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New University Course Survey ready to use

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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.

Be Our Guest on Thursday, January 10 at 1:00 PM

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Dear Faculty:

The Library, CLASS Office, and IT are at your service! Four stations will be set up focusing on ways to make your course content accessible. Please stop in at The Commons on the 1st floor of the Lindell Library to rotate through the stations, grab a cup of hot chocolate, take-away hot tips, and some cheer as we prepare for the upcoming term.

1. 5 Things for Creating Accessible Documents
2. New academic department “branded” Moodle Templates based on CLEAN Design
3. E-books, Databases, Articles, Streaming video services with captioning
4. Sign up to meet one-on-one with a Librarian, Liaison for Computing, or CLASS Liaison

General Announcements

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Sale at the Bookstore

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Faculty and Staff, this week Wednesday through Friday is the faculty/staff appreciation sale. All regular priced clothing, trade books, gifts and school spirit merchandise will be 40% off. I hope you have your list and have checked it twice because it is a perfect time to do your holiday shopping, plus a great opportunity to get some new Augsburg University gear for yourself! . Take advantage of this great discount as a thank you for your support of the bookstore throughout the year.

Shop during store hours:
Wednesday December 12: 9am – 5pm
Thursday December 13: 9am – 5pm
Friday December 14: 9am – 5pm

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: deadline Jan. 18, 2019

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Students can now apply for the 2018-19 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2019, in the following areas:
1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found at the 2019 NASA Scholarship Cover Letter. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

Questions? Please contact STEM Programs at

RA & Lead Applications Extended

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The deadline for the application to be an RA or Lead for the Department of Residence Life has been extended to December 21st at 11:59pm! Come join our fabulous team! For more information, please read below:

“Are you a student looking for leadership opportunities? Has your RA or Lead inspired you to want to lead a community of residents? Then apply to join our 2019-2020 Residence Life team!

Apply to be a Resident Advisor or a Lead staff member for the 2019-2020 academic year! Although the position comes with great responsibility, it comes with the opportunity to develop professionally and looks great on resumes, regardless of your future goals. Lead and RA applications are due December 21st. To apply, please visit Handshake through Inside Augsburg.”

12 Days of Gratitude

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Calling all Auggies!! Share what you are grateful for during 12 Days of Gratitude.

Augsburg’s virtual gratitude jar ( will be open from now until December 21st, for all Auggies to share what they are grateful for–big or small. Statements of gratitude made here will be shared at the start of 2019 through Augsburg Wellbeing (hint, hint: we’re re-branding!). This will give us a moment to reflect on the good, and feel grateful for what was, while looking forward to 2019. Gratitude statements will be shared anonymously unless otherwise requested by the statement writer. The form will be open for the 12 days leading up to the holiday break (from now through December 21st).

Examples of gratitude statements (obviously, specific to me–yours will look different!): I am grateful for my HR team and all the work they do to support Augsburg.

Augsburg’s Virtual Gratitude Jar

Event Announcements

Focused Conversations: TODAY and TOMORROW

Here is the agenda for the Focused Conversations today and tomorrow on Augsburg’s ongoing diversity, inclusion, and equity work:

[1] Augsburg’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, including feedback from participants – presented by Joanne Reeck, chief diversity officer.

[2] Chief Student Success Officer Katie Bishop will provide an update regarding Augsburg’s equity work in support of student success – presented Katie Bishop, chief student success officer.

[3] The work of the Accessibility Subcommittee — which is part of the University Council structure as a subcommittee of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity University Committee — presented by Ann Garvey, vice president for Student Affairs, and Kathy McGillivray, director of the CLASS Office.

The sessions are: Wednesday (TODAY), Dec. 12, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room (remote access available)
Thursday (TOMORROW), Dec. 13, 2 p.m., Oren 100

The remote access link for Wednesday is available on the All Hands page.

Peace Scholar Info Session

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The 2019 Peace Scholar program sends two Augsburg students to Norway for a 6 week program built around developing dialogue skills. The program is open to current sophomores and juniors of all majors. The application requirements can be found on the Peace Scholar website and applications can be completed through the Augsburg Center for Global Education Website under the program title “Augsburg Peace Scholars in Norway.”

An info session will take place Wednesday, December 12th at 6:00pm in OGC 100 for all interested students. Kristian Evans, one of last year’s Peace Scholars from Augsburg, will answer questions about the program for students interested in applying.

Peace Scholar Website

Study Abroad this summer

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Travel and earn credit this summer! Options around the world and the USA to help you get ahead on credits and graduation requirements. Every program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too! Apply by January 31!

May 12-27, 2019, choose one or two courses:
• PSY 205: Culture and Psychology, Fulfills Social & Behavioral Sciences LAF
• EDC 490/580: School and Society

May 13-29, 2019
• THR 295: Art Performing Social Change, fulfills Fine Arts LAF
• Scholarships available

May 13-27, 2019
• PHY101: Astronomy, fulfills Natural Sciences LAF

May 18 – June 2, 2019, choose a history & an art course:
• HIS 195 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands, fulfills Humanities Gen Ed, or
• HIS 440: upper level elective for history majors
• ART 133: Intro to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts Gen Ed
• ART 333: Advanced Digital Photography

July 9-22, 2019, choose one course:
• MUS 374 or 475: Practicum
• MUS 582: Transcultural Mus. Therapy II
• MUS 511: Practicum

Multiple 3-week course blocks, May to August
• Spanish classes, beginning to advanced: fulfills Modern Language Gen Ed, or electives for Spanish Majors and Minors
• SPA/ART 231: fulfills Fine Arts Gen Ed
• Internship and Independent Research opportunities
• Scholarships available

June 5 – July 21, 2019
• SPA 206: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
• INS/SPA 399: Internship, Medical Observership
• Scholarships available

Learn more and apply online

Monday, December 17 – Late Night Breakfast

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It’s late and it’s breakfast! Monday, Dec. 17, 9:30pm to 10:45pm, Christensen Center, Commons. Free to students with Augsburg ID. Provided by A’viand’s food service.

Students are invited/encouraged to bring items to donate to Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard to help support other Augsburg students throughout the holidays.

Needed items include:
-Personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, tampons, etc.)
-Snack foods (granola bars, trail mix, chips, crackers, etc.)
-Jars of peanut butter and other nut butters
-Sandwich bread
-Canned chicken
-Jars of pasta sauce

Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe

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Join Campus Ministry, Augsburg Latin American Students and Latinx Student Services, Religion Department, and Augsburg University Student Ministry in celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe today 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.” Tamales served after.

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Interfaith Discussion on Religion and Oppression

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The Power of Religion: For Oppression and For Liberation

Thursday, December 13th 6:30-8:30

Cedar Commons (2001 Riverside Ave. S, below Trinity offices)

Join us for a meal and conversation as we engage the topic of religion as a tool for perpetuating oppression, as well as a powerful force towards liberation.

* What makes religion so susceptible to use as a tool of violence and control?

* How do organizations with power hijack or manipulate religion to carry out oppression in the name of their faith?

* Why and how does certain theology try to explain away suffering, justify oppression and quell courageous resistance?

* How, instead, can religion fuel the work of liberation?

Hosted by: Augsburg Interfaith Scholars and Interfaith @ Cedar Commons

RVSP to the Facebook book event down below! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

RVSP to the Facebook event

Learn why thousands of Hondurans walked to the US border.

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Why are they coming?
Learn why thousands of Hondurans walked to the US border.

Music, poetry, education and action. Free event. Material Aid option. Español.

Sunday, December 16, 2018
3:30 – 5:30 pm
3715 Chicago Ave So, Minneapolis (CTUL Building)

Presenters include:
Roy G. Guzmán, Poet
Mara Mendez, Political Scientist
Pablo Tapia, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles
Luna, caravan participant
Marco Dávila, Immigrant Movement for Justice
Music: Rumba Eterna

Host: Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana
A coalition of individual and over 30 organizations united to support caravan refugees.
To endorse:, 651-224-7308. Interpretacion en español.

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Keeping Track of Auggies

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