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Teaching and Learning

Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

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On Monday, September 28, David Crowe stepped down as AAC Chair (though he remains on the committee), and Phyllis Kapetanakis was voted to take over as his replacement. The committee also welcomed student representative, Elizabeth Hoversten.

AAC approved two proposals at the meeting. The Languages department will be offering Readings In Comparative Literature (previously taught as a Topics course) and it will be cross listed with existing English courses (ENL 360: The Classical Tradition and ENL 361: The Medieval World).

The Biology major added Freshwater Ecology (Bio425) to the list of options under the “organismal biology” requirement.

Look to for information about AAC including proposal forms, membership details, and meeting minutes. You will also find the approvals tracking spreadsheet also linked below.

AAC Tracking Spreadsheet

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO On-Campus Researcher

URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

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This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds. We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot. An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment. During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form. Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant.

Questions contact Human Resources at

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form

Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 23rd.

CLS Website

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2021 and August 2022. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend. Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 15th to set up a meeting to learn more.

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

Tech Tune-Up Debrief TOMORROW

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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

Just Report It: Auggies Act

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It’s with great excitement and energy to announce a brand new campus-wide initiative; Just Report It: Auggies Act.

Just Report It: Auggies Act is a new way the university provides students and employees with an easy, centralized, and confidential way of reporting concerns, violations of the Student Conduct Code, Title IX, Discrimination and Bias, and more.

Starting in October, this will be the new way the campus community can report concerns of Discrimination & Bias, Incident Reporting, Sexual Misconduct & Title IX, Students of Concern, and Student Grievances & General Concerns. Existing report forms will no longer be used.

Please visit the Report It landing page, to learn more.

As this software rolls out, be on the lookout for more opportunities to learn more about this initiative and how it will benefit our campus community.

Remember, if you see something, say something.

Just Report It: Auggies Act Landing Page

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

Focus Group on Oct. 14 — Earn a $10 e-gift card

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There is still space available to join a focus group on Wednesday, October 14th, 3-4pm (via Zoom) to share your opinion about our convocation series at Augsburg University.

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.

Augsburg Notary Information

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Do you need a document notarized? If so Augsburg can help. Following is a list of the current public notaries on the Augsburg Minneapolis campus.

Mike Suter x1054 Christensen Center 6 – Copy Center Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cyndi Berg x1212 Memorial Hall 130 – Office of the President By appointment only

If you need a document notarized, please call or email to determine availability and set an appointment (from off campus, the number is prefixed by 612-330-xxxx). Bring ID: Drivers License, Passport, or other government photo ID.

The notary must WATCH you sign the papers you are bringing, please do not sign ahead. If you need your spouse or witness(es) to also sign, please bring them with you.

If you are a staff/faculty that is a notary and would like to be added to these listings please contact

Paid Spanish-Speaking Marketing and Public Relations Internship Student Position Available

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VocalEssence is a premier choral music organization located in Minneapolis that focuses on bringing concerts and events; learning and engagement programs; contests and awards; and commissioning and recording to local Minnesota communities.

Currently the VocalEssence Marketing and Public Relations department is seeking a Spanish-speaking student intern to assist in expanding its reach to Spanish-speaking families. This position would mainly help with the overall production of bilingual materials related to promotion of VocalEssence events. The position may also help research press contact lists for print, radio, online and TV; identify groups to participate in our events; update the website using a content-managed system; write and edit collateral materials; and/or maintain concert and photo archives. Additional duties could be assigned depending on the intern’s skills and interests.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Katrina Wallmeyer at

Wednesday Sabbath Time

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel:
Prayer that goes with you wherever you may be. The Liturgy of the Hours is an ancient practice of prayer throughout the day to help keep track of time. This season we offer Matins: prayer for the morning time.

If you missed chapel yesterday, the service with Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres preaching on “With Boldness, We Bear Witness,” is available on YouTube.

Chapel link for September 29

Event Announcements

Augsburg Bold Speaker TODAY | Olivia House: “The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth”

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Join the second presentation of the Augsburg Bold Speaker Series.

Olivia House ’20 will present “The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth”.
Wednesday, September 30
12:30–1:15 p.m.

About the presentation: This past summer was filled with events that sparked a national and global movement for black lives. Minneapolis has been the epicenter of the uprisings. Many efforts coming out of our city are being led by the black youth. From mutual aid efforts, to startups, to art, we, the youth, are the drivers of this movement, and we cannot stop.

Register for the webinar or to attend in-person.

Augsburg Bold Speaker TOMORROW: Robert M. Franklin, Jr. Moral Leadership

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Robert M. Franklin, Jr. will present “Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination”.

Thursday, October 01
11 a.m.–12 p.m.

About the presentation: As part of the Christensen Symposium, 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.

Register for the webinar here.

Augsburg Bold Speakers Monday: Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz

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Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz will present “Leadership and Relational Activism”.

Monday, October 5
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

This is event is only for the Augsburg community.

They will share their perspectives on public service during COVID-19, as well as the challenges and opportunities that entails.

Register for the webinar or to attend in-person.

Register for the virtual Retirewise Workshop Series (Starts TOMORROW)

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Augsburg Wellbeing is again offering the Retirewise program to faculty and staff. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend. Retirewise is a financial and retirement education program presented by MetLife and is coordinated by our benefits broker, NFP.

This program has been well received in the past, so we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this complimentary, practical and straightforward workshop series. It doesn’t matter how much or how little planning you’ve done, or if your retirement is many years away, you’ll find the Retirewise workshops worthwhile.

Each Retirewise session has different topics that build on each other.

Building the Foundation
Creating & Managing Wealth
Establishing Your Retirement Income Stream
Making the Most of What You Have

With Retirewise, you’ll be on your way to making smarter financial decisions and creating an action plan that works for you.

Virtual Workshop Details:
Session 1: Thursday, October 01, 2020
Session 2: Thursday, October 08, 2020
Session 3: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Session 4: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CST

For more detailed information about this virtual workshop series, and to register for the event, follow the link below. Webinar instructions will be provided in confirmation and reminder emails. If asked for company name, enter Augsburg University.

Registration Link

Christensen Symposium – TOMORROW

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2020 Christensen Symposium – Moral Leadership in Turbulent Times
Date: Thursday, October 01, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST
Format: Zoom Webinar – to register see 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.

Note: This session will be recorded. If you would like to be alerted as soon as the video is available, please email

Zoom Webinar Link

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

Race, Politics, and the Workplace

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When: October 29, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: Online/Video Conference
Presenters: Jim Morris, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Howard Ross, Udarta Consulting

We are experiencing amplified division and chaos around concepts central to diversity, equity and inclusion: Anti-racism and white privilege are becoming increasingly politicized, especially as the US prepares itself for the upcoming Presidential election.

How does this resistance show up in your workplace and in your DEI initiatives? How do we continue to bridge divides that seem to be increasingly polarized? And, how will you prepare your workplace for the aftermath of the election, whatever the outcome?

Together, with White Men as Full Diversity Partners’ Bill Proudman and Jim Morris, with guest Howard Ross, we will explore these questions and the unique challenges facing workplaces in the US right now.

Learning Outcomes
Learn what fear and resistance sound like and reveal in the workplace
Be clear on why DEI work matters, especially right now
Build up your resolve and your internal change agents

Multicultural Worship and Hot Chocolate in the Quad

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Join us at 8:00 pm in the Quad for multicultural worship with musician and Auggie alum Destyn Land and the Augsburg University student leaders. Hot chocolate and cider will be served! A time for small group discussion will follow worship. We will follow protocols for safe gathering, including wearing face coverings. If you cannot make it in person, join by Zoom:

Or on Facebook:

Fall Check-In Sessions for Faculty and Staff TOMORROW and Next Week

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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).

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

All Hands page

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Auggie Love Your Melon Hats for Sale

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Fall is here and so is cooler weather, stay warm with your own Auggie LYM hat!
The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon and is selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation. Beanie hats are $35 and pom hats are $45. Purchase your hat today!

You can pay with cash, check or card. We are also able to ship hats for a $5 shipping fee per hat.

Contact with any questions or to purchase a hat.

LYM Beanie & Pom