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Timely Notice: Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

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On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 4:40pm, a robbery was reported to the Department of Public Safety. A non-Augsburg community member reported they got into a black car (no plates) with five other males, one of whom the victim reports he knew, near a Riverside bus stop. The victim reported they drove to Augsburg’s Lot D, where the victim reported a knife being displayed. He said he was threatened and had his wallet and phone taken.

This incident remains under investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Augsburg University Department of Public Safety. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (1717).

For the full Timely Notice posting, safety tips and other safety resources, please visit the Augsburg University Public Safety page at

Full Timely Notice Posting

Teaching and Learning

Sarah Degner Riveros: Language for Life, S2E13 of The Augsburg Podcast

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Language is so much more than vocabulary and grammar. For Sarah Degner Riveros, Lecturer in Spanish, languages are inseparable from their history, community, and culture. In this discussion, we explore many ways the teaching and learning of Spanish opens doorways to a wider world and into the deeper self.

The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff. We hope this is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Subscribe on Itunes.

Listen to Sarah Degner Riveros: Language for Life

“High Engagement Pedagogy” Workshop

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The goal of this session is to offer some teaching strategies and tools that will foster student ownership of their own learning; facilitate student learning, retention of information, and academic success; and create a culture of engagement and participation in the classroom.

These strategies can be useful in teaching difficult concepts as well as in managing the varied abilities and interest levels that one might encounter in any given section of a course. Some can be incorporated into the syllabus and in long-term planning; some can be adapted and used on the fly and/or to redirect a class session.

Wednesday, August 28 | High Engagement Pedagogy |
11 am – 12:15 pm, HC 250

RSVP for “High Engagement Pedagogy”

Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips)

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Come learn how to employ some new features as well as time-tested tools in Moodle to amplify your virtual presence and create a welcoming online environment that communicates your learning goals and presents content and activities in an easy-to-navigate format.

We will cover:
*time-saving strategies for building and/or updating a course
*how to leverage auto-linking to streamline course navigation
*managing revision writing using the new integrated Google Course Kit
*ways to track student engagement
*Name Coach–a new tool to help you learn your students’ names
*various ways to enhance the appearance of your course

Bring your laptop and try some of these things out while the E-Learning team is there to assist.

Thursday, August 29 | Up Your Game with Moodle (Valuable Tips) |
9:30 am – 10:45 am, HC 250

RSVP for “Up Your Game with Moodle”

Learn About “Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook”

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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 essential gradebook tips as well as individual help with making sure your gradebook correlates to your syllabus.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook |
11 am – 12:15 pm, HC 250

RSVP for “Providing Feedback with the Moodle Gradebook”

Providing WISE Feedback to Students

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In June, a team from Augsburg attended the Council of Independent Colleges Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute. This session will include a discussion of the insights and lessons gained from participation in the institute as well as specific action steps we can implement across campus. Specifically, participants will learn the importance of providing WISE feedback that articulates high expectations as well as the professor’s belief in the student’s ability to meet the expectations.

Thursday, August 29 | Providing WISE Feedback to Students |
2 pm – 4 pm, HC 250

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World Drumming and Culture

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NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – no prior musical experience necessary.

General Announcements

New Inside Augsburg Calendar Launching August 26

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This month, Augsburg is launching a brand-new unified calendar ( This new calendar allows the University to integrate a number of already-existing institutional Google Calendars and display them on the same platform. Students, staff, and faculty will also be able to submit events manually to the calendar. This calendar will replace the previous calendar on the Inside Augsburg homepage starting Aug. 26.

This new calendar is the result of advocacy from Day Student Government to streamline events and announcements at the University. During fall semester 2018, a number of meetings were held with key event planners and calendar managers around campus to identity challenges to the current calendar system and how to move forward. Based on those discussions, a team was created in the spring to move forward with the creation of a unified calendar system. This team consisted of:

Michael Grewe, Campus Life (Chair)
Sarah Cash-Darvell, University Events
Jami Kadolph, University Events
Scott Krajewski, Information Technology
Stephen Jendraszak, Marketing
Gita Sitaramiah, Public Relations and Internal Communications

The Augsburg University Calendar Policy can be found here:

Questions about this new calendar can be directed to

Last Adventure Lunch – TODAY

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The Strommen Center will be hosting our final Adventure Lunch Series for summer 2019 today, Thursday, August 22. It has been fun exploring new lunch spots and getting to know our colleagues.

If you are interested in joining us, we ask that you meet in Suite 100, Christensen Center at 11:20 a.m. No need to R.S.V.P., we will determine restaurant locations based on interest. (Cost of meal will be handled by each individual)

If questions, please call 612-330-1472 or email

At that time, we will select a neighborhood restaurant to visit.

Final Week to Donate School Supplies – Augsburg Wellbeing

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Augsburg Wellbeing is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to feel good, by doing good. All donations will be delivered to People Serving People.

Until August 23rd, donations will be accepted in Human Resources, Memorial Hall, Room 19. Help make sure each and every child has the supplies they need to be successful!

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

Student Employment – Supervisors please read

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Academic year student employment begins on Sunday, September 8. If you plan to hire student employees, please review the following information:

Academic Year 2019-2020 student wages:
–Student: $12.25
–Student Supervisors: $12.75

NOTE: Open job postings from academic year 2018-2019 will be closed on August 30. All summer jobs end on 9.7.19.

Helpful Information:

Supervisors need to submit Student Employment Returning/Hired forms through Hirezon.
(Detailed instructions:

1. Submit Student Posting Requisitions through Hirezon so students can apply for the job.
(Detailed instructions:
2. Once applicant(s) have been selected submit Student Employment Returning/Hired forms through Hirezon.

NOTE: Students, who have never worked on campus before, will be required to fill out new hire paperwork, and successfully complete a background check. HR sends out the new hire paperwork and background check to the student once the Student Employment Returning/Hired Form is submitted. Students cannot work prior to successfully completing a background check and all required paperwork.

REMINDER: Priority for federal and state work study eligibility
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 students that are awarded work study funds are able to work in an on-campus position. Beginning November 1, work study positions are open to all students.

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

Donate Gently Used Office Supplies to the MN Urban Debate League

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Your Cleanup Sparks Our Joy! The MNUDL is seeking gently-used office supplies for our 15th year of programming:

Last year, your generous donations outfitted 100 more students with debate supplies. We broke our record and served 1,000 students last year – and our programs are still growing! Your supplies will bring us closer to fully equipping our students for a great season.

Our most needed items are expanding file folders/accordion folders!

Other helpful (new or gently used) items:

● 3-hole sheet protectors
● 2-pocket folders
● Highlighters
● Pens

Want to donate new items? Shop with our Amazon Wishlist:

If you’d like to join our Back-to-Debate Supply Drive, please contact us at to arrange your donation.

Donate Via Amazon

Auggie Pass now available for day students

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The Auggie Pass is an all-you-can-ride pass for Augsburg day students. Supported by the green fee, Metro Transit and Augsburg, the Auggie Pass is good on any bus, any time, and any light rail, any time, as well as the NorthStar line to Anoka.

Students can get their Auggie Pass at the Library Circulation Desk – please bring Augsburg ID.

The passes are good August 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020.

For students who use Metro Mobility, please email Mike Fetting, The Auggie Pass does not work on Metro Mobility, so we have Go To cards with pre-loaded $180 value – and will add more value as needed.

Augsburg Support for Uninsured Students – The People’s Center

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Augsburg is now working with the People’s Center to provide certain clinic services to students (all academic programs) who don’t have insurance for a $5 co-pay.
The People’s Center is located at 425 20th Avenue South, one block west from Augsburg, off Riverside Avenue.

With a $5.00 co-pay, the following are available to Augsburg students who do not have insurance:

Office visits for acute or chronic medical problems
Annual physical exams – 1 per year
Sexually transmitted diseases screening and lab work done at The People’s Center (lab diagnostics done outside of The People’s Center are not covered)
X-rays performed at The People’s Center
Tetanus immunization
Lab tests performed at The People’s Center
Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux)
Casts, crutches, splints, slings and ace bandages
Allergy injections (prescription and supply must be provided by student)
Flu shots

If you have health insurance, your insurance provider may cover medical services through The People’s Center. The clinic will bill your insurance for medical services and you will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles associated with your insurance. You should check with your insurance provider to see if services at The People’s Center will be covered.

Smiley’s Clinic remains available for students – they accept most forms of insurance.

DPS will provide an escort to The People’s Center and/or to Smiley’s Clinic.
Posted on August 19, 2019

Produce Distribution Will Resume in September

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Campus Kitchen will be taking a break from produce distribution for the next couple of weeks due to the semester start and a break in our programming. We will resume distribution in September (specific dates to come) and will send out an email and posters with more information. We appreciate all of your support and patience throughout the summer. Hope to see you all when we start back up in the fall.

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Student Share Shop Opening this Fall – Looking for donations

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Hey all,

Augsburg’s Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are proud to announce a new student resource on campus: the student Share Shop. We are working towards opening this space in the sublevel of the old science building by Fall, 2019. To help us get started we are asking you—students, staff, and faculty at Augsburg—for some helpful donations.
Based off of a recent survey, here are some of the things we are looking for for the share shop:

– Household / dorm Repair (Spackle, Tool kits, poster putty)
– Recreational gear (sports equipment, out door games, hammocks, etc.)
– Office materials (calculators, sharpeners, staplers)
– First aid kits
– Twin XL sheets (new or washed)
– Weather related items (umbrellas, shovels, extra hats/scarves/mittens)
– Sewing/glasses repair kits
– Hot pots or rice cookers
– Cooking (Microwave, pots and pans, utensils, coffee makers)
– Board games, DVDs

Any donations are greatly appreciated and welcome, but please don’t feel obligated to donate. Donations can be brought to the Sabo Center located in the basement of Anderson Hall and placed in the designated bins. We appreciate your time and consideration thank you in advance.

For more informations please feel free to email me:

Campus Cupboard Looking for Donations

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Hey all,

Campus Cupboard is looking for some donations to help stock the cupboard shelves. We are currently looking for:

– Pasta
– Soup
– Dinner box mixes (hamburger helper, etc)
– Snack type item / crackers
– Rice / grains

Any donations you have are greatly appreciated and can be dropped of in the donation bin located next to Einstein’s cafe or directly to the cupboard during open hours:

Tuesday: 11-4
Wednesday: 11-4
Friday: 2-4

For larger donations or if these times don’t work for you feel free to email me: and we can set up a meeting time that works for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and keeping us in mind in the future. We always appreciate your help in keeping the campus kitchen up and running.

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Campus Share Shop at Augsburg, Check it Out

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Members of the Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are coming together to create a Campus Share Shop for the students of Augsburg! Our purpose is to create a space where students can check out goods they need, rather than purchasing new items. By doing this, we hope to:

-Reduce the consumption of material goods
-Reduce students’ costs
-Create a community space where students can take part in informal learning around sustainable practices and skill-sharing.

This is a project created by students for students, so we are reaching out to you to find out what you would want to see in the share shop. Please take a few minutes to take a short survey that will aid in creating a share shop that will properly serve the students of Augsburg.

Share Shop Student Survey Link Here

Event Announcements

Human Rights Forum – Free Registration

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The Human Rights Forum, October 28—29, 2019, will include plenaries, hands-on workshops, networking, and breakout sessions. We will have a total of 15-20 speakers, including six activists from the Human Rights Foundation.

A normal class schedule will be held at Augsburg during these two days with opportunities for classes to attend the Forum sessions or have guest speakers visit classrooms.

Additional information about the Forum can be found here:

Access to the Forum is free of charge for the Augsburg community (via your account), but registration is required. Please follow the link below to register. This form is intended for Augsburg University students, staff, and faculty only, and we allow one registration per email.

Contact us (extension 1378) if you are interested in brainstorming ideas for your own involvement whether you are a student, staff or faculty. We look forward to hearing from you.

Free Registration

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Dorm fridge and sofa for sale

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Sofa for sale: Dallas Faux Leather Sofa (Black)
$825 at Target.

Dorm Fridge for sale: 3.2 Cu Ft Fridge (Black)
$138 at Amazon