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Cloth Masks Now Required at Augsburg; Governor’s Stay Home Order Extended Until May 4

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Cloth masks are now required on campus. 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 Augsburg 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.

Critical employees who are entering a space that’s been marked cleaned and disinfected, please take the sign down and put in a work order to have it cleaned and disinfected. If you plan to work multiple days in a row, please wait until your last visit to submit a work order.

For more Facilities updates click the following link.

Teaching and Learning

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.

Check out the show notes at:

Listen here

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 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

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.

Ideas Needed for Online “3 Days in May”

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This year the “3 Days in May” will be offered jointly by CTL, Luther Seminary, and the E-Learning Team. From Tuesday, May 12 – Thursday, May 14, there will be a variety of online sessions/workshops. We are interested in hearing from faculty about what they would like to see from these experiences, as well as if they are willing to help host or co-host a session. Please use the form below to share your ideas and help us make the most of this time.

Online “3 Days in May” Ideas/Suggestions

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

AAC Statement/Recommendation to Faculty

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At its last meeting, AAC met via Zoom with student representative Miracle Adebanjo, who communicated that the transition to online teaching has prompted a deep and widespread sense of anxiety among the student body. In most cases students did not sign up for online classes, and most faculty have little experience teaching them. Many students are attempting to finish their semesters in challenging home environments, and some will unfortunately have to cope with dire financial or health crises. Given these unprecedented circumstances, the Academic Affairs Committee strongly urges all faculty to consider student work for the remainder of this semester with the maximum amount of flexibility, generosity, and–most of all–compassion. Some examples might include:
-accepting late work with little or no penalty
-relaxing attendance and participation policies
-grading on a curve

Academic Affairs Committee

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 team consists of staff, coaches, and advisors who answer any questions you may have—or direct you to find answers. Our goal is to support you in finishing up the semester successfully.


HELPLINE Call Center: 612-474-3100

Hours this week:
April 13 – April 17: 12 p.m to 4 p.m

HELPLINE Email Address:
Email support is offered every day.

Inside Augsburg Outbreak Planning

General Announcements

Missing Campus? Try an Augsburg Zoom Background for Today’s Class

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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.

Feeling Lonely during COVID-19 – Check Out a Free App

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Students we know this is a challenging and difficult time for all of us but also know we will get through this together. Here is a FREE app dedicated to helping students who may be feeling lonely during this time. Check it out.
HopeLab – Mental Health App
HopeLab is a social innovation lab, they have developed a tool to Help Prevent Loneliness Among College Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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!

Campus Cupboard Food Deliveries Resuming Today

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Campus Cupboard deliveries are resuming on Monday, April 13!

The Campus Kitchen team is following COVID-19 protocol. Contact with any questions.

For now, students cannot access the Cupboard physically. Instead, students (who still live on campus) can fill out a request form to receive a bag of food for pickup in Christensen (near Einstein’s). Food bag delivery times are: Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 11am-1pm

Fill out a delivery request form here, as many times as you need!…/1FAIpQLSdKxXNj7lWTEgwP1P…/viewform

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

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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). This page includes links to a number of free resources and apps to support your coping during these challenging times. Updates are added regularly.

Throughout the remainder of the semester, we are also available to meet with students for Wellness Consultations via phone or Zoom. There is no wait list for these services. For more information, please see our home-page or leave a message at our main number- 612-330-1707!

For more immediate mental health support, our phone counseling line will be available 24-7 through the end of the semester, and can be reached by dialing 612-330-1707, and selecting option 1.

Please contact us anytime: your safety and well being is our highest priority.

CWC Coping with the Coronavirus Webpage

Event Announcements

Lavender Celebration – Virtual Edition

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Announcing Lavender Celebration – Virtual Edition – Mon, April 20th.

LGBTQIA+ Student Services will be pre-recording the ceremony, adding captions, and uploading the video.

The ceremony will be available to watch on Monday, April 20th. We will be posting the video via LGBTQIA+ SS Facebook, A-Mail, and sending an email to the listserv.

Please check back on the 20th to celebrate all our amazing students, staff, faculty and Augsburg community.

LGBTQIA+ Student Services Facebook

Daily Chapel: Easter Monday

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Campus Ministry is offering online chapel. New chapel services are available daily and can be found on the Augsburg Campus Ministry calendar page. Today we celebrate Easter Monday with a message from University Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres. Thank you to Sonja Thompson for providing the music. Look for links for the services on the Campus Ministry calendar Please also visit the Campus Ministry blog to read the daily prayer.

More information

CovidCon: Free Human Rights Virtual Conference

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On April 13-14, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Augsburg’s partner during the 2019 Human Rights Forum, will host COVIDCon, a virtual Oslo Freedom Forum event focused on how authoritarian regimes sparked and are exploiting the novel coronavirus pandemic to crack down on civil liberties.

This two-day event, open to global audiences, will feature presentations and panels about the current pandemic and its relationship to state censorship, disinformation, surveillance, and the future of civil liberties. COVIDCon sessions will showcase the difference in the responses of authoritarian regimes and democratic governments to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Confirmed speakers include former Chinese prisoner of conscience Dr. Yang Jianli; Russian democracy advocate Garry Kasparov; Iranian journalist and human rights activist Masih Alinejad; recently expelled Wall Street Journal deputy China bureau chief Josh Chin; entrepreneur and angel investor Naval Ravikant; Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong; futurist and “After On” author Rob Reid; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum; Ideas Beyond Borders’ Melissa Chen; China-U.S. expert Kyle Bass; and many others.

Free Registration

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