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2020 brings student pronouns to Moodle

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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.

Faculty: Submit an article for “Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement”

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The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is accepting submissions for their special issue “Centering Social Justice in the Scholarship of Community Engagement.”

The submission deadline is January 15.

The issue will highlight how scholars have centered social justice when designing and implementing service-learning opportunities or producing and applying engaged scholarship.

The editors invite abstracts for submissions from educators and researchers from all fields and disciplines that:

*Report research on the challenges, motivations, and experiences of practicing community engagement
*Explore the often-overlooked contributions to the field of community engaged-scholarship by educators, researchers, practitioners, community partners, and community members from historically marginalized backgrounds
*Evaluate methodologies for the practice and research of engagement based on their ability to achieve social justice
*Apply the lessons of critical theoretical and methodological lenses such as post-colonial theory, feminism, critical race theory, queer theory, disability studies, and ecocriticism, to advance community engagement pedagogies and practices.


Peace Scholar Applications Due February 1

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Are you interested in being a Peace Scholar in 2020/21? With a seven-week stay in Norway?

This annual summer program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace.

Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg University, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, and St. Olaf College are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

Kristy Ornelas ( and Natalie Zavoral ( are this year’s Augsburg’s Peace Scholars, and any questions you may have can be directed to them via email.

You can also connect with our CGEE office for additional information (x1159 or

Apply here to become a Peace Scholar

General Announcements

New IT status page

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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.

IT Status Page

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

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

2020 Student Leadership Institute

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We are excited to announce the 2020 Student Leadership Institute theme: Sustainable Practice: Fostering Change-Makers in their Communities, taking place Saturday, February 1 from 9am – 2pm in Hagfors Center. Often, students can be burned out when they are wearing multiple leadership hats on campus all while being a student. The Institute will allow students to explore how they can foster being change-makers in their communities while taking care of themselves so they don’t burn out as much.

This event is open to all student organization leaders, student leaders, and student employees at Augsburg University. Student organizations are required to send representatives. RSVP here:

If you would like to submit and share a 90-minute presentation related to the theme that students/peers could benefit from hearing. We would love to have you submit your presentation. Here:

If you have any questions or concerns. Please email campus life at

Fire Benefit Concert at the Cedar this Saturday

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Fire Benefit at the Cedar

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 suggested donation

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

Explore Amsterdam this summer and earn 6 credits

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LIVING GREEN IN AMSTERDAM, Study Abroad May 7-22, 2020

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

Love to explore? Have a sense of adventure? Like to walk and take trains? Like to ride bikes? See cities by boat? Enjoy gardens? Markets? Architecture? Parks? Ever been interested in how the people of the Netherlands live? Do you have the desire to learn about innovative and creative solutions to environmental challenges? Would you like to have new ideas and tools to make positive changes back here in the U.S.?

Join Allyson Green and Lars Christiansen on a two-week exploration of urban environmental sustainability in Amsterdam and Delft, Netherlands in May 2020! We begin with several course sessions in Minneapolis in early May, and then depart for the Netherlands on May 7. We return two weeks later. There is so much to see and discover! We hope you join us.

This is a 6-credit program:

Students choose one SOC/URB course for 4 credits:
SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

All students also take INS 292 for 2 credits:
INS 292: Topics: Environmental Sustainability through an Intercultural Lens

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Program Cost: $5,500
*This all-inclusive program fee covers: tuition for 6 credits, international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, and all program activities.

Financial Aid: Check with Student Financial Services in Sverdrup hall to learn about how your financial aid package might help cover the cost of this program.

Get more information and apply online

Two weeks in Greece – study abroad in May 2020

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Study Abroad for 2 weeks in summer and earn 4 credits + Augsburg Experience!

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***

Course options:
KEY 490, ECO 495 , or BUS 495 (students register for one course).
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Faculty Leaders:
Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Travel Dates: May 12-30, 2020 (approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held)

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Examine challenges and opportunities in Greece as it has suffered from economic crisis combined with the current refugee crisis. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Through these connections, you will develop an understanding of Greece’s interaction with the European Union and the current instability in the region.

Get more info and apply online!

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