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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Timely Notice: Vehicle Thefts on the Minneapolis Campus

submitted by erchula@augsburg.edu

On September 29, Augsburg’s Department of Public Safety received multiple reports of vehicles being stolen out of Lot B between 11:00 A.M on September 28 and 11:00 A.M. on September 29. One report involved two vehicles which were left unlocked with the keys left in the vehicles; these vehicles were stolen between 6:15 A.M. and 6:20 A.M. on Wednesday September 29. A second report stated a single vehicle was taken between 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday September 28 and 11:00 A.M on Wednesday September 29. Both reports have been shared with the Minneapolis Police, who are actively investigating the thefts. No suspect descriptions are available at this time.

Augsburg Public Safety and the Minneapolis Police (MPD) are currently investigating these incidents. Anyone who may have information regarding these incidents is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

For the complete Timely Notice and Safety Tips, please visit the Augsburg Public Safety website.

Public Safety Website

Teaching and Learning

New – Forum Podcast, Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism Continued

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Samreen Vora (Children’s Minnesota) and Brittany Dahlen (Children’s Minnesota) answer questions from listeners that attended our August 19, 2021 webinar Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p76/

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Mexico – Semester or Summer

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Center for Global Education and Experience in Mexico offers Auggies the opportunity to spend a semester or summer in Mexico with a focus on experiential-style learning, social justice, and community connections. Classes are small and personalized, and programs in Mexico are among the most affordable of all our programs abroad. Check out the options:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

~~Liberal Arts, Migration, and Social Change semester (fall or spring)

~~Communication and Media studies (fall only)

~~Social Work in a Latin American Context (spring only)

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

~~Spanish Language and Culture (all levels of Spanish available)

~~Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership (upper level Spanish required)

APPLY BY

~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for summer or fall semester programs

Get more information and apply online

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

Study Abroad with Augsburg in Central America or Southern Africa

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Center for Global Education and Experience in Central America and Southern Africa offer Auggies the opportunity to spend a transformative semester immersed in community abroad. With a small cohort of peers, you will engage with the courses, the places you visit, and the people you meet. These programs are perfect for students who enjoy experiential, hands-on learning. The programs listed below are available in both fall and spring semesters. You can use all your financial aid, receive an automatic $1500 Travel Grant, and you can apply for additional scholarships, too!

Check out the options:

CENTRAL AMERICA: Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement

~~three countries in one semester: Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador

~~Courses in Spanish, Religion, History or Women’s & Gender Studies, and Political Science

~~Host family stays help you improve Spanish skills quickly

~~All courses in English, no Spanish knowledge required

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Nation Building and Decolonizing the Mind

~~travel to South Africa and Namibia in one semester

~~courses in History, Political Science, Religion, Environmental Studies, Wellness

~~Internships available in a variety of fields

APPLY BY

~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for fall semester programs

Get more information about classes and costs, and apply online here

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 guest host Sarah Degner Riveros at 4:30 this Friday to talk about the ups and downs of this not-so-normal year.

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

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/

Back in the Classroom: the Impact of COVID on Faculty

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

Please join Ellie Olson, Director of Augsburg’s Center for Wellness and Counseling, on Tuesday, October 5, from 3:45-4:45 pm for her Zoom session “Back in the Classroom: the Impact of COVID on Faculty”. Despite our desire to return to campus with a sense of comfort and predictability, this semester seems likely to be one of continuing challenge and transition. But we HAVE learned some things from the past eighteen months that we can use to our advantage. This session will create space for faculty to name and reflect on the emotional and cognitive impact COVID has had on them, with guidance on how to manage and respond to that impact as you enter the classroom again. The target audience for this session is teaching faculty and staff, but the session is open to all. This event will be hosted by Matthew Maruggi and Katie Clark, members of the Faculty Development Committee.

This session is part of the Faculty Development Committee’s “Promoting Faculty Balance” Series

Impact of COVID on Faculty Zoom link

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

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

General Announcements

September Auggie Pride Award Winners

submitted by voigtj@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to our two Auggie Pride Award winners for the month of September, Katie Detwiler and Jon Mergens, both staff members in the academic advising department. Katie and Jon have worked tirelessly in the last month to support new transfers, first-years, and returning students register for classes, navigate financial barriers, and prepare for the beginning of the semester. Academic advising is proud to have them here at Augsburg and our staff senate is happy to recognize their amazing work. Congratulations Katie and Jon!!

https://sites.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/

No Resume and Cover Letter Drop-in Hours from 9-12 p.m.

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

There will be no resume and cover letter drop in hours from 9am-12pm today (Friday, October 1st). We apologize for any inconvenience. However, you can still drop-in for a resume or cover letter review today from 12-2pm.

Online, on-demand resume and cover letter resources are available on Strommen Community Moodle.

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – App Due on Tuesday

submitted by hildena@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 hildena@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.

Employer Table TODAY: Aces 4 Kids

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Stop by and visit with representatives who are eager to meet Auggies on Thursday, September 30th 10:30-1:00 at a table in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) is an innovative out-of-school-time program that brings math and social-emotional learning to life for Twin Cities students. Our hands-on curriculum, individual mentorship, and once-in-a-lifetime field trip opportunities help students develop crucial academic and life skills – all through the exciting lens of sports. In partnership with Minnesota’s professional and collegiate sports teams, ACES is tackling the academic opportunity gap and preparing young learners to succeed in school, career, and community.

ACES is looking to hire staff 2021-2022 school year program. To learn more
https://aces4kids.org/program

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

HR and Payroll Forms Due Friday, October 1

submitted by greathou@augsburg.edu

HR or Payroll Forms
Please submit any change forms you may have for your benefits to HR by noon Friday, October 1st to be processed on the October 8th 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 assistance.

Reminder: You can access forms on the new HR Website which is linked below.

Time Sheets
Please submit your timesheet by the end of the day Friday, October 1st so your supervisor has time to approve it by the Monday, October 4th; 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 and cc Payroll for questions.

Thank you!
– Your HR & Payroll Team

Human Resources Website

Human Resources Website

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

submitted by hildena@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.

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – App Due on October 5

submitted by hildena@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

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

submitted by hildena@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

Remote Rocketry Lessons this Fall

submitted by stottrup@augsburg.edu

Would you like to take Remote Rocketry Lessons and learn to Build a High Powered Rocket! Learn valuable skills in engineering and design. Maybe even earn your own license in High Powered Rocketry.

Interested, join our first organizational meeting Wednesday, October 6th, Hagfors 150 B/C @10:35. For more information contact Stottrup@augsburg.edu .

Check out a previous launch video!

Check out a previous launch video!

Employer Table Today: ACES 4 Kids Hiring

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Stop by and visit with representatives who are eager to meet Auggies on Thursday, September 30th 10:30-1:00 at a table in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) is an innovative out-of-school-time program that brings math and social-emotional learning to life for Twin Cities students. Our hands-on curriculum, individual mentorship, and once-in-a-lifetime field trip opportunities help students develop crucial academic and life skills – all through the exciting lens of sports. In partnership with Minnesota’s professional and collegiate sports teams, ACES is tackling the academic opportunity gap and preparing young learners to succeed in school, career, and community.

ACES is looking to hire staff 2021-2022 school year program. To learn more
https://aces4kids.org/program

Big Interview – Virtual Practice Interview Tool

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you’re interviewing for a job or graduate school.

Big Interview is an online platform where you can practice answering real interview questions before you have to do the real thing.

About Big Interview
Have you ever wondered how to answer the question “What is your greatest weakness” or “Why do you want to work here”? On Big Interview you will get a chance to answer these questions and more. You can video record your responses to interview questions to review yourself or send to a friend to provide you with feedback.

Big Interview includes:
-A robust Video and Written Curriculum for both visual and auditory learners
-A Virtual Interview Practice Tool that mimics a real-life interview
-Artificial Intelligence that immediately evaluates answers and provides feedback for improvement
-Quizzes and Worksheets to reinforce learning
-A Resume Builder, templates, and lessons on writing and formatting a first resume
-Lessons on professional communication skills, workplace etiquette, social media presence, wardrobe, body language and much, much more

Click here to log into Big Interview. You will use your Augsburg University Credentials to log in.

Event Announcements

Fulbright Adventures in Finland: Mathematical Models from Soil to Satellite

submitted by dupont@augsburg.edu

All are welcome to join us for the upcoming mathematics colloquium presented by John Zobitz, Professor of Mathematics and Data Science.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:10 – 4:10 PM
Hagfors 150A

Fulbright adventures in Finland: Mathematical models from soil to satellite

The Fulbright program supports students and faculty to engage in international exchanges and scholarship abroad. Last year I was fortunate to travel abroad with my family (even during a pandemic!) to Finland to work on a project that developed mathematical models for soil carbon following forest fires. This project involved an interesting mix of mathematics, data science, and some extra persistence and perseverance. This talk will describe some of the lessons learned from Finland, describe the project results, and provide perspectives on how ecological data informs mathematical models.

Come for the opportunity to learn about a fascinating country and stay for some interesting data visualization!

TODAY: 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

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

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 be available and posted in advance.

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Isaac Tadé ’21

submitted by kipper@augsburg.edu

Isaac Tadé, “21 Biology, started dental school at the University of Minnesota where he received the Xhonga Scholarship, $60,000 over four years, and was also awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship which covers tuition and fees and provides a monthly stipend. The NHSC Scholarship requires a commitment to work in an underserved community which has always been Isaac’s goal.

Classifieds

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!

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