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Plan Ahead for Study Abroad on Spring Break and Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Spring Break 2021 and Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Roots to Rap: Islam in America – spring break
HIS 195 (Humanities)

Faith, Vocation, and Social Change – spring break
RLN 409 (Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 (Keystone for some majors)
Spanish Language & Mexican Cultures – summer, multiple SPA course available(Modern Language)

Medical Spanish & Clinical Observership – summer, SPA 218 and SPA399


Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer

THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Sustainability and Food Justice in Italy & the US – Summer
HIS 170 (Humanities) or HIS 440 (elective)

Music Therapy in China – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get more information about these short term programs

TODAY at 10 a.m.: Practical Pedagogy Series

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Using Augsburg’s pedagogical models to inform your choice of Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) options for Fall 2020″ Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright will be reviewing two overarching pedagogical models in use at Augsburg — Self-Regulated Learning and Community of Inquiry (COI) — and how these intersect with Augsburg’s three ERI options for Fall 2020.

Wednesdays | Practical Pedagogy Series | 10 am – 11 am, ZOOM

Please join CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright and guests for the Practical Pedagogy Series every Wednesday from 10-11am. Designed to complement the Tech Tune-Ups and Tips series and Fellowship Fridays, the Practical Pedagogy series will focus on helping you maintain and/or improve your current pedagogical practices using your preferred Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI, aka Augsburg’s “Hybrid”) option: LIve Remote, Blended, or Parallel. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Augsburg CTL website, and weekly topics will be posted in A-mail. We look forward to seeing you! *These sessions will be recorded.

Schedule/ZOOM Information are linked below. (This doc is only accessible with an Augsburg email address.)

Practical Pedagogy

TOMORROW at 10 a.m.: The Moodle “Lesson” and Online Quizzing

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Too often online content can be “text-heavy” and yawn-inducing. The first 15 minutes will focus on the Moodle “Lesson,” a graded activity used to build structured pathways through various learning materials (text, images, videos) while testing students’ comprehension. Auto-graded quizzes are also an effective way to engage students and confirm their understanding of online content. The rest of the hour will address how to create a quiz–specifically–how to create a syllabus quiz and methods for ensuring academic integrity.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.

Come Zoom with the E-learning Team as they offer two 60-minute sessions each week on how to maximize your use of Moodle and learning technologies as you get ready for classes this Fall. Each session will open with 15-minutes of “pertinent tips & best practices” about important Moodle features/resources. The final 45 minutes will provide training on a specific learning experience or tool.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips’ ZOOM information, schedule, and recordings are linked below (only viewable with an Augsburg email address).

Tech Tune-ups & Tips

Find Fellowship on Friday

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“Fellowship Fridays” | 2 pm – 3 pm, ZOOM

CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

Fellowship Fridays ZOOM Information (This doc is only accessible with an Augsburg email address.)

New ICE Guidelines: Supporting Our International Students

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is aware of the SEVP/ICE Announcement released Monday, regarding restrictions on online course delivery for international students on F-1 visas. We knew there was a real possibility that SEVP/ICE would revert to its standard online course delivery restrictions. And that is unfortunately what happened.

It’s important to note that Augsburg University does not plan to teach fully online/remote in the fall. We will have courses available in several hybrid models that include face-to-face instruction, as well as some fully in-person courses that should keep our international students in compliance.

Now that we have the official announcement—as well as the university’s course delivery plans—we, together with the Deans, Registrar, and Advising, will seek to develop course delivery options for all international students, undergraduate and graduate.

Individualized approaches will be sought as we look at each international student’s degree plan and course registration. These plans will look different for those who are currently in the U.S. versus those who are currently in their home countries.

All of our international students have been informed in more detail, but we want the broader campus community to be aware of these considerations as well.

Bettine Hoff Hermanson and the ISSS team are available to support our students and answer questions (

Jonas Poulsen, ISSS program Assistant shared with us a circulating petition to put pressure on Congress to revert the decision. Please follow the link below if you are interested in adding your name (130,000 have signed this so far).

SEVP/ICE Announcement

General Announcements

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad/Away: Virtual Appointments Open Now

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Study Abroad & Away is operating remotely this summer and we have appointments available via Zoom! Our staff and peer advisors are here to support you – and summer is a great time to plan ahead for your study abroad/away adventure!

Choose from semester and short-term programs in the US and internationally in Spring 2021 and beyond. Short-term courses for spring break and summer 2021 will be traveling to Guatemala, New York City, 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

Matching Fund for Donations in Response to the George Floyd Murder

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We have established a fund of $20,000 to match donations from students, faculty and staff to nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities that are doing important work to combat racism, meet the needs of our neighbors, and help to rebuild communities and businesses. We have chosen four organizations with which Augsburg has important ties and we now are ready to launch the matching fund.

Any gift to one or more of these four organizations from a member of the Augsburg community will be matched dollar for dollar. The four organizations are:

MIGIZI ( MIGIZI was founded in 1977 as Migizi Communications, Inc., with a goal of countering the misrepresentations and inaccuracies about Native people in the media. MIGIZI’s first weekly radio production, The Native American Program, set the stage for First Person Radio and its nationally distributed programming. Today, First Person Productions is a multimedia training effort for Native youth aimed at providing state-of-the-art storytelling skills, enhancing self-esteem and improving academic performance. Additional MIGIZI efforts address youth needs in jobs, culture, leadership and more. MIGIZI’s building was destroyed in the violence that ensued after George Floyd’s murder.

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS ( Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. Black, POCI and other youth are already building the abundant and just future they envision. Help amplify the creativity of young artists in ways that improve our city.

PILLSBURY UNITED COMMUNITIES ( Pillsbury United Communities co-creates enduring change toward a just society. Built with and for the people we serve, our united system of programs, neighborhood centers, and social enterprises empowers individuals and families across the region to own their future on their own terms. The Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside is one of Pillsbury’s community centers.

NORTHSIDE ACHIEVEMENT ZONE ( The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with our partner organizations, we are walking side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.

To qualify for matching funds, Augsburg community members should make a gift to one of these organizations between now and the end of July and send a copy of a donation receipt to Cyndi Berg (bergc2@augsburg) in the President’s office. Please note:request for matching funds, in the subject line. After August 1, we will total the gifts to each of the organizations and send matching funds equal to the total donated.

The matching funds are made possible through gifts to the President’s Strategic Fund, which were contributed by alumni and friends of Augsburg this past spring.

This matching fund program is simply one way in which the Augsburg community can take concrete action to live up to our personal and institutional commitments to the values of anti-racism and community building. We believe that Augsburg is called to be a neighbor to the communities that surround our campus.

2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Call For Proposals Now Open

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®️ is excited to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for our 33rd Annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference — Workplace Revolution: From Talk to Action.

At this moment in time, we as a global human society are experiencing extreme disruptive change. The Covid 19 pandemic has influenced our ways of being, connecting, planning, and visioning. But as we, The Forum, look to the future with a host of unknown variables, one thing is true. Our highest priority is to continue to foster connections that provide DEI learning opportunities and resources to push bold thinking toward equitable solutions for lasting impact.

We invite you to submit a proposal to be a part of the upcoming program year during this critical time in history.

The submission deadline is Monday, July 27, 2020.

Free COVID-19 Testing at People’s Center for Uninsured Students

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People’s Center Health Services (one block from Augsburg on Riverside) has drive-up COVID-19 testing that is first-come, first-serve (no appointment necessary). Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am to 3:45pm; Thursdays from 8:30am to noon. The testing is free if you are uninsured; if you have insurance your insurance will be billed but there will be no charge to the patient. See link below for more information and a new patient registration form to complete and bring to the appointment.

People’s Center COVID-19 Testing

CWC’s 24/7 Urgent Phone Counseling Service

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During summer sessions, CWC’s after-hours urgent phone counseling service, ProtoCall, is available 24/7 to support students. Just call CWC’s main phone 612-330-1707 and choose Option 1 to talk to a trained mental health counselor for coping support.

For ongoing phone counseling this summer when CWC is closed, Walk In Counseling is providing free, confidential phone counseling (with ongoing appointments available).

Walk In Counseling Center

Event Announcements

Global Citizenship: Whole World Sensibilities and Responsibilities in the Time of COVID-19

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When: July 30, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: Global Diversity
Presenters: Khadija Ali, Global Language Connections | Shawntera M. Hardy, PolicyGrounds Consulting | Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota

Global citizenship and interconnectivity allows us to experience and impact the world in more expansive ways than ever before. However, with this new international reach, comes responsibility for simultaneously caring for both our local communities and for others on the planet impacted by our actions or decisions. Given these new realities, how do we ensure our practices and solutions meet increasingly complex challenges at the local and planetary levels?

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