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Tuesday, 3:40 pm: Scaffolding Writing for Student Success

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Presenter/s: Dr. Jennifer Forsthoefel Mollberg, Assistant Professor and Writing Center Director, English Department

Description: Do you include writing assignments in your course? Do you have questions and/or need support? During this session, the presenter will share information about how best to build your instruction for students to succeed in creating written assignments for your course. We will discuss creating an assignment sheet, planning brainstorming and drafting activities, and organizing a peer review session. We will also have time to discuss general needs and concerns instructors may have when teaching writing in their courses.

Location: Marshall Room

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Wednesday, 12:30 pm: Providing Support for Multilingual Learners

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Presenter: Dr. Yacoub Aljaffery, PhD, Faculty of ESL Education

Description: Providing Support for Augsburg’s Bilingual and Multilingual Students

As our number of multilingual students grows in Minnesota and at our University, specifically faculty and staff need to learn more about this population. Understanding the needs of these students and providing the proper support is the key for their success in our school, which eventually will help them to continue chasing their dreams. In this workshop, attendees will learn about our bilingual and multilingual students’ needs. Attendees will also be able to offer academic and social support for our students who speak other languages.

Location: Lindell 301

In order to help with planning and attendance documentation, CTL asks community members to pre-register for Faculty Development Workshops as possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome. You will be emailed a copy of your selections. To assist with community building, please wear your university nametag to Faculty Development events.

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Feedback Requested: Working Draft of GenEd Revision Survey

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Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Your feedback is critically important. If you haven’t already, please share your perspectives and recommendations about the Working Draft of a revised General Education Curriculum in the brief 5-10 minute anonymous, online survey linked below. Please share your perspectives by November 17th.

In next steps, the GenEd(it) Group will be consulting with faculty and staff experts on draft learning outcomes for each of the proposed requirements, and drafting an assessment plan.

Thank you for your contributions and engagement in general education revision.
The GenEd(it) Group

Feedback Survey:

Working Draft of a Revised General Education Curriculum:

Come to the Writing Center for Help with Your Papers and Projects

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The Writing Center is open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

In addition, if you would like for a tutor or the Director to come to your class to introduce the writing center, please sign up for a class visit: We will do our best to accommodate you.

URGO Summer Research Info Session Nov 28 & 29

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Join us November 28th or 29th, 5-6pm in Hagfors 150B to hear from past researchers, learn how to write a strong application, and find a faculty mentor!

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 they choose.

$6,000 for full-time researchers

$3,000 for half-time researchers

URGO Summer Research also counts as Augsburg Experience! If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact

See you there!

General Announcements

Earn Course Credits with Short Term Study Abroad This May: Apply Today

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Interested in earning class credit with Augsburg classmates and an Augsburg professor for a short time in May? Sign up today for one of these amazing opportunities!

***Innovation & Resistance: Photography and History in Paris and Berlin***

Travel Dates: May 15th-May 30th

Faculty Leaders: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg

This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. You’ll choose one History and one Photography course:

• HIS 195 – Topics in European History, fulfills Humanities liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

• HIS 390 – Topics in European History,


• ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts liberal arts foundation requirement, OR
• ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography

***Explorations in Greece: Economy, Ethics and Culture***

Travel to Greece

Travel Dates: May 12 – 27, 2024

Faculty: Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Course options: All students must choose one course:

KEY 490 – Keystone

BUS 490 – Keystone

ECO 495 available by arrangement with professors

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Visit businesses of all kinds, enjoy guest lectures from Greek business professionals and experts, visit museums, try fresh, local foods, and more!

***Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba***

Study Abroad in Cuba in May

– fine arts class for all majors

Have the experience of a lifetime–sign up for a summer fine arts study abroad program, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend 12 days in Cuba this May exploring arts and culture!

Travel: May 12-23, 2024

Course: THR 295 – Topics: Arts, Culture, and Community in Cuba, (Fine Arts requirement), 4 credits fulfills Augsburg Experience, too!

Click here to learn more about the programs

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey Today

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Make Your Benefits Elections – Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 20

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Open Enrollment is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits for the coming year, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

During open enrollment, no action means no coverage.

Employees who fail to act by November 20 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2024, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

How to Access the 2024 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment

Every benefits-eligible employee must act by electing or declining health, dental or vision insurance coverages and a flexible spending or health savings account. Your 2023 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2024. You are required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2024 elections even if you elect to waive your 2024 coverage.

Attend an Open Enrollment Session to learn more:
11/14, 3:00 p.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, Hagfors Center 150B

Need help completing your form? Come to an open enrollment help session:
11/15/23 — 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Sverdrup 206

Visit the HR website to view recorded information sessions:

Email with any questions.

2024 Benefits Guide

Help Out Unsheltered Relatives at Camp Nenookaasi in East Phillips

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Camp Nenookaasi – located at East 24th Street and 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis – is a community based healing camp rooted in native practices & inclusive of all unsheltered relatives.

Some ways to help:

Call your council person and ask the city to provide porta potties and daily trash pick-up.
Daily trash pick-up: Given the camp’s size, trash pick-up needs to happen daily at a minimum. Currently, dedicated volunteers are hauling away 90% of the trash.

Volunteer: Join a morning kitchen shift or security shift. If you are new, volunteers will greet you at the door and work with you to train you in. We also need volunteers in the afternoons, to help do whatever is needed on a given day. And, we could even use volunteers today to help organize the kitchen storage area!
Follow this link to sign up for a shift:
Contribute food and supplies: Keeping 150 people fed, protected from the elements, and safe requires constant supply runs. It would be exceptionally helpful to have more people dropping off food and supplies on a regular basis, such as peanut butter, jelly, bread, sugar, disposable hot cups (no lids needed), disposable plates, bowls, and paper napkins. If you or your faith community or group of friends can commit to a daily delivery of these goods, even better.
Contribute money: You can also contribute money via Venmo (@Nenookaasi-Camp) or cash app ($Nenookaasi) accounts.
Ready to help? Please email or text Delaney at or 612-598-9508. Delaney will either get back to you or connect you with someone else who will.

Also follow on Instagram (, Twitter (, and Facebook ( for ongoing updates, needs, and calls to action.

TODAY – Sound Healing – Open to ALL

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Please make sure to save the date as we introduce you to the Sound Healing sessions here at Augsburg. It is another way that you can heal and relax your mind through the waves of sounds.

Dates: Tuesday, November 14th
Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Student Lounge

Don’t forget to join us! We hope to see you there

Questions on Your FSA/HSA During Open Enrollment

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If you have questions regarding your HSA or FSA account(s), either existing or new in 2024, you are encouraged to contact HR Simplified directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. They have experts who specialize in the complex rules and regulations governing these plans, and Augsburg relies on our partnership with HR Simplified to ensure accurate information will be provided to our employees during open enrollment and throughout the plan year. They can be reached at 888.318.7472, Option #1. Their customer service hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Fridays. You may also email them at Please contact HR Simplified as your first resources for all of your HSA/FSA questions and concerns. Thank you!

Online Survey—Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.
Thank you!

Event Announcements

TOMORROW – 10:30 a.m. to Noon – Gratitude & Goodies in the Gage Center

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Gratitude & Goodies in the Gage Center
Wednesday, November 15
Gage Center, Lindell Library 2nd floor

For the whole Augsburg community! Come for treats, cocoa, and writing thank-you cards. We can all benefit by taking time to demonstrate our thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives, whether in big ways or small.

If you need disability accommodations for equal access to this event, please contact

Meet Representative from American University of Cairo on Campus

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Did you know that as an Augsburg student, you can study abroad for a semester at the American University of Cairo in Egypt? Augsburg students will pay Augsburg Tuition and get to participate in classes that will count towards major/general education requirements/ and elective requirements!

Interested to learn more?!

November 14th we will have a representative from the American University of Cairo on Campus from 11:30-12:30 PM located in the Marshall Room to give a short presentation on what life is like as a study abroad student in Egypt!

RSVP to let us know that you are interested in attending!

TODAY – Open Enrollment Information Session

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The final Open Enrollment Session is today! Join us at 3:00 p.m. in Hagfors Center 150B. This is a great opportunity to learn about 2024 Open Enrollment and ask any questions you may have.

Open Enrollment ends Monday, November 20. This is the only time of year outside of a qualifying life event when benefits-eligible employees may elect or change their benefit options, connect with the informative resources to help make the best decisions to meet their needs and enroll for the coming year.

Can’t attend an event? View the recorded Open Enrollment session on the HR website:

Email with any questions

Jennifer Diaz, Chair of Education Department, Shares Her Vocation Story in Chapel

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 a.m. for the next installment in our Uncovering Vocation series. Dr. Jennifer Diaz, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, will share stories about how her vocational path was revealed for her life’s work to become an educator. The stories will explore how we may not always know what is coming next and sometimes in the midst of uncertainty, the world just might surprise us. Come and learn more about Jennifer, our community, and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

Staff Breakfast on Tuesday, November 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Maria’s Cafe on Franklin Ave

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Join your staff senators and colleagues for a meal and a chat at a real neighborhood favorite. Maria’s is a member of Augsburg Local and serves up wonderful Columbian staples like Arepas Rellenas, Pandequeso and Cachapas Venezolanas alongside U.S. American breakfast classics like french toast, oatmeal, eggs and bacon. The restaurant is just up Franklin in the Ancient Traders Market across the street from Pow Wow Grounds. Sadly, we don’t have the budget to buy you breakfast, but we are practiced in witty banter. Guffaws not guaranteed, but likely.

Please fill out this form to let us know if you would like to attend:

We will need to let María know in advance how many to expect, please submit your form no later than Friday, November 17th. We will send you a Google Calendar invitation with details. All guests will be responsible for their own purchases. Please email with any questions.

Read more about Maria’s at their website:

Cedar Cultural Center Volunteer Orientation – November 29

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Have you ever wanted to peek behind the scenes at the Cedar? Learn more about how to participate at our venue by attending our monthly Volunteer Orientation led by volunteer coordinator Jared Hemming! Beginning with our first show 30 years ago, all of the Cedar’s events have been staffed by volunteers in our program, which now includes more than 400 members. Volunteers earn credit to see future shows for free. Tasks include setting up the venue, selling tickets and concessions, and cleaning at the end of each performance. All are welcome to join our volunteer program.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
5:30 PM
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55454

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED: OR email Volunteer Coordinator Jared Hemming at

Do I need to bring anything? No, all materials will be provided.
How do I sign up? Reserve a spot via Eventbrite above, and/or email Jared at with your first and last name and which orientation you’d like to sign up for.

What if I reserve a spot but can’t make it? No worries – we host monthly orientation meetings. Scroll down to next month’s calendar to see if our next orientation works for you.

Can my underage child volunteer? Volunteers must be 18+ to serve alcohol and to cleanup, with respect to alcohol sales and curfew laws. However, if you’d like to volunteer with your child, signup for the orientation and we can accommodate.

If I sign up for the orientation, can I bring a friend? The more the merrier here at The Cedar. Feel free to bring anyone who might be interested in volunteering to our orientation.

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Stumped on Holiday Gifts? Commission a Mini Pet Portrait

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Hate shopping but want a unique gift for the holidays? I am opening commissions for mini pet portraits.

My name is Rebecca and I work for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, but I’m also a painter. The Augsburg community was a great help for me to have some extra spending money last year.

I am painting acrylic on canvas in multiple small sizes for the following prices:

4″ x 4″: $40

4″ x 5″: $50

5″ x 5″: $70

5″ x 7″: $80

8″ x 10″: $120

I will ask you for a photo of the pet to copy and some colors you like, as well as the pets’ interests, to inform the background.

This provides a good sample of the type of portraits I do:

As does this link:

I can be paid by cash, Venmo, or PayPal and can drop off on Augsburg’s campus OR mail in the USA as needed.

If you are interested, please reach out ASAP so I can have reasonable lead time for creating these commissions by the holidays. Serious inquiries only. Please email me at if you are interested.

Auggie Love Your Melon Hats for Sale

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Colder weather is officially here, stay warm with your own Auggie LYM hat!
The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon and is selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation and helps fight cancer. Beanie hats are $25.  

Contact with any questions or pickup your hat.

To purchase one, go to

Disabled Student Looking for Student PCA

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Hi, my name is zander I am a sophomore who is in a wheelchair and I am looking for 2 people who would help me with my needs from time to time I currently have two jobs open one where I would tell a person what day I need them to come and then they would give me a time on that day and that is the time they would come help me this job is the more unstable option as it is a backup job to my full-time PCA when they can’t come so I can’t commit to the amount that you would be working 20-minute time commitment per time that you are working. The second job is we would pick me each week and the person would come weekly this one is more stable as you will be doing a different job than my current PCA at any day or time they choose this one is a 40-minute time commitment if you are interested in hearing more about the job and more about what your responsibilities would be or if you want to interview for the job contact me at or (612)430-3233