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

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

he 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

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 1st

submitted by berggg@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

Free Mid-Term Tuneup

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Faculty, mid-term is an excellent time for a course tune-up. Seventeen faculty members currently serve as classroom consultants, representing a wide variety of disciplines and pedagogical styles. The consultants have been trained to offer confidential, non-judgmental assistance through a collaborative process.
Working with a consultant may include classroom or lab observations (in person or through the use of video), review of classroom materials and learning goals, brainstorming sessions to address classroom issues, or any combination based on your goals.

For more information, please visit the Classroom Consulting page on the CTL website.

Classroom Consulting

Augsburg Named A Top Producer of Fulbrights

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Augsburg is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Students recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Four students from Augsburg received Fulbright awards for academic year 2017-2018: Dustin Parks (Peru – Research Grant), Hannah Schmit (Czech Republic – English Teaching Assistantship), Hannah Frey (South Korea – English Teaching Assistantship), and Rachel Frantz (Malaysia – English Teaching Assistantship). You can read more about them on URGO’s blog (http://www.augsburg.edu/urgo/2017/06/26/meet-the-2017-2018-fulbright-scholars/).

The Fulbright Program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fulbright program, please join URGO for our information sessions in April! The application process begins in the spring and students continue to work on their applications throughout the summer. Faculty may also encourage juniors, seniors, or alums who they think would be strong applicants to attend the sessions and meet with URGO.

Help Your Students Develop Critical Reading Skills – This Wednesday

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) on Wednesday, February 28, 12:30 – 1:40 PM, in OGC 100 as they will share strategies they’ve used to encourage students to read, analyze, and interact more deeply with texts. Adjunct instructors on contract this semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. We’ll also have this session available remotely via Zoom:
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/756105821
Or Telephone: Dial +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 – Meeting ID: 756 105 821

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

General Announcements

Great Colleges to Work For Survey: 42% Complete

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

As of last night, we are at a 42% response rate for the Great Colleges to Work For Survey. That is fantastic!! Thank you to those who have completed the survey already–we love hearing your voice.

To those of you who haven’t completed the survey yet: please help us increase this response rate. We want to hear what you have to say!

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, I’m happy to answer those questions or speak with you about those concerns. Call me at 612-330-1602 or email at peterlin@augsburg.edu.

Campus Cupboard Hours

submitted by nguyenj@augsburg.edu

Campus Cuoboard is open for all students! It’s located in the Foss Lobby (same building Hoversten Chapel is in!). Come in to check out what grocery items we have stocked. Here are the hours for this week:

Tuesday- 9am-1:15pm
Wednesday- 9:30- 12am and 1:45pm-3pm
Thursday- 1pm-3pm
Friday- 9:30am-1:45pm and 2pm-3pm

Also, check out our Google Calendar. It will have the most current ppen hours for the Cupboard.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at nguyenj@augsburg.edu with questions or comments.

Have a great week!

Campus Cupboard’s Google Calendar

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 AND/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 1st

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

Help Us Make Today a Success for Twin Cities Middle School Students

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):

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

http://www.augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague/volunteer/sign-up/

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: Tell Us

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University is participating in the 2018 Great Colleges to Work For survey. The survey opened Monday, February 19 and will remain open until Monday, March 5. Eligible participants received an email from ModernThink which contained 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 (NOTE location change!):

February 28—8:00-9:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 201
March 2—10:00-11:00 am, Sverdrup Hall 201

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!

Event Announcements

Canadian Author Kim Thuy Reads from her novel “Ru”

submitted by cowgillr@augsburg.edu

Author Kim Thuy reads from her Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award-winning novel “Ru” on Monday, March 5th at 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Oren 100. “Ru,” the novel read this academic year by all first-year English 111 students, is a beautiful lyrical evocation of the Vietnamese immigrant experience. For further information email cowgillr@augsburg.edu.

TODAY: Minnesota Hillel Presentation

submitted by huynhn1@augsburg.edu

What can we do to make Augsburg University more inclusive to students, staff, faculty, and visitors of the Jewish faith? The Augsburg Community is invited to attend a presentation by Minnesota Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator, Rabbi Ryan Dulkin.

Tuesday, February 27
OGC 100
9:40-11:40 a.m.

Rabbi Ryan Dulkin brings with him an extensive background in Jewish education, having served most recently as a visiting professor of Jewish Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His other academic appointments have included the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Vocation Lunch with Robert Tom – March 29th

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Faculty and Staff – you are invited to attend the Christensen Center for Vocation’s Spring Vocation Lunch with robert tom, Augsburg’s Ceramics and Sculpture Professor! This event will take place on Thursday, March 29th from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM in East Commons, Christensen Center.

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

To learn more about robert tom and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-vocation-lunch-with-robert-tom-tickets-42754587121

Spaces are limited so please register soon. Note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email and do not add the event to your calendar without completing the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or email ccv@augsburg.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Women’s Night Out 3/3

submitted by truem@augsburg.edu

On Saturday March 3rd from 4-7 pm, Brian Coyle Center (420 15th Ave. S. Mpls) will be hosting our 12th annual Women’s Night Out event planned by women for women. The event will provide dinner, entertainment, resources & more for women. The purpose of the event is to celebrate women who ive and work in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and beyond. We’ll also be featuring Buraanbur with Hodan Nur! This year’s theme revolves around women’s health and will feature 4 guest speakers:

-Dr. Dahabo Baraho-Hassan, Author (Featured speaker)
-Mariam Egal, State of MN (Panel speaker)
-Ruqia Abdi, Hennepin County Libraries (Panel speaker)
-Asli Ashkir, MN Dept of Health (Panel speaker)

We’re also still looking for volunteers to help run serve food, set-up, etc. Click here to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/rlU0tqtUzlCjAicF3

Thanks to our partners helping plan & put on this event: People’s Center Clinics & Services, Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis Police, Project SELF, Minneapolis Health Department, Augsburg University, Sisterhood Boutique & the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs

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Sabo Symposium this Wednesday

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

Join us: Demystifying Social Security

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Mark you calendars!! I know it’s spring break, but this is important! Social Security can be so mystifying. In this unique session, learn—directly from the SSA–about Social Security benefits in retirement to help yourself, your spouse, your parents, or other loved ones navigate the world of retirement and the SSA. This information session will be led by Rhonda Whitenack of the Social Security Administration.

This is good information no matter what your age; and getting someone from the SSA to come directly is harder than it looks—take advantage of it!

When: March 13th from 11:30-1:00 pm
Where: Hagfors 150A

TODAY: Join us for a Life in Balance!

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!

February 27, 11-12 pm in the Augsburg Room

Mexico Presentation & Lunch

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Join the study abroad office for lunch on Thursday, March 1st to learn about one of the mostaffordable study abroad semester options for Auggies – fall semester at ourstudy center in Mexico!

On the program, you can complete multiple general education requirements,including Modern Language 1 and 2, Natural Science (with lab), Humanities,Social Science, Wellness, and Fine Arts! Business courses also available.

There will be a presentation by the Mexico Site Director, Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar,on Thursday, March 1st at 12:00 PM, in OGC 100.

Come to the presentation and learn about our Mexico study center, ask questions,have food, and get excited to study abroad! Questions to abroad@augsburg.edu

RSVP to the Lunch & Presentation

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