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Research on Caffeine and Reaction Time

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Hello my name is Munira Jama. I’m an undergraduate student in the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science department at Augsburg University, alongside my co-investigators, Moyin Abiodun, Annika Rudolph, and Natalie Delgado. We are conducting a study as part of our HPE 303L Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology lab under the supervision of our advisor Tara Mader, Ph.D; a professor in the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science department.

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study on the effects of caffeine on reaction time. You were selected as a possible participant because you are a student at Augsburg University. Please read this entire email before agreeing to participate. If you have any questions now or later, you may contact any of the researchers or our advisor.

If you agree to be in this study, you’ll be weighed prior to starting the study, drink caffeine, and have your reaction time measured. In total, participation time will be approximately 40 minutes. Caffeine doses will be administered within safe limits depending on participants weight (3 mg per kg) there will be no abnormal side effects.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the google form below. If you are not interested, you can disregard this email. Please be assured that choosing not to participate will in no way impact your relationships with the researchers or Augsburg University.

Thank you for considering,
Munira Jama

GenEd Revisions Faculty Vote – Wednesday, April 10

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Dear Augsburg Community,

The vote on the proposed general education revisions is planned for the faculty meeting on Wednesday, April 10th from 3:40 – 5:10pm. Information about the proposed revisions is available in the updated General Education Revision Proposal. The proposal consists of an introduction (p. 1), an executive summary (p. 2), and an overview of the rationale and proposed revisions to our undergraduate general education curriculum (pp. 3 – 11).

We are grateful to Augsburg Day Student Government for their review and unanimous support of the proposed revisions, to our faculty colleagues for their comments and questions at the first reading during the March faculty meeting, and to all those who contributed to this important initiative over the last year.

With gratitude,
Stacy (

2023 General Education Revision Proposal:
GenEd(it) Comment Box:
General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):
General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

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Need Help Filing Your FAFSA for Next Year? Come to Our Drop In Hours

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Haven’t started your FAFSA or DREAM Act for the 2024-2025 school year yet? No need to fear! Drop in Hours are here! Come by the Enrollment Center to get assistance from Financial Aid Counselors to file your 2024-2025 FAFSA the following days: April 8th: 2PM-4PMApril 9th: 12PM-2PMApril 10th: 10AM-2PMWe will be available to answer any questions you may have and sit down with you to check off that item before heading off for the summer term.

Please email if you have any questions!

Online Survey – Chance to Win $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!

Students – There’s Still Time to Complete the Textbook Affordability Survey

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Augsburg’s Textbook Affordability Working Group invites you to fill out our brief survey about how well you are able to afford the books and other materials required for your classes. We’ll use this information to help us understand whether the cost of course materials is a barrier for Auggies.

The survey is anonymous, although it does use your email address to make sure we only get one response per person. If you have questions about the survey or the Textbook Affordability Working Group, please contact Karen Alexander ( or Sara Fillbrandt (

Textbook Affordability Survey

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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

04/03/2024: Human Resources Generalist
04/02/2024: Graduate Assistant Track and Field Coach

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Event Announcements

Pan-Asian Banquet

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The Pan Asian Banquet is an annual event in the Spring that commemorates all Pan Asian-identified students and their achievements. This event will be funded by PASS, Hmong Women Together, and the Augsburg Asian Student Association. Through this event, we hope to recognize the rising leaders in the Augsburg community and bring an Alumni Gala for Augsburg alumni to celebrate with the current students.


Thrive Program Speaker Series: 2023 Teacher of the Year Michael Houston

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Date: 04/15/2024
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Place: Augsburg University
Room: Science 123

The Thrive Program and Aspiring Educators Club invite you to our speaker series event. This Semester our esteem guest and speaker is the 2023 Teacher of the Year, Michael Houston. This event is free and open to the public and we encourage all future educators to come to this event.

Eclipse TODAY: Rain or Shine

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The Solar Eclipse is TODAY. Join us outside Hagfors Center on the patio from 1pm – 3pm to watch as the Moon moves in front of the Sun. Here in Minnesota, about 75% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon, with maximum coverage occurring around 2pm. We will have several different Sun-safe viewing options available (weather permitting), including solar telescopes, eclipse glasses, a sunspotter, and more! If it’s cloudy and we can’t observe the Sun ourselves, you can still join us to watch the NASA livestream of the eclipse.

If you miss this chance TODAY… you will be graduated or even retired when the next eclipse happens in North America (August 23, 2044). Thank you to Physics Faculty Katrina Marslender and Steve Brehmer for organizing this event.

Join Us for Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice

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Professor Najeeba Syeed will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Terence Nichols Memorial Symposium lecture. The topic will be Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice.

When: Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center 126
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit:*jtrr4i*_ga*MjA4ODkyNjcxNS4xNzEwMjk3NDU4*_ga_B7VNHGCX7P*MTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4xLjAuMTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4wLjAuMA

Meal Train for the Department of Education

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There are no words to describe the passing of Dr. Jennie Diaz. The Education Department is working hard to support Augsburg students during this time and also grieving the loss of their beloved friend and colleague. After asking our colleagues in the Education Department what we could do to support them during this difficult time, a meal train surfaced. So, we created a meal train and thought we would share it with Department Chairs so different departments or individuals could have an opportunity to volunteer.

For the dates listed:

Tuesdays would be a meal for 8-10 people to drop off at noon (a fridge, microwave, coffee maker are available)

dietary restrictions: no pork, caffeine is split — two members are fasting for Ramadan

cold or reheat works best as folks teach across the full day and late into the evening

homemade or delivery is all deeply appreciated.

Thursdays would be dropping off dessert, snacks, or beverages (same details as above)

Also, anyone can donate gift cards for Grubhub or DoorDash — the Education Department could have the option to order in what they need as well. But they prefer to just have the food if possible as it is one less thing they have to manage with all these are dealing with. Thank you and we are grateful for your help.

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Schield Presents Statistical Literacy at AAC&U General Education Conference

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Milo Schield, faculty Emeritus in the department of Business Administration, is giving a paper (Statistical Literacy: Quantitative Rhetoric for the 21 Century) at the 2024 AAC&U conference on General Education in their “Innovation and Emerging Ideas” session Friday April 12. Schield is teaching Statistical Literacy at New College of Florida and online at the University of New Mexico. Statistical literacy is designed for data consumers. It has less than a 30% overlap with traditional statistics courses which are designed for data producers. Statistical literacy studies how everyday statistics are constructed and manipulated. It doesn’t use computer software or Algebra. It has a strong focus on the use of ordinary English to describe and compare rates and percentages (conditional probabilities) presented in statements, tables and graphs. It deals with disparities and how they can be changed by the context (what is taken into account) without taking a position on whether these disparities are due to discrimination. This course is being required for graduate students in statistics at the University of New Mexico. Students like this math-English critical thinking course. Most agree or strongly agree that Statistical Literacy should be required of all college students for graduation. Kendall-Hunt published Schield’s Statistical Literacy textbook in 2023.


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