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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

TODAY: Free On-Campus COVID-19 Testing; Students and Volunteers Get a Chance to Win AirPods

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

State-Sponsored COVID-19 Testing at Augsburg, free of charge. Students who attend, present their student ID, and get tested will be entered in an AirPods and gift card giveaway. Faculty and staff are invited as well. Those who sign up and volunteer to help at the events will be entered into an additional drawing for AirPods.
March 25 at 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Hoversten Chapel

The state of Minnesota is sponsoring post-spring break testing at Augsburg University. This is a free saliva test. Results take a few days to arrive. To ensure an accurate test, do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to testing. No insurance is needed but, if you have it, bring your insurance card. This testing event is open to those with symptoms or no symptoms. Off-campus students also are eligible for the AirPods and gift cards giveaway. No appointment is necessary.

Sign up here to volunteer.

Teaching and Learning

Apply for the MINNE Fellowship – Due March 31

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

New – Forum Podcast ep 59, Radically Rethinking Inclusion: A Bold New Approach to Succeeding Together

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Rebekah Steele(Rebekah Steele | Diversity Breakthroughs) and Alison Maitland (author, speaker, coach) discuss the “INdivisible approach” as a way to radically rethink “feel good” inclusion initiatives.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p59/

RSVP Now for a Rescheduled CTL Event

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, April 12 from 3:10 pm to 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.”

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. Use the linked RSVP form to let us know you would like to join.

Wellness in Color Podcast Discussion | Monday, April 12 | 3:10 pm – 4:10 pm | ZOOM

RSVP for the Wellness in Color Discussion

General Announcements

New Augsburg Experience: 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

Staff Appreciation: Nominate a Colleague Before April 10

submitted by vanclev1@augsburg.edu

This year, the Staff Senate will host a virtual Staff Appreciation Event on May 10. We are celebrating Augsburg staff in several ways:

– We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form: https://forms.gle/Lg8T2b6B5WLeiDZz8

– Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards will be accepted through April 9th. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.

– We are also inviting Augsburg staff to tell us: what are you proud of this year? Did you pick up a new hobby, accomplish a difficult task, or just make it through a challenging year? Share your story with the Augsburg community by filming a short (less than 1 minute) video that will be featured during the Staff Appreciation Event. Videos can be submitted through this link: https://forms.gle/Ha5vZM36kx1dNQp37

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of March 1, 2021) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the virtual event on May 10.

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information: https://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/staff-appreciation/

Meet with Strommen Peer Advisors for a Virtual Resume/Cover Letter Review

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

Can you believe there are only 5 weeks left of the spring semester? Before you depart for summer break, be sure to have your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a student Career Peer Advisor. Having your resume and/or cover letter reviewed now will allow you to make any changes early. This preparation will ensure that you’re ready to apply for remaining summer jobs and/or internships! 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. https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/91992533835

You can also schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

Last Days to Complete College Student Health Survey

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

Friday March 26th – TOMORROW is the last day students can submit the 2021 College Student Health Survey. Augsburg University is partnering with the University of MN to administer the 2021 College Student Health Survey which has been sent via email to Augsburg student email addresses. The survey asks for information on a variety of college student health topics. Please take the time to complete the survey. 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. Questions – call the CWC office at 612-330-1707

Collaborated Response from AASA, HWT, PASS

submitted by vangh@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA), Hmong Women Together (HWT), and Pan Asian Student Services(PASS) recognizes that anti-AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) prejudice is only one form of systematic racism that continues to spread in our nation. Together, we appreciate the outpour of outreach and attention from Administration, peers and allies in support of the recent events in Georgia last week and our daily lived experiences.

We hope that there will be work in solidarity from Augsburg to take a stand against the structures that perpetuate and fuel discrimination for all BIPOC and specifically recently more heightened assaults on Pan-Asians in our communities, and to identify actionable ways to address this and all forms of prejudice, stigmatization, and racism.

We hereby recommend for you to join us in the following spaces at Augsburg to continue these conversations and to help us come together in community:
-Join us next week for our #stopasianhate Virtual Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:30pm- RSVP on the Auggie Life page: https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7026755
-Save the date and participate in AASA’s Pan Asian Week (PAW) on March 29-April 2, 2021- https://fb.me/e/cXbghe8sq
-For BIPOC Faculty, Staff and Students, consider joining Augsburg for a discussion on Thursday April 1, 2021 from 10:30am-11:30am, holding a space via Zoom that will be centered around BIPOC students, staff, and faculty gathering in discussion to process current events regarding racial violence in the United States, including but not limited to the Derek Chauvin trail in Minneapolis and the shootings in Atlanta that targeted Asian American communities. RSVP on the Auggie Life page -https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/event/7015191
-Consider attending the following conference to learn more about these AAPI issues at the 2021 APAHE national summit on April 15, 2021–www.apahenational.org

Campus Life Student Administrative Assistant Position Applications Now Available

submitted by gaskillj@augsburg.edu

Attention returning 2021-2022 Augsburg students–Job application for Campus Life’s Student Administrative Assistants positions are now available. There are two positions available, and all application materials are due April 5th.

Click on the link below for more information about the job description and access to the application page. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Life staff at campuslife@augsburg.edu.

Link: https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=E4C4D67B9035A229874929926EA9EF75;jsessionid=9F946E6202E56C4D49810C0D24BCE6B3;jsessionid=DED8BC0888DB1698BC0F34042A472C1D?JOBID=129300

Augsburg University Nominations, Staff, Faculty, Advisors Awards

submitted by floresm9@augsburg.edu

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRhKY1c4RiZkoJ71Gcq138Yb27MQSjXWaKzTVKjfZnlB43IA/viewform Student Organization Advisor of the Year – presented at the Student Leadership Awards

Staff of the Year – presented at the Staff Luncheon

Faculty of the Year – presented at the Faculty Luncheon
Send your nominations in before MONDAY! Nominate three different candidates!

Augsburg University Nominations, staff, faculty, advisor AWARDS

Come Into Full Bloom 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 access TutorMe through any of your Moodle 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 the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Event Announcements

Register for “Abolition Praxis as a Moral Compass: A ‘Radical Imaginary’ in Higher Education”

submitted by koh@augsburg.edu

This co-sponsored panel event (Batalden Applied Ethics/Augsburg Student Day Government) will feature David Stovall (Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago) and student panelists. Critical race theorist and abolition scholar Professor Stovall invites us into “a radical imaginary” that “challenges us to think about the world as it is while committing to a process that systemically changes it” (2018, p. 53). Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in traditionally White institutions (TWIs) must navigate a covert White supremacist infrastructure (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, 2005) and a White milieu in higher education (for example, “White talk moves,” see Finders & Kwame-Ross, 2020). This proposed panel seeks to move us toward abolition democracy (DuBois, 1998; Davis, 2005) using Ella Baker’s participatory democracy model.

For us to embrace abolition democracy as a TWI, we must all be held accountable. Indeed,
abolitionist Bettina Love (2019) has argued for accountability: “Abolitionist teaching asks us to question the piece of the oppressor that lives in us all” (p. 122).“ Thus, there is a moral imperative to use abolition praxis – defined as a “practice theory of change” (Roberts, 2019) – to guide our collective “radical imaginary.”

Pre-registration is required: https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuce6orDgsGdFOtRr0mYkMB5rx_YDrkbtn

The Batalden/ Augsburg Student Day Government planning committee includes (in alphabetical order by last name): Zoe Barany, Berlynn Bitengo, Thin Thin Kaing, Bibiana Koh and, Knaunong “Birdy” Xiong).

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

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuce6orDgsGdFOtRr0mYkMB5rx_YDrkbtn

Virtual Panel on Art and Activism with Augsburg Professors

submitted by truem@augsburg.edu

Thursday, April 1st
4:30pm-5:45pm
Join the Sabo Center for our 3rd installment of Social Change Virtual Dialogue Series. We will be joined by 3 artists and activists to talk about the intersection where art and activism meet. We will discuss how art influences social change as well as hear about the work the artists and activists are doing in their communities, and students will have the change to engage with our guests on the topic. Guest panelists will be announced soon.
This event will be via Zoom. Register in Auggie Life

Coalition of Asian American Leaders: Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) is hosting Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate.

Unheard Stories: Asian Americans Experiencing Hate in being hosted by the AsianMinnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) as a public community event to hear from
leaders and community members about what has been occurring in Minnesota and
nationwide, and how to work together to take action against violence and hate.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 5:00PM – 6:30PM CST
Register at caalmn.org

Speakers include: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL
Network & Executive Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others.

https://secure.everyaction.com/j3jHz8Wxb0aKRnHQfokpUA2?emci=c859d71a-f081-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&emdi=4f71d141-f381-eb11-85aa-00155d43c992&ceid=9611101

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

Focused Conversation on the Grow Sustainably Task Force: TODAY

submitted by wegenke@augsburg.edu

Join Provost Karen Kaivola and regents Jeff Nodland and John O’Brien for an update on the work of the grow sustainably task force.

Focused Conversation: Grow Sustainably Task Force
Thursday, March 25
12 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

Conversations on Healing and Justice: Confronting Racial Violence in the US

submitted by coxe@augsburg.edu

On Thursday April, 1 at 10:30-11:30 am Campus Life will be holding a space via Zoom that will be centered around BIPOC students, staff, and faculty gathering in discussion to process current events regarding racial violence in the United States, including but not limited to the Derek Chauvin trail in Minneapolis and the shootings in Atlanta that targeted Asian American communities. RSVP on the Auggie Life page.

https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage

Forum Webinar: From Bystander to Ally

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: April 15, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Intermediate
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenters: Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, DCY Consulting  |  Tatyana Fertelmeyster, Connecting Differences, LLC
Cost: Free

When anyone is confronted by any form of aggression, whether verbal, physical, social, or economic, it is natural to feel fear, doubt, and paralysis. This is important in assessing critical next steps if we happen to be a bystander. We must also look at our own fears and triggers as they, too, play a role in how we may react or respond to any potential conflict or confrontation.

During this webinar participants will consider some very important questions as they devise their own ways of responding to triggering situations. How does privilege impact decisions to engage in conflict and whether/how to respond? When is allyship an act of support, and when is it not? Who gets to decide? How do we deal with our own emotional responses to aggression and confrontation? How can one become an effective ally in a virtual work world and how does this differ from an in-person workplace?

Learning Outcomes
Know how to decide when to intervene as an active bystander
Identify and manage their personal emotional triggers
Utilize practical tools to engage in building allyship for safety in their workplace

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/from-bystander-to-ally/

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Personal Care Assistant Needed

submitted by barrienb@augsburg.edu

Hi! My name is Bella and I am a first year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am currently looking for people who would want to work every Sunday’s 3:00pm- 10:00pm and some hours during this summer! If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at barrienb@augsburg.edu. Hope you will join!