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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Hennepin County Moves to Medium COVID-19 Community Level

submitted by rjohn@augsburg.edu

The following information, as well as links to more detail and information about health risk factors, are published on Augsburg’s April 30 COVID-19 Dashboard: https://sites.augsburg.edu/outbreak-planning/covid-19-alert-levels-dashboard/

In the most recent CDC report of COVID-19 community levels by county, published Thursday, April 28, both Hennepin and Ramsey counties remained in the low range. However, Hennepin’s 7-day case rate per 100,000 was just below the threshold for the medium community level.

The day after the CDC report was published, the 7-day case rate in Hennepin County moved above 200 cases per 100,000 population. This represents a medium community level, although the status will not be updated on the CDC web site until this coming Thursday.

At a medium community level, the CDC recommends that people who are immunocompromised or have high risk for severe disease talk with a physician and consider precautions, such as masking indoors and regular testing. The CDC also provides an extensive list of health risk factors, which people are encouraged to review, as there are a number of conditions that can make COVID-19 more severe.

Additionally, the City of Minneapolis on Thursday issued a recommendation that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors. This is not a mask mandate, but a strong recommendation from public health officials given the growing case rates in the city.

At this time, case numbers on campus remain low, and Augsburg is not implementing any new or additional COVID-19 requirements. We will continue to monitor the regional COVID-19 community levels and provide updates, as needed.

Augsburg’s April 30 COVID-19 Dashboard

Teaching and Learning

Forum Podcast Ep. 92: Changing Generational Poverty By Paying People to Learn Tech Skills

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast Irma Olguin Jr. (Bitwise Industries) and Michelle Skoor (Bitwise Industries) explores how the tech industry could use paid apprenticeships to approach systemic inequities in the tech industry and curb generational poverty.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p92/

“3 Days in May” Returns to Campus May 10 Through 12

submitted by bankers@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s “3 Days in May” is an annual Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) event focused on providing professional development opportunities (and socializing) designed for Augsburg teaching faculty and staff. However, all members of the Augsburg community are welcome! This year’s “3 Days” will take place Tuesday, May 10th – Thursday May 12th from 9am – 4pm in the Hagfors Center.

Please click on the link below to access the program & schedule for “3 Days in May”. Each day’s schedule is in blocks with 30 minute breaks between sessions and a 90 minute break for lunch. Breakfast, mid-morning, and afternoon snacks will be provided, but lunch is on your own. Please note that the 3-4pm session on Tuesday, May 10th is “open time” designed to be used by departments, committees, groups, etc. as a flexible time to meet.

As always, please contact Events (events@augsburg.edu) and CTL (ctl@augsburg.edu) if you require any type of accommodation for any reason. COVID-19 precautions will follow up-to-the-date guidelines from the CDC and Augsburg University for large group gatherings, are included on the program, and will be updated as conditions change..

3 Days in May Program and Schedule (updated frequently)

General Announcements

MN Indian Teacher Training Program (MITTP) Application is Available

submitted by yangdx@augsburg.edu

The 22-23 MN Indian Teacher Training Program (MITTP) application is now available for new and returning Augsburg students. Priority deadline for application is June 1st, 2022 and students are required to complete the 22-23 FAFSA.

For more information about eligibility and the application, please visit the Augsburg American Indian Student Service website: https://www.augsburg.edu/aissp/american-indian-teacher-training-program/.

Click here for the MITTP application!

Don’t Forget Your Mail

submitted by longj@augsburg.edu

As we near the end of another year please don’t forget to take care of your campus mailbox. This includes checking it for any mail, returning your lock and filing out the survey for what you would like us to do with your mail after this semester.
Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 16, 2022) we will be closing all student campus boxes. Then before the fall semester starts we will reassign them (possible new numbers) to all students living on campus. Commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they would like one.
If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer, please either fill out this survey (https://forms.gle/872EQGhwK1tCWiPB6) or send us an email (mailship@augsburg.edu) with any relevant information. There is also an option to be reassigned your current campus box number for the next semester if you will be returning in the fall.
We are only able to forward 1st Class USPS mail and packages. Other packages (UPS, FedEx, Amazon, etc.), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will not be forwarded. We can also only forward to USA addresses. The forwarding period for the Augsburg Mailroom is two months from when the request is submitted. Afterward any additional mail we receive will be returned to sender.
We request that you contact the people/business sending you mail and update your address with them. Enrolling in online/electronic bills or statements can also be a smart option. It is environmentally friendly, secure and will often save you time (and sometimes money). Asking us to forward your mail does not change your mailing address with the post office or the University, just the Mailroom.

End of the Year Campus Box Survey

Short Study Abroad/Away Courses for Next Year – Earn Credit Off-Campus

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Short-term study abroad & away is a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something a little different!

Check out the Spring and Summer 2023 program options. Only 1-3 weeks of travel. All programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement:

PICTURING AMERICA: RACE, GENDER, AND HOLLYWOOD
• Spring Break travel to Los Angeles, CA
• WST 220: Topics: Race, Gender and Hollywood – fulfills a Humanities requirement

FAITH, VOCATION, & SOCIAL CHANGE IN GUATEMALA
• Spring break travel to Guatemala
• Course: RLN 409 (fulfills Search for Meaning II) or RLN 480 – Keystone credit for some majors

SCIENCE AND RELIGION IN GERMANY
• Travel in May/June 2023
•Choose 1 science course and/or the religion course:
•CHM 102 with Lab – fulfills Science with Lab course (does not count toward Chm major or minor)
•SCI 490: Integrated Science Keystone Integrated Science
•RLN 205: Topics in Religion – may fulfill Search for Meaning II or Humanities LAF

GREEN AMSTERDAM: TRAVEL WRITING & URBAN LIVING IN EUROPE’S ECO CAPITAL
• travel in May/June 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Travel Writing (4 credits), Humanities LAF
•SOC/URB 111: City Life: Introduction to Urban Sociology (4 credits), SBS LAF
•SOC/URB 295: Living Green in Amsterdam (4 credits), elective

INVESTIGATING GREATER MINNESOTA: RESEARCH AND PERFORMANCE
•Summer 2023 Term 1, travel in Greater Minnesota (location TBD)
•Choose 1 course, with optional INS add on:
•SOC 495 – Sociology topics elective
•THR 295 -Topics in Theater – LAF Fine Arts
•INS 292 – 2 credits – optional

AUGSBURG in MEXICO
• Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry
• 4 study sessions in summer – choose the one (or more!) that works for you!

Got questions? Get in touch: abroad@augsburg.edu, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Check out all the program offerings here

Need Your Augsburg Experience? Take Intercultural Communication Online this Summer

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

If you still need Augsburg Experience, you can take Intercultural Communication (COM 329-A) in summer!

The course instructor is Ann Lutterman‑Aguilar, director and instructor at the Augsburg Mexico study center.

This is an online/hybrid class in summer term 1 (May 9 – June 24) with class meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings via zoom

Earn 4 credits and complete your Augsburg Experience!

Register yourself for the class on Inside Augsburg.

COM 329 – course information & registration

Everyday is Earth Day: Thank Yous and What’s Next

submitted by mcdaniem@augsburg.edu

As we draw Earth Month to a close, I just want to thank all who made the last month such a profound set of experiences and who brought their necessary sustainability perspectives to our collective work. Please share your feedback on Earth Month 2022 events by filling out the survey linked below by Friday 5/6.

Thank you to all of our partners at Augsburg, in our neighborhood, and broader sustainability family for co-creating Earth Month 2022: ESC, EAC, AISA, Sabo Center, Environmental Studies, Augsburg Local, ISAIAH, LEAD Fellows, The Hub Bike Coop, QIPOC, URGO, Dining Services, MN350, Sisterhood Boutique, AASA, DNR, CWC, Rebecca’s Bakery, Campus Ministry, MSA, RLife, Campus Kitchen, Strommen Center, Afro Deli, College of St. Scholastica, and Bemidji State University. A particular thank you to Elder Hope Flanagan, the Jingle Dress Dancers, Little Earth Singers, Dylan Anderson Garbow, Dr. Anton Treuer, Moses Ong, Gayatri Narayanan, Takawi Peters, Noelle Cirisan, Dr. Leah Prussia, Erika Bailey-Johnson, and Bonfire Poets (Alyssa, Sarah, Vinny, Brandyn, and Angelica) for sharing your support, mentorship, art, experiences, and expertise with the ESC team and Earth Month attendees.

A very important shout out to the amazing Environmental Stewardship team of student leaders: Alexa Carrera, Alyssa Parkhurst, Annabella Castillo, Elan Quezada Hoffman, Elijah Abdullah, Gabriela Ortiz-Riera, Gigi Huerta Herrera, Grace Koch Muchahary, Malachi Owens, Mercy Zou Taithul, Nyasa Hendrson Meany, Reginald Oblitely, and Zoe Barany. Their collective leadership, equity-mindednes, authentic teamwork, wisdom, and organizing power brought their Earth Month 2022 vision into reality. This month of events showcased many of their accomplishments from their work this past year and has moved environmental sustainability work forward in profound ways. Thank you to them for their leadership, stewardship, and collective action.

Join us in the garden Tuesdays 12-1 this summer! More fun is to come!

Earth Month 2022 Reflections survey

MnTech Foundation Scholarship Applications – Now Open

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

Greetings! It is that time of year again!

We are currently accepting applications for the Minnesota Technology Foundation Scholarship. The scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MN Tech member companies. The Minnesota Technology Foundation supports diversity in this application and award process.

We also have Named Scholarships in specific areas supported by our generous sponsors. In the past, we have provided scholarships in Computer Science, STEM Education, Data Science, Women in STEM, Underrepresented Populations in STEM and Women in Computer Science. We encourage you to let students know of this additional and exceptional opportunity.

Eligibility requirements:

Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in STEM teaching
Only students with sophomore through senior academic status in the current school year may apply. Sophomore status may include students who have achieved this status through advanced placement (AP) credit or post-secondary options (PSEO)s
Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited, Minnesota-based higher education institution.
Scholarships will be awarded in the fall term of 2022 and presented to recipients at Minnesota Technology Association Tekne Awards in November. Students must be enrolled at time of award.

Special Circumstances

In addition to traditional STEM fields, health science majors whose studies will NOT lead to participation in direct patient care are welcome to apply.
The scholarship is open to international students, but preference is given to students who intend to work in Minnesota after graduation.
Past scholarship winners are eligible to re-apply as long as they meet the rest of the requirements listed here.

Deadline for application is May 20th, 2022. The application form is available below or on the website.

https://smr.to/p81423, https://mntech.org/talent/stem-scholarships/

Applications are Now Open for the 2022-23 PRISM Scholars Program

submitted by brookinj@augsburg.edu

The PRISM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, PRISM Scholars receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year. Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.

Eligibility:
– Enrolled at least half-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics)
– Within 5 semesters of graduating with a STEM degree as of Fall 2022 (graduating by December ‘24)
– Major GPA of 2.75 or higher (scholars will be expected to raise their GPA to 3.0 during program participation)
– U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
– Demonstrated financial need as determined by financial aid status (Pell or MN State grant eligible or equivalent)

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 18 at 11:59pm
Faculty reference deadline: Friday, May 27 (applicants should get permission from one faculty member to serve as their reference and name them in their application)

Students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to: http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem.
Questions? Contact: stem@augsburg.edu.

Funding is provided through the National Science Foundation(NSF) S-STEM program which provides support for high-achieving STEM students with financial need. The collaborative award NSF#2030638: Partner Relationships to Increase STEM Momentum (PRISM) provides S-STEM scholarships to students at Augsburg University, Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College.

Expression of Interest Form: https://forms.gle/W3kwycuh2uAtHVrV6

Event Announcements

Get a Free Drink and Snacks at Our Advocates for Debate Mixer (May 25, Lake Monster Brewing)

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Attend our Advocates for Debate Mixer to see what this powerful, transformative activity is all about, and how you can support it in MN!

About this event

Are you a former speech and debate competitor? Or perhaps you always wished you had the chance? Come hear about the MN Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University that provides academic competitive debate programming for over 1,000 students in the Twin Cities metro area.

Enjoy a drink and snacks at Lake Monster Brewing (on us!), and learn how you can get involved. We are launching a new initiative: Advocates for Debate Board. Join leaders from the legal, business, education, and civic community to find out how you can ensure all students have access to the transformative power of debate.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, May 25th

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm (short program at 5:30 pm).

Location: Lake Monster Brewing 550 Vandalia Street #160 St. Paul, MN 55114

RSVP is required – please RSVP using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocates-for-debate-mixer-lake-monster-brewing-tickets-330219203527

As members of the Speech and Debate community, we cheered when incoming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson credited speech and debate as “The one activity that best prepared me for future success.” Join us to ensure all students have this same opportunity!

Get Your Free Ticket to the Event

Retirement Reception for Provost Karen Kaivola, May 12

submitted by bergc2@augsburg.edu

Please join the campus community on Thur. May 12, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. in the Quad, as we celebrate Karen’s nine years of service and offer congratulations on her upcoming retirement. Brief remarks will be offered starting at 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

We invite staff and faculty to gather and share in this opportunity to thank Karen for her contributions to Augsburg University and offer best wishes!

The Marshall Room has been reserved in case of inclement weather.

MNUDL Volunteer Opportunity: Seeking Finance Professionals to Judge Financial Literacy Debates

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

You’re Invited! Judge Debates & Network with Students on May 21st!

The MN Urban Debate League is looking for financial professionals that identify as female or gender non-conforming to judge at our annual Financial Literacy Debate tournament this year!

You do not need debate experience to be a judge. We will provide training and opportunities to ask questions prior to the tournament, and will also be available to support you during the tournament.

Financial Literacy Debate is an innovative program that supports students’ public speaking, critical thinking, and financial literacy skills and knowledge. Our program works to close the gender gap in the financial sector by building the leadership and financial knowledge of high school participants that identify as female or gender non-conforming, through debate. Over the course of the initiative, students meet with their coach after school, learn about the topic area and fundamental economic concepts through an engaging curriculum, hold practice debates, and participate in a competition with other schools.

Our tournament this year is tentatively scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at Augsburg University. The tournament schedule will be as follows:

· 9:30 am: Judge training

· 10:00 am: Judge three debate rounds about the benefits/harms of cryptocurrency

· 1:00: Lunch and networking between students and financial professionals

· 2:00: Awards Ceremony

· 2:30: End

Sign up at our website to be a part of our event at Augsburg University on May 21st from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM. https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/volunteer-opportunities/

Thank you for supporting our students as they build their financial literacy skills and explore career pathways in finance!

Learn More & Sign Up

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Summer Job Opportunity for Patient Hours

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 Summer! 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!

Looking for Pet Sitter-Minneapolis

submitted by gowansm@augsburg.edu

I am looking for a pet sitter for my ESA July 3rd-14th.
Logan is a sweet and kind rabbit. He is free roam and potty trained.
He loves head pets, bananas, and toys.
He is overall very kind and very chill.
You would be coming over twice a day, feeding him morning and evening, and cleaning out his litter box every 2-3 days.
Paying around 250-300 for the week. It’s a good gig and will only take less than an hour per day.
Bonus, you can spend some time with a rabbit and learn more about how to take care of them.
Experience with pet sitting preferred but not required.
Please email me at gowansm@augsburg.edu for more info

MN Urban Debate League Seeks Paid Judges in May and June

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, is seeking debate judges for our Spanish Debate League and East African Debate programs. These programs serve middle and high school students at Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools, and select suburban partners and charter schools. Both programs are led by community members, who have taken the policy debate format, and tweaked it to support their students’ growth and engagement.

Judges will earn $55 per virtual tournament. No speech & debate experience is needed to be a judge, though it can be helpful – we will fully train you. More things to know:

* Judges listen to debates, provide constructive feedback, and pick a winner. In the process, they help students build confidence and academic skills like critical thinking, deep listening, and argumentation.

* Judges for our Spanish Debate League must be fluent in Spanish.
East African Debate League tournaments are held in English. (You do not have to be East African to judge, but the topic of the debate pertains directly to the community- what are the pros and cons of attending an integrated public school vs. a culturally-specific charter school?).

* Both types of judges must pass a background check and have a supportive, educational mindset.

Tournaments on these dates will be all virtual! Tournaments are generally held from 4:00-7:00 PM on weeknights. We plan to announce any in-person tournaments at a later date, which will be held in the Twin Cities area.

SPANISH DEBATE LEAGUE:

May 5
May 12
May 19

EAST AFRICAN DEBATE:

May 31st
June 14th

Further schedule info is here: https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/volunteer-opportunities/

Are you interested in learning more? Use our contact form and tell us more about you: https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/contact-us/

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