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Teaching Tip Tuesday: 10 Tips to Support Students in a Stressful Shift to Online Learning

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As the title suggests, this week’s Teaching Tip Tuesday offers ideas for helping to support students in the transition to distance learning. You can check out the article in the link below.

The CTL site has a number of resources, including a page on “Moodle, Online Teaching, and Technology Resources” at You can find other tips at, as well as some Tech Teaching Tips at

10 Tips to Support Students in a Stressful Shift to Online Learning

AAC Statement/Recommendations 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


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. #FinishStrong2020

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.

Important information can be found here:

Inside Augsburg Outbreak Planning

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:

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Register for Globally Focused Online Courses this Summer

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Connect to the world this summer via online courses with Augsburg’s Center for Global Education & Experience. This summer, you can take online courses in Spanish, Political Science, Religion, History, or Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies with 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

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.

Low Pass Grading Option Approved

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A low pass (LP) grade has been added to the P/N grading scale for undergraduate courses.

The grade scale is P = C- or above; LP = D-, D, D+; and N = F. Students earn credit for a P or LP grade. P, LP, and N grades do not impact GPA.

Students may submit a request to change a grade to P, LP, or N by the deadline published in the Academic Calendar. Course instructors will not be notified of the request. The Registrar’s Office will manually change the earned letter grade to P, LP or N after final grades are posted.

General Announcements

Messy room? Clean it Up 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.

United Way 211 Helpline Resource

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We know that Augsburg has a Helpline with many resources for the Augsburg Community but United Way also has a helpline resource that may assist you, your family or friends as well. Click on the link below for more information or call 211. The CWC Coping with Coronavirus website also has many resources regarding mental health needs.

Open Job and Internship Positions

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

Part-time and Flexible positions
1. UPS, Package Handler & Delivery Driver –
2. Hy-Vee, Online Personal Shopper –
3. Target, Overnight Stocker –

Internship Positions
4. ACR Homes, Personal Care Attendants & More –
5. Piper Sandler, Marketing Summer 2020 (junior) – Job ID 3712524 (description in Handshake)
6. Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Internship,

Full-time employment
7. Piper Sandler, Risk Control & Audit Analyst – Job ID 3681627 (description in Handshake)
8. Scribe Americia, Medical Scribe,
9. Meridian Behavioral Health, Program Assistant,

Also visit these job boards for more opportunities:
1. Glassdoor Job Search
2. LinkedIn Jobs

More job boards on the Strommen Community Moodle site. (

Resume Drop-in Hours: Tuesday-Friday
10:00 am-3:45 pm
Zoom link -

Calm in the Time of Coronavirus

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The Center for Wellness & Counseling has a webpage with many resources for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, “Coping with the Coronavirus.” Today we are highlighting one excellent resource from this webpage, for students, staff, and faculty: Natural Mental Health’s 8 week Resilience Retreat online called “Calm in the Time of Coronavirus.” Renowned author and previous consultant to CWC, Henry Emmons, leads this highly useful retreat (and his calming presence will bring down your blood pressure!) Click on the link before for more information about the retreat. Live workshops occur every Wednesday at 7pm on their Facebook Page (Natural Mental Health) and the videos are available on the Facebook page after the event as well. Last week’s session was on sleep, and we highly recommend it!

Free Resilience Retreat at Natural Mental

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

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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!

Event Announcements

No Human Rights Forum in 2020

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Even before this pandemic arrived, Augsburg had made the decision, based on budgetary concerns, not to hold the Human Rights Forum this fall. This health crisis has only reinforced the wisdom of that decision, as we focus now on the transitions to online teaching and work and plan for the post-COVID environment.

Given the disruptions, loss, and inequities we are experiencing as a result of this public health crisis, there is a clear need to build community and strengthen our social fabric. We look forward to seeing how we can together be part of efforts to strengthen these resources and institutions. In relation to our collective commitment to human rights and justice, working towards equal access to quality healthcare will be a high priority coming out of this crisis. We will need to ensure that we are much better prepared when future crises emerge.

We also see the importance of a free press and free expression. It is citizens and journalists who have pushed our own leaders to action when, for political self-interest, they preferred to downplay the challenge that COVID posed. Internationally, it was the suppression of journalists and whistleblowers that allowed the crisis to fester in the first place. The huge economic, social, and humanitarian impacts of this outbreak speak to the need for building up our resilience and working together to address these and many other human rights challenges locally, nationally and globally.

We will be back in touch in the coming months with more information about our plans for 2021, when we all hope to have emerged from this ordeal with a greater sense of public purpose and commitment to care and support each other.

Be well and take care,

Bettine and Joe

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Daily Chapel: Scholars and Researchers

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Campus Ministry is offering online chapel. Today chapel is in honor of the scholars and researchers who would have presented their research today at Augsburg Zyzzogeton. Thank you to Molly Tengwall, soprano; Alyssa Schwitzer, vocalist; Kent Goodroad, piano; and Sonja Thompson, piano, for providing the music and to Rev. Babette Chatman, University Pastor, for her prayer and reflection. Look for links for the services on the Campus Ministry calendar Please also visit the Campus Ministry blog to read the daily prayer.

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