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Teaching Tip Tuesday: 11 Steps to Planning a Course You’ve Never Taught Before

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As we prepare to close out one semester before beginning another, check out this “Faculty Focus” article for some tips on planning to teach a course that you’ve never taught before.

Watch for Teaching Tip Tuesdays on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and Tech Tip Tuesdays on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. You can find additional resources at

11 Steps to Planning a Course You’ve Never Taught Before


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Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright will give her talk, “From ‘E’ to ‘F’: Enhancing Student Thinking and Learning During Lectures” tomorrow from 3:20 pm – 3:35 pm in Hagfors 151.

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.

EDTalks take place just prior to the faculty meeting and right next door. Grab your coffee and a seat to gain knowledge and inspiration before the big meeting.

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

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Faculty: Submit an article for “Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement”

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The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is accepting submissions for their special issue “Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement.”

The issue will highlight how scholars have centered social justice when designing and implementing service-learning opportunities or producing and applying engaged scholarship.

The editors invite abstracts for submissions from educators and researchers from all fields and disciplines that:

*Report research on the challenges, motivations, and experiences of practicing community engagement
*Explore the often-overlooked contributions to the field of community engaged-scholarship by educators, researchers, practitioners, community partners, and community members from historically marginalized backgrounds
*Evaluate methodologies for the practice and research of engagement based on their ability to achieve social justice
*Apply the lessons of critical theoretical and methodological lenses such as post-colonial theory, feminism, critical race theory, queer theory, disability studies, and ecocriticism, to advance community engagement pedagogies and practices.


General Announcements

Sophomores: $16,000 Phillips Scholarship Mini-Application Now Open

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The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders, and receive a total of $16,000 in scholarship.

A preliminary mini-application (linked below) is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalists complete their applications.

Applicants must be a sophomore during the 2019-2020 school year.

Each year, projects must fit within a theme. This year’s application theme is “Addressing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap in Minnesota.”

Scholarship recipients receive $6,000 during their junior year, a $4,000 stipend while completing a summer project, and $6,000 their senior year upon successful completion of their summer project.

Last year, 3 of the 5 Phillips Scholar recipients were Augsburg students, and many Augsburg students have received the scholarship in the past. Check out the Phillips Scholar website for more information about current and former Phillips Scholars and their projects:

Deadline for Preliminary Application: Friday, January 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
Augsburg finalists selected to submit full proposals will be notified by Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Full applications will be due February 7, 2020.

Phillips Scholarship Required Mini-Application Due January 10

Nominate a student for the Newman Civic Fellowship

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The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change makers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.

Newman Civic Fellows:
*Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
*Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
*Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.

Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to nominate a student to be considered for Augsburg’s 2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellow (self-nominations accepted). The nominee must have at least one full year of their education remaining, such that they will be enrolled in higher education for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year.

Nominations will close on January 20, 2020.

Nomination Form for 2020 Newman Civic Fellowship

Student Assistant Enrollment Counselors: Now Hiring

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Student Financial Services is seeking to hire 1-2 student employees as soon as possible for the Spring 2019 Semester.

Availability Requirements:
*Must be available to work Mondays, Thursday afternoons, and/or Friday mornings during Spring Semester.
*Must be available for training 6-12 hrs per week during last 2 weeks of winter break. Training hours are paid.

For more information and to submit an application, please apply online in Handshake for the “Student Assistant Enrollment Counselor 2019-2020” position:

Please submit a resume and optional cover letter within the application.

Any questions, please email

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, 1:30pm-3pm
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2pm-5:30pm

Additional Session – Use your tuition benefit to study leadership

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Last week we hosted the information session below. Given the strong interest in this topic and the fact that some people could not attend, we have scheduled another session for next week — Tuesday December 17 at noon in the Cedar Room.

If you wanted to attend, but couldn’t, or you attended last week and would like to explore this further, please sign up. As before, lunch is on us. Just go through the line in Christensen, tell them you are with MAL, and bring your food to the Cedar Room. So we know who is coming (space in the Cedar Room is limited) please use the link below to register:

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Tuchtenhagen, Alan <>
Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 11:37 AM
Subject: Use your employee tuition benefit to study leadership

Augsburg Colleagues –
Use your employee tuition benefit to study leadership here at Augsburg!
• Promote your professional development
• Increase your opportunities for career advancement
• Enhance your personal growth
• Already have a master’s degree? The GCLS or even a second master’s degree will add a competitive edge to your resume. Graduate credits may even be transferred in from a previous degree.
• Have some college, but have not completed a bachelor’s degree? Come anyway! If you are interested in pursuing your education in leadership studies, we can help connect you to the resources to complete your bachelor’s degree (100% free tuition for undergraduate credits) on the way to graduate study.

We can provide you with contacts to current students and alumni working at Augsburg or on other college campuses, who have gone through the program and have become more successful in their careers.

2020 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program – applications due January 20

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Students can now apply for the 2020 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2020 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:

-Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
-Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

2020 NASA Scholarship Cover Letter

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.

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!

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

Event Announcements

Clinical Psych: CBT and Underserved Populations Wednesday, December 11

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approaches for Underserved Populations
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches have typically been developed and implemented with middle class white populations. On Wednesday, December 11th, from 11AM to Noon at Sverdrup Hall Room 204, graduate students from Augsburg’s PsyD Clinical Psychology program will present posters summarizing research literature on modifying CBT interventions for individuals from four different underserved or nondominant populations–Muslim, Native American, lower socioeconomic status, and prison inmates. Please join us in exploring their findings. Light refreshments will be provided.

Donna McLean’s Retirement Party: Thursday, December 12 from 3 to 6 p.m., Foss Center

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After 34 years, four positions, seven fundraising campaigns, 12 office moves and thousands of conversations with alumni, parents, and friends, Donna McLean has decided to retire from her work at Augsburg. Her last day will be December 20. Her time at Augsburg will be celebrated with a reception on December 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (program at 4 p.m.) in the Arnold Atrium, Foss Center. All are welcome to attend.

See the full announcement here

De-Stress Night TONIGHT

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FINALS ARE APPROACHING, but don’t panic cause ASAC is here for YOU! On Tuesday, Dec 10th ASAC, ALAS, EP!C, CWC, and Gamers United will be hosting a de-stress night for everyone! This will be one of the biggest collaborations this semester and it’s all for you. Come relax, eat food, get a massage, and more. This night is for YOU and YOU sure won’t want to miss this!

TIME: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

We hope to see you there!

BYOBeads 2, De-stress with AISA

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*Hau Mitakuyepi! *Boozhoo! *Halito Chim Achukma! *Hinįkaragi! *Yá’át’ééh! *Da’anzho!
Hello AISAfamily!

With the closing of our Semester, AISA will be hosting this last event for everyone before Finals next week!

BYOBeads 2 – Ending the Semester: THIS Wednesday Dec.11 from 4:30-6:30 in OGC 113.

Join AISA in de-stressing before finals by BYOBeads, doing arts and crafts, creating some personalized essential oils, or just use this as a study day.
Also, there will be a surprise for Active Members, so make sure that you come on through!

We hope to see you all Wednesday!

*Boozhoo is translated from the Ojibwe language as “Hello/Greetings”
*Da’anzho is translated as ¨Hello¨ in the language of the Apache peoples.
*Hau Mitakuyepi is translated as “Hello my relatives” in the language of the Dakota people.
*Yá’át’ééh is translated as “Hello” in the language of the Navajo people.
*Halito Chim Achukma is translated as “Hello How Are You” in the language of the Choctaw people.
*Hinįkaragi is translated as “I greet you” in the language of the HoChunk people.

Ally Training 1

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This workshop provides participants with the tools, skills, knowledge, and resources to be intentionally supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities. Additionally, this workshop will cover definitions and terminology, tackle current issues and challenges facing LGBTQIA+ students, and practice skill-building scenarios. Finally, this workshop will help faculty and staff to develop and grow their inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality while creating and maintaining Augsburg spaces that affirm the wholeness of identities. Please Note: Those who attend Ally Training I will receive an ally placard that they may place on a visible surface near their Augsburg work area.

To register for this workshop, click HERE.


Keeping Track of Auggies

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Student Job: Operation Specialist Assistant – Apply Now

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The Admissionss Office is looking for detail-oriented and adaptable student worker to provide administrative support for the Office of Admissions by supporting the daily functions of the Operations team. Please review the full job description and apply online by following these steps:

1. Log into Inside Augsburg and select “On-Campus Student Jobs’
2. Log in to or set-up your Handshake account
3. Search Jobs
4. Filter for “On-Campus” Jobs
5. Apply for the: Operation Specialist Assistant position
6. Submit the Operation Specialist Assistant Form ( help us get to know you better.