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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Top 2 Things Students Need to Know This Week

submitted by sitarami@augsburg.edu

1. Cloth face masks must now be worn on campus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. See the details and a link with instructions on how to make your own mask.

2. Find answers about campus parking changes, grading options, and graduation caps and gown refunds at the Resources for Students webpage.

#FinishStrong2020

See all COVID-19 updates.

Teaching and Learning

Forum Podcast Ep. 30 – The Neuroscience of Trust, Empathy, and High-Performance Teams

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Kenneth Nowack (Envisia Learning, Inc.) dives into new research on how to measure and change a key aspect of an effective company and team culture: interpersonal trust and psychological safety.

Dr. Nowack presents the latest neuroscience research around interpersonal trust and its relationship to the hormone oxytocin that provides insight about the biological survival roots of unconscious bias and in-group bias. Finally, Dr. Nowack will explore the link between high-trust teams with important employee outcomes such as retention, engagement, reduced job burnout, and well-being.

Listen here

Register for Globally Focused Online Courses this Summer

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

We are living through a very uncertain time, but The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) remains committed to connecting Auggies to the world through the channels that are still available to us. This summer, you can take online courses in Spanish, Political Science, Religion, History, or Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies with Augsburg CGEE’s instructors in Mexico or Central America.

To access these courses, simply look in Records and Registration under Summer 2020 term and the departments listed below. There is a huge variety, including some specialized courses for upper-level learners! Register for the class as usual.

Courses are offered in both Summer Time 1 (T1) & Time 2 (T2) unless otherwise noted.

GENDER, SEXUALITY AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
WST 481 Queer History in Latin America (T2)

HISTORY
HIS 156: The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (T2)
HIS 388: Queer History in Latin America (T2)

POLITICAL SCIENCE
POL 310: Citizen Participation in a Globalized Economy (T1)

RELIGION
RLN 336: Latin American Liberation Theologies (T1)

LANGUGAGES AND CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES
SPA 111: Beginning Spanish I (T1)
SPA 112: Beginning Spanish II (T2)
SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare Providers
SPA 220: Business Spanish
SPA 224: Spanish for Ministry
SPA 225/325: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and II
SPA 231: Pre-Colombian, Colonial and Contemporary Mexican Art
SPA 316: Conversations in Cultural Context
SPA 334: Contemporary Mexican Literature
SPA 335: Contemporary Latin American Women: Texts and Voices
SPA 337: Mexican Civilizations and Cultures

See summer online courses in Records & Registration

To All University Students

submitted by adebanjm@augsburg.edu

Greetings beloved members of the Augsburg community,

First, I want to thank you for your patience in this time, for your commitment to learning, and for your support of Augsburg Day Student Government. We are in an unprecedented time of change, and the role that you, the student body, play in helping Augsburg navigate these challenges is crucial.

I know that this week comes with a ramp up in work as we approach finals, so I wanted to be sure to present the University’s official responses to the resolutions that the current student government leadership has passed to date. The document attached was compiled by members of Augsburg’s leadership and reviewed by President Pribbenow before sending to you. It documents the work Augsburg has done to date on the topics highlighted in the ASDG resolutions.

We recognize — and I know you do as well — that there is still work to do, so let me close by saying that we look forward to ongoing partnership and communication between the Student body, the Augsburg Day Student Government, and University Administrators as we move forward in the final weeks of this semester, through the summer, and into the upcoming school year.

Please keep yourselves healthy and safe — and finish this semester strong!

With Love,

Miracle Adebanjo
Student Advocate
The Executive Board

Click to Read Official Document

Augsburg GRE Prep Course Online

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University offers a five-week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students and alumni at a cost well below those found at private test centers. This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators. Throughout the course students will have a chance to complete practice problems for each area of the test and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s course will be offered via Zoom.

May 13th – June 15th

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (Excluding Memorial Day)

Cost: $100

To register, please fill out the registration form. Seats will not be held without the registration form. Seats are limited, please register early to guarantee your spot. Contact urgo@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Please Note: Only Augsburg students and alumni may register for this course.

GRE Registration Form

Fulbright US Student Program Advising

submitted by kipperj@augsburg.edu

The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English and American Studies, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact URGO@augsburg.edu for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

General Announcements

Apply now to be AugSem Student Leader for Fall 2020

submitted by daol@augsburg.edu

AugSem is looking for student leaders to support first year students as they transition to college life and Augsburg University, in general. AugSem Student Leaders (ASL) participate in paid summer training and enjoy opportunities in the fall to:

– Help new students feel welcome
– Serve as ambassadors for Augsburg and communicate its mission
– Facilitate City Engagement Day for assigned AugSem section
– Connect students with resources on campus
– Check in with students to see how they are doing
– Assist faculty during regular AugSem class sessions
– This is a paid position with a commitment of 1-3 hours per week during Fall 2020.

Currently, we are looking for ASL majoring in these fields: art, health science, physics, social work, sociology, and theatre.

Interested? Read the full job description and apply on Handshake.

Any questions? Contact: augsem@augsburg.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

AugSem Student Leader Job Description and Application

Interfaith Reflections for This Time

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Busshō Lahn, Chris Stedman, and Ger Vang all serve as Interfaith Fellows to deepen our commitment to inter-religious relationships and understanding as an Augsburg community. Each of them was asked to offer a reflection, a reading and/or a ritual from their tradition that speaks to our lives amidst the uncertainty and anxiety we are experiencing with the pandemic.

Zen Buddhist Busshō Lahn is a Senior Priest at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and is on the leadership team of Aslan Institute in Eagan. He offers us a short metta (lovingkindness) meditation for this time. https://youtu.be/-SD1vProtB0

Chris Stedman ’08 is a humanist community organizer, interfaith activist, and writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He offers this reflection: https://youtu.be/FtEjW7GGjRA

Batalden Interfaith Fellow, Ger Vang, would like to share his wisdom on soul calling for protection from his perspective as a spiritual healer/Hmong Shaman. Please click on the link below to view his brief, 10-minute talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qx7RbkBPfU

Augsburg campus ministry is offering online chapel and a daily prayer, and resources for Muslim students are being coordinated by Fardosa Hassan.

More information

Custodial Appreciation Action- by tomorrow

submitted by jacobsn@augsburg.edu

Student groups in the Sabo Center are coming up with ways to show appreciation specifically to Custodial Staff on campus. In order to maintain social distancing, we have gathered some ideas on how to virtually express our gratitude.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, we invite you to fill out this form with a short video OR a typed message for Custodial staff members who are still working hard on campus through the health crisis. If you do share a video, please add a typed message in addition to make the messages accessible to all.

Please make submissions by end of day Thursday, April 16th. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1-oypKeMZioZwx1KR-0Xj3w64sNgBAWwYx-V3qWtrmeffog/viewform

Campus Cupboard Food Deliveries

submitted by jacobsn@augsburg.edu

The Campus Kitchen team is following COVID-19 protocol. Contact jacobsn@augsburg.edu with any questions.

For now, students cannot access the Cupboard physically. Instead, students (who still live on campus) can fill out a request form to receive a bag of food for pickup in Christensen (near Einstein’s). Food bag delivery times are: Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 11am-1pm

Fill out a delivery request form here, as many times as you need!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKxXNj7lWTEgwP1P4PRUy76Iq-S-LSsV3TE8_ybH5jX5rJMg/viewform

Event Announcements

Plan Ahead for Study Abroad on Spring Break and Summer 2021

submitted by lubegam@augsburg.edu

Students who have had their study abroad and study away plans derailed this year have begun inquiring about next year.

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)

Get more information about these short term programs

Daily Chapel: Prayers and Blessings by Rev. Meta Herrick Carlson

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Rev. Justin Lind-Ayres welcomes Rev, Meta Herrick Carlson to read poems from her book “Ordinary Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Everyday Life.” https://www.metaherrickcarlson.com/ Musical selections are from Augsburg music archives with Michele Crowder, soprano; Braxton Kyles, flute; and the Cedar and Riverside Singers conducted by Nancy Grundahl and Jon Campbell. Today’s chapel service can be found at https://youtu.be/NWTis_M3CCI. Look for links for all of our services on the Campus Ministry calendar http://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/calendar. Please also visit the Campus Ministry blog to read the daily prayer.

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