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Teaching Tip Tuesday: Developing Your Online Course

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Faculty, check out the link below for ideas to consider before developing your online course.

Remember to watch for more Teaching Tips on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and for Tech Tips on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. You can also visit http://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/resources/ for more resources.

Seven Things to Consider Before Developing Your Online Course

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Teaching and Learning Awards

What brings you light?

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

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 interfaith@augsburg.edu. 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.

Best,
Augsburg Interfaith Scholars

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

General Announcements

Free tax clinics from Prepare + Prosper

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

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.

Curricular Inclusion Survey

submitted by velamcco@augsburg.edu

Day Students,

If you have already completed the Curricular Inclusion Survey, thank you so much for taking the time to do so! Your feedback and input are valuable to us. If you have not yet done so, this notice is intended as a friendly reminder. Check your email for the survey and follow the link.

Because we deeply respect the time it takes to complete the survey, those who do so will automatically be entered into a raffle for one of eight gift cards (four awards valued at $25 and four awards valued at $50).

Bob Groven: The Power of Constructive Debate, S2E3 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 Bob Groven: The Power of Constructive Debate

MN First Lady Walz to support Augsburg gov’t relations, public service careers

submitted by pribbeno@augsburg.edu

We are very pleased to announce that Gwen Walz has joined the Augsburg community as an independent contractor, serving in two roles: as Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Partnerships and as a Fellow in the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

Mrs. Walz is a long-time friend of Augsburg. Her husband, Governor Tim Walz, and she first partnered with us when Governor Walz served as the US House member from the district including our Rochester campus. We specifically focused on issues of diversity and equity in the Rochester area. We also joined with Mrs. Walz in promoting a program to offer college courses in Minnesota prisons.

Mrs. Walz, a Gustavus Adolphus College graduate and a veteran high school teacher and administrator, will work on several special projects for Augsburg, including government relations and promoting public service careers for students.

Mental Health Skills and Support

submitted by kentjo@augsburg.edu

The Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) is forming a new group focused on teaching and practicing skills for emotional wellbeing.

These will include:
Understanding and working with emotions (emotion regulation skills)
Mindfulness skills
Distress tolerance coping skills
Interpersonal effectiveness/assertiveness skills

The group will meet Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 in the CWC office, starting on the February 13th.

Please contact the Center for Wellness and Counseling to schedule a brief informational meeting if you are interested in participating. Call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

What’s in our garbage? Waste Audit completed February 7

submitted by wilsona3@augsburg.edu

Beautiful day for a waste audit with the Environmental Stewardship team, led by Minnesota GreenCorps member Aaryn Wilson! Major findings from the dumpsters behind Oren Gateway Center: 11% of waste (by weight) in the organics dumpster should have been in the trash, and 33% of the recycling dumpster should have been in organics. Waste sorting is confusing. We’re here to help!

http://www.augsburg.edu/green/

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.

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

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society application now open

submitted by reynosom@augsburg.edu

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.

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society nominations are now open

submitted by reynosom@augsburg.edu

Nominations for the 2018-2019 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open! These awards celebrate and recognize outstanding student leaders and student organizations at Augsburg University for their innovation, mentorship, advocacy, and engagement throughout this academic year. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeM4QEGJ6BAXOU1-IYBCEOy35HlpkGeQ-akn-P0jBbaJTy81g/viewform)

We encourage all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to nominate student leaders and student organizations for these awards. A list of awards with their descriptions can be found here:(http://www.augsburg.edu/cao/activities/augsburg-leadership-awards/). Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Nominees will be honored and recipients will be announced at the 20th Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 7 from 5:00-7:30pm

Congratulations to the December Auggie Pride Winners

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Christine Berkenpas, Associate Registrar, and Maggie Sotos, Enrollment Communications and Event Specialist for receiving the December Auggie Pride Awards. The service they provide to the entire Augsburg community has an unmeasurable impact on not only the people they encounter but the institution as a whole. Staff Senate admires their outstanding work and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Learn more about the December winners

Event Announcements

Convocadence A Cappella Auditions Starting TOMORROW

submitted by greenes@augsburg.edu

Do you have a passion for singing and/or a cappella? Convocadence is Augsburg’s only a cappella co-ed group and are looking for new members who are committed and passionate about music. Rehearsals are on Friday nights from 6-7:30 and Sundays from 4:30-6. We will be holding auditions on Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 13th from 6-8:30pm. Audition sign up sheets are located in the music building in between the choir and band room. We will be asking you to sing a verse and chorus at most. Hope to see you there!

Convocadence’s Instagram

Norwegian Film Screening: February 13 at 6 pm

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

In Order of Disappearance (Kraft Idioten) is a 2014 Norwegian black comedy action film (compared to the film Fargo) directed by Hans Petter Moland and starring Stellan Skarsgård.

Brief Summary:
Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded a Citizen of the Year Award. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge and justice. His actions ignite a war between a vegan Norwegian gangster and the Serbian mafia boss. Winning a blood feud isn’t easy, especially not in a welfare state. But Nils has something going for him: Heavy machinery and beginners luck. (IMDb)

Date: Wednesday, February 13
Location: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1-Fm3xx6gw
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Additional screening this semester:
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Location: Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Film: Before Snowfall (Før Snøen Faller)
Director: Hisham Zaman, a contemporary Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTR23exgNI8

Brief Summary:
A road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His journey begins when his older sister, Nermin, flees her wedding. Siyar’s father is dead, and as the eldest son, he is obliged to set out to find his sister and restore his family honour in the local village. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin. They travel together. Their journey through Greece, Germany (Berlin) and Norway makes Siyar’s search for his sister a search for dignity and love. (IMDb)

Questions? Contact Bettine Hoff Hermanson at hermansb@augsburg.edu (x1378).

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HWT’s Hlub(Love) – Friday, February 15

submitted by thaobb4@augsburg.edu

Hlub (Love) is here to give Hmong women and their allies an opportunity to empower a woman and/or an inspirational figure(Guest Of Honor) in their life by participating in an intentional and intimate setting where they could express their gratitude to them.

If you choose to Honor someone, there will be time delegated for you, who RSVP’d, to express your gratitude to your Guest Of Honor. Please prepare a letter for you to read to them on the night of.
If you choose not to Honor anyone, please come with your support.

Please join us by RSVP-ing if you hope to attend. Only current Augsburg Students and Augsburg Alumni may RSVP. We have limited spots for RSVP’s (with a Guest of Honor). First Come First Serve! The Guest Of Honors may be a non-Augsburg community member. One guest per RSVP please!

Dress-Code: Semi-Formal
Location: Marshall Room
Address: 720 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Food: Will be provided

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZOuYCoP7ZTIoJmYn2
**DEADLINE to RSVP: 02.08.19 11:59pm**

For more information or have any questions? Feel free to contact Bobbie Thao (thaobb4@augsburg.edu) or Nan Vang (vangn11@augsburg.edu).
Feel free to refer to Hlub’s fb event page as well!

Click here for Hlub’s fb event page

TODAY – Summer Job Camp Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Are you looking for a summer job? Looking to gain leadership skills? Spend your summer working with youth.

On Monday, February 11, 2019 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm there will be a summer camp job fair in the lobby of the Christensen Center. The fair is free and open to all students. Camp representatives from a number of states are looking to hire students to work over the summer with youth. Jobs vary from camp counselors, activity instructors, kitchen help, etc. Housing and food is included, as well as, as a stipend. If interested, representatives will interview you at the fair. (dress attire – casual to business)

A few reasons why you should work at a camp:

*Camp will build teamwork skills like no other
*You learn how to be a role model
*The kids will inspire you as much as you inspire them, if not more.
*It’s a fun yet challenging summer gig
*You will make life-long friends
*It might help you find a direction
*New Experiences

Questions? Contact 612-330-1472 – tilton@augsburg.edu

Only 9 days until the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

If you are looking for an internship or graduating in the spring, you should attend the Minnesota’s Private Colleges’ annual JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR on Thursday, February 21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This fair stands out as one of the premier college/employer partnerships in the country. The exhibit hall is open from 9:00 a.m .- 2:00 p.m. (You can stay for as long as you are able)

It is NOT to early to start researching the employers that are registered. Visit the
http://mnpcfair.org/ to learn more about the fair.

Attend a Prep Session
*In person: Job Fair Prep Sessions are listed on Handshake in Events.
*Moodle Community Site – find the link on the fair handshake invite page

WHY ATTEND THE FAIR?
*Explore opportunities in a variety of industries and majors.
*Chat with more than 275 employers – all under one roof!
*Open to undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from the Minnesota Private Colleges.
*Get your free professional LinkedIn Photo taken at the fair!

REGISTER & PAY THE $12 FEE in Handshake

Networking- Tips, Tricks, Practice an Evening with Alumni

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Wondering what networking is? Never been to a networking event?

Students are invited to join alumni on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. in the Hagfors Center.

Reasons why you should attend:

*Learn from Auggie experts who have used networking to further their career.
*Get advice on ways to feel comfortable with networking and how to put your best foot forward in professional situations.
*Practice your networking with Auggies from all professions and ages, and start to build a network in a safe and supportive environment.

The evening will consist of a panel discussion and mingling with alumni.

Panel Moderator, Matt Shannon 04′ – Medtronic
Panelists:
Deb Krueger Knight ’82, Founder Career Professionals
Janice Gladden ’12, Target Corporation
Mike Cunningham ’10, Richfield Middle School
Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’11 MBA, United Health Care

Registration is free and open to all students! All majors and students are welcome! Light snacks will be provided.

Register on Handshake

Focused Conversations on the Strommen Center Initiative: TOMORROW and Wednesday

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

The February Focused Conversation will feature Katie Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer, and Lee George, Executive Director of the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work discussing the Strommen Center Initiative. This initiative is to develop a comprehensive plan for the Strommen Center, positioning workforce readiness and alignment as one strategic focus of the Augsburg2025 plan.

Tues, Feb. 12: 2 p.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wed, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., Hagfors150

For the livestream link or to add a session to your calendar, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg.

All Hands

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search – February 16 – Register today

submitted by mckinnes@augsburg.edu

Join us at the 5th annual Jump Start Your STEM Job Search!

Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

This event is perfect for all STEM majors – first year students to seniors. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to:

– Network with STEM industry professionals
– Attend career-oriented workshops
– Gain insights from STEM panelists
– Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
– Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

We welcome Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as our keynote speaker. HabitAware’s Keen smart bracelet “Retrains The Brain.” Keen creates awareness of hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting, debilitating mental health conditions. Having grown up with hair pulling disorder, Aneela is now an outspoken mental health advocate. HabitAware is a HAX hardware accelerator alumnus and recently received an NIH research grant. Her life’s work (HabitAware) has been featured as a TIME Magazine 2018 Best Invention and in BuzzFeed, SELF Magazine, The Washington Post, Prevention Magazine and more.

No cost to attend. Breakfast and lunch included.

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to stem@augsburg.edu.
Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register today!

HabitAware: Winner of Meda’s $1 Million Challenge speaks at Augsburg University 2/16/19

submitted by mckinnes@augsburg.edu

“HabitAware, a local tech startup developing a smart awareness tracker called Keen to stop behaviors like hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking, took home the top prize at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s (Meda) $1 Million Challenge startup competition Wednesday.

As the first place winner in the $1M Challenge, Minneapolis-based HabitAware will receive $400,000 to advance its business.”

Read more at:
https://www.americaninno.com/minne/inno-news-minne/habitaware-wins-top-prize-at-medas-1-million-challenge/

Jump Start Your STEM Job Search welcomes Aneela Idnani, co-founder and president of HabitAware, as its keynote speaker. Jump Start offers opportunities to:

– Network with STEM industry professionals
– Attend career-oriented workshops
– Gain insights from STEM panelists
– Get personalized feedback on resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles
– Have a FREE professional headshot taken.

Join us!
Saturday, February 16th
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hagfors Center

Please send all questions and accommodation requests to stem@augsburg.edu. Accommodation requests should be made one week in advance to allow us to best meet your needs.

Register for Jump Start Your STEM Job Search today!

Keeping Track of Auggies

Three Auggies named Fulbright Semi-Finalists and Advance in Competition

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.

Two Augsburg alumni and one current student were named Semi-Finalists for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships abroad. Reaching semi-finalist status means that one’s application has passed the first round of evaluation and will receive further consideration by the host country. In a competition with more than 10,000 applicants per year, being named semi-finalist is an impressive honor! The Semi-Finalists include:

Madeline Kinn ‘18, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Czech Republic

Emily Knudson ’15, English, Environmental Science, Spanish, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Brazil

Emilie Tomas ‘19, Psychology, English Teaching Assistant Semi-Finalist to Indonesia

If you are a junior or senior and would like to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program, go to https://us.fulbrightonline.org/ and attend one of URGO’s information sessions this spring! Dates of these sessions will be advertised in March.

3 Auggies Selected for National Fellowship in Public Policy

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Three Augsburg rising seniors were selected for the nationally competitive Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute in 2019. This seven-week program prepares students for graduate school in public policy and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service at five of the top public policy schools in the country. Not only is this summer program fully-paid, but it promises a minimum of $5,000 scholarship to a consortium of public policy graduate schools.

Natalya Arevalo, Political Science and Philosophy, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Noah Greenfield, Political Science, will be attending the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Abdul Sharif, Political Science and International Relations, will be attending Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.

Only 20% of applicants receive the PPIA award. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding achievement!

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