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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Layers of Mitigations can Help Fight the Spread of COVID-19

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

We are currently seeing a post-Thanksgiving bump in regional COVID-19 cases at the same time as the first case of the omicron variant has been detected in Minnesota. It is too early to know if the omicron variant will become the dominant variant and how that will affect COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations. Members of Augsburg’s COVID-19 Task Force participate in meetings with the Minnesota Department of Health and are staying on top of news and advice regarding the variant.

We do know that it is helpful to layer mitigations as a strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19. That means not just relying on one thing, such as the vaccine or a mask, but embracing several approaches to stop the spread.

Learn more about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching and Learning

ED Talk December 6: “Why is Financial Literacy important for student success?”

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

Financial literacy matters! Marc McIntosh, Associate Professor of Business Administration, will discuss the relationship between financial literacy and student success. Many students make financial decisions with little understanding of their implications. A basic understanding of finance will help students, and the faculty and staff advising them, to avoid potentially harmful life-altering decisions

CTL will offer 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.

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/97823046409?pwd=RmRNTXpGOTQyQ1R0WDhHMGtBMnRFdz09

General Announcements

Ron Kurpiers is Retiring

Submitted by holleric@augsburg.edu

It is said that all good things must come to an end and so, after 18 years of dedicated service to Augsburg students and faculty, Ron Kurpiers has decided to retire. We will toast Ron and celebrate his many achievements on Friday, December 3, 2:00 – 3:30 in the Marshall Room. Please join us for cake and light refreshments as we bid him a fond farewell and wish him all the best in this next phase of his life.

 

Interested in Hosting International Students for Dinner?

Submitted by bhowmikp@augsburg.edu

A new semester is just around the corner, and luckily we are expecting new international students to join us this spring—representing countries like Egypt, Sweden, China, South Korea & Norway to name a few!

Our office, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in hosting our new international students for a dinner off-campus in your home.

Here are the details: Date: Thursday, Jan 6, 2021 Time: Pick up at 5 p.m. with a return to campus around 7 p.m.

We ask that our hosts pick up students from campus and return them once dinner is completed. The new incoming group will consist of 5+ international students.

COVID status: All the new international students coming from abroad are required to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines, with a required 7-day quarantine (unvaccinated students), and COVID testing on day 3-5 upon arrival.

All students will show proof of a negative COVID test prior to traveling to the United States (tested 72 hours before departure), proof of recovery and/or proof of vaccination.

Any students needing quarantine, will have ended this period on January 6. And will have been offered to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

Sign up to host dinner: International Students

Bookstore Accounts are Open for Spring — 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. Be sure to plan ahead!

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

Bookstore Policy

Is success on your Christmas List? 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: Late Night Breakfast, Sony Headphones will be Raffled

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Attend this end-of-the-semester Augsburg tradition!
Take a break from studying and attend the Late Night Breakfast.

Monday, December 6 from 9-10:30 p.m. in The Commons.
Free to students with an Augsburg ID.

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones will be raffled to attendees!
We will also have a DJ!

Menu items:
Sundae Bar
Tiger Sushi
Salad Team – Fall Harvest Salad
Cheese Omelet
Halal Beef Breakfast Patty
Pork Sausage Links
French Toast
O’Brien Potatoes

Come to the Theater Department’s Into the Woods Get to Know You Workshops

submitted by stadlerl@augsburg.edu

The way is clear, The light is good!

Come play in the world of Into the Woods! Learn about our approach to the spring musical; have fun with improvisational games and musical rhythms; and get to know others who are interested in the spring musical. As we explore the world of Into the Woods, we’ll also explore your vision and how it may fit into the approach we are taking to magic and transformation!

The workshops will be taking place:

December 6th at 7-8:30pm, Foss Center
December 7th at 5-6:30pm (this is a change!), Foss Center
You only have to attend one of the dates!

The Artistic Staff is excited for this opportunity to get to know students who are auditioning in January and are looking forward to working on and talking more about Into the Woods!

No preparation is necessary and all are welcome to attend!

Audition will be taking place on:

January 24th from 6:30-9:30pm
January 25th from 4-6:30pm
Callbacks: January 26th from 6:30-9:30pm

We hope to see you there!

Focused Conversation on Art and Science Group Project: Thursday

submitted by alamilla@augsburg.edu

Join Robert Gould, vice president for strategic enrollment management, for an update on the work underway with Art & Science Group to better understand the qualities of Augsburg that make a difference for prospective traditional undergraduate students and their decisions about enrolling at the university.

Focused Conversation: Art & Science Group
Thursday, December 9
2 p.m.
Marshall Room and Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the live-stream link when available, visit the All Hands page (log in required).

All Hands Page

Come to the Theater Department’s Into the Woods Get to Know You Workshops

submitted by stadlerl@augsburg.edu

The way is clear, the light is good!

When and Where:
Monday, December 6th at 7-8:30 and Tuesday, December 7th from 5-6:30pm, Foss Center
You only have to attend one of the dates!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Come play in the world of Into the Woods! Learn about our approach to the spring musical; have fun with improvisational games and musical rhythms; and get to know others who are interested in the spring musical. As we explore the world of the Woods, we’ll also explore your vision and how it may fit into the approach we are taking to magic and transformation!

The Artistic Staff is excited for this opportunity to get to know students who are interested in auditioning in January and are looking forward to working on and talking more about Into the Woods!

No preparation necessary!

Audition Information:
January 24th from 6:30-9:30pm
January 25th from 4:00-6:30pm
Callbacks:
January 26th from 6:30-9:30pm

We hope to see you there!

Final Asst. Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning Candidate on Campus

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

This Wed., 12/8 we welcome our final candidate for the Assistant Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning position to campus. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in an informal conversation with this finalist from 2-2:30 in OGC 100. The candidate’s name and CV will be available via A-mail on the morning of their interview.

The search committee invites feedback from faculty and staff who have attended open conversations with our first two candidates, and their feedback forms can be found below.

Jennie Robinson Kloos feedback form
https://forms.gle/kBsC3a6HYYQWRx6P9

Shawn Boyne feedback form
https://forms.gle/doyqGwDRb9o9V1qh6

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