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Help Your Students Develop Critical Reading Skills – Today, 12:30-1:40

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) TODAY, 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

Writing or Revising? Visit the Writing Lab

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

All writers can use reviewers and the Writing Lab tutors are ready to help you! The lab is located in Lindell Library, street level, just left of the circulation desk. Any Augsburg student — grad or undergrad, any major — is 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

Have you Mastered SMART Boards Yet?

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

If you are having technical issues, then by all means contact IT. If your problem is related to integrating the technology into your teaching, why not get a classroom consultant?

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.

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

Classroom Consulting

General Announcements

Paid Psychology Study Participants Needed

submitted by naglek@augsburg.edu

I, Alexis Nagle, am an undergraduate student conducting URGO-funded research through the Augsburg University Psychology Department, under the mentorship of Dr. Stacy Freiheit. The study I am conducting focuses on the impact of sexual assault disclosure on the friends of sexual assault survivors among college students.

You are being invited to participate in this study because of your enrollment as an undergraduate student at Augsburg University. If you elect to participate in this study, you will be asked to respond to a 15-20 minute confidential & anonymous questionnaire about attitudes & experiences surrounding sexual assault. Your participation in this study will yield either course credit for PSY105 & PSY215 or $5 compensation.

This survey deals with sensitive topics, such as sexual assault & violence. If you choose to participate in this study, you have the right to withdraw or skip any questions at any time without affecting affect your current or future relations with Augsburg University or the researcher. The indirect benefits are that the results of this study may allow for a better understanding of the effects of sexual assault. A direct benefit is that you will receive course credit or compensation for completing this survey.

The results of this study will be disseminated in a final paper & presented to the faculty in the Psychology department at Augsburg University. The results also may be published in a professional journal or presented at local, regional, national, or international conferences via a poster or oral presentation. In any publication or conference presentation, I will not include any information that will make it possible to identify participants. All data will be stored on a password-protected computer and only my advisor & I will have access to it.

If you are interested in participating in this study, you may contact me, Alexis Nagle, at naglek@augsburg.edu to arrange for a day and time.

Last Day for Spring Intramural Sign-Ups

submitted by voigtj@augsburg.edu

Registration for spring intramurals is now OPEN!!

Registration will be open until Wednesday, Feb. 28th.

Leagues will start the week of March 5th and run until April 19th (with no intramurals during the week of spring break). We will have volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

Check out the website for more info as well as registration links!

Augsburg University Intramural Website

MN Literacy Council – tabling today

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Literacy Council is currently recruiting! We have two AmeriCorps VISTA opportunities: Summer Reads VISTAs (June 11-August 5) and Literacy VISTA (July-July)! If you or anyone you know is interested in sharing the power of learning through service, check out Summer Reads VISTA HERE. Interested in a year of service? Stop by the Christensen Center Lobby on Wednesday, February 28th between 10:00 -1:00.

Eat Free Pizza & Make A Difference for Middle Schoolers

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 – 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

Great Colleges to Work For Survey: Be Heard

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!

2017-2018 Augsburg Leadership Awards/Senior Leadership Society

submitted by johnso91@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

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Registration deadline 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

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

Event Announcements

Yoga Today

submitted by lamberte@augsburg.edu

Good Morning. I will be teaching yoga at Augsburg every Wednesday this semester. Please join us today from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm in the Racquetball Court (Si-Melby 130).
Mats will be available if you do not have your own mat. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. Please email me if you have any questions or suggestions at lamberte@augsburg.edu.

Show solidarity with Honduran human rights defenders

submitted by youngs@augsburg.edu

SOLIDARITY WITH HONDURAS
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS, WORKERS, YOUTH

LEARN TOGETHER!
ACT TOGETHER!

WHAT:
1. Hear the story: Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied (30 min.)
2. Talk with Minnesota activists
3. Make signs defending human rights, denouncing government repression and supporting the Honduran people
4. Stand in solidarity (photo for social media)

WHY:
The political reality in Honduras is serious. US involvement in funding and equipping the police/military has exacerbated state repression. Stand in solidarity with the Honduran people. Commemorate the indigenous and environmental leader, Berta Cáceres, on the second anniversary of her assassination. Bring your camera or cell phone! HELP SEND THE MESSAGE AROUND THE WORLD.

WHEN: Friday, March 2, 2018
TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

FFI: Sherilyn Young, youngs@augsburg.edu, 651-224-7308

Honduras Solidarity Network

Free Tickets for Students, this Saturday

submitted by knutsonc@augsburg.edu

Call to Prayer, a joint performance by The Augsburg Choir & The National Lutheran Choir will be held right here at AUGSBURG!

Saturday, March 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, Augsburg University
General Public: Tickets Required
FREE to Augsburg Students with ID
(No parking permit needed for Lot L, Map)

General Public Tickets

What You Should Know About Social Security: Info Session

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

Rhonda Whiteneck, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration will present a comprehensive look at Social Security benefits and the role they play in retirement. The presentation will include a look at how your age at retirement affects your benefits, who else is eligible to receive a benefit, and how you enroll. In addition, Rhonda will discuss Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, touching on penalties, creditable drug coverage and how Medicare affects HSA participation.

Not sure if you should attend? Are you planning to retire – soon or sometime in the future? Do you have parents, friends, etc. who will be retiring and could use a few pointers? Are you unsure how your and your spouse’s Medicare benefits coordinate? Do you have an HSA and wonder what will happen to it when you reach Medicare eligibility age? If you answered yes to any of these, this seminar is for you!​

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

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!

Study Abroad Spotlight: Mexico!

submitted by yangss1@augsburg.edu

Spotlight: Augsburg Study Center in Mexico!

Presentation & Lunch (on us): Thursday, March 1st, 12:00 pm in OGC 100

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.

Questions to abroad@augsburg.edu

RSVP to the Lunch & Presentation

Keeping Track of Auggies

Ian Loretz places at speech meet

submitted by lapakko@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Ian Loretz, who claimed a 3rd place trophy at yesterday’s Twin Cities Forensic League tournament. Ian competed in the Program Oral Interpretation event–an event in which contestants must create a thematically coherent program of literature from at least two genres of literature. Yesterday’s meet featured speakers from eight schools, including MSU-Mankato, UW-Eau Claire, the University of Minnesota, Bethel University, and the University of Northern Iowa.

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