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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Last Call to Clean Out Previous Memorial and Science Hall Offices

submitted by farrisr@augsburg.edu

The time has come to retrieve any remaining items that were left behind in Memorial Hall or Science Hall offices when Hagfors Center opened.

While the majority of moves were completed at the time, a few offices still contain books, equipment, and other objects belonging to their former occupants. Facilities will begin cleaning out and repurposing all spaces in these areas:

– Third floor of Memorial Hall
– Top two floors of Science Hall

If you want to retrieve anything that got left behind in the move to Hagfors, please do so by November 4, 2022. Contact DPS if you need help accessing an old office space.

Find more updates on the Facilities blog

Teaching and Learning

Visit the Writing Center for Help With Your Written Assignments

submitted by forsthj@augsburg.edu

The Writing Center Is Open!

Our hours are:
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 4-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

For more information, please visit our website.
We look forward to seeing you!

https://sites.augsburg.edu/writingcenter/

Boren Scholarship for Language Study Abroad

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

The Boren Scholarship is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences where language learning is the focus. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and can assist any applicant in selecting a program, developing budgets and writing/editing application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested:
• Check out the Boren website (https://www.borenawards.org/) to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Watch the Info Session for Auggies we hosted with Boren staff: https://youtu.be/Sfx-PxbwlSE
• Let us know your interest by contacting Maren Stoddard Mack (stoddard@augsburg.edu) or URGO staff (urgo@augsburg.edu) by November 28th.
• Send application essay drafts to urgo@augsburg.edu – we will work through several drafts with you to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.
Final applications are due February 1st!

Learn more about Boren Scholarships

TODAY Augsburg Staff Union: Contract Ratification Vote

submitted by stoddard@augsburg.edu

Staff Union Colleagues,

After 19 months of bargaining, it is time for us to vote to ratify our historic first union contract!

THIS EVENING, the Union will hold the second of two ZOOM information and voting sessions. If you did not attend yesterday’s session, you must attend the session this evening in order to vote. Vote will be held by private ballot at the end of the information session that reviews the language in the contract. Ratification happens by a simple majority of those who vote.

Wednesday, October 26 at 7-8 pm

This is our contract – your vote matters! On October 19, you were sent an email with the zoom registration links. If you have not received the email, please contact an Augsburg Staff Union Steward ASAP:

Karen Alexander alexank@augsburg.edu
Katie Asfeld asfeldk@augsburg.edu
Chris Bogen bogen@augsburg.edu
Elizabeth Charnell charnell@augsburg.edu
Natalie Jacobson jacobsn@augsburg.edu
Katie Lane lanek@augsburg.edu

Faculty: Propose an Off-Campus Course With CGEE

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

CGEE is accepting proposals for off-campus courses offered in AY 23-24 (winter break, spring break, or summer ’24). Any course with an off-campus, overnight experience must submit a program proposal.

Proposal Deadline: November 1

Graduate and Nursing program chairs/directors: Please contact Peggy Johnson (johnsop2@augsburg.edu) to discuss your off-campus course plans and proposals

Undergraduate course proposals: contact Maren Stoddard Mack, stoddard@augsburg.edu with questions.

Propose an off-campus study abroad/away program here

General Announcements

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

Intern and Study in Northern Ireland This Spring – Free Airfare

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Spend your spring semester in Northern Ireland!

This semester-long program is an investigation of a society’s transition from violent conflict to sustainable democracy, a transition that continues to be a fragile and difficult process. On this semester program you will complete an internship – a stellar addition to your resume for post-college job hunting! – in a setting that focuses on one or more of the key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Equality and Social Justice; Democracy and Active Participation; Human Rights and Social Responsibility.

In addition to your unique internship, you will:

Complete a full 16 credits of Augsburg University credit

Travel the country on included excursions embedded in the semester

Live at Ulster University’s Magee Campus, alongside other international and Irish students

Enjoy the charming city of Derry-Londonderry, an historic and vibrant city in the north west Northern Ireland

Receive an automatic cgee travel grant of $1,500 off your tuition

Receive free airfare (spring 2023 program only)

Complete your Augsburg Experience requirement

Application Deadline: November 1

Learn more about Northern Ireland and apply here

Gratitude and Goodies at the Gage Desk

submitted by mcgillik@augsburg.edu

Please drop by the Gage desk on the second floor of the library Wednesday, November 2 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a time of munching treats, sipping hot cider/cocoa, and writing thank-you cards. We can all benefit by taking time to demonstrate our thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives, whether in big ways or small. Those participating will be entered into a drawing to win a cozy blanket! This event is being sponsored by the CLASS office.

Student Leadership Interest Form

submitted by abdiaa7@augsburg.edu

This form is a joint application to apply for one or more of the following student leadership positions (along with what terms the position start and end). Student hired for the position will be required to take a leadership development course to prepare for the position in Spring 2023 (LST294/296) unless otherwise exempt (returners are not required to re-take the class). APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOON ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

https://forms.gle/yz1Sup9jw2q5ZpPm9

HOURLY POSITIONS PAID THROUGH AUGSBURG PAYROLL
The following positions are compensated $15/hr.

* Augsburg Youth Theology Institute Mentor (Spring 2023 – Summer 2023)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FoIe_WV3pSuna_Om41D-btLceUgM-NLaJRFeqS1xPSY/edit

* AugSem Student Leader (Spring 2023 – Fall 2023)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1umkmbPH1ymhwm2bhEUsElsAwF6TytuMliCO0npXjKVI/edit?usp=sharing

* Orientation Leader (Spring 2023 – Summer 2023)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17eKuZ_B7dINqr1UUZKTkbjyXI0JbIPl7PfHr8QhdSW4/edit?usp=sharing

* Pan-Asian Student Services Intern (Summer 2023 – Spring 2024)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M1_NKF9tNZUJaN4y51o7L25TJ-W70XiMZr5p14nJ6Ks/edit?usp=sharing

* Pan-Asian Mentor Program Family Leader (Summer 2023 – Spring 2024)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/16PHN_6p5wnl01j8Wd-1l1sOhvUWyldcCgZfzWcgeBdc/edit?usp=sharing

RESIDENCE LIFE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The following leadership opportunities receive discounted room and board based on service provided to the Department of Residence Life.

* Resident Assistant (Spring 2023, Fall 2023 – Spring 2024)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dA5leka7oIQZ9hAZxeYN99UnPDtnSd3WUp50DE_nmJ4/edit?usp=sharing

* Residence Life Lead (Spring 2023, Fall 2023 – Spring 2024)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Yq5EDlHwABk_hVQCAN3Urha1vjqae4dxrl3ouhvBqs/edit?usp=sharing

We’ve Got an Election Coming Up – More Info Here

submitted by jacobsn@augsburg.edu

Tuesday November 8, 2022 is election day and the Sabo Center is here to help you get registered and make a plan to vote. There are no classes at Augsburg on election day so you’ll have time to do your civic duty and have your voice heard.

Need help?

Need help getting registered or learning about what’s on your ballot, finding information about candidates, or making a plan to vote? Sabo staff and student election volunteers will be available in the lobby of Christensen Center during the following times.

Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm.
Wednesday, November 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keith Ellison on Campus November 1
Want an opportunity to hear directly from Minnesota’s Attorney General? Keith Ellison will be visiting Augsburg on Tuesday, November 1 at 11:30 in the Christensen Center’s East Commons. Come hear from Keith, get your election questions answered, and grab a cookie.

More info here

First-Generation Survey for Augsburg Faculty and Staff

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

In recognition of First-Generation College Celebration Day (Nov. 8), the departments of TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO McNair Scholars, and Multicultural Life will be hosting events that highlight the first-generation college experience during the week of November 7. These events will be geared to students, but all of the Augsburg community is welcome to attend. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to this programming, we’re asking faculty and staff to complete this brief First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey. The information collected will be used to create ongoing resources and support for first-generation students here at Augsburg. Please provide as much information as you’re comfortable sharing.

If you have any questions or comments about this survey or about the Augsburg First-Generation project, please contact Magaly Ortiz, TRIO Student Support Services (ortiz@augsburg.edu) or Lara Crombie, TRIO McNair Scholars Program (crombie@augsburg.edu).

First-Generation Augsburg Community Survey

Trick-or-Treat Yourself Using 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

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study (Earn Up to $35)

submitted by schacht5@augsburg.edu

This research study (IRB #: 2022-32-03) is designed to compare two different skill-building training programs that may help college students develop adjustment-related skills. You are eligible to participate if you are a current Augsburg undergraduate student.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to come to our Augsburg Psychology research laboratory for 4 sessions over the course of one month. The sessions include an initial orientation meeting and three sessions focused on one of two skills-building programs (you will be randomly assigned to one of the two–like a flip of a coin). Both programs involve mini-informational videos as well as experiential activities for you to complete. We will also have you complete a few personality measures. You will be assigned a peer coach who will work with you as progress through the study and guide you through the study components. Each of the sessions will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, we will check in one last time 3-months after the study is over for a brief online survey.

Participants will receive up to $35 for their participation. $5 for each of the first three sessions, and $10 for both the fourth session and the 3 month follow-up. Alternatively, Augsburg University Psychology students will receive up to $25 and 4 research credits.

To participate, please complete this participant inquiry form: https://tinyurl.com/Skill-Building

The researchers conducting this study are part of the Identity and Well-being Research Lab at Augsburg University (iwellLab@augsburg.edu or 612-656-6560), directed by Dr. Alex Ajayi, Assistant Professor of Psychology (E-mail: ajayi@augsburg.edu, Phone: 612-330-1146). If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us via the emails and phone numbers specified above.

Please consider forwarding this to other individuals who may meet the criteria for participation. Thank you for your consideration!

Mark Your Calendar – HSA Information Session

submitted by parkso@augsburg.edu

Employees enrolled in the High Deductible + HSA Plan are eligible to participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA) administered by HR Simplified. The HSA will allow you to set aside personal pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified medical expenses. The funds in your HSA roll over from year to year and are yours until you spend them.

All benefits-eligible employees have the opportunity to make changes to their benefits during active Open Enrollment begins Monday, November 7 and continues through Friday, November 18.

Would you like to learn more?
Please attend our HSA information session, which will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 2 p.m. This will be a live Zoom session.

o Zoom link: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/98827006134

Please check the information sessions for 2023 Open Enrollment on the HR website.

HR website > Open Enrollment 2023

Event Announcements

Faculty and Staff of Color Afterwork Gathering

submitted by lohmannm@augsburg.edu

There will be an Augsburg Faculty and Staff of Color Afterwork Gathering on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00–5:30 p.m. at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners. This gathering is an opportunity for BIPOC faculty and staff to gather and build community in an informal setting.

To be added to the Google calendar invite for this event, please email inclusion@augsburg.edu.

Hope to see you there!

Learn More About the Reell Office of Seeing Things Whole Today

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.

Salsa Night This Thursday

submitted by rodrigra@augsburg.edu

Come join us in Sateren Auditorium on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. for an energetic and fun-filled evening! The Augsburg Jazz Ensemble becomes the Augsburg ¡Salsa Orchestra! to perform mambos, boleros, guanguancó, and salsa as part of a celebration of the musical heritage in the Americas and is joined by the Vocal Jazz singers and soloists Ashley Litzinger and Vincent Rosa-Chavez. We are also joined by Jonathan Alarcón from Honduras as a performer and as artist-in-residence. Accomplished in a wide range of styles and with his first love being jazz, Jonathan’s first appearance at Augsburg was as a member of Cienaños, a Honduran band known for their energetic performance and calls for social justice in Central America, as a part of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in 2017. Don’t miss out!

Presented in partnership with the Department of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies.

https://www.augsburg.edu/music/

Staff Senate Greet and Treats and Greenhouse Open House

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

Join your fellow Augsburg staff in Hagfors lobby on Thursday November 3, 2022 from 1-2:30pm for snacks, drinks, as well as stop by the Greenhouse and check out everything Hagfors has to offer. This time links up with the Hagfors Greenhouse open house from noon-3pm. Come meet your staff senators, new Augsburg staff and catch up with each other! Come for 5 minutes or stay the whole time — we would love to see as many of you there as possible! There will be sweet treats, juice and coffee in Hagfors lobby area. Hope to see you there!

Annual Anti-Racism Training

submitted by reeck@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg University Annual Anti-Racism Training is a required training for all Augsburg faculty and staff and has been scheduled for this year. For more information about the training and to register, please visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department Website.

FALL SEMESTER TRAINING
Thu, Dec 8, 2022
Via Zoom
3:30-6:30 p.m. (3 Hours)

2022-2023 Anti-Racism Training Website

TODAY- Student Panel on Internships – Tips, Advice, and More

submitted by tilton@augsburg.edu

Are you a business major? Are you curious about the internship process? Attend the student internship and career discussion panel on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:00-6:00 pm in Hagfors 351. Pizza will be provided.

Hear from a panel of your peers, where they will discuss their internships, offer advice, tips and resources to help you with your internship and job search! Plus, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and network!

Open to all students!!

Sponsored by: Augsburg Business Organization & Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Questions? – email careers@augsburg.edu or abo@augsburg.edu

Register on Handshake – augsburg.joinhandshake.com

Chapel: Hans Wiersma

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Please join us today in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am to hear Hans Wiersman, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, preach.

On November 2, we will hold an All Saints service. The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. At this service we remember the saints who’ve gone before us. We’ll also remember loved ones who have died, especially in this past year. We celebrate and remember through song and prayer. Please submit names you would like included in the service to the campus ministry office by emailing Janice Dames at dames@augsburg.edu by noon on November 1.

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY 11:30-1:30pm

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table today in Christensen Center from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

We are available to answer your questions about study abroad/away, check in on your application, or give you some information to get started.

Study Abroad & Away opportunities are for all Auggies–with programs ranging in length from 1 week to a semester or year, international locations as well as destinations in the USA, and courses to fit any major.

Every Study Abroad & Away program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too!

Stop by today for more info!

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

Focused Conversation: Art and Science Project TOMORROW

submitted by farrisr@augsburg.edu

The first Focused Conversation this academic year will be part one of two meetings devoted to the next steps of the important work arising from the research conducted on our behalf by Art & Science Group. Their research suggests specific areas in which we can make Augsburg even more appealing to prospective students and better able to retain our current students. Join President Paul Pribbenow and Provost Paula O’Loughlin for a review of their findings.

Focused Conversation—Art & Science Project
Thursday, October 27
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

To view the Focused Conversation schedule and access the livestream link when available, visit the All Hands page.

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

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