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Pre-Pharmacy Advising

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

Dr. S. Bruce Benson, Associate Director of Professional Relations at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, brings his extensive experience as a pre-pharmacy advisor to Augsburg students. He currently supervises a mentoring course for first professional year pharmacy students and serves on the advisory committee for the state of Minnesota’s Health Professional Services Program. For further information, please contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu.

Tuesday, November 14
1-4 pm
Chemistry suite (3rd floor Science)

Faculty, How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?

submitted by kilgorem@augsburg.edu

All faculty members, regardless of experience, are invited to attend this next installment in the New Faculty Series, “How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?” Bring your own lunch (CTL will provide the cookies) and come hear from three staff members who will share how their programs intersect faculty work here at Augsburg: Dixie Shafer from Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO), Erica Swift from Sponsored Programs, and Tina Maria Tavera from the McNair Scholars Program.

New Faculty Series: How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?
Tuesday, November 7
12:15-1:15pm
Augsburg Room, Christensen Center

The New Faculty Series is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV).

Click here to add “How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?” to your calendar.

Critical Thinking Workshop TODAY

submitted by kilgorem@augsburg.edu

Critical Thinking Workshop
Thursday, November 2
3:40pm-5:10pm
OGC 100

We all say we teach critical thinking, but when was the last time we thought deeply about how to do it effectively? Critical thinking is an institutional student learning outcome. This year, it’s being assessed once again. In year’s past, our students have not performed as well as we would like. In this workshop faculty will be introduced to Bloom and Costa’s models of critical thinking. Faculty are asked to bring an assignment, quiz, exam, or activity that they are currently using and then we will work on integrating the prompts and levels of critical thinking into these assignments or exams. Mary Lowe of the Religion Department will be leading the workshop.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and General Education.

Click here to add the Critical Thinking Workshop to your own calendar.

Papers Due? Find Help in the Writing Lab

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s time to do so! Almost 500 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.

URGO Research and Travel Grants Available

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of student research. Students who are interested in conducting research during the year are encouraged to seek out ongoing faculty research projects that they may join.

URGO also offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $850 for students who have been accepted to present their research at a professional conference.
Both applications can be found on the URGO website. The funds may be used at any time during the academic year, however the grants are given out on a rolling basis, so we recommend interested students apply in the fall.
If you have any questions about these grants, please contact Kirsten O’Brien (obrienk@augsburg.edu or x1446), Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist.

General Announcements

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

Indigenous Social Activism in Chiapas | Spring-Break Abroad

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!

Free Pizza and 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 remaining core debate tournaments will happen at these dates and locations:

November 10th-11th: Highland Park Senior High School
November 18th: UMBrooks (U of M, West Bank)
December 8th-9th: The UDL Championship (Location TBD)

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

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Apply for the Christensen Vocation Internship Program

submitted by glasere@augsburg.edu

Current Students – Have you ever contemplated the question, “How am I called to work and serve in a community?” Are you wondering about how your talents, skills, preferences, and passions can inform your career decision making and preparations? Are you interested in exploring purpose, meaning, and vocation in a practical way?

If so, we have a spring semester internship opportunity that could be life-changing for you!

Apply for the 2018 Christensen Vocation Internship Program!
Paid Internship with opportunity for a personalized role at a faith-based nonprofit
Ongoing contact and mentorship with knowledgeable site supervisors
Reflect on your internship experiences, readings, and personalized assessments with a cohort of your peers

There are three main sites available for the internship, with roles ranging from supporting community organizing to youth development to emergency rental assistance with people experiencing homelessness.
Current students from all majors and faith backgrounds are welcome to apply

Priority deadline for applications due Nov. 9. Following that date, applications will be accepted until Nov. 17 on a rolling basis.

For more information and to apply, visit http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2017/10/20/2017-18-vocation-internship-opportunity/

2017-18 Vocation Internship Opportunity

Students – open enrollment for health insurance

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Open enrollment for health insurance began November 1!
MNSure open enrollment is November 1, 2017, to January 14, 2018. MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage.

For more information, go to www.MNsure.org

MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.

MNsure Features
A one-stop shop to compare and enroll in health insurance plans.
Tools to see if you qualify for financial help in the form of tax credits, cost-sharing reductions or a public health program (MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance).
All health plans meet Affordable Care Act baseline benefit standards, also known as essential health benefits.
Free in-person help through our statewide network of certified navigators and brokers. Find an assister in your community.
A Contact Center you can call to speak with a MNsure representative about your options: 1-855-366-7873 (or 651-539-2099).

Event Announcements

Today: Rochester Director Candidate on Campus

submitted by millerd1@augsburg.edu

The first of our three candidates for the position of Director in Rochester will be on campus in Minneapolis (morning) and in Rochester (afternoon) today. The Open Forum will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, Room 214, in Rochester, with remote access via Zoom in 107 Old Main.

The following Zoom link is available for all faculty and staff in Minneapolis:
https://augsburgcollege.zoom.us/my/blanken
Meeting ID: 774-240-5399

Following are links to the candidate’s resume and cover letter (you must be logged in to access):

Resume: https://drive.google.com/a/augsburg.edu/file/d/0B-qa5SWqiKNgNGJDT3JNY09mTXNiNU1LYnlXQnJrUEg4WkZR/view?usp=sharing

Cover Letter: https://drive.google.com/a/augsburg.edu/file/d/0B-qa5SWqiKNgN0hnMWw5VTFVUzRxN3F2dTlYM2xsc1RYNUFN/view?usp=sharing

After the open forum, please use the link below to provide feedback on the candidate: http://augsburg.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bNHYGSyDPZeJOrH

The next Open Forum sessions for the other candidates are listed below:
Thursday, 11/9 – Open Forum in Bethel 214, Rochester
Friday 11/10, 2 – 3pm – Open Forum, Lindell 202, Minneapolis

Focused Conversations on Gen Ed Redesign: Tues/Wed

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

The topic of our Focused Conversation sessions next week is General Education redesign. The sessions will be led by Jacqui deVries, history professor and director of General Education and are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, November 7, 10 a.m. (NOTE CHANGE IN TIME)
Wednesday, November 8, 12:30 p.m.

Both sessions are in Oren 100. Remote access will be available for the Tuesday session. The sessions are posted on the Inside Augsburg calendar, with links that allow you to add them to your calendar.

Auggie Pride Staff Awards – Last Call for October

submitted by fulford@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 found at www.augsburg.edu/staffsenate

TODAY Experiential Education Strategic Initiative: Brown Bag Lunch Forum

As President Pribbenow announced at the All Hands Summit in September, experiential education is the focus for one of the university-wide strategic initiatives for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please join Elaine Eschenbacher and Green Bouzard of the Sabo Center today, November 2 for the second brown bag lunch forum on the experiential education strategic initiative. There will be a presentation on the initial goals for this strategic initiative, and an opportunity for conversation to help inform the initiative’s early stages. Bring your lunch and join us!

When: TODAY, November 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Riverside Room

Employers on campus – TODAY

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Thursday, November 2nd
Strommen Center, Suite 100, Christensen Center
3:00-5:00 p.m. (come and stay for as long as you like )

Students are invited to stop by this informal meet and greet to learn about internships and entry level careers, have their resume reviewed, and ask questions. All majors welcome.

Representatives from: Greater Twin Cities United Way, Anoka County, Lutheran Social Service, League of Minnesota Cities, and TC Habitat are eager to meet you.

Questions? careers@augsburg.edu

Benefits Open Enrollment starts next week

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.

Check you email from 10/31 for additional details including an overview of what’s new in 2018, benefits plan information, and instructions for filling out the online enrollment form.

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

Are you a student interested in being a part of Advent Vespers?

submitted by thompsoc@augsburg.edu

Be a part of one of the biggest celebrations at Augsburg! Each December, Augsburg students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends celebrate Advent at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis with word and song. Students can join the Liturgical Team and carry bells, candle, banner or torch as part of the Gospel Processional (if not already in the choir or orchestra).

Advent Vespers is the first Friday and Saturday in December, with services on Friday at 5pm and 8pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 5pm. Practices are on Tuesday at 4:30 pm and Thursday at 6:45 pm. Transportation for the liturgical team is provided between Augsburg campus and Central Lutheran Church, as well as some meals and snacks. Many past participants have commented on how meaningful their participation in Advent Vespers is – that they feel a true sense of the Auggie spirit.

Be a part of this fun and moving experience! For more information, stop by Campus Ministries in Foss 104 or contact Janice Dames at dames@augsburg.edu.

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

Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk Nov. 7

submitted by glasere@augsburg.edu

Have you been wondering about what it would be like to dedicate a year to serving others, living in intentional community, and discovering where and how you are being called to use your gifts?

If so, Lutheran Service Year Programs want to connect with you!

Each year, more than 200 LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service volunteers serve within the United States and around the world! LIFE in Service programs include: Border Servant Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Urban Servant Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission.

Representatives from these four programs will be on campus Tuesday, November 7. Please stop by the table in Christensen Center from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM to learn about opportunities for you to serve through LIFE in Service programs. There will also be a special chapel at 11:30am on November 7th led by Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Leaders from each LIFE in Service Organizations work together to provide opportunities for people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to live, learn, and serve in their setting. Based in accompaniment, international community, simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability, each program is committed to being ecumenical, interfaith, LGBTQ-affirming, and social and racial justice-centered.

Visit the link below to learn more about the following programs:
Young Adults in Global Mission
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Urban Servant Corps
Border Servant Corps

Questions? Contact ccv@augsburg.edu

Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk Nov. 7

Keeping Track of Auggies

Professor Vela-McConnell Publishes on Sex Abuse Scandals

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Professor James Vela-McConnell recently published “Behind Closed Doors: Organizational Secrecy, Stigma, and Sex Abuse within the Catholic Church.” The article was published in vol. 48 of Studies in Symbolic Interaction. The volume’s edition title is Oppression and Resistance: Structure, Agency, Transformation.

This is the second scholarly publication by Professor Vela-McConnell this semester!

Marquell Moorer ’19 accepted a Peace Corps Fellowship

submitted by dvorak@augsburg.edu

Marquell Moorer ‘19 has accepted a position as a Peace Corps Fellow in Mongolia/China. After graduation in May, he will become a Secondary English Teacher Trainer, serving for two years.

The Peace Corps Volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 220,000 Americans who have served. Volunteers get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where they live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Peace Corps volunteers like Marquell serve for a minimum of 2 full years and may be eligible for loan forgiveness, graduate school discounts, and other benefits.

Marquell has studied abroad multiple times and has a wealth of intercultural experience to bring to this new role – Congratulations Marquell!

Learn more about the Peace Corps!

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