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It’s Fellowship Friday: 4:30 p.m. TODAY

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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.)

“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

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 maruggi@augsburg.edu.

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

Recordings of the Google Drive Workshops

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In case you missed the E-Learning Team’s presentations on Google Drive, you can find links to the recordings and slides from both the Basics and Advanced workshops below. Note that the document containing the links to these resources can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address.

Resources from the Google Drive Workshops

Join the CTL Fellows

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking nominations for three CTL Fellows positions. Along with the CTL Director and the Faculty Development Committee, CTL Fellows play an active role in identifying, planning, and providing professional development opportunities focused on teaching and learning at Augsburg University. To support this work, CTL Fellows have access to dedicated professional development funds to further their own expertise in teaching and learning pedagogy and share that expertise with the Augsburg community.

CTL Fellows positions are open to all teaching faculty, including adjunct faculty. Applicants should have a strong interest in pedagogy, equity and inclusion, and professional development, but need not be experts in any of these areas. Terms are for 1.5 to 2 years, and new CTL Fellows will begin in January 2021. All meetings of the CTL Fellows will occur remotely via Zoom through May 2021.

The nomination process is simple! To nominate yourself (encouraged), please submit your name and a brief statement of why you would like to be a CTL Fellow to the e-mail address below. To nominate a colleague, please submit their name and a brief statement of why you are nominating them for this position. Please submit all nominations to ctl@augsburg.edu with the subject line “CTL Fellows” by Friday, November 13th at noon.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the CTL Fellows program, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, CTL Director, at bankers@augsburg.edu.

General Announcements

Deadline November 15: 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.

Read more about Lead for Minnesota here: https://www.leadforminnesota.org/

Nomination Form

Last Chance To Let Us Know What You Think

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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

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

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). https://inside.augsburg.edu/it/2020/11/05/fall-wifi-issues-update-11-05-2020/

Thank you to students who have been giving us reports using the new WiFi issue reporting form on the Tech Desk website https://inside.augsburg.edu/techdesk/ . Your time spent filling out the form helps us diagnose the problems.

WiFi Issue Update

Minneapolis Moment Theatre Project

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Do you have something to say in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd? Do you have questions about how we exist in the Twin Cities after the killings of Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, Brian Quinones, Terrance Franklin, Alfred Abuka Sanders, Cordale Handy, Phil Quinn, Tycel Nelson, Isak Aden, Fong Lee, and others? Do you have concerns about the United States after the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Freddie Gray, Botham Jean, and more?

Make your voice heard! Join the Minneapolis Moment!

The Minneapolis Moment is a one-minute play project attempting to continue dialogue rooted in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting uprisings in a time of pandemic and divisive federal elections. We’ll borrow the model of the Every 28 Hours Plays to create, select, and perform one-minute plays over Zoom or other video media to share with the Augsburg and Minneapolis communities.

The Minneapolis Moment will engage student, staff, and faculty in order to perform selected one-minute plays from the Every 28 Hours Plays and to write and perform new one-minute plays based on experiences since the murder of George Floyd. The goal is to facilitate critical dialogue and reflection by providing multiple viewpoints and multiple experiences.

The design of the project allows participants to start working in December 2020 and continue into the spring semester of 2021 with three or four performances building on each other and able to be broadcast virtually to be in alignment with essential health measures to protect against the pandemic. The idea is to have three or four performances with several one-minute plays and then ultimately to collect and edit them into one larger video. Participants can be involved in only one writing and performance cycle or in them all—it will be up to them. All Augsburg students, staff, and faculty will be welcome to participate.

Read more about this project here!

Resources for Coping with Election Stress

submitted by carlson2@augsburg.edu

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)

Announcing “Murphy Square 1975-2020: A Sesquicentennial Sampler of Literature by Augsburg Students”

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The English Department is pleased to announce the publication of “Murphy Square 1975-2020: A Sesquicentennial Sampler of Literature by Augsburg Students.” Over 40 recent students in ENL 420 from 2016 through 2019 served as co-editors, haggling over selections drawn from the entire digital archive of MSq.  Alum Megan Johnson designed the volume and layout. I think you’ll find some old friends here.

We probably won’t get a print version till after the pandemic.  We hope, in the meantime, you will dip in and enjoy bits of Augsburg’s literary history.

Murphy Square 1975-2020: A Sesquicentennial Sampler of Literature by Augsburg Students

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

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

—GERMANY—
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)

—ITALY—
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 Observership

—SOUTH AFRICA—

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

Event Announcements

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!
gradinfo@augsburg.edu

If you do not feel comfortable joining us on campus, please register for our virtual zoom room, from 1-2 PM on the same day. Register here: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/95488753251?pwd=VzdnbEk0MGdqeldwbVBFeHk2SzhXQT09

Augsburg Graduate Studies

All Saints Commemoration/8 Minutes and 46 Seconds of Prayer

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Today in chapel Campus Ministry offers an All Saints Commemoration service combined with time to hold silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am. 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 service will be Zoomed live at https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/95460363994?pwd=S1lSdks0T1cvcm96ZDNTRTlmYndUUT09

The bulletin for today’s service is available at http://web.augsburg.edu/campusministry/Daily_Chapel_Bulletins/2020-21_Bulletins/2020-11-06_Chapel_bulletin.pdf
A service for the Healing for Our Nation is available on YouTube.
Today, Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong offers a prayer of remembrance and gratitude for those who have come before us: https://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/2020/11/05/remembering-the-future/

Healing of the Nation 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 for this online event

Benefits Open Enrollment (and Prizes) – Now through Nov. 13

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Benefits Open Enrollment is NOW through November 13. The 2021 Benefits Guide provides additional details about your 2021 benefit plan options and rates.

All benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to attend an open enrollment information session. Due to COVID-19, sessions will be virtual this year. Use the Zoom links below to register for one of the remaining live sessions:

TODAY – Friday, November 6 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
https://nfp.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckdO6hqjMsHNexiB2LG7As8uZGkJorkQeC

Tuesday, November 10 (10:00 am – 11:00 am)
https://nfp.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqfuysrjwjG9cva81QcyPnPvFAjIG7OWin

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

To enroll or make changes to your benefit elections, visit:
Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment.

For your convenience, your current 2020 benefit elections will be pre-populated in the open enrollment portal. Even if you are not making changes, we ask that you submit the enrollment form to confirm your selections will remain the same for 2021. Please note, 2020 pre-tax HSA and FSA elections will end in December, so you must elect an amount for 2021 to continue participation.

**Anyone who enrolls the first week will be entered into a drawing to win some exciting PRIZES!**

A special drawing was held for people who enrolled on the first day of open enrollment. Congratulations to Tia’Lana Hunter and Jacob Enger who each won a bluetooth speaker with charging station!

Anyone who submits their enrollment form by 11:59 pm tonight will be included in the next prize drawing for several remaining prizes.

Email hr@augsburg.edu with any questions.

2021 Benefits Guide

Student Play Auditions Nov. 17 and 18

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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!

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