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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

No Cost COVID-19 Testing Available

submitted by sitarami@augsburg.edu

If you traveled from your home or residence hall during spring break, you are urged to get a COVID-19 test because cases rose last week.

The state of Minnesota offers fast and accurate at-home saliva testing, at no cost, to any person who feels they need a test. You can find more information on COVID-19 testing, including testing sites in Minnesota, on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing webpage.

Webpage links are available under the heading, “At-Home Testing and Other COVID-19 Testing Options,” at https://inside.augsburg.edu/outbreak-planning/health-organizations/ .

Information About No Cost COVID Testing

Teaching and Learning

Office Hours April 6 and April 7: Degree Audit System

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

All faculty are invited to join the upcoming deans’ office hours (Tuesday, April 6 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm and Wednesday, April 7 from 10 am – 11 am). These two sessions will include a very brief demonstration of the new degree audit tool, followed by an opportunity for Q&A.

The encoders have developed a series of short training videos and posted them on Augsburg’s Community Moodle site. There are 15 videos with a total viewing time of about 2.5 hours. If possible, we encourage you to review these videos before the office hours next week.

We will also be conducting one Q & A session during 3 Days in May to answer any further questions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hope Blatchley manocchi@augsburg.edu or Christine Berkenpas berkenpa@augsburg.edu.

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.

Zoom Information for Office Hours (must have Augsburg login to view)

Want to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad with Fulbright?

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

The Fulbright US Student Program offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in diplomacy in over 140 countries. Your experience could include teaching English, working on a Master’s degree, or performing research in any field, including performance studies and the creative arts. You may apply in the summer before/fall of your senior year or after you graduate. URGO offers advising, application support, and interviews for endorsement by Augsburg University for both current students and alumni.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu for more information. All current students and recent alumni are welcome to inquire, even if you won’t be eligible to apply for the coming application cycle.

Fulbright US Student Program Website

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 CTL “Wellness in Color” Discussion

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

HR and Payroll Offices Closed Friday, April 2: Due date for forms is Thursday at Noon

submitted by cswanson@augsburg.edu

HR & Payroll Offices will be CLOSED Friday 4/2 for the Good Friday Holiday.

HR or Payroll Forms:
Due date for HR or payroll forms will be one day early. Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon THURSDAY, April 1 to be processed on the April 9 pay date. This includes routine forms for HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding changes. Email payroll@augsburg.edu if you have questions or need help.

Timesheets:
Please submit your timesheets at the end of the week so your supervisor has time to approve it by the Monday noon deadline.

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

Nominations for Staff Senate and University Council Representatives

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University Staff Senate has two important elections this spring. We are currently taking nominations for Staff Senate Representatives and University Council Staff Representatives.

Staff Senate Representatives: Augsburg University’s Staff Senate is composed of six members who are nominated and elected by their peers for a two-year term as well as two additional at-large members, appointed by Staff Senate. All members have the option to serve a third year. We are currently filling four positions. For more information on Staff Senate visit our about page. https://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/about/

University Council Staff Representatives: There is one opening on the University Council for an elected staff representative. For an overview of the full process, go to our University Council tab. http://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/university-council/

Staff may nominate other eligible staff or self-nominate for either Staff Senate or University Council using this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjuUUQMPgMH-QvUSfexHabRUoW6g-r4ls_Xxx2E7P2QW1YpQ/viewform

Nomination deadline for both Staff Senate and University Council is April 9, 2021. Please email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with questions. Thank you for your participation in this important process.

Augsburg University Staff Senate

Janice Dames, Campus Ministry
Deanna Davis, Professional Studies
Nancy Huynh, Academic Advising*
Ilse Rolf, Institutional Advancement
Stewart Van Cleve, Lindell Library
Jackie Voigt, Athletics
Uriah Ward, Student Financial Services
Tessa Wegenke, Finance & Administration*

*2020-21 co-chairs

COVID-19 Testing Event AirPod & Gift Card Winners

submitted by cashdar@augsburg.edu

Thank you to all the students and volunteers that participated in the 3.9, 3.22, 3.25 COVID-19 testing event on campus. All student and volunteer participants were entered into a drawing for AirPods and gift cards. Congratulations to our winners:

Students:
Angel V.
Abigail B.
Xera B.
Anna C.
Jennifer M.
Christian N.
Aaron P.
Giomara P.
Kennedy S.
Lauren S.
Tracy T.

Volunteers:
Deanna D.
Elaine E.
Mike S.

All winners have been contacted with how to secure their prize.

Registrar’s Office Zoom and In-Person Services

submitted by enriquej@augsburg.edu

The Registrar’s office staff are now available to meet in-person at the enrollment center window. You can stop by Monday thru Friday 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.

Additionally, the Registrar’s office will offer zoom drop-in hours during the registration period. Please refer to the calendar for dates and details.

Registration Period Zoom Drop-In Hours

Campus Life Student Administrative Assistant Position Applications Now Available

submitted by thaohh4@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

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/

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

2020-2021 Augsburg Leadership Awards Ceremony

submitted by thaohh4@augsburg.edu

The 22nd Annual Augsburg Leadership Awards Ceremony is coming up soon! The Augsburg Leadership Awards are given at the end of every spring semester to outstanding student leaders and student organizations. The award recipients will be announced at the Augsburg Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Inductees of the Augsburg Senior Leadership Society and graduates of the Inclusion Scholars program will also be honored.

The Zoom Link is TBD, but please RSVP on Auggie Life to join the celebration of our student leaders and student organizations.

Link to Auggie Life: https://augsburg.campuslabs.com/engage/

Art and Activism Panel Thursday

submitted by truem@augsburg.edu

Join the Sabo Center for our 3rd installment of Social Change Virtual Dialogue Series on Thursday, April 1st from 4:30pm-5:45pm. We will be joined by 3 artists and activists (Art and Design Professor Leon Wang, Theatre Professor Beliza Torres-Narvaez and musician Taylor Seaberg) will 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

Forum Event – Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: May 6, 2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST
Where: Online/Video Conference
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Megan Hughes Johnson, Interfaith Youth Core  |  Jenan Mohajir, Interfaith Youth Core

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/dibs/religion-in-the-workplace-interfaith-skills-to-engage-difference/

Religious diversity is an incredibly important part of American public life. Controversies regarding religion and business are regularly in both the press and the courts and more Americans say that they encounter religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of their life (PRRI, 2019). However, religion is often left out of the corporate diversity conversation. Diverse identities and perspectives on a team can lead to greater outcomes or can lead to misunderstanding and conflict. It is only when diverse identities are engaged, and team members have opportunities to intentionally learn about one another, that the potential strength of workplace diversity is unlocked. Developing a company culture that proactively engages religious diversity can open doors to greater employee productivity, enhanced client satisfaction, and even new business prospects. Join IFYC to explore why engaging religion matters in the workplace, workshop challenging scenarios, and identify your interfaith skillset.

Learning Outcomes
Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace
Understand and apply interfaith frameworks to common tensions in the workplace related to religious identity and diversity
Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/dibs/religion-in-the-workplace-interfaith-skills-to-engage-difference/

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

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Last week for Girl Scout Cookies

submitted by hansonjl@augsburg.edu

My daughter Eleanor (7) is selling Girl Scout cookies online for contactless goodness. You can place an order online and have the cookies sent to you. If you purchase 6 boxes the shipping is just $6.

She asked that I share this message with you:
“Hey everyone. Eleanor here. It’s the last week to buy cookies. So, if you want some you better get buying. Bye-eee!”

Goal Update: Eleanor has sold 186/230
Sales end April 2nd

Buy Girl Scout Cookies ONLINE