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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.

November 13 EDTalk with Melissa Hensley and Barbara Lehmann

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

In one week, Melissa Hensley and Barbara Lehmann will talk about “Classroom Success for Students with Mental Health Conditions”. This session will provide tips for faculty members in engaging students with mental health conditions and helping to ensure academic success.

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.

EDTalks take place just prior to the monthly faculty meeting and right next door in Hagfors 151. Grab your coffee and a seat to enjoy and learn. Find out more on the CTL page linked below.

Wednesday, November 13 | EDTalk with Melissa Hensley and Barbara Lehmann | 3:20 pm – 3:35 pm, HC 151

Center for Teaching and Learning

Free Money and Research Assistants for Faculty

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?”

TOMORROW: 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

Center for 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

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 TODAY

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 if you have any questions.

General Announcements

Payroll department moved to Human Resources

submitted by millerd1@augsburg.edu

As of Monday, November 4, the payroll department has relocated to the Human Resources suite, located on the street level of Memorial Hall. Kathy Uecker, payroll specialist, will now be a part of the HR team. The transition provides both departments an opportunity to provide the best service to Augsburg employees through improved efficiency, communication and resource sharing. Kathy’s extension remains the same at 612.220.1030, and you may also email any payroll or timekeeping questions to payroll@augsburg.edu. Please contact Dawn Miller, HR Director/CHRO at millerd1@augsburg.edu with any questions reagarding the transition.

Recruiting for 2020 AugSem Student Leaders

submitted by daol@augsburg.edu

The application for 2020 AugSem Student Leaders is now open!!!

AugSem, Campus Life, and Residence Life are partnering this year to streamline the interview process for AugSem Leaders, Orientation Leaders (OLs), and Residence Life positions (Lead Positions/Resident Advisors [RAs]).

AugSem student leaders are responsible for assisting first year students with their transition to Augsburg University. This transition involves working collaboratively during the semester with faculty and staff who teach the Augsburg Seminar (AugSem). Student employees hired for this position will help to ensure that new first-year students are introduced to Augsburg in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Fall 2020: Student leaders typically work 1-3 hours/week. Student leaders should be a major/minor in the discipline and have completed the linked course.

Questions?
Contact us: augsem@augsburg.edu

Apply here at Handshake

Get a scholarship to study abroad on spring break – Apps due Friday

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Thinking about study abroad on SPRING BREAK!? Apply for a scholarship to help make it happen!

This scholarship applies to two programs:
Human Rights Voices in Post Conflict Guatemala
https://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=HumanRightsVoices

or

Palestinian Art of Resistance
https://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=ArtofResistance

Scholarship apps due this Friday, November 8!
Get your application results on Nov 13.
Finish the program application by November 18

To qualify for these two spring break study abroad programs, you must be a sophomore or higher, have a 2.0 GPA or higher, and not have a financial aid hold, or disciplinary or academic hold on your account.

Apply for the scholarship here

Working Towards Inclusive Spaces Workshop

submitted by stokesb@augsburg.edu

The workshop will be Thursday, November 7th, from 8-11 am in the Marshall Room.

This workshop will highlight four common ideologies, misunderstandings, and behaviors that many well-meaning individuals frequently subscribe to that inadvertently sabotage their best attempts to create and maintain welcoming and inclusive spaces at Augsburg. Additionally, this workshop will provide participants with historical, current, and relevant examples connected to these ideologies, misunderstandings, and behaviors. Finally, this workshop will also allow participants to engage in small group activities and discussions and large group share-outs, all related to Augsburg-specific spaces.

To register for this workshop, click HERE.

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

submitted by lubegam@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

Event Announcements

Morning Chapel: Rachel Peterson

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am to hear Rachel Peterson preach. Rachel Peterson served in Madagascar through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program. She currently works as a recruiter and is visiting Augsburg as part of the LIFE in Service tour, which includes YAGM, Urban Servant Corps (USC), and Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). YAGM, USC, and LVC are year-long global, national, and local service opportunities respectively. The LIFE in Service crew will be tabling in Christensen from 10 am – 1:30 pm today and would love to talk more about what a year of service could look like for you!

More information

Retirement Celebration for Jim Trelstad-Porter

submitted by mulvihil@augsburg.edu

Please join the campus community in congratulating Jim Trelstad-Porter on 30 years of service as he retires from Augsburg University. Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend.

Date: Monday, November 25
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Christensen Center, Marshall Room
Refreshments will be served.

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.

Green: an elegy to summer

submitted by lewisgg@augsburg.edu

green: an elegy to summer

By Carson Kreitzer

Directed by Taous Claire Khazem

In the near future a vibrant underground community of hackers, botanists and artists live off the grid. When a young inventor shows up looking for a place to hide from the government because she figured out how to circumvent water scarcity the entire community must decide if their desire to save lives is worth the risk of destroying their own…

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center
Friday, November 15 at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 16 at 7:00PM
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00PM
Friday, November 22 at 7:00PM
Saturday, November 23 at 7:00PM
Sunday, November 24 at 3:00PM

Ticket Prices: 
General Public
$8.00
Student
$3.00
Augsburg Faculty/Staff
$6.00
Non-Augsburg Students
$5.00
Augsburg Alumni
$4.00

Get your tickets here!

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

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Study Abroad on spring break 2020: Palestinian Art of Resistance

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

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.

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

Thursday and Monday: Study broad in the Netherlands in summer 2020

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

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!

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:
• 11/7 at 8:30 am (Sverdrup 205)
• 11/15 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

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

Join us for a conversation about sustainability and equity on campus

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 Action and Equity @ Augsburg

Community Organizing Skills: Power Mapping

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

Join the Sabo Center for our third community organizing skills workshop this semester: Power Mapping!

Tuesday, November 19
3:40-5 p.m.
OGC 114

People interested in promoting positive social change— through public work, civic action, advocacy and other vehicles—need to be aware of who else cares about their cause, and the political and social power structures in play. Social change agents need tools to access resources and to put their ideas into action. Power mapping gives participants a way to think about different kinds of power, and a set of tools to access the power needed to make things happen.

This workshop will be led by Dennis Donovan, national organizer for Public Achievement.

Power Mapping

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!

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