Friday, October 9, 2015
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Teaching and Learning

In Pursuit of Equity: Pedro Noguera and Discussion

Next Thursday, Pedro Noguera will speak at the MEA Conference at the U of M. A sociologist and UCLA Education professor, Noguera is one of the nation's leading experts on what it takes to foster true equity in our public schools.

Join our PreK-12 colleagues at the MEA conference on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

As a local follow-up, we invite Augsburg faculty from all departments to coffee and conversation regarding the partnership work we are doing or would like to be doing with P-12 schools, and how these efforts strive to close the opportunity gaps in the Twin Cities.

The discussion will be held on Monday, October 19th, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Lindell 301.

For more information, see this article by Noguera and the MEA speakers website:

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Called to Scholarship with Joan Kunz on Oct. 19

The Seasons of a Scholar's Calling: Reflections at Mid-Career
by Joan Kunz

On October 19, join the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV) for a time of reflection and recognition of the scholarship of Joan Kunz, Associate Professor of Chemistry and the 2015 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award.

Monday, October 19 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the Marshall Room

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For a poster of the event see

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Engaged Department Workshop at the U of M

This event sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Minnesota Campus Compact is open to departmental teams or individual participants from any campus interested in integrating civic and community engagement into departmental research and teaching activities.

Participants will hear from Andy Furco and leaders in a variety of academic departments that have already planned, implemented, and evaluated strategic initiatives that advanced the integration of public engagement, and will consider opportunities to deepen engaged learning and scholarship in their own contexts.

Friday, October 23, U of M Recreation Center

For more information and to register, visit

The Sabo Center will cover registration fees for any faculty members interested in attending. Hurry, registration closes next Thursday, Oct. 15!

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Today @ 2: Young Alum PhD Shares Her Story

Keme Hawkins '04 was an English major and McNair scholar while at Augsburg who then went on to receive her MA in Afro-American Studies from UW-Madison and her PhD in English from Emory University. She also holds a certification in screenwriting. Keme is the 2015 First Decade award winner, a prize which recognizes an alum for outstanding work done in the first ten years after graduation.

Join us today, October 9 at 2 p.m. in Lindell 301 to hear from Keme about her educational and artistic journey!

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General Announcements

Faculty Interested in Short-Term Study Abroad

Faculty interested in leading a short-term study abroad program in 2016-2017 must submit a proposal by December 19, 2015. More information is available at - look under Resources for faculty and staff. At this URL, faculty can review the application itself, along with an informational packet that addresses common questions related to location, cost, marketing, and roles/responsibilities.

Faculty are also welcome to submit for 2017-2018! While firm decisions regarding 2017-2018 proposals will not be made during this cycle; they will be reviewed and, when possible, given preference for acceptance during the next cycle.

NOTE: Graduate programs are now subject to a proposal review process as well. Read more at the above URL.

Questions: Contact Jessica Haas, Associate Director, CGEE at

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PlayLabs Free This Week

PlayLabs, one of the nation's most celebrated new play festivals, is right next door in Seward next week. Actors and artistic leaders fly in from around the country for the festival, but you just need to head over to Franklin and 23rd.

All events are free (and have free food and drinks), but reservations are recommended:

The lineup:

7 p.m.: Small Town Values by Kathryn Walat

7 p.m.: Halftime With Don by Ken Weitzman

7 p.m.: The Hidden People by Joe Waechter

7 p.m.: Small Town Values by Kathryn Walat

1 p.m.: Halftime With Don by Ken Weitzman
7 p.m.: The Hidden People by Joe Waechter
9:30 p.m.: Party

12 p.m.: Playwriting Fellows Showcase
2:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Collaboration & Interpretation

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Event Announcements

"Who is My Neighbor" Workshop - Oct. 15

Workshop for students, faculty, and staff--

"Who is My Neighbor?" workshop with Abdirahman Mukhtar, Director of Youth Programs at Brian Coyle Community Center. Mr. Mukhtar will discuss topics of importance related to the East African Community in Minneapolis.

Thursday, October 15
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. For more information, please contact Mary Laurel True,

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#Connected or #Disaffected?

#Connected or #Disaffected? Diversity and the Power of Pop Culture & Social Media

What is the future role of social media in our communication and interaction with each other and how can we use this new technology to advance issues about equity and diversity? Join us for an engaging and timely discussion.

Friday, October 9
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Givens Conference Room, Andersen Library, West Bank
This is part of the Critical Conversations series offered by the Office for Equity and Diversity at the Univ. of Minn.

Social media sites provide highly interactive platforms for individuals and communities to co-create, share, and modify user-developed content. The growing use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Yik Yak, and countless other sites on the web offers many new ways to connect and interact electronically. The web has given voice and power to individuals and communities, particularly the traditionally oppressed or underrepresented, and it has created new opportunities for self expression through writing, music and art. However, popular culture and social media's immediacy of sending and receiving messages in real time has also raised issues regarding content veracity/reliability; racist and sexist rants; as well as bullying and personal attacks.

Panelists: Jason Bucklin, Out4Good & LGBT Programs Coordinator, Minneapolis Public Schools; Stephanie Chrismon, Givens Fellow and Academic Advisor, Martin Luther King Program, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts; Elliott Powell, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota American Studies Department whose research focuses on race and popular music; Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Assistant Director, and Coordinator, Social Media Communications, University of Minnesota Women's Center. Moderator: Anitra Cottledge, Director of Communications, University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity

The Conversations are livestreamed, and then archived on the Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice webpage:

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An Afternoon with Visiting Faculty from Hong Kong

The Master of Arts in Leadership and
The Center for Global Education and Experience present

An afternoon with Visiting Faculty from Hong Kong

Friday, October 16, 2015 | Oren Gateway Center 100

3:00 p.m. Social Time

3:30 p.m. "Transformational Leadership through Management of the Heart"
Presented by Dr. Christine Lai, CEO and Founder, Management of the Heart Consultancy

Leaders today have an opportunity to transform people and organizations to influence and create impact. Transforming others has to start from transforming ourselves--with presence, mindfulness, and passion. From mind to heart, transformative leaders create significance at work, in life, and in the community. Presentation followed by Q&A.

4:15 p.m. "Launching an Innovative Educational Ecology in China"
Presented by Professor Edmund Kwok, Special Academic Consultant to
Zhuhai College Town Project
Professor Kwok has been a leader in extending a vision for liberal arts education in China. Hear about the current educational system in China and the challenges and possibilities for significant change. Presentation followed by Q&A.

*Seats are limited, please RSVP to Jolee Lilja at

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Planting Seeds for an Urban Arboretum - Oct. 14

Are you curious how the Hagfors Center for Science Business and Religion will impact campus green space? Do you have questions or ideas for how Augsburg could maximize our green space in our urban neighborhood? Do you really love trees?

Join us October 14th at 10:40 a.m. for a special chapel service featuring Professor Larry Crockett who will share insights and philosophies related to stewarding green space.

Following chapel, join us from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center Room 100 for a panel with Q&A moderated by Regent Matt Entenza. The panel will feature partners helping in planning Augsburg's campus transformation into an Urban Arboretum. Learn how we will maximize green space to improve experiences for students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors!

Panelists include:
Tom Oslund Principal, Oslund & Associates, Landscape Architect
Dale Pederson '70, Associate Professor, Biology
Ralph Sievert, Director of Forestry & Certified Arborist, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

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TODAY - Natural & Social Sciences Panel at 1:50 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for the alumni panel focused on the Natural & Social Sciences, TODAY from 1:50-3:00 p.m. in East Commons featuring the following panelists:

- Jennifer Mischke, director of Biostatistics & Data Management- NAMSA (Applied Mathematics & Chemistry Majors)

- Karen Richard, president and owner, Boulder Geophysical Services, Inc. (Physics Major)

- Kevin Ronneberg MD, vice president & associate medical director, Health Initiatives - Health Partners (Math Major and Psychology Minor)

- Edmond (Ed) Smith, environmental health specialist, Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services (Environmental Studies Major)

-Kendra Ware, data quality engineer, Target Corporation (Computer Science Major)

Please note that we regret that previously listed panelist, Jaime Aguilar, community worker & investigator - Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. (Psychology Major), is no longer able to participate in the panel discussion.

To learn more, read bios of the alumni panelists, or to check out the other events and offerings planned during the 5-week Major/Career Exploration Series, visit:

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Seminary and Divinity Day

Would you like to learn more about various areas of potential service and explore options for theological graduate study?

If so, gather with your peers from other regional colleges at Gustavus Adolphus College on Monday, October 19.

This all-day event will give you the opportunity to meet with representatives from up to 20 top-notch seminaries and divinity schools from around the nation - from multiple denominational affiliations. The day will also feature a luncheon with a keynote address, breakout sessions and discussions about the discernment process, questions of faith, what it's like to be a professor or in ministry (ordained, not ordained, specialized), the difference between a seminary and divinity school, and more.

Transportation to and from Gustavus will be provided. There is no charge for this event (which includes lunch) but you must pre-register by October 12.

To register, contact Lonna Field in the Christensen Center for Vocation 612-330-1467, or see the website:

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Homecoming Gameday Sale

Homecoming is a great time for all Augsburg Community Members. The bookstore is celebrating homecoming this year by offering discounts during homecoming on Saturday 10/10/15. Visit the store from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., stop by the taste of Augsburg, or the football game to receive the following discounts on your official Auggie Gear and Apparel.

20% off ONE ITEM Clothing or Emblematic
10% off ALL Diploma Frames
10% off Rolled Blankets
10% off all Football Apparel

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Hagfors Center Focused Conversations: Tues. & Wed.

Next week's Focused Conversations are about the plans for the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Representatives of HGA architects will be present to review the designs with the camp community.

Dates, Times, Location:
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium (remote access will be available for this session)
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sateren Auditorium

NOTE LOCATION: These sessions will be held in SATEREN AUDITORIUM to accommodate a larger number of participants. The link for remote access for the Tuesday session will be posted on the All Hands page in advance of the meeting.

Click the following links to add a session to your calendar:

Tuesday, Oct. 13:

Wednesday, Oct. 14:

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Indigenous People's Day Event

The Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Save the Kids and Augsburg Latin American Students invite you to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day (NOT Columbus Day) at Augsburg College!

Location: Foss Center Chapel
Date: Monday, Oct. 12th
Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
ALL AGES welcome and Open to the Public/Community, FREE ADMISSION!
FREE FOOD while supplies last AND Tatanka Truck will be on-site selling Indigenous Food!


5-8 PM Graffiti Artists outside of chapel

5-5:30: DJ Chuck Chizzle
5:30-6: House of Dance w/DJ Francisco
6-6:15: Mirage
6:15-6:20: DJ/Announcements/ALAS
6:20-6:35: Peace of Mind Records
6:35-6:40: DJ/Announcements/AISA
6:40-7:00: Kapulli Yaocenoxtli Dance Group
7:00-7:30: Baby Shel
7:30-8:00: Tall Paul
8:00-8:30: Chase Manhattan
8:30-40: DJ/Closing music

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Dr. Rood Publishes Research in Gender Studies

Dr. Brian Rood, Psychology, co-authored a research study titled, "Why does it happen? Explanations for men's violence against women by women with interpersonal victimization histories" in the "Journal of Gender Studies". Congratulations to Dr. Rood on his first publication since joining the Augsburg faculty in September 2015.

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Sweet Sibling Cats Need Good Home

Two brother and sister cats need a good home, preferably together. Could this be your home? Their caretaker and human companion passed away last week so they are in need of a new, permanent home. My good friend is taking care of them until one can be found. They are seven years and four months old and have always lived together. They are a mature male and female who have been spayed and neutered. On Monday they went to the vet and are now up-to-date on their shots. Health records available. Call Trina at 612-987-7144 for more information and she'll call you back.

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