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Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email abroad@augsburg.edu

Fill out the Google Form here!

Spring Break Study Abroad – Grab Your Spot Before It’s Gone

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

A few spots left! Apply by November 15

Take a spring course with travel on spring break, AND also complete your 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 (choose 1):

— RLN 409: fulfills Search for Meaning II or

— RLN 480: KEYSTONE credit for some majors

Got questions? Get in touch: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get more information and start your application!

Summer Research Info Sessions – Get Paid $6,000

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

Hear from past researchers, learn how to write a strong application and find a faculty mentor!

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program where undergraduate students are funded ($6,000 for full-time researchers) to conduct research or creative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor they choose.

If you have any questions regarding the program or cannot make it to an info session and would like to learn more, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu.

November 21st and 29th, 5:00-6:00 pm in Hagfors 150

Join CTL and CWC for a Zoom Session on Faculty Well-Being: November 16, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

submitted by reederm@augsburg.edu

Teaching faculty and staff are consistently called to support and care for their students, sometimes in complex and challenging situations. In order to fulfill this role, teaching faculty and staff must also have tools, environments, and strategies that promote care and balance for themselves. This session, hosted by CTL, the Health and Well-Being Task Force and CWC, will focus on helping teaching faculty and staff consider strategies and perspectives that can improve their own sense of professional and personal well-being.

This session will be recorded and available on the CTL website home page by Nov 23, 2022.

Zoom Meeting Link (Wed Nov 16th 3:30-4:30pm)

Zoom Meeting Link

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

General Announcements

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

2023 Open Enrollment: November 7–18

submitted by slater@augsburg.edu

Open Enrollment begins Monday, November 7 and continues through Friday, November 18. This is the only time of year outside of a qualifying life event when benefits-eligible employees may elect or change their benefit options, connect with the variety of available resources to help make the best decisions to meet their needs and enroll for the coming year.
During open enrollment, no action means no coverage. Employees who fail to act by November 18 will not have coverage effective January 1, 2023, and must wait until the next open enrollment period to elect coverage, unless a qualifying life event occurs.

o Medica pre-enrollment website: https://augsburguniversity.welcometomedica.com/home
HR website > Open Enrollment 2023

Accessing the 2023 Enrollment Form: Inside Augsburg > Administrative Tasks > Open Enrollment
Every benefits-eligible employee must act by electing or declining health, dental or vision insurance coverages and a flexible spending or health savings account.
Your 2022 elections WILL NOT automatically carry over to 2023
Required to complete the online enrollment form for the 2023 elections even if you elect to waive your 2023 coverage.

Enrollment Help Sessions
11/10 – 10am-12pm / 3:30pm – 4:30pm Sverdrup Hall 205
11/15 – 12pm-2pm Sverdrup Hall 205

2023 Benefits Guide

Start in January: MN Urban Debate League is Hiring Full-Time Program Coordinator

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Now Hiring: Program Coordinator

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, serves more than 1200 students in the Twin Cities Metro by providing year-round debate programming, including high school national topic policy debate, middle school debate, Spanish Debate League, East African Debate, Financial Literacy Leadership Debates, and MDAW Summer Speech & Debate Camp. Learn more about our work here: https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/what-we-do/

We are hiring a new member of our program staff to help support our growth as we continue to create new partnerships with school districts across the Twin Cities Metro. We’re looking for someone who is a strong educator, advocate, and believer in the power of speech and debate. Learn more below:

Key Information:

• Pay is $20.75-$23/hr, 40 hours per week
• We are looking for someone with policy debate and urban education experience.
• We hope we can recruit someone with full fluency in Spanish, or connection with the East African community, or knowledge of Financial Literacy (our three community leadership debate programs).
• We offer competitive full benefits as a program of Augsburg University – you receive full medical, dental, life, disability, retirement benefits from the University. This includes a tuition reimbursement after 1 year of employment. Three staff members have completed a Masters in Education Policy through this benefit. (Folks who are pursuing their undergrad degree are also eligible).
• In addition to 12 federal holidays, we offer a two-week winter break, and a three-week summer break plus another handful of days for fall break, spring break, and election day.
The MNUDL is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds and experiences to apply, including BIPOC candidates, LGBTQIA+ applicants, and people with disabilities.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to me at froehlic@augsburg.edu.

Learn more and apply here: https://smrtr.io/c7gHQ

Learn More and Apply

Looking for an Attitude of Gratitude? 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

URGO Offering Travel Grants for Student Researchers

submitted by pearsong@augsburg.edu

URGO has a limited amount if travel funding to award this academic year. URGO offers up to $850 in travel funding for Augsburg undergraduates who have been accepted to present research at a professional conference. These funds can mitigate the high costs of travel such as airfare and lodging, and can contribute to students’ professionalization.

The application is available at the URGO website (www.augsburg.edu/urgo) at the “conference travel” page. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to work with their research mentor to submit a travel application as soon as possible after receiving acceptance to a conference. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly throughout the school year and will begin reviewing applications November 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate conference travel opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu or x1447.

URGO Travel Website

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study by November 18 (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!

Next Pre-PA Club Meeting: Patient Care Experience (PCE) Versus Healthcare Experience (HCE)

submitted by jorenbyb@augsburg.edu

The Augsburg Pre-Physician Assistant Club (APPAC) is having their next meeting on Monday, 11/14 at 1035am in HC106. We will talk about how you can determine which category your Pre-PA experiences fall under: direct Patient Care Experience (PCE) or Healthcare Experience (HCE). Share and learn about what other members have done to earn their PCE and HCE hours. The APPAC is open to the entire student body regardless of whether you have decided on becoming a PA.

Please RSVP on Auggie Life, and we hope to see you there!
Branwen

Event Announcements

International Trivia Night: Wednesday, November 16

submitted by hildena@augsburg.edu

WORLDQUEST INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA NIGHT

Wednesday, November 16

6 – 8 pm

Hagfors 150 B

Food and fun for all!

Show off your knowledge of topics including international culture and cuisine, flags, geography, international pop culture, and current events. Fun prizes for top teams, fun times for everyone!

Grab your globally-minded friends to form a team! Four-person teams are recommended. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry. We’ll pair you up with teammates right before the game!

Brought to you by Augsburg International Student Organization, Study Abroad & Away, and Global Minnesota as part of International Education Week

RSVP requested, but not required:

RSVP here

Annual Anti-Racism Training

submitted by lohmannm@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

Psychological Thriller Movie Night New Date- Tuesday, November 15

submitted by schacht5@augsburg.edu

Hi everybody! We are so thankful to have found a new date for the psychological thriller movie night hosted by Augsburg Psychological Association. Stop by room 123 in the Old Science building this Tuesday for snacks and a scary movie. We will be watching The Zodiac. Popcorn and beverages will be provided. It will be a fun event and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Please contact faberc@augsburg.edu for more information!

Questions About SNAP Benefits?

submitted by jacobsn@augsburg.edu

Curious if you’re eligible for SNAP benefits (free $ for groceries from the government)? Did you try to apply and have trouble completing the application?

Sign up for a 1-1 SNAP application assistance session with a staff member from Second Harvest Heartland or from Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen team.

If you haven’t tried applying yet and want to give it a shot on your own first, you can find the link to the application and more information here. Also feel free to explore our Augsburg-specific SNAP FAQ.

Sign up for a 1-1 session HERE and come prepared with your questions!

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/selfsched?sstoken=UU9tLW5ZdWdVM05GfGRlZmF1bHR8ZjA4MTA5MTYwMmFjYmM5ZjVjZTQxNTM3NDZmYjk2YmI

Thor Heyerdahl International Day 2022 – Online Event

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Online Event on Migration and Ethnicity – NOV 10, 2022

The Thor Heyerdahl Institute (of Norway) is continuing last year’s success and invites you to attend this year’s virtual event on NOV 10, 2022. The event aims to honor the cultural legacy of Thor Heyerdahl and continue to develop his research and ideas, highlighting his involvement in international dialogue, his advocacy for clean oceans and support towards world peace.

Visit their website to learn more about the 2022 event: https://vestfoldmuseene.no/thor-heyerdahl-instituttet/en/the-thor-heyerdahl-international-day-2022

Due to the time difference, the conference will take place early in the morning for anyone living in Minnesota, but the event will be recorded and access to the videos will be available shortly after the event.

Please go to Norway Hub’s website to see more information about this FREE event.

Norway Hub

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM Workshop and Dinner – TODAY

submitted by moralesj@augsburg.edu

This afternoon, Augsburg will be hosting an in-person event focused on applying to paid research opportunities in STEM that is open to students, staff, and faculty from Augsburg and the broader community.

Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM
Thursday, November 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Hagfors Center 150, Augsburg University

Workshop for students, staff, and faculty on identifying and applying for summer research opportunities with information on research programs such as National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).

Panel for students: Student and alumni experiences

Panel for faculty and staff: Supporting equitable access and participation with representatives from The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), ATP-Bio, and The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MSERC)

Community dinner for students, staff, and faculty

Please join us!

Register for Applying for Paid Research Experiences in STEM

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