Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Teaching and Learning

E-Learning Team Offering Google Drive Advanced Workshop Tomorrow (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 3-4 p.m. November 4.

*You can find resources from the Google Drive Basics Workshop in the link below.

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

“Take 2” minutes for a Tech Teaching Tip from Diane Pike

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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, Diane Pike (Sociology) shares how she uses pre-recorded VoiceThread lectures to prepare students for active learning during Live Remote Zoom sessions.

“Take 2”: Diane Pike on VoiceThread prep for Live Remote Zoom meetings

Introduction to Queer Studies (WST 305, Spr 2021)

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Introduction to Queer Studies (WST 305)
Spring 2021
Tu and Th 9:40-11:20 a.m.

In WST 305—the only Augsburg course devoted exclusively to queer studies—we will raise and address, though obviously not settle, these issues:

• How are sexual and gender norms constructed historically and culturally?

• How do sexual and gender norms, culturally and historically understood, affect LGBTQIA+, cisgender, and heterosexual people’s development and self-perceptions?

• How do past, recent, and developing definitions and theories of human sex, gender, and sexuality generated by LGBTQIA+ persons and communities present alternatives to dominant cisgender and heterosexual traditions?

We apply theories to current, historical, and cultural concerns. We will make use of virtual cultural, artistic, and speaker events related to our topic.

Though the course is designed for upper-level students, there are a variety of possible prerequisites that qualify students to participate with our permission. Please contact either Prof. Doug Green ( or Prof. Mary Lowe ( if you are interested in the course and/or have questions about it, especially regarding prerequisites.

We hope you’ll join us for Introduction to Queer Studies this spring!

General Announcements

Resources for Coping with Election Stress

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Looking for some additional tools to support yourself in staying grounded during the stressful days ahead? Check out the new CWC webpage, Coping with Election Stress (link below).

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.

Coping with Election Stress (CWC webpage)

Make your voice heard. Tell us about this fall.

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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

Campus Ministry Election Week Support

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Meditation Video – A mindful meditation video by musician Michael Morris is available this election week.

Tuesday, November 3: With no classes on this day due to the election, Pastor Babette Chatman and Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres offer recorded words of hope and prayer on Election Day.

Wednesday, November 4: Open space for prayer, reflection, silence, and conversation (if needed) in Hoversten throughout morning – 10:00 a.m.-noon. Following ADSG’s event from 6 to 8 p.m., folks are welcome to join our Zoom Multicultural Worship at 8 p.m. along with conversation on “God and Politics” followed by holding space if needed. Join by Zoom:

Thursday, November 5 at 11:30 a.m.: Join us in Hoversten Chapel for in-person worship with a service of Healing for the Nation. The service will be live streamed on Zoom at

Friday, November 6 at 10:40 a.m.: An All Saints Commemoration service combined with time to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. We remember all saints that have shaped our lives as we continue to remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, (and others) and our call for racial justice in God’s world. The Friday service will be streamed on Zoom at Check the Campus Ministry blog page for the weekly prayer.

Campus Ministry Website

Share the Warmth: Cold Weather Clothing Drive

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Donate your gently used and/or new winter jackets, gear (hats, mittens, scarves), and sweatshirts. Items will be given to People Serving People, a comprehensive emergency shelter in Minneapolis for families experiencing homelessness. All sizes needed, Infant to Adult, especially Adult XL-5X. Drop items from Monday, November 9 to Wednesday, December 2. Drop off sites: Si Melby 205 (Main Athletic Office, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. M-F); Christensen Center (Lower Level Admissions Suite; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F).

Event Announcements

You can participate – “Silent Night”

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You are invited 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 today!

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

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When: November 19, 2020 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central
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 11, from 10:00 a.m. to noon 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

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 event

Student Play Auditions

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Augsburg Theater Department Virtual Auditions. All students welcome.

Tuesday, November 17 from 4-8
Wednesday, November 18 from 4-8

The Augsburg theater department will be hosting auditions for the winter play, Two Men and a Woman in a House. This production is a student run piece, written by a 2020 Augsburg graduate and directed, designed and performed by Augsburg students.

You do not need to be a theater major to audition or be cast in any of Augsburg Theater productions. Everyone is welcome. Further information is provided in the link below.

Click here for audition information!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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3BR/1BA Duplex for Rent

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Duplex for rent in Northeast Minneapolis
Available: December 1
606 Buchanan St. NE
3 Bedroom/1.5 Bath – 1150 Sq. Feet
Rent = $1,850/month
Owner pays: Water and Trash
Tenant pays: Electric and Gas
Also included: Washer/Dryer, private basement access for storage/other use, and 2-stall garage.
Pets: Allowed with permission only and deposit.
Please email me at for more info or for application.