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Teaching and Learning

Speaking of Scholarship Series

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm

The Speaking of Scholarship Series features the scholarship of Augsburg faculty and students, through 20-30 minute presentations followed by informal conversations about the issues raised by their work. The intent is to increase awareness of scholarship on campus and learn from each other's experiences. Light hors d'oeuvres are served. The final spring session will be:

March 30, OGC 100 -- Kristin Anderson, "Ballparks of the Twin Cities, 1859 to Target Field"

Hosts and Organizers: Jessica Nathanson and Ben Stottrup
Please rsvp to to ensure proper arrangements are made for each session.

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Graduation Skills Workshops

Co-Sponsored by CTL and General Education
May 6 and 19, 2011

All faculty who teach a course designed to develop one of the graduation skills -- critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, writing, or speaking -- are expected to participate in a workshop for each of the skills they are responsible for teaching. These workshops clarify the graduation requirement, and discuss strategies for teaching the skill, constructing activities and assignments to develop the skill, and providing assessments and feedback on skill development. This year's graduation skills workshops are scheduled as follows:

Friday, May 6, OGC 114
1:00-2:30 pm - Writing (Kathy Swanson and Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright)
3:00-4:30 pm - Speaking (Kristen Chamberlain and Darcey Engen)

Thursday, May 19, OGC 114
8:30-10:00 am - Critical Thinking (Bruce Reichenbach and Mary Lowe)
10:30-12:00 am - Quantitative Reasoning (John Zobitz and Stacy Freiheit)

These workshops are co-sponsored by General Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Please rsvp to Sarah Hedstrom ( to indicate which workshops you will attend.

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Faculty Cap and Gown Rental/Buy - Time Sensitive

If you need to rent a gown for the May 7th commencement - please visit this website no later than March 25th and verify/add information. Please note, the website will shut down on the 26th of March. Please order your rental as soon as possible. You will pick up and pay for your rental/purchase at the bookstore as usual. IF YOU DO NOT RESERVE YOUR GOWN BEFORE THIS DATE, YOU WILL BE CHARGED A $25.00 RUSH FEE ON TOP OF THE RENTAL FEE! Please email me with any questions.

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Staff Development Series

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Excellence

This spring, CTL is launching the first of three parts of a development series designed for academic and administrative staff. The first set of workshops will deal with different aspects of creating a culture of innovation and excellence; providing you with a model or framework for thinking about the topic, conversations about what it means in practice, and exercises to help you begin to apply it to your work. The sessions are held from 3:00-5:00 pm every other Tuesday during the regular academic year and once a month during the summer.

The remaining workshops scheduled for Spring and Summer 2011 are:

April 5, 2011, 3:00-5:00, SVE 1 -- Creating an Intentionally Diverse Culture (Julio Vargas)
April 19, 2011, 3:00-5:00, OGC 114 -- Managing Change and Strategic Improvement
May 3, 2011, 3:00-5:00, Marshall Room -- Collaborating Across Boundaries (Jessica Fox-Wilson and others)
May 9-10, 2011, 8:30-4:30 -- Creating an Inclusive Campus conference (formerly the Diversity and Global Learning Conference)
June 7, 2011, 3:00-5:00, OGC 114 -- Summer Group Dialogues (Jessica Fox-Wilson)
July 12, 2011, 3:00-5:00, OGC 114 -- Summer Group Dialogues (Jessica Fox-Wilson)
August 2, 2011, 3:00-5:00, OGC 200 -- Summer Group Dialogues (Jessica Fox-Wilson)

Hosts and Organizers: Jessica Fox-Wilson and Julio Vargas
Please rsvp to to ensure proper arrangements are made for each session and that your place is reserved.

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Call for Proposals: Creating an Inclusive Campus

Creating an Inclusive Campus is an Augsburg conference (previously known as the Diversity and Global Learning conference) intended to address both the breadth and depth of issues related to diversity and global learning and make our mission of intentional diversity a living one. The conference will be held May 9-11, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of International Programs, General Education, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources, and is designed for Augsburg faculty, staff, and administrators.

Your collaboration, as a session facilitator or participant, is essential for creating a meaningful conference. This year's conference will have three program tracks with six sessions of 90-minutes each. It is possible to request two consecutive sessions, if needed, We are seeking thought-provoking proposals for each of these tracks. Sessions are expected to be highly interactive, and involve some form of self-reflection or application.
Engaging All Students

This track is intended to help faculty and staff understand how to create an inclusive learning community that values all of its members. It includes discussions of teaching, advising, and coaching skills, and dialogues about specific differences and how they impact a sense of inclusiveness. It may include topics such as:

• Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy and Differentiated Instruction
• AVID Strategies for Engagement and Inclusiveness
• Differences in College Readiness
• Ethnically Diverse Students
• Low Income and First Generation Students
• Students with Disabilities
• Generational Differences Among Faculty and Students
• Religiously Diverse Students
• Gender and Sexism
• Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
• Veterans and Students in the Military
• Students Dealing with Addiction
• Politically Diverse Students
• Undocumented Students
• International Students
• ESL Students
• Graduate Students
• Weekend and Non-Traditional Students
• Academic Advising and Skills Coaching

We are especially interested in sessions that clarify the challenges represented by differences and strategies to help students succeed and feel included as part of the Augsburg community. Student panelists or facilitators are also welcome.

This track will be hosted by Cari Maguire and Ali Pickens.
Embedding Diversity and Global Learning

This track focuses on Augsburg's Model of Diversity and Global Learning and how it is being used to help embed diversity and global learning in the curriculum and co-curriculum. It may include topics such as:

• Understanding Augsburg's Model of Diversity and Global Learning
• Developing Personal Competence -- use of the Intercultural Development Inventory and other self-awareness tools to better understand oneself and how self-identity affects perceptions and interactions with others
• Developing Interpersonal Competence -- use of intergroup dialogue, listening skills, deliberative practice, and other communication processes to develop empathy and improve relations with others
• Developing Intercultural Competence -- use of cultural immersion and other experiences to develop a better understanding of other cultures and how to develop meaningful intercultural relationships
• Developing Contextual Competence -- use of history and literature to clarify perspectives on issues such as colonialism, globalization, immigration, white privilege, power, and racism to understand social injustice, war, and poverty; and how to address these issues

We are especially interested in sessions that clarify how these competencies are being applied to develop student capabilities. We welcome specific examples from both curricular and co-curricular work.

This track will be hosted by Emiliano Chagil and Matt Marrugi.

Developing Our Community

This track is intended to feature examples of ways departments, programs, and cross-functional groups have worked together to gather input and implement strategies to foster community engagement and inclusiveness, and work toward social justice and equity. Initiatives in our residence halls, our classrooms, student organizations, departments, and across the campus are all . It may include topics such as:

• Assessing How Inclusive We Are - what we've learned from using models, tools, and instruments to assess where we are individually and collectively
• Recruiting Diverse Faculty, Staff, and Students - what we've learned from our attempts to use different recruitment strategies to attract and select more diverse faculty, staff, and students
• Retaining Diverse Faculty, Staff, and Students -- what we've learned about engaging, mentoring, and developing diverse faculty, staff, and students
• Confronting Isms and Bullying -- what we've learned about addressing prejudice and hate of any form, and what we're doing to prevent it
• Developing Ourselves -- what we've learned from attempts to develop our own capabilities to create an inclusive campus (e.g., anti-racism groups, Ally training, cultural celebration weeks, intergroup dialogues, service learning)

We are especially interested in what we've learned from specific initiatives to develop ourselves, but also welcome ideas about what we could do. Workshops designed to develop our own capabilities (e.g., intercultural development, intercultural conflict styles, strengths-based leadership, values clarification) are also invited.

This track will be hosted by Laura Boisen and James Trelstad-Porter.

Submitting a Proposal
If you would like to lead a session, please submit a proposal to Velma Lashbrook ( by Sunday, April 17. In your proposal, please include: a title for your session, the names and departments of facilitators, a 150-250 word description of the session and intended outcomes (that can be used in the program), and the target audience (faculty, staff, and/or administrators). Thank you for contributing to make this a meaningful conference.

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Foundational Series on Student Learning

Integrating Online Learning Technologies
April 11, 7:30-9:00 am, OGC 100
Continental Breakfast

The spring sessions of our Foundational Series on Student Learning addresses how to construct and assess written and group assignments, and how to integrate online technologies into courses. These workshops are intended to provide tools to help improve student learning. The final spring session is:

April 11, 7:30-9:00 am, OGC 100 -- Integrating Online Learning Technologies (Facilitators: Velma Lashbrook, CTL & MAL, and Scott Krenz, IT)

Please rsvp to

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Scholarly Writing Retreat

Dunrovin Retreat Center, May 16-18, 2011

The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to participate in the second annual Scholarly Writing Retreat at Dunrovin. The retreat gives scholars time and space to work on scholarship, undistracted by meetings, classes, or even children and family responsibilities. Last year, many participants came specifically to plan an approach to a new project; it was an opportunity to focus new ideas so that participants could spend the summer further developing these projects. And for some, it was a chance to finish articles that they had been working on during the year; one person, for example, used the time to complete a piece for publication.

Comments from last year's attendees:

"I can honestly say that I was able to get more quality writing done in the 48 hrs. we were there than any time since my sabbatical."
"The group that went to Dunrovin was wonderfully supportive of each other, and the environment seemed to make everyone's work productive."

The retreat will take place Monday, May 16 at 10 am through Wednesday, May 18 at 3pm. There are 15 openings. First come, first served - those who attended last year are welcome to sign up again. There will be no charge for participants. Please email to sign up.

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Powerful Conversations on NSSE

Supportive Campus Environment
March 24, 2011, OGC 100

This series of conversations is designed to help faculty and staff understand how well we engage students, explore how we can leverage our strengths to have a more significant impact, and examine our most important opportunities for improvement. Over the year, we will look at overall results and then look more closely at each of the five factors measured by NSSE. Every academic department should have a representative attend these sessions. The remaining sessions are scheduled as follows:

March 24, 2011, 12:00-1:15 pm, OGC 100 -- Supportive Campus Environment (Ann Garvey)
April 21, 2011, 12:00-1:15 pm, OGC 100 -- Enriching Educational Experiences (Lori Brandt Hale)

Please visit our Moodle Community Site -- NSSE Conversations -- for more information,

Light refreshments will be served.
Please rsvp to

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Call for Proposals -- International Travel Grants

Applications Due March 30

The purpose of travel grants is to support faculty involvement in professional associations and to support collaboration with our international programs and partners. The expectation is that faculty will share their scholarship activities, remain current on the scholarship work in their professions, and develop relationships with others in their profession and in the Augsburg international network.

Description and Eligibility
In addition to the standard professional travel grants, there are two competitive awards for international travel:

International professional travel -- Two grants of up to $2000 are awarded to full-time faculty for international travel to present at a professional conference.

The Dean's Internationalization Summer Travel Grant - Two grants of up to $2500 are awarded to faculty or staff for international travel to support teaching, scholarship, or service collaboration with Augsburg International Programs or Partner Institutions that facilitates internationalizing the Augsburg campus and curriculum.

Application Process
Submit proposals for international conference travel using the online Faculty and Staff Professional Travel application on the CTL website. Applications for international conference travel are due March 30, 2011 for travel in 2011-12 (June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012); these are reviewed by the full Faculty Development Committee in early April.

Submit proposals for the Dean's Internationalization Summer Travel Grant using the online Group and Individual Project form on the CTL website. Applications are due March 30, 2011 for travel during Summer 2011; these are reviewed by the full Faculty Development Committee in early April.

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Life of the Mind -- The Commons -- April 1-2

Co-Sponsored by CTL and the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning
April 1, 4:00-8:00 pm, Student Art Gallery and Marshall Room
April 2, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, OGC 112

This year's Life of the Mind retreat will be held on campus and explore different aspects of "The Commons" -- the physical, political, social, and cultural spaces that we share in common. It will open with a public event and reception, featuring Jay Walljasper, author of All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. This will be followed by a private dinner with Life of the Mind participants and Jay Walljasper. The next day will involve conversations about other perspectives on the commons.

Friday, April 1, 4:00 -- 6:00 pm
Commons Rising: Reclaiming the Commons and Our Communities
Student Art Gallery in Christensen Center
Conversation, Reception, and Book Signing with author Jay Walljasper

Jay is a national leader of the commons movement and will be speaking about his new book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. After an introduction to some of the themes from his work, this will be a conversation on the various successes and challenges we face in protecting, preserving, and enhancing the public sphere. This event is open to the public and all members of the Augsburg Community are invited. Life of the Mind participants will receive Jay's new book in advance, and will read several chapters in preparation.

Friday, April 1, 6:00 -- 8:00 pm
Marshall Room in Christensen Center

After the reception, Life of the Mind participants will have a private dinner with Jay Walljasper -- a "Luther Table Talk" -- and continue the conversation on his perspective.

Saturday, April 2, 8:30 am -- 3:00 pm
Three Perspectives on the Commons
OGC 112

Join us for a continental breakfast and conversations about other perspectives on the commons, based on the retreat readings. After an introductory session, retreat participants will participate in two of three possible sessions:
Political Theory and Citizenship -- Harry Boyte will lead a dialogue on "Free Spaces" and the politics of public work
Social Psychology and Urban Theatricality -- Lars Christiansen will lead a conversation on excerpts from Richard Sennett's classic work The Fall of Public Man.
The Internet as Creative Commons - Kevin Bowman and Christina Erickson will lead a dialogue on Larry Lessig's new book, Remix.

Readings and Reservations
Questions? Please contact Lars Christiansen (1226; To sign up for the Life of the Mind Retreat and obtain the readings, please contact Velma Lashbrook ( The retreat will be limited to 30 participants, so make your reservation early.

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Portfolio Workshop

For Faculty Preparing for CTP Reviews
May 13, 9:00-3:00 pm, OGC 100

The purpose of this workshop is to help candidates for any type of Committee on Tenure and Promotion (CTP) review to determine the various forms of evidence that can help build a strong portfolio. The focus is on evidence of teaching, but the strategies directly apply to scholarship and service as well. This workshop is not designed to replace departmental guidance and advice nor is it an analysis of the Faculty Handbook language as it applies to an individual. It does not represent the views of the CTP committee; rather, this is a long standing CTL workshop to help support candidates' preparation and is one that many colleagues have found useful. The workshop is facilitated by Diane Pike and Su Doree. Participants are encouraged to form groups to review each other's portfolio materials and provide feedback and support following the workshop.

If you plan to attend this session, please rsvp to Sarah Hedstrom (

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General Announcements

Spanish Conversation and Romero

Join us for Spanish conversation group today in the Riverside Rm. 2nd fl. Christensen from 11:00-1:00pm.

As you know,Archbishop Oscar Romero will be honored in chapel today on the day that marks the 31st anniversary of his assassination. After chapel, keep on learning about Romero in Spanish! Join Salvadoran Francisco Segovia, Executive Director of Waite House (Pillsbury United Communities), at today's Spanish Table in the Riverside Room at the Christensen Center: immediately following the service until 1:00 pm.

Join us at any time during our meeting and stay for as long as you like. From beginning to advanced, all levels are welcome to practice Spanish in this fun and friendly environment. If you have any questions, contact Emiliano Chagil, ext. 1309; Anita Fisher, ext. 1082 or Kate Reinhardt, ext. 1081. We hope to see you there!

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Petition to Commission Murphy Square Publication.

A motion has been made in the Augsburg Day Student Government to commission Murphy Square for the 2011-2012 academic year. This motion failed.

A petition to overturn this decision and allow Murphy Square to become commissioned for the 2011-2012 academic year is available for day student signatures in Memorial Hall Room 111.

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Bonner Applications are due March 28th

The Bonner Leadership Applications are due MARCH 28th to Kristin Farrell in the Sabo Center (the house next to CCHP)

If you have any questions contact Kristin at

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Another successful Powwow Thanks to all of you

First I want to thank all of you who attended the 3rd Traditional Powwow here at Augsburg College. Despite the incident that occurred that night in Murphy Park, it was a fabulous day that brought thousands of people to campus as a community!

Special thanks to all of the following people/departments: Leslie Larson in Event and Conference Planning, Chaz and her MANY student staff who worked with me to plan the event for months and helped make the event run smoothly throughout the day; Department of Public Safety Staff for the GREAT work you did both in advance and the day of!; A'Viands for the wonderful meal that was ordered to serve 500 and they went above and beyond finding other resources to serve everyone!

Thanks to the Offices/Departments that sponsored funding to the event: Office of the President, Augsburg for Adults Student Senate, Day Student Senate, Office of Admissions, English Department, American Indian Studies Department, Center for Counseling and Health Promotion, Center for Global Education, Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual Student Services (LGBTQIA), Center for Learning and Adaptive Student Services (CLASS), AND Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC)

Lastly, to the Planning Committee (Augsburg Native Students). The Augsburg Indigenous Student Association (AISA) did an amazing job and I am soooo proud of you all!! The Planning Committee consisted of: Jaime Aguilar, Kassie Benjamin-Ficken, John Boyd, Amanda Dionne, Julie Erickson, Kathy Forliti, Chris Garza, Pamela Johns, Dezmond Juan, Tasheena LaChapelle, Dennis Sargent, Jennifer Stenstrom, Jennifer Weber, D'Angelo York and lastly a amazing staff member who helped, Sandy Fevig! There were MANY other students who helped and THANK YOU ALL!! PILAMIYA' YE/MIIGWETCH!

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Event Announcements

Successful Interviewing Workshop - TODAY

The Strommen Career and Internship Center will be offering a workshop titled "Successful Interviewing" on Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 4:45 -5:30 p.m. in Oren Gateway, Room 100 All are welcome to attend.

Questions, call 612-330-1148

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LAST DAY: Open Advising for Business Students

Come to the Open Advising for Business Majors and Minors TODAY!!!

Registration for fall semester is coming up on April 4th. We will be having open advising sessions today, Thursday, March 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (note the change in time)...

Location: Business Administration Department, 3rd Floor Memorial Hall

Please stop by and take advantage of this opportunity to speak with an advisor about course planning and registration, without making an appointment. Grab some treats and register for a gift card also!

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All-Student Juried Show -- Reception Friday

All-Student Juried Art Exhibition 2011
Christensen Center Art Gallery & Student Art Gallery

Reception: Friday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
Awards presentation: 5:30 p.m.

This annual student art exhibition features artwork produced by students at Augsburg over the past year.

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UP NEXT -- Reception Friday

UP NEXT: Senior Art Exhibition
Gage Family Art Gallery

Reception: Friday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.

This group exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of those graduating with an art major, art minor, architecture degree, or graphic design certificate.

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Operation Jam to Save Japan: April 18, 6-10 p.m.

A showcase of Minnesota local talent ('CAUSE WE GOT LOTS OF IT) from all areas: dancing, singing, rappin', and pop. Events will include: break-dancing crew battles, rap performances, R & B, rock bands, solo artist, guitar, indie, belly dancing...the whole shebang!!! All of this to help our brothers and sisters overseas in Japan who are currently struggle because of the earthquake and tsunami. ALL PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO HELP THEM.

Who's coming, you say?
To name a few: KIID REMEDII, Concept, Ashley Gold, Breakers, Duenday...and so much more that will blow your mind.

*Gonna be one of the biggest events of the year!!

**Open to all! Please invite Everyone

$5 suggested donation at the door
* All proceeds going to the Red Cross**

To make this a big event, we need:
- Volunteers
- Promoters
- Supporters!

We need volunteers really bad, so please email me back at

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Augsburg Leadership Awards

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 12th annual Augsburg Leadership Awards taking place on Monday, April 11. Any student, staff, faculty, or community member may nominate a fellow student leader, student group, or student group advisor for these awards; self-nominations are also accepted. Nomination packets are due no later than 4:30pm on Friday, March 25. To obtain a nomination packet or submit a nomination, go to:

For questions, feel free to contact Mike Grewe at

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Corrigan Family Benefit

The HPE Dept. and majors, A'viands and Central Services are sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and silent auction for the Corrigan family on Sat., March 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the East Commons. Josh and Jake are HPE majors and members of the football team. They lost their father to cancer in Nov., their mother Laura has had 2 hip replacements and their maternal grandmother passed away in early March. Proceeds will help the family cover some of their medical expenses.
Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Desk, Ed. Dept., Campus Ministry and HPE/A Dept. Cost is $10/person.
Also, the link to pre-bid on silent auction items is:
If you cannot attend but would like to help the Corrigan family, consider making a donation to: Corrigan Family Benefit, Anchor Bank 1030 Hastings Ave., St. Paul Park, 55071.
Questions? Contact Carol Enke, or Jess Hilk,

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Alum on the Radio for MS

Chris Anderson (History and Secondary Education alum)will be featured this evening on KFAI radio (90.3 Minneapolis and 106.7 St. Paul and on the web at, March 24 from 6:30 to 7pm, for his extraordinary fund-raising achievements for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was struck with the disease while a student at Augsburg, and has sponsored a team for the MS Walk each year. He's very personable -- earned his way through college by dj'ing at a karaoke bar -- so he should be great.

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Auggie Athletics

Intramural Softball

*The spring 2011 intramural softball league will be starting on April 4th!
(note new starting date because of dome take down date change)

*The games will occur on Monday nights.

*League size will be a maximum of 8 teams so register as soon as possible!

*The league is a co-ed league so both women and men participants on are necessary on teams, if necessary an all female team is acceptable but not an all male team.

*We will be accepting rosters from 8 am Monday, March 21st until 8 am Friday, March 25th.

*If interested include the following items in your email:
1. Name of team
2. Name of team captain and their phone number
3. Roster of team participants and their ID numbers

Look for tabling in Christensen on Wednesday and Thursday of this week for more information!

There will also be information about the upcoming spring volleyball league.

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Twins Baseball

Do you want to donate to a good cause and see a Twins baseball game? Well I am selling tickets for a multiple sclerosis fundraising event. The game is Saturday April 23 at 12:10 against the Indians. The price of a ticket is 22 dollars and 5 dollars goes to the MS society. You will also have the opportunity to be part of the pre-game on the field celebration (if you want to do so, no obligation). Please let me know by Sunday ( if you want to go as the event has sold out in the past and tickets are on a first come first served basis. I want to take care of getting the tickets on Monday.

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