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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!

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

Fellowship Fridays Continuing and Moving to 4:30 p.m.

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Fridays | “Fellowship Fridays” | 4:30 pm – 5:30 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.)

Find Recordings of Tech Tune-ups and Practical Pedagogy on CTL Page

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Look to for resources and recordings from this summer’s Tech Tune-ups and Tips brought by the eLearning Team and CTL’s Practical Pedagogy. You can also find recordings of the “3 Days in May” sessions. These wonderful resources are linked on the top of CTL’s front page and other helpful links are throughout. We will also be continuing to update the page and calendar with virtual events. So, continue to check back often.

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Moodle Has a New Look

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In an effort to drive student engagement, especially in our current environment of being more distanced than ever, the “Augsburg Connect” virtual portal has been launched. This portal will be the landing page when you enter Moodle, with the intentional purpose of connecting students to each other, to virtual events, and to student support resources.

Courses within Moodle are still accessible in the same way as before.  Clicking the “Moodle” link in the navigation menu takes you to the Dashboard that you are familiar with.  Alternatively, the “My Courses” dropdown navigation menu gives you access to your individual courses.

We are excited for the opportunities this portal presents and look forward to a great school year!

Augsburg Connect

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Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

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More events and resources are added regularly to the “Justice for George Floyd Initiatives” page. Check back often for online workshops and webinars, as well as local gatherings and volunteer opportunities. There are also links to suggested readings, videos, and more. You can find a variety of ways to get involved.

Justice for George Floyd Initiatives

COVID-19: 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 at

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COVID-19: Adhere to Health Guidelines in Social Media

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You already know that what you post on social media can impact your reputation, and you probably monitor what you do or say accordingly.

During the pandemic, there’s a new thing to watch out for: photos that don’t reflect physical distancing or the appropriate use of masks. Such photos can go viral, generating negative feedback.

This is especially important for social media posts that represent Augsburg. In order to support students, staff, faculty, and their families, we are following the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for institutions of higher education, as well as Governor Walz’s executive order mandating face coverings in public spaces indoors as well as outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Photos posted to Augsburg social media accounts or photos that tag Augsburg should reflect these practices.

Please also keep in mind that photos from before the pandemic may be misinterpreted. For now please do not use old photos that show groups of people close together for Augsburg-related communications.

Payroll Changes – Effective Pay Date 9/11/2020

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Dear Staff and Student Employees,

We wish to inform you of some payroll changes that have been made for improving the payroll and timekeeping processes, effective Sunday, August 23 (for pay date September 11).

Timesheet Deadlines
● All timesheets must be approved by 12:00 PM on Monday of payroll weeks.
● Supervisors may establish an earlier deadline for staff and student employees.

Time Entry
● Exempt staff must submit a timesheet recording their paid-time off or submit a blank timesheet affirming they did not take time off during the pay period.
● Hourly staff and student employees must accurately record all worked hours on each day/shift they work, not at the beginning or the end of the pay period.
● All staff must accurately record paid-time off each pay period.
-Exempt staff record time-off in four (4) hour increments*
-Hourly staff record time-off in 15 minute increments

Timesheet Corrections/Changes
● Supervisors should review all timesheets for accuracy before approving.
● If changes are needed, supervisors should “reject” the timesheet.
-The timesheet is returned to the staff/student employee to make changes.
-The staff/student employee must re-submit the corrected timesheet for approval
-Supervisors must approve the corrected timesheet.
● Supervisors should contact payroll to make changes to timesheets only if they have already approved it and changes are needed.

Vacation and Sick Accruals
● Vacation and Sick time will accrue over all 26 pay periods in the payroll year.
● Vacation and sick time earned in the current pay period will be available to use in the following pay period.

New UI (User Interface) and Home Screen of Time Entry System (KRONOS)
● The BACK TO CLASSIC menu on the top right will be removed and the new user interface design (NEW LOOK) will be updated.
● The main screen of the Dashboard will be updated to the Home screen with the widget function.

Thank you for your cooperation.



High Holy Day Primer

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“High Holy Day Primer”, created by Interfaith Fellow ‘17-’19 Wendy Goldberg, to help Augsburg know about this big season for Jews in our community.

1. The Jewish High Holy Day season runs from Friday evening, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 11. Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur are listed on secular calendars, but there is another 9-day holiday called Sukkot, right after Yom Kippur.
2. For college students, being away from home for these holidays can highlight the homesickness and the yearning to be in the nest, and for some, quite the opposite. If you celebrate Christmas, imagine staying on campus while most students return home for the holiday. If you celebrate Ramadan, this season is similar to that month of observance. All synagogues and the University of Minnesota Hillel will welcome students and we can help connect them, though everything is on Zoom this year.
3. How to be an ally: We encourage you to have conversations with your Jewish students and colleagues about their observances. They will likely welcome the questions or the greetings. And you could also move important meetings or events away from Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. The 2020 dates for these holidays are:
Friday – Sunday, Sept.18-20: Rosh Hashannah begins at sundown on Sept. 18 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 20. Some American Jews celebrate for one day, others for two.
Sunday, Sept. 27, Yom Kippur begins an hour before sundown and ends at nightfall on Monday, Sept. 28, and after a fully 25-hour fast and being in services most of those 25 hours, it’s unlikely that students would do any work on Monday, Sept. 28.
Sukkot begins at sundown on Friday, Oct. 2, and the first two days are “Holy Days” where some Jews don’t work, use electricity, engage in commerce. Sukkot ends at sundown on either on Saturday, October 9 or Sunday, October 10.

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Help Greet Students When Classes Start: TOMORROW

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Staff, student, and faculty volunteers are needed to greet students and reinforce public health behaviors as fall classes start tomorrow.

The volunteer sign-up sheet, below, has shifts across campus staring tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 2, into next week. You can help remind students to wear face coverings before they go into their classes — we will provide you with some disposable masks to hand out if needed — and promote the use of the CampusClear screening app (

Use the link below to sign up. You can see which shifts are available by clicking on the tabs for each date within the sign-up sheet.

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The First Digital-Only Augsburg Now Magazine

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The newest issue of Augsburg Now is available!

Read articles from the digital-only Spring–Summer 2020 issue of Augsburg University’s magazine, including:
– How to build a women’s wrestling team from scratch
– An Augsburg professor’s eyewitness testimony research and findings
– The reintroduction of Augsburg’s historic One Day in May
– What’s happening with Auggies on campus and around the world
– Alumni class notes

Visit to see the articles or download the whole issue.


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