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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

I-94 Closure Overnight Tuesday, Wednesday Near Augsburg

submitted by sitarami@augsburg.edu

MnDOT is shifting the schedule to install the beams for the temporary bridge over I-94 at 22nd Avenue.

MnDOT reports: We had planned on a weekend closure Nov. 8-11. That is canceled. Crews will do the beam installation work overnight this week. Here are the new date and times:

MnDOT will be closing I-94 in both directions Tuesday and Wednesday overnight.

10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. I-94 is closed in both directions between I-35W and Highway 280. Detour is I-35W, Highway 36 and I-35E

10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 to 6 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7
I-94 is closed is both directions between I-35W and Highway 280. The detour is I-35W, Highway 36 and I-35E.

We are also making good progress on the 25th Avenue bridge repairs. We expect to be done earlier than planned. We will let you know when that work is finished and the overnight closure of I-94 west is no longer needed.

Please check www.511mn.org for real-time updates. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

MnDOT Updates

Teaching and Learning

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

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.

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

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

General Announcements

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

Retirement Celebration for Jim Trelstad-Porter

submitted by mulvihil@augsburg.edu

Please join the campus community in congratulating Jim Trelstad-Porter on his 30 years of service to Augsburg University! Jim’s introduction to Augsburg came in 1988 when he participated in a CGEE semester program in Mexico. His career in global education includes holding different positions in Washington D.C.; Cuernavaca, Mexico; and Minneapolis. Jim has a deep love for Augsburg, his colleagues, and the students from over 75 countries to whom he says he owes a debt of gratitude for the shared journey of seeking a better self and world.

Jim has also helped to make a better Augsburg. He assisted in developing and maintaining some of our most vital global-exchange relationships. Our international students—both degree-seeking and exchange—have consistently felt supported by ISSS under Jim’s leadership. His involvement in intercultural development work has assisted many colleagues and students in personal and professional growth. Most important of all, Jim has treated everyone around him—faculty, students, and staff—with respect, humility, and care. Jim truly embodies Augsburg’s values.

We will celebrate Jim with an on-campus reception on Monday, November 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Location and other details will be announced. Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend.

A to Z Study Abroad and Away Info Session – now online

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Interested in studying abroad? Attend one of our Study Abroad & Away information sessions! Watch Online or come in person.

Daily in-person info sessions are located in 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!

Explore Amsterdam this summer and earn 6 credits

submitted by stoddard@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

Urban Investors program moves to Augsburg

submitted by eschenba@augsburg.edu

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is pleased to join with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and Learning to welcome to campus a new partner in 2020: Urban Investors.

Urban Investors creates experiential learning opportunities for bankers and finance professionals who spend a year learning about urban issues to catalyze investment and community development that moves families out of poverty, revitalizes neighborhoods, improves schools, and builds economic opportunity. More information about the program can be found on this blog post published by the Sabo Center https://www.augsburg.edu/sabo/2019/09/18/urban-adventure-will-move-to-augsburg-and-change-its-name-to-urban-investors/

The program is financially self-sustaining (all staffing and program costs are covered by the dues that banks pay to enroll their employees) and presents great opportunities to develop new paid internships for Augsburg students at participating banks. Peter Heegaard, who received an honorary degree from Augsburg in 2010, founded the program and is stepping down as director. Mike Christenson, former director of the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development will be contracted to oversee the program, as outlined in an article in the Twin Cities Business Magazine.

Twin Cities Business Magazine

Event Announcements

Visitors on campus tomorrow

submitted by lapakko@augsburg.edu

Tomorrow, Augsburg will be hosting an interscholastic speech tournament from 3-8 pm, and 12 area schools will be in attendance. Rounds of competition are scheduled for Foss, Oren, Lindell, Old Main, and Hagfors during this time. If you would, please be kind hosts, especially if a well-dressed, disoriented person is searching for a particular room! Your hospitality is appreciated. If you have any questions about the tournament, contact Prof. Lapakko (lapakko@augsburg.edu).

Tues., Nov. 5 – elections in Minnesota

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

From the Minnesota Secretary of State:
Not all areas of Minnesota will have elections in 2019. Use the Polling Place Finder to see what elections, if any, are coming up for an address. Or view a list of cities and school districts with regularly scheduled elections in 2019
Voters may have one or more of these races on their ballot:
City Officers
School Board Members
Township Officers
Local ballot questions

Go to www.sos.state.mn.us for more information.

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment – Starts TODAY

submitted by kimbrou@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 starts TODAY and ends November 15th 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:
• TODAY! – 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:
• 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)

2020 Benefits Guide

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.

2020 Benefits Guide

Queering Career, Business Visits

submitted by stokesb@augsburg.edu

As a continuation of or Queering Career series, LGBTQIA+ Student Services is sponsoring visits to local queer-owned businesses.

Tuesday, November 19th we will visit Mossier
Thursday, December 5th we’re visiting Urban Growler

For each event, we will meet in the Auggies Nest at 2 pm, leave no later than 2:30 pm, and will be back on campus by 4 pm. Transportation will be provided.

For more information and to register for the business visits, please use this link https://forms.gle/vc74Sw5soYee8WzJ9.

Queer Fitness

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

Crying Earth Rise Up–Film Event

submitted by marubbio@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Native American Film Series presents Crying Earth Rise Up on November 12, 2019.
Crying Earth Rise Up, narrated by Tantoo Cardinal, tells the story of Debra White Plume and Elisha Yellow Thunder’s efforts to stop the uranium mining contaminating their community’s drinking water. Informed by Native perspectives and belief systems, the film addresses the sacred relationship between water and life itself, as well as the conflicts between nuclear power companies, activists, and locals. With a nuanced look at what is becoming an increasingly common environmental battle, the film offers a case study of contemporary conservation efforts in the face of corporate and capitalistic interests. (Crying Earth Rise Up)
Crying Earth Rise Up acknowledges the centrality of Native involvement in opposing the particular practice of uranium mining and suggests Native communities’ wider spread contribution to a variety of other conversations related to environmental protection (although not always noted by mainstream media, e.g. the recent blocking of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline) (Documentary Educational Resources site)
Join us for the film and a conversation with director/producer/cinematographer Suree Towfighnia and Debra White Plume.

Where & When: November 12, 2019
Augsburg University
Sateren Auditorium, Music Hall, 715 22nd Ave South
Reception 6:15-6:45
Screening begins at 7:00
Discussion with participants follows
This event is free to the public

Native American Film Series

Spring break study abroad in Guatemala – apply by November 18

submitted by stoddard@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!

Palestinian Art of Resistance spring break study abroad – apply by November 18

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

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

Palestinian Art of Resistance, 4-credits, fulfills Fine Arts requirement and Augsburg Experience
Course options: ART 211 or THR 295

Faculty Leader: Sarah Myers and Robert Tom
Travel Dates: March 13-23, 2020 (spring break)

Course Description:
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. You will have the unique opportunity to experience art and performance first-hand in diverse Palestinian contexts, from a day-long excursion to cultural sites in Ramallah to a conference call with artists in Gaza. A major component of the course will be ongoing cultural exchange with students from Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. Augsburg students will also learn about the complex political, historical, social, and religious context for Palestinian art and theater through guided tours, performances, gallery talks, museum visits, readings, and discussions. Throughout these experiences, students 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.

APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 18

Scholarships are available! Apply for Scholarships by November 8

Click here for program and scholarship information & applications

Commitment to Environmental Action and Equity 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

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