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Facilities Management Updates

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Facilities Management has been busy finishing up several clean up projects in Oren Gateway and Memorial Hall. Custodial staff has been doing additional disinfecting across campus. Please follow the link provided for additional information.

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Give to the Augsburg Fund

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If you are looking for ways that you can personally support Augsburg’s mission, consider making a gift to the Augsburg Fund before May 31. Staff in IA have a goal to raise an additional $500,000 in unrestricted gifts before the end of the fiscal year. The Augsburg Fund allows us to provide scholarships, financial aid, and student support. 
Margie and Mark Eustis, member of Augsburg’s Board of Regents, have issued a challenge to alumni, parents, faculty and staff. They have offered to give $250,000 in order to help support the mission of the University. Join them in making a gift today! Every gift makes a difference! 
Visit Augsburg’s online giving portal to make a one-time gift or to set up a recurring payroll deduction.

Free Airfare for Southern Africa Study Abroad

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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 April 1

Get more information about CGEE Southern Africa and apply online

Plan ahead for study abroad on spring break and summer 2021

Check out the short-term study abroad programs coming up for Spring Break and Summer 2021. Now is a great time to plan ahead! ALL programs fulfill your AUGSBURG EXPERIENCE requirement, as well as other classes! Check out the options in these great locations:

—NEW YORK CITY— Roots to Rap: Islam in America – spring break HIS 195 (Humanities)

—GUATEMALA— Faith, Vocation, and Social Change – spring break RLN 409 (Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 (Keystone for some majors)

—MINNESOTA— Dakota and Ojibwe Spaces of Environmental Activism & Sovereignty – Spring Time 2 AIS 305 (elective) or ANT 295 (elective)

—CUBA— Community, Arts, and Culture in Cuba – Summer THR 295 (Fine Arts)

—GERMANY— Science and Religion in Germany – Summer REL 205 (Search for Meaning II) and/or CHM 102 (Lab Science) or SCI 490 (Keystone for Science majors)

—ITALY— Sustainability and Food Justice in Italy & the US – Summer HIS 170 (Humanities) or HIS 440 (elective) and ENV/INS 292

Communication Majors – study abroad this Fall

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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:


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 receive a $1500 CGEE Travel Grant on top of your fin aid, just for being an Auggie!
-Daily living costs are lower than in Minnesota!
-Ask about the Airfare Scholarship for Auggies going on this program

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

Apply by April 1

Get more information and apply online

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Nominees for Outstanding Staff and Outstanding Newcomer

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Congratulations to the nominees for this year’s Outstanding Staff and Outstanding Newcomer awards. And a huge thanks to the nominators and letter writers for lifting up the excellent work of their peers.

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

Newcomer Award Nominees:

Alex Abraha, Assistant Director, Campus Life
Wendy Assal, Managing Director, Graduate Admissions
Kerri Maher, Program Coordinator for Arts and Sciences
Max Poessnecker, Director of the LGBTQIA+ Student Services and Equity & Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator
*Deanna Davis, Program Coordinator, Professional and Graduate Studies – Newly appointed to Staff Senate and no longer eligible

Outstanding Staff Award Nominees:

Briana Alamilla, Communications and Social Media Specialist, Marketing Communications
Beth Carlson, Assistant Director, Center for Wellness and Counseling
Dianne Detloff, Administrative Program Coordinator, Center for Wellness and Counseling
Hana Dinku, Director of Pan Afrikan Center
Lonna Field, Program Associate, Christensen Center for Vocation
Rebecca Ganzel, Cataloging & Metadata Specialist Librarian, Lindell Library
Eric Graham, Groundskeeper, Facilities Management
Allyson Green, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sabo Center
Lucy Hardaker, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist, CGEE
Marah Jacobson-Schulte, Registrar and Interim Director of Academic Administration
April Johnson, Graduate Admissions Counselor, Graduate Admissions
Kathleen Matthews, Administrative Assistant, Graduate and Professional Studies
Paul Raymond, Programmer Analyst, Information Technology
Ted Riverso, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Sharon Wade, Program Coordinator, Nursing
Jacob Walter, Academic Affairs Coordinator, Academic Affairs
*Janice Dames, Administrative Assistant, Campus Ministry – Newly appointed to Staff Senate and no longer eligible

Medical resources for Uninsured Augsburg Students

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For Augsburg students who do NOT have insurance, if you have symptoms that you think may be the coronavirus (such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath), you can contact the People’s Center at 612-332-4973 to discuss next steps. If you are recommended to see a physician at the People’s Center, you can see a physician for a $5 co-pay under the Augsburg contract for uninsured students. Please note that some labwork is covered under the Augsburg contract, and some is not (ask your physician about this).

Further, if you are uninsured, you can contact Health Access MN at 651-645-0215 free for support in applying for state and federal health insurance programs (if you qualify for Medical Assistance, you can receive emergency care and the MA will typically backdate to cover the recent care received).

More information on medical care, as well as resources for coping and mental health support, can be found on the CWC “Coping with the Coronavirus” webpage.

CWC Coping with the Coronavirus Website

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