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Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to the Recipients of the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

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Help us in congratulating the 2020 recipients of the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards!

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching:
Dr. Beliza Torres Narváez, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching by an Adjunct:
Ibrahim Keita, Instructor of Economics

Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship:
Dr. Annie Heiderscheit, Director of Music Therapy and Associate Professor of Music

Distinguished Contributions to Service:
Dr. Matthew Beckman, Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

CTL Awards

Online Alternative Teaching Strategy Workshops March 23-27

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In order to assist instructors with preparing to provide alternative modes of teaching in the coming weeks, the E-Learning team is hosting a series of online workshops. Please note, the team will be available for 10 minutes following these sessions for any additional, individual questions. Please see the link below for the complete schedule.

Today’s Online Alternative Teaching Strategies Workshop (March 25)

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-10:00 am Zoom for Beginners (1 hour) How to add the Zoom app, Schedule Zoom meetings, Host a Zoom session, and use basic hosting tools
-1:00 pm VoiceThread (1 hour) How to record lectures in VoiceThread and share them in your Moodle course(s).
-3:00 pm Student Zoom (30 minutes) A special session just for students–how to join a Zoom session and tips for participating.
-9:00 pm Zoom (Late Night Edition) (1 hour) an open session for practice and consultation.

General Announcements

Packages on Campus

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If you had a package delivered during spring break or have something that will be delivered to campus and you are either not planning on returning to campus due to COVID-19 we have a couple ways to resolve this.

1. We can return the package to the sender as unclaimed which should result in a refund of your purchase or a message from the sender.
2. If your package was shipped via the United States Postal Service (USPS) we ARE able to forward your package if you provide us an address to send it to.
3. If your package was shipped via UPS, FedEx, Amazon or other carrier there is no included forwarding so we would have to send it via UPS. Prices range from $4-$25 depending on how fast you would like to ship/weight/size. We can take card #’s over the phone if you would like to use this option.

Please let us know when you or someone in your department will be in and we will deliver in that time. Otherwise feel free to pick up your package if you will be around. If neither of those options work refer to the student package guide above.

Thank You
Central Services Staff

On-Demand Help for Stress and Anxiety with Sanvello

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COVID-19 seems to be all the world is talking about. The constant stream of news, isolation, and uncertainty about what will happen next has us all on edge.

There is much beyond our control, but one thing we can do is provide on-demand help for stress and anxiety. During this challenging time, Sanvello is a place you can go to feel better and meaningfully connect with others—anywhere, anytime.

Premium access to Sanvello is now free for everyone—just reopen the app to find all of the self-care features completely unlocked.

For those with qualifying insurance or sponsorship through your employer or higher education institution, you’ll find even more services available—now and beyond this pandemic.

We need each other more than ever, and together, we’ll get through this.


Center for Wellness and Counseling Changing Service Delivery to Students

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Hello Everyone,

The Center for Wellness and Counseling staff is making changes regarding delivery of counseling services to students, due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.

CWC counseling staff will no longer be able to offer in-person office appointments for the duration of spring semester. However, WE WILL be offering students 30- minute WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS by phone with a CWC counselor.

To schedule a WELLNESS CONSULTATION with a CWC counselor, please call Dianne Detloff at 612-330-1707. For more information and resources please access

Phone counseling from ProtoCall Services is available 24 hours a day by calling
612-330-1707 and pressing #1. Students may call with any concern or with more urgent matters. This service allows you to connect directly with a licensed mental health counselor.

We sincerely look forward to hearing from you. All of us at CWC care to support your emotional wellbeing the best that we can under these circumstances.

Best wishes and good health to you,


Nancy Guilbeault Ph.D., L.P.
Director, Center for Wellness and Counseling
Augsburg University

Mental Health Tips During These Stressful Times

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Here are a few good tips from the Center for Disease Control regarding things you can do to support yourself:

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Check out the CWC webpage for additional resources.

Strommen Center Open for Business

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In this extraordinary time, the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work is committed to serving Augsburg students through delivering career readiness services and professional development. We are prepared to provide many of our services remotely and are working closely with our employer partners to help keep you informed of their plans. Here are some of the ways we can work with you remotely:

Appointments – Our advisers are taking appointments each week. You can choose to make an appointment by phone or via video conference. Schedule your appointments in Handshake as always, and be sure to select your preferred medium.

Same Day Virtual “Drop Ins” – Starting Monday, April 6th, you will be able to make same day virtual drop-in appointments. These 15-minute drop-ins will be available as an appointment type in Handshake and will be conducted by Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Handshake – Apart from making appointments with our staff, check Handshake regularly as employers continue to post jobs and message students. You can also search for any virtual events that employers may be hosting!

Document Review – We are continuing to review resumes and cover letters. Please have your resume and cover letter as a Google doc and during your appointment you will share it with the coach you are working with in order to review and edit it in real time.

Digital Resources – Visit Strommen’s Community Moodle site for online resources as well as Strommen’s website for links to valuable information.

We know this is a stressful time. If we can be of any assistance to you, please take advantage of the above resources or reach out to us!

If you have questions contact us at:


Strommen Open for Business

Staff Appreciation

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The Staff Senate wants everyone to know how much the amazing Augsburg staff is appreciated even if we cannot gather on Thursday afternoon as we had hoped. You will be on your own for creating a “candy bar” this year! But we can all join together in appreciating the 2019-20 nominees for the Outstanding Newcomer Award, the Outstanding Staff Awards, and the outstanding department or group. In early April we will announce the winners in each category. Watch A-mail for updates!

Newcomer Nominees:

Alex Abraha – Campus Life
Wendy Assal – Graduate Admissions
Kerri Maher – Office of Dean of Arts and Sciences
Max Poessnecker – LGBTQIA+ Student Services AND Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Outstanding Staff Nominees:

Briana Alamilla – Marketing Communications
Beth Carlson – Center for Wellness and Counseling
Dianne Detloff – Center for Wellness and Counseling
Hana Dinku – Pan Afrikan Center
Lonna Field – Christensen Center for Vocation
Rebecca Ganzel – Lindell Library
Eric Graham – Facilities
Allyson Green – Sabo Center
Lucy Hardaker – Center for Global Education and Experience
Marah Jacobson-Schulte – Provost’s Office
Kathleen Matthews – Graduate Professional Studies
Paul Raymond – Information Technology
Ted Riverso – Athletics
Sharon Wade – Nursing
Jacob Walter – Academic Affairs

Nominated, but not eligible because of serving on Staff Senate:
Deanna Davis – Professional and Graduate Studies
Janice Dames – Campus Ministry

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

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The Center for Wellness & Counseling has transitioned our services to remote formats in order to continue supporting the Augsburg student body during these challenging and uncertain times. Please look for an email from the CWC if you have an upcoming appointment scheduled. For more information on this, please see Nancy Guilbeault’s announcement on a-mail and our main webpage, or call our front desk at 612-330-1707.

Additional information on health care (particularly if you are uninsured) and emotional coping can be found on our webpage, Coping with the Coronavirus (please see link below).

Your safety and well being is our highest priority. We are here to support you in the days and weeks ahead.

Coping with the Coronavirus Webpage

Event Announcements

Zyzzogeton 2020 event is canceled with a virtual alternative

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Zyzzogeton 2020 event is canceled with an alternative: we are offering researchers the opportunity to showcase their research poster on Augsburg’s Lindell Library Idun site. Contact URGO (Solveig Mebust or McNair Scholars (Lara Crombie with questions.

The poster submission deadline is extended to: Monday, April 13th at 4:00pm.

All-Student Juried Show – Moving Online

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Augsburg students have been making art all year, and we want to SEE it! The All-Student Juried Show will be going digital this year. All currently enrolled Augsburg students may enter three pieces. Enter now until April 2.

Work must have been created after April 2019
Each student may submit up to three entries

Awards announced on April 21
Five pieces will be selected for awards
One selected piece will receive a cash prize of $500, generously given by the Strommen family

Juliane Shibata
MFA in Ceramics, Bowling Green State University
BA in Studio Art, Carleton College

Enter Artwork Now!

Virtual Town Halls for Augsburg Community TODAY and Later this Week

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The first in a series of virtual town halls on COVID-19 for the Augsburg community will take place today from 1-2 p.m. This first panel is aimed primarily at addressing student questions and concerns, but all panels will be open to the entire community. Find the links to join the webinars and the schedule of the future sessions planned so far at the link below.

Virtual Town Halls

Keeping Track of Auggies

Kei Heltemes ’21 awarded Rossing Physics Scholarship

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URGO is proud to share that Kei Heltemes (’21) has been awarded a Rossing Physics Scholarship in the amount of $5000 for the 2020-21 Academic Year. The Rossing Scholarship is offered to students at ELCA-affiliated colleges and universities who show particular promise in the field of physics.

Kei is a double physics and chemistry (ACS-approved) major, with a minor in mathematics. He was named a Lindstrom Scholar as a part of the URGO Summer Research program in 2018, performing research with Dr. Amanda Case. Since then, he has performed research with Dr. Jeff Walter at the Leighton Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. He is an AugSTEM student, an Honors student, has worked as a tutor in both physics and chemistry, and is the vice president of the Society of Physics Students and the Augsburg Chemistry Society. He has received departmental awards from both the Physics and Chemistry Departments for his academic achievement.

Congratulations Kei!


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