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Apply for the MINNE Fellowship

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Fellowship in the MINNE program this year offers a unique opportunity to engage fully in the course of study offered by the JCRC Holocaust education zoom webinars. We are offering a $200 stipend which will be awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements.

Because of the limited number of spaces available, we wish to ensure that those who are accepted into the program are able to make the most of the experience. The primary criteria for admission to the program are demonstration of interest in the offerings of the program and commitment to furthering your education about the Holocaust.

All fellows are expected to attend a minimum of 5 of the 15 1.25 hour classes that comprise the course. For a full list of course offerings, visit https://www.minndakjcrc.org/education_programs/lessons/

Applications due by March 31, 2021
Zoom Webinars are M-F, April 12- April 30, 2021
Reflection papers due by May 14, 2021

Must be a registered, full time student at Augsburg or St. Olaf with at least one year left on campus.

More Info and to Apply

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Guidelines for Adopting Publisher Content

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

CTL is focusing on accessibility for March! Although we are all committed to ensuring our teaching is accessible for all students, it’s often hard to know exactly what we need to be on the lookout for. One basic area that’s often overlooked is whether or not the textbook and/or web resources you require for your class meet basic accessibility requirements (publishers, unlike Augsburg, are not required to meet federal ADA guidelines). How can you find that out? Well, that’s the tricky part!

To help Augsburg faculty make decisions about required materials for their courses, the IT Accessibility Committee is drafting some Guidelines for Adopting Publisher Content to help you ask the right questions of your publisher representatives! Although this is still a work-in-progress as a process is developed, the information here can be used RIGHT NOW as you are selecting your content for next semester and submitting that information to the bookstore.

Teaching Tips are posted on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Find more resources at https://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/.

“Guidelines for Adopting Publisher Content”

Making Your Teaching More Accessible: Easy Captioning of Your Zoom Videos and Recordings

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The March EDTalk premieres Wednesday, March 10 at 3:10 pm.: “Making Your Teaching More Accessible: Easy Captioning of Your Zoom Videos and Recordings”

CTL is focusing on accessibility for March! Join Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright for a demonstration of how she *just* learned to add subtitles to her own Zoom teaching videos in a way that takes advantage of Zoom’s new “live transcribe” setting — even when she says things like “activation-induced cytidine deaminase”.

This year, EDTalks will be pre-recorded and have a community “premiere” on Zoom hosted by CTL at 3:10 pm 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).

The Zoom information is linked below (can only be viewed with an Augsburg login).

EDTalk Zoom Information

Faculty and Staff are Invited to Discuss “Wellness in Color”

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

It’s hard to ignore our emotional, psychological, and social well-being today when it’s being inundated with MAJOR stressors that affect how we think, feel, and act. Please join CTL fellows and other faculty/staff for a discussion of mental health, especially related to communities of color. We will be facilitating a discussion on NAMI Minnesota’s Wellness in Color podcasts. Please listen to three of these podcasts (available at https://namimn.org/education-and-public-awareness/podcast-episodes/) and come discuss what you’ve learned on a Zoom meeting with other faculty and staff members. We will be meeting on Monday, March 22 from 1 to 2 pm. to listen to so that we will have things in common that we can discuss. Please listen to the following podcasts: “Blurring Tradition,” “Flipping the Status Quo,” and “Between Two Worlds.”

RSVP for “Wellness in Color” Discussion

Submit You Nominations for Faculty Awards by March 22

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

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.

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching – Outstanding teaching encompasses many forms and pedagogies, and is not restricted to the classroom. As such, nominations made in this category should demonstrate the nominee’s active engagement with students, creative approaches to instruction, ability to challenge students, and overall passion for 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 – Nominations for this award should demonstrate the nominee’s impact on the university, community, or discipline in a substantial and meaningful way. Nominees who impact the lives of students through supportive, thoughtful, and comprehensive mentoring and advising that go beyond the normal expectations of guiding students are eligible for this award.

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship – Nominees in this category may be recognized for a consistent record of scholarship or a single project. In recognizing multiple forms of intellectual inquiry, nominations should speak directly to both the quality of scholarship as well as its contribution to their discipline, the university, or community.

Use the link below for further information and to find the nomination form.

Distinguished Contribution Awards

General Announcements

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

submitted by thaohh4@augsburg.edu

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!

Governor Walz to Announce Next Steps in COVID-19 Vaccinations

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

Gov. Tim Walz will hold a press conference Tuesday morning, March 9, to discuss the next steps in Minnesoa’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Walz has previously said that Minnesota would move to the next phase of vaccinations once 70% of people 65 years and older had received the vaccine. More than 66% of that population had received at least one dose by this past weekend.

For information about the Minnesota vaccination timeline and other online resources regarding approved COVID-19 vaccines, see the March 8 COVID-19 Status Blog on the Inside Augsburg Outbreak Planning site (see link, below).

COVID-19 Status Blog

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.

Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

A new program is being offered this summer by the Pan-Afrikan Center and the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) called Anti-Apartheid and Black Lives Matter: Global Movements for Racial Justice.

The program will be offered May 17 – May 28. Students will be able to receive 2 credits and fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement OR they can take it only to fulfill the Augsburg Experience. The cost of the program is being supported by scholarships from CGEE, the Pan-Afrikan Center, and Augsburg University; therefore, we are able to offer it at a reduced price.

Program participants will critically analyze the global racial unrest movements of the Southern Africa Anti-Apartheid system, and the racially motivated murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Albertina Shifotoka, Program Director of CGEE Namibia, and Azania Tripp, Director of the Pan-Afrikan Center, will facilitate a 2-week program experience that will introduce students to the understanding of how these movements became historical events and impacted policy and the visibilities on racial inequities that impact the Pan-Afrikan diaspora and all BIPOC communities. The program will be offered from May 17 – May 28, 2021 and the deadline for applying is Thurs, March 25.

Here is the website to learn more information:
https://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/index.cfmFuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=55727

If you have any questions email Azania Tripp the Pan-Afrikan Director
Tripp@augsburg.edu

Auggie Basics Housing – Applications Now Open

submitted by randallj@augsburg.edu

As part of the Augsburg University Equity Proposal, the Auggie Basics – Housing initiative is designed to address the needs of students who experience housing instability. The purpose of the program is to provide a bridge for students whose housing is not stable as they seek to identify a permanent solution.

Students accepted into the Auggie Basics Program will live on campus without cost to the student. Regardless of when students enter the program, the housing commitment will cover the full academic year if needed. If the student secures permanent housing elsewhere, they will be released from the program and the spot will be offered to another student. Summer housing may be an option. Students must reapply each academic year. Being chosen for the Auggie Basics program one year does not guarantee participation in future years.

To apply, please complete the application below. If you have any questions, please contact studentaffairs@augsburg.edu or call the Student Affairs office at 612 330 1160.

Auggie Basics Application

Music Dept Student Worker Postings – Apply Today

submitted by knutsonc@augsburg.edu

The Music Department has several student worker postings – Please copy/paste these links to apply today! Interviews will be completed in March and positions will begin training yet this academic year (in April).

Music Recording & Sound Manager (1-2 positions):
http://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=128560

Augsburg Band Manager (1 position):
http://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=128441

Augsburg Choir Manager(1 position):
http://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=128564

Augsburg Orchestra Manager(1 position):
http://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=128562

Questions? Contact Cathy Knutson, knutsonc@augsburg.edu

Student Financial Service Window Hours

submitted by yangdx@augsburg.edu

The Student Financial Service window is now opened at the Enrollment Center! You can stop by Mon thru Fri between 10am – 2pm for assistance with financial aid questions, verification documents, and payments (cash/check only). Please make sure you wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.

Virtual drop-in hours are also available for quick questions with a Financial Aid Counselor or you can schedule an appointment online. Feel free to email your questions to studentfinances@augsburg.edu or call (612) 330-1046 for assistance.

Virtual Drop-in Hours or Schedule a Meeting

Alternative Spring Break Experience March 15-19, 2021

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

You can still register for the Alternative Spring Break experience with Campus Ministry, approved to count as an Augsburg Experience, and offering 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:
Onsite work with Health Commons at Central Lutheran Church and in the Cedar Riverside clinic.
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.
Contact Pastoral Intern, Jenn Luong. luongj@augsburg.edu

Registration Form

Adjusted Bookstore Hours for Mid-Term Break and the Weeks Following

submitted by gunters@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg University Bookstore will be adjusting the hours of operations starting 3/15-3/19 for mid-term break. 3/15-3/19 the bookstore hours will be 10:00am-2:00pm. Starting 3/22 the bookstore hours will be 10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday. If you need assistance outside of those hours you can call the bookstore (612-359-6491) and we will assist you. Please check our website to view our hours of operation.

Augsburg University Bookstore Hours

Event Announcements

Fosdick Lecture on Preaching today at 10:30 a.m.

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Does Preaching Matter? More Than Ever!

Rev. Dr. David Lose, Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Former President of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
Author of “Making Sense” series of books

Augsburg University Campus Ministry invites you to join us via Zoom on Tuesday, March 9, at 10:30 am as Augsburg University welcomes Pastor Lose for the fourth annual Fosdick Lecture on Preaching. Amid a pandemic, economic and ecological crisis, painful reminder of racial justice, and a period of drastic political polarization, one may wonder whether or not the preaching of the church matters. Fair question. Yet at the same time, preaching the love, justice, and mercy of God has never mattered more. Preaching matters because it reminds us that the challenges of the day, while urgent, are neither the only nor ultimate realities with which we live. It matters because in the proclamation of the Gospel we are reminded of our primary identity as God’s beloved children. And it matters because a central component of the Gospel is the promise that the future is in God’s hands. Come, join the conversation!
Tuesday, March 9
10:30 am Welcome, Lecture and Q&A
11:30 am Chapel Worship (via Zoom)

Via Zoom from Hoversten Chapel
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/95460363994?pwd=S1lSdks0T1cvcm96ZDNTRTlmYndUUT09

More information

Thursday: Psych Grad School Panel

submitted by mayper@augsburg.edu

Want to learn more about graduate studies in Psychology? Join department faculty, grad school representatives, and Augsburg alumni currently enrolled in graduate programs to learn more about how graduate studies can help students achieve their career goals.

Psychology and Biopsychology majors and minors are invited to a virtual Zoom meet-up on Thursday, March 11th from 6-7:30pm. Resources on the most popular graduate programs in the area will be available. Please bring questions for our expert panelists!

Register

International Women’s Day and Latin America Study Abroad

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

This week’s World Wednesday will be all about celebrating International Women’s Day and the Augsburg CGEE Study Centers in Latin America!

In this special event, you’ll hear from two Global Faculty members who teach Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies courses at our Study Centers in Central America and Mexico. Learn about what IWD looks like in Latin America, and how you can study abroad in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Presenters include Fernanda Sota and Antonio Ortega.

Event takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th, on zoom.

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

George Floyd Site Meet-Up

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

PASU and PAC are creating a reflective space for students, staff, and faculty to gather at the George Floyd Memorial on the 19th starting at 5 pm. There will be designated Augsburg staff wearing Auggie gear if students need someone to connect with. If you are a residential student, feel free to meet at the Christensen Center plaza at 4:30 pm to catch the light rail together (Optional). If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event

Please contact PASU at pasu@augsburg.edu Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations

Women’s History Month: ‘Other Words for Whxre’ Live Podcast Recording

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

The Pan-Afrikan Center and the Women’s Center are partnering for Women’s History Month 2021

The host of the podcast Other Words for Whxre Mia, will present a live podcast recording for students, faculty, and staff. Mia discusses the whitewashing of the porn industry, how sex work has pivoted during the times of COVID-19 and how police brutality impacts sex workers.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 in the Chapel from 6:30pm -7:30pm

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

Gay in the BWCA

submitted by oconnel6@augsburg.edu

Wilderness Canoe Base & Augsburg University LGBTQIA+ Services will be partnering to offer a pilot program to 7 current LGBTQIA+ students of Augsburg University. The program is designed to provide intentional community for LGBTQIA+ students to experience nature – and specifically the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA.)

When thinking about communities and identities safe and welcome to share outdoor spaces, LGBTQIA+ communities are often not included in that equation. This pilot program is offering the opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students to experience and engage in learning that doesn’t involve a ‘classroom.’ Because queer and trans+ communities haven’t historically been welcome in outdoor spaces, to engage in learning that doesn’t uphold the lens of ‘traditional education,’ this program is offering queer ways of knowing.

Being modeled from adrienne mareen brown’s book, Emergent Strategy, this program looks to biomimicry to better understand how queer movement can model nature to find ways of cooperative and collective action – resulting in queer liberation.

This trip will be led by Director, LGBTQIA+ Services – Max Poessnecker & an LGBTQIA+ identified Wilderness Canoe Base staff member. This trip requires ZERO experience in the outdoors, canoeing, or BWCA. Part of the goals of this pilot program are to create exposure, access, and dismantle gatekeeping to outdoor spaces upheld by racism, queerphobia, and capitalism.

Interested? LGBTQIA+ Student Services will be holding two info sessions to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Info Session 1
Fri, March 5th
12 – 1pm

Info Session 2
Tue, March 9th
5 – 6pm

Info Session Zoom Link

The Queer Agenda: Being Anti-Racist Summit

submitted by oconnel6@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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