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TechTip Tuesday: Keep in Communication with Your Students

submitted by tensen@augsburg.edu

Should the University move to alternative modes of delivery, keeping in touch with your students is vital. Use the Announcement Forum (every Moodle course has one) to regularly communicate. Posting to this forum automatically sends an email to every student in the course.

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Status Update on Cancelled Augsburg Events

submitted by cashdar@augsburg.edu

Since Friday afternoon, when Minnesota Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health announced new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19—and as those guidelines have been updated in the days since—University Events has been working with our campus partners to address bringing Augsburg events into compliance.

This work began immediately on Friday, canceling events for that very evening, including the Asian Celebration Show that had been set to take place in Hoversten Chapel. Event planners are reaching out to discuss events with our campus partners in chronological order. If you are the contact for an upcoming event and you’ve not yet heard from University Events, you will soon. So far, as of Monday night, we’ve addressed all events through Thursday and some—for which event hosts reached out to us proactively—for later in March. We expect to reach many more event hosts during the day today.

The MDH guidelines do not permit any gathering with more than 250 attendees or any event at which participants cannot maintain at least six feet of social distancing at all times. In our venues, that means that even much smaller events will not be able to take place.

There are three alternatives we are discussing with event hosts:

1. Live Stream / Video Conference (or other alternate modality) – Some events can be conducted online, via conference call, or in other ways that do not require face-to-face interaction.

2. Postpone – For events that will be postponed, we are asking event hosts to hold off on rescheduling for specific future dates at this time. Augsburg will be monitoring the situation and University Events will be in touch with updates about rescheduling.

3. Cancel – Many events won’t be able to be rescheduled for a number of reasons.

When events are cancelled or postponed, we ask that the event hosts do not delete them from the Google Calendars for their office or area. Those calendars are synced to the University Calendar (https://calendar.augsburg.edu), but if events are deleted they will not be removed from it. Instead, please change the title to include CANCELLED or POSTPONED, as appropriate, and that change will be synced to the University Calendar.

We know that many of these cancellations, postponements, and adjustments are and will be disappointing and painful for our campus community, the event hosts, other participants, and our valued community partners. We share in that sorrow, but also know that all of us are doing what we must to promote good health and protect the most vulnerable within our community and among our neighbors.

Please reach out to me or your assigned event planner with questions or concerns.

Sarah Cash-Darvell

Coping with COVID-19: Medical and Mental Health/Coping Supports

submitted by oliverc@augsburg.edu

The Center for Wellness & Counseling’s Coping with the Coronavirus webpage offers details on medical services if you are an Augsburg student who does not have health insurance , as well as screening options, health tips, and resources for mental health and coping support for all students. More information here:

CWC Coping with the Coronavirus Webpage

Providing Care and Fostering Community amid COVID-19

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

RE: Providing Care & Fostering Community amid Covid-19, Augsburg University & Luther Seminary

In an effort to provide care and foster community on our campuses amid the COVID-19 health crisis, Augsburg University Campus Ministry and the Luther Seminary Pastor’s Office are partnering to offer opportunities to strengthen the body of Christ in these days. When anxiety is high in our culture, we recognize how critical it is for us to worship, to hear God’s word of promise in Christ Jesus, to articulate our fears and doubts in a supportive community of truth and grace, and to be inspired to live as God’s beloved for the sake of the other.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold and social distancing become a normative practice to prevent the spread of virus, we in Campus Ministry at Augsburg University and Luther Seminary are working to use technology and social media platforms to offer communal experiences of worship, prayer practices and moments for faith formation, and online gatherings centered on scripture, support, and the strengthening of the body of Christ. We will seek to do this in a variety of ways including live streaming, providing elements of worship available through social media platforms, on-line content, and pastoral care offered by telephone and one line. We will continue to receive prayer requests and will lift them up.

More details are available on the Campus Ministry website blog: https://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/2020/03/16/providing-care-fostering-community-amid-covid-19/

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