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Teaching and Learning

EDTalk with Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright – Wednesday, December 11

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The December EDTalk will take place just prior to the Wednesday, December 11 Faculty Meeting. Grab a seat in Hagfors 151 to hear Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright giver her talk, “From “E” to “F”: Enhancing Student Thinking and Learning During Lectures”.

Many instructors use the authoritative/interactive model of class instruction. A simple way for instructors to move toward a dialogic/interactive model is to move from using the IRE (inquiry-response-evaluation) pattern when asking students questions to the IRF (inquiry-response-feedback) pattern. An overview of the three main models of class instruction as well as examples of IRE and IRF will be presented.

This event is a part of our 2019-2020 CTL Inclusion series focused on creating, maintaining, and/or growing environments that allow students to feel more connected to and supported by Augsburg.

Wednesday, December 11 | EDTalk with Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright | 3:20 pm – 3:35 pm, HC 151

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Mark Your Calendars for a January 16 ICD Grants Panel Presentation

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All faculty, and particularly those interested in applying for the ICD Grant Proposal in 2020, are invited to hear from the 2019 ICD Grant awardees about the goals, process, and initial results of their course redesign projects.

Thursday, January 16 | ICD Grants 2019 Panel Presentation | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Marshall Room

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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.

URGO Summer Research Info Session Thursday, December 5

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December 5, 5pm in Oren Gateway 100

Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Applications for URGO Summer Research will be available on the URGO website ( by November 19.
If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact to set up an appointment.

Research support for faculty through the URGO Summer Research Program

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The URGO Summer Research Program is designed to enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research and creative activity here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.
While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.
Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise and current line of inquiry.
To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:
Please encourage interested students to attend our final Summer Research Information Session, where they will hear from students who have previously completed the experience and get guidance on completing the summer research application: December 5, 5pm in OGC 100.

Faculty Responsibility for University Course Surveys

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These next two weeks are the prime time for faculty to set aside 5-7 minutes at the beginning of class for students to complete the University Course Survey. They can do so on their phones and faculty should leave the room since as a body we decided these surveys should be voluntary. The critical feature of this design is that it complements course specific data you collect on your own (in class survey, focus group, class discussion) to improve teaching and learning. We are working to increase response rates (so if you forget and rate is low that may be why) and to change the culture of faculty and student attention to course feedback. Department and Program Chairs are asked to make sure our adjunct and new faculty are aware of our process at Augsburg. If you have specific questions, please contact Scott Krajewski or Diane Pike

General Announcements

EAC needs your clothing donations

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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

630 Cedar Ave Fire – Emergency Fund

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An emergency fund has been established to provide assistance to the families affected by the tragic fire in the 630 Cedar apartment building that occurred last Wednesday morning.  Five lives were lost, three people are still hospitalized and many more were displaced from their homes. Contributions to this fund will be used to help victims of the fire with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other emergency needs that may arise.  Many members of our community are hurting as a result of the fire. To donate to the fund go to:

Several staff will be meeting in the Sabo Center this afternoon at 1:30 PM to discuss other ways that the Augsburg community can support our neighbors. Please join if you are interested in being part of this effort.

Batalden Book Club Series – Spring 2020

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Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ph.D., is coming to Augsburg University on Thursday, March 5, 2020, as the speaker for the Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics.

In preparation for his visit, please consider joining one of the Batalden Book Club series (which includes a luncheon and book club discussion) per below. This series is open to all faculty and staff. Space is limited to twenty per group/date on a first come, first served basis.

Cosmopolitanism – Friday, January 31st, noon-2pm
The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity – Friday, February 28th, noon-2pm

Those attending a book club luncheon/discussion will also be invited to a discussion with the author on March 5th, in the afternoon. To reserve a space, please contact Deanna Davis at In your email, please let her know which book club you would like to join. Books will be available for pick up with Deanna Davis in the Academic Affairs office.

Note: For those interested in both book clubs, please let Deanna know (and indicate your first choice) when you contact her. If space is available, you may be able to join both.

Fundraiser for LGBTQIA+ Student Scholarship

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Each year, during Lavender Celebration, we honor and recognize LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and accomplices for their work in creating a more visible and just community for queer and trans+ folx. This year and coming years – LGBTQIA+ Student Services is looking to uplift more students by providing financial support through scholarship during the Lavender Celebration. Please help us raise funds to uplift and recognize the original work our LGBTQIA+ students are doing.

To buy a shirt(s) or donate, please follow this link

Campus Cupboard Food Shelf Hours

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The Campus Cupboard offers free food for all Augsburg students. Located in Science Hall sublevel (Not Hagfors), room 8, fall semester hours are:

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10:30am-noon
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm

We also accept food donations during open hours, or outside of open hours in the drop off bin in Christensen Center near Einstein’s. For bigger donations please feel free to email me and set up a drop off time:

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Interested in a weekly fresh produce subscription?

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Hello everyone!

Campus Kitchen is proud to announce our partnership with Brightside Produce and aid in their mission to make healthy produce more accessible to food insecure neighborhoods. Starting next Tuesday, October 29, we will be launching our own Buyers Club branch here at Augsburg. This is a weekly produce subscription ranging from $3, $5, $10, & $20. Your subscription will help bring fresh produce to corner stores in the Cedar Riverside area. If you are interested in joining the buyers club please follow these step by step instructions to set up your subscription.

1.) Go to
2.) Click the menu button in the top left corner of the screen and select “join the Buyers Club”.
3.) Follow the instructions on the buyers club page (subscription size, Augsburg pick up, items you prefer to be left out of your bags, and whether or not you would like to start a weekly subscription or make a one time purchase.)
4.) You will also have the option of purchasing a reusable tote bag from Brightside for your subscriptions, if you feel inclined to do so.
5.) Pick up will be from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesdays, outside of the Sabo center, located in the basement of Anderson Hall.

Please help us pass the word to any student, staff, or faculty who might be interested! We appreciate your support in our program and mission to make healthy food more accessible in our neighborhoods. For more information feel free to email me: or our supervisor Natalie Jacobson:

Sign Up Here!

Student Share Shop Now Open

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The Share Shop is now open for students to rent out items! Located in the sublevel of Science hall (Not Hagfors), room 8. Our hours as of now are:
Mondays: 10am-Noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10:30am-Noon

We have items ranging from bedding, games, kitchenware and appliances, and other household goods.

Additionally, we also have Augsburg gear to give away, which have been thoughtfully donated by the Bookstore.

We’re still looking for donations from student, staff and faculty. Due to several unusable/inappropriate donations, all donations must be dropped off at the Shop during open hours, and approved by a staff member. The items we are in need of are:
– First aid Kits/ Sewing kits
– Kitchen Appliances
– Clothing items
– XL Twin Bedding
– Water Bottles
– Tool Kits
– Poster putty/other dorm items

If you have questions as to what we accept, please email We’re excited to be up and running and hope to see y’all soon.

Study abroad in the Netherlands in May 2020

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Love to explore? Have a sense of adventure? Like to walk and take trains? Like to ride bike? See cities by boat? Enjoy gardens? Markets? Architecture? Parks? Ever been interested in how the people of the Netherlands live? Do you have the desire to learn about innovative and creative solutions to environmental challenges? Would you like to have new ideas and tools to make positive changes back here in the U.S.?

Join Allyson Green and Lars Christiansen on a two-week exploration of urban environmental sustainability in Amsterdam and Delft, Netherlands in May 2020! We begin with several course sessions in Minneapolis in early May, and then depart for the Netherlands on May 7. We return two weeks later. There is so much to see and discover! We hope you join us.


Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

This is a 6-credit program:

Students choose one SOC/URB course for 4 credits:
SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

All students also take INS 292 for 2 credits:
INS 292: Topics: Environmental Sustainability through an Intercultural Lens

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

Program Cost: $5,500
*This all-inclusive program fee covers: tuition for 6 credits, international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, and all program activities.

Financial Aid: Check with Student Financial Services in Sverdrup hall to learn about how your financial aid package might help cover the cost of this program.

Get more information and apply online

Two weeks in Greece – study abroad in May 2020

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Study Abroad for 2 weeks in summer and earn 4 credits + Augsburg Experience!

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***

Course options:
KEY 490, ECO 495 , or BUS 495 (students register for one course).
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Faculty Leaders:
Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Travel Dates: May 13-27, 2020 Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Examine challenges and opportunities in Greece as it has suffered from economic crisis combined with the current refugee crisis. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Through these connections, you will develop an understanding of Greece’s interaction with the European Union and the current instability in the region.

Get more info and apply online!

“What Would You Do With $14,000?” – ADSG Long-term Project fund available

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The Finance Committee have allocated $14,000 to be used for programs, projects, or any proposals/ideas that will impact students the most on campus.

These funds can be used by students and departments that directly work with students to benefit our Augsburg community.

Examples can range anywhere in the range of remodeling a section of a building space for ease of access for students and faculty, to wanting to add massage chairs to your favorite student space on campus. If you have a idea, a plan can be set in motion!

If you are interested the committee will require you to set up a meeting to talk more about your suggestions or send ideas by email.

For more information or to set up a meeting please email:
Daniel Degollado

EAC Looking for Water Bottle Donations

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Have any excess water bottles sitting around? The Environmental Action Committee would love to take those off your hands. EAC is looking for any reusable water bottles you have and would like to donate for other students to have through Campus Cupboard. You can drop off any donations in the Sabo Center located in the lower level of Anderson Residence Hall.

Event Announcements

TODAY: Preprandial Poetry, or Hors d’oeuvres and Verse

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Lindell Library is graciously hosting English Professors D. E. (Doug) Green and James Cihlar, who will be reading their poetry in the Learning Commons (street level, Lindell) between 5 and 6pm TODAY, Tuesday, 3 December. Doug’s first collection Jumping the Median is available in the bookstore, and Jim’s new book The Shadowgraph is forthcoming this spring. There will be refreshments. Please join us.

You can also catch Doug at Eat My Words Bookstore, 3pm, this coming Sunday, 8 December, with poet and spoken word artist Eric Tu (Tu the Judoka).

Welcome Christmas this Friday

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Every year, the Augsburg Associates bring festivities to campus the first Friday after Thanksgiving with the annual Velkommen Jul celebration. Please join them Friday, December 6, from 11am to 1pm in the Commons to celebrate.

So how do you Velkommen Jul?
1. Enjoy complimentary Norwegian treats in the Commons including waffles, lefse and a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2. Wear your Norwegian sweater or bunad – find one at a thrift store!
3. Shop at the holiday boutique downstairs while enjoying some music
4. Worship with Norwegian music in the Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 a.m. for the annual Velkommen Jul services

Everyone (students, staff, faculty, and friends) is welcome to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of this campus-wide tradition and share in a piece of Augsburg’s heritage.

MN Farming: The Dirt (free registration)

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MN Farming: The DIRT is a fitting follow-up to Minnesota Peace Initiative (MPI) spring dialogue, Climate Change Comes Home! The topic of regenerative agriculture is inextricably linked to climate change—a changing climate has direct impacts on crop yield, water use, biodiversity and soil health.

The agricultural industry will continue to face challenges that come with a rapidly changing environment, and the importance of regenerative agricultural techniques become increasingly essential with the threat of decreased food production.

Tue, December 3, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST

McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Gregory Bohrer
Agriculture Program Director at Environmental Initiative
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
President and CEO at Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Dr. Nick Jordan
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota

Register Here

You are Invited to Office Hours with Your Deans

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This Thursday, December 5, Monica Devers, Dean of Professional Studies, and Ryan Haaland, Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite faculty, staff and students to stop by and meet them during a series of “office hours” scheduled for this fall. These office hours are an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions.

Thursday, December 5 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Hagfors Center Lobby

Focused Conversation Webinar on Philanthropic Culture

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Vice President of Institutional Advancement Heather Riddle will host a webinar on strengthening Augsburg’s culture of philanthropy. The webinar will be recorded Friday, Dec. 6 from 3-4 p.m. and will be available to stream live at that time. Beginning Dec. 9 the recording will be available to review.

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

All Hands

Queering Career Business Visit

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As a continuation of or Queering Career series, LGBTQIA+ Student Services is sponsoring visits to local queer-owned businesses.

Thursday, December 5th we’re visiting Urban Growler

For each event, we will meet in the Auggies Nest at 2 pm, leave no later than 2:30 pm, and will be back on campus by 4 pm. Transportation will be provided.

For more information and to register for the business visits, please use this link

All About Bias

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This workshop has a hybrid, e-learning group format that provides participants with an introduction to understanding and responding to unconscious bias during workplace interactions and in workplace settings. Relevant to faculty and staff of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all aspects of Augsburg University. Additionally, this workshop explores the hidden and pervasive nature of unconscious bias. More specifically, it examines how unconscious bias works in the human brain, how it impacts decisions, and how individuals can respond when they encounter it in themselves and others.

To register for this workshop, click HERE.


Keeping Track of Auggies

Congrats to the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program Graduates

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Please join Campus Life in congratulating the following students for successfully completing the 2019 Augsburg University Emerging Leaders Program:
* Aaliyah Abdi
* Abdulahi Ahmed
* Alexis Dreon
* Alyssa Parkhurst
* Amanda Todd
* Andy Tran
* Angelica Bello Ayapantecatl
* Ashley Litzinger
* Austin Synder
* Barbara Sabino Pina
* Bisharo Abdi
* Bo Schlosser
* Brooke O’Quinn
* Bry Maddox-Sanders
* Bryam Alvarado
* Capri Bryant
* Cesar Degollado
* Chee Thao
* Connor Grenier
* Corey Hayden
* Cynthia Terry
* Daniel Garcia Garcia
* Daniel Lee
* Dejaleah Young
* Drew Strautman
* Elias Wirz
* Emma TItus
* Eric Oppegard
* Farina Thao
* Fritz Landherr
* Gabby Huerta
* Hope Kannare
* Hope Mwalilino
* Huda AliIng Wendland
* Ingri Ramirez Martin
* Jack Jensen
* Jalizbeth Dominguez-Matheis
* Julia Kramer
* Katie Flynn
* Kay Carvajal Moran
* Kenzie Kilborn
* Lailah Cloud
* Lajntxiang Lee
* Lizzy Vang
* Luz Villanueva
* Lynn Sommers
* Maggie Wallace
* Malachi Owens
* Mano Lara
* Mariana Chavez
* Maya Johnson
* Megan Brown
* Melisa Robles Olivar
* Miles Christopher
* Minna O’Connell
* Mollie Lohmann
* MongZong Xiong
* Nasteha Elmi
* Natalia Castillo
* Pa Her
* Pah Nhia Yang
* Rylee Hoyt
* Saida Alonso Ramirez
* Sam Dougan
* Sari Niles
* Savanah Hoard
* Siman Mohamed
* Soria Sarwary
* Sumaiya Azeez
* Taw Bee
* Tom Pribbenow
* Tyana Maddox-Sanders
* Valencia Cortes
* Varney Conneh
* Vayle Baker
* Victoria Garcia
* Vince Poch
* Zoe Barany


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