Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Teaching and Learning

Recording Tips and Instructor-Generated Video: TOMORROW at 10 a.m.

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Studies have shown that audio and video recordings are an excellent way to promote your “virtual presence” in an online class. The first 15-minutes will provide tips on optimizing your recording “studio” (work area). The rest of the hour will discuss strategies and tools for creating effective video lessons including how to curate your content and add captions.

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 (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Next Week = Feedback Week

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Next week (7/28-7/30), the eLearning team’s Tech Tune-ups and Tips, in coordination with CTL’s Practical Pedagogy, will be entirely devoted to the topic of Feedback.

Watch for more information soon. Tech Tune-ups and Tips are offered via ZOOM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am. The Practical Pedagogy series is Wednesdays at 10 am. More information is available in the CTL site linked below.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Understanding Student Cognitive Load in the Remote Teaching Environment: Wednesday at 10 am

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Learning is hard work, and students this fall will have even more distractions. This session will review the role intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load play in student learning and offer suggestions for reducing extraneous cognitive load in the remote teaching environment.

Wednesdays from 10 am – 11 am: CTL’s Practical Pedagogy Series

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!

Practical Pedagogy (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

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.

Sad News about Regent Emeritus

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Curtis “Curt” Sampson passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020. Curt and his family have a long history with Augsburg. Curt was proud to share that he started meeting with Augsburg’s presidents when he was a toddler. For decades, his father and then Curt advised Augsburg leaders on how to best serve the community. Curt’s father (Selmer) and uncle (Alvin) graduated from Augsburg, and three of his brothers attended Augsburg. Curt served on Augsburg’s Board of Regents from 1989-2001 and again from 2012-2016.

Curt was a good friend of the university, sharing much of his time with us at events on campus, at dinners at Augsburg House, and many other special moments. He also proudly hosted some of Augsburg’s most well-attended alumni events at Canterbury Park.

Curt was also passionate about education, as was evident in his philanthropy and years of leadership on the Augsburg Board of Regents. He regularly gave scholarships to local high school students so they could attend college.

A full obituary and service information will be published at the link shared below.

Please join me in keeping Curt’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D.
Augsburg University

Curt Sampson obituary and service information

Event Announcements

Forum Digital Presentation – Global Citizenship

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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?

Free Webinars/Training on Anti-Blackness and Anti-Racism

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The Justice for George Floyd Initiatives page is a great resource for free workshops/online training sessions, including “Dear White People” hosted by The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology.

Dear White People is a four-part webinar series interrogating whiteness, anti-blackness and anti-racism in education. Part 3 of the series investigates how it’s okay to be white, but can you also be antiracist in educational spaces?

Free and open to all.


Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

Keeping Track of Auggies

Exciting Research News for URGO Alum

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URGO alum Mathia (Tia) Colwell ’15 was recently awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) through the University of Minnesota. According to UMN, “The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University’s most accomplished Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.” If this award is not enough to convince you of Colwell’s academic prowess, she was also awarded the F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award through the National Institute of Health (NIH), which provides two years of funding for her research.

These incredibly impressive accomplishments come after years of study and research that began during Colwell’s time at Augsburg. A graduate from Augsburg’s biology department, her research experience in 2015 under Dr. Ralph Butkowski was a catalyst for her career as a research scientist. “Participating in URGO established a basic foundation of what I could expect in graduate school with developing the logic behind research design,” she said. “I enjoyed the URGO experience so much, that I was thrilled to learn I could pursue a career in research by attending graduate school.” Colwell is currently in the third year of her Molecular Genetics Ph.D. program, designing and working on a project that investigates the multigenerational effects of arsenic exposure during pregnancy on the epigenome.

Congratulations Tia for your impressive work as a scientist!

The Impact of Off-Campus Research for URGO Alum

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One of URGO’s primary roles on campus is to offer academic year and summer research opportunities to students across campus. Additionally, URGO helps students find off-campus research opportunities that diversify their portfolio and build their research skills. One alum who chose to look off-campus was Laura Fricke ’19. Read about her story and how a research experience at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City shaped her future forever.

Read about her story


ISO: Two housemates for affordable South Minneapolis house by August 1st

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ISO: Two housemates for an affordable South Minneapolis property by August 1st
We have a 4 bedroom house and are looking for 2 housemates to be the other 2. Half the house recently moved out because of changing life circumstances.

$453.75/month + ¼ utilities (water/trash, electric, gas, internet), strict 1-year lease period from August 1st, 2020-July 31, 2021. Potentially flexible for earlier move-in. Interview, application fee, and deposit required. This house is cat friendly!

ROOM 1: Cozy room in house has hardwood floors and includes an attached 3-season sunroom with a private entrance. Share a full bathroom with one other housemate.

ROOM 2: Slightly more spacious room with windows and closet. Ample room for a queen size bed. You would also share a full bathroom with another housemate.

Washer/dryer on-site along with a well-furnished kitchen. Perks include shared front patio, partially fenced yard, and basement storage. Convenient to Powderhorn Park, Seward Co-Op and Sabathani, Midtown Global Market, Hosmer Library, biking trails and buses #5 and #4.

We are seeking mature housemates who are mindful of the COVID-19 threat and responsible about social distancing & mask recommendations. 21+ preferred (we keep alcohol in the house). Grad students ideal!

A background check and income verification will be conducted by the property manager before final approval.

Our welcomes all races/religions/gender identities. Please PM me ASAP with questions to set up a visit.

NOTE: The house has mobility issues (stairs) and requires snow shoveling in winter. Ample street parking available.