Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Teaching and Learning

ARG: R In The Classroom Wednesday, 1 p.m. Science 108

Who: Anyone interested in R/RStudio (Newcomers are welcome! Bring your laptop!)
When: Wednesday, July 1, 1 p.m.
Where: Science 108
What: Fifth Meeting of ARG (Augsburg R-users Group) focusing on examples of using R/RStudio in the classroom.

Full description:

Have you ever wanted to use R/RStudio but didn't know where to start? Are you learning R/RStudio, but have hit a wall? Are you a seasoned R user and want to learn some new tricks? Do you have wisdom (about R/RStudio) to share with your colleagues?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, than ARG (Augsburg R-user Group) is for you! ARG will be meeting Wednesday, July 1, in Science 108.

This time we will be exploring how to use R and RStudio in your classes, focusing on examples from an introductory statistics course.

Bring your laptop, your friendly spirit, and your eagerness to learn and share with this new community of R users at Augsburg.

Newcomers are always welcome! Be sure to bring your laptop! If you are new to R and RStudio, you can download R to your computer (for free) from this website: http://cran.r-project.org/ and you can download RStudio (still free) from this website: http://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/

Questions? Please email Miles Ott: ottmi@augsburg.edu

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General Announcements

Food Service Hours

Tuesday 6/30/15

Einsteins is open from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with a condensed menu.

The Commons is open from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. for Breakfast, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for Lunch, and 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for Dinner.

Nabo is closed.

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Ploughshare CSA Shares - Try It For a Week

Augsburg has partnered with Ploughshare Farm to deliver fresh produce right here on campus every week for the past few years. It's not too late to sign up! Check out the message from farmer Gary below:

This is a banner year of growing produce at Ploughshare Farm. I can say with confidence that our members are getting the best produce on the planet. It's not too late to join up for the season.

Would you like to experience Ploughshare Farm vegetables for yourself without having to commit to the entire season?

We have just created this option. Order today, one week's worth of vegetables from Ploughshare Farm by going to http://ploughsharefarm.com/store/csa-share-trial

You may only choose this option one week per year. After that we ask that you subscribe to our CSA.

Order today and you will receive a box this week (which will include peas!)

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"On-Hold" Accounts Payable Checks

Authorization Invoices/Check Requests processed with a "On-Hold" request originally to be picked up on Friday, July 3 will be available on Thursday, July 2 anytime after 1:00 p.m. due to the Fourth of July holiday.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ext. 1031 or daughera@augsburg.edu ~ Thank You!

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AugSTEM Applications Due July 1 - TOMORROW

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars can receive up to $7,000 per year in financial support. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
Within 5 semesters of graduating
Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
Demonstrate financial need via FAFSA
*Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply.

See http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem/apply/ for more information.

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Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness - Choose Well Registration

What is Choose Well?
In this 4-week program, you will learn how to choose healthier foods when stocking your kitchen, making meals, snacking and eating in restaurants. You will develop a deeper understanding of how to choose well when eating on the run.

How do I participate?
Complete the online registration form by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AUGSCW2 (Registration ends June 30th).

Then pick up your Choose Well booklet in Human Resources the week of June 29th.

When does the program start?
The Choose Well program runs July 6th through August 2nd.

What do I do when the program is finished?
When you have successfully completed the program your shopping cart will be completely filled in. The shopping cart is located on page 10 of your Choose Well program booklet. Simply write your name on the shopping cart page of your booklet then email berggren@augsburg.edu, fax 612-330-1443 or drop off a copy of your cart to Katie Berggren by August 7th.

Are there any incentives for participating in this program?
Yes! Participants that successfully complete the program may have either a $50.00 HSA contribution applied to their 2015 Wellness HSA maximum contribution of $200 or will have their name entered into a prize drawing. Prizes for this program include Nike gym bags, Barnes and Noble gift cards and more.

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Keeping Track of Auggies

Two Auggies Chosen for National China Delegation

Two Augsburg students, Sadiya Jiru and Hussein Abdullahi, were chosen to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Emerging Leaders: US-China Study Abroad Delegation. Sadiya is a junior majoring in Computer Science, and Hussein is a senior Biology/Chemistry double major.

Sadiya and Hussein are two of just 20 students from around the country chosen to participate. This elite delegation of STEM students all had exceptional coursework in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. They will have the opportunity to network with high-achieving STEM peers from the black community and engage an intercultural experience to a country that is a leader in STEM fields.

Delegates have almost all program and travel costs covered by CBCF. They met in Washington, D.C for a briefing with government officials before departing for two weeks in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. They will brief officials in D.C. on their experience before returning to Minnesota. The program will take place June 25 to July 13.

During the program, students will study Mandarin, Chinese history & culture, and interact with Chinese leaders in science and technology. Included is a tour of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, lectures and workshops about China's economy, education system, art, and history, and U.S.-China relations.

"The CBCF is committed to providing students with a global perspective," said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the CBCF. "The China study abroad program will allow our students to see the educational and career opportunities that are available to them internationally."

The China-U.S. Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) organized and administered the program in collaboration with the CBCF.

Outreach to Augsburg students about opportunities like this is made possible by The Center for Global Education and Experience. CGEE's ongoing commitment is to provide great international experiences for all Augsburg students, including those who are under-represented in study abroad. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/ expression, disability, age, or veteran status, as well as first-generation college students and students from low-income families.

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Augsburg SciTechsperience Interns

Minnesota is going to need 188,000 skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by 2018 in order to keep up with retiring baby boomers and new technologies.[1] Our state must be proactive in attracting and retaining not only STEM workers, but also high tech companies and the high-quality jobs they provide. SciTechsperience was created in 2011 and launched in 2012 to address Minnesota's STEM workforce needs.

SciTechsperience internships connect college students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines to paid internships in small to mid-sized Minnesota companies. The internships provide hands-on industry experience, enhance a student's educational experiences and offer insightful, practical, first-hand training that, when leveraged with their college education, will help them achieve full-time employment in their field of study.

During the 2014-15 academic year, 11 Augsburg students were placed in SciTechsperience internships, an increase over 2013-14, during which four were placed. The statewide program sponsored by the Minnesota High Tech Association received over 800 applications for approximately 125 positions.

Congratulations to the following Augsburg students!

Scott Bossard, Mathematics, Intertech, http://www.intertech.com/
Sabrina Feister, Computer Science, Third Iron, http://thirdiron.com/
Obssa Amin, Computer Science, Clientek, http://www.clientek.com/
Ashlan Zeigelmeier, Biology and Chemistry, Tapemark, http://www.tapemark.com/
Angel Rodriguez, Physics, T3 Scientific, http://www.t3sci.com/
Nate Roisen, Physics, T3 Scientific, http://www.t3sci.com/
Angela Carlson, Chemistry, Innovative Surface Technologies, http://www.isurtec.com/
Lina Vo, Computer Science, Invenshure, http://invenshure.com/
Brian Bosak, Computer Science, Residex, https://www.residex.com/
Robert Arnow, Computer Science, Certufsoft, http://www.certusoft.com/home.html
Rachel Kristofferson, Computer Science and Mathematics, EXB Solutions, https://exbsolutions.com/

[1] Minnesota's K-12 STEM Ed Report Card 2011; Jobs & Economic Prosperity Through STEM Education by The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America (ASTRA), p.1

For more information about SciTechsperience, see http://scitechmn.org/.

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Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics

Last weekend in Austin, Texas, at a national conference for Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics, Professor Su Dorée presented a short workshop titled "Using mathematical question stems to teach questioning: an example from Abstract Algebra." Congratulations Su!

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