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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.

Listen here

Responding Inclusively to Coronavirus – A Forum Special Presentation

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Across the globe, organizations are struggling to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. As they do so, the need to be creative and innovative, to connect with employees on a personal level, to work efficiently and productively, and to help maintain the health and safety of colleagues have become much more prescient and critical. Diversity & Inclusion is an effective methodology for attaining all these goals, in addition to being an end in and of itself.

Join Raafi-Karim Alidina (Frost Included & Forum 32nd annual conference presenter), and learn how to leverage the principles of inclusion and deploy behavioral economics-based “Inclusion Nudges” to help your organization thrive through the crisis.

When: April 30, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Raafi-Karim Alidina, Frost Included
Cost: FREE

Register 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 Prep Course 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.

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

How to Work With Recruiters Successfully – The Secret Sauce

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Why is it so difficult to work with recruiters or understand how they think and what they want? You know you need to work through the recruiter to gain the interview and a chance to win the job but sometimes it seems impossible to know what they are thinking. Are they truly the ‘gate keepers’ for obtaining and job with their company and if so, how can you know what the ‘key’ is to opening the gate?

Come to this virtual work session sponsored by the Strommen Center. On Monday, April 20 at 12:00 p.m. (Central Time), Career Coach Tom Colosimo will discuss what it takes to work successfully with recruiters. He will also discuss the types of recruiters and why they do what they do. There is more to it than you think – The Secret Sauce!

Register For The Event In Handshake Today!

Make an Appointment with the Online Writing Center

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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!

Submit “3 Days in May” Online Workshop Ideas

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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

Augsburg University Helpline

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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.

General Announcements

Important Payroll Reminders for 4/24 Pay Date: Forms and Timesheets

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All benefits and payroll change forms must be received by 12 PM TODAY to be reflected on your payslip on Friday, April 24. Please contact Human Resources at to receive a secure delivery link for submission of forms containing sensitive information.

All timesheets must be submitted online by 2 PM Monday, April 20. (If you do not work over the weekend, please submit your timesheet today.)

Monday April 20 – 2:00 PM timesheet deadline – system is LOCKED.
Tuesday April 21 – 10:00 AM– Supervisor approval deadline

-Supervisors MUST have all timesheets approved by 10 AM. If Staff or student employees need to adjust their timesheets after the system is locked, the supervisor should reject rather than approve the timesheet.

Please contact for any questions regarding payroll, timesheets, withholding or direct deposit forms. Thank you.

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

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Please check out the CWC “Coping with the Coronavirus” webpage for regularly updated Information on health care and emotional coping (please see link below). This page includes links to a number of free resources and apps to support your coping during these challenging times. Of particular importance is that due to COVID-19, a special open enrollment period for Obamacare has been opened until this Tuesday, April 21st.

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, as well as over the summer, 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

Virtual Study Abroad and Away advising- Plan Ahead for Next Year

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The Center for Global Education and Experience (Study Abroad & Away) is operating remotely and we have appointments available via Zoom. Our staff and peer advisors are here to support you as you plan ahead for the future!

Semester and short-term programs in the US and internationally are available for fall semester and beyond. Short-term courses for spring break and summer 2021 have destinations in the following locations: Guatemala, New York City, Minnesota Tribal Lands, Cuba, Germany, and Italy.

Our advisors are here to help every Auggie – whether you’re just getting started with Study Abroad & Away, or you already have a program chosen. Schedule an appointment here:

You can also send us an email:, or stop by our website, below.

Learn more about Study Abroad and Away

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!

Apply now to be AugSem Student Leader for Fall 2020

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AugSem is looking for student leaders to support first year students as they transition to college life and Augsburg University, in general. AugSem Student Leaders (ASL) participate in paid summer training and enjoy opportunities in the fall to:

– Help new students feel welcome
– Serve as ambassadors for Augsburg and communicate its mission
– Facilitate City Engagement Day for assigned AugSem section
– Connect students with resources on campus
– Check in with students to see how they are doing
– Assist faculty during regular AugSem class sessions
– This is a paid position with a commitment of 1-3 hours per week during Fall 2020.

Currently, we are looking for ASL majoring in these fields: art, health science, physics, social work, sociology, and theatre.

AugSem Student Leader Job Description and Application

Apply for Echo Editor Positions

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The Echo is still hiring for several Echo editor positions! Send a resume and cover letter to to apply.

The open positions are:

Managing Editor

-Be responsible for payment of staff and any other record keeping needs.

-Help uphold journalistic standards and guidelines.

-Assist in running staff and editor meetings as needed.

-Be a part of editing and layout processes.

-Provide instruction to writers and editors when needed.

Layout Editor

– Lay out the paper from front to back page each week. Knowledge of InDesign is strongly recommended for this position.

– Understand journalistic guidelines for layout.

– Create any ads, posters, promotional material, and any other reasonable designed request from the staff.

-Collaborate with editing staff on design aspects of each section.

News Editor

-Be knowledgeable about current events including Augsburg, state, national, and world.

-Fact check news articles extensively.

Sports Editor

-Be knowledgeable about Augsburg Athletics schedule and events.

-Attempt to balance sports coverage as much as possible.

– Conduct or coordinate interviews for stories as much as possible, specifically with Augsburg coaches and student-athletes.

Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Editor

-Be knowledgeable about artistic happenings in the Augsburg and greater Minneapolis community.

– Understand the components of a fair and adequate review.

Web Editor
– Be the coordinator of online publication.

– Post all stories in timely manner.

– Communicate with editors for specifics of each section.

-Maintain all online publication operations.

-Report directly to Editor(s)-in-Chief (or editor assigned to oversee web content) any issues or noteworthy items.

Echo Hiring Poster

Now Open: (virtual) All-Student Juried Show

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Although we are apart, we are thankful that we can share the work through a virtual space. This annual showcase features the artistic talents of Augsburg University students. Congrats to all the artists in the show! Also, check out the 3D Gallery version of the show with an optional guided tour around the space.

Check out the (virtual) All-Student Juried Show!

Event Announcements

Caring for Our Common Home During Earth Week

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Whether you have one minute or an hour a day, join campus-wide collective action April 20-24 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

The connections between human health, economic wellbeing, social support systems, and environmental quality are being felt in many ways in this moment of global pandemic. Let’s celebrate our common home and the life that it supports in ways that honor our current realities, imagine a bright future, and take steps together towards that new reality!

Auggie Earth Week Details

All-School Reunion Postponed

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Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of care and concern for the health and safety of the entire Augsburg University community, we are postponing the university’s first All-School Reunion that had been planned for Sept. 26, 2020.

The reunion will be rescheduled to coincide with Homecoming 2021. Those dates are still being finalized.

If you’ve already purchased tickets to the event, you have three options. First, you can do nothing—we will honor your registration for the new date in fall of 2021. Second, you can request a refund by emailing Kristen Cooper at Finally, you can ask that Kristen convert your registration into a donation to the Student Emergency Fund to support current Auggies facing hardships during this challenging time.

The reunion will be an occasion to draw together alumni; current students; and past and present faculty, staff, and friends of the university to celebrate more than 150 years of Augsburg history and—most importantly—the relationships that have shaped the lives of generations of Auggies. We are also discussing ways to incorporate some of the Sesquicentennial projects by faculty and staff that were canceled or curtailed because of the pandemic.

We are grateful to the many volunteers working to make the All-School Reunion a reality, and while we know this postponement is disappointing, we promise: in the end, it will be an event worth waiting for!

Darcey Engen and Jeff Swenson
Sesquicentennial Co-chairs

Sesquicentennial website

“Skills for Today” CWC Zoom Workshop for Students — April 22

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Struggling with trying to adjust to the challenges of the COVID crisis? Join the Center for Wellness & Counseling next Wednesday, April 22nd from 2pm – 3:30pm for a short Zoom workshop for students called “Skills for Today: Using Skillful Means to Navigate Troubled Times.” Josh Kent of CWC will be leading the group along with some Augsburg students. The session will explore how focusing on skills development can help students decrease suffering and build a life worth living (even when the world around you doesn’t seem to point in that direction!) To register for the event and get the zoom link, email Josh Kent at

RVSP for virtual event about Food, Farming, and the Green New Deal

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Are you craving community, connection, and tangible hope for a more resilient future? Join us for a conversation with Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association and author of Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal.

RSVP for the Earth Week Zoom gathering, Monday, April 20, 3:30-4:30pm. RSVP form below.

About The Book:
Grassroots Rising is a passionate call to action for the global body politic, providing practical solutions for how to survive—and thrive—in catastrophic times. Author Ronnie Cummins aims to educate and inspire citizens worldwide to organize and become active participants in preventing ecological collapse.

This book offers a blueprint for building and supercharging a grassroots Regeneration Movement based on consumer activism, farmer innovation, political change, and regenerative finance—embodied most recently by the proposed Green New Deal in the US. Cummins asserts that the solution lies right beneath our feet and at the end of our forks through the transformation of our broken food system.

The Annual 21st Augsburg Leadership Awards

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Hello Students, Staff, and Faculty,

We are happy to have the pre-recorded Annual 21st Augsburg Leadership Awards linked below. First, we would like to take this time to thank all of the students, staff, faculty, and community members who took energy and time to submit award nominations. Without your recommendation and support, this recognition would not be possible. We also want to re-thank the awards selection committee members, as well as the student members of the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award.  
Congratulations to all of the award recipients!  

The link to the Annual 21st Augsburg Leadership Awards is located here:

Daily Chapel: Pastoral Intern Sarah Swindall

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Pastoral Intern Sarah Swindall shares her reflections the encounter of the disciples with the risen Christ on the way to Emmaus, and campus ministry and her pastoral support team offer a blessing to Sarah as her internship nears its completion. Thank you to Sonja Thompson for providing music for today’s chapel service through the music archives.
Look for links for all of our services on the Campus Ministry calendar Please also visit the Campus Ministry blog to read the daily prayer.

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Keeping Track of Auggies

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