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Global Learning Resources for Faculty

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If you are looking for a way to enhance global learning in your classroom, consider bringing in a guest speaker or global learning activity, arranged by the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE). With our vast network of in-country experts on our staff, as well as community leaders and partners in Latin America, Southern Africa, and Palestine, we can find speakers and activities for you on a wide range of topics.

Global Learning Resources for Faculty

2021 River Semester Expedition forming — Apply Now

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This coming September 1st, the next group of students, faculty, and staff will embark from Lake Itasca to begin their hundred-day expedition by canoe and van down the length of the Mississippi River, studying environmental justice, climate resilience, politics in the American heartland, and a range of individual and customized classes and research projects. We will paddle and camp portions of the river from the Headwaters, the scenic Driftless region, the “Wild Miles” on the Lower River, a portion of the cypress swamps in along the Atchafalaya River, the heavily industrialized “Chemical Corridor” between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and finish by paddling to the Gulf of Mexico, 2,345 river miles from our start. Students interested in joining the program are invited to apply through the Augsburg Study Away web portal. Those completing their applications by Dec. 15 receive a $500 discount on the program fee. Faculty and staff are invited to consider connecting with and potentially traveling with the group (for anywhere from an afternoon to several weeks). There are a range of ways to connect with the project, including virtual links, field research, guest lectures, film and media production, and so on. A sample of projects created with the 2019 expedition can be found at Anyone with questions or interested in participating in the experience can contact Joe Underhill.

River Semester Application

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

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n 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.

Mayo College of Medicine and Science Virtual Info Session

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Interested in applying to the Mayo Clinic of Medicine and Science? Tune in via Zoom on December 3rd at 2:30 p.m. to hear Ashya Burgess, Admissions Recruiter, share information on Mayo’s medical program as well as their Master’s of Physician Assistant, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PhD in Biomedical Science graduate programs.

Contact with any questions.

Zoom Meeting Link

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover Language Learning Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Awards fund intensive language study abroad for U.S. undergrad and grad students. After graduation, Boren winners complete one-year minimum of paid work in the federal government, in areas like national defense, diplomacy, and intelligence. STEM majors can apply for summer scholarships too! The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website ( to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Let us know your interest by contacting Dixie Shafer ( or Andrea Dvorak (
• DUE January 20: send a draft of your application to or – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

“Take 2” minutes for a Tech Teaching Tip from Doug Green

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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, Doug Green (English) shares how he uses Zoom chat to provide timely feedback and gather helpful information from students.  NOTE: You can see ALL of the past episodes of the “Take 2” series at

“Take 2”: Doug Green on using Zoom Chat for quick feedback and sharing information

Take Queer Studies (WST 305): Spring 2021

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Introduction to Queer Studies (WST 305)
Spring 2021
Tu & Th 9:40-11:20am

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 & 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

Got Problems? Count on TutorMe for Free

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can find TutorMe on Moodle by clicking any of your classes! At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Financial Aid Deadline for Fall: Dec 1

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Students should complete their financial aid application, including any missing verification information, by Dec 1. After this date, Student Financial Services may not have enough time to process state and federal financial aid for the fall semester. Note that “verification information” could be a physical document, replying to an email from our office, or making corrections to the FAFSA if advised to do so.

Please contact Student Financial Services if you have any questions about your financial aid application. You can email or call 612.330.1046.

New student payment portal coming December 2, 2020

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Our student payment portal from Cashnet is being updated on December 2 to a modern mobile-friendly interface. All the current functions will still be there. It will just look quite different.

This page shows how it will look.

New student portal

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.

Event Announcements

Auggie Connect: Disability and Employment

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Join us today for a discussion about disability & employment.
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 today!
Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 981 8852 9961
Passcode: 062277

Registration Now Open — 2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Annual Conference: Workplace Revolution

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The 2021 Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference will be a five-day virtual experience. Augsburg faculty and staff are eligible to receive a 70% discount off the registration fee!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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