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Forum Podcast Ep. 41 – Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Consulting and Training) and Lisa Strack (Bank of the West) answer questions from listeners that attended our popular webinar Engaging ERGs to Create Impact During These Current Times, sponsored by AON.

Moodle Showcase 2020-21

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Faculty, if you haven’t already noticed it, there is a new course on your Moodle 2020-21 Dashboard entitled Moodle Showcase. This course contains exemplary samples of your colleagues’ Moodle courses. The site showcases the use of images by James Vela-McConnell, an Online Group Presentation Assignment by Christina Erickson, VoiceThread LTI (integrated VT) by Kris McHale and Susan Loushin, H5P Interactive Videos by Lynda Enright, Activity Completion by Henry Yoon, and the Moodle Lesson by Phyllis Kapetanakis. Make sure you explore this site for ideas as you plan your own courses for the Fall.

Moodle Showcase 2020-2021

TODAY at 10 a.m. : Tour of Resources and E-Learning Q&A

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In addition to hosting the Tech Tune-ups & Tips sessions twice a week this summer, the E-Learning team has also been creating new resources to help you master new learning technologies. The first 15 minutes will be a tour of these resources. For the remaining 45 minutes, we’d like to hear from you. What questions/concerns do you have? What additional information do you need as you build your Moodle courses and prepare to teach using Zoom? The team will be on hand to answer questions and direct you to specific resources.

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.

*This workshop is eligible for a $25 stipend for union adjunct faculty. See for information.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Fellowship Friday is TOMORROW at 2 p.m.

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Join in for a chance to connect with other faculty.

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.)

URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

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This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds. We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot. An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment. During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form. Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant.

Questions contact Human Resources at

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

Find the application at URGO’s website.

URGO On-Campus Research

General Announcements

Add a Global Course to your Fall Schedule

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Looking for a dynamic and engaging online or hybrid course this fall? Want to hear from people all over the world to deepen your knowledge of international perspectives? If yes, we encourage you to register for an Augsburg CGEE online or hybrid course this fall!

These courses are taught by Augsburg CGEE faculty from Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa and will also bring in a variety of guest speakers and unique voices from around the globe. Several courses fulfill LAF graduation requirements. Courses include:

COM 329-X: Intercultural Communication (Fulfills Augsburg Experience Requirement)
FLM 295/495: Mexican Cultures through Film

HIS 156: The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement?
HIS 327: Racism and Resistance in Southern Africa and the U.S.
HIS 355: Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America: The Central American Context
HIS 388: Queer History In Latin America

WST 355: Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America: The Central American Context
WST 481: Queer History In Latin America
WST 324: Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies

POL 310: Citizen Participation in a Globalized Economy
POL 353: Political and Social Change in Namibia

RLN 344: Undocumented, Ecofeminist & Queer: Contemporary Latin American Liberation Theologies

SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
SPA 411: Advanced Conversation & Composition

See fall global courses in Records & Registration

Timesheet Approval Deadline – Monday August 10 at Noon

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The supervisor deadline for timesheet approvals will permanently move to 12:00 PM on Monday during payroll weeks effective with the upcoming pay period end date this Saturday, August 8 (pay date 8/14).

**For Staff not working on Fridays in August: Please be sure to submit your timesheet TODAY if you do not work over the weekend.

Supervisors should work with their respective departments to ensure that staff and student employees submit their timesheets in time for supervisors to meet the new deadline.

A communication will be emailed to all supervisors, staff and student employees this week that will provide more information about important changes and improvements to our payroll processes and policies.

As a reminder, please email with any questions related to time entry and/or payroll.

Anti-Racism Resources

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Events continue to be updated daily on the “Justice for George Floyd Initiatives” page. In addition, at the bottom of the page you will find links to suggested reading lists, podcasts, videos, and more. There is an option to jump to that portion of the page near the very top.

Please let us know if you have workshops, volunteer opportunities, or other events/ resources that you feel should be added to the page. There is a form linked at the top for submitting your items.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

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, and 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.

New Student Employment Email Address

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For all student employment-related questions or issues for Fall, please email:

Please refrain from emailing human resources personnel directly or the HR inbox for student employment questions as it may result in a delayed response. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve processes, this account will be used from now on to manage student employment.

Thank you for your continued support! -Your Student Employment Team

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Friday, August 7

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Forms Deadline
To ensure timely processing of payroll for the 8/14 pay date, if you have forms to send, please submit them to HR by noon on Friday, August 7. This includes HSA, retirement, stipend payments, and direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Timesheet Deadlines changing to Monday of Pay Weeks
Starting with the 8/14 pay date, please note that all timesheet submissions AND approvals will be moving up to Mondays during pay weeks.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as banking or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission. Please contact for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

A-mail Hiatus TOMORROW, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28

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Augsburg staff will have the four Fridays in August as additional paid time off: August 7, 14, 21, and 28. On those Fridays, the publication of A-mail will not go out and will resume the Monday after each Friday.

Anything submitted today will be published on Monday, August 10.

Send questions or concerns via email to

Event Announcements

Study in NYC on Spring Break 2021 – Apply by November 1

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Take a spring semester course that includes a week of travel to NYC on spring break!


Course: HIS 195 – fulfills a Humanities requirement

Program Leader: professor Maheen Zaman

Travel Dates: March 12-19, 2021

We will walk in the footsteps of Malcolm X on our tour of Muslim Harlem as we study the vast diversity of Black Muslim traditions – Nation of Islam, Sunni Black Muslims, West African businesses, and Latinx Muslims of East Harlem. At New York University’s nationally acclaimed Islamic Center, located in the Village, we will observe the Friday prayer in the context of a campus community integrated with its surrounding professional workforce.

Beyond these two sites in Manhattan, we will venture out to Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx to learn from organizers and advocates of immigration rights and civil liberties, investigate the process of social disappearance of working class Muslims in the face of gentrification, conduct oral histories as paired researchers across the five boroughs, sit with disciples of a female Sufi master and experience the ambiance of their spiritual practice, visit the museums of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to critically compare natural and cultural representation of Islam and Muslims, take a ferry ride to Elis Island, Statue of Liberty, and compare that immigration narrative with the memories of exclusion curated at the Museum of the Chinese in America, and so much more.

***Applications due November 1*** Open to all Auggies

Learn more and start an application

Upcoming Virtual Career Fair for Veterans

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Hire Heroes USA is hosting a Veterans Virtual Career Fair on August 13th, 2020 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm CST. Employers Connect Live with Transitioning U.S. Military Service Members, Veterans, & Military Spouses and it is a FREE Nationwide Event for Veteran job seekers.

Veterans Virtual Career Fair helps to transform Military Service into Civilian Success

After registering for the event, it is recommended participants log in 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.

*Please note that this virtual career fair is an external event and included in Handshake because it may be of interest to students and alumni. Including an event or resource does not indicate University sponsorship or endorsement of that event or resource.*

Register for the virtual career fair in Handshake Events

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.

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