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Distinguished Contributions for PT/FT Teaching, Service, Scholarship

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

Time Change for Wellness in Color Event: March 22

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

NEW TIME: 03/22/21 from 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm

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 3:10 pm – 4:10 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

A Few Days Left, a Few Spots Left for Upcoming Mississippi Expedition

submitted by underhil@augsburg.edu

Challenge yourself, take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and gain valuable real-world skills for navigating the complexities of the 21st Century. This coming September, the next group of students, faculty, and staff will embark from Lake Itasca to begin their hundred-day expedition by canoe and van down the length of the Mississippi River. Students take courses in environmental justice, climate change, politics in the American heartland, outdoor leadership, and undertake individual research projects. In addition to spending time in St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, the group paddles and camps in the “Wild Miles” on the Lower Mississippi, the heavily industrialized “Chemical Corridor,” and finishes by paddling to the Gulf of Mexico, 2,345 river miles from the headwaters. Students interested in joining the program are invited to apply through the Augsburg Study Away web portal. Deadline for applying is March 15.

Apply Here!

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

Med School/Physician and PA Alumni Panels

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Join Augsburg alumni from across the country who are professional students or practioners to learn more about their experiences getting to their respective programs, education and training, and practice.

Med School Physician Alumni Panel
Wednesday, March 24th
6-7:30 pm

PA Alumni Panel
Thursday, March 25th
6-7:30 pm

Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu with questions or for more information.

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You are Invited to Fellowship Friday TODAY at 4:30 p.m.

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

Student Financial Services Window Hours

submitted by yangdx@augsburg.edu

The Student Financial Services 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

Support for Augsburg Family after Parents’ Deaths

submitted by lutterma@augsburg.edu

As the Site Director of Augsburg’s CGEE-Mexico I want to thank the entire Augsburg community for sharing your condolences with the family of Augsburg-Mexico employees Moises Rios (50) & Isabel Sánchez (48), a married couple who died of COVID-19 just over 2 weeks ago. Since many of you have asked how you could support the Rios-Sanchez family, including 11-year-old Sliri (pronounced “Es-leer-y”), I want to announce the launching of a GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/supportriosanchezfamily

This fundraising campaign was organized by Mary Laurel True, who participated in Augsburg’s first semester program in Mexico in 1979, and four other former CGEE-Mexico students who studied here, as well as myself. Our initial goal is to raise US $15,000 to support the family. 25% of the funds raised will be dedicated to Sliri’s education since there is no longer public education here in Mexico. Therefore, we want to make sure that she is able to go to high school and college, which was her parents’ dream – that she be the first in the family to graduate and attend college. “Maybe Augsburg,” Isabel used to say with a shy smile. Thank you again for your empathy & generosity, Ann

https://www.gofundme.com/f/supportriosanchezfamily

Registrar’s Office in Person Services

submitted by enriquej@augsburg.edu

The Registrar’s office staff in-person staff are now available at the enrollment center. You can stop by Mon thru Fri between 10am – 2pm for assistance with registration, transfer, petition and graduation questions. Please make sure you wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.

For quick questions, please feel free to send us an email at registrar@augsburg.edu or call us at 612-330-1036.

Interested in Grad School? Apply to TRIO McNair Scholars Program

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2021 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2022 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2022. We are particularly looking for students in STEM fields that are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, but we will consider all majors EXCEPT most professional fields (including business, pre-law, pre-health).

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through academics, involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. McNair provides coursework, workshops and advising in preparation for doctoral study. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($4000+) with an Augsburg faculty member during the Summer of 2022.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, students must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you are interested in learning more about the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Assistant, crombie@augsburg.edu. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify.

McNair Website

New Program | 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.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=55727

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

Event Announcements

8 Minutes 46 Seconds: Prayer and Presence

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

You are invited to join us in Hoversten Chapel to hold silence at 10:40 am for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as we remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and our call for racial justice in God’s world. Pastoral presence is available in Hoversten Chapel for support and prayer. Pastor Babette Chatman will be available in the chapel at 10:40 – 11:00 am. On the campus ministry blog, Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres offers a “Blessing of Feet” as we head into spring break.

A Blessing of Feet

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

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Seeking Spring 2021 Book Club

submitted by koh@augsburg.edu

Look no further — as space is still available to join the Spring 2021 Batalden Book Club to read “We Want to do More Than Survive” (by Bettina Love). Reading this book may give you a deeper understanding of some students’ potential experience in K-12. The one hour book club discussion will focus on the implications for students in our Augsburg University context. This Zoom book club is open to Augsburg students, faculty, and staff. This is the final A-Mail announcement.

Please contact Bibiana Koh at koh@augsburg.edu to reserve a spot, arrange to pick up your book (in Memorial Hall on campus), and to select a book club date (please include your preferred time in your email).

Here are the two book club times offered (You will only attend one):

• Book group #1: Friday, March 26th: 3-4pm
• Book group #2: Monday March 29th, 4-5pm

Social work CEs (1 for each group) are available for those in Professional Studies.
Social work CEs (1 for each group) are available for those in Professional Studies.

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Augsburg Student Day Government (ASDG) and the Batalden Applied Ethics program will co-sponsor “Abolition Praxis as a Moral Compass: A “Radical Imaginary” Panel Discussion
on Wednesday, April 7th, from 4-6pm. This co-sponsored panel event will feature David Stovall (Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago) in addition to students and/or community members.

Funding for both events is generously provided by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.