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Teaching and Learning

TOMORROW: EDTalk with Dan Ibarra & Lyz Wendland

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“Celebrating Your Creativity Scars: Engaging Art for Holistic Student Engagement”. In this session, professors Wendland and Ibarra from Art & Design will talk about engaging creativity in the pedagogical practice. This session will serve as a starting point for a longer upcoming workshop.

Wednesday, October 16 | EDTalk with Dan Ibarra & Lyz Wendland |
3:20 pm- 3:35 pm, HC 151

After attending this EDTalk, if you would like to learn more on the topic (or if you can’t make tomorrow’s talk, but are still interested), you can attend the following workshop:

Thursday, November 7 | Celebrating Your Creativity Scars Workshop: Engaging Art for Holistic Student Engagement | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Marshall Room

This workshop will focus on embracing our vulnerabilities to increase engagement in the classroom. We will share active learning techniques that normalize discomfort. Examples include: mindmapping and reflective practices. Facilitated by Chris Houltberg, Joaquin Muñoz, Beliza Torres Narváez, and Lyz Wendland.

Register for the workshop with the link below (there is no need to register for the EDTalk).

*These events are part of our 2019-2020 series designed to help students feel more connected to and supported by Augsburg.

RSVP for “Celebrating your Creativity Scars”

Are Your Students Getting Up-to-Date Feedback?

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The E-Learning Team invites you to drop-in to HC 151 on Monday, October 21 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm to get help fine-tuning your Moodle gradebook prior to mid-terms. Using the Moodle Gradebook helps students track their progress since it provides immediate, private, and accurate feedback. LFC’s Eric and Christy, E-learning Specialist Bonnie, and Faculty Director of Online/Blended Learning Pedagogies Jenny Hanson will be on hand to answer questions and provide individualized help.

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2020 and August 2021. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a $1,000 stipend. Contact URGO at or 612-330-1446 and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or x1447.

Med School Info Session

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Considering medical school? Come meet Augsburg alumni who are currently medical students and physicians! Our alumni will share their insights about picking schools, the MCAT, experiences, the application process, interviews, and general advice. Food will be provided. For more info or to RSVP, contact Catherina Kipper at

Wednesday, October 23rd
6 pm
Hagfors 150A

Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

To learn more about the program, go to . The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 25th.

General Announcements

Clothing Donations Needed

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Have clothes you love but don’t wear anymore? Clean out your closet and give your clothes a second life by donating them! Environmental Action Committee is holding a campus clothing swap event this spring and is currently looking for donations. You can drop off any clothing you no longer want to the Share Shop in Science 8B during the following times:

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10am-noon
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm

Still Time to Complete Augsburg Transportation Survey

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Student, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Augsburg University Transportation Survey. The link is in an email sent to everyone – and also is below. The survey should take about 10-12 minutes.

Survey link:

The deadline to complete is Wed., Oct. 23.

The results of this survey will be used to better understand transit choices and to identify opportunities for improvements in transit options. Your feedback is critical as we strive to understand all of the different ways Augsburg employees/students are getting to work.

On behalf of the Augsburg Transit Task Force – thank you.

Student Worker Training Session

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Get the most out of your experience as a student worker! Learn how the skills you use in your student worker position can help you build your resume and prepare you for a professional job after graduation.

Wednesday, October 16
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Oren Gateway Center, Room 114

Thursday, October 17
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Christensen Center, Riverside Room

Topics covered will include:
• How your job fits in the context of Augsburg and Society
• How to maximize the student worker experience
• How to build relationships with professional colleagues
• Worker rights
• And more!

These sessions are part of an On-Campus Employment initiative offered to you by Sabo & Strommen Centers.

Supervisor Training for Those Who Manage Student Workers

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Learn how to help student workers get the most out of their experience in your department!
Thursday, October 17
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Christensen Center, Riverside Room

Friday, October 18
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Christensen Center, Riverside Room

Topics covered will include:
• How to set goals & learning outcomes with students
• How to involve students in meaningful work
• How reflection meetings with students set up productive work experiences
• How to troubleshoot challenges encountered as supervisors
• And more!

These sessions are part of an On-Campus Employment initiative offered by Sabo & Strommen Centers.

Antiracism Book Discussion Tonight

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Hear author R. James Addington, an Augsburg MAL alum, discuss his book “Tragic Investment: How Race Sabotages Communities and Jeopardizes America’s Future – And What We Can Do About It.” Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419.

For details on the program, go to:

Event Announcements

Central Services Info/Training Session This Morning at 10:30am

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Have you ever wondered what does Central Services do or what they can do for you?

On Tuesday Oct 15th at 10:30 am in Lindell Library Room 301 I will be going through all the various services that the Copy Center, Mailroom, and Shipping/Receiving handles as well as the processes to make your interactions the most efficient for you and for us.

Topics covered will include:
-Copy Job requesting
-Copy center finishing services
-Student and Faculty incoming mail/package handling procedures
-Outgoing mail/packages
-Third Party ordering (Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes, Posters)
-Any other pertinent information

Volunteer for the Campus Clean-Up (Dinner Provided)

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Student Ministries and Environmental Action Committee hope you can join us on October 23rd to clean-up Augsburg’s campus and to enjoy some free food after our hard work!

The clean-up itself will be from 5-6pm and we will be meeting in Murphy Square. Following the event, there will be dinner from 6-7pm for our amazing volunteers.

In addition, Wednesday night’s worship is right after dinner at 8 pm and features a speaker from Young Adults in Global Mission. Anyone is welcome to come to the speaker event, regardless of if they participated in the clean-up or not.

Please feel free to contact Student Ministries ( or Environmental Action Committee ( with any questions regarding the event.

“Lost Augsburg” rescheduled for December 11

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This Wednesday’s Brown Bag, “Lost Augsburg”, will be rescheduled for Wednesday, December 11. As usual, it will be held at noon in the Marshall Room.

Don’t forget Gracia Grindal’s presentation, “A Glimpse at the Unrecognized Women Who Saved Augsburg,” on Wednesday, November 13, at noon in the Marshall Room.

Crying Earth Rise Up film event

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The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents: Crying Earth Rise Up on November 12, 2019.

Crying Earth Rise Up, narrated by Tantoo Cardinal, tells the story of Debra White Plume and Elisha Yellow Thunder’s efforts to stop the uranium mining contaminating their community’s drinking water. Informed by Native perspectives and belief systems, the film addresses the sacred relationship between water and life itself, as well as the conflicts between nuclear power companies, activists, and locals. With a nuanced look at what is becoming an increasingly common environmental battle, the film offers a case study of contemporary conservation efforts in the face of corporate and capitalistic interests. (Crying Earth Rise Up)

Crying Earth Rise Up acknowledges the centrality of Native involvement in opposing the particular practice of uranium mining and suggests Native communities’ wider spread contribution to a variety of other conversations related to environmental protection (although not always noted by mainstream media, e.g. the recent blocking of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline) (Documentary Educational Resources site)
Join us for the film and a conversation with director/producer/cinematographer Suree Towfighnia and Debra White Plume.

Where & When: November 12, 2019
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with participants follows

Native American Film Series

Want to Change the World? Come to Community Organizing 101

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Interested in learning about community organizing but don’t know where to start? This Sabo Center workshop is for you!

Wednesday, October 16
3:10-4:40 p.m.
OGC 100

Learn some of the foundational concepts of organizing to get started on your change making journey. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of relational power, the difference between public and private relationships, and how self-interest motivates us to act.

Community Organizing 101 will be led by Dennis Donovan. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities.

Community Organizing 101

Queering Career Event

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Join LGBTQIA+ Services & the Strommen Center, for the kickoff of the Queering Career Series.

We will be hosting a panel event to discuss the in’s and out’s of queerness within different career paths. Panelists and guests will have opportunities to talk about navigational barriers and opportunities when thinking about being an LGBTQIA+ person in the workforce.

Panelists will include:

Quorum – Rebecca Waggoner
Queer Science – Julie Johnson
Macalester College – Jason Jackson
Real Life Coffee & Yoga – Gabby Hruska
Coalition of Asian American Leaders – Cameron PajYeeb Yang

Following the event, we will be taking site visits to local, queer-owned businesses, including:

Real Life Coffee & Yoga – Oct 29th | 2 PM
Mossier – Nov 19th | 2 PM
Urban Growler – Dec 5th | 2 PM

MEA Youth Soccer Camp

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We are holding our annual MEA Youth Soccer Camp this week. The camp is for boys and girls 6-12 years old. The camp is 9am to 12pm Wed, Thur, Fri. We have 1,2, or 3 day options. We have indoor facilities if weather is poor. Information and registration is available on our website.

Coach Navarre

Focused Conversations on Student Success: October 22-23

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Chief Student Success Officer Katie Bishop will facilitate a discussion on the university’s efforts to support student success and progress toward completion.

October 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Christensen Center, Marshall Room)
October 23, 2-3 p.m. (OGC 100)

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands

Overcoming Challenges Through Determination, Discipline and Community Building – Matthew Weed

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Dr. Matthew Weed is the first totally blind and brittle type I diabetic to graduate from Yale University. The local alumni association and Augsburg CLASS program will be hosting Dr. Weed for an inspirational evening of stories about overcoming challenges. Dr. Weed asks you to bring business cards to facilitate connecting to others about the things you do and care about—which he will ask you to briefly describe at the end of his talk. The event is free and includes light snacks. Students, staff and faculty encouraged to attend. Please RSVP at and contact Ken Freed at with any questions or Diane Pike at pike@augsburg. edu.

October 21, 2019, 7:00 pm
Hagfors Center, Room 150B

Queering Religion

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Being queer and religious haven’t always been identities that find cohesion and calmness together. Often times trauma, guilt, and shame are forward facing realities that deter individuals from finding collective, intersectional belonging.

Through this informal discussion, guests will have the opportunity to dive deeper into understanding the dissonance, while searching for ways to find peace among being LGBTQIA+ and understanding their spiritual belonging.

Wednesday, October 16
8:00 – 9:00pm
Hoversten Chapel

Sponsored by: LGBTQIA+ Student Services & Campus Ministry

Keeping Track of Auggies

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