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Live and Work in Ecuador for Free after Graduation

submitted by murillo@augsburg.edu

Info session today at 4:30PM in Nelson Room

Puente Cultural is offering a large grant to cover the following:
Round trip flights to Ecuador and back

Costs of five week TEFL certification training program at CEDEI http://www.international.cedei.org/summer-tefl-program-ecuador/
Medical insurance while in Ecuador through CEDEI
Safe and secure housing with an Ecuadorian host family at no cost for July and August, 2018 which includes laundry and internet service
$150 monthly stipend for living expenses from September, 2018 thru June 2019
Additionally, the grant recipient will be paid to teach while living in Ecuador.

The ideal candidate:
Spanish speaker
Graduated from Augsburg by May 2019
Committed to living in Cuenca, Ecuador from July 2019 to June 2020
Demonstrate Financial Need
Interested in helping and teaching children of all ages
Willing to maintain a blog or Facebook page about experience
A recent Auggie Alum is currently in Ecuador with Puente Cultural. Follow her blog here to learn more about her experience.

Info Session Today in Nelson Room

Email Ruby Murillo for more information

Boren Scholarship to study a language abroad

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

The Boren Scholarship is a spectacular opportunity for students to receive funding for intensive language study abroad! Junior Auggie Abdul Sharif was selected last year to study Swahili in Tanzania – fully paid!

Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.

In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency (for example, the Department of State or Department of Defense) around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.

Awardees (must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)

Competitive applicants will generally have some experience in studying a second language or speaking one at home, and have a strong academic record.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu or Study Abroad/Study Away at abroad@augsburg.edu as soon as possible. Please make an appointment before starting your application. Application Essays must be emailed to urgo@augsburg.edu by the Augsburg Deadline, January 21st.

URGO Summer Research Applications Available

submitted by kochavej@augsburg.edu

Are you looking for a paid summer research opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2019 summer research are now available on the URGO website at http://www.augsburg.edu/urgo/research/on-campus-research/ All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

URGO SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $4,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $2,000 stipend. The program runs from May 16th – July 31st.

URGO SUMMER RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS
URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,000 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due January 29th, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research is going on in your department!

General Announcements

Water Policy

submitted by hangb@augsburg.edu

Beginning January 1st, vending machines will no longer offer bottled water. Please reach out to environmentalstewardship@augsburg.edu with questions, comments, and ideas moving forward.

Sparkling and other “enhanced” water will continue to be available around campus.

Minneapolis tap water, which consistently meets or exceeds safe drinking water standards, is available in drinking fountains for FREE! Students who need a refillable water bottle can pick one up at the Campus Cupboard (see hours: http://inside.augsburg.edu/foodshelf/), thanks the Environmental Action Committee’s Water Bottle Share program.

This is the next phase of the University’s Policy on Bottled Water, approved in May 2017. Learn more at: http://www.augsburg.edu/green/water-and-energy-conservation/bottled-water-policy/

Augsburg University Environmental Stewardship Committee

Augsburg Day Student Government: Institutional Climate Resolution

submitted by bakere@augsburg.edu

Based off of the information/opinions gathered by Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG) representatives from a panel discussion, anonymous surveys, communication with student leaders, and information/opinions gathered by ADSG representatives, ADSG voted on December 12th to pass a resolution with the following points.

ADSG on behalf of the Day Student Body call on Augsburg University to:

1. Establish a full-time Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) with substantial administrative power, encourage collaboration between the Multicultural Student Services office (MSS) and the CDO, and increase MSS staff.
2. Include the CDO and/or MSS in all future disciplinary meetings or meetings involving restorative justice methods.
3. Review and then require cultural competency training for all staff and faculty with some form of continued learning education.
4. Restructure the Augsburg Seminar course to include cultural competency as a pillar of the program.
5. Develop a definitive, clear, and concise definition of “Academic Freedom” within the faculty handbook that includes a statement about ensuring the safety of students and doing no intentional harm.
6. Review the tenure process; Bias and Discrimination Reports need to have an impact on the tenure and promotion processes.
7. Student diversity should be reflected within the hiring process of faculty and administration; the candidates should reflect the diversity of the student body for which the candidates would serve.
8. Review the course evaluations; questions on whether a student’s cultures and identities were respected by the professor within the course should be added.

Click the link to see the full resolution.

Approved 12/12/2018 by ADSG

Institutional Climate Resolution

Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG): Institutional Climate Resolution

submitted by bakere@augsburg.edu

Based off of the information/opinions gathered by Augsburg Day Student Government (ADSG) representatives from a panel discussion, anonymous surveys, communication with student leaders, and information/opinions gathered by ADSG representatives, ADSG voted on December 12th to pass a resolution with the following points.

ADSG on behalf of the Day Student Body call on Augsburg University to:

1. Establish a full time Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) with substantial administrative power, encourage collaboration between the Multicultural Student Services office (MSS) and the CDO, and increase MSS staff.
2. Include the CDO and/or MSS in all future disciplinary meetings or meetings involving restorative justice methods.
3. Review and then require cultural competency training for all staff and faculty with some form of continued learning education.
4. Restructure the Augsburg Seminar course to include cultural competency as a pillar of the program.
5. Develop a definitive, clear, and concise definition of “Academic Freedom” within the faculty handbook that includes a statement about ensuring the safety of students and doing no intentional harm.
6. Review the tenure process; Bias and Discrimination Reports need to have an impact on the tenure and promotion processes.
7. Student diversity should be reflected within the hiring process of faculty and administration; the candidates should reflect the diversity of the student body for which the candidates would serve.
8. Review the course evaluations; questions on whether a student’s cultures and identities were respected by the professor within the course should be added.

Click the link to visit the full resolution.

Institutional Climate Resolution

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for December

submitted by fulford@augsburg.edu

Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at www.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/auggie_pride/.

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information found at inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate

Contribute to Campus Cupboard at staff/faculty holiday party

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

Help support Augsburg students over the holiday break.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring contributions to Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard at the December 20 Faculty and Staff Holiday Party – Hagfors 150, 3-5 pm

Students have requested the following:
Personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, tampons, etc.)
Snack foods (granola bars, trail mix, chips, crackers, etc.)
Jars of peanut butter and other nut butters
Sandwich bread
Canned chicken
Canned fruit
Jars of pasta sauce
Cereal
Granola
Cheese
Apples/bananas/oranges
Ramen
**Items that reflect the various food preferences and dietary needs of our diverse student body are appreciated!

Augsburg’s Campus Cupboard will be setting up hours to open over the holiday break.

More about Campus Cupboard

12 Days of Gratitude

submitted by whitneyr@augsburg.edu

Calling all Auggies!! Share what you are grateful for during 12 Days of Gratitude.

Augsburg’s virtual gratitude jar will be open from now until December 21st, for all Auggies to share what they are grateful for–big or small. Statements of gratitude made here will be shared at the start of 2019 through Augsburg Wellbeing (hint, hint: we’re re-branding!). This will give us a moment to reflect on the good, and feel grateful for what was, while looking forward to 2019. Gratitude statements will be shared anonymously unless otherwise requested by the statement writer. The form will be open for the 12 days leading up to the holiday break (from now through December 21st).

Examples of gratitude statements (obviously, specific to me–yours will look different!): I am grateful for my HR team and all the work they do to support Augsburg.

Augsburg’s Virtual Gratitude Jar

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: deadline Jan. 18, 2019

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

Students can now apply for the 2018-19 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2019, in the following areas:
1. Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Four scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
2. Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Two scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 18, 2019.

More information about the scholarship, along with links to the application packets, can be found at the 2019 NASA Scholarship Cover Letter. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at stem@augsburg.edu.

Questions? Please contact STEM Programs at stem@augsburg.edu.

Event Announcements

Why are they coming? Refugees at the southern US border

submitted by youngs@augsburg.edu

Why are they coming?
Learn why thousands of Hondurans walked to the US border.

Music, poetry, education and action.
Free event. Material Aid option. Español.

Sunday, December 16, 2018
3:30 – 5:30 pm
3715 Chicago Ave So, Minneapolis (CTUL Building)

Presenters include:
Roy G. Guzmán, Poet
Mara Mendez, Political Scientist
Pablo Tapia, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles
Luna, caravan participant
Marco Dávila, Immigrant Movement for Justice
Music: Rumba Eterna

Host: Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana
A coalition of individual and over 30 organizations united to support caravan refugees.
To endorse: MN4Caravans@gmail.com, 651-224-7308. Interpretacion en español.

Minnesota Caravan Solidarity

Faculty/Staff Appreciation sale at the Bookstore

submitted by millerch@augsburg.edu

Faculty and Staff, this week Wednesday through Friday is the faculty/staff appreciation sale. All regular priced clothing, trade books, gifts and school spirit merchandise will be 40% off. I hope you have your list and have checked it twice because it is a perfect time to do your holiday shopping, plus a great opportunity to get some new Augsburg University gear for yourself! . Take advantage of this great discount as a thank you for your support of the bookstore throughout the year.

Shop during store hours:
Wednesday December 12: 9am – 5pm
Thursday December 13: 9am – 5pm
Friday December 14: 9am – 5pm

TODAY: Focused Conversation on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

The second of our December Focused Conversations is this afternoon at 2 p.m. in Oren 100. Here is the agenda:

[1] Augsburg’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, including feedback from participants – presented by Joanne Reeck, chief diversity officer.

[2] Chief Student Success Officer Katie Bishop will provide an update regarding Augsburg’s equity work in support of student success – presented Katie Bishop, chief student success officer.

[3] The work of the Accessibility Subcommittee — which is part of the University Council structure as a subcommittee of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity University Committee — presented by Ann Garvey, vice president for Student Affairs, and Kathy McGillivray, director of the CLASS Office.

Finally, a video replay of the Wednesday session is available on the All Hands page, for those not able to attend one of this month’s sessions.

TONIGHT – An Evening of Theater – Free to attend

submitted by gustafse@augsburg.edu

TONIGHT at 7pm
Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Come enjoy and support the fresh talent at Augsburg University! Darcey Engen’s Beginning Acting class will perform a variety of monologues, scenes, and utterances. Free to attend!

Please be advised of mature content.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1945111918908480/

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