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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Transitioning HVAC Systems on Campus

submitted by abounass@augsburg.edu

All campus building HVAC systems continue to be transitioned from heating to cooling. Because of weather being unpredictable this time of year, please plan to dress accordingly so that you can adjust for temperature variations in your office during this time. For staff working in buildings without air conditioning, please submit a work order to request window air conditioner installation.

Teaching and Learning

Riverside Innovation Hub’s Cohort Springtime Learnings: A Time for Slowly Being Led by the Spirit

submitted by weber3@augsburg.edu

Our Riverside Innovation Hub Lead Facilitator Geoffrey Gill reflects on the past month’s cohort meetings with congregations. Geoffrey shares wisdom and learnings from these important gatherings.

As we breathe into the fullness of spring and our work becomes more and more rooted, it is clear that this work requires us to slow down, to be patient and to move at the pace of a growing flower. It may look slow and arduous at times, and this is the work of sowing seeds; we are like community gardeners for the public church and we are learning that this project moves at the pace of building trustworthy relationships. You can’t force this to work, and you can’t just bypass any important part because it makes you uncomfortable or you don’t understand it. What I’m finding inside of most congregations is this sense of needing things to speed up, there is this deep eagerness to spring forth and jump into action. And on the other hand God is calling us to slow down. Yes, move forward and take action, and don’t move so fast that you can’t smell the spring flowers. Don’t move so fast that you forget or bypass why you’re even doing this work. This time and space of work requires us to trust the flow of the process; to do all we can and then let the spirit do what it’s capable of doing.

So, In-between our large learning events RIH hosts smaller cohort meetings. These meetings focus on the art forms of the public church framework. All of the cohorts met this April. The intentions of these meetings were to build and deepen relational trust, reflect on the process of sharing learnings with the leadership in each congregation and expand more into the art form: interpretation.

Check out the rest of Geoffrey’s reflection on our CCV Blog: https://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/blog/ to learn more about the important work that our CCV team is doing.

Christensen Center for Vocation Blog

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

submitted by hildena@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

Check out all the program offerings here

Achieving Community Engagement and Social Impact Through a Community-Based University Partnership

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast Dr. Charlyn Hilliman (Capella University) and Dr. Barbara Butts Williams (Capella University) explore how an established direct path is possible between talent, employment, and leadership skills through strategic partnerships.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p93/

General Announcements

Free Groceries at the Cupboard and Cooking Space at the Food Lab

submitted by jacobsn@augsburg.edu

The Campus Cupboard (Anderson 26) is open this summer during the following times:

Mondays: 3-7pm
Tuesdays: 12:30-3:30pm
Wednesdays: 3-6pm

All groceries are free!

You can also join Campus Kitchen in the Food Lab this summer every Tuesday 2-4pm and Wednesday 4-6pm for open cooking hours!

We will provide all the kitchen equipment and some basic ingredients, and you can bring any extra ingredients for yourself (or stop by the Campus Cupboard on your way!).

Stay tuned for cooking workshops throughout the summer during these times! If you have any ideas for a workshop — or would like to lead one — don’t hesitate to reach out to campuskitchen@augsburg.edu.

https://sites.augsburg.edu/foodshelf/

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

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!

Year-End Expense Deadline – June 10, 2022

submitted by stepanek@augsburg.edu

Invoices, Expense Reports and Payment Authorization Forms
Please submit invoices, expense reports, payment authorization forms, etc. for goods or services received on or before May 31, 2022 by Friday, June 10, 2022. All expenses need to have proper coding and approvals. Please email invoices to accountspayableaugsburg.edu or drop them off at the Business Office, Science Building Suite 148. If you are coming into your office please check for invoices that may have been delivered to your office and forward them to the Business Office.

If you have not received an invoice from a vendor for goods or services received or delivered by May 31, please contact Carole Kampf (kampf@augsburg.edu X1260) by Friday, June 10, 2022.

P-Card Purchase and Reimbursement Expenses
Please submit P-Card statements and receipts for expenses incurred through May 31, 2021 by Friday, June 10, 2022. Email your statement and receipts to purchasecard@augsburg.edu.

Checks and Cash
If you have checks and cash that need to be deposited for Fiscal year 2022, please bring to the Business Office, Science Building Suite 148 by Tuesday May 31, 2022. Our office is open Tuesday through Fridays 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Thank you for your prompt attention and cooperation!

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/

New Career Specialist in the Strommen Center – Stephen Simusa

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

Stephen Simusa, Career Specialist joins the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work today, Monday, May 16. He comes to us from the Florida State University Career Center with experience as a Career Counselor and recently earned his Master of Science in Career Counseling/Educational Specialist Career Counseling. Please stop by Stephen’s office in the Strommen Center, Christensen Center 100A, or send him an email at simusa@augsburg.edu to welcome him to our Augsburg Community.

DEI Anytime, Anywhere: Forum On-Demand

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

The Forum’s annual conference is the premier #diversity, #equity, and #inclusion (DEI) learning opportunity, and it’s now available ON-DEMAND!

General Sessions featuring Andrew Yang (Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, Nonprofit leader, and Former US Presidential & NYC Mayoral candidate), Cassandra Worthy (Founder & CEO, Change Enthusiasm® Global), and over 60 workshops, trend talks, sessions, and more!

Augsburg Faculty and Staff qualify for a special faculty and staff rate. Contact The Forum at workplaceforum@augsburg.edu to register and get access.

Learn more at
https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/2022-on-demand/

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/2022-on-demand/

Local Catering Guide for Small Events

submitted by jacobsn@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Local team is thrilled to share our Catering Guide! Our aim with this project is to encourage the use of local- and BIPOC-owned caterers for smaller on-campus events (fewer than 25 people). This is a living document and we welcome your comments and suggestions.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email augsburglocal@augsburg.edu. We’re excited to share this resource with the campus community and we hope you’ll use it when planning your next event!

[Augsburg Local is a campaign to leverage Augsburg’s purchasing power to support local businesses. The Augsburg Local campaign includes a variety of activities and strategies to intentionally connect locally owned, Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) owned, and Femmes/Trans/Womxn (FTW) owned businesses to the economic benefits generated by both individual and institutional purchasing.]

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PV-cPHv0vDiyWqpwNJ-hWuqrpdY9LbQI2T3SQA0fGY0/edit

Event Announcements

Thursday: Building a Diversity Program as an HR Professional

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: May 19, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International | Diversity Dashboard
Cost: Free

Many human resources professionals are stepping into the diversity manager role for their organization. This can be a daunting proposition. This session will explore elements of a successful diversity program and the first steps to get started. We will look at ways to stretch budgets by creating building blocks that can expand as resources allow.
Topics will include forming a DEI council, finding diversity champions, forming ERGs, diversity communication tips, engaging senior leaders, and how DEI education can be more than classroom-based learning. We’ll also cover techniques and tools for working in the virtual and hybrid environments.

Learning Outcomes
Learn three tips for starting a DEI council
To ERG or not to ERG: Know the pros and cons to make an informed choice
Explore tools and techniques that are low budget and easy to implement

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/building-a-diversity-program-as-an-hr-professional/

New | Forum PDL – Purpose and Belonging: Two Key Ingredients for an Inclusive Culture

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

Our deep-dive learning opportunity is returning this June.

Unlike traditional workshop sessions, Professional Development Labs (PDLs) are goal-oriented and include personal and professional action and accountability planning for next level leadership.

Join the Unity Lab team to learn how to activate purpose, belonging and inclusion on your teams, and effectively lead diverse teams. In this interactive session, you will understand how activating purpose and belonging in the workplace builds an inclusive and inspiring culture – full of authentic, high trust, diverse relationships across an organization. To create truly inclusive and diverse workplaces, we must first create opportunities for employees to activate their purpose and build empathy and trust with each other.

When: June 23, 2022 11:00 am – 4:00 pm CST
Where: Online/Virtual

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/dibs/purpose-and-belonging-two-key-ingredients-for-an-inclusive-culture/

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.

Winners include:

Aaron Davis is a Management/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Blessing Kasongoma is a International Business/Marketing double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Athens this Fall 2022

Mohamed (Khadar) Muhumed is an MIS major who just left for a short-term faculty-led program in Greece with Augsburg faculty in Business.

Since 2008, eighty-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships. This round alone, Auggies won over $30,000!

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Maren Stoddard Mack, Emilie Lenz and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors.

Congrats to all seven winners!!

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship!

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