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Forum Podcast Ep. 56: Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal Continued

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Maureen Berkner Boyt (The Moxie Exchange) answers questions from listeners that attended our webinar Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p56/

Fall AugSem Faculty: FYE Fellows Applications Due Tomorrow

submitted by wendland@augsburg.edu

The First Year Experience/AugSem program is seeking faculty to be a part of a pilot program for instructors teaching an AugSem during the fall 2021.

Goal: Create a cohort of instructors who will meet to discuss anti-racist pedagogy and student learning in relation to working with first year students.

Fellows will need to commit to attending all 1-hour FYE Teaching Fellows meetings in spring 2021 and fall 2021 semesters. Meetings will take place in: March, April, May, September, October and November.

FYE Teaching Fellow positions are open only to those planning to teach an AugSem course in the fall of 2021.

To apply, simply submit a brief statement of why you would like to be a FYE Teaching Fellow to Lyz Wendland, Director of First Year Experience: wendland@augsburg.edu by February 19th, 2021.

RSVP for Tuesday’s Assessment Workshops

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Assessment Day is Tuesday, February 23! RSVP with the link below.

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 TODAY and TOMORROW

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)

Take a Moment to Nominate Faculty for Awards

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

Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

At the Monday, February 15 AAC Meeting, the following proposals were discussed and approved:

-The Community Engagement concentration of the Theology and Public Leadership replaced the requirement of SWK 230 with SWK 406.

-MUS 221: Introduction to Music Technology removed all prerequisites from the course.

-The American Indian Studies department made revisions to their Major and Minor. They also added courses, as well as changed two course titles and added a Humanities LAF to two courses. Overall, they had 10 proposals approved at the February 15 meeting.

In addition to the above, the committee approved a policy that provides a general framework for course levels and the scaffolding of courses through a major/program. Implementation is on-hold while further details are refined.

AAC information including meeting minutes, proposal forms, and more can be found at https://inside.augsburg.edu/facultysenate/aac/.

You can also find a running list of approvals in the link below (this is also linked on the AAC page).

AAC Approval Tracker

TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

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.

Fridays | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

ZOOM Information (requires an Augsburg login to view)

General Announcements

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.

HR Benefits and Payroll Change Forms: Due by Noon Friday, February 19

submitted by cswanson@augsburg.edu

Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon this Friday, February 19, to be processed on the February 26 pay date. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email payroll@augsburg.edu if you have questions or need help.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as bank accounts or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to https://augsburg.leapfile.net/ for submission. Please contact hr@augsburg.edu for questions.

Thank you so much! -Your HR & Payroll Team

Free $$4U: Study Abroad Gilman Scholarship Info + Resources

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Apply by March 2: up to $8000 for study abroad!

Study abroad scholarship Info + Resources

Interested in study abroad, but think you can’t afford it?
The Gilman Scholarship for study abroad is available to Pell grant eligible students who are US Citizens to win $5000-$8000 for an experience abroad! Deadline to apply is March 2 if you’d like to go abroad Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022!

There are some great resources to help you WIN:

1. Check out our 25 min workshop recording – https://youtu.be/IUfYdSOP86U
It has great info on study abroad, tips to winning the scholarship and more. There is even an accompanying worksheet linked in the description you can use to get a jump start on your essays!

2. Staff in the study abroad/away office are happy to work with students 1-1 on choosing a program and preparing essay drafts.
Book a specific Gilman Scholarship Advising Appt at https://go.oncehub.com/AndreaDvorak

3. Gilman is hosting AMAs ( Ask Me Anything!) sessions with staff and alums of the program all through February to talk about the scholarship and answer student questions live…
Every Thurs at 2pm CST on Zoom and YouTube Live and
Every Fri at 2pm CST on Instagram live
Get links for all the live sessions here: https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/news-events/events-2/

There is a pile of money on the floor! Will you pick it up?
Questions? Email: abroad@augsburg.edu

Learn more about the Gilman scholarship and APPLY

2021 College Student Health Survey Coming Soon

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University is partnering with the University of MN to administer the 2021 College Student Health Survey which will be sent via email this week to Augsburg student email addresses. This survey will be asking for information on a variety of college student health topics. We hope you will take the time to complete the survey and do so by March 26th. Those participating in doing the survey will be entered into a drawing for Amazon gift cards – First place $1000, 2nd place $500, 3rd place $250 and 5 fourth place gift cards of $50 each. Thirteen universities are participating and one student from each school will win a $100 Amazon gift card. We want your input so please participate in the 2021 College Student Health Survey.

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

Videos for All Hands Meetings and Focused Conversations

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

You can access the video recording and slides from February’s All Hands meeting on the All Hands page at inside.augsburg.edu. Focused Conversation videos will also be posted there a few business days after each presentation. These are shared using Google Drive, so you must be logged into your Augsburg Google account in order to view them.

All Hands

Augsburg Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Training

submitted by mouajj@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

Focused Conversation on Academic Structure: Next week

submitted by wegenke@augsburg.edu

Join Provost Karen Kaivola, deans Monica Devers and Ryan Haaland, and faculty members Laura Boisen, Dal Liddle, and Diane Pike for an update on the work of the academic structure task force.

Focused Conversation: Academic Structure
Wednesday, February 24
12:30 p.m.

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands Page

Black History Month: Self-Love

submitted by tripp@augsburg.edu

HELLO AUGGIES!!,

We are excited to announce the first ever in-person event for ESA (Ethiopian Student Association). On February 26, 2021, we will be celebrating Black History Month, and in that we wanted to provide a space where we can navigate through our experiences with self-love and self-appreciation. You will have the opportunity to check-in with yourselves and bring out your creative side.

We will be having a lot of fun activities including but not limited to face mask decorating, giveaways and so much more. More details on the event will be announced in the days to come. Keep a lookout for that!

Cheers,
ESA

https://www.augsburg.edu/panafrikan/happy-black-history-month/

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

Posted onFebruary 17, 2021
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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

February 24: The Winter 2021 Centered Life Series – “Stepping Into 2021: Hearts Rekindled, Hope Awakened”

submitted by huntert2@augsburg.edu

February 24 with Terry McGonigal “Hope Reawakened- The Resurrected Jesus Encounters People with Heart-Shattered Lives” Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (John 20-21) The hope of Jesus’s disciples were crushed by his crucifixion. Bewildered, fearful and despairing they do not what to do. In John 20-21 Jesus enters their despondency to address four specific issues- grief, fear, doubt, and shame. This brief reflection will frame these biblical narratives in the light of our own despondency as we face multiple causes of chaos in our divided world today.

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodOyrqz0vHdyu11SSkjk1V34Y9f59n-fC

March 3: The Winter 2021 Centered Life Series – “Stepping Into 2021: Hearts Rekindled, Hope Awakened”

submitted by huntert2@augsburg.edu

Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. March 3 with Martha Stortz “A School of Hope: The Lessons of Caregiving”
-The diagnosis of a terminal illness sent my husband and I into the medicine of scripture, where we found hope, healing, and bread for the journey

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodOyrqz0vHdyu11SSkjk1V34Y9f59n-fC

March 10: The Winter 2021 Centered Life Series – “Stepping Into 2021: Hearts Rekindled, Hope Awakened”

submitted by huntert2@augsburg.edu

Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 10 with Kelly Chatman “Is there a role for congregations in becoming centers for cultural and neighborhood belonging?”
-Changing from a culture of segregation to a culture of belonging. Kelly will share from his book stories from his life as a Black religious leader. The book is a collection of stories describing three stages of development, forming, reforming, and transforming. Forming represents the first time you notice race, culture, difference. Forming is the decision you made based on difference in race, class, or orientation. Transforming is the third stage when we embrace difference, share relationship and, transcend boundaries race, class, and culture.

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodOyrqz0vHdyu11SSkjk1V34Y9f59n-fC

March 17: The Winter 2021 Centered Life Series – “Stepping Into 2021: Hearts Rekindled, Hope Awakened”

submitted by huntert2@augsburg.edu

Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 17 with David Stark “Getting through the Covid 19 crisis – A Biblical journey back to freedom”
-The unprecedented event of the Covid 19 crisis has taken many people, including Christians, by surprise. However, the Bible is full of stories of hardship and unforeseen circumstances. For Christians, the answers to questions about such events have always been found in God and His Word. In Exodus, the people of Israel were dealing with a crisis of their own. When relief finally did come, it was not as they expected. The journey was long and arduous, situations got worse before they got better, and it seemed, at times, that there was no end in sight. During that time, the Israelites relied on their faith in God and in the miracles He performed in their lives to assure them of His love and commitment to them. This workshop will use situations that the Israelites went through to draw a roadmap to how Christians today can overcome the difficulties they are facing during the Covid 19 crisis.

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodOyrqz0vHdyu11SSkjk1V34Y9f59n-fC

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit

submitted by poessnec@augsburg.edu

Community partner, Mossier is offering a FREE summit to all students.

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit
There are way too many systems that present barriers to the intersections of being LGTBQ and our cultural backgrounds and race. Committing to equity means dismantling policies to create an anti-racist culture at work. Mossier will be kicking off Proud to Work ’21 programming by digging into systems that create unfair environments, how others are undoing destructive workspace systems, and ideation on strategies that will permanently remove racist policies from our workspaces.

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist
Fri, Feb 26th
10-4pm CST

When registering, use the code “MOSSIER100” for FREE registration.

You can use this link to learn more and register: https://www.mossier.org/register/

Register for The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit

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More Household items /decorations /Mugs for low cheap

submitted by noelr@augsburg.edu

Hello, I am doing some remodeling in my home – we are offloading more items – we have many items for super low prices to get stuff a new home. I have put a link at the here to photos https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CK_gft9BX0qMhFSCpE3I8uR_hlQpJ1G3?usp=sharing (need to use Augsburg email)
please feel free to reach out – offers accepted (the larger table is higher ) but everything else is fair game email is noelr@augsburg.edu

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CK_gft9BX0qMhFSCpE3I8uR_hlQpJ1G3?usp=sharing