Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Index

Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts/Keep up with weather-related changes to classes and operations

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Augnet ServicesDecisions to cancel classes are made by 6 a.m. for daytime classes and 2 p.m. for evening classes. The University uses the Augsburg Emergency Alerts system to communicate timely information on campus emergencies and class and facility changes due to severe weather. The Augsburg Emergency Alert sends subscribers a text, email, and phone call (subscribers determine which and how many alert types they wish). Only people signed up to these alerts receive them.

Sign up for Augsburg Alerts

After the alert is sent out, information and updates about weather-related class cancellations and closures are posted on the “News” section of the Department of Public Safety website. This information is then shared with television and radio stations, and lastly on Augsburg’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

Teaching and Learning

Free Webinar–Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Register for the upcoming webinar, “Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers: Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders to Confront Racism,” taking place on Wednesday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m. (EST). Anyone on campus can register for free and watch from their own device.

“An increasing aversion to difference and the growing number of racial incidents have left colleges and universities with the challenge of how to affect change and to heal from the legacies and harms of racism. This webinar will discuss the efforts of the first ten Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers in addressing the historical and contemporary effects of racism to bring about transformative and sustainable change for our students, in our communities, and across our country.”

Wednesday, March 6th | Webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm, Online

Further Information: https://www.aacu.org/webinar/trht19

Register at: https://secure.aacu.org/iMIS/AACUR/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=WEB190306

CTL

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at http://jewishminneapolis.org/minne/. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1446.

Eligibility:
– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

Kaycee Rogers presents at the Association of Teacher Educators annual meeting

submitted by finders@augsburg.edu

Kaycee Rogers, faculty in the Department of Education, recently presented “Using Narratives to Develop Empathy and Cultural Competence in Pre-Service Teachers: Literature for Learning” at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. At that conference she also participated as a clinical practice fellow. Selected through a competitive application process, Kaycee Rogers serves as a member of this group of teacher educators who have a strong research interest in clinical practice.

Innovative Experiential Education Strategies

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

There are a variety of ways to incorporate experiential learning into a course. Join CTL and the Sabo Center as we hear faculty (Darcey Engen, Matt Maruggi, and Ben Stottrup) talk about their successes and challenges with different experiential learning strategies from field trips and guest speakers to semester-long projects–what worked, what didn’t, what surprised them, and more!

Thursday, February 28th | Innovative Experiential Education Strategies | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Marshall Room

CTL

What brings you light?

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars, a group of students who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action, are organizing a campus wide art project focused on the question: “What brings you light?” This is an ambiguous prompt, as our goal is to engage with folks from many different religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds and to showcase what is the “light” in our lives despite our different beliefs.

We ask the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light, and to photograph if they are able. Perhaps it is a beloved pet, a significant other, a spice rack because you love cooking, a pocket bible, a special place you spend time in, etc. If it is not something you’re able to photograph, a selfie would be a great submission! Please send appropriate content, as these photos will be displayed at the “Interfaith Art Project Showcase” on April 4th in the Gundale Chapel, located in Hagfors from 5pm-8pm.

We are also asking for an audio clip with your photo submission. You can talk about what your light is or answer one of the following questions the Interfaith Scholars has compiled. Please send your photo submission to interfaith@augsburg.edu. You may submit a text description or an audio recording between 30 seconds and 90 seconds long answering any of these questions:
– What brings you light?
– What brings you meaning?
– What brings you joy?

Please feel free to interpret the question in whatever way resonates with you. Be creative, be spontaneous, and be intentional. Please let us know if you have any questions on this art project or are unsure on how to complete the submission.

We look forward to seeing (and hearing!) from you.

Best,
Augsburg Interfaith Scholars

Spend your Fall semester traveling the length of the Mississippi River

submitted by underhil@augsburg.edu

Students interested in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the length of the Mississippi River as part of a full semester of courses should check out Augsburg’s River Semester program for Fall 2019. Students in the program will spend 100 days traveling from the Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico, including paddling stretches of the river south from the Twin Cities, to St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans before returning to the Twin Cities in December. Courses offered include Environmental and River Politics, Environmental Science, Outdoor Leadership, and self-designed independent studies. Internships or other courses by special arrangement are also possible. The deadline for registration is Mar. 15th, and scholarships of up to $3,000 are available. Full information and details at www.augsburg.edu/river or by contacting the Augsburg Abroad office or Program Director Joe Underhill at underhil@augsburg.edu

River Semester

General Announcements

An Invitation to Faculty/Staff Faculty of Color and Indigenous Staff/Faculty

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

CULTIVATING COMMUNITY WITH INTENTION:
STAFF AND FACULTY OF COLOR/INDIGENOUS STAFF & FACULTY HAPPY HOUR

Host: St. Catherine University
When: Friday March 8, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

Join us to celebrate and connect with fellow People of Color (POC) staff and faculty from area colleges and universities. Bring your authentic self and your business card.

Your St. Catherine’s colleagues also invite you to attend the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture “I Have Seen the Good Worlds” featuring Toshi Reagon. The free lecture will take place in The O’Shaughnessy at 7 p.m.

Please Register for the Happy Hour

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for February

submitted by huynhn1@augsburg.edu

Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at www.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/auggie_pride/.

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate

LSAMP – North Star STEM Alliance MnDRIVE Summer Research Program: apply by Feb. 25

submitted by ricomec@augsburg.edu

Underrepresented students in STEM can now apply for summer research under the NSF-funded MnDRIVE program.

To be eligible for the MnDRIVE program, students must:

-be a United States citizen or permanent resident
-be enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree program
-self-identify as a minority or underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific
Islander, Alaska Native)
-complete and submit all application materials by the deadline.

The MnDRIVE program represents a partnership between the Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and the North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA) to provide summer research internship experiences to undergraduates. MnDRIVE has summer internship opportunities in four general research areas: Robotics, Global Food, Environment and Brain Conditions. Students should be available for research during Summer 2019 and have access to housing in the Twin Cities metro area. The NSSA provides $4,500 for the research opportunity.

The MnDRIVE application deadline is Monday, February 25th, 2019. Faculty reference letters are due Monday, March 4th.

For more information and to apply, please see: https://northstarstem.org/MnDrive

We encourage interested students to make an appointment with Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs to discuss program eligibility, the application process, and the North Star STEM Scholars program, in general before applying. To set up an appointment with Sabrina, please send an email to: dores@augsburg.edu.

North Star STEM – MnDRIVE program

Do you like fresh produce? Campus Cupboard hours

submitted by floresm9@augsburg.edu

Mondays (in Christensen Lobby): 2-5pm

Tuesdays (in Foss): 9-11am, 1-3pm

Wednesdays (in Foss): 4-6pm

Thursdays (in Foss): 1:30-3:30pm

Come by campus cupboard we got ramen, beans, snacks, feminine hygiene products! PLUS each MONDAY from 2-5pm we are giving out fresh produce.

http://inside.augsburg.edu/foodshelf/

Have an ethical dilemma?

submitted by koh@augsburg.edu

Join this workshop!

The Ethics of Tension: Applications of Buddhist-Postmodern Ethics
Friday, March 8, 2019
9am-noon
Marshall Room

Presenter: Dr. Jin Y Park, Ph.D., Visiting Batalden Scholar

Workshop description: This interdisciplinary workshop for faculty and staff is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Buddhist and postmodern ethics, and to apply this knowledge to your discipline. The workshop will begin with an overview on Buddhist and postmodern ethics that builds on Dr. Park’s Batalden convocation. From there, participants will apply Buddhist-postmodern ethics to case examples in small groups (by discipline). Interdisciplinary discussions will follow. A continental breakfast will be served. (Participants may earn three social work CEUs.)

(*Note: Participants should bring a specific ethic issue and/or ethical dilemma for this small group work).

RSVP by emailing eventrsvp@augsburg.edu (and include “workshop RSVP” in the subject line) to by February 21st. Please also indicate if you would CEUs. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot today.

Event Announcements

Free Yoga on Wednesdays TODAY

submitted by lamberte@augsburg.edu

Hello! My name is Elana and I am a certified yoga teacher. I will be offering a free class on Wednesdays from 11-11:45 in the Gundale Chapel in Hagfors. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses during this 45 minute yoga practice. The yoga will be accessible to any level. Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. E-mail me if you have any questions: lamberte@augsburg.edu

Politics of Empowerment TOMORROW

submitted by evansk@augsburg.edu

The 2018-2019 Sabo Scholars Present “The Politics of Empowerment” an event featuring facilitated round table discussions with elected officials focusing on getting marginalized communities involved in politics.

Event Info:
Date: 2/21
Time: 6-8
Location: Hagfors 151

Confirmed guests:
Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzaelz, first Latina mayor in Minnesota history
Mary Anne Quiroz, Candidate for St. Paul City council Ward 7
Kim Ellison, Clerk of Minnesota Board of Education
Latrisha Vetaw, Commissioner of Minneapolis Park Board

Straight/Curve Film Screening March 4

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Please join the Center for Wellness and Counseling and the Melrose Center for the film screening of Straight/Curve, Redefining Body Image on Monday March 4 from 6 – 7:30 pm in OGC 100. The film aims to create a dialogue around body “size” and image and educate people on health and representation while capturing a visual slice of life of the fashion industry. A short discussion will follow and refreshments will be provided. Questions, call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 or click on the link to view the trailer.

http://www.straightcurvefilm.com

Donate Blood on March 13

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for its annual spring blood drive the week before spring break! Please help saves lives and consider donating blood. The blood drive will be in the East Commons in Christensen Center on Wednesday 3/13/19 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Please sign up on-line at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 0027. You can also call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to get a donation time. Please consider donating blood to help save lives. During our fall blood drive Auggies achieved 97% of our goal — let’s make it 100% this time.

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

Keeping Track of Auggies

3 Auggies named Fulbright Semi-Finalists and Advance in Competition

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Two Augsburg alumni and one current student were named Semi-Finalists for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships abroad. Reaching semi-finalist status means that one’s application has passed the first round of evaluation and will receive further consideration by the host country. In a competition with more than 10,000 applicants per year, being named semi-finalist is an impressive honor! The Semi-Finalists include:

Madeline Kinn ‘18, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Czech Republic

Emily Knudson ’15, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Brazil

Emilie Tomas ‘19, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Indonesia

If you are a junior or senior and would like to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program, go to https://us.fulbrightonline.org/ and attend one of URGO’s information sessions this spring! Dates of these sessions will be advertised in March.

3 Auggies Selected for National Fellowship in Public Policy

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

Three Augsburg rising seniors were selected for the nationally competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in 2019. This seven-week program prepares students for graduate school in public policy and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service at five of the top public policy schools in the country. Not only is this summer program fully-paid, but it promises a minimum of $5,000 scholarship to a consortium of public policy graduate schools.

Natalya Arevalo, Political Science and Philosophy, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Noah Greenfield, Political Science, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Abdul Sharif, Political Science and International Relations, will be attending Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

Only 20% of applicants receive the PPIA award. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement!

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