Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

MN Governor’s Executive Order for a 4-Week Dial Back

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Last week, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order limiting specific activities from November 21 through December 18 and
on Friday, President Paul Pribbenow sent an email to all students, staff, and faculty, outlining the actions that Augsburg is taking to align with the public health requirements of the executive order.

See this week’s COVID-19 Status Blog for links to the details of the executive order, a copy of President Pribbenow’s November 20 email communication, and Augsburg’s COVID-19 Dashboard for the week ending November 21, 2020.

COVID-19 Status Blog

Download Minnesota’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Today

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Imagine that you test positive for COVID-19. You tell your friends and family that you may have been in contact with, but how do you inform that people that you don’t know? Minnesota’s free exposure notification app, COVIDaware MN, will help us all do our part.

The app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near.

Download Minnesota’s COVID-19 exposure notification app today. When we understand our exposure risk, we can all make more informed decisions about our health. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location.

This app is made available by the State of Minnesota, in partnership with the PathCheck Foundation.

Teaching and Learning

“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

Teaching Tip Tuesday: How Learning Works

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To conclude CTL’s “Neuromyth Awareness” Month, we offer you this: an excellent book available online from the Lindell Library called “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching” by Susan A. Ambrose, et al. The book is separated into (you guessed it) seven chapters that each focus on a key principle of learning, present the evidence, and then offer examples for how to incorporate it into your class. I recommend finding a chapter that speaks to a current issue you have in your course and focusing on that rather than tackling the whole book at once. My favorite chapter: “Applying the Seven Principles to Ourselves” as we continue to learn how to teach.

How learning works : seven research-based principles for smart teaching

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.

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

Update on CTL Professional Development Grants for Faculty

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Faculty, please look to for updates on professional development grants for 2020-2021.

– As in past years, professional development funds are capped at $1,500 (prorated by FTE) for the year (from June 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021).

– Up to $150 can be reimbursed for Professional Memberships. (There is a form linked on the CTL Grant Applications page to submit your request.) CTL cannot cover any fees towards licensures. The funds for memberships are a part of the $1,500 cap.

– No physical travel is being funded until further notice.

– Also until further notice, CTL is only approving applications for conferences/events at which the applicant is presenting (not merely participating).

– Information regarding Adjunct Professional Development Grants can be found at Adjuncts should use the same Professional Travel Grant form (linked on the CTL Grants page) for conferences. The Workshop Attendance Form should still be submitted for CTL Workshops and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops that are stipend-eligible.

Since the application form has been down for several months, if anyone has presented at a conference since June 2020 without applying for funds, you can submit the application now. If eligible, we will approve retroactively and reach out to you regarding you reimbursement. Contact with any questions.

CTL Grant Applications

General Announcements

Plan ahead for study abroad in summer 2021

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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 Observership


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

Strommen Drop-In Hours This Week

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Strommen Career Peer Advisors are available Tuesday, November 24 from 11am-4pm & Wednesday, November 25 from 11am-1:30pm for virtual resume and cover letter reviews. Virtual drop-in hours will not be offered Thursday, November 26 or Friday, November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Virtual resume and cover letter reviews will resume Tuesday, December 1 at 11am.

Click here to meet with a trained Career Peer Advisor

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

Personal care assistance needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am first year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am very flexible on hours and more help would be much appreciated. If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join!

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

Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training

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Hello University Faculty and Staff – Please remember to sign-up for the required Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training. Click the link below to visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Anti-Racism Training Webpage for more information and to register!

2020 Holiday Shipping Guidelines

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As we are getting close to the 2020 holiday season the main shipping carriers have published their guidelines to have packages arrive by Christmas time. So if you are planning to send packages make sure to get packages in before the following dates.

All dates listed are recommended send-by dates for contiguous US destinations. These dates are not guaranteed so earlier is always better.

Dec 15 – Ground
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

Dec 15 – Ground/Home
Dec 21 – Express Saver
Dec 22 – 2Day
Dec 23 – Overnight

Dec 15 – Retail Ground
Dec 18 – First-Class
Dec 19 – Priority
Dec 23 – Priority Express

Thank You
Central Services Staff

Sign up for the Minneapolis Moment Theatre Project

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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!

Holiday Week Payroll Deadline: Wednesday Nov 25

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**Payroll Deadlines change due to Thanksgiving Holiday: Payroll and HR Closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27**

Routine Benefit or Payroll Forms Deadline: Wednesday, November 25 at 12pm
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, please submit any change forms for current 2020 benefits to HR by noon Wednesday, November 25. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding (W-4 form) changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

If you will be off work Thursday through Sunday this week, please submit your timesheet to your supervisor by end-of-day on Wednesday, November 25.

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

Event Announcements

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!

Poetry Reading Tuesday 12/1 at 7 p.m.

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Join us for a Zoom reading with local poet and MFA mentor Heid E. Erdrich on Tuesday, December 1st, at 7pm! Heid’s new poetry collection, Little Big Bully, was published earlier this fall.

Hope to see you there!

Meeting ID: 937 4430 1609

Passcode: 757329

Blood Donors Needed 11/30 and 12/1

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Memorial Blood Centers & Auggie Athletics will be hosting a blood drive on Monday and Tuesday 11/30 & 12/1 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in Lot L in the Bloodmobile. Please consider donating blood at a time of great need. Sign up by clicking on the link below and entering sponsor code 0027. All donors will get a pair of blood donor socks!!

Forum Webinar – Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

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When: December 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Lisa Joyslin, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Cost: Free

Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in the development of a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for leaders who are seeking concrete next steps to better engage volunteers from racially diverse and immigrant communities.
In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the eight strategies, share your own experiences, and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program within your own organization.

Learning Outcomes
Identify the barriers that racially and ethnically diverse communities face when trying to volunteer
Learn about concrete strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program
Create an action plan to determine next steps for inclusive volunteer engagement at your organization

Chapel: Thanksgiving Communion Service

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am for a Thanksgiving Communion service. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom
The bulletin for today is available online.
Chapel services are available for viewing on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel.

Campus Ministry Calendar

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