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Teaching and Learning

Creating Inclusive Environments for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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This workshop provides information about neurodiversity and inclusion. This session aims to promote understanding of the key defining characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate development of more inclusive and equitable learning environments for the adult learner.

Wednesday, April 10th | Creating Inclusive Environments for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder | 1:50-3:00 pm, OGC 113

RSVP for “Creating Inclusive Environments…”

Experiential Education Resources on New Website

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In 2017-2018, one of the university-wide strategic initiatives focused on experiential education. In addition to listening sessions, this work included the development of an experiential education definition, resource curation, and the development of a website.

The Experiential Education website is now available with a variety of resources for your use. Get an overview of experiential education, read about its history at Augsburg, and view a curated list of resources for incorporating experiential education into your work!

Visit the experiential education website to learn more.

General Announcements

Students: Summer Work Opportunity in Human Resources

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The Human Resources department is looking to hire a student worker for the summer of 2019 and into the 2019-2020 academic year. The position will be scheduled to work approximately 40 hours per week during the summer. The position will also be able to roll into the academic year at 10 hours per week.

This position is ideal for a quick learner with a can do attitude, who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment. The primary focus of this position will be on assisting with the college-wide student employment process, but this position also supports the work of the entire department. This means that student employee can/will interact with all members of the department. In addition to providing general office support (excellent customer service, copying, faxing, mail distribution, filing, data entry) there is also a variety of projects that the HR department works on which may allow for new experiences. Confidentiality and dependability are essential.

If interested, please apply through Handshake.

TIAA Financial Consultants on Campus – Schedule a private consultation

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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.

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, March 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, March 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

You can use the link below to sign up or call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Space is limited, so please register soon!

For questions, please contact Nicole at

Schedule your appointment here!

Food Lab Closed for Spring Break

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Hi all,
The food lab will be closed over spring break. Open hours will resume Wednesday after spring break! Remember that open hours are as follows:
Wednesday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm
Stop by and check it out or come cook with Rachel or Nell!
email with any questions.
Have a great spring break!

Welcome New CLASS Disability Specialist

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Please join the CLASS/Disability Resources office in extending a warm welcome to Cassie Charles, our new disability specialist. Most recently, Cassie was a case manager at People Inc. where she supported people with a variety of disabilities. We’re thrilled to have her as an Auggie, so please stop by the Gage Center and say hi or send her an email at

Gen Ed Proposal Q&A

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The General Education Team will be offering Q&A sessions regarding the Revised Gen Ed Proposal. You are welcome to attend one or all of the following:

Tuesday, March 26th: 3:45-5:00 in the Marshall Room
Monday, April 1st: 9:30-10:45 in OGC 100
Wednesday, April 3rd: 3:15-4:30 in HC 150A
Monday, April 8th: 9:30-10:45 in the Marshall Room

In addition to the in-person sessions, you can ask questions and/or submit your comments via the online form linked below. If you provide an email address, you will receive a response to your question(s) from a member of the Gen Ed Team as quickly as time allows. Questions given without a contact will be posted with follow-up as we move forward. Comments and questions will be shared with the Augsburg community via Q&A sessions, faculty meetings, and other communications. For reference this link will take you to the Google Folder containing information on the Gen Ed Revisions:

Questions/Comments Regarding the Revised General Education Proposal

Faculty Scholarship Display

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10th from 11:45am to 12:30pm in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than May 1) using the form linked below.

Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (

All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 am to set up.

The faculty recognition luncheon and program begins in the chapel at 12:30.

Friday, May 10th | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 am-12:30 pm, FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

Jennifer Forsthoefel: The Exercise of Writing, S2E7 of The Augsburg Podcast

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The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff. We hope this is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Subscribe on Itunes.

Listen Here to Jennifer Forsthoefel: The Exercise of Writing

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for March

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Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at

Event Announcements

Staff Spring Social set for May 21

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Join the Augsburg community in celebrating the work of its staff during the past academic year. Food and drink will be provided and door prizes will be given away.

Staff Spring Social
Tuesday, May 21
3-5 p.m. | The Quad

If raining location will change to the Hagfors Center Lobby/150. Email with any questions.

Add this event to my calendar.

AWAKE: A Dream From Standing Rock

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Augsburg Native American Film Series and Myron Dewey present Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock on March 29, 2019. The film AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.” Myron Dewey ( Newe-Numah/ Paiute-Shoshone from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Agui Diccutta Band and Temoke Shoshone)–filmmaker, professor, historical trauma trainer and journalist–will present the film, which he worked on, and talk about what has happened since the action and to the water protectors and other Indigenous activists.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, 2200 Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion will follow
This event is free to the public
For parking permits contact M. Elise Marubbio at Permits are limited in number.

Augsburg Native American Film Series

A Conversation with First Lady Gwen Walz and Gay Rights Advocate Randy Florke

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Randy Florke will speak about the gay rights movement in a conversation with Gwen Walz, an advocate in her own right for equality, public education, and prison education. Walz is the wife of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and recently began working at Augsburg. Walz and Florke met when they were both Congressional spouses. Florke is married to New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Program with Q and A
8:30 p.m. Reception
Where: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg University
2200 7 1/2 Street S., Minneapolis

*Video taping is prohibited to maintain a safe space for dialogue.

Get tickets at this link. Admission is free.

Amundsen’s Expeditions: Film Screening March 27 – Sateren Auditorium

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On Wednesday, March 27, Norway Hub will alongside Amundsen Sport, Sons of Norway and the Honorary Consulate General of Norway host a privat screening of Amundsen, the newly released film of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Place: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall

AMUNDSEN is a dramatized biopic movie about an unknown man from impoverished Norway who became one of the greatest polar explorer the world has ever seen. He was the first to reach the South Pole and the first individual to reach both the North and the South Poles.


There will be a pre-movie reception that includes a raffle to win Amundsen Sport gear. Ann Bancroft will provide us with a description of her own expeditions including her polar experiences.

Contact Bettine Hoff Hermanson with questions: x1378

Eventbrite Registration (required)

Teacher Burnout – Education Department Town Hall Meeting

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Join the students from Public Achievement in welcoming Mitch Pearlstein, Founder and American Experiment Senior Fellow & Brenda Cassellius, past Commissioner of Education to a conversation about The Dying Dream. Held in the Kennedy Center, room 305 on Wednesday, April 3rd @ 7pm-8:30pm, we will have a much needed discussion about the politics behind the growing burnout rate among teachers. See you there!

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“Passage” (A Staged Reading) is Seeking Actors and a Director

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My name is Halle Chambers. For a little over a year now, I have been writing a historical fiction play called “Passage” about Swedish immigration to Minnesota in the late nineteenth century. This semester, I will be presenting a staged reading of my play for theatrical honors. I am currently looking for anyone who might be interested in being a part of the project.

In “Passage,” we follow a small Swedish family from beginning to end of their journey to America. The story mostly centers on the son, Björn, who acts as the main narrator, chronicling the family’s journey in a journal. Many characters are double-cast for effect:

BJÖRN: Son. Early teens. Main Narrator. Also KIM
JACOB: Father.
CAROLINA: Daughter. 6-8 years old
KRISTINA: LYDIA’s younger sister. Left Sweden in earlier wave. Lives in Minnesota . Family’s connection in America. Also EMMA
LARS: Good Samaritan. Also DOCTOR/DRAGON
KIM: BJÖRN’s great-grandson. Also BJÖRN
EMMA: KIM’s older cousin and BJÖRN’s great-granddaughter. Also KRISTINA.
SOLVEIG: KIM and EMMA’s grandmother, and BJÖRN’s granddaughter. Also LYDIA
TEACHER: Strict authoritarian educator. Historically, likely male. Also NÄCKEN
NÄCKEN: “male water spirits who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown.’” Also TEACHER
DOCTOR: Helps family in emergency. Also LARS/DRAGON
VOICE: offstage voice. Also reads stage directions
DRAGON: Figure of CAROLINA’s imagination. Also LARS/DOCTOR

Currently, I’m looking for people to who might be interested, but rehearsals start the week after Spring Break, so I will need firm commitment ASAP. This will be a staged reading, and will have less time commitment than a full play. I’m especially interested in anyone who might want to play BJÖRN/KIM, as well as anyone who could direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting. If you are interest, my email is