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Join the “Wellness in Color” Discussion Group

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

“Wellness in Color” is a podcast series of the National Alliance of Mental Illness that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness. In the podcast young adults of color share their challenges and successes in mental health recovery and wellness. NAMI’s goal is “to reach collective cultural communities through positive reflections on wellness through discussions on why community members do not seek help for themselves or their loved one living with a mental illness.”

There will be a two part discussion. You can attend either of the two sessions for each part, but should attend both parts.

In the first part we will discuss three podcast episodes:
-Blurring Tradition by Houa Moua (45min)
-Never Stop Watering your Roots by Lauryn David (34min)
-The Pressures of Perfection by Aneela Kumar (44min)

Also, we invite you to choose and listen to a fourth episode and do a “show and tell” during our discussion.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 3 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Riverside Room (Christensen Center) Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or Friday, March 6 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

Part 2: Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Beliza Torres Narváez or
Wednesday, April 8 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in OGC 100 Facilitated by Melissa Hensley

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion Group

FT Faculty, RSVP to Attend the 2020 Writing Retreat

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Sunday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 19 | Jessica Nathanson Writing Retreat | Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Faculty, do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty and academic staff time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. The Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of the retreat. We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday and ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Space is limited to full-time faculty members.

RSVP for the 2020 Writing Retreat

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum Through the MINNE Fellowship

submitted by kundell@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 kundell@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

Getting Ready to Write: Centralized Application for the Health Professions

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Interested in submitting a centralized application to one of the health professions this cycle? Join us to get your ideas organized and start the writing process for personal statements and experiences. Food will be provided.

Thursday, March 12th

Noon

Lindell Library 301

Please contact Catherina Kipper at kipper@augsburg.edu with questions or to RSVP.

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

General Announcements

Finish your Summer or Fall study abroad/away application by March 1

submitted by lubegam@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

100% Post Consumer Recycled Paper In Use

submitted by quezada2@augsburg.edu

The Environmental Action Committee has approved funding for certified 100% post- consumer Recycled Paper for 3 years! This development contributes to the commitment to sustainability at Augsburg University, and furthers us towards our goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2030. Even more sustainable, however, is reducing paper use. Be sure to print double sided when possible, and always think before printing more than one copy. Consider whether or not there is an electronic alternative.

2030 Carbon Neutrality Resolution: Passed

submitted by quezada2@augsburg.edu

Student Government has approved the most ambitious commitment to sustainability by Augsburg yet! Included in this resolution are commitments to having 50% of our energy coming from on-campus solar by 2025, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations by 2023, LEED certifications for all new buildings and renovations, 50% reduction in transportation emissions, the creation of a comprehensive climate action plan that holds students, staff, faculty, and administration accountable for fulfilling this commitment, and more. Check it out!

Recognize Outstanding Staff Today

submitted by kadolph@augsburg.edu

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 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/

Event Announcements

Free Airfare for Southern Africa Study Abroad

submitted by lubegam@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

Communication Majors – study abroad this Fall

submitted by lubegam@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

Blood Drive Next Week – Donors Needed

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

The Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) welcomes Memorial Blood Centers for its annual Spring Blood Drive on Wednesday 3/4/2020 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Commons (upstairs Christensen Center). Blood donors are needed so please consider scheduling a blood donation. You can schedule an online appointment at www.mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 0027. Or you can call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 to schedule an appointment time. Please help save lives and donate blood on Wednesday, March 4th! Many times are still available.

http://www.mbc.org/searchdrives

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

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MN Urban Debate Supply Drive: Seeking pens, binders, 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 binders (under 2.5 inches wide), highlighters, pens, or expanding file folders (with 8+ pockets) to donate. We will accept gently used donations.