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Teaching and Learning

TODAY at 3 p.m. : Tech Tune-Up Debrief

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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.

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

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

Forum Podcast Ep. 45 – Overt Discrimination in the Workplace: Disability and the Law

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ashley Oolman (Lifeworks) leads listeners through a discussion about how disability status may not be as protected as other classes in the workplace.

Resources from the Wise Feedback Presentation

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If you missed the recent presentation on Wise Feedback with Joaquin Munoz (of if you were able to attend but want to be able to watch it again), we have linked a folder with the session’s recording and other resources. You can find this on CTL’s front page at The folder of materials is also linked below. NOTE: The folder can only be viewed using an Augsburg email address.

CTL would like to give a special “thank you” to Joaquin for such a great session and for the resources he has provided.

Wise Feedback Presentation Resources

Faculty Mid-Semester Course Evaluation Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

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With changes to our course delivery methods, how do we know that our methods are resonating with students? Don’t wait until the end of the semester to find out what is working (and what can be improved). Join faculty colleagues for a workshop on mid-semester course evaluations co-sponsored by CTL and the Assessment Committee. We will present pre-prepared templates in multiple formats to fit your needs. We will also discuss what feedback faculty have heard so far, and how they have responded to student comments.

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 2pm for a live Zoom workshop. This event will be recorded and will be made available later on the CTL website.

Assessment/CTL Zoom Information (Can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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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.)

A Note on Open AAC Proposals/AAC Updates

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If you believe that you have submitted AAC (or GAAC) proposals that have not been resolved, please reach out to Kerri Maher.

AAC Update:

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

Oct. 14 Focus Group — 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 reserve your space today!

General Announcements

Event Announcements

Register for the virtual Retirewise Workshop Series (Starts TODAY)

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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

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

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

Flu Shots Monday, Oct. 5

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We have all heard that it will be very important to get your annual flu shot this year. The Center for Wellness and Counseling is hosting Hennepin Health Care for the first of two flu shot clinics on Monday 10/5 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm The clinic will be in the Foss Chapel Atrium. Social distancing will be required as well as mask wearing and hand sanitizing. Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeve clothing. Contact Dianne at the CWC office 612-330-1707 with any questions. If you are an uninsured student, please call the CWC office as financial assistance may be available. The second clinic is scheduled for Thursday 10/29 from 11 -1 pm.

Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities

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It can be difficult to connect with one another right now but it doesn’t have to be impossible! Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities.  Join student Zsolt Vincze and CLASS staff Cassie Charles as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another  and find community. Auggie Connect will be available every Monday starting on October 5 from 3:30-4:30 pm. To receive the Zoom link for this meeting and to notify us of any disability accommodation needed to participate send an email to   

Distinguished Gentlemen of Color-TONIGHT

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Augsburg Athletics hosts the Distinguished Gentlemen of Color (DGC) group Thursday, October 1st, at 6pm-7pm via ZOOM. The group is designed to provide networking and professional opportunities to male-identified students of color in the Augsburg community. For more information please contact Chris Dixon, Director of Athletic Diversity & Inclusion at

Join HERE!

Augsburg Bold Speaker TODAY: 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.

Fall Check-In Sessions for Faculty and Staff TODAY and Next Thursday

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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