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Digital Learning Forum Meeting on Trends in eLearning at STELAR on Sept. 10

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Digital Learning Forum (DLF)

Our September 10th meeting will focus on Best Practices in eLearning.

Note: Due to the interactive nature of the presentation, this meeting will not be webcast. Plan now to attend in person.


Topic: Trends (Best Practices ) in eLearning

Date: Monday, September 10th


6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program

Let’s begin the program year with a panel discussion of best practices in eLearning. Our panelists may share examples of effective and ineffective eLearning courses that they have developed over the years. It’ll be an evening to inspire, learn and network.

In the discussion we will:
Identify what design elements make eLearning courses an effective way to train a lot of users in a short period of time.
Assess a variety of sample eLearning courses to determine effectiveness.

Digital Learning Forum Website

Apply for Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

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Applications for Augsburg’s Mayo Innovations Scholar Program are now available on the URGO website! This program is highly competitive and is primarily designed for juniors and seniors.

What is MISP?
In the process of conducting research, Mayo Clinic scientists have developed new products that may be marketable. These products are submitted to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property (OIP) for a thorough investigation of marketability. The OIP has a significant backlog of products to be investigated. One of the backlogged products or inventions is assigned to each MISP team for investigative research and formal presentation at Mayo Clinic.

Augsburg’s team will consist of an MBA student, 3 undergraduate science students, 1 undergraduate business/economics student, and a Licensing Manager from the Mayo Clinic OIP. The team will work together to understand the science and applications of the projects or innovations and analyze the market potential. Each undergraduate student on the team will receive $1,000. Teams will begin work during October and the final presentations will be in March.

To Apply:
Applications can be found on the URGO website. Completed applications must be submitted to by Thursday, September 20th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at, 612-330-1441, or stop in at Hagfors Center 101.

General Announcements

Admissions is Hiring

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Looking for work on campus? Consider applying to work in the Admissions Office!

We are looking for energetic, outgoing and responsible students to fill the positions of Auggie Ambassador and Overnight Host.

Find all the details on Inside Augsburg by going to On-Campus Student Jobs and searching “Auggie Ambassador” or “Overnight Host”. Interviews will begin the second week of classes so get your application in fast.

We would love to add you to the Admissions team!

Now Hiring: MNUDL Operations/Administrative Support Position

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Now Hiring: MNUDL Operations/Administrative Support Position
The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is seeking new student employees for the academic year of 2018-2019. Each position will be scheduled to work 10-15 hours per week.

Job Description:

Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:
● Assist admin with clerical tasks (P-Card reconcilement, organizing the office, paper/electronic filing, delivering documents)
● Assist admin with logistics (scheduling buses, scheduling pizza parties for debaters, etc)
● Assist program staff with administrative tasks pre and post-tournament (scanning, filing, assembling judge materials and nametags)
● Volunteer Recruitment: to include tabling, posting recruitment posters, connecting with relevant classes/campus groups
● Other duties as assigned
● Other duties aligned with applicant’s individual strengths


● Be comfortable working with youth and adults
● Be organized and possess excellent interpersonal skills; excellent customer relation skills needed
● Organized, timely communication needed
● Be 18 years of age or older – this is helpful, though most University students will qualify
● Some knowledge of debate, speech, or argumentation helpful but not required
● Be able to self direct, some projects will require working on your own after getting an overview
● Having these skills / experience is helpful – but we are willing to provide training and grow with a candidate

Application Instructions:

To set up an interview contact:
● Genesia Williams, Administrative and Program Assistant
● Email: | Telephone: 612-330-1730
● Foss 18 (Basement)

Learn More About Our Student Position

Got Service Hours Requirements? Volunteer with MN Urban Debate League

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Help diversify the pipeline of future leaders in business, law, and the community at large.

Be a Debate Judge!

We depend on volunteers to judge our high school, middle school, Spanish, and Somali debate tournaments held throughout the Twin Cities.

Judges watch debate rounds and then evaluate teams on arguments, logic and public speaking skills. They are responsible for choosing a winner and providing written feedback on their decisions. No experience is necessary; we provide brief training sessions to go over the basics of policy debate.

Sign up below or email for questions:

Learn More and Sign Up

Music Ensembles – Open to All

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Continue participating in music during your time at Augsburg. Join a choir, band orchestra, jazz ensemble, chamber groups, combos, rock bands, etc.

Music ensembles are open to ALL!

Information and/or Audition Sign-ups:
– Located in the Music Hall between M2 & M3
– Timing: September 4-7

Questions? Stop by the Music Office any time!

Music Department Information

Augsburg Intramurals

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Augsburg Intramural registration for Fall 2018 leagues is now open!! Get your team together for Soccer, Indoor Volleyball, or 3 on 3 basketball. Find the registration link on our Website. Contact with any questions.

Registration will close September 13th.

All leagues will begin the week of September 17th!

Environmental Action Announcements

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Interested in making Augsburg University a more sustainable place? Have practices or concerns you want to see changed around campus?

The Environmental Action Committee is here to listen to your ideas! We are a part of Augsburg Day Student Government focused on making Augsburg and surrounding communities sustainable and resilient, but any students are welcome to join.

Our meetings will be held weekly on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 in the Auggie’s Nest (the basement of Christensen Center) with our first meeting this upcoming Monday, September 10th.

In addition, the Green Fund is now open for Grant Requests! If you or your club have an initiative that is environmentally centered, you may submit a request. More information can be found via the link attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Skye Rygh (

Environmental Action Project Grant Application

Important information regarding upcoming Jewish holidays

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Sunday, September 9, Rosh Hashannah begins at sundown.

Monday, September 10 is the first day of Rosh Hashannah. Some American Jews celebrate for one day, others for two.

Tuesday, September 11 is the second day of Rosh Hashannah for some Jews.

Tuesday, September 18, Yom Kippur begins an hour before sundown. some families eat their meal at 4:00 p.m. in order to make it in time for the biggest prayer of the year in the synagogue.

Yom Kippur ends around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, at which point we eat a big meal and usually collapse for the night. Many Jews dress all in white for this holiday and many stay in synagogue all day.

Sukkot begins at sundown on Sunday, September 23, and the first two days are “Holy Days” where some Jews don’t work, use electricity, engage in commerce. We build a sukkah (booth) and eat most of our meals there for 8 days, even if it rains or snows.

Sukkot ends at sundown on either on Monday, October 1 or Tuesday, October 2 depending on personal observance. Again, a majority of American Jews do not celebrate this holiday or even know what it’s about.

Event Announcements

Monday/Tuesday: Focused Conversations on Sesquicentennial Planning

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Join the Focused Conversation on Monday and Tuesday to learn about plans in the works for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Augsburg’s founding, which will be celebrated during the 2019-20 academic year.

The sessions will be hosted by the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee: Co-chairs Darcey Engen ’88, Theater Department professor, and Jeff Swenson ’79, athletic director, along with Katie Code ’01, director of alumni and constituent relations, and Jodi Collen, senior director of University Events.

Date, time, place:
Monday, September 10, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room (remote access link will be provided Monday)
Tuesday, September 11, 10 a.m., Marshall Room

2018-19 All Hands and Focused Conversations schedule (login required)

Help make the Peace Meal sustainable and atmospheric

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Help crowdsource candles and vases for the PEACE MEAL on September 14, 2018. The PEACE MEAL will take place during the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and is a curated experience designed to promote dialogue, reflection and human connection by sharing food around a common, collectively decorated table.


– medium-sized vases that can hold small bouquets of flowers (any color or shape – 40 total needed)
– votive glasses to hold tea lights (clear or white glass, no colors – 200 total needed)


You can drop off your loan collection at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Office (Memorial Hall 20) on the following days:

– Thursday, September 6, 9am-12pm
– Monday, September 10, 9am-12pm
– Tuesday, September 11, 9am-12pm

Please put a label with your name on the bottom if you would like your item(s) back. If you would like to donate your item(s), we will gladly use it/them for the series of community dinners that will be happening on campus in the process of developing the new Environmental Action Plan.

Reach out to Esther Seha at

Membrane Biophysics Talk: Lipids as a Material for Nanomedicine

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Dr. Sherry Leung (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) will be speaking to PHY 317 on Monday, September 10, 8:00 AM, in Hagfors 109. Dr. Leung is a membrane biophysicist and will be discussing lipids as a material in nanomedicine. The talk is open to the public. Abstract below.

Abstract: Nanomedicine is the medical application of nano-sized materials and devices. Despite the numerous advances in the development of soft materials for nanomedicine, the number of systems that have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is surprisingly low. The majority of FDA approved nano-drug delivery systems are based on liposomes – a hollow spherical shell made up of a lipid bilayer. In addition to liposomes, the amphiphilic nature of lipids also allows them to self-assemble into other more complex structures. These other structures have a number of desirable properties for nanomedicine such as i) high surface-to-volume ratio, ii) capacity to encapsulate high loads of hydrophobic and hydrophilic solutes, as well as iii) membrane fusion properties that facilitate delivery. I will talk about my research on developing lipid materials for gene therapy applications.

Interested in Biology? First Tri-Beta Meeting 9/12/18

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If you are interested in biology, come to Tri-Beta’s first meeting! We will be meeting in Hagfors 211 on Wednesday September 12th during chapel time (10:35am-11:00am).

Tri-Beta is a biological honors society! We complete mini service projects, promote student research on campus and create community in the biological sciences. You don’t have to be a biology major to come to our meetings, everyone is welcome! If you have questions, feel free to email Holly Kundel at

We hope to see you there!

Strommen Series: The State of Health in Minnesota

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Rosemond Owens, Director of Health Equity | Diversity and Inclusion for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will speak to The Ecology of Human Suffering nursing class on September 10th.

If you are looking for a speaker for your class please contact the Strommen Center.


Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation, but those advantages don’t accrue to all. The fact is, our gap in health outcomes is among the greatest in the nation, with communities of color and American Indian communities usually facing the worst inequities. The face of Minnesota is changing. Our state will lose its healthy edge – and its way forward – if we don’t meet the needs of diverse communities and changing demographics.

Lately everyone is talking about health equity, while health inequities have been with us for generations. People experiencing inequities are often blamed for their predicaments, while health inequities are often caused by unfair treatment and systemic injustices such as structural and institutional racism.

Rosemond Sarpong Owens makes a compelling and urgent case for building equity into policies and practice. With her wide-ranging experience in public health, health equity and cultural competency, Rosemond brings a multifaceted perspective to this issue. She will provide insight on the many promising practices that can combat health inequities, including how Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has created tools to embed equity in its policies and practices.

In this session, attendees will:
• Obtain a shared definition of health equity      
• Understand what causes health inequities
• Understand strategies for advancing health equity   
• Discuss effective resources and strategies in providing culturally competent care, including the LEARN Model

Presenter: Rosemond Sarpong Owens, Director of Health Equity | Diversity and Inclusion

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position

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Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position
The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester and middle schoolers next semester.

You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.

Job Duties:

● Post signage and tournament information throughout building
● Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
● Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
● Help greet volunteers
● Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots
Job Qualifications:

● Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
● Pass a background check
● Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
● Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

2018 – 2019 shifts are now open!

Questions? Email, call 612-330-1730, or visit us in our office (Foss 18).

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