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Teaching and Learning

Writing Lab Tutors Are Ready for You

Last year, tutors in the Writing Lab conducted well over 2,000 conferences with students on their writing assignments, and the Lab is now open and wonderful writing tutors are ready to start the new academic year. In the first two weeks of operation this fall, tutors have held over 130 sessions with Augsburg writers. The lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library, just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken/needed. Just show up.

Here are the hours:

Monday: 11:10 a.m.-1:40 p.m.; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30-3:00 p.m.; 3:30-6:00 p.m.; 7:30-10 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:30-6:00 p.m.; 6:30-9 p.m.
Thursday: 12:30-3:00 p.m.; 3:30-6:00 p.m.; 7:30-10 p.m.
Friday: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact K. Swanson, x1010.

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Only a Few Spots are Left for Penumbra Workshop

Faculty and Staff - Less than ten spots remain open for the Penumbra Theater workshop so make your reservation today.

October 7, 3:40-5:40 p.m. Foss Studio
Jointly Sponsored by Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning

Please RSVP to

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Urban Plunge

Come to a fantastic training put on by Urban Plunge to explore the problems and opportunities of our urban environment on October 4 from 1-5:10pm. Urban Plunge is an experience designed to show gifts and challenges about Augsburg's urban setting through a lens of faith, specifically the Sermon On The Mount (Matthew 1:1-16). Some of these challenges are: poverty, hunger, homelessness, and racism; we also explore our gifts: interfaith dialogue, public faith, and what we can do about the challenges. We want to give this experience to youth groups from the metro and greater Minnesota area. This training is meant so that you will be able to be an Urban Plunge guide for the youth in their experience. If you need any more incentive, Afro Deli will be served after this training. If you are interested email me at

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Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Circle

Message: "The Roundhouse" by Louise Erdrich
Facilitators: Bob Cowgill (English) & Elise Marubbio (American Indian Studies)
Schedule: 12:20-1:30 Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and November 19
Riverside Room, Christensen Center

Set in 1988 on a North Dakota reservation, the 14th novel from Pulitzer finalist Louise Erdrich is the compelling story of a 13-year-old boy thrust into manhood after his mother is the victim of a brutal crime. The Star Tribune praises the book as "an artfully balanced mystery, thriller and coming-of-age story… [a] gripping tale of the effects of violence on a family." This novel is the Many Voices Project common text used in English 111 this school year. The Reading Circle will examine Erdrich's exploration of the lives of Native Americans and themes of violence, family, sovereignty and loss, and discuss how one facilitates discussion of these sometime difficult topics skillfully and with cultural sensitivity.

Faculty and staff may sign up for the Reading Circle and pick up a book in the Department of Nursing SC 116. Please read to p. 148 for the first session. Participants are also invited to have lunch in the cafeteria courtesy of the Batalden Endowment.

Questions can be directed to Matt Maruggi ( or Joyce Miller (

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Volunteer as a Debate Judge This Weekend

Minnesota Urban Debate League needs High School Novice and Middle School Debate judges! This weekend and many to follow, we need your help judging debates and supporting Twin Cities students. Judges watch tournaments, decide the winners, and give feedback to students to help them improve.

This weekend we have our first tournament at Washington Tech Magnet School. We need novice judges to help us out. Morning (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and afternoon shifts (12:30 - 5:00 p.m.) are available. We provide all the training needed and have training sessions this Thursday, Oct. 2 (located conveniently in the Foss Center) and Saturday, Oct. 4 at the tournament.

To sign-up please email Molly Hahne at You can also express interest in volunteering at future tournament and request a list of dates.

High School tournaments are on weekends, with shifts in the morning and afternoon. The first Middle School Tournament is Tuesday, Nov. 18 - Thursday, Nov. 20.

Involvement with debate correlates with an increase of reading proficiency of students by as many as three grade levels, as well as boosting self-esteem, and improving analytical and critical-thinking skills of students. We support hundreds of youth from all over the Twin Cities, with a focus on involvement of students of color and other under-served groups. We need your support to reach even more students.

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General Announcements

October is Veterans' Voices Month

You are invited to join the MFA Faculty as we recognize October as Veterans' Voices Month

During October each of the MFA mentors and their students will be reading and discussing work that illuminates the experiences of those who have served in the armed forces. The project bridges the disconnect between veterans and their civilian counterparts by participating in the initiative passed by the Minnesota State Legislature:

"The month of October is designated as Veterans' Voices Month in recognition of the state's desire to honor, recognize, and celebrate the contributions of veterans. Schools, organizations, and communities in the state are encouraged to hold events and programs that honor veterans and educate students and citizens about the unique culture of the military by sharing and studying veterans' experiences through stories, essays, poetry, and art from the men and women who have served in the armed forces."
(Minnesota State Legislature, 2014)

The legislative initiative was lead by Jay Moad, Former Air Force C-130 pilot with over a hundred combat sorties, Assistant Professor of English at the US Air Force Academy, a fiction editor for the journal War, Literature and the Arts, an Augsburg MFA student seeking a multi-genre degree (fiction, playwriting, and poetry), and a Delta Airline pilot. The Augsburg Community is invited to include in classes and meetings a reflection on " essay, story, poetry, OpEd piece... whatever works for your area of study that can help students get a glimpse into this different world and all the repercussions of war across society."(Jay Moad)

Watch for the StarTribune Op-Ed piece in October.

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Timekeeping Systems Workshops

With the new school year beginning, we have many new students, staff, and supervisors using the new timekeeping system.

We have set up several hands-on workshops to go through the process of the new system.

The sessions are targeted to particular groups which are noted below with the list of days, times, and locations.

Students with Jobs on Campus:
Friday, October 10, 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (students with jobs on campus) in Sverdrup 205
Friday, October 10, 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (students with jobs on campus) in Sverdrup 205
Friday, October 10, 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (students with jobs on campus) in Sverdrup 205
Friday, October 10, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (students with jobs on campus) in Sverdrup 205
Monday, October 13, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (supervisors) in Sverdrup 205
Monday, October 13, 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. (supervisors) in Sverdrup 201

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Fall Blood Drive on Campus 10/8

CCHP welcomes Memorial Blood Center for its annual fall blood drive on Wednesday 10/8/14 from 10 - 4 p.m. in the East Commons. Many of you have already signed up to donate but there are some spots still available. Students from the Honors program will be tabling on Thursday 10/2 from 1 - 3 p.m. if you want to stop by and get your donation time slot. Otherwise you can do it online at and enter sponsor code 0027.

Any questions, please call the CCHP office at 612-330-1707. Please consider donating blood and help saves lives!

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FREE Yoga Thursday

Where: Kennedy Center, Wrestling room
When: 10:45-11:45 every Thursday morning--that's tomorrow!
What: A wonderful blend of heart-opening (Hatha) yoga that is both mindfully grounding/relaxing
AND physically challenging to whatever degree you feel like pushing--it will be your choice!

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome--especially beginners.
No need to bring anything...all equipment provided, and it's drop-in welcome--so come whenever you can and to however many/few sessions you wish to attend this semester.

Sponsored by the Augsburg Mindfulness help Augsburg grow in Mindfulness--physically, emotionally, and mentally. Thank you Mindfulness Club!

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McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2014

Augsburg College's TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting for Fall 2014 admission. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair teams Scholars with other academically strong students who aspire to graduate study, and helps them to achieve that dream.

The McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The program provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. Also, the program assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2015.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant at or (612) 330-1380 to schedule an appointment. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the program or if you're unsure whether or not you qualify.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 13, 4 p.m.

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Study Abroad Deadline Extension - October 30


Short-term Faculty-led:
+ Winter-break: Chiapas, Mexico, and El Salvador. [Cuba--no extension]
+Spring-break: Mexico

Spring Semester Programs:
+ Center for Global Education Study Abroad in Mexico, Namibia & Central America.

+ Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) in USA.& Intl.

+ Approved Affiliate Programs (check program for their deadlines)

Come to Info Session this week to get started--there's still time.

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New Copy Request System - Now Live

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

I am pleased to announce that the new copy request system is now live. With the help of a beta test group we have been working hard over the last few months to complete this project. This new system has been built to allow users to easily set up their job(s) and includes a lot of new features: uploading multiple files, sending one request for multiple jobs, and reviewing your job summary before submitting it to the copy center. The link will be on the Inside Augsburg home page.

Training for the new copy request system has been scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays in October. If you would like to participate in these training sessions, please RSVP by sending an email to Gao Vang at Seats are limited so please reserve your seats ahead of time. These training sessions will last approximately 20-30 minutes.

Listed are the available times for these training sessions:

Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 210

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 210

If you are unable to attend any of these training sessions, you may request a personal session by calling or emailing the copy center.

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Event Announcements

Coming Up At The Common Table

1) THIS SUNDAY, October 5 from 3-4:30 p.m.
"A Panel Discussion on Ending the U.S. Criminalization of Saggin, Hip Hop and Youth of Color"


1. Keno Evol
2. Jonathan IsFace AndSwoosh
3. Raees Romero
4. Matt Hernandez
5. Nicque Mabrey
6. Steady Ready
7. Antonio Tensley
8. Malick Ceesay

Facilitated by: K Taylor

Facebook event page:

(For more information contact K Taylor at

2) EVERY WEDNESDAY at 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Congregation hosts a free Community Supper at the Common Table space. All are welcome to share food and meet your neighbors!

3) NEXT THURSDAY, October 9: 7-8:30 p.m.
"Interfaith: Talk and Tea"

Please join us for interfaith conversation over delicious tea! Our panelists will share about how their faith tradition and cultural contexts inform their understandings of gender roles and then we will will spend time in conversation at our tables. Bring your ideas and experiences and let's learn from each other! This evening's panelists will be Pastor Jane Buckley Farlee of Trinity Lutheran Congregation and Sheikh Abdisalam Adam, Board Chair of Islamic Civic Society of America/Dar Al Hijrah Mosque. The evening is co-hosted by the Common Table team, Trinity, Dar Al Hijrah, and the Interfaith Youth Leadership Core.

(The Common Table: 2001 Riverside Ave. S - across from Afro Deli, below Trinity's offices)

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Biology Research Symposium - TONIGHT

Are you interested in doing on campus research? Do you want to learn more about the ongoing research in the Biology Department? Are you curious how some Biology majors spent this past summer?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should plan to attend the Biology Research Symposium on Wednesday, October 1 in SCI 123. Food will be served beginning at 5:45 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event should conclude by 7:30 p.m.

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Auggies Connect w/ Employers - Oct. 9

The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work would like to invite students who are interested in careers in Accounting and Finance to stop by our center in Suite 100 of the Christensen Center on Thursday, October 9th between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Representatives from Travelers Insurance, Wells Fargo Financial, AXA Advisors, and Robert Half Finance and Accounting will be on campus to answer questions on your job or internship search and/or have your resume critiqued. All majors are welcome. Informal meet and greet. Come and stay for as long as you would like.

Questions call 612-330-1472 or email

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Theater Department - Auditions for Trouble In Mind

Theater Department - Auditions for Trouble In Mind
The Augsburg Theater Department will hold auditions for the winter 2014 -2015 main stage production, Trouble In Mind, written by Alice Childress and directed by Dominic Taylor:
Wednesday, October 1 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Thursday, October 2 7:15-10:15 p.m.

Auditions will be held in the Green room located in Foss Center. Further information, as well as an audition sign-up sheet is posted on the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater door in the Atrium of the Foss Center.

All Augsburg students are welcome to audition! We are looking to cast 2 Black Women, 2 Black Men, 1 or 2 White Women, 2 or 3 White Men and 1 person of any ethnicity. Please prepare one contemporary monologues, as well as 8 Capella bars of music. Audition time is 5 minutes. Copies of Trouble in Mind have been placed on reserve in the library, under the name of Michael Burden. It is recommended that you read the entire play in order to have a sense of the tone of the piece and the nature of the characters.

- Please arrive at the audition site at least 10 minutes before your scheduled audition time. Those who arrive after their scheduled time may not be allowed to audition.
- Please wear appropriate attire to auditions. (I.e. dress accordingly as one would for a professional audition. No jeans, flip-flops, T-shirts, crop tops, halter tops, etc.)
- Please bring to auditions a complete list of all conflicts you may have with the rehearsal and performance schedule, including work, classes, social commitments (such as weddings, anniversaries, etc.) and ensemble performances. Actors should declare all known conflicts, in writing, at the time of the general audition.
Fall Rehearsals begin November 10 - December 12, 2014
Winter Rehearsals begin January 12 - 29, 2015
Performance dates are January 30 - February 8, 2015

Description of Trouble In Mind:
Willetta Mayer, a talented, but struggling African American actress, has been cast to star in a Broadway Show, the anti-lynching play Chaos in Belleville. She has paid her dues and is ready for her star turn, but is this play as enlightened as she's hoping? Chaos is written by a liberal white male and directed by a white male. Willetta's journey shows us that theatrical practices often put show business and integrity on a collision course. When this collision also includes race and gender, it is a compelling and potent dramatic brew. Trouble in Mind, written in 1955 by Alice Childress, creates a theatrical microcosm with real world reverberations.

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MNUDL and Augsburg Debate Team Open House

Please join us for Minnesota Urban Debate League and the Augsburg Debate Team's Co-Open House on Wednesday, October 8 from 3 - 6 p.m. We will have a short program at 4:45 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Students - come hear about joining the team! As a student debater you will have the chance to debate a fun topic and travel across the country (for free!). You will make new friends, learn or expand your public speaking, research, and critical thinking skills and have fun in the process!

You will have the chance to meet Augsburg's new debate coach - Courtney Schauer and hear about the launch of Augsburg's debate team - as well as the MN Urban Debate League's expansion to more schools in our community

This year college students all across the country will be debating - Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs.

A fascinating topic - that would have applicability to many areas of study - as students debate both for and against the issue.

Come and hear more about it - and enjoy some cake on us.

Hope to see you there!

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Focused Conversation Series Begins Monday/Tuesday

The 2014-15 series of Focused Conversations kicks off Monday and Tuesday with the topic, "The Enrollment Village: Building campuswide engagement around matriculating first-time students," led by William Mullen, vice president for Enrollment Management. The session will be held twice. You are invited to attend whichever session fits your schedule:

Monday, Oct. 6, 3:40 p.m.-OGC 100
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 3:40 p.m.-OGC 100

The full fall 2014 schedule of Focused Conversations is available on the "All Hands 2014-2015" page in the College Reports section of Inside Augsburg. The audio recording from last week's All Hands Meeting and the PDF document with background on enrollment, finances, and fundraising are also available on that page.

You can access the All Hands page by logging into Inside Augsburg and clicking the "All Hands" icon on the main page of Inside Augsburg.

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CGAC First General Meeting - Thursday (5-6 p.m.)

Coalition for Global Activism and Change (CGAC) raises awareness of issues of peace and security, violations of human rights, and current international issues while inspiring students to take action on a global scale. At our meeting, we will be introducing the board, discussing upcoming events and setting goals for this Academic year.

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Employers on Campus for Practice Interviews

The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work invites students who are interested in Accounting and/or Finance careers to participate in practice "mock" interviews with employers on Wednesday, October 15. 30 minute interviews will take place in the Strommen Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice your interview skills and receive feedback from employers. Representatives from Travelers Insurance, Wells Fargo Financial, and NumberWorks/SALO are eager to meet you.

Space is limited and students must register at

If you have questions, please feel free to email

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West Bank Ride - Saturday, Oct. 4

Join the West Bank Ride on Saturday, October 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to explore and enjoy the creative side of the West Bank neighborhood. The event is a non-competitive cycling event with stops at 13 artsy and fun sites throughout the neighborhood. To learn more and to register for the West Bank Ride, go to Volunteers are also needed. For more information about volunteer opportunities go to .

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Chapel: Celebration of New Life - Tues., Oct. 7

Campus Ministry invites all faculty, staff and students who are celebrating "new life" with birth, adoption, foster care, etc., in the past year or so, to be our Special Guests in Chapel on Tuesday, October 7, at 11:30 a.m.

Are you a new parent or guardian or grandparent? Are you a new sister or brother? Are you a new aunt or uncle? Please email Amy Hanson at or call x1732; with the following information: your name, phone, email, and the name of the "new life".

Thanks, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

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