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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 20th – April 24th: 12 p.m to 4 p.m

HELPLINE Email Address:

Email support is offered every day.

Faculty and Staff: Help URGO Recruit Students for Fulbright Program

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The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries, teaching English, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field.

We are asking faculty and staff to notify us of students and alumni who might be a good fit for this program. Depending on program type, students should be academically strong, have demonstrated leadership skills and a record of community engagement on campus or off. For the English Teaching Assistantship experience with tutoring, teaching or coaching is desirable, but no teaching coursework or degree is typically required. Foreign language skills are required in some countries but many countries do not require language skills.

If you know a student interested in this opportunity, please have them contact for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire.

Global Opportunities for Fall Semester – Apps Due May 1

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COVID-19 is temporarily changing how we can travel, but CGEE remains hopeful that fall 2020 study abroad programs will be able to run–and the programs below still have spots open. You can use your semester financial-aid package and you’ll get a $1,500 CGEE Travel Grant.

Apps due May 1st.

Learn about historical and present-day challenges in creating national identity and inclusive democracy. The program starts in South Africa and continues to Namibia. Classes in history, political science, religion, and wellness–or even choose an internship as part of your semester. All courses are taught in English. For fall 2020 and Spring 2021: CGEE is providing **FREE AIRFARE** for Auggies.

Develop yourself as a socially conscious media professional equipped for the challenges of modern-day media! Engage with experienced professionals on responsible journalism on critical issues such as (im)migration and the environment. Listen to the stories from those traditionally marginalized by society. No Spanish language proficiency required.

This program immerses you in Mexican culture, includes multiple excursions, and fosters friendships with Mexican students. With many elective course options, you can complete your language requirements, liberal arts requirements, and Augsburg Experience. No Spanish language proficiency required.

In the event that we must cancel fall programs, the decision will be made no later than July 15, 2020, and students will be offered spots on spring 2021 programs.

Got questions? Email us:
Set up a virtual advising appointment:

Learn more about these programs in Mexico and Southern Africa

The Forum Podcast, Ep. 31 – Master These Skills. Master Inclusive Leadership.

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Patricia Jesperson, chief curiosity officer at EmployeeEXP, and Amy Tolbert, ECCO International principal, explore the five critical leadership skills they’ve identified to help leaders transform into naturally inclusive leaders.

While emotional intelligence is an important skill when working with anyone different from ourselves, it’s only part of the inclusive leadership equation. Achieving an elevated state of self-awareness is key to developing leaders with capacity to embrace and effectively engage with the increasingly diverse workforce. The Inclusion Matrix™️ is designed for leaders—not only in title, but also those who demonstrate organizational influence.

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

Inclusive Leadership in a Virtual World – Watch Live on Facebook

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When: May 7, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Presenter: Stephen Frost, Frost Included

The coronavirus pandemic is a tragedy, but the potential silver lining is that we are living through a time of forced innovation. The leadership behaviors we exhibit will impact the performance of ourselves, our teams, our organizations like never before.

Frost Included CEO Stephen Frost will explore inclusive leadership in this context, learn five key skills essential to survive and thrive in this climate, and leave refreshed and inspired to do the work that will make the most difference.

Learning Outcomes
-Refresh inclusive leadership core skills tailored to the current climate
-Explore what forced innovation means to you, your team and your organization
-Take away 5 key skills you can immediately deploy

Learn more

Top 3 Things Students Need to Know This Week

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1. Finals are next week, April 27–30. Double-check the time of your final exams on the Registrar’s Office page or with your instructor.
2. You have until May 15 to decide if you want a letter grade or pass/low pass/no pass grading for the Spring 2020 term. See the details and instructions for requesting this grading change.
3. Virtual commencement is Friday, May 29, 2020. See info about preparing for commencement, a future in-person ceremony, and more.


See all COVID-19 updates.

General Announcements

John Coskran joins Augsburg as Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer

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I am pleased to announce that John Coskran ’09 MBA has joined Augsburg as our new Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Augsburg, John most recently served as Chief Financial Officer, SVP at YA, a data-driven digital promotions marketing company. He also has served in financial planning and analysis leadership roles at Capella and Best Buy as well as in accounting and audit at Pillsbury and Arthur Anderson. In addition to his Augsburg MBA, John earned a master degree in accounting from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and South Asia studies from Carleton College.

The new CFO position reports to the vice president and chief operating officer, and oversees administrative accounting, financial planning and analysis, and student accounts. John will serve on the President’s Net Tuition Revenue Growth team, which includes President Pribbenow, Provost Kaivola, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management Robert Gould, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Leif Anderson, and me. We also look forward to having John join Leadership Forum and the University Council Resources Committee.

In the coming weeks, we’ll look for opportunities to introduce John to a variety of faculty and staff, as our modified operations permit. When you have the opportunity, please join me in welcoming John to Augsburg!

–Rebecca John, vice president and chief operating officer

It’s Earth Day, friends

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Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Take a break sometime today to care for each other and this planet we call home. There’s is much to grieve these days, and also much to celebrate. Do both today if that’s what you need. Read a poem, sing a song, learn a bird call, bring groceries to your neighbor, call a legislator, go for a hike, make a sign for your window, watch a documentary, drink an extra glass of water and give a cheers to the Clean Water Act. So many options! Find more ways to participate on the document below. And if you participate in the special #AuggieEarthWeek2020 event, fill out the form linked in the document for a chance to win a sustainability care package!

“Earth care, as it turns out, is really about self-care and other-care. What we design today impacts how we live tomorrow. For better or for worse, it impacts far into upcoming generations.”
― L.L. Barkat

Auggies Act For Earth Week

Support the Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf

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The Brian Coyle Center has seen a huge increase in the number of people visiting the food shelf in recent weeks and the demand for food is continuing to rise. Due to safety concerns, the Brian Coyle Center is no longer accepting food donations, which means they are 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 financial contribution today. Each $1 donated enables the Brian Coyle Center to purchase $7 worth of food for distribution to neighborhood residents. To donate, go to Use the Comments section to designate your gift for the Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf.

Congratulations to the class of 2020- Show Your Support with a Zoom Background for Finals Week

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Download these Zoom backgrounds to celebrate finals week and the graduating class of 2020.

• Class of 2020:

• Congratulations, Graduates:

• We Are Called | Auggies:

• We Did It:

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.

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 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

Help Your Neighbor Beat COVID-19: Try SafeDistance, from U of M and HealthPartners, for Free.

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SafeDistance is a free, non-profit app and website that crowdsources symptom data to help detect, predict, and prevent the spread of COVID-19, all while assuring your privacy.
By using SafeDistance, you’ll receive:

* Personalized, social distancing recommendations
* Neighborhood-level COVID-19 risk map
* Assured privacy – no account required, you remain anonymous

The more people donate their data to SafeDistance, the more detailed the risk map will be – and the better University of Minnesota & HealthPartners researchers will be able to track the spread of the virus.

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.

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! We can also help connect you with mental health resources in the community.

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

Event Announcements

Sustainability Conversation with Alum – Thursday 6-7 p.m.

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For the #AuggieEarthWeek2020 event on Thursday, join a few recent grads who have been working in the sustainability world as they share what they learned from their time at Augsburg and what they’ve been doing since! All are welcome, regardless of major or actual interest in sustainability 🙂

Thursday, 6-7pm

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Lavender Celebration Awards Ceremony

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Hello Students, Staff, Faculty, and Community Members,

We are happy to have the pre-recorded the 13th Annual Augsburg Lavender Celebration & Awards Ceremony. 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.

Please take a moment to watch the video – and help me congratulate all of this year’s award and scholarship recipients.

Lavender Celebration Recording

Interfaith Chapel

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Fardosa Hassan, Muslim Student Program Associate, and Augsburg Alumnus Najib Isse, Student of knowledge in Islam, offer a dialogue about Ramadan and its significance.

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.

More information

Free Virtual Therapy Support for the African-American Community

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The Boris L Henson foundation is offering up to five free teletherapy sessions, on a first come first serve basis, to members of the African American community who are experiencing life changing events due to or related to the COVID 19.

From their website:

“COVID-19 has had a profound and unprecedented impact on all of our daily lives. The COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support campaign was developed to cover the cost for virtual or tele-therapy services by licensed, culturally competent clinicians in our network for up to five (5) sessions. This campaign is exclusive to individuals and families experiencing a life-changing event(s) related to or triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. First come, first serve until all funds are exhausted. Sign up!”

In addition, CWC staff are available to meet directly with all students via phone or Zoom through the last day of final exams, and can help you connect with resources in the community for the summer. Call our main number: 612-330-1707 to set up an appointment. And all Augsburg students will have phone access to licensed mental health counselors 24-7 over summer break by calling our main number and selecting option one.

Boris L Henson Foundation Free Virtual Therapy Campaign

Keeping Track of Auggies

Fulbright Winner to Rwanda

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URGO is pleased to announce that Winnie Godi (2017, International Relations and Gender, Sexuality,and Women’s Studies) was selected as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Rwanda where she has familiar roots. Currently, Winnie is completing a Princeton in Africa
Fellowship where she teaches middle school Geography in Botswana at one of the top schools in Africa. Princeton in Africa offers yearlong fellowship opportunities to young leaders who are committed to Africa’s advancement. Winnie is one of the 50
fellows selected from approximately 430 applicants across the U.S. This experience built on her previous position as a Kindergarten teacher in Kenya.

Congratulations to Winnie for her numerous accomplishments and for her commitment to teaching in Africa.

Fulbright Awardee to Honduras

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We are so very excited to announce that Natalya Arevalo ’20 has been accepted as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Honduras. Natalya is a history major and has been a recipient of the Sabo Scholarship, the CGEE Student of Color Scholarship, the Honoring Outstanding Latinx Students Leadership Scholarship, and the Norma Noonan Scholarship, and is an Interfaith Scholar. Last year she was a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Graduate Fellowship. She has worked as an intern with Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs, and the Minnesota House of Representatives. She is co-founder of Augsburg Women for Political Change and has taken on many other student leadership roles.

In Honduras, Natalya will be teaching English and American Studies to students of a variety of ages, including college students. She will also be working with the Access Microscholarship Program, which assists underprivileged students with access to English language learning.

Congratulations Natalya!

Another Alum Recogized by NSF

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Ellyn Peters (2018 chemistry major, biology minor) received the distinction of Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. In her second year of an organic chemistry PhD program at the University of Utah, Ellie is developing molecular descriptors for the use in statistical modeling of catalytic transformations. While at Augsburg, Ellie completed two summers of research, one as a Lindstrom Scholar and one as a Give to the Max Scholar. She also presented her findings regionally and nationally. In addition to being an Honors Program Graduate Ellie was President of Augsburg’s Chemistry Club.

Congratulations on achieving such a high honor among young scientists.


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