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Nine Augsburg Faculty Receive Augsburg Grants to Support Their Scholarship in 2021-2022

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Nine Augsburg faculty from eight different programs have been awarded a total of almost $22,000 in Scholarship Grants to support their professional work during the 2021-2022 academic year. Each Spring, the Faculty Development Committee reviews faculty requests for the available scholarship funds provided by Augsburg University and selects projects which provide the maximum benefit to faculty, students, the university, and the faculty member’s discipline. Congratulations to all 2021-2022 recipients!

Kristina Boerger (MUS) $150.00
Jacqui deVries (HIS) $2,000.00
Lori Brandt Hale (REL) $4,000.00
Annie Heiderscheit (MUS) $1,685.00
Abby Hughes-Scalise (PRP) $3,165.00
Ibrahim Keita (ECO) $2,500.00
Tara Mader (HPE) $3,000.00
Erin Sugrue (SWK) $2,250.00
Belize Torres Narváez (THR) $3,000.00

3 Days in May: Request for Proposals (Due TOMORROW)

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

TOMORROW is Fellowship Friday

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)

Updates from the Academic Affairs Committee

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

The following proposals were approved at the Monday, April 12 AAC Meeting:

-HPE 204: New Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology course.
-Creative Writing Minor: Checklist revisions
-AugEx 5: Gay in the BWCA, An Immersive Experience: Augsburg Experience Option
-KEY 490: Addition of prerequisite courses
-BUS 301: Addition of prerequisite courses
-ACC 322/ACC 323/ACC 324/ACC 326/ACC 423/ACC 425: Ability to have the courses taught in Hybrid and/or Online modalities.

The committee was also updated on upcoming proposals for a Minor Curricular Standards Policy, as well as a policy for Student-Designed Minors.

Jenny Hanson, Chair of the TEL subcommittee, was on-hand to introduce TEL’s proposal to become a standing committee. This proposal will be voted on by AAC at the next meeting on April 26. AAC also approved TEL’s recommendation to allow for flexibility in teaching modalities through this Summer and Fall, with a necessary modality approval process being brought for Spring 2022 (2021 Sem 2).

Information on AAC can be found at https://inside.augsburg.edu/facultysenate/aac/. There you will find meeting minutes, proposal information, and a summary of committee approvals (also linked below).

AAC Proposal Tracking Summary

General Announcements

Personal Care Assistants 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 starting May 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!

Applications are Now Open for the 2021-22 AugSTEM Scholars Program

submitted by mayper@augsburg.edu

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

Eligibility:
– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2021 (graduating by December ‘23)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Thursday, May 13 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Tuesday, May 25 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to: http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem.
Questions? Contact: stem@augsburg.edu.

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Let us know you’re interested!

Staff Appreciation Award Nominees

submitted by vanclev1@augsburg.edu

Hello Augsburg staff members,

The Staff Senate invites you to join us on May 10 to celebrate Augsburg staff! This year, we will be hosting the Staff Appreciation event on YouTube to appreciate the 2020-21 recipients of the Outstanding Newcomer Award and the five Outstanding Staff Awards. Here is a list of the nominees:

Newcomer Nominees:
Kate Gray, Career Specialist, Strommen Center
Adrienne Kuchler Eldridge, Program Director, AYTI & Public Church Scholars
Aliza Verma, Program Specialist, PA Program
Marilyn Wetterer, Academic Liaison for Computing

Outstanding Staff Nominees:
Tina Brauer, Administrative Assistant, Music Department
Beth Carlson, Assistant Director, Center for Wellness & Counseling
Rev. Babette Chatman, University Pastor, Campus Ministry
Dianne Detloff, Administrative Program Coordinator, Center for Wellness and Counseling
Chris Dixon, Director of Athletic Diversity & Inclusion/Track & Field Assistant Coach
Andrea Dvorak, Associate Director of Off-Campus Study, Center for Global Education and Experience
Mulu Erana, Custodian, Facilities Management
Mike Fetting, Program Coordinator, Student Affairs
Nancy Guilbeault, Director, Center for Wellness & Counseling
Jack Hein, Assistant Director for Events and Engagement
Dan Malvin, System Administrator, Information Technology
Bryan Massich, Facilities Operations Manager
Susan Peacock, Coordinator of Custom Short Term Programs, Center for Global Education and Experience
Denielle Stepka, Assistant Director of Marketing

Nominated, but not eligible:
Alex Abraha, Assistant Director of Campus Life (last day on April 30)
Deanna Davis, Program Coordinator and Academic Advising, Professional & Graduate Studies (Staff Senator)
Alicia Quella, Program Director and Department Chair, PA Program (Faculty)

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Thank you for all you do for Augsburg.

– Augsburg Staff Senate

Congratulations to FEA Scholarship Winner Sahra Mohamed

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce that Sahra Mohamed has been selected to receive a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarship to study abroad in Jordan! Sahra is a International Relations / Business Administration Major and plans to study Arabic next summer 2022. Sahra is one of 91 winners across the US this award cycle. You can read more about her plans on the FEA website:

https://fundforeducationabroad.org/author/sahra-mohamed/

The Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

Congrats Sahra!

Mark your calendars now! Spring Semester 2022 study abroad students can apply for FEA scholarships beginning July 1.

Click here for more information about FEA

Graduating? Let Staffing Agencies Help You for Free

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Are you graduating this Spring, Summer or in December 2021?

Are you seeking a full-time entry level job and feeling anxious about the job search? You are not alone, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. The Strommen Career & Internship Center invites you to attend a small virtual Staffing Agency Fair powered by Handshake on Friday, April 30th.

Staffing Agencies participating in our fair specialize in working with students who have been out of college for three years or less. They specialize in recruiting and staffing for a single industry or location. These agencies are able to better understand the qualifications that candidates possess to help match them with an organization/position that’s a good fit for them. For new grads working with a staffing agency is a great way to strengthen your resume. In many cases the only way to get hired by larger employers is when you go through a staffing agency.

This fair is an opportunity for you to learn how staffing agencies can help YOU! There is NO fee paid by the candidate, so what do you have to lose?

Register for a group session where you will learn about the company and their process for helping recent grads find work or schedule 1:1 session with a representative to learn more about how they can assist you in your entry-level job search!

If you have questions, please email careers@augsburg.edu

Strommen Career & Internship Staff

Register and Learn More

Join The ASAC Board (Paid Position)

submitted by eppsflj@augsburg.edu

Are you looking to expand your resume and build lasting connections all at once? Then ASAC is the board for you. Join our dynamic team: The Augsburg Student Activity Council. Our board is awarded the largest student org. budget to create and host events to keep Augsburg entertained and engaged. Apply Below! The application closes on April 24th!

ASAC Board Application

Introducing Your 2021-2022 Christensen Scholars

submitted by myers@augsburg.edu

I am pleased to announce the following students have been selected as the 2021-2022 Christensen Scholars Cohort. Congratulations!

Yordi Adenew
Renee Christensen
Dagmawi Girma
Emma Jones
Ed Loubaki
Anaiya Martin
Nadine Miller
Grace Muchahary
Hope Mwalilino

The Christensen Scholars program provides a unique opportunity for students to discuss and explore theology, faith, vocation, and the call to be neighbor in a small, supportive seminar setting. Thanks to additional generous donor support, the 2021-2022 Christensen Scholars will also be eligible for part-time paid community-based learning experiences to accompany their classroom learning. Learn more at: www. augsburg.edu/ccv/christensen-scholars-program/

Christensen Scholars Program

Be a Smart Student Using 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

HR and Payroll Forms Deadline: TOMORROW at Noon

submitted by cswanson@augsburg.edu

HR or Payroll Forms:
Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon Friday, April 16 to be processed on the April 23 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 timesheet 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

QIPOC Is Now Accepting Nominations

submitted by jenkinsm@augsburg.edu

Are you a Queer Person of Color and want to get involved on campus? Currently, QIPOC is accepting nominations to serve on the QIPOC board. This is a great opportunity to get active within the community and help make Augsburg an even more inclusive, welcoming space for QIPOC students! If you are interested, please nominate yourself by applying through the nomination form attached. Nominations are open until Friday, April 23rd. Elections are held Monday April 26-30th.

QIPOC Nomination Form

Mural Being Painted in Old Main Tunnels

submitted by goldh@augsburg.edu

Keep your eyes peeled for wet paint. A graphic design class, Graphic Systems, is helping transform the tunnels under Old Main into an aesthetic and thought-provoking space. We brought this to the Campus Design Committee of the University Council, and they approved the project because of the moment we’re in where so many students, faculty, and staff miss campus, and the fact this particular class has the opportunity to do something special to welcome folks back, whenever they might return. Please be careful and avoid touching the wet paint as we transform this space into something the whole community can enjoy. Updates about the project will be available in the Facilities blog shared via A-mail usually on Tuesdays.

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

submitted by tarisl@augsburg.edu

The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Learn more and apply here

Event Announcements

Mindfulness Earth Day Yoga Meditation Event

submitted by carreraa@augsburg.edu

In honor of Earth Day, The Environmental Action Committee is hosting an Earth Day themed mindfulness mediation event led by Foundations of Wellness yoga instructor Tara Mader. Join us for a relaxing, stress-relief session and come get a free journal!

The event is being held in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center on Tuesday, April 20th from 10:00-10:30AM.

Minneapolis City Issues: Info Session

submitted by tarisl@augsburg.edu

Thursday, April 15th- Join the Sabo Center for an info session centering initiatives to create change in our city in the areas of public safety and affordable rent.

We will be joined by Elliot Altbaum, an organizer with ISAIAH to help us learn about what these initiatives mean for us and for community members around us. Event is via Zoom.

Learn more and register here

Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open

submitted by mayper@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MnTech member companies.The Minnesota Technology Foundation supports diversity in this application and award process.

Eligibility requirements:
– Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
– Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
– Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
– Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2021 and presented to recipients at Minnesota Technology Association Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.

The application period for the MnTech Foundation 2021 scholarships is open until May 15th, 2021. For more information on the scholarship and instructions to apply, please visit the MnTech website.

MnTech Website

Late Night Breakfast Tues. April 20

submitted by johns184@augsburg.edu

Late Night Breakfast

Celebrate the end of the academic year with this end-of-the-semester Augsburg tradition.

Tuesday, April 20, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in The Commons. Free to students with an Augsburg ID. A Visa gift card will be raffled that evening.

In addition to the more standard breakfast items served, we will have a Zucchini and Tomato Frittata, French Toast, and a BANANA SPLIT STATION.

The banana split station will be at the soft serve ice cream machine. Our staff members will be building your banana split to your desires. Choose any or all of the following; waffle wedge, bananas, cherries, jimmies, crushed pineapple, chocolate syrup, whipped cream…

Also available:
Vegan ice cream
Gluten free waffles
French Toast
Tater Tots
Scrambled Eggs
Beef Sausage Patties (halal)
Pork Sausage Links
Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Fresh Baked Pastries

We hope to see everyone in the dining hall.

 

Music Therapy Study Session

submitted by springfa@augsburg.edu

Come join us for a virtual study session leading into finals! This Friday, the 16th from 2-5pm, Surround yourself with other people who are also studying to peer pressure yourself into getting work done. Breakout rooms can be opened for anyone that needs peer-to-peer help, tutoring, or discussion.

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/96454556205?pwd=OHRxVlA5Ym10L1dGZFNZdmlrRWc1dz09

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