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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

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

TODAY is Fellowship Friday at 4:30 p.m.

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Fridays | “Fellowship Fridays” | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, ZOOM

CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

Fellowship Fridays ZOOM Information (This doc is only accessible with an Augsburg email address.)

Faculty Mid-Semester Course Evaluation Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

With changes to our course delivery methods, how do we know that our methods are resonating with students? Don’t wait until the end of the semester to find out what is working (and what can be improved). Join faculty colleagues for a workshop on mid-semester course evaluations co-sponsored by CTL and the Assessment Committee. We will present pre-prepared templates in multiple formats to fit your needs. We will also discuss what feedback faculty have heard so far, and how they have responded to student comments.

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th at 2pm for a live Zoom workshop. This event will be recorded and will be made available later on the CTL website.

Assessment/CTL Zoom Information (Can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

General Announcements

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

submitted by maherk@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.

Applications are Now Open for the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Applications are now open for the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

Eligibility:
•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: October 19, 2020 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to: https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/nsf-aspire-scholarship/

Questions? Contact stem@augsburg.edu

Need Help With your Resume or Cover Letter?

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

Applying for a job or internship? Before submitting your job application, make sure you meet with one of the Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors! Our Peer Advisors are trained to provide quality resume and cover letter feedback and will ensure your documents are tailored to the position you are applying to. Thus, increasing your chances of getting an interview. Virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours are Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm via Zoom. Zoom link can be found below and in the Strommen Moodle Community course. https://moodle.augsburg.edu/community/course/view.php?id=425

Meet with a Career Peer Advisor via Zoom

Staff Senate Elections

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

The Staff Senate has two open seats and now is the time to fill them.

Augsburg University’s Staff Senate is composed of six members who are nominated and elected by their peers for a two-year term as well as two additional at-large members, appointed by Staff Senate. All members have the option to serve a third year. The senators serve Augsburg University and its staff by providing a forum to foster and promote a positive and meaningful dialogue among staff, faculty, students and administration by advising in decision making processes, by serving as an advocate for staff, by promoting professional development opportunities, and by recognition of staff’s contributions to furthering and upholding the mission and values of Augsburg University. You can learn more about the Staff Senate on our webpage.

Staff members received an email with a link to vote. Please review the list of nominees and vote for two candidates you would like to see on the Staff Senate. The deadline for voting is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9th.

More information

Summer 2021 – Study Abroad and Away Courses are Waiting for You

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

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

Apply by February 1, 2021

—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—
Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – Summer

HIS 170 — Food: A Global History (Humanities LAF)
HIS 440 — Upper Division Topics Course
ENL 221 — Writing about Art and Popular Culture
ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction
—CHINA—

Music Therapy in China – Summer
MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit)
MUS 511: Music Therapy Practicum (0 credits), or
MUS 582: Transcultural Music Therapy (4 credits), or
MUS 511 and MUS 582 (total 4 credits)

Get detailed information about these short term programs

Event Announcements

8:46 Prayer and Presence

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Each Friday all are welcome to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, (and others) and our call for racial justice in God’s world. Pastoral presence is available in Hoversten Chapel for support and prayer. Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres and Pastor Babette Chatman will be available in the chapel at 10:40 – 11:00 am.

Each Friday, one of the Campus Ministry pastors will offer a prayer for the community. Today Jenn Luong, Pastoral Intern, offers a prayer for those who seek justice:
https://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/2020/10/01/a-prayer-for-those-who-seek-justice/

More information

Blessing of the Animals – October 8 at 11:30 a.m. Outside Foss

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Campus Ministry will offer a short outdoor service in honor of St. Francis of Assissi and his love for all sentient beings. You are invited to join us outside Foss Hall with your pet or a photo of your pet for a blessing of your animal companion. Please be aware we will be standing during the service and will request that people stay socially distanced during the blessing.

More information

Handshake Events

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

COVID-19 has stopped lots of on campus events from taking place, including job and internship fairs and the tabling of businesses looking to hire graduates. Strommen wants students to know that these resources, while not in person, are still available! Visit the Handshake Events page to see what virtual events our office and business partners are hosting to help with your job or internship search.

Handshake Login

Livestream Recital TONIGHT

submitted by knutsonc@augsburg.edu

The Riverside Winds (members include both past and present Augsburg Faculty) will present a concert of music by composers from all five Scandinavian countries. This concert is presented by the Edvard Grieg Society of MN and will be streamed live from Sateren Auditorium on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

This event is free, but you must RSVP to receive the concert link.

Details and Link

Augsburg Bold Speakers Monday: Gov. Walz and Gwen Walz

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Gov. Walz and Gwen Walz will present “Leadership and Relational Activism”.

Monday, October 5
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

This is event is only for the Augsburg community.

They will share their perspectives on public service during COVID-19, as well as the challenges and opportunities that entails.

Register for the webinar or to attend in-person.

What Can We Learn About Being Human from Life Online?

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Chris Stedman
Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Format: Zoom Webinar – to register see Zoom webinar link below
For much of history, humans have grappled with questions of meaning and belonging within institutions like churches and civic groups. Today, especially in the time of social distancing and online learning, more and more people are moving their search for connection and significance into digital space. The work of being human — exploring life’s big questions, finding a sense of identity and context, and connecting with others — increasingly happens on the internet. How is this changing our understanding of who we are? Join Augsburg University alum and current adjunct professor in Augsburg’s Department of Religion and Philosophy Chris Stedman for a conversation about his new book IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (out October 20, 2020), what it means to be “real” in the age of Twitter and TikTok, and what we can learn from the novel ways of being and belonging that are emerging online.

The lecture will feature a presentation by Chris Stedman followed by a time of 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.

Chris Stedman is a Minneapolis-based writer, speaker, teacher, and community organizer. He is the author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (2020) and Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (2012). Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS.
Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. He currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg and serves as the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities’ 2020-21 visiting lecturer.

Register in advance for this webinar

Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities

submitted by ccharles@augsburg.edu

It can be difficult to connect with one another right now but it doesn’t have to be impossible! Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities. Join student Zsolt Vincze and CLASS staff Cassie Charles as we host a Zoom space to connect, support one another and find community. Auggie Connect will be available every Monday starting on October 5 from 3:30-4:30 pm. To receive the Zoom link for this meeting and to notify us of any disability accommodation needed to participate send an email to ccharles@augsburg.edu 

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