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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Athletic Dome Installation November 20 and Science 123 Classroom Updates

submitted by abounass@augsburg.edu

The date has been set for the new athletic dome to be installed. Weather permitting, it is set to be completed on Saturday, November 20.

The Science 123 renovation project continues to make progress. When completed, the classroom will include the addition of new tiered platforms, chairs, and new carpeting and paint. The audio visual equipment is being updated as well. It is anticipated the tiers will be completed this week to be followed by new carpet installation. Updates will continue to appear in A-Mail until the project is completed.

Buildings with HVAC systems have been upgraded with MERV-13 filters circulating fresh air 24 hours a day. In buildings without central HVAC systems, HEPA filtration units have been added in office spaces. There are also HEPA filtration units in classrooms.

For additional information you can visit the Facilities Management website listed below.

https://sites.augsburg.edu/facilities/

MnDot Road Updates

submitted by abounass@augsburg.edu

MnDot has opened the northbound side of the 25th Avenue bridge to traffic, the south side will remain closed at least until mid-October. Also, I94 west is closed between Highway 280 and 25th Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Wednesday, October 6 for repairs to the 25th Avenue bridge. This does include weekends. MnDot apologizes for any inconvenience.

Teaching and Learning

Attention New and Early Career Faculty: Save the Dates

submitted by martinka@augsburg.edu

Thanks everyone who replied to our survey. We have scheduled two gatherings based on people’s availability and interests.

*Thursday, October 7th at 8:30 AM meet up for coffee at Einstein Bro Bagels in the Christiansen Center.

*Tuesday, October 19th at 12 noon in the Quad to eat BYO lunch together.

We will have a back- up inside space reserved if the weather is not favorable to eating outside. We hope to see you there! -Trisha Hopkins-Smith and Katie Martin

Moodle Gradebook Drop-in Help Tuesday and Wednesday

submitted by tensen@augsburg.edu

The E-Learning Team is here to help you ensure your Moodle Gradebook is accurate in preparation for required Week 6 Advisory Grades reporting. Please feel free to email the E-Learning Specialist (Bonnie Tensen, tensen@augsburg.edu) or your LFC for help OR Zoom drop-in for gradebook help TOMORROW (Tuesday, 9/28 from 3:00-4:00) or Wednesday (9/29, 11:30-1:00).

Moodle Gradebook Drop-in Help Zoom link

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 Requirements

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

“Benign by Design: Green and Sustainable Organic Chemistry”

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

Please join Dr. MIchael Wentzel (CHM), recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship, who will present an overview of his research at Augsburg. This event will take place in the Marshall Room (Christensen Center) on Wednesday, September 29th from 3:30-4:30pm. This session is open to all Augsburg faculty, staff, and students.

CTL’s Guide for Adapting to Increases in Student Absences Due to COVID-19

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

In this time of COVID-19, there will likely be more student absences due to mandated quarantining and/or a positive COVID-19 test, even though a student feels well enough to continue in the class. Although the “best” way to address this situation depends upon the course structure, learning outcomes, and pedagogies used, CTL has put together some (mostly) universal “Do’s” and “Don’ts” that can maintain student learning and minimize any additional work (and stress!) for faculty. Please see the Guidelines linked below. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the CTL Fellows for a personal consultation! If they can’t help you create a possible solution, they can refer you to somebody who can.

CTL Guidelines during COVID

CTL Guidelines during COVID

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/

General Announcements

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Short-term study abroad & away programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something a little different! Summer 2022 has several short program options, each with different course choices, and you only commit to 2-3 weeks of travel. All programs fulfil the Augsburg Experience requirement. Check them out!

****Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, USA

One course opton: THR 295 – Art for Social Change, fulfills a Fine Arts requirement

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

Choose one course: Business, Economics, and Ethics in the Greek context: BUS 495, ECO 495, or Keystone 490

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

Choose one ART and one HIS course:

Innovation in the Netherlands – HIS 195 (fulfills Humanities requirement) or HIS 440 (upper elective)

and

Intro or Advanced Digital Photography – ART 133 (fulfills Fine Arts requirement) or ART 333

****Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA

Choose one course: MUS 374 or 474 – Music Therapy Practicum

Grad student course options: MUS 511 and/or MUS 582

****Augsburg in MEXICO

Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry

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 program details and apply online

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – App Due on October 5

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad applications are due October 5. This is for programs that start in Spring, summer, fall 2022, or go for the academic year 22-23.

Plan ahead to give yourself time to submit a solid application. Feel free to contact the Study Abroad & Away office if you have questions.

To be eligible for the Gilman 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

Have questions? Get in touch:

abroad@augsburg.edu or

studyabroad.augsburg.edu

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Short Study Away in NYC or Italy on Spring Break

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Did you know you can study off-campus on spring break!? Two spring semester programs have a travel component on spring break, with various course options for each, and both programs fulfills the Augsburg Experience requirement. These programs are open to students in good standing:

****ISLAM IN THE USA, traveling to NYC … choose one course:

HIS 195 (Humanities credit) or RLN 205 (Search for Meaning II credit)

see website, linked below, for full course and program details

****WRITING LA DOLCE VITA: FOOD, CULTURE AND ART IN ITALY … choose 1 or 2 courses:

ENL 221 – Writing about Art and Popular Culture
ENL 324 –Creative Non-Fiction
HIS 170 — Food: A Global History, fulfills a Humanities requirement
HIS 440 — Topics: Food: A Global History

see website, linked below, for full course and program details

Applications for these programs are due November 1 — 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.

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

Event Announcements

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

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome- Noon Today

submitted by oliverc@augsburg.edu

Please join the Steve Fund toady at noon, for a national conversation on identifying and combating the Imposter Phenomenon for college students of color!

Come learn about the impact and experience of Imposter Phenomenon on young people of color. Discover strategies, resources, and tools and techniques young people can use to deal with stress, anxiety and other negative mental health impacts associated with the phenomenon to promote healing, well-being, and mental health so they can survive and thrive in the college environment and as they enter the workforce.

This event is free and open to students of color in, or headed to, college, and all who support them, including family members, educators, and mental health professionals. Registration link below.

Featuring:

Dr. Kevin O. Cokley, Steve Fund Mental Health Expert, Chair-Elect, Department of Educational Psychology. University of Texas at Austin

Register here

Annual TriBeta Plant Sale this Thursday

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

Farewell Gathering Planned for Denielle Stepka TOMORROW

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.

New – Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Building Your Interfaith Strategy and Skillset

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: November 8, 2021 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST
Where: Online/Virtual Conference
Cost: $95
Presenters: Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)  |  Farah Siddiqui, Salesforce  |  Megan Hughes Johnson, Interfaith Youth Core

This event is part of The Forum’s new Professional Development Labs learning series. More information below.

Americans encounter more religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of life, yet religion is too often left out of the diversity conversation. Many of us are uncomfortable talking about religion at work because we are afraid of offending our colleagues or wading into uncertain legal territory, but engaging religious diversity can lead to stronger team culture and better relationships with clients and consumers. Join Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) for a Professional Development Lab that will give you the chance to explore issues of religious identity and diversity at work, develop your interfaith skillset, and create an action plan for how you will engage religious and secular identity in your workplace.

Learning Outcomes
1. Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace
2. Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture
3. Create a customized action plan for how to engage religious diversity productively in your workplace
 
About The Forum’s Professional Development Labs
Professional Development Labs (PDLs) are half-day interactive learning experiences intended to develop professional competencies that support leaders in reaching the next level in their DEI leadership. Unlike traditional workshop sessions, PDLs will be goal oriented and include personal and professional action and accountability planning for next level leadership. PDLs will be offered synchronously in varying formats (in-person, hybrid or virtual) based on CDC convening recommendations.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/dibs/engaging-religious-diversity-in-the-workplace-building-your-interfaith-strategy-and-skillset/

Forum Webinar Identifying and Eliminating Systemic Barriers to Employment for Immigrants and Refugees

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: October 21, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Introductory
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Lynn Thompson, Hospitality Career Pathway  |  Scarlett Xiong, Hospitality Career Pathway
Cost: Free

Register at, https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/identifying-and-eliminating-systemic-barriers-to-employment-for-immigrants-and-refugees/

Participants will be able to identify the unique barriers that immigrants and refugees face in employment. Learn creative and innovative ways the International Institute has found to address these barriers and help immigrants and refugees overcome them. Hear from employer partners who have benefited from trained employees as well as get a glimpse at the curriculum and employment navigation tools utilized in helping immigrants and refugees overcome barriers in order to achieve their dreams and goals. Finally, participants will be introduced to program participants who have benefited from the Hospitality Career Pathway.

Learning Outcomes
1. Identify barriers to employment for Immigrants and Refugees
2. Recognize the importance of employer partnerships in employment navigation
3. Understand the importance of a holistic approach to employment navigation

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/identifying-and-eliminating-systemic-barriers-to-employment-for-immigrants-and-refugees/

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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!