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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

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.

General Announcements

Resume and Cover Letter Reviews with a Live Career Peer Advisor

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Strommen Career Peer Advisors are available for live (real time) resume and cover letter reviews via Zoom. Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Whether you’re looking for feedback on application documents for a job or internship or creating these documents for the first time, our trained Career Peer Advisors are here to help you achieve your career goals!

Click here to meet with a live Career Peer Advisor

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Friday, Sept. 18

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To ensure timely processing of payroll for the Sept 25 pay date, if you have forms to send, please submit them to HR by noon on Friday, Sept 18. 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

After Hours Urgent Phone Counseling Available

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The Center for Wellness & Counseling has an after-hours urgent phone counseling service, (ProtoCall), available to support students. Call CWC at 612-330-1707 and choose Option 1 to talk to a trained mental health counselor for coping support after hours and on weekends..
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.

Suicide Prevention Resources

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The JED Foundation has some great resources to check out on how to start a conversation, self-care,and COVID resources. Also remember that the Center for Wellness and Counseling is also a resource. If you want to schedule a zoom counseling session with CWC, please call 612-330-1707 or email

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.

Resources for Emotional Coping Support

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Just a reminder to all that the Center for Wellness & Counseling website has many resources to support our community in emotional coping during this challenging time.
The website includes pages such as:
Coping with COVID
Skills to Feel Better Now
TAO Online Skills Training
Anxiety Self-Help
Depression Self-Help
Healing from Racial Trauma
Self-Care for Activists
Online Mental Health Screening
Crisis Information
Also, CWC has an Urgent After Hours Phone Counseling service, just call 612-330-1707 and choose Option 1 (available anytime CWC is closed).

Remember, “Go easy on yourself. You’re doing great. This is just really hard.”

Center for Wellness & Counseling

Nominations for 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

Applications Are Now Open For the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.
-Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2020 (graduating by December ‘22)
-Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)
Application deadline: Monday, October 12 at midnight
Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

Questions? Contact:

AugSTEM Scholars Program

Women of Color Support Group sponsored by The Aurora Center – U of M

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Augsburg contracts with the Aurora Center – U of M for free services for Augsburg students. One of the services being offered is THE WOMEN OF COLOR SUPPORT GROUP. This group welcomes all people who identify as women and BIPOC who are survivors of sexual violence. This group will address themes related to oppression, intersectionality, and the unique experiences as survivors and women of color…”

The goal is to build connections and activities related to the intersectionality of trauma and healing. Trans women, trans feminine folks, non-binary and non-conforming folks are welcome to this group. If interested, contact Kia Whittier at

Nancy Guilbeault – Director, Center for Wellness and Counseling

Event Announcements

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!

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

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

[Virtual] Study Abroad/Away Fair on Friday

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On Friday, September 18th, the study abroad/away office will be holding our first ever virtual study abroad/away fair! We will be using the career services software “Handshake” for Auggies to set up one on one appointments with study abroad providers, in addition to joining group presentations. Representatives will be live from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Top tips to get the most out of Augsburg’s Virtual Study Abroad/Away Fair:

(1) Set up your profile in Handshake, making sure to provide more details on yourself and what you are looking for.

(2) Browse the Program Preview pages at to see which programs will be at the fair – you can see quick videos, photos of the representative you can meet, and more! This should help you narrow down a few you’d really like to talk to.

(3) Start building your schedule! You can book 1-1 meetings or group sessions with some of the representatives, where you can learn more and ask questions about the programs. You can add sessions on the day of the fair, but many times may be booked – so make your preferred schedule early!

Questions? Let us know at:

Register for the virtual study abroad/away fair

Public Presentations by the Director of the Pan-Afrikan Candidates this Week

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All members of the Augsburg community are invited to attend a public presentation by the three finalists for the Director of the Pan-Afrikan Center search. All presentations will be conducted through ZOOM. Candidates will give a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q & A session. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about each candidate. A feedback link will be provided at the conclusion of each presentation.

Candidate 2
Thursday, September 17

Dial-In: 1+ 646-558-8656
Passcode: 091118

Candidate 3
Friday, September 18

Dial In:+1 646-558-8656
Passcode: 950973

2020 Christensen Symposium, Oct. 1

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2020 Christensen Symposium
Date: Thursday, October 01, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST
Format: Zoom Webinar – to register see meeting Zoom Webinar link below

The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium will feature the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. In his position as the inaugural James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. Dr. Franklin challenges students to explore the concept of moral leadership in the 21st century in different cultures and contexts in the United States and around the world.

Dr. Franklin’s most recent book, Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination (2020), will be the focus of his October 1st keynote. Dr. Franklin proposes a model for moral leadership anchored in intellectual and ethical integrity, a vision of and commitment to the public good, and personal investment in transformative community. He shares ways in which we can discover and foster those qualities in ourselves.

The Symposium will feature a 45-minute presentation by Dr. Franklin followed by Q & A. This is a free event, open to students, staff and faculty. Registration required at webinar link provided. After registering, participants will receive a link to connect to the event.

Zoom Webinar Link

Chapel: Student Ministry Deacons

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am. The Campus Ministry student deacons will lead worship today. 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.

More information

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2-bedroom duplex for rent in NE Mpls–$1200/month

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Roomy 2-bedroom upper-level duplex available for rent in the lively Sheridan neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis. 10-minute drive from campus and close to coffee shops, restaurants, parks, everything! $1200/month and includes single-stall garage, great for winter! Tenant pays for heat and electric and responsible for driveway snow removal; landlord responsible for lawn and all other snow removal. Click the link for more photos and call/text/email Martha Truax at 651-261-9646 for questions or more info.

Facebook Marketplace 2-Bedroom Apartment