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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.

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Stottrup Sabbatical Lunch Moved to Hagfors 108 – A Few Spots Remain

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

CTL is excited that the first Sabbatical Lunch of 2018 will held in Dr. Ben Stottrup’s food lab (HC 108). The RSVP list has been closed, but there may be room for a few more people. If interested, please contact pippert@augsburg.edu.

Speaking of Sabbaticals Lunch – 12:30 p.m. on January 17th, Hagfors 108.

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.

Palestine & Israel: Summer study abroad program

submitted by yangss1@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 yangss1@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

River Semester Fall 2018 – Apply Now

submitted by yangss1@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

Thanks to a generous donation from Pentair, there are a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000 toward the program fees.

Apply by March 15, 2018

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

Writing Lab Opens Today

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Writing Lab will open for the spring semester on Jan. 16. The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. All Augsburg students — grad and undergrad, any major — are welcome. Just bring a hard copy of whatever you are working on — essays, applications, personal statements, creative writing assignments. 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.

Questions? Contact Kathryn Swanson, English

General Announcements

Alternative Spring Break Trip 2018

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Greetings from Campus Ministry (CM) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV)!

We are writing to inform you of a wonderful service opportunity coming up! During Spring Break this year, March 10th – 17th, we will be traveling to Laredo, Texas with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break. This trip is a great chance for students to travel during spring break while also making a positive difference in the Laredo community. The cost is $250 and includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot. Registration is between January 8th and February 2nd.

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

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact Sophie Warnberg at warnbers@augsburg.edu

Blessings,

Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

http://web.augsburg.edu/campusministry/ASB2018_Registration.pdf

Apply for the Peace Scholars Program. Due February 1st

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: http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=39620#DATES
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.

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)

Bottled water reimbursement ending 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 individual bottled water for on-campus use (except for athletic events). You may have been purchasing individual 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!

Auggie Pride Award – Seeking Nominations January

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 inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate

Short Term Study Abroad/Away in Summer 2018

submitted by yangss1@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

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

Campus Cupboard Closed Until Further Notice

submitted by nguyenj@augsburg.edu

Hello everyone! Campus Cupboard will be closed until further notice due to an accident that occurred in the Cupboard over the weekend.
If we are not up and running by this week, we will be tabling in Christensen with food items for students who need it.
Please let me at know at nguyenj@augsburg.edu if you need access to food immediately and we can work it out.
Sorry for the inconvenience!

Sesquicentennial Grants Available

submitted by tuchten@augsburg.edu

The Sesquicentennial Academic Sub-Committee is looking for project ideas and project leaders that will make the celebration of our Sesquicentennial year a special year for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Augsburg. Funds are available for evocative projects of all kinds that reflect Augsburg’s mission, academic excellence and community. The 150th anniversary will be celebrated between Homecoming 2019 and Homecoming 2020. Our aim is to have all Sesquicentennial projects identified by Spring 2018.

Submission Instructions:
Please submit all completed applications through the Google form (https://goo.gl/forms/VW53VqWyuJSV5xMc2). The links to the form will be on the Academic Affairs website (http://inside.augsburg.edu/academicaffairs/resources/budget-compensation-personnel/augsburg-university-sesquicentennial-grant-call-for-proposals/) and Sesquicentennial website (http://www.augsburg.edu/150/). Applications are due April 15, 2018 for consideration.

Contact Darcey Engen for more information. engen@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Student Experience Survey – Let your voice be heard because your voice matters

submitted by thompsoc@augsburg.edu

My name is Cody Thompson and I am a Senator on the Augsburg Day Student Government. I would like to learn more about your experience at Augsburg. How can ADSG and myself work toward making the change you want to see on campus? I a few brief questions for you. Feel free to respond to my email – thompsoc@augsburg.edu!

1. How do you identify your gender?
2. What year are you at Augsburg?
3. What do you like and/or admire about Augsburg?
4. What would you like to see improved, changed, and/or implemented at Augsburg?

I am happy to talk on the phone (612-469-5174), text, email, or meet in person! I look forward to hearing from you!

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

submitted by gade@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.

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

submitted by gade@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.

Interest Meeting for Potential Departmental Honors Project Participants

submitted by freunds@augsburg.edu

Date: Wednesday, January 17th
Location: Foss Green Room
Time: 3:30 pm
Augsburg senior Shoshana Freund is looking for anyone interested in participating in her departmental honors project. It will be a collaboratively devised piece focusing on themes and issues surrounding the topic of disability. Students of all abilities and experiences are welcome. If you are at all interested, please join her for an initial interest meeting.
Email freunds@augsburg.edu with any questions or concerns.

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PSP (+ games and case) for sale

submitted by bibelni6@augsburg.edu

Selling lightly used PSP3000. In great condition. Includes the PSP, its charger, a case, and five games.

The games are: Star Wars Battlefront 2, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Ys Seven, Gods Eater Burst, and Puzzle Quest Challenge of Warlords

Cost: $85 (Cash only)

Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/0o74x

Email if interested or have questions: bibelni6@augsburg.edu