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Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

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The AAC met for the final time this academic year on Wednesday, May 5. The following proposals were approved at that meeting:

Academic Policy: Topics courses may be offered three (3) times before they need to be approved as a permanent course. The course may not be offered a fourth time without AAC permanent approval.

-HPE 203 will become cross-listed with BIO 103.

-SPA 11X is a new course.

-PWC 310 changed its course title.

-PWC 330 is a new course.

-RLN 300 will provide the signature Search for Meaning requirement for advanced transfer students.
This was the final meeting with Phyllis Kapetanakis as Chair of AAC. It was also the final meeting for former Chair, David Crowe. AAC wants to thank them both for their service, as well as give a special thank-you to Lizzy Hoversten who served as this year’s student representative.

Information about AAC including minutes, proposal forms, and tracking of approvals can be found at A summary of approvals from the last several years can also be found in the link below.
21-22 Academic Affairs Committee
Emily Schilling, Biology (NSS)
Erin Sugrue, Social Work (PS)
Henry Yoon, Psychology (NSS), at large
Jacob Enger, Business Administration (PS)
Jody Sorensen, MSCS (NSS), at large
Joseph Towle*, Modern Languages (HFA), at large
Reinaldo Moya, Music (HFA)
Sarah Greenfield, English (HFA)
Terrance Kwame-Ross, Education (PS)
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AAC Proposal Approval Summary

TODAY: Supporting Faculty-Student Interaction Through Navigational Mentorship

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TODAY at 9 am: The NSF PRISM Project: Supporting Faculty-Student Interaction through Navigational Mentorship

Facilitated by Rebekah Dupont, Jennifer Brookins-King, and Arielle Mayper

This workshop will provide an overview of the first year activities of the NSF PRISM project, share goals for the 21-22 academic year and hold two breakout sessions. The first breakout will be guided by student feedback on the PRISM mentorship pilot this spring. We’ll discuss strategies for enhancing student interaction with faculty and supporting student professional and career goals. The second breakout will explore what professional development the PRISM project might provide during the second year of this five-year project.

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

3 Days in May Schedule/Zoom Information

Schedule/Information TODAY’S “3 Days in May” Sessions

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The link below leads you to the schedule for TODAY’S 3 Days in May. Individual sessions are also on the CTL calendar (

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Note that the link below can only be viewed when logged in through Augsburg.

3 Days in May Schedule/Link Information

TODAY: Sessions on the Degree Audit and Assessment

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TODAY at 10:30:
Assessment Report: Progress and Next Steps Facilitated by Ben Denkinger
The results of this year’s assessment of Vocation in students’ General Education coursework are in, and they are RED HOT. But don’t fret keystone fans: we’ve got you covered with details on our initial steps to identify evidence of student achievement in keystone coursework. And for our VIP departmental assessment coordinators, we’re offering premium bespoke content to answer all your burning questions as you head into the summer. All attendees will receive an official “Augsburg Assessment 2021” letter jacket and keychain (while supplies last), so don’t miss out!

TODAY at Noon:
uAchieve: Degree Audit Q & A Facilitated by Christine Berkenpas and Hope Blatchley
This session is a follow-up Q & A to the uAchieve degree audit training video series posted on the Community Moodle website. We want to ensure that department chairs (and others) have received answers to all of their questions about the degree audit and the vetting process. The June 15, 2021, deadline for providing feedback to the encoders is quickly approaching. The next deadline of July 15, 2021, will also come quickly–the department chairs signing off on their department’s degree audits.

This Q & A session will primarily benefit people who have already watched the 15 self-paced training videos. If you have not already watched this series, totaling 2 ½ hours, we encourage you to schedule two or three blocks of time for yourself to watch the videos prior to the Q & A session. Perhaps you can use some of the open time periods during the 3 Days in May. We are so excited for you to now have access to this long-awaited tool!

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

3 Days in May Schedule/Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

Forum Podcast Ep. 62: From Bystander to Ally Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz (DCY Consulting) and Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answer questions from listeners that attended our very popular April 2021 webinar From Bystander to Ally.

Forum Podcast – Ep. 63: Dismantling Systems of Oppression from the Inside Out

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Adrienne Kimball (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) and Karen Cohen (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) share Rubicon’s own journey to becoming a social justice organization as well as other helpful resources and insights for others to utilize.

Still Looking for Fulbright Candidates

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field, including performance studies and the creative arts. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

Fulbright US Student Program Website

General Announcements

Free Groceries from Campus Cupboard this Summer

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Campus Cupboard still offers free grocery deliveries on and off campus for students during the summer! If you live on campus or can pick up your food on campus, fill out this linked form whenever you need groceries. If you live off campus and would like food delivered to you, email to get on our weekly delivery route!

Online Resources for Student Mental Health and Wellness

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TODAY at 9 am: Online Resources for Student Mental Health and Wellness Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

Spending time online can be anxiety provoking for students, but it can also be a potent source of help and guidance. There are many good online resources to help with anxiety, depression, and other signs of mental health problems. Online communities for people coping with mental health conditions also exist. This workshop will introduce participants to some useful online resources for students dealing with mental health conditions and the people who support them.

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

3 Days in May Schedule/Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Apply here

One Week Left to Apply for the 2021-22 AugSTEM Scholars Program

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2021 (graduating by December ‘23)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Friday, May 28 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Learn more about the application!

Event Announcements

Attend the 2021 Leadership Summit

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2021 Leadership Summit May 19

The Leadership Summit is back! Join us for the 2021 Augsburg/Midway Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit – live/zoom format.

The noon keynote speaker for this year’s summit will be President Paul Pribbenow “New Protocols: Life and Work Together after a Pandemic” His presentation will be preceded by an 11am session led by MAL alum Carole Burton on “Equity, Blind Spots, and Perfectionism: The Why’s, How’s, and impact on ROTI”

Augsburg faculty, staff, and graduate students will be able to attend this year’s summit free, but pre-registration is required. If interested, please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at by Friday May 14. You may attend one or both sessions.

More information on the Leadership Summit

Next Week, Forum Presentaion, When Our Identities Conflict

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When: May 20, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CST
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation

Register here:

Presenters: Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Hayward Bell, Raytheon Company RETIRED  |  Kimberly B. Davis, National Hockey League  |  Lee Tschanz, Rockwell Automation  |  Amy Wilczynski, Anderson & Rust – Borough of Allendale, NJ

What do we believe about ourselves as a people and country — the UNITED States of America? What values do we pass on to our children and their children’s children? What resonates for us, and why?

Join us for a moderated panel discussion that explores understanding our beliefs and values, what underwrites our political identities, and how to influence ourselves and our interactions in partnership and leadership across many difference points of view.

Learning Outcomes
Learn how to deeply listen to hear and recognize the humanity in ourselves and each other
Embrace paradoxes of sameness and difference, individual and group
Explore how our mindsets are shaped by our beliefs and values (what underpins our political identities)
Challenge your mindset to see bigger and broader and to go deeper to the heart level

Keeping Track of Auggies

Shamsa Ahmed Wins a Fulbright

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Shamsa Ahmed, 2021, graduated with Political Science and International Relations majors won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to teach English in South Korea. She is a TRIO/SSS student, Act Six Scholar and Dell Scholar recipient. She also won the national Boren scholarship where she spent 8 weeks in Florida studying Swahili followed by 4 months in Tanzania learning Swahili and studying Swahili culture and history. Following her ETA she plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy. She is passionate about refugee rights as she herself spent many years in a refugee camp in Kenya until coming to the U.S. as a 6th grader. She’s passionate about peace building and can envision a career in the foreign service or the United Nations. Shamsa is familiar with 5 languages and for the past 5 years has taught young children Saturdays and Sundays at her mosque.

Citlaly Escobar Wins a Fulbright

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Citlaly Escobar, 2021, graduated with majors in Political Science and Sociology won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Taiwan. Citlaly has been involved on and off campus in a variety of ways. She was a first-team all-conference lacrosse player, vice president of the Augsburg Latinx Student Association, and a freshmen and sophomore class president for the Honors Program. She was also one of the working group members for the Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, serving as a Latinx student representative. In addition, she has spent the last two years as a student researcher for TRIO/McNair, URGO, and received a graduate research assistantship at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (first undergraduate to receive this award). She also won the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Award to study for 7 weeks last summer at the Hubert Humphrey School. Following her time in Taiwan, Citlaly plans to pursue a PhD in American Studies where she hopes to continue her research about the Twin Cities Chicano Movement and Latino society in the upper Midwest.

Ciashia Shiongyaj Wins a Fulbright

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Ciashia Shiongyaj, 2021, graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. Ciashia is motivated to become an ETA because she wants to create a community inside the classroom and join communities outside the classroom. She also wants to learn more about her Asian heritage. She played on Augsburg’s volleyball team and has taught volleyball for several years to many age groups. While at Augsburg she conducted URGO research with Dr. Emily Schilling and also did a summer of research with the DNR in Bemidji. Upon returning to the U.S. she plans to earn a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. She’s passionate about finding ways that humans can coexist in this ecosystem without depleting the Earth’s biodiversity.

Taiwana Shambley Named Fulbright Alternate

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Taiwana Shambley, 2021, graduated with majors in English and African American Studies and was named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Laos. Last summer she taught 7th-grade literature at Breakhthrough Twin Cities to many Hmong, Laotian, and Taiwanese students. Wanting to know more about these cultures is one of the reasons Taiwana chose Laos as her country. She is a TRIO/McNair Scholar, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics and Executive Editor of the Echo. She also served as a Writing Lab Tutor. Her future plans include earning graduate degrees in Creative Writing and American Studies.


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