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Teaching and Learning

Tomorrow’s EDTalk Premiere: Internships in the Age of COVID

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Premiering TOMORROW, 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)

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Instruction Online Faculty Playbook

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Teaching online can be challenging, and it can be particularly difficult to be creative in our approach. This faculty playbook provides lots of great tips for creative classroom activities, with a focus on equity and inclusion.

Teaching Tips are post by CTL on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. You can find more resources at

Instruction Online Faculty Playbook – OLC (

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.

General Announcements

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.

Top 3 Things Students Need to Know This Week

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No-cost home saliva test kits for COVID-19 are available at Augsburg. They must be used and shipped by December 30.

Textbook rentals are due December 17. Read instructions on how to ship textbooks.

Find winter break hours for varying departments and services on campus.

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines *Starting to Pass*

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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 sent off 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 – TODAY
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

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

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

Thank You
Central Services Staff

MNsure Open Enrollment Ends in One Week – December 22

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Do you need insurance? You can sign up for 2021 private health and dental insurance through MNsure now through December 22, 2020.

Click the link below for info on how to sign up. If you have questions about whether you might qualify for these plans, or for Medical Assistance (free insurance for those meeting income guidelines), contact Health Access MN at 651-645-0215 for free, expert enrollment assistance.

MN Sure Open Enrollment

Call for Batalden Applied Ethics Grant Student 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.

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

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

Stipend: Annex HealthCare Impact Advisory Committee

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Position Summary
Are you passionate about making change in your community and making a lasting impact on systems of that have caused harm to marginalized communities? The Annex teen clinic is currently seeking dedicated BIPOC young adults ages 18-24 who will serve on an advisory committee. You will have the chance to share your lived experience accessing sexual/reproductive health care in the form of facilitated listening sessions. You will also increase your knowledge in healing practices, trauma informed care and the ways racism impacts the health care systems.
You will have an opportunity to integrate your lived experience to create a guide for healthcare workers to ensure their practices are trauma informed and based in antiracism practices.

About Annex Teen Clinic Project:
Young people will integrate their lived experiences accessing sexual/reproductive healthcare with healing work and training and discussion on systemic racism and historical trauma to:
1.Create provider guides to ensure services are trauma-informed
2.Advise Annex staff on an in-depth curriculum designed for professionals working at CHIP organizations

Expectations and stipend:
The group will meet once a week for an hour via zoom for the 1st six months starting in January. There will be small group work that will be completed outside of meeting times. The last six months the group will meet twice a week for an hour via zoom. Joining this committee is a one year commitment.
Participants will attend at least 85% of meetings that will be via Zoom once a week with possible more frequent meeting after the first 6 months. There will be outside work that must be complete on time. Each participant will receive a stipend of at least $500 if all expectations are met.
Contact Khadijah Cooper with any questions:

Event Announcements

Alternative Spring Break Experience 2021

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Campus Ministry invites students to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience March 15-19, 2021, offering the students an opportunity to look deeper at justice issues in the Twin Cities and surrounding area and engage in meaningful, relationship-centered volunteer work.
The justice issues will be examined through several experiences in the Twin Cities and reflection and sharing in order for participants to process their experience communally and individually. These experiences include:
MN Council of Churches Sacred Sites Tour, exploring MN history through a Native lens by visiting sacred sites and through storytelling.
A presentation and activities by the University of MN Mapping Prejudice project, exploring housing inequity due to racial disparities.
A presentation and activities by the Lutheran Social Service of MN (LSS-MN) Advocacy team, providing practical and current information on ways to be advocates.
Activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 protocols.
For volunteer opportunities, students will partner with LSS-MN at Supported Living Homes (SLH), known as ‘group homes.’ SLH provides a family home setting to no more than 4 community members living with differing abilities.
Students will serve in small groups at several homes. Activities may include yard work, building maintenance, meal prep, and social activities alongside those who live in the home. Volunteer work will focus on the relational aspect of volunteering, rather than the actual jobs accomplished. Volunteer activities are designed to help volunteers and residents see one another as individuals rather than ‘other.’
This ASB has been approved to count as an Augsburg Experience. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like that option.
Cost: $25, including the required book & lunch each of the 5 days. Please fill out the registration form & turn in your fee to Janice Dames in the Campus Ministry office.
Contact Pastoral Intern, Jenn Luong.

Registration form

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Gallery: 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.

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-religious Conversation

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Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A..

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar

Keeping Track of Auggies

English Prof Doug Green at Phoenix Reading Series on Zoom Tomorrow

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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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