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Only 2 spots left for Writing Retreat

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Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat
Wednesday, May 16 – Friday, May 18, 2018
Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center

Located on 50 scenic acres of national park in Marine on Saint Croix, Dunrovin’s beautiful wooded grounds are a peaceful, yet professional, setting for group meetings, private getaways, youth or adult groups, and day or overnight retreats.

Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write / work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and ends at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

Questions? Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning
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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 If you need help with your Gradebook, please contact your LFC.

May 9th session-Neighborhood tour with faculty

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Faculty Connections with Cedar-Riverside
1:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9
Meet in Hagfors Center Atrium

Enjoy and an afternoon in the neighborhood with faculty from a number of departments (Business, Religion, Education ) who will introduce you to a community organization that they’re connected within Cedar-Riverside and how their engagement there has enhanced learning for their students. This is also an opportunity for faculty to explore ways that they can connect with organizations nearby that connects with course learning objectives, as well as research in many disciplines.

From Microinequities to Inclusion

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When Thu, May 3, 1pm – 3pm
Where Marshall Room

“From Microinequities to Inclusion” is a hybrid, group-format e-learning workshop that provides an introduction to the concept of microinequities: small, often subtle expressions of bias and exclusion. Relevant to employees of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all internal and external interactions. Participants explore microinequities across national cultures as well as cultures related to gender, ethnicity, language, generations, and sexual orientation, and will learn how to identify and respond to specific scenarios. Note: This workshop should be taken after “All About Bias” if possible. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at

To register for this workshop, click the link below:

General Announcements

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

URGO recording graduate school acceptances of students and alumni

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As the advising office for graduate school applications, each year URGO records the names of students and alumni who have been accepted into graduate school programs.

If you are a student who has been accepted or a faculty/staff member who knows of a student’s acceptance that you are able to share, please send that information to

Parking headaches getting you down? Check out transit options

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DPS recently noted the various projects happening around campus impacting parking lots and spot availability. If you’re concerned about parking on campus, check out other transportation options available to you.

More information found at:

Remember that our unique, urban location is perfectly situated to provide great access to Metro Transit stations, bus stops, and bicycle/walking trails.

Looking to get advice, need help finding a route, want to check out the commuter locker room? Contact Nicole at

P.S. It’s national Bike to Work Week May 14th-18th; join me and others across campus in biking to work. You might enjoy it so much, it could become your new commute.

Staff–Community Service hours now

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The Homework Help Program at Trinity Congregation (here in Cedar Riverside) will be losing most of their Augsburg after-school tutors now that the semester has ended. They are looking for Augsburg staff and faculty who might want to spend a few hours each week (until mid June) assisting youth with their homework. It’s a fun way to get to know young people in our neighborhood. Staff can use Community Service time for this.
Hours are Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6:00pm. A person does not have to commit to the entire time slot to participate. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kasi at

Event Announcements

Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) workshop – May 10

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Staff and faculty are invited to the Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop,
Thursday, May 10, 8:30am – 1:00pm

This workshop will engage participants in reflecting on and exploring bias and the impact of bias in their work and teaching at Augsburg. The featured facilitator is Nehrwr Abdul-Wahid, One Ummah Consulting. Nehrwr will discuss bias and how it impacts and plays out among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Staff and faculty panelists will share short stories about how they have worked to minimize bias in their interactions with students, course offerings, curricular content, policies, and programs. Participants will also receive an overview of recent bias incidents reports submitted by Augsburg students and will have time to discuss with colleagues in small groups, and continue the conversation over lunch.

8:30-9:00 am Check in and refreshments
9-12 noon Workshop, with planned break
12-1 pm Lunch and conversation

To RSVP, please go to this google form:

You can also sign up for other FOUR DAYS IN MAY workshops, presented by Augsburg University Center for Teaching and Learning, May 8-11

Prof. Wanyama and Student Speaking at Hennipin County Commissioner Candidate Forum Thursday

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Hennepin County District 4 Candidate Forum
Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 PM
University Lutheran Church of Hope 601 13th Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

ISAIAH, a state-wide organization of congregations, clergy and people of faith working for racial and economic justice in MN, is organizing this
Hennepin County Commissioner Candidates’ Forum to bring the debate on protecting immigrant families in Hennepin County to the forefront of this November’s election. Despite their low profile, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners oversees Hennepin County’s $2 billion annual budget and there are multiple seats up for election! Especially given the discouraging state of federal immigration policy, there’s a lot that can and must be done at the county level to protect immigrant families in our community from deportation. Come learn about what these candidates are willing to do to help make our county a safe place for all and ensure that this important issue receives the attention it deserves.

Speakers will include our very own Professor Mzenga Wanyama (currently facing the threat of deportation) and an Augsburg student, speaking from their own experience. Come show your support and get informed about this important part of this November’s elections!

Candidates Angela Conley, Megan Kuhl-Stennes and Peter McLaughlin have confirmed their participation

You can register for the District 4 Forum here:

TODAY: All Hands Planning Summit

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The following is excerpted from the May 2 email from President Paul Pribbenow to all faculty and staff regarding today’s All Hands Planning Summit:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I look forward to being with you … in Si Melby Gymnasium for our 2018 All-Hands Planning Summit. This year’s event marks the official start of an important conversation on Commission150, the process to develop our next strategic plan which will launch in 2020.

We’ll gather at 8:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast; our program begins at 8:45 a.m. sharp. Our agenda includes:
>>A panel discussion–four perspectives on “Getting Innovation Done at Augsburg” with Christopher Houltberg, Joanne Reeck, Jacqueline deVries and Heather Riddle
>>An update on Sesquicentennial planning from co-chairs Darcey Engen and Jeff Swenson
>>Discussion of 26 different Commission150 table topics hosted by faculty and staff leaders from across Augsburg. We’ll spend just over an hour on Commission150; in three rounds, you’ll choose from a list of topics and move to a specific table for a 20-minute conversation led by the faculty or staff table host. For those who like to plan in advance, take a look at this incredible list of table hosts and topics [see link below]. We’ll also have this list available as a handout at [the] event.

Table Topics for All Hands Planning Summit

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Judge Somali Debate, Earn $

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to 750 middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. Spring is the Somali Debate Initiative season, and we need judges!

We are seeking members of the Somali community to judge our Somali Debate Initiative students. Judges watch rounds, determine the winner, and provide feedback so students may improve their communication skills. No experience? Don’t worry. We’ll train you!

Judges are paid $55 per tournament.

We will have Somali Debate tournaments on the following dates:

May 9th, 2018
3:30-7:00 PM
Augsburg University

May 23rd, 2018
3:30-7:00 PM
Augsburg University

Interested judges should inquire at for more info, and sign up at the link below:

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