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Congratulations to the CTL Grant Recipients

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Committee on Faculty Development, the Office of International Programs, the University Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, and Provost Kaivola are pleased to announce that $46,000 in faculty grants have been awarded for 2019-2020. These grants support summer scholarship, course design, and work with the University’s international partners.

Please see the list of 2019-2020 CTL Grant Recipients to get an idea of the amazing work being conducted by our colleagues.

2019-2020 CTL Grant Recipients

Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Michael Grewe will host a repeat session of his “Day of Action” workshop. Participants will explore how white supremacy and racism manifest themselves within classroom and co-curricular spaces, including but not limited to the ways we process knowledge, engage with conflict, think about power dynamics, deliver content, and design assignments. Attendees will discuss ways of creating classes, programs, and events that resist white supremacy and embrace other forms of cultural knowledge and understandings..

Wednesday, March 27th | Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom | 2:00-3:30 pm, Marshall Room

RSVP for Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in the Classroom

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 at the “Interfaith Art Project Showcase” on April 4th in the Gundale Chapel, located in Hagfors from 5pm-8pm.

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

General Announcements

$5 for staff, faculty, and students

submitted by ellenbuj@augsburg.edu

We are looking for staff, faculty, and/or students willing to take 10 minutes to participate in a psychological study. This study looks at criminal justice procedures. Participants are able to obtain one course credit (when applicable) or $5 for participation. Research will be conducted in Hagfors 252. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Ellenburg at ellenbuj@augsburg.edu or Donovan Paz at pazbasd@augsburg.edu to set up an appointment, or ask questions.

Curricular Inclusion Study

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).

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.

McNair Website

Academic Support Resources for Students

submitted by carlson2@augsburg.edu

Students, please check out the Student Support Guide to identify resources for Academic Support. The Guide Includes information on Attention/Focus, Choosing a Major, Disability Accommodations & Support, Discrimination and Bias Incident, Math Anxiety, Medical Withdrawal, Missing Classes, Navigating College as a First-Generation College Student, Personal Problems Affecting School, Procrastination/Motivation, Study Skills/Time Management, Test Anxiety, Tutoring, and Writing a Research Paper. 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

Shamsa Ahmed selected as Newman Civic Fellow for 2019-2020

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.

The 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellow is second year student Shamsa Ahmed!

Shamsa is a leader actively working on promoting political voice and civic agency for women, young people, and those with marginalized identities. In addition to multiple student leadership roles, including representing her fellow students for the last two years as a member of the Augsburg student government, Shamsa founded and leads a campus chapter of Women for Political Change, a group focused on creating spaces for women and gender non-conforming individuals to explore identity and politics and to engage in the political process to make social change.

You can read more about the Newman Civic Fellowship and view all of the nominated fellows by clicking on the link below.

Congratulations to Shamsa on this prestigious recognition and opportunity!

Learn more about the Newman Civic Fellowship

Event Announcements

Are We Green By 2019? (March 11 and 27 events)

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

Are We Green By 2019? We’ve come a long way since making a public commitment to taking action on climate change, and it’s time to reflect and look towards the next steps in our commitment to being thoughtful stewards of our place. The Environmental Stewardship Committee invites you all to attend one of the “Dinner Party Downlow” events this month, where we’ll eat together, share what’s been on our mind with environmental sustainability on campus, and begin imagining what’s next for Augsburg.

NOTE: Two identical sessions happening on March 11 and March 27. Please attend one if you can and invite friends, classmates, colleagues, etc!

NOTE #2: There will be other opportunities to share feedback throughout April if you can’t make it to one of these sessions… but there may not be as much food…

4pm – Food and gathering
4:30 – Intro, Green By 2019 overview
4:35 – Evaluation activity
5:30 – Report out
5:40 – Reflect
5:50 – Next Steps

RSVP so we can plan food!

Forum 2019: Help Us Choose Speakers

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

We are excited to be moving forward with the next iteration of the Forum and want to get as much input as possible from the campus community in regards to potential speakers and programming.

The new Forum will continue to bring together students, global leaders and change-makers, and local activists to explore innovative ways to take constructive action on issues identified as priorities by the Augsburg community. The survey we administered in Fall 2018 identified racial justice, indigenous rights, and environmental sustainability as top priorities.

The form (linked below) provides a partial list of potential speakers (global and domestic), and we invite you to help choose the top candidates.

The Forum will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 28 and 29, 2019.

Please provide your response by Monday, March 11.

Speaker Roster Form

TODAY: Staff Appreciation Event

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Each year, Augsburg University’s Staff Senate hosts a special event where staff are recognized for years of service, completion of the Diversity and Inclusion certificate program, and outstanding contributions to the campus community. The event includes refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a “candy bar.”

2019 Staff Appreciation Program
Thursday, March 7
3–4:30 p.m. | Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel
Livestream Link for off campus colleagues: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/812221791

As part of this event, we are encouraging attendees to bring donations for Campus Cupboard, Augsburg’s student food shelf. Campus Cupboard is currently looking for donations of the following items:

Food donations: Microwaveable meals, healthy snack foods, trail mix, granola bars, peanut butter and other nut butters, canned beans, canned chicken and tuna, canned fruit, dried fruit, sandwich bread, cereal, ramen, baking supplies (flour, sugar, etc.), pasta sauce

Toiletry donations: Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, pads and tampons, lotion, sunscreen, nail clippers, etc.

Please consider bringing an item to donate to Campus Cupboard on Thursday, March 7. You can also donate any time by bringing items to the Campus Cupboard, located in Foss.

http://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/staff-appreciation/

Join us on Wednesday, March 13 for another film screening

submitted by hoddevit@augsburg.edu

Norway Hub continues our Norwegian movie series with Before Snowfall (Før snøen faller) created by Hisham Zaman, a Norwegian-Kurdish filmmaker.

BEFORE SNOWFALL is a nontraditional road movie about family, love, dignity and honor. Siyar is the eldest man in the family. When his sister escapes from her own wedding, he is given the task to track her down and restore the family’s reputation. The hunt after his sister becomes a dangerous journey from east to west, where the collision of traditional bound cultures and modern western living challenges Siyar to find out who he really is. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin, who is also lost between borders in Europe. They experience a budding friendship and an infatuation. Evin chooses to travel with him, unknowing of his plan.

This series is made possible by the Norwegian Film Institute in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Showings in the Twin Cities are presented as a result of a partnership between the Honorary Norwegian Consulate in Minneapolis, Norway Hub/Augsburg University, and Norway House.

Please feel free to check out the event on our Facebook-group: https://www.facebook.com/NorwayHub/

Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Place: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg University

More information about the filmmaker:
Hisham Zaman, is a contemporary Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker. He graduated from the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer in 2004. He has made several award-winning short films, most notably Bawke which has received more than 20 national and international awards.

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Join us for a film screening at Wednesday, March 27 too!

The movie that will be shown is about Roald Amundsen. He lead the first expedition to reach the South Pole.

Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg University
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Attendance is free but registration required. Please message to following:
RSVP: info@norconmn.com

Trailer for Before Snowfall:

Lot A Parking – Friday

submitted by heinj@augsburg.edu

Just a reminder that tomorrow is an admitted student visit event, “Experience Augsburg.” Lot A will be reserved for our visitors, many of whom will be using this day to make their final decision about attending Augsburg. Please plan to park elsewhere. We understand that the snow has made parking and accessibility all the more limited, and we greatly appreciate your assistance.

If you see a guest or a family that looks lost, please assist them.

Last Chance to RSVP for “A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo”

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Today is the last day that we will accept RSVPs for this event.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo will be speaking at the Guthrie theater on Friday, March 15th. CTL will pay for up to 20 people to attend this early-morning event, so fill out the RSVP Form now for your chance to hear Dr. DiAngelo speak about “White Fragility”.

“Brought to you by Teach For America-Twin Cities, along with Presenting Sponsor The Minneapolis Foundation. Come hear from Dr. Robin DiAngelo talk about a term she calls “White Fragility, ” a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering defensive responses, instead of a prompt to reach for humility and grapple with how to engage in intentional action.” Further information about Dr. Robin DiAngelo and “White Fragility” can be found at: https://events.bizzabo.com/211942/home

Friday, March 15th | A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo | 7:30-9:00 am, The Guthrie Theater

Register Now to Attend “A Morning with Dr. Robin DiAngelo”

Event Tomorrow at St. Kate’s for Faculty/Staff of Color

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Host: St. Catherine University
When: Friday, March 8, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. (Followed by a Free Lecture at 7:00 pm in the O’Shaughnessy)
Where: Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

“Join us to celebrate and connect with fellow People of Color (POC) staff and faculty from area colleges and universities. Bring your authentic self and your business card.

Your St. Catherine’s colleagues also invite you to attend the Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture “I Have Seen the Good Worlds” featuring Toshi Reagon. The free lecture will take place in The O’Shaughnessy at 7 p.m. “

Register for March 8th Happy Hour

Focused Conversations on Vocation E-Portfolio: Next Week

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

The March Focused Conversations will feature Marty Storz, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, and Elaine Eschenbacher, Director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, discussing development of a vocation-focused e-portfolio, which is designed to become a distinctive and synthesizing element of the Augsburg undergraduate program.

Tuesday, March 12, 10:30 a.m., Marshall Room (session available via livestream)
Wednesday, March 13, 12:30 p.m., Oren Gateway Center 100

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

All Hands page

Donate Blood – Next Week – March 13

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Before you hit the road or go off campus for spring break week, please consider donating some blood to help saves lives. Memorial Blood Center will be on campus for its annual spring blood drive on Wednesday, March 13th. Please help saves lives Auggies by donating blood. The blood drive will be in the East Commons in Christensen Center on Wednesday 3/13/19 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Please sign up on-line at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 0027. You can also call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to get a donation time. You can also stop by our table on Friday 3/8 between 1-0:30 – 12:00 pm to schedule an appointment too. Please consider donating blood to help save lives. During our fall blood drive we hit 97% of our goal — let’s make it 100% this time.

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

Augsburg Hillel Purim Party

submitted by glissmeg@augsburg.edu

Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Biblical victory over a bad guy from wiping us out! On Purim we dress up, listen to the story of our victory, and give each other gift baskets filled with yummy food.

On March 14 from 11:30am-12pm in the Foss Lobeck Chapel, we are having an event for you to create your OWN gift bag of FREE yummy food!

So come and join us as we create yummy gift bags and celebrate!

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“Passage” (A Staged Reading) is Seeking Actors and a Director

submitted by chamberh@augsburg.edu

My name is Halle Chambers. For a little over a year now, I have been writing a historical fiction play called “Passage” about Swedish immigration to Minnesota in the late nineteenth century. This semester, I will be presenting a staged reading of my play for theatrical honors. I am currently looking for anyone who might be interested in being a part of the project.

In “Passage,” we follow a small Swedish family from beginning to end of their journey to America. The story mostly centers on the son, Björn, who acts as the main narrator, chronicling the family’s journey in a journal. Many characters are double-cast for effect:

BJÖRN: Son. Early teens. Main Narrator. Also KIM
LYDIA: Mother. Also SOLVEIG
JACOB: Father.
CAROLINA: Daughter. 6-8 years old
KRISTINA: LYDIA’s younger sister. Left Sweden in earlier wave. Lives in Minnesota . Family’s connection in America. Also EMMA
LARS: Good Samaritan. Also DOCTOR/DRAGON
KIM: BJÖRN’s great-grandson. Also BJÖRN
EMMA: KIM’s older cousin and BJÖRN’s great-granddaughter. Also KRISTINA.
SOLVEIG: KIM and EMMA’s grandmother, and BJÖRN’s granddaughter. Also LYDIA
TEACHER: Strict authoritarian educator. Historically, likely male. Also NÄCKEN
NÄCKEN: “male water spirits who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown.’” Also TEACHER
DOCTOR: Helps family in emergency. Also LARS/DRAGON
VOICE: offstage voice. Also reads stage directions
DRAGON: Figure of CAROLINA’s imagination. Also LARS/DOCTOR

Currently, I’m just looking for people who might be interested, but will need firm commitment ASAP. This will be a staged reading, and will have less time commitment than a full play. I’m especially interested in anyone who might want to play BJÖRN/KIM, as well as anyone who could direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting. If you are interest, my email is chamberh@augsburg.edu