Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Parking Restrictions Lot K

Please note that Lot K (the ice arena lot) will be closed from midnight Tuesday, September 23, until 10 p.m. Wednesday September 24. Everyone will be expected to have their cars removed from this lot during the times listed above. Failure to abide by these regulations can result in a ticket or tow of the vehicle at the vehicle owners expense. If you have any questions feel free to call DPS at 612-330-1717.

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Teaching and Learning

Academic Research Grants Available

Each fall URGO offers $1,000 research grants for students who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project. These grants go quickly, so apply SOON!

Applications for Academic-Year Research Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, complete the electronic application at . Mentor approval for projects is shown by emailing the application and report form to

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AugSTEM Chemistry Seminar

"Building a Career vs. Fitting Into One: An Eclectic Journey Through Science, Engineering, Art and Medicine"

Who: Dr. Christopher Scorzelli
When: September 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: OGC 100

Christopher Scorzelli, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at Kabloo Design, where he works to invent new medical devices and support client projects in the MedTech space. Dr. Scorzelli is also currently serving as Interim Executive Director of Magic Arms for the World, a nonprofit organization working to serve children with rare neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Scorzelli is a physician by training, a self taught engineer, and an artist at heart. He has over 19 years of experience in everything from molecular biology to home hospice to fine art.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Please RSVP at

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Webinar | Intercultural Competence & Global Learning

The Office of International Programs, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and General Education invite you to attend the following Webinar:

Intercultural Competence and Student Development:
Working Toward a Fuller Picture of Global Learning


Date & Time: September 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Refreshments Served

Kick off the new academic year with this stimulating conversation that taps into NAFSA's growing community of practice focused on global learning.

Several instruments are designed to help locate college students on intercultural scales and measure changes in their perspectives over time. What does the data from these techniques reveal - and not - about students and their intercultural competence?

A distinguished panel will present an overview of these instruments and the data each provides. Participants will then join in the conversation to explore:

how students develop in ways that we are now learning to measure;
analyses and questions we need to illuminate such change;
pedagogies and learning experiences we can imagine to better align theory and practice
Faculty Conversations are designed for faculty members, researchers, and international educators interested in student learning outcomes and the educational experiences--curricular and co-curricular--created to help students gain and practice global knowledge, skills, and perspectives.


Kenneth Cushner, EdD
Professor, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent State University

Helen Marx, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Elementary Education, Southern Connecticut State University

Craig N. Shealy, PhD
Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University


Chris R. Glass, PhD
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Program, Old Dominion University

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General Announcements

Food Service Hours

Nabo is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Special of the Day is a Buffalo Chicken Wrap.

Einsteins is open from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., with the late night menu starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Commons is open from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. It is Cheese Burger Day in The Commons at lunch and dinner. Market Place is serving corn dogs, macaroni and cheese, green bean fries, and sweet potato mash. Vege is serving horseradish potatoes, rice with lime and cilantro, carrots with sesame dressing, and green bean casserole.

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CROP Hunger Walk

Calling all my friends and fellow Auggies to join me in the fight against hunger!

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events that bring people together in a common mission: helping hungry people at home and around the world.

I'm excited to be part of it and would love to have you join me on this journey. Live out the Augsburg mission of being an informed citizen, thoughtful steward, critical thinker and responsible leader. The steps we take - and the funds we raise - will make a real impact!

The walk will take place:
Sunday October 12 - at 1:00 p.m.
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church
Route Distance 2.5 or 5 miles.

Join the Team:

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Diversity and Inclusion PowerPoint

The first Staff Senate Open Forum yesterday featuring Ann Garvey, VP of Student Affairs, had great attendance and discussion about diversity and inclusion work being done at Augsburg. Thank you for everyone that joined us to talk about the on-going work.

Ann's presentation files:

Thank you to Latin@ Student Services (LSS) for providing refreshments.

The October Open Forum will feature Jeff Swenson, Athletic Director, and Don Stoner, Sports Information Director, on Wednesday, October 15, from 11:30 - noon, in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center.

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Fall Schedule for All Hands Meetings/Communication

We have published the Fall 2014 All Hands schedule on Inside Augsburg.

You can access the "All Hands 2014-15" page from the College Reports page OR by clicking the "All Hands 2014-15" icon just below the "Augsburg Weekly" icon and just above the "Storify" feed on the home page of Inside Augsburg. (You must be logged in to access the page.)

The All Hands Communication schedule includes the Fall 2014 All Hands meeting, Focused Conversation sessions, planned email communications, and links to the most recent all-faculty/staff email communications from President Pribbenow.

The page also allows you to click on the date/time/location for a given event and add it to your calendar. All of the events are also posted on the Inside Augsburg calendar. (Again, you need to be logged in to see them.) Each Focused Conversation is offered twice, and you are invited to attend whichever session dates fit in your schedule.

We will update the page with materials from the meetings and PDFs of email communications as we move forward throughout the year. The Spring 2015 schedule will be posted later during the fall.

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Campus Cupboard Food Shelf is Now Open

The Campus Cupboard food shelf is now open Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays 2-4 p.m. The food shelf is open to any Augsburg student to use.

The Augsburg College food shelf, Campus Cupboard, provides free food to students throughout the academic year. Campus Cupboard is located in Hoversten Chapel of Foss Center by the back stairwell to the balcony.

If you are an Augsburg student who would like to use the food shelf, stop by during open hours. Students may pick out five food items each visit. An Augsburg student ID is required. (Names will not be recorded, only ID numbers.)

If you would like to donate to the food shelf:
Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted in green collection bins at the Welcome Desk and Einstein's (in Christensen), the Campus Ministry/Theater Office (in Foss), and the Urn/Mort and Anderson dorm lobbies.

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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 ($4,000) 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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Event Announcements

Penumbra Listening Session TODAY

Listening Session with Penumbra Theatre Company
September 18, 3:40-5:00 p.m. Foss TV/Film Studio

Students - Please join us for an important event that is devoted to listening to Augsburg students regarding issues of diversity and inclusion on campus. This session is a time for students to share what it feels like to be a student of color on campus, as well as for aspiring white student allies to share some of the difficulties and challenges they face in doing ally work here at Augsburg. This session is part of ongoing initiatives by the college aimed at addressing inclusiveness on campus. Penumbra Theatre Company brings expertise in using the arts to work towards social justice and will use this listening session to inform their artists and educators about the specific needs of our students. Your voices matter. Your stories matter. Please come and share so that we can make this campus a better learning environment for all.

(Jointly Sponsored by Human Resources and the Center for Teaching and Learning)

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Google Engineer Acosta '04 Tells His Story on 9/26

"From Augsburg to Google: An Alum Shares His Story"
Victor Acosta, PhD Engineer/Physicist at Google X
2004 Augsburg Physics alum and McNair Scholar
Date: September 26, 3:10-4:10 p.m.
Location: Science 123

Victor is this year's recipient of the Augsburg First Decade Alumni Award for his accomplishments and his involvement within the Augsburg community. In the spring of his first year at Augsburg, Victor joined the Augsburg Molecular Beam Epitaxy team with Dr. Ambrose Wolf, re-engineering the Ultra High Vacuum Chamber. While he continued to work in Dr. Wolf's lab throughout his undergraduate career, Victor was also selected to participate in two prestigious off campus summer experiences: a research internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in 2002, and one at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2003. After graduating, Victor went on to pursue his doctorate in solid-state physics at the University of California-Berkeley, followed by a post-doc at HP, and now works for Google X as a engineer. Come hear about his personal journey from Augsburg to Google!

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Fall All Hands Meeting - Next Tuesday, Sept. 23

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the Fall 2014 All Hands meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

We are not altering the class schedule on Sept. 23 for the All Hands meeting. The plan is to start the meeting promptly at 11:30 a.m. and have President Pribbenow conclude his remarks before those with noon classes need to depart.

We will post an audio recording of the full meeting--including any questions and discussion--for those interested in listening at a later date. Access to connect to the meeting from off-site locations will be available. Look for information in future A-mail posts for details about remote connection and for information about the audio recording after the event.

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Augsburg Theater Department Auditions: Egg

The Augsburg Theater Arts Department will hold auditions for the student directed production, Egg, by Mark Steven Jensen, directed by Mawrgyn Roper. An audition sign-up sheet is posted on the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater door in the atrium of Foss Center.

Theater Auditions:
Monday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday from September 23 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
There will be no callbacks!

Casting: 2 female roles; 1 egg (of any gender)

Description of Egg: Bertha and Louise are wandering in an empty wasteland when they both spot an egg at the same time. Bertha wants to turn the egg into an omelet; Louise wants to paint the egg for Easter. They each try to convince the other to give up dibs on the egg. The debate turns more and more violent and events spiral out of control. The production will use highly physical performance techniques with puppetry and clowning to tell the story of two women and an egg.

Sign up for a slot on the theater door in the Foss Atrium and prepare a short piece of your choice (poem, lyrics, lines from a play, etc.) that incorporates movement. Your audition piece should be no longer than two minutes. The goal is to see you move with words. Try to tell a story with your body and the text. Don't overthink it! All ideas are right.

Copies of Egg are on the theater desk in the Campus Ministry suite (Foss 104). It is recommended that you read the entire play in order to have a sense of tone in the piece and the nature of the characters, which may help generate ideas for your audition piece.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 6.
Performance dates are Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16.

For any questions and concerns, please contact the director, Mawrgyn Roper at or the stage manager, Em Warpula at

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Gift Announcement: Steve Nielsen '64

Several days each season, Steve Nielsen '64 (pictured with his wife, Becky Nielsen '65) can be found working his 80 acres of soybeans and corn in southwest Minnesota. "I like the serenity that comes with being out in the field: the time alone, sitting in a tractor cab, and the satisfaction that comes with the harvest," he explains. He's returning to his roots, working some of the same land he helped farm as a teenager. His roots also extend to Augsburg, where he has made gifts and pledges totaling $200,000 in support of the Center for Science, Business, and Religion. "I felt grateful that Augsburg allowed me to have some success in life, and I thought I should share that," Steve says.

Growing Years

These days farming is a hobby and a chance for some quiet time on the tractor, but back in the day it was a way of life for Steve's family and community. In the 1950s, most rural Minnesota schools weren't focused on preparing young people for college. "I knew other people from my high school who attended one or two semesters at the U of M and flunked out," says Steve, whose teachers had never asked him to write a term paper or read an entire book until he started college.

He was nervous about being underprepared, but he wanted to go to college and become a high school teacher and football coach. "That was all I knew: farming or teaching," he says. At Augsburg, he played football (even going up against future Vikings tackle Gary Larsen in a game against Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.), and worked hard to make ends meet. One year during the football off-season, Steve and his roommate worked at a dairy processor in St. Paul, lugging 100-pound bags for eight hours, and getting home at 2 a.m. "That hurt my grades badly," remembers Steve. "But once you get started [with college], you don't quit, because it's an admission of failure." Attending chapel provided him with a respite from the whirlwind of work, classes, and football.

Cultivating a Career

After graduation Steve obtained a commission in the U.S. Navy and served four years, which included service in Vietnam. "When I came back, I realized that teaching wasn't for me," Steve remembers. "I didn't have the patience." He went to work as a field representative for Del Monte Foods, eventually rising to become vice president of vegetable production. He finished his career as vice president of supply chain management at Chiquita, and retired in 2006.

He is the immediate past chair of the Carver County Republicans, in which he has been active for many years. Steve and his wife Becky met at Augsburg, and have three daughters. They have 11 grandchildren; his granddaughter Morgan is just beginning her second year at Augsburg.

Planting the Seed for Future Students

Fifty years after graduating from Augsburg, Steve credits the college with helping him develop good judgment and teaching him how to work with other people. Steve's support of the Center for Science, Business, and Religion boosts the Class of 1964's response to the Class Challenge, which seeks to raise an average of $1 million from each class for the CSBR. "The only way that an institution like Augsburg can survive and thrive is with the support of alumni and friends," says Steve.

Find Steve and Becky Nielsen's story, and more recent gifts to the College here:

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