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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Campus Parking Update

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Augsburg recognizes that most students, faculty, and staff who park on campus may not be returning to campus this semester, so Augsburg will not be charging for or requiring surface lot parking permits for the remainder of the spring term.

Student permit holders will receive a credit on their student account (see more information on the Resources for Students page).

For faculty and staff, Augsburg intends to end payroll deductions for permit holders as of March 30. For more information, see the Resources for Faculty or Resources for Staff pages of the Inside Augsburg Outbreak Planning site.

Teaching and Learning

Additional Dates Added For ” White Fragility and Microagressions In the Workplace”

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Due to overwhelming demand, this webinar is being offered on three separate days:

April 22, 23, 24.

Visit The Forum’s upcoming webinar page for more information:

Forum Upcoming Webinars

NEW – Forum Podcast Ep. 30 – The Neuroscience of Trust, Empathy, and High-Performance Teams

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kenneth Nowack (Envisia Learning, Inc.) dives into new research on how to measure and change a key aspect of an effective company and team culture: interpersonal trust and psychological safety.

Dr. Nowack presents the latest neuroscience research around interpersonal trust and its relationship to the hormone oxytocin that provides insight about the biological survival roots of unconscious bias and in-group bias. Finally, Dr. Nowack will explore the link between high-trust teams with important employee outcomes such as retention, engagement, reduced job burnout, and well-being.

Learning outcomes and listen here:

Listen here

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.

Augsburg GRE Prep Course Online

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Augsburg University offers a five-week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students and alumni at a cost well below those found at private test centers. This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s course will be offered via Zoom.

May 13th – June 15th

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (Excluding Memorial Day)

Cost: $100

To register, please fill out the registration form. Seats will not be held without the registration form. Seats are limited, please register early to guarantee your spot. Contact with any questions.

Please Note: Only Augsburg students and alumni may register for this course.

GRE Registration Form

Register for Globally Focused Online Courses this Summer

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We are living through a very uncertain time, but The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) remains committed to connecting Auggies to the world through the channels that are still available to us. This summer, you can take online courses in Spanish, Political Science, Religion, History, or Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies with Augsburg CGEE’s instructors in Mexico or Central America.

To access these courses, simply look in Records and Registration under Summer 2020 term and the departments listed below. There is a huge variety, including some specialized courses for upper-level learners! Register for the class as usual.

Courses are offered in both Summer Time 1 (T1) & Time 2 (T2) unless otherwise noted.

WST 481 Queer History in Latin America (T2)

HIS 156: The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (T2)
HIS 388: Queer History in Latin America (T2)

POL 310: Citizen Participation in a Globalized Economy (T1)

RLN 336: Latin American Liberation Theologies (T1)

SPA 111: Beginning Spanish I (T1)
SPA 112: Beginning Spanish II (T2)
SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare Providers
SPA 220: Business Spanish
SPA 224: Spanish for Ministry
SPA 225/325: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and II
SPA 231: Pre-Colombian, Colonial and Contemporary Mexican Art
SPA 316: Conversations in Cultural Context
SPA 334: Contemporary Mexican Literature
SPA 335: Contemporary Latin American Women: Texts and Voices
SPA 337: Mexican Civilizations and Cultures

See Summer Online Courses in Records & Registration

Sign-up for an Online Writing Center Appointment

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The writing center is open for online appointments! We will be holding the same hours as we had when we were tutoring face-to-face in addition to our usual online hours:

Monday: 1-9
Tuesday: 2-9
Wednesday: 1-9
Thursday: 2-9
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 2-9pm

Details and directions for how to make an appointment and how sessions will work can be found on the Augsburg Writing Center Website. Please contact Jennifer Forsthoefel with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tech-Tip Thursday: Moodle Quiz Adjustments and Manual Grading

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Instructors, if you are using Moodle quizzes in your online learning, you may need to manually grade (or regrade) a test or test question. This video,, explains that process. Also, it is possible to accommodate students who require additional time, extend a deadline for a student, or allow a second attempt for a student with a technological issue. See the link below for instructions

Accommodations and/or Overrides in Moodle Quizzes

General Announcements

Show your Auggie Pride with an Augsburg Zoom background

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Download these Augsburg branded Zoom backgrounds for a change in scenery.

• Campus Banner:

• Spring flowers:

• Auggie–Maroon:

• Auggie–Gray:

Change your background by logging into Zoom. Go to the settings and select “Virtual Background,” there you can upload the photos and set your background.

Image links can also be found on the Marketing and Communications website.

Summer Housing Update

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We continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our ability to provide summer housing. Due to the State-wide regulations put in place and to account for the safety of our community, summer housing will not be available to the Augsburg community other than those students who fit into the categories below AND currently live on campus.

The residence halls only remain open this summer for our resident students who currently reside on campus and are unable to find alternative housing for the following reasons:
1. International students
2. Students who have insecure housing
3. Students whose home is not safe
4. Students with health reasons

We are directing all students who do not currently live on campus and those who live on campus currently but fall outside of these four categories to pursue off campus options at this time.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Residence Life at for further information.

Click here for information about off campus housing resources

No Campus Cupboard Deliveries For The Rest of This Week

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Due to limited staff capacity and the need to care for everyone’s health and wellness, Campus Cupboard deliveries are suspended for the rest of the week of April 6th. With this quickly evolving situation, we are regularly reevaluating and editing our practices. Updates on next week will be posted here soon!

Cloth Face Masks Now Required while on Campus

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The Minnesota Department of Health has released updated masking guidelines for Institutes of Higher Education. All staff, faculty and students MUST wear cloth face masks while in any common areas while on campus property. Resident students must wear them while out of their residence hall living spaces.

**Wearing cloth masks does not replace the need to adhere to frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face, and practicing social distancing, which are our best tools to help prevent the spread of illness. More information from the CDC is linked below:

Custodial Appreciation Action

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Student groups in the Sabo Center are coming up with ways to show appreciation specifically to Custodial Staff on campus. In order to maintain social distancing, we have gathered some ideas on how to virtually express our gratitude.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, we invite you to fill out this form with a short video OR a typed message for Custodial staff members who are still working hard on campus through the health crisis. If you do share a video, please add a typed message in addition to make the messages accessible to all.

Please make submissions by end of day Thursday, April 16th. Thank you!

Open Job and Internship Positions

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The Strommen Center will be including weekly job and internship postings in A-Mail to keep students aware of current openings. Please check Handshake and Strommen’s Community Moodle (link below) for more listings and job boards.

Part-time and Flexible positions
1. Part-Time Retail Merchandiser – Anderson Merchandisers
2. Customer Service Representative PART TIME- Mr. Rooter Plumbing
3. Immediate Part Time Job Openings – In Store Marketing Representative – Home Energy Center

Internship Positions
4. SEO Marketing Internship – Summer Cemstone Products Company

5. Operations Leadership Program Intern – Danaher

6. Curatorial Intern – Elysian Construction

Full-time employment
7. Customer Service Representative (Full Time – Work from Home Opportunity) – Time Communications

8. Med Aide/Tech – FULL TIME – Brookdale Senior Living

9. Outside Sales Representative – CenturyLink

Also visit these job boards for more opportunities:
Minnesota Works – Jobs and Internships
Zip Recruiter

More job boards on the Strommen Community Moodle site. (

Resume Drop-in Hours: Tuesday-Friday
10:00 am-3:45 pm
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Strommen Community Moodle Site

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel: Maundy Thursday

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Campus Ministry is offering online chapel daily. The services can be found on the Augsburg Campus Ministry calendar page Today we celebrate Maundy Thursday with a service with Sarah Swindall reading the scripture and Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres offering a sermon on Foot washing and a New Commandment (The Washing of Love). Thank you to Sonja Thompson for providing the music.

There is no chapel service tomorrow on Good Friday due to the university holiday, but check the campus ministry blog for our daily prayer updated seven days a week.

More information

Keeping Track of Auggies

Alum Wins Prestigious NSF Award

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Nyssa Capman (2018) graduated with a double major in physics and mathematics. She is currently in her 2nd year of a PhD program at the UMN in Mechanical Engineering. She has been awarded the coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which means she will be given $34,000 X 3 years for graduate school and will not pay tuition. According to the notification Nyssa received: ” [Her] selection as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow is a highly significant national accomplishment, and places [her] amongst an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers in STEM.”

While at Augsburg, Nyssa conducted research as a Sundquist Scholar under the mentorship of Ben Stottrup and then moved into Mark Engebretsen’s lab, followed by a Big Data REU at the UMN Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering in her final summer. As an Augsburg student she presented a space physics research poster at the AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall meeting and at Zyzzogeton, and received an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her REU poster at the Twin Cities Statistical Association’s fall meeting. Also while at Augsburg, she co-authored one paper with Mark Engebretson, and published her own first-author space physics paper after graduating.

Congratulations Nyssa!

This is the 3rd time Augsburg has had an alum win an NSF GRFP in graduate school.


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