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This Week: Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Participants will be learning to recognize various aspects of class-based values and how they play out in policies and practices both in and out of the classroom. Discussion will further focus on disrupting the class-based norms by exploring alternative ways of thinking and acting.

Wednesday, April 3rd | Recognizing Class-Based Values in Our Curriculum | 3:10-4:20 pm, OGC 111

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Faculty Scholarship Display

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10th from 11:45am to 12:30pm in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than May 1) using the form linked below.

Questions may directed to John Zobitz (zobitz@augsburg.edu) or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (bankers@augsburg.edu).

All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 am to set up.

The faculty recognition luncheon and program begins in the chapel at 12:30.

Friday, May 10th | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 am-12:30 pm, FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Elaine Eschenbacher and Bob Groven will repeat their MLK, Jr. “Day of Action” session, in which participants will identify the advantages, disadvantages, and considerations for implementation of four potential policies on the use of racial slurs in a college classroom setting. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the use of racial slurs in an academic environment and the varied perspectives on it.

Join URL: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/529142179

Monday, April 8th | Deliberative Dialogue: The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom | 1:15-2:30 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for “The Use of Racial Slurs in the Classroom”

World Drumming for All students, Fall 2019

submitted by schmalen@augsburg.edu

NEW Augsburg course offering, Fall semester 2019: World Drumming and Culture, a 2-credit course will meet M/W from 9:20-10:30. Engage with performance traditions from various non-Western cultures, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora. Learn through hands-on experience playing drums, bells, and rattles, by singing songs, and through improvisation and listening drills. Study the cultural context associated with each musical style through reading assignments, examination of online videos, and class discussion. Enroll for course 392-B Topics – no prior musical experience necessary.

MA in Education Info Session (with food)

submitted by johnso90@augsburg.edu

April 3rd from 6:30-7:30 PM
Hagfors 150
MA in Education Info Session
Appetizers provided

This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch its new MA in Education program for classroom teachers and less traditional educators alike (think: museum or outdoor education). This program is 30-31 credits and can be completed in less than 2 years.

To learn more, register for the event here: https://admissions.augsburg.edu/register/MAELaunch.4.3.19

Augsburg GRE Summer Prep Course

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University offers a four and a half week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Details:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (excluding Memorial Day)
May 13th – June 12th
Cost: $100 (includes 6-month subscription to online study tool, Magoosh)

Registration Form and Additional GRE Prep Course Info

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River

submitted by underhil@augsburg.edu

Anthropocene. (Adj.) “relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.”

The 2019 River Semester will take place in the framework of the one-year project entitled “Mississippi. An Anthropocene River,” developed and organized by the Berlin-based Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, in collaboration with numerous international partners including funding from the German Foreign Ministry. This year, students on the River Semester will be joined by a distinguished interdisciplinary groups of researchers, artists, and stakeholders from civil society who will investigate the river basin to develop local approaches to issues of global change and develop novel methods of research and education. The journey down the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico will connect the different research sites and activate debates on how to analyze and deal with the anthropogenic impact on the river system. On-site workshops, public lectures, field walks, forums, excursions, and an extensive multimedia documentation will synthesize the site-specific issues and research outputs. A number of international students (undergraduate and graduate) will join the expedition, and Augsburg students interested in joining this amazing experience should register by the Apr. 15th deadline. http://www.augsburg.edu/river Faculty and staff are invited to consider ways to connect with this rich array of field research and community engagement activities this fall.

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River

General Announcements

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).

Student survey on recreation, intramurals, and athletics

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Undergraduate day and AU students are strongly encouraged to complete the Student Survey – sent via email.

This survey is being administered by Augsburg University’s Equity in Athletics Task Force. Augsburg is committed to providing equal opportunities and effectively accommodating the athletic, recreational, and intramural interests and abilities of its students.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Results will be confidential.

The survey link is:
https://augsburg.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9AY9lmET1ICWZNz

On behalf of the Equity in Athletics Task Force, thank you!

Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed

submitted by littled@augsburg.edu

Holy Hoops Volunteers Needed!

The Christensen Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry are looking for volunteers for the Holy Hoops Basketball Tournament on Sunday, April 7th! This is an annual basketball tournament that Augsburg University hosts for churches in the area. It is always lots of fun for participants and volunteers alike!

There are 5 volunteer shifts and we encourage you to sign up for as many as you would like. These shifts are:

• Set-up: 10:45 am – 12 pm

• Shift 1: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

• Shift 2: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

• Shift 3: 3:45 pm – 6:15 pm

• Clean-up: 5:30 pm – 6:40 pm

*If you would like to help, but have a schedule conflict and cannot sign up for a specific time slot, please let us know and we would be more than willing to work with you!

The roles available are:

• Scorekeeper

• Timer

• 3-pt Competition Helper

• Court Host

• Go-fer / Runner / Where Needed

• Greeter / Hospitality

• Photographer

Please contact Demery Little at littled@augsburg.edu if you are interested in helping out.

Volunteer Sign Up

Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup

submitted by warnbers@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to attend this spring’s Christensen Vocation Lunch with Ben Stottrup, Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Physics Department, on Tuesday, April 9th from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey.

Learn More and Register at:
https://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2019/03/08/spring-vocation-lunch-with-ben-stottrup/

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event. Also note: upon completion of your registration, please be sure you receive a confirmation email before you add the event to your calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact the CCV office at (612) 330-1403 or ccv@augsburg.edu.

More about our speaker: Ben Stottrup
Ben Stottrup joined Augsburg’s Physics Department in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed a front row seat to watch and assist Augsburg’s science majors start their careers and pursue their own adventures. While at Augsburg, he has built a research lab focused on biomaterials, soft, and squishy interfaces. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, as well as private donors and foundations. In the classroom, he has taught across nearly the entire physics curriculum with a focus on how experiential education in science labs can build professional skills for students. Through his Science of Food and Cooking course he hopes to share his curiosity and interest in biomaterials to Augsburg’s wider community.

Needed: Staffing for Commencement

submitted by burton@augsburg.edu

Help us send off our graduating seniors at the U.S. Bank Stadium this year! Annually we rely on staff, current students and alumni to assist with rehearsal and the successful and smooth flow of the event.

There are many needs for assistance to help with checking in students, escorting students to field level, assisting with accessible seating, handing out programs and/or providing directional support at the stadium. Many of these opportunities would allow you the ability to stay and view the ceremony in its entirety.

If you’re interested in assisting with staffing this very important event and ensuring a wonderful experience for our students and their families, please fill out the Commencement Staffing Form and someone will reach out to you to discuss.

Commencement Staffing Form

Faculty/Staff Please Submit Your Alumni Volunteers for the Month of March

submitted by burton@augsburg.edu

Every month the Alumni Relations Office records the alumni who stay engaged with the campus by volunteering their time. This information assists the college in securing grants and other funding for the University. If you or someone you know has brought back an alumni to volunteer in your classroom or at an event this month; please email burton@augsburg.edu with their name and how many hours they volunteered.

We are looking for any alumni who have volunteered already in the month of March or will be volunteering before April 1st. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up-to-date!

Brave space circle conversation Tomorrow, April 2, 9-11am East Commons.

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

On Tuesday morning, April 2, the Augsburg community will welcome local circle keepers, Jamie Williams and Raj Sethuraju, who will draw upon indigenous practices to offer “circle work” designed to heal and restore community in the aftermath of racial incidents and experiences of harm. Each brings extensive experience with this work. The session will create a space in which participants can authentically engage, listen, and learn from one another. This session builds on experiences that were offered during the MLK Day of Action by Professor Joaquin Munoz of the Department of Education, though there is no expectation that anyone who attends has participated in those sessions or has experiences with circle work.

All members of the Augsburg community – students, faculty, and staff – are invited to attend and join in this conversation, which will run from 9-11 am in the East Commons. Refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m.

Event Announcements

Run for ISO board: 2019-2020 ISO board election

submitted by liz@augsburg.edu

International Student Organization is looking for future board members in the next school year. The election will be on April 3 at Oyate Commons from 6 – 7 pm. Prepare your speech and be ready to take the lead!

There are totally six positions open:
-President (must be a international student)
As the President of ISO, you will be the main decision maker for things big or small, leading your team to plan and make all interesting events, collaborating
cross-functionally with other student organizations, faculty offices, and outside groups. During the whole year, you are the most important contributor to ISO’s development, and together with your team, leave another mark in ISO’s history.
-Vice-President (must be a international student)
As the Vice-President of ISO, you will be the second fiddle and a reliable assistant to the President. You will take the lead when necessary, and help forge a harmonious relationship in the board.
-Secretary
As the secretary, your main job is to keep board members informed of all kinds of information that is supposed to be delivered to everyone. You are also expected to organize board meetings and take notes.
-Communication Officer
As the Communication Officer, you will be the bridge between ISO and its active members, marketing and advertising events to Augsburg students. You are going to be in charge of social media and email box of ISO.
-Treasurer
As the Treasurer, you will control the finance of ISO. All budget and cash flows have to go through you at the end, and not going anywhere until you approved.
-Study Abroad Liaison
As the Study Abroad Liaison, you will play a big role in facilitating the relationship between ISO and Study Abroad Office. You will be needed to use your intelligence to come up with ideas to showcasing the impact of studying abroad and cultural exchange.

To contact us: iso@augsburg.edu
facebook: @ISOofAugsburgU

Come and join us!

https://www.augsburg.edu/isss/international-student-organization-2/

Faculty Conversations on Recruitment

submitted by dupont@augsburg.edu

We invite you to provide input regarding faculty involvement in new student recruitment activities by participating in one or both of the following faculty conversations on recruitment.

Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Hagfors Center 150A
Thursday, April 4, 8:30 – 10:00 AM, Marshall Room, Christensen Center

We will have coffee available and you are welcome to come for whatever portion of the sessions that your teaching and work schedule accommodates. If you are unable to attend but have ideas to share, feel free to send an email to either one of us by April 5. This feedback will complement information gathered through the faculty survey.

As a reminder, one of the UC Enrollment Committees charges this spring is to strengthen the partnership between admissions/financial aid and faculty to recruit students to meet enrollment goals. The committee is working on an operational briefing that documents selected best practices/assessments for faculty to efficiently contribute to enrollment success. Your input is very valuable to the work of this committee. 


Rebekah Dupont and Matt Maruggi
Members of the University Counsel Enrollment Committee

Faculty Discussion on Proposed Faculty Handbook Changes

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Faculty are invited to discuss the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook at one of the open discussions:

Tuesday, April 2nd, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm in Hagfors 150B
Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:30 am – 11:00 am in Hagfors 150C

Documents are available on the Community Moodle forum for Faculty Handbook Discussions listed under “Committees”.

If you are not able to attend and have feedback, either provide that feedback on the Moodle site or contact a member of PPC, Ankita Deka, Bob Groven, Matt Haines, Merilee Klemp, or Marc McIntosh.

TODAY: Gen Ed Q&A Session

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The General Education Team will be offering Q&A sessions regarding the Revised Gen Ed Proposal. You are welcome to attend one or all of the following:

TODAY (Monday, April 1st): 9:30-10:45 in OGC 100 (ZOOM is available for this session): https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/746109125

Wednesday, April 3rd: 3:15-4:30 in HC 150A

Monday, April 8th: 9:30-10:45 in the Marshall Room

In addition to the in-person sessions, you can ask questions and/or submit your comments via the online form linked below. If you provide an email address, you will receive a response to your question(s) from a member of the Gen Ed Team as quickly as time allows. Questions given without a contact will be posted with follow-up as we move forward. Comments and questions will be shared with the Augsburg community via Q&A sessions, faculty meetings, and other communications. For reference this link will take you to the Google Folder containing information on the Gen Ed Revisions: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zIRTqpU0kBEUZRMmKfSA5mzdzfVw9AuU

Questions/Comments Regarding the Revised General Education Proposal

Interfaith Art Project Showcase

submitted by robargej@augsburg.edu

The Interfaith Scholars are hosting the Interfaith Art Project Showcase in the Gundale Chapel (located 3rd floor of Hagfors) on Thursday, April 4th from 5pm-8pm. We asked the members of the Augsburg community to reflect on what brings them light and submit their photos/text/voice. We will be displaying the submissions at the showcase, and providing snacks/refreshments! All are welcome to attend!

UC-Subcommittee Forum – Spring Session

submitted by fulford@augsburg.edu

Join Staff Senate to hear goals, updates, and plans moving forward from the University Council subcommittees whom we didn’t hear from this Fall.

Tuesday, April 2nd
1-2pm
OGC 100

Resource Committee (Net Growth Revenue Update)—Beth Reissenweber
Resource Committee (Staffing Structure Update)—Karen Kaivola
Enrollment Committee—Robert Gould
Student Success Committee—Katie Bishop

This is the second of this year’s two part series to help allow more time for questions. Half of the sub-committees presented this fall (read our event recap on the Staff Senate website). We look forward to seeing you there!

TODAY: On-Campus Student Employment Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

All students are invited to attend the On-Campus Employment Job Fair which will held today, Monday, April 1st from 10:00 – 12:00 in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

Staff members from a number of departments will be available to share their student worker positions for this summer and fall 2019. If you are looking for an on-campus job this is a great opportunity to learn about openings on campus. (Hourly wage for students will increase to $12.25 per hour starting summer 2019)

If you have questions, please email careers@augsburg.edu

US Bank – Hiring 2020 summer interns: Info Session

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

We know it seems early to begin to think about Summer 2020 internships, however, large employers are starting their recruitment season early! Don’t miss your opportunity to have an excellent summer 2020 internship with US Bank. They have an excellent paid internship program and hire over 100 interns each summer.

US Bank representatives will be on campus looking to meet students and to explain their internship program and recruitment timelines. They are open to all majors. Students that will be sophomores and juniors fall 2019 are strongly encouraged to attend.

Schedule of event:
• Overview of US Bank and their top-rated internship program
• Learn about their early recruitment timeline
• Resume Tips – What they look for in new hires
• Hear from Auggies that have previously interned at US Bank

Register on Handshake

Free yoga

submitted by lamberte@augsburg.edu

Hello! My name is Elana and I am a certified yoga teacher. I will be offering a free yoga class on Wednesdays 11-11:45 in the Gundale Chapel in Hagfors. We will practice flowing breath to movement, staying in the present moment, and challenging our bodies through different poses. Mats will be available to borrow. Open to all students, staff, faculty, and any others part of the Augsburg community. E-mail me if you have any questions: lamberte@augsburg.edu

Morning Chapel: FAARROW

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Join us in chapel today at 10:30 am to hear FAARROW, formed by singer/songwriter duo Iman and Siham Hashi, who were born in Mogadishu, Somalia. Iman, meaning “FAITH” and Siham, meaning “ARROW” gives light to their name, FAARROW. Their music has evolved into a drum heavy fusion of World, Hip Hop and Pop music. They also serve as U.N. spokespeople with the United Nations Refugee Agency.

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Zyzzogeton Research Poster Session April 15

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Zyzzogeton Research Symposium
Hosted by URGO, McNair, and STEM Programs

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019
3:00-4:30pm
Hagfors Center Atrium

Augsburg University celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton poster session. The poster session falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Over 80 students participate each year, showcasing their research. A “zyzzogeton” is a green leaf-hopper as well as the last word in the Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is a fitting symbol to mark the end of the academic year. The public is welcome, so please come join us for this exciting event!

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Earn $55 for Sharing Your Spanish Skills

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Make a Difference. Educate Through Debate!

Use Your Skills as a judge for the Spanish Debate League
Judge Spanish Debate – No Prior Experience Needed!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a nonprofit of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to over 930 students in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including our nearly 150 Spanish Debate League students.

We need Spanish-fluent debate judges. We will pay $55 for three rounds of judging, or 1 tournament.

We’re looking for debate judges for 3 Spanish Debate League tournaments this spring:

Wednesday, April 10 | Highland Park High School

Wednesday, April 24 | Roosevelt High School

Wednesday, May 8 | Minneapolis South High School

Judges will observe rounds conducted completely in Spanish, determine winners for each round, and provide comments to help students improve their reading, critical thinking and Spanish language skills.

Participation in debate helps students improve their academic skills, including reading comprehension and critical thinking, and increases their confidence. Be a part of creating these outcomes for our Spanish Debate League students!

Please email mnudl@augsburg.edu if you have any questions or would like to arrange volunteering as a group. If you plan on volunteering as an individual, use the calendar at this link to choose your dates to volunteer.

Sign Up to Volunteer

“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

Rehearsals start this week, so I will need firm commitment ASAP. This will be a staged reading, and will have less time commitment than a full play, and we will only be presenting the first act. I’m especially interested in anyone who could play the part of LARS, which is a fairly small role in the first act, or who might want to direct the project, as my main focus will be on playwriting. If you are interest, my email is chamberh@augsburg.edu