Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Ongoing Monitoring of On-Campus COVID-19 Case Rate

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Augsburg continues to see COVID-19 transmission and new confirmed cases connected with the on-campus cases identified over the past several weeks. A number of new cases have already been confirmed since the October 10 COVID-19 Dashboard was published, so Augsburg’s on-campus student case rate for last week is higher that the rate reported in the Dashboard. The transmission rate will be updated in the October 17 report, after pending tests are finalized.

To address rising on-campus transmission levels, Augsburg took a number of actions last week and continues to monitor reports of cases and exposures. For more information, see the October 12 COVID-19 Status Blog, which links to the dashboard published this past weekend.

COVID-19 Status Blog

Update to the Augsburg Work Order System and Winter Preparations Continue

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An update to Augsburg’s work order system is being done this week, if you experience any problems when entering a work order request, please let us know by contacting either Bryan Massich or Robert Hobot

Other Facilities Management updates this week include:

-Winter preparation continues on campus
-COVID supply ordering procedures

For additional information on these topics, you can follow the link below to the facilities management website.

Teaching and Learning

TOMORROW: Faculty Mid-Semester Course Evaluation Workshop

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Wednesday, October 14 | Assessment/CTL Workshop | 2 pm – 3 pm, ZOOM

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 Workshop ZOOM Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Moodle Gradebook Reminders and Support

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As we approach mid-semester, remember that in order for course totals to calculate correctly, it is very important to enter 0’s for work students have not completed. Moodle only aggregates “non-empty” grades. This means a blank in the gradebook will be ignored in the calculations–giving students an overly optimistic sense of their total. See the link below for instructions on how to quickly enter 0’s for graded items. If you would like help with your Moodle gradebook, the E-Learning team is ready to assist you. Please contact your LFC or Bonnie Tensen for help with this.

Adding Zeros in Gradebook

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Wise Feedback

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If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with “Wise Feedback”, here is a link to a quick (<15 minutes) overview of the process that can allow you to implement immediately! It’s a small change on your part that can make a huge difference to students, especially in these challenging times of remote teaching. Watch for CTL's "Teaching Tip Tuesday" on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Find more resources on our page at Joaquin Munoz’s Presentation on Wise Feedback (can only be viewed with Augsburg email address)

FERPA Guidance Related to COVID-19

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Due to COVID-19, Augsburg faculty and staff are engaging with students through alternative formats. This guide highlights some common FERPA issues you may encounter. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Registrar’s Office at

This document is currently posted on the CTLfront page at Look for it under the “Featured Resource” heading along with another FERPA document on recommendation letters.

FERPA Guidance related to COVID-19

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 Research

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

Google Drive Workshops with the E-Learning Team

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The E-Learning team is hosting a Google Drive Basic and Advanced Workshop to help you understand and adapt to this new modality and find ways to incorporate it into your pedagogy! The Basic Workshop will be held on the 27th of October from 3 pm – 4 pm, and the Advanced Workshop will be held on the 4th of November from 3 pm – 4 pm.

Basic Workshop: Tuesday, October 27, 3 pm – 4 pm

Advanced Workshop: Wednesday, November 4, 3 pm – 4 pm

Google Drive Workshop Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application Deadline Extended to October 19

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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 19 at midnight

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact:

Internships Still Available

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We are so close to midterms and the semester will wrap up in no time!
If you still need to fulfill your Augsburg Experience graduation requirement or are looking for an internship for spring or summer 2021, head over to our Handshake and Community Moodle pages to start your internship search. Luckily, there is still time in the semester to search and apply but you shouldn’t wait too long, positions for upcoming semesters may fill fast! Feel free to email us at or visit our Strommen Moodle Community page and website for more information.

Strommen Moodle Community Site

2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarships: Application Deadline October 19

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Applications are now open for the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: October 19, 2020 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

Event Announcements

NSF Aspire and AugSTEM Scholarships Info Sessions: TODAY and TOMORROW

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Would you like to learn more about the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarships or the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program (see individual A-mail posts for each scholarship)?

There will be four drop-in Zoom information sessions which are open to all interested students:

Tuesday, October 13 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Hosted by Michael Wentzel)
Tuesday, October 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM (Hosted by Rebekah Dupont)
Wednesday, October 14 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Hosted by Rebekah Dupont)
Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Hosted by Michael Wentzel)

The information session will use an informal question and answer format.
See today’s A-mail announcements or the STEM Programs website for more information on each of the scholarships.

If these session times do not work for your schedule, feel free to send your questions via email.

For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

STEM Scholarship Session Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Public Presentations by the Director of Latinx Student Services Candidates this Week

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All members of the Augsburg community are invited to attend a public presentation by the four finalists for the Director of Latinx Student Services 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
Wednesday, October 14

Dial In:1+ 312 626 6799
Passcode: 883035

Candidate 4
Thursday, October 15

Dial In: 1+ 312 626 6799
Passcode: 320427

Save the Date – Flu Shot Clinic 2

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A reminder that if you have not gotten your flu shot yet, you will be able to get one on campus on Thursday 10/29/2020 from 11:00 1:00 pm in the Foss Chapel Atrium. The Center for Wellness and Counseling will host the MN Visiting Nurse Association (now Hennepin Health Care). Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $39 cash or check. Please bring your insurance card, wear short sleeves and your face covering. Questions, please call Dianne in the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Help keep the Augsburg community safe and get your flu shot!!

Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

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The 2020 Government & Nonprofit Career Fair has gone virtual! The Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association is excited to partner with Premier Virtual to host the 2020 career fair on Friday, October 30.

This fair is open to all students and alumni! Organizations are looking to fill internships and full-time entry level openings. Free to participate! Over 30 organizations are registered.

Registration Process:
1) Register in Handshake
2) Register on Premier Virtual Platform -you will receive link after you register on Handshake.

Attendees are required to upload a resume on Premier Virtual platform prior to registering.

View Participating Employers:

Please direct questions to

Learn more and register

Group Prehealth Advising Session

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URGO is hosting a group advising session for new prehealth students. This is an opportunity to gain a broad overview of several health professions, become better aware of what schools seek in competitive applicants, and learn more about upcoming events and available resources. This session will be held on Friday, October 16 at 2 pm via Zoom.

Email for the Zoom invitation and link.

Chapel: Professor Lori Brandt Hale

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am as we begin our religion department series. Today Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of the department of religion and philosophy, is preaching. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom Chapel services are also available on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel. To find the link for chapel videos, please visit the Campus Ministry calendar.

Campus Ministry Calendar

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