Monday, March 2, 2015
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Teaching and Learning

Inclusive Course Workshop - This Wednesday

Please join your colleagues for an important workshop addressing the creation of courses that are inclusive to all our students. The workshop will be led by Dr. Timothy Lensmire, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota.

Wednesday, March 4th
12:30-1:30 p.m.
OGC 100

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ICD Grant Applications Due Friday

Individual faculty and departmental groups are invited to submit applications for Integrated Course Design Grants (March 6th deadline). Applications and the Call for Proposals can be found at

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McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Spring 2015

Augsburg College's TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting for Spring 2015 admission. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair teams Scholars with other academically strong students who aspire to graduate study, and helps them to achieve that dream.

The McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The program provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. Also, the program assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2016.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant at or (612) 330-1380 to schedule an appointment. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the program or if you're unsure whether or not you qualify.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 27, 5 p.m.
Priority Deadline: Friday, March 13, 5 p.m.

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General Announcements

Bonner Leaders Program Application

The Bonner Leaders Program is looking to add energized and passionate first-year students to its program for the upcoming academic year!

The Augsburg Bonner Leaders Program is a community-based work-study program encouraging leadership development for students dedicated to integrating civic engagement into their college learning experience.

1. Eligible for work study funds through awarded financial aid
2. Able to make a 2 year commitment to participating in the Augsburg Bonner Leader program
3. Work 10-15 hours/week with a community partner (totaling ~140 hours a semester)
4. Attend all Bonner meetings (~4 hours/ month)

The application is online and the link is:

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Day at the Capitol - Thank You

Thank you to the 19 students who dedicated their day to support the Minnesota State Grant. Our day began with walking to the Green Line on a rather frigid day. Once we arrived at the Capitol, we made our way to the meeting room. Sen. Kari Dziedzic, Representative Diane Loeffler, Danna Elling, DFL Senate researcher, and Auggie parent, and her daughter Libby Schultz '13, a graphic designer for MNDOT, shared their connection to Augsburg and their vocation and experiences.

Our students wrote 32 notes to co-chairs of the higher-ed committee, their senators, and thank you notes to Governor Dayton. Each student also met with their representative to thank them for their support of the MN State Grant and advocate for Governor Dayton's proposal for a $25 million addition and expanded support for day students and adult undergraduates.

Emily James
Habiib Hassan
Vincent Henry
Reies Romero
Ashley Parent
Elise Hinderliter
Heath Anderson
April Johnson
Abdirahman Dahir
Banna Kidane
Angela Hernandez
Brad St. Aubin
Lauren Canales
Donna Oda
Amanda Scherer
Crystal Trevino
Dulce Monterrubio
Mark Moore

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Mock Interviews on Campus - Register Today

Are you interested in practicing your interview skills? The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work has invited employers to campus to hold practice interviews with students on Wednesday, March 25th. Space is limited so register early! To learn more and register visit

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Sabo Scholar Applications Available Now

Attention sophomores -- The application to be a Sabo Scholar during 2015-2016 is now available. The Sabo Scholars are a small group of juniors and seniors who have interest in and a commitment to engagement in the political process, public policy, and careers in public service.

Fill out an application here:

The deadline to apply is March 9.

We are currently accepting application from students who will be juniors during the 2015-2016 year. Sabo Scholars will receive a $2,000 scholarship each year.

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Dr. Colin Irvine - Fulbright Award Announcement

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

It is with great excitement and admiration that I announce Dr. Colin Irvine, Associate Professor of English, and former Fulbright recipient, has been selected to receive a rare, second Fulbright award in American Studies.

Colin and his family will spend the 2015-16 academic year in Bergen, Norway, where Colin will join the English Department at the University of Bergen. Building on his previous experience as a Fulbright scholar, Colin will have the opportunity to extend on his scholarship exploring the compelling intersection of narrative theory and American culture as a means of interpreting and understanding complex literary texts.

In the three years since his first year-long stay in Norway, Colin has written an expansive travelogue/memoir on the many facets of life in Norway, directly inspired from his year abroad; he has edited a collection of essays on the importance of place in the American West during the mid-20th century; and has begun a third manuscript, which is in outline format, from his time as a Roving Scholar in the videregående skoles in Norway. He also developed two new courses—one on sports in American society and one on transportation--that grew out of his Roving Scholar presentations.

Please join me in congratulating Colin on these significant accomplishments and this second Fulbright recognition!

Karen Kaivola

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Food Service Hours

Monday 3/2/15

Nabo is open from 7:30am-8:00pm.

Einstein's is open from 7:30am-9:00pm with the Late Night Menu starting at 7:00pm.

The Commons is open from 7:30am-7:00pm. Market Place is serving Chicken Acapulco, Spanish Rice, Black Beans, and Garlic & Herb Roasted Broccoli. Vege is serving Confetti Rice, Balsamic Baked Asparagus, Cuban Rice & Beans, and Spiced Lemony Brussel Sprouts.

On March 26th we will be having an Iron Chef Competition in The Commons. Teams will be of two people, come up with your best recipe to compete against the chef! The sign-up sheet is at the register in The Commons.

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United Nations Email Over the Weekend

Many members of the Augsburg community received an email this weekend referencing the United Nations. As with all unwanted emails from unknown senders you can click the "Spam" button to mark it as spam and train the Google spam filter. This removes the message from your inbox. This message also had an attachment. Using the same thinking (unwanted message from unknown sender) it's best practice to not open the attachment.

If you receive an email that raises safety concerns you can always contact Public Safety at to inform them.

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Study Abroad & Study Away (USA) Deadline Ext: 3/15

March 15 (Extended) Fall semester, academic year and summer programs
September 30 Spring semester & winter break programs
October 30 Spring break programs
January 30 Short-term summer programs

Get Started!


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Updates to All Hands Page, Focused Conversations

The All Hands 2014-2015 page has been updated with the video, audio, and slides from the February 25 All Hands meeting.

In addition, the remaining spring-term Focused Conversation schedule has been updated to include a session, April 6 and 7, facilitated by President Pribbenow to continue the discussion about the seven Augsburg2019 institutional initiatives introduced at the All Hands meeting. The All Hands meeting schedule for the remainder of the academic year is as follows:

March 9 and 10: Diversity and Inclusion
March 23 and 26: Financial Indicators
March 30 and 31: The Academic Program
April 6 and 7: The 7 Augsburg2019 Institutional Initiatives
April 20 and 21: Corporate Relations
May 11: All Hands Strategic Planning Summit

Additional details -- times, locations, facilitators -- are posted on the All Hands page for all of these sessions.

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Apply to be a Youth Theology Institute Mentor

Attention current students:

We are looking for FIVE current students to serve as mentors for this summer's Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI).

If you enjoy engaging in thoughtful faith conversations, mentoring high school youth, and working in a team setting, please take a look at the "ACYTI Mentor" posting on the Human Resources website and apply soon. The position is listed on the Human Resources employment listings under "student positions."

Mentors should be available for some training in April and the entire week of June 13-19. Note: this is a paid internship. The Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute is a collaborative effort by the Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and the Religion Department.

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Event Announcements

Nominations Open for Augsburg Leadership Awards

Nominations are currently open for the 2014-15 Augsburg Leadership Awards! These awards recognize student leaders and student organizations for their innovative and outstanding leadership during the academic year.

All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the awards themselves, visit:

Questions can be directed to Michael Grewe at

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Boyte Speech on Student Success - This Tuesday

Please join the Sabo Center on Tuesday, March 3, from 4-5 p.m. (previously scheduled for 3:30, changed to accommodate Staff Awards attendees) in the Marshall Room for a listening and feedback session with Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Later in March Harry will be delivering the concluding address to the Gates Foundation SXSW EDU 2015 conference, "Getting to Graduation: Re-designing Higher Ed for Student Success" in Austin, Texas.

This feedback session will feature a draft of Boyte's speech, which draws on Augsburg experiences and innovations, as well as the civic agency/public work/democratic society framework reflected in the new book collection he edited, Democracy's Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities (Vanderbilt University Press). This talk is an important opportunity to showcase some of the work of Augsburg and our colleagues in "educating for democracy" throughout higher education, and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

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Physician Assistant Information Session

Physician Assistant Information Session
Thursday, March 5th
6-8 pm, Oren Gateway 100

Meet alumni who are current PA students in Minnesota programs and a graduating senior in the midst of deciding which school to attend. Topics will include picking schools, application timeline, the CASPA application system, personal statements, and helpful resources. This is a great opportunity to ask current PA students questions and to get their advice.

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Consider the Peace Corps

Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, March 4th
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center

Get paid to live and make a difference overseas while building your resume through programs in business, health, education, agriculture, environment, and youth development. Peace Corps volunteers receive full support including a living stipend, housing, medical/dental care, vacation days, international travel, and more. Student loan deferment and/or cancellation is possible.

Learn more by attending the information session.

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Exploring Majors? Walk-ins and Workshop this Week

Are you exploring majors? Two offerings this week may help:

**Walk-in hours on Wednesday morning**
Wednesday, March 4 from 9-11 a.m. in Career & Internship Services (100 Christensen)

Stop by for a quick 15-minute check in with a career coach. This is a great time to learn more about career assessments and get started exploring your major and/or career options. If you are undecided, please come to these special hours so you can meet with Maggie Heier specifically rather than attending our general Career Quick Stop hours.

**Major/Career Exploration Workshop on Thursday**
Thursday, March 5 from 4-5 p.m. in Career & Internship Services (100 Christensen)
This workshop will give you confidence in how to research and explore majors and careers and the support available to help students who are exploring options leading up to registration.

Other helpful Strommen Center resources for undecided students:

• Spring 2015 Major/Career Exploration Workshop dates:
• Career Exploration webpage:
• Resources for your Major pages:
• Four-Year Career Planning Guide:

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Daily Chapel: St. David's Day Hymn Sing

Join us for worship today at 10:40am: St. David's Day Welsh Hymn Sing with Mary Morris Mergenthal and the Augsburg Choirs, followed by hot British pasties (meat or veggie filled pastries) in the atrium!

Chapel this week:
Tuesday, 3/3: Convocation - No Chapel
Wednesday, 3/4, 10:40am: President Paul Pribbenow preaching, "Promises, Promises"
Thursday, 3/5, 11:30am: Yemi Melka '15 Senior Chapel
Friday, 3/6, 10:40am: Global Prayer

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center - Everyone is welcome!

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Keeping Track of Auggies


CGEE has two new blog posts from Auggies currently abroad – read about Leah McDougall's time in El Salvador on a short term study abroad:

And Alum Brittney Westgard (Social Work, '14) has returned to the social work program in Mexico as a teacher's assistant:

Stay current with CGEE blogs and Auggie's international travel - on our new Twitter account @AugsburgCGEE.

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Auggie Athletics

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Murderball Volunteers Needed

Looking for a community service opportunity? The Courage Kenny Wheelchair Rugby Club is looking for volunteers for the Heartland Sectional Tournament, at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, this Fri.-Sun. (March 6-8), with their greatest need on Friday. To sign up, go here:
Anyone interested in just watching is also welcome. Admission is free, and schedule information is available at the tournament Facebook page:

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Punching Bag for Sale

Includes Gloves, Chain, Large Bag and Speed Bag with all parts. I can assist with moving to vehicle or apartment (on campus) and will show you how to detach/attach everything. Looking for $150.00 please email me at for pictures or more information.

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