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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Steam Vault Inspections

submitted by abounass@augsburg.edu

The annual underground inspection of steam mechanical vaults will start Tuesday, November 5 and could go into Wednesday, November 6. Inspection work will start on Fairview’s property north of Riverside Avenue and end on the sidewalk of 22nd Avenue east of Memorial. Barricades will be put up that may briefly block sidewalk traffic on campus and a safety worker will route pedestrians around the barricades. The work will not impact street traffic on campus. Questions should be directed to Bryan Massich, Facilities Management at 612-280-7447.

I-94 Closed 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

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

Tech Tip Tuesday: “Search Forums” to view all posts by a student

submitted by tensen@augsburg.edu

If you use Moodle Forums, you may want to isolate a specific student’s posts in order to provide feedback or a grade. The new “Search Forums” feature lets you easily isolate a student’s posts AND you can refine the search so that you only see posts submitted prior to the deadline. Click the link below to learn how to Search Forums

Search Forums

Thursday: 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.

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.

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

RSVP for “Celebrating your Creativity Scars”

New Faculty Series: 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?”

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.

Inclusive Course Design Training

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

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

Student Share Shop Now Open

submitted by keenern@augsburg.edu

The Share Shop is now open for students to rent out items! Our hours as of now are:
Mondays: 10am-Noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10:30am-Noon

We have items ranging from bedding, games, kitchenware and appliances, and other household goods.

Additionally, we also have Augsburg gear to give away, which have been thoughtfully donated by the Bookstore.

We’re still looking for donations from student, staff and faculty. Due to several unusable/inappropriate donations, all donations must be dropped off at the Shop during open hours, and approved by a staff member. The items we are in need of are:
– First aid Kits/ Sewing kits
– Kitchen Appliances
– Clothing items
– XL Twin Bedding
– Water Bottles
– Tool Kits
– Poster putty/other dorm items

If you have questions as to what we accept, please email buryb@augsburg.edu. We’re excited to be up and running and hope to see y’all soon.

Campus Kitchen: Produce Every Monday

submitted by keenern@augsburg.edu

Campus Kitchen will continue produce distribution every Monday from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Christiansen lobby. We will be implementing a new rule this semester to insure that everyone has an opportunity to get produce. The first hour (2-3pm) will be reserved for students and the following hour will be open for everyone. Please bring your own bag if you are able. Thank you for your continued support.

Campus Kitchen Homepage

Campus Cupboard Food Shelf Hours

submitted by keenern@augsburg.edu

The Campus Cupboard offers free food for all Augsburg students. Located in Science Hall, room 8, fall semester hours are:

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10:30am-noon
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm

We also accept food donations during open hours, or outside of open hours at the Sabo Center (basement of Anderson Hall) and in the Christensen Center near Einstein’s. For bigger donations please feel free to email me and set up a drop off time: keenern@augsburg.edu

Campus Cupboard Homepage

Have Extra Paper/plastic Bags?

submitted by keenern@augsburg.edu

Campus Kitchen is collecting paper and plastic bag donations for the cupboard and produce distribution. It you or someone you know happens to have a lot of plastic/paper bags that they’re not using we would gladly take them off your hands. Feel free to drop off any donations at the cupboard itself located in the old science building room 8A during open hours:
Mon – 10am-Noon & 2pm-4pm
Tues – 1pm-4pm
Wed – 10:30am-noon
Thurs – 10am-Noon & 2pm-4pm
If these times don’t work with your schedule we also have a designated donation drop off bin in the lobby of Christensen Center near Einstein’s. If you need to set up a separate time for a larger donation please feel free to email me: keenern@augsburg.edu

Interested in a weekly fresh produce subscription?

submitted by keenern@augsburg.edu

Hello everyone!

Campus Kitchen is proud to announce our partnership with Brightside Produce and aid in their mission to make healthy produce more accessible to food insecure neighborhoods. Starting next Tuesday, October 29, we will be launching our own Buyers Club branch here at Augsburg. This is a weekly produce subscription ranging from $3, $5, $10, & $20. Your subscription will help bring fresh produce to corner stores in the Cedar Riverside area. If you are interested in joining the buyers club please follow these step by step instructions to set up your subscription.

1.) Go to https://brightsidempls.org
2.) Click the menu button in the top left corner of the screen and select “join the Buyers Club”.
3.) Follow the instructions on the buyers club page (subscription size, Augsburg pick up, items you prefer to be left out of your bags, and whether or not you would like to start a weekly subscription or make a one time purchase.)
4.) You will also have the option of purchasing a reusable tote bag from Brightside for your subscriptions, if you feel inclined to do so.
5.) Pick up will be from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesdays, outside of the Sabo center, located in the basement of Anderson Hall.

Please help us pass the word to any student, staff, or faculty who might be interested! We appreciate your support in our program and mission to make healthy food more accessible in our neighborhoods. For more information feel free to email me: keenern@augsburg.edu or our supervisor Natalie Jacobson: jacobsn@augsburg.edu.

Sign Up Here!

Global Mission – on campus tabling

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

The LIFE (Lutheran Immersion & Formation Experiences) in Service Network includes Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), Urban Servant Corps (USC), and Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). All LIFE in Service organizations are ministries of the ELCA or are ELCA affiliated. Based in accompaniment, intentional community, simplicity, spirituality, and sustainability, each program is committed to being ecumenical, interfaith, LGBTQ+ affirming, and social and racial justice-centered. Each year, more than 200 LIFE in Service volunteers serve within the United States and around the world. LIFE in Service organizations have more than 3,400 alumni who continue to live out the value of service in their lives.

Please stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center on Wednesday, November 6th to talk more about what a year of service could look like for you.

Event Announcements

Feedback Wanted: Human Rights Forum

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Over 800 attendees joined this event, with 475 + of our very own Auggies in the house. Your engagement and excitement made this forum into a success. Thank you!

As always, we strive to shape the design and content towards the needs and wishes of our institution, and we are curious about what we should keep, and what we can approve upon. And this is where you come in.

Please take a moment to share your experience with us.

The 2020 Forum will take place on October 26 and 27.

Tusen takk alle sammen!

Take Our Survey

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.

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

Curiosity and MakingWorkshop 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!

TODAY: Office Hours with your Deans in OGC

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

You are invited to stop by the OGC Lobby today from Noon until 1:00 pm to meet with your Deans. 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

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment – Now through 11/15

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 ends November 15th at 4:30 pm

2020 Benefits Guide

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:
• 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

A recorded session will be posted later this week for those who cannot attend in person.

Accessing the 2020 Enrollment Form:
• Log into inside.augsburg.edu
• 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.

2020 Benefits Guide

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.

Follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/AugsburgNativeAmericanFilmSeries

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

Biology Research Symposium this Wednesday

submitted by darwitzb@augsburg.edu

Are you interested in research in the Biology department? Come hear from 4 Augsburg students as they present their research experiences in both on-campus and off-campus programs at the annual Biology Department Research Symposium. Food and drinks will be provided. Presentations will be Hagfors 150 at 6:00 PM this Wednesday.

What’s happening in CCV? A brown bag lunch conversation

submitted by frugek@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s Christensen Center for Vocation is entering a new chapter, with a new vision for how this center can serve our students, the mission of our institution, and a growing network of faith-based community partners. We will be hosting two brown bag information lunches in the Augsburg Room on Nov. 20 and Nov. 26 from 12:00-1:00pm to share more about the direction CCV is heading.

Our center is deeply engaged with congregational contexts doing the work of vocational discernment centered on their neighbors and neighborhoods. In our new vision for CCV, these rich learning contexts can be combined with Augsburg’s unique approach to educating leaders who are informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders. This will happen through a variety of initiatives, some new and some existing ones that are being re-imagined towards this more intentional vision. Our aim is to create mutually beneficial learning partnerships between students, faculty, ministry leaders, and congregations who share a commitment to being neighbor in real places with real people working to solve real world problems.

We hope you will consider joining us one of these days to learn more. Reach out to Kristina Fruge (frugek@augsburg.edu) or Jeremy Myers (myers@augsburg.edu) for more information.

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

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