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ED Talk November 10, 2021: “Developing Student Agency with Problem-Based Learning”

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

Jacqui deVries, professor of history, and recipient of the 2021-2022 Distinguished Contribution in Teaching Award, will explore the concept of high-impact, integrative learning strategies aimed at developing student agency, and will share examples of their application in a project-based history course that works with external clients to develop local history walking tours.

CTL offers Ed Talks (based on the concept of TED Talks) before each faculty meeting from 3:10-3:30pm over Zoom (link provided below; Augsburg login required). This year’s theme is “The Future of the Professoriate at Augsburg”, and 2021-2022 Ed talks will be framed under this broad theme that speaks to our “new normal” and beyond.

Ed Talk Zoom link

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, FREE airfare for Auggies in Spring 2022

~~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

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 (prerequisite: 3 semesters of college level Spanish, or through SPA212, or instructor’s permission, or native speaker of Spanish )

APPLY BY

~~November 1 – for spring semester programs

~~March 1 – for summer or fall semester programs

Get more information 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 having produced the most Gilman recipients over the past 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 so 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.

Especially 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 here!

General Announcements

Where to Find Human Resources Information and Forms

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

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/

Charging Books to Your Student Account? Here’s What you Need to Know

submitted by wadem@augsburg.edu

Bookstore charge accounts will open the day after you’ve registered for spring term. The last day to charge online orders is Sunday, January 16th, 2022. The last day to charge in-store purchases is Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. Due to the financial aid cycle, you can only charge expenses to your bookstore account during this specific period, including Time 2 courses. Be sure to plan ahead!

The full bookstore policy is available on the Student Financial Services webpage, link is below.

Bookstore Policy

Free Media Training for Women Interested in Politics

submitted by pippert@augsburg.edu

Ready to Run Minnesota, which is part of a national network of nonpartisan campaign training programs designed to encourage women to run for office and to encourage all of us to support increased representation of women in politics. This year, there will be a series of monthly (October-February) virtual training sessions over the lunch hour on Fridays. You will learn about fundraising, receive media training, and gain other important skills…all for free.

The next session is Friday, November 5th at noon and will cover strategies for dealing with the media.

Everyone is welcome to join the free sessions on Fridays, so please use the link below to sign up (scroll down to see the media training information).

https://cas.stthomas.edu/experience/ready-to-run/

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences from Studying Abroad

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here!

Give to the Max for PASS

submitted by vangss3@augsburg.edu

Pan-Asian Student Services (PASS) is participating in this year’s Give to the Max campaign! This is where we raise money for our ASIA scholarship and PASS programing here at Augsburg. Your donation will help pan-asian identified students focus more on their education than their tuition. In addition, the funding will go towards our events and activities meant to keep the community united and engaged. This year our main issues of focus are anti hate in the Asian community and mental health.

Our goal is to raise $5000. Anything helps to get us closer to our goal. Please consider donating today!

If you have any questions or would like more information about our scholarship and/or program, please email panasian@augsburg.edu

Pan-Asian Student Scholarship Fun

ACR Homes Tabling this Week

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center on Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 5th between 10:00am-1:00pm in the lobby of the Christensen Center.

The ACR Homes team consists of 1000 professionals working to make an impact in the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly. ACR has a wide range of positions; from flexible direct care that offers hands-on patient care experience and competitive pay, to management with a rent-free live-in option. ACR Homes has a position available for anyone.

When you get a job at ACR Homes, you join the ACR team! You become part of a tight-knit and fun-loving community, working together to provide the best possible care for people with disabilities.

We pair you up with a mentor to help you through training and answer any questions you may have, and make sure you don’t feel like you’re doing this alone.

You’ll also have access to community building events for ACR staff like Employee Appreciation Day and Wellness Day, as well as small groups for more specific interests like fitness groups and dog lover groups that help staff to meet coworkers with similar interests. So don’t worry, we’re all in this together!

Learn more at https://acrhomes.com/employment/ or stop by our table.

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

Event Announcements

TODAY: Greenhouse First Thursday

submitted by vaneck@augsburg.edu

Want to know what we’ve got growing on? The Biology Department Greenhouse on the rooftop of the Hagfors Center is open to the Augsburg community on the first Thursday of the month.

The next First Thursday is TODAY, November 4, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The greenhouse is located on the 4th floor of the Hagfors Center. Come see our latest additions, including rare Mexican cacti, an Ethiopian banana, and a curious succulent sesame relative from Madagascar!

Detailed event flyer

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

Supporting Undocumented Students Virtual Event

submitted by mmedina@augsburg.edu

Faculty and Staff, please join us on Friday, November 5th from 10:30 -11:30 am for a presentation on how to support undocumented students. This is a virtual event and will be hosted by Multicultural Life/Latinx Student Services.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 992 8792 4833
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Monday, 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/

Forum Webinar, Who Gets to Belong in Corporate America?

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: November 18, 2021 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT
Presenters: Michael Welp, WMFDP  |  Isis Fabian, Center for Talent Innovation (CTI)  |  Julia Taylor Kennedy, Coqual  |  Michael Collins, State of NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Cost: Free
Register at, https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/who-gets-to-belong-in-corporate-america/

A recent report reveals that, predictably, white men feel the highest sense of belonging in corporate America.

Conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), The Power of Belonging: What It Is and Why It Matters in Today’s Workplace is the first of its kind to define, measure, and quantify what it means to belong at work—with insights into race, gender, ethnicity, generation, and other demographic identities.

Together, we will explore CTI’s findings and how to create work cultures where everyone belongs.

Learning Outcomes
Learn about how different identities feel they belong
Identify new options for creating cultures of belonging
Become more conscious of how your own behaviors unintentionally reinforce unproductive dynamics

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/who-gets-to-belong-in-corporate-america/

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

Open Enrollment is November 1–12

submitted by robaka@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:

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 will also be available soon.

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!

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.

You’re Invited: Get Your Free Ticket to Attend the 9th Annual Mayors Challenge to Support the MNUDL

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Join Our Fun & Informative Virtual Event Demonstrating the Power of Debate!

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is proud to present our 9th annual Mayors Challenge Debate Fundraising Breakfast: The Great Water Debate. This event will be hosted virtually by Augsburg University.

Four of our debaters from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Roseville school districts will face off in two teams, articulating arguments on how we steward one of our greatest resources – water.

Our VIP panel of judges (and you!) will pick the most persuasive team.

You will also see how the MNUDL creates new opportunities for our students to be champions – both in and out of the classroom.

Governor Tim Walz (Invited) and Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz will host the Governor’s table. Mayor Melvin Carter, Mayor Jacob Frey, and special guests will judge our debate.

Schedule of Events
8:30 am: Virtual Program Begins
– Debate & Student Panel
– Champion of Change

9:40 am: Decision by Mayor Carter, Mayor Frey and Panel

10:00 am: Program Concludes

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and how to register, check out Augsburg University’s Advancement Page.

https://advancement.augsburg.edu/udl-mayors-challenge

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