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Teaching and Learning

Teaching Tip Tuesday: “A Violent History of Benevolence”

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As we seek to embrace anti-racism in the classroom, it is important to be familiar with past traumas that have been inflicted on people of color by members of the education and helping professions. “A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working” is a book written by two Canadian scholars that chronicles the systematic racism used in the education and social work professions and the oppression particularly of Indigenous people and African Americans. This is important information not only for social workers but for all of us in higher education.

Chapman, Chris, & Withers, A. J. (2019). A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

This is CTL’s final Teaching Tip Tuesday until the Fall. We will be back in September with Teaching Tips on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Find more resources at

Faculty Survey: Response Deadline is May 1

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The Faculty Senate, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Committee, and the Classroom and Presentation Spaces Working Group have collaborated to bring you a short survey. The purpose is to identify faculty teaching experiences supported by technology, identify technology needs, and gather information about classroom needs as we continue to adapt to COVID-related changes.

The results will be used to inform future planning and will be shared with the survey sponsors, including Faculty Senate, and all faculty. The responses are confidential and all findings are reported in the aggregate. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and is due by Friday, May 1st.

Thank you for your participation.

Take the Faculty Survey

“Creativity and Agency During COVID-19: Lessons from the River”: EDTalk Wednesday at 3:10 p.m.

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“Creativity and Agency during COVID: Lessons from the River” Premiering Wednesday, April 28 at 3:10 pm

This EDTalk will feature a discussion of ways to use our time during the pandemic to develop new ways of “teaching by doing and by example.” Joe Underhill will talk about the evolving nature of the River Semester and the plans for new river boats as a way to engage students in a project that can be an example for them of how to get creative and maintain a sense of agency when we face so many daunting challenges.

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).

EDTalk Zoom Information (must be logged in through Augsburg to view)

Save the Date for 3 Days in May

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SAVE THE DATES — Tuesday May 11, Wednesday May 12, and Thursday May 13 – for CTL’s 3 Days in May!

This year’s sessions will all be virtual (over Zoom) and many will focus on topics that were brought up as a result of the Student Assessment Survey sent out this past year. Each day will have sessions from 9-11am, Noon-1pm, and 2-4pm. Participants are encouraged to use breaks in the schedule for dept/division/group meetings (and as a Zoom break!). A final schedule and list of sessions & descriptions will be posted to A-mail and on the CTL website no later than Friday, May 7th.

Please contact CTL Director Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright ( if you have any questions.

General Announcements

Join Model UN in Chicago this Fall

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Apply now to take the fall semester Model United Nations course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the American Model United Nations from November 20-23, 2021, held in Chicago, IL.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in November. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The fall 2021 Augsburg delegation will be representing the countries of Guatemala, Namibia and Sweden. In addition, a focus of the class will also be the study of indigenous peoples and their connection to the United Nations, with emphasis on Canadian First Nations.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

Priority Application deadline is May 1, 2021 to apply on the Study Abroad/Away site.

Prerequisite: students must complete the POL 160 course before Fall 2021, or have relevant equivalent academic experience.

For more information, contact Professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to Chicago.

Apply by Priority deadline of May 1!

Counselors Needed For Scrubs Camp

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Counselors are needed to work at Scrubs Camp at Augsburg from July 7 – July 9, 2021; 9:00AM – 4:00 PM daily. Counselors will earn $375 for the three day camp. Scrubs Camp is coordinated by HealthForce Minnesota and provides opportunities for high school students to explore health careers by engaging in interactive sessions led by health care professionals. To apply, contact Brady Malecha at

Campus Box Closure/Survey

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As we near the end of another year please don’t forget to take care of your campus mailbox. This includes checking it for any mail, returning your lock and filing out the digital survey for what you would like us to do with your mail after this semester.

Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 16 2021) we will be closing all student campus boxes unless otherwise notified. Before the fall semester starts we will reassign campus boxes to all residential students. Commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they would like one.

If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer, please either fill out this survey ( ) or send us an email ( with any relevant information. There is also an option to be keep your current campus box number for the next semester if you will be returning in the fall. If you do not fill out the survey, we will close your campus box and return to sender any mail in the box.

We are only able to forward 1st Class USPS mail and packages. Other packages (UPS, FedEx, Amazon, etc.), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will be returned to sender or recycled. We can also only forward to US addresses. The forwarding period for the Augsburg Mailroom is two months from when the request is submitted (July 16 2021). Afterward any additional mail we receive will be returned to sender.

We request that you contact the people/business sending you mail and update your address with them. Enrolling in online/electronic bills or statements can also be a smart option, it is environmentally friendly, secure and will often save you time (and sometimes money). Asking us to forward your mail does not change your mailing address with the USPS or the University, just the Mailroom.

Minnesota Urban Debate League Hiring for AmeriCorps VISTA Role – Open Soon

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA member to build capacity for its Spanish Debate League and East African Debate programs. The role will begin in August 2021.

Our Community Debate Liaison will carry out these capacity-building activities:

– Serve as a liaison for our community-focused debate programs
– Establish and maintain relationships with Latinx-serving and East African-serving organizations, including with universities and corporate affinity groups
– Build volunteer pipelines for Spanish Debate League and East African Debate Initiative programs
– Conduct community surveys and interviews to be used for program improvement and fundraising
– Write powerful grant writing and fundraising appeals focused specifically on Spanish Debate & East African Debate opportunities
– Parent and family engagement of students within these programs

We are seeking organized individuals with strong communication skills and a passion for youth voice & education. Spanish, Somali, and/or Oromo language fluency a plus. Does this sound like you?

Please email indicating your interest. We will send you the official application form as soon as it is available.

The AmeriCorps VISTA will be part of a professional development cohort led by the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits. Learn more about the MCN Cohort & the AmeriCorps VISTA program here:

AmeriCorps is a great opportunity for recent grads. People who complete a year of service will receive a $6,345 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, which can be applied to student loans or future education expenses. Federal student loans can also be put in forbearance during an AmeriCorps year. AmeriCorps members will also receive one year of Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal jobs after serving. You’ll also gain sought-after skills in the nonprofit sector.

We hope to hear from you!

Learn More about the MCN VISTA Cohort

Interested in Being a STEM Mentor?

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If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a rising Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below to express your interest to participate starting Fall 2021. We will be reaching out to everyone interested with more information. Any questions can be sent to


Be a Smart Student Using TutorMe

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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 access TutorMe through any of your Moodle 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 the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Faculty and Staff: Audit ML 599 Grant Writing this Summer for Only $250

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Faculty and staff –

Use your Augsburg tuition benefit to study grant writing this summer. ML599 Grant Writing is offered Monday nights on May 10, 24, June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9. All classes are online live/zoom format. If you take it for credit (3 credits), the cost to Augsburg faculty/staff is $595.50 You can also just audit the course and the cost is only $250 (no credit). For more information contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Apply Here

Fill Out this Survey for a Chance to Win a Gift Card

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Augsburg Local and the Dining Services Committee need your input! Three Augsburg community members who fill out this survey will be entered into a raffle to win a gift-card from a local restaurant.

Augsburg Local is an initiative at Augsburg to leverage Augsburg’s purchasing power to support local businesses, farmers, organizations, and initiatives. It intentionally focuses on Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC)- & Femme/Trans/Woman (FTW)-owned businesses and farmers. The Dining Services Committee is a group of students, staff, and representatives from Dining Services working together to improve dining on campus. For more information and/or to get involved in our efforts, please email:

Together with you, we hope to create a salad(s) made by and for the Augsburg community with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients. We will use the information from this survey as we create a delicious salad over summer 2021 to be served at Nabo starting in fall 2021.

Applications are Now Open for the 2021-22 AugSTEM Scholars Program

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The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2021 (graduating by December ‘23)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 19 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Friday, May 28 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Let us know you’re interested!

Event Announcements

Hybrid All Hands Meeting Next Week

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The final All Hands Meeting of the 2020-21 year will be Thursday, May 6 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held as a hybrid event, both in Hoversten Chapel and via Zoom. While we normally hold a longer, strategy-focused All-Hands Planning Summit at the end of the year, we have decided to move our summit conversation to the fall and use this opportunity to report on the significant accomplishments of the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty and staff can email to reserve an in-person spot. Space will be limited; the maximum capacity of the chapel under current structured event guidelines is 58. Faculty and staff can also register to join the webinar on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg (log in required).

Inside Augsburg

Join Us for the First Spanish Debate League Tournament This Thursday

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, provides debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. One of our programs is the Spanish Debate League, held entirely in Spanish. The debate topic for this all-virtual season is the impact of social media on society.

Are you fluent in Spanish? Join us for our first Spanish Debate League tournament this Thursday as a volunteer judge! No experience needed – we will train you.

More tournament dates are forthcoming later this spring.

Learn more and sign up at the link below.

Learn More & Sign Up

Performance this Thursday, Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir

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The Augsburg/Twin Cities Global Harmony Choir invites you to our year-end concert:
A virtual event
Thursday, April 29
3 p.m. (CST)

Featuring Student and Community Member Performances of Vocal Harmony from:
Republic of Georgia
South Africa

Please email Kristina Boerger directly for the event link and password at

Campus Kitchen Giveaway

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Happy Earth Day! Campus Kitchen will be distributing 30 sustainable food bags to Augsburg students (first come first serve). These bags will include reusable straws + straw brushes, mason jars, locally-sourced fruit, and refillable containers with bulk food staple foods from Seward Coop including rice, pasta, and oats.

Join us in the Christensen Lobby Tuesday, April 27th between 12pm-1pm to grab a bag!

Keeping Track of Auggies

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