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Teaching and Learning

Podcast Ep 44: Parenting in Troubled Times: Addressing Race with Your Children

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Farzana Nayani (Farzana Nayani, Consulting and Training) offers options for learning how to discuss diversity with children at home, at school, and in the community.

Academic Affairs Committee Approvals

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On 9/14/20 AAC approved a Social Work proposal to eliminate two courses from their major: SWK 230 Global Peace and Social Development and SWK 240 Intergroup Dialogue.

The committee also approved a proposal from Sociology to change the name of SOC 266 from “Sociology of Sexualities” to “Sociology of Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality”.

Look to for links to AAC meeting minutes and further information about the committee.

Approvals are regularly tracked in the spreadsheet linked below. Note: Work done by the committee over the summer has not yet been added to this spreadsheet but will be added soon.

If you have questions about AAC, you can contact Kerri Maher.

AAC Approvals Tracking Summary (can be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

Exciting News in Dining Services

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Dining Services and the Augsburg community safely navigated the first two weeks within our dining facilities. This allowed us to expand our services beginning Thursday, September 10. As the semester progresses, we intend to continue introducing more menu items in a series of “waves.” We completed Wave 1 and are now in Wave 2!

Fresh, healthy, cold grab and go items individually wrapped by dining services. Minimal item options to reduce wait times and contact with other patrons.

Introduction of hot entrees for breakfast and lunch in the Commons and the return of the full traditional Einsteins’ menu.

The Commons: Hot meals for breakfast and lunch will now be available.
Payments: Meal plans, Flex Points, Credit Cards.

Einsteins: Hot sandwiches and coffee drinks are back! Stop by to grab some of your favorites. Payments: Credit Cards, Meal Replacements and Flex points

Nabo: Temporarily closed so we can provide more options in the Commons and Einsteins

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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Nominations on Staff Senate

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Staff Senate is accepting nominations for two open seats. To nominate someone to serve on Staff Senate, or to nominate yourself, please fill out this form by clicking on this link The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on September 25.

Augsburg staff will be able to vote for Staff Senate nominees from October 2 to October 9. The winners will be announced by October 21.

For more information on Staff Senate, visit our website at

Batalden Ethics Grant Program – Call for Proposals

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Augsburg University’s students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit a Batalden grant proposal to support leadership in applied ethics on campus and/or in the community. This grant program defines applied ethics as work that focuses on, considers, and/or addresses public and/or private moral issues. The overarching objective of these grants is to promote broad conversations in interfaith, intersectional, and/or interdisciplinary applied ethics that promote social justice and social change. Grant funding for all proposals is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Grant proposals may be submitted in interfaith ethics, intersectional ethics, and/or interdisciplinary ethics. Priority deadline is October 15, 2020 (before midnight). Please email Batalden Faculty Scholar in Applied Ethics, Prof. Bibiana Koh (, to receive a copy of the full “call for proposals” with more specific information including eligibility and proposal format, and submission.

Event Announcements

Fall Check-In Sessions for Faculty and Staff Next Week and in October

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Join Rebecca John, vice president of operations, and other panelists to check in on our progress during this fall semester, ask questions, and share lessons you’ve learned in the course of your work. Register for a Zoom session on the All Hands Page (login required).

Sept. 22, noon-1 p.m.
October 1, 1-2 p.m.
October 8, noon-1:00 p.m.

All Hands page

Thursday: 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!

BIPOC Theater Project Info Session TODAY

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This devised theatre project is an intimate display of the varying perspectives of Augsburg Students, alumni, and our theater community as we collectively process the transitions during public and private crises. At a Glance will be led by the three core artists, Atlese Robinson, Eshay Brantley, and Malick Ceesay members of Ambiance Theatre, a collective “dedicated to nurturing unchained imaginations and a haven for creative minds left on the margins of the theatre world.”

Creatively inclined students of color who are interested in creating an archival film piece about our current times should attend one of the following info sessions!

Info Sessions: September 15th and 16th, 6:00-8:00pm

Performance Dates: November 13th and 14th

Follow this Zoom link on your preferred day:

Chapel: Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am. Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong will preach on “In Boldness, We Question” We can welcome up to 25 people in the chapel space due to Covid-19 restrictions. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom Chapel services will also be available on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel. The link to the video will be available on our Campus Ministry calendar. The bulletin for today is available online.

Augsburg Homecoming 2020

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Who’s ready for Augsburg’s 2020 Homecoming week? Here are some events to look out for:

-Cider and Canvas on September 21st
-Create your own Pop Socket on September 22nd
-Drag/Lip Sync Showdown on September 24th
-Movie Night Showing of “Queen and Slim” on September 25th
-Homecoming Royalty Coronation Ceremony on September 26th

See the Campus Life Facebook Page for more information!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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