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URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

submitted by kipperj@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

RSVP Now for “Celebrating Your Creativity Scars” Workshop

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

This workshop will focus on embracing our vulnerabilities to increase engagement in the classroom. We will share active learning techniques that normalize discomfort. Examples include: mindmapping, reflective practices. Facilitated by Chris Houltberg, Joaquin Muñoz, Beliza Torres Narváez, and Lyz Wendland.

Thursday, November 7 | Celebrating Your Creativity Scars Workshop: Engaging Art for Holistic Student Engagement | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Marshall Room

This event is a part of our 2019-2020 CTL Inclusion series focused on creating, maintaining, and/or growing environments that allow students to feel more connected to and supported by Augsburg.

RSVP for “Celebrating your Creativity Scars”

How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

All faculty members, regardless of experience, are invited to attend this next installment in the New Faculty Series, “How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?” You will hear from four staff members who will share how their programs intersect faculty work here at Augsburg: Dixie Shafer from Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO), Lauren Causey and Jay Peterson from the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, and Tina Maria Tavera from the McNair Scholars Program.

Tuesday, November 12 | New Faculty Series: How Can Augsburg Support Your Research? | 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm, OGC 100

RSVP for “New Faculty Series: How Can Augsburg Support Your Research?”

Experiential Education Workshop: CGEE Edition

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

The Sabo Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) present a learning opportunity focused on CGEE’s distinct experiential education pedagogy. What are the approaches and values that CGEE uses in its experiential education settings, and how might its elements and values be applicable to on-campus teaching and learning? Learn with Joe Connelly, long-time CGEE Experiential Education Specialist.

Monday, November 18, 2019
2-3p.m.
Riverside Room

This session is part of Augsburg University’s International Education Week events.

International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Co-sponsored by Augsburg’s Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and Center for Global Education and Experience.

International Education Week

Free Online Course on Inclusive Teaching

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Faculty, do you want to learn how to:
-Establish and Support an Inclusive Course Climate
-Set Explicit Expectations
-Promote Diversity and Inclusion Through Content
-Design All Course Elements for Accessibility
-Cultivate Critical Self-Reflection

If so, The Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning has an online MOOC that has been getting excellent reviews. You can work at your own pace while you improve your ability to create and maintain a supportive learning environment for all learners. Did I mention that it’s free?

https://www.edx.org/course/inclusive-teaching-supporting-all-students-in-the-college-classroom

Off-Campus Course Proposals Due TODAY

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Any course with an overnight off-campus (domestic or international) component, must be approved through Academic Affairs (AAC, GAAC, CGEE) prior to offering the course.

Off-campus course proposals are now being accepted for academic year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020-Summer 2021). Proposals are due THIS FRIDAY, November 1st.

Learn more about the process before starting an proposal.

http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=OffCampusCourseProposal
http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=ProposalResources

Please contact Leah Spinosa de Vega (devega@augsburg.edu) with questions. Or schedule a meeting on Leah’s calendar to discuss ideas or review draft proposals.

Begin a Proposal for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Pre-Pharmacy Advising Now on November 6

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

Dr. Bruce Benson, from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, brings his extensive experience as a pre-pharmacy advisor to Augsburg students. Thu Ha Nguyen, ’17 Chemistry, will join Dr. Benson to share her experiences in pharmacy school. Learn more about pharmacy career options and admissions.

New Date:
Wednesday, November 6th
12-3 pm
Hagfors 101A

Contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu with questions or to schedule a meeting with Dr. Benson.

URGO Conference Travel Grants Available for Student Researchers

submitted by kipperj@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.

General Announcements

Spring break study abroad with a friend in Palestine – get $500 off the program fee

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Study Abroad on spring break 2020

Palestinian Art of Resistance

Choose ONE course:
THR 295 or ART 211: Palestinian Art of Resistance (4 credits)
fulfills Fine Arts requirement
This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement

Art of Resistance will immerse you in contemporary Palestinian culture and invite you to learn directly from a wide range of artists in the region. A major component of the course will be ongoing cultural exchange with students from Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. Throughout the course, you will interrogate what it means to create art under occupation, explore various definitions of the “art of resistance,” and learn tools to make creative work that defies and reimagines the status quo.

SIGN UP WITH A FRIEND AND YOU’LL EACH GET $500 OFF THE PROGRAM COST

Click here to learn more about how to sign up with a friend!

International Student Orientation: Looking for Faculty Hosts January 10

submitted by bonfigli@augsburg.edu

International Student and Scholar Services is looking for Faculty & Staff who are willing to host new international & exchange students for a meal in their home. Approximately 9-12 new students will be arriving to Minneapolis in early January for Orientation. At the end of their orientation week, we would love to have students have the opportunity to connect more with a faculty or staff on campus, make connections, and have the chance to be in someone’s home. Students have said it is the highlight of their week.

Here are the details: You will meet students at 4:30pm in the Oyaté Commons (Christensen Center Suite 2) on Friday January 10th. We are asking for you to host 2-4 students and drive them to your home for a meal. We ask that you bring them back to campus by around 7:30 pm. It helps to be hosting with someone, whether that is your partner, family or you can pair with another faculty or staff on campus.

If you are interested, please email Angela Bonfiglio at bonfigli@augsburg.edu. We are looking for around 5 hosts.

“What Would You Do With $14,000?” – ADSG Long-term funds available

submitted by gaskillj@augsburg.edu

The Finance Committee have allocated $14,000 to be used for programs, projects, or any proposals/ideas that will impact students the most on campus. There is also $10,000 allocated to develop the area of Christensen Center.

These funds can be used by students and departments that directly work with students to benefit our Augsburg community.

If you are interested the committee will require you to set up a meeting to talk more about your suggestions or send ideas by email.

For more information or to set up a meeting please email:
Daniel Degollado
degollad@augsburg.edu

Attend A Study Abroad and Away Info Session

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Interested in studying abroad? Attend one of our Study Abroad & Away information sessions!

We have the new option to watch an info session online you can watch at the link below
https://augsburg.voicethread.com/myvoice/thread/12303702/73300684/68665084

We also have daily in-person info sessions located in the Oyate Commons, Lower Level of Christensen Center, Suite 2.

Monday: 10:40 am
Tuesday: 3:45 pm
Wednesday: 1:45 pm
Thursday: 11:30 pm
Friday: 3:15 pm

Have any questions?
Email abroad@augsburg.edu or visit our website studyabroad.augsburg.edu

Watch the online info session now!

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – apply by November 18

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 18***

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! Apply for scholarships by November 8.

Visit the program page for program and scholarship information!

Study Abroad for two weeks in Greece – May 2020

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Attention Business and Econ Majors and Minors! This program is for you!

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***
Study Abroad, May 2020

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Examine challenges and opportunities in Greece as it has suffered from economic crisis combined with the current refugee crisis. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model. Through these connections, you will develop an understanding of Greece’s interaction with the European Union and the current instability in the region.

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 12-30, 2020 Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

Program Fee:
TBD

Visit the program website for more info and to apply

Event Announcements

Workshop TODAY: Applying for Paid Summer Research Opportunities in STEM

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

If you are pursuing a STEM degree and are interested in exploring paid, off-campus research opportunities, please join us at the Applying for Paid Summer Research Opportunities in STEM workshop presented by Augsburg’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate (URGO).

Event details:

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
3:30-6:00 PM
Hagfors 150A

Register today! All STEM students are welcome.

This no-cost event is designed to help students learn how to apply for summer research opportunities locally and nationally. After the workshop, there will be an informal dinner (with vegetarian options) where students will have the chance to network with Augsburg STEM faculty and other STEM students from Augsburg and community college partners.

This event is supported in part through two National Science Foundation programs at Augsburg, the AugSTEM Scholars Program and the LSAMP North Star STEM Alliance (NSSA). The AugSTEM Scholars Program helps prepare juniors and seniors for careers in STEM. The NSSA is a partnership of Minnesota colleges, universities, and community organizations with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority students receiving bachelor’s degrees in STEM in Minnesota. To find out more, go to: https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/northstar/

Questions? Please contact stem@augsburg.edu

All participants are welcome (you do not need to be participating in either AugSTEM or NSSA to attend!). If you need accommodations, please be sure to make your request in the space provided on the registration form or email stem@augsburg.edu.

Registration for Applying for Paid Summer Research Opportunities in STEM

Curiosity and Making: Workshop with Lyz Wendland

submitted by wheatley@augsburg.edu

Join Lyz Wendland, Assistant Professor of Art & Design, as you participate in a “Curiosity and Making” workshop. No art experience required! Be immersed in a creative way of research and seeing. Learn strategies for staying curious and reflective while also intentional with your daily and professional life. Supplies provided. Workshop corresponds to Wendland’s solo exhibition, “between lost and found” on display in the Gage Family Gallery from October 24–December 18, 2019.

The workshop is FREE but RSVP required.
Reserve your seat now!

Register Here!

Want to check something off your bucket list?

submitted by codek@augsburg.edu

Do you have questions about what it means to be a Pilgrim? Please join us on Monday, November 4 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Marshall Room. We will learn about the exciting Sesquicentennial Heritage trip to hike the Nidarose Pilgrim Path. You will hear from Rev. Sonja Hagendar, who has hiked this path twice as well as Tour Operator Lori Moline ’82 and Alumni Director Katie Koch Code ’01.

Reservations are currently being accepted for this trip and this trip is filling up fast.

To RSVP for this meeting please contact Katie Koch Code ’01 at codek@augsburg.edu or at 612-330-1178

Pilgrimage Brochure

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment

submitted by shirreff@augsburg.edu

Dear Augsburg Benefits Eligible Faculty and Staff,

The Augsburg Human Resources team and our benefits broker, NFP, have worked diligently over the past several months to finalize benefit plan offerings for 2020. Information about the 2020 benefit plans will be available at the information meetings shown below. We strongly encourage you to attend one of these sessions to learn more.

Important: Benefit Open Enrollment begins November 4 at 6:00 am and ends November 15 at 4:30 pm

What’s coming in 2020?
• No medical plan changes
• Medical plan premium increase
• Additional medical network option with smaller premium increase
• No premium or plan changes to Delta Dental plan

All Benefits Eligible Faculty and Staff Must Complete the Online Form(s):
• All benefits eligible faculty and staff are required to complete the online enrollment form for 2020 elections even if you elect to waive coverage for 2020.
• Your 2019 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2020.

Benefit Information Sessions:
• Monday 11/4 11:00-12:00 PM – Christensen Center, Marshall Room
• Wednesday 11/6 8:00- 9:00 AM – Oren Gateway Center, Room 100
• Friday 11/8 2:30- 3:30 PM – Oren Gateway Center, Room 100
• Tuesday 11/12 10:00-11:00 AM – Oren Gateway Center, Room 100
• Thursday 11/14 4:00- 5:00 PM – Christensen Center, Marshall Room

Accessing the 2020 Enrollment Form (Available November 4th at 6:00 am):
• Log into inside.augsburg.edu and select Administrative Tasks -> Open Enrollment from the AugNet services menu.
• Follow prompts and on-screen instructions.

Enrollment Help Sessions:
• November 7 at 8:30 am (Sverdrup 205)
• November 15 at 3:30 pm (Sverdrup 205)

Please contact hr@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Open enrollment will close at 4:30 pm on November 15, 2019.
We are unable to accept late submissions.

Morning Chapel: All Saints Day Service

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for the annual All Saints Day Service. Today we will have spoken word by Mallory Harris and the Litany of the Saints sung by Ray Makeever. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ.
On this day or the following Sunday, many congregations will remember the faithful who have died during the past year.

More information

Seminary and Divinity School Day – November 7

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Students, please register today for the Seminary and Divinity School Day. A day to connect, reflect, and explore theological graduate study options. This year’s theme is “Vocation at the Thresholds”.

Students of all denominations welcome! We hope to have 12-15 divinity schools and seminaries represented.

The schedule for Thursday, November 7th is:

9:30 am Check-in/ Registration in Foss Hall Atrium
10:00 am Welcome, Introductions & Opening Devotion
10:45 am Table Time for Seminary Representatives & Students
11:30 am Chapel Worship with Pastor Babette Chatman ‘06
12:00 pm Lunch with Keynote Speaker Melissa Pohlman ’00,
Pastor for Community Ministry, Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
1:15 pm More Table Time
2:15 pm Departure

Seminary and Divinity Day is a collaboration between Campus Ministry at Augsburg University and Gustavus Adolphus College.

If you have questions, contact Janice Dames at dames@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1732.

It is not too late to be included in the free lunch. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4NOxwjzuuP968cp4yirNnq9jDJgKB8u1DAChYcuwLouW9pg/viewformThe event is in Foss Hall atrium and the Hoversten Chapel.

We hope you will join us.

More information

Queer Fitness A-Mail

submitted by stokesb@augsburg.edu

Come move your body with other queer-identified folx at Solcana Fitness, a queer-friendly, social-justice minded, femint gym, designed for folx of all fitness levels and backgrounds.

Please come prepared to move your body in ways that may be new – but also feel safe and comfortable for you. Bring or wear clothing that allows you to move freely, including tennis shoes.

On Thursday, November 14th, we will meet in the Auggie’s Nest at 2 pm and walk/drive over. The workout will be 60 minutes long, with Q & A opportunity.

To RSVP use this link https://forms.gle/hnw6WzkeptH2xqzh7

Tuesday: Office Hours with your Deans in OGC

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Monica Devers, Dean of Professional Studies, and Ryan Haaland, Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite faculty, staff and students to stop by and meet them during a series of “office hours” scheduled for this fall. These office hours are an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions.

The times and locations will change from month to month in order to allow for greater availability to schedules.

The Next Sessions will take place:

Tuesday, November 5 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in the Oren Gateway Center Lobby
Thursday, December 5 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Hagfors Center Lobby

Reading of New Musical

submitted by thompso2@augsburg.edu

You are cordially invited to the first reading of the new Sesquicentennial Musical:

“All That We Carry”
Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7:30pm
Sateren Auditorium
Admission free
written by Aaron Gabriel
Stage Director: Malick Ceesay
Music Director: Sonja Thompson

“All That We Carry” tells the rich story of Augsburg University – past, present and future – through the perspective of unheard voices, forgotten narratives, and points of view both unfamiliar and silenced. Based on actual archives and true stories from real Auggies, the story weaves back and forth through time, connecting us to events that happened or will happen, decisions that were made or will be made, and outcomes both intended and unintended.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO READ PARTS. Rehearsals Tuesday and Wednesday. Please contact Sonja Thompson if you can help us out: thompso2@augsburg.edu

For more information please visit our website:

http://engage.augsburg.edu/sesquicentennialmusical/

Mission and Identity Vocation Lunch with Katie Clark

submitted by nondie@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Faculty and Staff,

You are invited to attend this fall’s Mission & Identity Vocation Lunch “Who Gives You Light?” with Katie Clark, Assistant Professor and Director of Augsburg Central Health Commons, on Friday, November 22nd from 11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Note: Spaces are limited so you must register in order to attend this event.

Learn More and Register at:
https://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2019/10/22/fall-vocation-lunch-with-katie-clark/

Guests are also invited (but not required) to bring a donation of socks or other items to the Health Commons as part of this event. Learn more about items needed (or consider making an online donation) at https://www.augsburg.edu/healthcommons/

The Mission & Identity 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.

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

We hope to see you there!

Register for Fall Vocation Lunch with Katie Clark

Want some money for speech judging?

submitted by lapakko@augsburg.edu

Want to make a little money? The Augsburg Speech Team will be hosting an intercollegiate speech tournament this coming Tuesday, November 5. At least nine schools in the region will be represented in the eleven standard college events. If you have previous experience as a speech judge, we can pay you $50 for judging all three rounds of the competition, or $20 per round for only one or two. The meet starts next Tuesday at 3:30 and continues on through 7:30. If you are interested, contact Prof. David Lapakko (lapakko@augsburg.edu) ASAP.

Commitment to Environmental Equity and Action at Augsburg

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

Join us for a listening and action planning around how environmental equity shows up in our lives and on campus. Together we will collectively envision Augsburg’s commitment to environmental action beyond 2019.

Monday, November 11, 2019
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Marshall Room

Background:
In 2007, Augsburg affirmed its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, driven by students, faculty, and staff, by signing the Second Nature Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment. Since then, our campus has made some progress towards living out this commitment, including working towards being carbon neutral by 2019. However, we recognize we have not fully lived up to what this commitment requires, given the urgent realities of climate change, the remnants of an exclusive environmental narrative and movement built on white supremacy, and the clear demands for addressing inequitable systems that are interconnected. As an institution committed to its public mission and to educating students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders, how can we take action that directs our power and resources to join the existing momentum of an equity-based environmental movement working for the collective liberation of our common home and community?

Commitment to Environmental Equity and Action at Augsburg

Explore Amsterdam this summer and earn 6 credits

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Love to explore? Have a sense of adventure? Like to walk and take trains? Like to ride bike? See cities by boat? Enjoy gardens? Markets? Architecture? Parks? Ever been interested in how the people of the Netherlands live? Do you have the desire to learn about innovative and creative solutions to environmental challenges? Would you like to have new ideas and tools to make positive changes back here in the U.S.?

Join Allyson Green and Lars Christiansen on a two-week exploration of urban environmental sustainability in Amsterdam and Delft, Netherlands in May 2020! We begin with several course sessions in Minneapolis in early May, and then depart for the Netherlands on May 7. We return two weeks later. There is so much to see and discover! We hope you join us.

LIVING GREEN IN AMSTERDAM, Study Abroad May 2020

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

This is a 6-credit program:

Students choose one SOC/URB course for 4 credits:
SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (fulfills Social Behavioral Sciences LAF), or
SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (elective)

All students also take INS 292 for 2 credits:
INS 292: Topics: Environmental Sustainability through an Intercultural Lens

This program also fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement.

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

Program Cost: $5,500
*This all-inclusive program fee covers: tuition for 6 credits, international round-trip airfare from Minneapolis, all lodging, all meals, all transportation during the program, and all program activities.

Financial Aid: Check with Student Financial Services in Sverdrup hall to learn about how your financial aid package might help cover the cost of this program.

Get more information and apply online

Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg staff present at Minnesota College Professionals Association conference

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota College Professionals Association (MCPA) conference is Oct. 31- Nov. 1 in Bloomington, MN. Several Augsburg staff are presenting:
“Building Inclusive Study Abroad Experiences for Students with Disabilities” (2-part session): Katie Lane, Assistant Director, CLASS office, Andrea Dvorak, Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs, and Carden Olson, student

“Dismantling White Structures in Career Services”: Lee George, Executive Director, Strommen Center, Katie Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer

“Less is more…and more is more: Co-curricular Learning Assessment”: Mike Grewe, Director, Campus Life, and Ann Garvey, Vice President of Student Affairs

Seniors Student Affairs Officers Panel – facilitated by Ann Garvey Vice President of Student Affairs.

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