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NAMI Minnesota’s Wellness in Color Podcasts

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It’s hard to ignore our emotional, psychological, and social well-being today when it’s being inundated with MAJOR stressors that affect how we think, feel, and act. Please join CTL fellows and other faculty/staff for a discussion of mental health, especially related to communities of color. We will be facilitating a discussion on NAMI Minnesota’s Wellness in Color podcasts. Please listen to three of these podcasts (available at and come discuss what you’ve learned on a Zoom meeting with other faculty and staff members. We will be meeting on Monday, March 22 from 1 to 2 pm. to listen to so that we will have things in common that we can discuss. Please listen to the following podcasts: “Blurring Tradition,” “Flipping the Status Quo,” and “Between Two Worlds.”

RSVP for “Wellness in Color” Discussion

Nominations for Faculty Awards are Due March 22

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The Office of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Development Committee invite your nominations for the annual Augsburg University Distinguished Contributions Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching – Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms and pedagogies, and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and overall passion for teaching. Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty (2 courses per term or less).

Distinguished Contribution in Service – Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the university, community, or discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees who impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship – Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the university, or community.

Use the link below for further information and to find the nomination form.

Distinguished Contribution Awards

EDTalk Premiering TODAY at 3:10 p.m.

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The March EDTalk premieres Wednesday, March 10 at 3:10 pm.: “Making Your Teaching More Accessible: Easy Captioning of Your Zoom Videos and Recordings” CTL is focusing on accessibility for March! Join Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright for a demonstration of how she *just* learned to add subtitles to her own Zoom teaching videos in a way that takes advantage of Zoom’s new “live transcribe” setting — even when she says things like “activation-induced cytidine deaminase”. 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). The Zoom information is linked below (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login).

EDTalk Zoom Information

Med School/Physician and PA Alumni Panels

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Join Augsburg alumni from across the country who are professional students or practioners to learn more about their experiences getting to their respective programs, education and training, and practice.

Med School Physician Alumni Panel
Wednesday, March 24th
6-7:30 pm

PA Alumni Panel
Thursday, March 25th
6-7:30 pm

Contact URGO at with questions or for more information.

RSVP to receive Zoom link

Bettina Love — Batalden Book Club — Space is Still Available

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Space is still available to join the Spring 2021 Batalden Book Club to read “We Want to do More Than Survive” (by Bettina Love). This Zoom book club is open to Augsburg students, faculty, and staff.

Please contact Bibiana Koh at to reserve a spot, arrange to pick up your book (in Memorial Hall on campus), and to select a book club date (please include your preferred time in your email).

Here are the two book club times offered (You will only attend one):

• Book group #1: Friday, March 26th: 3-4pm
• Book group #2: Monday March 29th, 4-5pm

Social work CEs (1 for each group) are available for those in Professional Studies.

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Augsburg Student Day Government (ASDG) and the Batalden Applied Ethics program will co-sponsor “Abolition Praxis as a Moral Compass: A “Radical Imaginary” Panel Discussion
on Wednesday, April 7th, from 4-6pm. This co-sponsored panel event will feature David Stovall (Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago) in addition to students and/or community members.

Funding for both events is generously provided by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Apply for the MINNE Fellowship

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Fellowship in the MINNE program this year offers a unique opportunity to engage fully in the course of study offered by the JCRC Holocaust education zoom webinars. We are offering a $200 stipend which will be awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements.

Because of the limited number of spaces available, we wish to ensure that those who are accepted into the program are able to make the most of the experience. The primary criteria for admission to the program are demonstration of interest in the offerings of the program and commitment to furthering your education about the Holocaust.

All fellows are expected to attend a minimum of 5 of the 15 1.25 hour classes that comprise the course. For a full list of course offerings, visit

Applications due by March 31, 2021
Zoom Webinars are M-F, April 12- April 30, 2021
Reflection papers due by May 14, 2021

Must be a registered, full time student at Augsburg or St. Olaf with at least one year left on campus.

More Info and to Apply

General Announcements

Spring Break Food Service Hours

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The Commons dining hall will close for food service at 1:30 on Friday, March 12. Dining service will resume with dinner at 5pm on Sunday, March 21.

Einstein’s Bros Bagels will remain open during the spring break Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 1:30pm. Regular service hours will resume on Monday, March22.

Thank you, we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys their break.

Augsburg Dining Service

Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice

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A new program is being offered this summer by the Pan-Afrikan Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) called Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice.

The program will be offered May 17 – May 28. Students will be able to receive 2 credits and fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement OR they can take it only to fulfill the Augsburg Experience. The cost of the program is being supported by scholarships from CGEE, the Pan-Afrikan Center, and Augsburg University; therefore, we are able to offer it at a reduced price.

Program participants will critically analyze the global racial unrest movements of the Southern Africa Anti-Apartheid system, and the racially motivated murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Albertina Shifotoka, Program Director of CGEE Namibia, and Azania Tripp, Director of the Pan-Afrikan Center, will facilitate a 2-week program experience that will introduce students to the understanding of how these movements became historical events and impacted policy and the visibilities on racial inequities that impact the Pan-Afrikan diaspora and all BIPOC communities. The program will be offered from May 17 – May 28, 2021 and the deadline for applying is Thurs, March 25.

Here is the website to learn more information:

If you have any questions email Azania Tripp the Pan-Afrikan Director

Student Financial Services Window Hours

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The Student Financial Services window is now opened at the Enrollment Center! You can stop by Mon thru Fri between 10am – 2pm for assistance with financial aid questions, verification documents, and payments (cash/check only). Please make sure you wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.

Virtual drop-in hours are also available for quick questions with a Financial Aid Counselor or you can schedule an appointment online. Feel free to email your questions to or call (612) 330-1046 for assistance.

Virtual Drop-in Hours or Schedule a Meeting

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: .
The Liturgy of the Hours, from Luther Seminary Chapel and Augsburg University Campus Ministry.
We live in weary times. We seek to be awake, keep watch, hold vigil.
We are led this week by Paul and Elizabeth Damico-Carper with the spoken liturgy by Luther Seminary student Ben Cox. This rest is not an abandonment of all that we hold in vigil. It is the acknowledgement of our limitation, our need to rest, our reliance on a God who does not slumber nor sleep. We rest so that we may awake to serve God in the care of our neighbors.

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are Now Open

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Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders, student organizations, and organization advisors for their innovation and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, please click the link below: (

Please contact Alex Abraha ( from Campus Life if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you!

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Applications Now Open

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Hello student leaders,

Campus Life is currently accepting applications for the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors (i.e., those graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021) for their leadership contributions during their tenure at Augsburg University. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Please click on the link below to apply: (

Those who apply for the Society will also be considered for the following awards:

– Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which is given to one senior (by credit) and carries an award amount of $500.

– Marina Christensen Justice Award, which is awarded at Commencement.

Those accepted into the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society will be inducted and recognized at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place virtually on Sunday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding these leadership recognition opportunities for Augsburg University Seniors, please reach out to Michael Grewe ( from Campus Life.

Event Announcements

TODAY: World Wednesday Latin America and Women’s Day

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Today we will celebrate International Women’s Day and hear about the intersections of gender & culture in Latin America!

In this special event, you’ll hear from two Global Faculty members, Fernanda Sota and Antonio Ortega, who teach Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies courses at our Study Centers in Central America and Mexico. Learn about what IWD looks like in Latin America, and how you can study abroad in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. We’ll also share upcoming online courses taught by global faculty that you can register for this summer to have a global experience from the comfort of your own home!

Event takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th, on zoom.

See full details, zoom link and schedule at our blog or follow us on Instagram @global_auggies for updates.

Find the updated zoom link at our blog

World Wednesday Partner Highlight: DIS Abroad in Denmark and Sweden

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This World Wednesday includes a Partner highlight – come learn all about DIS Abroad in Denmark and Sweden

Join staff and student voices from Copenhagen, Stockholm, and the U.S for an info session on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. They’ll share things you should be thinking about as you shape your study abroad future, and you have the opportunity to ask questions.

Check out all our World Wednesdays sessions including recordings of past sessions at our blog or follow us on Instagram @global_auggies for updates.

Register for the Zoom info session here:

George Floyd Site Meet-Up

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PASU and PAC are creating a reflective space for students, staff, and faculty to gather at the George Floyd Memorial on the 19th starting at 5 pm. There will be designated Augsburg staff wearing Auggie gear if students need someone to connect with. If you are a residential student, feel free to meet at the Christensen Center plaza at 4:30 pm to catch the light rail together (Optional). If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event

Please contact PASU at Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations

Women’s History Month: ‘Other Words for Whxre’ Live Podcast Recording

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The Pan-Afrikan Center and the Women’s Center are partnering for Women’s History Month 2021

The host of the podcast Other Words for Whxre Mia, will present a live podcast recording for students, faculty, and staff. Mia discusses the whitewashing of the porn industry, how sex work has pivoted during the times of COVID-19 and how police brutality impacts sex workers.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 in the Chapel from 6:30pm -7:30pm

Find Your Inner Peace

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Tuesday March 9th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
The Holistic Health Series will be a monthly session facilitated by CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center. For 60 minutes, students will come together on zoom to practice a plethora of grounding activities. Covid-19 and the historical racial unrest have increased anxiety, isolation, depression, unstable housing and employment, and more. CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center will provide culturally competent sessions that will allow people to practice mindfulness through music, poetry, movement, relationship building, and more. After each session, the facilitators will ask for feedback and suggestions to increase the participants’ quality and enjoyment of Holistic Health Series.

Thursday: Psych Grad School Panel

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Want to learn more about graduate studies in Psychology? Join department faculty, grad school representatives, and Augsburg alumni currently enrolled in graduate programs to learn more about how graduate studies can help students achieve their career goals.

Psychology and Biopsychology majors and minors are invited to a virtual Zoom meet-up on Thursday, March 11th from 6-7:30pm. Resources on the most popular graduate programs in the area will be available. Please bring questions for our expert panelists!


Keeping Track of Auggies

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Girl Scout Cookies – $6 shipping for 6 boxes

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For those of you hoping to score cookies from my daughter Eleanor (7) this year, while she isn’t selling in-person, she is selling online (such an entrepreneur). You can place an order and have the cookies sent to you. She asked that I share this message with you:

Hey! It’s Eleanor. I wish I could be there but COVID is here. We opened Girl Scouts online if you want to buy cookies. You can buy them online. There is a new french toast flavored cookie and the old ones as well. My goal is 230 boxes. Nice talking to you! Bye!

Goal Update: Eleanor has sold 116/230