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Teaching Tip Tuesday: How to Cope with COVID-19 Burnout

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This Teaching Tip goes all the way back to May of this year, but the information is still very relevant. Burnout is always a concern, but with COVID-19 it’s reaching crisis status. Don’t forget: you need to take care of yourself to be an effective teacher for your students!

Article linked below:
“Teaching: How to Cope with COVID-19 Burnout” by Beth McMurtrie, May 21, 2020 (Chronicle of Higher Education)

*Watch for Teaching Tip Tuesdays on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

Teaching: How to Cope with COVID-19 Burnout

General Announcements

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

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

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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Virtual Resume and Cover Letter Reviews – Available

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The Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are trained, ready, and available to review your resume and cover letter via Zoom. Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm. Whether you’re creating your resume and cover letter for the first time or if you’re applying for the job or internship of your dreams, the Strommen Center is here to support you!

Meet with a Career Peer Advisor via Zoom

Recruiting Augsburg undergraduate students – earn a $10 e-gift card

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Have your voice heard!

Please sign-up for ONE small focus group (max 5 students per group, see dates below) to share your opinion about our convocation series at Augsburg University.

• Friday, Oct. 2nd, 4-5pm
• Tuesday., Oct. 6th, 7-8pm
• Wednesday, October 14th, 3-4pm

The goal of these focus groups is to hear Augsburg student experiences to inform changes in our convocation series. We will use the opinions of those who participate to inform changes moving forward. Notes (taken by a student volunteer in the group, and Prof. Koh) from the focus groups will be compiled and shared with Provost Karen Kaivola. Participants are required to sign-up in advance; each student will receive a $10 e-gift card.

If you’re interested, please email Prof. Koh ( to sign up. Space is limited to a total of 16 students.

Are you a Junior or Senior Interested in Becoming a STEM Mentor?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is an Augsburg student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Bio-Chemistry (NEW!)
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below by Friday, 10/2. Any questions can be sent to

Link to Application

Are you a First-year or Sophomore who is interested in having a STEM mentor?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is an Augsburg student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Having a mentor in STEM Peer Mentoring can be a major benefit in establishing the success of your STEM career. If you’re a First-year or Sophomore in a STEM major, interested in having a mentor, and want to learn more about internships, scholarships, certain classes, etc. — this is for you!!

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:

-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentor and attend occasional group meetings.
Please apply! Complete the application below by Thursday, 2/20. Any questions can be sent to

Link to Application

Staff Senate Nominations due Friday

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The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 25 at 5:00 pm! 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

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

Student Success Hub- Now Open

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Advising Questions?

Visit the Student Success Hub located in the Strommen office to talk directly to a person and not through a computer screen.

Staff at the Student Success Hub will help answer questions about Academic Advising, TRIO, and Career Services. And if we don’t know the answer we will help figure it out.

Drop-in Hours are Monday- Friday 9 am – 4 pm. These appointments are 10-15 minutes long.

Event Announcements

Augsburg Homecoming 2020

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It’s Augsburg’s 2020 Homecoming week! Here are some events to look out for:
-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!

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 ’10 MAN, ‘DPN 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

Fall Check-In Sessions for Faculty and Staff TODAY 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

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 presentation. 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

You are invited to join the inaugural Black Men Teach Cohort

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Greetings Gentlemen,

Black Men Teach is looking to recruit and develop a cohort of Black men who are either actively considering a career in elementary education or are open to the idea. The men in the Black Men Teach college cohort may be eligible to receive various forms of support throughout the remainder of their collegiate journey and into their professional careers. Benefits of cohort membership include:

-1:1 Mentorship with current black male teacher
-Paid classroom internship during studies
-Paid stipend for student teaching
-Access to community of Black Male college students
-Summer work opportunities
-Scholarship opportunities

To be eligible for the Black Men Teach program, you must be enrolled in a college or university in the Greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area, identity as a Black male, and have an interest in finding a career filled with purpose fulfillment. You DO NOT need to be studying education or on a path to becoming a teacher.

The first college cohort meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30PM. A $25 virtual gift card will be provided to all attendees.

RSVP here to receive an invitation for the virtual meeting. More information about Black Men Teach can be found here. If you have any questions about the college cohort, please reach out to

Markus Flynn
5th Grade Science Teacher
Prodeo Academy
4141 University Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
P: 708-699-4548

STEM Peer Mentoring Info Session this Thursday, Sept. 24

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Are you a STEM major here at Augsburg?

If so, we invite you to tune into our virtual info session! This is an awesome opportunity to learn more about our student-led organization as well as ask questions to members and get connected to the Augsburg STEM Community!

A tiny spiel on SPM: We are a peer-led organization that’s designed to support First and Second year STEM majors as they navigate their academic and professional careers. Juniors and Seniors also apply to be mentors and share their insight, opportunities they recommend, and things they wish they’d have known starting out. It’s an awesome program that is really geared toward helping students succeed in STEM!

STEM majors we support:

-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

The info session will be THIS Thursday 9/24/2020 from 4pm-5pm. Below is the zoom link where you can tune in at that time! Hope to see ya there!

Any question, please reach out to

Link to Info Session

Chapel: Lee George

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am. Lee George, Executive Director of the Strommen Center is preaching on “In Boldness, We Are Curious.” 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. To find the link for chapel videos, please visit the Campus Ministry calendar. The bulletin for today is available online.

Campus Ministry Calendar

Ethiopian Lunch on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, Mizan Gebre will be preparing an authentic Ethiopian lunch that will be presented at the World Flavors station. This lunch will be halal.

On the menu will be:
Key Sega Wat (Ethiopian Beef Stew)
Wat Veggie
Injera (flat bread)

This is the first of an international series we will be preparing. Our next theme will be Puerto Rican cuisine, prepared by Jose Flores.

I hope you enjoy the meal!

Forum Webinar – Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season

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When: October 15, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Leslie Funk, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding  |  Cameron Smith, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Cost: Free

This webinar will highlight the intersectional nature of religion as a facet of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion by analyzing the specific intersection between religion, mental health, and resilience during the winter holiday season.
The topics of both religion and mental health feature prominently during the traditional winter holiday season, though frank conversations in the workplace about those topics remain uncommon. Presenters Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith of Tanenbaum seek to not only shed light on this important matter but also offer tools for effectively and proactively addressing these matters in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes
Recognize the importance of addressing religious diversity in the workplace
Examine the role religion can play in mental health, and how religious diversity arises in the workplace around the holidays
Identify better practices for preventing the December Dilemma

ACR Homes- Virtual Tabling Event Wednesday, Sept. 23

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Paid opportunities! Great for Psychology, Social Work, Health Professions, and Education majors

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Log on for a quick chat with recruiter)

Virtual Event

Meeting ID: 979 4373 4690

(Stay for just a few minutes to learn more – virtual drop-by table)

Hosted by ACR Homes / ACR Healthcare
Organized by Philip Baumgarn

Virtual Session
Whether you are looking for a flexible part-time job that works around your schedule, patient care experience, an impactful internship, or a rewarding career for after school, ACR Homes may have the ideal fit for you.

Gain great experience for school, your resume, and for life all while making a difference in the lives of people who have disabilities.

Target Corporation – Hosting Virtual Career Events

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One silver lining with the pandemic comes a number of corporations that are hosting virtual events for the first time! Our Career and Internship Center continues to list events in Handshake that are being sponsored by employers looking to hire students.

Target Corporation in the next couple of weeks will be hosting events that include:

*Building an Effective Linked Profile -9/22/2020 @ 7:00pm
*Target Tuesdays: Investing in You! Self Assessment 101!
*Target Tuesdays: Target’s Purpose in the Midst of Change

Other corporations that are inviting Auggies to join their events include: J.P. Morgan, Deloitte, U.S. Bank, and more!

Check Handshake Frequently To Learn More!

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 22nd and 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm

Performance Dates: November 13th and 14th

Follow the Zoom link below on the date that works best for you:

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Looking for Experienced Nanny for our 2 year Old Son

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We are looking for an experienced nanny for our 2 year old son, Leo, starting as soon as possible. Position will be 5 days a week from 8 am to 4 pm approximately. We are looking for a nanny who is creative, likes to spend time outdoors, and has experience working with toddlers. We are also looking for someone who is taking Covid-19 precautions seriously. If interested please contact me (Laura) at, or Ben at