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Paideia 2018 Invitational–Friday

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This year’s Paideia Invitational will be held on Friday, July 27, and is an opportunity for community members to learn about Paideia through participation in a seminar. This year, we are excited to be reading Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” a spoken word poem that has been presented as a Ted Talk and reprinted as a book. We ask that all participants read this short poem in advance of the seminar and complete the Reading Guide. Your completed Reading Guide is your ticket into the seminar circle.

Invitational Schedule

9:15 – 9:30 am Registration and Introductions
9:30 – 11:15 am Welcome and Seminar: “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch in the Commons (on us)
12:45 – 2:00 pm Breakout seminars led by returning participants

To register for this free event, please email Anne Kaufman at to indicate whether you will be able to join us for lunch. The seminar reading and reading guide will be sent with your confirmation. We hope to seminar with you soon.

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URGO Summer Research Conference –Tues. July 24

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Student Researchers present their projects; free and open to public.
STEM – HC 106
SSHA – HC 151

12:30: STEM Fields
Zachary Juaire
Relationship between Running Biomechanics, Hip Mobility, and Knee
Injury Risk in Division III Runners
Angelica Diaz-Juarez
The Phytobiomes Associated with Minnesota Populations of the Wild
Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana
Holly Kundel and Maia Crews-Erjavec
Phenological Shift of Canada Darner (Aeshna Canadensis) Emergence
in the St. Croix River Valley, MN

12:30 Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Fields
Oliver Stremple
Exploration of a Case Management Approach at Food Shelves
Skye Rygh
Line 3 Pipeline: Environmental Justice and Communication in
Skye Stier
This Isn’t Halloween, this is Self-Expression

1:45: STEM Fields
Brandon Ly and Emily Foley
An Exploration of the Euler-Bernooulli Beam Equation Discretizations: A
Classroom Project
Kei Heltemes
Photoinitiated Kinetics in a Flow-Tube

1:45: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Fields
Taylor Maness
Effect of Gaining Access to Electricity on Educational Outcomes in
Sadie Paulsen
The Restructuring of GM Korea
Jordan Marth
Becoming a Scientist: The Impact of Undergraduate Research on
Graduate School Intent

3:00: STEM Fields
Miranda Ullah and Dametre Thunberg
Fluorescence Microscopy and Image Analysis in Langmuir
Micah Vandersteen and Brent LaMuro
Saving the World at the Nanoscale

3:00: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts
Ryan Moore
“Rewriting the Rules:” Postcolonial Perspectives on Contemporary
Young Adult Literature
Sonja Mischke
Humor as Power in Comedy Memoirs by Women
Emilie Tomas
The Effect of Stereotype Threat on the Implicit Relational Assessment

URGO Summer Research Conference — Wed. July 25

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Student Researchers present their projects; free and open to public.

12:30: STEM Fields – Hagfors Center 106
Cohl Dorsey and Jackson Nelson
Artificial Civ: Deep Learning Strategies for Multiplayer Turn-Based
Mohamed Omar
Interpolating Historical Photos with Neural Networks

12:30: STEM Fields– Hagfors Center 151
Aaron Khaimraj
Antioxidant Effects on Daphnia Magna Exposed to Manganese
Eric Perez
Daphnia Magna: Hedgehog Gene Expression throughout Embryonic
Shannon Dale
The Effect of Light Intensity on Daphnia Eye Size

1:45: STEM Fields – Hagfors Center 106
Kayla Cross
Effects of Diet on Sea Urchin Larval Development
Todd Fairbanks, Laura Kundel, and Eric Eldred
The Impact of Aging on Redox Balance in Skeletal Muscles

1:45 STEM Fields – Hagfors Center 151
Brittany Stokes
Artemia Hedgehog Gene Expression: When and Where
Laura Fricke
Artemia Franciscana Hedgehod Gene Expression Throughout
Jamila Mohammed
RNA Interference of the Artemia franciscana Hedgehog Gene

Commuter Student Locker Reservations

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Summer commuter students who are looking to reserve an on-campus locker can do so by sending a reservation request to Campus Activities and Orientation (CAO) using the following link:

Note: Summer 2018 lockers are reserved Monday, May 7, 2018 through Friday, August 17, 2018.

Auggie Basics – Housing

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As part of the Augsburg University Equity Proposal, the Auggie Basics – Housing program (former known as the Equity Housing Program) is designed to address the needs of students who experience housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into the program (10 spots) will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student. Students must reapply each academic year. Being chosen for the Auggie Basics program one year does not guarantee participation in future years.

A new process is being developed for students who experience food instability. More information will be provided as it is available.

To apply for Auggie Basics – Housing, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Student Affairs office at 612-330-1160.

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MFA Summer Residency

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The MFA in Creative Writing 2018 Summer Residency will begin on Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 29. Please join us in welcoming our group of very talented students and acclaimed writers to campus for this festival of craft talks, workshops, evening readings and more.

This summer’s visiting writers include Katelynn Hibbard, winner of the Howling Bird Press Poetry Award; fiction writer Ted Thompson; creative nonfiction writer Kao Kalia Yang, screenwriter Wenonah Wilms, and playwright Andrew Rosendorf.

In addition, nine graduating MFA students will be giving public readings of their works: Monica Birrenkott, Allyson Dwyer, Michael Ferraro, Gina Musto, Ciara Hall, Roz Perry, Ryan Purdy, Eric Rasmussen and Robby Steltz.

We invite you to join us for the following readings/screenings/discussions and receptions, at which our visiting writers will be available to sign their works. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Sateren Auditorium
Film Screening of “Waabooz” with Visiting Screenwriter Wenonah Wilms

Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Sateren Auditorium
Visiting Fiction Writer Ted Thompson

Friday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m. in Hagfors 150
Celebration of Heid Erdrich’s anthology NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS with Graywolf Press

Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Sateren Auditorium
Thesis Reading from Graduating Writers
Eric Rasmussen, Fiction
Allyson Dwyer, Playwriting
Ryan L. Purdy, Fiction
Rosalind Mariah Perry, Poetry

Saturday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Hagfors 150
Panel: INAPPROPRIATE: A Talk About Cultural Appropriation with Sun Yung Shin, Rhiana Yazzie, and A. Rafael Johnson, moderated by Heid E. Erdrich

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