Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Vehicle Security

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Over the past week the Department of Public Safety has witnessed, and/or received reports of people attempting to enter parked vehicles on campus and the adjacent streets. We have increased patrol in these areas and have prevented such incidents by scaring would be offenders away and apprehending one violator on 11-10-23. We strongly encourage vehicle owners to keep any valuables out of sight of anyone walking the streets or lots. Please report any suspicious activity immediately to Dispatch at 612-330-1717 when it is safe to do so.

Teaching and Learning

Monday 12 pm, Dr. Joseph Erickson, Post-Sabbatical Presentation

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Post-Sabbatical Presentation: Towards Developing a Slovenian Nationalism Scale
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Erickson, Professor, Education Department
Location: Lindell 301

Description: Europe has faced increased migration in recent decades due to wars (Syria,
Ukraine), climate change, and other reasons, as well as terrorist
attacks (e.g. Paris 2015), which have had a profound impact on attitudes
towards migrants, especially those coming from Muslim countries.

Research has shown that different aspects of national identity are associated
with attitudes and behaviours towards migrants and refugees. This
project focused on developing a questionnaire that would measure
different aspects of national identity and attitudes towards migrants in
the Slovene language. A follow up investigation is planned that will
translate the instrument into English and attempt to replicate the study
with an American sample.

Education Department professor Joseph Erickson will report on this project and
also share insights regarding the Fulbright Scholar application process
and potential collaborations available in Slovenia for Augsburg
University faculty through our partnership arrangement with the
University of Ljubljana.

RSVP Post-Sabbatical Presentation

Tuesday, 3:40 pm: Scaffolding Writing for Student Success

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Presenter/s: Dr. Jennifer Forsthoefel Mollberg, Assistant Professor and Writing Center Director, English Department

Description: Do you include writing assignments in your course? Do you have questions and/or need support? During this session, the presenter will share information about how best to build your instruction for students to succeed in creating written assignments for your course. We will discuss creating an assignment sheet, planning brainstorming and drafting activities, and organizing a peer review session. We will also have time to discuss general needs and concerns instructors may have when teaching writing in their courses.

Location: Marshall Room

RSVP Student Writing Workshop

Wednesday, 12:30 pm: Providing Support for Multilingual Learners

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Presenter: Dr. Yacoub Aljaffery, PhD, Faculty of ESL Education

Description: Providing Support for Augsburg’s Bilingual and Multilingual Students

As our number of multilingual students grows in Minnesota and at our University, specifically faculty and staff need to learn more about this population. Understanding the needs of these students and providing the proper support is the key for their success in our school, which eventually will help them to continue chasing their dreams. In this workshop, attendees will learn about our bilingual and multilingual students’ needs. Attendees will also be able to offer academic and social support for our students who speak other languages.

Location: Lindell 301

In order to help with planning and attendance documentation, CTL asks community members to pre-register for Faculty Development Workshops as possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome. You will be emailed a copy of your selections. To assist with community building, please wear your university nametag to Faculty Development events.

RSVP Multilingual Learners Workshop

Call for Proposals Due TODAY: National Higher Education Teaching Conference

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The Call for Proposals is currently open for the National Higher Education Teaching Conference (NHETC), set to take place in Minneapolis, MN, on June 13-14, 2024.

The 2024 NHETC will focus on three interconnected themes aimed at accelerating the student success movement in higher education:

1. Growing the Great Teaching Movement in the Classroom
2. Growing the Great Teaching Movement Campus-Wide
3. Growing the Great Teaching Movement across Higher Education

You can reference a list of suggested topics from the NHETC Programming Committee, though out-of-the-box thinking and innovative ideas that align with the overarching themes are also welcome and encouraged. Diverse perspectives and creative approaches are essential to driving meaningful change in higher education.

This is a unique opportunity to share your expertise, research, and experiences with a community of educators and thought leaders committed to enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. Your contribution can make a significant impact and help shape the future of student success within higher education.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 13th. To submit your proposal, please visit the NHETC website.

Call for Proposals National Higher Education Teaching Conference

eLearning Update – Moodle Dates Report Can Save You Time

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Dear Augsburg Faculty,

We hope you are all having a wonderful semester so far and are staying warm! For this week’s eLearning update, we are promoting the Moodle “Dates Report” which can help you save time when editing due dates for all of the activities in your Moodle courses, including your Spring courses, which are now available in Moodle.

Rather than opening each activity in your courses to check due dates, you may now view, and edit, all dates for one type of activity, such as the commonly used Assignment and Quiz activities, in one report. We recommend you edit the following type of dates each semester:

Allow Submissions From dates

Due dates

Cut Off dates

Open the Quiz dates

Close the Quiz dates

Here is a link to the Dates Report tutorial:

If you need any support with this or any other technology help, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Your eLearning team,

Susan, Shane, Jad, Nathan

For additional help, contact your LFC or Instructional Design Technologist.

Feedback Requested: Working Draft of GenEd Revision Survey

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Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Your feedback is critically important. If you haven’t already, please share your perspectives and recommendations about the Working Draft of a revised General Education Curriculum in the brief 5-10 minute anonymous, online survey linked below. Please share your perspectives by November 17th.

In next steps, the GenEd(it) Group will be consulting with faculty and staff experts on draft learning outcomes for each of the proposed requirements, and drafting an assessment plan.

Thank you for your contributions and engagement in general education revision.

The GenEd(it) Group

Feedback Survey:

Working Draft of a Revised General Education Curriculum:

Accounting Students Compete in the 2023 Deloitte Audit Competition

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Congratulations to Augsburg accounting students, Adam Salzwedel, Canaan Seife, Rodrigo Zaragoza-Contreras, Gustavo Cano-Garnica, & Justin Ratsabouth, who were invited to compete in the Deloitte Audit Competition against five other schools. They did a fantastic job presenting a case about sales and lease-back transactions.

Photo of group —

Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Students Pursuing Careers in Public Service

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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation provides merit-based scholarships to college students in their junior year who plan to pursue careers in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

• Full-time junior-level student
• US citizen
• Extensive record of community and public service
• Planning a career in public service
• Outstanding leadership potential
• Strong academic record
• Nominated by Augsburg University to apply
• Must meet with Truman Campus Representative, Dixie Shafer (, by Tuesday, November 21st

Public service is defined as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.

Visit the Truman Scholarship website

Boren Scholarship for Language Study Abroad

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The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages critical to U.S. interests by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicant in selecting a program and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:

Check out the Boren website to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries.
Let us know your intent to apply by November 27th by making an appointment with Emilie Lenz in Study Abroad or Dixie Shafer in URGO.
Submit your application to by Augsburg’s internal campus application deadline of Friday, January 5th.

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

General Announcements

Applications Are Now Open for the PRISM Scholars Program

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The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester. 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, data science, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Spring 2024 (graduating by May ‘26)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
– U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or admitted refugee
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Wednesday, December 6th (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.

To apply, visit:
For more information, go to:
Questions? Contact:

The PRISM Scholarship Program is funded through NSF Award #2030638 through August 2025. Scholarships awarded Fall 2025 and beyond are contingent on continued funding.

Funding for PRISM is provided through the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Online Survey-Chance for $100 Gift Card

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Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.
Thank you!

Make Your Benefits Elections – Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 20

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Open Enrollment is the only time of year when you may elect or change your benefits for the coming year, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

During open enrollment, no action means no coverage.

Employees who fail to act by November 20 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2024, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

How to Access the 2024 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment

Every benefits-eligible employee must act by electing or declining health, dental or vision insurance coverages and a flexible spending or health savings account. Your 2023 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2024. You are required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2024 elections even if you elect to waive your 2024 coverage.

Attend an Open Enrollment Session to learn more:
11/14, 3:00 p.m. – General Open Enrollment Session, Hagfors Center 150B

Need help completing your form? Come to an open enrollment help session:
11/15/23 — 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Sverdrup 206

Visit the HR website to view recorded information sessions:

Email with any questions.

2024 Benefits Guide

Event Announcements

Meet Representative from American University of Cairo on Campus

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Did you know that as an Augsburg student, you can study abroad for a semester at the American University of Cairo in Egypt? Augsburg students will pay Augsburg Tuition and get to participate in classes that will count towards major/general education requirements/ and elective requirements!

Interested to learn more?!

November 14th we will have a representative from the American University of Cairo on Campus from 11:30-12:30 PM located in the Marshall Room to give a short presentation on what life is like as a study abroad student in Egypt!

RSVP to let us know that you are interested in attending!

Short Term Program in South Africa: Information Session TODAY

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Hello Everyone,

We have a scheduled Zoom information session planned for the following date and time:

Monday, November 13th, 2023 from 5 – 6 pm (CST).

Here is the Zoom link:

We welcome non-music/music therapy majors as well. If you study related fields such as psychology, social work, nursing, and physician assistant, consider joining us! Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

Juyoung & Jess

Find out More information about the South Africa Program

No Focused Conversation This Week

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For faculty and staff who had planned to attend the November Focused Conversation on the Saga Project this Thursday, please note that this event has been canceled. We invite you instead to attend chapel on November 16 to hear Terrance Kwame Ross and on December 7 to hear Katie Clark and Muna Abdirahman on themes related to the Saga Project.

Please mark your calendar for December 6 from 12–1 p.m. for a Focused Conversation with President Pribbenow about Augsburg 150 key strategies.

All Hands Schedule

Feeling Stressed? Come Join Us for Sound Healing

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Please make sure to save the date as we introduce you to the Sound Healing sessions here at Augsburg. It is another way that you can heal and relax your mind through the waves of sounds.

Dates: Tuesday, November 14th
Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Student Lounge

Don’t forget to join us! We hope to see you there 🙂

Wednesday – 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Gratitude & Goodies in the Gage Center

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Gratitude & Goodies in the Gage Center
Wednesday, November 15
Gage Center, Lindell Library 2nd floor

For the whole Augsburg community! Come for treats, cocoa, and writing thank-you cards. We can all benefit by taking time to demonstrate our thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives, whether in big ways or small.

If you need disability accommodations for equal access to this event, please contact

Mindful Movement – Yoga

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Center for Counseling and Wellness, will offer a short reflection followed by mindfulness practice led by Tara Mader, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Please come join us on Monday, November 13th from 10:40 am-11:40 am in Student Lounge, Christensen Center

OPEN TO ALL (Staff, Faculty, Students)

Hmong New Year 2023

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Celebrate the Hmong New Year with Hmong Women Together! We will have Augsburg’s Hmong New Year on Saturday November 18th from 4:00-9:00PM in Foss Chapel. All are welcome, the event is open to the public with free parking in Lot L. Dinner will be provided with a lineup of fantastic performances and a fashion show. Come dressed in your Hmong outfits if you have them!

Contact for more information

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Students Participate in Math Contest

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Nine Augsburg students majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science and Physics competed in the 25th annual North Central Section Mathematical Association of America Heuer Memorial Team Contest. Kodjo Agboyibo, Phoebe Alva Rosa, Ariana Beeby, Krystal Bollinger, Max Figura, Sean Gaffaney, Jimmy Hemera, Kebba Janneh, and Yuva Gottimukala Suresh formed three teams that wrestled with ten challenging mathematics problems from a wide range of mathematical fields using only whiteboards, markers, paper and pencil, and three hours on a Saturday morning! Thanks to Unbounded Math Club and their advisor Rich Flint for nourishing the competitors with breakfast snacks and lunch pizza. If you would like to test mathematical skills, old problems (and solutions!) can be found at


Disabled Student Looking for Two PCAs

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Hi, my name is zander I am a sophomore who is in a wheelchair and I am looking for 2 people who would help me with my needs from time to time I currently have two jobs open one where I would tell a person what day I need them to come and then they would give me a time on that day and that is the time they would come help me this job is the more unstable option as it is a backup job to my full-time PCA when they can’t come so I can’t commit to the amount that you would be working 20-minute time commitment per time that you are working. The second job is we would pick a time each week and the person would come weekly this one is more stable as you will be doing a different job than my current PCA at any day or time they choose this one is a 40-minute time commitment if you are interested in hearing more about the job and more about what your responsibilities would be or if you want to interview for the job contact me at or (612)430-3233