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Earn Credits by Studying Abroad in Summer 2022

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Summer study abroad & away programs are a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something 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.

—————–Apply to the following programs by January 31——————–

****Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, USA
One course option: 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

—————Apply for the following programs by March 1———————

****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 and Culture (all levels of Spanish available) – 4 study dates available during the summer

+Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership: June 8 – July 31 8 credits
Spanish 218: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
SPA/INS 399: Clinical Observership (prerequisite: 3 semesters of college level Spanish, or through SPA212, or instructor’s permission, or native speaker of Spanish )

+Spanish for Ministry & Public Theology: June 8 – July 24 8 credits
SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits) and
SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry (4 credits) upper level sections available for both classes.

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

Forum Podcast Ep. 78: ERGs – An Untapped Resource Worthy of Your Investment

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Graciela Meibar (Graciela Meibar Consulting) and Jane Hyun (Hyun & Associates) explore the value Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) bring to an organization like developing internal talent, providing insights on sensitive DEI matters, and more.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p78/

Augsburg Is a 20-Year Top Producer of Gilman Scholars

submitted by dvorak@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University was recognized last week by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for being a top producer of Gilman Scholarship winners
over the last 20 years in the “small institutions” category.

60 Augsburg students have used Gilman awards toward a study abroad experience since 2001!

This amazing accomplishment would not have been possible without the dedication of MANY people on campus to Gilman’s mission to make study abroad more accessible and inclusive. Special thanks to Leah Spinosa de Vega for recognizing the potential for Gilman winners at Augsburg many years ago, and putting the building blocks in place. Thanks also to all the staff in the TRIO office for collaborating on workshops each semester and tirelessly identifying and encouraging great applicants. Their work to promote student success stories has helped more Auggies SEE themselves as a Gilman winner.

Even during this pandemic time when many study abroad experiences have been interrupted and even Gilman awards were not available due to COVID, Augsburg staff and faculty can be proud that so many Auggies have had transformative experiences abroad thanks to Gilman scholarships.

Established in 2001, the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s inception, more than 34,000 Gilman Scholars have studied or interned in more than 155 countries.

Learn more about Gilman Scholarships!

General Announcements

Congrats Auggies – Student Voting Rates Went Up

submitted by eschenba@augsburg.edu

Every four years the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education publishes reports on voting rates for colleges and universities, and the 2020 report just came out last week. Augsburg’s report shows that our student voting rate went up 3.7% from 2016 to 2020, and 77.3% of eligible Augsburg students voted compared to 66% of college and university students nationwide.

Let’s keep our numbers growing as we demonstrate high participation in this aspect of civic engagement. Remember: tomorrow is the last day to vote in the 2021 elections, and you can register the same day.

Where to Find Human Resources Information

submitted by robaka@augsburg.edu

Hello! We have been receiving many inquiries regarding how to locate/fill out forms, access employee resources, and receive general HR help; Augsburg HR wants everyone to be aware of the many self-serving resources on the Human Resources page in AugNet (inside.augsburg.edu). All necessary forms can be found at (https://sites.augsburg.edu/hr/forms/) where they can be downloaded as a PDF, populated online, and re-submitted to our secure drive at (https://augsburg.leapfile.net).

Additionally, when looking for specific help or questions that you did not find the answer to on our site, you can seek help by emailing one of the specific inboxes below:
studentemployment@augsburg.edu ~ Student Employment positions, info, questions
payroll@augsburg.edu ~ Timesheets, adjustments, general payroll questions
hr@augsburg.edu ~ General questions for Human Resources and info

By sending your question through email to the pertinent inbox it allows the appropriate team member to see and generally respond faster to your inquiries.

We are here to help and serve YOU!

Human Resources Portal

Meet with a Strommen Career Peer Advisor for a Resume and/or Cover Letter Review

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

Stop in the Strommen Center (Christensen Center, Suite 100. Across from Einstein’s) and meet with our Career Peer Advisors for a resume or cover letter review. They are trained, ready, and available to assist you with these important application documents.. Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 9am-2pm and Thursday 9-11am.

Check out online, on-demand career readiness resources on our Strommen Community Moodle Site

Mary Elise Lowe, Professor of Religion, named Batalden Scholar

submitted by kaivola@augsburg.edu

It is my pleasure to announce that Mary Elise Lowe, professor of religion, has been named the next Batalden Faculty Scholar in Applied Ethics. Mary’s appointment will take effect with the Spring 2022 semester.

Mary’s focus as Batalden Scholar will be on “embodied ethics” – an expansive category that includes traditional sexual ethics as well as questions of embodiment that are often excluded from traditional Christian ethics. These include inquiries regarding the ways humans relate to other creatures as well as intersectional topics such as disability/ability, race, body image, and human relationships. Mary brings an interest in convocations that feature multiple perspectives and panels of speakers and sees opportunities to engage questions of embodied ethics across the disciplines. She hopes to create a working group for faculty who are interested in integrating embodied ethical reflection into upper-division courses and will seek ways to create new space for ethics conversations among Augsburg staff and within our student services community.

The Batalden Faculty Scholar Program in Applied Ethics is designed to strengthen the infusion of ethics and values into our campus lives, so that ethical discourse and practice is enhanced as a hallmark of Augsburg’s students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Program is funded by an endowment established by Abner Batalden, Class of 1936, and supported today by his family.

Wear Your Support: Raise $$ for MN Urban Debate Through Bonfire Merchandise

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

WEAR YOUR SUPPORT: INTRODUCING NEW MNUDL MERCHANDISE!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. Over 1,000 students are gaining academic schools through national topic policy debate, Spanish Debate, East African Debate, Financial Literacy Leadership Debates, and Summer Camp!

Just in time for the holidays, we’re launching our new Bonfire store: https://www.bonfire.com/store/mnudl/

Bonfire is helping us raise money for the Minnesota Urban Debate League through merchandise sales. Purchase one of our unique MNUDL items, and you’ll receive them through the mail!

Our merchandise includes shirts & sweatshirts from Youth Sizes-4XL, plus mugs and tote bags!

Visit the MNUDL Bonfire Store & order your merch early today:

https://www.bonfire.com/store/mnudl/

Buy Merch Now

Looking for an Attitude of Gratitude? Use 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

Farewell to Uriah Ward

submitted by maun@augsburg.edu

Please join us in congratulating Uriah Ward on a wonderful new job opportunity in the financial aid office at the University of Minnesota. We have very much appreciated his contributions to the Augsburg financial aid office for the past two years, along with involvement in a variety of other committees and events on campus. He has been a valuable member of our team and we will greatly miss his strong work ethic, insightful ideas, and passion for our students and community. We wish him all the best on his new journey!

October Auggie Pride Award Winners

submitted by voigtj@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to our three Auggie Pride Award winners for the month of October- Emily Long, Ashley Adegeye, and Elizabeth Charnell, three staff members in the residence life department. The opening of the residence halls this year was one of the smoothest in the past 15 years. The praise goes to the leadership of Emily Long, Director of Residence Life, a new staff member who had not seen the process ever before. The praise also goes to Ashley Adegeye, Residence Hall Director, and Elizabeth Charnell, Residence Business Manager. They have continued their work now throughout the semester. They prioritized the student staff experience, challenging them with great expectations and supporting them with great care. In addition, Emily, Ashley, and Elizabeth provided resident students with responsiveness and respect. Our staff senate is excited to recognize them for all of their efforts!! Congratulation Emily, Ashley, and Elizabeth!

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

2022 Student Leadership Application

submitted by stockare@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! The deadline to apply is November 10 at 12:00 pm.

Apply Here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctfOrt1VpVxBqco21z2izJNsG6PosCIOtITA94DHBX3Lrm6Q/viewform

Get Paid to be a Mentor for High School Students

submitted by eldridge@augsburg.edu

Do you have youth development skills? Are you curious to talk with high school youth about their faith? Would you like to be a mentor at an awesome week long institute in summer 2022, and get paid to be a leader?

Then APPLY TODAY to be Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor! This application allows student leaders to apply and interview for multiple positions at one time. Check it out! Applications are due Wed, Nov 10th and interviews will be on Sat, Nov 13th.

You can learn more about AYTI on the website (https://www.augsburg.edu/ayti/), or questions about AYTI can be directed to Adrienne in CCV at eldridge@augsburg.edu or Pastor Babette in Campus Ministry at chatmanb@augsburg.edu.

Apply to be an AYTI Mentor Today!

On Campus TODAY Summer Teaching Fellowship with LearningWorks

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

When: Monday, November 1st 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Lobby of the Christensen Center – Employer Table
Who: Everyone is invited to stop by and learn more.

Apply for a Summer Teaching Fellowship with LearningWorks!

LearningWorks is a chapter within Breakthrough Collaborative which comprises 25 sites across the country. Its overall mission is to launch high potential middle school students on the path to college, while also inspiring talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

At LearningWorks, we achieve this mission by using a “students-teaching-students” model. During our 9 weeks of summer programming, 35 talented high school and college students work as teachers, advisors, and mentors for 120 middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools. LearningWorks teachers are creative, diverse, intelligent, and highly motivated. They represent many academic and personal backgrounds, but share a commitment to students and educational equity. LearningWorks is a Breakthrough site in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Every summer, it offers:

· 100+ hours of professional development
· 65 hours of lead classroom teaching
· Autonomy to develop your own curriculum and course content
· Leadership opportunities in committee-structures and program planning
· Your own classroom for 6 intensive weeks
· Coaching and mentorship from experienced and licensed teachers
· Small classes of 8-12 students
· $2,500 stipend & housing options

Application is now open, head to bit.ly/teachLW22 to apply before the January 3, 2022

Event Announcements

Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities TODAY

submitted by ccharles@augsburg.edu

Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities and is a space to gather, support one another and find community. Today, join CLASS Assistant Director Katie Lane and your fellow Auggie students from 3:30-4:30 PM. Join us in person (Sverdrup 102, near Enrollment Center) or via Zoom. Contact class@augsburg.edu for disability-related accommodations.
Zoom Meeting ID: 930 1256 1020
Passcode: 787265

Join Zoom Meeting

Open Enrollment is November 1–12

submitted by millerd1@augsburg.edu

Benefits Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends at 11:59 PM on November 12. Please review the 2022 Benefits Guide for important information and rates for the upcoming benefit year.

All benefits-eligible employees are encouraged to attend an open enrollment information session; all will be virtual again this year. Use the Zoom links below to register for one of the live sessions:

Monday  11/1 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kduyprDMsH9PZsU9niuWyO1TL1YsHtWGk

Friday 11/5 9:00 am – 10 am

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElfu6trz0sG9Fz71-pmYAz6LcCw7d5ajMR

Tuesday 11/9 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

https://augsburg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkf-Gvqj4sGdBqHi3fv9yUPVBZS0_hV74S

A recorded session for on-demand viewing can be found at https://sites.augsburg.edu/hr/benefits/

To enroll or make changes to your benefit elections, visit:
Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment.

For your convenience, your current 2021 benefit elections will be pre-populated in the open enrollment portal. Even if you are not making changes, we ask that you submit the enrollment form to confirm your selections will remain the same for 2022.

Please note, 2021 pre-tax HSA and FSA annual elections do not carry over into the next benefit year, so you must elect an amount for 2022 to continue participation.

**Anyone who enrolls the first week will be entered into a drawing to win some exciting PRIZES! A special prize drawing will also be held tomorrow for people who complete their enrollment TODAY.**

Link to 2022 Benefits Guide ~ (https://sites.augsburg.edu/hr/benefits/)

This link leads to our HR Benefits page; Please click the “NEW 2022 Benefits Guide (PDF)” under the Benefits header to view.

Email hr@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Faculty Invited – Provost Search Listening Sessions

submitted by bergc2@augsburg.edu

AGB Search firm has been engaged to assist with the provost search. Representatives from AGB Search are inviting faculty to participate in listening sessions. Listening sessions will be offered, via Zoom, on Mon. Nov. 1, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Thur. Nov. 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Given the Zoom format, AGB Search has asked that each session be limited to 25 participants. If the response to the sessions warrants, a third session will be added. Please watch Amail for further updates.

Please use the registration form – linked below – to register for one of the upcoming sessions.

Questions may be directed to Cyndi Berg in the Office of the President, bergc2@augsburg.edu.

Listening Sessions Registration Form

TODAY – Study Abroad and Away Deadline for Spring Programs

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

The following Study Abroad & Away programs have an application deadline TODAY, NOVEMBER 1:

~~Augsburg Study Centers in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa – semester programs.

~~Islam in the USA, New York City – spring semester courses with travel during spring break

~~Writing la Dolce Vita: Food, Art, and Culture in Italy – spring semester courses with travel during spring break NOTE: This program has filled, but applications are still being accepted and added to the Wait List.

Contact the study abroad office with any questions about the programs or your application progress: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get the program details here for the Augsburg Study Centers or Short-Term Programs here

Interfaith Ally Workshop on November 11

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

The Interfaith Ally Workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of faiths and ethical traditions including Native Spirituality, Judaism, Islam, Hybrid, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Atheism. Participants will hear the stories of community members from a variety of traditions and have the opportunity to learn through case studies. This workshop qualifies as an equity/inclusion event to help maintain good standing in the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. The Interfaith Ally Workshop is a program of Interfaith at Augsburg and Campus Ministry.

For more information about this workshop, contact Fardosa Hassan at hassanf@augsburg.edu.

The Interfaith Ally Training will be offered November 11 at 1:50 – 3:30 pm in the Marshall Room in the Christensen Center.

Register for the workshop

Submit Names of Loved Ones for All Saints Commemoration

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

We will hold an All Saints service in chapel Friday, November 5 at 10:40 am. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. At this service we praise God for the saints who’ve gone before us, especially honoring ones who have been personally significant in our faith. We’ll also remember those who have died, especially in this past year. We celebrate and remember through song and prayer. Please submit names you would like included in the service to the campus ministry office by emailing Janice Dames at dames@augsburg.edu.

Next Week, Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace

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
Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace
Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture
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/

Creating StoryMaps with ArcGIS – TODAY

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

Telling stories well is a powerful skill that can be used to influence, teach, and inspire. But what makes storytelling so effective for learning? Stories share culture, history, thoughts, and values. Storytelling connects people to ideas and it disarms us to listen to others. ArcGIS StoryMaps allow you to create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, media, and interactive maps, allowing you to publish and share your story around the World. Please join your Academic LFCs this morning, Monday, 11/1 from 10-10:45 am for a workshop: Creating StoryMaps with ArcGIS. The zoom link is provided below.

Zoom link

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