Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Let’s keep Augsburg’s On-Campus COVID-19 Rate Low for the Final Weeks of the Semester

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This week’s COVID-19 Status Blog notes that Augsburg’s low on-campus case rate coincides with a slight decline in cases statewide since mid-November. The blog includes a link to Augsburg’s COVID-19 Dashboard as well as an MPR newsletter that provides helpful detail about case and testing rates across Minnesota.

COVID-19 Status Blog

Download Minnesota’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification App Today

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Download COVIDaware MN, Minnesota’s COVID-19 exposure notification app. 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. 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.
Download here:

Please note that this app does not replace the CampusClear app. The CampusClear app is an app that the Augsburg community must complete daily before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall. Self-screening is an easy action to take and one that is critical in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Download here:

Teaching and Learning

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

Faculty and Staff: How do we Respond to Student Survey Findings?

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What are students saying about their experiences at Augsburg this semester? The recent NSSE Pulse and TEL surveys captured the opinions of hundreds of students on issues such as their sense of belonging, institutional support, social and academic interactions, and course delivery format.

Faculty Senate and the Provost invite you to join the chair of the Technology Enhanced Learning Committee and Director of Online and Blended Learning Jenny Hanson, and Director of Assessment Ben Denkinger for a review of the findings, followed by a solutions-focused discussion on our institutional response. Faculty Senate has engaged with this information and believes that sharing these findings with faculty and staff now can help us all better prepare for next semester.

Two live Zoom sessions are available, and you can register in advance to receive early access to the summary data and an overview of the key findings. Data summaries and a recording of the events will be made available after the events. All staff and faculty are invited to attend.

RSVP now for either of the sessions below:
Wednesday, 12/9, 3-4 pm or
Tuesday, 12/15, 3-4 pm

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

RSVP for the Institutional Data Workshop

Faculty Course Evaluation Support

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As the semester comes to a close, don’t miss a critical opportunity to hear what students think about your course! The University Course Survey (UCS) is now open (, and setting aside time during class is an effective way to maximize the number of responses to this institution-wide survey. Create a link on your Moodle site, or share it live during class and give students 5 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

But what about those burning questions that aren’t on the UCS?! With so many changes to course delivery, the typical UCS might not be telling you all that you want to know. That’s why we’re offering resources to help you design your own customizable course-specific survey. These allow you to set your own survey goals and obtain crucial and confidential feedback on student experiences in your classes.

Click below for a link to the End of Semester Supplemental Course Survey Template and a brief instructional video on how to set these up in your own classes. (You must use your Augsburg login to view.)

End of Semester Supplemental Course Survey Template and Instructional Video

“Take 2” minutes for Tech Teaching Tips from your Faculty Colleagues

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“Take 2” is a series of 2-minute videos by Augsburg Faculty sharing creative ways they have adjusted their classroom strategies to the remote learning environment. Yes, everyone is really pressed for time right now–that’s why we’ve kept it brief. So during your lunch break this week, tune in and “take 2” for a quick teaching tip.

“Take 2”: Faculty Tech Tips in 2 Minutes

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.

Read about an Auggie’s Boren experience!

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

General Announcements

Sign up for 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 are welcome to participate.

Sign up here!

Last Week of Virtual Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

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This is the last week to get your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a trained Strommen Career Peer Advisor. Virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours are Tuesday & Thursday 11am-4pm, Wednesday 11am-1:30pm, and Friday 11am-3:30pm via Zoom.
There will be no virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours with Career Peer Advisors during finals week or winter break. Please note: Appointments with career coaches will be available during finals week.

Schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

2020 Holiday Shipping Dates

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As we are entering the 2020 holiday season the main shipping carriers have published their guidelines to have packages arrive by Christmas. If you are planning to send packages make sure to get them 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 (and cheaper).

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

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

Use Your Tuition Benefit — Study Leadership Spring Term

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Faculty and Staff – Use your Augsburg employee tuition benefit to pursue a graduate credential in leadership. Check out our website is at: for information about the MA in Leadership, the three course Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (GCLS), as well as the dual MBA/MAL degree.

All spring term MAL classes will be online.

Click to learn more about studying leadership

Apply to be an Editor for the School Newspaper (paid positions)

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for students interested in our positions of Managing Editor and Features Editor.

Managing Editor is one of our highest paid positions and is responsible for budget tracking, payment of staff and assisting in leadership responsibilities for the paper. Features Editor is responsible for curating and editing articles that provide in-depth news stories on areas of interest to the Augsburg community. Both positions are great opportunities for students who are looking to develop their writing, editing and leadership skills or are passionate about community and the power of narrative.

*Pro tip: you do not need to be an expert in writing or editing to do well as an Echo editor. The Echo provides ample training and a welcoming team of support. If you’re interested, go for it!*

Please reach us at to learn more about what these positions entail. To apply, send over a cover letter and resume!

Check out The Echo’s Latest Here:

Textbook Rental Return

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Rentals are due soon! 3 easy ways to return your rentals

1. In-store- we are not closed. Masks required, limited to 10 people in-store at a time

2. UPS Label. Go to our website and request a UPS label under rental returns. ( a $5 fee is charged for this service

3. Mail via USPS. Please include your name and phone number used at the time of rental to ensure proper credit. Send to:

Augsburg University Bookstore
Attn; Rental Return
610 22nd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55454

RENTALS DUE 12/17/2020

Event Announcements

Virtual Table- ACR Homes is Hiring

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Paid opportunities! Great for Psychology, Social Work, Health Professions, and Education majors

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2:00-5:00 pm (Log on for a quick chat with recruiter)

Virtual Event –

(Stay for just a few minutes to learn more – virtual drop-by table)

Hosted by ACR Homes / ACR Healthcare
Organized by Philip Baumgarn

Virtual Session
Whether you are looking for a flexible part-time job that works around your schedule, patient care experience, an impactful internship, or a rewarding career for after school, ACR Homes may have the ideal fit for you.

Gain great experience for school, your resume, and for life all while making a difference in the lives of people who have disabilities.

ACR Homes Handshake Event

Chapel: Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by Zoom for chapel today at 11:30 am to hear Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong preach in our Advent series. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom
The bulletin for today is available online.

During Advent, you are invited to watch a short message from the Rev. Meta Herrick Carlson, a pastor and poet living in Minneapolis, MN. Meta is passionate about cultivating leadership, challenging systems, and preaching that moves us toward mercy and justice. She is also a co-founder of the Alter Guild podcast network. This week she offers a Blessing for Wonder.

Blessing for Wonder

Alumni Career Panel

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Join ABO this Wednesday for our Alumni Career Panel event. We will have Augsburg graduates from different industries such as US Bank, The Mentor Network, etc. We hope to see you there! Feel free to RSVP on Auggie Life

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9th
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Zoom Link:

Augsburg Business Organization – Auggie Life

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

This Thursday Dec 10: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide

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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 worldwide.

Global Minnesota is bringing this global conversation to Minnesota, presented in partnership with Augsburg University (Center for Global Education and Experience and LGBTQIA+ Student Services).

Minnesota Senator D. Scott Dibble
Garuka Christian Nsabimana, Independent Human Rights Attorney in Rwanda
Antonio Ortega, Doctoral student in History at the Colegio de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México (Augsburg CGEE)
Monica Meyer, Executive Director, OutFront Minnesota
Raziel Valiño, Medical and Cultural Anthropologist (Augsburg CGEE)

We invite you to join this FREE VIRTUAL EVENT.
Title: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide
Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12 pm CST

The program will include breakout rooms with the opportunity for audience engagement and participation.

Join us individually OR as a classroom!


Facebook Live on Augsburg Enrollment

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You are invited and you are welcome to invite others to attend a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, December 8 to learn all about Augsburg Enrollment.

What is today’s college admission process like? How can students get financial aid and scholarships? What do we look for in future Auggies?

Director of Undergraduate and International Admission Devon Ross ’93 and Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Shonna Fulford ’09 work every day to help high school students apply for college. Tune in while we are Live on Facebook to ask questions or comment below if you are looking for information or assistance with a college application.

Join the Auggie Connections private Facebook Group to watch and participate:

Auggie Connections (private Facebook Group)

Keeping Track of Auggies

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