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Teaching and Learning

Learn More About Moodle and Syllabus Construction at the CTL

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You are invited to attend the three CTL teaching workshops designed to help prepare you for your fall courses. Please visit for full descriptions of the following events.

Wednesday, August 30, 10:00-12:00, OCG 100
Syllabus Construction / Deconstruction Workshop

Thursday, August 31, 9:30-10:45, SVE 204
Getting the Most out of the Moodle Assignment

Thursday, August 31, 11:00-12:15, SVE 204
Moodle Gradebook Basics

Apply to the MSP TechHire Scholars Program

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MSP TechHire Scholars is a program funded by the City of Minneapolis which provides opportunities for underrepresented upperclassmen at Augsburg to pursue IT internships at Fairview Health Services and learn more about IT careers available in the healthcare industry.

This month, six Augsburg students will be selected to become MSP TechHire Scholars and receive a $2,310 scholarship as well as a paid fall semester internship ($20/hour) within IT at Fairview. Internships will run September-December and Scholars may choose to complete the internship for 0, 2, or 4 credits (Scholars may work a maximum of 170 hours at their internship placements.) In addition to completing their internship, Scholars will be expected to complete several unpaid professional development workshops on campus during the course of the semester.

As stipulated by the grant requirements, only students who meet the following criteria are eligible to be considered for this opportunity:
– Identify as a student of color, first generation in college (neither parent has a 4 year college degree) and/or Pell grant/MN Dream Act State Grant eligible
– Major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Business Management
– Rising Senior in good standing at Augsburg (anticipated graduation in Dec 2017 or May 2018)
– Interest in pursuing an IT career within healthcare

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for this opportunity.

To apply for the MSP TechHire Scholars Program, please send your resume to by Monday, August 21st. Any questions regarding this opportunity can be directed to Janet Morales ( or 612-330-1792)

Short Term Study Abroad/Away – Winter, Spring, and Summer

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The Center for Global Education and Experience is accepting applications for all of the Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer 2018 short-term study abroad programs! Check out these great options, good for any student:

WINTER BREAK 2018 – Apply by September 30!
-Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth Culture and Social Change in the UK

-Model UN in New York (travels slightly after spring break)
-Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico

-Thailand & Laos: Diversity and Inequality in Global Professional Practice
-Denmark & Iceland: The Dark Side of the Happy City
-Interfaith Engagement in Palestine & Israel
-Economics & Cultural Change in Greece
-Art Performing Social Change in Puerto Rico
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Check here for program details and application information

General Announcements

Great Deal from Metro Transit for 2017 New Day Students

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Metro Transit is offering a marvelous discount on the College Pass for all new Augsburg day program first-years and transfers.
1. Each new Augsburg 2017 first year and transfer student will receive a $5 Stored Value Cards.
2. Metro Transit will sell College Pass Semester Cards for all new first year and transfer students at $90 for fall semester that expires December 31, 2017
3. New students also have the option to purchase a FULL YEAR card at $150 that would cover fall and spring semesters and expires June 1, 2018

The website on Metro Transit is not yet up – watch for announcements. The deadline to purchase either pass is October 1, 2017.

Any other Augsburg student may purchase an Augsburg-subsidized College Pass from the Bookstore. Regularly $175, the College Semester Pass sells for $125.

Student Employment Information for 2017-2018 AY

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If you are planning on having student employees during the academic year, please be sure to review the information below regarding student positions.

Steps to follow when hiring a student worker:

1) Students returning into a position they held previously (‘returning students’) will only need a Student Employment Hire Form submitted through Hirezon/Interview Exchange.

2) Looking for a student worker to hire? Any new position will need to be posted through Human Resources to the internal student jobs board. Student Requisitions can be submitted though Hirezon/Interview Exchange. Once it’s submitted, we will post the position online. Hiring managers will be able to view applications in real time through the system.

3) When you’ve selected a student to hire, complete the Student Employment Hire Form through Hirezon/Interview Exchange. Students who have never worked on campus before (‘new student employees’) will need to fill out additional new hire paperwork, including a background check, before they are authorized to work.

4) Do not start a student unless they have completed HR paperwork and the background check. New student employees will be sent a background check request and paperwork once the Student Employment Hire Form is submitted. If you have any questions about whether a student is authorized to work, please contact Human Resources.

Instructions for navigating Hirezon/Interview Exchange can be found at this link:

As in previous years, international students and students who are eligible for federal or state work study will be given hiring priority through October. This is a part of the student’s financial aid package, therefore, we want to ensure each student awarded work study funds is able to work an on-campus position. Beginning November 1, students not awarded work study may be eligible for on-campus employment.

Questions? Email HR at or 612-330-1058.

Revised Staff Holiday Schedule

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There has been a change to the 2017 staff holiday schedule. December 22, which was originally scheduled as a staff holiday, is the last day of the fall term. Due to this scheduling conflict, December 22, 2017 has been removed from the schedule and replaced with December 26, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at or x1602.

A Message from the President: The Fierce Urgency of Now

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President Paul C. Pribbenow on August 17 sent a call to action, The Fierce Urgency of Now, to the Augsburg community in response to recent events in the United States and the world.

As the President notes, “Events in our country and around the world during the past several months have reminded us that the spectre of fear and prejudice and bigotry are very much present in our common lives.”

He goes on to add that: “The Augsburg community is a microcosm of “the world house.” It is our rare and compelling call to live as a people united by ecumenical loyalties, called to illustrate for all to see how love for one another, what Dr. King called “the supreme unifying principle” claimed by all great world religions, might be the path forward in a world torn to its very core by the forces of hatred, prejudice and violence.”

Read the full post on the President’s blog at

The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Call to the Community

Event Announcements

School Supply Drive: Feel Good by Doing Good – Donate Now

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The summer is drawing to an end, which means the start of another academic year is upon us!

To kick off the academic year, Augsburg Total Wellness is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to feel good, by doing good. All donations will be delivered to People Serving People. This non-profit organization is located in Minneapolis. As the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused homeless shelter in Minnesota, your donations will have a huge impact in our community. Learn more about People Serving People at their website:

Thousands of students across the country are heading back to school in just a few short weeks. Let’s help make sure each and every one has the supplies they need to be successful! From August 14th to August 28th, donations will be accepted in Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 19.

The supplies that are most requested (new items only) are listed below:
#2 Pencils
alarm clocks
colored pencils
crayons-24 pack
pencil box
pencil sharpener
school bags/backpacks
scissors–youth size
washable markers

Send-off for Steff Weiss is Next Thursday

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The send-off gathering for Steff Weiss is next Thursday, August 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Art Gallery.

Please join us in recognizing Steff’s great work at Augsburg and her tremendous contributions to the University and the campus community. She will be starting her new position as Director of Events and Education with the Association of Governmental Risk Pools on August 28. We wish her all the best in the new role!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Assistant Director of User Support

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I’m pleased to announce that Jim Matthias (MBA ’13) has accepted the position of Assistant Director of User Support. This position supervises all aspects of end-user support: the LFCs, Classroom Services and the Tech Desk.

Jim came to Augsburg in 2008 from Youth Encounter where he was their Director of Information Technology. Jim has served Augsburg as an Administrative LFC and has managed many projects over the years including an ID card system upgrade and Public Safety mobile command station deployment and most recently has been project managing a support redesign for Luther Seminary and Augsburg.


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