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Free Arabic, Russian, or Chinese Language Instruction

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program now offers CLS Spark. This is a virtual initiative for undergraduate students to lean essential languages for America’s engagement with the world.

As a virtual program, CLS Spark allows students to have an immersive language and cultural experience with international communities. Spark participants will spend approximately 8 weeks during the summer learning either Arabic, Russian, or Chinese through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of these languages.

– 10 hours of intense live group instruction a week
– Cultural activities and individual consultations
– Monthly professional development workshops and inclusive support

Participants of CLS Spark will receive:
– Language instruction and cultural programming;
– Textbooks and language learning materials
– Language gains certified using the widely-recognized ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) assessment
– Non-competitive eligibility for U.S. government employment for up to three -years after the program completion;
– Academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College; and
– A stipend towards equipment and connectivity costs (for example, a web camera or microphone).

Applications are due November 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact urgo@augsburg.edu (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 21th

CLS Spark Website

Need Fine Arts and Augsburg Experience? You’re in Luck

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Do something different this summer–explore a new region of Minnesota! Join the summer course to earn your Fine Arts credit *and* Augsburg Experience!

IMMIGRATION STORIES & COMMUNITY BUILDING IN RURAL MINNESOTA

Evening Course Meetings: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm, for 4 weeks beginning May 9 and ending June 3.
Travel: This course will travel to Walnut Grove, Minnesota for 2 short residencies:
Tuesday, May 23 – Friday, May 26
Thursday, June 1- Saturday, June 3, including a public showing in Walnut Grove on June 2
Course choices:
THR 295 – Topics in Theater, fulfills Fine Arts requirement
SOC 495 – elective for sociology majors or minors
INS 292 — 2 credit optional add-n for students wishing to take additional credits in summer

Changing demographics, especially in rural communities, provide both challenges and opportunities for building strong and equity-minded communities. This course explores these challenges and opportunities with the goal of building community ties as well as connections between Augsburg University students and the residents of Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

While in Walnut Grove, you will meet with community members and conduct interviews to learn more about the residents of the community and their history. Research, stories, and data will be collected and used as material to create a public presentation at the end of the class.
This is a great opportunity to earn credits in a new, dynamic way during summer, without interfering with work schedules, and other summer commitments!

Check the website below for more info and start an application!

Get all the details here

Short Study Abroad/Away Courses – Earn Credit Off Campus On Spring or Summer Break

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Short-term study abroad & away in Spring or Summer 2023 is a great way to earn credits and get off-campus! All programs fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement:

PICTURING AMERICA: RACE, GENDER, & 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

ANOTHER FUTURE IS POSSIBLE: SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS in ROTTERDAM & AMSTERDAM
• travel in May 17-31, 2023
• 2 courses. ENL + SOC/URB :
•ENL 280: Genres: Speculative Fiction (4 credits), Humanities LAF
•SOC/URB 111: City Life: Intro to Urban Sociology (4 credits), SBS LAF, or
•SOC/URB 295: Sustainable Solutions in The Netherlands (4 credits), elective

IMMIGRATION STORIES & COMMUNITY BUILDING IN RURAL MN
•Summer 2023 Term 1, travel to Walnut Grove, MN
•Choose 1 course, with optional INS add on:
•SOC 495 – Sociology topics elective or
•THR 295 -Topics in Theater – LAF Fine Arts
•INS 292 – 2 credits – optional

SCIENCE & RELIGION IN GERMANY
• Travel in May 2023
•Choose 1 science course and/or the religion course:
•CHM 102 with Lab: fulfills Science w/ Lab (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

MONEY, BANKING, & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN GERMANY

• Travel in May 2023
•Choose 1 course:
•ECO 315: Money and Banking
•BUS 362: International Business

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

Cool Opportunity for BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ Interested in Technology

submitted by ennisjes@augsburg.edu

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has received funding from Amateur Radio Digital Communications to develop and offer a set of entirely virtual courses designed to teach early career learners about the electromagnetic spectrum and amateur (ham) radio. The program aims to reach learners who bring diverse experiences and perspectives to STEM – and to the amateur radio community especially.

The 20-week inaugural course will take place from Jan 9-May 26, 2023, with ~10 BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ (18-20 year old) students from across the country.

Participants will receive a $2,000 stipend over the project period. Expected engagement is about 3-6 hours/week.

Applications are due on October 31, 2022.

Link to application: https://superknova.org/ham-application-details/

In addition to providing a welcoming and safe environment for the focus communities (18-20 year old BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ learners), here is a very brief overview of the program:

* Session runs from January 9-May 26, 2023

* $2,000 stipend provided

* entirely virtual, with learning through Superknova.org

* participation in weekly 90-120 minute zoom sessions

* reliable internet access required (campus internet would be fine)

* computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone required

* lab supplies and equipment are provided

* includes preparation to take and pass the technical amateur radio exam for licensure

Contact Jessica Ennis (ennisjes@augsburg.edu) if you have any questions!

Critical Language Scholarship

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is
– A fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program
– Students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction
– Part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity
– There are 14 languages that applicants can select from. Alumni of the program also receive one year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status when applying for federal government jobs

Competitive applicants will need
– To illustrate a commitment to language learning,
– A strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting
– Ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment.
– Most programs do not require experience studying the selected language. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applications are due Tuesday, November 15, 2022 by 8:00 PM EST / 5 PM PST.

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact urgo@augsburg.edu (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 21th

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General Announcements

Evangeline Hagfors Obituary

submitted by cjohnson@augsburg.edu

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of long-time friend and benefactor of Augsburg University, Evangeline “Vangie” Hagfors. She left this world peacefully on October 4, 2022.

Evangeline Hagfors Obituary (link)

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 24, at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi. Visitation will be held from 3 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, October 23, at Bradshaw, 4600 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear Lake, and one hour prior to the service at church.

Please keep Vangie’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Evangeline Hagfors Obituary

Feeling Spooky About Midterms? 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

Would You Like Display Cases?

submitted by vanclev1@augsburg.edu

We have five display cases available to folks on campus. They are white with glass sides and tops and used to be in the library second floor by the skyway to Hagfors. They measure 42″w x 30″h x 14.5″d. One of the five is missing its glass top. Here is a photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rfNGOXP7zpZqCMR6bCfCNok9PER0uy5T/view?usp=sharing

Updated Lead Time for the Copy Center

submitted by longj@augsburg.edu

With the 2022-23 school year, Augsburg has decided to have Central Services switch to a three-person staff:

Billy Callen – Copy Center
Jeni Long – Mail Room/Site Lead
Cody Hua – Shipping/Receiving

With the change in staffing levels we need to change the print project lead time to 24-hours. Please be sure to call the Copy Center (612-330-1054) before submitting anything needed sooner. The smoothest process to having your print job completed in time is to submit it using the Augsburg Copy Request system, https://sites.augsburg.edu/centralservices/copy-center-costs/. It is not just about the time it takes to print the order. We are not always at the desk to see the order come into the email. We need to be able to be away from the desk to cut, laminate and fix printers among other things.

Printer support calls/paper request may now take up to 3 hours for Central Services to have someone free to come and look at it. We need to have one person covering Copy Center/Shipping/Receiving and cannot send all three of us out at the same time. Please call us when your put in your second to last ream of paper to avoid being completely out of paper. If you do not have a backup printer option please ask IT how to add the printer driver to your computer so if the main printer you use is waiting for service you have another option to send your documents to. The Copy Center is also an option at the link above.

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October 20 Lunch and Learn MA in Leadership for Augsburg Employees

submitted by davisd2@augsburg.edu

On October 20 Augsburg Staff are invited to bring lunch or grab lunch in The Commons and join us to chat about Augsburg’s own Master of Arts in Leadership program and taking advantage of your employee tuition benefit!

October 20, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Riverside Room (3rd Floor Christensen Center)
For Augsburg employees

Bring a lunch or grab lunch in the cafeteria and join us in the Riverside Room!

We will go through the benefits of a masters degree, the versatility of this Leadership degree, and how to utilize your Augsburg tuition benefit.

Register or express interest here!

MN Urban Debate League Seeks In-Person Volunteers

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The MNUDL is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students. Our goal is to ensure all Minnesota students to have access to debate, a powerful and transformative activity that improves academic outcomes, students’ confidence, and transferable skills like public speaking.

We’ve had a great response to our virtual tournament judging opportunities- all shifts are filled but Friday, December 9th! We still have multiple upcoming opportunities to judge debates IN PERSON in the Twin Cities!

We’re looking for judges for the following dates & locations:

• Sat. October 29: Roseville Area High School (feel free to join the Rosebowl tradition and wear a Halloween costume!)
• Sat. November 12: Highland Park
• Sat. November 19: University of Minnesota
• Sat. December 10: Twin Cities Metro location TBA

No debate experience is required. We will train you ahead of the tournament. We’re seeking caring adults who want to help students improve their skills. Judges must be able to pass a background check.

Want to volunteer with a large group? Email froehlic@augsburg.edu to coordinate.

Please learn more and sign up here! https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/volunteer-opportunities/

Please learn more and sign up here!

Event Announcements

The Black Circle Series: Microaggressions in Higher Education

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

In this circle talk series, we will be discussing different topics regarding the student body, specifically black-identifying students. This is a new dialogue series, so please come and show your support! Stay tuned as they will happen once a month during the fall and spring semesters.

Prepare to engage and collaborate with others as we find ways to uplift members of our Augsburg community.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Augsburg Room( Upstairs in Christensen Center)

For any accommodation needs, please contact Pan-Afrikan Student Services at burrowsk@augsburg.edu

Open House: Communication Studies, Film, and New Media Department

submitted by rjohnson@augsburg.edu

Hello Everyone,

The Communication Studies, Film, and New Media Department (CFN) will be hosting an Open House October 13th, 12p-2p! We invite all interested students to attend! Snacks will be provided! We will also have a photographer present to snap professional profile photos for students to update their LinkedIn and other social media profiles. We hope to see you there!

October 13th, 12p-2p in Foss Atrium

Reigster Now: Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair
Friday, October 28th – FREE
U of M, Coffman Memorial Union (short 10 minute walk)
All students are invited!

Sponsored by: Minnesota Colleges and Universities Career Services Association

Are you seeking an internship or full-time career (now or in the near future) in a government or non-profit setting? The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities.

Register on Handshake under events/fairs – augsburg.joinhandshake.com

Register and Learn More

Education Minnesota “Degrees Not Debt”, Thursday 5pm

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

Thursday, October 13, 5 to 6 pm, Sverdrup 2.

Education Minnesota will be on campus to help you learn about your student debt forgiveness options — including the latest on President Biden’s debt relief announcement of up to $20,000 — in their latest Degrees, Not Debt seminar.

Student debt is no longer just a burden—it’s become a barrier to the American Dream. Minnesota ranks fifth in the nation for student debt, with the average student debt load at $30,894 for state college students. Education Minnesota, the state teachers’ union, wants to help relieve your debt burden and make college more affordable and accessible to all. This is particularly important for our public schools. If teaching becomes an unaffordable profession, it will become even more difficult to attract and retain high-quality educators.

Dean of Students Michael Grewe Shares His Vocation Story in Chapel

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Join us from 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. today in the Hoversten Chapel for the next installment in our Uncovering Vocation series. Michael Grewe, our Dean of Students, will share his story, “Taking Pride in My Vocation” as we celebrate Coming Out Day. Come and learn more about Mike, our community, and how we seek to live our lives for the sake of the neighbor.

Introduction to the Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole

submitted by cliftonk@augsburg.edu

As Augsburg University supports students to tap into their unique gifts to fulfill their essential purpose through meaningful work, we recognize that organizations have an essential purpose too. The Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole was recently established to support organizations as they carry out their purpose in the world. Through a disciplined process that embraces the organization’s relationships to the larger world, Seeing Things Whole brings together a community of leaders and scholars to analyze and find solutions to critical organizational challenges.

Join us on Wednesday, October 26th at 12:30pm in Oren Gateway 100 to learn more about Seeing Things Whole and our work is to cultivate whole leaders and thriving organizations to positively impact the common good.

Contact Keri Clifton at cliftonk@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1525 with questions.

Pan-Afrikan Student Services Presents Braid With M.K. Plaits

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

The care and upkeep of black hair is so important. It creates a community with every two strand twists, braid and loc. Please join M.K. as she teaches us to perfect an art that we are already familiar with. Participation during the class is encouraged as we learn to love and manage our hair.

When
Thursday Oct 20, 2022 ⋅ 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Central Time – Chicago)

Location: Augsburg Room( Upstairs in Christensen Center)

For any accommodation needs, please contact Pan-Afrikan Student Services at burrowsk@augsburg.edu

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