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Teaching and Learning

It’s Fellowship Friday TODAY at 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.)

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.

Faculty: Join the American Associations for University Professors

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To join AAUP or renew got to: . To know more, keep reading! In order to be in our mailing list, email Nancy Fischer (secretary):

What is AAUP?
Founded in 1915, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is national nonprofit advocacy association of faculty and other academic professionals. It emphasizes shared governance, academic freedom, and works to amplify faculty voices. For more information go to

Is there an Augsburg chapter?
Since 1966, Augsburg AAUP chapter has worked to advance AAUP’s mission to ensure strong faculty participation in shared governance. To read more about Augsburg AAUP chapter’s advancements go to:

Why join now?
AAUP amplifies your voice and advocates for you! Currently we are concern about:
-Continued erosion of faculty presence and authority in governance of our academic program;
-Cancellation of curricular programs without robust faculty oversight;
-Changes in compensation and workloads
-Potential contractual and copyright implications of long-term online-only instruction (beyond emergency remote teaching and learning);
-Full participation in institutional decision-making regarding budget cuts and salary cuts;
-Assuring restoration of current faculty salaries, benefits and status when the current crisis abates

How much are the dues?
There is an income-based sliding scale. Considering the median salaries at Augsburg for tenured and non-tenured faculty the yearly dues are most likely between $66-134. You can do a one-time yearly payment or pay in monthly installments ($5.50-$11.17).

New member’s discount
The Minnesota AAUP chapter reimburses half of the AAUP membership fees for first-time members. Please, email your receipt for AAUP membership dues along with a mailing address to MN-AAUP secretary Katharine Bjork at:

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.

Mark Your Calendars for a Tech Tune-up Debrief Session

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Thursday, October 1 | Tech Tune-up Debrief Session | 3 pm – 4:00 pm

The E-Learning team invites you to share what you have been experiencing at the start of this extraordinary semester:
*What is working well for you and what have you discovered that you are excited about?
*What have you encountered that you didn’t anticipate and how are you dealing with this?
*What questions do you need answered? (If we can’t supply the answer during the hour we will note your question(s) and get back to you individually)
*What would you like to get more training on?

It looks like this virus isn’t going away any time soon, so please help us learn how we can better equip you to teach effectively in the remote classroom.

Tech Tune-up Debrief Session (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

Summer 2021 – Study Abroad and Away Courses are waiting for you

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Apply by February 1, 2021

Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer
THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Sustainability and Food Justice in Italy & the US – Summer
HIS 170 (Humanities) or HIS 440 (elective)

Music Therapy in China – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get detailed information about these short term programs

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Today at Noon

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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 today, September 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.

Students with International Citizenship: $10,000 Grant Opportunity

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As a member of the Institute of International Education, Augsburg University has been invited to nominate up to 5 students for consideration for the Western Union Foundation Grant which will deliver support to up to 25 students in need, who will each receive USD $10,000.

Priority will be given to refugees, migrants, immigrants, and displaced persons.

Eligibility requirements include:
* Must be a student with international citizenship currently enrolled in the 2020 academic year and already residing in the USA. (Visa status information is NOT collected as a part of the nomination/award process.)
* Must be able to demonstrate a severe disruption to their ability to pay for expenses (tuition & fees, health insurance, housing).

If you are eligible for this grant and would like to be nominated by Augsburg University, please feel in the form below by September 27, 2020.

Any questions can be directed to Bettine at

Western Union Foundation Grant | Augsburg University Nomination Application

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

TODAY: Study Abroad/Away Fair

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TODAY! The study abroad/away office is holding our first ever virtual study abroad/away fair! Representatives will be live from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You will need to log into “Handshake”, the career services platform to register for the fair. Once inside, you can add sessions with the providers and programs you are interested in learning about.

Questions? Let us know at:

Join the virtual study abroad/away fair

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

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 3
Friday, September 18

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

BIPOC Theater Project Info Sessions

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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 21, 22, and 23, 6:00-8:00pm

Performance Dates: November 13th and 14th

Email for the Zoom link!

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.

Each Friday, one of the Campus Ministry pastors will offer a prayer for the community. Today, Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong offers a “Prayer of Both/And”

Chapel Videos are available on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel.

More information

Get to know Exercise Science Club

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This is a get to know the Exercise Science Club to see if this is something you would like to join! The purpose of the Augsburg Exercise Science Club to encourage a lifestyle of exercise for those in the Augsburg community. This club aspires to embolden the Augsburg community with aspects of health, exercise science, and fitness for the purpose of facilitating participation and promoting a healthy active lifestyle with the intention to inspire activity. We will be discussing and hosting events monthly which may include yoga, zumba, health/sport related documentaries, a pasta night, disc golfing and yard games in which prizes will be held out. All events are free but require that you join the club! Feel free to pop in any time between 5-7pm. If you are interested in participating in the club please contact Brooke at or request to join the club on Auggie Life. We look forward to you joining us!

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First Augsburg Bold Speakers Scheduled

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Augsburg Bold underscores our connections in the community for addressing the most pressing issues of our time. Augsburg’s quad has been set up as a physically-distanced outdoor seminar room, and we are pleased to announce the first in a series of distinguished speakers. In-person attendance is reserved for Augsburg students and limited to 60; all speakers will be available to stream via Zoom.

Details on the first speakers scheduled are now available on the Augsburg Bold site. Next week will feature Olivia House ’20 on “The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth” and Assistant Professor Katie Clark on “Being Bold: Caring while in Solidarity.”

There are more to come—including some surprises!

In addition to the speaker series, Augsburg Bold will also include opportunities for students to learn about important topics in our community through experiences off campus—all designed following COVID-19 mitigation practices—and to participate in Homecoming 2020 celebrations on campus.

Learn more and sign up to attend in person or via Zoom at the Augsburg Bold site.

Augsburg Bold

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!

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