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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.

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.

TODAY 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 today’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)

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

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After today’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)

TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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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.)

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

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

A-mail Hiatus TOMORROW and Next Friday

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Augsburg staff 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 24.

Send questions or concerns via email to

Windows / Office License Expring? Activating Windows

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Augsburg-owned PCs normally update Windows and Office license information when connected to the on-campus network. In the remote work environment many users are being prompted to activate Windows. Your LFC can help you activate Windows thru a remote assist session.

Please schedule a 15 minute assistance session on your LFC’s calendar to re-Activate Windows. You’ll need to be present to enter your login credentials. Your LFC can also tell you about accessing campus resources remotely over the VPN at this time.

Administrative staff can schedule with the calendars for OR

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

Augsburg-Branded Signage and Graphics for COVID-19 Messaging

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In partnership with several groups across the university, the Augsburg marketing department is developing a unified set of signage templates and physical distancing markers to provide coronavirus-related health and safety messaging for university properties and settings.

>>> Initial templates are available that allow community members to download signage documents, update the files on their personal computers using word processing software, and print signage using the copy center or an office copier/printer. The marketing department will continue making new templates available as additional needs arise. Current templates include:
– 8 ½ x 11 inch signs
– 11 x 17 inch color signs
– Room and elevator capacity signs
– Table tents
– Cleaning best practices
– And more

>>> In addition, the marketing department placed a centralized order of adhesive physical distancing markers — including floor dots and floor lines — to aid in the proper spacing of individuals as they wait for service.

Visit the signage page on the Outbreak Planning website to view the materials that are already available for download, place an order for floor markers, request a new signage template, or inquire about a custom design.

Send questions or comments to Laura Swanson Lindahl at and Denielle Stepka at

COVID-19 signage templates and graphics

Event Announcements

Next Week. Forum Webinar – 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.

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

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

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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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