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World Drumming for all students, Fall 2019

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NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – no prior musical experience necessary.

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

Faculty Writing Retreat

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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

Workshop on Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum

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Next Wednesday, April 3rd, participants 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”

Augsburg GRE Summer Prep Course

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Augsburg University offers a four and a half week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (excluding Memorial Day)
May 13th – June 12th
Cost: $100 (includes 6-month subscription to online study tool, Magoosh)

Registration Form and Additional GRE Prep Course Info

Introducing the new MA in Education (with appetizers)

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April 3rd from 6:30-7:30 PM
Hagfors 150
MA in Education Info Session
Appetizers provided

This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch its 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.

To learn more, register for the event here:

General Announcements

The Writing Lab wants you to be a tutor

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Are you a biology student who enjoys crafting beautiful lab reports?

A philosophy student who sees writing as a way to produce new ways of thinking?

A future teacher who loves helping other people reach their “ah ha!” moment?

A multilingual student who wants to guide others as they find their voice in new contexts?

Someone who believes that writing can make a difference in the world?

The Writing Lab (soon to be “Writing Center”) is currently hiring tutors for the 2019-2020 school year. We are seeking a diverse range of students from different majors and backgrounds who have unique perspectives on writing. If you are intellectually curious, enjoy engaging with the ideas of others, and have an ability to establish rapport and communicate clearly and easily with those around you, we want YOU to be a part of our team.

Interested, but not sure if you have enough prior experience? Tutor training and ongoing education are integrated into the position, so you’ll get paid to learn how to do the job well.

For more details and to apply, you can access the “Writing Center Tutor” posting on Handshake or through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks → Internal Job Postings. Applications are due April 5th.

If you have any questions, please contact current Writing Lab Director Sarah Groeneveld Kenney ( and/or future Writing Center Director Jennifer Forsthoefel (

Faculty: Recommend a student to be a Writing Lab tutor

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The Writing Lab (soon to be “Writing Center”) is currently hiring tutors for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are seeking a diverse range of students from different majors and backgrounds who have unique perspectives on writing. We especially want to hire students from a wide range of disciplines who might not necessarily think of themselves as potential writing tutors. If you have a student who excels at engaging others in complex ideas and communicates well, both verbally and in writing, we would love for you to send them our way.

Students do not need to have prior tutoring experience: tutor training and ongoing education are integrated into the position.

For more details, access the “Writing Center Tutor” posting on Handshake or through Inside Augsburg under Administrative Tasks → Internal Job Postings. Applications are due April 5.

If you have any questions or would like to send us names of students, please contact current Writing Lab Director Sarah Groeneveld Kenney ( and/or future Writing Center Director Jennifer Forsthoefel (

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Alumni Volunteers for the Month of March

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Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. This information assists the college in securing grants and other funding for the University. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who have volunteered already in the month of March or will be volunteering before April 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

Needed: Staffing for Commencement

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Help us send off our graduating seniors at the U.S. Bank Stadium this year! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal and the successful and smooth flow of the event.

There are many needs for assistance to help with checking in students, escorting students to field level, assisting with accessible seating, handing out programs and/or providing directional support at the stadium. Many of these opportunities would allow you the ability to stay and view the ceremony in its entirety.

If you’re interested in assisting with staffing this very important event and ensuring a wonderful experience for our students and their families, please fill out the Commencement Staffing Form and someone will reach out to you to discuss.

Commencement Staffing Form

Staff Senate Nominations Due TOMORROW

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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

Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn Next Week

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Benefit-Eligible Faculty and Staff: Come join us to learn more about the tuition benefit, the application process and how to navigate getting the most out of your benefit.

Date: April 2, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Place: OGC 100

*Bring your own lunch*

Questions? E-mail

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

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.

Student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics

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Undergraduate day and AU students are strongly encouraged to complete the Student Survey – sent via email.

This survey is being administered by Augsburg University’s Equity in Athletics Task Force. Augsburg is committed to providing equal opportunities and effectively accommodating the athletic, recreational, and intramural interests and abilities of its students.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Results will be confidential.

The survey link is:

On behalf of the Equity in Athletics Task Force, thank you!

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.

Event Announcements

Brave space conversation, Tuesday, April 2 (9-11am) East Commons

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On Tuesday morning, April 2, the Augsburg community will welcome local circle keepers, Jamie Williams and Raj Sethuraju, who will draw upon indigenous practices to offer “circle work” designed to heal and restore community in the aftermath of racial incidents and experiences of harm. Each brings extensive experience with this work. The session will create a space in which participants can authentically engage, listen, and learn from one another. This work builds on experiences that were offered during the MLK Day of Action by Professor Joaquin Munoz of the Department of Education.

All members of the Augsburg community – students, faculty, and staff – are invited to attend and join in this conversation, which will run from 9-11 am in the East Commons. Refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m.

Faculty Conversations on Recruitment

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We invite you to provide input regarding faculty involvement in new student recruitment activities by participating in one or both of the following faculty conversations on recruitment.

Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Hagfors Center 150A
Thursday, April 4, 8:30 – 10:00 AM, Marshall Room, Christensen Center

We will have coffee available and you are welcome to come for whatever portion of the sessions that your teaching and work schedule accommodates. If you are unable to attend but have ideas to share, feel free to send an email to either one of us by April 5. This feedback will complement information gathered through the faculty survey.

As a reminder, one of the UC Enrollment Committees charges this spring is to strengthen the partnership between admissions/financial aid and faculty to recruit students to meet enrollment goals. The committee is working on an operational briefing that documents selected best practices/assessments for faculty to efficiently contribute to enrollment success. Your input is very valuable to the work of this committee.  

Rebekah Dupont and Matt Maruggi
Members of the University Counsel Enrollment Committee

Run for ISO board: 2019-2020 ISO board election

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International Student Organization is looking for future board members in the next school year. The election will be on April 3 at Oyate Commons from 6 – 7 pm. Prepare your speech and be ready to take the lead!

There are totally six positions open:
-President (must be a international student)
As the President of ISO, you will be the main decision maker for things big or small, leading your team to plan and make all interesting events, collaborating
cross-functionally with other student organizations, faculty offices, and outside groups. During the whole year, you are the most important contributor to ISO’s development, and together with your team, leave another mark in ISO’s history.
-Vice-President (must be a international student)
As the Vice-President of ISO, you will be the second fiddle and a reliable assistant to the President. You will take the lead when necessary, and help forge a harmonious relationship in the board.
As the secretary, your main job is to keep board members informed of all kinds of information that is supposed to be delivered to everyone. You are also expected to organize board meetings and take notes.
-Communication Officer
As the Communication Officer, you will be the bridge between ISO and its active members, marketing and advertising events to Augsburg students. You are going to be in charge of social media and email box of ISO.
As the Treasurer, you will control the finance of ISO. All budget and cash flows have to go through you at the end, and not going anywhere until you approved.
-Study Abroad Liaison
As the Study Abroad Liaison, you will play a big role in facilitating the relationship between ISO and Study Abroad Office. You will be needed to use your intelligence to come up with ideas to showcasing the impact of studying abroad and cultural exchange.

To contact us:
facebook: @ISOofAugsburgU

Come and join us!

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!

“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

RSVP and share on facebook:

Add to google calendar

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.


Attend the On-Campus Student Employment Fair

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All students are invited to attend the On-Campus Employment Job 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

US Bank – Hiring 2020 summer interns: Info Session

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We know it seems early to begin to think about Summer 2020 internships, however, large employers are starting their recruitment season early! Don’t miss your opportunity to have an excellent summer 2020 internship with US Bank. They have an excellent paid internship program and hire over 100 interns each summer.

US Bank representatives will be on campus looking to meet students and to explain their internship program and recruitment timelines. They are open to all majors. Students that will be sophomores and juniors fall 2019 are strongly encouraged to attend.

Schedule of event:
• Overview of US Bank and their top-rated internship program
• Learn about their early recruitment timeline
• Resume Tips – What they look for in new hires
• Hear from Auggies that have previously interned at US Bank

Register on Handshake

Faculty Discussion on proposed Faculty Handbook Changes

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Faculty are invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook at one of the open discussions:

Tuesday, April 2nd, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm in Hagfors 150B
Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in Hagfors 150C

Documents are available on the Community Moodle forum for Faculty Handbook Discussions listed under “Committees”.

If you are not able to attend and have feedback, either provide that feedback on the Moodle site or contact a member of PPC, Ankita Deka, Bob Groven, Matt Haines, Merilee Klemp, or Marc McIntosh.

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:

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

Abstinence through Big Book Workshop and Webcast

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A Big Book study with a focus on the OA program will be hosted on May 17th, 18th and 19th in the Christensen Center.

Friday night is an introduction to the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) program. The speaker includes the history and background of OA, gives a personal story of compulsive eating behavior and weight gain and talks about the way out through the 12 Steps. The facilitator also relates the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous to the program of recovering from addictive eating behaviors.

Students can register for the event at no cost online by entering the scholarship code (SCHOLAUGS)

Sign up here

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Carden Olson, recipient of a Fund for Education Abroad scholarship

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Congratulations to Carden Olson, the first ever Auggie to win a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship! FEA scholarships are awarded to US students consistently underrepresented in study abroad including minority, LBGTQ+ and first-generation college students. Carden was one of just 135 winners nationally, chosen from a pool of over 2,300 applicants representing approximately 517 colleges and universities across the country. Carden will be studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark this summer on the DIS program (Danish Institute for Study Abroad).

The 2019-2020 FEA Scholars come from a variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent 99 higher education institutions across the country. This year, 91% of the students are of minority backgrounds, and 90% are first-generation college students.

Congratulations Carden!

Think study abroad is out of your price range? Come talk to us!


“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