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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

EDTalk Premiere at 3:10 p.m. : Internships in the Age of COVID

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TODAY at 3:10 pm, the EDTalk premiere of Internships in the Age of COVID

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)

Forum Podcast Ep. 52: Harnessing the Power of Resistance Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Christopher Sansone (Verticle Leadership), Maria Velasco, MA (Beyond Inclusion Group) answer questions from listeners that attended our webinar Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies.

Still looking for a Humanities LAF? Take COM 254 Interpersonal Communication

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A section of COM 254 Interpersonal Communication was added to the Spring 2021 course offerings. This class will take place over Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11:10 am-12:20 pm and will include some asynchronous/independent learning components. Interpersonal Communication focuses on the dynamics of human interaction through verbal and nonverbal messages, with an emphasis on factors that build relationships and help to overcome communication barriers. Effectively communicating with others is essential to achieving success in our personal and professional lives. However, communicating with others can be challenging and leave us feeling frustrated, confused, or disappointed. This course is designed to help you increase your knowledge and develop the skills needed to effectively communicate in interpersonal contexts. Email if you have any questions.

General Announcements

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines (Starting to Pass)

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As we are now in 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 – Too Late! (depending on destination)
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

Dec 15 – Ground/Home – Too Late! (depending on destination)
Dec 21 – Express Saver
Dec 22 – 2Day
Dec 23 – Overnight

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

Thank You
Central Services Staff

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

Call for Batalden Applied Ethics Grant Student Proposals

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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.

Need Mental Health Services During Break?

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If you are in need of mental health resources during the semester break, here are some options for you:

1. Call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 and press 1 to be connected with Protocall which provides trained mental health professionals to assist you by phone 24/7.
2. If you are in Hennepin County and having a crisis, you can call the Hennepin County Cope Team at 612-596-1223. In greater MN, text **274747 to reach a local county crisis team.
3. Free zoom or phone counseling is also available at Walk-In Counseling Center. Check out their website at for more information and hours.
4. There is also a new tool on the CWC website called TAO – Therapy Assistance Online which offers a variety of self-help modules you may want to check out over the break.

The CWC office will resume meeting with students via zoom when classes start on January 11, 2021. Many additional resources can be found on the CWC website at

Have a safe and healthy break. See you in 2021!

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

Podcast of Liturgy of the Hours

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You are invited to listen to a podcast of the Liturgy of the Hours presented by Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry. Once again we turn to patterns of prayer to anchor our days. In this Advent season, we sing Vespers, or Evening Prayer. Zach Busch and Jearlyn Steele invite us into our liturgy with depth, meaning and beauty. Come, Lord Jesus, we pray. Let it be so.

Podcast link

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:

Kits are 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.

Event Announcements

Tomorrow: 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

Keeping Track of Auggies

Today: Prof Doug (D. E.) Green at Phoenix Reading Series on Zoom

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This evening 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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