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Get Research Help at Lindell Library

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Attention, students! If you’re having trouble finding sources for a research paper, ask a librarian. If you’re wondering how to search a database or even figuring out which database to search, ask a librarian. If you’re unsure whether the sources you’ve found are “authoritative”, ask a librarian.

Reference librarians are available via Zoom each weekday 10 AM – 6 PM. Students (and faculty, too!) are invited to meet with a librarian by clicking the “Join us on Zoom” box on the library’s website.

For more in-depth research help, ask the librarian to schedule a personalized research consultation.

Lindell Library

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

Fellowship Friday TOMORROW 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.)

Google Drive Advanced Workshop Next Wednesday

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The E-Learning team is hosting a Google Drive Advanced Workshop to help you create interactive slides in Google slides and build “Go-to-the Board” activities. The purpose of this workshop is to help you to engage students and get more participation during class. The Advanced Workshop will be held on the 4th of November from 3 pm – 4 pm.

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

“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

Resources from the Google Drive Basics Workshop

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Resources from the E-Learning Team’s Google Drive Basics workshop are available in the folder linked below. Slides from the session are available now, and the recording will be uploaded soon. We will also be posting the Advanced Workshop’s resources following that session on Wednesday, November 4 from 3 pm – 4 pm (find more information and the Zoom link in a separate A-mail post). We hope you can make it, but if not, look to this folder. It is also posted on the CTL Page:

Google Drive Resources (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

Study Spaces at Lindell Library

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Are you looking for a quiet place to study or attend your Zoom classes? Then check out the remote learning rooms on the top floor of Lindell Library. Each room is equipped with a TV monitor and a white board for group work, and each can be reserved in advance – for a single study session or for all your zoom classes throughout the semester. Bring your own laptop or check out a Chromebook at the library’s front desk. For more information, see


Lindell Library remote learning rooms

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due Noon Friday, October 30

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To ensure timely processing of payroll for the November 6 pay date, if you have change forms for current 2020 benefits, please submit them to HR by noon on Friday, October 30. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Open Enrollment
The 2021 Open Enrollment for benefits-eligible staff and faculty will be November 2-13. Watch A-Mail for more information.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as banking or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission. Please contact for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

Augsburg’s Mexico Study Center

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Did you know that Augsburg has a study center in Cuernavaca, Mexico? It is one of the most popular (and affordable!) study abroad destinations for Auggies.
Augsburg CGEE programs in Mexico are ideal for any student interested in learning more about social change from the Mexican perspective. Students will take classes in English with a cohort of other students from the U.S. and will include a lot of interaction with the community. Host family stays, weekly programming with Mexican students from a local university, guest speakers, and excursions are all included! Internships are also available, for those who already speak some Spanish (two college level courses and above).
Auggies can also complete several graduation requirements, including: Natural Science (with lab), Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Recreational Wellness, 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 Mexico soon!

Learn more about our Mexico Study Center

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

Need Health Insurance? MN Sure Open Enrollment starts Sunday

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You can sign up for 2021 private health and dental insurance through MNsure starting next Sunday, November 1. Are you ready?

Click the link below for info on how to sign up. If you have questions about whether you might qualify for these plans, or for Medical Assistance (free insurance for those meeting income guidelines), contact Health Access MN at 651-645-0215 for free, expert enrollment assistance.

MN Sure Open Enrollment

Event Announcements

Benefits Open Enrollment

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Benefits 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 – 11:00 am

2021 Benefits Resource Guide

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

Email with any questions.

Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Chapel

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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!

Flu Shot Clinic On Campus TODAY

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Flu shots available on campus TODAY – 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. If you are a student without insurance, please contact me about options to get a free flu shot. Questions, please call Dianne in the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Help keep the Augsburg community safe and get your flu shot!!

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.

Chapel: Paul Pribbenow

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am to hear President Paul Pribbenow preach for Reformation week. 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 links for chapel videos, please visit the Campus Ministry calendar.

Campus Ministry Calendar

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

Calling All Auggies – Participate in Advent Vespers

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We are inviting you to participate in this year’s Augsburg Advent Vespers – A Virtual Service, celebrating the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Because this year’s service will be virtual, we would like to film Auggies singing “Silent Night” in the quad which will then be included in the video!

WHO: Open to students, faculty and staff – ALL ARE WELCOME!
(Space is limited to 25 participants; RSVP required with the attached Google Form)

WHEN: Thursday, November 12
(4:45 p.m. – Check in, placement and directions; 5-5:30 p.m. – Filming)

WHERE: Augsburg Quad

WHAT: Singing 1-verse of “Silent Night” (text provided)

VIEWING: 41st Annual Advent Vespers – A virtual service will premiere on Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. (links provided closer to date!)

To participate, please RSVP using this form as soon as possible as space is limited! Questions?

RSVP for “Silent Night”

Keeping Track of Auggies

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Auggie Love Your Melon Hats for Sale

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Colder weather is 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

Duplex for Rent

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This spacious and sunny 3-bedroom 1-bathroom upper level duplex is in excellent condition: hardwood floors, natural woodwork throughout, stained glass, large eat-in kitchen, large pantry, free washer/dryer, front deck and backyard garden patio, free storage on the premises, the list just goes on and on. The home is also located nearby excellent breweries, shopping and major transportation routes. Renters pay gas and electric. Snow removal and lawn care are included in the rent.
• Upper Duplex–3 bedroom, 1 bath
• Formal Dining room, eat in kitchen and living room
• Large Pantry
• Hardwood floors throughout
• Beautiful woodwork throughout with original pocket door
• Sunny windows
• Free storage room
• Free laundry room with washer and dryer
• Built in 1902 as a duplex
• Front porch and backyard garden patio
• Located in the heart of the Northeast Arts District: Blocks from Indeed Taproom, Young Joni, Mayslacks, Sociable Cider Werks, Bauhaus Brewery, Able Seedhouse Brewery
Hoping someone in our community might have a friend that’s interested–if so, contact