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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.

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.

New Guide for COVID-Safe Community Engagement

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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.

Resources For Community Engagement

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 (This link can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

Volunteer With Neighborhood Organizations

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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 Volunteer Opportunities

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

Augsburg Dining Service Menu – August 28

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The menu for opening service on Friday is available at the following link. This link will depict weekly menus as we move through the semester.

During Phase 1 of the food service opening, this menu will be served at Nabo as well. You may purchase your meal from Nabo with a meal plan swipe, flex points or credit card. As we progress through the planned phases of service, offerings will be expanded until we reach the traditional service level. There is no time frame attached to the various phases of service. Safety will be used to determine the progression.

Thank you, be safe!

Urgent Phone Counseling Available 24/7

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Until classes resume next week on 9/2, CWC’s after-hours urgent phone counseling service, ProtoCall, is available 24/7 to support students. Call CWC at 612-330-1707 and choose Option 1 to talk to a trained mental health counselor for coping support.
For additional ongoing phone counseling when CWC is closed, Walk In Counseling is providing free, confidential phone counseling (with ongoing appointments available). For other low cost counseling centers in the community, click on the link below.

More Volunteer Opportunities – Class Ambassadors

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We have had such a great response to the dining volunteer ambassador sign-up, and are extremely grateful to all who are helping us ensure our students have the best experience possible as we come back to campus.

We have even more opportunities to volunteer, with these centering on the getting-to-class experience; these will run from Wednesday, 9/2 – Tuesday, 9/8, and have a variety of shifts and locations available. Volunteers will be encouraging our students to wear their face coverings, handing out disposable masks to those who do not have one available, ushering students to the right classrooms, and aiding students with mobility issues.

We encourage you to sign up for as many slots as you would like! Further details are listed within the sign-up sheet.

Contact Tessa Wegenke at for more information.

Sign Up to Be a Class Ambassador

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

Tomorrow. 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!

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