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Fall Vocational Luncheon with Sonja Hagander

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to attend this fall’s Christensen Vocation Lunch with Sonja Hagander, University Pastor and Director of Ministries, on Friday, November 9th from 11:15 am to 12:25 pm

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.

Learn More and Register at:
https://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2018/10/22/fall-vocation-lunch-with-pastor-sonja/

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event. Also note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email before you add the event to your calendar.

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

More about our speaker: Sonja Hagander
PASTOR SONJA HAGANDER brings a deep passion for helping young adults explore Christian vocation and creating lives of faith and service. She has also led several interfaith initiatives at Augsburg, the ELCA’s most diverse college. In that context, she plans and leads worship each week in a challenging but very energizing urban multi-faith community. She has served as Pastor-Theologian at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, and as Chaplain and emcee to the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza Conference which hosts more than 1,000 pastors and youth leaders. She has been a contributor to “Word and World” and the ELCA e-zine for women, “BoldCafe.org.” She lives in the Twin Cities with her family. They love all things water: paddleboarding, skiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing, and kayaking. She most recently co-authored a book entitled, “Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates and Allies”, for Fortress Press.

EDUCATION
B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
M.Sc. University of Edinburgh
M.Div. Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

General Announcements

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Alumni Volunteers for the Month of October

submitted by burton@augsburg.edu

Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. This information assists the college in securing grants and other funding for the University. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email burton@augsburg.edu with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who have volunteered already in the month of October or will be volunteering before November 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

Reading with Neighborhood Kids

submitted by truem@augsburg.edu

Here’s your chance to read to first and second graders from the Cedar-Riverside Community School either at the school or at Augsburg! Slots are open on the second Tuesdays of the month from 11:30-12pm or the fourth Tuesdays of the month on campus from 9:30-10am. You can choose the book! There are lots of good children’s books in the Lindell Library that you can check out!

Please sign up by clicking on the link attached to this post.

The Guest Reader Program is sponsored by The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship in cooperation with the Cedar-Riverside Community School. All are welcome to participate, but slots are limited.

Sign up Sheet

Attend Seminary & Divinity School Day on November 15

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Are you curious about possibilities of future graduate level theological study? Are you considering pastoral ministry? Are you interested in the intersection of nonprofit or sustainability work and faith? Whether you are curious to test the waters of seminary or divinity school, or you know for certain it’s something you want to do, this day is for you! Seminary & Divinity School Day is a great opportunity to explore the variety of options.

Join us for Seminary and Divinity School Day on Thursday, November 15. A group of Auggies will travel to St. Olaf College on November 15th. There we will gather with students from other area colleges to meet with representatives from at least 7 Seminary and Divinity Schools around the country for this special day of vocational reflection and conversation!

This event is free and includes lunch. Transportation to St. Olaf College will be provided to those who pre-register through the Christensen Center for Vocation. We will leave Augsburg at 8:30 am and return around 2:30 pm.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2018/10/05/2018-seminary-and-divinity-school-day/

REGISTER SOON THROUGH THE LINK BELOW! Note that the last day to register is Wednesday, November 7.

Note that the last day to register is Wednesday, November 7.

Questions? Email ccv@augsburg.edu

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScv3S5kQAC1TEMzOKSca8qiXg2xG4K7r0JAfOK8Ik3sCn4NkA/viewform

Looking for Dinner Hosts for Spring International Student Orientation

submitted by bonfigli@augsburg.edu

International Student and Scholar Services is looking for Faculty & Staff who are willing to host new international & exchange students for a meal in their home. Approximately 10-15 new students will be arriving to Minneapolis in early January for Orientation. At the end of their week, we would love to have students have the opportunity to connect more with a faculty or staff on campus, make connections, and have the chance to be in someone’s home.

Here are the details:
You will meet students at 4:30pm in the Oyate Commons (Christensen Center Suite 2) on Friday January 11th. We are asking for you to host 3-4 students and drive them to your home for a meal. We ask that you bring them back by around 7:30 pm. It helps to be hosting with someone, whether that is your partner, family or you can pair with another faculty or staff on campus.

If you are interested, please email me at bonfigli@augsburg.edu. We are looking for around 4 – 5 hosts, but I will have a backup list as some times conflicts arise.

Learn more about Work Authorization for International Students

submitted by bonfigli@augsburg.edu

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS
Staff and Faculty, if you are interested in learning more about what options international students have for employment, please attend one of ISSS’s Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop. These workshops provide information on the authorizations for international students so you can better support and connect to opportunities for the students you advise.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
F-1 students may be authorized and documented in SEVIS to work or internship experiences off campus once they have been in F-1 Status for one year and studied full time. Before participating in any kind of off-campus employment, students must consult an international student advisor. Curricular Practical Training or CPT, is a temporary employment or training with in their major field of study and integral to the curriculum.

Upcoming Workshops this year:
Nov 27, 2018 4 – 5pm
Hagfors 104

Feb 13, 2019 3:30 – 4:30pm
Hagfors 104

Mar 7, 2019 11:30am – 12:30pm
Cedar Room

Apr 11, 2019 3:30 – 4:30pm
Hagfors 104

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training or OPT, is recommended by international student advisor and approved by USCIS for 12 months (with a potential 24 month STEM Extension) for after graduation. The work must be related to the student’s major field of study.

Upcoming Workshops this year:

Nov 9, 2018 10:30 – 11:30am
Cedar Room

Dec 5, 2018 3:30 – 4:30pm
Hagfors 104

January 16, 2019 12:00 – 1:00pm
Cedar Room

If you have any questions, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at isss@augsburg.edu. You can also review this information on the ISSS website.

ISSS Website.

Spend your Spring Semester Abroad – Apply by November 15

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

There is still time to apply for spring semester abroad! The application deadline for the following spring semester abroad programs is November 15.

CGEE in Mexico: Liberal Arts, Education, or Social Work tracks available. Perfect for sophomores, and most majors

CGEE in Central America: Poli Sci, Spanish, History, Religion, Gender studies courses.

CGEE in Southern Africa: Poli Sci, History, Religion, Gender studies, Science with Lab, Yoga, and Internship courses.

The tuition for these programs is LOWER than on-campus. Financial aid applies and additional scholarships are available.

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.

Get more program and application info!

Last Chance: Forum Survey

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Last month, Augsburg University hosted the 30th Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis (NPPF). This was the final Forum bearing the Nobel name, and building on our 30 years of experience, there is strong interest in continuing to convene an annual international forum at Augsburg to showcase our commitments to global perspectives, living faith, active citizenship, and meaningful work.

As we look toward the future, we want your ideas for what a redesigned Forum might look and feel like here at Augsburg. How will a “signature event” that expresses our institutional commitments be designed to align with students interests and curriculum across a range of departments?

Please share your voice and ideas with us. Click on the survey link below that best describes your role at Augsburg:

Faculty – http://augsburg.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4SB2wDeHIyYIDel
Students – http://augsburg.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFDm1bIx2lHzz4V
Staff – http://augsburg.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3BFqAjAJNmu8rjf

The deadline for submitting your feedback is October 24th.

Eight lucky participants (4 students/4 faculty and staff) will receive a $25.00 Visa gift card at the end of the survey process!

Event Announcements

TODAY — Demystifying Social Security Information Sessions

submitted by whitneyr@augsburg.edu

This afternoon, Rhonda Whiteneck, of 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 participants.

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: TODAY from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and October 30 from 9:30 – 10:30 am
Where: OGC 100

Questions? Contact hr@augsburg.edu

Flu Shots on Campus TODAY 10/25

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Still need a flu shot? The MN Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Center for Wellness and Counseling office TODAY – Thursday 10/25/18 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Please stop by with your insurance card (most insurances accepted) or you can pay $38 cash or check. The CWC office is located on the first floor of the Anderson Res Hall. No appointments are needed – walk on in and get your shot. Any questions, please call the CWC office at 612-330-1707. Let’s keep our campus and Augsburg community healthy this flu season — get your flu shot Thursday!

Norsk Julefest — A great way to start your holiday season

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Start off your holiday season with participating at the 5th Annual Julefest, the Twin Cities’ Scandinavian Christmas party!

After all, our very own institution, Augsburg University, was founded by Norwegian immigrants 150 years ago, and this is a way to not only celebrate our own heritage but also an opportunity to network with the Norwegian (and Scandinavian) community in Minnesota.

We have been asked to recruit 4 volunteers for the evening. This will provide you with free access to the event including food and drinks.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Bettine at hermansb@augsburg.edu

Tickets for non-volunteers can be purchased by following the link below.

I look forward to having you join us!

Julefest Tickets and Reservations

Submit Names for All Saints Day Commemoration

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

All Saints Day celebrates the people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. If you have lost a loved one or loved ones in the past year who you would like to be commemorated in the All Saints Day service in Hoversten Chapel at 11:30 am on November 1, please send their name(s) by October 30 to Janice Dames in Campus Ministry at dames@augsburg.edu.

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Tuesday 10/30: Psychological Thriller Night featuring Shutter Island

submitted by ellenbuj@augsburg.edu

On Tuesday, October 30th join the Augsburg Psychological Association in watching Shutter Island. The movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Hagfors 150b. Popcorn and candy will be provided. After the movie there will be an optional discussion opportunity where folks are invited to talk about psychological topics seen in the movie.

Any questions can be directed to ellenbuj@augsburg.edu

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Need Extra $? Assistant with Weekend Debate Tournaments for MNUDL

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Now Hiring – MNUDL Tournament Staff Position

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities.

We are looking for a few excellent folks who can help us deliver great debate tournaments for MN Urban Debate League high schoolers this semester and middle schoolers next semester.

Pay: $11.25/hr *+ Free Food!

● (Non-Augsburg students will receive $11.25/hr, Augsburg students will receive the Augsburg student employment rate)
● You do not have to be a student to do tournament support.
Job Duties:

● Post signage and tournament information throughout building
● Carry supplies (food and materials) in and out of location
● Help set-up supplies and Clean-up
● Help greet volunteers
● Ballot Runner – go to classrooms pick-up and return debate ballots
Job Qualifications:

● Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs and walk significant distance (within a school building)
● Pass a background check
● Have great customer relation skills – welcoming to volunteers, students and coaches
● Be reliable and able to get to tournament location; be professional in your conduct with students and staff.

2018 – 2019 shifts are now open!
Questions? Email mnudl@augsburg.edu, call 612-330-1730, or visit us in our office (Foss 18).

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