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Teaching and Learning

Written Assignments Due? Find the Writing Lab

Taking a course this summer? The wonderful writing tutors can help! Regular summer hours in the Writing Lab have now resumed and will continue through Thursday, August 21. Again, summer hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-7 p.m.

The Lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Tutors are on duty to help Augsburg students at any stage of their writing process.

Questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English Department

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Is Problem-Based Learning the Future of Higher Ed?

Summer Conversation Series: Integrating Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

All faculty and staff welcome: First time, or join us again!
Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The Health Commons at Central Lutheran Church
Experiential education is not just for students
Click link to learn more:

11:30: Meet at Central Lutheran Church (333 S 12th St., Minneapolis -- 2 miles, walk, bike, or drive)
12:00: Join the Central Lutheran Community for lunch in Church Hall (weekly event)
12:45: Discussion

Guiding questions for Augsburg Faculty & Staff conversation:
1) How would "problem-based" learning work in your discipline?
2) What kinds of experiences do students need in college to excel after college?

RSVP: Ginny McCarthy
Questions: Katie Clark

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URGO Summer Research Presentations July 28-31

Please join us for the 2014 URGO Summer Research Conference, where students will present the culmination of their 10-week research collaborations with faculty. The presentations are open to the public, so please invite family, friends, and colleagues!

URGO Summer Research Conference July 28th-31st
Oren Gateway Center Room 113
*There will be 10-15 minute breaks between sessions. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 28th

2:00: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Panel 1
Brent Horwart (History; Dr. Phil Adamo) Journey to Stewardship: Augsburg and the Environment
Briana Felton (Health and Physical Education; Dr. Tony Clapp & Dr. Dave Barrett) The effect of a six week self-myofascial release protocol on functional movement,balance, and perceived function and pain
Mari Uema (Political Science; Dr. Andy Aoki) Political Mobilization of Young Adults of Color in the Twin Cities Area

3:30: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Panel 2
Ruifa (Tony) Yang (Economics; Dr. Keith Gilsdorf) Testing and Comparing Men and Women's Tournament Incentives in Alpine Skiing
Jens Pinther (English; Dr. Bob Cowgill) LGBT Stand-Up Comics: The Contact Zone of Comedic Performance
Mary Klecker (English; Dr. Colin Irvine) Why Do We Have to Read This? Creating a Continuum of Text Complexity for Use in Secondary English Language Arts Classrooms

Tuesday, July 29th

2:00: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Panel 3
Emily Uecker (Social Work; Dr. Christina Erickson) Diffusing Individually Mandated Stress: Using an Anti-Violence Model to Increase Participation in Affordable Healthcare Coverage Under the Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act
Amy Amsler (Social Work; Dr. Melissa Hensley) Strengthening the Integrity of Cultural Competency Education: Building the Evidence Base thru Literature Review
Melissa Pascoe (Social Work; Dr. Melissa Hensley) The Rule 25 Assessment and its Effectiveness in Assessing Adult Men

Wednesday, July 30th

12:00: STEM Sundquist Scholars
Aisha Mohamed (Biology; Dr. David Crowe) The role of NMDA channels in neural communication
Anil Gherau (Biology; Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright) Initial characterization of an anti-bacterial protein found in human airway surface fluid
Ashley Johnson (Biology; Dr. Ann Impullitti) The use of endophytes to control the soybean pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Zach Swingen (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel) Modification and green synthesis of sustainable tri-block copolymers

1:55: STEM Sundquist Scholars
Andrew Julkowski (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel) Synthesis of amides from anilines using a catalyzed continuous flow reactor
Hannah Thiry (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman) Studies of the developmental expression and sequence of the Daphnia magna hedgehog gene
Vision Bagonza (Chemistry; Dr. Joan Kunz) Automation of Langmuir Trough Operation and Comparison of Isomeric-hydroxysterol Behavior in Monolayers

3:20: Lindstrom and Chemistry Scholars
Lyle Nyberg (Chemistry; Dr. Vivian Feng) Nanotoxicity of surface-functionalized gold nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis
Hilena Frew (Chemistry; Dr. Vivian Feng) Nanotoxicity of surface-functionalized gold nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis
Abigail Dickinson (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel) Activation of C-H bonds through the use of iron based organometallic reactions
Kayla Fuechtman (Chemistry, Dr. Michael Wentzel) Protection and methylation using a bulky-protecting group for amine synthesis

Thursday, July 31st

12:00: URGO STEM Researchers
Anika Clark (Biology; Dr. Kevin Potts)The Chimpanzee Social Network: Identifying the Potential Targets of Ebola Vaccination in Wild Chimpanzees
Cory Haight-Nali (Mathematics; Dr. Pavel Belik) Effects of Symmetry on the Performance of Laguerre's Method
Robert McDonnell (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman) The role of dopamine in the appendage movements associated with locomotion and feeding in Daphnia magna
Chinyan Ollor (Biology; Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright) Evaluating the effects of human airway secretions on Pseudomonas aeruginosa using a Petroff-Hausser chamber

1:55: URGO STEM Researchers
Roman Khadka (Biology; Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright) The effect of human airway secretions on Pseudomonas aeruginosa twitching and biofilm formation
Lucinda Bukowski (Biology; Dr. Bill Capman) Effects of host plant stress on flowering in dodder, Cuscuta pentagona
David Gersten (Biology; Dr. Ann Impullitti) The effect of latent and pathogenic infection of Cadophora gregata on soybean physiology and growth

3:25: URGO STEM Researchers
Alan Medina-Gonzalez (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel & Dr. Vivian Feng) Continuous flow synthesis with heterogeneous catalysis for amide bond formation with aromatic nitriles
Bram Oosterlee (Computer Science; Dr. Shana Watters) Pronoun Reference Resolution on the Dutch Word 'Het', An Empirical Study
Priti Bhomik (Computer Science; Dr. Shana Watters) An Empirical Study to Determine the Cognitive Status of the Third Person Bengali Pronouns
James Leonard (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman) Imaging and Analysis of Daphnia magna motion in 3D

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General Announcements

Director Adult Education - Forum Thursday

We invite you to attend the final open forum for the Director of Adult Education.

Thursday July 24, 10:00 AM in OGC 100

Please take a moment to provide feedback on each of the candidates:

Thank you so much for your involvement in the selection process for this critical position. We welcome your feedback and hope you can join us on Thursday. Questions may be directed to Alan Tuchtenhagen, the Search Chair, or Dionne Doering in Human Resources.

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Director of Public Safety Moodle Site/Open Forums

As a reminder, candidates for the Director of Public Safety position are on campus and hosting open forums. The last open forum is on Friday, July 25 from 10:30-11:30 in Marshall.

Candidate materials and a survey link are provided on our Moodle Community page. You can access this page by following these steps:

Go to Moodle
Click on Community (upper right)
Scroll to the very bottom and select the category "Director of Public Safety"
Click on the community site and self enroll
From that point forward, the DPS Director site will appear on your community home page

Please let me know if you have any questions by calling 612-330-1160.

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AchieveMpls Graduation Coaches Needed

AchieveMpls is seeking volunteers to serve as Graduation Coaches, providing one-on-one mentoring for high school juniors as they navigate the path to college and careers. Graduation Coaches volunteer for 2-3 hours per month, meeting with their student during the school day at a Minneapolis public high school and following up over e-mail. Training and curriculum are provided and a 9-month academic year commitment is required. If you are interested in participating in the AchieveMpls Graduation Coaches program, please contact Steve Peacock;

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Student Financial Services Department Changes

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce two important changes made to the Student Financial Services department. Firstly, Paul Terrio will move from his current role as Senior Director of Student Financial Services and assume a newly-created position of Senior Analyst, Enrollment Management. This position will be responsible for improving the forecasting of enrollment and revenue, provide much needed analysis of the institutional financial aid budget and its impact on matriculation and retention, along with developing a framework and process to help prospective students understand college costs, student debt, and the return on investment of their education.

With the change to Paul's role, Carly Eichhorst will assume the daily management of the Student Financial Services division. She will oversee operations, budgeting, hiring, compliance, and aid allocation. This change not only allows Carly to grow her responsibilities, it will also clarify roles and responsibilities for the department. An important goal for the Financial Services Division is to improve student services for both new and returning students through improved technology and streamlined processes. Carly will spearhead these initiatives in her new role.

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Event Announcements

Farewell Event for Janine Kellogg

Janine Kellogg, Assistant Director of Public Safety, will be leaving her job on July 25. Please come and celebrate Janine's 10 years of contributions to the Augsburg community. Wed., July 23, 3:30-4:30, student art gallery, Christensen Center.

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Auggie Night at Canterbury Park

Augsburg students, faculty and staff are invited to join President Pribbenow for our annual Augsburg Night at Canterbury Park on Friday, August 1st. Guests receive free admission and a private reception in the Ubetcha Bar and Grill along with a complimentary buffet dinner and premier seating. Registration and dinner begin at 5:00 - first race at 7:00. Canterbury Park is located at 1100 Canterbury Road in Shakopee. To register, go to or call Becky at 612-330-1085. See you at the races!

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MFA Summer Residency - Readings and Screenings

The MFA in Creative Writing 2014 Summer Residency is on campus through Sunday, July 27. Please join us in welcoming our very talented students and acclaimed writers to campus for this festival of craft talks, workshops, evening readings and more. This summer's visitors include Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum, playwright Kristoffer Diaz, poet/memoirist Alex Lemon, screenwriter Bill Wheeler, and author Pam Houston. They will be joining our own MFA mentors, Nicole Brending, Stephan Eirik Clark, Cass Dalglish, Jack El-Hai, Heid Erdrich, John Gaterud, Sarah Myers, Cary Waterman and Steven Wingate.

We invite you to join us for the evening readings/screenings and receptions, at which featured writers will be available to sign their works. All events begin at 7:30 p.m., and the public is invited. Free.

Wednesday, July 23
Visiting Poet/Memoirist Alex Lemon & MFA Mentor Cary Waterman
Sateren Auditorium, Music Building

Friday, July 25
Visiting Screenwriter Bill Wheeler & MFA Mentor Nicole Brending
TV/Film Studio, Foss Center

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Keeping Track of Auggies

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Auggie Athletics

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Free Tall Bird of Paradise

Please contact Avis at x1261 if your interested in Tall(over 6 FT)non-blooming Bird of Paradise.

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Free Furniture

Free furniture available for you to pick up in your truck/van. Two living room leather chairs, one (heavy) hide-a-bed sofa, one desk, one stationary exercise bike, one sewing machine table, two queen size box spring and mattress sets. All in reasonable good condition. Available to pick up from Brooklyn Park home till all are gone. Please call or leave message on phone number (763) 315-0743.

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