Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Remodeling and Mural Painting Projects in Old Main

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-Classrooms on second floor of Old Main are being remodeled. This project should be completed by May 31.
-Students in the Graphic Systems class have been busy painting a mural in the tunnel.

For more complete information, follow the link to the Facilities Management website.

Teaching and Learning

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.

Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

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The following proposals were approved by the AAC on Monday, April 26:

-A new Music Creativity Minor
-MUS 476: Instrumentation and Arranging was approved after not having been taught in a long time.
-MUS 413: Advanced Analysis was approved as a new course.
-COM 352: Persuasion was approved for the option of Hybrid/Online modalities and made prerequisite revisions.
-HMO 111/112: New Hmong language course sequence
-TEL had revised the policy for the approval process for courses seeking Hybrid/Online modality. The previous policy had been approved previously, but changes were made after further input.

The TEL subcommittee also presented it’s proposal to become a standing committee. This proposal had no opposition from AAC and will move forward to PPC.

Information about AAC is available at Deadline information can be found at

AAC Tracking Summary

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

In Case You Missed Joe’s EDTalk

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If you were unable to attend the inspiring EDTalk yesterday, you can find a recording of it linked below.

“Creativity and Agency during COVID: Lessons from the River”: 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.

“Creativity and Agency during COVID: Lessons from the River”

General Announcements

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!

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


HR and Payroll Forms Deadline: Noon on Friday April 30

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HR or Payroll Forms:
Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon Friday, April 30 to be processed on the May 7 pay date. This includes routine forms for HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email if you have questions or need help.

Student Timesheets:
All Student Employment school-year positions end on May 1. Supervisors, please ask your student employees to submit their final timesheets to you this week to be approved and submitted to Payroll before Monday at noon. Have a great summer!

Staff Timesheets:
(For staff only): To record time off for last Thursday, 4/22, please use “Paid-other”.

Please submit your timesheet at the end of the week so your supervisor has time to approve it by the Monday noon deadline.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as bank accounts or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to for submission. Please contact for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

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

Student 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.

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

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

60 Seconds of Your Time Could Help the MN Urban Debate League Get $175K

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LAST DAY: Please email/call/tweet Rep. Omar to help fund the MNUDL with $175K in Community Program Funding.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students. We have an incredible opportunity ahead of us:

The MN 5th Congressional District Office can advance a limited number of projects for the Community Project Funding appropriations bill. We’ve submitted a proposal for $175,000 to bring even more debate programming to Twin Cities students! This could be a game changer- but we can’t do it alone.

How Can You Help?

TODAY: please contact U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s office via phone and/or email and share why YOU want to support the MNUDL. The messages can be very short, but each message is like your “vote” of support. Phone calls typically count much more (like 5-7x more) so if you have the time to call- that’s even better!

Two steps:
1 ) Make sure you include “MNUDL” and support for funding our “Community Program Funding Proposal” in any message, so they know what you’re supporting.
2 ) State that you are affiliated with Augsburg University and what connection you have to Urban Debate.

Decisions are happening soon- PLEASE make time to call! Your time and your advocacy could land us our largest single source of funding!

– Call Representative Omar in DC: (202) 225-4755
– Call the Minneapolis Office: (612) 333-1272
– Email Rep. Omar:
– Tweet/Reply/DM Rep. Omar on Twitter:

We truly appreciate you taking the time to advocate for our organization!

Contact Rep. Omar

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

Forum Presentaion, When Our Identities Conflict

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When: May 20, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CST
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation

Register here:

Presenters: Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Hayward Bell, Raytheon Company RETIRED  |  Kimberly B. Davis, National Hockey League  |  Lee Tschanz, Rockwell Automation  |  Amy Wilczynski, Anderson & Rust – Borough of Allendale, NJ

What do we believe about ourselves as a people and country — the UNITED States of America? What values do we pass on to our children and their children’s children? What resonates for us, and why?

Join us for a moderated panel discussion that explores understanding our beliefs and values, what underwrites our political identities, and how to influence ourselves and our interactions in partnership and leadership across many difference points of view.

Forum Webinar, Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce

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When: May 27, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: Global Diversity
Presenter: Luiza Dreasher, Mastering Cultural Difference
Cost: Free, $15 Suggested Donation

With the trend toward a more diverse workforce continuing, so are the ways we conduct business. In the past, most U.S. businesses functioned primarily within our borders. Today, globalization is proving to be a huge game changer for many companies, big and small. With globalization and increased immigration, the potential for misunderstandings in the workplace is really high. First, language differences may lead to miscommunication and misinterpretation. Second you fail to take into account significant cultural differences. For example, during a performance review, you provide constructive criticism to an employee with the intent of helping him improve his performance. Later on you learn that he quit his job because of the shame and loss of face your feedback caused. In this interactive Webinar, you will understand the impact of cultural differences in the workplace and learn strategies to bridge those differences effectively.

Learning Outcomes
Learn the importance of paying attention to cultural differences in the workplace
Recognize differences in communication styles
Apply strategies to communicate effectively with a global workforce

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