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Lamont Slater: Decolonizing the Mind, S2E15 of The Augsburg Podcast

submitted by chambek2@augsburg.edu

Lamont Slater, instructor and program coordinator for the Center for Global Education and Experience, remotely joins the Augsburg Podcast from Windhoek, Namibia to discuss the perspective-altering value of study abroad programming — and how it changed his own life as well as the lives of current students studying abroad with him in Namibia.

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 Lamont Slater: Decolonizing the Mind

Faculty: Evaluate the evaluation

submitted by denkinge@augsburg.edu

The survey used to gather feedback on student course experiences was redesigned and adopted in the Fall of 2018. To learn more about the strengths of the newly revised form, and areas where it could be improved, we ask faculty to complete this short questionnaire and reflect on the utility of the feedback that they have obtained using this new instrument. Please let us know your thoughts by completing the linked survey below!

https://forms.gle/xdeZqPDXposdxB2A9

Life at the Nano-Bio Interface

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Hear from CTL Scholarship award winner, D. Z. Vivian Fang on “Life at the Nano-bio interface — an Analytical Chemist’s journey towards an environmentally sustainable future”.

Wednesday, October 2 | Speaking of Scholarship with Dr. Z. Vivian Feng – 2019 CTL Scholarship Award Winner | 3:10 pm – 4:20 pm, Hagfors 150 A

RSVP for Speaking of Scholarship with Dr. Z. Vivian Feng

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Bring your lunch to the Sabo “Snapshot”

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

Faculty and staff:

Curious about what the Sabo Center does and how you might connect your course, department, or program to our work? Missed Monday’s “Sabo Snapshot”? Join us for a second opportunity to learn about the Sabo Center!

*Tuesday, September 24, from 11:30a-12:30p in the Riverside Room*

Bring a lunch and listen while we present a “snapshot” of our work. Come learn about resources for experiential education, civic skills workshops, Campus Kitchen, LEAD Fellows, Public Achievement, and more!

Bring your lunch! We hope to see you there.

Sabo Snapshot #2

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Each year URGO offers $1,000 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

The application is available at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) at the “on-campus research” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu or x1447.

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications September 23rd.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu or x1447.

Pre-Health Advising Session for New Augsburg Students

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Friday, September 20th | Hagfors 273 | 2 p.m.

This session for new first-year and transfer students interested in pre-health will provide information on how to explore health careers and how to plan for the courses and experiences required by professional/graduate schools such as medical, dental, PA, PT, public health, and many others. Contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu with questions or to RSVP.

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2020 and August 2021. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a $1,000 stipend. Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1446 and reference your interest in PPIA before October 6th to set up a meeting to learn more

Eligibility and Benefits

Study a language abroad for free next summer with CLS

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Most programs do not require experience studying the selected language. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

To learn more about the program, go to https://clscholarship.org/ . The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact urgo@augsburg.edu (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 25th

Think ahead to summer study abroad – Greece or the Netherlands

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Short term study abroad is a great way to travel, earn credits, and still have the rest of your summer to work, play, do an internship, etc. There are a few great options coming up for Summer 2020–start planning now. Applications are open and the application deadline is JANUARY 31

***Living Green in Amsterdam***
Course options (students take ONE course):
SOC/URB111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement

Faculty Leader: Lars Christiansen
Travel Dates: May 7-22, 2020

Program Description:
Today, most of the world’s population lives in metropolitan areas, whether that means a traditional city, a suburb, an exurb or a slum – this is a very recent change in human history. Humans are fundamentally social beings, and urban areas provide the space where most people are born, grow up and interact with one another throughout their entire lifetimes.. We will explore the city as a social and political phenomenon and examine how the design of cities affects social interactions in perhaps surprising ways – the placement of buildings and the design of open space may make us want to be in an area or flee it.

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***
Course options:
KEY 490, ECO 495 , or BUS 495 (students register for one course).
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Faculty Leaders:
Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetenakis

Travel Dates:
May 13-27, 2020 Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

Visit the Augsburg Study Abroad & Away site to learn more about these programs!

Winter break study abroad: Youth culture and Political Activism in the UK – apply by October 1

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Spend winter break in both London and Edinburgh exploring the connections between youth culture, media, and social change, with a focus on Harry Potter and Brexit.

***APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 1***

From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media, and Political Activism in the UK, 4-credits
Course option: WST 220 – fulfills Humanities and Augsburg Experience

Faculty Leader: Professor Adriane Brown
Travel Dates: December 29, 2019 to January 12, 2020

This program is limited to 15 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be used as needed.

This 4-credit course is part of the spring 2020 enrollment. It can be taken as part of, or in addition to, your usual course load, and overload fees incurred by this study abroad program will be waived.

Program cost $4,675
includes: international airfare, all meals, all lodging, all program activities, all transportation in the UK. There is no additional tuition fee for full-time undergrad students.

Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – apply by November 1

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break!

Human Rights Voices in post-conflict Guatemala, 4-credits

Course options: CCS/SPA 495, or POL 459

Faculty Leader: Professor Joseph Towle

Travel Dates: March 14-22, 2020 (spring break)

Course Description:
Many U.S. citizens know little of Guatemala and the struggles its people face although it is a nation that continuously finds its fortunes bound to the interests and intent of the United States.

This course invites you to hear Guatemalan people’s views of their country, to explore past and present US involvement, and learn from those who lived through and survived the civil war spanning four decades (1960-1996), as well as a new generation of writers and artists–all who creatively and peacefully counteract the culture of fear through art and literature.
This 4-credit course is part of the spring 2020 enrollment. It can be taken as part of, or in addition to, your usual course load, and overload fees incurred by this study abroad program will be waived.

***APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1***

Program cost $3,825
includes: international airfare, all meals, all lodging, all program activities and in-country transportation. There is no additional tuition fee for full-time undergrad students.

Scholarships are available!

Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

General Announcements

Fall All Hands Meeting: Next Thursday

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

The Fall 2019 All Hands Meeting is next Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel. Join the meeting to learn more about fall 2019 enrollment results, campus updates, and investments to drive enrollment growth. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Access to connect to the meeting from off-site locations will be available. For the livestream link, go to the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg (log in required).

All Hands page

Register for the Career & Internship Fair: 10/1/19

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

The Strommen Center would like to invite sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend Augsburg’s annual Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, October 1st from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Foss Center.

A lot of organizations do their recruiting for summer internships and entry-level positions (for spring graduates) in September and October. It might seem early but it’s a typical recruiting schedule for many organizations. We expect over 38 employers to attend so don’t miss this great opportunity!

Register and view a complete list of employers through Handshake (augsburg.joinhandshake.com). Once you register you will have access to a Moodle online prep session which will help you to be more confident and successful at the job fair. Dress: business professional

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Auggie Pass still available for day students

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

Over 1300 Augsburg day students have picked up their Auggie Pass.

The Auggie Pass is an all-you-can-ride pass for Augsburg day students. Supported by the green fee, Metro Transit and Augsburg, the Auggie Pass is good on any bus, any time, and any light rail, any time, as well as the NorthStar line to Anoka.

Students can get their Auggie Pass at the Library Circulation Desk – please bring Augsburg ID.

The passes are good August 1, 2019 through May 30, 2020.

For students who use Metro Mobility, please email Mike Fetting, fettingm@augsburg.edu. The Auggie Pass does not work on Metro Mobility, so we have Go To cards with pre-loaded $180 value – and will add more value as needed.

Interested in being a STEM Mentor?

submitted by mckinnes@augsburg.edu

If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Biology
-Bio-psychology
-Chemistry
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies
-Mathematics
-Physics

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below by Friday, 9/27. Any questions can be sent to stempeer@augsburg.edu.

Application Here

Event Announcements

Ambiance Theatre Company’s Waiting in Vain

submitted by lewisgg@augsburg.edu

Augsburg alums are putting on Waiting in Vain this weekend in the Tjornhom-Nelson Theater! Written by Malick Ceesay and directed by Atlese Robinson.

Sept. 21 at 7:00PM
Sept. 22 at 3:00PM

Waiting in Vain is a story about four young and Black teens who rob a gas station and hide out in an abandoned store blocks away. As they devise a plan to escape home unscathed, they are stricken with agonizing panic, detachment, and nightmares, as the media finds evidence pointing closer to their location – preventing them from returning back into their esteemed lives.

Student tickets are only $3.

Click here for tickets!

Final Friday at the Hagfors Greenhouse

submitted by vaneck@augsburg.edu

Want to know what we’ve got growing on? The Biology Department Plant Growth Facilities are opening the doors of the Hagfors Greenhouse to the Augsburg community on the last Friday of every month for Final Friday Flower Hour. Greenhouse staff will be available to showcase our plant collections and research projects. Come see our collections of crop wild relatives and species from the Horn of Africa, and marvel at our new living wall.

The next Final Friday is September 27, from noon to 2PM. The Greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center.

Questions? Please contact the Hagfors Greenhouse Curator, Dr. Leon van Eck (vaneck@augsburg.edu).

Peace in the Middle East: Challenges and Signs of Hope

submitted by nondie@augsburg.edu

Join Interfaith at Augsburg for a Brown Bag Lunch discussion with visiting lecturer Munib Younan, retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation.

Wednesday, October 2
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Oren Gateway Center, Room 100

Bishop Younan’s parents were Palestinian refugees. His entire life and leadership have been focused on finding a lasting, just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and building up the civic agency of Palestinian people.

Brown Bag Lunch Website

October 3 – Christensen Symposium: Suffering and Hope in the Midst of Conflict

submitted by nondie@augsburg.edu

Want to support more interfaith friendships in our divided world?

Attend the Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Suffering and Hope in the Midst of Conflict

11 a.m – 12 p.m.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

Speakers:
Hamdy El-Sawaf: founder and psychotherapist at the Family Counseling Center and imam of Masjid Al-Iman in Minneapolis

Munib Younan: retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation

Hamdy El-Sawaf and Munib Younan will share personal experiences and their religious faith perspectives on hope, reconciliation, and resiliency in the midst of suffering and struggles that often are intensified by religious convictions and differences.

About the Christensen Symposium:

Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
Diversity strengthens vital communities.
Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
The love of Christ draws us to God.
We are called to service in the world.

2019 Christensen Symposium Website

Last Chance – Resume Round-Up Review with Employers

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Are you looking for an internship, part-time or entry-level job? Are you planning to attend the On-Campus Career & Internship Fair on October 1st? It is not too early to start getting prepared, as many employers are hiring now for summer 2020.

The Strommen Career & Internship Center is happy to assist you!

1) RESUME REVIEW WITH EMPLOYERS: Get your resume critiqued, so you are ready to apply for jobs. Sign Up in Handshake and select your 20 minute slot for on Thursday, September 26th. Questions? careers@augsburg.edu – 612-330-1148

2) DROP-IN RESUME HOURS: Stop in for a 15 minute drop-in appointment (no need to schedule) at Strommen Career & Internship Services (located in Christensen across from Einstein’s) to have your resume reviewed by a Peer Adviser. Tuesday– Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Register on Handshake

ASAC Homecoming Week

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Homecoming Decorating Contest: SUNDAY 9/22

The anual Homecoming Decorating Contest!

Calling all student organizations! The Homecoming Decorating contest is near and you will have the chance to decorate a section of campus that will display their student organization through Auggie pride. There are 6 different categories with $1,000 up for grabs.

The Grand Champion will also be eligible to win an extra $500 for their student organization.

For more information or any questions please contact Campus Life campuslife@augsburg.edu

Date: 9/22/2019
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Check-in Christensen Center Lobby

Lip Sync Battle: MONDAY 9/23

The Return of the Lip Sync Battle!

The Lip Sync Battle will be held in Sateren Auditorium starting at 7 pm. Winner can win $150 dollars! Please email asac@augsubrg.edu to register. Everyone is able to participate as we are accepting up to 12 individuals or groups (Max 3 people per group)

Date: 9/23/2019
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Sateren Auditorium

Chips & Dip with ASAC: TUESDAY 9/24

Come hang out with ASAC board members and enjoy some chips & dips with refreshments. There will be games, music, and prizes. You won’t want to miss your chance to win a pair of Airpods, Gift Cards, and COOL Auggie Merch!

Date: 9/24/2019
Time: 11:00am – 2:00 pm
Location: Student Lounge

TRIVIA: WEDNESDAY 9/25

Join ASAC in the Christensen Center to test your knowledge on Augsburg’s 150th trivia!

Date: 9/25/2019
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Christensen Center

Movie Night: THURSDAY 9/26

ASAC will be hosting movie night at SCI-123. Grab your friends and come enjoy some snacks as we watch the classic feature film Shrek!

Date: 9/26/2019
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: SCI 123

OPEN MIC NIGHT: FRIDAY 9/27

Come see and hear some open mic performances from fellow Auggies and some wonderful local headliners, including Kate Malanphy, VIAL, and more!

Date: 9/27/2019
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Student Lounge

Fall Blood Drive Coming 10/2/19

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

The Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) welcomes Memorial Blood Centers for its annual Fall Blood drive on Wednesday 10/2/19 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Commons (upstairs Christensen Center). Please consider scheduling a blood donation that day. You can schedule an online appointment at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 0027. Or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment time as well. Please help save lives and donate blood on October 2nd!

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

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