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CHANGED SCHEDULE: Assessment Day 2/24/15

In response to faculty concerns about missing an entire class session on February 24, 2015 for Assessment Day, the DAY schedule in Minneapolis has been adjusted to allow each class period to meet albeit for shorter class periods.

Normal Tuesday Class Schedule:
Period 1: 7:50-9:30 am (100 min.)
Period 2: 9:40-11:20 am (100 min.)
Period 3: Noon-1:40 pm (100 min.)
Period 4: 1:50-3:30 pm (100 min.)
Period 5: 3:40-5:20 pm (100 min.)

Assessment Day Schedule (February 24, 2015 ONLY)
Period 1: 7:50-9:10 am (80 min.)
Period 2: 9:20-10:40 am (80 min.)
ASSESSMENT PERIOD 10:50 am-12:50 pm (2 hours)-- No classes will meet
Period 3: 1:00-2:20 pm (80 min.)
Period 4: 2:30-3:50 pm (80 min.)
Period 5: 4:00-5:20 pm (80 min.)

Thank you for your support of this important work. I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused by changing the schedule.

Please contact me with any questions.

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Phase 1 URGO Summer Research App - Due Monday

The Phase 1 Application for URGO summer research is due February 2nd! Applications can be found at (click "Apply for Summer Research" orange tab on right).

There are two ways that students can do paid summer research with URGO:

URGO Summer Research Program: a 10-week, on-campus program where students are funded to join a faculty member's on-going research/creative line or carry out an individually-designed project. Full-time researchers receive a $4,000 stipend and support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, weekly seminars, and roundtable discussions with fellow researchers.

URGO Summer Research Assistantship: an opportunity to help a faculty member with an on-going research project or creative line by assisting with research tasks. Research assistants receive a $1,000 stipend for 100 hours of work, which can be completed at any time throughout the summer.

Contact the URGO office at x1446 or if you have any questions.

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How Can You Find Time Write About Your Research?

Faculty, join your colleagues for a discussion on how to manage scholarly writing with a heavy teaching load. In preparation for the discussion, please read the two brief articles that are linked on the CTL events page Come for the coffee (and tea), stay for the ideas and community.

This event will coincide with the announcement of dedicated space on campus for faculty and staff to focus on writing.

February 4th
Lindell 202

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Professional Travel and Support for Scholarship

Faculty and Academic Staff - Do you still have research to share or something to learn at a conference? CTL will now take applications for second trips that take place before May 31, 2015. Please visit the CTL website for information about funding levels and how to apply.

Faculty - Don't forget to apply for a Summer Scholarship Grant or an Internationalization Travel Grant by February 9.

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General Announcements

Apply to be a 2015-16 Christensen Scholar

Attention current sophomores and juniors:

There's still time to apply to be an Christensen Scholar! Applications are due Thursday, February 5th!

Interested in exploring life's big questions? Will you be studying on campus all of next year? Consider becoming a Christensen Scholar.

Christensen Scholars participate in a yearlong academic seminar (REL 405/406) led by Professor Martha Stortz, earn four upper division semester credits in the Religion Department, and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

For more information, and to apply, visit our website:

There is also more information on our Blog:

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Gilman Intl Scholarship Workshop | Feb 6 & 17

Gilman Int'l Scholarship Info Sessions

Date: February 6
Location: Riverside Room
Time: 2-2:30 p.m.


Date: February 17
Location: Riverside Room
Time: 11:25-11:55 a.m.

Learn how to earn $3,000-$5,000 in scholarship money for studying abroad with the Gilman Scholarship, and receive tips and information on:

- How to apply
- Writing a winning essay
- Application Deadline
- Eligible Augsburg and CGE programs

*Eligibility: Pell Grant Recipient, U.S. Citizen (or will be at time of travel)

Questions? OR 612-330-1650

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Apply to be a 2015-16 Interfaith Scholar

Attention current sophomores and juniors:

There's still time to apply to be an Interfaith Scholar! Applications are due Thursday, February 5th!

Want to engage in dialogue with people of different faiths and make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community? Consider becoming an Interfaith Scholar.

Interfaith Scholars participate in a yearlong academic seminar (407/408) led by Professor Matt Maruggi and Pastor Sonja Hagander, earn four upper division semester credits in the Religion Department, and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

For more information and to apply, visit our website:

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Event Announcements

A History of Cedar-Riverside: Thurs. 2/5, 12-1 p.m.

Interested in the history of the Augsburg neighborhood? Come hear the talk entitled "From Snoose Boulevard to Little Somalia: A History of Cedar-Riverside" presented by Anduin Wilhide, Doctoral Candidate, History Department, University of Minnesota.

Date: 02/05/2015
Time: 12-1 PM
Location: 308 Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
Cost: Free

Funded by a Presidential Innovation Grant, Anduin is preparing a short history essay and interactive digital map for the Augsburg website, intended to be used in first-year classes.

In the talk, she will share stories of the new arrivals who have been coming to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis for over 150 years. This area lies between two sacred sites for the Dakota people of Minnesota--St. Anthony Falls and Bdote, the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers--and it was likely used for sugar mapling as part of a seasonal migration cycle. Migrants from New England began arriving in the mid nineteenth century, followed by immigrants from Scandinavia and Central Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the 1970s hippies, students and radical activists established a counterculture community in the area, and since 1990, Cedar-Riverside has become a home for many East African, Southeast Asian and Latino residents. Cedar-Riverside has been a major entry point to Minneapolis, and it remains one of the densest areas in the city. Andy Wilhide will examine why successive groups of newcomers have been drawn to Cedar-Riverside and how they have made it a home. The best way to explore the complex layers of history and memory of this neighborhood is to walk through it and listen to some of the stories of those who have lived, worked and studied here. Wilhide will draw from public history projects, oral histories and walking tours in her presentation.

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Daily Chapel: Michelle Grafelman '15

Join us for worship in the chapel today at 11:30am: Michelle Grafelman '15, preaching.

Tomorrow at 10:40am: Rev. Ann Svennungsen, Bishop of the ELCA Minneapolis Area Synod, preaching; Augsburg Choir, conducted by Peter Hendrickson; and special blessing for Leslie Larson and Staney Rostad. Friday Chapel is followed by C3: Christ, Community and Coffee in the atrium.

Next week:
Three-Day Chapel Series: We are Called – Masters of Vocation. Augsburg Masters students speak on vocation and faith.
Mon. 2/2 at 10:40am: Jenna Noonan preaching, MA Physician Assistant Studies student
Tues. 2/3 at 11:30am: Erin Fox, MA Music Therapy student
Wed. 2/4 at 10:40am: Breanne Royer, MA Social Work/Dual Degree with Luther Seminary
Thurs. 2/5 at 11:30am: Jane Ulring '15 senior chapel
Friday 2/6 at 10:40am: Hymn Sing

We gather in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center - Everyone is welcome!

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Lynn Casey, CEO of PadillaCRT - Feb 12 at 5pm

Faculty, Staff & Students,

Come join us in welcoming Lynn Casey, CEO of PadillaCRT, on Thursday, February 12 at 5 p.m. in the Sateren Auditorium. Lynn will be speaking about "Building and Protecting Reputations in Real Time."

In PadillaCRT's headquarters community, Casey has served on and chaired numerous nonprofit boards. Currently, she is vice chair of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, secretary of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and is an active member of the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable and the Itasca Project.

Casey was named Woman Business Executive of the Year by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2011, inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2011, and inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2014.

All are welcome to stay for a reception hosted in the Student Art Gallery

Register here:

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Due TOMORROW: Germany & Prague Study Abroad Apps

Deadline to apply for summer study abroad in Germany or the Czech Republic is January 30. That's Friday, people! TOMORROW.

+ Complete BOTH Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science LAF requirements
+ Fulfill Augsburg Experience
+ Short travel - about 2 weeks!
+ More details:

+ Complete Keystone requirement for some majors (including Business)
+ Fulfill Augsburg Experience
+ Short travel - about 2 weeks!
+ More details:

Come into the Study Abroad office for a quick info session and to get your questions answered. Or contact Andrea with questions at

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"We are Called: Masters of Vocation" Chapel Series

Please join us for a unique Three-Day Chapel Series: "We are Called – Masters of Vocation." Augsburg Masters students speak on vocation and faith. Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center.

Monday, 2/2, at 10:40am: Jenna Noonan preaching, MA Physician Assistant Studies student
Tuesday, 2/3, 11:30am: Erin Fox, MA Music Therapy student
Wednesday, 2/4, 10:40am: Breanne Royer, MA Social Work/Dual Degree with Luther Seminary student

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MN Job & Internship Fair - Prep Sessions

Are you registered for the MN Private College Job & Internship Fair, which is being held on Wednesday, February 18th? The Strommen Career & Internship Center will be holding a number of prep sessions (you only need to attend one) on the following days:

Wednesday, January 28th: 4:30-5:00pm
Wednesday, January 28th: 5:00-5:30pm
Tuesday, February 3rd: 10:30-11:00am
Tuesday, February 3rd: 11:25-11:55am
Wednesday, February 4th: 12:30-1:00pm
Monday, February 9th: 10:35-11:05am
Thursday, February 12th: 3:45-4:15pm

To register for the fair and to learn more go to If you have questions, please call 612-330-1148.

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MN Sure Health Enrollment on Campus

CCHP will be hosting MN Sure navigators from Health Access on Tuesday 2/3/15 from 10-2 pm in the Riverside Room of Christensen Center for anyone who may be needing to enroll in a health insurance plan. The deadline for enrollment in the MN Sure health plans is 2/15/15. These health navigators can answer questions and will meet individually with interested students, faculty or staff.

The appointments will take about 45-60 minutes and you can sign up for a specific time slot by calling the CCHP office at 612-330-1707.

Representatives from Take Action MN will also be available and are interested in hearing people's stories about your health care experiences so please stop by the their table in Christensen Center on Tuesday as well.

Below is a checklist of info you will need to apply:

Checklist of Information for Applying
Have this information before your start the application process:

* Social Security number for each person applying
* Date of birth for everyone in household (not just those applying)
* Driver's license, Tribal ID, or other ID
* For non-citizens, Green Card or other immigration documents
* Last year's tax forms (1040EZ or page 1 of 1040)
* Two most recent pay stubs
* Documents for other sources of income (social security, unemployment, self-employment, etc.)
* W2 form or Employer Tax ID Number (EIN)
* Employer's address and contact information
* Information about any employer-provided health insurance available to each person applying (request this from the employer)
* Think of a username and password for your MNSure account
* DEPENDENT INFORMATION: Make sure you know whether your parent/guardian claims you as a dependent on their tax forms. If they do, you need to bring the above information for your PARENT/GUARDIAN.

If possible, ask your parent/guardian to be available via phone from during the event in case you need additional information from them.

Thank you!

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Mert Johnson '59 Shares Lifelong Connection

You might say that Mert Johnson '59 was born to attend Augsburg. He was named after Mert Strommen '42, who later served as national youth director of the Lutheran Free Church, founded the Youth and Family Institute at Augsburg, and served as campus pastor. Our Savior's Lutheran Church located in Milroy, Minn., very near the Johnson Family farm, was where Mert Strommen's father served as pastor.

Today, Mert Johnson is a generous benefactor of Augsburg College and the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR). "I think the plan for the CSBR is very well conceived," says Mert. "I'm very pleased that they are merging religion with business and science."

Mert remembers how his father, a staunch Christian, used to harvest his first acre for God and give the proceeds to church every year. Church, school, band, choir, farming, and sports were all part of Mert's early years. Basketball was his game, and Mankato State University offered him a full-ride scholarship. Instead, he decided to become an Auggie because the College shared his own values. He went on to earn four letters in basketball, playing with Team Captain Lute Olson '56, who became a college basketball coaching legend.

Without the benefit of scholarships, Mert worked his way through college. During the school year he worked up to 60 hours a week at Smiley's Point, the soda fountain down the street from campus. "Back in those days, I made a $1 or $1.10 an hour," says Mert. He remembers talking with some of the many GIs who were in school at the time and with the campus pastor, who would walk down to Smiley's for a cup of coffee. "I did most of my studying between 4 and 8 a.m.," says Mert. He made sure to schedule classes for first-thing in the morning so he could get to basketball practice on time and get the most out of every day. "I just didn't require a lot of sleep," says Mert of the secret to his success. Augsburg football coach Edor Nelson '38 was Mert's advisor and helped him get a summer job at Land O'Lakes doing deliveries and special projects.
Careers in Science and Business

Mert met his future wife JoAn (Bjornson) '58, a student nurse at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital, on a blind date. They married in 1958, and Mert started out his career as a biology teacher and basketball coach in Ellsworth, Minn. The school board chairman told Mert, "If you win one game, that will be more than we expect," referring to the fact that most of the team's best players had graduated. Mert's team went undefeated until the state championship, earning a 20–2 record. Mert went on to serve as principal for five years, before rising to area superintendent of the North St. Paul–Maplewood School District, a position he held for 11 years before moving into the business world.

In 1987, the Augsburg College Board of Regents and the Augsburg Alumni Association presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of significant achievement in vocation, for outstanding contribution to church and community, and for a life that exemplifies the ideals and mission of Augsburg College. In addition to a generous financial gift for the CSBR, Mert has introduced members of Augsburg leadership and alumni to business and technology leaders in Alexandria, Minn., where he still lives half the year.

For more of Mert's story, follow this link to the CSBR blog:

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Auggie Athletics

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Teach English in China-Opportunities for Auggies


Graduating this spring? Teach English in China at Augsburg Exchange Partner United International College in Zhuhai, China. Paid airfare and housing, monthly stipend, excellent experience! 3.0 GPA required. Deadline to apply is February 10.

Application Instructions and Forms

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Learning English as a Foreign Language

Hi Augsburg,
My name is Ellen Klemme, I'm a student in Augsburg's Education program. I need to interview someone who learned English as a foreign language for one of my courses. If you learned English as a foreign language, would you be willing to share your insight and a half-hour of your time? I want to say thanks, too - a small Target gift card if we talk by phone or complimentary coffee anywhere you choose. Email for more information.
Thank you!

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