Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

No Postings

Teaching and Learning

Tuesday Tech Tip: Evaluating Oral Presentations

submitted by

Instructors, if you use a rubric for evaluating oral presentations, consider converting this into a Moodle rubric or grading guide to help streamline your grading process. You can record your feedback on a laptop during the presentation. Upon clicking “Save,” Moodle adds up the score, enters the grade into the gradebook, and alerts the student to check for your comments. For more on creating a Moodle rubric, see For grading guides, see


submitted by

Data Visualization as an Ethical Act: Data visualization is not a new concept, but in today’s data-rich world we rely on visualization to make meaningful connections to our professional work and personal lives. How do we discern the intent and intentionality of a data visualization? This presentation will showcase visualizations spanning from the 19th century to today and beyond.

Remember to grab your coffee and head to HC 151 by 3:20 for your seat at tomorrow’s EDTalk with John Zobitz! For more about the EDTalks and other CTL events, check out our website.

Zoom: Meeting ID 987-896-017

Wednesday, December 5th | EDTalk with John Zobitz | 3:20-3:35 pm, HC 151


Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Session: TODAY

submitted by

Upcoming URGO Summer Research Info Session:
December 4th (today!) @ 6pm in OGC 100

Get the scoop on writing a strong application! And pizza!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2019 to be eligible.

In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact to set up an appointment.

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

submitted by

URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

submitted by

Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446

New University Course Survey ready for use

submitted by

The new University Course Survey is now in the hands of students. Remember that the recently faculty-approved form is shorter and focuses squarely on student perceptions of their course experiences. Faculty are expected to dedicate 5-10 minutes of class time to completing the form. Be sure to let students know ahead of time (and post on your Moodle site) so they can bring a mobile device; since forms are voluntary, the faculty member must leave the room for this activity. A recommended protocol is included in a message from the University Course Survey system. Using class time boosts response rates to an acceptable level, thus poor response rates are likely to be a failure to follow this protocol.

We also encourage good practice in having faculty collect their own customized data on pedagogy, assignments, and recommendations for future changes in the course using Moodle or pen and paper during class time.

Questions can be directed to Scott Krajewski, or Diane Pike, Chairs are asked to please make sure all adjunct faculty are informed about and supported in this process.

Thank you.

General Announcements

Need an elective for Spring?

submitted by

If you are still looking for Spring classes AIS is offering the following courses:
• AIS 105 Introduction to American Indian Studies (fulfills a humanities LAF and a Culture and Social Justice elective) MWF 11:10-12:20

• AIS 264 American Indians in the Cinema (fulfills an AIS, film, or Culture and Social Justice elective) T-TH 1:50-3:30 pm

• AIS 405 Indigenous Activism and Resistance in the Americans (fulfills AIS uppder division elective, Keystone and Culture and Social Justice upper division course) MWF 1:50-3:00 pm

American Indian Studies

Dean of Arts & Sciences Opening

submitted by

The search committee invites the Augsburg community to help identify candidates for the Dean of Arts and Sciences position. We encourage you to share this career opportunity with your networks:

As a resource, we also include a sample email for you to complete and send to anyone you think might be interested in the position:

Please contact the search committee chair, Stacy Freiheit, with questions at x1200 or

Thank you!

Augsburg Day Student Government: Draft Action Plan on Current Institutional Climate and Survey

submitted by

Please see the draft action plan regarding Augsburg’s institutional climate, created by members of Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG).

Draft Action Plan:

This document has four sections: what feedback has come from students, what is currently being addressed by non-ADSG parties, what changes ADSG wants to see occur, and ADSG actions/communications/timeline.

Student feedback that was gathered during a panel-led discussion held on November 29th titled “What’s Next?” by ADSG. The panel-led discussion consisted of the Student Body President facilitating discussion and six other representatives of ADSG responding to ideas and interests presented by students. Students who were in attendance voiced their expectations of ADSG and the university’s administration.

Here is a link to a survey that students may fill out with any further comments, feedback, ideas or concerns.


Draft Action Plan

Event Announcements

December Focused Conversations: Next Week (Wednesday and Thursday)

submitted by

The December Focused Conversations will focus on three areas of Augsburg’s diversity and inclusion work:

First, Chief Diversity Officer Joanne Reeck will provide an in-depth review of how Augsburg’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program has grown and discuss feedback from participants about how the program has helped them in their ongoing work at Augsburg.

In addition, the Focused Conversation will include an update from Chief Student Success Officer Katie Bishop regarding Augsburg’s equity work in support of student success.

Finally, Ann Garvey, vice president for Student Affairs, and Kathy McGillivray, Director of the CLASS Office, will provide a brief overview of the Accessibility Subcommittee—which is part of the University Council structure as a subcommittee of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity University Committee.

The sessions are:
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room (remote access available)
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m., Oren 100 (note change from standard schedule)

For the remote access link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page

DPS Update Presentation—TOMORROW

submitted by

Wednesday, December 5 | 1–2 p.m.
Christensen Center, Marshall Room

Staff Senate is hosting a presentation by Scott Brownell, director of public safety and risk management, who will be leading a 45 minute update on the Department of Public Safety. He’ll be discussing:
• 2018 Annual Security Report
• Campus Trends
• Parking Updates
• CampusShield Safety App
• Q&A

Add event to your calendar

Limited employee discounted tickets available now for the Sesquicentennial Gala

submitted by

Join us at the Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27, an unprecedented event to begin a full year of festivities honoring who we’ve been and who we’re becoming. We would love to see faculty and staff attend this momentous occasion to celebrate and be celebrated as a part of Augsburg’s history.
This special evening will include a reception to connect with friends and alumni, dinner, and dancing!

Buy Tickets Here

It’s Model UN application time

submitted by

Apply now to take the spring semester Model UN course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the 59th Midwest Model United Nations from February 20-23, 2019, held in St. Louis, Missouri.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in February. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

For more information about the course, contact professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to St. Louis.

Apply by December 7

Model UN Course & Program Info and Application

Summer Study Abroad/Away Fair – Monday, Dec. 10

submitted by

Want to travel and earn credits this summer? Want to learn more about your many program options? Yes? Then come to the:

Monday, Dec. 10
11am to 2pm
Christensen Center

We will have information about the many program options, as well as advisors and program leaders on hand to answer your questions!

See you next week!

Summer Abroad/Away Program Options and Information

Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe

submitted by

Join Campus Ministry, Augsburg Latin American Students and Latinx Student Services in celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe on Wednesday, December 12, in chapel at 10:40am. “Our Lady of Guadalupe has become an eminent image throughout Latin American and even North America and is often seen as an advocate for migrants and vulnerable populations across the Americas.” Bring any images of the Virgin you may have to join the display. Tamales served after.

Learn more.

Farewell gathering for Jon Vaughan-Fier

submitted by

Please join the Center for Wellness & Counseling staff in saying goodbye to Jon Vaughan-Fier, who will be leaving Augsburg at the end of the fall semester after 11 years. A gathering celebrating Jon and his time here at Augsburg will be held in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) on Friday 12/7/18 from 3 – 4:30 pm with a brief program at 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Please stop by as you are able to do so. Jon’s last day will be December 21, 2018.

Keeping Track of Auggies

No Postings