Monday, April 20, 2015
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sewer Smoke Testing April 20-24th

The City of Minneapolis is smoke testing the sanitary sewer lines to find cracks or faulty connections. During this test, white smoke will come out through holes in manhole covers and plumbing vents on or near rooftops. Each test is about 30 minutes long. If you detect white smoke in your building, its OK. The smoke is non toxic and will not stain curtains or any other fabric. It will dissipate quickly. Open a window if needed. Facilities will be walking the buildings for the duration of the test looking for smoke. The buildings affected over the next four days are Foss Center, Ice Arena, Melby and the Kennedy Center.

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Teaching and Learning

Faculty Luncheon: Scholarship/Teaching Innovation

Faculty please consider displaying your most recent scholarship achievements such as book publications, book chapters, peer reviewed articles, book reviews etc. at the faculty luncheon on April 30th. We would also like to invite to showcase any teaching innovation you have developed. This is a great opportunity for colleagues to learn about your distinctions. Please notify Michael Wentzel ( if you have materials for display

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RSVP for the Writing Retreat

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.

The retreat will take place Sunday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. (after lunch) through Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. (after lunch). Please email to reserve your space.

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Deadline is Fri.; Co-Curricular Assessment Committee


Seeking nominations for co-curricular assessment subcommittee

Are you curious about assessment of student learning? Do you wish you had better insights into what our students are learning through the co-curriculum at Augsburg? Do you dream of having evidence you can use to inform your programming for students? Would you enjoy being part of a group charged with bringing a greater focus to this work at Augsburg?

If so - we invite you to nominate yourself (or someone else) for a newly-formed group focused on co-curricular assessment of student learning. We are seeking diverse perspectives from a variety of co-curricular areas on campus. Extensive assessment experience is not required, but we hope you will bring openness to learning and a passion for growing a culture of assessment at Augsburg.

Committee charge:
Supporting the implementation of an established strategy for co-curricular assessment and supporting campus colleagues in growing a culture of assessment at Augsburg.

To nominate, please complete the online form here by April 24:

Questions? Contact Michael Grewe, Maggie Heier or Katy Risner - members of the Augsburg College Assessment Committee.

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Register your Summer Internship for Augsburg Experience

If you are completing a summer internship that you would like to count for your Augsburg Experience, don't forget to register for a non-credit internship (AUG EX3) before starting your experience this summer.

To get started, please attend one of the following Internship Registration/Orientation Session in the Strommen Center (Christensen Center, Suite 100):

Monday, April 20 from 4-5pm
Tuesday, April 28 from 10:30-11:30am

Who should attend?
- Students who have an internship lined up for the summer that is related to their major and/or career goals
- Students who want the internship to count for their Augsburg Experience graduation requirement

If you have questions about non-credit internships, please see our website:

Or contact us at

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General Announcements

Food Service Specials

Monday 4/20/15

The Nabo Special of the Day is an Orange Chicken Rice Bowl.

Today is Mini Burger Monday in The Commons!

Come to Nabo and try some Blackeye Bottled Cold Brew Coffee, brewed in St Paul. Blackeye is a company formed by Augsburg Alum Matt McGinn.

Enjoy some of the new options at The Salad Bar in The Commons! Featuring locally grown items!

Wednesday April 22nd is Earth Day. Come to The Commons where prizes will be given out including; a bicycle, coffee grounds for fertilizer, and assorted herbs in cans. There will also be a special menu featuring locally grown ingredients!

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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 can receive up to $7,000 per year in financial support. 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, mathematics, or physics)
* Within 5 semesters of graduating after completion of Spring 2015 semester
* Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
* U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
* Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

*Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: If you are interested, you should contact as soon as possible to determine your eligibility. Completed application materials are due July 1, 2015. Note that you will need three letters of recommendation and you are advised to make requests for letters before the completion of the spring semester.

Questions? See or contact

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North Star STEM Opportunities

The North Star STEM Alliance supports African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students working toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degrees. At Augsburg, STEM includes biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics. North Star STEM works to:
* Support student achievement via study groups and peer tutoring
* Engage students in their fields through research opportunities.
* Explore career directions through industry tours, internships, and professional conference travel
* Build community through social networking, peer mentorship, and student organizations.


* Complete the North Star STEM Application at or contact Rebekah Dupont at
* The application typically takes less than 15 minutes to complete and helps to determine your areas of interest as well as identify potential eligibility for various funding opportunities.
* Freshman, sophomores and new community college transfers who are exploring STEM majors are particularly encouraged to apply.
* Faculty and staff are welcome to nominate students who might benefit by emailing


* Peer Mentors, Calculus Workshop Peer Instructor, STEM Peer Instructors, Communications Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator.
* Complete the North Star STEM application and contact Rebekah Dupont at for more information.
* Positions will be 5-10 hours per week and will include planning time in May, 2015 and support of Augsburg SOAR in July 2015.
* Funding is contingent on North Star STEM eligibility.


* Travel to professional conferences
* Academic year research support
* Summer 2016 research support

Note: Students who have completed the North Star STEM application and actively participated in Alliance programming will be given priority in receiving funding.

For additional information see or contact Rebekah Dupont at

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Are You Looking for a Career? Ryerson is Tabling

Ryerson, Inc. representatives will be on campus today from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Christensen Center. They are looking for motivated individuals to join their team as Inside Sales Representatives. All majors are invited to stop by.

• Meaningful work, competitive compensation and benefits and an inspiring workplace
• Opportunities for training, development and career advancement
• Generous tuition reimbursement programs, as well as opportunities to pursue company-reimbursed non-degree training and advanced professional certifications

For more information stop by their table or visit them at

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Campus-Wide IDI-Guided Development Reboot

In response to student input from the spring 2014 focus groups and the fall 2014 survey, and the "Great Colleges to Work For" survey, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Core is implementing five initiatives, one of which includes increasing the intercultural competence of faculty and staff (and students when applicable). An associated action step includes the campus-wide revitalization and reboot of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and IDI-guided development process first implemented in 2010.

The IDI is Augsburg's preferred tool of measurement of intercultural competence and the IDI-guided development process offers Augsburg faculty and staff a confidential Individual Development Plan to support movement on the development continuum, i.e. growth in personal intercultural competence. Ultimately, Augsburg would like to have all faculty and staff complete the inventory and plan on a rotating basis so that individuals have an opportunity to monitor their personal growth.

Human Resources, in partnership with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Core, is pleased to support five cohort groups completing the IDI. In addition to completing the IDI, each participant will receive a confidential Individual Development Plan with a consultant before the end of this fiscal year. This cohort group mainly includes new hires, individuals who have expressed interest in taking the IDI, and individuals from critical roles (such as supervisors) and departments with a high volume of student contact. Within the next few days these individuals will receive invitations to participate in the cohort group. For individuals who are not included in this May cohort group, please note that we are budgeting for additional cohorts in the new fiscal year. It is our goal to have all faculty and staff integrated into a rotation within the next couple of years.

Questions can be directed to Joanne K. Reeck at

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Event Announcements

Chamber Music Recital is Wed., April 22

Join Augsburg College and the Department of Music for a Chamber Music Recital on Wed., April 22, in Hoversten Chapel. Students in the music department will receive the announcement of 2015-16 awards and scholarship in a reception immediately following the recital.

4 p.m., Hoversten Chapel
Foss Center

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Daily Chapel: Pastor Sonja Hagander Preaching

Join us for worship in the chapel today at 10:40am: Pastor Sonja Hagander preaching, "Resurrection Scents." Blessing for Tony Metz '15 on his graduation. Music by Sean Evenson '15, piano and vocals; and Chris Wallace '16, percussion and vocals.

Upcoming Worship Schedule:
Tuesday, 4/21, at 11:30am: Babette Chatman preaching, Community Collaborative Partner, Redeemer Center for Life and Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Reed Trio performing: Kelsey Birkholz, Jeoffrey Eckblad, and Andrew Meyer; directed by Merilee Klemp.
Wednesday, 4/22, at 10:40am: Earth Day, Michael Martin preaching, Augsburg Groundskeeper; and Blessing of the Tools. Music by Callie Hensler '17, piano.
Wednesday Night Communion at 9:30pm: Songs of Praise; Patrick Joiner preaching, Pastoral Intern
Thursday, 4/23, at 11:30am: Dr. Bev Stratton preaching and receiving a blessing upon her retirement, music by The Chapel Brass.
Friday, 4/24, at 10:40am: End of Academic Year Celebration, Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres preaching.

We gather in Hoversten Chapel - Absolutely everyone is welcome!

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Did the Exodus Happen?

Join us this Thursday, April 23, in SCI 123, 3:30-6:00pm for a special screening of Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus. This award-winning 2014 documentary film challenges both "literalist" and "minimalist" understandings of history and the Bible. We'll be joined by Tim Mahoney, the film's producer and director. Hosted by the Religion Department.
For info about the film:

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Faculty/Staff of Color Luncheon

Tuesday, April 21
OGC 100
12-1 p.m.

Join us for our last luncheon of the month. Bring your own lunch and join other faculty and staff of color who work here at Augsburg. This is a great opportunity to network and share in ways we can support each other and work together.

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This Week-Hijab Tube at Mixed Blood

Hijab Tube
Written by Seema Sueko
Directed by Bill Partlan

This family play is about Islam in America through the lens of a young American Muslim woman deciding whether or not to wear hijab, suggesting that the dogmas of other countries are transcended in the United States.

Mixed Blood Theatre-1501 South 4th Street
Saturday, April 25th 2:00pm
Sunday, April 26th 7:30pm
Monday, April 27th 7:30pm

For free tickets, please contact Mary Laurel True,

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Focused Conversations: Today, Tomorrow & Thursday

There are TWO Focused Conversation topics this week:

[1] Today and tomorrow, the topic is "Growing Augsburg's Corporate Relations Profile," facilitated by Jay D. Peterson, assistant director of Corporate & Foundation Relations; Heather Riddle, vice president for Advancement, and Amanda Scherer, assistant director of Corporate & Foundation Relations.

Learn which corporations are putting their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts into higher education and workforce development, how Augsburg connects with leaders from area corporations, and how faculty, staff, alumni, and Regents work in partnership with Institutional Advancement maintain and grow strong relationships with corporate and industry partners. Click the link(s) below to add the session(s) to your calendar:

TODAY: Monday, April 20, 3:40 p.m. - Marshall Room -
TOMORROW: Tuesday, April 21, 3:40 p.m. - Marshall Room -

[2] On Thursday, President Paul Pribbenow will hold the second Focused Conversation discussing The 7 Augsburg2019 Institutional Initiatives. Click the following link to add that session to your calendar:

Thursday, April 23: 3:40 p.m. - Marshall Room -

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Professor Swanson Guides Lit/Leadership Workshop

Professor Kathryn Swanson, Department of English, recently led a workshop session for practicing physicians enrolled in the University of St. Thomas Executive Education Program for Physician Leadership. Her role was to facilitate discussion on connections between classic literature and leadership, specifically during the most recent session on Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych" and the concept of authenticity in leadership.

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Prof. Kleckley & Keystone Explore Connections

Russell Kleckley got hooked on the study of Johannes Kepler when he was working on his doctoral dissertation in theology at the University of Munich in the late 1980s. Kleckley, Augsburg associate professor of religion, became fascinated by the work of the sixteenth-century scientist and theologian, as well as the role of religion in shaping the world that led to the rise of modern science.

"Part of my interest in the CSBR is my own background in the history of science and religion," Kleckley explains. "The new twist for me is the business connection." He has participated in several CSBR Summit panel discussions among faculty and alumni; co-developed a course on science, business, and religion; and is a CSBR donor himself. "The CSBR is a chance to invest not just in a building but in an idea," explains Russell. "This idea, that science, business, and religion all benefit when they engage each other, can empower our students to think more deeply, to act more responsibly, and to believe more boldly than conventional approaches make room for. That's something worth a commitment of dollars as well as mind and spirit."

Kleckley thinks that Augsburg's take on integrating the three academic disciplines makes a lot of sense, historically speaking. "When you go back to the Reformation there is a great deal of interest in understanding the world from a science point of view, but, more importantly, understanding what use we make of it to promote human good."

It also makes a lot of sense for Augsburg, in particular. "Augsburg's commitment to vocation is at the center of what we do; it's the hinge, the key that pulls science, business, and religion together … We need to be thinking about science, business, and religion not strictly in terms of academic dimensions, but in terms of what affects people's lives," Kleckley explains.

See the video developed out of an artist's visit to the keystone course taught by Kleckley and Larry Crockett:

For more of Kleckley's story, visit the CSBR blog:

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Auggie Athletics

Donate for Strike Out Prostate Cancer: April 19-25

Augsburg College Baseball will be tabling in Christensen Center throughout the week of April 20th - April 24th to help raise awareness of Prostate Cancer. Stop by during the day to donate to Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition to help fund research for prevention and a cure.

Augsburg Baseball will also be hosting a Strike Out Prostate Cancer game at Parade Stadium on Saturday, April 25th at 1 pm. The Auggies will take on Concordia College, Moorhead in a double header that day.

If you will not be able to stop by in Christensen or at the game, please consider donating online:

Go Auggies!

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