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Online/Hybrid/100-level Gradebook Checks

submitted by tensen@augsburg.edu

In the last 2 weeks, Instructors teaching online/hybrid or 100-level courses received an invitation to have a member of the E-Learning Team review your syllabus and Moodle gradebook to ensure they are in sync. If you have not responded and have any concerns about the accuracy of your Moodle gradebook set-up, we urge you to do so. We are eager to help!!

A Liberated Love Note – For Black Folks in DEI When “Doin’ The Work” No Longer Feels Like Enough

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Brittany J. Harris (also known as Brittany Janay) shares a thoughtful note of affirmation and loving accountability to Black folks working in DEI. The toll of working in DEI while Black is well documented and there are not many spaces that center the healing and nurturing that this toll calls for—particularly as Black practitioners work to dismantle the very same systems they too are impacted by.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p75/

Summer Language Study with Critical Language Scholarship

submitted by raym@augsburg.edu

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:
Azerbaijani
Bangla
Hindi
Indonesian
Persian
Punjabi
Swahili
Turkish
Urdu

Languages with one year prior study required:
Arabic
Korean
Portuguese
Russian

Languages with two years prior study required:
Chinese
Japanese

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact urgo@augsburg.edu (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 8th.

CLS Website

The Writing Center is Open

submitted by forsthj@augsburg.edu

The Writing Center is open! We are offering online tutoring for now, but will make face-to-face appointments available when we can. Online tutoring uses a combination of Google Docs and Zoom. We are open Sunday-Thursday 2-8pm. Please check out our website to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

https://sites.augsburg.edu/writingcenter/

The Return of Fellowship Fridays

submitted by robinson@augsburg.edu

How is the return to the not-so-normal classroom going? The pandemic is not over. Resilience is not a given, but we are all in this together and we need to get out of together. So, let’s get together and talk about it! Teaching staff and faculty join Bridget Robinson-Riegler, faculty member in the psychology department at 4:30 on Fridays (starting this Friday September 24) to talk about the ups and downs of this not-so-normal year. To make things totally inclusive, these meetings will happen on Zoom. The link should be included…

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/93915792817?pwd=M3NYWHlkSGtIK2tQM3JwU1JKNjBPUT09

Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

submitted by raym@augsburg.edu

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of six participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, University of Washington or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2022 and August 2023. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu and reference your interest in PPIA before October 1 to set up a meeting to learn more

Eligibility and Benefits

General Announcements

Due October 1 – Spring ‘22 Semester-long Study Abroad and Away Applications

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Applications for semester-long spring study abroad and away programs are due October 1. This includes all semester programs at Augsburg Exchange Partner and affiliate programs.

For semester programs at Augsburg CGEE locations in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa, October 1 is the priority deadline, with a final deadline of November 1.

Anyone with questions about semester-long study abroad programs should contact abroad@augsburg.edu

To search programs and get started, visit our website

2022 Student Leadership Applications Are Open

submitted by coleman7@augsburg.edu

Are you interested in a student leadership position for the 2022-2023 academic year? Apply to be an AugSem Leader, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Residence Life Lead, Pan-Asian Mentor, Pan-Asian Student Services Intern, Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor, and/or Strommen Peer Advisor today!

Click here to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15lLYLWMtvV6fFugtKPMlq_Fgk2-bn8GYaOTzjbNOCvM/edit ;

Applications are due by NOON ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15lLYLWMtvV6fFugtKPMlq_Fgk2-bn8GYaOTzjbNOCvM/edit ;

Back To School, Keep Your Cool 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

Campus Cupboard Fall Shopping Hours

submitted by wolfx@augsburg.edu

Campus Cupboard is NOW OPEN for in-person shopping hours: Mondays: 1-4pm and 5-7pm, Tuesdays: 9:30am-12pm, Wednesdays: 2-5pm, Thursdays: 10am-1:30pm. NEW location in Anderson Residence, room 26 (basement level). If you can’t make it to campus for in-person shopping, email campuskitchen@augsburg.edu to sign up for an off-campus grocery delivery. Campus Cupboard is a free groceries resource available to all Augsburg students.

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

It’s not too early to plan for summer. Short-term study abroad away programs programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, and have a unique, off-campus experience at the same time. Summer 2022 has several opportunities, each with different course options and locations, and only travels about 2-3 weeks. Check them out!

**Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, U.S.A.

**Economic Crisis, Small Business, and Ethics in GREECE

**Innovation & Design in the NETHERLANDS: Past & Present

**Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA

Applications for these programs are due January 31 — use the link below!

Got questions? Get in touch: abroad@augsburg.edu, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Get all the details and apply online at the Center for Global Education & Experience website.

Event Announcements

Farewell Gathering Planned for Denielle Stepka

submitted by swansonl@augsburg.edu

Come celebrate Denielle Stepka’s new career opportunity during an on-campus farewell event planned for Wednesday, September 29, from 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Denielle will be leaving her position as the Assistant Director of Marketing to pursue a new role with Wixon Jewelers. During her more than seven-year employment at Augsburg, Denielle has been exceptional at finding creative ways to enhance Augsburg’s print pieces, on-campus spaces, and digital properties through design. We thank her for years of dedication to Augsburg (and Luther Seminary!) and for the many ways she has supported students, faculty, and staff.

We intend to host a gathering outdoors on the quad for the university community. But, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll celebrate in the Christensen Center’s Student Art Gallery area instead.

Drop by, grab a sweet treat, and wish Denielle well.

Add the event to your calendar.

Auggie Connect – Sverdrup 102 on September 27

submitted by ccharles@augsburg.edu

Over the last school year, it felt difficult to connect and we are glad to be able to reconnect. Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities and is a space to gather, support one another and find community. Join CLASS staff Cassie Charles and your fellow Auggie students on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 PM. Meeting topics may include assistive technology, communicating effectively with instructors, managing stress and other topics of interest to you. Join us in person (Sverdrup 102 on 9/27, located near the Enrollment Center) or via Zoom. Contact ccharles@augsburg.edu for disability-related accommodations.
See you Monday!
Zoom Meeting ID: 930 1256 1020
Passcode: 787265

Join Zoom Meeting September 27

Info Session TODAY: Gilman Scholarship- Big $$$ for Study Abroad

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

The Gilman Scholarship is a study abroad scholarship of up to several thousand dollars! It’s a competitive scholarship, but Auggies have a good track record of being awarded. Come to one of the Gilman Scholarship info sessions to learn more about study abroad, the scholarship, and tips for submitting a competitive application.

GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP INFO SESSIONS

Wednesday Sept 22, 3:30-4:30pm in OGC 100

Thursday, Sept 23, 3:45-4:45 pm in OGC 100

To be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, a student must be a U.S. citizen and receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or during the term of the study abroad program or internship.

Gilman Scholarship applications are ***due October 5*** for study abroad in spring 2022, summer or fall/academic year 2022. March 1 deadline for summer and fall 2022 programs and beyond.

Have questions? Get in touch:

abroad@augsburg.edu or

studyabroad.augsburg.edu

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, October 5

submitted by bergc2@augsburg.edu

The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

All Things Are New: The Language of Our Life in the Face of Empire

Brian Bantum, PhD
Neil F. And Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

It’s difficult to remember a time when there was order and expectation. Uncertainty and chaos feel like the norm. Problems seem too big to overcome, and words are too weak to point a way forward. How do we speak of God? How do we live in the face of chaos? As we begin a new season, let us reflect on a God who creates in the chaos and becomes flesh in the face of empire.

Brian Bantum, PhD, writes, speaks, and teaches on identity, racial imagination, creating spaces of justice, and the intersection of theology and embodiment for audiences around the United States. He is a contributing editor of The Christian Century and is the author of “Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity,” “The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World,” and “Choosing Us: Marriage and Mutual Flourishing in a World of Difference,” which he co-authored with his spouse, Gail Song Bantum.

About the Christensen Symposium

The Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
• Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
• Diversity strengthens vital communities.
• Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
• The love of Christ draws us to God.
• We are called to service in the world.

Livestream link will also be available and posted in advance

Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in the Somali Community

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Thursday, September 30 at 4-5 pm
Webinar sponsored by Interfaith at Augsburg and Muslim Student Association with thanks to the Batalden Ethics Grant

Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by MSA president Sharmarke Omar with:

Imam Abdisalam Adam, Islamic Civic Society of America; Assistant Principal of Highland High School in St. Paul; former Augsburg Interfaith Fellow
Farhia Budul, CPRS, CPP, FPRS, Founder, Niyyah Recovery Initiative
Niyyah Recovery Initiative (NRI) is the first Recovery Community Organization in the nation to provide culturally responsive peer recovery support, education, awareness and advocacy in the East African immigrant, refugee, and Muslim population in Minnesota.
Cadnaan Deeq, former Augsburg student

Description:
At a time when the local Somali community is facing a crisis of opioid addiction, we will hear the perspectives of a community leader and educator, an expert in culturally responsive peer recovery support, and a student. In addition to learning more about the crisis we will focus on ways religious communities, health care providers and Augsburg are responding and might collaborate in the future. There will be time for questions from participants.

Registration

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://augsburg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lEW5MOKmTZqlCv-eLEEPxQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Interfaith at Augsburg

Tour Kennedy/Si Melby with the Staff Senate on October 6

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Curious about Augsburg’s athletic facilities and how you can use them? Never been able to find the locker room in Kennedy Center? Excited to see the new sports medicine space? On October 6, the Staff Senate invites you on a tour of Athletics buildings. Meet Jackie Voigt, the assistant women’s basketball coach, and other members of the staff senate at 1:00 pm in the lobby of Kennedy for a half-hour tour of the athletic facilities.

2021-22 Staff Senate Members

Joel Enriquez Blas, Registrar’s Office
Christopher Bogen, Institutional Advancement
Janice Dames, Campus Ministry – Co-chair
Deanna Davis, Professional Studies – Co-chair
Kate Gray, Strommen Center
Jackie Voigt, Athletics

Staff Senate

Blessing of the Animals – Photos Requested

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

On Friday, October 1, Campus Ministry will have a Blessing of the Animals service in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am as we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. Our service will include a lively blessing ritual of animals and pets to honor St. Francis’ devotion to all God’s creatures.

We invite students, staff, and faculty to bring their animals for a blessing that morning, but we would also like to have a slideshow of some of our dear animal friends. If you have an animal friend or pet that you would like to have in the slideshow, please send a photo to Janice Dames at dames@augsburg.edu by Wednesday, September 29.

Annual TriBeta Plant Sale

submitted by vaneck@augsburg.edu

TriBeta and the Biology Dept. Greenhouse are holding their annual plant sale!

Date: Thursday, September 30
Time: 10 a.m. — 3 pm.
Where: Lobby of the Christensen Center

Stop by and pick up a new green friend for your dorm room or office windowsill! We’ll have a great selection of easy-care species, string plants, succulents, carnivorous plants, and even a few sought-after aroids. We have very limited numbers of the most desirable plants, so get there early!

Cash only. Plant prices start at $5, and earnings go directly toward supporting TriBeta and Greenhouse activities.

Detailed plant sale flyer

TOMORROW-Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance 15th Annual Kick-Off

submitted by brookinj@augsburg.edu

Friday September 24, 2021 6pm – 8pm (CST)

Join the Minnesota’s Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA) for our 15th Annual Kick-Off! Zoom in to hear our featured guest speakers, Dr. Maria Uloko, MD, a Gopher Alum and host of the podcast Battle Cry, and Haley Carrero, Accenture, a former LS-NSSA Scholar. Also you will learn about helpful resources and opportunities within the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance, and get a chance to listen to our scholars as they present the research they’ve been working on this past year. Get pumped for the academic year with us, and find out how LS-NSSA can support your journey in STEM! .

The Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA) is a 14-member partnership among Minnesota colleges, universities, and community organizations committed to supporting multicultural students towards bachelor’s degrees in STEM.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, 3M Foundation, and Alliance partner institutions.

Zoom link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/94071414973?
pwd=ODlzY0NoWTdyMllyVWZYa3FlN1Vjdz09
Meeting ID: 940 7141 4973
Password: V9F85A

Psychology Club Introductory Meeting Thursday, September 23

submitted by denkinge@augsburg.edu

The psychology club is back, and this open session sets the stage for club’s epic return. Whether you’re a psychology or biopsychology major, or are just interested in learning more about the field, we welcome everyone to join!

You’ll be able to meet two faculty advisors (Alex Ajayi & Ben Denkinger), and get a chance to meet other students interested in psychology. We’ll talk about some upcoming events and opportunities, gather your suggestions and ideas for events, and identify those who are interested in taking on student leadership positions.

We will meet on Thursday, 9/23, from 11:30 am – 12pm in Hagfors 252 in the psychology wing. We hope to see you there!

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Personal Care Assistants Needed

submitted by barrienb@augsburg.edu

Hi! My name is Bella and I am a second 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 some hours during this Fall semester! 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! Receive a 500 dollar bonus if you work until the end of the semester.

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!