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GenEd(it) Group – Next Steps

submitted by boylek@augsburg.edu

Hello,

A warm welcome to our new and returning Augsburg community members. The GenEd(it) Group is working to finalize a set of proposed revisions to our general education curriculum (the set of requirements all undergraduate students share) this fall.

An overview of planned next steps are:
September: GenEd(it) Group creates draft version(s) of proposed revisions
October: Invite response to draft version(s) from faculty, staff and students
November: GenEd(it) Group finalizes proposed revisions
December: Shared governance begins

Since the start of this initiative in spring 2023, the GenEd(it) Group:
-Examined the rationale for general education revision
-Conducted a comparison of requirements across institutions
-Surveyed the Augsburg community about learning goals
-Convened a well-attended faculty workshop in May

We will be inviting feedback on the draft version(s) of proposed revisions to our general education curriculum next month. Specific details are forthcoming.
We look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks.

With gratitude,
Stacy Freiheit
General Education Director
freiheit@augsburg.edu

GenEd(it) Group Members:
Salma Caamir, Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Elaine Eschenbacher, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit

Resources:
GenEd(it) Comment Box: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLbGTjRopXvqXaW_kqlP-XW7J4sKR64JJT9FpBGSQptWLaSw/viewform

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available): https://moodle.augsburg.edu/community/course/view.php?id=530#section-10

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wAwd6cW63GwAQTMUzB-U9ocd7kpZzM7T

Come to the Writing Center for Help with Your Papers and Projects

submitted by forsthj@augsburg.edu

The Writing Center is open!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

In addition, if you would like for a tutor or the Director to come to your class to introduce the writing center, please sign up for a class visit: https://forms.gle/xSRQNi7me9mqcNZR9 We will do our best to accommodate you.

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

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Interfaith Institute Welcomes First Research Fellow to Focus on Religiously Unaffiliated

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

The Interfaith Institute is thrilled to welcome nationally-recognized interfaith advocate, humanist community builder and researcher, and Augsburg alum Chris Stedman ‘08 to the institute as our inaugural Research Fellow. Chris will focus his research on the religiously unaffiliated and religious indifference.

https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/2023/09/20/chris-stedman-joining-the-interfaith-institute-as-2023-2024-research-fellow/

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

submitted by hr@augsburg.edu

The following Augsburg Staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

09/19/2023: Event Planner
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999931380107-event-planner
09/18/2023: 2nd Shift Custodian
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999931140802-2nd-shift-custodian
09/14/2023: Program Associate, Career Services and Off-Campus Study
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999930595706-program-associate-career-services-and-off-campus-study

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Interested in Research and Graduate School? Apply to the TRIO McNair Scholars Program

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2023 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2024 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2024. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, though preference is given to applicants that are interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all participant slots are filled.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through coursework, academic advising, workshops, and involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($6000) with an Augsburg faculty member during Summer of 2024.

The McNair Scholars Program is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, applicants must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred). Unsure if you qualify? Please visit the link below for more information on eligibility requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about McNair, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator, crombie@augsburg.edu. Visit https://www.augsburg.edu/mcnair/ for more information.

Determining McNair Eligibility “Cheat Sheet”

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Join Us Next Thursday for an Interactive Interfaith Discussion

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Join Augsburg Interfaith Scholars for an interactive discussion on Judaism/Islam/Christianity and Interfaith engagement.

Guest speakers include Matt Maruggi, Associate Professor of Religion and Department Chair and Shayna Sheinfeld, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy.

Event details:
Thursday, September 28th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Oren Gateway Center, 114

Learn more about Interfaith Scholars

Book Discussion October 5 – Disability Visibility

submitted by ccharles@augsburg.edu

CLASS and Lindell Library invite you to a book discussion for “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” edited by Alice Wong. “This anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community.”

We’ll discuss narratives from Part 2: “Becoming” on Thursday, October 5, 2023, 4:00-5:00 pm in Lindell Library, Room 301. We welcome you (students, faculty, and staff) to this discussion regardless of how much of the book you read! Snacks will be provided. Faculty/Staff: Good/Advanced standing credit for Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

A few copies of the book are available to borrow from Lindell Library at the circulation desk. You can find the book at your favorite bookstore and public library. For questions about this event or accommodation needs please contact class@augsburg.edu

Chapel: Healing and Mindfulness

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for a mindfulness and healing chapel. Ellie Olson, Director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness, will offer a short reflection followed by mindfulness practice led by Tara Mader, Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow.

Register for MN Private Colleges’ Fall Recruiting Fair

submitted by nguyenma@augsburg.edu

Attention all Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors, register for the MN Private Colleges’ Fall Recruiting Fair.

Date: Tuesday Sept 26th, 2023
Time: 12pm-3pm
Location: Mpls Convention Center (free shuttle information will be provided when you sign up).

At the fair you will have the opportunity to meet with Minnesota, regional, and national companies hiring in the areas of consulting, banking/finance, accounting, actuarial science, stats/data science, technology, business analysis, management and leadership training/development, and project management.

Most employers will be actively recruiting for Summer 2024 internships and full-time careers. Other employers may anticipate hiring within the next six months. Take advantage of speaking with recruiters from a variety of different industries to learn how your career interests may fit with their hiring needs.

Registration Required.

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