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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

Fulbright: Live abroad after you graduate

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

The Fulbright Student Program fully funds students to study, research, or serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for a year (no classroom teaching experience required!). During their year abroad, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing participants to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Past Augsburg students have been selected for Fulbright Awards to countries such as Czech Republic, South Korea, Ecuador, Poland, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany (and more!), and we currently have six alums abroad through the program! Augsburg’s focus on cross-cultural engagement and community involvement makes Auggies particularly strong candidates who are well-prepared to make the most of a Fulbright experience.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu or stop by Hagfors 101 to set up an appointment for April or May!

The competition is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni in all fields, and a GPA of 3.0+ is considered competitive.

Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

Tuesday, May 7th
11am – 1pm
Hagfors 104

URGO is hosting a personal statement workshop for pre-health applicants with Simone Gbolo, executive director of the PPIA Program and former director of the Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program in the U of M Medical School’s Office of Admissions.
Please contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu with questions or to RSVP.

World Drumming course 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 Program Launch (With Appetizers)

submitted by johnso90@augsburg.edu

May 6th from 6:30-7:30 PM
OGC 100
MA in Education Info Session
Appetizers provided

This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch its new MA in Education program for classroom teachers and community 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.5.6.19

Feel free to contact April Johnson (johnso90@augsburg.edu) with any questions

Apply for Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project

submitted by svanoe@augsburg.edu

Dear white-bodied colleagues, Are you unsure how to respond when a fellow white-bodied person says or does something with a racist impact? Do you ever find yourself, despite your best intentions, feeling uneasy or tense when the topic of race comes up? Do you ever experience the impulse to fight, flee, or freeze in racialized moments and then struggle to navigate the shame of inaction or imperfect action? Are you eager to build loving, accountable community where we can learn to cause less harm and lean into the discomfort that comes with growth?

Learn more and apply to be part of a 2019-2020 academic year cohort of white faculty and staff learning to undo the ways white supremacy shows up in our bodies, not just in our minds. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m on Monday, May 13, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Sabo Center is convening the Undoing White Body Supremacy Pilot Project in partnership with Augsburg’s Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. Contact Rachel Svanoe (svanoe@augsburg.edu) or Allyson Green (greena@augsburg.edu) with questions about this opportunity.

Learn more and apply

Curious about reflection and experiential education? 3 Days in May Workshop with special guest

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

Join the Sabo Center for an extended workshop on *reflection and experiential education* during 3 Days in May. We’ll learn about designing, incorporating, and evaluating reflection in experiential education with a special guest presenter, MN Campus Compact Associate Director Sinda Nichols!

It may be the final afternoon of 3 Days in May, but it’s sure to be thought-provoking, fulfilling, and fun! We hope you’ll join us!

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection
Hagfors 150 B/C
Thursday, May 16, 1-4 p.m.

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection–RSVP

Call for Proposals for Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute 2019

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

The Sabo Center is excited to announce that this summer, Augsburg University will be hosting a national conference for the Place-Based Justice Network (PBJN), of which our institution is a member, along with 19 other higher education institutions from across the country. The Place-Based Justice Network is a learning community committed to transforming higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement with a racial justice lens.

At the Summer Institute on July 10-12, 2019, teams from universities and colleges from across the country will come together to learn, strengthen our practice, and network.

The PBJN has released a call for proposals for workshops and breakout sessions at the Summer Institute. They seek proposals for breakout sessions that center dialogue and interactivity on topics related to place-based community engagement initiatives and their planning, development, programs, evaluation and impact. Potential topics for breakout sessions include, but are not limited to:
*Scholar-activism and community-based research: examples and lessons learned
*Relationship-building and decentralized decision making
*Sustaining long-term commitments with neighborhoods and communities
*Critical scholarship on community engagement including racial justice, economic justice, education justice, disability justice, queer, and feminist theory and practices
*Lessons from community organizing
*Asset-based community development
*Power analysis and community voice
*Anti-racist storytelling strategies
*Preparing students to enter and transition out of place-based community engagement

Breakout session proposals are due Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 5pm PST.

Interested? Contact the Sabo Center for more information about how to participate and apply (sabocenter@augsburg.edu)

Place-Based Justice Network Website

Interested in Grant Writing or Project Management?

submitted by tuchten@augsburg.edu

Interested in learning more about grant writing or project management? MAL is offering two courses this summer that you will find useful. Course descriptions and information on meeting times are below. Staff, Faculty, or graduate students who are interested in registering for either of these courses should contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at: tuchten@augsburg.edu

ML 599-B | Grant Writing
Effective grant writing skills are important for individuals working in many roles at nonprofit and government agencies – including education. This course will include an introduction to grants, budget development, and grants management, and establish an understanding of their role in supporting important community work. We will also address how to identify projects well-suited for grant support, as well as the process of prospect research, how to develop relationships with funders, and how to write a successful grant proposal. Students will build skills and practice creating letters of inquiry and competitive funding proposals.

Instructor: Lindsay Bacher
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays | Meeting Dates: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

ML 599 | Re-imagining Leadership for 21st Century Projects
Successful project management is strongly correlated to good leadership of teams. Corporate, non-profit, and public sector projects are increasing in complexity requiring the close collaboration and coordination of disparate disciplines, organizations, and teams. This course will help you unpack the critical leadership skills needed to to form and lead teams to optimal project outcomes using emotional intelligence, communication, conflict management, and clarity of strategic vision and purpose.

Instructor Mahad Ibrahim
Meeting Dates: Mondays | June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

Paideia Institute 2019

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

Join us for our 30th anniversary celebration of the Paideia Institute from July 22-26, 2019 at Augsburg University. This year’s question, “What’s the great idea?” will explore a multitude of great ideas from beauty to justice. During the Paideia Institute attendees participate in inquiry-based seminars on various texts. In coaching activities participants gain expertise in facilitating seminars. Paideia seminars are applicable in many professional settings and can be used with all ages and any subject area. Educators use seminars to introduce students to the vital skills necessary to have courteous conversations about challenging issues presented in texts.

This professional development course welcomes all Augsburg faculty, staff, and students, and can be taken for credits or continuing education units. Scholarships applications due May 1. On time registration is open until June 1.

For more information check out the Paideia website for details on cost, scholarships, and courses, or contact Rachel Lloyd (lloydr@augsburg.edu, 612-330-1561) or Anne Kaufman (kaufman@augsburg.edu, 612-209-2100).

Paideia Institute 2019

General Announcements

New Campus Box End of Year Procedure

submitted by suter@augsburg.edu

Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 17th) we will be closing all student campus boxes. Before fall semester starts we will be reassigning them to all students living on campus, and commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they have a need of one.

If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer please either fill out this survey (https://forms.gle/WSbvj13Rpnb95PzR7) or fill out the slip that will be arriving in your campus box very soon. (There is also an option to be reassigned your current box for the next semester)

We only forward 1st Class USPS mail. Packages (USPS, FedEx, UPS, Amazon), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will not be forwarded. We can only forward to US addresses.

We ask that you contact the people/business sending you mail and correcting it to your permanent address. Also enrolling in online/electronic billing is both environmentally friendly and will save you time (and sometimes money).

If you have a rented lock on your campus box please return it to Shipping/Receiving before May 17th. If it is a personal lock please remove it or they will be cut off after May 18th.

2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship: Application deadline May 30, 2019

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

Applications are now open for the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

Eligibility:
•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to: https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/nsf-aspire-scholarship/

Questions? Contact stem@augsburg.edu

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application deadline May 30, 2019

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

Applications are now open for the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

Eligibility:

-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2019
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

(Check out the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship if you are 7 semesters away from graduating and/or have a major GPA of 2.75).

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to: http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem/

Questions? Contact stem@augsburg.edu

Donate gently used athletic shoes and equipment

submitted by ribeiro@augsburg.edu

We are collecting gently used athletic shoes of all sizes (youth and adult) and sports equipment for all ages (balls, bats, gloves, jump ropes, clothing, etc). Our goal is to donate to the Ceder Riverside Community School and the Sports Check it Out program. Last year we donated over 100 items. You can drop your items off at the collection box in the lounge located on the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center. E-mail Dr. Ana Ribeiro for more questions. The last day for donations will be 4/30.

Annual faculty and staff IT survey is now available

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

The annual IT survey of faculty and staff is now available. This survey has been given for over 10 years and provides us with a longitudinal view of your satisfaction with our IT services and support as well as feedback that assists with our planning.

The survey runs from 4/22 to 6/1.

http://go.augsburg.edu/itsurvey2019

We appreciate the feedback!

IT Survey 2019

Auggie Pride Awards – Taking Nominations for April

submitted by huynhn1@augsburg.edu

Staff Senate is seeking nominations for the Auggie Pride Award! The Auggie Pride Award is given to staff members who have gone above and beyond to serve Augsburg and fulfill its mission and values. Reasons to acknowledge a staff member can include a variety of things, such as the completion of a project, the implementation of an innovative idea, or simply giving directions to a lost campus guest.

If you have a colleague who you feel is deserving of this award, please nominate them by filling out the nomination form at www.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/auggie_pride/.

The Auggie Pride Awards are awarded monthly, throughout the academic year. More information can be found at inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate

Congratulations to the March Auggie Pride Winner

submitted by stepkad@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Margaret Anderson, program coordinator, off-campus study programs, CGEE, for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. Margaret helps students and their families when they are studying abroad. Staff Senate admires her outstanding work and are honored to award her with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Learn more about Margaret’s award

Retirement Open House for Theresa Gade

submitted by whitneyr@augsburg.edu

Retirement Open House for Theresa Gade

Please join us in the Human Resources office on Friday, May 3 between 1-2 PM for an open house to celebrate Theresa Gade’s retirement. Theresa has been a key member of the Augsburg Human Resources team for over 10 years, and her contributions in the areas of compensation, benefits, payroll and HR information systems have been invaluable to the Augsburg community. We thank her for all she’s done for Augsburg, and wish her well as she spends more time with her family, and on the golf course!

Theresa’s last day is Friday, May 3.

TIAA Financial Consultants on Campus in May

submitted by whitneyr@augsburg.edu

Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant. They are available to talk about how to help you pursue your financial goals, where ever you might be in your retirement planning. All meetings are confidential!

Available dates and times:

Tuesday, May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Wednesday, May 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

Thursday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Nelson Room, Christensen Center

SIGN UP TODAY:
You can use the link below to sign up or call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

Space is limited, so please register soon!

Questions? Please contact hr@augsburg.edu

Schedule your consultation here!

Supervisors of Summer Student Workers – Please Read

submitted by whitneyr@augsburg.edu

Spring semester is quickly coming to an end! Summer employment for all students begins May 5, 2019!!

If you are planning on having students work during the summer, please be sure to review the information below regarding summer student positions. Steps to follow when hiring a student for the summer:

1. Students returning into a position they held previously will only need a Student Hired/Returning form (formerly known as the Student Employment Hire form) submitted through Hirezon/Interview Exchange. The effective date should be May 5, 2019.

2. EVEN IF THE SAME STUDENT WILL BE DOING THE SAME JOB OVER THE SUMMER, a Student Hired/Returning form (formerly known as the Student Requisition form) needs to be completed with an effective date of May 5, 2019.

3. Any new position will need to be posted through Human Resources to the internal student job board (Handshake). The Student Posting Requisition forms can be found and are submitted through Hirezon/Interview Exchange.
Once the requisition is submitted, HR will post the position online.

Hiring managers will be able to view applications in real time through the system.

When you’ve selected a student to hire, complete the Student Hired/Returning form through Hirezon/Interview Exchange. Students who have never worked on campus before will need to fill out new hire paperwork, including a background check.

Once the Student Hired/Returning form is submitted, HR sends out the new hire paperwork and background check directly to the student. NOTE: Students cannot start work until all paperwork, including the background check, has been completed.

As always, please contact HR with any additional questions – hr@augsburg.edu

Click here for detailed instructions!

Event Announcements

Farewell for Kirsten O’Brien May 1

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

After working in URGO for 6 and ½ years, Kirsten O’Brien will be leaving Augsburg to take a position as Grants Management Associate with the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Students, faculty and staff who have worked with Kirsten in her role as URGO’s Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and National Fellowships Specialist are keenly aware of the considerable gifts Kirsten brought to every interaction and every task. Her attention to quality and supportive nature helped Augsburg students and alums reach their goals of attaining off-campus summer research, graduate school or national fellowship placements. Her considerable planning skills insured near-flawless Z events, Court Agre Summer Research Symposiums and URGO’s Summer Research Programs.

URGO will be hosting an open house in Kirsten’s honor in the URGO/McNair/STEM Programs suite (Hagfors 101) next Wednesday, May 1st from 2:00 to 4:30. Come by for cake and refreshments and to wish Kirsten well on her next career venture.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Two Auggies Named to NSF Fellows List

submitted by shafer@augsburg.edu

Senior biologist Holly Kundel was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides a $34,000 stipend/three years for graduate study. Holly was among 2,000 students named NSF GRFP fellows out of 12,000 applicants. Last year Holly was named a Goldwater Scholar, a national award for top STEM undergraduate scientists. Holly has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Emily Schilling conducting dragonfly research, funded by donor Dean Sundquist and the M.A. Cargill Foundation. Holly is a co-author on three publications and presented research findings at numerous regional and national conferences. Holly will be pursuing a Master’s of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic biology at the University of MN and plans on earning a PhD in the same field.

Senior biologist Olivia Fitch was named to the Honorable Mention NSF GRFP list. Olivia has worked three summers and three academic years with Dr. Matt Beckman studying the genetic mechanism for cyclops eye development in Daphnia magna, commonly known as water fleas. Olivia also worked in both the Bee and Monarch Labs at the U of M. She presented her research multiple times, including on-campus and nationally and is working with Dr. Beckman on a manuscript for submission. Olivia will be attending Michigan State University pursuing a PhD in Integrative Biology.

Congratulations Holly and Olivia.

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