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Teaching and Learning

Nominate Faculty, Staff for CTL Awards

Nominations for the 2016 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning are due next Monday, February 22nd!

Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service.

All full-time faculty or staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Nominations can be placed by any student, staff, or faculty.

**Monday, February 22nd Deadline**

For more information and to submit the online nomination form, go to

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Engaging Productively in Difficult Course Material

The next CTL workshop, "Using Difficult Discussion in the Classroom to Enhance Students' Higher-Order Thinking Skills," is next Thursday, February 25.

Many courses offer students and faculty the opportunity to discuss difficult issues and enhance student learning through the intellectual give-and-take of an engaged conversation, but what if those conversations turn personal or angry? How can you assist learners to actively challenge and engage ideas and issues, not each other (or you)? This workshop is intended to assist participants in identifying their goals for using classroom discussions and then discuss models for how to teach learners how to productively engage in difficult discussions.

Thursday, February 25
Using Difficult Discussion in the Classroom to Enhance Students' Higher-Order Thinking Skills
3:40-4:40pm, OGC 100

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Don't Forget - Register Free Accessibility MOOC

Don't forget to register for this free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Accessibility! The course begins on Monday, February 22nd - only two working days away. See below for description, details, and registration information!

The Accessibility at Augsburg Committee invites the Augsburg Community to sign up for this interesting MOOC that is open to anyone, anywhere. It begins February 22nd. This MOOC will provide a great review or a great introduction to the Section 508 accessibility standards that apply to higher education. It also provides an opportunity to experience one of the latest trends in higher education - MOOCs!

Please see the description below for more information.

Accessibility: Designing and Teaching Courses for All Learners is a free 6-week professional development course available that will help you gain a better understanding of accessibility as a civil rights issue and develop the knowledge and skills you need to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments.

During this six-week course, you'll learn how to:

-Recognize and address challenges faced by students with disabilities related to access, success, and completion.
-Articulate faculty and staff roles in reducing barriers for students with disabilities.
-Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in designing accessible learning experiences.
-Analyze the benefits of Backward Design when developing learning experiences.
-Use Section 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 guidelines to create accessible courses.
-Determine which tools and techniques are appropriate based on course content.

You will have the opportunity to earn badges that recognize your mastery of these competencies.

Audience: Anyone may enroll and participate in the MOOC. It has been designed for faculty and staff in higher education at any type or level of institution.

Why take the Access MOOC? Watch this short video to find out!
(Audio described version )

Access MOOC begins on February 22nd

Next steps:
1. Register at Canvas Network
2. Share and follow the conversation on Twitter using #AccessMOOC
3. Follow our Access MOOC Facebook Page

The course is a collaborative effort of faculty and staff from SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Buffalo State College, funded by a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.

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Critical Thinking Gen Ed Workshop - Feb. 24

Augsburg has made a commitment to educate students to be 'critical thinkers'. There are numerous pedagogical models available to help faculty accomplish this goal. In this workshop faculty will be briefly introduced to Bloom and Costa's models of critical thinking. Faculty are asked to bring an assignment, quiz, exam, or activity that they are currently using and then we will work on integrating the prompts and levels of critical thinking into these assignments or exams.

Next Wednesday, February 24, Mary Lowe will lead TWO sessions of this workshop!

Wednesday, February 24
Critical Thinking: How to Teach It Well
12:00-1:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm
OGC 103

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Assessment Day Activities and Lunch

Augsburg's annual ASSESSMENT DAY is next Tuesday, February 23rd.

Assessment Committee will conduct two workshops for faculty in Kennedy 303. From 11 a.m. to noon there will be a presentation and discussion of the data on oral communication and quantitative reasoning. From noon to 12:50 p.m. there will be a discussion of how, why and when to integrate qualitative data into a department assessment plan. Co-curricular Assessment will hold staff workshops next door in Kennedy 305.

Tuesday, February 23, 10:50am-12:50pm

Curricular Assessment - KEN 303
Co-Curricular Assessment - KEN 305

Lunch will be served buffet-style for both groups outside Kennedy 303/305 at 10:50am. Please RSVP for lunch to

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General Announcements

Food Service Menus

The Nabo Special today is a Chicken Caesar Wrap with Fries and a 16oz Fountain Soda.

Market Place is Serving Slow Roasted Turkey, Creamy Mushroom Risotto, Fresh Garlic Green Beans, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Vege is Serving California Style Veggie Burger, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Zucchini, and Fresh Corn on The Cob.

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Food Service Hours

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

Nabo is open from 7:30am-8:00pm, with Hot Food starting at 10:00am.

The Commons is open from 7:30am-7:00pm.

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Apply to be a Christensen Scholar

Apply to be a 2016-17 Christensen Scholar!

Attention current sophomores and juniors:

Interested in exploring life's big questions? Will you be studying on campus all of next year? Consider becoming a Christensen Scholar.

Christensen Scholars participate in a yearlong academic seminar (REL 405/406) led by Professor Mark Tranvik, earn four upper division semester credits in the Religion Department, and receive a $2,000 scholarship. The 2016-17 seminar will explore great stories of faith. It is designed for those with a lively sense of curiosity and a desire to talk about "big questions" involving God, evil, doubt, salvation, and vocation.

For more information, and to apply, visit our website:

Deadline to Apply: March 4

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Renew Your FAFSA by May 1

It's that time again! The FAFSA application for the 2015-2016 year is now available for students returning to Augsburg for the 2015-2016 academic year. The FAFSA is the application required to determine your eligibility for access to financial aid during your time at Augsburg, and must be renewed every year.

May 1st is the deadline to apply for financial aid at Augsburg. All Day College students must submit their application by this date or risk losing some of the aid that may be available to you.

File your taxes early to ensure that you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA this year. This function pre-populates your tax information into the application, which reduces your chances of being selected for verification later on. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for use on the FAFSA 2-3 weeks after electronically filing your taxes, and 6-8 weeks after filing paper taxes.

Questions? Stop by the Enrollment Center and speak with any of our Student Financial Services Counselors or call us at 612-330-1046.

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Iron Chef

Monday, February 29, there will be an Iron Chef Competition in The Commons at 11:30 a.m.! Sign up at the register in The Commons.

Secret ingredient to be announced on February 29!

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Augsburg Senior Leadership Society

This year, Augsburg College is launching the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society. This society will recognize graduating seniors for their co-curricular leadership contributions during their tenure at Augsburg College.

To qualify, students must demonstrate growth and development in seven categories: Academic and Life Skills Competence, Civic Engagement, Critical Thinking, Faith and Values, Intentional Diversity, Leadership Exploration and Development, and Thoughtful Stewardship.

Students must be graduating seniors (April or December 2016), have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, be in good academic and conduct status with the College, have demonstrated growth in the areas above, and have demonstrated leadership contributions through engagement in student organizations, campus activities, or college-sponsored or college-affiliated programs.

A resume and essay must be turned into Michael Grewe ( no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

For details on additional criteria and required materials can be found by contacting

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Food Service Specials

There is Braised Lamb Shoulder at Lunch in The Commons Today!

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Thanks -- Off Campus Studies Fair

Thank you to all of the Auggies who attended the Off Campus Studies Fair on Friday the 12th. We had a great time connecting you to options for study abroad and study away in the USA. Congrats to Sam, Devin, Abby, and Blake, winners of our prize drawing. These four took home great prizes: gift cards, bluetooth speaker, and $100 travel voucher!

The Study Abroad and Study Away in the USA Office has over 300 options in 90+ countries for Auggies, and we work with ALL students to find a great program to fit your needs. Stop by our office in Christensen to learn more and get started.

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Apply to be an Interfaith Scholar

Apply to be a 2016-2017 Interfaith Scholar

Attention current sophomores and juniors:

Want to engage in dialogue with people of different faiths and make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community? Will you be studying on campus all of next year? Consider becoming an Interfaith Scholar.

Interfaith Scholars participate in a yearlong academic seminar (407/408) on interfaith dialogue and action led by Professor Matt Maruggi and Pastor Sonja Hagander, earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion Department, and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Students from a variety of traditions as well as the non-religious are invited to apply in order to converse respectfully with others about what they believe, why it matters, and how it propels us to service in the world. For more information, and to apply, visit our website:

Deadline to Apply: March 4

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Scholastic Connections Applications Available

Scholastic Connections is a scholarship and mentorship program for undergraduate students of color at Augsburg College. Students who are successful in their application process and are selected to participate, receive a $5000 scholarship and are paired with a successful alum of color who serves as mentor for the Scholar.

Five "new" Scholars will be selected for the program for 2016-17

Eligibility criteria:
* GPA of 2.5 or higher
* Demonstrated leadership ability or potential
* Demonstrated community involvement (on or off campus)
* Demonstrated financial need

Students who receive full tuition scholarships (Promise, Act 6, President Scholars) are NOT eligible for SC.

Application Process - Applicants must complete the following:
* Scholastic Connections Application (due 3/1)
* One letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member (due 3/1)
* An application interview with Cindy Peterson (completion deadline 3/15) - instructions to follow receipt of application


For more information about the program and access to the application, visit the SC web page at Inside Augsburg, A to Z Directory, Scholastic Connections.

ATTENTION FACULTY & STAFF: If you know of a student who could benefit from working with a mentor and receiving scholarship assistance, feel free to nominate the student for SC. Nomination forms are available at the SC web page.

Questions? Contact Cindy Peterson at or 612-330-1754.

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Summer 2016 Job Opportunity - ACYTI Mentor

Summer 2016 Job Opportunity!

Mentor for Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI)

Current students - Are you interested in growing in your faith, being a role model and positive influence for high school youth, and developing meaningful relationships? If so, then we've got the perfect job for you!


Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) is a week-long experience for Senior High students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An ACYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the Senior High youth participants. A mentor must be able to participate in training beforehand and be available during the full week of ACYTI, be willing to develop healthy relationships with the participants, exhibit leadership skills to faithfully guide participants in learning, worship, and fellowship activities, prepare and lead at least one- 20 minute worship experience and one afternoon or evening activity during ACYTI, enforce rules and boundaries to keep participants safe, and collaborate with other staff and mentors to support other activities throughout the week of ACYTI.

Required Experience:
We are looking for mentors that have leadership experience with children/youth, someone who models a vibrant Christian faith that seeks meaning, trusts God, and serves the neighbor, worship leadership skills and/or musical abilities are desirable, but not required, and a mentor that is comfortable leading and guiding high school students who may only be a few years younger than the mentors.

Apply today at:

Questions? Contact Lonna Field at or Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres

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2015-2016 Leadership Awards

Nominations for the 2015-2016 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders and student organizations for their innovative and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 17th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Tuesday, April 5 from 5-7 pm in Hoversten Chapel.

All students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 11 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, visit:

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Practice Your Spanish TODAY

Mesa de Conversación

Join us to practice Spanish in a relaxed and fun setting! Formally the Spanish Conversation Group, Mesa de Conversación meets on Thursdays from 11:30-1:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Christensen Center, in the Riverside Room. Our relaxed and friendly gatherings are a place where you can meet new people, practice your Spanish & learn about culture. All levels are welcome! Come for 10 minutes or for the whole session, whatever works for you. Feel free to bring your lunch. Questions? Contact Kate Reinhardt at , ext. 1081, or Sarah Degnar Riveros,, ext. 1082.

We hope to see you there!

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Event Announcements

The Legacy of J Dilla Panel/Film Screening

Friday, March 4th 5 PM - 7 PM

Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

The Legacy of J Dilla is an in-depth panel discussion about one of the greatest producers of all-times and his contributions to music, life, and how Hip Hop is and always will be a social justice movement at it's roots.

Location: East Commons (Christensen Center 2nd floor)
Time: 5-7pm
Friday March 4th: Free and All Ages!

Panelists: (so far)
Ma Dukes: ( J Dilla's Mother)

RDM: (UP ROCK/Abstract Pack/New Lens Urban Mentoring
Roosevelt Mansfield Aka Dj Digie of DigieMade LLC has been a part of the Twin Cities Hip Hop Music Since the early 90's and Djing since 2005.
Digie was a part of the Twin Cities Hip Hop Legend Award winning group Abstract Pack.

Digie has produced tracks on his Debut solo project “The R.D.M. Experience” in 2004.

2004 - Developed curriculum, and taught a class called Lyric Writing And Stage
Etiquette for High School For Recording Arts.

Produced 13 out of 15 tracks off his 2009 sophomore project “Priorities”,

2009 - Received the “Special Citation” SAGE award for his musical collaboration
with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers & the DeLasouljah Steppes.

2010 - Nominated “Best Knowledge Spitter” Twin Cities Hip Hop Awards

2010 - Produced 4 out of 15 songs for the sophomore project from the Abstract Pack “Ear-Responsible”

2012 - Featured in “The Joint Project” at Intermedia Arts with his group Up Rock

2012 - Nominated “Best Knowledge Spitter” Twin Cities Hip Hop Awards

Produced 5 of 7 tracks from The Debut EP from the group Up Rock. “Up Rock The EP” 2012

2013 - Musical Producer/Soundscape for “Hip Hop Hopes: What's Going On” In
Collaboration with Macalester Colleges Theatre and Dance Department.

2013 Produced 5 of 10 tracks for Up Rocks Let That Bass Shake Album

2015 - Featured in “Being Brothas” at Intermedia Arts with his group Up Rock

2015 - Featured on WCCO's Urban Perspectives with his group Up Rock, as an Emcee, Producer, and Middle School Program Coordinator for New Lens Urban Mentoring.

CHADWICK "NILES" PHILLIPS: (Avant Garde/Hip Hop, History, and the Arts)
Chadwick "Niles" Phillips is a renaissance man within the world of the arts. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2006. Upon moving to NYC, he won the "Who's Next"/HOT 97 Talent Search in 2006 which enabled him to release a single on Major Label/Koch Records. He also has worked in film for BET, CBS, MTV and NYC Fashion week. He was the host of the legendary "Poet's Groove" open mic in Minneapolis for 2 and a half years. He is the founder of the curriculum "Hip-Hop, History and The Arts" that he teaches at schools all around the Twin Cities. He also is the Founder/CEO of The Avant Garde, LLC which is a music, arts & entertainment production company geared towards providing a platform for highly seasoned artists of all avenues throughout the Twin Cities metropolis. He is working on his debut album entitled "To Remain" which will be released the summer of 2016.

Rodney Rush:RushCityThaGreat:(Producer,Mentor,Twin Cities O.G.)

Rodney Rush is a part of the foundation of hip hop in Minneapolis.A former member of Wolfpack 1,Mentored in by the late great Jack Robinson(I.P.R. Founder) has worked for the first non-profit label E.M.W. records. A long time studio engineer he has worked with a vast amount of twin cities hip hop artists and amongst the network of individuals, he has helped to provide the means to record and promote their talents through mix-tapes and shows. He continues to play a role in the elevation and essence of hip hop and the culture it represents. His current situation is "The Producers"(Tommy Karate,R.O.D.,Brand Nu,9D3Beatz,Karma,Chuck Will Yums) and the acclaimed debut solo album coming from Nazeem Noslavename Jalees which promises to be a hip hop classic releasing spring of 2016.

BIANCA RHODES: (Saint Paul Neighborhood Network)
Bianca A. Rhodes is an Emmy award winning Media Professional and proud Cum
Lade graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communication. Her
communication skills led her to become one of the first Black student commencement
speakers in the history of the university.
During her college career, she also took on politics and became the first African American
woman Vice-President of the Student Government. Along with politics,
television production became her passion and excelled in media writing, audio
engineering, videography and digital editing. Before her college career she was involved
in the Emmy Award winning show with TPT, entitled "Don't Believe the Hype." With that
show, she soon became an intern under the North Star documentary, produced by Daniel
Bergin, about Black Pioneers in Minnesota.
Currently, Rhodes is the Production & Sponsorship Coordinator for the Saint Paul
Neighborhood Network and Associate Producer for WCCO's Emmy Nominated Urban
Affairs Show Urban Perspectives. She is also the proud owner of BLovely Productions
and LeMae Photography. The mission of BLovely Productions and LeMae Photography
is to create efficient and effective videos and pictures of high quality for all walks of
life. In her spare time, she works with Youth who are interested in creating
documentaries and music videos. Rhodes motivation, confidence, and expertise has led
her to new heights and believes that her creativity will motivate others to change the

The Panel will be followed by:
"TC Loves Dilla" Film Screening/Premiere
A Film about J Dilla from a perspective of all Twin Cities Artists!

Sponsored By:
Save the Kids Augsburg Chapter
Twin Cites Omega Zulu Chapter (UZN1973)

Contact Person: Reies "DJ Francisco" Romero

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What The Heck is a Precinct Caucus?

Join TakeAction Minnesota and the Sabo Center for Democracy & Citizenship for a training on the basics of precinct caucuses and a conversation about how to use them powerfully to make change in the world.

4-5 PM

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Daily Chapel @ 11:30am: Sound the Trumpet!

Join us today at 11:30am for a special Lenten service, "Sound the Trumpet," with Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres preaching. Musicians: Melody Cahoon, violin; Kaylie Johnson, trumpet; and Mary Kirchdorfer, harp.

Friday, 2/19, 10:40am: Amber Kalina '15 preaching. Musicians: Nickolai Podvin '14 and Rachel Hastings '14.

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

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Systems Thinking Workshop

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is proud to sponsor a workshop on systems thinking. Dr. Nishesh Chalise, assistant professor of social work at Augsburg, will lead this session. The goal is to use systems thinking to explore the ways in which Augsburg College and the community are interlinked with each other.

Wednesday, March 9, 3:40-5:10 p.m.
Marshall Room

This workshop is free of charge but space is limited, so please send an e-mail to to reserve a spot.

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TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

TIAA-CREF is coming to campus for individual counseling sessions at no cost to you! You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals.

Sign up today! Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.
Register at or call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8am-8pm (ET).

Appointment days/times:
Tuesday, March 1-- 8:00-1:00pm Lindell 301
Wednesday, March 2-- 8:00-1:00pm Lindell 301
Thursday, March 3-- 8:00-1:00pm Lindell 301

Questions? Please contact Nicole Peterlin at

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CHANCE Meeting - Friday, Feb. 19

The monthly meeting of Cedar Humphrey Augsburg Neighborhood Community Engagement (CHANCE) is this Friday, February 19 from noon - 1:00 p.m. at The Common Table, 2001 Riverside Ave. (Across 20th from Afro Deli).

CHANCE is a joint effort between Augsburg College and the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to learn about the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and to become involved. Sahra Noor, CEO of People's Center Health Services will be joining us to share her insights about community health issues in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Feel free to bring your lunch and come learn what's going on in our neighborhood.

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