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New Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Faculty Working Group

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Join other faculty to learn about trauma-informed pedagogy and ways to implement trauma-informed strategies into your fall courses. We will meet for two in-person sessions in May (16 and 18), gather on Zoom in August to share intended practices, and enjoy two meals together (in October & November). A stipend of $800 will be awarded to participants. Leaders of the working group are Jennie Diaz (Education), Mary Lowe (Religion & Batalden Faculty Scholar), and Erin Sugrue (Social Work). Please submit a short application (150-300-words) that addresses these questions: Why are you interested in participating in the trauma-informed pedagogy working group? How will learning about trauma-informed pedagogy help you better meet the needs of Augsburg’s students? Email your response to by Saturday, May 6th. This opportunity is funded through the Batalden Faculty Scholars Program in Applied Ethics.

2023 Development Days in May Schedule and Program (May 9-11)

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The 2023 DDM Schedule and Program are LIVE! Click on the link below to access the latest pdf version of the 2023 DDM Program and save the dates!

If you have any questions or are interested in offering a session, please contact CTL at

2023 Development Days in May Program and Schedule

Goals of GenEd Survey

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Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We want to hear from you! If you haven’t already, please complete the brief, 5-10 minute, anonymous online Goals of General Education survey:

Your responses will inform proposed revisions to our general education curriculum. Survey findings will be shared during the Days in May workshop on Wednesday, May 10th, and in a written report available at the end of May. Thank you to everyone who has responded to the survey. We appreciate your recommendations.

With gratitude,

The General Education Advisory Group (aka GenEd(it) Group)
Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Rukia Gesaade, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit

+ Reviewed preliminary findings from the online Goals of General Education survey.
+ Met with chairs and directors. Discussed recommendations for collaboration.

May: General education revision Days in May workshop on May 10th
June: Meet with Staff leaders about general education revision

Goals of General Education Survey Link:
GenEd(it) Comment Box and summary of comments received so far:
General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):
General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

Please contact Stacy Freiheit, General Education Director, at with questions.

General Announcements

Sad News to Share

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The Office of the Provost received news of the passing of two former faculty members.

David Sydney Dahl, former faculty member of Business Administration, passed away on April 17, 2023. His full obituary is published here:

Bettye Olson, former faculty member and a painter specializing in oil and watercolor, passed away at the age of 100 on April 16, 2023. Her full obituary appears here:

Please join us in keeping Dave’s and Bettye’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

New Staff Positions This Week (4)

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

05/02/2023: Lead Custodian
04/27/2023: Public Safety Officer
04/26/2023: Food Justice Program Coordinator
04/26/2023: Counselor, Center for Wellness and Counseling

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Earth Month 2023 Thanks and Survey

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Even though everyday is Earth Day, Earth Month 2023 is behind us, so I just want to thank all who made this past month such a profound set of experiences and who brought their necessary sustainability perspectives to our collective work. Please share your feedback on Earth Month 2023 events by filling out the survey linked below by Tuesday May 2nd.

Thank you to all of our partners at Augsburg University, in our neighborhood, and broader sustainability family for helping to support these events and for bringing your necessary sustainability perspective to our collective work: ESC, EAC, AISA, Sabo Center, Environmental Studies, Augsburg Local, Lindell Library, Pan-Afrikan Student Services, ALAS, CASUS, ISAIAH, Bonner Fellows, Laune Bread, Milkweed Books, Strive Bookstore, MPCA, Sisterhood Boutique, CWC, Rebecca’s Bakery, Dining Services, Adelphi University, Department of Social Work, Biology Department, MFA Program, Marketing/Communications, Augsburg Events team, Spanish & Cross Cultural Studies, Interfaith, Campus Ministry, UMN EJ Organizers, RLife, UMACS, and Campus Kitchen. A particular thank you to Erin Sharkey, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Jonathan Alarcón and Bonfire Poets for sharing your insights, art and wisdom with Earth Month attendees.

A very important thank you and shout out to the amazing team of sustainability leaders: Alyssa Parkhurst, Annabella Castillo, Elijah Abdullah, Malachi Owens, Maya Merritt, Mercy Zou Taithul, Summer Bordon, Wren Doyle, Yousra Tinsley, Zoe Barany, and the Environmental Action Committee. Their collective leadership, equity-mindedness, authentic teamwork, wisdom, and organizing power brought their Earth Month 2023 vision into reality. This month of events showcases many of their accomplishments from their work this past year and has moved environmental sustainability work forward in profound and meaningful ways. Thank you for your leadership, stewardship, and collective action.

Monica McDaniel, Sustainability Officer

Earth Month 2023 Reflections Survey

Event Announcements

5k Run/Walk This Weekend

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Run for the Health of It! Join us in supporting the PA Program’s Student Society and gather donations for the Health Commons!

We are hosting a 5k run/walk up at Snail Lake on May 6th at 5:30pm. Register for our in-person race and join us on the route or run from home with a virtual option!

Registration is $30/person and includes a running bib and steel water bottle. Snacks and water will be provided, and we will have prizes at the end!

Donations are welcome even if you cannot attend!

5k Sign up & Donation

Fluent Spanish Speakers Needed: Please Sign Up to Judge Debates Today, Earn $55

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities high schools and middle schools. We are currently in the middle of our Spanish Debate season, which is held fully in Spanish. Fluent in Spanish? Please help us out today!

After a few cancellations, we urgently need replacement judges for tomorrow’s High School Spanish Debate League Championship, hosted at Augsburg University! Earn $55 for sharing your skills with our students from 4:00 PM-6:45 PM tomorrow, May 4th. You must be fluent in Spanish to participate.

Please sign up here ASAP if you are interested and share this opportunity with others!

Disability Visibility Book Club in Fall 2023

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Spend some time this summer reading Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong. And then join the CLASS Office and Lindell Library for a discussion of Parts 2 and 3 in the fall! We’d love to have students, faculty, and staff join us.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk in Lindell Library through the summer. Stop by and grab a copy before you start your summer break. Book club dates will be announced in the fall.

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