Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

MDH Releases Recommendations for Different Levels of COVID-19 Transmission

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On Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Health released recommendations for how colleges and universities in the state should respond to different levels of COVID-19 transmission occurring in or around their campuses this fall. The Augsburg Coronavirus Task Force will be summarizing these transmission levels and the responses institutions should consider into a more digestible, table format, but wanted to make the full document available to the campus community.

Recommendations for Different Levels of COVID-19 Transmission Among Higher Education Institutions

Teaching and Learning

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.

Forum Podcast Ep. 42 – Politically (In-)Correct: Survival Lessons for the 21st Century

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In this The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kristine F. Hoover (Gonzaga University) addresses the gap in knowledge for well intended people who may struggle with language and skills to “do the work” and to engage in dialogue with diverse others.

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

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

TODAY at 10 a.m. : Accessibility and Keys to Beginning Fall Semester Well

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The first 15 minutes will offer suggestions on how to ensure all students have access to your course content. The rest of the hour will offer tips and strategies for helping your students start well and be successful in the more remote/online environment in which they will be learning this Fall.

After Tuesday’s workshop, take a half-hour break and come back for the Advanced Zooming Lab to practice your skills from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

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 address)

TOMORROW at 10 a.m. : “Kids on Board: Teaching and Learning While Parenting”

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This session will focus on the special challenges that parents — both instructors and students — are facing during this Time of Covid and remote instruction/learning. This session will be more of a facilitated forum to allow faculty to raise concerns and/or share solutions about remote instruction and learning with children at home.

Wednesdays through August 19 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!

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

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

Advanced Zooming Lab: Practice Your Zoom Hosting Skills TODAY at 11:30 a.m.

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The E-Learning team will be on hand to practice Advanced Zoom hosting skills (e.g., breakout rooms, polling, reactions and participant responses, multiple devices & log-ons, annotation, and screen-sharing) in small groups in breakout rooms. This will be an excellent opportunity to gain experience with these tools in a low-stakes, collegial environment.

This lab add-on to Tech Tune-ups and Tips will take place from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Checkout the workshop “Accessibility & Keys to Beginning Fall Semester Well” from 10 am – 11 am, take a 30 minute break, and then test out your skills during the lab.

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

Tech Tune-ups and Tips Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg address)

General Announcements

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 global courses in Records & Registration

Use Your Tuition Benefit to Study Leadership

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Faculty and Staff – Use your Augsburg employee tuition benefit to pursue a graduate credential in leadership. Check out our website is at: for information about the MA in Leadership, the three course Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (GCLS), as well as the dual MBA/MAL degree.

All fall MAL classes will be online and we are still taking applications for that term. Let us know if you would like to connect to discuss your options.

Application information can be found at:

Alan Tuchtenhagen, MAL Director

Deanna Davis, MAL Program Coordinator

Wendy Assal, Managing Director of Graduate Admissions

Leadership Studies at Augsburg

Important Payroll Change – Monday Timesheet Deadline

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The supervisor deadline for timesheet approvals has permanently move to 12:00 PM on Monday during payroll weeks.

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. Supervisors will be approving all timesheets no later than Monday 8/24 at noon.

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

Thank you so much!
Your Payroll and Human Resources Team

Event Announcements

Spring Break Study Abroad in Guatemala – Apply by November 1

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Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break!


Course options:

RLN 409 – fulfills a Search for Meaning II requirement, or

RLN 480 – Keystone for some majors

Faculty Leader: Professor Matt Maruggi

Travel Dates: March 12-21, 2021 (spring break)

Explore the concept of vocation in the context of poverty and political oppression, examining the ways in which Christian theology has been and continues to be used, both to justify oppression and injustice, as well as to support social justice movements and offer hope for a peaceful and just social order. Critically examine the ways religious faith informs the daily lives and communities of people in Guatemala, especially in their work for a more peaceful and just society. Reflect upon the history of faith and the struggle for peace and justice in Guatemala through the narratives of several spiritually-grounded change agents, and their understanding of vocation.

***Applications due November 1***

Learn more and start an application

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 Webinar – Engineering Affinity: An Easier Way to Create an Inclusive Environment

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When: September 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Joseph Santana, CDO PowerCircle
Cost: Free

Learning to accept differences, watching our thoughts, avoiding right and wrong dichotomies, training for unconscious bias awareness—these are all often-recommended steps toward being more open and accepting of others. Companies spend billions of dollars a year on these training programs. Unfortunately, they often fall short. Find out why and take away easy-to-apply, quick, practical ways to create the inclusive environment you want!

Two more “Get Ready for Fall” Staff/Faculty Sessions

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Thank you to the 60+ folks who joined yesterday morning’s Get Ready for Fall Zoom session for faculty and staff. Great questions and input on things we can follow up on in the final weeks before the fall semester starts.

There are two more sessions — see dates below. The sessions cover key information that faculty and staff need to know about coming to campus to work this fall. Please join me, along with Dawn Miller, HR director; Alicia Quella, Physician Assistant program director, chair, and associate professor; and Bryan Massich, Augsburg Facilities manager.

8/20 noon-1 p.m.
8/26 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The link to join the webinar is on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg

All Hands page

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