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Virtual Immersions: Augsburg Experience / Search for Meaning II / Keystone this Spring

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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!

Resources from the Google Drive Basics Workshop

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Slides from the E-Learning Team’s Google Drive Basics workshop are available in the folder linked below. The YouTube video can be viewed at

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)

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)

Join Fellowship TODAY at 4:30 p.m.

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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.)

Faculty-Led Program Proposals Due This Sunday

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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

Recent AAC Approvals

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On Monday, October 26, the Academic Affairs Committee passed two proposals. The first was from the Theater department. There were changes to the course description and prerequisites for THR 280: “Costume and Makeup for Performance”.

The committee also approved a proposal brought forth by Undergraduate Admissions to change the existing Test-Optional Admission Policy to a Test Free Admission Policy for the remaining two years of the four-year approved pilot.

You can find information on AAC and proposal forms at There, and below, is a link to the AAC approval tracking spreadsheet.

AAC Approvals Tracking Sheet (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

BIPOC Created Meditations to Help with Election Stress

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Looking for some additional tools to support yourself in staying grounded during the stressful days ahead? Shine, a BIPOC owned and created self care app, offers an election anxiety playlist, and an interactive quiz for personalized tips to support you in navigating the days ahead.

Please look for our table in Christensen Center on Friday and Wednesday afternoon for more information related to election anxiety. Additional resources and support can also be found on the CWC website, by scheduling an appointment with one of our counselors, or after hours by accessing our after hours urgent phone counseling line at 612-330-1707, option 1.

Shine Election Self Care Plan Quiz

HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due at Noon Today

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To ensure timely processing of payroll for the November 6 pay date, please submit any change forms for current 2020 benefits to HR by noon today, 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

Summer 2021 – Study Abroad and Away Courses are Waiting for You

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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 January 22, 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
–MEXICO– (Apply by March 1)
Augsburg CGEE: Language and Culture
Augsburg CGEE: Medical Spanish and Clinical Observer ship

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

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

Update on Campus WiFi Issues Reported by Students

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I’ve posted an update on our IT blog as to where we’re at with addressing the WiFi issues students on campus are reporting (Zoom disconnects, poor Zoom quality).

Thank you students who have been giving us reports using the new WiFi issue reporting form on the Tech Desk website . Your time spent filling out the form helps us diagnose the problems.

WiFi issue update

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 Minnesota regarding next steps.

Nomination Form

New Test Free Admission Policy

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Augsburg University will shift to a Test-Free Admissions Policy as the pandemic has added more risks and restrictions to test taking meaning test scores will not be used in making admission and scholarship decisions.

The policy takes effect immediately for the 2021 and fall 2022 application cycles, which is the remainder of a previous four-year pilot test-optional admissions policy.

This also aligned with Augsburg‘s holistic admissions process, which looks at quantitative metrics and beyond. The application-review process allows Augsburg to maintain the university’s academic standards and ensure the university admits students with the capacity to succeed here.

Augsburg introduced a faculty-approved test-optional admissions policy in April 2018. Submission of ACT or SAT test scores for admission became optional starting in fall 2019 for incoming undergraduate (first-year and transfer) student applicants.

Event Announcements

Forum Webinar – Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies

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When: November 19, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Dr. Christopher Sansone, Verticle Leadership  |  Maria Velasco, MA, Beyond Inclusion group
Cost: Free

Success in diversity and inclusion initiatives eludes many organizations. Often leaders make the fatal error of avoiding valuable resistance. In this interactive experience, you’ll explore the positive role resistance plays in the implementation of successful diversity and inclusion initiatives. Transformative leaders who know the probable sequence, sources, and variety of fears unique to diversity and inclusion change initiatives can respond proactively through open engagement.

Learning Outcomes
Understanding the role of resistance in diversity and inclusion initiatives
Recognizing resistance and how it can thwart or be openly engaged to support change
Learning leadership strategies to engage resistance as a positive force for diversity, equity, and inclusion change initiatives

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

8 Minutes 46 Seconds: Prayer and Presence

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Each Friday all are welcome to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, (and others) and our call for racial justice in God’s world. Pastoral presence is available in Hoversten Chapel for support and prayer. Pastor Babette Chatman and Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong will be available in the chapel at 10:40 – 11:00 am.

Today Rev. Justin Lind-Ayres, University Pastor, offers a Prayer for the Space Between, in the hours leading up to this time of choosing for the leaders of our nation, our state, and our local communities:

Yesterday’s chapel service with President Paul Pribbenow is available online.

Thursday’s chapel service

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

TODAY – 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 from 11:00 -2:00.

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.

Please direct questions to

Learn more and register

Keeping Track of Auggies

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