Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Plan for a Safe Halloween and Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the region and across the United States. Although Augsburg has been able to keep its 14-day on-campus case rate below 1%, reports of positive cases are increasing among students who live and study off campus.

Public health officials are urging people to make plans to keep themselves, their families, and friends safe for the upcoming holidays. For those planning to go home for the Thanksgiving break, it’s best to be smart and safe now so that you don’t risk taking COVID-19 home to your families at Thanksgiving.

See the October 24 COVID-19 Status Blog for recent Augsburg metrics and guidelines for safe Halloween celebrations.

COVID-19 Status Blog

Teaching and Learning

TODAY at 3 p.m. : Google Drive Basics Workshop

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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)

Teaching Tip Tuesday: How to Give Struggling Students a Boost

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“Even in normal circumstances, students can start to fall behind (or even disappear) by this point in a semester.” Today’s Teaching Tip comes from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Florida State University and offers some suggestions for addressing the above issue.

Watch for Teaching Tip Tuesday on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. You can find more resources on the CTL page at

How to Give Struggling Students a Boost

“Take 2” minutes for a Tech Teaching Tip from Suzanne Gikas

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“Take 2” is a new weekly series of 2-minute videos by Augsburg Faculty sharing a remote learning teaching tip. In this episode, Suzanne Gikas (Education Department) shares some activities she has used during Zoom sessions to increase collaboration between students and encourage community.

“Take 2”: Suzanne Gikas on Building Community in Zoom

Faculty-Led Program Proposals 2021-2022

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CGEE is accepting proposals for off-campus undergraduate courses* offered in fall 2021, winter break (Dec.2020- Jan.2021), and spring break 2021. Planning for these programs will include COVID-19 considerations. Due to COVID-19-related program postponements in 2020/2021, we are NOT accepting Summer 2022 off-campus course proposals.

Proposal Deadline: November 1

*Any course with an off-campus, overnight experience must submit a program proposal.

Graduate and Nursing program chairs/directors: Please contact Peggy Johnson ( to discuss your off-campus course plans and proposals for 2021-2022.

Propose a 2022 winter or spring break study abroad/away program

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

Qualtrics Classic Reports Going Away Oct 31

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Qualtrics has informed us that they’re retiring the Classic Reports in favor of the new Advanced Reports. Below is what they have said:

Over the last 24 months, we’ve been working hard to develop an improved and modern reporting experience. The new and improved Advanced Reports experience is now available to all of our customers and offers a number of benefits including: a new simplified user experience, better application performance and increased stability in report generation. You can find out more about the new experience on this support page.

After October 31st, 2020, you will lose access to any reports which were created with Classic Reports, including scheduled emails and public reports. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to rebuild reports on the Advanced Reports platform and to download a PDF copy of existing reports you wish to keep.

To view Classic Reports in a user account, navigate to the Advanced Reports page (Reports tab > Reports section), click on the name of the advanced report and select View Classic Reports from the dropdown.

Qualtrics Support

General Announcements

Tabling in Christensen Center

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Internal Augsburg departments and student organizations may table in the Christensen Center lobby at this time. There will be one group able to table in the morning and another able to table in the afternoon. Please contact University Events to make your reservation and to learn more about the COVID-19 protocols around this activity. Contact: or 612-330-1104

*This activity is subject to change and will be updated on the University Events webpage if it does.

University Events webpage:

Augsburg in Central America

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Did you know that Augsburg has a presence in both Guatemala and Costa Rica?

On the semester program “Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement” students learn with and from grassroots community organizations dedicated to work on issues related to conflict, foreign policy, gender, and economic and social justice. Auggies can also complete several graduation requirements, including: Humanities, Search for Meaning II, Modern Language, and Augsburg Experience.

Plan ahead now – spring 2021 semester deadline is November 1st, or, fall 2021 deadline is April 1st. See yourself studying abroad in Central America soon!

Learn more about our Central America program

Nominate Aspiring Community Leaders: Paid Two-Year Fellowship

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Nomination Deadline: ASAP
Application Deadline November 15, 2020

Lead For Minnesota’s (LFMN) flagship program is a paid two-year high impact fellowship for leaders ages 21-30 to serve their hometowns, particularly in neighborhoods and communities where the narrative of success has meant leaving and never coming back.

Each Fellow works full-time alongside dynamic community leaders, local government and non-profit leaders to address critical challenges and recruit other young leaders to return to and remain in the community, and will receive ongoing support and training from LFMN to ensure they are critical contributors on priority projects from the start.

The summer before their fellowship begins, all Fellows receive 4 weeks of graduate level public administration, leadership, and equity training from leading institutions like the University of Minnesota and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, while also joining other Fellows for retreats throughout the course of the two years.

Nominations: Professors, peers, and colleagues are invited to nominate outstanding candidates in their community. Nominees will be contacted by Lead For America regarding next steps.

Nomination Form

Read more about Lead for Minnesota here:

Nomination Form

Event Announcements

Chris Stedman: What Can We Learn from Life Online?

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Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Format: Zoom Webinar – to register see Zoom webinar link below
For much of history, humans have grappled with questions of meaning and belonging within institutions like churches and civic groups. Today, especially in the time of social distancing and online learning, more and more people are moving their search for connection and significance into digital space. The work of being human — exploring life’s big questions, finding a sense of identity and context, and connecting with others — increasingly happens on the internet. How is this changing our understanding of who we are? Join Augsburg University alum and current adjunct professor in Augsburg’s Department of Religion and Philosophy Chris Stedman for a conversation about his new book IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (out October 20, 2020), what it means to be “real” in the age of Twitter and TikTok, and what we can learn from the novel ways of being and belonging that are emerging online.

The lecture will feature a presentation by Chris Stedman followed by a time of 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.

Chris Stedman is a Minneapolis-based writer, speaker, teacher, and community organizer. He is the author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (2020) and Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (2012). Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS.
Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. He currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg and serves as the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities’ 2020-21 visiting lecturer.

Register in advance for this webinar.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Virtual Grants Conference

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Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the very first NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the weeks of November 16 and November 30, 2020.

This event is designed to give new faculty, researchers and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF staff will be providing up-to-date information about the proposal and award process, specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions.

Registration will be free of charge and opens on Thursday, October 29 at 11 a.m. Central. Each conference session will have its own Zoom registration page. Please sign up only for sessions that you are able to attend. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event. NSF anticipates the sessions will reach capacity very quickly, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. NSF will send an email reminder to those who’ve pre-registered on Wednesday, October 28.

To receive the link to register, visit and click “Get Notified.”

Register Today for the Free StepUP Gala—Saturday, November 7

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Join StepUP students, families, and friends on Saturday, November 7 from 5-6 p.m. for our 2020 virtual “Rise Up” Gala. This year, we’ll gather virtually to celebrate StepUP students, alumni, and raise money for the program. Registration is FREE–click the link below to register.

Please contact Martha Truax at 651-261-9646 or with any questions.

Register here for the 2020 StepUP Gala

Focused Conversation on Residence and Student Life: TOMORROW

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What We’ve Learned in Residence and Student Life
Wednesday, October 28
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join Sarah Griesse, dean of students; Mike Grewe, assistant dean of students and director of campus life; and Hli Vang, assistant dean of students and director of Pan-Asian student services; for a discussion about what we’ve learned this semester about residence life and student life during a pandemic.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link, visit the All Hands page (log in required)

All Hands Page

TODAY: Virtual Table- College Nannies and Tutors

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Drop in to learn more about College Nannies on October 27th! We will be logged in to Zoom from 11-3 pm to tell you about our flexible full-time and part-time positions. Come join if you are interested in working with kids.

Wanna win a $100 Amazon Gift Card? Just by joining you will be entered into a drawing to win! I look forward to meeting you!

Learn more about College Nannies & Tutors –

Zoom Link on Handshake Event Page

Looking for an Internship or Entry Level Job? Register for the 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

Register and learn more!

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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LGBTQIA+ Student Services, ASAC, & QPA will be hosting an outdoor movie in the Quad – Rocky Horror Picture Show.

If you havent seen this classic – you wont want to miss this. As always, space is limited, so come early. It will be getting colder – so be sure to bring a blanket or two. Face coverings will be required, and we ask individuals to come with their Campus Clear app completed.

We will be showing a version with the lyrics on screen – so sign along & costumes are encouraged.

Rocky Horro on Auggie Life RSVP

Chapel: Pastor Babette Chatman

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am to hear Pastor Babette Chatman preach. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom
The bulletin for today is available online.
Chapel services are saved 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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Cold weather and snow are officially here, 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