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Brownbag discussion of The Anthropocene River Journey

submitted by underhil@augsburg.edu

The 2019 River Journey took over 50 people on the Mississippi last fall, and connected to around 500 scholars, artists, and local practitioners involved with the elaborate Mississippi. An Anthropocene River Project orchestrated by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.  It was a rich, multifaceted experience, with multiple field-based research and arts projects, and provided us with some interesting stories (e.g. getting sprayed by a crop duster, witnessing a slave rebellion re-enactment, and spending a little time in the back of a police car).  It also provided insights into new possibilities for higher education in the 21st century and suggested ways to develop what might be called an “Anthropocene Curriculum.”  Feel free to bring your lunch and stop by OGC 100 at noon on Wed., Mar. 4th to hear more about the Anthropocene River Journey and join in discussion of new curricular possibilities for the times we’re living through and what kinds of local and on-campus programs can provide similarly engaging, healing, and high-impact learning opportunities for our students.

Anthropocene Curriculum Website

Important Information Regarding CTL Travel Grants

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Because of a budget shortfall, CTL is not accepting/approving any new applications for travel within the current fiscal year.

-If your travel is near the end of this fiscal year, and you are willing to use personal funds and wait until after June 1 for reimbursement to be processed, you can submit an application. However, this will be coming from your 2020-2021 funds.

-This does not affect travel applications already submitted and approved. If you already received an approval for travel this fiscal year (travel taking place before the end of May), then follow instructions as outlined in your travel grant approval.

-This does not affect any adjunct travel grants/professional development funding.

-We are accepting applications for travel between June and December starting March 1.

CTL Grants

Teaching Tip Tuesday: “End on an Intro”

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

For this week’s Teaching Tip, check out the article linked below on how to ensure your students come to class excited and ready to learn. You can find other helpful tips at https://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/resources/teaching-tips-and-resources/.

Look for Teaching Tips to be posted in A-mail on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Watch for Tech Tips on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

End on an Intro

It’s Not Too Late to Submit Your Nominations for the Teaching and Learning Awards

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The Call for Nominations – Extended to Monday, March 2 at Noon.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite your nominations for the annual Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, or service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Find more information, as well as the nomination form, in the link below.

CTL Awards

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum Through the MINNE Fellowship

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program. Five Augsburg students were selected last year for the trip.
The 2020 trip will take place on April 23rd. Applications are due on February 28th and can be found at http://jewishminneapolis.org/minne/. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1446.
Eligibility:
• U.S. Citizen
• Full-time student
• Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2021
• 3.0 GPA or higher

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 2

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on April 14. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website (https://www.augsburg.edu/urgo/research/zyzzogeton/) by March 2nd (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

For questions about registration or the event, please contact Lara Crombie, crombie@augsburg.edu.

URGO Website

Sustainability-related grant available – Deadline TOMORROW

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

Looking for funding for sustainability-related course development, conference travel, research, internships, or other ideas? The College Sustainability grant we received is in its last year of funding, and the grant team is requesting all proposals for funding be made by February 26 in order to prioritize spending for the spring and summer. Remember that we think about sustainability broadly – environmental, economic, social, and personal wellness – on our campus, in our neighboring community, and among our institutional partners. It includes stewarding a culture of sustainability alongside of our most precious resources – Air, Land, Water, Built Environment, People, Food, and Energy.

Funding is available for:
Conference Travel: up to $750 faculty/$600 students
Course Development: $1,500
Faculty Research: $4,000
Student Research with Faculty Mentor: student stipend – $4,000; faculty stipend – $1,000
Off-Campus Internship with Community Partner – up to $4,200
Other: Flexible – depends on project needs and available funding

The proposals are selected for funding based on the following criteria:
-Relevance to the grant objectives
-Significance and potential for long-term impact on campus sustainability culture
-Interdisciplinarity, multifunctionality

Learn more and apply!

Assessment Day TODAY: Graduate Level Workshop Moved to OGC 113

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The Graduate Level Learning Outcomes Session originally scheduled to take place in OGC 114 is being moved to OGC 113.

Graduate Level Learning Outcomes
Oren 113
We have two goals for our session on February 25th:
1. We will review the current set of graduate program learning outcomes for each program and discuss:
a. the ways in which graduate level learning outcomes map to the mission
b. the ways in which they are scaffolded at a higher level than our undergraduate learning outcomes.
2. We will identify if there are graduate level learning outcomes that are ‘shared’ by all graduate programs. Can we call them out explicitly as part of our commitment to graduate students at Augsburg?

Undergraduate General Education Learning Outcomes
Oren Gateway 100
A new, streamlined set of General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) is needed to better understand students’ learning experience in courses in the General Education curriculum. During this session we will review the proposed learning outcomes and examine how they relate to institutional outcomes. We will discuss how the proposed GELOs can accommodate the current curriculum, and yet be flexible to proposed curricular changes. This workshop will offer faculty and staff an opportunity to comment on the proposed outcomes, and help develop preliminary plans for how and where these outcomes can be assessed.

General Announcements

Recognize Outstanding Staff Today

UPDATE: Nominations will be accepted through the end of day Friday, Feb. 28th – with exceptions made for a Monday, March 2nd submission for those who email staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

Staff Senate is now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg University! Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted from February 3rd through February 21st. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or student.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of February 1, 2020) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award in a presentation on the afternoon of March 26th.

Click here for the nomination form: https://forms.gle/WnkwZHetEuYWVk9XA

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information: https://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/staff-appreciation/

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Southern Africa this fall

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s CGEE study center in Southern Africa offers an experiential, community-based, social-justice focused semester program in fall or spring:

Nation Building and Decolonizing the Mind in Southern Africa

Stay on-track to graduate by taking 16+ credits. Courses are available in History, Political Science, Religion, wellness, or even choose an internship as part of your semester. All courses are in English. Your semester starts in South Africa and then continues on to Namibia. Study in TWO countries in one semester!

For fall 2020 only: CGEE is providing **FREE AIRFARE** for all Fall 2020 semester students in Southern Africa!

You can use your full semester financial-aid package to help pay for the program, and additionally you will receive an automatic CGEE Travel Grant scholarship of $1,500, and free airfare for fall 2020, making a semester at CGEE Southern Africa one of the most affordable study abroad semester programs!

You can check off the following requirements on the program:

· Social and Behavioral Sciences (two course options available)

· Humanities requirement

· Search for Meaning II

· Recreational Wellness

· + your Augsburg Experience requirement!

Apply by March 1

Get more information about CGEE Southern Africa and apply online

March 1 – Deadline for Summer and Fall 2020 study abroad/away programs

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Applying for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 Study Abroad or Away Programs?

Applications are due MARCH 1.

Get in touch with the Study Abroad & Away office if you have questions about programs, applications, etc. We’re here to help!

Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center
email: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get more information about Study Abroad & Away

Have Extra Bags You Don’t Want?

submitted by keenern@augsburg.edu

Campus cupboard is in great need for both plastic and paper bags. If you have any bags laying around you don’t want/need we would gladly take those off your hands. Any kind you have (plastic, paper, cloth/reusable) is greatly appreciated. You can drop them off at the cupboard during our open hours generally 10-4 mon-fri or at the donation bin located in Christiensen lobby near Einstein’s. Thank you!

Free and Open Kitchen (on campus) hours

submitted by khangc@augsburg.edu

Looking for a space to cook/bake with friends and family, or alone? Come to Campus Kitchen’s Open Food Lab hours!
During the hours below Hagfors 108 is a public space for everyone and anyone to come and cook, gather or bake food. Occasionally we will hold food workshops to teach participants specific and fun recipes! Keep in touch if you’d like to learn more.

Below are the regular hours for Spring2020:
Mo: 4p-8p
Tu: 11a-1p
Th: 7p-9p
Fr: 11a-1p

Have recipe’s you enjoy and want to share? We welcome you to facilitate a workshop! Fill out the form (https://forms.gle/aRZnqz4qMKeNtGWf6) and we’ll get to you ASAP. Click link at the bottom for Open Food Lab’s Google Calendar!

Have questions or concerns?
Contact saboorgs@augsburg.edu

https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=YXVnc2J1cmcuZWR1X3U1bmY4dGRzMDBvdGpmdjJpaTZwbGZjZWVjQGdyb3VwLmNhbGVuZGFyLmdvb2dsZS5jb20

Campus Cupboard/Share Shop Hours

submitted by khangc@augsburg.edu

Need a water kettle, vegetables, air mattress, pasta, clothes??
Come to Campus Cupboard/Share Shop in Science Building 8!

We’re currently making efforts to be open as often as possible M-F. Current hours are as follows:
Mo: 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Tu: 10am-4pm
W: 10am-4pm
Th: 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
Fr: 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm

Please make note of these regular hours. Changes will be posted when needed.
Have questions or concerns?
Contact saboorgs@augsburg.edu, or ask our staff there!

Visit our Campus Cupboard page

Join BrightSide Produce Subscription

submitted by khangc@augsburg.edu

Are you interested in a weekly produce subscription?
Subscriptions range from $3 to $20. Your subscription will help bring fresh produce to corner stores in the Cedar Riverside area. We will be continuing our partnership with BrightSide Produce this semester.

If you are interested in being a part of Augsburg’s Buyer Club please follow the step by step instructions below.
1. Go to https://brightsidempls.org/
2. Click the menu button in the top left corner of the screen and select “join the Buyers Club”.
3. Follow the instructions on the buyers club page (subscription size, Augsburg pick up,
items you prefer to be left out of your bags, and whether or not you would like to start a
weekly subscription or make a one time purchase.)
4. You will also have the option of purchasing a reusable tote bag from Brightside for you
subscriptions, if you feel inclined to do so.

Pick up will be from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Tuesdays, outside of the Sabo center, located in the basement of Anderson Hall.

Please help us spread the word to other students, staff and faculty! We appreciate your support in our program and mission to make healthy food more accessible in our neighborhoods. For more information feel free to email me: keenern@augsburg.edu or saboorgs@augsburg.edu

Sign up here!

Free Produce Distribution Spring 2020

submitted by khangc@augsburg.edu

Campus Kitchen will and has continued to table with free produce in Christensen Center Lobby in efforts to increase free, healthy and accessible food options. Similar to last semester this will be held weekly on Mondays 2pm-4pm. All we need from you (before you take your items) is your Augsburg ID and the total weight of the items you’re taking.

We also know that there might be confusion on when Augsburg Staff/Faculty are allowed to grab produce. Just for clarification, we welcome and encourage any Augsburg Staff/Faculty to come grab free produce after 3pm.

We’re grateful that this project is being utilized by our Augsburg community. Have any questions/comments/concerns, please email saboorgs@augsburg.edu or campuskitchen@augsburg.edu and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Apply for 2020-2021 Public Leadership Scholars Programs

submitted by nondie@augsburg.edu

CURRENT STUDENTS:

Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?

Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.

In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2020-21 academic year.

More details:
Christensen Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/christensen-scholars-program/
Interfaith Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/interfaith-scholars-program/apply
Sabo Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/sabo/what-we-do/sabo-scholars/

APPLYING: Details about the process are avaialble https://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/2020/02/14/public-leadership-scholar-opportunity-for-2020-21/
The application deadline is March 9, 2020.

Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at ccv@augsburg.edu, 612-330-1403 or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at sabocenter@augsburg.edu

Event Announcements

TODAY: Gilman Scholarship Workshop – get up to 5k for study abroad

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad is a national scholarship up to $5,000 (or $8,000 for language study). The applications are due March 3, so come and learn how to make your application the most competitive it can be.

TODAY – Feb 24, 2020
Gilman Scholarship Workshop & Info Session
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Marshall Room (in Christensen Center)

We have a great track record of Auggie applicants being Gilman Scholarship recipients, and maybe that will include YOU!

If you have questions before coming, send them to abroad@augsburg.edu

Gilman Scholarship website

Comm Majors: Fall Semester in Mexico is Made for You

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Are you a Comm Major looking to study abroad? Want to get intercultural experience? Interested in using your media skills to engage in social justice issues?

Join us for the Fall 2020 semester in Mexico:

COMMUNICATION & MEDIA STUDIES: MIGRATION & SOCIAL CHANGE IN MEXICO

Develop yourself as a socially-conscious media professional equipped for the challenges of modern-day media! During your semester in Cuernavaca, Mexico, you will:

-Hear from experienced professionals on responsible journalism on critical issues such as (im)migration and the environment.
-Listen to the stories from those traditionally marginalized by society such as migrants, deportees, immigrant returnees from the U.S. and Canada, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ people, and low-income people.
-Engage deeply with critical issues facing the U.S. and Mexico.
-Learn to look at the world through the intersectional lenses of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Costs for this program are often LOWER than your costs on campus because:
-You can use your full financial aid package for semester programs off-campus
-You will recieve a $1500 CGEE Travel Grant on top of your fin aid, just for being an Auggie!
-Many additional scholarship opportunities available

This program is great for Communications Majors or Minors in their Sophomore or Junior years. Check out the website for more info!

Apply by March 1

Get more information and apply online

Interfaith Ally Training Opportunities

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Campus Ministry is offering three Interfaith Ally training opportunities to staff and faculty this spring on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 26, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Riverside Room
Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Lindell Library Room 301
Tuesday, April 14, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Riverside Room

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of faiths and ethical traditions including Native Spirituality, Judaism, Islam, Hybrid, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Atheism. Participants will hear the stories of community members from a variety of traditions and have the opportunity to learn through case studies.
For more information about this workshop, contact Fardosa Hassan at hassanf@augsburg.edu.

To register for this workshop, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeg1MOS9m-KUGEMmemPzx_mARW8xUgrPHzvX2-i8d3ztp8Ilw/viewform

Information about Interfaith Ally Training is also available on the Diversity and Inclusion website.

More information

Application Open for Augsburg Senior Leadership Society

submitted by marinlm@augsburg.edu

Campus Life is currently accepting applications for the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors (i.e., those graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020) for their leadership contributions during their tenure at Augsburg University.

To apply, visit https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/forms. When you get to the webpage, click on 2020 Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Application.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

Those accepted into the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society will be inducted and recognized at the 21st Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place Sunday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Questions? Email campuslife@augsburg.edu.

Join us for a Free and Flavorful Friendraiser. Learn More About the MNUDL, a Program of Augsburg

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to 1,200 middle school and high school students in the Twin Cities. We love being part of the Augsburg community, and we want to connect more Auggies to our cause! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us at our free & flavorful friendraiser at Surly Brewing Company this spring.

MNUDL Friendraiser
@ Surly Brewing Company
March 12, 2020
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Bring a friend and don’t worry about bringing a donation. This will just be a fun, casual event to hang out, meet some interesting people, and learn more about ways to connect with our organization!

We hope to see you there!

Please email us at mnudl@augsburg.edu if you have any questions.

You don’t need a ticket to attend, but please RSVP below (for planning purposes):

RSVP Here

Student Signatures Requested

submitted by hoverste@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University Student Ministries (AUSM) had a miscommunication with the commissioning board and were barred from presenting so have been disqualified from the commissioning process. We are petitioning for a referendum. We are asking for student signatures so we can apply for commissioning. Some of the events that we’ve organized that support Augsburg students include weekly Wednesday night worships, once a month multicultural worship, campus cleanup in the fall, contributing to the march on the capitol for action on climate change, Interfaith Friendsgiving, Fall Spiritual Retreat, Alternative Spring Break, and the beginning of the school year block party. If you are willing to help us out, please come by the Campus Ministry office by Hoversten Chapel and sign your name on our petition. Thank you for your support.

Nominations Open for 2020-21 Augsburg Leadership Awards

submitted by marinlm@augsburg.edu

Nominations are open for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards!

These awards recognize student leaders and student organizations for their innovation and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 21st Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

To nominate yourself or others, visit https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/forms. When you get to the website, click on “2019-2020 Augsburg Leadership Awards Nomination Form.”

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 12 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, please click here.

Questions? Email campuslife@augsburg.edu

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Congrats to Beliza Torres Narvaez

submitted by truem@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Professor Beliza Torres Narvaez on her brilliant show, “Resabios de Amargura or That Bitter Caberet” as part of Teatro del Pueblo’s “From Puerto Rico …with Love?”
Professor Torres Narvaez directed and performed in the show at the Avalon Theatre this past weekend. The show received rave reviews from all those who saw it!

MN Urban Debate Supply Drive: Seeking pens, highlighters, and expanding file folders

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The MN Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming for Twin Cities high schools and middle schools. Our middle school debate season is underway. The Spanish Debate League, East African Debate Initiative, and Financial Literacy debates seasons are upcoming, and we need supplies!

Please reach out to froehlic@augsburg.edu if you have highlighters, pens, or expanding file folders (with 8+ pockets) to donate. We will accept gently used donations.