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Selected 2021 First Year Experience Teaching Fellows

submitted by wendland@augsburg.edu

Please congratulate our selected 2021 First Year Experience Teaching Fellows!

Ben Denkinger, Associate Professor, Psychology
Jennifer Diaz, Assistant Professor, Education
Nancy Fischer, Professor, Sociology
Sarah Greenfield, Assistant Professor, English
Beliza Torres Narvaez, Assistant Professor, Theater
Joseph Towle, Associate Professor, Language & Cross Cultural Studies
Henry Yoon, Associate Professor, Psychology

The FYE Teaching Fellows are a cohort of AugSem faculty who are meeting to discuss anti-racist pedagogy and student learning in relation to working with first year students.

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.

US Student Fulbright Program Website

3 Days in May: Request for Proposals (Due April 16)

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

CTL’s annual “Three Days in May” professional development event will take place over Zoom Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021, and we are officially accepting proposals for seminars, workshops, panels, etc. You do not need to present a topic in order to propose it, but it is much more likely to get scheduled if you provide a coordinator for the session.

Sessions may be 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes long and should somehow address one of the categories listed below OR provide other essential information for teaching faculty and staff (e.g. tenure portfolio workshops). To submit a proposal, click on the short Google form here which will ask for a temporary title, topic category(ies), coordinator name (if any), and length of session.

The theme for “3 Days” this year is “Closing the Loop on the Augsburg Student Survey”, and all sessions will be listed under at least one of six categories: (1) Student Mental and Physical Health, (2) Planning and Study Skills, (3) Peer Support and Connection, (4) Student Interaction with Faculty, (5) Clear and Flexible Teaching Practices, and (5) Student Professional and Career Development.

We fully expect most proposals to be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, CTL Director (bankers@augsburg.edu).

Submit Your “3 Days in May” Proposal

Professors Degner Riveros and Rodriguez Receive Provost’s Internationalization Grants

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Sarah Degner Riveros and Rafael Antonio Rodriguez have both been awarded 2021-2022 Provost’s Internationalization Grants by the Faculty Development Committee in association with the Center for Global Education and Experience. Two grants are offered each year to provide support for faculty to pursue international teaching, research, or other scholarly collaboration with Augsburg University international programs or partner institutions.

Sarah Degner Riveros (Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies) will receive a $3,500 grant to support her work this summer with Augsburg’s Cuernavaca, Mexico CGEE Global Site.

Rafael Antonio Rodriguez (Music) will receive a $2,000 grant to support his work this summer with the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, an Augsburg partner institution.

Join CTL’s NAMI “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

Apply to be an Editor of the Echo

submitted by sosaz@augsburg.edu

The Echo is hiring for the next school year! If you are looking for a welcoming and supporting environment to be in while gaining experience in writing, editing, amplifying student voices, and keeping our community informed – this is the place for you!

Available positions are:
Opinions Editor
Arts & Culture Editor
News Editor
Features Editor
Managing Editor
Outreach Coordinator

For more information on position duties, check out our most recent posts on our Instagram page: @augsburg_echo

Interested individuals should send in a resume and a cover letter (or two page writing sample.) to echo@augsburg.edu before April 17th.

Thank you for your interest!
Zully Sosa, executive editor

Help Distribute Vaccines and Get One Too

submitted by clarkk@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Central Health Commons will be a hosting a vaccine event in downtown Minneapolis at Central Lutheran Church on Monday, April 19th and Monday, May 17th 9a-3pm. We are distributing the vaccines to marginalized communities in the area. We are looking for volunteers (both nurses and non-nurses) to help with the events of the day. Anyone who volunteers is eligible for a Pfizer vaccine. In order to receive the vaccine, you would need to be able to go to Central Lutheran Church on both dates to get both doses of the vaccine, but would only need to volunteer on one of the dates – not both. Email Katie Clark with questions clarkk@augsburg.edu. Sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/WDBQ4

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Fulbright Information Session Hosted by Fulbright

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Juniors, graduating seniors, and alums hear from Fulbright employees about the Fulbright US Student Program. In this program, you can teach English, study and/or do research in one of 140 countries, paid for by Fulbright. Learn from the experts about the program and application process.

This virtual session is April 19 at 3:00 pm.

Register Here

TutorMe Available to Students 24/7

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

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 9. 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/

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. Nominations are due on Friday, April 9!

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

Event Announcements

Come Celebrate the 14th Annual Lavender Celebration

submitted by oconnel6@augsburg.edu

The event will take place on Saturday, April 10th from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Chapel. This event will be held in person, simply RSVP on Auggie Life. You can also attend virtually through this link. The virtual event will be held, via webinar, with a recording available for view post-event.

We would love folks to attend in-person, as you feel comfortable, however you can always watch Lavender Celebration live, or the recording that will be available after.

RSVP on Auggie Life

Zyzzogeton Virtual Student Research Symposium is April 13

submitted by kundell@augsburg.edu

Augsburg celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments.

This year Zyzzogeton will be held virtually, with student posters available for viewing online and live Q & A sessions.

Live Session Schedule:
(Zoom links will be posted on the Symposium website)
3:00 – 3:20pm Biochemistry, Chemistry, MSCS, Physics
3:20 – 3:40pm Biology
3:40 – 4:00pm Social Sciences, Humanities
4:00 – 4:20pm Arts, Business, Exercise Science, Social Work

Please join us on Tuesday, April 13, 3 – 4:30pm at https://symposium.foragerone.com/zyzzogeton2021.

April 13th is Convocation schedule so there are no classes during Zyzzogeton, you can find the altered class times here: https://www.augsburg.edu/registrar/calendars/convoschedule/

Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event are encouraged to contact University Events at events@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

#StopAsianHate: APAHE National Summit

submitted by mitche13@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 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 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

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

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Dr. Joseph S. Francisco: Next Tuesday

submitted by mayper@augsburg.edu

Everyone is welcome to attend the Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Convocation next Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

BEAUTIFUL CLOUDS DROPLETS AND THEIR WONDERFUL ROLE IN MODULATING CHEMISTRY IN THE ATMOSPHERE

Dr. Joseph S. Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
11 – 11:45 a.m. Central
Format: Zoom Webinar

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