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Boren Scholarship: Fund Your Study Abroad

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

BOREN SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
Where: OGC 113
Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 3:30 – 4:30
Hosted by: URGO and Study Abroad/Study Away

Come join URGO and Study Abroad/Study Away to learn about this spectacular opportunity for students to not only receive funding for study abroad and learn a less commonly taught language, but to start a career working on important national and international issues after graduation!

Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (who must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

Competitive applicants will generally have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Questions? Please contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu or x1446.

Faculty Networking Event – This Thursday

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Augsburg faculty, you are invited to attend “Supporting and Thriving During Difficult Times” at the University of St. Thomas.

This event is intended to provide a time to connect, share, and build a conversation with other faculty about what we need, and how we can create restorative spaces for Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty.

FOR: Faculty of Color, Indigenous Faculty, and White allies from the twin cities

WHEN: Thursday October 26, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30

WHERE: McNeely 100, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

WHAT: Comments by Dr. Yohuru Williams (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas) followed by facilitated discussion and networking/happy hour

~Beverages and light snacks will be served~

To attend: Please RSVP to Ann Johnson: a9johnson@stthomas.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Pippert: pippert@augsburg.edu

Before Fall Break, Visit the Writing Lab

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s probably time to do so! More than 350 Auggies have already used the WL this semester. Writing Lab tutors await all students, grad and undergrad, and their written work – essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing. The Lab is located on the street level of Lindell Library and is just left of the circulation desk. No appointments are taken.
Here are the hours:

Mondays – 11:10–1:40 p.m., and 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Wednesdays –11:10–1:40 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 6:30–9 p.m.
Thursdays – 12:30–3 p.m.; 3:30–6 p.m., and 7:30–10 p.m.
Fridays – 4–6:30 p.m.
Sundays – 5–8 p.m.

Any questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English.

River Semester Information Session Tomorrow

submitted by underhil@augsburg.edu

Join us from 5:00-7:00 on Wed., October 25th in Oren Gateway Center 100 for pizza and conversation about plans for the next River Semester, which will launch on Aug. 20, 2018. Students will spend 100 days paddling the Mississippi River, hearing from local experts and meeting residents all along the way. This unique semester program includes 16 credits of courses in Environmental Studies, Political Science, Biology, an integrative independent study project, and other custom courses. In 2018 the River Semester will also partner with the Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition’s Access Water trip down the Mississippi, and students will participate in the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum with an international contingent of water experts joining part of the river trip. Applications are now being accepted with a $500 discount on applications approved before Dec. 15th.

River Semester

Represent Colombia at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in NYC

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Applications are now being accepted for delegates for the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. Augsburg University will send a delegation of 16 students representing Colombia to this year’s conference, which will take place March 19 – 26th, 2018.

This is a 4-credit Spring Semester course, and students accepted into the program need to enroll in POL 368 (or a POL 499 independent study) and pay a $500 program fee, which covers travel, conference registration, and hotel costs for the week in New York. Enrollment limited to 16 students and priority deadline for applying is Nov. 13.

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

Questions can be directed to either stoddard@augsburg.edu or underhil@augsburg.edu.
Students interested in applying should visit the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away page linked below to apply and register.

Model UN Program Information and Application

General Announcements

All Saints Day Commemoration

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

ALL SAINTS DAY: November 1 at 10:40am in the Chapel. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. If you have lost a loved one or loved ones during this past year that you would like to have remembered in the All Saints service, please give their names to Janice Dames in the Campus Ministry office (104 Foss) or send them to dames@augsburg.edu.

More information

Free Pizza & Community Service Hours with Minnesota Urban Debate League

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is searching for debate judges for high school debate tournaments this fall. Judges will watch high school debate rounds and evaluate teams on logic, effective argumentation, and speaking skills. The judge picks a winner, assigns speaking points to individual students, and provides written feedback on their decision. No experience? No worries. We will train you. Judges will also enjoy free pizza at this great service learning opportunity!

The core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

October 27th-28th: Rosebowl (Roseville)
November 10th-11th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (TBD)

We are happy to have judges for any single tournament or multiple tournaments.
For more information, email MNUDL at udlvolunteers@augsburg.edu or call (612)-330-1730.

Volunteer Sign Up

Kathy McBride’s Retirement Celebration, Thursday Oct 26

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

lease join the Augsburg community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30 years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience, and she will be retiring at the end of 2017.

In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its legacy is far reaching. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

Kathy will be on campus October 23-27, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 3 to 4:30 pm
Location: Christensen Center, East Commons
Cake and coffee will be served

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad Study in Mexico on Spring Break

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

Spend your spring break in Mexico and earn 4 credits!!!

On the spring break program, Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas, Mexico, you will meet with and learn about various Indigenous people’s approaches to social activism, learn about Indigenous cosmology and spirituality, Indigenous sovereignty or autonomy, and Indigenous cooperative/businesses and educational systems.

You can choose one 4-credit course to take on this program:
AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (elective course)
AIS 490 – Indigenous Issues of the Americas (Keystone course)
CCS 295 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for CCS major of one travel seminar and an elective, OR general elective for non-majors)
SPA 495 – Topics: Global Crossroads & Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico (meets requirement for one culture class or one elective (for the SPA major or minor))

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

APPLICATIONS are DUE NOVEMBER 1. Visit the Study Abroad/Away office in the Christensen Center to learn more, or speak with an adviser. You can also visit our website for full program information, pricing, and to start an application.

Get full program details and application information here!

Represent Colombia at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in NYC

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

Applications are now being accepted for delegates for the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. Augsburg University will send a delegation of 16 students representing Colombia to this year’s conference, which will take place March 19 – 26th, 2018.

This is a 4-credit Spring Semester course, and students accepted into the program need to enroll in POL 368 (or a POL 499 independent study) and pay a $500 program fee, which covers travel, conference registration, and hotel costs for the week in New York. Enrollment limited to 16 students and priority deadline for applying is Nov. 13.

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement!

Questions can be directed to either stoddard@augsburg.edu or underhil@augsburg.edu.
Students interested in applying should visit the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away page linked below to apply and register.

Model UN Program Information and Application

Study abroad in spring semester – there’s still time to apply

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

Study abroad this spring semester at one of Augsburg’s Global Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, or Southern Africa!

These programs offer courses great for many students including general graduation requirements, courses for some majors, internship options, and a personalized, experiential learning environment. Join other Auggies, as well as students from around the US, for an unforgettable and meaningful semester.

Auggies can use their full financial aid, and automatically receive an additional $1500 Global Scholarship for these programs. Additional scholarships are available, sometimes making it less expensive to study abroad than to study and live on campus!

Applications are open until November 1. Visit the Study Abroad office in the lower level of Christensen Center to talk with an advisor and get your questions answered.

Get the program details and application information online here.

“Still Life With Horses” from Augsburg’s Howling Bird Press Is Recommended by Small Press Distribution

submitted by cihlar@augsburg.edu

STILL LIFE WITH HORSES by Jean Harper, the new release from Howling Bird Press, makes Small Press Distribution’s Recommended List! Howling Bird Press is staffed by graduate students enrolled in a two-semester course, Publishing I and II, offered by the low-residency Creative Writing MFA program at Augsburg. Jean Harper’s memoir was selected from dozens of entries submitted to Howling Bird Press’s annual, national book prize competition. Small Press Distribution, located in Berkeley, California, is the preeminent distributor of independent, literary books and journals in the U.S. The official publication date for STILL LIFE WITH HORSES is November 1, 2017.

Small Press Distribution Recommends

Career Services Drop In Hours

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Do you have a quick question about your resume? Registering an internship? Deciding on a major? Finding or applying for any opportunity? Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s).
Mondays and Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Event Announcements

Biology Faculty Candidate Research Presentation – Wednesday

submitted by walterj@augsburg.edu

Janet Matanguihan, Ph.D., a candidate for the Plant Biology Tenure Track Position, will be presenting a seminar on her research titled, “Of Bunts and Barleys: Small Grains Research in the Pacific Northwest”. The seminar will be held Wednesday, October 25, in Science Hall Room 123 from 1-2pm. All community members are welcome to attend.

Honduran LGBTQ and Indigenous Human Rights Speaker, Nov. 1st.

submitted by reinhard@augsburg.edu

Gaspar Sánchez, Honduran human rights defender and sexual diversity coordinator at COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras), will be on campus on Wed., Nov. 1st.
You are invited to join us at these events:

Uniting to resist attacks on our Land and Identities: Building on the Queer Indigenous Framework in the Americas.
• 11:10-12:20 in the Chapel
• 1:50-3:00 in Old Main 105
Gaspar will present on how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures. Gaspar will also discuss what you can do in solidarity with COPINH and others facing repression in Honduras, including supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR1299). (This presentation will be translated into English.)

• 12:30-1:30: FREE LUNCH and conversation with Gaspar.
Drop in and participate in an open discussion with Gaspar and others present. Our goal is to promote the exploration of connections and shared stories of challenges across international borders. No Spanish is required.
Augsburg Room, 2nd fl. Christensen.

More information on Gaspar:  http://witnessforpeace.org/midwest/?link_id=1&can_id=a3022505f43076919d8566191596e179&source=email-its-speaker-tour-season&email_referrer=email_238483&email_subject=its-speaker-tour-season

Co-sponsored by: Augsburg Center for Wellness and Counseling, Augsburg LGBTQIA+ Student Services, the Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies Department, Augsburg Students for Racial Justice and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

Safeblock Tonight at 6PM

submitted by wildera@augsburg.edu

Please join Residence Life and the Urness Hall team in collaboration with the First-Year Residential Committee with their annual event Safe Block tonight! This Halloween program is geared towards kids and providing a safer Halloween experience. This event is open to children in the community, as well as children of staff and faculty at Augsburg. There will be tons of snacks, candy and fun to go around!

For more information, please contact Ijaaz Cousin at cousini@augsburg.edu.

Apply to be a part of Residence Life

submitted by wildera@augsburg.edu

The Department of Residence Life is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Gain great leadership skills and engage our residential students throughout the year!

Apply on-line through Human Resources in student employment. Lead applications are due November 1st and RA applications are due November 8th.

For more information or questions, please contact reslife@augsburg.edu.

Still Need Your Flu Shot?

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association will be on campus administering flu shots in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office (first floor Anderson Res Hall) on Thursday 10/26/17 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Most insurances are accepted or you can pay $38 cash or check. Please be sure to bring your insurance card if you want your insurance to be billed. Questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Stay healthy this cold and flu season – get your shot Thursday. Students, faculty and staff all welcome!!

Climate change leadership discussion Friday, 12-1:30pm

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

CLIMATE CONNECTIONS
brown bag lunch seminar

Empowering leadership for a climate change movement

Friday Oct 27 — 12:00-1:30pm
Oren Gateway Center, Room 100

Please join us for a discussion of challenges and opportunities in grassroots leadership empowerment for building a climate change movement. Discussion leaders will be Julia Nerbonne (MN Interfaith Power and Light), Teddie Potter (UMN School of Nursing), and Jessica Gutknecht (UMN Dept of Soil, Water, and Climate).

This event is part of the Climate Connections series, an interactive seminar series hosted by the UMN Center for Changing Landscapes, aimed at building community and engagement, and addressing climate change impacts in the Twin Cities.

RSVP Here

TODAY: Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinic

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Do you suffer from chronic neck and back pain?

Join colleagues to learn simple and practical exercises that can be done at home or at work to improve spinal fitness, presented by the Physicians Neck & Back Clinics.

This will be an interactive and educational seminar to help manage this common disease.

When: October 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: (note location change!) East Commons

Bring your own lunch and join us!

For questions, contact Nicole at peterlin@augsburg.edu.

Individual Counseling Sessions with TIAA

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Next week, TIAA will be returning to campus for individual counseling sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning.

SIGN UP TODAY:
Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as you can.
Call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

You can also schedule an appointment online using the link below:
http://www.tiaa.org/schedulenow

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, October 31 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Wednesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

Thursday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cedar Room

For questions, please contact Nicole at peterlin@augsburg.edu.

Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Human Resources and Student Financial Services are partnering this fall to offer a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn on November 1, in Old Main, Room 107, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit.

Questions? Email peterlin@augsburg.edu.

Coming up at Cedar Commons

submitted by freunds@augsburg.edu

WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Tuesday, October 24th 6-8pm

Do you ever wonder…
* What does being a writer have to do with social justice movements?
* What role can writers and artists have in the life of a community?
* How can the skills of a writer contribute to social change work?
* How do we connect our skillsets and academic interests with what’s urgent to us?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Erin Sharkey, Farrington Llewelyn, and Vanessa Taylor who will talk about their personal and professional journeys, and about the many creative ways that they seek to live out their commitments to justice through their work as writers and artists.

This Local Leaders Strengthening Communities series is aimed at connecting young people with change-making work and pushing them to think about creative ways that their disciplines/skill sets could be applied towards justice.

Co-Sponsored by the Augsburg English Department.

SOCIAL ACTION w/o RELIGION: WHAT DO NONRELIGIOUS PEOPLE BELIEVE AND PRACTICE?
Thursday, Oct 26th 6:30-8:30pm

How do people who don’t believe in a god or universal spirit, or people who don’t identify with a religious tradition, make sense of their lives and work for social justice?

Join us for a meal and panel discussion with Karen Louise Hutt, Chris Stedman and a student panelist on how humanists, atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious people find meaning, build community, act on their values, and connect with others.

Hosted by Interfaith @ Cedar Commons and Interfaith Fellow Chris Stedman

Kathy McBride’s Retirement Celebration, Thursday Oct 26

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Please join the Augsburg community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30 years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience, and she will be retiring at the end of 2017.

In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its legacy is far reaching. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

Kathy will be on campus October 23-27, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 3 to 4:30 pm, Program start at 3:30
Location: Christensen Center, East Commons
Cake and coffee will be served

TODAY- Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

submitted by glasere@augsburg.edu

On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation series, we are excited to have Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg University, lecture on: Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation.

Martin Luther wrote, “There are three elements in a human, the body, the soul, and the spirit.” Many of today’s complex issues involve our bodies and the body of creation: climate change, gender and sexuality, abuse, and deforestation, etc.

Professor Lowe will introduce Luther’s perspectives on bodies and creation and examine how—even today—his theology can help us better understand and address these embodied challenges.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in Hoversten Chapel from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will include a discussion and a reception.

Questions? Email us at ccv@augsburg.edu

Heritage Day with Mary Lowe

Vocation Lunch with Maria “Tina” Tavera November 15

submitted by glasere@augsburg.edu

Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Fall Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera, Augsburg TRIO-McNair Scholars Director! This event will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:15 AM – 12:25 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about “Tina” Maria Tavera and to register, please visit http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2017/10/11/christensen-vocation-lunch-with-tina-maria-tavera/

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email ccv@augsburg.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Christensen Vocation Lunch with “Tina” Maria Tavera

Save the Date: Benefits Open Enrollment

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Benefits open enrollment time is here again. This year open enrollment will be from November 6th-17th.

Benefit Information Sessions:

· November 6 at 11:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 8 at 8:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 10* at 2:30 pm (Oren Gateway Center, Room 100)
· November 14 at 10:00 am (East Commons, Christensen Center)
· November 16 at 4:00 pm (East Commons, Christensen Center)

*We will be recording the November 10th session and making it available for those unable to attend a session in person. Access to the 2018 recorded version will be provided once posted.

You will receive additional details including an overview of what’s new in 2018, benefits plan information, and instructions for filling out the online enrollment form in the next two weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Peterlin at peterlin@augsburg.edu or at 612.330.1602.

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Seeking statistics tutor for local high school student

submitted by youngs@augsburg.edu

Do you like engaging others to learn? Have you worked with younger students before?
A local, female, high school student needs tutoring in AP Statistics, one hour per week, $20 per hour, on the Augsburg campus. You will help the student review her homework and correct it. Creative communication skills and easy going yet focused attitude needed. Call 612-872- 5289 or email sheesh6@yahoo.com for more information.