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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

Summer Language Study with the Critical Language Scholarship

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs.
The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Languages with no previous study required:
Azerbaijani
Bangla
Hindi
Indonesian
Persian
Punjabi
Swahili
Turkish
Urdu

Languages with one year prior study required:
Arabic
Korean
Portuguese
Russian

Languages with two years prior study required:
Chinese
Japanese

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact urgo@augsburg.edu (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 23rd.

CLS Website

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institutes is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. Selected participants spend the summer at one of five participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2021 and August 2022. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend. Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu and reference your interest in PPIA before October 15th to set up a meeting to learn more

PPIA Eligibility and Benefits

Tech Tune-up Debrief Session: Thursday at 3 p.m.

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Thursday, October 1 | Tech Tune-up Debrief Session | 3 pm – 4:00 pm

The E-Learning team invites you to share what you have been experiencing at the start of this extraordinary semester:
*What is working well for you and what have you discovered that you are excited about?
*What have you encountered that you didn’t anticipate and how are you dealing with this?
*What questions do you need answered? (If we can’t supply the answer during the hour we will note your question(s) and get back to you individually)
*What would you like to get more training on?

It looks like this virus isn’t going away any time soon, so please help us learn how we can better equip you to teach effectively in the remote classroom.

Tech Tune-up Debrief Session (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Forum Podcast Ep. 45 – Overt Discrimination in the Workplace: Disability and the Law

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Ashley Oolman (Lifeworks) leads listeners through a discussion about how disability status may not be as protected as other classes in the workplace.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/articles/p45/

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.

URGO On-Campus Research

General Announcements

Applications are Now Open for the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program

submitted by dupont@augsburg.edu

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.
Eligibility:
-Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2020 (graduating by December ‘22)
-Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)
Application deadline: Monday, October 12 at midnight
Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.
For more information, go to: http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem.
Questions? Contact: stem@augsburg.edu.

We Still Need Students – Your Voice Matters

submitted by koh@augsburg.edu

Please sign-up for ONE small focus group (max 5 students per group, see dates below) to share your opinion about our convocation series at Augsburg University.

• Friday, Oct. 2nd, 4-5pm
• Tuesday., Oct. 6th, 7-8pm
• Wednesday, October 14th, 3-4pm

The goal of these focus groups is to hear Augsburg student experiences to inform changes in our convocation series. We will use the opinions of those who participate to inform changes moving forward. Notes (taken by a student volunteer in the group, and Prof. Koh) from the focus groups will be compiled and shared with Provost Karen Kaivola. Participants are required to sign-up in advance; each student will receive a $10 e-gift card.

If you’re interested, please email Prof. Koh (koh@augsburg.edu) to sign up. Space is limited to a total of 16 students.

https://www.augsburg.edu/convo/

Just Report It: Auggies Act

submitted by poessnec@augsburg.edu

It’s with great excitement and energy to announce a brand new campus-wide initiative; Just Report It: Auggies Act.

Just Report It: Auggies Act is a new way the university provides students and employees with an easy, centralized, and confidential way of reporting concerns, violations of the Student Conduct Code, Title IX, Discrimination and Bias, and more.

Starting in October, this will be the new way the campus community can report concerns of Discrimination & Bias, Incident Reporting, Sexual Misconduct & Title IX, Students of Concern, and Student Grievances & General Concerns. Existing report forms will no longer be used.

Please visit the Report It landing page, to learn more.
https://www.augsburg.edu/report/

As this software rolls out, be on the lookout for more opportunities to learn more about this initiative and how it will benefit our campus community.

Remember, if you see something, say something.

Just Report It: Auggies Act Landing Page

Cover Letter Tips

submitted by villagra@augsburg.edu

Looking to apply for that position but they require a cover letter you don’t have?
Don’t even worry about it. The best thing to do is to head over to our Strommen Community Moodle Site and check out our cover letter resources! Whether you want to look at how to format your cover letter, what to write in it, or even how to start it from scratch, our cover letter resources will tell you all you need to know.

Strommen Community Moodle Site

Event Announcements

Flu Shots Coming Oct. 5 and Oct. 29

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

We have all heard that it will be very important to get your annual flu shot this year. The Center for Wellness and Counseling is hosting Hennepin Health care for the first of two flu shot clinics on Monday 10/5 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm The clinic will be in the Foss Chapel Atrium. Social distancing will be required as well as mask wearing and hand sanitizing. Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeve clothing. Contact Dianne at the CWC office 612-330-1707 with any questions. The second clinic is scheduled for Thursday 10/29 from 11 -1 pm.

Campaign Report to Augsburg Benefactors Sep. 29

submitted by symes@augsburg.edu

President Pribbenow and Augsburg’s campaign chair Dr. Paul Mueller ’84 invite you to join a Live Campaign Report to Augsburg Benefactors on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m. Central time. They will provide an update on Augsburg’s current campaign results and you’ll hear from faculty, students, and volunteer leaders.

Please RSVP to Chris Bogen ’09 at bogen@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1696. Zoom information will be shared the day before the event.

Virtual Interviewing: How To Make The Best Impression Through The Screen

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Wednesday, September 30th
Noon-1:00 pm

You’ve probably spent time learning how to interview – the importance of a good handshake, sending thank you cards, maintaining eye contact… but how do those things translate to a virtual interview? What do you do when your audio doesn’t sync up or you suddenly run out of battery? Join Katapult Network for a discussion on virtual interviews to learn how to handle technical difficulties and what are considered the “professional norms” for video interviewing. We’ll finish with a Q&A, so come prepared with any questions you have!

Open to all!

Register in Handshake for Virtual Link

Augsburg Bold Speaker this Wednesday: Olivia House: “The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth”

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Join the second presentation of the Augsburg Bold Speaker Series.

Olivia House ’20 will present “The Summer of Resistance By Black Youth”.
Wednesday, September 30
12:30–1:15 p.m.

About the presentation: This past summer was filled with events that sparked a national and global movement for black lives. Minneapolis has been the epicenter of the uprisings. Many efforts coming out of our city are being led by the black youth. From mutual aid efforts, to startups, to art, we, the youth, are the drivers of this movement, and we cannot stop.

Register for the webinar or to attend in-person.

Christensen Symposium – Oct. 1

submitted by bergc2@augsburg.edu

2020 Christensen Symposium
Date: Thursday, October 01, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST
Format: Zoom Webinar – to register see Zoom webinar link below

The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium will feature the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. In his position as the inaugural James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Rev. Dr. Franklin challenges students to explore the concept of moral leadership in the 21st century in different cultures and contexts in the United States and around the world.

Dr. Franklin’s most recent book, Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination (2020), will be the focus of his October 1st presentation. Dr. Franklin proposes a model for moral leadership anchored in intellectual and ethical integrity, a vision of and commitment to the public good, and personal investment in transformative community. He shares ways in which we can discover and foster those qualities in ourselves.

The Symposium will feature a 45-minute presentation by Dr. Franklin followed by Q & A. This is a free event, open to students, staff and faculty. Registration required at webinar link provided. After registering, participants will receive a link to connect to the event.

About the Christensen Symposium:
Each year, the Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
Diversity strengthens vital communities.
Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
The love of Christ draws us to God.
We are called to service in the world.

Note: This session will be recorded. If you would like to be alerted as soon as the video is available, please email bergc2@augsburg.edu

Zoom Webinar Link

Forum Webinar – Religion, Resilience, and Mental Health During the Holiday Season

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: October 15, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Leslie Funk, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding  |  Cameron Smith, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Cost: Free

This webinar will highlight the intersectional nature of religion as a facet of workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion by analyzing the specific intersection between religion, mental health, and resilience during the winter holiday season.
The topics of both religion and mental health feature prominently during the traditional winter holiday season, though frank conversations in the workplace about those topics remain uncommon. Presenters Leslie Funk and Cameron Smith of Tanenbaum seek to not only shed light on this important matter but also offer tools for effectively and proactively addressing these matters in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes
Recognize the importance of addressing religious diversity in the workplace
Examine the role religion can play in mental health, and how religious diversity arises in the workplace around the holidays
Identify better practices for preventing the December Dilemma

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/the-december-dilemma-religion-resilience-and-mental-health-during-the-holiday-season/

Register for the virtual Retirewise Workshop Series (starts Oct 1)

submitted by kimbrou@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Wellbeing is again offering the Retirewise program to faculty and staff. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend. Retirewise is a financial and retirement education program presented by MetLife and is coordinated by our benefits broker, NFP.

This program has been well received in the past, so we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this complimentary, practical and straightforward workshop series. It doesn’t matter how much or how little planning you’ve done, or if your retirement is many years away, you’ll find the Retirewise workshops worthwhile.

Each Retirewise session has different topics that build on each other.

Building the Foundation
Creating & Managing Wealth
Establishing Your Retirement Income Stream
Making the Most of What You Have

With Retirewise, you’ll be on your way to making smarter financial decisions and creating an action plan that works for you.

Virtual Workshop Details:
Session 1: Thursday, October 01, 2020
Session 2: Thursday, October 08, 2020
Session 3: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Session 4: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CST

For more detailed information about this virtual workshop series, and to register for the event, follow the link below. Webinar instructions will be provided in confirmation and reminder emails. If asked for company name, enter Augsburg University.

Registration Link

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