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Teaching and Learning

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 Workshops

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-10:00 am Intermediate Zoom (30 minutes) Managing participants, breakout rooms, the whiteboard, annotation tools, and recording a session.
-11:00 am Alternative Class Scheduling (30 min) Redesign your Moodle weekly topic sections for alternative delivery of learning.
-1:00 pm Online Discussions (1 hour)
-2:00 pm Keeping Your Course Accessible (1 hour) How to add alt tags, provide OCR docs, and closed captioning.
-8:00 pm Student Zoom (30 minutes) A special session just for students–how to join a Zoom session and tips for participating.

Fulbright US Student Program Information Session (Remote)

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English and American Studies, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact for more information or attend our upcoming information session. All current students and recent alumni are welcome, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

***This will be the first offering of the Fulbright Information Session. If you have a conflict and would like to attend a subsequent Session, send me an email and we will get something set up!***

Feel free to invite friends! Rising seniors and alumni will be able to apply for the next cycle, but rising sophomores and juniors can also attend to start thinking about the process for the future.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 446 704 106

Managing Stress During Distance Learning-Webinar

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As campuses adapt to the many changes that COVID-19 has affected on daily life, the Jed Foundation recognizes that, perhaps more than ever, faculty serve an essential role in protecting students’ mental health.

As we respond together to this situation, we would like to invite you and your school’s faculty to join us on Wednesday, April 1 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM EDT for a webinar on how they can support students in managing the stress and anxiety that has resulted in shifting instruction from the classroom to the online space.

JED’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sofia B. Pertuz, Ph.D. will moderate a panel of experts sharing tips on how college and university faculty can provide support for their students during distance learning, while keeping in mind the needs of particularly vulnerable student populations.

If you cannot join us for the live webinar, please feel free to still register, as the webinar will be recorded and shared with registrants following the presentation.

If you have any other questions, please reach out Kyle Sebastian (JED Higher Education Programming Coordinator) for additional information.

General Announcements

Update on Academic Internships and Augsburg Experience

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The Strommen Center has been in communication with the Registrar, Academic Deans, and Chief Student Success Officer to create a plan to accommodate students during this unusual circumstance and to honor the work they have already put into their internships. An email has been sent to all Faculty Supervisors of students currently completing internships.

As you are aware, we recognize that students are likely to be nervous about their futures, including what is happening with internships that they are currently registered for.

On Friday, March 20th we emailed all students who are currently registered for an academic spring internship or a 0 – credit Augsburg Experience. The message in the email included the following text:

In this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that we are here to support you in completing your spring internship.

Since you are registered for a spring internship, the University wants you to know that if your internship site is closed or you are no longer able to meet your hours because of issues related to the coronavirus, Augsburg will honor the work you have already completed.

Please work with your faculty supervisor to determine what needs to happen for credit to be granted. Any student who was using their internship to meet the Augsburg Experience requirement will be granted Augsburg Experience.

For those students that are able to continue to work at their internship you should complete your commitment.

If you have questions, please contact Sandy Tilton, Employer Relations & Operations Associate at 612-330-1472 or email

Mental Health Tips in Uncertain Times

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These are certainly uncertain times. Here are some good tips on how to manage and help your own mental health in dealing with COVID-19:

1. Separate what is in your control from what is not.
2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
3. Get outside in nature while keeping social distancing in mind.
4. Challenge yourself to stay in the present.
5. Stay connected and reach out if you need more support.

These tips and more can be found at

Also check out the CWC Coping with Coronavirus web page for additional resources during this time.

Forum Podcast Ep. 29 – Unpacking symptoms of professional fatigue and stress

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In our daily lives most people work an average of 40 plus hours a week. Consider the average number of hours worked and add work related stress, deadlines, interpersonal conflict, disgruntle employees and lack of professional fulfillment. You are now saturated in a toxicity! In this podcast participants will get an opportunity to recognize sings of professional burnout and process the impact of daily stress.

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kamyala Howard MSW, LCSW (WE’RE DIVINE consulting) explores the origins or stress, different types of stress, their effects, how we can overcome them and get to a place of healing.

Listen here

Augsburg University Helpline: We Answer Your Questions

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The Augsburg University Helpline is determined to help our community navigate the complexity of the current situation. Our team consists of staff, coaches, and advisors ready to answer any questions you may have (or direct you to find answers).

Our main goal is to ensure that everyone has the answers needed to finish this semester successfully.

Helpline Call Center: 612-474-3100

Helpline Email Address:

March 23 – 27: 12 p.m to 4 p.m

Sunday: March 29: 12 p.m to 4 p.m

March 30 – April 4: 12 p.m to 6 p.m

Inside Augsburg: Outbreak Planning

Status Update on Canceled Augsburg Events

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As the Minnesota Department of Health shared new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19—and as those guidelines remain in place—University Events has been working with our campus partners to address bringing Augsburg events into compliance.

As of Wednesday night, we’ve contacted all event hosts with events through May 1 and some—for which event hosts reached out to us proactively—for later in May. If you have an event scheduled prior to May 1 and haven’t heard from your planner please reach out to them. If you are hosting an event know you can independently cancel your event. If you decide to cancel your event please notify your planner as soon as possible so they can assist with navigating the cancellation.

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.

At this time we are not scheduling in-person events or rescheduling events that would take place March 26 – July 31, 2020. University Events is scheduling and planning virtual events. Fill out the event form for your virtual event and a planner will be assigned to you.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Be well,

University Events


Event forms:


CWC Message to Students, Faculty, and Staff

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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 counselor

To schedule a WELLNESS CONSULTATION with a CWC counselor, please call Dianne Detloff at 612-330-1707, starting Monday, March 23rd. 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

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.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings for Augsburg community: TODAY and Later this Week

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Our series of virtual town halls on COVID-19 for the Augsburg community continues today from 5-6 p.m. Today’s is geared for parents and family members, 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

Emerging Connection: A Queer Pen Pal Project

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LGBTQIA+ Student Services Presents:
Emerging Connection: A Queer Pen Pal Project! A way to connect with other LGBTQ+ folk from across the nation.

Deadline to sign up is APRIL 3rd!
For details and sign-up, visit

This project was born out of the desire to build Queer community and connection during this time of social distancing. Queer history has shown us that community is one of the ways we survive during challenging or uncertain times. LGBTQ+ resource centers across the Nation have come together to connect our Queer students with one another. We hope the relationships that blossom from this program help provide a sense of connection, belonging, and solidarity to our LGBTQ+ students across state and institutional lines.

You have the option of being paired with someone from the Augsburg community, or someone from a partner institution:
Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas Austin
UNLV Student Diversity & Social Justice
UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Central Michigan University Office of LGBTQ Services & Gender Equity

Shout out to all these institutions for helping make this possible!

Pen Pal Sign-Up Form

Keeping Track of Auggies

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