Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer to be Provided Soon

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All students, faculty, and staff in Minneapolis and Rochester soon will receive one face mask. Those in Minneapolis also will receive one personal hand sanitizer in time for the beginning of the fall semester. Hand sanitizer refill stations will be located at Minneapolis campus building entrances. Classes start September 2. Effective July 25, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz mandated face coverings be worn in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses, as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible to maintain. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors must wear face coverings in any common areas while on Augsburg property. Outdoors, this means anytime you are within 6’ of other people, you must be wearing a face covering. Indoors, this means the only places you may be without a face covering on campus is alone within your personal office (or students within their residential unit), or in dining spaces while eating or drinking. We recommend having multiple face coverings (3-5 or more cloth coverings is ideal) that you keep in convenient places—your car, office, and in your bag/backpack. Using cloth coverings enables you to wash them regularly so you always have a clean face covering available.

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. : “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)

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

TOMORROW at 10 a.m. : What’s New in Moodle 2020

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Each academic year brings exciting new features and improvements (in both aesthetics and usability) to Moodle. This Fall Semester will be more “virtual” than ever! Come learn how Moodle can enrich your students’ learning environment.

By popular demand, following tomorrow’s Tech Tuneups and Tips, there will be an Advanced Zooming Lab from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Tech Tune-ups & Tips every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.

*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)

Moodle Community Site Upgrade: Response Required for Community Courses to be Copied Over

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The time has come to upgrade our Moodle Community site. The upgrade will not automatically move Moodle Community courses or sites over to the new instance (the exception for this is major and minor sites). Site managers can copy over their sites to the new instance.IT will manually copy or migrate courses and sites over, ONLY if requested via the form below. The current and new instance of Moodle Community will be available till Fall or until the migration is completed. Please fill out the Google form linked below to have your Moodle Community course or site copied over.

*Academic Moodle will not be affected.

link to new community:

link to backup/restore help:

If you have any questions please reach out to Marilyn Wetterer.

Copy Your Moodle Community Course or Site

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.

Find this and more at

Black Minds Matter Information/Enrollment

By Popular Demand: Advance Zooming Lab Again TOMORROW at 11:30 a.m.

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After tomorrow’s Tech Tune-ups and Tips, we will offer a third round of the “Advanced Zooming Lab”.

Come practice your Zoom hosting skills. 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 tomorrow. Checkout the workshop “What’s New in Moodle 2020” 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

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

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Friday, August 21

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Forms Deadline
To ensure timely processing of payroll for the 8/22 pay date, if you have forms to send, please submit them to HR by noon on Friday, August 21. This includes HSA, retirement, stipend payments, and direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Timesheet Deadlines changed to Monday of Pay Weeks
Please note that all timesheet submissions AND approvals have moved up to Mondays during pay weeks. Timesheets can be submitted on Friday for supervisors to approve by noon on Mondays.

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

The Study Abroad and Away Office — Open for Virtual Appointments

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The Center for Global Education and Experience (Study Abroad & Away) is operating remotely and we have appointments available via Zoom. Our staff and peer advisors are here to support you as you plan ahead for the future!

Semester and short-term programs in the US and internationally are available for fall semester and beyond. Short-term courses for spring break and summer 2021 have destinations in the following locations: Guatemala, New York City, Minnesota Tribal Lands, Cuba, Germany, and Italy.

Our advisors are here to help every Auggie – whether you’re just getting started with Study Abroad & Away, or you already have a program chosen. Schedule an appointment here:

You can also send us an email:, or stop by our website, below.

Learn more about Study Abroad and Away

Check Out the Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

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The Justice for George Floyd Initiatives page (linked below) is updated daily and filled with events including online workshops and forums, as well as book groups, marches, donation/volunteer opportunities, and more. There are also links to recommended reading lists, podcasts, and webinars.

Continue to look to this page for ways to get involved.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

Monitor your Symptoms Daily with the CampusClear App

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CampusClear is a free self-screening free application for iPhones and Androids that everyone in the Augsburg community must complete daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Download here

Announcing the New Augsburg/Twins Cities Global Harmony Choir

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Do you love to sing *a cappella* harmony? Do you love to learn about other cultures via musical encounter? Then the Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir is for you! This year, through a combination of synchronous Zoom instruction and archived digital teaching materials, we will safely prepare a full program of study and performance in community singing traditions from Corsica, Cuba, Iran, Nigeria, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States. The magic of the virtual space will enable us to learn directly from culture bearers on both sides of the Atlantic. Augsburg students can join the ATCGHC at no cost through registration in MUS 392. Anyone else in the Metro area may register for a modest fee. Our cumulative study throughout the regular academic year will culminate in concert presentations in April, whether digitally assembled or – medical science permitting – performed in real space-time. This year’s Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir will establish the choir as an ongoing musical community, available to all year after year. Though we begin in the virtual space, we are poised to open up and meet face-to-face as soon as singers can safely gather again. Therefore, our invitation to members from the Metro community extends to anyone who considers that our home-base at Augsburg is a driveable commute for joining rehearsals or performances. Watch our video for detailed information, and share it with anyone you know who might want to use it.

We look forward to seeing you, and hearing you, in September – in our virtual, intercontinental, vocal harmony space!

Event Announcements

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!

“Get Ready for Fall” Staff/Faculty Sessions TOMORROW and Next Week

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Thank you to the 60+ folks who joined Monday 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 Rebecca John, VP and chief operating officer 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

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