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Apply for Paid On Campus Summer Research

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Research/Creative Activity can be done in all disciplines. There are 400, 200, and 100 hour options.

Compensation over 11 Weeks:
400 hours – $5700
200 hours – $2850
100 hours – $1425

First step: Read the URGO Summer Research Info Packet (found at the link below)
Second step: Talk to faculty in your discipline(s) and ask if they have ongoing research and are willing to mentor you

Phase 1 Application is due February 4th

On Campus Summer Research Website

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off Campus

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to Cover Language Learning Abroad

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Awards fund intensive language study abroad for U.S. undergrad and grad students. After graduation, Boren winners complete one-year minimum of paid work in the federal government, in areas like national defense, diplomacy, and intelligence. STEM majors can apply for summer scholarships too! The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website (https://www.borenawards.org/) to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Let us know your interest by contacting Dixie Shafer (shafer@augsburg.edu) or Andrea Dvorak (dvorak@augsburg.edu).
• DUE January 20: send a draft of your application to urgo@augsburg.edu or dvorak@augsburg.edu – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

General Announcements

Alternative MLK Jr. Day Faculty and Staff Workshop

submitted by reeck@augsburg.edu

Unfortunately both the morning and afternoon “White Talk Moves in Higher Education” workshops are at capacity and cannot accept anymore registrations.

If interested however, there is an alternative MLK Jr. Day Faculty and Staff Workshop being led by Mike Grewe, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Campus Life. This workshop is entitled “Recognizing and Resisting White Supremacy in Higher Education” and is taking place at 9:00-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. This workshop allows participants to explore how white supremacy and racism manifest themselves within classroom and co-curricular spaces, including but not limited to the ways we process knowledge, engage with conflict, think about power dynamics, deliver content, and design assignments. Participants will also discuss ways of creating classes, programs, and events that resist white supremacy and embrace other forms of cultural knowledge and understandings.  

To register for this workshop, use the link below.

Registration Link

Ring in the New Semester with TutorMe

submitted by trancc@augsburg.edu

Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can find TutorMe on Moodle by clicking any of your classes! At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Calling All Grads – Apply by Feb 1 to Work in China Next Year

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Auggies who are graduating this spring 2021 (as well as recent graduates) are invited to apply to serve as interns at Augsburg University’s exchange partner, United International College in Zhuhai, China (near Hong Kong and Macao).

Internship placements are from August 2021-June 2022. Airfare, Housing and a generous monthly stipend are provided. Apply by February 1st.

Click here to watch the info session given by local staff earlier this year about this opportunity! https://youtu.be/mfUAnRkYc0w

Questions? Contact Andrea Dvorak at dvorak@augsburg.edu

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Campus Kitchen Open Food Lab Hours 2021

submitted by herpp8@augsburg.edu

Starting next week on Tuesday, January 19, the food lab will be open through Campus Kitchen. Anyone is welcome to come experiment and cook. The limit of students available in the food lab is three people (this is excluding the two Campus Kitchen Student Workers). So if you are interested, please fill out the Google Form as soon as possible because these dates available are first come first serve. Additionally, do not hesitate to visit Campus Kitchen’s website or Campus Cupboard to learn more about what we do or who we are. For any questions or concerns, email campuskitchen@augsburg.edu.

Google Form Sign Up Sheet

Funds for On-Campus Internship

submitted by lgeorge@augsburg.edu

Through generous contributions from alumni and donors during Give to the Max Day, the Strommen Center was able to create a fund to support internships for Augsburg students hosted by staff and faculty.

If you are interested in hosting an Augsburg student as an intern this spring please fill out the intern interest form. This form will be open until 5 pm on January 22nd.

Details
•Positions should be at least 80 hours over the course of the semester
•The intern will be provided a stipend of $1,900 at the end of the internship
•Position can be remote or in-person depending on the operation of your department
•Departments who have not hosted an intern before will be prioritized
•Applicant must be a current student
•Strommen staff can support the department by helping to create the position description, develop the project or work, provide best practices in internships and supervision, and recruit a slate of candidates.

If you have any questions please contact Lee George at LGeorge@Augsburg.edu.

Intern Interest Form

Help Reduce Stress by Connecting with Nature

submitted by guilbeau@augsburg.edu

For many people, connecting with NATURE is an important way of reducing stress. You may want to consider incorporating a walk outside each day – or if you cannot be outside, visit websites with natural settings and sounds. This video from NATURE 365 captures the beauty of cranes in the snow in Japan.

https://www.nature365.tv/video/2021-01-16-solo

Research in the field called Ecotherapy has shown the importance of time spent in nature and the relationship to the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Research at Cornell University has found that as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help college students feel happier and lessen the effects of both physical and mental stress. Cornell University – “Spending time in nature reduces stress.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 February 2020.
https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/02/spending-time-nature-reduces-stress-research-finds#:~:text=New%20research%20from%20an%20interdisciplinary,both%20physical%20and%20mental%20stress

Enjoy Your Day,

Nancy Guilbeault, CWC

http://www.augsburg.edu/cwc

Event Announcements

Workshop on Friday, Jan. 22: Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

submitted by dupont@augsburg.edu

Dixie Shafer of URGO will lead a workshop on how to search for and apply to paid off-campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in STEM fields.

This will be a virtual event designed to help students learn more about how to apply for summer research opportunities nationally as well as locally.

We will meet via Zoom on Friday, January 22, from 3:30 – 5:00PM.

All are welcome! Anyone interested in attending should complete the registration link.

Questions? Feel free to contact Rebekah Dupont at dupont@augsburg.edu.

REU Workshop Registration

TODAY: Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Celebration

submitted by tripp@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University Virtual Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is Today, Monday, January 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The virtual gathering will include student and alumni performances. Our theme is ‘Art is Activism and Healing.’

There will be a small art gallery in the library and the Christensen Center on the first floor. This gallery will be available for the Augsburg Community from Jan. 18th – Jan. 22nd.

If you are not able to come to campus, we have a 60 piece virtual gallery available on the Pan-Afrikan Website and MSS Facebook page. Which will be available from Jan. 18 – March 1.

Register here.

 

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-Religious Conversation

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A.

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar

Hmong Women Together Updates

submitted by vangvv@augsburg.edu

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to the Spring Semester! Hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break! Hmong Women Together is glad to be back! We have a couple of events and goodies for y’all.

We will be kicking off the semester with our game night! Our game night will be on Jan 20th from 4-5 pm via Zoom. Check out our Auggie Event to RSVP and Zoom Link.

Hmong Women Together will be providing journaling materials for the members! We will be having a pick-up on-campus and delivery off-campus. This is a first come first serve basis and the forum will close on Jan 19th. Please do fill out the form below, if you are interested in getting FREE materials for our event.

Once again, Hmong Women Together is glad to be back and we hope to see all your beautiful faces at our gathering! Hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kUCfmlZ9WJNujN0LX2dD2Q0qzCkvFV_Dc_VYynTSat0/edit?fbclid=IwAR3yPc7IHPnOlMKtitxvAgNMDXAOKFZ-VLdyoSTK11E6kfZ9JJCuJkkU1_k

Forum Webinar, Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: January 21, 2021 11:00 am CST
Presenters: Maureen Berkner Boyt, M.Ed, The Moxie Exchange  |  Stephanie Douglass, MA, Vungle  |  Becca Gelenberg, MBA, Upstart

How do we create a more inclusive normal? The convergence of the global pandemic and racial justice movement has shifted the way we work in ways we are just beginning to understand. In the midst of the unknown, what we do know is there is an unprecedented opportunity to focus on people; who is on our teams and how we can evolve company systems and cultures to be more innovative, productive, inclusive and equitable.
Two innovative leaders, Stephanie Douglass, VP of People, Vungle and Becca Gelenberg, Head of People Operations, Upstart have doubled down on their respective companies commitments to DE&I during this environment of change. In this webinar we’ll share how they engaged executive leadership to their newest hires, partnered with The Moxie Exchange to digitize their learning and tools, and as a result have been able to make significant progress in a short period of time.

Learning Outcomes
How to leverage this moment to engage your executive team in committing to a meaningful DEI strategy
How to capitalize on employee’s ‘what can I do?’ enthusiasm to drive real change behavior change
Hear how to take a multimodal approach to delivering DEI tools, knowledge and resources

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/seizing-the-moment-to-create-a-new-more-inclusive-normal/

Forum Presentation, Removing the Red and Blue Divide

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: February 3, 2021 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30 Suggested Contribution
Level: Intermediate
Track: Leadership Development

Presenters: Hayward Bell, Raytheon Company RETIRED  |  Kimberly B. Davis, National Hockey League  |  Bill Proudman, White Men as Full Diversity Partners/FDP Global  |  Lee Tschanz, Rockwell Automation  |  Amy Wilczynski, Borough of Allendale, NJ

The announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the electoral and popular vote for the next US President is, for many, a highly-awaited and anticipated moment. For others, it’s an acute loss.
Our most important work, right now, is to put in motion the practices and programs to create cohesion, build community and help leaders reach across difference.
That said, it’s become dangerous to talk about politics at work even though the political divide now more than ever inhibits positive connection, at work, at home, and in our communities. This divide threatens progress towards more diverse and equitable workplaces.
Now, amidst this divisiveness, is the opportunity for workplaces to double down and equip their leaders on how to bridge the divide. There is no time to waste.

Learning Outcomes
Be clear on why diversity, equity, and inclusion work matters, especially right now
Push your inclusive leadership skills for today’s unique needs
Explore how to narrow divides and speak to divergent groups

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/dibs/removing-the-red-blue-divide/

Save the Date: MN Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

If you are seeking an internship or graduating this spring we encourage you to register and attend the virtual MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 25th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Student Registration will open on Monday, Febuary 1st via Handshake

The fair is open to students in their sophomore, junior or senior year.
There is no cost to attend!

Career fairs are a great way to connect with companies that interest you. A virtual format will enhance the experience, allowing you to:

*Meet with employers. Interact with recruiters through video, audio, or chat.
*Discover new career opportunities. Get personalized recommendations based on your Handshake profile for which employers to connect with.
*Never wait in line, ever. Pre-schedule 1:1 or group sessions with employers ahead of the fair or on the day-of.
*Make an impression. Share your unique perspective, ask great questions, and follow up with recruiters after the fair.

PREPARE EARLY AND STAY OUT TO EMPLOYERS

1) Resume Review: Drop-In Resume Hours are onTuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 11am-12pm & 2:00-3:30pm and Wednesdays 1:00-3:30pm. Virtual Drop-In Hours Zoom Link Available on Strommen Community Moodle Site

2) Complete your Handshake Profile – this will allow registered employers to see if you qualify for their openings

3) Learn more (registered employers, why you should attend and more) https://www.mnpcfair.org/

Resume Review Zoom Link

Ameriprise Financial – Internship Info Session

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Sponsored by: Augsburg Student Business Organization and the Strommen Career & Internship Services.

Ameriprise Financial – Internship & Job Info Session
Thursday, January 25th
4:30-5:30 pm

All interested students are invited to attend a virtual information & panel discussion with Ameriprise Financial, featuring recent graduates from various institutions, including Augsburg. Students will hear from past interns on their experience, as well as, learn about the application process and deadlines.

Ameriprise Financial is one of our partner employers! They hire a number of Auggies each year for internships and/or full-time employment. The best way to find opportunities is through exploration and attending events like this!

Even if you aren’t looking currently, we encourage students to start networking EARLY so you do not miss deadline dates. All majors are encourage to attend.

Learn more about their summer internship program and types of positions offered. https://www.ameriprise.com/careers/students/internship-opportunities

REGISTER IN HANDSHAKE

Winslow Capital – Hiring Interns; Information Session

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Winslow Capital is excited to explore the opportunity of offering internship positions to students for the summer of 2021.

Join representatives from Winslow Capital on January 19, 2021, from 12:00-1:00pm where they will discuss:

1. The basics of the Asset Management Industry
2. The world of equity investing
3. An overview of Winslow Capital and its diversified product offerings
4. The following 2 potential internship opportunities at Winslow in the summer of 2021.
a. Investment Team: International stock and portfolio analysis
b. Across functions: Analysis on Environmental, Social, Governance Investing (ESG), Human Resources and Compliance topics

All energetic students who want to learn about the many varied opportunities in the Asset Management Industry are welcome.

Speakers:
• Smriti Shekhar, Managing Director, International Equities
• Stephanie Simon, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
• Sarah Brigley, Data Reporting Analyst

REGISTER IN HANDSHAKE

Make a Difference for Middle Schoolers – Judge Virtual Debates for the MN Urban Debate League

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Make A Difference for Middle Schoolers! Judge Virtual Criminal Justice Reform Debates This Spring

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide debate programming to middle & high school students in the Twin Cities. We are still providing middle school debate tournaments during COVID-19 pandemic – virtually! We need volunteers to make it happen.

You can judge tournaments from home. No experience required. Sign up today!

This year, middle school debate tournaments will be split into separate dates for rookie & novice (for new debaters) and JV & varsity (experienced debaters) divisions. You are welcome to judge either division, but if you’ve never debated before, it may be helpful to try a Rookie & Novice tournament first. No experience is needed to judge! We will train you virtually.

Volunteer Schedule:

January 28 (Thursday) – Rookie & Novice
February 5 (Thursday) – JV & Varsity
Feb 17 (Wednesday) – Rookie & Novice
Feb 24 (Wednesday) – JV & Varsity
Mar 9 (Tuesday) – Rookie & Novice
Mar 16 (Tuesday) – JV & Varsity
March 25 (Tuesday) – All Divisions (Championship)

Tournaments will generally begin at 3:30 PM.

Thank you for continuing to be part of the MNUDL community. We hope to see you at upcoming tournaments! See which tournament dates work with your schedule & sign up today.

Learn More & Sign Up to Judge

Keeping Track of Auggies

Alum Wins the Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Abdulkadir Sharif has been awarded a 2021 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest (45 students selected). The Pickering Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Director of the Fellowship Program, Lily Lopez-Mcgee Ph.D., stated, “We are truly thrilled and excited that Abdulkadir will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program. He demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during his time at Augsburg. These experiences bode well for his success through graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish in his career.”

Abdulkadir Sharif graduated from Augsburg with a major in international relations and political science. He was a Boren Scholar in Tanzania, a Gilman Scholar in South Africa and Namibia, participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University and was awarded a Fulbright ETA to Malaysia. He has interned with the Namibia Institute for Democracy as a research assistant and at the MN State Capitol for a law firm. Abdulkadir speaks Somali and Swahili.

The Fellowship will support Abdulkadir through a two-year graduate program to receive a master’s in International Affairs. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and skills training. As part of the Pickering Program, Abdulkadir will have an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of State in summer 2022. In the summer of 2023, he will work overseas and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Abdulkadir will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to his country. He will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.

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