we celebrate student academic achievement, and recognize faculty contributions to teaching and learning is today, scheduled for 4:30 pm in Hoversten Chapel. Faculty robe for this event and should line up in Foss by 4:10; students do not wear cap and gown. A light reception will be held in the Arnold Atrium following the convocation. All are welcome to attend!

Pre-Finals Stress Relief & Dogs

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We missed our furry friends on 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.

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

Free Tickets to Nobel Peace Prize Forum: Register Now

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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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Holly Kundel Named 2018 Goldwater Scholar

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We are excited to announce that junior biology major Holly Kundel has been recognized as a 2018 Goldwater Scholar. Kundel, who is also pursuing minors in environmental studies and mathematics, has been involved with research at Augsburg since the summer after her first year when she worked with Dr. Emily Schilling on a project related to the Canada Darner dragonfly. She is also a member of Tri-Beta, the Augsburg Honors Program, and Campus Ministry.

The Goldwater Scholarship will provide tuition assistance for Kundel’s senior year of undergraduate study and set her apart in her future graduate school applications. She aspires to earn a PhD in environmental biology, focusing specifically freshwater ecosystems and the impact of climate change on these systems, including pollution prevention and ecosystem restoration. “I believe that research on freshwater ecosystems is important because freshwater is a limited resource, and it is a resource that humans and other animals rely on for survival,” writes Kundel.

1280 of the top STEM undergraduates from around the country applied, and only 211 were awarded scholarships. Congratulations to Holly on this prestigious recognition!