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Augsburg Alumna Kelly Sheehan Holstine (COM/LA – MAE) Named MN Teacher of the Year

submitted by swanson@augsburg.edu

From the official announcement from Education Minnesota:

Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Kelly D. Holstine
Holstine teaches English at the Tokata Learning Center — an alternative high school in Shakopee Public Schools. She is the district’s’ first Teacher of the Year winner.
“It is true that our population can consist of students with varying abilities and temperaments, but these same students are also some of the most creative and brilliant humans with whom I have ever worked,” Holstine said. “And, without fail, the students who arrive angry, sad, hurt and/or scared reveal their vulnerability, brilliance and beautiful selves when they feel safe and valued.”

Thank you to the near-record 167 candidates nominated for this year’s award — especially our 12 amazing finalists.

Congratulations, Kelly!

5 “Four Days in May” Sessions Offered Through ZOOM

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

If you’re not able to be on campus for “Four Days in May,” we have another option for you. The E-Learning Team has set up ZOOM for the following events:

Library Research Tools: May 8th, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Portfolio Workshop: May 9th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Experiential Education: May 11th, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation: May 11th, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Teaching Sustainability: May 11th, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Full descriptions as well as the ZOOM links can be found at http://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/

General Announcements

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application Deadline May 15, 2018

submitted by ricomec@augsburg.edu

Applications are now open for the 2018-19 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

Eligibility:

-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science,
environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2018
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 15, 2018 at midnight.

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to: http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem/

Questions? Contact stem@augsburg.edu

Parking headaches getting you down? Check out transit options

submitted by peterlin@augsburg.edu

DPS recently noted the various projects happening around campus impacting parking lots and spot availability. If you’re concerned about parking on campus, check out other transportation options available to you.

More information found at: http://inside.augsburg.edu/transportation/

Remember that our unique, urban location is perfectly situated to provide great access to Metro Transit stations, bus stops, and bicycle/walking trails.

Looking to get advice, need help finding a route, want to check out the commuter locker room? Contact Nicole at peterlin@augsburg.edu.

P.S. It’s national Bike to Work Week May 14th-18th; join me and others across campus in biking to work. You might enjoy it so much, it could become your new commute.

Event Announcements

Creating an Inclusive Campus workshop May 10

submitted by garvey@augsburg.edu

There is still time for staff and faculty to RSVP for the Creating an Inclusive Campus Workshop,
Thursday, May 10, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided

This workshop will engage participants in reflecting on and exploring bias and the impact of bias in their work and teaching at Augsburg. The featured facilitator is Nehrwr Abdul-Wahid, One Ummah Consulting. Nehrwr will discuss bias and how it impacts and plays out among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Staff and faculty panelists will share short stories about how they have worked to minimize bias in their interactions with students, course offerings, curricular content, policies, and programs. Participants will also receive an overview of recent bias incidents reports submitted by Augsburg students and will have time to discuss with colleagues in small groups, and continue the conversation over lunch.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Check in and refreshments
9-12 p.m. Workshop, with planned break
12-1 p.m. Lunch and conversation

To RSVP, please go to this google form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV1Olt1QGwsy4N4L4PgvzXBlDIG-zZBV-jYCepaD2dS2yXLA/viewform?usp=sf_link

You can also sign up for other FOUR DAYS IN MAY workshops, presented by Augsburg University Center for Teaching and Learning, May 8-11

Norway and USA’s Constitutions: A Historic Perspective

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University’s, Norway Hub, in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate General, will host the following seminar, Historic Perspectives on Norway and USA’s Constitutions, on Tuesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Augsburg University Campus.

We invite you all to register for this free event that will provide a historic perspective on the two constitutions including shared influences and legacies. Speakers are Bård Thorheim, political advisor to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as Bård Frydenlund, historian and director at Eidsvoll 1814.

Any questions should be sent to Bettine (hermansb@augsburg.edu).

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Judge Somali Debate, Earn $, Make a Difference

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to 750 middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. Spring is the Somali Debate Initiative season, and we need judges.

We are seeking members of the Somali community to judge our Somali Debate Initiative students. Judges watch rounds, determine the winner, and provide feedback so students may improve their communication skills. No experience? Don’t worry. We’ll train you.

Judges are paid $55 per tournament.

We will have Somali Debate tournaments on the following dates:

May 9th, 2018
3:30-7:00 p.m.
Augsburg University

May 23rd, 2018
3:30-7:00 p.m.
Augsburg University

Interested judges should inquire at udlvolunteers@augsburg.edu for more info, and sign up at the link below:

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