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URGO Summer Research Phase 1 App Due TODAY

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

The URGO Phase 1 Summer Research Application deadline has been extended to February 16th at 11:59pm, it must be completed on time to be considered for Phase 2 Summer Research. Please have your faculty research mentor email it to urgo@augsburg.edu. The Phase 2 Application is now due March 1. This change is to give students more time to find a research mentor and to work with them to write a strong application.

URGO 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

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 5

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 80 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place VIRTUALLY on April 13th. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) by March 5th (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).
For questions about registration or the event, please contact crombie@augsburg.edu

URGO Website: Zyzzogeton

Assessment Day is 1 Week Away: RSVP for Sessions Now

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 23! Information below and in the link.

General Education Assessment: Where do we go from here? (11 am – 11:45 am)

The newly-minted set of General Education Learning Outcomes have now been mapped to every course in the general education curriculum, providing us with new information on where and how students achieve the core learning outcomes of Augsburg’s signature curriculum. During this session, we will review the learning outcomes, as well as our preliminary data on where students achieve these outcomes. As we pivot to next steps, we invite faculty/staff feedback about implementation plans, including what resources are needed to support an expanded assessment of student learning in our general education curriculum.

Institutional Student Surveys: Closing the Loop (12 pm – 1 pm)

After hearing from over a thousand students in our fall institutional surveys, faculty and staff workshopped ideas on how to better serve students in changing times. But how do we transform these ideas into action? In this session, we will review the ideas collected during the Fall student survey workshops and discuss straightforward ways to better meet student needs.

For those who want to take the work to the next level, staff and faculty will identify an area of interest and join in small group discussion and planning. Our objective is to conclude this session having created collaborative working groups built around key themes, with a call to action and supportive resources for those who want to pilot new approaches to improve student experience.

Use the link below to RSVP for the above workshops (the link can only be viewed with an Augsburg login).

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at events@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

RSVP for Assessment Day Workshops

CTL Grant Proposal Deadline Extended: Information Sessions Thursday and Friday

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Find Grant Information at https://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/grants/annual-grant-offerings/.

CTL Director, Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, will be hosting four short information sessions about the Scholarship, ICD, and Provost’s Internationalization Grants. You are invited to stop in for a review of the grants and to ask questions. In the link below, you can also find an informational recording from Jennifer.

Thursday: February 18:
9 am – 9:30 am
4 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, February 19
9 am – 9:30 am
4 pm – 4:30 pm

Grant deadline has been extended until Monday, March 1 at Noon.

Zoom Link for Grant Information Sessions (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

Added Time to Nominate Faculty for Distinguished Contributions

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

We need more nominations, so we have extended the deadline for until March 22. Please consider nominating faculty for awards.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Faculty Development Committee invite your nominations for the annual Augsburg University Distinguished Contributions Awards. Augsburg annually recognizes individuals or groups that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. All faculty or full-time staff who have been employed at the university for at least three years are eligible for the awards.

Nominations are due Monday, March 22.

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching – Up to two awards may be given in this category, one for full-time faculty and one for adjunct faculty (2 courses per term or less).

Distinguished Contribution in Service

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship

*Letters of support will help bolster your nomination. Make sure to email them to ctl@augsburg.edu before March 22.

Distinguished Contribution Awards

Apply for the 2021-2022 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

CURRENT STUDENTS:
Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?
Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.
In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in the Christian tradition, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2021-22 academic year.
Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2021-22 academic year.
APPLYING: Details about the process are available:
Christensen Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/christensen-scholars-program/
Interfaith Scholars: https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/interfaith-scholars/
Sabo Scholars: https://www.augsburg.edu/sabo/2021/01/27/sabo-scholars-2021-2022/
The application deadline is March 1, 2021.
Questions? Contact either the Christensen Center for Vocation at ccv@augsburg.edu, Interfaith at Augsburg at interfaith@augsburg.edu or Matt Maruggi at maruggi@augsburg.edu, or the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at sabocenter@augsburg.edu.

General Announcements

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are Now Open

submitted by thaohh4@augsburg.edu

Hello everyone,

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards are now open!

These awards recognize student leaders, student organizations, and organization advisors for their innovation and outstanding leadership during this academic year. Recipients will be honored at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to submit nominations; self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 12 by 5:00 p.m.

To nominate an individual or a student organization, and for more information on the award descriptions and criteria, please click the link below: (https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/forms)

Please contact Alex Abraha (abrahaa2@augsburg.edu) from Campus Life if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you!

MnSure Special Enrollment Period Opens Today

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Beginning TODAY Tuesday, February 16, MNsure is opening a three-month special enrollment period to help Minnesotans get comprehensive health insurance coverage. It will run through May 17.

Eligible Minnesotans can also take advantage of cost-saving benefits available only through MNsure.

Who is it for? Any Minnesotan not currently enrolled through MNsure. This includes those who are uninsured or have insurance outside of MNsure.

Health Access MN provides FREE phone support to help you navigate the health insurance application system. Call them at 651-645-0215 with any questions you have. Check out the link below for information about the special enrollment period.

https://www.mnsure.org/new-customers/enrollment-deadlines/special-enrollment/sep-le/covid-sep/index.jsp?utm_campaign=SEP21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=GovDelivery

Augsburg Senior Leadership Society Applications Now Open

submitted by thaohh4@augsburg.edu

Hello student leaders,

Campus Life is currently accepting applications for the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society, which recognizes graduating seniors (i.e., those graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021) for their leadership contributions during their tenure at Augsburg University. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Please click on the link below to apply: (https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/forms)

Those who apply for the Society will also be considered for the following awards:

– Linda Schrempp Alberg Endowed Leadership Award, which is given to one senior (by credit) and carries an award amount of $500.

– Marina Christensen Justice Award, which is awarded at Commencement.

Those accepted into the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society will be inducted and recognized at the 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards, taking place virtually on Sunday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding these leadership recognition opportunities for Augsburg University Seniors, please reach out to Michael Grewe (grewe@augsburg.edu) from Campus Life.

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Scholarship

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Scholarship is available now! Up to 6 awardees will receive $2,500.00 each. the amount will be added to your outstanding tuition bill.
WHO CAN APPLY: (All of you can apply)
-Must have completed at least one full semester at Augsburg
-Be enrolled as a full-time student in the Augsburg Day program for the academic year 2021-2022
-Meet the University’s standard of conduct
-Complete this application
-Must demonstrate financial need, defined by Student Financial Services.

**This application must be submitted by 5:00 pm Monday, February 22, 2021**
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-6Zu74UC5rfnMk2uHCF2-CCOs0-4kjOp-VXOlOXXQ9A/edit

Get Your Resume Reviewed Before the Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair is only 9 days away! Prior to uploading your resume to your Handshake student profile, be sure to have your resume reviewed by a Strommen Career Peer Advisor. Having your resume reviewed by our trained Peer Advisors this week will allow you to get feedback and make any changes early. Thus, ensuring that your document will make the best impression on potential employers and recruiters on Thursday, February 25th! Virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 11am-12pm & 2:00-3:30pm and Wednesdays 1:00-3:30pm via Zoom.

Meet with a Career Peer Advisor via Zoom

GEER Grant Technology Still Available for Checkout at the Library for Students and Faculty

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 and faculty in need with a particular focus on “students and faculty who are indigenous or people of color; low-income; or disabled. A broader target population is all students and faculty at Augsburg University.”

Students can just come to the library and check out the items as priority has already been given to the grant focus population.

Faculty we ask to fill out this request form to aid the grant reporting though it is not required. The items are available for walk-up check out. (only aggregate data will be included in reporting) https://forms.gle/N5m8gkGVSRiYenrf6

The following items are available for check out at the library:
For Students
– 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)

For Faculty
– INSWAN INS-1 document cameras, https://www.inswan.com/ins-1
– SnowBall iCE microphones, https://www.bluemic.com/en-us/products/snowball-ice/
-Wacom One, Medium, digital writing surfaces, https://www.wacom.com/en-hk/products/pen-tablets/one-by-wacom

Not Feeling the Love From Homework? Use 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

Additional 50% Off Clearance Items at The Bookstore February 15 – 18, in Store Only

submitted by gunters@augsburg.edu

The bookstore will be having a Clearance sale from 2/15-2/18 in store only. Clothing and hats that are on clearance will be marked an additional 50% off. There is a sale on all general reading books which includes former bestsellers for $1.00.

Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training

submitted by lohmannm@augsburg.edu

Attention University Faculty and Staff – If you did not attend both part I and part II of the Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training this past fall (Nov 30 and Dec 1), you need to register for and attend both part I and part II of the Anti-Racism Training this spring on Feb 22 and 23.

If you are unable to attend this Spring Training, you may register for and attend part I and part II of the make-up training session taking place on Mar 24 and 25.

Click the link below to visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Anti-Racism Training Webpage for more information and to register!

https://inside.augsburg.edu/diversity/george-floyd-initiatives/anti-racism-training/

Event Announcements

Alternative Spring Break Experience 2021

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Campus Ministry invites students to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience March 15-19, 2021, offering the students an opportunity to look deeper at justice issues in the Twin Cities and surrounding area and engage in meaningful, relationship-centered volunteer work.
The justice issues will be examined through several experiences in the Twin Cities and reflection and sharing in order for participants to process their experience communally and individually. These experiences include:
MN Council of Churches Sacred Sites Tour, exploring MN history through a Native lens by visiting sacred sites and through storytelling.
A presentation and activities by the University of MN Mapping Prejudice project, exploring housing inequity due to racial disparities.
A presentation and activities by the Lutheran Social Service of MN (LSS-MN) Advocacy team, providing practical and current information on ways to be advocates.
Activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 protocols.
For volunteer opportunities, students will partner with LSS-MN at Supported Living Homes (SLH), known as ‘group homes.’ SLH provides a family home setting to no more than 4 community members living with differing abilities.
Students will serve in small groups at several homes. Activities may include yard work, building maintenance, meal prep, and social activities alongside those who live in the home. Volunteer work will focus on the relational aspect of volunteering, rather than the actual jobs accomplished. Volunteer activities are designed to help volunteers and residents see one another as individuals rather than ‘other.’
This ASB has been approved to count as an Augsburg Experience. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like that option.
Cost: $25, including the required book & lunch each of the 5 days. Please fill out the registration form & turn in your fee to Janice Dames in the Campus Ministry office.
Contact Pastoral Intern, Jenn Luong. luongj@augsburg.edu

Registration form

PASU: Black History Month Events

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

PASU has two more Black History Month events coming up!
We hope to see you all stop by this Friday, Feb. 12th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm for a game and PRIZES in the Christensen Center lobby.
Black Jeopardy/Trivia in the Chapel, On Monday, Feb. 22nd, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Follow PASU on Instagram @augsburgpasu to get updates about events and great content.
https://www.instagram.com/augsburgpasu/

Find Your Inner Peace

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

Tuesday March 9th, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
The Holistic Health Series will be a monthly session facilitated by CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center. For 60 minutes, students will come together on zoom to practice a plethora of grounding activities. Covid-19 and the historical racial unrest have increased anxiety, isolation, depression, unstable housing and employment, and more. CWC and the Pan-Afrikan Center will provide culturally competent sessions that will allow people to practice mindfulness through music, poetry, movement, relationship building, and more. After each session, the facilitators will ask for feedback and suggestions to increase the participants’ quality and enjoyment of Holistic Health Series.
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/97594915809

Virtual Info. Session: Ciresi Walburn Scholarship

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2021

4:30PM -5:30PM

Zoom Link: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/94853272946

WHO CAN APPLY?
This opportunity is open to African-American men who are sophomores this spring. Participants need to be U.S. citizens who graduate from a Minnesota high school and have demonstrated financial need. Participants have to be on track for four-year graduation, be available to participate in all activities, and be motivated.

Benefits:
$10,000 in Scholarships ($5,000 per year)
A two-credit summer leadership course
Participation in a national leadership conference, expenses paid
Paid summer internship
Ongoing cohort activities, including service projects and networking with community leaders
$1,000.00 incentive paid for on-time graduation

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/94853272946

Black Comedy Show

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

Attend a virtual Comedy Show
In-Person for Augsburg Students, Staff, and Faculty
On February 16th, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Three local twin cities comedians will feed us with laughter. There is a Q/A at the end with all three comedians.

Our host will be Khadijah Cooper @kcoopercomedy
Khadijah grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis as an only child. Working as a Sexuality Educator with teens, her confidence in public speaking coupled with her quick wit gave her all the fuel she needed to burst onto the comedy scene in February 2018.
Special Comedian guest Star: Ali Sultan @alisultancomedy

Ali Sultan saw his first stand up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15. He grew the desire to go on stage but first he needed to learn English.
Ali is the first professional Yemeni American comedian to be featured on Television when Kevin Hart hand picked him to perform on Comedy Central’s Hart of The City. In 2018 he was flown to Dubai to film a Half Hour Special for Comedy Central Arabia. He was named both Best Local Comic and artist of the year by City Pages. He represented Minnesota and won the Best in The Midwest competition at Gildas LaughFest. His album happy to be here debuted at #2 on iTunes and can be heard on iTunes and Spotify. When Ali isn’t telling jokes Ali enjoys doing a podcast with his mom, Stories With My Muslim Mom.

@alisultancomedy is the first Yemeni American Comedian to be featured on Television when Kevin Hart hand picked them for Comedy Central’s Hart of The City. You can find his album Happy to be Here can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Xm and Pandora.
Special Comedian guest Star: Abenezer Merdassa

Is an Ethiopian American comic based out of the Twin Cities. He helps run the renowned Comedy Corner Underground, and has competed in 10,000 Laughs.
RSVP for the event using the Zoom link.
https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcOqtqTIuHt2frmK76eO4mYQgkkv3yaVW?fbclid=IwAR2aBhRSRuL86ZYxO4TXibpw_gVbLJfR8Yf8HiY-pOdYJAKrl99JtIY8KfU

World Wednesday: Communication Majors

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

This week’s World Wednesday will be all about the new Communication program in Mexico!

On this program, students explore social change in Mexico, by examining migration and human rights, and how different groups communicate their stories to the world. We’ll hear from Communication Studies faculty member Kristen Chamberlain and instructor on the program in Mexico, Lucia Palmarini.

See full details, zoom link and schedule at our blog or follow us on Instagram @global_auggies for updates.

Find the updated zoom link at our blog

Fac/Staff: Participate in the Commencement Clapping Tunnel

submitted by cashdar@augsburg.edu

All faculty and staff members are invited to participate in a Zoom recording where we will applaud the Class of 2021 in a manner that replicates the congratulatory tunnel formed during in-person Commencement exercises. The recording will be added to this year’s Commencement ceremony video, which will premiere on Monday, May 3. Please be prompt to this Zoom meeting as it will only take a few minutes.

Thursday, February 18, 2021
3:30-3:40 p.m. Central

Register in advance for this event: https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoce-hpzIjG9V2TDUX2-Gfl6zDaxIvxy13

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration is Open – MN Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Are you seeking an internship or graduating this spring? If yes, we encourage you to register and attend the virtual MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, February 25th from 9:00am-2:00pm.

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

Job Fair Prep Session – We want YOU to be prepared, so join us and attend a prep session where you will learn how to make the best impression at a virtual fair powered by Handshake!

Log into Handshake and go to the events tab to register for one of the following prep sessions:

Tuesday, February 16 1:00-1:45pm
Wednesday, February 17 5:00-5:45pm
Monday, February 22 10:30-11:15am

If you have any questions email careers@augsburg.edu

Register to attend the MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair

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