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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Memorial Hall Elevator Work Starts August 4

The Memorial Hall elevator modernization (to comply with City of Minneapolis ordinances), will begin on Monday, August 4. The project is expected to be complete on Friday, August 29. The elevator will be out of service for the duration of the project. If you have any need for assistance, moving supplies, furniture or other items during this period please contact the Facilities Management Office at 612-221-0232, and we would be happy to assist you.

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Teaching and Learning

Problem-Based Learning: LAPS discussion -- M 7/28

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) What is the "problem" addressed by the Health Commons?
2) How could your discipline contribute to the conversation?
2) What kinds of experiences do students need in college to excel after college?

RSVP: Ginny McCarthy
Questions: Katie Clark

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Hybrid Engagement

"The real 'new model' of college learning began with Socrates."

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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 28-31
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 TODAY

We invite you to attend the final open forum for the Director of Adult Education TODAY at 10:00 a.m. in OGC 100.

Please take a moment to provide feedback on the candidates:

We appreciate your active involvement in the search process for this important position and welcome your feedback. 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.
Thank you!

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Join the Student Concerns Committee

Peace and love, my fellow Auggies! My name is Reies Romero, and I am the Student Advocate on the Augsburg Day Student Government. Also the chair of the Student Concerns Committee, I am looking to mobilize a team for this coming fall semester. If your interested in helping the student body out with their concerns and making sure voices are heard and appropriate action is taken, look no further! Join the SCC! contact me at:
I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you!
Reies Romero/Student Advocate/Save The Kids President.

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Event Announcements

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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Conference Series on Immigrant Mental Health

Save the dates: Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 8:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Center for Changing Lives
Cost: $50 per session

Aug. 19: What Works: Exploring solutions to the effects of war, separation and immigration-related trauma

Sept. 16: Overcoming Stigma: Role of academia, health care providers, policymakers and the community in improving mental health and access to mental health services

Oct. 21: One Size Does Not Fit All: Community-driven solutions to address behavioral health disparities in immigrant communities

*All are welcome! (presented by our partner at the Health Commons- Fairview)

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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.

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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Job Opportunity for Students

Job opportunity for students!
Hi my name is Frankie, and I will be a student at Augsburg in the fall. I'm looking for students who want to make some money and job experience. I use a wheelchair and require assistance with daily living tasks. I'm looking to hire some personal care attendant's (PCAs). The pay is about $12 an hour. I have already filled some positions so I'm looking for somebody who could work 12PM-5PM or 7AM -12PM. If anybody is interested/require more information please email me at

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