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ED Talk January 19: “Better Teaching/Better Arguments: Argumentation Based Learning Experiences”

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

At its heart, every discipline teaches students how to make arguments- about gravity, viruses, truth, God, politics, etc. Unfortunately, for many instructors arguments in class seem like inviting conflict, distraction, and low course evaluations. And it’s true, if done poorly, argumentation in the classroom can be alienating, traumatizing, and counterproductive. But, when done well, argumentation in the classroom can build relationships, empathy, and more rigorous evidence-based learning. Join Bob Groven, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Director of the MN Urban Debate League, for an overview of how to use argumentative experiences to create more dynamic, inclusive, and student empowered classes.

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. All ED talks are recorded and posted on the Augsburg CTL website homepage for later viewing.

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

Coming Soon: Apply for Faculty Scholarship Funds

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

Applications for Augsburg University Annual Grants to support scholarship (up to $4,000) and internationalization (up to $2,500) will open on Thursday, January 20th. The Call for Proposals for these two opportunities as well as further descriptions, a sample application form, and samples of past successful applications can be found now on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) “Grants & Travel Funds” page under “Annual Grants & Awards”.

After opening on Thursday, January 20th, completed applications will be accepted through noon on March 4, 2022. If you have any questions that aren’t answered on the CTL page, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, CTL Director (bankers@augsburg.edu).

Annual Grants & Awards

General Announcements

COVID-19 Testing Moved From Minneapolis Convention Center to U.S. Bank Stadium January 17-21

Submitted by norland@augsburg.edu

The heavily used COVID-19 Testing site at the Minneapolis Convention Center is being moved temporarily to U.S. Bank Stadium. The move is effective January 17-21. The site takes people with appointments and walk-ins. No new appointment slots are available for this week, but if you already have an appointment or are planning to get walk-in testing this week, please go to U.S. Bank Stadium, not to the convention center.

Testing will resume at the convention center on January 24.

Take a Fine Arts Theater Course in Puerto Rico in May

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Sign up for the summer study away program, Community, Arts, and Culture in Puerto Rico, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez. Spend ~3 weeks in Puerto Rico in May exploring different arts in the context of community building, activism, and social justice in Puerto Rico!

Through this program, you will complete THR 295, a 4-credit course that fulfills the Fine Arts general education requirement. Participation in the program also fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement!

Program details:

Travel: May 9-27, 2022

Course: THR 295: Community, Arts, & Culture in Puerto Rico (Fine Arts requirement)

Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply

Students applying for this program can also apply for a small scholarship to help fund their experience. Scholarship information is on the program page, linked below. Scholarship applications due on January 17.

***PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 31***

The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get full program details and start an application here

Student Worker Position Opening – SFS

submitted by yangdx@augsburg.edu

Student Financial Services is seeking students with great customer service and quick learning skills, and with Tuesday and Thursday availability to join our team.

This is a great opportunity to develop new professional skills in an office setting such as:

• Oral and written communications
• Critical thinking and problem-solving
• Teamwork and collaboration

If you are interested, APPLY NOW on Handshake. You can email our office at studentfinances@augsburg.edu if you have any questions.

Need assistance with your resume or cover letter? Connect with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.

Summer Study Abroad: Art and History in the Netherlands – Apply Now

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

The summer program Innovation and Design in the Netherlands is an unique, short-term study abroad opportunity, open to all Auggies!

Earn 8 credits and your Augsburg experience in just a few weeks, while exploring one of the most innovative countries in the world — the Netherlands – through the prism of history and photography. Visit museums, meet with speakers from across different industries, meet with locals to get an understanding of city life in Amsterdam, and so much more!

Innovation and Design in the Netherlands: Past and Present

Travel Dates: May 15 -29, 2022

Faculty Leaders: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg

This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. You’ll choose one History and one Art course:

HIS 195 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands — Past and Present, fulfills Humanities liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

HIS 440 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands,

​and

ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography

***APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 31***

The program has a capacity of 24 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

Strommen Drop-In Hours Resume Tomorrow

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

The Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are trained and ready to review your resume and/or cover letter. Mondays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Wednesdays & Fridays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, & Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00-11:30 AM. Christensen Center, Suite 100 (Across from Einstein’s).

Drop-in hours for the spring semester begin tomorrow (Tuesday, January 18, 2022) and end Friday, April 22, 2022.

Whether you’re creating your resume and/or cover letter for the first time or if you’re applying for the job or internship of your dreams, our Career Peer Advisors are here to support you!

Get started with resume and cover letter templates on our Strommen website

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off-Campus

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Get paid to conduct STEM research (a few social science options) with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January through February 2022.

Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off-Campus Research Lists and Databases

URGO Summer Research – Phase 1 Applications Due February 16

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Are you looking for a paid summer research or creative activity opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2022 summer research are now available on the URGO website at http://www.augsburg.edu/urgo/research/on-campus-research/ All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

URGO SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program (May 12th – July 27th) where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $6,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $3,000 stipend and a housing discount.

URGO SUMMER RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS
URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,500 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 16th at 11:59 PM, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research is going on in your department!

If you have questions, email urgo@augsburg.edu

Summer Research Info Packet

2022-2023 Multicultural Life Scholarship Application Open

submitted by gomezos@augsburg.edu

2022-2023 Multicultural Life Scholarship Application is open! This is a great opportunity for underrepresented undergraduate students in the Augsburg Day Program. Those who are eligible can be awarded between 2,500-5,000 annual, renewable awards.

If you are a current scholarship recipient and want to renew your award make sure to fill the application!

These scholarships include: ASIA Scholarship, Bonnie Wallace American Indian Scholarship, HOLA Scholarship, LQBTQIA+ Student Services Scholarship, M. Anita Gay Hawthorne Scholarship, and Scholastic Connection Scholarship.

DACA and undocumented students are eligible and highly encouraged to apply. Promise, Presidential and ActSix Scholarship recipients and International Students (F-1 and J-1) are not eligible for this award.

**Application must be submitted by 4:00 pm Friday, February 4, 2022**

If you have any questions, please contact the office of Multicultural Life at mss@augsburg.edu.

Multicultural Life Scholarship information

Ring in the New Semester 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

Apply for a NASA Space Grant Scholarship

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

The NASA Space Grant scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for Spring 2022 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:
Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

The application deadline is Monday, January 31, at 11:59PM. To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, visit https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/opportunities/research-opportunities/nasa/

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Stottrup at stottrup@augsburg.edu.

https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/opportunities/research-opportunities/nasa/

EVERFI Training Invitations

submitted by vachta@augsburg.edu

Beginning January 17, Human Resources is launching online training for faculty, staff and student employees on three university workplace topics: information security, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and discrimination & sexual harassment prevention. Training in all three areas helps strengthen Augsburg as a workplace, helps protect the rights of students, faculty and staff, and responds to requirements from the Department of Education (under Title IV) and our insurance providers.

On January 17, employees will receive an email invitation from EVERFI, our online training provider, with links to the three topic modules. The training can also be accessed by logging into Inside Augsburg and clicking on Administrative Tasks > Training. Employees will have until March 18 (60 days) to complete the three required training topics.

Note: student employees are only being assigned the FERPA training at this time.

Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Training

Bookstore Charge Accounts End on Wednesday

submitted by wadem@augsburg.edu

The last day to make a purchase in-person and charge to your student account is WEDNESDAY the 19th! (The last day to charge a purchase online was yesterday.) Due to the financial aid cycle, you can only charge expenses to your bookstore account during this specific period. Any bookstore purchases after the 19th will need to be made out-of-pocket. Be sure to plan ahead! If you have any questions, please email studentfinances@augsburg.edu.

Add/Drop Deadline is Approaching

submitted by yangdx@augsburg.edu

Registration changes (adding and/or dropping courses) may or may not change your financial aid award and account balance.

Please contact Student Financial Services if you have any questions about what impact these changes might have on your account. Email us at studentfinances@augsburg.edu or call (612) 330-1046.

The last day to add and drop courses is January 18th, 2022.

Multicultural Life is Hiring for Program Managers – Share With Your Connection

submitted by gomezos@augsburg.edu

Multicultural Life Program Manager positions are now open for professionals to apply! Augsburg colleagues, please share this posting with your peers. These positions are a great opportunity for people who enjoy working with Native American community, Black and Afrikan American community, Latinx community, and LGBTQIA+ community.

We are looking for people who have 3 years or more experiences within these communities. Feel free to contact mss@augsburg.edu if you or your contacts have any questions about the job postings.

Students who think they have mentors who would be a good fit for these positions, please share this with them as well.

Pan-Afrikan Program Manager Position Description
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141186

LGBTQIA+ Student Services Program Manager
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141177

Latinx Student Services Program Manager
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141178

American Indian Student Services Program Manager
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141173

Staff Senate Seeking Staff Appreciation Award Nominations

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

This year Augsburg Staff Senate will host a hybrid in-person and virtual Staff Appreciation Event on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Hall.

We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNdMjt0iuPYeS8KpJXcY2dvzqAwrvlYtmwob-Jra4bfHEXZA/viewform

Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of March 1, 2022) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the in-person event on March 22nd.

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information: https://sites.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/staff-appreciation/faq-outstanding-staff-nominations/

Event Announcements

English Professor Wins a Prize and Gives a Reading

submitted by forsthj@augsburg.edu

The text: English Professor Lindsay Starck won a Pushcart Prize last year for her short story Baikal (published in The New England Review). This Friday, January 21, at 6:00 pm CT, she’ll join other winners in a Zoom event to read from her work and celebrate the anthology. Find out more and register for the event here.

http://us11.forward-to-friend.com/forward/preview?u=0711d9abb232a798bea176c26&id=24d4555384

Business/Econ Study Abroad this Summer – Apply by January 31

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Are you a business or economics major heading into your junior or senior year? Graduating in May? This short-term study abroad program is for you!

ECONOMIC CRISIS, SMALL BUSINESS & ETHICS IN GREECE

May 5-23, 2022

Choose one course: BUS 495, ECO 495, or KEY 490

Also completes Augsburg Experience

Led by Professors Stella Hofrenning and Phyllis Kapetanakis

This program explores economic, business, ethical and religious forces that have created vast changes in Greek life. Gain an understanding of Greek history, Greek culture, and how that has led to the current Greek business/economic model.

***APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 31***

The program has a capacity of 30 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

Alternative Spring Break Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Campus Ministries invites you to participate in its alternative spring break to Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Albuquerque has a unique multicultural history and heritage with Native American and Hispanic and Latino cultural influences. The city is located in north central New Mexico near the Sandia Mountains.
While in Albuquerque, we will be partnering with Service Learning Camps, and our days will be structured with community service projects, time for reflection, learning opportunities, and visiting local attractions.
Trip Details
Dates of Trip: March 12-19, 2022
Destination: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Transportation: Bus
Total Cost: $275, includes most lodging, transportation, and most meals. Please register by February 10, 2022 (see below). Please let us know if the cost presents a barrier to participation for you.

Registration Process:
1. Registration opens January 10, 2022.
2. Complete the registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRaoRK01jh6sKoLa1ywBRH0racNjktrKQvDjujLVgunXyQlQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0
3. Bring $100 registration fee and copy of health insurance card to Janice Dames in Campus Ministry Office, 104 Foss by February 10, 2022. Remainder of payment will be due before the trip.

The trip is available as an Augsburg Experience. Please indicate on the online registration form if you would like this to be an Augsburg Experience and complete the Augsburg Experience form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWdH3Qk97VdYzkKfG6q3Rp1Qyrvgpvuu78qpYxO9tX5AcP6Q/formResponse

Questions?
Contact Pastoral Intern, Tori Remer at remerv@augsburg.edu or Pastor John Schwehn at schwehn@augsburg.edu or stop by Campus Ministries in Foss 104. For more information check out our previous trips on our spring break blog site https://augsburgasb.wordpress.com/.

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Thursday, DEI and Decision Making: The Undeniable and Unbreakable Connection

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: January 20, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Nigel Vanderlinden, Powernoodle  |  Dave Debacker, Powernoodle

As is the case with much of the DEI evidence and expertise that exists, many organizations continue to operate without the benefit of the evidence and expertise in the realm of quality decision making. As a result, whether it’s realized or not, in both regards organizations and their myriad stakeholders continue to fall short of their potential. The two realms could hardly be more closely connected as DEI supports and enables quality decisions while quality decision making enables and supports DEI.
This webinar will provide unique insights into the world of decision making today and highlight how DEI professionals – executives, leaders, practitioners, and consultants – are uniquely positioned to move organizations forward in both realms simultaneously; elevating their own brand and value proposition in the process. The session will also provide practical, evidence-based solutions that you can being to action immediately.

Learning Outcomes
Learn – the relationship between decision making and DEI; the state of decision making in organizations
Grow – Move forward in decision quality and DEI; elevating your own skills and your impact
Do – Practical solutions for creating diverse and inclusive decision-making in your own organization

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/dei-decision-making-the-undeniable-and-unbreakable-connection/

Today-Learn About the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance

submitted by brookinj@augsburg.edu

What is the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA)?

Called LS-NSSA for short, this program is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which is intended to double the number of Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.

The Augsburg LS-NSSA program provides stipends, research opportunities, and more to students who meet the eligibility criteria and complete a program application. All students are welcome to participate in LS-NSSA events and programming.

How can I learn more about LS-NSSA?

To learn more, attend one of the following informational sessions, or email stem@augsburg.edu with any questions. Note that attendance at an info session is not required; interested students are welcome to fill out the application at https://northstarstem.org/augsburg-university-applications-and-forms.

There will be two info sessions today, Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
In-person info session, 11:30 – 11:50 AM, Hagfors Center, Room 150A
Virtual info session 6:00 – 6:30 PM, Registration Link for Virtual Session: https://forms.gle/QUXfAjCZ1uxZ832w6

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Jennifer Brookins-King at brookinj@augsburg.edu or stem@augsburg.edu.

To learn more about LS-NSSA, see https://northstarstem.org/.

Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance Website

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Homemaker Job Opportunity

submitted by roopchaa@augsburg.edu

I work for an adult named Jennifer who is looking for a homemaker to work for her for 3 hours/week at her home in Minneapolis. She is hard of hearing and totally blind. She can hear in her right ear and communicate verbally. She uses the company, Everytime Home Care; they pay $11/hour. Your duties would include general housekeeping, light cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Schedule can be negotiated. She is fully vaccinated (including the booster) and follows COVID-19 safety protocol. If interested, please call/text Jennifer at 612-300-1310 or email jnnfrlwsn@gmail.com. You may start working as early as next week.