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World Drumming and Culture course, 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.

New CTL Fellows Announced

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Congratulations to Kaija Freborg, Melissa Hensley, and Lyz Wendland in being selected as new CTL Faculty Fellows. They will serve two-year terms in their new roles.

Special thanks to Dan Albert, Jennifer Diaz, and John Zobitz for your service as outgoing CTL Faculty Fellows. The entire campus has benefited from your efforts and expertise.

For a complete list of CTL Fellows, please visit the CTL website.

CTL Website

Building Classroom Community Using Circles

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In this session (a repeat from the MLK Day of Action), participants will engage in Circle Work to experience circle as a means to discuss and engage students in the classroom, to develop relationships, and to discuss tense moments in the classroom. This session will include a brief discussion of the history of the circles and the circle process, and will lead into a circle discussion and processing. This session is largely focused on faculty and staff learning the Circle Process as a method for discussing and relationship building in the classroom.

Tuesday, May 14 from 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Hagfors 150 A.

For more on this and other workshops being offered during the “3 Days in May”, check out Use the form linked below to register.

RSVP for the 3 Days in May

Faculty Learning Technology Showcase

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On Wednesday, May 15 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., please join us in the Hagfors Atrium for an opportunity to observe how your colleagues are employing various learning technologies in their courses. We will supply a light snack so you can munch as you stroll the exhibits where faculty will provide brief demos of ways they are using Moodle and other learning technologies to enhance their teaching.

Presenters Include:

Tom Morgan-Ensuring reading comprehension with Moodle Quizzing
George Dierberger-CLEAN Design and Departmental Branding
Jenny Hanson-Moodle Design Templates
Lynda Enright-Charting student engagement with Activity completion
Rich Flint-Moodle for Department-wide efficiency
Lyz Wendland-Effective Online Forum discussions
Corey Nelson-Incorporating Instagram and FlipGrid
Christy Mattingly-Intro to Moodle’s new NameCoach
Kaycee Rogers-Course Feedback thru Student Surveys
Ana Ribiero-Guiding student learning with Moodle Lessons
James Vela-McConnell–Online content for a snowy day
Kristin McHale & Kaija Freborg–VoiceThread for Student-created presentations

Sign up for this event using the link below.

RSVP for the 3 Days in May

Apply for Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project

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Dear white-bodied colleagues,

Are you unsure how to respond when a fellow white-bodied person says or does something with a racist impact? Do you ever find yourself, despite your best intentions, feeling uneasy or tense when the topic of race comes up? Do you ever experience the impulse to fight, flee, or freeze in racialized moments and then struggle to navigate the shame of inaction or imperfect action? Are you eager to build loving, accountable community where we can learn to cause less harm and lean into the discomfort that comes with growth?

Learn more and apply to be part of a 2019-2020 academic year cohort of white faculty and staff learning to undo the ways white supremacy shows up in our bodies, not just in our minds. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m on Monday, May 13, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Sabo Center is convening the Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project in partnership with Augsburg’s Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. Contact Rachel Svanoe ( or Allyson Green ( with questions about this opportunity.

Details and Application

General Announcements

Lockers Available Over the Summer for Commuter Students

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Lockers are available in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall for commuter students to utilize over the summer terms. Locker reservations start Mon, May 13 and end Fri, Aug 16. To reserve a locker, visit:

Commuter Student Lockers

TIAA Financial Consultants on campus Next Week

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TIAA Financial Consultants on Campus

Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant. They are available to talk about how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning. All meetings are confidential!

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, May 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, May 16 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!

Questions? Please contact

Schedule your consultation here!

Auggie Youth Soccer and Science Camps

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Faculty and Staff: If you have children between the ages of 6-12 consider registering for our unique Soccer + Science Camps. We have a June 10-14th camp and a June 17-21st camp. Both camps are 9am to 4pm and we have a few spots remaining. I’m offering a special half-price discount for Augsburg employees. So cost is $145 instead of $285. There are also soccer only or science only options as well. More information and registration can be found on the women’s soccer home page:
click on CAMPS, then Youth Camps….Feel free to email me as well,

Event Announcements

All Hands Planning Summit: Next week

The 2019 All Hands Planning Summit is Monday, May 13, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Si Melby.

The agenda will include a discussion of our financial and strategic planning and opportunities to engage with ideas regarding Augsburg’s promise as an inclusive university. Please join in the discussion — we need your thinking.

This event will be live-streamed. For the live-stream link or to add event to your calendar, go to the All Hands page.

All Hands page

Staff Spring Social—May 21

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Clear your schedule for the annual Staff Spring Social. A celebration of Augsburg’s staff with food, drink, and a chance to win prizes. You wont want to miss it!

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

If raining the location will change to the Hagfors Center Lobby/150. Email with any questions. Add this event to my calendar.

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Seward Community Iftar Tonight

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All are welcome to join the Seward Community Iftar, co-sponsored by CAIR MN, Bethany Lutheran Church, Augsburg University, Seward Neighborhood Group, and Masjid Rawdah. Come for a meal with friends and neighbors this evening (Wednesday, May 8) at 8:15 p.m. at the Rawdah Community Center, 2426 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406. For more information go to:

Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop – May 15

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The Creating an Inclusive Campus (CIC) Workshop is Wed., May 15, 1-4 pm. The topic is:
Managing the Moments
Arguably the best learning takes place when all students feel able to bring their full selves forward and engage in an environment that considers the historical context and current cultural climate; with the humility and promise to learn with others. This workshop will engage us in recognizing and responding to dynamic moments born out of human differences while honoring our commitments to intentional diversity. Participants will have the opportunity to examine and respond to scenarios in small groups.

Developed and sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee. Facilitated by Joanne Reeck, Chief Inclusion Officer, with faculty and staff providing information and experiences.

The CIC is one of several sessions and workshops offered May 14-16. For a full schedule, as well as descriptions of all of the sessions, check out:
Use the form linked below to sign up for the CIC and any other session.

RSVP for the 3 Days in May at the CTL webpage,

Garden digging rescheduled – Friday, 9-11am

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The community garden still needs a little help getting ready for the season – we have about 15 in-ground beds that need their soil loosened up and fed with good nutrients so that our gardeners can begin planting. Come help us dig for a few minutes or a few hours! You don’t need to know what you’re doing… just be willing to dig. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get dirty. Bring work gloves if you have them.

Drop by the community garden anytime between 9-11am Friday to help!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Sad news about a former colleague

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John Sander sent the obituary for his mother, Marianne Sander, former Vice President of Student Affairs:

Marianne went peacefully to heaven on April 20, 2019 to be with our risen Lord. She was greatly loved and will be held in the hearts of many friends and family she graciously touched during her lifetime.

Born 12/21/1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marianne attended Valparaiso University where she married Bob Sander in 1950 and lived in St. Paul, Minnesota until they retired in Bonita Beach, Florida.

Marianne throughout her life demonstrated her love for God and willingness to serve others. She was a pioneer as the first woman vice president in the history of Augsburg University where she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs. She also served many years as the President of the Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. She also served with her voice in the church choir, her caring as part of the Stephen Ministries and her philanthropy in support of Valparaiso University, Augsburg University, Luther Seminary and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. These examples, among others, demonstrated the way in which Marianne exercised her deep and profound faith in Jesus Christ throughout her life, a legacy that will be forever cherished by her family.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Bob Sander and her children Robert Sander Jr (wife Lenda), Margaret Sander, Elizabeth Moreira (husband Jorge), John Sander (wife Barb), nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Dr, Naples, FL 34102 on Saturday, April 27. Memorials may be given to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.


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