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Help your students become critical readers – February 28

submitted by albertd@augsburg.edu

Looking for ways to help your students read with greater comprehension and/or through a more critical lens to enrich class discussion? Join Panelists Ann Marie Yacobucci (Education), Dallas Liddle (English), and James Vela-McConnell (Sociology) in OGC 100 on Wednesday, February 28, 12:40 – 1:30 PM, as they share strategies they’ve used to encourage students to read, analyze, and interact more deeply with texts. We’ll also have a Zoom link up soon for those who wish to join us remotely!

Last Call for Faculty Grants – Scholarship, Course Design, and Internationalization

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Today is the final day applications will be accepted for grants that support faculty scholarship, course design, and collaboration with our international partners. Please visit the CTL website for further information and application forms.

Writing Lab Tutors Can Make Your Writing Life Easier

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Writing Lab is alive and well and the tutors are ready to help you! 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 Kathy Swanson, English

Questions? Please contact Kathy Swanson, English.

Paid Fellowship for trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2018 trip will take place on April 24th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at http://jewishminneapolis.org/minne/. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1446.

Eligibility:
– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– At least a sophomore and cannot be graduating before Spring 2019
– 3.0 GPA or higher

General Announcements

LSAMP – North Star STEM Alliance MnDRIVE Summer Research Program: Apply in February

submitted by yangss6@augsburg.edu

Underrepresented students in STEM can now apply for summer research under the NSF-funded MnDRIVE program.

To be eligible for the MnDRIVE program, students must:

-be a United States citizen, national or permanent resident
-be enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree program
-self-identify as a minority or underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native)
-complete and submit all application materials by the deadline.

The MnDRIVE program represents a partnership between the Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and the North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA) to provide summer research internship experiences to undergraduates. MnDRIVE has summer internship opportunities in four general research areas – Brain Conditions (neuromodulation) research, Environment (bioremediation) research, Robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing research, and Global Food Ventures research. Students should be available for research during Summer 2018 and have access to housing in the Twin Cities metro area. The NSSA provides $4,000 for the research opportunity.

The MnDRIVE application deadline is Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 5:00 PM.
For more information and to apply, please see: https://northstarstem.org/node/706

We encourage interested students to make an appointment with Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs to discuss program eligibility, the application process, and the North Star STEM Scholars program, in general before applying. To set up an appointment with Sabrina, please send an email to: dores@augsburg.edu.

LSAMP – North Star STEM Alliance SUMMIT Summer Research Program: Apply in February

submitted by yangss6@augsburg.edu

Underrepresented students in STEM can now apply for summer research under the NSF-funded SUMMIT program.

To be eligible for the SUMMIT program, students must:

-be a United States citizen, national or permanent resident
-be enrolled in an undergraduate STEM degree program
-self-identify as a minority or underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native)
-complete and submit all application materials by the February deadline.

In the SUMMIT program, Plant Science and Biology majors will be mentored by Ph.D. researchers who are working toward the understanding of the mechanism of meiotic recombination using modern genomic, molecular biology, and cytogenetic techniques. This multi-institutional collaborative group will be supporting undergraduate student research opportunities for the Summer at either the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities or Cornell University – Ithaca, NY. Each selected participant will receive a stipend of $5,000. Supplemental travel and housing funds are also available. Students should be available to complete research between June 4, 2018 to August 10, 2018.

The SUMMIT program application deadline is Monday, February 26th, 2018.
For more information and to apply, please see: http://summitprogram.cfans.umn.edu/

We encourage interested students to make an appointment with Sabrina Doré of STEM Programs to discuss program eligibility, the application process, and the North Star STEM Scholars program, in general before applying. To set up an appointment with Sabrina, please send an email to: dores@augsburg.edu.

Harry Boyte honored as Ambassador of Peace

submitted by eschenba@augsburg.edu

Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy with the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship will be honored on Friday, February 23 by St. Norbert College as an Ambassador of Peace. Each year the college recognizes an individual who has been an influential advocate for sustainable peace in our world. The St. Norbert Ambassador of Peace demonstrates the qualities of a peacemaker in a consistent and outstanding manner: respect for persons, promotion of dialogue, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness. He will deliver a lecture called “Education at the Seedbed of a Democratic Renaissance” at the event.

For more information see http://www.snc.edu/millercenter/events/ambassador.html

2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards/Senior Leadership Society

submitted by aleshirn@augsburg.edu

Nominations for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjjTAubhknbfGTM5VD2-onsqDb4b8DDHivx4PHLQgA0kur8A/viewform)

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:(http://www.augsburg.edu/cao/activities/augsburg-leadership-awards/). Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Applications are also open for the 2017-2018 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors for their leadership contributions over the course of their tenure at Augsburg University. One individual who is inducted into the society will receive the Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which has an award value of $500. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4mbx-4VkIX4zwBBMOVhmNqSKxvG7dGKfQyvuJ9IkXWOeChg/viewform)

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 19th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 8 from 5:00-8:00pm.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjjTAubhknbfGTM5VD2-onsqDb4b8DDHivx4PHLQgA0kur8A/viewform

Great Colleges to Work For Survey: Be Heard

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

As President Pribbenow recently announced, Augsburg University is participating in the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey. The survey opens Monday, February 19 and will remain open until Monday, March 5. Eligible participants will receive an email from ModernThink which will contain a survey invitation and link to the survey.

Important things to note:
– Survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
– Your responses to the survey will be completely confidential. ModernThink LLC, an independent survey firm, will not provide Augsburg with any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.
– Your participation is very valuable and desired, but voluntary.
– Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the HR Moodle site: http://web.augsburg.edu/hr/ModernThinkSurveyFAQs2018.pdf

Human Resources recognizes that many members of our community have work that does not require use of a computer, or who may not have a dedicated office. We will be hosting computer lab sessions for employees to ask any questions they might have, get assistance with the process, and complete the survey.

These sessions are scheduled at the following dates and times:

February 20—2:30-3:30 pm, Sverdrup Hall 204
February 22—4:00-5:00pm, Sverdrup Hall 204
February 28—8:00-9:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 205
March 2—10:00-1:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 204

Should you have questions, please contact Lisa Stock (stock@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1783) or Nicole Peterlin (peterlin@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1602) in Human Resources. Thank you for sharing your voice!

Summer 2018 Job Opportunity

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Looking for a memorable job opportunity this summer? Consider applying to be an Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) Mentor!

We are looking for SEVEN current students to serve as mentors for this summer’s Youth Theology Institute (AYTI). http://www.augsburg.edu/acti/

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is a week-long experience for high school students to critically engage in theological inquiry and faith exploration on the campus of the college. Classroom learning, worship opportunities, urban exposure, and community building are all components of the program.

An AYTI Mentor serves a vital role in the Youth Theology Institute by helping to implement programs and cultivate community as faith leaders working with the high school youth participants. Mentors need to complete ~22 hours of training in March and April and be totally available the entire week of July 7-13, 2018.

Interested in applying? Visit the Human Resources employment web page.

Have any questions? Contact Lonna Field at ccv@augsburg.edu
Brought to you by: Christensen Center for Vocation, Campus Ministry, and Theology and Public Leadership

New Deadline for the Christensen, Interfaith and Sabo Scholars

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

CURRENT SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS:

Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s 3 Public Leadership Scholar Programs:Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In any one of the programs you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in either the Christian tradition, interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science along with receiving a $2,000 scholarship.

Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2017-18 academic year are eligible to apply.

APPLYING: The application for all three programs is available online through Sabo or CCV website, listed below.
Christensen Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/christensen-scholars-program/
Interfaith Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/interfaith-scholars-program/
Sabo Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/sabo/what-we-do/sabo-scholars/

The application deadline is Monday, February 26th, 2018

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at ccv@augsburg.edu, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at sabocenter@augsburg.edu

Interfaith Storytelling for a Vibrant Democracy: Engaging the Diverse, the Devout, and the “Nones”

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

This interactive conference will bring together individuals with diverse core commitments for skill building in the areas of storytelling and story listening in order to build greater dialogue on our campuses around difference. The event is a collaboration between staff and faculty from Augsburg University, Bethel University, and the University of St. Thomas and the Interfaith Youth Corps (IFYC). It will take place on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at the University of St. Thomas. The cost is normally $10 (including meals) but is free for Augsburg students. For more information and a schedule go to www.stthomas.edu/interfaithstorytelling or contact Professor Matt Maruggi at maruggi@augsburg.edu.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqn6-xVUOrZv-OJC18dexehmrhx2dWL83_EhanIQCxDLArig/viewform?pli=1

CUMU Partnering for Equity conference call for proposals

submitted by eschenba@augsburg.edu

The 2018 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference calls upon each of us—leaders, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners—to reflect on the changing role of our urban and metropolitan serving institutions through an equity lens in academe and in public life. Augsburg is well positioned to be featured at this conference. The conference takes place October 22-24 in Chicago, and proposals can be submitted now through April 23.

Please consider submitting a proposal.

Call for Proposals

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2018

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2018 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2019 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2019. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2019.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at last a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant, crombie@augsburg.edu. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the program or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Website

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 1

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 18th. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) by March 1st (no abstract is required at time of registration).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu.

URGO Website

Event Announcements

How to Get a Job in Sustainability: Careers in Business, NGOs, & Government

submitted by ryghs@augsburg.edu

The Environmental Stewardship Committee will be hosting an informational seminar for students interested in pursuing work in sustainability.

The webinar will outline career strategies to help students discover how they can pursue a job in sustainability through business, non-government organizations, and government. Some topics discussed will be job-search strategies and what the current political climate means for social and environmental sustainability fields.

The event is being held in Oren 202 on Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30-8:00PM, with the webinar itself beginning at 7PM. Come join us for pizza in what is bound to be an informative evening!

River Semester Orientation

submitted by ryghs@augsburg.edu

Do you have a passion for the environment and want to Study Away in the USA? River Semester might be up your alley!

Come join us for a student orientation about River Semester on February 22nd from 3:30-5:00 in the Oren Gateway Center 100. Both alumni who previously participated in River Semester and program director Joe Underhill will offer information on this amazing opportunity.

(There are going to be snacks as an added bonus!)

Stories of Navigating Family Traditions and Beliefs

submitted by freunds@augsburg.edu

Story time! Navigating Family Traditions and Beliefs
Thursday, February 22nd 6:30-8:30pm

Come on out for another evening of storytelling as we share stories of navigating the complex universe that is one’s family or community of origin! Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s not so funny.

* What is one part of yourself that you’ve had to fight for or defend in your family or community of origin?
* What part of your family tradition has shaped you in a positive way? Are there traditions/values that you’re grateful for?
* How have you navigated the reactions or opinions of family, as you define your own identity?
* Have you ever felt like you were brainwashed?
* When did you realize your family wasn’t like every other family?
* Who has become family for you when you needed people to belong with?

*Dinner will be provided!*

Hosted by: Interfaith @ Cedar Commons

[Cedar Commons: 2001 Riverside Ave. S]

Lunch and Learn with Thrivent Financial – March 1

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Lunch and Learn with Thrivent Financial – March 1

What should new and mid-career professionals be thinking about and planning for? Alex Gonzalez and Ted Nielsen, Thrivent Financial, will briefly discuss topics such as managing debt, care for young children, saving for further education – as well as planning for retirement. You can leave with valuable information and resources. Co-hosted through our Wellness program, Student Affairs, and Thrivent Financial. Lunch is provided.

Thursday, March 1, 12 noon – 1:30 pm in the Marshall room

To ensure we have enough space and food, and to see about dietary needs, please go to https://goo.gl/forms/4cxuRx0KPuirubpt2

Questions? Contact Ann Garvey at garvey@augsburg.edu

“Nones” Done with Civic Engagement?

submitted by truem@augsburg.edu

Are the “Nones” Done with Civic Engagement?
Organizing the religiously unaffiliated in today’s climate of polarization

Martin Olav Sabo Symposium
February 28, 2018
6-8 PM
Augsburg University, Hagfors Center, Room 150

How do the religiously unaffiliated factor into this current moment of political polarization, when many are seeking to increase political and civic participation? Join us for a symposium exploring this important topic, beginning with a keynote from Phil Zuckerman—chair of Pitzer College’s Secular Studies program and author of numerous books including The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016) and Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2014)—followed by a panel of researchers who study the religiously unaffiliated. Concluding the evening will be a conversation about how local community organizers and elected officials are engaging religiously diverse populations in their efforts, particularly the religiously unaffiliated.

Hosted by the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship

Make a Difference for Middle School Students & Eat Free Pizza

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Do you want to earn service hours while making a difference for middle school students in the Twin Cities? Come judge debate rounds for the Minnesota Urban Debate League.

Middle school students will debate education reform, and we’re looking for caring students to judge them on their critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking. No debate experience? No problem – we’ll train you. Judges also enjoy free pizza.

Volunteer shifts last from 3:15 – 7:30 PM.

We’re still looking for judges for the following tournaments (named for famous former debaters):

Thursday 2/15: Kareem Abdul Jabbar Tournament
Tuesday – 2/20: Oprah Winfrey Tournament
Tuesday – 2/27: Sherman Alexie Tournament (make up)
Thursday – 3/1: Rosalind Franklin Tournament
Thursday – 3/8: Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink Tournament
Tues-Thurs 3/13-3/15: Justice Sotomayor Conference Championships
Tuesday – 3/20: Winona LaDuke Middle School City Championships

Please direct any questions to udlvolunteers@augsburg.edu, or stop by our office in Foss 18.

Click the link below for more information and to sign up:

Volunteer With Us

Life in Balance Workshop—February 27

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Feeling stuck? The busy lives we lead can get in the way of doing what we know we ‘should’ be doing to achieve better health. In this engaging workshop you’ll learn new ways of thinking about what it takes to be healthy, and discover simple secrets on fitting powerful natural ‘medicines’ into the nooks and crannies of our lives for more energy and healthier, happier bodies. The result? Looking and feeling your very best all day, every day!

Join this hands-on workshop, led by well-being consultant Teri Erhardt, from Augsburg’s benefit broker NFP. It’s sure to be a fun, engaging, and worthwhile workshop!

Tuesday, February 27, 11-12 pm in the Augsburg Room

Student/Alumni Connection Opportunity – Auggie Take Out

submitted by moralesj@augsburg.edu

Seeking student participants for Auggie Take Out, an event over Spring Break, which will pair students with alumni for lunch and if time allows, an afternoon job shadow experience.

Interested students should complete a brief Google Form by February 23rd. Students and alumni will be matched based on major and interests. Any student can apply – they just need to participate in a brief business etiquette training before the experience and will need to arrange their own transportation to the lunch meeting.

Questions can be directed to Janet Morales, moralesj@augsburg.edu, 612-330-1792

Auggie Take Out Website

Study Abroad & Away Fair – Tomorrow

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Come learn about hundreds of off-campus study programs available to Auggies! Programs are around the world as well as the USA, and range in length from 8 days to a whole year. There is something to fit each student!

Grab some hot cocoa, pick up program brochures, ask questions, and discover global opportunities that are perfect for you! Don’t forget to enter the prize drawing, too! Join us:

Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:30 – 2:30, Christensen Center

Get more details about the Study Abroad/Away Fair

Keeping Track of Auggies

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta and John Kipper accepted to PPIA national program

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to John Kipper and Erika Idrovo-Cuesta on their acceptance to the PPIA Junior Summer Institute!

The Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute is a seven-week program of study that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Erika Idrovo-Cuesta (McNair Scholar) will participate in the PPIA Law Fellows program at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, which is designed to shape future leaders committed to representing under-served communities in the areas of public policy and law. John Kipper will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Policy where he will learn about some of the biggest issues facing the U.S. (e.g. global climate change and environmental justice; race equity and public safety; global security and human rights; diversity and educational access) and have the opportunity to develop a field-based research and community engagement project.

We are thrilled that two Auggies will be participating in this valuable and prestigious (only 20% of applicants admitted) program!

If you are currently a sophomore and are interested in applying for the PPIA summer institute for summer 2019, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu and check out the PPIA website at https://www.ppiaprogram.org/ppia/.

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