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Teaching and Learning

Laptop and Hotspot Loan Information

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Need a laptop or hotspot for your coursework this Spring semester? If so, requests can be made starting TODAY by going to Augsburg is committed to providing this resource so students can successfully navigate the technical hurdles of this pandemic. Requests will be processed on the basis of need, but please note that we do have a limited number of devices and may run out. Any laptops and hotspots loaned out for the Fall semester will need to be returned to the library by December 18th.

Student Access to Laptops and Internet

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

Apply for Paid On Campus Summer Research

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Research/Creative Activity can be done in all disciplines. There are 400, 200, and 100 hour options.

Compensation over 11 Weeks:
400 hours – $5700
200 hours – $2850
100 hours – $1425

First step: Read the URGO Summer Research Info Packet (found at the link below)
Second step: Talk to faculty in your discipline(s) and ask if they have ongoing research and are willing to mentor you

Phase 1 Application is due February 4th

On Campus Summer Research Website

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off Campus

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Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

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

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

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Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

URGO On-Campus Research

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 Grants

Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

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On Monday, November 23, AAC approved a new course proposal from Leon van Eck. BIO 444: Genomics and Biotechnology is a new upper division Biology course and lab designed to fill a gap in the current Biology course offerings at Augsburg.

At the same meeting, History 186/187/188/189/190 were approved as LAFs. All of these new 100-level topics courses will meet Humanities LAF learning outcome requirements.

The committee had the opportunity to meet with faculty representatives regarding the CRES (“Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies”) proposal. They will be back for the next meeting on December 7, when AAC will vote on the proposal. CRES will be presented to Faculty Senate after working through AAC.

Committee information including proposal forms, meeting minutes, and AAC archives can be found at There is also a link to the AAC Tracking Summary, which you can click on below.

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

New 2 credit BIPOC Film Course this Spring

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Check out this Spring topics course on BIPOC film with filmmaker James Curry ( The course surveys the history, theories, debates, and controversies that have characterized BIPOC cinema, with an emphasis on the relationship between BIPOC cinema and American culture and politics more broadly. One of the debates within BIPOC film scholarship has centered on the problems of defining the terrain of BIPOC cinema. This course takes a broad view by including films that have been important to the public discourse about BIPOC existence in America, even if those films were not directed by BIPOC directors. Though our primary focus will be on independent film, we also will study a couple of landmark television series featuring BIPOC and put those into dialogue with the history of BIPOC’s in film.

General Announcements

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!

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 payment portal

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

Free Smart Phone App for Mental Health Skills – TAO

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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. Units include “Let Go and Be Well”, “Calming Your Anxiety, “Leave Your Blues Behind” and “Improving Your Mood”, “Interpersonal Relationships and Communication”, and “Evaluating My Alcohol and Drug Use”.

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

Personal care assistant needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a 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!

Virtual Resume and Cover Letter Reviews Available

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Can you believe it is almost the end of the semester? Before you leave for semester break, be sure to have your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a student Career Peer Advisor. Having your resume and/or cover letter reviewed now will allow you to make any changes early. This will ensure that you’re ready to apply for summer jobs and/or internships when the recruiting season begins this coming spring.
Virtual drop-in hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am-4pm, Wednesdays 11am-1:30pm, & Fridays 11am-3:30pm via Zoom.

You can also schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

Event Announcements

The Echo, KAUG, and Murphy Square Host Student Voice Matters event Dec. 7

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STUDENTS: Want to know where you can submit your writing and art? Want to learn how you can use your voice at Augsburg in the middle of a pandemic?

Join us on Dec. 7 from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. to learn more about The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, KAUG Radio and Murphy Square, Augsburg’s Literary Journal. Each of these organizations are committed to empowering student voice at Augsburg and will provide tangible ways to get involved with their work.

This event will be in-person and live streamed on our Instagram and Facebooks. There will be music and prepackaged food, including sandwiches and doughnuts!

COVID Safety: Maximum capacity for this event is 20 people, social distancing and masks are required.

Remembering Fidel Xinico Tum — Augsburg CGEE Guatemala

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On September 12, we lost our dear colleague and a tremendous educator, Fidel Xinico, after a courageous battle with cancer.

We invite the Augsburg community to celebrate his life, alongside friends, family, colleagues, and former students. Please join us in a celebration of Fidel Xinico’s life on:

Saturday, December 5th
Formal event: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Virtual reception: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (CST)
RSVP and request Zoom link below

RSVP and Request Zoom Link for Fidel’s Celebration of Life

Focused Conversation on Working with MDH: TOMORROW

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What We’ve Learned from Working With MDH
Wednesday, December 2
10-11 a.m.
Join Alicia Quella, director of physician assistant studies program, and Elaine Eschenbacher, director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, for a discussion about what we’ve learned from working with the state government during a pandemic. Alicia has served as the university’s liaison to the Minnesota Department of Health, and for several months, Elaine has been on a special assignment with the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Testing Workgroup.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands Page

Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide: Free Event: DEC 10, 2020

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Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) continue to face violence, discrimination, and other human rights violations due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, not just in the United States but also worldwide.

Global Minnesota is interested in bringing this global conversation to Minnesota – and we invite you to join this FREE EVENT, presented in partnership with Augsburg University—Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and LGBTQIA+ Student Services.

Alumni from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program will join the conversation and share their human rights advocacy work, related to LGBTQIA+ issues, in their home countries. The event will be moderated by our very own Raziel Valiño who is a member of Augsburg’s Center of Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and the coordinator of Red Migrāre (UNAM).

The program will include breakout rooms, lead by 3-4 Augsburg students, with the opportunity for audience engagement and participation.

Join us individually OR as a classroom!

Title: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide
Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12 pm CST


Share the Warmth: Winter Gear and Clothing Drive

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FINAL 2 DAYS! Donate your gently used and/or new winter jackets, gear (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, etc.) and sweatshirts!
Items will be donated to People Serving People, a comprehensive emergency shelter in Minneapolis for families experiencing homelessness.
All Sizes Needed​ — Infant to Adult (especially adult XL through 5x) Drop-Off Dates​: Monday, November 9th – Wednesday, December 2nd.
Drop-Off Sites​:
Si Melby 205 (Main Athletic Office), Hours 8am – 3pm
Christensen Center (Lower Level Admissions Suite), Hours 8:30am – 5pm Si Melby 137 (Volleyball Office)

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