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Moodle Gradebook Reminder

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Instructors, in the interest of ensuring integrity and accuracy for your grading methods as you prepare final grade submissions this term, please remember that Moodle will include grade items in the overall course grade calculation only when there is a value entered. This is to say, empty grades are not counted against your students.
Make sure any items to be included in course grades have a value. If a student didn’t submit work, entering a zero (or other minimum score) will ensure their missing work is reflected in their course total. Please click the link below for more information on entering zeros.

Entering Zeros in the Moodle Gradebook

General Announcements

Thó Wiŋ Magazine Submissions Now Open

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Submissions for Thó Wiŋ Magazine are now open through January 10th! We accept poetry, fiction, screenwriting/playwriting excerpts, creative non fiction, visual arts, and short films.

We are also looking for editors for the 2021-2022 school year!

Editor Position Description: As an editor, you will look through the submissions in your designated editing categories (you will be able to choose which categories you would like to edit for) and give your opinion on whether or not each piece should be accepted into the magazine. You will be provided with training on how to evaluate and give feedback on the submissions prior to reading the submissions.

You can submit your pieces here/apply.

Is Success on your Christmas List? Use 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

Interested in Hosting International Students for Dinner?

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A new semester is just around the corner, and luckily we are expecting new international students to join us this spring—representing countries like Egypt, Sweden, China, South Korea and Norway to name a few!

Our office, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in hosting our new international students for a dinner off-campus in your home.

Here are the details:
Date: Thursday, Jan 6, 2021
Time: Pick up at 5 p.m. with a return to campus around 7 p.m.

We ask that our hosts pick up students from campus and return them once dinner is completed. The new incoming group will consist of 5-10 international students.

COVID status: All the new international students coming from abroad are required to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines, with a required 7-day quarantine (unvaccinated exempt students), and COVID testing on day 3-5 upon arrival.

All students will show proof of a negative COVID test prior to traveling to the United States (tested 24 hours before departure), proof of recovery and/or proof of vaccination.

Any students needing quarantine, will have ended this period on January 6. And will have received their first dose of the vaccine.

Sign up to host dinner: International Students

Winning Ticket Number from Monday’s Late Night Breakfast

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Thank you to all that joined us for the Late Night Breakfast on Monday. It is certainly one of our favorite events of the year!

The winning ticket number for the Sony headphones is…


Good Luck! The winner can bring their ticket to the kitchen office to claim your prize.

Thanks, Everyone!

Take an Online Course in Playwriting and Human Rights

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There are a few spots remaining on the spring 2022 semester courses:

*Playwriting: Exploring the Writer’s Theatrical Voice, PWC 300; and
*Topics in Playwriting: Human Rights and Social Justice, PWC 310

These courses are taught in partnership with The Playwrights’ Center, in Minneapolis. The courses provide intimate creative and professional mentorship, while bringing together writers from across the country in a vibrant learning community.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for Auggies! There is a short application to fill out to be enrolled in the course as seats are limited.

Learn more and apply to be a part of one of these courses.

Feedback Invited on Assistant Provost Candidates

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Thank you to the faculty and staff who were able to attend recent conversations with our three finalists for the Assistant Provost for Academic Analytics & Planning position. The search committee welcomes your feedback on these candidates. Below please find the link to each candidate’s feedback form. These will remain open until Friday, 12/10.

11/30 Jennie Robinson Kloos

12/3 Shawn Boyne

12/8 Jordan Orzoff

Thank you!

Music Therapy Students – Study Abroad this Summer

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Explore meanings and expressions of music, health, illness, and healing transculturally in the context of South Africa. The focus of this course is on developing an understanding of individuals, families, groups and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds and the use of music in community and for healing within their culture.

Travel July 10-20, 2022
Led by Professor Dr. Annie Heiderscheit

Choose one course:
• MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit),
• graduate course options available, too
• also fulfills Augsburg Experience requirement!

This program is designed for Music Therapy majors, but students in music, psychology, or other related fields are also welcome.

*** APPLY BY MARCH 1 ***

The program has a capacity of 22 students and is filled on a rolling basis.

Have questions? Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office:

Get more program details and start an application

Take a Fine Arts Theater Course in Puerto Rico in May

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Sign up for the summer study away program, Community, Arts, and Culture in Puerto Rico, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez.

Spend ~3 weeks in Puerto Rico in May exploring different arts in the context of community building, activism, and social justice in Puerto Rico!

Program details:
• Travel: May 9-27, 2022
• Course: THR 295: Community, Arts, & Culture in Puerto Rico (Fine Arts requirement)
• complete Augsburg Experience requirement

Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply.


The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get full program details and start an application here

Summer Study Abroad: Art and History in the Netherlands – Apply Now

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Earn 8 credits and your Augsburg experience in just a few weeks this summer, while exploring one of the most innovative countries in the world — the Netherlands – through the prism of history and photography. Visit museums, hear from speakers from across different industries, meet with locals to get an understanding of city life in Amsterdam, and so much more!

Innovation and Design in the Netherlands: Past and Present
• Travel Dates: May 15 – 29, 2022
• Professors: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg

This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. Choose one History and one Art course:
• HIS 195: Innovation in the Netherlands (fulfills Humanities requirement), OR
• HIS 440: Innovation in the Netherlands
• ART 133 – Intro to Digital Photography, (fulfills Fine Arts requirement), OR
• ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography


The program has a capacity of 24 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now!

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

Need Language Credits? Study in Mexico this Summer

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Study abroad with Augsburg in Mexico this summer! Take a class, complete Augsburg Experience, and have a unforgettable experience! Classes are small and personalized, and programs in Mexico are among the most affordable of all our programs abroad.

Check out the options for summer – they all complete Augsburg Experience!

• various dates throughout summer, 4-12 credits
• SPA – Spanish courses at all levels from beginning to advanced, can fulfill Language requirements

• June 8- July 31, 8 credits
• SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare professionals
• INS or SPA 399: Observership

• June 8 – July 24, 8 credits
• SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I
• SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry
• Upper-level course alternatives available, if needed

To learn more about these programs and start an application, visit the website below.

You’re also welcome to stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center. Email us at

Get more information and apply online

Business Majors – Take your Keystone Course in Greece this Summer

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Are you a business or economics major heading into your junior or senior year? Graduating in May? This short-term study abroad program is for you!

• May 5-23, 2022
• Choose one course: BUS 495, ECO 495, or KEY 490
• Also completes Augsburg Experience

Led by Professors Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetanakis

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model.


The program has a capacity of 30 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Learn more and apply here!

Bookstore Hours For Finals Week (12/13-12/18)

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The bookstore will have adjusted hours for finals week so that rental books can be checked back in. The hours for the bookstore during finals week (12/13-12/18) will be as follows:

Rental books are due back 12/17.
The bookstore hours for next week will be updated on Sunday, 12/12.

Bookstore Hours

Event Announcements

Free Fundraising Training – Friday

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Ready to Run Minnesota, which is part of a national network of nonpartisan campaign training programs designed to encourage women to run for office and to encourage all of us to support increased representation of women in politics. This year, there will be a series of monthly (October-February) virtual training sessions over the lunch hour on Fridays. You will learn about fundraising, receive media training, and gain other important skills…all for free.

The next session, FUNDRAISING 101, is Friday, December 10th at noon.

Everyone is welcome to join the free sessions on Fridays, so please use the link below to sign up (scroll down).

Focused Conversation on Art and Science Group Project: TODAY

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Join Robert Gould, vice president for strategic enrollment management, for an update on the work underway with Art & Science Group to better understand the qualities of Augsburg that make a difference for prospective traditional undergraduate students and their decisions about enrolling at the university.

Focused Conversation: Art & Science Group
Thursday, December 9
2 p.m.
Marshall Room and Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands

Summer Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Informational Session

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Are you looking for exciting summer internship or fellowship opportunities?

ORISE is hosting a Summer Internship and Fellowship Opportunities Informational Session for summer 2022 on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2:00-3:00 pm. The session focuses on how you can apply at Zintellect to ORISE summer 2022 opportunities with DOE, CDC, FDA, NSF, and more. There are opportunities for both current students and recent graduates in STEM, Policy, Technical Support, and more.

Register Here

River Semester Student Presentation and Welcome Back Celebration

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The students and staff from the 2021 River Semester are back in town this week and the students will be sharing their research and experience on the river—with harrowing tales from the big river, research projects, songs, short videos, a mock-up of our camp, and reflections on navigating an Anthropocene river during a pandemic. Should be a fun evening. Get a sneak peak via the Expedition Log below.

Monday, Dec. 13th, 7-9pm East Commons (upstairs, off the dining commons), Christensen Center (masks required)

Expedition Log

TODAY: Free Keefer Court Samples at Augsburg Local Tabling

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This Thursday, December 9th from 11:30am-2:00pm, Augsburg Local and local business Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe will be tabling in the Christensen Lobby and offering free samples of their goods! Make sure to stop by to learn more about Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe and Augsburg Local!

Augsburg Local

Chapel: A Season of Advent and Transition

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am to hear music performed by the Aural Skill Lab directed by Rafael Rodriguez and for a service honoring retiring staff and faculty and seniors graduating in December. We will honor those who are transitioning from Augsburg with a special blessing. We invite you to read today’s Advent Vesper’s Devotion, written by Professor Russell Kleckley, Religion Department, on Isaiah 52:7-10.

Advent Vespers Devotion

Forum Webinar, Demystifying Culture: Building an Inclusive Culture that Lasts

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When: December 16, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: Leadership Development
Presenter: Lilian Eilers, The Blue Ocean Company
Cost: Free

What is required to create and sustain an inclusive culture?

This highly interactive webinar will demystify culture and introduce you to a blueprint for culture change that you can implement immediately in your own organization.

Learn about the cultural dimensions that make up an inclusive culture. Find out about the specific values, behaviors, symbols and systems that support such a culture, and which traits in your existing culture may help or hinder a successful outcome.

Also, learn about a Five-Step Framework for Culture Change, along with Seven Success Factors for the most effective and efficient approach to creating a culture of inclusion.

Learning Outcomes
Gain new insights into what culture is, and how to create, sustain and change it
Discover which traits in your existing culture help or hinder the creation of an inclusive culture
Find out how to build the business case for an inclusive culture in your organization.

TODAY 2 p.m. – Study Abroad Scholarship Zoom Info Session

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Are you planning to study abroad and in need of funding to realize those plans? Did you know that, by applying to the Fund for Education Abroad, you can be considered for over 20 scholarship opportunities?

To be eligible for The Fund for Education Abroad applications, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and participate in a study abroad program that is 4-weeks or longer (long summer programs, semester or year long programs).

Attend a zoom session TODAY Thursday, December 9th at 2pm

The FEA team members will walk you through the FEA scholarship application and the process used to select awardees. You’ll get tips to make your application strong, maximizing your chances for funding.

Visit the FEA website to learn more:

Click here to register for the info session

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Three Gilman Scholarship Winners

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We are pleased to announce THREE Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Asha Abdirazak is a Computer Science major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Salma Abikar is a Bio-Psychology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea this Spring 2022.

Ingri Ramirez Martin is a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Japan in Fall 2022

Since 2008, **seventy-five** Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling OVER $290,000.

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Catherine Maun, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats Asha, Salma and Ingri!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!


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