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Faculty Zoom Workshop

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Wednesday, August 29 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in Hagfors 250

Technology offers new modes of teaching, such as Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC). This workshop will prepare you to use Zoom in a classroom, to think through the lens of the camera, and how to manage group work when some students are connecting virtually.

Staff are welcome to attend as space allows. This workshop will be “Zoomed” for those needing to attend remotely. It will also be recorded. Please contact Christy Mattingly for the link.

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

Learn What’s New in Moodle

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In response to requests from faculty, this year’s Moodle is more visually appealing and user-friendly than ever before, featuring drop-down menus and a “drawer” that streamlines navigation, search tools that let you quickly access courses and isolate student forum posts, and integrated audio/video recording options. It also includes a variety of pre-formatted templates that let you quickly customize your course with a variety of formats, styles, and fonts. Moodle 2018-19 isn’t your grandfather’s Moodle! (Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend.)
Can’t make it to the Minneapolis campus? Zoom in using the link below

Zoom link to session on Moodle

Get Your Gradebook Ready for the Semester

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Moodle Gradebook Basics (CTL Workshop 8/30, 11:00-12:15 in Hagfors 373)
Whether you have never used the Moodle gradebook and want to learn the basics OR have been using the gradebook but would like us to do a “pre-semester check-up” this is the workshop for you. The E-Learning team will be on hand to offer some basic gradebook tips as well as individual help with making sure your gradebook correlates to your syllabus. (Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend.)
Can’t make it to the Minneapolis campus? Attend via Zoom (see link below)

Link to Zoom session on gradebook

GIS Day – Free & Open to the Public

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Did you know that Augsburg has ESRI ArcGIS (Graphic Information Systems) software which enables you to map out data? Would you like to see how this program is being used by our neighbor, the University of Minnesota?

Save the date and celebrate GIS Day at the 2018 Spatial Forum! GIS Day and the Spatial Forum are Wednesday, November 14. The UMN Spatial Forum is a yearly event highlighting spatial research, teaching, and outreach. This event is free and open to the public and features lighting talks, conversation, and the Borchert Lecture.

12:00 – 1:30pm Lightning Talks
1:30 – 2:00pm Vendors and hors d’ oeuvres
2:00 – 2:45pm Panel on GIS in Data Science
2:45 – 3:15pm Design with Nature 50 year anniversary
3:15 – 4:00pm Reception – Hors d’oeuvres & GIS Day cake served
4:00 – 5:00 pm Borchert Lecture
5:00 – 7:00pm Networking event

GIS Day at the 2018 Spatial Forum Website

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

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URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website ( at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at or x1446.

General Announcements

On-campus Student Employment Jobs now in Handshake

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Augsburg University Human Resources and the Strommen Career & Internship Services are pleased to announce that starting this fall, students will find all on-campus student positions posted through Handshake. Handshake was implemented July 2017 and is a platform for students to schedule career coaching appointments, register for events and fairs, search for jobs and internships off campus, and now find all on-campus student employment.

Human Resources will still be the main contact for student employment. Departments will continue to create requisitions, hire forms, student paperwork, etc. through Human Resources and Interview Exchange/Hirezon. You will still view applicants through Interview Exchange/Hirezon. This process has not changed.

What has changed is the link of how students find on-campus student jobs.

1. Log into: Inside Augsburg
2. Click On-Campus Student Jobs
3. First time users of Handshake will be asked to activate their account (this takes 90 seconds).
4. Select the On-campus box under Jobs tab, click search
5. Apply to jobs!

The Strommen Center would like to encourage staff and faculty when working with students to find employment opportunities, to have the student log into Handshake.

If staff or faculty would like a student account, so you can see what a student sees, please email and we will create an account for you.

Subscribe to Cerkl – the personalized, all-campus Augsburg newsletter

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Cerkl is an email service that delivers news and updates from blogs across campus. When you sign up, you choose what subjects you’re interested in and how often you’d like to receive emails. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on everything Augsburg! Simply follow the link below and provide your email address where it says “enter email to subscribe” to get started! If you have any Cerkl-related questions, contact Hannah Walsh at

Cerkl – Augsburg University

Cleaning out your office? Join MNUDL’s Debate Supply Drive

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Cleaning out your office?

Join MNUDL’s Back-To-Debate Supply Drive

Your gently-used donation will prepare our debaters for success

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, equips Twin Cities students with all the basics needed to become debaters: curriculum, coaches, tournaments, and supplies. As our high school, middle school, Spanish, and Somali debate programs grow each year, our need for supplies grows, too.

Our goal is to equip 100 more students with debate supplies in the 2018-19 school year!

Our MOST-NEEDED ITEM is expanding file folders/accordion folders!

Other helpful (new or gently used) items:
● 3-hole sheet protectors
● 2-pocket folders
● Highlighters
● Pens

Your support will help make our debate season a success!

Items can be picked up or dropped off at Augsburg University.
If you’d like to join our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please
contact us at to arrange your donation.

Metro Transit full academic year pass for new day students

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Attention new day first-years and transfer students: Metro Transit and Augsburg University are giving you a great deal on an all-you-can-ride transit pass. First-year students can purchase a year-long College Pass for just $150 – that’s a 55% discount!

Order your pass here before October 1, 2018:

College Passes can be used for unlimited bus and light rail rides all semester, meaning you’ll never have to worry about having money for a fare. When you’re not riding to school, you can use your College Pass to get to work, an internship run errands and explore the Twin Cities. Not a regular bus or train rider? No problem! Find all the places you can go using our trip planning tools. Learn more at

Important Details
The discounted passes will be available to purchase at the link above until October 1, 2018. After that, students can purchase a semester College Pass at the Bookstore for $115.00 (subsidized by Augsburg from $165.00)

Guaranteed Ride Home
Students who regularly ride transit to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which reimburses a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride when you have to leave early or late unexpectedly. To learn more and register for this free program, visit

Central Services School Hours

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With the school year coming back in session, the Copy Center will be changing back to regular hours starting Aug 27th!

The Copy Center is now open from 7:30am-6:00pm Mon-Fri

The other Central Services areas will maintain their regular hours.
Mail Room 9:30am-12:00pm Mon-Fri
Shipping & Receiving 9:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri

The Mail Room and Shipping & Receiving will also be open Saturday September 1st from 8:00am-4:30pm with a 30 min break at 12-12:30pm.

If you have any questions please either call or email us and we will be happy to assist with any inquiries/problems you may have.

Copy Center 612-330-1054
Mailroom 612-330-1119
Shipping & Receiving 612-330-1750

Thank You!
Central Services Staff

Join Masterworks Chorale

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Looking for a choral ensemble to sing in? Consider joining Masterworks Chorale. ALL ARE WELCOME – Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends & choral music lovers!

– Fall 2018 rehearsals begin – Tuesday, September 4, 7-9:30 p.m., Anderson Music Hall – M3
– Email the conductor now for more information: Mark Sedio,
– Or learn more by following the link to Augsburg Masterworks Chorale below.

Information about Masterworks

Event Announcements

Augsburg Total Wellness: School Supply Drive

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Augsburg Total Wellness is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to feel good, by doing good. Donations will be accepted in Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 19 through August 31st!

All donations will be delivered to People Serving People. Learn more about People Serving People at their website:

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

Questions? Contact Nicole at

Pop-Up Choir for First Day of Chapel

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All singers (students, staff and faculty) are invited to sing in a pop-up choir for the first day of chapel, Wednesday, September 5 at 10:40 am.

We will hold rehearsals in Hoversten Chapel today (Tuesday, 8/28) at 11:15-11:45 am, tomorrow (8/29) at 4:15-4:45 pm, and Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00-11:30am. Please join us for some or all of these rehearsal times as we prepare to sing “You Welcomed Me.”

Rehearsals will be led by Sonja Thompson, University Organist. If you have questions, please call Janice Dames at 612-330-1732 or email at

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