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Group Prehealth Advising Session TODAY

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

URGO is hosting a group advising session for new prehealth students. This is an opportunity to gain a broad overview of several health professions, become better aware of what schools seek in competitive applicants, and learn more about upcoming events and available resources. This session will be held on Friday, October 16 at 2 pm via Zoom.

Email urgo@augsburg.edu for the Zoom invitation and link.

Augsburg Receives Two GEER Grants for Equity in Education and Remote Learning Needs

submitted by mayper@augsburg.edu

The Education Department (Dr. Audrey Lensmire) and the Information Technology Department (Scott Krajewski) are the recipients of two new grants from the State of Minnesota which total $250,000. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) grant awards will address equity in education and technology and remote learning needs among students of color, Indigenous students, and those who are disabled or low-income.

Lensmire’s GEER grant will provide direct aid to teacher candidates who have a need to defray unexpected costs posed by the pandemic during their student teaching semester and coursework. Krajewski’s GEER grant will ensure that students receive the hardware and software required for meeting course learning objectives, and will provide captioning on instructional video recordings in order to make them more accessible.

The grant awards will result in students and faculty being able to weather changes to their plans for learning and teaching a bit more smoothly. We owe thanks to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for administering the competitive selection process this summer. We also wish to thank Dr. Lauren Causey for her skillful guidance in creating two high quality GEER proposals.

The GEER grant program is a redistribution of federal CARES Act funds.

Grants and Sponsored Programs

Recording/Resources from the Mid-Semester Evaluation Workshop

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). 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.

In case you missed the workshop, a recording is linked below and posted on the CTL page: https://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/.

Mid-Semester Evaluation Workshop Recording (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

E-Learning Team to Host Google Drive Workshops

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The E-Learning team is hosting a Google Drive Basic and Advanced Workshop to help you understand and adapt to this new modality and find ways to incorporate it into your pedagogy! The Basic Workshop will be held on the 27th of October from 3 pm – 4 pm, and the Advanced Workshop will be held on the 4th of November from 3 pm – 4 pm.

Basic Workshop: Tuesday, October 27, 3 pm – 4 pm

Advanced Workshop: Wednesday, November 4, 3 pm – 4 pm

Google Drive Workshop Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

Moodle Gradebook Reminders and Support

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

As we approach mid-semester, remember that in order for course totals to calculate correctly, it is very important to enter 0’s for work students have not completed. Moodle only aggregates “non-empty” grades. This means a blank in the gradebook will be ignored in the calculations–giving students an overly optimistic sense of their total. See the link below for instructions on how to quickly enter 0’s for graded items. If you would like help with your Moodle gradebook, the E-Learning team is ready to assist you. Please contact your LFC or Bonnie Tensen for help with this.

Adding Zeros in Gradebook

Wellness, Balance and Boundaries in Higher Education

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

This year, EDTalks will be pre-recorded and have a community “premiere” on Zoom hosted by CTL at 3:10pm on days when there is a faculty meeting. These premieres will end no later than 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to log into the Faculty Zoom meeting early. After the premier, the recording will be posted on the CTL website, along with any resources (if applicable).

Wellness, Balance and Boundaries in Higher Education
Join Lyz Wendland, Assistant Professor of Art & Design as she discusses wellness, balance and boundaries inside and outside of the classroom, sharing activities practiced in her teaching.

Premieres at 3:10 pm on Wednesday, October 21.
(The recording will be available on the CTL page the following day.)

EDTalks Zoom Information (can only be viewed with an Augsburg email address)

TODAY is Fellowship Friday

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.)

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

Noise-Cancelling Headphones and WACOM Pen Tablets Available for Student Checkout in Library

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

This fall Augsburg has received a grant from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) to provide technology resources to students in need with a particular focus on “students who are identified as Indigenous or a Person of Color, need accessible services, and/or are PELL eligible.” We have used the past few weeks to give priority access to such students. Now we’re moving into the phase where all students can check out this technology.

At the Library circulation desk you will find

– COWIN E7 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (especially good for students with sensory needs or Zooming in a noisy environment)
– WACOM One Pen Tablets (used in math and sciences for equations and diagrams or Art for digital sketching)

Both items have a semester-long checkout period. We have limited quantities of each. No reservations required. These are available as first-come first-checkout items now.

General Announcements

Application Deadline for the 2020-21 NSF Aspire Scholarship is Monday at Midnight

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

Faculty reference deadline: Monday, November 2 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)
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

2020-21 AugSTEM Scholars Program Applications are Due Monday at Midnight

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 19 at midnight
Faculty reference deadline: Monday, November 2 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

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.

Update on Campus WiFi Issues Reported by Students

submitted by krajewsk@augsburg.edu

I’ve posted an update on our IT blog as to where we’re at with diagnosing the WiFi issues students on campus are reporting (Zoom disconnects, poor Zoom quality).
https://inside.augsburg.edu/it/2020/10/15/fall-wifi-issues-update-10-15-2020/

We have added a WiFi issue reporting form on the Tech Desk website https://inside.augsburg.edu/techdesk/ so that you can give us the information we need to track down these issues.

WiFi issue update

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 South Africa – 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 Minutes 46 Seconds: 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 Babette Chatman and Pastoral Intern Jenn Luong 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 Rev. Babette Chatman, University Pastor, offers a prayer for children of adoptions: https://www.augsburg.edu/campusministry/2020/10/15/a-prayer-for-children-of-adoptions/

Chapel Videos are available on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel.

Campus Ministry YouTube channel

Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities

submitted by ccharles@augsburg.edu

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 is available every Monday from 3:30-4:30 pm.
If you need a disability accommodation to participate email ccharles@augsburg.edu

We hope to see you Monday!
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/98188529961?pwd=SVA5ZGdjdkhOOUw4NSs5YTFmSXhqZz09

Meeting ID: 981 8852 9961
Passcode: 062277

Race, Politics, and the Workplace

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: October 29, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: Online/Video Conference
Presenters: Candi Castleberry Singleton, Twitter  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Howard Ross, Udarta Consulting  |  Regina Speed-Bost, SB Law, PLLC  |  Sandra S. Yamate, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)

We are experiencing amplified division and chaos around concepts central to diversity, equity and inclusion: Anti-racism and white privilege are becoming increasingly politicized, especially as the US prepares itself for the upcoming Presidential election.

How does this resistance show up in your workplace and in your DEI initiatives? How do we continue to bridge divides that seem to be increasingly polarized? And, how will you prepare your workplace for the aftermath of the election, whatever the outcome?

Together, with White Men as Full Diversity Partners’ Bill Proudman and Jim Morris, with guest Howard Ross, we will explore these questions and the unique challenges facing workplaces in the US right now.

Learning Outcomes
Learn what fear and resistance sound like and reveal in the workplace
Be clear on why DEI work matters, especially right now
Build up your resolve and your internal change agents

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/dibs/race-politics-and-the-workplace/

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Auggie Love Your Melon Hats for Sale

submitted by holmesa@augsburg.edu

Fall is here and so is cooler weather, stay warm with your own Auggie LYM hat!
The women’s hockey team has partnered with Love Your Melon and is selling hats with the Auggie logo as a fundraiser. Purchasing a hat supports the women’s hockey team and the LYM foundation. Beanie hats are $35 and pom hats are $45. Purchase your hat today!

You can pay with cash, check or card. We are also able to ship hats for a $5 shipping fee per hat.

Contact holmesa@augsburg.edu with any questions or to purchase a hat.

LYM Beanie & Pom