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An audio roster has arrived in Moodle

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What is an audio roster? An audio roster is a class roster where students and faculty can record themselves saying their name. That way everyone knows how to say each others’ name. It’s important that you record your name even if you think it’s an “easy” name — easy to you may not be easy to someone else.

Faculty can add a “Name Coach Audio Roster” as an activity in their moodle course. See for the steps.

You can record your name on an audio roster in a course in addition to listening to names. You just record your name once and it shows up in any course using the audio roster. You can re-record it whenever you want.

In the coming months we’ll have the name recordings showing up in Records and Registration and elsewhere. Wider communication will happen in the summer when the audio recording is in more places. But for now any faculty who want to start using it are able to do so.

Adding an audio roster to a course

Gen Ed Proposal: Attend a Q&A Session or Submit Your Question via Online Form

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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:

Monday, April 1st: 9:30-10:45 in OGC 100 (ZOOM is available for this session):

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

Attend the Scholarly Writing Retreat for Faculty

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Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday and ends at 1:00 pm on Tuesday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members. If you are interested, please RSVP via the form below.

Sunday, May 19-Tuesday, May 21 | Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN (

RSVP for the Scholarly Writing Retreat

ZOOM Available for TODAY’S Workshop

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For those who are unable to attend the “Day of Action” workshops that are being repeated, we now have links to live stream the events.

Michael Grewe’s session, “Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom” will take place TODAY (March 27th) from 2 pm-3 pm.

Join URL for Today:

On Monday, April 8th, Elaine Eschenbacher and Bob Groven will be offering “Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom” from 1:15-2:30 pm.

Join URL April 8th:

More information on these workshops, as well as other opportunities to be offered through CTL, are available on the page linked below.


Learn About Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum

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Participants in this workshop will be learning to recognize various aspects of class-based values and how they play out in policies and practices both in and out of the classroom. Discussion will further focus on disrupting the class-based norms by exploring alternative ways of thinking and acting.

Wednesday, April 3rd | Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum | 3:10-4:20 pm, OGC 111

RSVP for “Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Classroom”

Introducing the new MA in Education (with food)

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This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch it’s new MA in Education program for classroom teachers and less traditional educators alike (think: museum or outdoor education). This program is 30-31 credits and can be completed in less than 2 years.

On Wednesday April 3rd from 5-6 pm, join program director, Dr. Jason Lukasik for an overview of the program in Hagfors 150 (appetizers provided).
Register for the event here:

Feel free to contact April Johnson ( with any questions.

General Announcements

Vocational Lunch with Ben Stottrup

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Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to attend this spring’s Christensen Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup, Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Physics Department, on Tuesday, April 9th from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Learn More and Register at:

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event. Also note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email before you add the event to your calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or

More about our speaker: Ben Stottrup
Ben Stottrup joined Augsburg’s Physics Department in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed a front row seat to watch and assist Augsburg’s science majors start their careers and pursue their own adventures. While at Augsburg, he has built a research lab focused on biomaterials, soft, and squishy interfaces. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, as well as private donors and foundations. In the classroom, he has taught across nearly the entire physics curriculum with a focus on how experiential education in science labs can build professional skills for students. Through his Science of Food and Cooking course he hopes to share his curiosity and interest in biomaterials to Augsburg’s wider community.

Focus Group Sign-Up: Inclusion/Diversity Study

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Day Students,

You are invited to participate in a focus group examining student experiences with inclusion and diversity within the Augsburg curriculum. This is an important opportunity for you to provide in-depth feedback to the University regarding your experiences in your classes, your majors/minors, the curriculum overall, and student success.

On Sunday, March 31, we will be hosting three different sessions (10:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.). We will meet in Oren 113. Food and beverages will be provided.

If you would like to sign up for a focus group, please click on the link below. On the linked page, you will also find additional information about the purpose of these focus groups as well as what to expect during the focus group itself.

We Want You to be a Part of Augsburg Day Student Government

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Are you interested in running for Augsburg Day Student Government for the 2019-2020 academic year?

To run, simply download a petition, fill it out, and collect the signatures of 10 Day students. You can turn completed petitions into Campus Life (in the Auggie’s Nest) by Friday, April 5 at 4pm. Frequently asked questions can be found on the petition.

Students would be committing to attending Student Government meetings next year on Wednesday nights from approximately 6-8pm.

Student Government is responsible for:

Advocating and addressing issues and concerns on behalf of the Day Student Body to administrators and the outside community
Recognizing student organizations
Allocating budgets and grants to student organizations
Allocating environmental project grants to those on campus
Suggesting projects for improvement on campus
And more
It’s a great way to get involved on campus, build leadership and advocacy skills, and advocate about issues that concern you. Some things that student government has successfully lobbied for the past several years include but are not limited to:

Bike share program on campus (through the Library)
Free universal bus/light rail pass for all students (starting this fall)
Expanded dietary options in the Commons
Remodel of the Student Lounge
Additional staff support for diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University
Compost bins in the residence hall rooms
Additional accessibility panels on doors

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Flores Jaimes (, Day Student Government Elections Committee Chairperson, or Mike Grewe (

Recruiting Participants for New Study

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Participants needed for psychology study on concept associations. $5 compensation for those who take part in the study. Participation will entail taking a computerized test and will take about 20 minutes. If you are interested, please click the link to reserve a time or contact Emilie Tomas at Thank you for your help!

Sign up to be ASAC Board 2019–2020

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Looking for an opportunity to make students’ lives on campus BETTER?


Hey Auggies!
Do you know that YOU can be the NEXT legacy of ASAC?

(?) What do I need to do to get my name placed on the ballot for ASAC President and Vice President?

Well, the President and Vice President must run together as a ticket. In order for a candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot, candidates must complete this petition and turn it into Campus Activities and Orientation in the Auggie’s Nest no later than April 5, 2019.

(?) Hmmm… I wonder… Who is eligible to run?

Any currently registered Day Undergraduate Student at Augsburg University who plans on staying enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year. The president must also have at least a 2.7 minimum grade point average (GPA), the Vice President must have at least a 2.5 minimum GPA, and both must maintain this GPA throughout their tenure on ASAC.

Be Golden and Be ASAC Board of 2019-2020 !!!

Contact us at if you have any question. And feel free to chat with us on our SNS @augsburgASAC !!!

Petition Form can be viewed here !

Staff Recogition Listening Session March 27

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The Staff Recognition Task Force wants to hear from you! We’re looking closely this semester at opportunities to improve Augsburg’s formal recognition programs for staff. What works, what should change, and what can we try that’s new? We’re hosting second listening session March 27th to gather input from the campus community:
Wednesday, March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m., OGC 100
All staff are invited to attend. We hope to see you there.

Staff Senate Member Nominations Due Friday

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Be engaged in the Augsburg community by serving on Staff Senate! For the upcoming 2019–20 school year, there are four Staff Senate seats available: three elected positions and one at-large position. If you’d like to become a senator or nominate a colleague, complete the nomination form by Friday, March 29. Nominees will be contacted by April 3rd and the election will be live from April 4–11.

All nominees will be contacted before a selection is made. The selected candidate will be notified by April 30 and announced at the Spring Social on May 21.

Staff Senate Nomination Form

UC-Subcommittee Forum – Spring Session

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Join Staff Senate to hear goals, updates, and plans moving forward from the University Council subcommittees whom we didn’t hear from this Fall.

Tuesday, April 2nd
OGC 100

Resource Committee (Net Growth Revenue Update)—Beth Reissenweber
Resource Committee (Staffing Structure Update)—Karen Kaivola
Enrollment Committee—Robert Gould
Student Success Committee—Katie Bishop

This is the second of this year’s two part series to help allow more time for questions. Half of the sub-committees presented this fall (read our event recap on the Staff Senate website). We look forward to seeing you there!

LEAD Fellow Applications Due April 1

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LEAD Fellows (Leaders for Equity, Action, and Democracy) are undergraduates who do public work projects and paid apprenticeships at community-based organizations. Students bring energy, creativity, and commitment to the communities in which they work, while learning about public issues and developing capacity as agents of change. The program provides LEAD Fellows with a supportive cohort experience, and unique, challenging opportunities to do meaningful paid work while pursuing their education. The LEAD program is supervised by Sabo Center Staff who are committed to walking with students though their work and education experience. Applications for the upcoming fall semester are due April 1st.

Online Application

Event Announcements

Spiritual and Mental Awareness: Muslim Perspectives

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Please join the Muslim Student Association, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Wellness and Counseling for a panel discussion on some Muslim perspectives on well-being. Panelists will include local Muslim therapists and an Imam. Join us at 5 PM for refreshments, and panel discussion at 5:30.
Thursday, 3/28/19/ 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Hagfors Center, Room 150A

They/Them Project Discussion – Soup Gender & Sexuality

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Join us for a Gallery & Gender Discussion with participants of the THEY/THEM PROJECT. Because Pronouns Matter.

APRIL 9, 11:30 a.m.
Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Join the conversation.

They/Them Project interviews individuals who currently or previously use gender nonconforming pronouns, offering a platform for them to be seen and heard while informing all who listen how words and actions affect the Trans+ community. They/Them Project is produced by photographer and activist Brent Dundore.

Hosted by the Augsburg Art Galleries, LGBTQIA+ Student Services,
Queer Indigenous People of Color, and Queer Pride Alliance.


Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed

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Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed!

The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry are looking for volunteers for the Holy Hoops Basketball Tournament on Sunday, April 7th! This is an annual basketball tournament that Augsburg University hosts for churches in the area. It is always lots of fun for participants and volunteers alike!

There are 5 volunteer shifts and we encourage you to sign up for as many as you would like. These shifts are:

• Set-up: 10:45 am – 12 pm

• Shift 1: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

• Shift 2: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

• Shift 3: 3:45 pm – 6:15 pm

• Clean-up: 5:30 pm – 6:40 pm

*If you would like to help, but have a schedule conflict and cannot sign up for a specific time slot, please let us know and we would be more than willing to work with you!

The roles available are:

• Scorekeeper

• Timer

• 3-pt Competition Helper

• Court Host

• Go-fer / Runner / Where Needed

• Greeter / Hospitality

• Photographer

Please contact Demery Little at if you are interested in helping out.

Last call – 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

On-Campus Student Employment Fair

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All students are invited to attend the On-Campus Employment Fair which will be held on Monday, April 1st from 10:00 – 12:00 in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

Staff members from a number of departments will be available to share their student worker positions for this summer and fall 2019. If you are seeking or looking for an on-campus job this is a great opportunity to learn about openings on campus. (Hourly wage for students will increase to $12.25 per hour starting summer 2019)

If you have questions, please email

Green By 2019 Evaluation Dinner – TODAY, 4-6pm

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Are We Green By 2019? We’ve come a long way since making a public commitment to taking action on climate change, and it’s time to reflect and look towards the next steps in our commitment to being thoughtful stewards of our place. The Environmental Stewardship Committee invites you all to attend one of the “Dinner Party Downlow” events this month, where we’ll eat together, share what’s been on our mind with environmental sustainability on campus, and begin imagining what’s next for Augsburg.

NOTE: Two identical sessions happening on March 11 and March 27. Please attend one if you can and invite friends, classmates, colleagues, etc!

NOTE #2: There will be other opportunities to share feedback throughout April if you can’t make it to one of these sessions… but there may not be as much food…

When: March 27, 4-6pm
Where: Hagfors 108

4pm – Food and gathering
4:20 – Intro, Green By 2019 overview
4:35 – Evaluation activity
5:30 – Report out
5:40 – Reflect
5:50 – Next Steps

“Sustainability Is No Joke” – April 1 Storytelling Event

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“Sustainability Is No Joke” Environmental justice storytelling and action planning series, facilitated by RFTP (, sponsored by Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Why does sustainability and climate change matter? Why does equity in sustainability matter? And how can we respond collectively as the Augsburg community? Listen to recent alum and current students share their experience with sustainability and climate change, and begin bridging perspectives and building community to carry us forward together.

Storytelling on April 1 with follow-up on April 15. Participants strongly encouraged to attend both events.

Storytellers: Fisan Ibrahim, Dwayne Williams, and Skye Rygh

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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

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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

Rehearsals start this week, so I will need firm commitment ASAP. This will be a staged reading, and will have less time commitment than a full play, and we will only be presenting the first act. I’m especially interested in anyone who could play the part of LARS, which is a fairly small role in the first act, or who might want to direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting. If you are interest, my email is

Writing Contest: African-American Voices in Children’s Literature

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Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Strive Publishing exists to help solve two problems: the need for culturally relevant children’s books and the underrepresentation of African American authors. While giving all children the opportunity to see African American culture from different perspectives, Strive
Publishing aims to create opportunities for emerging African American authors.

In partnership with Free Spirit Publishing, we are hosting a writing contest for African American authors of 18 years of age or older. Eligible entries will include original fiction or nonfiction board books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) and picture books for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring contemporary African American characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development.

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