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Fellowship Friday TODAY at 2 p.m.

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Fridays | “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.)

Tuesday: Course Design (Best Practices) and Live Remote Modality

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Whether you have chosen to teach in a Blended or fully Online modality, your students need your Moodle course site to provide a clear plan of learning that can be easily navigated. The first 15 minutes will focus on tips for designing well. The rest of the session focuses on strategies for making the most of your synchronous Zoom sessions for those who are choosing the “Live Remote” modality option.

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.

ZOOM Info/Schedule (Only accessible with an Augsburg email address)

New ICE Guidelines: Augsburg Supporting our International Students

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is aware of the SEVP/ICE Announcement released Monday, July 6, 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.

President Pribbenow has joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration amicus brief in support of the Harvard/MIT lawsuit challenging the lCE SEVP guidance.

Two of our international students, Daniil Gerasimov (Russia) and Jonas Bergmann Poulsen (Denmark) have been approached by the media (Kare 11 News and MSNBC), and will share their voices on how these regulations will impact them as well as our international community. Links will be shared when available.

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

SEVP Broadcast Message

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HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Today, July 10

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To ensure timely processing of payroll for the 7/17 pay date, please submit all benefits and payroll change forms to by noon today, 07/10/2020. This includes all forms for benefits, retirement, stipends, FSA (including Dependent Care Spending Accounts), HSA, direct deposit and tax withholding changes.

Email if you have questions or need help.

To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as banking or social security numbers should not be emailed; please contact Human Resources at to receive a secure delivery link for submission. Thank you so much!

Star Tribune and MN Urban Debate League Sponsor Criminal Justice Reform Essay, Video, and Audio Contest

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The killing of George Floyd and the unrest that followed have created a long-delayed but urgently needed discussion on police brutality, inequities in the criminal justice system and racial injustice more broadly.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League and Star Tribune Opinion believe in the power of young minds and voices. We want the best ideas of students between the ages of 10 and 18 about how our communities can continue the hard work of responding to these crucial challenges.The task is to create an original written essay, video or audio file which describes one or two specific changes our community, state or nation should make to reduce racial inequities and injustices in the criminal justice system.Top submissions as determined by a group of judges from the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota will be published in the Star Tribune and shared with leaders across our state and nation

The submission should be entirely created by students, although others may teach new skills, such as operating a camera, microphone or computer software. Submissions must come from young people between the ages of 10 and 18, using their age as of Dec. 31, 2020. You may also submit a group project with up to six friends (seven people total).
Written essays must be no more than 700 words, typed, double-spaced and in 12-point font. Video and audio submissions should be no longer than two minutes and must be submitted in a file format that can be uploaded to YouTube. Any materials from other people (research, writing, video or audio clips, etc.) must be given credit either in the submission or in an additional text document not more than 50 words long.

How Students Can Enter:

Questions can be sent to To enter, students should fill out the form below and submit your essay, video or audio file by Aug. 16. This is their chance to be passionate, be creative, and use their own personal experiences as evidence to argue for change in our community.

Star Tribune Essay and Video Contest

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity: Judge Debate Camp This Week

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Are you interested in criminal justice reform? Help Twin Cities high school students have structured conversations on this timely topic. Be a virtual debate judge for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University.

No experience is needed. We are looking for caring adults who are willing to listen. Have Zoom? Can judge! All camp debate sessions are virtual. Policy debate rounds begin at 3:45 PM. Listen to practice debates, pick a winner, and give feedback – all while you #StayHome.

We especially need judges during the afternoons of July 14th & July 15th! Sign up today:

Volunteer Sign Up

Spring Break and Summer 2021 – Study Abroad and Away Courses are Waiting for You

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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

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Somali Translation Needed for Campus Kitchen

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Campus Kitchen is looking for translation help from 2 Somali-speaking students two Saturdays this summer from about 2:15-2:45pm. The students would ask residents questions during a fresh produce distribution in Cedar-Riverside. We’d provide a stipend! DM me or email if you’re interested or know someone who might be.