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Decolonizing the Classroom

submitted by diazj@augsburg.edu

At this moment when racism and violence against communities of color is unapologetically visible, it is necessary to look at how academic institutions and our own practice may be perpetuating colonizing structures. This workshop on decolonizing pedagogies will feature shared vocabulary building, embodied practice, and small group discussions. Participants will leave with deepened understanding of colonial structures and how they manifest in our work in addition to strategies for decolonizing different aspects of our teaching.
Please join us on Tuesday, Oct 9th from 2:00-3:20 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Foss Building for what is sure to be a provocative discussion and workshop.

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at obrienk@augsburg.edu or x1446.

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 10th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Kirsten O’Brien at obrienk@augsburg.edu or x1446.

Active Learning Immersion Workshop – This Thursday, 10/4, 1:50-3:00 PM

submitted by albertd@augsburg.edu

Join us for a four-part immersion presentation showcasing faculty expertise in active learning and engagement with students on Thursday, October 4 from 1:50 to 3:00 PM in the East Commons (Christensen Center). Lori Hale (Religion), Jennifer Diaz (Education), Matthew Maruggi (Religion), and Lyz Wendland (Art) will offer immersion experiences designed to teach techniques and strategies for active learning for students. Along with experiencing the techniques directly, participants will also receive handouts outlining the strategies, and reflection time to discuss the use of the techniques. Adjunct instructors on contract this semester who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend.

General Announcements

Oct. 1 last day for Full-year Metro pass deal for new day students

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

October 1 is that last day for a full-year discounted Metro pass for new day first-years and transfer students. First-year and transfers students can purchase a year-long College Pass for just $150 – that’s a 55% discount!

Order your pass here before October 1, 2018: https://store.metrotransit.org/promo/college-pass-150-9-2018

College Passes can be used for unlimited bus and light rail rides all semester, meaning you’ll never have to worry about having money for a fare. When you’re not riding to school, you can use your College Pass to get to work, an internship run errands and explore the Twin Cities. Not a regular bus or train rider? No problem! Find all the places you can go using our trip planning tools. Learn more at metrotransit.org.

Important Details
The discounted passes will be available to purchase at the link above until October 1, 2018. After that, students can purchase a semester College Pass at the Bookstore for $115.00 (subsidized by Augsburg from $165.00)

Guaranteed Ride Home
Students who regularly ride transit to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which reimburses a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride when you have to leave early or late unexpectedly. To learn more and register for this free program, visit metrotransit.org/guaranteed-ride-home.

Employer tabling – Twin Cities PBS

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Representatives from Twin Cities PBS will be tabling in the lobby of the Christensen Center on Monday, October 1st from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Donor Development Strategies is a national fundraising company that partners with public broadcasting stations all across the country, like PBS and NPR. Here locally in the St. Paul, we have partnered with Twin Cities Public Television and we run their door-to-door fundraising program. We are hiring individuals to go out into the Twin Cities and surrounding communities, go door-to-door, speak with people at their homes, and ask supporters of public media to make a donation to help ensure that their local public broadcasting station is around for the future.

In the past five years, we’ve raised over 2 million dollars for Twin Cities PBS. Our program has proven to be a critical tool in establishing a new base of support for PBS. Right now we’re looking to grow our team and do even more. We are hiring for both full- and part-time positions.

Elizabeth Behnke ’13 joins Staff Senate

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Staff Senate is excited to welcome Elizabeth Behnke as a new elected member. Due to an open position, Staff Senate went back to the spring election results and ask Liz to fill the position. Liz graduated from Augsburg in 2013 and now serves as an Administrative Assistant in Institutional Advancement. Please join us in welcoming Liz to Staff Senate.

Find out more about Staff Senate

October 3 – Christensen Symposium with Rahuldeep Gill

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Morning Event
Christensen Symposium Address by Dr. Gill: “Who Are ‘We?’ A Sikh Perspective on Vocation, Justice and Death”
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Afternoon Event
“Igniting hope in un-hopeful times”: an open conversation with Rahuldeep Gill, facilitated by Fardosa Hassan and Ole Schenk
2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. in the Student Lounge, Christensen Center
About the speaker

Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D., is a sought-after Speaker, Author, and Igniter for social change, whose life goal is to develop effective and heartful leaders with broad perspectives to drive innovations. Through his lectures and workshops he works to build pluralism and cross-cultural relations to inspire connected communities on campus, in the workplace, and in the marketplace.

He recently published his first book, Drinking from Love’s Cup, with Oxford University Press, and he is currently writing two more books about leadership and pluralism. He is a tenured professor and Campus Interfaith Strategist at California Lutheran University, and is the visiting professor of Sikh Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has twice been voted Cal Lutheran’s Diversity Professor of the Year and lives in Los Angeles with his family.

http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2018/09/17/2018-christensen-symposium-with-rahuldeep-gill/

LSAMP NSS Funding for Underrepresented Students in STEM

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

Are you an underrepresented student pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? If so, you might be eligible to participate in LSAMP North Star STEM (NSS). Augsburg’s LSAMP NSS program is designed to help STEM students succeed through peer mentoring, workshops, research opportunities, industry visits, and conference travel. LSAMP NSS funding opportunities include:

-Professional development stipends (up to $500) for participation in LSAMP NSS programming
-Travel funding for professional STEM conferences (including airfare and lodging)
-Academic year or summer research funding (contingent on mentor match)

STEM majors at Augsburg: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, physics

LSAMP NSS eligibility:
-Full-time student pursuing a STEM major.
-US citizen or permanent resident.
-Underrepresented in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This includes being Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an initiative funded by the NSF to support underrepresented students pursuing a STEM degree. Minnesota’s LSAMP program is called the North Star STEM Alliance and includes 17 colleges, universities and community organizations.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us at stem@augsburg.edu or complete the following application: https://northstarstem.org/augsburg/apply.

Please note that funding through NSF requires citizenship or permanent residence, but all students are welcome to participate in NSS programming.

North Star STEM Application

Oct. 1 last day for Full-year Metro pass deal for new day students

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

TODAY – October 1 is that last day for a full-year discounted Metro pass for new day first-years and transfer students. First-year and transfers students can purchase a year-long College Pass for just $150 – that’s a 55% discount!

Order your pass here before October 1, 2018: https://store.metrotransit.org/promo/college-pass-150-9-2018

College Passes can be used for unlimited bus and light rail rides all semester, meaning you’ll never have to worry about having money for a fare. When you’re not riding to school, you can use your College Pass to get to work, an internship run errands and explore the Twin Cities. Not a regular bus or train rider? No problem! Find all the places you can go using our trip planning tools. Learn more at metrotransit.org.

Important Details
The discounted passes will be available to purchase at the link above until October 1, 2018. After that, students can purchase a semester College Pass at the Bookstore for $115.00 (subsidized by Augsburg from $165.00)

Guaranteed Ride Home
Students who regularly ride transit to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which reimburses a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride when you have to leave early or late unexpectedly. To learn more and register for this free program, visit metrotransit.org/guaranteed-ride-home.

Christopher Houltberg: Design & Agency, Episode 15 of the Augsburg Podcast

submitted by chambek2@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Podcast features voices of Augsburg University faculty and staff. We hope this is one way you can get to know the people who educate our students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Subscribe on Itunes.

Listen Here to Christopher Houltberg: Design & Agency

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – apply by Oct 2

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

The Gilman Scholarship for study abroad is $5000-$8000 for a semester or summer program abroad. US Citizens who are Pell Grant eligible may apply.

The application deadline is October 2. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to earn serious funds for your program abroad.

Do you have questions about the application? Want someone to read through your essay before you submit? Contact the Study Abroad office in Oyate Commons in Christensen Center, or email abroad@augsburg.edu

Gilman Scholarship Info and Application

Event Announcements

TODAY – General Mills Info Session

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Representatives will be on campus Monday, Oct. 1st from 4:30-6:00 in Hagfors, 351. They are interested in making connections and collecting resumes from juniors and seniors that are majoring or minoring in Computer Science or Management Information Systems. There will be a short presentation, Q & A, and time to network. Sophomores are encouraged to attend to learn about future openings.

Positions are posted on Handshake and students are encouraged to apply prior to the event. They also will be collecting resumes on Monday.

To join this event log into Handshake. Pizza will be provided.

Handshake

Alumni Hosting: Optum (United Health) Info Session

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Business Administration, Marketing, Economics, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics majors:

Plan to attend an information and networking session with Augsburg alumni
Mubarik Hassan ’18, Nazih Safi ’17, Justin Lochner ’13, and Yibralem Tesfaye ’15
on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:30-5:30 in Hagfors Center 351.

They will provide an overview of Optum, including the Consulting Development Program, which they are a part of. In addition, there will be time for questions and networking! Open to all students and majors.

Treats will be provided.

Optum Info & Networking Session

Optum Info & Networking Session

Optum Info & Networking Session

Magic the Gathering Draft

submitted by natropi@augsburg.edu

Please join us for the first Magic the Gathering (MtG) Draft featuring Guilds of Ravnica this Friday (Oct. 5) from 5:30-9:00PM in Hagfors 150! We will have food, packs, and lots of fun, so we hope to see you there! New and veteran players welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 4, by e-mailing gamersunited@augsburg.edu with your name, dietary restrictions, and any other info that may be useful. Thank you!

Facebook Event Link

Get your Flu Shot – TODAY 10/1

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

The Center for Wellness and Counseling welcomes our community partners from the MN Visiting Nurse Association for the first of two scheduled flu shot clinics on campus. Please get your flu shot TODAY – Monday 10/1 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm in the CWC office located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall. Most insurances are accepted or $38 cash or check. The clinic is a walk-in clinic and no appointment is needed. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. Stay healthy this flu season and get your flu shot. The second clinic will be on Thursday 10/25/18.

Blood Donors Needed – Wednesday 10/3

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

HELP!! Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for its annual fall blood drive and we still need donors! Please help save lives and consider donating blood. The blood drive will be in the East Commons on Wednesday 10/3/18 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Please sign up on-line at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 0027. You can also call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to get a donation time. Please consider donating blood to help save lives.

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

The Eagle and the Condor: From Standing Rock With Love

submitted by marubbio@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Native American Film Series invites you to the international opening of The Eagle and The Condor–From Standing Rock with Love. Our evening event will include a virtual introduction from the filmmaker (Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore), broadcast globally to supporters like the Augsburg Native American Film Series, and stories from our students and community members who participated in the fight against DAPL. We look forward to hearing your stories of Standing Rock as part of our conversation after the film.

The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016. The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.

Location and Time
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:00-6:25
Virtual Introductions and Screening begins at 6:30
Discussion with Standing Rock participants follows
This event is free to the public

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Staff Senate Networking Lunch—Thurs. Oct 4

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Join Staff Senate in the Commons over your lunch break to meet new colleagues and learn more about one another and how we work together. It’s a great opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the University, both for new employees and for those that have been here for years. Join us!

Thursday, October 4
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

http://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/2018/09/28/staff-senate-networking-lunch-thurs-oct-4/

Business majors: Earn your Keystone in Guatemala on Spring

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Travel to Guatemala. Earn Credit! Join the program Faith, Vocation, and Social Change on spring break and travel to Guatemala!

Explore the concept of vocation in the context of poverty and political oppression, examining the ways in which Christian theology has been and continues to be used, both to justify oppression and injustice, as well as to support social justice movements and offer hope for a peaceful and just social order.

This program will meet a few times in spring semester, but much of the coursework will take place during your travel on spring break.

Course options: RLN 409 – fulfills Search for Meaning II, or RLN 480 – fulfills Keystone for some majors

Program Fee: $3,200 This all-inclusive program fee covers: round-trip international airfare, all lodging, all meals, and all program activities and on-site transportation. There is no additional tuition charge for full-time day students. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

Apply by November 1

More Program Info and Application

Study in NYC this Spring Break

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Travel to NYC. Earn Credit. Spring Break! Join the program Roots to Rap: Islam in America for a spring break you’ll never forget. Explore the neighborhoods of New York, meet with religious leaders, community organizers, and engage with the history of Islam in America!

This program will meet throughout spring semester, but much of the coursework will take place during your travel on spring break.

Course options: HIS 212 Topics: Roots to Rap: Islam in America (fulfills humanities requirement), or RLN 205 Topics: Roots to Rap: Islam in America (fulfills Search for Meaning II requirement) Professor Maheen Zaman

The program cost is $1499 and covers round-trip airfare, lodging, most meals, and all program activities. There is no extra tuition charge for full-time undergraduate students.

Apply by November 1

More Program Info and Application

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Study Abroad & Away Deadline: October 1

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Study Abroad & Away deadlines for Spring semester programs are coming up:

October 1 – Deadline for all spring semester programs and priority deadline for CGEE Study Center spring semester programs.

For questions about your study abroad options or applications, please email abroad@augsburg.edu, or stop by the Study Abroad & Away office in Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center.

Study Abroad & Away homepage