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Providing Wise Feedback to Students

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In June, a team from Augsburg attended the Council of Independent Colleges Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute. This session will include a discussion of the insights and lessons gained from participation in the institute as well as specific action steps we can implement across campus. Specifically, participants will learn the importance of providing WISE feedback that articulates high expectations as well as the professor’s belief in the student’s ability to meet the expectations. Facilitated by Joanne Reeck, Joaquin Muñoz, and Tim Pippert.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing WISE Feedback to Students | 2 pm – 4 pm, HC 250

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Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips)

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Come learn how to employ some new features as well as time-tested tools in Moodle to amplify your virtual presence and create a welcoming online environment that communicates your learning goals and presents content and activities in an easy-to-navigate format.

We will cover:
*time-saving strategies for building and/or updating a course
*how to leverage auto-linking to streamline course navigation
*managing revision writing using the new integrated Google Course Kit
*ways to track student engagement
*Name Coach–a new tool to help you learn your students’ names
*various ways to enhance the appearance of your course

Bring your laptop and try some of these things out while the E-Learning team is there to assist.

Thursday, August 29 | Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips) | 9:30 am – 10:45 am, HC 250

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Supporting Our Incoming Students

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The workshop will focus on best practices for supporting first-year students who are transitioning to college as well as talk through campus resources for faculty and students. Facilitated by Katie Bishop and Kelsey Richardson Blackwell.

Wednesday, August 28 | Supporting Our Incoming Students | 1 pm – 2:15 pm, HC 250

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Introduction to Active Learning: Concrete Ideas for your Classroom

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Faculty, it can be quite time-consuming to develop effective active learning activities for your classroom, especially if you are teaching a course for the first time. The goal of this session is to provide you with two or three concrete examples of effective active learning templates that can be quickly adapted to your course. By starting with just one type of active learning strategy that works best for your learning objectives, you can quickly develop variants that can be used in virtually every class period to engage your students and make teaching more fun! Facilitated by Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright.

Wednesday, August 28 | Introduction to Active Learning: Concrete Ideas for your Classroom | 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, HC 250

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High Engagement Pedagogy

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The goal of this session is to offer some teaching strategies and tools that will
*foster student ownership of their own learning;
*facilitate student learning, retention of information, and academic success; and,
*create a culture of engagement and participation in the classroom.

These strategies can be useful in teaching difficult concepts as well as in managing the varied abilities and interest levels that one might encounter in any given section of a course. Some can be incorporated into the syllabus and in long-term planning; some can be adapted and used on the fly and/or to redirect a class session. Facilitated by Lori Brandt Hale.

Wednesday, August 28 | High Engagement Pedagogy | 11 am – 12:15 pm, HC 250

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Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook

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Whether you have never used the Moodle gradebook and want to learn the basics OR have been using the gradebook but would like us to do a “pre-semester check-up” this is the workshop for you. The E-Learning team will be on hand to offer some essential gradebook tips as well as individual help with making sure your gradebook correlates to your syllabus.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook | 11 am – 12:15 pm, HC 250

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New Class: Interested in the environment and food systems?

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A new course has been added for this fall in the Environmental Studies Program and it’s all about food and its impact on the environment!! Register for ENV 100-A (Fall 2019).

The course satisfies the core curriculum requirement of Liberal Arts Foundation: Social & Behavioral Sciences and is 4 credits. We meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:40-5:20pm.

General Description: Environmental Connections is an interdisciplinary introduction to current issues regarding the natural environment upon which we all depend, an environment under increasing strain. It also serves as the introductory course for Augsburg’s Environmental Studies Program and as a Social and Behavioral Sciences course in the Liberal Arts Foundation. Throughout the semester we will explore food systems and our collective challenge of balancing a sustainable society with sustainable ecologies. We all need food to survive, but current processes of cultivation, production, distribution, and waste disposal significantly, and detrimentally, impact the natural world. How serious are these challenges? How will we respond? What can be and is being done now to minimize the further damage from these human activities?

Contact Monica McDaniel at for more details or with questions.

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Spark Joy for Our Debaters. Join MNUDL’s Back-To-Debate Supply Drive

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Your gently-used donation will prepare our debaters for success.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, equips Twin Cities students with all the basics needed to debate: curriculum, coaches, tournaments, and supplies.

Our most-needed item is expanding file folders/accordion folders.

Other helpful (new or gently used) items:
* Pocket-size portable timers
* 3-ring binders
* 2-pocket folders
* Highlighters
* Pens

If you’d like to join our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please arrange your donation at:

If you’d like to make a donation of new supplies, please see our Amazon wishlist here:

Donate New Supplies

Calling Departments: PT Job Fair for on-campus jobs

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Does your department hire student workers? If yes, consider registering to have a table at our 2nd annual Part-time Job Fair (featuring local and on-campus employers). Last year over 200 students checked into the fair!

The fair will be held on Wednesday, September 11th from 10:00-12:30 in the Quad. (outside of the Christensen Center)

If you haven’t already registered, please email or call 612-330-1472. (Due to space, we need to have everyone register in advance)

New Inside Augsburg Calendar Launches Today

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This month, Augsburg is launching a brand-new unified calendar ( This new calendar allows the University to integrate a number of already-existing institutional Google Calendars and display them on the same platform. Students, staff, and faculty will also be able to submit events manually to the calendar. This calendar will replace the previous calendar on the Inside Augsburg homepage starting Aug. 26.

This new calendar is the result of advocacy from Day Student Government to streamline events and announcements at the University. During fall semester 2018, a number of meetings were held with key event planners and calendar managers around campus to identity challenges to the current calendar system and how to move forward. Based on those discussions, a team was created in the spring to move forward with the creation of a unified calendar system. This team consisted of:

Michael Grewe, Campus Life (Chair)
Sarah Cash-Darvell, University Events
Jami Kadolph, University Events
Scott Krajewski, Information Technology
Stephen Jendraszak, Marketing
Gita Sitaramiah, Public Relations and Internal Communications

The Augsburg University Calendar Policy can be found here:

Questions about this new calendar can be directed to

Produce Distribution Will Resume in September

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Campus Kitchen will be taking a break from produce distribution for the next couple of weeks due to the semester start and a break in our programming. We will resume distribution in September (specific dates to come) and will send out an email and posters with more information. We appreciate all of your support and patience throughout the summer. Hope to see you all when we start back up in the fall.

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Student Share Shop Opening this Fall – Looking for donations

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Hey all,

Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are proud to announce a new student resource on campus: the student Share Shop. We are working towards opening this space in the sublevel of the old science building by Fall, 2019. To help us get started we are asking you—students, staff, and faculty at Augsburg—for some helpful donations.
Based off of a recent survey, here are some of the things we are looking for for the share shop:

– Household / dorm Repair (Spackle, Tool kits, poster putty)
– Recreational gear (sports equipment, out door games, hammocks, etc.)
– Office materials (calculators, sharpeners, staplers)
– First aid kits
– Twin XL sheets (new or washed)
– Weather related items (umbrellas, shovels, extra hats/scarves/mittens)
– Sewing/glasses repair kits
– Hot pots or rice cookers
– Cooking (Microwave, pots and pans, utensils, coffee makers)
– Board games, DVDs

Any donations are greatly appreciated and welcome, but please don’t feel obligated to donate. Donations can be brought to the Sabo Center located in the basement of Anderson Hall and placed in the designated bins. We appreciate your time and consideration thank you in advance.

For more informations please feel free to email me:

Campus Cupboard Looking for Donations

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Hey all,

Campus Cupboard is looking for some donations to help stock the cupboard shelves. We are currently looking for:

– Pasta
– Soup
– Dinner box mixes (hamburger helper, etc)
– Snack type item / crackers
– Rice / grains

Any donations you have are greatly appreciated and can be dropped of in the donation bin located next to Einstein’s cafe or directly to the cupboard during open hours:

Tuesday: 11-4
Wednesday: 11-4
Friday: 2-4

For larger donations or if these times don’t work for you feel free to email me: and we can set up a meeting time that works for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and keeping us in mind in the future. We always appreciate your help in keeping the campus kitchen up and running.

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Augsburg Support for Uninsured Students – The People’s Center

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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.
Posted on August 19, 2019

Augsburg Works: Career Readiness Events and Programs

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Did you know that 71% of employers will be hiring 2020 interns and new employees during the fall semester?

Many of our students do not realize employers have early recruitment timelines. In fact, some employers start recruiting as early as August! Many employers will be making final hires by early November so it is crucial for Augsburg students to be aware they need to act now.

The Strommen Center is teaming up with departments, student organizations, and colleagues across campus to launch Augsburg Works, Sept 11- Oct 18, to ensure all students are aware of employer recruitment timelines and are prepared for the application process.

All event and program information can be found on Handshake.

Are you hosting any professional development or career readiness events for students?
The Strommen Center has received a number of events and programs from other departments that are helping students prepare for employment opportunities.

If you are hosting any program or event please let us know so we can share all the great ways Augsburg students are being prepared for the world of work.

Email your program details to

Career readiness:
Resume Round-Up: September 23 and 26
•Students can have their resumes reviewed by local experts.

Accounting and Auditing Student Conference: October 1
•It’s an excellent way for students to explore the full spectrum of accounting career options and employment opportunities available to accounting and auditing majors.

Mock Interviews: October 14
•Practice makes perfect. Attend this event to practice your interviewing skills.

MN Department of Human Services : October 17th
•Students can hear from agency provider panelists in a variety of human services fields, including Autism and Childrens/Adult Mental Health.

Job and Internship Fairs:
On-Campus Career Fair: October 1
Twin Cities Startup Job Market: October 11
Government and Nonprofit Job Fair: November 1

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