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Discussion on Wednesday: What is Digital Scholarship

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Open invitation for anyone curious about digital scholarship* (DS) to gather on Wednesday, August 15 from 1- 2:00 PM in Lindell 202.

Possible topics:

1. What is digital scholarship? How is it different from traditional scholarship?
2. What is the difference between “digital humanities” and “digital scholarship”?
3. What types of digital scholarship work is already happening on campus?
4. What ideas do you have for digital scholarship projects? Are any of them interdisciplinary? Do they have the potential to reach beyond the boundaries of the campus?
5. What tools and resources are available to the Augsburg community for creating these types of projects?
6. What DS examples might serve as useful resources for your courses?
7. What marketable skills could students gain from working on DS projects?

*Some examples of digital scholarship include:

• storytelling platforms
• a gallery of primary resources
• data visualizations
• mapping projects
• network visualizations
• computer-aided text analysis
• long-form, media-rich narratives
• getting published on

General Announcements

Sad News About a Colleague

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It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news that Michelle Nies passed away from cancer on August 9. Despite her illness, Michelle remained committed to her job and led by example. She was a strong champion of the work her staff does to create the best physical environment for our students, faculty and staff. Her positive approach to life was evident and has impacted us all.

For the past five years, Michelle served the Augsburg community first as the Custodial Services Supervisor and later as the Custodial Services Manager. Michelle also served on staff senate for two years and participated on a variety of committees during her time at Augsburg.

For many years, she was an active board member of the MN chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association. In 2017, Michelle received her bachelors degree from Metro State University. However, her biggest source of pride was her son, Christopher, who is a student at Augsburg and on the Dean’s List.

We are grateful for Michelle’s many contributions to the Augsburg community. Our heartfelt prayers go out to Michelle’s husband, Paul, her son Christopher, and her extended family.

The funeral service will be at 10 AM Saturday, August 18 at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 W. Roselawn Avenue. Visitation will be from 9-10 AM prior to the service at church.

Augsburg will also have a gathering for a time of remembrance in the coming month. Additional details will be shared as soon as they become available.

Beth Reissenweber

TODAY – Minnesota Primary Elections – Tues., August 14

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Today, Tues., Aug. 14, is the Minnesota primary election.
Students who live on campus and are eligible to vote may vote in Minnesota elections and the Minneapolis precinct where Augsburg is located. Augsburg has provided the City of Minneapolis Board of Elections the list of resident students and Minnesota has same-day voter registration.

For more information, go to the Minnesota Secretary of state website,

Augsburg is the host for the Minneapolis precinct where it is located.

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.

Garden Open Mic Night 8/14

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Hi everyone! Come join us at the Augsburg University Community Garden for a night of food, music and story sharing! Festivities start at 5 pm. We will have some food prepared, but feel free to bring a dish to share! There will be crafts for the kids and they are welcome to perform too! This is an open mic event so come with a song, poem or story you’d like to perform! Or just come and enjoy the evening with us. We hope to see you there!

Event Announcements

Meet with a TIAA Advisor this month

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Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, August 21 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, August 23 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Augsburg Total Wellness: School Supply Drive

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The academic year is basically around the corner, which means kiddos–and young adults–are starting to get excited (and maybe a little nervous) for their first day back at school.

To kick off the academic year, Augsburg Total Wellness is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to feel good, by doing good. All donations will be delivered to People Serving People. This non-profit organization is located in Minneapolis. As the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota, your donations will have a huge impact in our community. Learn more about People Serving People at their website:

Thousands of students across the country are heading back to school in just a few short weeks. Let’s help make sure each and every one has the supplies they need to be successful! From August 13th to August 31st, donations will be accepted in Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 19.

The supplies that are most requested (new items only) are listed below:

#2 Pencils
alarm clocks
colored pencils
crayons-24 pack
pencil box
pencil sharpener
school bags/backpacks
scissors–youth size
washable markers

Questions? Contact Nicole at

16th Annual Redeemer Block Party on Wednesday

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16th Annual Block Party in the Harrison Neighborhood, North Minneapolis
An annual gathering promoting community, health, and fun

Everyone from throughout the Metro is invited to the 16th Annual Block Party on August 15, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Party will be at Redeemer, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis. Join us for free, delicious foods, including produce from the community garden and fresh, homemade pizza from the Harrison neighborhood outdoor bread oven. Enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and activities for every age, all individuals, and entire families.

The “Annual Block Party brings neighbors together in an event that inspires and grows wonderful relationships and ongoing engagement among North Minneapolis neighbors and friends from surrounding communities,” says Kelly Chatman, Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, which has been a vital part of the Harrison neighborhood for over 100 years and its non-profit partner, Redeemer Center for Life, has been active there nearly 20 years. “With our neighbors and partners, Redeemer offers attainable housing, health programs, and entrepreneurial opportunities that break the cycle of poverty and open a door to new possibilities, adds Chatman. “Together, we advance the vision of a beloved community, where everybody matters, each child is valued, and the world is a place of safety and belonging.”

For further information:
Contact Redeemer at 612.374.4139 or
See Facebook at
Contact Mary Simonson Clark at 612.636.5104 or

Redeemer’s Block Party Facebook page

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