Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

What to do After a Negative COVID-19 test

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According to the CDC, if you receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test result, you should continue to take precautions against COVID-19, including washing your hands often, keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and those you do not live with, and wearing a mask in public.

If you were in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to stay home for 14 days after your last contact with that person, even if your test result is negative, the Minnesota Department of Health states. This is to avoid exposing others if your test result was a false negative. If you develop symptoms after your negative test result, you will need to get tested again.

DPS Response to Protests on Campus

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Due to the increased amount of protests, demonstrations, and civil unrest in our city and around the nation, the Department of Public Safety has posted information on their website regarding how Public Safety staff will respond to peaceful protests on campus, and what to do if violence and/or destruction occurs during a protest on campus property. To view the post, please click on the link below, or visit the News page on the Department of Public Safety website at

Please send any comments or questions to

DPS Response to Protests on Campus Property

Teaching and Learning

Next Tuesday: Learn about the Boren Scholarship

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Join us next Tuesday Nov 17 at 11:30 to learn about the Boren Scholarship! The Boren Awards fund intensive language study abroad for U.S. undergrad and grad students. After graduation, Boren winners work for one-year minimum in the federal government, in areas like national defense, diplomacy, and intelligence. STEM majors can apply for summer scholarships too!

If you are planning on studying a language abroad and/or are interested in working for the federal government, don’t miss hearing directly from Boren staff about this prestigious (and generous) scholarship opportunity!

This session is sponsored by URGO and CGEE to celebrate International Education Week Nov 16-20, a worldwide celebration of international education and exchange.

Learn more about the languages the Boren Awards fund at

Click here to register – you’ll immediately receive meeting details

“Take 2” minutes for a Tech Teaching Tip from Phyllis Kapetanakis

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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, Phyllis Kapetanakis (Business Administration) shares how she uses Zoom reports to take attendance and how to clip/edit Zoom recordings to make additional learning resources. [NOTE: The video-cutter app that Phyllis is using is available at

You can see ALL of the past episodes of the “Take 2” series at

“Take 2”: Phyllis Kapetanakis on Zoom attendance and clipping Zoom recordings

AAC Approves Grading Option Change Deadline

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At the November 9 meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee, a policy was approved that will permanently adjust the grading option change deadline to one week after final grades are due in the undergraduate program. The deadline to withdraw from an individual class will not change. The maximum P/LP/N credits will not change. An individual academic department’s P/LP/N policy will not change.

AAC approvals are tracked on the spreadsheet linked below. You can find more information about the committee, as well as proposal forms meeting minutes, at

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

Become a CTL Fellow

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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 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

Remember TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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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.)

URGO Summer Research Info Sessions 11/18 and 11/19

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11/18 at 5pm via Zoom

11/19 at 5pm via Zoom

Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application and how to find a faculty mentor!
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor they choose.
If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact

Forum Podcast Ep. 48: How to Welcome Faith Oriented Diversity in a Workplace

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Brian Grim, Kent Johnson, and Paul Lambert of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation offer best practices to build successful & diverse religiously inclusive workplaces.

New Communication Studies Course: Interviewing

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Feeling a little uncertain about being on the job market and how to stand out in interviews? Have an interest in journalism and oral histories? Want to learn more about the interviewing process? Take COM 495-A Topic: Interviewing in Spring 2021!
Learn the theory and skills needed to be both a memorable interviewee AND an effective interviewer in this special topics course taking place via Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:10-12:20. You’ll experience a variety of interview settings, such as informational, employment, oral history, journalistic, and persuasive interviews. If you have any questions, email Jenna McNallie (

General Announcements

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.

Sign up or show your interest here!

Add a Global Course to your Spring Schedule

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Looking for a dynamic and engaging course this spring? Want to hear from people all over the world to deepen your knowledge of international perspectives? If yes, we encourage you to register for an online course taught by CGEE staff this spring!

These courses are taught by Augsburg CGEE faculty from Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa and will also bring in a variety of guest speakers and unique voices from around the globe using our community connections in those countries. Several courses also fulfill LAF graduation requirements.

Courses for spring 2021 semester include:
COM 329-X: Intercultural Communication (Fulfills Augsburg Experience Requirement)

CCS 495: Cross-cultural Perspectives: Feminisms in the Americas

HIS 156: The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (Fulfills LAF Humanities)
HIS 195/387: Apartheid, Mandela, and Post-Apartheid in Southern Africa (Fulfills LAF Humanities)
HIS 195/387: Mexican History, Cultures and Cosmovision (Fulfills LAF Humanities)

POL 353: Political and Social Change in Namibia (fulfills LAF Social Sciences)

RLN 100-C: Religion, Vocation and the Search for Meaning I (fulfills Search for Meaning I)
RLN 409-B: Virtual Immersion: Topics: Faith, Vocation, & Social Change (fulfills Augsburg experience, Search for Meaning II OR Humanities LAF)
RLN 480-A: Virtual Immersion: Vocation and the Christian Faith (fulfills Augsburg Experience, and keystone)

SPA 112-F: Beginning Spanish II (fulfills Modern Language I)
SPA 212-A: Intermediate Spanish II (fulfills Modern Language II)

All of these courses will be available in records and registration, per your usual registration (

List of Global Courses, Descriptions, and Schedules

Depression Support

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Augsburg recently expanded our wellness and mental health services to give the Augsburg community access to a free service called TAO. The TAO app includes over 150 brief, effective educational sessions that include videos and interactive worksheets, that can be accessed 24/7 on your computer or smartphone. Two of the units focus on skills for coping with depression: “Leave Your Blues Behind” and “Improving Your Mood”.

To sign up use link below and sign up using your Augsburg email to access the free services.

Follow CWC on Instagram for more mental health and wellness resources: #augsburgcwc

TAO Online Mental Health Skills Training

Updated Virtual Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

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The Strommen Career & Internship Center has adjusted their virtual drop-in hours for the remainder of the Fall 2020 Semester. Starting Tuesday, November 10th – Friday, December 11th, our Career Peer Advisors will be available to review resume and cover letters via Zoom the following days/times:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00am-4:00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am-1:30pm
Fridays 11:00am-3:30pm

Zoom meeting link and updated hours can be found on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Strommen Community Moodle Site

Google Shared Drives – Move entire folders, manage folder level permissions

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Google has enabled the ability to move entire folders from your personal Google Drive to a shared Google Drive and manage folder level permissions on shared drives. Up until recently files had to be transferred individually between drives, making for a very arduous process. Now entire folders, including folders containing nested folders or Google-type documents can be transferred.

Departments are encouraged to use Google shared drives for storing files because they are not tied to one singular owner, simplifying employee departures. For more information please contact your LFC.

Open Enrollment and HR Benefits and Payroll Forms: Due this Friday 11/13

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Routine Benefit or Payroll Forms Deadline: Friday 11/13 at 12pm
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 Friday, November 13. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding (W-4 form) changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

2021 Open Enrollment deadline: Friday 11/13
The DEADLINE for benefits-eligible staff and faculty to complete the virtual 2021 Open Enrollment form is also Friday, November 13. Please submit your form before then. You’ll find your link on 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, even if you are declining coverage. Please note, 2020 pre-tax HSA and FSA elections will end in December, so you must elect an amount for 2021 to continue participation.

Open Enrollment Presentation Recording
Click the link below (“2021 Open Enrollment Information”) for information on accessing the Open Enrollment Session recording.

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

2021 Open Enrollment Information

Low Cost Medications through GoodRx

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Are you struggling to pay for a medication because you either don’t have insurance, or your insurance charges a big co-pay for the prescription? Check out GoodRx. This is a coupon-based discount website available for anyone paying out of pocket for a prescription. You can shop around and often find a pharmacy that will provide your medication at a much lower cost through this website. You don’t need to sign up for an account or pay any fees to participate in GoodRx. Check it out!

Follow CWC on Instagram for more mental health and wellness resources: #augsburgcwc


Event Announcements

Senior Chapel: Calvin Denson Lehman

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am for a senior chapel with Calvin Denson Lehman. 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 the link for chapel videos, please visit the Campus Ministry calendar.

Campus Ministry Calendar

Benefits Open Enrollment Ends Tomorrow

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Benefits Open Enrollment ends Friday, November 13 (TOMORROW).

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

Even if you are not making changes to your 2021 benefits, we ask that all benefits-eligible employees submit the enrollment form to confirm your selections, even if you are declining coverage.

Please email with any questions.

Click here for more information

Theatre 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!

Focused Conversation on Teaching and Learning: MONDAY

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What We’ve Learned about Teaching and Learning
Monday, November 16
2-3 p.m.
Join Deans Monica Devers and Ryan Haaland for a discussion about what we’ve learned about this semester about teaching and learning 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

Celebrate International Education Week with ISO and CGEE

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November 16-20 is International Education Week (IEW) – a worldwide celebration of international education and exchange. Augsburg University, the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE), and the International Student Organization (ISO) will be celebrating the week with multiple activities and events, open to everyone!

Keep an eye out in the daily A-mail for events, as well as ISO’s Instagram account: @iso_auggie and the study abroad office Instagram account: @global_auggies. Here is a brief schedule for the week of events:

Dialogue and Food – ISO will host a space to discuss issues affecting international students
Hagfors 151
4 – 7 p.m.

Boren Scholarship Info Session – learn how to win a scholarship to study language abroad
Virtual Event on zoom
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Intern in China Webinar – learn about interning abroad in China after graduation
Virtual event on zoom
5:00 p.m.

Poster Day – celebrate and learn about the countries our Augsburg international students come from!
CC Lobby
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tierra y Libertad! Commemorating The Mexican Revolution – join CGEE global faculty member and historian, Antonio Ortega, as he commemorates the 110th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution
Virtual event on zoom
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. presentation
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. time for Q & A

Gear & Donut Day – wear your ISO gear and grab a donut!
CC lobby
8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Power of Language – learning about the importance of language learning, and celebrating diversity and respecting differences!
CC lobby
8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cultural Night – Cultural night showcases the cultural diversity at Augsburg University. Cultural Night performances range from musical performances to a fashion show that will showcase the beauty in the diversity of our different cultures. Email if you would like more information. All are welcome.
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel

See CGEE’s blog for more information

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

Auggie Connect: Focus on Assistive Technology

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Join us Monday November 16 as Lauren Dusek, Assistive Technology and Accommodations Specialist, highlights Assistive Technology for students.

Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join student Zsolt Vincze and CLASS staff Cassie Charles as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect is available every Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm. If you need a disability accommodation to participate email

We hope to see you Monday!
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 981 8852 9961 Passcode: 062277   

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