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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center: Walls, floors, equipment

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

McGough Construction crews continue to prepare for inspections and final walkthroughs of the Hagfors Center. This week’s post includes updates and photos about the following:

>>Classroom window etched with donor names
>>Wall coverings in corridor seating areas
>>Floors and sills
>>Mechanical air (HVAC) systems
>>Signage
>>Coffee shop operable wall
>>Grow tables and equipment

See the full update for the week of November 5

Teaching and Learning

Faculty, Learn How Augsburg Can Support Your Research TODAY

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.

Assigning and Assessing Student Writing Panel

submitted by kilgorem@augsburg.edu

Assigning and Assessing Student Writing: Panel Discussion
Monday, November 13
12:30-1:40pm
OGC 100

This panel, composed of faculty and staff, will discuss specific strategies for devising, integrating, and assessing writing assignments. Topics discussed will be:

– Writing within STEM Disciplines: Writing plays a significant role in STEM curriculum; it makes students career-ready because writing is a big part of any profession, but, more importantly, it helps them organize thoughts and clarify thinking. Michael Wentzel will discuss strategies for scaffolding lab report writing in science classes.

– Writing in Blended Learning: Students in hybrid and online courses sometimes complain that online forum discussions are boring and repetitive “busywork.” Bonnie Tensen will discuss strategies for varying assignment writing prompts that encourage students to think more critically about assigned texts and take greater ownership of the conversation.

– Effective and Efficient Feedback: Grading student writing can be time-consuming, so it is important to be strategic and provide feedback that helps students recognize areas of strength as well as ways to improve without overwhelming them or you. John Schmit will discuss how to streamline your grading while simultaneously providing valuable feedback.

– Responding to Writing from Non-Native Speakers of English: Although native speakers of English also have problems with writing, non-native speakers’ problems can be quite different, and the approach taken by the instructor needs to be different as well. Cari Maguire will provide suggestions for how to recognize and respond to typical writing problems for ESL students.

Click here to add “Assigning and Assessing Student Writing” to your own calendar.

URGO Research and Travel Grants Available

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) offers $1,000 Academic-Year Research Grants to fund 100 hours of undergraduate research. Undergraduates 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 undergraduates 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.

Paid Summer Experience: URGO Summer Research Info Sessions Nov 28 & 29

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

URGO Summer Research Info Sessions
November 28th @3:30 in the Marshall Room
November 29th @6pm in OGC 100
Hear from past researchers and get the scoop on writing a strong application!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Student researchers gain important analytic, technical, and writing skills that are important for graduate school and careers. The URGO program is also includes a weekly Speaker Series focused on research skills and professional development, as well as weekly seminars with fellow researchers. Students from all disciplines are invited to participate, and past projects have ranged from biology lab work to theater performance.

URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. Both receive a significant campus housing discount as well. The program runs from mid-May to the end of July and students must plan to be enrolled at Augsburg for Fall 2018 to be eligible.

URGO Summer Research Assistantships
In addition to the URGO Summer Research Program, URGO also funds 100-hour summer research assistantships where undergraduate students assist a faculty member with an ongoing research project. Research Assistants and mentors determine how to spread the 100 hours of work over the course of the summer and it is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu or call 612-330-1446 to set up an appointment.

Papers, Revisions, Applications Due? WL Tutors Can Help

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

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

General Announcements

Announcing Spring Musical Seeking Student Directors and Stage Managers

submitted by ekstromb@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg University Music-Theatre Club will be presenting a fully student run Spring Musical, performance dates to be the end of March, 2018. The production will be “The Drowsy Chaperone”, music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, text by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
Any student interested in the role of student director, stage manager, or assistant stage manager, please contact Kandra Rudelius-Palmer
(rudeliuk@augsburg.edu) or Briana Ekstrom (ekstromb@augsburg.edu) for more information.
For any and all students interested in auditioning or being involved in tech or pit orchestra, we are very excited to work with you to create our first production. More information about auditions, rehearsals, and performances to come in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,
The Music-Theatre Club

Students – open enrollment for health insurance

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Open enrollment for health insurance began November 1!
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, and MNSure open enrollment runs Nov. 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.

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.

Also available to those who qualify are low-cost and free health insurance options provided through government-sponsored health insurance programs Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. If you qualify for and enroll in one of these programs, your health coverage is managed through the Department of Human Services.

Coming changes to Google Drive for faculty and staff

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

October was Cyber Security Month. Come to an information session to hear briefly what the current cyber threats are, learn some tips that apply at work or home, share your experiences and strategies.

Also in December IT is adding new tool to Google Drive to protect regulated data. If faculty or staff have regulated data in Drive you will get an email notification. What is regulated data? Come and find out! Adding this tool means we will not dissuade you from keeping FERPA data in Google Drive in 2018. We want to you to be able to fully use Google Drive in your work.

There will also be a required online self-paced information security training coming for faculty and staff as part of our work on information security. Come and find out more!

We have several sessions scheduled in Lindell 202
Thursday November 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Wednesday November 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Friday November 17, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Find out what more about we’re doing for information security at Augsburg

Benefits Open Enrollment: Happening Now

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 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.

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 16 – 23, 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

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for November

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

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

From Microinequities to Inclusion

submitted by johnso91@augsburg.edu

“From Microinequities to Inclusion” is a hybrid, group-format e-learning workshop that provides an introduction to the concept of microinequities: small, often subtle expressions of bias and exclusion. Relevant to employees of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all internal and external interactions. Participants explore microinequities across national cultures as well as cultures related to gender, ethnicity, language, generations, and sexual orientation, and will learn how to identify and respond to specific scenarios. Note: This workshop should be taken after “All About Bias” if possible. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at diversity@augsburg.edu.

Event Announcements

Education Degrees Not Debt

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

EDUCATION DEGREES NOT DEBT Information Session
Tuesday, November 7, 4 to 5:30 pm, East Commons.

Augsburg Citizen Educators (ACE) supports our students to develop their social and professional networks. Our Fall professional development activity will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 5:30 in partnership with the Education Minnesota Student Program. This session will help you learn about student aid options available for future educators. Pizza too. RSVP online at https://tinyurl.com/yaywdhfn.

Stuffed Animal Toss Nov 10 & 11

submitted by waalenk@augsburg.edu

Join the Augsburg Men’s and Women’s hockey teams and the Physician Assistant Studies program for their Animals for Smiles event! This is a stuffed animal toss benefiting Children’s Minnesota in appreciation for hosting PA students during their clinical rotations. Animals will be given out to Children’s patients. The toss will take place during both home hockey games against Bethel University on November 10th and 11th at 7:00 pm. Stuffed animals will be tossed onto the ice following the first period. Please bring a new stuffed animal, preferably wrapped or bagged so it will stay clean during the toss.

https://www.facebook.com/events/379815682438818/

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.

Focused Conversations on Gen Ed: Today/Tomorrow

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

Today’s Focused Conversations on General Education redesign is at 10 a.m. in Oren 100. Go to the All Hands page for remote access to this session.

Tomorrow’s session is 12:30 p.m., also in Oren 100.

Both sessions will be facilitated by Jacqui deVries, history professor and director of General Education. Join the conversation!

Study Abroad options for STEM majors: School for Field Studies on Campus Tuesday

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

School for Field Studies – On campus Tuesday

Staff from School for Field Studies will be on campus Tuesday November 7 – come visit their table 11:30-1:30pm in Christensen Lobby.

SFS is dedicated to STEM majors and provides students with opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research. Students on SFS programs examine first-hand the environmental issues faced by our host communities, gaining important research skills, making life-long friends, and contributing to a growing body of international environmental research.

https://fieldstudies.org/program-finder/

Several Auggies have participated in School for Field Studies, and we have one student on an SFS program this semester. Come learn about these exciting opportunities!

Stop by the office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christiansen to get started today – or visit our website augsburg.edu/global or contact abroad@augsburg.edu

Open Forum—Staff Senate host the UC-Subcommittees

submitted by johnsod@augsburg.edu

On Wednesday, November 15 from 1:30–3 p.m. in the Marshall room, staff senate will be hosting a forum. Our goal is to continue to improve communication and create an opportunity for the Augsburg community to come together. Join us to hear:

• Staff Senate’s role and goals for the year
• Updates from the University Council staff representatives Jim Trelstad-Porter and Jeff Swenson
• University Council subcommittee updates

We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about the Forum and Staff Senate

Enjoy a slice of fun with Augsburg at Waitress at The Orpheum Theater Nov. 22, 7:30pm

submitted by burton@augsburg.edu

Join us as we continue our Auggies in the City series with Waitress at The Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.
https://advancement.augsburg.edu/AlumniEvents

https://advancement.augsburg.edu/AlumniEvents

Registrations due TODAY for 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

TODAY – Lutheran Service Year Program Tabling and Chapel Talk

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

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