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Teaching and Learning

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.

One Live Zoom session is still 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 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

Wednesday’s EDTalk: Internships in the Age of COVID

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Premiering Wednesday, December 16 at 3:10 pm.

Presented by: Lee George and Sandy Tilton from the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and Melissa Hensley from the Department of Social Work

What has happened to internships since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic? How can students connect with meaningful experiences? How can faculty support students in online or remote internships? This ED Talk will discuss processes and resources for students who are seeking internships. Changes and updates, as well as resources for faculty, will be discussed. In addition, the internship process used by the social work department will be discussed as an example of facilitating both online and in-person internship experiences.

This year, EDTalks will be pre-recorded and have a community “premiere” on Zoom hosted by CTL at 3:10 pm on days when there is a faculty meeting. These premieres will end no later than 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to log into the Faculty Zoom meeting early. After the premier, the recording will be posted on the CTL website, along with any resources (if applicable).

EDTalks Zoom Information (can only be viewed with Augsburg login)

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.

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!

The Echo’s Website

Students — Call for Batalden Applied Ethics Grant Proposals – due January 22, 2021

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Augsburg University’s students are invited to submit a Batalden student grant proposal to support student leadership in applied intersectional ethics on campus and/or in the local community. This student grant program defines applied ethics as work that focuses on, considers, and/or addresses public and/or private moral issues. The overarching objective of this grant is to support student work in intersectional applied ethics that promote social justice and social change. Grant funding for all student proposals is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Applied intersectional ethics: Intersectionality is a concept that emerged out of critical race and legal scholarship. This student grant supports work that explicitly addresses intersectionality and ethics. Student proposals should address how interdependent structures and systems of discrimination that perpetuate oppression are ethical issues.

Grant amount: Student proposals may request up to $3000 for the proposed work (including up to $1000 Augsburg student stipends — the proposal should include rationale for the stipend amount requested). Note: Proposals requesting more than $3000 must provide compelling rationale (along with a detailed budget) for the financial request. All funds must be used before May 31, 2021.

Eligibility: Augsburg student (undergraduate, graduate and/or alum). A staff or faculty advisors is required. *Note: Student proposals may include community members outside of Augsburg University, but non-Augsburg affiliated students are not eligible for stipends.

Priority deadline: January 22, 2021 (before midnight)

Proposal submission: To submit a student grant proposal, please complete a proposal application (using Google forms, see link below).

Questions: Contact Prof. Bibiana Koh (, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, for inquiries about this student grant opportunity.

General Announcements

Appointments with Strommen Career Coaches Available in Handshake

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As a friendly reminder, Career Peer Advisors are unavailable for virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours during finals week and winter break. However, you can still schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake! Whether you’re interested in exploring majors or careers, need assistance with your summer 2021 job and internship search, or are looking for help with your resume and cover letter, the Strommen Team is here to support you! Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake and check out resources on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach in Handshake

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

Annual Late Night Breakfast, December 14

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From 9:00 to 10:30 PM, we will be serving Late Night Breakfast to kick off finals week. In addition to the traditional breakfast favorites, our Pastry Chef, Anne Wheatcroft, will be serving baked apples wrapped in puff pastry and vanilla ice cream. The apples are organic and locally grown! For those unable or unwilling to have gluten, she will have some without the puff pastry.

We will also be raffling an Apple Watch. You will not have to be present for the drawing, but you will have to attend the breakfast to receive a raffle ticket.

Free to students with an Augsburg ID.

We will see you Monday evening.

Advent Blessings

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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. Today she offers a Blessing for St. Lucia Day.

Blessing for St. Lucia Day

No-Cost Home Saliva Tests for COVID-19 Available at Augsburg

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Saliva tests for COVID-19 are available to students, faculty, and staff. These are leftover tests from the November 11 and 18 testing events we held on campus. They must be used by December 30. What you need to do:
Pick up a free saliva test kit from Elaine Eschenbacher in the Mortensen lobby on
Tuesday, December 15, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Kits are now available at Lindell Library’s circulation desk for you to pick up.
See library hours for the rest of the semester.

You are now welcome to take test kits for yourself and members of your household. Each household member taking the test must have their own email address.

You will be asked to fill out a simple form to provide your name and email address

Follow the instructions on the saliva test kit and mail it by the end of December.

Have you Moved Recently? Update your Address Here

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Please be sure Human Resources has your current address and other information on file. For changes, please fill out the Address/Phone Number Update form below. 2020 W-2 Tax forms will be mailed at the end of January 2021, but the Post Office is unable to forward these forms. Please let us know if you’ve moved or will be moving soon. Thank you!

Augsburg Employee Address/Phone Number Update Form

Event Announcements

Thursday: 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

Call For Artists

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Save the Date: Augsburg University’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. event is Monday, January 18th, 2021

This year, we are having the first Martin Luther King Jr. Art Gallery. The gallery will focus on the intergenerational/ multicultural expression of activism through art.

Who is Eligible to submit Art? *ALL PEOPLE*
People of all ages and intersectionalities including BIPOC and LGBTQ+

What kind of Art are we looking for?
Submit art that reflects Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of creating equity and dismantling white supremacy

You can submit 1-3 pieces of visual Art. The artwork can be any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, screen printing, jewelry, textile, mixed media, digital and film.

Email images of your work to the Pan-Afrikan Director Azania Tripp In the email, include your name, the title of the art piece, and an artist statement.

Keeping Track of Auggies

English Prof Doug Green at Phoenix Reading Series on Zoom

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At 6pm CT (7pm ET), Wed, 16 Dec, Prof. Doug (D. E.) Green is reading with poets Heather Dubrow and Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma in the Phoenix Reading Series on Zoom, hosted by poet Michael Graves. The event includes an open mic. You can sign up to read or attend by emailing


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