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Des Moines University Information Session

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

Anna Cruz, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist, will provide information on Des Moines University’s clinical programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy as well as non-clinical master’s programs in anatomy, biomedical science, public health and health care administration.

Tuesday, March 20
11 am – 12 pm
101A Hagfors Center

For questions or to schedule an individual appointment with Anna, contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu.

PA Information Session

submitted by berggg@augsburg.edu

Join URGO to hear from the Augsburg PA Studies program about prerequisites, experiences, and writing a compelling personal statement for a competitive application. Alumni will also share information on how they successfully gained admission and their experiences in PA school.

Wednesday, March 21
6 – 7:30 pm
150A Hagfors Center

Contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu with questions or to RSVP. Dinner will be provided.

Four Days in May: Experiential Learning Opportunities

submitted by vanceb@augsburg.edu

Mark your calendars, May 8-11 Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting a large variety of experiential learning opportunities for both professional development and community building.

Engaging discussions won’t have themselves, so join us for a cup of coffee and a variety of professional development opportunities!

Topics Include:

Tools to Foster CLEAN Design
Principles of Universal Design for Instruction
Faculty Learning Tech Showcase
Library Research Tools
Retaining Transfer students in STEM
Faculty and Staff Leadership
Food Education
Portfolio Workshop
Connections with Cedar Riverside Neighborhood
Creating and Inclusive Campus Conference (May 10th)
New Framework for Experiential Education at Augsburg
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
IRB Changes and Challenges
LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Classroom
Teaching and Learning Environmental Sustainability in your Courses

A complete itinerary will be available on the CTL website shortly after spring break.

CTL Website

General Announcements

GCTWF Survey Extended through March 12th

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

The Great Colleges to Work For survey has been open for more than two weeks. So far, Augsburg has a 71% response rate.

To allow additional time for those who haven’t had an opportunity to take the survey, the deadline to respond has been extended through Monday, March 12th until 4:00 p.m.

For those of you who have participated, thank you for sharing your voice! For those who haven’t, please do so!

If there are any questions or concerns about the survey, please direct them to Nicole Peterlin (peterlin@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1602).

Interfaith Engagement: a Palestinian Christian Perspective

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Faculty, Staff, and Students – you are invited to attend an evening of conversation with Bishop Munib Younan. In 2018, Bishop Younan retired as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and completed his 7 year term as President of the Lutheran World Federation. Bishop Younan is a global leader in inter-religious relationships and the pursuit of a just peace between Israel and Palestine.

This event, “Interfaith Engagement: a Palestinian Christian Perspective”, will take place on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM in Oren Gateway Center Room 100.

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!
Link to full Bio – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_HBJ4kpH81SY0R5V2hHWm9adGxYazFrTVE0RlEtbV95NXRv/view?usp=sharing

Mexica New Year: Volunteer With ALAS

submitted by degollad@augsburg.edu

Mexica New Year: This family-friendly, cultural festival celebrates and honors the diverse beautiful cultures of indigenous peoples of the Twin Cities. Hosted by Indigenous Roots in partnership with local dance and drum circles, artists, community organizations and businesses.

COME AND HELP BY VOLUNTEERING WITH ALAS. Volunteers may be asked to help with tabling, clean up, set up, activity facilitator, etc.

March 10, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Johnson Senior High School (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
1349 Arcade St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

More details in the RSVP form.

RSVP HERE

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

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

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

Event Announcements

Support for Associate Professor Mzenga Wanyama

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

Following is excerpted from yesterday’s email to faculty, staff and students regarding Associate Professor Mzenga Wanyama. The link provides updated information about the meeting today, March 9. Some of the information posted on social media yesterday was inaccurate, so please use the link below for the most recent information:

“[Yesterday], we learned that Professor Wanyama in our English department is facing a hearing with the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office tomorrow.  This is distressing news for all of us.  Mzenga is a valuable friend and colleague.  He and his family are important members of our community.

Many of you are asking what we might do to help.  We have marshalled our resources to provide both legal and personal support for Mzenga. To learn more, please go to this shared Google doc.

I know that we all stand with Mzenga and his family because that is what the Augsburg community does – for which I am most grateful!

Faithfully yours,

Paul

Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D.
President
Augsburg University

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!

Learn What You Should Know About Social Security

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

In a one-of-a-kind, special event: 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 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Hagfors 150A

Spring Blood Drive 3/28/18

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for our annual spring blood drive on Wednesday 3/28 from 10 – 4 pm in the East Commons. Please consider make a donation and helping save lives. You can sign up for a donation time online at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 0027 or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule a time.

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

Keeping Track of Auggies

Auggies win overseas language fellowship

submitted by prosserj@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Augsburg University’s three new Critical Language Scholars: Abdulkadir Sharif, Bri Luetkahans, and Jubilee Prosser! The CLS program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides 8-10 weeks of intensive overseas language study and cultural immersion in an effort to expand the number of Americans who speak languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Abdulkadir Sharif, majoring in political science: public policy/political change and international relations, minoring in history, will be traveling to Arusha Tanzania to study Kiswahili;

Bri Luetkahans, international relations major with a minor in Mandarin Chinese, will be traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to study Chinese;

Jubilee Prosser, biology major and public policy and environmental studies minor, will also be traveling to Arusha, Tanzania to study Kiswahili.

To learn more about the CLS, check out the website at http://www.clscholarship.org/. After reading the website, if you are interested in applying next fall, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu.

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