Need experiential education ideas for your syllabus? Turn to the Experiential Ed Library Guide

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Looking to incorporate experiential learning into your syllabus for this fall? Check out two great resources compiled by the Sabo Center that can help you shape a course or assignment related to experiential education.

The first is the Experiential Education website. This website offers an overview of experiential learning at Augsburg, the core elements of effective experiential education, and offers examples of different kinds of experiential learning strategies:

The second is a comprehensive library guide, covering topics from theory to resources for course design, ideas for reflection activities, and more!

Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips)

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Come learn how to employ some new features as well as time-tested tools in Moodle to amplify your virtual presence and create a welcoming online environment that communicates your learning goals and presents content and activities in an easy-to-navigate format.

We will cover:
*time-saving strategies for building and/or updating a course
*how to leverage auto-linking to streamline course navigation
*managing revision writing using the new integrated Google Course Kit
*ways to track student engagement
*Name Coach–a new tool to help you learn your students’ names
*various ways to enhance the appearance of your course

Bring your laptop and try some of these things out while the E-Learning team is there to assist.

Thursday, August 29 | Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips) | 9:30 am – 10:45 am, Hagfors Center 250

RSVP for “Up Your Game with Moodle”

Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook

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Whether you have never used the Moodle gradebook and want to learn the basics or have been using the gradebook but would like us to do a “pre-semester check-up” this is the workshop for you. The E-Learning team will be on hand to offer some essential gradebook tips as well as individual help with making sure your gradebook correlates to your syllabus.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook | 11 am – 12:15 pm, Hagfors Center 250

RSVP for “Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook”

Augsburg Support for Uninsured Students – The People’s Center

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Augsburg is now working with the People’s Center to provide certain clinic services to students (all academic programs) who don’t have insurance for a $5 co-pay.
The People’s Center is located at 425 20th Avenue South, one block west from Augsburg, off Riverside Avenue.

With a $5.00 co-pay, the following are available to Augsburg students who do not have insurance:

  • Office visits for acute or chronic medical problems
  • Annual physical exams – 1 per year
  • Sexually transmitted diseases screening and lab work done at The People’s Center (lab diagnostics done outside of The People’s Center are not covered)
  • X-rays performed at The People’s Center
  • Tetanus immunization
  • Lab tests performed at The People’s Center
  • Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux)
  • Casts, crutches, splints, slings and ace bandages
  • Allergy injections (prescription and supply must be provided by student)
  • Flu shots

If you have health insurance, your insurance provider may cover medical services through The People’s Center. The clinic will bill your insurance for medical services and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles associated with your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider to see if services at The People’s Center will be covered.

Smiley’s Clinic remains available for students – they accept most forms of insurance.

DPS will provide an escort to The People’s Center and/or to Smiley’s Clinic.

High Engagement Pedagogy

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The goal of this session is to offer some teaching strategies and tools that will

  • foster student ownership of their own learning
  • facilitate student learning, retention of information, and academic success
  • create a culture of engagement and participation in the classroom

These strategies can be useful in teaching difficult concepts as well as in managing the varied abilities and interest levels that one might encounter in any given section of a course. Some can be incorporated into the syllabus and in long-term planning; some can be adapted and used on the fly and/or to redirect a class session.

Wednesday, August 28 | High Engagement Pedagogy | 11 am – 12:15 pm, Hagfors Center 250

RSVP for “High Engagement Pedagogy”

Introduction to Active Learning: Concrete Ideas for your Classroom

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Faculty, it can be quite time-consuming to develop effective active learning activities for your classroom, especially if you are teaching a course for the first time. The goal of this session is to provide you with two or three concrete examples of effective active learning templates that can be quickly adapted to your course. By starting with just one type of active learning strategy that works best for your learning objectives, you can quickly develop variants that can be used in virtually every class period to engage your students and make teaching more fun!

Wednesday, August 28 | Introduction to Active Learning: Concrete Ideas for your Classroom | 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Hagfors Center 250

RSVP for “Introduction to Active Learning”

Providing WISE Feedback to Students

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In June, a team from Augsburg attended the Council of Independent Colleges Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute. This session will include a discussion of the insights and lessons gained from participation in the institute as well as specific action steps we can implement across campus. Specifically, participants will learn the importance of providing WISE feedback that articulates high expectations as well as the professor’s belief in the student’s ability to meet the expectations.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing WISE Feedback to Students | 2 pm – 4 pm, Hagfors Center 250

RSVP for “Providing WISE Feedback to Students”

Interested in working with youth?

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Do you know Augsburg has a Youth Studies minor? This is a great minor to add to any major if you are considering working with children or youth.

Here are three ways you can learn more:
1. Check out the website –
2. Contact Professor Jeremy Myers at for a chat
3. Consider enrolling in this course this fall semester.

YST320 Working with Children and Youth (T/Th 9:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.)
This course will provide students with practical perspectives and experiences in work with children and youth. We will cover both theoretical frameworks for emancipatory work with youth and focused examinations of different types of youth work. Throughout the course, we will consider how our own positionality and experiences affect our engagements in work with youth and children. In order to fully apply theoretical content to practical experience, this course has a significant service learning requirement.

INSTRUCTOR: Jen Larrick (M.Ed Youth Development Leadership, University of Minnesota)
Jen works as a soccer coach in various youth and high school settings, and as Augsburg’s Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. Jen is also a co-founder of a girl’s youth soccer non-profit called, Like a Girl. Jen thinks of youth as integral and capable co-creators of community. She thinks of youth work as a relational, playful, and improvisational practice of co-creating with young people, their own critical thinking, agency, and vocation.

Youth Studies Minor

Join us for our last summer Adventure Lunch

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The Strommen Center will be hosting our final Adventure Lunch Series for summer 2019 on Thursday, August 22. It has been fun exploring new lunch spots and getting to know our colleagues.

If you are interested in joining us, we ask that you meet in Suite 100, Christensen Center at 11:20 a.m. No need to R.S.V.P., we will determine restaurant locations based on interest. (Cost of meal will be handled by each individual)

If questions, please call 612-330-1472 or email

At that time, we will select a neighborhood restaurant to visit.

Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) Fall Conference

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Hello Campus Colleagues,

The Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) is gearing up for the 2019 Annual Fall MCPA Conference ( This year’s conference will take place in Bloomington at the Radisson Blu Mall of America on Thursday, October 31 & Friday, November 1, 2019. This year’s theme for MCPA is Access in Higher Education: Navigating the Barriers. One of MCPA’s values is access. MCPA defines access as “We value quality, affordable, statewide programming with a focus on intentional design.” We intend our participants to explore how we can advance access (navigating physical and systemic barriers) for students, faculty, staff, and community members while striving towards eliminating those barriers. Please look out for a future announcement for this year’s keynote speakers.

Registration has opened for the conference with varying discount rates for members versus non-members. If you are reading this and are not a member of MCPA, we strongly encourage becoming a member of MCPA prior to registering, as you’ll actually save more money than just paying to attend the conference! Please note that early bird conference registration rates are available until Tuesday, October 1st, 2019. (

In addition to registration opening, the call for program proposals is now live ( The proposal deadline is Sunday, September 15th! For questions regarding proposals, please contact Grace Anderson (

If you have any donations for our silent auction please contact Rachel Rudeen ( The money raised from our silent auction provides scholarships for graduate students to attend the conference. Graduate scholarship applications for the 2019 conference are available on the main conference website and are due on Friday, September 13, 2019.

I look forward to seeing you at the 44rd Annual MCPA Fall Conference!

REI backpack for sale

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Only used this backpack a few times. Clearing out our extra camping and backpacking equipment. It is in excellent shape. Clean and fully functional. No rips, stains, or tears.
Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps (height and size). Adjustable Padded Waist Strap (width and size). Adjustable Back Padding (height).
Measures Approximately: 26” High, 12” to 15” wide (tapered), 10” Deep.
80 liter capacity.
Price negotiable.

REI Traverse Evening Star 80 liter backpack

Auggie Pass now available for day students

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The Auggie Pass is an all-you-can-ride pass for Augsburg day students. Supported by the green fee, Metro Transit and Augsburg, the Auggie Pass is good on any bus, any time, and any light rail, any time, as well as the NorthStar line to Anoka.

Students can get their Auggie Pass at the Library Circulation Desk – please bring Augsburg ID.

The passes are good August 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020.

For students who use Metro Mobility, please email Mike Fetting, The Auggie Pass does not work on Metro Mobility, so we have Go To cards with pre-loaded $180 value – and will add more value as needed.

Compensation to Participate in an Auggie Skate Test Research Proposal

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Dear Augsburg Students, Faculty, and Staff,

You are invited to participate in a research study on Predicting Maximal Oxygen Consumption with a Single Stage Auggie Skate Test. Research subjects are asked to be within 25-55 years old, healthy, active, moderately-fit male or female, and is a competent skater. You will be asked to complete a bruce protocol treadmill test to volitional fatigue and to return 48 hours later to complete a leisurely ice skating assessment. You will be compensated upon completion of each test with $5 cash for a total of $10.
If you are interested e-mail

2003 Honda Accord for Sale

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2003 Honda Accord EX-L for sale AS IS.

This 4-door sedan runs GREAT and has all-new brakes (October 2018) and a brand new steering column pump (March 2019). The interior is all leather, heated driver and passenger seats.

203,000 miles and going strong!

I am selling the car AS IS. The car has some body damage due to a recent run-in with a deer: the left headlight needs to be replaced, and the front hood is indented and needs to be fixed before a next oil change. The front bumper has some significant cracks from the cold winter, but could simply be more firmly re-attached where it was jostled by the deer. However, the car is running perfectly otherwise and I have been able to drive it without any problems.

Even with the recent front-end damage, this car is worth $3,500. I’m selling it for $2,000.

Please contact me (Green Bouzard, if you want more information. I’m happy to send photos!

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

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 $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2019
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

(Check out the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship if you are 7 semesters away from graduating and/or have a major GPA of 2.75).

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg 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:

Quick link for letter writers: 2019 AugSTEM Reference Form –

Questions? Contact

2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

Anthology of Best Creative Writing by Students

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The best poetry and fiction by Augsburg students will be featured in “Murphy Square 1975-2015: An Anthology of Creative Writing by Augsburg Students,” to be published next year in honor of the sesquicentennial. Find out more in this update at Inside Augsburg Sesquicentennial Planning.

Today, 3 p.m.: Send-off Celebration for Jodi Collen

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Join us at 3 p.m. in the Marshall Room to share our best wishes and best memories with Jodi Collen. We’ll have some of Jodi’s favorite treats! We’ll start the program at 3:15 p.m., but join whenever you can.

If today doesn’t work in your schedule, there is a happy hour on Monday, June 3, at Jefe Urban Hacienda ( starting at 4 p.m. There is no formal program planned for that event – just another opportunity to share our gratitude to Jodi!

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: deadline Jan. 18, 2019

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Students can now apply for the 2018-19 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2019, in the following areas:

1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.
Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found on the link below. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at

NASA Space Grant Scholarship

Are you a sophomore? Apply for the Phillips Scholarship

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Apply to be a Phillips Scholar by January 23!

The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders by developing a project to meet an unmet need in Minnesota communities. Phillips Scholars receive scholarships during their junior and senior years, and a stipend to complete a project during the summer between junior and senior year.

This preliminary application is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalist complete their applications.

You must be a sophomore during the 2018-2019 school year to apply.

Read more about the Phillips Scholarship program here:

Preliminary application (see link, below): Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Full applications will be due February 8, 2019.

Preliminary Phillips Scholarship Application DUE JANUARY 23

URGO Summer Research Applications Available

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Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2019 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 16th – July 31st.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due January 29th, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research is going on in your department!

Faculty: How URGO Can Support Your Research

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URGO’s summer research program is designed to both enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.

Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise.

While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship, for example, is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.

To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website:

Phase 1 of summer research applications are due January 29th, with complete proposals due February 19th. If you have any questions about being a research mentor, please contact Dixie Shafer at x1447 or

Outstanding Staff Awards—Now Accepting Nominations

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Nominate a Colleague for the Outstanding Staff or Newcomer Award:

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize exceptional staff members who exemplify Augsburg’s mission statement through their actions. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for 2 years or less are eligible to receive this award.

STEP 1: Email with the name and title of the individual you wish to nominate

STEP 2: Staff Senate will confirm receipt of your message and send you an online nomination form

STEP 3: Secure at least two letters of recommendations from a current staff, faculty, or student

STEP 4: Upload letters to your completed nomination form in PDF or Microsoft Word format

DEADLINE: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from January 9–24.

REMINDER: In order for your nominee to be eligible, you must complete the nomination form AND provide at least two letters of recommendation. Nominees will be notified on or before February 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at or 612-330-1446.

– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

Upcoming Undergrad Nursing Accreditation

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The Department of Nursing at Augsburg University will host an accreditation site visit of the RN-BSN program on Feb. 6-8, 2019. You are welcome to submit comments concerning the program’s qualification for accreditation status. Comments can be submitted in writing by January 16, 2019 to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, ATTN: Third-Party Comments OR

Boren Scholarship to study a language abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is a spectacular opportunity for students to receive funding for intensive language study abroad! Junior Auggie Abdul Sharif was selected last year to study Swahili in Tanzania – fully paid!

Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency (for example, the Department of State or Department of Defense) around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

Competitive applicants will generally have some experience in studying a second language or speaking one at home, and have a strong academic record.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact URGO at or Study Abroad/Study Away at as soon as possible. Please make an appointment before starting your application. Application Essays must be emailed to by the Augsburg Deadline, January 21st.

Be Our Guest (TODAY) 1-2:00 PM, Lindell Library

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Dear Faculty:

The Library, CLASS Office, and IT are at your service! Four stations will be set up focusing on ways to make your course content accessible. Please stop in at The Commons on the 1st floor of the Lindell Library to rotate through the stations, grab a cup of hot chocolate, take-away hot tips, and some cheer as we prepare for the upcoming term.

1. 5 Things for Creating Accessible Documents
2. New academic department “branded” Moodle Templates based on CLEAN Design
3. E-books, Databases, Articles, Streaming video services with captioning
4. Sign up to meet one-on-one with a Librarian, Liaison for Computing, or CLASS Liaison

Proofreading quiz: Can you spot the errors?

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Count the spelling, grammar, and editorial style mistakes in the following sentence:

Its not easy to right good and communicate a idea clearly–but you don’t need a Ph-D in english & language to write affectively.

How many did you find? (See answer below.)

The marketing department created a tool to help staff and faculty who regularly post, publish, and print written communication. The Augsburg University and Luther Seminary Editorial Style Guide is a collection of best practices to keep communication clear and consistent. Because Augsburg and Luther marketing and communication staff work together through a shared services agreement, this style guide is designed for use at both institutions.

Bookmark the marketing webpage to refer to the style guide when you write on behalf of the university.

Answer key: 10 errors
It’s not easy to write well and to communicate an idea clearly, but you don’t need a Ph.D. in English and language to write effectively.

PA Program and Women’s Hockey Host Teddy Bear Toss

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The PA Program and Women’s Hockey are teaming up for the second-annual teddy bear toss. Bring a clean, new stuffed animal to throw out onto the ice during intermission when the Auggies play at home January 19th at 7:00pm. Stuffed animals should be wrapped or in a bag to protect them during toss. The stuffed animals will be donated to Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis Hospital.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action

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Please keep your calendar open for the Day of Action on Monday, January 21st. We are hoping that everyone will participate in this important event. The day will begin at 8:30 in the chapel and move to the Oren Gateway Center for breakout sessions. The first session is from 9:30-10:15 and the second session is from 11:00-12:15. Then remember to come back to the chapel for the 1:00 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Terrance Kwame-Ross. We encourage everyone to take part. There will be a program for the day available soon.

Focused Conversations on Data Analytics Framework: Next Week

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The January Focused Conversation will feature Leif Anderson, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Katy Hahn, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Nate Hallanger, Director of Academic Administration; and Chris Jacobsen, Associate Director of Shared Services Enterprise Applications discussing the development of a data analytics framework for academic, enrollment, and financial planning.

Tues, Jan. 15, 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wed, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

For the livestream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands page

Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level?

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Thursday, January 24th from 1:50-3:00 pm in OGC 100
Grading practices and grade inflation are topics that can evoke passionate responses from both faculty and students. However, in this session, we ask an essential question: should grades exist at the university level? We invite you to watch the following brief videos prior to the meeting:

Joaquin Munoz, Assistant Professor of Education, will facilitate what is sure to be a spirited discussion with multiple perspectives to be presented for debate and reflection.

RSVP NOW for the Deliberative Dialogue

Lot G Closed for MN Private College Week

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Lot G will be closed Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 for Minnesota Private College Week. The lot will only be open to visitors in connection to Minnesota Private College Week. Anyone parked in the lot with an Augsburg permit will be contacted and asked to move their vehicle in a timely manner; any vehicles without a permit may be towed immediately.

Remember that you may park in any open Augsburg lot with a valid Augsburg permit, including Augsburg owned streets (8th St S and 21st Ave S, South of the traffic circle). If you have guests coming to campus next week, please contact or call 612-330-1717 for assistance in finding them parking.

Augsburg is Hosting Minnesota Private College Week June 25-29

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You may notice an influx of prospective students and their families on campus June 25-29 as Augsburg University hosts families for Minnesota Private College Week! If you see guests during this time who look lost, please assist them. The idea of this week is to welcome families to campus, introduce them to students and faculty, and share with them what Minnesota private colleges and universities have to offer. Our introductory tours and informational meetings can serve as a first step to help students discover just what they are looking for in a college — especially if they are early in the search.

There will be an open house 9:30 a.m.–noon and 2–4:30 p.m. each day that week, and most of the event will be held in the Hagfors Center. Our guests will be parking primarily in Lots G and J. Thank you in advance for all you do to help us recruit future Auggies!

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions. We are excited to have this large event on campus this summer to help grow the Augsburg community, and we appreciate your help and patience.

MPCW Website for more information

Commuter Student Locker Reservations

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Summer commuter students who are looking to reserve an on-campus locker can do so by sending a reservation request to Campus Activities and Orientation (CAO) using the following link:

Note: Summer 2018 lockers are reserved Monday, May 7, 2018 through Friday, August 17, 2018.

Poetry Gigs

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English Professor Douglas (D. E.) Green was a featured reader at the finale of St. Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly’s Readings by Writers Series on Tuesday evening, June 19, at the University Club of St. Paul and at Poets & Pints on Wednesday evening, June 20, at Sisyphus Brewing. On Wednesday, he was joined by Augsburg LCCS colleague and MFA candidate Sarah Degner Riveros, who offered the evening’s closing poem.

Tips to Prevent Theft on Campus

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Public Safety would like to remind you of some awareness tips to help prevent theft occurrences:

-Never leave personal items unattended. Theft occurrences can often happen in under 5 minutes so remember to always take your things with you.
-Do not prop doors open to ensure only the people who have access to that space can gain entry.
-Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity to Public Safety.

If you have concerns or need to report something, call Public Safety anytime at 612-330-1717.

Last Chance to Register for the 2018 Vocation Conference is Friday, June 22

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Augsburg Faculty and Staff:
You are invited to attend the twenty-fourth annual Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference at Augsburg University from Monday, July 16 to Wednesday, July 18.
Each year, five faculty members from each of the ELCA Colleges come together to explore the distinct roles that they play in higher education. One of the benefits being the host site is that we have the option of inviting more than five people to attend. This year’s theme is “Civil Discourse in a Fragmented and Multi-Religious Society.”
The conference will begin with an opening session at 5 pm followed by a dinner at 7:00 pm on July 16 and conclude by 1:00 pm on July 18.
Register and learn more on the conference website:
Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference
If you have questions about registration, contact Jasmira Colon: or 612-330-1403
If you would like more information about the conference, contact Tom Morgan: or 612-330-1773
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore leadership through the lens of vocation!

Commuter Student Locker Reservations

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Summer commuter students who are looking to reserve an on-campus locker can do so by sending a reservation request to Campus Activities and Orientation (CAO) using the following link:

Note: Summer 2018 lockers are reserved starting from Monday, May 7, 2018 through Friday, August 17, 2018.

Lot G Closed for MN Private College Week

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Lot G will be closed Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 for Minnesota Private College Week. The lot will only be open to visitors in connection to Minnesota Private College Week. Anyone parked in the lot with an Augsburg permit will be contacted and asked to move their vehicle in a timely manner; any vehicles without a permit may be towed immediately.

Remember that you may park in any open Augsburg lot with a valid Augsburg permit, including Augsburg owned streets (8th St S and 21st Ave S, South of the traffic circle. If you have guests coming to campus next week, please contact or call 612-330-1717 for assistance in finding them parking.

Tips to Prevent Thefts on Campus

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Public Safety would like to remind you of some awareness tips to help prevent theft occurrences:

-Never leave personal items unattended. Theft occurrences can often happen in under 5 minutes so remember to always take your things with you.
-Do not prop doors open to ensure only the people who have access to that space can gain entry.
-Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity to Public Safety.

If you have concerns or need to report something, call Public Safety anytime at 612-330-1717.

Age 60+, you have to do this – help a student researcher

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This is a really interesting study and a great research project.

As previously noted in A-mail:
We are seeking eligible participants who are 60 years of age or older to participate in a facial perception study on campus this summer. Participants will have their eye movements monitored by a specialized camera while making judgments about images of human faces. The study is expected to take 30 minutes, and eligible participants will receive $10 USD as compensation. If you, or someone you know, are 60 years of age or older, please contact for more information.

Celebration and Goodbye for Mohamed Sallam

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Celebration and Goodbye for Mohamed Sallam

Mohamed Sallam, Pan-Afrikan Center Director, has accepted an opportunity with HECUA as their director of international programs. Mohamed’s last day at Augsburg is July 6. We will celebrate his contributions on Friday, June 22, 10-11:30 a.m. in Oyate Commons, suite 2, Christensen.

Judge Somali Debate, Earn $

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to 750 middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. Spring is the Somali Debate Initiative season, and we need judges.

We are seeking members of the Somali community to judge our Somali Debate Initiative students. Judges watch rounds, determine the winner, and provide feedback so students may improve their communication skills. No experience? Don’t worry. We’ll train you.

Judges are paid $55 per tournament.

We will have Somali Debate tournaments on the following dates:

May 9th, 2018
3:30-7:00 PM
Augsburg University

May 23rd, 2018
3:30-7:00 PM
Augsburg University

Interested judges should inquire at for more info, and sign up at the link below:

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Fiscal Year-end May 31, 2018 Close

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For the fiscal year-end close on May 31, 2018, it is important that all expenses, including equipment, supplies, travel and services rendered during the fiscal year 2018 are properly recorded and accrued as part of the year-end accounting close. In order to assure a “clean” year-end close, the following documents need to be submitted in a timely fashion as noted below.

Invoices, Expense Reports and Payment Authorization Forms:

Please submit invoices, related to equipment, supplies, and services received on or before May 31, 2018 by Monday, June 11, 2018. All invoices need to have proper coding and approvals. Please email invoices to or drop them off at the Science Building Suite 148 to Deb Blaschko, Accounts Payable.

Approve and code invoices in Agresso through the AP Paperless process for May 2018. You will receive a system email if you have an invoice task.

Please submit expense reports and payment authorization forms on or before May 31, 2018 by Monday, June 11, 2018. Code, approve and email to or drop them off at the Science Building Suite 148 to Deb Blaschko, Accounts Payable.

P-Card Purchase and Reimbursement Expenses

Please submit P-Card statements and receipts for expenses incurred through May 31, 2018 by Monday, June 11, 2018. If you used your P-Card between May 25 and May 31, but the expenses are not related to the fiscal year 2018, please notify Fola Tiamiyu and Carole Kampf in Administrative Accounting.

Year-end Accrual Procedure:
If you have not received an invoice from a vendor for goods or services received or delivered by May 31, please contact Deb Blaschko by Monday, June 11, 2018.

Please bring over checks and cash for deposits to the our office by May 31, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Accounting at

Thank you for your prompt attention and cooperation!

URGO recording graduate school acceptances of students and alumni

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As the advising office for graduate school applications, each year URGO records the names of students and alumni who have been accepted into graduate school programs.

If you are a student who has been accepted or a faculty/staff member who knows of a student’s acceptance that you are able to share, please send that information to

Furniture for sale

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We are downsizing and have some furniture for sale: La-z-boy living room set with sofa, loveseat and chair; dining room table and 6 upholstered chairs (contemporary style); beautiful Thomasville formal dining room set with table, 2 captains chairs, 4 side chairs, hutch with glass shelves, and a side server; set of 3 glass tables (coffee table and 2 end tables). All are in great shape. Contact for prices and photos.

Parking headaches getting you down? Check out transit options

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DPS recently noted the various projects happening around campus impacting parking lots and spot availability. If you’re concerned about parking on campus, check out other transportation options available to you.

More information found at:

Remember that our unique, urban location is perfectly situated to provide great access to Metro Transit stations, bus stops, and bicycle/walking trails.

Looking to get advice, need help finding a route, want to check out the commuter locker room? Contact Nicole at

P.S. It’s national Bike to Work Week May 14th-18th; join me and others across campus in biking to work. You might enjoy it so much, it could become your new commute.

Graduates and Health Insurance

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If you are a recent Auggie grad here is some important from MNSure regarding health insurance you may want to consider:

Congratulations, graduates.

Graduating from college this spring? Congrats! Remember to look at your health insurance options so you are covered.

If graduating means losing your health insurance, you may qualify for a special enrollment period.

You can stay on a parent’s plan if you are younger than 26, or you can enroll through MNsure on your own.

Free application help is available. Many young adults qualify for low-cost or no-cost options.

Free application help is available.

5 “Four Days” Sessions Offered Through ZOOM

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If you’re not able to be on campus for “Four Days in May,” we have another option for you. The E-Learning Team has set up ZOOM for the following events:

Library Research Tools: May 8th, 2:00-3:15
Portfolio Workshop: May 9th, 1:00-4:30
Experiential Education: May 11th, 9:00-10:15
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation: May 11th, 9:00-10:15
Teaching Sustainability: May 11th, 12:30-3:30

Full descriptions as well as the ZOOM links can be found at

Staff Spring Social—Tuesday, May 15

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Join the Augsburg community in celebrating the work of its staff during the past academic year. Food and drink will be provided and door prizes will be given away.

Staff Spring Social
Tuesday, May 15
3-5 p.m. | The Quad
(In case of rain, the event will move inside Christensen Center)

Email with any questions.

Kofi Annan to Macalester: Two Tickets Left

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The Nobel Peace Prize Forum office has secured a few tickets for Kofi Annan’s address at Macalester College to be held on Monday, May 7, 2018. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and his address is at 2:00 p.m. The event is in celebration of the name change that will happen to one of Macalester Institutes in honor of their worldly renowned alumnus.

I have two additional free tickets available. If you are interested, in joining us, please contact Bettine at x1378. First come, first serve.

Kofi Annan’s adress

Only 1 spot left for the Writing Retreat

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Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat
Wednesday, May 16 – Friday, May 18, 2018
Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center

Located on 50 scenic acres of national park in Marine on Saint Croix, Dunrovin’s beautiful wooded grounds are a peaceful, yet professional, setting for group meetings, private getaways, youth or adult groups, and day or overnight retreats.

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. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff 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. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and ends at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

Questions? Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning
Or visit our website:

RSVP to Secure the Last Spot!

Graduation Cap & Gown/Graduation Regalia

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If you missed ordering your Cap & Gown/Graduation Regalia online from Herff Jones– DON’T STRESS!! All graduation regalia will be available for sale IN APRIL at the Augsburg University Bookstore.

You will be able to purchase your graduation regalia from April ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT.

GRAD FAIR at Augsburg University location in Minneapolis: Wednesday, APRIL 11th, at the Augsburg University Bookstore, 9am-5pm. Purchasing the graduation bundle (BS: cap, gown & tassel, MS: cap, gown, tassel & hood) on this day will save you $10.

GRAD FAIR at Augsburg University location in Rochester: Monday, April 16th, from 4pm-6pm. Purchasing the graduation bundle (BS: cap, gown & tassel, MS: cap, gown, tassel & hood) this day will save you $10.

Paid Psychology Study Participants Needed

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I, Alexis Nagle, am an undergraduate student conducting URGO-funded research through the Augsburg University Psychology Department, under the mentorship of Dr. Stacy Freiheit. The study I am conducting focuses on the impact of sexual assault disclosure on the friends of sexual assault survivors among college students.

You are being invited to participate in this study because of your enrollment as an undergraduate student at Augsburg University. If you elect to participate in this study, you will be asked to respond to a 15-20 minute confidential & anonymous questionnaire about attitudes & experiences surrounding sexual assault. Your participation in this study will yield either course credit for PSY105 & PSY215 or $5 compensation.

This survey deals with sensitive topics, such as sexual assault & violence. If you choose to participate in this study, you have the right to withdraw or skip any questions at any time without affecting affect your current or future relations with Augsburg University or the researcher. The indirect benefits are that the results of this study may allow for a better understanding of the effects of sexual assault. A direct benefit is that you will receive course credit or compensation for completing this survey.

The results of this study will be disseminated in a final paper & presented to the faculty in the Psychology department at Augsburg University. The results also may be published in a professional journal or presented at local, regional, national, or international conferences via a poster or oral presentation. In any publication or conference presentation, I will not include any information that will make it possible to identify participants. All data will be stored on a password-protected computer and only my advisor & I will have access to it.

If you are interested in participating in this study, you may contact me, Alexis Nagle, at to arrange for a day and time.

Earn $500 for One Week – Scrubs Camp Counselors Needed

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Counselors are needed to work at Metro Scrubs Camp at Augsburg from July 9 – July 13; 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM daily. Counselors earn $500 for the week. Metro Scrubs Camp provides opportunities for high school students from throughout the Twin Cities area to explore health careers by engaging in interactive sessions led by health care professionals. For the job description and application form, go to Questions? Contact Hli Vang at 612-330-1530;

Three Days to Use the Writing Lab before Spring Break

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All writers can use reviewers and the Writing Lab tutors are ready to help you! The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Any Augsburg student — grad or undergrad, any major — is welcome. Just bring a hard copy of whatever you are working on — essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing assignments. Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Note: The WL will be open Friday, March 9 and Sunday, March 18, but closed during spring break week.

Questions? Contact Kathy Swanson, English

Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers (With Bonus Free Pizza)

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Do you want to earn service hours while making a difference for middle school students in the Twin Cities? Come judge debate rounds for the Minnesota Urban Debate League.

Middle school students will debate education reform, and we’re looking for caring students to judge them on their critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking. No debate experience? No problem – we’ll train you. Judges also enjoy free pizza.

Volunteer shifts last from 3:15 – 7:30 PM.

We’re still looking for judges for the following tournaments (named for famous former debaters):

Thursday – 3/8: Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink Tournament
Tues-Thurs 3/13-3/15: Justice Sotomayor Conference Championships
Tuesday – 3/20: Winona LaDuke Middle School City Championships

Please direct any questions to, or stop by our office in Foss 18.

Click the link below for more information and to sign up:

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PA Information Session

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Join URGO to hear from the Augsburg PA Studies program about prerequisites, experiences, and writing a compelling personal statement for a competitive application. Alumni will also share information on how they successfully gained admission and their experiences in PA school.

Wednesday, March 21
6 – 7:30 pm
150A Hagfors Center

Contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP. Dinner will be provided.

Des Moines University Information Session

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Anna Cruz, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist, will provide information on Des Moines University’s clinical programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy as well as non-clinical master’s programs in anatomy, biomedical science, public health and health care administration.

Tuesday, March 20
11 am – 12 pm
101A Hagfors Center

For questions or to schedule an individual appointment with Anna, contact Catherina Kipper at

Interfaith Engagement: a Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Augsburg Faculty, Staff, and Students – you are invited to attend an evening of conversation with Bishop Munib Younan. In 2018, Bishop Younan retired as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and completed his 7 year term as President of the Lutheran World Federation. Bishop Younan is a global leader in inter-religious relationships and the pursuit of a just peace between Israel and Palestine.

This event, “Interfaith Engagement: a Palestinian Christian Perspective”, will take place on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM in Oren Gateway Center Room 100.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!
Link to full Bio –

Vocation Lunch with Robert Tom – March 29th

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Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom, Augsburg’s Ceramics and Sculpture Professor! This event will take place on Thursday, March 29th from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about robert tom and to register, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email

We hope to see you there!

Extended through March 12th: GCTWF Survey

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The Great Colleges to Work For survey has been open for two weeks. So far, Augsburg has a 69% response rate.

To allow additional time for those who haven’t had an opportunity to take the survey, the deadline to respond has been extended through Monday, March 12th until 4:00 p.m.

For those of you who have participated, thank you for sharing your voice! For those who haven’t, please do so!

If there are any questions or concerns about the survey, please direct them to Nicole Peterlin ( or 612-330-1602).

Mexica New Year: Volunteer With ALAS

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Mexica New Year: This family-friendly, cultural festival celebrates and honors the diverse beautiful cultures of indigenous peoples of the Twin Cities. Hosted by Indigenous Roots in partnership with local dance and drum circles, artists, community organizations and businesses.

COME AND HELP BY VOLUNTEERING WITH ALAS. Volunteers may be asked to help with tabling, clean up, set up, activity facilitator, etc.

March 10, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Johnson Senior High School (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
1349 Arcade St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

More details in the RSVP form.


4 Days in May – CTL Workshops and Discussions

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CTL is capitalizing on a successful run last year and offering all of our professional development workshops and discussions over a span of a few days. Our hope is that engaging sessions, time to share a cup of coffee, and some experiential learning opportunities will provide opportunities for both professional development and community building. Join us May 8-11 for sessions on the following topics:

Tools to Foster CLEAN Design
Principles of Universal Design for Instruction
Faculty Learning Tech Showcase
Library Research Tools
Retaining Transfer students in STEM
Faculty and Staff Leadership
Food Education
Portfolio Workshop
Connections with Cedar Riverside Neighborhood
Creating and Inclusive Campus Conference (May 10th)
New Framework for Experiential Education at Augsburg
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
IRB Changes and Challenges
LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Classroom
Teaching and Learning Environmental Sustainability in your Courses

A complete itinerary will be available after Spring Break so watch A-mail and the CTL website for updates.

Nominations due on Friday for MCJ

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Please nominate a Senior for the Marina Christensen-Justice Award this year….

The recipient of the Marina Christensen-Justice Award must have demonstrated a dedication to the community beyond the Augsburg College campus, working in solidarity with marginalized people, as characterized by the personal and professional life of Marina Christensen-Justice. This award is given to one Augsburg senior each year at Commencement.

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

Depth and breadth of community involvement off-campus,
Commitment to understanding of systemic roots of the issues being addressed,
Personal and professional commitment to work with marginalized communities,
Bold and courageous leadership,
and authentic and sustained relationships with community and issues.

Please submit nominations to Mary Laurel True, by Friday, March 9. 2018.

Thank you,
Mary Laurel

Henna, Fashion, Food and more

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Sisterhood Boutique 3rd annual fashion show on Tuesday, March 20th at Augsburg, showcasing the talents of young social entrepreneurs through spoken word, art and fashion.

Doors at 6 pm, Show starts at 7 pm
Free Admittance, Donations Accepted
Henna by Mehndi Moments when doors open at 6
Music ● Sisterhood t-shirts for sale ●
After the show there will be light refreshments and possibly the opportunity to buy outfits.
*There is a link below with the schedule for the entire week of Sisterhood events.

Collaborators: Augsburg University, A’viands, Sabo Center & St. Kate’s Fashion Department

March 13th: What You Should Know About Social Security

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In a one-of-a-kind, special event: Rhonda Whiteneck, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration will present a comprehensive look at Social Security benefits and the role they play in retirement. The presentation will include a look at how your age at retirement affects your benefits, who else is eligible to receive a benefit, and how you enroll. In addition, Rhonda will discuss Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, touching on penalties, creditable drug coverage and how Medicare affects HSA participation.

Not sure if you should attend? Are you planning to retire – soon or sometime in the future? Do you have parents, friends, etc. who will be retiring and could use a few pointers? Are you unsure how your and your spouse’s Medicare benefits coordinate? Do you have an HSA and wonder what will happen to it when you reach Medicare eligibility age? If you answered yes to any of these, this seminar is for you!​

When: March 13th from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Hagfors 150A

Mexico: Summer study abroad program

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Earn language, Art, Keystone, or Internship credit in Mexico this summer:

CGEE in Mexico offers five 3 1/2 week sessions (blocks) focusing on Spanish language and Mexican culture in which students can take one course per session, and take up to five courses throughout the summer. This community-based program includes homestays, a trip to Mexico City, optional weekend excursions, and numerous guest speakers designed to help students learn about history, culture, and contemporary struggles for peace, justice, and human rights.

Spanish language courses at all levels beginning to advanced, as well as specialized Spanish courses in Business Spanish, Spanish for Ministry, and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals can be combined with internships in those fields to create a truly customized summer experience.

The summer is organized into five blocks, you may take anywhere from one to five blocks. Students who wish to take an internship must enroll for at least two blocks:
Block I: May 2-27
Block II: May 23-June 17 (KEY 490 offered only during Block II)
Block III: June 13-July 8
Block IV: July 5-29
Block V: July 25-August 19

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Scholarships are available!

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants, may apply the summer grant funds to this program if they attend at least two Blocks.

Email, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details, scholarship info, and application