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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.

Community Engagement Resources

Congratulations to the First Batalden Student Scholar in Applied Ethics

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Please join me in congratulating Taiwana Shambley who has been selected as the first recipient of the Batalden Student Scholar in Applied Ethics fellowship for 2020-21. This merit-based fellowship provides an Augsburg student with an opportunity to support their scholarly interests in applied ethics. Toward this end, Taiwana will receive a $3,000 stipend over the course of the academic year. Taiwana will work with the Batalden Faculty Scholar in Applied Ethics to pursue her interest in abolition theory, decolonization, and communism in the context of postsecondary education. This fellowship position is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

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Find A Volunteer Opportunity

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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

Find a Local Opportunity

Confused about Trash, Recycle, and Compost?

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If you’re confused – don’t worry! You’re not alone! Here’s a short list of how to sort waste from Dining Services right now. And check out the Environmental Stewardship website for more tips!

Trash: silverware (unless it says “compostable” on it), plastic packaging, wrappers (chips, dressing, etc), plastic wrap

Organics/Compost: Paper take-out containers, clear EcoProducts salad/fruit containers, napkins, any food waste

Recycle: Empty bottles, cans, milk cartons, juice cartons, small fruit/smoothie/granola cups with a #1 or #6 recycle symbol

Learn More About Sorting Waste

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Friday, Sept. 4

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Forms Deadline
To ensure timely processing of payroll for the Sept 11 pay date, if you have forms to send, please submit them to HR by noon on Friday, Sept 4. 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

CLASS (Disability Resources) Resources for Students

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Welcome Back!
If you are a student with a disability, the CLASS Office (Disability Resources) is here to partner with you for equal access at Augsburg.

New to Augsburg and Have a Disability?
The CLASS Office is here to work with you to determine reasonable accommodations and support for your classes. Head to our website to schedule a first meeting with us:

Already Connected with Us? Request Your Accommodations and/or Schedule a Meeting
Classroom accommodations are not active until you request them and we send letters to your professors.

Meetings with CLASS via Zoom
We will meet with you via Zoom (with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis or if you need to be in person to check out any equipment). Schedule with us here:

Gage Desk Not Staffed – Find Us in the Groves Lab
CLASS will no longer be using the Gage Center Main Desk (the big silver desk where you used to check in). Instead, staff will be available in the Groves Lab (behind the Gage Desk near the windows on the north side of the building). If you are there in person, please follow directions on posted signage to keep you and our staff safe.

Need to Get In Touch?
Emailing or emailing a staff person directly is the best way to reach us.

We are so excited to continue working with you this fall.

The CLASS Staff

CLASS Website

Sharpen Your Writing with Augsburg’s Editorial Style Guide

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– Should you use the serial comma?
– Is it Urness Residence Hall or Urness Tower?
– Is the university/University supposed to be capitalized?
– When do you use an ampersand—if at all?

Take the guesswork out of your writing. Refer to Augsburg’s official editorial style guide to keep all university communication clear, consistent, and understandable for the audiences we reach.

View the editorial style guide at

Help Greet Students Before Classes: Volunteer on Tuesday

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

The volunteer sign-up sheet, below, has shifts across campus for Tuesday, September 7. 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.

Pick a time slot to welcome students

Event Announcements

8:46 Prayer and Presence

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Each Friday all are welcome to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd (and others) and our call for racial justice in God’s world. Pastoral presence is available in Hoversten Chapel for support and prayer. Pastor Babette Chatman will be available in the chapel at 10:40 – 11:00 am.

The September 3 chapel service is available on YouTube at
The bulletin link is

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