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Forum Podcast Ep. 62: From Bystander to Ally Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz (DCY Consulting) and Tatyana Fertelmeyster (Connecting Differences, LLC) answer questions from listeners that attended our very popular April 2021 webinar From Bystander to Ally.

Schedule/Session Information for TODAY Through Thursday’s “3 Days in May”

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The link below leads you to a draft schedule for next week’s 3 Days in May. Sessions are planned from Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13. Session information and descriptions are being updated as more information becomes available. Individual sessions will also be added to the CTL calendar (

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Note that the link below can only be viewed when logged in through Augsburg.

3 Days in May Schedule/Link Information

TOMORROW: Teaching Tech Troubleshooting

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Facilitated by the E-Learning Team
(Bonnie Tensen, Jim Matthias, Eric Strom, Nathan Lind, Marilyn Wetterer, and Jenny Hanson)

This past semester was a busy one with lots of remote learning. Do you have any questions/concerns/issues about ANY aspects of the learning technologies you were using? Why not drop in to this session and the E-Learning team will be glad to help answer your questions. If you want individual help, one of us will meet you in a separate Zoom room to work through the problems. Come get answers while the questions are still very present in your mind!

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

3 Days Schedule/Session Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

Additional Absences, Deadline Extensions, and Recording Lectures: Navigating Tricky Accommodations

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TOMORROW at 3 pm

Additional Absences, Deadline Extensions, and Recording Lectures: Navigating Tricky Accommodations

Facilitated by Kathy McGillivray and Cassie Charles

In this workshop, we will outline important steps in implementing complex disability accommodations involving assignment extensions, attendance consideration, and recording of lectures. We will also look at inclusive design practices which can often eliminate the need for these types of accommodations. Presenters will allow ample time for questions and discussion.

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

3 Days Schedule/Session Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

TODAY: Learning Loss, Open Educational Resources, and More

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Learning Loss Facilitated by Katie Bishop and Lyz Wendland
In this session we will share data and perspective on the ways in which students have experienced learning loss during the pandemic. We will share suggestions on how to address this in the classroom and lead participants in a discussion of tactics and resources.
TODAY from 2 pm – 3 pm

Keeping an Open Mind: The Benefits of Open Educational Resources Facilitated by Caroline Wack
In this session, learn about the many ways that Open Educational Resources (OER) can be used to create a more equitable, flexible, and sustainable education for students.
TODAY from 3 pm – 4 pm

The above are just two of the many sessions being offered over this year’s “3 Days in May”. Check the link below (only viewable with an Augsburg login) for schedule/descriptions/Zoom information.

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

3 Days in May Schedule/Information

General Announcements

Virtual Appointments Available with Strommen Center this Summer

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The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work is in operation all summer and is pleased to offer virtual appointments. Extensive online resources are available on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.
Students are encouraged to visit Handshake to make virtual appointments and register for virtual events.

Click here to schedule a virtual appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

Attend the 2021 Leadership Summit for Free

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2021 Leadership Summit May 19

The Leadership Summit is back! Join us for the 2021 Augsburg/Midway Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit – live/zoom format.

The noon keynote speaker for this year’s summit will be President Paul Pribbenow “New Protocols: Life and Work Together after a Pandemic” His presentation will be preceded by an 11am session led by MAL alum Carole Burton on “Equity, Blind Spots, and Perfectionism: The Why’s, How’s, and impact on ROTI”

Augsburg faculty, staff, and graduate students will be able to attend this year’s summit free, but pre-registration is required. If interested, please contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at by Friday May 14. You may attend one or both sessions.

More information on the 2021 Leadership Summit

Alum Curt Rice Appointed Rector at NMBU – Norwegian University

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Curt Rice graduated from Augsburg in 1984, and has since then dedicated his life to education. Curt and his wife, Tove Dahl (also an Augsburg alum and Dean of Skogfjorden, Concordia Language Village) have lived in Norway for decades, served in many higher education institutions, including OsloMet and the University of Tromsø. Curt is ending his time at OsloMet to serve as the new rector of Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

Augsburg’s Norway Hub and the ISSS office always look to create new and maintain established partnerships with Norwegian institutions. We hope to add NMBU to our list of partners in the years to come.

For now, we would like to congratulate Curt on his new appointment! The media release is linked below.

Alum Curt Rice is New Rector of NMBU

Staff Appreciation Awards and Staff Senate Spring Update

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Staff Appreciation Awards: Congratulations to our Outstanding Newcomer of the Year Kate Gray, Strommen Center and to our Five Outstanding Staff of the Year recipients: Beth Carlson, CWC; Pastor Babette Chatman, Campus Ministry; Mike Fetting, Student Affairs; Jack Hein, Admissions; and Denielle Stepka, Marketing and Communications.

Congratulations to Michael Grewe, the outstanding Staff Advisor to a Student Organization and to the Covid-19 response team and the IT team for outstanding department and group awards.

We’d also like to acknowledge the Length of Service awards: 40 years – Nancy Guilbeault; 35 years – Kathy Kuross; 30 years – Bruce Bengry, Margaret Anderson, Diane Syler; 25 years – Drew Privette; 20 years – Cory Snyder, Dixie Schafer, Scott Krajewski, Thomas Kelsey; 15 years – Woinshet Abebe, Keith Batemen, Christopher Brown, Amanda Burgess, Aynalem Dayo, Andrea Dvorak, Aaron Griess, Greg Holker, Melissa Lee, Karen Mulhausen, Bekele Sankiko, Matthew Schornstein, Jerusalem Tesfaye; 10 years – Margo Abramson, Michelle McAteer, Franz Santander, Jenny Wheatley; 5 years – Christine Berkenpas, Sarah Cash-Darvell, Michael Fetting, Fardosa Hassan, Mary Hollerich, Stephen Jendraszak, George Lee, Maren Stoddard Mack, Dawn Miller, Lisa Raetz, Theodore Riverso, Jacob Swede. .

We are also pleased to announce the 2021-2022 staff senate members. Thank you to those members who finished their terms this year: Co-chairs Nancy Huynh and Tessa Wegenke, and members Ilsa Rolf and Stewart Van Cleve, and welcome to our new members Joel Enrique Blas, Christopher Bogen, Kate Gray and Marcus Jenkins.

2021-22 Members

Joel Enriquez Blas, Registrar’s Office
Christopher Bogen, Institutional Advancement
Janice Dames, Campus Ministry – Co-chair
Deanna Davis, Professional Studies – Co-chair
Kate Gray, Strommen Center
Marcus Jenkins, Residence Life
Jackie Voigt, Athletics
Uriah Ward, Student Financial Services

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Augsburg University MSW Alum, Jamil Lott Featured in NYTimes Article Published May 9, 2021

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In the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, mental health experts across the country say they have seen African-Americans, whose skepticism of therapy has been documented by research, seeking it in growing numbers.

Jamil and Sara Stamschror-Lott, the founders of Creative Kuponya, a mental health practice in Minneapolis just minutes from where Mr. Floyd, a Black man, was murdered, said the demand for therapy had “gone through the roof” over the past year. The couple said 31 percent of their practice’s clients are Black.

“We’ve seen everything that the nation has seen from afar, from folks in civil unrest and devastation, despair,” said Mr. Stamschror-Lott, who is Black. The couple said that some residents were overwhelmed and exhausted by the events of the past year, and that there remained a “great deal of pain and trauma.”

After a Traumatizing Year, Black People Turn to Therapy

Shamsa Ahmed Wins a Fulbright

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Shamsa Ahmed, 2021, graduated with Political Science and International Relations majors won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant to teach English in South Korea. She is a TRIO/SSS student, Act Six Scholar and Dell Scholar recipient. She also won the national Boren scholarship where she spent 8 weeks in Florida studying Swahili followed by 4 months in Tanzania learning Swahili and studying Swahili culture and history. Following her ETA she plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy. She is passionate about refugee rights as she herself spent many years in a refugee camp in Kenya until coming to the U.S. as a 6th grader. She’s passionate about peace building and can envision a career in the foreign service or the United Nations. Shamsa is familiar with 5 languages and for the past 5 years has taught young children Saturdays and Sundays at her mosque.

Citlaly Escobar Wins a Fulbright

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Citlaly Escobar, 2021, graduated with majors in Political Science and Sociology won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Taiwan. Citlaly has been involved on and off campus in a variety of ways. She was a first-team all-conference lacrosse player, vice president of the Augsburg Latinx Student Association, and a freshmen and sophomore class president for the Honors Program. She was also one of the working group members for the Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies, serving as a Latinx student representative. In addition, she has spent the last two years as a student researcher for TRIO/McNair, URGO, and received a graduate research assistantship at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (first undergraduate to receive this award). She also won the prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Award to study for 7 weeks last summer at the Hubert Humphrey School. Following her time in Taiwan, Citlaly plans to pursue a PhD in American Studies where she hopes to continue her research about the Twin Cities Chicano Movement and Latino society in the upper Midwest.

Ciashhia Shionghai Wins a Fulbright

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Ciashia,Shionghaj, 2021, graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan. Ciashia is motivated to become an ETA because she wants to create a community inside the classroom and join communities outside the classroom. She also wants to learn more about her Asian heritage. She played on Augsburg’s volleyball team and has taught volleyball for several years to many age groups. While at Augsburg she conducted URGO research with Dr. Emily Schilling and also did a summer of research with the DNR in Bemidji. Upon returning to the U.S. she plans to earn a PhD in Ecology and Evolution. She’s passionate about finding ways that humans can coexist in this ecosystem without depleting the Earth’s biodiversity.

Taiwana Shambley Named Fulbright Alternate

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Taiwana Shambley, 2021, graduated with majors in English and African American Studies and was named an Alternate Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Laos. Last summer she taught 7th-grade literature at Breakhthrough Twin Cities to many Hmong, Laotian, and Taiwanese students. Wanting to know more about these cultures is one of the reasons Taiwana chose Laos as her country. She is a TRIO/McNair Scholar, Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics and Executive Editor of the Echo. She also served as a Writing Lab Tutor. Her future plans include earning graduate degrees in Creative Writing and American Studies.


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