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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Lot D and MLK Admission 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!

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 alternate elevator located by the north entrance of the building that will be available while the lobby elevator is out of service. If you have any questions contact Bryan Massich at 612-280-7447.

Teaching and Learning

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.

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

Announcing the John R. Mitchell / Academy of American Poets Prize

submitted by green@augsburg.edu

Deadline for Submission: 17 February 2020

This competition, endowed by Jean Mitchell in honor of the late John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet, is for the best group of three poems composed by a current Augsburg undergraduate or graduate student. The award includes a $100 prize ($50 each, if split between an undergrad and a grad student) and a certificate from the Academy of American
Poets. A poet not affiliated with Augsburg University will judge the contest.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
• A set of three well-proofread poems must be sent from your Augsburg email address as an attachment to green@augsburg.edu by 17 February 2020.
• Writers should put Mitchell Prize in the subject line.
• The email must contain the titles of the poems, and the poet’s full name, pronouns, status (undergrad or grad), phone number, and mailing/permanent address.
• Winners will be announced by Augsburg University in early March.
• In the summer, the Academy will send a letter of congratulations and a certificate to each winner or honorable mention recipient. If two winners are chosen, the prize money will be divided between them.

Wise Water: Ways to save water on campus

submitted by sharifa3@augsburg.edu

As part of Augsburg University’s Environmental Stewardship Committee we will be releasing A-Mail announcements on ways you can be environmentally conscious on campus! So look out for announcements every week.

Here are couple ways you can help conserve the world’s most precious resource with little effort and no cost:

– Use water bottle and also bring a reusable water bottle to dining halls to decrease the amount of cups that need to be washed.

– Wash only full loads of laundry or combine with a roommate or friend.

– Have a leak or drip? Fill out a facility request maintenance for your dorm (if you live on campus) ASAP.

Make sure you “LIKE” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/augsburg.environmental.stewardship/

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 alamilla@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

Interested in being a STEM Mentor?

submitted by mckinnes@augsburg.edu

If so, STEM Peer Mentoring wants you!

STEM Peer Mentoring is a student-led mentoring program that focuses on providing support to First-years and Sophomores as they navigate their academic and professional careers in STEM.

Mentors in STEM Peer Mentoring can play a pivotal role in establishing the success of beginning STEM students. If you’re a Junior or Senior in a STEM major, enjoy being a leader and/or have lots of advice & resources to share — this is for you!! (Transfer students are also welcome!)

Augsburg’s STEM majors include:
-Biology
-Bio-Chemistry (NEW!)
-Bio-psychology
-Chemistry
-Computer Science
-Environmental Studies
-Mathematics
-Physics

Students are matched according to their major and information they provide on the STEM Peer Mentoring Application (see link below!).

Generally, students are asked to commit about 3-4 hours/month of involvement as they meet one-on-one with their mentee and attend occasional group meetings.

Please apply! Complete the application below by Friday, 9/27. Any questions can be sent to stempeer@augsburg.edu.

Link to Application

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 Fellow Nomination Form

2020 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program – applications due: January 20

submitted by dores@augsburg.edu

Students can now apply for the 2020 NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship Program at Augsburg University. This scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for spring semester, 2020 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:

-Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Junior). Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
-Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior). Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
-are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
-can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
-show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

Please note that students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science and mathematics fields are especially encouraged to apply. No applicant shall be denied consideration based on race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

2020 NASA Scholarship Cover Letter

Event Announcements

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 Equity and Inclusion Initiatives 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

Register for Alternative Spring Break

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

2020 Augsburg MLK Convocation

submitted by dinku@augsburg.edu

2020 Augsburg MLK Convocation
Monday, January 20, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Chapel

Dr. John S Wright.: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
John S. Wright is the Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Full Professor of African American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota. Wright, who was born in Minneapolis, earned a Ph.D. in American Studies and the History of African peoples, an M.A. in English and American literature, and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He helped lead the student movement that founded the University’s Department of African American & African Studies, which he chaired for three terms, and its Martin Luther King Program, which he administered from 1970-73. Wright also built a major in Afro-American and African Studies at Carleton College, where he taught from 1973-83.

STEM Peer Mentoring Info Session Friday

submitted by mckinnes@augsburg.edu

Interested in learning more about what it takes to be in STEM Peer Mentoring?

Come join us at our info session FRIDAY 1/17/20 (10:40am-11:10am) in Hagfors Suite 101. This is an opportunity to learn more about SPM, including what it could look like to be a mentor/mentee!

STEM majors of all years are welcome to come. Junior and Senior Biology majors are especially encouraged to attend!

Come ask questions and get involved. There will be bagels and coffee!

Any questions, please contact stempeer@augsburg.edu

Spring Musical Auditions

submitted by lewisgg@augsburg.edu

Did you know the Music and Theater Departments are collaborating on a musical called All That we Carry which is based on stories from throughout the history of Augsburg University? Did you know it was coordinated and developed by past students, staff and faculty and will be directed by Augsburg Theater department graduate and fellow Auggie, Malick Ceesay?

Auditions will be held Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday January 23 from 3:30-9:30 pm.

Sign up on the doors of Tjornhom-Nelson Theater in the Atrium of Foss Center!

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

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

Study in Japan – Special Info Session TODAY

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!

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Selling Wacom Intous Pro Tablet + Pro Pen kit

submitted by daol@augsburg.edu

I got my tablet in Japan at like ~$300 when I thought I would going into animation & illustration. However, I then rarely use it.

I decided to let my baby go … maybe find a person who will use her everyday and cherish her. I love my Wacom a whole lot so she is almost as good as new. I did put some stickers on the back… But the battery & performance level are just like new.

I will be giving you my baby Wacom of the full set with tablet + original pen AND a Pro Pen KP505 that have its own pen-case (so you can carry them around).

More info click here!