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Submit your research to the Augsburg Honors Review

submitted by bensongg@augsburg.edu

Take your research to the next level and submit to the Augsburg Honors Review! All undergraduate students are welcome to publish illuminating, insightful, and contemporary research in an internationally competitive interdisciplinary journal. Submit your research paper to honrview@augsburg.edu by February 1!

Alternative Spring Break 2019: Building Together

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Looking for something meaningful to do this spring break? Consider signing up for Alternative Spring Break!

During the week of March 16th-23rd, Augsburg students will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to serve with Habitat for Humanity. You could be one of these! We’ll visit places like the Civil Rights Institute and learn from African-American activism both past and present. This trip is a great opportunity for students of different backgrounds to come together, learn, and build houses and community!

Registration is open now! Forms can be found online at http://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/alternativespringbreak/ and in the Campus Ministry Office.

Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

The cost of the trip is $250 which includes lodging, transportation, and most meals.
Registration forms can be found online at http://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/alternativespringbreak/ and in the Campus Ministry Office.

Spots fill up fast, so register soon! $100 is due at registration to secure your spot.

Want to learn more? Have questions? Email Sydney Saygbe at saygbes@augsburg.edu

Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break” + Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation

Faculty: Request a class visit from a Writing Lab tutor

submitted by groeneve@augsburg.edu

Would you like to encourage your students to become more confident writers? Invite a Writing Lab tutor to visit your classroom!

Writing Lab tutors can make a quick visit (5 minutes) to your class to talk about why a student might want to visit the Writing Lab, describe what happens in a tutoring session, and share information about our hours and location.

Tutors can also show your students what a Writing Lab visit looks like through a “mock session” demonstration (15 minutes). If two tutors are available during the time that your class meets, they can present this “mock session” to your class. Alternatively, a tutor can play the role of “tutor” while you, the instructor, play the role of “tutee.” This session can also be adapted in other ways to fit the context and needs of your class.

If you are interested in either a brief visit or “mock session,” please email me (Sarah Groeneveld Kenney) at groeneve@augsburg.edu. I will connect you with a tutor who can speak with you more about the most effective way to encourage your students to seek feedback on their writing.

3 Days in May: We Want to Hear Your Suggestions

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering 3 days of professional development workshops and discussions from Tuesday, May 14th – Thursday, May 16th. In order to make for the most useful and engaging lineup, we’d like to hear your ideas. Please send any suggestions to ctl@augsburg.edu. Get the most from your experience by helping to create it!

CTL

Boren Scholarship to study a language abroad

submitted by kundell@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.

Faculty: How URGO Can Support Your Research

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

URGO’s summer research program is designed to both enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.

Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise.

While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship, for example, is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.

To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website: www.augsburg.edu/urgo

Phase 1 of summer research applications are due January 29th, with complete proposals due February 19th. If you have any questions about being a research mentor, please contact Dixie Shafer at x1447 or shafer@augsburg.edu

Great summer job: Learn to do research with your faculty

submitted by kundell@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!

Paid Fellowship for Trip to Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select few universities to participate in the program. Multiple Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.

The 2019 trip will take place on April 16th. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at http://jewishminneapolis.org/minne/. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1446.

Eligibility:
– U.S. Citizen
– Full-time student
– Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2020
– 3.0 GPA or higher

Peace Scholars application due February 1

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Are you a sophomore or a junior with a deep interest in central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. Then this program is for you!

Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of central issues on the global arena. If selected as a Peace Scholar you will be awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

More information, and application instructions, can be found on our Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) website.

Questions can be directed to:
Bettine Hoff Hermanson at hermansb@augsburg.edu (ext. 1378),
Leah Spinosa de Vega at devega@augsburg.edu (ext. 1650) or
Kristian Evans, 2018 Peace Scholar from Augsburg University, at evansk@augsburg.edu

Center for Global Education and Experience

January 24th Deliberative Dialogue

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? Grading practices and grade inflation are topics that can evoke passionate responses from both faculty and students. However, in this session, we ask an essential question: should grades exist at the university level? See http://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/ for links to videos you are invited to view before the Dialogue.

Joaquin Munoz, assistant professor of education, will facilitate what is sure to be a spirited discussion with multiple perspectives to be presented for debate and reflection.

Thursday, January 24th | Deliberative Dialogue: Should We Eliminate Grades at the University Level? | 1:50-3:00 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for Deliberative Dialogue

Seeking sample mid-course feedback faculty examples

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

The University Course Survey working group is looking for examples of mid-course feedback forms that faculty are using and find useful. The group is looking for instruments that work well for you to obtain feedback from students during the term that you use to adjust course direction. This is formative evaluation to help identify potential changes that could improve the experience for students. The working group will be collecting examples for publishing on the CTL website as a resource to all faculty. Use the form link below to submit.

Submit your sample instrument

General Announcements

Never guess on punctuation, grammar, or spelling again—introducing the Editorial Style Guide

submitted by weirick@augsburg.edu

OK, o.k., or okay?
And, &, or +?

Those may seem like small differences, but what about others like:
–How do we abbreviate academic degrees?
–Where are commas, colons, and exclamation points appropriate?
–What’s an en dash and an em dash, and how are those used differently than hyphens?
–What terms do we use instead of “freshman,” “chairman,” and “very”?

The marketing department created the Augsburg University and Luther Seminary Editorial Style Guide so you don’t have to guess about spelling, grammar, punctuation, and common terms used around the university. Because Augsburg and Luther marketing and communication staff work together through a shared services agreement, this style guide is designed for use at both institutions.

Especially if you write to students, alumni, donors, or other external audiences on behalf of Augsburg, the style guide is an essential tool to polish your message.

Bookmark the marketing webpage for convenient access to the style guide.

Free Pizza + Service Hours as a Debate Judge with MNUDL

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate.
Earn Service Hours Using Your Skills as a Volunteer Debate Judge

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, needs a few excellent folks to judge middle school debates this spring.

No experience? No problem. We train judges at the beginning of every tournament.
What Judges Do:
• Watch rounds and evaluate teams on logic, argumentation, and public speaking.
• Provide written feedback and assign points to each debater.
• Choose the winner of each debate!

Opportunities to Volunteer:

Volunteers will judge two rounds of debate from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

• January 10th – Central High School
• January 16th – Central High School
• January 17th – Barton Open School
• January 29th – North HS
• February 7th – Roosevelt HS
• February 13th – Washington Technology MS
• February 21st – Washburn HS
• February 28th – North HS
• March 5th – Edison HS
• March 7th – University of Minnesota
• March 20th – University of Minnesota
• March 21st – University of Minnesota

Stay tuned for our Spanish Debate & Somali Debate dates!

Visit us: Foss Office 18 at Augsburg University | udlvolunteers@augsburg.edu
(612) 330-1730

Volunteer With Us

Share your Augsburg Story – Join the Staff Story Circle

submitted by fulford@augsburg.edu

The Music Department invites all staff to join them in creating a new Music-Theater piece about, for, and with people who have been or are currently a part of the Augsburg University Community (http://engage.augsburg.edu/sesquicentennialmusical/).

To gather material, the music department is hosting Story Circles, facilitated by theater professionals Leah Cooper of Wonderlust Productions and Aaron Gabriel of Interact Theater. A Story Circle is an opportunity to gather in groups to tell stories, write down thoughts, and share experiences about Augsburg. If you don’t feel like sharing, you can just listen. Nobody’s story or experiences will be used in the play directly (like a documentary); they’ll be blended together into a fictional story, protecting the privacy of those who share.

They are hosting a staff story circle on January 17th from 1-2:30pm in the Augsburg Room (you are not required to stay the entire time if you are unable to). Please attend if you are interested and able. RSVP to Sonja Thompson at thompso2@augsburg.edu.

-Staff Senate

Focused Conversations on Data Analytics Framework: TODAY

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

The January Focused Conversation will feature Leif Anderson, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Katy Hahn, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; and Chris Jacobsen, Associate Director of Shared Services Enterprise Applications discussing the development of a data analytics framework for academic, enrollment, and financial planning.

Wed, Jan. 16, 12:30 p.m., Marshall Room

To add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands page

TRIO McNair Scholars Program Recruiting for Fall 2019

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2019 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2020 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2020. 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 2020.
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 least 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 Coordinator, 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.

http://www.augsburg.edu/mcnair

NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship for STEM students: applications due on Friday

submitted by ricomec@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 on the link below. If you need this information in alternative form, please contact STEM programs at stem@augsburg.edu.

NASA Space Grant Scholarship

NASA Space Grant Scholarship

Staff Appreciation Awards – Accepting Nominations Until 1/24

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with the name and title of the individual you wish to nominate
STEP 2: Staff Senate will confirm receipt of your message and send you an online nomination form
STEP 3: Secure at least TWO additional letters of recommendation from a current staff, faculty, or student (Note: the nomination form will also ask for your own personal recommendation.)
STEP 4: Submit your completed nomination form with two or more letters of recommendation attached as either PDF or Microsoft Word documents

ABOUT THE AWARDS: The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize exceptional staff members who exemplify Augsburg’s mission statement through their actions. Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on March 7th.

Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for 2 years or less are eligible to receive this award.

DEADLINE: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from January 9th through January 24th. Nominees will be notified on or before February 1.

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Join Augsburg Admissions for a Documentary Screening on Jan. 31

submitted by asfeldk@augsburg.edu

You are warmly invited to attend an on-campus showing of the documentary titled, “The Test & the Art of Thinking.” The film addresses crucial questions about the SAT/ACT college entrance exams, including the value of the test score and what the test actually measures.

In 2018, Augsburg voted in favor of piloting a test-optional admission policy. The admissions department is organizing this thought-provoking opportunity as the institution continues to better understand the impact this policy has on applicants to the university.

When: Thursday, January 31st, 3:45 p.m.
Where: Hagfors 150A
Popcorn and beverages provided. Optional questions, comments, and discussion following the film.

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ukZaZ8UxMshvxviG2

Watch the preview here!

Teddy Bear Toss – Saturday 7:00pm

submitted by waalenk@augsburg.edu

The PA Program and Women’s Hockey are teaming up for the second-annual teddy bear toss. Bring a clean, new stuffed animal to throw out onto the ice during intermission when the Auggies play at home January 19th at 7:00pm. Stuffed animals should be wrapped or in a bag to protect them during toss. The stuffed animals will be donated to Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis Hospital.

https://www.facebook.com/events/311125749491706/

Study abroad in Africa – Learn more on Thursday

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Interested in study abroad to Africa? Meet with Augsburg CGEE professor, Dr. Lamont Slater, on Thursday, January 17, to learn about Augsburg’s Southern Africa Study Center program! Dr. Slater will be tabling in the student center from

Meet & Greet with Augsburg In Namibia
January 17
11am to 1pm
Nelson Room (next to Einstein’s)

“Nation-Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind” is a semester program that takes students across two countries (Namibia & South Africa) to learn about the impact of gender, race, culture, and identity on democratic processes, human rights issues, and social and economic advancement today, from the point of view of Southern Africans.

Auggies who study abroad on this program can take a variety of courses in Poli Sci, History, Gender Studies, Religion, and also have an internship option. All Auggies recieve an automatic $1,500 travel grant to offset the cost of this program!

Learn more and meet one of the CGEE Namibia professors on Thursday!

Learn more about the Southern Africa semester program

Schedule for the Day of Action

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Faculty, Staff, and Students, check the link below for details regarding the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action happening Monday, January 21. Plan to meet in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. before attending breakout sessions in Oren Gateway Center.

Students, faculty, and staff have organized a powerful morning of conversation sessions, a first step in taking further concrete actions to improve inclusiveness at Augsburg, with attention to the learning environment. Workshops will give way to the 1:00 p.m. Convocation featuring Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross.

Everyone is welcome!  Be a part of this important day.

Schedule for the Day of Action

 

 

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