Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Cloth Masks Must Be Worn On Campus

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All staff, faculty and students MUST wear cloth face masks while in any common areas while on Augsburg property, based on Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for higher education. Resident students must wear them while out of their residence hall living spaces.
Cloth masks are in stock for critical staff and faculty and resident students. Contact Bryan Massich ( if you need one.
Wearing cloth masks does not replace the need to adhere to frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face, and practicing social distancing, our best tools to help prevent the spread of illness.

The Stay Home executive order issued by Gov. Tim Walz continues. Fob access has been turned off except for those who have critical work on campus and resident students living on campus. Those who have access are asked to maintain social distancing. Go only where you need to go and only stay on campus to complete your critical tasks. Do not linger on campus. No guests are allowed. Augsburg is trying to minimize people gathering and help custodians focus on cleaning and disinfecting student residential spaces.

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 again. If you plan to work multiple days in a row, please wait until your last visit to submit a work order.

Teaching and Learning

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.

Online Learning Consortium Ideate Workshops

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Information taken directly from the OLC Website (linked below):

The Online Learning Consortium constantly strives to create new points of engagement amongst educators across the field of online, digital and blended learning.

Over the course of two weeks (April 21 – May 1), the OLC will be holding a series of open salons (a casual and inclusive space with discussions organized and facilitated by a salon leader) that will offer educators of all levels the opportunity to listen to emerging ideas and effective practices from their peers. These casual discussions will be designed to specifically encourage reflection, co-creation, and synthesis, with connections to future OLC events for further collaboration.

There is no charge to participate live.

OLC Ideate Information and 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 Prep Course Registration Form

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.

Register for Globally Focused Online Courses this Summer

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Stay connected to the global community this summer with online courses from Augsburg’s Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE). 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

General Announcements

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

Free Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook- in Spanish and English

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The Wellness Society is offering free downloads of their new “Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Tough Times.”

This book is offered in both English and Spanish, and is full of helpful information and links to related resources.

Please download and share!

The Wellness Society Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

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

Need a job? New Job Search Platform

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The Strommen Center is proud to present CareerShift a powerful job search platform that searches online for any open position and allows you to search for them through this one interface. You no longer have to visit a dozen sites for jobs you are interested in, instead you can search all of those sites through CareerShift.

Search, select and store job listings from all job boards and all company job postings.

Get up-to-date contact information, including e-mail addresses, for millions of companies.

Access in-depth information about contacts and companies posting jobs.

Current students and alumni have access to this platform. Staff and faculty can also make accounts to help coach students when in the job search process.

Student and Alumni Login can be found on the Strommen Community Moodle site under Job and Internship Search:

Or on Hanshake on the resources page:

This platform was purchased through grant dollars by the Strommen Center in response to COVID-19 and the uncertain employment situation.

Strommen Community Moodle Site- CareerShift Log In

Event Announcements

Event for Communications Majors

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Join UpTurnships and the Strommen Center Tuesday, April 28 at noon for the next session of our Lunch and Learn series with speakers, Aaron Zaslofsky founder of Wheelhouse Communications, LLC and Pang Xiong, Thrivent Financial and Augsburg Alum, to talk about what you can do with your communications major. There are so many options and career paths for communications majors, hear what our two speakers did with theirs, ask questions, and get advice.

Register for the event in Handshake today!

Zoom Backgrounds for the Class of 2020

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Download these Zoom backgrounds to use at your virtual ceremony:

• 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.

Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19 – Panel Discussion Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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National student mental health organization Active Minds, is having a webinar on Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00pm CST: “Anxiety in the Time of COVID-19.” This will be a panel discussion including two Active Minds speakers, and a personal counselor. “We are living through an unprecedented time of ambiguity, disappointment, financial struggles, and more. Whether or not we have a history of anxiety, many of us are experiencing it now. Join our panel for a discussion about coping in a time when many of our typical outlets may be compromised, being someone who is well, but worried, and adjusting to our temporary new ‘normal’.”

Sign Up for the Webinar

Keeping Track of Auggies

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

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Several Augsburg employees & students are involved with launching SafeDistance, a new app from HealthPartners & University of Minnesota.

This app has been featured on KARE-11, WCCO-CBS Minnesota, and Pioneer Press.

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.

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.

Another Alum Recognized 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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