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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Vaccine Appointments Still Available for Thursday

The People’s Center Clinic (across Riverside Avenue from Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus) still has vaccine appointments available for Augsburg students, faculty or staff on April 22/May 20. This is a 2-dose Moderna vaccination; participants need to be available on BOTH dates (the dates are not flexible) in order to be scheduled. To request an appointment:

1) Download and complete this PDF patient form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12e5zkH5pev6j7Lbn1MRohgldKMEu8PCY/view?usp=sharing

2) Respond to the required questions and upload your completed PDF patient form using this Google form (Augsburg login required):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSez1hzw29Kjx0Let5q1sjRHbJRv4W1WFOObQI4F3C_DvHIBvA/viewform

The People’s Center Clinic will call individuals in the order that they receive the completed forms to confirm appointment times on the two dates. You can also confirm an appointment for yourself or a loved one by volunteering for a shift on one of the two vaccination days. More information here: https://amail.augsburg.edu/2021/04/16/help-others-get-their-vaccine-and-get-yours-too/

Volunteer and Get a Vaccine Appointment for Yourself or a Loved One

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Sign up to be a volunteer at a vaccine event at People’s Center (425 20th Ave S). Volunteers are needed Thursday, April 22 and Thursday, May 20. Shifts are 3.5 hours. Everyone who volunteers can either sign up to receive a vaccine or can give the opportunity to a loved one (Moderna). Volunteer tasks consist of directing people where to go, assisting people with form help and other activities on site. Sign up to volunteer here: https://volunteersignup.org/Y7KFQ. Once you sign up for a shift please send your paperwork to Sarah Cash-Darvell, cashdar@augsburg.edu.

We also are in need of nurse vaccinators to distribute the vaccines. There will be a NP on site to monitor people post-injection. Nurses please sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/YK8JX

paperwork: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lepjWiR-3h_dF7XbcCOUN_xW29JXHIJJ/view?usp=sharing

Teaching and Learning

Augsburg Faculty Recognized for their Distinguished Contributions in Service

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Here are the Service Awardees:

Distinguished Contribution in Service (Community-Focused)
Kathleen (Katie) Clark, Nursing and Executive Director of the Health Commons
“Many of those served by the Health Commons are living on the streets of Minneapolis or are marginally housed. Katie figured out a way to continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic — she started seeing visitors outside, continuing to distribute hygiene kits and delivering food to encampments and to those who tested positive for COVID and were not allowed into the shelters. George Floyd used to visit the Augsburg Central Health Commons. Although Katie didn’t know him well, the continuing efforts of the Health Commons in the community are dedicated to the memory of George. The fight for justice will not end.”

Distinguished Contribution in Service (University-Focused)
Jenny Hanson, Communication Studies
“During these extraordinary times, Jenny has gone to extraordinary lengths to serve our students, faculty, and staff. Jenny has worked tirelessly over the past year, as the university pivoted and faculty and staff needed resources to provide high-quality remote learning and services. She provided exemplary service to the Augsburg community through her work on policy development and best emerging practices for remote teaching and learning, all in the midst of a global pandemic. The positive impact of Jenny’s service will be experienced by our students, faculty, and staff well into the future.”

Augsburg Faculty Member Recognized for Distinguished Contributions in Scholarship

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship : Michael Wentzel; Chemistry
“Michael’s many research projects focus on “green chemistry”: how to make useful chemicals in ways that protect the environment, are affordable and are accessible. In 2019 he won the American Chemical Society Environmental Improvement Award for developing “Sustainable Chemistry at Augsburg University inspired by the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion.” Students actively seek to join his research because they resonate with the green chemistry goals. Michael provides a crucial research experience for students, and students have an opportunity to make a difference with their work.”

Augsburg Faculty Recognized for Distinguished Contributions in Teaching

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Augsburg annually recognizes teaching faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment through awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to the 2021 Awardees!

Here are the Teaching Awardees:

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching (Full-Time Faculty Member)
Jacqueline deVries; History
“Professor deVries is an outstanding colleague who has modeled exemplary teaching during her time at Augsburg. She sets high standards and builds courses carefully to encourage student development.Jacqui is dedicated to interdisciplinary curricula that extends beyond the classroom and across the globe. Over her tenure at Augsburg Jacqui has introduced or invented at least nine new courses, broadening the range of course offerings to meet changing student interest and needs. Her consistent willingness to create new teaching and learning experiences benefits students and the University alike.”

Distinguished Contribution in Teaching (Adjunct Faculty Member)
Anna Bonderson; Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
“Anna approaches each student with respect and support. She helps each student identify and remedy their gaps or misunderstanding through clearly-explained, relevant examples. Anna does an exceptional job of teaching and she cares deeply about student learning. As one student said: “Professor Bonderson is an amazing professor. She genuinely cares about all of her students and she went above and beyond to prepare us for each exam. She is the kind of professor who will not let a student fail if the student advocates for themself. I LOVED her class even though I hate math.”

Eight Augsburg Faculty Receive Augsburg Grants to Support Course Design This Summer

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

Eight Augsburg faculty from seven different programs have been awarded a total of $14,500 in Instructional Course Design (ICD) Grants to support their development or major revision of a course. Each year, the selected ICD cohort attends workshops that focus on creating courses that provide more inclusive classroom experiences, active and experiential learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary and/or problem-based modes of inquiry for students. Congratulations to all 2021-2022 recipients!

Beliza Torres Narváez THR268: Queer Theatre and Performance
Lindsay Starck ENL330: Shakespeare
Joseph Towle SPA332: Latin American Civilizations and Cultures
James Vela-McConnell SOC390: Intersections of Race and Immigration
Ben Denkinger, Henry Yoon PSY105: Psychology in a Post-Pandemic World
Leon van Eck BIO444: Genomics and Biotechnology
Mary Lowe RLN205: Trauma and Religions: Texts, Critiques, and Strategies

General Announcements

Voices

submitted by chopraa@augsburg.edu

Dear Auggies,
We hope your family & you all are doing well.

We are Voices! A campaign based on raising awareness for POC communities. Our target is to provide solutions to their problems and spread awareness regarding their issues in our world right now. To participate, feel free to share stories of your experiences, and helplines which could support our page! Join us on our journey to bring awareness and support us by following our pages Facebook & Instagram.

Facebook page link- https://www.facebook.com/OurVoices786/
Instagram page username- voices.united_

#WhereStoriesMatterAndVoicesAreHeard

Facebook page Instagram page

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

Faculty and Staff: Submit a Message to Auggies by Noon

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Faculty and staff are invited to submit short messages of support for students as we end this particularly challenging academic year via the Google Form linked below. The messages will be displayed in the digital screens around campus during the Late Night Breakfast and for the rest of that week.

Please keep the quotes short (40 word limit) and include your name and title.

Thanks!

Google Form

Join Model UN in Chicago This Fall

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Apply now to take the fall semester Model United Nations course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the American Model United Nations from November 20-23, 2021, held in Chicago, IL.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in November. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The fall 2021 Augsburg delegation will be representing the countries of Guatemala, Namibia and Sweden. In addition, a focus of the class will also be the study of indigenous peoples and their connection to the United Nations, with emphasis on Canadian First Nations.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

Priority Application deadline is May 1, 2021 to apply on the Study Abroad/Away site.

Prerequisite: students must complete the POL 160 course before Fall 2021, or have relevant equivalent academic experience.

For more information, contact Professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to Chicago.

Apply by Priority deadline of May 1!

Last Week of Strommen Virtual Resume and Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

This is the last week to get your resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a trained Strommen Career Peer Advisor. 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

There will be no virtual resume and cover letter drop-in hours with Career Peer Advisors during finals week or over the summer break. Please note: Appointments with career coaches will be available during finals week and the summer break.

Schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake.

PASU Board Applications are to on Friday: The Flyer is Attached

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

Hi Auggies, today is the last day to run for positions within the Pan-African Student Union. All positions are open for the 2021-2022 school year, find the sign up sheet here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfb7XnbAboBTpaiViYkuYZ80iZGzD9gdxHHonBeBrIjQMZ_PQ/viewform–

Reminder Students: Register Your Internship

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Have you secured a summer 2021 or fall 2021 internship? If yes, consider registering your experience for academic credit or for 0-Credit Augsburg Experience.

Internship registration (including Augsburg Experience internship registration) is a two-step process. Fill out the Internship Site Agreement Form and the Internship Registration Form on the Strommen Center website to receive the Augsburg Experience graduation requirement.

Please contact strommen.internships@augsburg.edu with internship-related questions.

Learn More and Register Your Internship

Congratulations Staff Appreciation Award Nominees

submitted by vanclev1@augsburg.edu

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 celebrate work anniversaries, recognize Diversity and Inclusion Certificate recipients, and appreciate the 2020-21 recipients of the Outstanding Newcomer Award and the five Outstanding Staff Awards.

Here is a list of the award 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

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 Nomiations Form

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

Event Announcements

Chapel: Shevon Greene ’21

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Campus Ministry invites you to chapel in Hoversten Chapel or on Zoom this morning at 11:30 a.m. for Shevon Greene’s senior chapel.
https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/95460363994?pwd=S1lSdks0T1cvcm96ZDNTRTlmYndUUT09
The bulletin for today is available online.
http://web.augsburg.edu/campusministry/Daily_Chapel_Bulletins/2020-21_Bulletins/2021-04-20_Chapel_bulletin.pdf

Late Night Breakfast is TONIGHT

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Attend 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.

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Earth Day Mindfulness Yoga Event TODAY

submitted by carreraa@augsburg.edu

In honor of Earth Day, ADSG’s 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 TODAY @10:00-10:30AM.

Hybrid All Hands Meeting on May 6

submitted by wegenke@augsburg.edu

The final All Hands Meeting of the 2020-21 year will be Thursday, May 6 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held as a hybrid event, both in Hoversten Chapel and via Zoom. While we normally hold a longer, strategy-focused All-Hands Planning Summit at the end of the year, we have decided to move our summit conversation to the fall and use this opportunity to report on the significant accomplishments of the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty and staff can email events@augsburg.edu to reserve an in-person spot. Space will be limited; the maximum capacity of the chapel under current structured event guidelines is 58. Faculty and staff can also register to join the webinar on the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg (log in required).

Inside Augsburg

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

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/

Forum Webinar, Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: May 27, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: Global Diversity
Presenter: Luiza Dreasher, Mastering Cultural Difference
Cost: Free, $15 Suggested Donation

With the trend toward a more diverse workforce continuing, so are the ways we conduct business. In the past, most U.S. businesses functioned primarily within our borders. Today, globalization is proving to be a huge game changer for many companies, big and small. With globalization and increased immigration, the potential for misunderstandings in the workplace is really high. First, language differences may lead to miscommunication and misinterpretation. Second you fail to take into account significant cultural differences. For example, during a performance review, you provide constructive criticism to an employee with the intent of helping him improve his performance. Later on you learn that he quit his job because of the shame and loss of face your feedback caused. In this interactive Webinar, you will understand the impact of cultural differences in the workplace and learn strategies to bridge those differences effectively.

Learning Outcomes
Learn the importance of paying attention to cultural differences in the workplace
Recognize differences in communication styles
Apply strategies to communicate effectively with a global workforce

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/mastering-cultural-differences-strategies-for-leading-a-global-workforce/

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!

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