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2020 brings student pronouns to Moodle

We’re excited to let everyone know that student pronouns are now displayed in moodle. They are displayed:
– On your login page next to your name and photo
– In the class roster
– In the gradebook
– In discussion board postings

Remember that you can select your pronouns in Records and Registration on the Student Information page. You may also select that you do not wish to define your pronouns (essentially opting out).

Moodle will update pronouns every night.

ICD Grants Panel Presentation

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All faculty, and particularly those interested in applying for the ICD Grant Proposal in 2020, are invited to hear from the 2019 ICD Grant awardees about the goals, process, and initial results of their course redesign projects.

Thursday, January 16 | ICD Grants 2019 Panel Presentation | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Marshall Room

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TechTip Tuesday: Import Moodle Content from Previous Semesters

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One of the convenient things about Moodle is that you can very easily “reuse” content (either an entire course or specific files, activities, or media). The Archive Block in your Spring Moodle “shell” allows you to quickly and easily import content–whether it is from the current, or a previous, academic year.

Moodle Archive Block

General Announcements

New IT status page

New for 2020, we have an IT Status service we’ve been testing internally and we’re ready to release to you.

On this page you can subscribe to receive email or text alerts about major service issues (you can even select which services you care about – moodle, telecom, internet, etc). Please keep in mind a human still has to create the alerts and in some cases solving the problem will take priority over updating the status page. Some updates may come after the fact.

Our hope is that this empowers you, if you’re interested, to receive updates about major service issues that you care about.

December Auggie Pride Award Winner

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Staff Senate congratulates our December Auggie Pride Award winner Briana Alamilla. Get to know our fellow Auggie staff!

Briana Alamilla, Communication and Social Media Specialist

– How many years have you worked at Augsburg?
6 total. 2 as staff, 4 as a student worker!

– Where is your office located?
Lower level of Anderson Hall

– Describe your role at Augsburg. What do you find meaningful and positive in the work you do?
I run the social media accounts for Augsburg and Luther Seminary. I also write content for our Alumni magazine, Augsburg Now. Every morning, I curate the social media newsfeed from Inside Augsburg, I oversee A-mail and the digital screens, and maintain Augsburg’s News and Media blog. What I find meaningful is the fact that what I do helps people stay informed and connected to Augsburg in a way.

– What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

Nominate a student for the Newman Civic Fellowship

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The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change makers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions.

Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to nominate a student to be considered for Augsburg’s 2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellow (self-nominations accepted). The nominee must have at least one full year of their education remaining, such that they will be enrolled in higher education for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. The link to the nomination form is below.

Nominations will close on January 20, 2020.

Newman Civic Fellows:
*Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
*Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
*Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.

Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Form

Sophomores: Phillips Scholarship Preliminary App Deadline: Friday, Jan 10

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Sophomores: Preliminary applications close this Friday, January 10, for the Phillips Scholars program. The Phillips Scholars Program recognizes and rewards private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Applicants are challenged to think creatively and become community-service leaders, and receive a total of $16,000 in scholarship.

A preliminary mini-application (linked below) is used to select two finalists from Augsburg University who will then develop a full proposal to be submitted to the Minnesota Private College Council for the scholarship. This will include a 5-7 page project proposal, official transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation. Staff members of the Sabo Center will help finalists complete their applications.

Applicants must be a sophomore during the 2019-2020 school year.

Each year, projects must fit within a theme. This year’s application theme is “Addressing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap in Minnesota.”

Scholarship recipients receive $6,000 during their junior year, a $4,000 stipend while completing a summer project, and $6,000 their senior year upon successful completion of their summer project.

Last year, 3 of the 5 Phillips Scholar recipients were Augsburg students, and many Augsburg students have received the scholarship in the past. Check out the Phillips Scholar website for more information about current and former Phillips Scholars and their projects:

Deadline for Preliminary Application: Friday, January 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

Phillips Scholar Preliminary Application Due January 10

Help select the next Augsburg Staff Senator

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the open position on Staff Senate.

Please use the link below to vote for your top choice to join Staff Senate beginning January 2020.

The candidates are:
Ashley Adegeye, Residence Life
Janice Dames – Campus Ministry
Maren Stoddard Mack – Center for Global Education and Experience
Deanna Davis – Professional Studies

The deadline for voting is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 13th.

Important: Human Resources/Payroll Information – Phishing Scam

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It has been brought to our attention by an employee that they received the following questionable email:

Good Day,
This is a friendly reminder , All employees must send current bank information via Email for payroll update before 10th of January 2020.
Send a voided check or send in the following format:
Account holder name
Account number
Account type

Thank you for your cooperation.
Kindly disregard if you have already compiled by sending your details.

Happy New Year!
Human Resources.

To protect yourself against fraudulent activity we recommend the following:
• Please do not provide sensitive information via email or over the phone, the Human Resources/Payroll department would not request sensitive information in that manner.
• Please make sure the request is from an official email address.
• When in question regarding a request for information please email or to verify.

Our IT partners are aware of this incident and they suggest clicking the Report Spam button to better “train” Google to filter these emails out from reaching your inbox.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Event Announcements

Please come to the Fire Benefit at the Cedar

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Augsburg and the Cedar Cultural Center (in partnership with other neighborhood organizations) have organized a benefit concert for those families affected by the horrible fire at 630 Cedar Avenue in November.

The concert will be:
Saturday, January 11th
7:30 pm
Cedar Cultural Center-416 Cedar Avenue
$10 donation requested

Many great musicians including Augsburg’s own Tatum and Tessa, the Brass Messengers, Jack Klatt, and more.
Advanced tickets may be purchased by clicking on the URL link below.

Registration for Alternative Spring Break is Open

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Come join the fun on the Augsburg Alternative Spring Break trip this March! A group of Augsburg students, led by the Campus Ministries office, will travel to Taos, New Mexico for a week of service, cultural exploration, learning and fun. We will partner with Habitat for Humanity to help restore and build homes for families in need and learn about the challenges that face the Taos community.

For interested students, the Alternative Spring Break trip can be taken as a Augsburg Experience. Please contact Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres for more information.

To register for the Alternative Spring Break trip, click on the link below and follow the instructions. The trip is $250 (including a $100 deposit), which includes travel, most meals, and lodging.

Alternative Spring Break Registration Site

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