Friday, March 27, 2015
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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Fitness Centers Closed March 28

Both the Haglund and Messerer Fitness Centers will be closed on Saturday, March 28 due to the annual Powwow.

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Teaching and Learning

Join the Co-Curricular Assessment Subcommittee

Seeking nominations for co-curricular assessment subcommittee

Are you curious about assessment of student learning? Do you wish you had better insights into what our students are learning through the co-curriculum at Augsburg? Do you dream of having evidence you can use to inform your programming for students? Would you enjoy being part of a group charged with bringing a greater focus to this work at Augsburg?

If so - we invite you to nominate yourself (or someone else) for a newly-formed group focused on co-curricular assessment of student learning. We are seeking diverse perspectives from a variety of co-curricular areas on campus. Extensive assessment experience is not required, but we hope you will bring openness to learning and a passion for growing a culture of assessment at Augsburg.

Committee charge:
Supporting the implementation of an established strategy for co-curricular assessment and supporting campus colleagues in growing a culture of assessment at Augsburg.

To nominate, please complete the online form here by April 24:

Questions? Contact Michael Grewe, Maggie Heier, or Katy Risner - members of the Augsburg College Assessment Committee.

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Speaking of Scholarship - Sabbatical Speed Orating

The CTL is hosting a Speaking of Scholarship "speed orating" event featuring the work from 2013-2014 sabbaticals. The presentations will be short and accessible across all disciplines, hence "speed orating." This will allow for attendees to hear about multiple research projects in an informal, roundtable discussion format. Please join us in celebrating your fellow colleagues' work.

Monday, March 30th
3:15-4:15 (3:15 hors d'oeuvres - 3:45 presentations)
Marshall Room

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Live Abroad After Graduation - Learn More TODAY

Are you interested in living abroad for a year after you graduate? Come to one of our Fulbright information lunches with Pizza Luce!

Today, March 27th @12:30 in Lindell 301 (with Heidi Le '10, ETA to Vietnam)

The Fulbright US program provides grants for English Teaching Assistant Programs (no teaching experience required) or individually designed study/research projects abroad. During their year abroad, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

We encourage freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to attend from ALL MAJORS. If you cannot make it to the information sessions but would like to learn more about the Fulbright, please email or stop by the URGO office to make an individual appointment.

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Thinking of Graduate School? Learn More - March 30

Graduate School: Deciding if it's right for you, finding a good fit, and getting yourself in the door.

Monday, March 30th
OGC 100 @ 3pm

Come join us for an information session about graduate school and how best to prepare yourself for the application process. Plus, get the inside scoop from Augsburg Graduate Admissions and The University of Minnesota Graduate Admissions! Students from all majors are invited to attend. Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, if you are thinking of attending graduate school in the future, this is an event you don't want to miss!

If you cannot attend the information session, please email to set up an individual appointment and check out our website for more graduate school application advice:

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General Announcements

MFA Program Announces New Director, Derek Nikitas

Derek Nikitas, the Edgar Award-nominated author of two novels, Pyres and The Long Division, both from St. Martin's Press, and Extra Lives, a Young Adult novel forthcoming from Polis Books, will join the Augsburg College MFA Program as the MFA's new program director, beginning in August 2015.

Nikitas will be in town for the AWP Conference April 9-11 and will visit the program during the Summer Residency.

He has served as the director of the low-residency MFA Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University, and has previously taught creative writing at the State University of New York at Brockport, and the University of Rhode Island.

His short fiction has appeared in The Ontario Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Chelsea, Washington Square, New South and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a PhD in English from Georgia State University.

Nikitas will succeed the Augsburg MFA's first director, Cass Dalglish, who will return to the classroom in the fall, continuing to serve as a mentor in the MFA and and a professor in the undergraduate creative writing program.

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Augsburg Mentors at AWP April 8-11

The annual AWP conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from April 8-11, with Augsburg MFA Mentors participating in several events:

* Thursday, April 9, 10:30-11:45a, Room 101 J, Level 1 - Robert Bly and the Minnesota Writers' Publishing House.
Panelists, including Cary Waterman, will discuss their experiences with the House and Bly's influence and will read from their chapbooks.

* Friday, April 10, noon-1:15p, Room L100 B&C, Lower Level - Creative Writing as Job Training.
Can we move beyond corporate rhetoric and demonstrate that creative writing is a marketable 21st-century skill? (Panelists include Cary Waterman.)

* Friday, April 10, 1:30-2:45p, Room 208 C&D, Level 2 - A Tribute to Gerald Vizenor.
Anishinaabe writers will read selections from Gerald Vizenor's vast body of work and reflect on how this elder statesman of Anishinaabe literature influenced and supported their own work. (Panelists include Heid Erdrich.)

* Saturday, April 11, 9-10:15a, Room 208 A&B, Level 2 - Re: Searching, Or: Don't Write What You Know.
Panelists, including Stephan Eirik Clark, will explore ways that research has enhanced their short stories and novels, including writing that is based on historical events, connected to their own life experiences, or entirely remade in their imagination.

* Saturday, April 11, 9-10:15a, Room 200 H&I, Level 2 - Morphing from 2D to 3D: Teaching Multimodal Creative Writing.
Panelists, including Sarah Myers, share extra-¬textual CW assignments: Students photograph their fiction, push plays off¬stage, bake literary analyses into cakes, cross CNF with social media, take to the streets with guerrilla poems. Students embody texts and texts expand off¬page.

* Saturday, April 11, 1:30-2:45p, Room 101 F&G, Level 1 - Video Poems and Cross¬Genre Collaboration: A Conversation and Screening with Louise Erdrich, Heid E. Erdrich, and Trevino Brings Plenty.
The panelists see collaboration across genre as a hallmark of indigenous aesthetic and an emerging movement in American literature. All three poets will discuss collaborations such as book trailers and video poems, exploring the ways that these forms can inspire, respond to, and transcend. This panel will feature the premiere of their individual video poems and tell the story of collaboration that brought their poems to the screen.

* Saturday, April 11, 3-4:15p, Room 200 H&I, Level 2 - Byte by Byte: Teaching Creative Writing Online.
Five writers--who teach online in a public university, a community college AFA, an arts nonprofit, and in private BFA and MFA low-residency programs--offer a candid and guided tour of the online creative writing classroom. (Panelists include Cass Dalglish.)

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Food Service Hours This Weekend

Nabo is open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Einsteins is open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

The Commons is open from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for Brunch and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for Dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

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Designated Smoking Areas - Minneapolis Campus

There are 9 outdoor designated areas on the Minneapolis campus for smoking and/or use of e-cigarettes.

1 - Plaza area outside of the Ice Arena
2 - Designated area in front of Si Melby
3 - Bench area outside of the Music Building
4 - North side of walkway entrance to Foss
5 - Oren Gateway entry near Lot H
6 - 7th Street side of Library
7 - Quad: patio area near Christensen
8 - Urness/Mortensen near motorcycle parking
9 - Bench area between Anderson and Luther halls

A healthy and clean environment takes the cooperation of everyone. Please use ashtrays provided to dispose of cigarette butts.

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Food Service Specials

Friday 3/27/15

The Nabo Special of the Day is a Turkey and Swiss Sandwich.

There is Carved Meat in The Commons at Lunch Today!

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SciTechsperience: Paid STEM Internships

NEW SciTechsperience Job Postings

Programming Intern, tenKsolar
Lab Assistant, SarTec Corporation
Engineering Intern, Ever Cat Fuels, LLC
Drafting & Design Assistant , Leeds Precision Instruments, Inc.

As a reminder, here are the eligibility requirements for students:
* Minnesota resident or attending college in Minnesota
* 18 years of age or older
* In good academic standing (2.50+ GPA)
* A junior or senior (60 credits completed)
* Pursuing a qualifying science, technology, or math degree
* Legally eligible to work in the U.S.

The details for all job postings are available on the SciTechsperience website to students registered with the program.
Go to to register.

Questions? Feel free to email Rebekah Dupont at

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EDGE Scholarship Applications Due Today

The Travelers EDGE Program at Augsburg has provided professional development opportunities and scholarships to several Augsburg students over the course of the last 4 years and we are currently accepting applications from first-year students.

Five students will be named Travelers EDGE scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each Scholar will receive a $2,500 scholarship and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and the Insurance and Financial Services industry by participating in several professional development workshops.

Recipients must meet the following criteria:

1. Graduate of a Twin Cities metro area public high school (priority will be given to graduates of St. Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, and college access program participants)
2. Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
3. Full-time undergraduate with first-year status, enrolled in the Day Program at Augsburg
4. Minimum GPA of 3.0
5. Demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)
6. Applicants may have any major, but should demonstrate interest in exploring careers in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry (including business, economics, mathematics, computer science, and related fields).
7. Willing and available to participate in Augsburg Travelers EDGE Program events and activities, such self-assessments, career preparation workshops, job shadows, networking opportunities, and outreach to K-12 partner schools in St. Paul.

For more information or a copy of the application, please contact Janet Morales at or 612-330-1792. Applications are due on Friday, March 27.

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Food Service Hours

Friday 3/27/15

Nabo is open from 7:30am-7:00pm.

Einteins is open from 7:30am-8:00pm.

The Commons is open from 7:30am-7:00pm. Market Place is serving Turkey Chili Pie with Cornmeal Crust, Caramelized cumin Roasted Carrots, Cannellini Beans with Pancetta & Rosemary, and Potato Pomodoro. Vege is serving Roasted Herbed Baby Reds, Ginger Scented Rice, Zucchini with Cilantro Sauce, and Sesame Carrots.

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$8K Scholarship - Study Marketing in Norway Fall 15

$8,000 Scholarship to study Marketing in Norway this Fall. Apply by April 1 (sooner to secure your spot)

Through the generous support of the High North Fellowship Grant, the Norwegian government and Harstad University College are offering a scholarship to two (2) Augsburg College students to participate in their English-language Advanced Marketing Program in Fall 2015.

The grant consists of a travel stipend of NOK 9,700 (approx., $1500 USD) plus a stipend of NOK 48,500 (approx., $5500 USD). Grantees will also receive $1000 grant in addition to all financial aid received through Augsburg College (Federal & State grants, loans, and Augsburg Aid).

* Junior or Senior Standing in Fall 2015
* Successful completion of Micro and/or Macro Economics and Principles of Marketing by Fall 2015.
* 3.0 min. GPA
* Fluency in English
* Complete Application by April 1, 2015.

Course Equivalency: Courses taken at Harstad University College will be registered as Augsburg Courses with the following equivalencies:

* MKT 466-International Marketing | 4 cr
* MKT 355-Marketing Communications| 4 cr
* MKT 350-Consumer Behavior | 4 cr.
* MKT 499-Topics: Business-to-Business Marketing & Branding | 4 cr.

The program will form a good basis for the student's first step towards a position in a market-oriented organization in fields of retailing, travel and tourism, export and international enterprises.

Contact Leah Spinosa de Vega | for more info.
Grantees will be chosen based 1st on eligibility requirements and then 1st apply, 1st awarded basis. Apply Today!

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Event Announcements

Business Open Advising Sessions

Open Advising is ON! Stop by Memorial 3rd floor to get your advising hold removed, so you are ready for summer/fall registration!!!!!

You don't need to meet with your specific advisor.... just come during any of the open times sent to you in your email!

You will need 3 things in order for us to lift your hold:

1) Major/Minor Completion Checklist -

2) Graduation Audit - (Under AugNet/Records & Registration /"Degree Progress" link): Enter term in which remaining requirements will be completed

3) List of classes you are intended to take.

Stop by to get some treats and register to win a Jimmy John's gift card!

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Drop-ins for Undecided Students

Undecided about your major/career? Special walk-in hours are here for you!

Remaining Spring 2015 undecided walk-in times are:

Wednesday, April 1 from 3-5 p.m.

Stop by for a quick 15-minute check in with a career coach. This is a great time to learn more about career assessments and get started exploring your major and/or career options. If you are undecided, please come to these special hours so you can meet with Maggie Heier specifically rather than attending our general Career Quick Stop hours.

Other helpful Strommen Center resources for undecided students:

* Spring 2015 Major/Career Exploration Workshop dates:
* Career Exploration web page:
* Resources for your Major pages:
* Four-Year Career Planning Guide:

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Daily Chapel Series Concludes: "Our Work"

Chapel Series: "Our Work: What Does God Have to Do with It?" concluded today at 10:40am: Sr. Margaret McGuirk preaching, Executive Director Centro Guadalupano, Holy Rosary - Santo Rosario Catholic Church.

Week of March 30-April 3: Holy Week - Posture of Prayer Series:
Monday 3/30 @ 10:40am: Dr. Mary Lowe preaching
Tuesday 3/31 @ 11:30am: Dr. Russell Kleckley preaching
Wednesday 4/1 @ 10:40am: Service of Holy Communion, Pastor Sonja Hagander preaching
Thursday 4/2 11:30am: Maundy Thursday, President Paul Pribbenow preaching
Friday 4/3: Good Friday - Augsburg Closed/No Chapel Service

We gather in Hoversten Chapel - All are welcome!

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AWP Women's Caucus Reading on April 8

Join us for the AWP Women's Caucus Reading on April 8. Award winning poets Joy Harjo and Natalie Diaz will read, with an introduction by MFA Mentor Heid Erdrich. Joy Harjo is the author of seven books of poetry and the memoir, Crazy Brave. She received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Natalie Diaz is the author of When My Brother Was An Aztec. She received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Nerude Prize for Poetry. 

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30p in Sateren Auditorium.
The reading is free and open to the public.

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Major/Career Exploration Workshop is Tues. (3/31)

Exploring majors and careers? Undecided about your options? This workshop is for you!

**Major/Career Exploration Workshop**
Tuesday, March 31 from 6-7 p.m.
Location: Strommen Center for Meaningful Work (100 Christensen)
No RSVP required - simply show up!

Other helpful Strommen Center resources for undecided students:

* Career Exploration webpage:
* Resources for your Major pages:
* Four-Year Career Planning Guide:

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Focused Conversations: The Academic Program

On Monday and Tuesday, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Karen Kaivola and History Professor and Director of General Education Jacqui deVries will lead Focused Conversation discussions about the academic program.

These sessions will offer an opportunity to touch upon multiple topics relative to the academic program, including:

* Our current curriculum and institutional distinction;
* Strategies for living even more fully into our promise to educate students for lives of purpose;
* Implications of our new learning outcomes;
* National conversations on preparing students for a world of "unscripted problems;"
* Strategies for revisiting general education requirements.

Click the link(s) below to add the session(s) to your calendar:

Monday, March 30, 3:40 p.m. - Lindell 301 -
Tuesday, March 31, 3:40 p.m. - Marshall -

To access the All Hands calendar for the remainder of the academic year, go to All Hands page: . (You must be logged in to access that page.)

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Environmental Justice Film and Discussion - Tues.

Tierralismo-Cuban film on agroecology and panel discussion with:

Atina Diffley-Organic farmer and owner of Gardens of Eagan
Beth Dooley-well known food writer who took a trip to Cuba this January
Rob Czernik-food activist and member of Food Not Bombs

When: Tuesday, March 31st
Where: Science #123
Time: 7:00pm

Sponsored by: Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Center for Global Education, Campus Kitchen and Professor Jenny Hanson, Film Studies at Augsburg.

The Tierralismo Good Earth Film screenings of the recently released documentary, Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm. Part of the AMI Cuba catalogue, Tierralismo is about the history and practices of one of Cuba's most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative). Tierralismo, introduces viewers to everyone from agronomists and senior management to workers who plant, plow, and propagate. What began as a necessity - farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers - has become a source of pride to coop members.

Tierralismo also covers non-farming aspects of the operation, such as human resources and accounting practices. In a land where financial resources are scarce and governmentally controlled, transparency and trust are paramount. Many of the coop's members have come from other fields - including a former pathologist, a fisherman, and an oil-industry worker. More than half are seniors - including an 82-year-old who says when it comes to hoeing, he can outwork anyone in their twenties. This is a film not only about the food and the farm but the characters who make it happen.

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ALAS Dance Night

ALAS is having their annual dance night! If you have nothing to do on a Friday night, stop by the ALAS Dance to catch up with your peers, meet new students around campus, and to learn a variety of Latin dance styles; including Salsa, Bachata, and many more! Save the date and invite your friends. Food and beverages will be provided.

Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 9:00pm-11:30pm
Location: East Commons

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Powwow This Saturday - Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to work at the concession stand during our Powwow this year on Saturday, March 28th here at Augsburg College in the Si Melby gym. Please see the following time available and let Joseph Vital know what shift you are able and willing to work (please note you can pick more than one shift or work all day, just let us know). Please pass along this email to your peers, student groups, etc as well. All are welcome to volunteer!

Each volunteer will get a free T-shirt and a lot of appreciation!! so please email Joe at with your name, email, phone number, preferred shift(s) and preferred T-shirt size (size not guaranteed but will do our best).

Times available are:
10 AM- 12:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Kudos to Andrea Dvorak & Dulce Monterrubio

Andrea W. Dvorak (CGEE) and Dulce O. Monterrubio (Latin@ Student Services) presented a session entitled "Breaking Barriers: Off-campus Options for DACA and Students with Various Immigration Statuses" at the 3rd Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in New Orleans, LA earlier this week. The session separated facts from myths, provided information and awareness about how to serve permanent residents, asylees/refugees, international students as well as the much newer category of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)students, and shared tools and resources for advising these students about international and other off-campus study experiences.

The session was very well attended by professionals in both International Education and Diversity/Multicultural Affairs and the presenters were asked for additional resources, consulting and follow up on serving these students. Thanks to Andrea and Dulce for highlighting the work Augsburg College is doing to offer inclusive study away opportunities to students with all statuses and situations!

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