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Undergraduate 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 an undergraduate winter or spring break study abroad/away program for 2022

Interested in social change + vocation? Join this Spring Semester Virtual Immersion

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While you can’t travel to Central America this spring break, let Guatemala & El Salvador come to you! Join one of these cross-listed classes examining religion and social change in the Central American context – and meet your Augsburg Experience requirement at the same time!

RLN 409-B Study Abroad Topics: Faith, Vocation, & Social Change – A Virtual Immersion
RLN 480-A Vocation and the Christian Faith (Also meets the Keystone requirement for some majors!)

These courses will meet in Spring 2021: face-to-face on Tuesdays and on Zoom on Thursdays. You’ll interact directly with speakers from El Salvador and Guatemala. In addition, course activities will include things like video tours of specific locations with commentary by local people (translated from Spanish or with captions).

There will be an extra course fee of $100 so that we can fairly pay the AMAZING Central American speakers you will get to meet and talk with. If you have questions about these classes, please reach out to Professor Matt Maruggi at

Learn more and register for the classes in Records & Registration!

“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

Google Drive Advanced Workshop Next Week

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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 Advanced Workshop will be held on the 4th of November from 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)

Join Fellowship Fridays at 4:30 p.m.

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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.)

General Announcements

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad in Summer 2021

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Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes:

Apply by February 1, 2021

Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer
THR 295 (Fine Arts)

Science and Religion in Germany – Summer
REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – Summer

HIS 170 — Food: A Global History (Humanities LAF)
HIS 440 — Upper Division Topics Course
ENL 221 — Writing about Art and Popular Culture
ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction

Music Therapy in South Africa – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get detailed information about these short term programs

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.

Read more about Lead for Minnesota here:

Nomination Form

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel: This week is a service of All Saints with readings offered by Pastor Babette Chatman. 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.

Campus Ministry Calendar

Zoom, online, hybrid, or classroom. What Works for You?

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The Technology Enhanced Learning Committee has prepared a survey aimed at understanding the student experience this fall. We know you’ve been getting a lot of surveys lately. This short survey is your chance to tell us about the course formats and what your experiences have been like this semester. Hopefully we can use the information you provide to plan for the future.

Please take a moment to let us know what you think.

Take the TEL Student Survey

Event Announcements

Open Enrollment Begins Next Week

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Open Enrollment is November 2-13. All benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to attend an open enrollment information session. Due to COVID-19, sessions will be virtual this year. Mark your calendars to attend one of the live presentations:

Additional information and Zoom links will be provided soon.

Monday 11/2 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday 11/6 2:-00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuesday 11/10 10:00 am to 11:00 am

A recorded session for on-demand viewing will also be available next week.

Email with any questions.

Thinking of Graduate School at Augsburg?

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Are you thinking of graduate school at Augsburg? Do you know what kinds of graduate level programs we offer? Would you like to know more about what our graduate programs require? If you have answered any of these questions, come and swing by our table in the Christensen Center on Wednesday November 11th from 10:00-12:00 PM to meet our Graduate Admissions team. We can provide you with information on next steps!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Augsburg Graduate Studies

Flu Shots on Campus Thursday 10/29

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Don’t forget – 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. Uninsured students may qualify for FREE flu shots. Questions, please call Dianne in the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Help keep the Augsburg community safe and get your flu shot!!

Tomorrow: Race, Politics, and the Workplace

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Thursday: Race, Politics, and the Workplace
When: October 29, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: Online/Video Conference
Presenters: Candi Castleberry Singleton, Twitter  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Howard Ross, Udarta Consulting  |  Regina Speed-Bost, SB Law, PLLC  |  Sandra S. Yamate, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)

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

Focused Conversation on Residence and Student Life: TODAY

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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

Rocky Horror Picture Show — Location Update

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Location Update- The event has moved to the Chapel!

Come to our tabling in Christensen on Thursday 12-2 p.m. for your ticket voucher!

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

If you havent seen this classic – you wont want to miss this. As always, space is limited, so come early. The first 50 in attendance get a free LGBTQIA+ Student Services embroidered pompom winter hat. Face coverings will be required, and we ask individuals to come with their Campus Clear app completed.

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

RSVP on Auggie Life!

Wednesday Night Worship

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Join us for Zoom worship at 8 pm tonight, entitled, “Kindling Community.” A virtual time of song, prayer, check-in, and holy conversation as we kindle community and faith together as the body of Christ. The image of a kindled flame is stepped in the book of Acts as the Holy Spirit appeared above the apostles like “divided tongues, as of fire” (2:3). Join us — wherever you are on your faith journey — in our kindling of community aflame for God’s justice, peace, and love in the world.

Join by Zoom:

All Saint’s Service Date Change

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We will hold an All Saints service in chapel on November 6 at 10:40 am as part of our service of 8 minutes and 46 seconds of prayer and silence remembering George Floyd and others and our call for racial justice. At this service we will hold time for prayer and silence, but we’ll also remember those who have died, especially in this past year. Please submit names you would like included in the All Saint’s service to the campus ministry office by emailing Janice Dames at Note that this is a change in schedule, on November 5, we will have a service for the Healing of the Nation.

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. We only have 10 pom hats left. 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