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Nominations Due March 1: Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

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Augsburg annually recognizes faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment in one of three categories: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. All full-time faculty who have been employed at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Additionally adjunct faculty who have taught at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching Award.

Any member of the Augsburg Community (faculty student, staff, etc.) may nominate a person for these awards. For more information on the process and requirements of nominators, please see the individual nomination forms on the page linked below.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

Navigate Training: Monday, 2/26/24, 10:40-11:40 am

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Navigate is student success software that guides students through the Augsburg experience. It allows staff and faculty to fully support a student by creating a coordinated care network. This one hour workshop will provide an introduction to faculty and staff use of this tool prior to the spring mentoring campaigns and midterm progress reporting. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to this workshop.

Facilitator: Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Associate Dean of Advising, Registration & Student Success

Location: Marshall Room

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Religious Diversity & Belonging in the Classroom: Wednesday, 2/28/24, 3:40 – 5 p.m.

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Description: Increasingly questions of religious identity have become a part of the DEI landscape in higher education. Join us for this interactive workshop as we explore how one might handle a range of topics, including religious accommodation and hot button issues around religion.

Facilitators: Najeeba Syeed, Matt Maruggi, & Shayna Sheinfeld, Religion Department Faculty

Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 977 6695 0974 Passcode: 918907

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Fostering Campus Cultures of Learning, Belonging, and Thriving: Wednesday, 2/28/24, 1 p.m.

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Location: Zoom webinar

Facilitators: CIC/ Belong, featuring Elon University President Emeritus Leo Lambert, in addition to Peter Felton and Isis Artze-Vega co-authors, Connections Are Everything.

Description: For five decades, research has demonstrated that student connections with faculty, peers, and staff are critical to learning, identity, persistence, and success during and after college. This is doubly true for first-generation students and students of color. But institutions have not always prioritized student relationships in their mission, reward structures, and strategic plans. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with students, faculty, and staff, we will illuminate how institutional leaders at all levels can 1) foster institutional cultures that prioritize relationship-building and 2) assist students in developing practical strategies to build the constellations of relationships that will help them learn, belong, and thrive.

Belong Workshop Registration

Explore Christian Community & Vocation as a Christensen Scholar (March 1 Deadline)

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The Christensen Scholars Program is a small group of ten academically accomplished students who share an interest in the theological and practical exploration of Christian community and vocation. The experience promises to be intellectual, communal, theological, dialogical, challenging, and practical.

– Develop a deeper understanding of your own vocation in a caring community.
– Create a deeper sense of belonging among your peers.
– Learn new ways to live out your faith on a daily basis within the community.
– Experience a remote retreat center in the middle of winter in the mountains.
– Receive a $2,000 scholarship to cover your tuition.
– All-expenses-paid pilgrimage to Holden Village Retreat Center in the Cascade mountains.
– 4 upper division Religion credits (can be used toward your major or minor)


Come to the Writing Center

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The Writing Center is Open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

Interfaith Scholars: Apply by March 1

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We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Interfaith Scholar cohort.

Interfaith Scholars is a yearlong student cohort that engages students as partners in ongoing interreligious dialogue and action by exploring methods and best practices for talking about religion/spirituality/worldview in a diverse democracy. Students will engage in community service learning and interfaith events as well as learn from guest speakers from religious communities, business professionals, and other leaders from across sectors. Students accepted into the Interfaith Scholars program receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The cohort meets for the full academic year as a credit based course on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. Professor Najeeba Syeed is the primary instructor.

Students from every religious tradition and students without a connection to a religious tradition are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Applications are due Friday, March 1.

eLearning Update – Gradebooks

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Dear Augsburg Faculty,

Here we are in February and it’s time to think about Gradebooks! You are always welcome to connect with your LFC (Liaison for Computing) or your IDT (Instructional Design Technologist) for help with gradebooks. We won’t be running the usual email campaign for gradebook checkups. But, if you would like support, we are here for you.

This week’s eLearning update is presented on Google Slides. It covers:
Navigating the Gradebook
Polishing Your Gradebook
Extra Credit and Other Points to Consider
Viewing the Gradebook

Please view the Moodle Gradebook Presentation linked below with important information that will help you ensure your gradebook structure is built to accommodate your course activities. For more specifics, read “Recommended Gradebook Setups” in Faculty Moodle Resources.

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

Your eLearning team,

Susan, Jad, Shane, Nathan
For additional help, contact your LFC or Instructional Design Technologist.

Click here for Moodle Gradebook Presentation

General Announcements

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

CLASS Student Survey and Chance for $50 Gift Card

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If you’re a student who receives support from the CLASS office we’d like your feedback! Complete a brief online survey about the CLASS Office and your campus experiences relative to accessibility AND email a screenshot of the completion screen to for a chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Follow these steps:
1. Access and complete the survey at this link:
2. After you click “submit”, send a screenshot of your completion page to to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

For questions/to request an accommodation contact

CLASS Values Faculty Feedback—Take Our Survey

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The CLASS Office needs your feedback! CLASS in conjunction with the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is conducting a program evaluation. We are especially interested in your thoughts on ways we are doing well and how we could be a better resource for you and how we can improve our effectiveness in serving students. Completion of the survey takes approximately 15 minutes.

Complete a brief online survey on your observations/experiences with our office at this link:

For questions/to request an accommodation contact

Do You Have Speech and Debate Experience? Earn $55 Per Tournament Judging Middle Schoolers

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, provides academic competitive debate program for middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro.

We’re seeking caring adults with speech & debate experience to serve as middle school debate judges! A tournament with no judges is just a scrimmage- and while practice is great, we know our students want the opportunity to compete with pride! That’s why we are paying judges with experience in forensics (speech or debate) $55 per tournament for the next 5 in-person, local meets:

• Tuesday 03/05 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
• Wednesday 03/06 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
• Thurs 03/07 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
(*location unconfirmed, on UMN campus)

Want to just volunteer? No debate experience is needed. We will train you. Judges facilitate the debate round, listen to students speak, choose a winner, and provide feedback. By judging, you’ll help students grow in their confidence and academic skills!

Transportation is available for those who need it. Please reach out to if you need this accommodation.

We can’t wait to see you there! Sign up using our shift calendar:

Fluent in Spanish? Earn $$ Helping Students Improve Their Speaking Skills

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Fluent in Spanish? Be a Debate Judge for the Spanish Debate League

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is looking for Spanish-speaking adults to judge our Spanish Debate League. This program helps middle and high school students build confidence, grow their academic skills, improve their fluency, and connect with other Spanish speakers in the Twin Cities.


You will earn $55 for each tournament you judge. We will provide transportation if necessary.

Learn more and sign up here:

Search the calendar for: Español/Spanish Debate

Need more info? Talk to our volunteer coordinator, Johan, at: He speaks Spanish!

Online Ordering Now Available at Einstein’s

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You can now order from both Einstein’s and Nabo on the order+eat app!

When you place your order through Einstein’s or Nabo, you will be provided an estimated completion time. You can pick your order up at Einstein’s in Christensen Center or Nabo in Oren Gateway Center by going through the line and providing your name/order number.

Again, please be patient and courteous with our Einstein’s and Nabo staff as we continue to implement online ordering for these locations!

Download the order+eat app!

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

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The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

02/19/2024: Program Manager TRIO – Student Support Services
02/15/2024: Director of Leadership Gifts, StepUP

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Event Announcements

Career Exploration Day on Tuesday

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Career Exploration Day is a required event for first-year undergraduate students who started at Augsburg in fall semester 2023 or spring semester 2024. Students will explore potential majors and the various career opportunities associated with each major, set career goals and competencies they would like to develop, link their long-term goals with academic planning, and meet with faculty to help assist with their goals.

All classes prior to 5pm on February 27, 2024, will be canceled to ensure that first-year students are able to attend this event.

Career Exploration Day Schedule

Assessment Day: Luncheon & Data Crunchin’

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Please join the Directors of the Center for Teaching and Learning, First Year Experience, and Assessment for discussions on Tuesday, February 27th from 11am – 1pm in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center. No classes are in session at this time, so we hope you can join them for a lively lunchtime discussion.

First the Directors of Teaching and Learning and First Year Experience will explore a selection of data related to student retention, including AugSem performance indicators and responses to institutional surveys, to foster a discussion on solutions to support student academic progress.

After lunch, The Director of Assessment will discuss the university’s use of data and analytics to inform decisions, and describe recent efforts to advance our assessment practice, data governance, data access, and analytical support, as we approach our upcoming HLC accreditation review.

Click here to RSVP for the event

Medicare 101 Webinar on 2/27

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We invite you to join the Human Resources team on Tuesday, February 27 from 8-9 am for an informative presentation about the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare by TLC Insurance Group. This live Medicare webinar will provide an overview of how Medicare works, when to enroll, Medicare options, penalties, the variety of plan types, 2024 updates and much more. General questions can be entered into the chat, and answered as time permits. Specific or personal situation questions will be answered privately by the host. Medicare beneficiary assistance, guidance, and evaluation is provided at no cost to our employees and their families.

Join via Zoom here!

Chapel: Shari Seifert

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am to hear author Shari Seifert share about her book “From Ashes to Action: Finding Myself at the Intersection of the Minneapolis Uprising.” In the book, Shari Seifert provides her first-person account of the events following May 25, 2020. Shari joined others in the Calvary community to show up, listen, and ask what was needed in the moment.

Interfaith Symposium: March 7

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Join Augsburg’s Interfaith Institute for our 2nd annual Interfaith Symposium. The Interfaith Symposium is an invitation to learn more about religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. Keynote speaker Manu Meel will speak to this year’s theme of Building Trust in Divisive Times. As CEO of BridgeUSA, Manu is leading the largest and fastest growing student movement to bridge our differences.

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm*
Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
*class times will be adjusted so that students/faculty/staff can attend

The symposium will be livestreamed. To register for livestreaming and to learn more about the symposium, visit:

We’re Paying East African Students, Staff & Faculty on February 29: No Experience Required

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Debate Judges Needed for East African Debate League on February 29: Paying $55/Judge

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. One of our programs is the East African Debate League, which provides a space for East African students to talk about community issues.

We’re looking for adults & college students from the East African community to join us at Edison High School on Thursday, February 29th from 3:15-7:15 PM and serve as debate judges.

You’ll earn $55 for sharing your time as a debate judge.

No debate experience is needed- we will train you at the beginning of the tournament.

By participating, you’ll help youth from across the East African community in the Twin Cities Metro build academic skills, express themselves on community issues, and grow their confidence. Sign up today and share the opportunity widely:

Transportation provided if necessary; email for info.

Please spread the word about this opportunity! It’s our last tournament of the year, and we want to make it special.

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