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New Guide For COVID-Safe Community Engagement

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

Planning a community-engaged learning opportunity now has added complexities, whether trying to stay virtual or working out details of being in person. It is possible! In addition to the existing guides on experiential education, the Sabo Center has created a new guide with questions to consider and resources to check out in the process of planning during COVID-19. Find this resource and more on our Classroom Connections webpage.

Resources For COmmunity Engagement

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu or urgo@augsburg.edu.

Find the application at URGO’s website.

URGO On-Campus Research

URGO Federal Work-Study Research Pilot Program

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

This is a pilot program supporting undergraduate research students through federal work-study funds. We are limiting the number of student researchers supported during the 20-21 academic year to 12 students and funding will be determined by a first-come, first-serve basis. Faculty from any discipline who need assistance with their research from a student are invited to participate in the pilot. An individual faculty member may propose only one student position who will work 5-20 hours per week and no more than their federal work-study allotment. During the 20-21 academic year, the research projects must follow Augsburg’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Please note that the student eligibility for federal work-study and the total number of hours must be confirmed by Human Resources after you complete this form. Open until all 12 positions are filled.

If the student will work 100 hours or less total, we recommend applying instead for the URGO Academic Year research grant.

Questions contact Human Resources at studentemployment@augsburg.edu

2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Researcher Request Form

Moodle Has a New Look

submitted by matthias@augsburg.edu

In an effort to drive student engagement, especially in our current environment of being more distanced than ever, the “Augsburg Connect” virtual portal has been launched. This portal will be the landing page when you enter Moodle, with the intentional purpose of connecting students to each other, to virtual events, and to student support resources.

Courses within Moodle are still accessible in the same way as before. Clicking the “Moodle” link in the navigation menu takes you to the Dashboard that you are familiar with. Alternatively, the “My Courses” dropdown navigation menu gives you access to your individual courses.

We are excited for the opportunities this portal presents and look forward to a great school year!

Augsburg Connect

General Announcements

Congratulations to the First Batalden Student Scholar in Applied Ethics

submitted by koh@augsburg.edu

Please join me in congratulating Terrence Shambley Jr. who has been selected as the first recipient of the Batalden Student Scholar in Applied Ethics fellowship for 2020-21. This merit-based fellowship provides an Augsburg student with an opportunity to support their scholarly interests in applied ethics. Toward this end, Terrence will receive a $3,000 stipend over the course of the academic year. Terrence will work with the Batalden Faculty Scholar in Applied Ethics to pursue their interest in abolition theory, decolonization, and communism in the context of postsecondary education. This fellowship position is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Help Greet Students When Classes Start: This Week

submitted by wegenke@augsburg.edu

Staff, student, and faculty volunteers are needed to greet students and reinforce public health behaviors as fall classes start tomorrow.

The volunteer sign-up sheet, below, has shifts across campus staring tomorrow,, Wednesday, Sept. 2, into next week. You can help remind students to wear face coverings before they go into their classes — we will provide you with some disposable masks to hand out if needed — and promote the use of the CampusClear screening app (CampusClear.com).

Use the link below to sign up. You can see which shifts are available by clicking on the tabs for each date within the sign-up sheet.

Pick a time slot to welcome students

Confused about Trash, Recycle, and Organics?

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

If you’re confused – don’t worry! You’re not alone! Here’s a short list of how to sort waste from Dining Services right now. And check out the Environmental Stewardship website for more tips!

Trash: silverware (unless it says “compostable” on it), plastic packaging, wrappers (chips, dressing, etc), plastic wrap

Organics/Compost: Paper take-out containers, clear EcoProducts salad/fruit containers, napkins, any food waste

Recycle: Empty bottles, cans, milk cartons, juice cartons, small fruit/smoothie/granola cups with a #1 or #6 recycle symbol

Learn More About Sorting Waste

Event Announcements

Find A Volunteer Opportunity For City Engagement Day

submitted by greena@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s commitment to community service and engagement is long-standing and deeply held. Since 1992, day undergraduate students have participated in service projects on City Engagement Day, even before they’ve had their first class. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to press pause on City Engagement Day this year, but our commitment to community building is unwavering. Instead of sending hundreds of incoming students out to serve Minneapolis neighborhoods and organizations, we are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to engage with their local communities in ways that are meaningful to them personally.

For those looking for local options for engagement, Sabo Center staff members have compiled this list of local opportunities for community service. We will update this document as we learn of new opportunities, and we have not vetted every one, so take care in considering COVID-19 safety practices, the organization’s capacity to host groups, and other key questions.

If you’d like to suggest an addition to this list, please email us at sabocenter@augsburg.edu.

Find Local Opportunities

Theater Welcome Meeting

submitted by lewisgg@augsburg.edu

Join the Theater Department on Thursday, September 3rd for our annual welcome meeting for majors, minors, and any student interested in participating in department activities. Faculty members and season directors will give brief presentations about the courses, the season projects, and different opportunities for the academic year. There will be a Q&A, and then we will go to breakout rooms to get to know or connect with other attendees. Keep an eye on your email for the zoom link!

Any questions? Email theatre@augsburg.edu

Forum Webinar – Engineering Affinity: An Easier Way to Create an Inclusive Environment

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: September 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Joseph Santana, CDO PowerCircle
Cost: Free

Learning to accept differences, watching our thoughts, avoiding right and wrong dichotomies, training for unconscious bias awareness—these are all often-recommended steps toward being more open and accepting of others. Companies spend billions of dollars a year on these training programs. Unfortunately, they often fall short. Find out why and take away easy-to-apply, quick, practical ways to create the inclusive environment you want!

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/engineering-affinity-an-easier-way-to-create-an-inclusive-environment/

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