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Qualtrics Classic Reports Going Away Oct 31, 2020

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Qualtrics has informed us that they’re retiring the Classic Reports in favor of the new Advanced Reports. Below is what they have said:

Over the last 24 months, we’ve been working hard to develop an improved and modern reporting experience. The new and improved Advanced Reports experience is now available to all of our customers and offers a number of benefits including: a new simplified user experience, better application performance and increased stability in report generation. You can find out more about the new experience on this support page.

After October 31st, 2020, you will lose access to any reports which were created with Classic Reports, including scheduled emails and public reports. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to rebuild reports on the Advanced Reports platform and to download a PDF copy of existing reports you wish to keep.

To view Classic Reports in a user account, navigate to the Advanced Reports page (Reports tab > Reports section), click on the name of the advanced report and select View Classic Reports from the dropdown.

Qualtrics Reports Support

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

CTL “Quick Guide” to Tech Tune-Up and Practical Pedagogy Recordings and Resources

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Feeling overwhelmed with course prep? CTL and the E-Learning team have created several sessions to help you adapt to this new mode of teaching! Check out the suggested schedule below to access resources to help you effectively and efficiently get ready for classes next week. Use the descriptions below each recording title to focus on the specific information you most need.

Quick Guide

New Guide for COVID-Safe Community Engagement for Classes or Groups

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Planning a community-engaged learning opportunity now has added complexities, whether trying to stay virtual or working out details of being in person. It is possible! In addition to the existing guides on experiential education, the Sabo Center has created a new guide with questions to consider and resources to check out in the process of planning during COVID-19. Find this resource and more on our Classroom Connections webpage.

Community Engagement Resources

General Announcements

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 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

Immediate Volunteer Need: Seeking Dining Services Ambassadors ASAP

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We have developed a sign-up for those who wish to volunteer in the Commons as a dining services ambassador. There are several times and stations available each day (you can find the descriptions linked in the sign-up), which we will need to have filled. Contact Tessa Wegenke at for more information.

We also are developing a volunteer schedule for the first week of classes. More information to come.

Sign Up to Be a Dining Services Ambassador

Wondering how to Connect with our Neighbors?

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Augsburg’s commitment to community service and engagement is long-standing and deeply held. Since 1992, day undergraduate students have participated in service projects on City Engagement Day, even before they’ve had their first class. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to press pause on City Engagement Day this year, but our commitment to community building is unwavering. Instead of sending hundreds of incoming students out to serve Minneapolis neighborhoods and organizations, we are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to engage with their local communities in ways that are meaningful to them personally.

For those looking for local options for engagement, Sabo Center staff members have compiled this list of local opportunities for community service. We will update this document as we learn of new opportunities, and we have not vetted every one, so take care in considering COVID-19 safety practices, the organization’s capacity to host groups, and other key questions.

If you’d like to suggest an addition to this list, please email us at

Local engagement opportunities

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

“Get Ready for Fall” Staff/Faculty Session: TOMORROW

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The session covers 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.

8/26 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

All Hands

Keeping Track of Auggies

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