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Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad!
The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.
Scholarship amounts:
Up to $20,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $10,000 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website (https://www.borenawards.org/) to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Stop by our Joint Office Hours on Thursday, Dec 12 from 1-3pm in Andrea Dvorak’s office in Oyate Commons (lower level of Christensen) to get advising from URGO staff on the scholarship application/essays and Study Abroad staff on program options.
• If you can’t attend office hours, let us know your interest by contacting Solveig Mebust (mebusts@augsburg.edu) or Andrea Dvorak (dvorak@augsburg.edu).
• DUE January 21: send a draft of your application to urgo@augsburg.edu – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

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

Business/Econ Study abroad in Greece – May 2020

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Study Abroad for 2 weeks in summer and earn 4 credits + Augsburg Experience!

***Economic Crisis, Small Business & Ethics in Greece***

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 13-27, 2020 Approximately 3 pre-travel meetings will also be held

Description:
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.

Get more info and apply online!

ICD Grants Panel Presentation

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

All faculty, and particularly those interested in applying for the ICD Grant Proposal in 2020, are invited to hear from the 2019 ICD Grant awardees about the goals, process, and initial results of their course redesign projects.

Thursday, January 16 | ICD Grants 2019 Panel Presentation | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Marshall Room

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Research support for faculty through the URGO Summer Research Program

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

The URGO Summer Research Program is designed to enhance undergraduate student learning and support faculty research and creative activity here on campus. Faculty are the driving force behind the research program, and we want it to be as beneficial to you as possible.
While summer is the perfect time to push research projects ahead, we know all too well how quickly the time goes. We have research grants for 400, 200, and 100 student research hours that are designed to provide you with the optimal amount of student research support needed for your project. The 100-hour research assistantship is a particularly good fit if you have needs for data entry, transcription, or literature review.
Some of you may have already been approached by students who would like to do summer research through URGO. We encourage you to think about how these students might support your own research agenda. While some advanced students might have a project in mind, we have found that students benefit the most from working within a faculty member’s area of expertise and current line of inquiry.
To learn more about URGO summer research and working with a student, visit the “on-campus research” page on the URGO website: www.augsburg.edu/urgo.
Please encourage interested students to make an appointment with URGO staff by contacting urgo@augsburg.edu.

Applications available for URGO Summer Research 2020

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

Applications available for URGO Summer Research Program

The URGO Summer Research Program is an on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
• 200 or 400 hours
• Program runs May 14-July 29, 2020
• Full-time = $4,400 plus housing stipend
• Half-time = $2,200 plus housing stipend
• Design project with a faculty mentor
• Seminars and Speaker Series for support and professional development
• Final written product and oral presentation
There is also the option to be a Research Assistant at 100 hours for the summer (stipend of $1,100), in which undergraduates assist faculty with research tasks.
Applications can be found at www.augsburg.edu/urgo/research/on-campus-research/. Send an email to urgo@augsburg.edu to make an appointment with URGO staff and get advising on the application process!

General Announcements

Final deadline TODAY: Spring break study abroad in Guatemala

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Take a spring semester course that includes 10 days of travel to Guatemala on Spring break! Apply by Dec 16

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 DECEMBER 16***

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.

Study Abroad with a friend and get $500 off the program cost. Click below to learn more

Visit the program page for more info and to apply!

Fundraiser for LGBTQIA+ Student Scholarship

submitted by stokesb@augsburg.edu

Each year, during Lavender Celebration, we honor and recognize LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and accomplices for their work in creating a more visible and just community for queer and trans+ folx. This year and coming years – LGBTQIA+ Student Services is looking to uplift more students by providing financial support through scholarship during the Lavender Celebration. Please help us raise funds to uplift and recognize the original work our LGBTQIA+ students are doing.

To buy a shirt(s) or donate, please follow this link https://www.customink.com/fundraising/augsburglgbtqia?ref=copy-link_social_desktop-campaign-page-share-top-v3&utm_campaign=desktop-campaign-page-share-top-v3&utm_content=augsburglgbtqia&utm_medium=social&utm_source=copy-link&side=front&type=1&zoom=false

EAC needs your clothing donations

submitted by fragaled@augsburg.edu

Have clothes you love but don’t wear anymore? Clean out your closet and give your clothes a second life by donating them! Environmental Action Committee is holding a campus clothing swap event this spring and is currently looking for donations. You can drop off any clothing you no longer want to the Share Shop in Science 8B during the following times:

Mondays: 10am-noon, 2-4pm
Tuesdays: 1-4pm
Wednesdays: 10am-noon, 1:30pm-3pm
Thursdays: 10am-noon, 2pm-5:30pm

Event Reminders During the Holiday Season

submitted by kadolph@augsburg.edu

As we enter into this Holiday Season, we want to remind everyone of a few key policies to keep events on campus safe and enjoyable to all! Events and meetings that have 25 or more attendees are required to use A’viands, our exclusive caterer, for all catering and food/beverage needs. All food and beverage catered through A’viands must stay at the location of the event. Leftovers cannot be removed according to state law. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at your upcoming events!

Return your rental books to the bookstore

submitted by millerch@augsburg.edu

End of term is quickly approaching and that means that your rental books need to be brought back to the Bookstore! Don’t let late fees ruin your holiday, get your books back to us today! Can’t make it in? Use the FREE UPS label provided at the link below https://augsburg.bncollege.com/shop/augsburg/page/rental-book-return

Business Office Holiday Hours

submitted by stepanek@augsburg.edu

The Business Office will be closed on Monday, December 23rd and Monday December 30th but will be open our normal business hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm December 26th and 27th and January 2nd and 3rd.

If you have a check or cash request for those weeks, please request a week prior to the date needed.

During the closure if you have an immediate question please contact the following individuals:

Cash requests, fund balances, or accounts payable – Carole Kamp at kampf@augsburg.edu.
P-cards – Doug Rosenberg at rosenbe2@augsburg.edu.
Wire or ACH transfers – Fola Tiamiyu at tiamiyuf@augsburg.edu.
Accounting or other questions – Gerri Stepanek at stepanek@augsburg.edu.

Happy Holidays!

Event Announcements

Auggie Doggies and finals week

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

It’s finals week and we can all use a little stress buster so why not start the week off by visiting with our four legged furry dog friends from Paws for Learning. Today from 10:30 – 11:30 am Paws for Learning is in the Center for Wellness and Counseling office located on the first floor of the Anderson Residence Hall. In addition, our furry friends will be on the Skyway level of Lindell Library (by the Gage Center). Plan to stop by and get a little stress relief. Merlin will be in the CWC office one final time this semester on Tuesday 12/17 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Any questions, call the CWC office at 612-330-1707.

Late Night Breakfast TONIGHT

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Don’t forget late night breakfast TONIGHT!! A reminder and an invitation to all current Augsburg students that late night breakfast will be served TONIGHT from 9:30 pm – 10:45 pm in the cafeteria. This well attended event sponsored by Aviands is open to all current Augsburg students regardless of whether you are on the meal plan. Please bring your current Augsburg student ID for admittance.

TOMORROW Study and Snack break with Study Abroad: Amsterdam edition

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Take a study break and learn about study abroad in Amsterdam!

Tuesday, December 17
10am-1pm
Christensen Center Lobby

We will have coffee, snacks, and information about the May 2020 study abroad program to Amsterdam. This 6-credit course in May is open to all students (even seniors!), and is a great way to earn credits, fulfill Augsburg Experience, and many students even qualify for financial aid to help offset the cost of participation. Visit the table to learn more, or just grab a little pick-me-up during your finals week!

Good luck on finals!

Learn more about the Amsterdam program

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