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With the recent closing of the encampment in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, the Afghan Cultural Society, located in a storefront on Cedar Avenue, is seeing more unsheltered individuals stopping in and asking for help. Cold weather gear is especially needed. To help the Afghan Cultural Society respond to this immediate need, Health Commons and the Sabo Center are collecting new or gently used hats, gloves, and coats. Handwarmers are also appreciated. Please place donations in the bin outside of the Nursing Department (first floor of Science Hall).
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As you may have heard, all students will need to have Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) configured using “Duo Mobile” prior to February 13th. Any students needing assistance with this change can stop by the Link level of the Library on Thursday 10am-Noon to enjoy a donut while setting up their “Duo Mobile” access. Help is also available at the TechDesk, located on the street level of the Library – Weekdays 8am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 5-8pm).
For more information about this change, please visit our Multi-Factor Authentication FAQ page.
Multi-Factor Authentication FAQ
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This Spring, the Echo will be putting together a special edition issue apart from our weekly issues, that focuses on one topic: Displacement.
Recently, we have seen our neighbors displaced. Perhaps you know someone forced to move out due to the cost of living crisis, saw state troopers destroy tents at the Quarry encampment, or know a resident of the flooded Bell Loft apartments. We believe the Augsburg community should remain conscious of the severity of this issue.
WHAT TO SUBMIT:
We are seeking student contributions for this special edition of the Echo, including by not limited to:
-Visual Art, Poetry, Short Stories
-Calls to Action
inspired by or centered around the houseless community/experience or the topic of displacement.
First drafts won’t be due until Wednesday, March 8th!
Due to limited budget and publication space, all contributions are guaranteed a minimum of $15.
—-We are offering a higher rate to a visual artist willing to collaborate with us on this issue’s cover. If interested, please send examples of your work to email@example.com—
Interested in contributing? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions or concerns? DM us on Instagram @augsburg_echo or send us an email!
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Support Girls & Gender Expansive Youth In Financial Literacy Leadership Debates
Are you a woman or gender expansive person employed or studying in the field of finance?
The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, serves middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. We are looking for leaders to join us as volunteer debate judges for our Financial Literacy Leadership Debates program.
In this program, girls and gender expansive youth learn about core financial literacy subjects through the fun, engaging, and competitive vehicle of debate. The topic this year involves the advantages and disadvantages of banking at a large national bank versus a local credit union.
No debate experience is needed – we will train you. Attend our luncheon at Augsburg University in late spring and share your story! Please sign up here for more information (dates TBA):
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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to more than 1,200 Twin Cities students. We’re seeking remote volunteers for the 2023 Spring Semester!
We know that one of the reasons debate helps students improve their literacy is that students are engaging with all four foundational skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because many of the students we work with are English language learners, one of the most powerful tools we have to help rookie debaters learn is auditory supplements to our written packets. With these recordings, students at all skill levels will be able to follow along with the text as they read, learn evidence while doing other tasks like doing chores or riding the bus, and rapidly improve their literacy and information retention.
How You Can Help
We are seeking volunteers to record our evidence packets at a conversational pace (120 words per minute). Help us record evidence for the following programs:
• East African Debate: Record nonfiction evidence about a topic central to the East African Debate community in the Twin Cities (TBD), written in English. Recordings needed by March 1st.
• Financial Literacy Leadership Debates: Record nonfiction evidence regarding the advantages and disadvantages of banking at a large national institution versus a small, local credit union. Recordings needed by April 1st.
Volunteers need to be able to speak slowly, clearly, and with energy. No special recording equipment is required, although we do ask that you record in a quiet space with minimal distractions. We can edit your audio for you.
Interested? Please contact Rebecca at email@example.com to let us know, and/or fill out this form: https://forms.gle/j3KeHjxUjpsuvmic6
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When you look forward to leaving college and entering the workforce, what’s on your mind? Fill out this two-question Google Form survey to let us know what you think about life after graduation: https://forms.gle/yRqRarin6HfixYp48
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion is the nation’s largest workplace diversity, inclusion, and equity conference, and we’ll share the perspectives of Augsburg’s upcoming graduates (class of 2023) with the more than 1,400 professionals from a variety of industries who attend each year.
Fill out the Class of 2023 survey
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Everyone is welcome to check out the Augsburg Staff Union’s first union contract on our website, linked below. We also wanted to share our excitement about the Parental Leave and additional personal days that President Pribbenow announced. These benefits, secured for union staff in our contract, are the result of the Augsburg Staff Union’s negotiations over the last two years. We are so glad that the administration decided to extend the benefits we secured in our contract to all benefits-eligible staff, even those not in our union. This was our hope when we formed a union — that we could help improve working conditions for everyone.
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This year Augsburg Staff Senate will host an in-person Staff Appreciation Event on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Hall.
We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePBjwlSWV5dUJULatosWK65FgKEeuj1nywgJ74attOiE8h0w/viewform
Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 10, 2023. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.
The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.
The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of March 1, 2023) are eligible to receive this award.
Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the in-person event on March 22nd.
Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information: https://inside.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/staff-appreciation/
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Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors! The Strommen Center for Meaningful Work, Augsburg’s Career & Internship Center would like to invite students to stop by our drop-in hours!
Peer Advisors are available to review your RESUME for the upcoming MN Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair! Students can meet with up to 244+ employers at the fair! https://www.mnpcfair.org
DROP-IN HOURS are in person! Our center is located in the Christensen Center, Suite 100. (Across from Einstein’s)
Mondays: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 11:00 AM – 4:00PM
Register for the MN Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair
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Our Saviour’s Housing provides shelter, comfort, hope, and community for people who are
homeless. They serve over 650 people annually in our Emergency Shelter and Permanent
Supportive Housing programs. Please consider joining as a partner in our work!
Host Bingo for the residents in our Emergency Shelter. We provide the Bingo set; you provide
small prizes such as treats, gift cards, socks, or hygiene items. Bingo is a fun way for our
residents to relax and socialize in the evening.
● This opportunity works for 2-4 people of all ages.
● Bingo can be scheduled almost any evening, usually from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Serve breakfast or dinner for our 21 Emergency Shelter residents. Purchase, prepare, and serve the meal. Both weekday and weekend opportunities are available. This opportunity is best suited for groups of 3-4 people. All meal volunteers must be four
years of age or older.
● Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. and clean-up must be complete by 9:00 a.m.
● Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and clean-up is usually complete by 8:30 p.m.
Make sandwiches or bag lunches for us to hand out as Emergency Shelter residents leave for the day. You can make the sandwiches off-site at any time and drop them off at the shelter. This opportunity works well for groups of all sizes and ages.
Create cleaning kits for us to give as welcome gifts to new Permanent Supportive Housing
residents. Purchase and assemble all of the essentials for these formerly homeless residents to care for their new homes. Kits should include sponges, dish soap, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, paper towels, etc. Please contact us for a complete list.
Our Saviour’s Housing is in south Minneapolis at 2219 Chicago Avenue (55404) and has
ample off-street parking.
To schedule a volunteer opportunity, please contact Wateen Osman, Volunteer
Coordinator, at 612-843-3622 x2 or email@example.com.
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Minnesota History Day is looking for volunteer judges!
There are multiple opportunities available for judges–virtual and in-person–for the Spring 2023 MN History Day. As a judge, you work as a team with 2-3 other judges to review projects and select the strongest to advance to the next level of the competition. It’s a great way to connect with High School students in Minnesota, meet other educators, and really just pretty dang fun (and there are good snacks).
You can learn more and register at: https://www.mnhs.org/historyday/contests-and-judging/judges.
If you’re curious about what it’s like, email email@example.com.
Minnesota History Day
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Students in PSY 253: Aging and Adulthood are looking for interview participants age 60+ for a class activity. If you are interested in helping out by speaking to a student for a 30 minute conversation, please contact Ben Denkinger (email@example.com).
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The Interfaith Institute at Augsburg is hosting a monthly gathering to discuss and learn about the intersection of peacemaking, justice, and interfaith competencies.
Workshop led by the Interfaith Institute’s Executive Director, Najeeba Syeed.
Sessions will meet over zoom:
Workshops are run as roundtables enabling participants to join as often as they like. Each session date will focus on a particular issue with some preparation/reading material integrated into the lessons. Participants will have the opportunity to build programs and projects for their own contexts and receive feedback from colleagues.
Workshop sessions are FREE. To facilitate deep engagement, participation will be capped for each class, so be sure to sign up.
Please register to participate. (Note: You are welcome to register for one or multiple sessions.)
Email Managing Director, Jane Ulring, with questions. (email@example.com)