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Discussion on Digital Scholarship: TODAY@ 1 PM in Lindell 202

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Open invitation for anyone curious about digital scholarship (DS).

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

Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota – Facilitated Discussion

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One in five US adults aged 18 or older experience mental illness in a given year. Like most schools, Augsburg is seeing the impact of this trend on our students, both in and out of the classroom.

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning in their sponsored event viewing the brand new exhibit: Mental Health: Mind Matters at the Science Museum of Minnesota, followed by a discussion led by campus staff/faculty on this topic. “This groundbreaking exhibition aims to build a greater understanding of the importance of mental health and create a safe space for important conversations about mental illness. Hands-on experience through the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit brings you closer to the facts, feelings, and issues surrounding this topic that touches so many lives.” – from Science Museum Minnesota website

Attendees will meet at the Science Museum and will be provided free admission to the exhibit. Following the viewing, attendees will engage in a facilitated discussion of how this topic relates to Augsburg University and our students.
9:30-11:00 am Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit viewing
11:15-12:00 pm: Facilitated group discussion at the beautiful St. Paul Public Library (4th floor)
12:00: Lunch on your own, explore the Science Museum more, or return to campus
*Attending this event counts toward the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

RSVP by Thursday, August 20th at the following website:

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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

Your Clutter is Our Bread-and-Butter: Join MNUDL’s Back-to-Debate Supply Drive

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Back-To-School time is Back-To-Debate time, and your office supplies will help prepare our debaters for a great year!

Our growing debate organization serves over 800 students at 42 Twin Cities middle and high schools. We equip students with all the basics needed to become debaters: curriculum, coaches, tournaments – and of course, supplies. As our high school, middle school, Spanish, and Somali debate programs grow, our needs for supplies grows, too!

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies this year. Are any of the following items in your office, waiting to meet a debater?

Our most-needed item:

Expanding file folders/accordion folders

Other helpful items:

3-ring binders
3-hole sheet protectors
2-pocket folders

Your support will help make our debate season a success! If you’d like to join the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please contact us at to arrange your donation.

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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

Posted onAugust 14, 2018
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16th Annual Redeemer Block Party

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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 items hot off the grill, produce from the community garden, fresh roasted corn, homemade pizza from the Harrison neighborhood outdoor bread oven, ice cream and cotton candy. Enjoy a wide variety of live local entertainment including Zumba and music, fun for children including a bounce house, dunk tank, face painting, Spin to Win school supplies, etc. and activities for every age, all individuals, and entire families. There also will be many displays from local organizations including health care providers, community groups, an ambulance, and a fire truck.

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 Redeemer’s Block Party Facebook page
Contact Mary Simonson Clark at 612.636.5104 or

Redeemer’s Block Party Facebook page

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