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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hagfors Center Elevator Out of Service

submitted by abounass@augsburg.edu

The Hagfors Center main lobby elevator is out of service to make repairs. The parts have been ordered and we anticipate repairs to be completed next week. We will continue to post updates as we get more information.
There is an alternative north hall elevator that will be available while the lobby elevator is out of service. If you have any questions contact Bryan Massich at 612-280-7447.

Lot D and MLK Admission Day Event

submitted by sotosm@augsburg.edu

In celebration of MLK, the Admission Office will be having an MLK Day Open House Visit Event on Monday, January 20th. Our visitors will have 75 spaces marked off for them in Lot D; once the remaining spots are filled, we ask that faculty and staff park in Lot L, Lot J, or in the 21st Ave Parking Ramp across Riverside (free day permits are available in the Admission Office). In addition, the Admission Office is providing Metro passes for those who wish to park further away and commute to campus using bus or light rail. Please feel free to swing through the Admission Office (LL of Christensen) to pick up your ramp pass or Metro Pass.

We thank you again for your assistance in helping to welcome visitors and future Auggies to campus!

Teaching and Learning

Applications available for URGO Summer Research 2020

submitted by kundell@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!

Research support for faculty through the URGO Summer Research Program

submitted by kundell@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.

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover language learning abroad

submitted by kundell@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.

2020 brings student pronouns to Moodle

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

We’re excited to let everyone know that student pronouns are now displayed in moodle. They are displayed:
– On your login page next to your name and photo
– In the class roster
– In the gradebook
– In discussion board postings

Remember that you can select your pronouns in Records and Registration on the Student Information page. You may also select that you do not wish to define your pronouns (essentially opting out).

Moodle will update pronouns every night.

ICD Grants Panel Presentation on Thursday

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

Center for Teaching and Learning

Peace Scholars Applications Due: February 1, 2020

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Are you interested in being a Peace Scholar in 2020/21? With a seven-week stay in Norway?

This annual summer program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace.

Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg University, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, and St. Olaf College are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

Kristy Ornelas (ornelask@augsburg.edu) and Natalie Zavoral (zavoraln@augsburg.edu) are this year’s Augsburg’s Peace Scholars, and any questions you may have can be directed to them via email.

You can also connect with our CGEE office for additional information (x1159 or globaled@augsburg.edu).

Apply to become a Peace Scholar

General Announcements

Campus Cupboard/Share Shop Hours

submitted by thaobb4@augsburg.edu

Welcome back to campus and Spring semester 2020!
Need a water kettle, produce, air mattress/bedding, pasta, clothes or anything else!?? Come to Campus Cupboard/Share Shop in Science Building 8, we might just have what you need for free!

RULES:
1) ShareShop: All dormitory necessities must be rented (rent time varies on item between 12hrs – 1sem). All clothes and water bottles are free, so we don’t need to record those.
2) Campus Cupboard: ONLY 5 items max DAILY. Produce has arrived (may take 5lbs max) and it’s included in the 5 items you may take. Granola bars or tea bags count as 3 for 1.

Please make note of the following regular hours (changes will be posted on here on A-Mail when necessary):
Mo: 9:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tu: 10:00am-5:00pm
W: 10:00am-5:00pm
Th: 10:00am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Fr: 9:00am-1:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Have questions or concerns?
Contact campuskitchen@augsburg.edu or greena@augsburg.edu

Visit our Campus Cupboard page!

Zoom Security Change

submitted by matthias@augsburg.edu

Beginning January 20th, a minor change to Zoom video conferencing security settings will be made. This change will require an additional password be used to access newly scheduled Zoom sessions when connecting from the Zoom app or via telephone. For more information on how this change may affect how you use Zoom, a support guide can be found at http://go.augsburg.edu/zoomchange

Attention, first-year students: What do you expect in the workplace?

submitted by jendra@augsburg.edu

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, inclusion, and equity conference, and we want to share the Augsburg student perspective with the more than 1,400 professionals from a variety of industries who attend each year. When you look forward to leaving college and entering the workforce, what’s on your mind?

Fill out this two-question survey to let us know what you think.

Fill out the survey

New Package System

submitted by suter@augsburg.edu

Starting Monday (1/13/2020), Shipping/Receiving has moved to a new package tracking solution, QTrak.

There will be a few changes you will notice.
-Emails will look different.
-You should get emails sooner after your package has been checked in.
-Different label on packages.

Otherwise most processes will be the same. Students will need their Student ID to pick up packages and we will continue delivering Faculty/Staff packages. There may be some slight changes in student pickup to expedite the process.

Eventually we will be able to sign people up to receive text messages as well as emails. Stay tuned for this information.

Open Food Lab Spring 2020 hours

submitted by thaobb4@augsburg.edu

Welcome back to campus everybody! As we all come back to campus so does Campus Kitchen’s Open Food Lab hours!! Below are the regular hours for Spring2020:

Mo: 4p-6p, 7p-9p
Tu: 11a-1p
Th: 7p-9p
Fr: 11a-1p

Furthermore, click the link below to view/access our Google Calendar for Open Food Lab hours. Here we will update changes as well as workshop occasions! If clicking the link doesn’t give you permanent access to the GC, please email thaobb4@augsburg.edu if you wish to gain permanent access.
https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=YXVnc2J1cmcuZWR1X3U1bmY4dGRzMDBvdGpmdjJpaTZwbGZjZWVjQGdyb3VwLmNhbGVuZGFyLmdvb2dsZS5jb20

Have questions or concerns?
Contact thaobb4@augsburg.edu or campuskitchen@augsburg.edu

New IT status page

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

New for 2020, we have an IT Status service we’ve been testing internally and we’re ready to release to you.

https://au-ls-it-status.statushub.io/

On this page you can subscribe to receive email or text alerts about major service issues (you can even select which services you care about – moodle, telecom, internet, etc). Please keep in mind a human still has to create the alerts and in some cases solving the problem will take priority over updating the status page. Some updates may come after the fact.

Our hope is that this empowers you, if you’re interested, to receive updates about major service issues that you care about.

IT Status Page

Nominate a student for the Newman Civic Fellowship

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are change makers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions.

Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to nominate a student to be considered for Augsburg’s 2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellow (self-nominations accepted). The nominee must have at least one full year of their education remaining, such that they will be enrolled in higher education for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. The link to the nomination form is below.

Nominations will close on January 20, 2020.

Newman Civic Fellows:
*Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
*Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
*Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.

Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Form

Event Announcements

Explore Amsterdam this summer and earn 6 credits

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

LIVING GREEN IN AMSTERDAM, Study Abroad May 7-22, 2020

Program Leaders: Lars Christiansen and Allyson Green

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.

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 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

Two weeks in Greece – study abroad in May 2020

submitted by lubegam@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 12-30, 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!

Morning Chapel: Pastor Babette Chatman

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am as Rev. Babette Chatman, University Pastor, preaches on our January Chapel theme of “Public Church: Sticking with Love.” Together, we will reflect upon this theme in various ways seeking to build on the prophetic call to be a public church for the sake of the gospel. And we will do so, in part, leaning into the Dr. King’s words from his speech in August of 1967: “And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love…hate is too great a burden to bear.” Amid chaos and hardship in our society, how might we as church stick to an ethic of love and embody a public witness that works for justice and peace in God’s world?

More information

TOMORROW: Inclusive Remote Work: Getting It Right

submitted by lopezfr@augsburg.edu

When: January 16, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Veronika Hucke, D&I Strategy and Solutions | Lisa Kepinski, Inclusion Institute
Cost: Free
Globally, more than half of companies allow some form of remote work and, in the U.S., it is already a commonplace reality. Remote work can positively impact how we all do work, providing benefits to the employee, the organization and society. Having access to great technology tools and solutions is a vital part of enabling this way of working now and into the future. Yet, equally as important is the experience of being a remote worker and addressing the challenges associated with creating a strong sense of belonging and inclusion in the virtual workplace.

This webinar will share insights from a recent global research study on inclusive remote work and will offer practical tips for what works. Additionally, a case study from Citrix outlining how they have created an inclusive environment for distributed teams to heighten engagement, inclusion, belonging, retention and productivity will be shared during the webinar.

Learning Outcomes
-Understand the framework of remote work and the employee’s experience with this way of working
-Learn about the opportunities and challenges with remote work from multiple perspectives
-Receive pragmatic inspiration on what to do going forward

Register Here

Want to make change in your community? Come to Civic Action Coaching.

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

Do you want to take action? Are you working on a public project or problem and need to workshop, brainstorm, or ask for ideas about how to proceed? Bring your project to Civic Action Coaching!

There will be 4 sessions planned for the spring semester. Come to one or all of them–the most important thing is to be prepared with a project you are working on our would like to work on. For students who want to take action!

Monday, January 27, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, February 17, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, March 23, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114
Monday, April 13, 3:10-4:40 p.m., OGC 114

Sessions will be led by Dennis Donovan of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities. Questions? Email donovan@augsburg.edu or bouzardg@augsburg.edu.

Civic Action Coaching

Alternative Spring Break: Registration Open

submitted by swindall@augsburg.edu

Come join the fun on the Augsburg Alternative Spring Break trip this March! A group of Augsburg students, led by the Campus Ministries office, will travel to Taos, New Mexico for a week of service, cultural exploration, learning and fun. We will partner with Habitat for Humanity to help restore and build homes for families in need and learn about the challenges that face the Taos community.

For interested students, the Alternative Spring Break trip can be taken as a Augsburg Experience. Please contact Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres for more information.

To register for the Alternative Spring Break trip, click on the link below and follow the instructions. The trip is $250 (including a $100 deposit), which includes travel, most meals, and lodging.

ASB Registration Page

Caucus for the Climate on campus

submitted by fragaled@augsburg.edu

Climate change is an overwhelming topic for many of us to think about and too large of a responsibility for just anyone to pick up.

That’s why the Environmental Stewardship Committee will be hosting a House Party on campus so students concerned about climate change can come together and share their thoughts and ideas on the matter. The House Party will also hold a discussion on what it means to caucus and the process in making a change for climate justice on a political level.

Everyone is welcome! This is a space meant for YOU.

Details:
Thursday, January 23rd
Augsburg Room
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Snacks and beverages will be provided

MLK Day of Action Revisited

submitted by mouajj@augsburg.edu

MLK Day of Action Revisited will provide an opportunity for Augsburg faculty, staff, and students to revisit and hear updates on various aspects of the 2019 MLK Day of Action. Attendees will also be able to participate in and/or learn from select workshops, discussions, and panels focused on topic areas related to equity and inclusion.

Date: January 20th, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Hoversten Chapel

Please feel free to contact inclusion at inclusion@augsburg.edu or (612)-330-1126 for any questions or concerns.

Note: This event will be followed by the 2020 Augsburg University MLK Day Convocation at 1:00 p.m

DICP Workshop: Working Towards Inclusive Spaces

submitted by mouajj@augsburg.edu

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.

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Study in Japan – Special Info Session TOMORROW

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan?

Come learn about the Augsburg exchange program at iCLA in Kofu, Japan. Take classes at an English-speaking university, and stay on track to graduate. Great for lots of majors!

Dr. Mike Lacktorin Will be visiting from iCLA to talk about the exchange program and Japan! This semester exchange program is open to all Auggies.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
11:25 – 11:55am
Nelson Room (next to Einstein’s in the Christensen Center lobby)

Get more information about the Japan semester exchange at iCLA!

Save the Date: Blood Memory Film Event February 19, 2020

submitted by marubbio@augsburg.edu

Blood Memory, a true life “dark-horse political thriller”, tells Sandy White Hawk’s story of adoption out of her home community at a young age and her work to help the “stolen generation” of the American Indian Adoption Era return home. Intertwined with her saga is that of Mark Fiddler, an ICWA lawyer whose advocacy as co-council in Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl 2013 helped to dismantle the law he once fought to protect (Vision Maker Media). Join Sandy White Hawk for an evening of screening the film and discussion.

Augsburg Native American Film Series

Civic Skills Workshop: Public Narrative

submitted by bouzardg@augsburg.edu

Public leadership to make change requires the use of both the “head” and the “heart” to mobilize others to act effectively on behalf of shared values. It engages people in interpreting why they should change the world – their motivation – and how they can act to change it – their strategy. Public narrative is the “why” – the art of translating values into action through stories. Learn about how to craft your own public narrative and relate the story of self, story of us, and story of now.

This workshop builds on other Sabo Center workshops last semester focused on change-making skills. Whether or not you attended a workshop last semester–JOIN US!

Thursday, January 23
3:40-5 p.m.
OGC 114

Led by Dennis Donovan. Dennis teaches co-creative politics skills to people of all ages in the Twin Cities, across the US, and around the world who want to make positive change in their communities.

Public Narrative: Event Information

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