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Deadlines Looming? Find Help in the WL

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

If you haven’t already visited the Writing Lab, it’s time to do so! More than 750 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 Fall 2018 – Apply Now

submitted by romeroe@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 2018. Students in the program will spend 100 days paddling from the Twin Cities, to St. Louis, Memphis, and beyond, before returning to the Twin Cities in December.

Courses offered include:

POL 241 Environmental and River Politics (meets Liberal Arts Foundation for Social and Behavioral Sciences)
ENV 310 Environmental Studies Field Seminar. Study grassroots organizing and meeting with stakeholders throughout the watershed.
ENV 120: Environmental Science (Science w/ Lab)
BIO 495: Topics
POL/ENV/BIO 499 Directed Research Project (possible Keystone credit)
POL/ENV 399 Internship (with a river-related organization; some internships are paid)
KEY 490 Keystone
Other courses and specialized curriculum available by special arrangement
This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience requirement

The deadline for early registration is Dec. 15, 2017, which qualifies you for a $500 discount on the program fee. Thanks to a generous donation from Pentair, there are a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 toward the program fees.

Full information and details at www.augsburg.edu/river or by contacting the Augsburg Study Abroad/Away Office in Christensen Center or Prof. Joe Underhill at underhil@augsburg.edu

River Semester Information and Application

Curious about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA?

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

Have you thought about Study Abroad or Study Away in the USA? Attend one of our daily drop-in Info Sessions to hear about the basics and how you can get started. We cover how to choose a program, study abroad finances, academic credit, and more.

Come to the Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center, for a 20-minute Info Session:
Mondays at 10:40 am
Tuesdays at 2:15 pm
Wednesdays at 10:40 am
Thursdays at 3:40 pm
Fridays at 1:45 pm

Check here for more info about Study Abroad/Away

General Announcements

Donations Needed at Campus Cupboard

submitted by nguyenj@augsburg.edu

Hello friends! Happy Wednesday!
As the end of the semester is nearing, many students and faculty are moving to new and different places (possibly study abroad? maybe to the Hagfors Center??). As you’re packing up and moving, if there are any unwanted, gently used clothing or miscellaneous items like plant pots, mugs, and office supplies, feel free to donate them to Campus Cupboard!

Food items are also still needed at the Cupboard. Some examples of items: canned soups, canned veggies and fruits, canned pasta sauce, instant rice, ramen, granola bars, spices, soup packs, etc. Please consider donating if you’re willing and able! Plastic and paper bags are also great donation items. Students use these bags to carry the foods that they pick up from the Cupboard.

The Cupboard is dependent upon donations from the Augsburg community to stay open!
Any questions or concerns, please email me at nguyenj@augsburg.edu.
Thank you!

Short Term Study Abroad/Away in Summer 2018

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

The Center for Global Education and Experience is accepting applications for all of the Summer 2018 short-term study abroad programs! Check out these great options, good for any student:

SUMMER 2018
-Thailand & Laos: Diversity and Inequality in Global Professional Practice
-Denmark & Iceland: The Dark Side of the Happy City
-Interfaith Engagement in Palestine & Israel
-Economics & Cultural Change in Greece
-Music Therapy in China
-Language and Culture in Mexico

Applications are Due on January 31! Come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Study Abroad Scholarships – Apply by January 15

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

The Fund For Education Abroad has opened their annual scholarship application. To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

**U.S. citizen or permanent resident
**Currently enrolled as undergraduate at U.S. university or college
**Minimum of 4 weeks (28 days) in-country study
**Study abroad programs must take place in summer 2018, fall 2018, and/or spring 2019
**Program must be eligible for academic credit

Applications are open November 15 through January 10.
To learn more visit the website below, or stop by the Study Abroad/Away Office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Get more scholarship details here

Share your Study Abroad/Away Story

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

How was your experience on a Study Abroad or Away Program? Would you like to share your experience and maybe a few photos with your fellow Auggies? Auggies go on programs all over the world on short and long programs–share your story!

Share your story, give advice, or simply give us some feedback on how your program went.

Share your study abroad story here!

Dean of Arts & Sciences Opening

submitted by stock@augsburg.edu

The search committee is asking for assistance from the campus community in networking to identify candidates for the Dean of Arts & Sciences position. Please share this open position with your networks: https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=92205&CNTRNO=0&TSTMP=1512421942139

As a resource, a sample email has also been prepared; please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be interested ​in this position:​
http://web.augsburg.edu/hr/Dean_Email_Invite_to_Candidates.docx

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Matz, Search Committee Chair at ​x1155 or matz@augsburg.edu

Internal Only Job Posting: Assistant Registrar

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

The Registrar’s Office has an open position for an Assistant Registrar. This position is being posted internally only and will remain active for 7 calendar days, thus will close end of day Thursday, December 7th.

The posting and job details can be accessed through Inside Augsburg under On-Campus Student Jobs. Select Staff under the Industry/Function box to access the posting.

Internal Only Job Posting: Event and Conference Coordinator

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

University Events has an open position for an Event and Conference Coordinator. This position is being posted internally only and will remain active for 7 calendar days, thus will close end of day Thursday, December 7th.

The posting and job details can be accessed through Inside Augsburg under On-Campus Student Jobs. Select Staff under the Industry/Function box to access the posting.

LSAMP NSS Funding Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in STEM

submitted by yangss6@augsburg.edu

Are you an underrepresented student pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? If so, you might be eligible to participate in LSAMP North Star STEM (NSS). Augsburg’s LSAMP NSS program is designed to help STEM students succeed through peer mentoring, workshops, research opportunities, industry visits, and conference travel. LSAMP NSS funding opportunities include:

-Professional development stipends (up to $500) for participation in LSAMP NSS programming
-Travel funding for professional STEM conferences (including airfare and lodging)
-Academic year or summer research funding (contingent on mentor match)

STEM majors at Augsburg: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
-Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
-US citizen or permanent resident.
-Underrepresented in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This includes being Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the NSF to support underrepresented students pursuing a STEM degree. Minnesota’s LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance and includes 17 colleges, universities and community organizations.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at stem@augsburg.edu or complete the following application: https://northstarstem.org/augsburg/apply.

Please note that funding through NSF requires citizenship or permanent residence, but all students are welcome to participate in programming.

North Star STEM Application

Palestine & Israel: Summer study abroad program

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:
INTERFAITH ENGAGEMENT IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

Courses: RLN 205 or RLN 490. This program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

Join this two-week course to gain a transformational learning experience. You will be immersed in the Israeli and Palestinian contexts, particularly focusing on the three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Through lectures, readings, and conversations you will deepen your understanding of the history, sacred texts, beliefs and practices of the three Abrahamic faiths. Particular attention will be given to the roots of conflicts in the region and to peacebuilding movements.
We will visit holy sites that are at the center of the sacred stories that shape the beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. We will hear how faith shapes the daily lives of those living in the land often called “holy.”

Applications are due on January 31, and SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!

Email abroad@augsburg.edu, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details, scholarship info, and application

Music Therapy in China: Summer study abroad program

submitted by romeroe@augsburg.edu

Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:
MUSIC THERAPY IN CHINA: CHONGQING BURN CAMP

Course options:
-MUS 374, -MUS 474, or MUS 582. It also fulfills Augsburg Experience

Music therapists benefit greatly from exploring the evolution of music from one generation to the next, the way in which music is integrated into everyday life, and its role in health, healing, and well-being in China. Through visits to hospitals, clinics, musical venues, conservatories, and community organizations that provide health related care, students experience the interplay of music and healing practices in China. Students also engage in direct dialogue with Chinese music therapists and other rehabilitation therapists. The program allows participants to reflect on their own musical roots, and to discover how their own musical preferences have developed based on cultural experiences. We will also visit other locations of interest such as The Great Wall, Old-Town Beijing, Dazu Rock Carvings, Yangtze River Cruise and more.

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Email abroad@augsburg.edu, or come and talk to the Study Abroad/Away Office for more details! We are located in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Check here for program details and application information

Event Announcements

TODAY: Open Faculty/Staff feedback sessions on the University’s Consensual Relationship Policy

submitted by millerd1@augsburg.edu

The Employee Handbook Review Committee seeks your input as it develops a newly proposed University Consensual Relationship Policy. Because this policy will impact all employees, a sub-committee has been formed and seeks your viewpoints on consensual relationships. The sub-committee has two open seats. One faculty and one staff member will be selected from those who attend an open session and express an interest in participating in this sub-committee.

The first of two sessions will be held today at 2:00 PM in OGC 100

The second session will be held:
Thursday, December 7
1:30-2:30 PM
Marshall Room

Please contact Dawn Miller in HR at millerd1@augsburg.edu for additional information.

Staff Senate Open Lunch

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Get out of the office and join Staff Senate in the Commons for lunch and discussion. Take some time to engage with fellow staff in casual conversation.

Wednesday, December 13
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

You can use this opportunity to speak specifically with Staff Senate members or just enjoy new company for lunch. Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

Learn more at the Staff Senate website

Amanda Weber Doctoral Concert

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

You are invited to Amanda’s last doctoral concert on Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm at the Chapel of the Incarnation at Luther Seminary (1490 Fulham St. St. Paul). The UMN University Singers and Chamber Singers will explore Mar’s Magnificat through a lens of motherhood and incarceration. Her inspiration for this came from her experience directing the choir, Voices of Hope, at the Shakopee Women’s Prison. A freewill offering will be collected to support the Minnesota Prison Doula Project which provides prenatal, birthing, and postnatal care to incarcerated women.

More info

December 7: Informational Sleep Seminar

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Are you having problems sleeping, falling asleep, staying asleep or even just want to learn more about how to get a better night’s sleep?

Come join Regions Hospital Sleep Health Center’s Sleep Team and Insomnia physician, James Davig, Ph.D, for an informational seminar.

When: Thursday, December 7, from 12-1 pm
Where: Marshall Room

Bring your own lunch and join us.

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

Relaxation Seminar on December 12

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Join fellow Auggies for a guided relaxation training program to help you manage stress, sleep more soundly at night, and approach your day with renewed energy and vitality.

Come relax with Beth Freschi, from a Time for Expression.

When: Tuesday, December 12, from 12-1 pm
Where: OGC 100

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

Alternative Spring Break Trip 2018

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 10th – 17th, Augsburg students will be traveling to Texas to work with Habitat for Humanity of Laredo-Webb County. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build community!

The cost of the trip is $250 which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals.
Registration forms will open on January 8th and close on February 2nd.
Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Sophie Warnberg at warnbers@augsburg.edu

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

LSAMP NSS Funding for National Society of Black Engineers Convention

submitted by yangss6@augsburg.edu

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is holding its 44th annual convention March 21-25, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” (www.nsbe.org) Students who have attended in past years have found the conference to be an excellent professional development opportunity.

Augsburg students who are eligible for funding through LSAMP NSS may apply for travel funding to attend the NSBE convention. To learn more, see the “LSAMP NSS Funding” general announcement in Amail, email stem@augsburg.edu, or go to http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/northstar/. Students interested in attending should be in good academic standing as it will be necessary to miss some classes.

To find out more or express your interest in attending this convention, contact stem@augsburg.edu by Friday, December 15.

NSBE Convention Webpage

First League of Legends Meeting

submitted by natropi@augsburg.edu

Come join us for the first League of Legends Meeting held by Gamer’s United this Saturday from 2:00-5:00pm in Sverdrup 206! There will be plenty of gamer fuel including Jimmy John’s, Code Red, and regular MTN Dew. Our meeting will have general discussion, open gameplay, and a chance for players to make teams for the upcoming Tournament. As Amumu says, “Wanna play too? It’ll be fun….”

Gamer’s United Facebook Page

Norwegian American movie Thursday at Riverview Theater

submitted by youngs@augsburg.edu

Engage with the culture and get to know the community. Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts is showing an American film classic, I Remember Mama (1948), a story about the ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco, circa 1910.

Thursday, December 7
7:00 pm, Doors open at 6:30 with pre-movie entertainment
Showing at Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave So, Minneapolis, 55406

$3 entry
Tickets sold at Ingebretsen’s,1601 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
For more information, call 612-729-9333

Show Times

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Augsburg students compete in a mathematics contest

submitted by belik@augsburg.edu

18 Augsburg math majors, minors, and enthusiasts competed in this year’s North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America Team Competition. We had an Augsburg high number of 6 teams solving 10 problems in 3 hours. Our best team consisting of Yimeng “Daisy” Jiang, Wanxin Qi, and Xuequing “Sunny” Su, finished 7th among 67 teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Canada. Congratulations to all participants!

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