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Full-Time Faculty: Only 1 Seat Remaining for the Integrated Course Design Workshop in May

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Participating in the Integrated Course Design (ICD) Workshop will change the way you think about teaching. It is offered to encourage faculty to develop their knowledge and skills in evidence-based, equitable, engaging, and holistic course design. Based on the work of L. Dee Fink, the workshop is designed to offer participants a reframing of their work from “teacher” to “designers of learning experiences.” More than a collection of different teaching strategies, integrated course design is an overall system for thinking about how all course elements and strategies intersect with one another to create significant learning experiences for students — experiences which engage students with your content and lead to changes in the way they live in and understand the world.

When: Wed May 17; Thu May 18; Wed May 24; Thu May 25 ; 9am-Noon all days
Where: Augsburg University Campus
Who: All full-time Augsburg faculty members are eligible to apply for one of the 8 seats in the workshop. Those accepted into the ICD Workshop will receive a $1000 stipend to support work on their course over the Summer.
How: Integrated Course Design (ICD) Grant Application

Integrated Course Design (ICD) Grant Application

Full-Time Faculty: Only 3 Seats Left for the Scholarly Writing Retreat in May

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Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat at the Dunrovin Retreat Center. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. There is no cost to you for this retreat — The Center for Teaching and Learning will cover room and board (and WiFi). We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday May 14th and ends at 3:00 pm on Tuesday May 16th. Space is limited to 18 full-time faculty members.

To find out more about the Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat and to complete a registration form, click the link below. If you have any other questions, please contact CTL at

Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat Information and Registration

Save the Date: Development Days in May are May 9 – May 11, 2023

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Each year the Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) create and coordinate Augsburg’s Development Days in May (DDM, formerly 3 Days in May). These three days are set-aside to allow faculty (and others) to participate in professional development opportunities on campus at no cost. This year, DDM will take place Tuesday May 9 through Thursday May 11, 8:30-3:00 pm each day. Morning sessions will typically take place on campus in person and afternoon sessions will be offered over Zoom.

Look for a preliminary schedule and program to be posted next week! If you have any questions or are interested in offering a session, please contact CTL at

Congratulations to Our 2023 Distinguished Contribution Award Winners

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The five faculty recipients of Augsburg’s 2023 Distinguished Contribution Awards were announced at the April 12th faculty meeting and will be formally recognized at the Faculty Recognition Reception on April 28th. Please congratulate them when you see them on campus — especially Dr. Vela-McConnell who made Augsburg history as the first person to receive all three Distinguished Contribution awards (Scholarship 2012, Service 2012, and Teaching 2023)!

Special Award: Excellence in Leadership
Andy Aoki, Ph.D.
Political Science

Excellence in Scholarship
Jayoung Koo, Ph.D.
Business Administration

Excellence in Service
Ankita Deka, Ph.D.
Social Work

Excellence in Teaching – Adjunct Faculty
Jessica Ennis, M.S.

Excellence in Teaching
James Vela-McConnell, Ph.D.

Come to the Writing Center for Your Final Papers and Projects

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The Writing Center is open!
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-7pm and Monday- Thursday 2-7pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We will be open during Finals week. The center will close for the semester on April 27th.

We are here to give you feedback on all of your papers and projects.

For more information, please visit our website

General Announcements

Student Position: Join the Environmental Stewardship Team This Summer

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Do you care about the environment? Do you want to be part of a dynamic, diverse team making positive change for people and planet? Then work on the Environmental Stewardship Team! We are hiring a few undergraduate student workers to join our team this summer with the potential for employment to continue into the schoolyear. Students can expect to work 8-15 hours per week on projects connected to the community garden, ShareShop, and beyond. Please review the job description before applying. Candidates must be work study eligible (email with questions about your financial aid package).

Questions? Contact Monica McDaniel, Sustainability Officer (

Review the job description & apply here!

PCA Needed for 10-Year-Old with ASD This Summer

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Family in Coon Rapids is seeking a summer PCA/companion for their 10 year old son with ASD. Assignment begins on June 13th and ends on September 1st, Monday – Friday, from 8:30am-4:30pm, with some flexibility in schedule. Child is generally chill and self-directed. Some periodic agitation. Home has 2 friendly pets and swimming pool. First aid training a plus. Competitive salary.

Candidates will be screened and employed by Best Care Minnesota. If interested, please contact Susan Kopher at 612-220-1807 or by email at

Faculty and Staff IT Survey Returns

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After a pandemic pause, the Faculty and Staff IT Survey returns at

Please take 10 minutes and fill out the anonymous survey before the end of June. Your feedback helps us know how we’re doing and will help us in our planning. We’ve been doing this survey since 2008 and we track our satisfaction ratings over time.

IT Survey 2023

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

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The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

04/17/2023: Lead Custodian
04/14/2023: Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communication
04/13/2023: Staff Accountant

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New Staff Position: Lead Custodian

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Shifts available:

Day Lead Custodian — Wednesday – Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Night Lead Custodian — Thursday – Monday, 3:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

The Lead Custodian will provide direction and support for custodial workers. They will assist supervisors in training crew members. They will provide direction in the absence of the supervisors and assist the supervisors in finding and reporting projects that need to be completed.

Primary Responsibilities:

– Monitors the day shift sick call line and delegates work order assignments as needed.
– Meets with crew members at the start of the shift in order to answer questions, give out special assignments, and distribute work orders.
– Completes regular inspections of assigned areas.
– Provides custodial staff work direction throughout the shift as needed.
– Assists in the training of crew members in new procedures, chemicals, and equipment.
– Assists in the training and orientation of new crew members.
– Works on projects as assigned by supervisor.
– Fills in for absent workers.
– Performs light repair of custodial equipment.

Additional Responsibilities:

– Assist co-workers with supply and equipment needs and disburse the delivery to supply cage.
– Prepares reports on activities performed on weekends and when the supervisor is absent.
– Summer and school break apartment turn cleaning to include; window washing, carpet extraction, kivacing restrooms, and waxing floors.
– Biohazard cleanup.
– Assist with event cleanup.
– Snow shoveling for assigned entryway areas.
– Clean outside entryways, up to 15 feet from the door, and keep them free of debris, cigarette butts, etc.
– Tag equipment for major repairs and advise the manager or supervisor.
– All other duties as assigned by supervisor(s).

Work environment and physical demands:

– Frequent balancing, hearing, seeing, smelling, walking.
– Frequent standing, sitting, stooping, walking.
– Regular grasping, repetitive motions (twisting).
– Occasional balancing, climbing, kneeling, pulling, reaching, talking
– Occasional carrying up to 50 pounds and lifting up to 75 pounds.
– Occasional talking.
– Infrequent crawling, feeling, fingering, sitting.
– Exposure to irritating substances: cleaning chemicals.
– Exposure to long or irregular hours: may work nights and weekends.
– Exposure to dust, dirt, mold, dampness and odors.

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Event Announcements

Thursday, April 20 3:30-5:30 p.m. Community Clean-up Competition

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On Thursday April 20th from 3:30-5:30pm, welcome in the spring by taking action to clean up trash and recycling on campus and in the surrounding community! We will be splitting off into teams from campus for the clean-up and then celebrating the action with lunch in Murphy Square. Join a student organization or athletic team, or create your own team of friends to compete for gift cards to local businesses!

Meet in the Urness & Mortensen Lobby

Contact: Maya Merritt, EAC Officer (

Earth Month event info can be found here!

Neighborhood Clean-Up: Friday, April 21

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To celebrate Earth Day, The West Bank Business Association (WBBA) is hosting a clean-up event along Cedar Avenue from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM this Friday, April 21. The clean-up will start at Edna’s Park, next to the Wienery (414 Cedar Ave.). WBBA will provide gloves, cleaning supplies, and treats for all volunteers. Stop over and help out our neighborhood business district. Questions? Contact

Songs of Hope and Healing

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The music therapy program is hosting, Songs of Hope and Healing on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 7 pm in Sateren Auditorium. The evening will feature songs board-certified music therapists have composed in music therapy sessions with clients. These songs reflect client’s experiences as of navigating challenges with their health and in life. These songs are artifacts that communicate and express their emotions, and experiences, and foster a connection with others. The concert is also designed to be an arts-based research experience in which concert attendees have the opportunity to hear and experience songs composed in the context of music therapy sessions. Attendees that complete informed consent will be given a brief questionnaire to complete at the end of the concert. The questionnaire will focus on their experiences of listening to and hearing the songs created by clients in music therapy sessions shared during the concert.

This event is free and open to the public

Bike, Walk, Roll to Campus on Friday 4/21

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THIS Friday is Bike, Walk, Roll to Augsburg Day. Celebrate Earth Month with us by taking an active, green mode of transportation to campus. DM @sustainable_augsburgu (instagram) or email a picture of your commute to be shared on our social media for the chance to win a gift card to a local business.

There are two other exciting active transportation events on Friday 4/21:
Join Campus Ministry in Hoversten Chapel from 10:40-11 am for an Interfaith Blessing of the Bikes.
Join CASUS and EAC in Murphy Square from 3:30-5:30 pm for a Bike Maintenance and Upcycle Workshop with a bike maintenance expert from Freewheel.

Earth Month

Psychological First Aid—Free Trainings, Virtual and In-Person

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed 2-hour virtual training for all community members and professionals. Trainees will learn how to support healthy recovery in individuals following a traumatic event, public health emergency, natural disaster, or personal crisis. The curriculum integrates public health, community health and individual psychology by drawing upon skills the trainees probably already have. The goal of PFA is to teach trainees how to reduce distress and negative health behaviors by providing practical help and promote resilience.

Participants will learn:
· The impact traumatic experiences can have on individuals, and how burnout may impact frontline staff and first responders
· The five pillars of the PFA framework and how to apply them to support someone who has experienced a traumatic event
· How to recognize when an individual should be referred to a mental health professional

Who should attend?
Anyone can attend! This training is for community members or professionals, including community volunteers, frontline staff, nonprofit workers, direct service staff, community health workers or other professionals.

Monday, April 24, 3 – 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10, 6 – 8 p.m. (in Spanish)

Wednesday, May 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

Early registration is suggested as space is limited for all programs.
Contact with questions.

People’s Center Annual Spring Community Celebration: April 29

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The People’s Center invites you to their first event of the year, the annual Spring Community Celebration! This event will take place on Saturday, April 29th, on our front lawn at our Cedar-Riverside location (425 20th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454) from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

There will be interactive sidewalk chalk art, face painting, music, food, and free dental screenings!

For more information visit their website or email Sieglinde at

Remember, the People’s Center provides student health services for Augsburg students! See them for all of your health care needs!

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Earth Day 2023 – Fight Environmental Racism

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Earth Day 2023 – Fight Environmental Racism
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 AT 1 PM – 3 PM
28th Street and Longfellow Ave S, Minneapolis MN

On this Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 2023 we should make it clear to Mayor Frey and cronies that Little Earth, East Phillips and supporters say NO to the demolition of the Roof Depot and the Hiawatha Expansion project. Adding the prospect of arsenic poisoning and the toxic fumes of hundreds of heavy vehicles to one of the most polluted neighborhoods in MniSota is not addressing climate change.

The people of Little Earth and East Phillips are overwhelmingly working class and BIPOC, and do not accept that Frey’s corporate and political interests are more important than breathing clean air and drinking clean water. The massive cumulative impact of pollution sources already in East Phillips was brought about by concentrating pollution in East Phillips. Fighting climate change can only be brought about by fighting environmental racism.

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Selling INSIGNIA 24-Inch Smart TV (2022) Model for $80

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Selling INSIGNIA 24 inch Smart TV (2022) Model for 80$. It’s great for dorm and comes with a remote. ( Amazon Fire TV) HD. Recently bought. Like brand new. Costs 100$ plus anywhere else so 80$ is a good deal.