Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Timely Notice: Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

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On 7/27 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Public Safety staff were notified of a robbery that occurred around 6:45 p.m. in Lot K near the Ice Arena. The witness officers spoke with said the victim was surrounded by 4 suspects who took the victim’s phone and wallet, and then the suspects fled in a grey Honda with no license plates. The witness did not see any weapons and was not able to provide a physical description of the suspects.

For the full timely notice and safety tips, please visit the Augsburg Public Safety website linked below.

Department of Public Safety Website

Teaching and Learning

TODAY at 10 a.m. : Feedback Part 1: Monitoring Student Progress

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If you are used to seeing your students regularly in the f2f classroom, the transition to an online modality can be unsettling. This session focuses on ways the data available to you in Moodle can help ensure that you keep track of your students’ progress. The first 15 minutes will focus on Activity Completion, a user-friendly report that can give you an “at-a-glance” view of students’ engagement. The rest of the hour will focus on other Moodle activities and tools (logs, the attendance activity, the gradebook) that will provide you with feedback on how your students’ are navigating the semester.

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)

TOMORROW at 10 a.m. : “Wise Feedback” in the Remote Teaching Environment

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In this session we’ll talk about the “Wise feedback” strategy of responding to student work in a way that makes it more likely students — especially at-risk students — will engage with your feedback and be motivated to and confident that they can meet high expectations.

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)

Free Course: Black MInds Matter

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COURSE PURPOSE: Black Minds Matter is a public series that is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black students in education. The series intentionally addresses the pervasive undervaluing and criminalization of Black minds. Tangible solutions for promoting the learning, development, and success of Black students are offered.

-Identify how assumptions of criminality about Black students are manifested in school, college, and university settings.
-Recognize how socially constructed viewpoints of Black intelligence decenter them as learners in educational institutions.
-Embrace asset-based views of Black students rooted in the concepts of equity-mindedness and institutional responsibility.
-Articulate research-based policies and practices that serve to promote the learning, development, and success of Black students throughout the educational pipeline.

There are two dispositional prerequisites for this course. Learners must have a willingness to:
1. Acknowledge their own unconscious and conscious biases and the effect this has on the educational experiences of Black students.
2. Engage their personal responsibility for redressing disparate educational outcomes for Black students in education.

Each module requires a 5 hours commitment (including video session and readings).

CORA (Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement) is offering Black Minds Matter for all educators.

Find this and other events on the Justice for George Floyd Initiatives page:

Black Minds Matter

Forum Webinar – Facing the Reality: Partnering with the Business to Execute D&I Priorities

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When: August 27, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Jeffrey Cookson, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW) | Aisha Ghori Ozaki, Allstate Insurance Company | Shona Ramchandani, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)
Cost: Free

Allstate has been on a journey to expand the impact of inclusive diversity throughout the enterprise. This webinar presents unexpected ways business units chose to act and directly face their teams with critical inclusion training opportunities. Hear from a member of the Inclusive Diversity team, and a volunteer facilitator and training partner (LCW) who will share the process and journey of designing, implementing, and delivering a unique learning program aimed at disrupting unconscious bias in the workplace.

Forum Podcast Ep. 40 – The Ubiquity of Masculine Leadership Traits

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Team Dynamics co-founders Trina Olson and Alfonso Wenker explore how US-based workplaces reinforce preferences for whiteness and masculinity in talent recruitment, hiring, and promotion.

Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) Subscription Ending August 31

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We will not be renewing our subscription to hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) which provides online short tutorial videos on many topics including software like Microsoft products. Over the past 2 years usage has declined greatly and Augsburg is not getting enough value from the subscription. Based on current analytics this impact is minimal due to low usage. There’s an abundance of free tutorial videos online now easily found through searching.

General Announcements

New Remote Desktop Options – Coming Soon

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In the next week Augsburg IT will be releasing an updated Remote Desktop client to the campus community. The updated client features a Windows 10 environment with Office 2016 and other updated apps. Augsburg-managed PCs will find a new “Remote Work” connection file on the desktop that will allow them to connect to the new client. Instructions for Macs and computers not owned by Augsburg will also be made available in an upcoming communication.

Two versions of remote desktop will be available:
Remote Work – includes Agresso, campus network drives, other administrative applications
Remote Labs – the same software as on-campus computer labs

Augsburg IT wishes to thank the Registrar’s office and other ‘early adopters’ that helped beta-test these services.

Voices from the Global South – Hybrid and Online Courses this Fall

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Register for a fall hybrid or online course with an Augsburg CGEE global faculty from Latin America and Southern Africa. CGEE’s courses focus on amplifying voices of marginalized people from around the world, many from the Global South. These courses will include interactions with guest speakers from our community partner connections in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Namibia, and more!

There is a huge variety of courses available, including unique courses such as:

-Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S.
-Queer History In Latin America
-Mexican Cultures through Film
-Citizen Participation in a Globalized Economy
-And many more!

To access these courses, search in Records and Registration under Fall 2020 term. Look for Communication/Film, Gender/Sexuality/Women’s Studies, History, Political Science, Religion, and Spanish, with section designations: “X” for Mexico, “G” for Central America (Guatemala & Nicaragua), and “S” for Southern Africa.

Register for class per usual to reserve your seat soon!

See fall online courses in Records & Registration

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.

Centralized Mask Purchase is Complete

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All Augsburg faculty, staff, and students must wear face coverings while in any common areas on university property, as required by an executive order from MN Gov. Tim Walz that went into effect July 24. Facilities Management already has made masks available to critical staff, faculty, and resident students on campus. In addition, the university has placed a large order for reusable, adjustable, customized cloth masks that will arrive in mid-August. A variety of Augsburg-specific designs will be available for Augsburg community members in Minneapolis and Rochester, and individuals can opt to receive one mask free of charge as we enter the new academic year.

A key benefit of purchasing the masks in bulk was Augsburg’s ability to negotiate a lower price per piece for a higher quality mask, thereby using university resources responsibly. The mask designs feature Augsburg‘s maroon and gray brand colors, logo, and spirit marks. Augsburg community members should not pursue purchasing additional face coverings using university funds without first consulting with Laura Swanson Lindahl, director of marketing. Please send questions or comments about the centralized mask order to Contact Bryan Massich at to receive a mask from Facilities before the bulk order arrives.

Preview the mask designs.

Event Announcements

Free Online Event: Dear White People: Showing Up for Black Colleagues

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Dear White People: Showing up for Black colleagues
Wednesday, July 29, 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Register at:

From the Event Page: Dear White People is a four-part webinar series interrogating whiteness, anti-blackness and anti-racism in education. Part 4 of the series investigates how do you show up for your Black colleagues in schools and campuses?

Find this event and more on the “Justice for George Floyd” Initiatives page linked below.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

Virtual Career Fair for Jobseekers with Disabilities

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Bender Consulting Services, Inc. is hosting a Disability Virtual Career Fair on August 5, 2020.This Virtual Career Fair is FREE for jobseekers with disabilities to attend. Competitive opportunities for every level of candidate, from experienced professionals, recent college graduates and college students with disabilities, to meet online with employers across the nation!

Candidates are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions. Connect with employers looking to hire people with disabilities and learn about opportunities within a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors.

After registering for the event, it is recommended participants login to their account and update their profile, upload a resume, enter their educational background, review employers’ job listings, and express interest in specific employers.

Technology Requirements: Google Chrome (recommended browser) or Firefox are required to join video/audio chats or view chat room broadcasts. Otherwise, you may use Safari, Internet Explorer (Version 11 only), or Microsoft Edge.

Register for the event in Handshake

URGO Summer Research Presentations (NSMSCS)

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On Monday, July 27, through Wednesday, July 29, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Augsburg URGO Researchers from Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences will present their summer research projects. All are welcome to attend!

This is a virtual event; click the link to join!

Tuesday’s Schedule
10:00 – 11:15
Ethan Poppen: Preparing Polymer Education Tools for the Future
Madeline Rasche: When Life gives you Lemons, make Biginelli’s Lemonade
Barbara Sabino Pina: Fate of Peroxy Radicals
Sean Litwin: To be announced
Justin Holewa: Genome-Wide Identification and Analysis of Chitinases in Barley

11:30 – 1:00 BREAK

1:00 – 2:00
Ted Strombeck: Predicting Personality Types with Machine Learning
David Robshaw: Redistricting in R
Anh Huynh: Gamma band activity is decreased in an animal model of schizophrenia
Jacob Klinger: Adapted for life without walls

Wednesday’s Schedule
10:00 – 11:15
Jason Llapa: Discovery of Actin Rings in Daphnia Basal Bead
Pa Chia Moua: Multiple genes alignment on target genes involved in HPE in Daphnia magna
Reginald Oblitey: How to Make Mutant Human Neuroblastoma cell Line Using CRISPR
Hope Kannare & Andyr Warrington: Assessing the suitability of the medial dorsal thalamus nuclei as a potential target for schizophrenia treatment

11:30 – 1:00 BREAK

1:00 – 2:00
Natalee Lessert: Knee Kinematics in Division III Soccer Players Before and After a Fatigue Protocol
Claudia Radilla: Dog Facial Morphology Genetics
Nicholas Rogge: Exploration of SLC39a14 Gene and the Effects of Manganese Overexposure

Virtual Town Halls for Parents and Families this Week and Next

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Virtual town halls primarily geared for parents and families of Augsburg students will be hosted by President Paul Pribbenow on Thursday, July 30, and Monday, August 3, from 5-6 p.m. Recordings will be posted after the events.

The link to join the webinar will be posted on the Virtual Town Halls page on the Outbreak Planning site (link below).

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

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