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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
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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
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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 https://pillsburyunited.org/covid19/. Use the Comments section to designate your gift for the Brian Coyle Center Food Shelf.
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Download these Zoom backgrounds to celebrate finals week and the graduating class of 2020.
• Class of 2020: http://web.augsburg.edu/marcomm/downloads/zoom-backgrounds_Class-of-2020.png
• Congratulations, Graduates: http://web.augsburg.edu/marcomm/downloads/zoom-backgrounds_Congrads.png
• We Are Called | Auggies: http://web.augsburg.edu/marcomm/downloads/zoom-backgrounds_We-Are-Called.png
• We Did It: http://web.augsburg.edu/marcomm/downloads/zoom-backgrounds_We-Did-It.png
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.
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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.
GENDER, SEXUALITY AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
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)
LANGUAGES AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES
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
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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.
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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