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Batalden Convocation Info for Spring Syllabi

The Batalden Convocation will be held on Friday, February 10, at 10:00 AM in the chapel.

The speaker is Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces White Spaces.

Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces.

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Scholarship + 2 Paid Internships for First Years

Apply to be a 2017 Kemper Scholar!

The Kemper Scholars Program is designed for first-year students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a business-related degree program such as accounting, data science, finance, risk management, economics, statistics, math, computer science, communications, and/or actuarial science. Scholars receive:

*Up to $10,000 yearly scholarship
*2 paid internships:
*1 paid summer internship at a nonprofit in Chicago, learning and living with 25 fellow Kemper Scholars
*1 paid summer internship at one of the many Kemper companies around the US
*Paid trip to annual Kemper Conference in Chicago; 3 summers

Augsburg is one of only 15 liberal arts colleges selected to take part in the Kemper Scholars Program. Go to to learn more about this incredible opportunity.

Please set up an appointment with URGO at or x1446 to confirm your eligibility if you plan to apply. URGO is available to provide feedback on applications as well if you wish to meet with us before submitting your application.

Applications are due January 31.

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Call for Proposals - CTL Grants 2017

Faculty, applications for the 2017 CTL grants are now open!

This year's submission deadline is **February 15, 2017** for the following grants. Click on each link to see the call for proposals.

Scholarship Grant

Provost's Internationalization Travel Grant

Integrated Course Design Grant

All applications can be found on the CTL Grants webpage:

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Visit URGO For Advising On Grad School Apps

Applying to grad school? Come meet with URGO staff for individualized advising on finding and selecting programs, preparing for standardized tests, securing letters of recommendation, and writing application essays. We are here to help you through the process!

To make an appointment you can call the URGO office at 612-330-1446 or email us at

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Moodle Help Available

As the end of the semester approaches, the E-Learning team would like to remind faculty that we are available to help you with any questions you might have about the Moodle gradebook, how to import content into your Spring course shells, or any other questions you might have. Please feel free to contact your LFC (Nathan Lind, Christie Mattingly, Eric Strom) or E-Learning Specialist (Bonnie Tensen) for assistance.

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Call for Nominations - CTL Awards 2017

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2017 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. 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.

Deadline for nominations: February 20, 2017

Submit nominations via the online form on the CTL awards webpage:

When making a nomination in one of the following areas, please consider how the nominee has made contributions to the college that go beyond the expectations of their position.

- Distinguished Contributions to TEACHING -
Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms, pedagogies and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and their overall passion for teaching. Up to TWO AWARDS may be given in this category, one for FULL-TIME faculty and one for ADJUNCT faculty (2 courses per term or less).

- Distinguished Contributions to SERVICE -
Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the college, community, or their discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees that impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

- Distinguished Contributions to SCHOLARSHIP -
Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the college, or community.

All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the college for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Nominations may be made by any member of the college community.

The selection of the award recipients is a juried process. Nominations will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee comprised of members of the Faculty Development Committee, the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Deans of Arts and Sciences and Graduate and Professional Studies. The committee may, when appropriate, consider candidate’s annual reports, teaching evaluations, and other documents provided by the Dean’s office. Based on the pool of nominees, the committee has discretion to offer the awards in any combination as well as to decline to offer a specific award in a given year. The committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Provost for final approval.

The awards will be announced at the Honors Convocation on April 21st and at the Faculty Recognition Luncheon on April 27, 2017. The recipient of the award for excellence in teaching for full-time will be invited to give the keynote address at the Opening Convocation in September and the adjunct faculty awardee will be invited to speak at the New Faculty Orientation in August.

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Gen Ed Question of the Week: Augsburg Experience

Experiential education has long been a hallmark of an Augsburg education. As part of the general education requirements for their degree, all students complete an "Augsburg Experience" requirement through one of the following ways: internships, study abroad, student-faculty research, student teaching, special immersion trips, and/or other approved experiences. For more information, see

As the Gen Ed Design Team considers how to strengthen our commitment to experiential education, while at the same time simplifying and improving access, we seek your input. Please email <> OR submit an anonymous response through this link:

All faculty, staff, and students are encourage to share their perspectives.

What are the greatest benefits of the Augsburg Experience as it is now configured?
What are the obstacles to completing it?
Can you imagine ways to simplify and improve access?
Do you have expertise and ideas you'd like to share with the Design Team?

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Count Down: Find the WL Now

The end is near and papers, applications, reports, revisions will soon be due. Don't panic. Do find the WL now! It's located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Here are the hours:

Mondays: 11:10 - 1:40 and 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Tuesdays: 12:30 - 3:00; 3:30 - 6:00; and 7:30 - 10 PM
Wednesdays: 3:30 - 6:00 and 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Thursdays: 12:30 - 3:00; 3:30 - 6:00 and 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Fridays: 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Sundays: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Note: The Lab will be open until 6 PM on Wednesday, December 14 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 17.

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URGO Summer Research Applications Available

Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2017 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 15th – July 28th.

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 February 1st, so start talking with your faculty before break to learn about what research is going on in your department!

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General Announcements

New Graduate Course in Higher Education Leadership

"Leadership in Higher Education" is a new graduate course offered in the Master of Arts in Leadership program spring term 2017. It is open to any graduate student. Augsburg faculty, staff, and students are also invited to enroll as part of a graduate degree or for their own professional development.

If you are interested in taking this course and would like the course description and/or other information please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen ( or Jolee Lilja ( in the Dept of Leadership Studies.

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Mini-Grants for Environmental Stewardship

Looking for students, faculty, staff who are interested in grant money for environmental stewardship! Projects could include: class learning activities, supplies for research, conferences or workshops, tangible purchases (i.e.- water fountains, compost bags, bus or nice ride passes), reuse/recycle projects (i.e.- clothing drive), or any idea you may have! Applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 30, 2017. Maximum Award is $2,500. Please apply at . Questions? Please email Jim Perrine, Graduate Student and Environmental Ethics Fellow, at

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Food Service Updates

Catering Update: Jennifer Cleveland is the new Catering Director for A'viands. Please contact her for any and all of your Catering needs at

Einsteins Update: The Coffee Brewer at Einsteins is back up and running. Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we worked to resolve this issue.

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Survey for Employees with Parking Permits

Thanks to the 183 employees who have a parking permit who have completed the Transit Task Force survey. For those who have not yet done the survey - there's still time!

The purpose is to learn what can help employees use transit options, and how best to use Remote Lots M and O on Franklin Avenue. The survey takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete and closes on Friday, December 9.

If you have not yet completed it - the link is

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Get Paid For Your Internship - Apply Now

Wouldn't it be GREAT if you could get paid to do an internship?

You may be able to do just that because of a grant awarded to Augsburg College. This program serves juniors and seniors who receive financial aid, improving their odds of graduating and preparing them to enter the workforce with real-world experience in their fields of study.

To be eligible:

* Students must be in good academic standing (2.0+ GPA)

* Students must be a college junior or senior (60 credits completed) at the time of the internship (Second semester sophomores can apply as long as they hold junior standing BEFORE the internship begins)

* Students must be eligible for financial aid (work study) Not sure if you are eligible? Email or check your awards package

* The internship must be related to your major or career aspirations

* Internships will take place Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Act now! Priority consideration is given to students who complete the short Augsburg application, so we recommend you complete it soon.

To learn more about the grant, visit Apply for the grant thru Inside Augsburg, On Campus Jobs. Search for "Great Lakes Grant".

If you already have an unpaid internship lined up and would like to see if it can be turned into a Great Lakes site, please contact us at 612-330-1472 and we will assist you.

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Enrollment Center

The Enrollment Center will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9.

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Important Changes to Daily A-mail

The Office of Marketing and Communication, which is responsible for distributing the Daily A-mail, has developed an improved process for submitting and reading posts.

New features include:
* a simplified submission interface
* an email receipt confirming each successful submission, including the full content submitted
* the ability to edit a post after it has been submitted up until the submission deadline
* the optional daily digest sent via email will now include links to each individual post.

One important change to note with the new submission process is that the deadline for submitting A-mail will change. The new deadline for inclusion in a day's A-mail will be 11:59 p.m. the day prior to publication, rather than 10 a.m. on the day of publication. This means an A-mail can be submitted at any time during the day (including before 10 a.m.) in order to show up in the next business day's A-mail.

These A-mail updates will be rolled out over the winter break in partnership with IT. As part of this transition, A-mail will not be sent on December 27-29. In addition, as always, Daily A-mail will not be sent on the dates that are College holidays, which include December 23, 26, and 30, as well as January 2.

After the transition, a new "Submit to A-mail" option will be added the left-hand navigation at We expect this to be available Dec. 29. The first A-mail sent using the new submission form will be Tuesday, January 3. Submissions for the January 3 A-mail can be submitted any time after the form is available and before 11:59 p.m. January 2, 2017.

Please send questions or concerns to

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Car2go Is Going Away as of Dec. 30

Augsburg has been informed that car2go will cease operations in the Twin Cities as of Dec. 30.

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Food Service Hours

Einsteins is open from 7:30 am-9 pm, with the Late Night Menu starting at 7 pm.

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

The Commons is open from 7:30 am-7 pm
Breakfast 7:30-9:45 am
Continental Breakfast 9:45-11 am
Lunch 11am-1:30 pm
Light Lunch 1:30-4:30 pm
Dinner 4:30-7 pm

Come to The Commons on Monday, December 12, for Late Night Breakfast from 10pm to 11pm. Free food with your student ID, served to you by Augsburg Faculty.

On Thursday, December 15, Einsteins will be closing at 12pm. On Friday, December 16, all Food Service Locations will be closing at 1:30 p.m. Over Winter Break, Nabo and The Commons will be closed. Einsteins will be open over break, Monday-Friday from 7:30pm-1:30pm with a Limited Menu. The Commons will reopen on Sunday, January 8, at 5pm for Dinner, and normal hours will resume for all locations on Monday, January 9.

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Event Announcements

Farewell to Matt Ksepka

Please join us in saying a fond farewell to Matt Ksepka on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Marshall Room, Christensen Center. Refreshments will be served. Matt has accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer at Totino-Grace High School. His final day will be Thursday, Dec. 15.

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Paws for Learning - Friday

It's the last week of classes and our four legged friends want to help with a little stress relief this week. Please plan to stop by Christensen Center on Friday 12/9 from 10:30 - 12 noon for some pet stress relief with our friends and partners from Paws for Learning.

The Center for Wellness and Counseling is happy to bring our partners and friends to campus this week.

Any questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

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Candle Light Yoga For Stress Relief

The Augsburg Mindfulness Club invites all interested students to several additional yoga sessions with Akoni Garcia tonight and next week during finals. Please see the schedule below and come as often as you are able to join in.

TONIGHT 12/8 9 - 10 pm OGC 100

Sunday 12/11 7 - 8 pm OGC 100
Monday 12/12 9 - 10 pm OGC 100
Tuesday 12/13 8 - 9 pm East Commons
Wednesday 12/14 7 - 8 pm East Commons
Thursday 12/15 9 - 10 pm OGC 100

Any questions, please feel free to call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

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Chapel: Augsburg Jazz Ensemble

Join us in the chapel at 11:30 am: Augsburg Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Mantini and Susan Druck. Come celebrate the coming of Christmas with some holiday tunes!

Friday, 12/9, 10:40 am: End of Semester Celebration, Health Kit Assembly & Refreshments. Musicians: Alex Bouvier, Kaylie Johnson, Abbey Stenersen, and Sabrina Shaw - trumpet quartet.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel - Everyone is welcome.

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DAPL Education Evening - Tonight from 5-7 p.m.

There will be a Dakota Access Pipeline event from 5-7 p.m. tonight in the East Commons. This event is meant to educate people in the Augsburg community about what is happening at Standing Rock as well as to show everyone how we can help support the water protectors there. There will be Indigenous and First Nation speakers, a water ceremony, and opportunities to make signs and banners that will be sent to the camp. Come stand with Standing Rock with us!

Here is our tentative itinerary:
5-5:15: Introductions
5:15-5:30: Water Ceremony
5:30-6: First Speaker
6-6:15: Socializing period
6:15-6:45: Second Speaker
6:45-7: Open mic time

We will also have cookies and coffee!

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Coming Up At Cedar Commons

* Interfaith @ Cedar Commons: A Spirituality of Racial Justice *
THURSDAY December 8th, 6:30-8:30pm.

Join us for a meal and conversation about the ways that our faith communities both perpetuate racism and hold power to bring about racial justice.

Speaker: Mel Reeves, longtime local activist and organizer and a person of deep faith.

Do you need to be a "person of faith" to come? Absolutely not. We welcome anyone with interest in conversation about how faith/spirituality shape our lives and intersect with the issues we care about.

This gathering is hosted by the Interfaith @ Cedar Commons organizer team and the Augsburg Interfaith

Cedar Commons (2001 Riverside Ave. S, Below Trinity office, across from Afro Deli)

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Holiday Party This Friday

The Economics, History, and Political Science Depts. and the International Relations Program invites everyone in the Augsburg community to our annual holiday party. Join us in the luxurious and newly unremodeled Memorial 111 for holiday treats.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Memorial 111

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Crystal Comer Appointed to AACRAO Committee

I am pleased to announce that Augsburg's Registrar, Crystal Comer, has been appointed to the Information Systems and Technology Committee of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Representing more than 2600 higher education institutions in over 40 countries, AACRAO engages members in the collaborative pursuit of excellence in admissions, registration, and enrollment services by providing relevant programs, professional development tools and information resources.

This appointment acknowledges Crystal's deep dedication to improving student services, and is timely as the College moves forward with the implementation of Unit 4 software upgrade.

Congratulations, Crystal!

Karen Kaivola

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