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College Possible is Recruiting Students

submitted by koinesa@augsburg.edu

College Possible supports low-income students with college success through 1:1 coaching on academics, financial aid, and personal development. Our hope is that students apply as soon as possible so that they will be ready to go for the beginning of the semester.

Students interested in applying must be Pell grant or Dream Act eligible. In order to apply, they can use this link here: http://www.collegepossibleapplication.org/augsburg/ and drop by the College Possible desk (located on the 2nd floor of the Lindell library) to fill out release forms.

Let me know if you or any interested students have any questions.

College Possible Website

Apply for off campus summer research- Workshop 1/15

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

URGO will be hosting a workshop January 15th where students will receive one on one advising and feedback on their applications. Students are encouraged to send their application essays to urgo@augsburg.edu prior to the workshop to make the most of the time.

Off-Campus Research Application Workshop
Monday, January 15th (no classes)
3-5pm in SVE 205
Pizza will be provided.

If you cannot make it to the workshop, please contact URGO at 612-330-1446 or urgo@augsburg.edu to make an individual appointment.

Off-Campus Research Lists and Databases

Denmark & Iceland: Summer study abroad program

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:
THE DARK SIDE OF THE HAPPY CITY IN DENMARK & ICELAND

Courses: ENL 270 or ENL 395, AND SOC 111/URB 111, or SOC 295/URB 295 The program also fulfills Augsburg Experience

In this program, students will have the opportunity to learn about two amazing cities: Reykjavik and Copenhagen and earn 8 credits at the same time! This two-course Augsburg Abroad experience explores the relationship between city and text; it is an interdisciplinary celebration of cities, with Reykjavik and Copenhagen and their environs as the sites of the celebration. Students will access the artistic heart of the city by immersing themselves in the real-life locations of Hamlet, Copenhagen Noir, and major films. Simultaneously, they will tour Copenhagen (often via bike and public transport) to learn why it is a mecca of urban sustainability and livability with some of the most inspired public spaces in the world. The program will also include a one-night stopover in Iceland, where students can explore Icelandic community life, explore its Viking history and storytelling (sagas).

Applications are due on January 31.

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants can apply their summer funds to this program!

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

Sabbatical Lunch with Ben Stottrup – RSVPs closing soon

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Only a few spots remain, so RSVP now for the first Sabbatical Lunch of 2018. Join us at 12:30 p.m. on January 17th in the Marshall Room for a talk by Ben Stottrup, Department of Physics.

For over a decade, work in the Augsburg Biophysics Lab has focused on the morphology and thermodynamics of thin soft matter films. Recently we added rheological techniques to investigate soft matter and fluid flow in Langmuir monolayers. A series of short vignettes will be presented to highlight several aspects of this scholarship – from student collaborators to the HCSBR.

RSVP is required.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfc8oVSuGZ8vulEtD4w3RXvVsmoqALd_0w_CG3zS_M09vE4-g/viewform

Thailand & Laos: Summer study abroad program

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:
DIVERSITY AND INEQUALITY IN GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN THAILAND & LAOS

Course: SWK 280 (elective credit for non-majors, requirement for social work majors). It also fulfills Augsburg Experience!

This program explores diversity and social inequality as a prerequisite to professional social work practice in a global context – specifically, in the context of Southeast Asia and Hmong culture. A critical dimension of professional practice is competence in work with diverse populations. The course introduces students to key theories and constructs undergirding cultural competence, including social construction theory, social contact theory, aversive racism, implicit bias, and micro-aggressions. Additionally, course introduces key social work practice models and frameworks as they pertain to cultural competence, including systems theory, ecological framework, strengths perspective and person-in- environment.

Applications are due on January 15, 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

Mexico: Summer study abroad program

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Earn language, Art, Keystone, or Internship credit in Mexico this summer:
AUGSBURG CGEE IN MEXICO: LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN MEXICO

CGEE in Mexico offers five 3 1/2 week sessions (blocks) focusing on Spanish language and Mexican culture in which students can take one course per session, and take up to five courses throughout the summer. This community-based program includes homestays, a trip to Mexico City, optional weekend excursions, and numerous guest speakers designed to help students learn about history, culture, and contemporary struggles for peace, justice, and human rights.

Spanish language courses at all levels beginning to advanced, as well as specialized Spanish courses in Business Spanish, Spanish for Ministry, and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals can be combined with internships in those fields to create a truly customized summer experience.

2018 PROGRAM DATES
The summer is organized into five blocks, you may take anywhere from one to five blocks. Students who wish to take an internship must enroll for at least two blocks:
Block I: May 2-27
Block II: May 23-June 17 (KEY 490 offered only during Block II)
Block III: June 13-July 8
Block IV: July 5-29
Block V: July 25-August 19

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Scholarships are available!

Students eligible for Summer Pell Grants, may apply the summer grant funds to this program if they attend at least two Blocks.

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

Greece: Summer study abroad program

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Study abroad for two weeks in summer 2018:
ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN GREECE

Join this two-week course to participate in an amazing learning experience in beautiful Greece! Students will obtain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Talking with people from various sectors of the community about how their lives have changed in an economic downturn and hearing stories from local people about economic and social relationships will help students understand the complexity of history and culture that has resulted in the contemporary culture and identity of Greece.

Applications are due January 24, 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

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the 2018 awards for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching (full-time and adjunct), scholarship, or service. For additional information regarding award criteria and to submit a confidential nomination, please visit the CTL Awards website. The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2018.

Awards

Opportunities for Faculty Research Support, Course Design, and International Travel

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Development Committee, the Office of International Programs, and the Office of Academic Affairs would like to remind you that over $45,000 has been budgeted to support faculty scholarship, course design, and collaboration with our international partners. Please visit the CTL website for further information and application forms.
Scholarship Grants – February 15, 2015
Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grants – February 15, 2018
Integrated Course Design Working Group– February 15, 2018

Grants and Travel Funds

General Announcements

The Misunderstanding

submitted by logeaisn@augsburg.edu

Written by Albert Camus
Directed by Del Logeais

Thursday, January 25th – 6:00p
Thursday, January 25th – 7:30p
Friday, January 26th – 6:00p
Friday, January 26th – 7:30p
Saturday, January 27th – 6:00p
Saturday, January 27th – 7:30p
Sunday, January 28th – 3:00p

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater
Foss Center

A prodigal son returns home unrecognized, having been abroad for twenty years, to an inn run by his mother and sister—who have been killing lodgers in order to make a living for themselves. In an immersive reimagining of this rarely performed play, described by Camus as the theatrical piece that “resembles him the most,” The Misunderstanding explores concepts of grief, guilt, and the absurdity of existence in a world that is equally cruel to the innocent and the criminal.

 

Ticket reservation begins tomorrow January 11. Purchase tickets here: Box Office

Box Office

Next phase of Love Local Water initiative begins Feb. 1

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

The first phase of implementing our Policy on Bottled Water, approved in May 2017, was to eliminate bottled water from on-campus catering (Thanks, A’Viands!). We are now on to the next phase in implementing this initiative – no longer using Augsburg funds to purchase individual bottles/cases of water: Augsburg will use already available local tap water and eliminate the sale, reimbursement, and provision of bottled water on campus. This policy aims to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and supports the provision of water as a human right and not a commodity.

Beginning February 1, 2018, Augsburg will no longer use or reimburse University funds for purchases of bottled water for on-campus use (except for athletic events). You may have been purchasing bottled water in the following ways:

Expense reports
P-Cards
Staples
Petty Cash
Invoices

Watch for the retrofit of drinking fountains to include water filling stations in various spots on campus!

If you have questions or would like support finding alternatives to bottled water for your department, feel free to contact the Environmental Stewardship Committee: environmentalstewardship@augsburg.edu. We are happy to help brainstorm ideas as we move towards loving our local water! And please share your own creative solutions so we can celebrate together!

Learn more about the Policy, our local tap water, and the network of institutions implementing similar policies on the Environmental Stewardship Committee website: http://www.augsburg.edu/green/water-and-energy-conservation/bottled-water-policy/. Student project updates, including water quality testing in our buildings and a re-usable bottle share program, will be available soon.

Special thanks to Administrative Accounting and Purchasing for supporting implementation, and thanks to all of you for your cooperation and creativity as we #LoveLocalWater together!

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship: application deadline Friday, Jan. 19

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

Students can now apply for the 2017-18 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg College. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2018, in the following areas:
**Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
**Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 19, 2018.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found at the NASA Scholarship Information. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at stem@augsbug.edu

Questions? Please contact STEM Programs at stem@augsburg.edu.

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship

Congratulations to November’s Auggie Pride Recipients

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to the Center for Wellness and Counseling for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award. Their passion to help our students, faculty, and staff is felt by the entire community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Read more about the winners on the Staff Senate website

Your voice matters and I’m ready to listen to you. Get to know ADSG Senator Cody Thompson

submitted by thompsoc@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies!

My name is Cody Thompson and I am a student at Augsburg. I am also a Senator on the Augsburg Day Student Government.

I am currently conducting an Augsburg Student Experience Survey. Not only do I want to learn more about your experience at Augsburg, but I want to know how I can best support you as one of your peers. There are so many opportunities to get involved here at Augsburg and I would love to share that with you!

I am here to listen to you and support you to the best of my ability. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, and concerns in regards to your experience at Augsburg.

I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you! You can either contact me via my email (thompsoc@augsburg.edu) or my cell phone (612-469-5174). I am open to chatting via social media, text, phone, or setting up a meeting time to meet in person. Whatever works best for you!! Thank you for your time!

Enjoy today & stay warm!

Apply for the Peace Scholars program

submitted by hollandk@augsburg.edu

Attention Augsburg sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in peace and justice issues are invited to apply for the 2018 Peace Scholar Program. Two students will be selected to join a group of a 16 students taking courses in Oslo, Norway at the International Summer School and the Nansen Dialogue Center in June & July 2018. Program and tuition costs are covered by the program (students cover the cost of their airfare). The Peace Scholars take a leading role in promoting student participation in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, hosted each year by Augsburg University, and spend a few hours each month working in the Peace Prize Forum office.
• 2 courses at the University of Oslo Summer School (a highly international program with students from over 100 countries)
• 1-­‐‑week residency at the Nansen Dialogue Center in Lillehammer
• Visits and meetings with Norwegian politicians, peacemakers, and activists
• Once in a lifetime opportunity!
Full information, including application materials, can be found at https://peacescholars.wordpress.com/augsburg-­‐‑college/ and are due by Feb. 1st.
Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Bettine Hermanson: hermansb@augsburg.edu or Joe Underhill: underhil@augsburg.edu or at 330-­‐‑1318.

https://peacescholars.wordpress.com/augsburg-­‐‑college/

Discounted Metro Transit College passes

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Augsburg students can purchase a College Pass – good for Metro Transit buses and light rail – for $115.00 at the Bookstore. The passes are $165.00 and the University sells them at the discounted price.
Students can use their University Bookstore account while it is open.
Students are STRONGLY encouraged to register their semester pass with Metro Transit – if lost or stolen, the replacement is only $5.00.
https://www.metrotransit.org/

Apply to the Midco Scholars Program

submitted by moralesj@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University and Midcontinent Communications (Midco) have recently formed a partnership which will provide opportunities for underrepresented students to earn a scholarship, explore a career in business/IT, and gain relevant work experience.

This semester, up to 4 students will be selected for the honor of becoming the first cohort of Midco Scholars. Each Scholar will have a $2,500 scholarship applied to their student account and will also have the opportunity to apply for a full-time Summer 2018 internship with Midco either in their Sioux Falls, SD or Edina, MN offices. (Internships will more likely take place in Sioux Falls, so applicants should be available to live in Sioux Falls for the summer – housing is available).

Ideal candidates for the Midco Scholars Program will:

-Be a Junior in good standing at Augsburg (anticipated graduation in Dec 2018 or May 2019)
-Have a major or minor in MIS, Computer Science, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics or other business related fields
-Be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of a summer internship and provide documents to verify work authorization

Underrepresented students, including students of color, low-income (Pell Grant eligible/Dream Grant eligible), and/or first generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested students should review the following link for more information and to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/EpztJz00p9BWrxA63

Applications are due Monday, January 29th. Any questions please contact Janet Morales (moralesj@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1792)

Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Research Network

submitted by johnso91@augsburg.edu

Ann Johnson, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at the University of St. Thomas, and
Donna Maeda, Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College are working to establish
a network of Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty from the twin cities area to provide opportunities
for professional and social connection. On Thursday, February 22, Macalester is hosting a Happy Hour in
conjunction with their annual American Studies Conference. See below for more information.
Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Research Network
Happy Hour at Macalester College
Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Briggs House
1644 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
  
Following the Happy Hour, all are invited to stay for the 19th Annual American Studies Conference:
"Race Studies/Race Struggles 50: Looking Backward to Move with History"
Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Yuichiro Onishi, Assistant Professor of African American & African Studies
and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota and Panelists Shelley Carthen Watson, ’82,
and Zeam Porter, ‘19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: John B. Davis Auditorium, Macalester College Campus
For questions, please contact Ann Johnson at a9johnson@stthomas.edu.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vuCBllgSIgomuVgd-CWV7t1LpRB5ka9Vm2nWAgJkebM/viewform?edit_requested=true

Event Announcements

Register Now: Student/Alumni Networking Event

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Foss Center (FREE and open to all majors and students)

Food, beverages and free headshots provided

Spend an evening networking with students and alumni from various industries. This is a great opportunity to meet with alumni as they share their career insights and stories with students. You will be able to practice networking skills by meeting with alumni and talking about their experiences in the workforce. Attending events like this will benefit you by building relationships that can help you professionally now and in the future.

Click on the Join Event button in Handshake to register.

Handshake

Reminder: January Focused Conversation is scheduled January 30 and 31

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

The January Focused Conversation will feature guest speaker Eve Fine, Ph.D. Fine is an associate scientist at the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of “Searching for Excellence and Diversity: A Guide for Search Committee Chairs.” She will present her findings from the Augsburg University Fall 2017 Faculty Hiring Review Project.

The sessions are on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 30 and 31. See the Inside Augsburg calendar or All Hands schedule for times and locations as well as to add a session to your calendar.

Register for MN Private College Job & Internship Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

For the 42nd year, Minnesota’s Private Colleges will host the annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Tuesday, February 27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m .- 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

Why attend the fair?
Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
Chat with more than 260 employers – all under one roof!
Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.
Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!
Learn more about the fair and who will be attending: http://mnpcfair.org/

REGISTER & PAY THE $12.00 FEE in Handshake

Handshake

https://augsburg.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/4154

New Year, New Financial Goals: Meet with a TIAA advisor now

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Start January 2018 off on the right financial foot! Take advantage of this on-campus 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 please 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:

Wednesday, January 24 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, January 25 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Friday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

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

Take Control of Your Health: Register Now for January Biometrics Health Screening

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

To kick off Augsburg Total Wellness for 2018, Augsburg Faculty and Staff will have the opportunity to participate in an on-site health screening event that will include a fasting biometric test. On-campus screenings will be held from January 30th through February 1st, in East Commons, Christensen Center.

To register for the Health Screening check out the emailed registration link in the email titled–Take Control of Your Health: REGISTER NOW for January Biometrics Health Screening!

Please note that you will need to fast 8-10 hours prior to your appointment. The health screen includes: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure and BMI.

Participation in the biometrics health screen is free, confidential, and entirely voluntary. Registration is required. All faculty and staff enrolled in the HDHP, who complete the health screening, will be eligible to receive a $50 HSA contribution. Those not eligible for an HSA contribution will be entered into a separate prize drawing.

Contact Nicole at peterlin@augsburg.edu or x. 1602 for any questions.

Farewell reception for Crystal Comer

submitted by kaivola@augsburg.edu

Dear colleagues,
Please join me in congratulating Crystal Comer, University Registrar, who will be leaving Augsburg later this month for a new position as associate director of partner solutions at Collegis Education, an enrollment growth management and technology company. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Crystal to use her many skills and experiences in non-profit higher education in the service of a diverse range of colleges and universities, which, like Augsburg, increasingly navigate the changing landscape of higher education with technology-based solutions, strategies, and analytics.

This has not been an easy decision for Crystal, given the people, the mission, and the incredible work we do. She leaves us grateful for the collaboration, collegiality, friendship, and trust that members of this community have extended to her.

Crystal’s last day will be January 19. A reception is being planned for Friday, January 19th from 2:30-4:00 pm in OGC 100. Please join us in celebrating Crystal’s contributions to Augsburg and wishing her the best in her future position.

In her five years at Augsburg, Crystal not only led work to revise and refresh policies, decision-making processes, and organizational structures, she also created new growth opportunities for Registrar’s Office staff while aligning resources with institutional strategic priorities around retention and graduation.

A transition plan will be developed and shared soon. Over the next several weeks, I will consult with members of my leadership team, Registrar’s Office staff, faculty, and others as we chart a path forward and seek new leadership for this important role.

Warm regards,

Karen

Get Wild with Augsburg at the Xcel Center Jan. 22nd at 7pm

submitted by burton@augsburg.edu

Join us cheer on The MN Wild as they play the Ottawa Senators on January 22, 2018. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. and there will be a pre-game reception included in your ticket price beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in either Section 126 for $77 or in upper deck 200 sections for $41. Each ticket is discounted $15 regardless of location.

Purchase your tickets here:
https://advancement.augsburg.edu/AlumniEvents

https://advancement.augsburg.edu/AlumniEvents

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