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Augsburg’s Interfaith Scholars, a group of students who are interested in exploring the religious diversity of the Augsburg student body, the wider Twin Cities community, and the United States through interreligious dialogue and action, are organizing a campus wide art project focused on the question: “What brings you light?” This is an ambiguous prompt, as our goal is to engage with folks from many different religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds and to showcase what is the “light” in our lives despite our different beliefs.
We ask the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light, and to photograph if they are able. Perhaps it is a beloved pet, a significant other, a spice rack because you love cooking, a pocket bible, a special place you spend time in, etc. If it is not something you’re able to photograph, a selfie would be a great submission! Please send appropriate content, as these photos will be displayed on campus.
We are also asking for an audio clip with your photo submission. You can talk about what your light is or answer one of the following questions the Interfaith Scholars has compiled. Please send your photo submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit a text description or an audio recording between 30 seconds and 90 seconds long answering any of these questions:
What brings you light?
What brings you meaning?
What brings you joy?
Please feel free to interpret the question in whatever way resonates with you. Be creative, be spontaneous, and be intentional. Please let us know if you have any questions on this art project or are unsure on how to complete the submission.
We look forward to seeing (and hearing!) from you.
Augsburg Interfaith Scholars
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Greetings from Campus Ministry (CM) and the Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV)!
We are writing to inform you of a wonderful service opportunity coming up!
During Spring Break this year, March 16th – 23rd, we will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break. We’ll visit the Civil Rights Institute and learn from African-American activism both past and present. This trip is a great chance for students to travel during spring break while also making a positive difference with community. The cost is $250 and includes lodging, transportation, and most meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration to secure your spot. Registration is open now until February 4th.
Like us on Facebook “Augsburg Alternative Spring Break”
and Follow us on Twitter @AuggieSpringBrk
If you have any questions feel free to contact student leader Sydney Saygbe at firstname.lastname@example.org or staff adviser Lonna Field at email@example.com
Campus Ministry and the Christensen Center for Vocation
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Applications are now open for the 2018-2019 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. Students will also be nominated for the Marina Christensen Justice Award, given out at Commencement. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuOtk0wrXjoLTyr53GtWMFWoq6HoVVQU4w0MYGXD8evY0N7Q/viewform)
Applications are due on Thursday, March 14 at 5pm. Recipients will be honored at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm.
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Students, not sure where to go for health care? Please check out the new Student Support Guide to identify local Health Care resources. The Guide includes information on Smiley’s Health Clinic (where uninsured Augsburg students can receive services for a $5 co-pay), as well as information on Dental Care, Emergency/Urgent Healthcare, Getting on Health Insurance, Health Care Near Augsburg, Pharmacy/Affordable Medications, Psychiatry, Sexual Health, Sleep Problems, and Quitting Tobacco. The Student Support Guide can be found in the “A-Z Directory”, on the Student Affairs webpage, or on the Moodle Resources tab.
To access the guide, make sure you are logged into your Augnet account.
Student Support Guide
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Prepare + Prosper’s free tax clinics opened on Saturday, January 26 and will run through April 15.
Visit http://prepareandprosper.org/free-tax-preparation/ to learn more, and make an appointment.
More than 550 volunteers will serve nearly 13,000 people with free tax preparation and financial services at nine locations in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Hopkins. Volunteers went through up to 20 hours of comprehensive education on the tax codes and new federal tax laws.
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As we move forward in our Love Local Water initiative, you’ll notice that Aquafina bottled water has now been replaced with Bubly (flavored sparkling water) or Lifewater (“enhanced” vitamin water) in vending machines on the Minneapolis campus. One more step closer to honoring our readily available, clean, local tap water! We recognize this is a complex process, with lots of questions and grey area. You may be wondering:
Q: Is all the water coming out of our drinking fountains and sinks actually safe to drink?
A: The places that students have tested on campus so far meet federal standards for key pollutants. Minneapolis tap water consistently meets standards. What are those standards anyways? Who determines them? What if what feels “safe” to me is different than the standards?
Q: Aren’t these new options just bottled water with a marketing twist?
A: Perhaps. What do you think? What about people who might not drink plain water but could stay hydrated by drinking these?
Q: Aren’t we encouraging more sugary beverage consumption by removing plain water as an option?
A: We don’t know yet what people’s purchasing habits will be, but we have data on which beverages were previously purchased. Do you know someone who needs a water bottle so they can get free water at the drinking fountains? Send them to the Campus Cupboard to pick one up!
Q: Why are we even doing this? Why does it matter?
A: Good question. Want to talk more about this? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Why did you answer all these questions with more questions?
A: Because we are complex creatures living in a complex world in which environmental sustainability doesn’t usually fit nicely into “good” or “bad” actions and outcomes. And aren’t we all here to be critical thinkers amidst our thoughtful stewardship?
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Did you know Augsburg is a Beez Kneez Urban Apiary Partner? We host honeybee hives on campus that are cared for by our neighbors, The Beez Kneez, over in Seward. Here’s the latest report we received about our bees:
“We experienced higher than usual colony loss last winter forcing us to replace many hives in the spring of 2018. There were several compounding factors that are to blame including a long, harsh and persistent winter (remember that foot of snow and super cold temps in mid-April), a new virus which set many of the new colonies back and weird weather in the middle of the summer. The bees seemed to use all the spring and early summer nectar to heal themselves from the virus and then when the summer flowers were supposed to provide, we experienced cold and rainy weather in the first week of July. A perfect storm of problems. I talked to many beekeepers in the state that experienced similar problems.
Your hives were alive and ready for winter in early November. Bees can endure this cold but temperature swings can be hard on them and that really warm weather we had in January can cause them to eat more than they should. We will be checking on them and their food stores as soon as it gets above freezing again. Hopefully, spring comes a little early this year. It is an el nino year which is more mild than usual. I am hopeful. We will give you an update on their status.”
THE BEEZ KNEEZ ADVOCATES REVIVING THE HIVE FOR HEALTHY BEES,
HEALTHY LIVES BY ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING HIVES IN THE TWIN
CITIES, DELIVERING HONEY BY BICYCLE, PRACTICING SUSTAINABLE
BEEKEEPING PRACTICES AND SERVING LOCAL BEEKEEPERS THROUGH THE
BEEZ KNEEZ HONEY HOUSE AND CAMP BEEZ KNEEZ.