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Summer Camps and Conferences Weekly Update

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Augsburg University to home to many camps and conferences throughout the summer months. In an effort to keep our community up to date about our campus visitors, University Events will be posting weekly updates here!

Many faculty and staff from national ELCA colleges and universities gathered on campus this week for the annual Vocation on a Lutheran College Conference. Participants arrived on Monday, July 15 and concluded their sessions on Wednesday, July 17.
Vocation on a Lutheran College Website:

Augsburg University started welcoming the class of 2023 as SOAR session A kicked off on Wednesday, July 17th. Around 170 first years are in attendance for the over night orientation session. SOAR I first-years will arrive on Friday, July 19th for their 2 day orientation to our campus community.
SOAR Website:

The Augsburg University Football team welcomed 40 athletes to a football camp this Wednesday, July 17th. They will work hone their skills and become familiar with campus during their time here. The Football Camp will conclude the morning of Friday, July 19th.
Augsburg Football Camp Website:

Augsburg’s Masters of Fine Arts Summer Residency is set to kick-off on Thursday, July 18th with approximately 40 students as well as many visiting guest writers. MFA Auggies will engage in workshops, evening readings, craft talks and much more for their 10 day stay on campus.
Masters of Fine Arts Summer Residency Website:

Next week, SOAR Sessions II and III will be on campus, as well as the Paideia Institute, Volleyball Camp, and running campus – Girls on the Run. Look for next week’s Events update to learn more about these camps/conferences and the departments hosting them.

Teaching and Learning

Paideia 30th Anniversary Invitational, July 26

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All Augsburg students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to join us for the 30th Anniversary Paideia Institute Invitational on Friday, July 26 in Old Main 105. This is your opportunity to participate in or observe a Paideia seminar and discover what teachers are doing in their classrooms with students. The schedule for the day includes:

9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration and seminar preparation
9:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome and Introduction to seminar
10:00 am – 11:00 am SEMINAR Reading: Anne Dunn, “Too Many Rules”
11:00 am – 11:30 am Debrief
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch on us, Christensen Center second floor
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Breakout seminars facilitated by returning teachers;
Paideia information session

Additional details and the RSVP are located on the digital form linked below.
A copy of the story and reading guide will be emailed to you in advance as confirmation.

Paideia Invitational RSVP Form

General Announcements

Augsburg MFA Graduate Student Readings

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Augsburg University MFA in Creative Writing department’s 2019 Summer Residency will be on campus from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 28. Please join us in welcoming our group of very talented students and acclaimed writers for this festival of craft talks, workshops, evening readings and more.

Forty writing students will be attending the ten-day residency, with about half of them living on campus. During the fall and spring semesters they work with their mentors and fellow writers from their homes in various parts of the country, with one student coming from Finland.

Sixteen graduating MFA students will be giving public readings of their works, and we invite you to join us:

Friday, July 19 – Graduating Writers
Adriana Estrada (Poetry), Richard Gangelhoff (Fiction), Kayla Hambek (Playwriting), Kathleen Kanne (Creative Nonfiction), and Jacob Schornak (Fiction)
7:15 p.m., Foss Center Theater. Reception follows.

Saturday, July 20 – Graduating Writers
Jeffrey Boldt (Fiction), Ned Dougherty (Playwriting), Shelbi Gesch (Creative Nonfiction), Colin Mustful (Fiction), Jamie Randall (Poetry), and Sharon Sobotta (Creative Nonfiction/Screenwriting)
7:15 p.m., Foss Center Theater. Reception follows.

Sunday, July 21 – Graduating Writers
Stephanie Fleck (Fiction), Diana Lopez Jones (Poetry), Jeremy Moberg (Fiction), Tracy Ross (Poetry), and Jannet Walsh (Creative Nonfiction)
7:15 p.m., Foss Center Theater. Reception follows.

Visiting Writer Readings on Campus

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This summer’s MFA Summer Residency guests include Lisa Van Orman Hadley, winner of the Howling Bird Press Fiction Award, and poet Danez Smith, playwright Stacey Rose, creative nonfiction writer Tessa Fontaine, and screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine. Learn more about this impressive lineup on the MFA website.

We invite you to the following free public events:

Sunday, July 21
Howling Bird Press Party with Fiction Prize Winner
Lisa Van Orman Hadley, author of Irreversible Things

Reception in Foss Center Atrium: 4:30-5 p.m.
Public Reading / Q & A in Sateren Hall: 5-6 p.m.

The 2019 Howling Bird Press Fiction Prize book officially releases in November; in honor of our summer residency, attendees get a sneak peek at this reading, with limited advance copies available for purchase and signing.
Reading by Visiting Playwright Stacey Rose
Monday, July 22, 7:15 p.m.
Foss Center Theater
Reading by Visiting CNF Writer Tessa Fontaine
Tuesday, July 23, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building
Reading by Visiting Poet Danez Smith
Thursday, July 25, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building
Screening of the film THE KEEPING HOURS
with Visiting Screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine
Friday, July 26, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building

A book signing and reception will follow each event, with books available for purchase.

MFA Visiting Writers

Please join us for the following event hosted by the MFA Program

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Panel: Awarding Value
Julia M. Brown, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, and Shannon Gibney
Co-Moderated by Alayne Hopkins and Lindsay Starck
Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Hagfors 150

From the Pushcart Prize to the Pulitzer Prize, from the “Best American” series to the Minnesota Book Awards, it’s clear that literary communities are constantly comparing, judging, and awarding value. What does it mean to evaluate a text or a writer? How do we determine which book, fellowship application, script, or screenplay is the best? To what degree is literary appreciation subjective, and what criteria do we use to make these judgments? After we hear from a panel of writers who have judged and/or been judged, Jim Cihlar, publisher of Augsburg’s Howling Bird Press, will provide an overview of how the MFA student editors choose our annual prize winner and do the work of publishing and promoting the resulting book.

Julia M. Brown is Artistic Programs Administrator at the Playwrights’ Center.

Shannon Gibney won the 2019 and 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples’ Literature.

Alayne Hopkins is Assistant Director of Programs & Services at The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, overseeing the statewide activities of the Minnesota Center for the Book, which include the Minnesota Book Awards program and other initiatives.

Lindsay Starck is associate director of Augsburg’s MFA program.

2019 Howling Bird Press Reading

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Please join us when Lisa Van Orman Hadley reads from her forthcoming book and winner of the 2019 Howling Bird Press Fiction Prize, Irreversible Things. The reading is open to the public.

Irreversible Things will officially be released in November; in honor of the MFA Summer Residency, attendees get a sneak peek at this reading, with limited advance copies available for purchase and signing.

Sunday, July 21, 4:30 p.m.
Foss Center Atrium

Support for students without insurance – the People’s Center

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After many years of quality service from Smiley’s Clinic, Augsburg is now working with the People’s Center to provide certain clinic services to students (all academic programs) who don’t have insurance for a $5 co-pay.

The People’s Center is located at 425 20th Avenue South, one block west from Augsburg, off Riverside Avenue.

➢ With a $5.00 co-pay, the following are available to Augsburg students who do not have insurance:
● Office visits for acute or chronic medical problems
● Annual physical exams – 1 per year
● Sexually transmitted diseases screening and lab work done at The People’s Center (lab diagnostics done outside of The People’s Center are not covered).
● X-rays performed at The People’s Center
● Tetanus immunization
● Lab tests performed at The People’s Center
● Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux)
● Casts, crutches, splints, slings and ace bandages
● Allergy injections (prescription and supply must be provided by student)
● Flu shots

➢ If you have health insurance, your insurance provider may cover medical services through The People’s Center. The clinic will bill your insurance for medical services and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles associated with your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider to see if services at The People’s Center will be covered.

Smiley’s Clinic remains available for students – they accept most forms of insurance.

DPs will provide an escort to The People’s Center and/or to Smiley’s Clinic.

Registrar Student Assistant

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The Student Assistant position in the Registrar’s Office is a customer service-driven and detail-oriented administrative position with a friendly team in an office setting. We provide services in the areas of document imaging, records retention, transfer evaluation, registration, graduation, term/curriculum records, class scheduling, grade recording, and veteran benefit certification. Our mission is to ensure the integrity of recorded data while providing timely service and communicating information regarding policies and procedures to the Augsburg University community. Consider joining our team and gaining meaningful experience that can be applied to many career fields.

Job Description:
• Triaging phone, e-mail, and in-person inquiries in real time
• Entering and checking course registrations
• Preparing outgoing documents for mailing
• Filing and scanning electronic incoming documents into appropriate designations
• Assisting students/parents with questions during window registration periods
• Opening/Closing duties during window registration periods
• Additional clerical duties and projects as needed

Job Requirements:
• Good communication skills; must be good with people/outgoing/work well with others
• Adaptable and open-minded
• Attention to detail and organizational skills
• Positive attitude
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team
• Respect for student privacy and confidentiality (adherence to FERPA)

Preferred Experience:
• Data entry experience
• Customer service experience
• Demonstrated experience with database systems
• Demonstrated office and clerical work experience
• History of working well both independently and with others

The Registrar’s Office is looking to hire 4 students for the academic year 2019-20. This position will be scheduled to work 5-12 hours per week.

Event Announcements

TRIO McNair Scholars Summer Research Presentations

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McNair Scholars will present their research projects on Wed., July 24, 10am – 2pm in Hagfors 106. This event is open to the public — feel free to stop by when you can!

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length, with 5 minutes for questions after each presenter.

10am – 10:10am INTRODUCTION

10:10am – 10:30am
Effects of normal and Cystic Fibrosis airway secretions in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Daniella Vasquez
Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright

10:30am – 10:50am
Exploring a model for the intensity within Langmuir monolayers containing DMPC
Dametre Thunberg
Dr. Ben Stottrup

10:50am – 11:10am
Differential gene expression of stress response-related genes in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and three accessions of its wild relative (Hordeum spontaneum K. Koch) in response to infestation by the bird cherry-oat aphid (Rhopalosiphum padi L.)
Quentin Smith
Dr. Leon van Eck

11:10am – 11:30am
Eye development: The effect of Hedgehog signaling pathway on Daphnia magna and Artemia franciscana
Sandy Lee
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman

11:30am – 11:50am
The Mathematics behind Visual Illusion
Kouassi Adou
Dr. Matthew Haines

11:50am – 12:15pm BREAK

12:15pm – 12:35pm
Does Attending Community College Reduce the Costs of Receiving a College Degree?
Sydney Saygbe
Dr. Stella Hofrenning

12:35pm – 12:55pm
Hegemonic Masculinity and Sexual Abuse: The Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church
Joseph Amrhein
Dr. James Vela-McConnell

12:55pm – 1:15pm
Organizational Secrecy, Structural Resources, & Stigma: The Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal in Pennsylvania
Cinthia Ramirez
Dr. James Vela-McConnell, Sociology

1:15pm – 1:35pm
Where Were The Chicanas During the Twin Cities Chicano Movement?:
An Analysis On How Mexican-American Women Were Involved In The Twin Cities Chicano Movement
Citlaly Escobar
Dr. Jimmy Patino

1:35pm – 1:55pm
A Novel: What Does Black Liberation Look Like?
Taiwana Shambley
Dr. Carolyn Holbrook

1:55pm – 2:00pm WRAP UP

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