Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

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Teaching and Learning

Thank You Dedicated Faculty

The E-Learning team wants to thank all of the Augsburg faculty who attended workshops these past two weeks. You are working above and beyond to ensure your students can continue to learn. We want you to know that we are available to continue to support you in your efforts. As you prepare to begin classes again on Monday, you might draw some encouragement from this recent article from Inside Higher Ed.

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.

Fulbright US Student Program Advising

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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. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

General Announcements

Watch out for phishing and scams during this time

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Hackers and cybercriminals often use current events as a basis for their attacks. Unfortunately, they are now leveraging the hype and fear around the Covid-19 pandemic to spread malware (malicious software), and steal passwords and data. Be on the lookout for Covid-19-related scams in emails, text messages, phone calls and on social media. The following tips can help protect you from these scams and attacks:

== When in doubt, throw it out. ==

o Avoid suspicious links and attachments in emails, tweets, posts, news stories and online advertising. Delete suspicious emails and/or click the spam button, as appropriate.

== Think before you act. ==

o Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information. “Special” offers claiming a coronavirus cure or offering free or low cost health insurance may be fraudulent.

o Only open files or attachments from trusted and expected sources. Malicious Covid-19 related documents and infection maps have already been used to compromise systems and spread malware.

o Verify a sender’s email address before clicking on email links or replying.

o Hover over links to see the real destination

== Use trusted sources. ==

o Stick to legitimate, trusted government websites or news sources for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.

o Disinformation campaigns can spread discord, manipulate the public conversation, influence policy development, and/or disrupt markets.

o Covid-19 themed websites (website names that contain “corona,” “covid19”, or something similar) are 50% more likely to be malicious than other sites.

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

Helpline: We Answer Your Questions

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The Augsburg University HELPLINE is determined to support our community in navigating the complexity of the current situation. Our main goal is to ensure that everyone has the answers needed to finish their semester successfully.

The HELPLINE team consists of staff, coaches, and advisors who will answer any questions you may have (or direct you to find answers).

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

CWC Message to Students, Staff, and Faculty

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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

Support the Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf

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The Brian Coyle Center is continuing to operate its food shelf despite closing down all other programming. Unsurprisingly, they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people coming to receive food and expect those numbers will continue to rise. They are struggling to meet the demand. Due to safety concerns, the Brian Coyle Center is no longer accepting any food donations, which means they are only receiving food for distribution by purchasing it from partner food banks.

Please help meet the increasing need for food in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood by making a donation today. Each $1 donated allows the Brian Coyle Center to purchase $7 worth of food for distribution to neighbors. To donate, go to Use the Comments section to designate your gift for the Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf. Thank you for helping to support our community at this critical time.

Event Announcements

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!

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 Meeting for Augsburg Community TODAY

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Our series of virtual town halls on COVID-19 for the Augsburg community continues today from 1-2 p.m. All panels will be open to the entire community, but today’s panel has been selected to address faculty and staff concerns. 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

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