Students: Please Take the Textbook Affordability Survey

submitted by alexank@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s Textbook Affordability Working Group invites you to fill out our brief survey about how well you are able to afford the books and other materials required for your classes. We’ll use this information to help us understand whether the cost of course materials is a barrier for Auggies, so it’s important to hear from as many students as possible.

The survey is anonymous, although it does use your email address to make sure we only get one response per person. If you have questions about the survey or the Textbook Affordability Working Group, please contact Karen Alexander (alexank@augsburg.edu) or Sara Fillbrandt (fillbran@augsburg.edu)

Textbook Affordability Survey

Faculty: Let Us Know You’ll Attend Commencement

submitted by commencement@augsburg.edu

All faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in the clapping tunnel in full regalia at commencement on May 7 or 8. Unlike in prior years, you will not need to reserve a ticket for the ceremony; however, you will need a faculty pass to enter the Target Center. Please complete the faculty sign-up form below by April 26 to let us know you plan to attend so that your credentials will be available when you arrive.

Faculty Commencement Sign-Up Form

Act Now: Ask Your Legislators to Invest in the Promise Equalization Scholarship

submitted by farrisr@augsburg.edu

Last year’s investment by state policymakers in college affordability through the North Star Promise left out one-third of low- and middle-income students earning bachelor’s degrees—those who attend private nonprofit colleges like Augsburg.

New legislation authored this year by Sen. Omar Fateh and Rep. Dan Wolgamott would provide financial aid parity for low- and middle-income students at nonprofit colleges. The PROMISE EQUALIZATION SCHOLARSHIP investment of $13.9 million would mirror how much the state is investing through the North Star Promise to support students at the University of Minnesota, restoring financial aid parity for students at nonprofit colleges.

With the new Promise Equalization Scholarship, the State of Minnesota would help make college more affordable and reduce student debt for those students at nonprofit colleges with the most need—just as the North Star Promise Scholarship has done for low- and middle-income students at public and tribal colleges. An estimated 13,000 students would receive an average scholarship of about $1,000, helping low- and middle-income students who currently receive the Minnesota State Grant. Here at Augsburg, about 1,400 undergraduates would benefit from the new scholarship. Because there is a large surplus in the appropriation for the North Star Promise, this can be accomplished without any additional state funding.

The Minnesota Private College Council has put together an easy way to contact your legislators—it only takes a minute.

Ask your state senator and representative to invest in the Promise Equalization Scholarship.

Thrive Program Speaker Series: Michael Houston, 2023 Teacher of the Year

submitted by abdikari@augsburg.edu

Join the Thrive Program and the Aspiring Educators Club for our end of the semester Speaker Series event. We are excited to have guest speaker Michael Houston, the 2023 Teacher of the Year. This event will take place Monday, April 15th 4-6pm in Science Hall room 123.

This event is free and open to the public. Snack and refreshment will be provided

Join Us for Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Professor Najeeba Syeed will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Terence Nichols Memorial Symposium lecture. The topic will be Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice.

When: Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center 126
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit:

https://uofstthomasmn.my.salesforce-sites.com/summit__SummitEventsRegister?instanceID=a0zHq00000B2EBRIA3&_gl=1*jtrr4i*_ga*MjA4ODkyNjcxNS4xNzEwMjk3NDU4*_ga_B7VNHGCX7P*MTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4xLjAuMTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4wLjAuMA

Online Survey—Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

submitted by fleigr@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at fleigr@augsburg.edu. If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LPN7K3

Thank you!

Nominate Auggie Alumni for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

submitted by jonesma@augsburg.edu

Now is the time to nominate Auggie alumni for the various 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards! Nominations are open for the First Decade Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Spirit of Augsburg Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. Awards will be presented at Homecoming this fall. Nominations are due by the end of June.

2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nomination Form

Staff: Volunteer at Commencement

submitted by commencement@augsburg.edu

Staff volunteers are needed to help make the commencement ceremony on May 7 or 8 a meaningful and successful experience for our graduates and their families. Volunteer roles include:

– Ushers, greeters, and wayfinding
– Accessible seating support
– Graduate name cards

Please fill out the staff volunteer form below by April 26 to let us know of your interest. You will receive a follow-up email to confirm your volunteer assignment and provide additional details.

Staff Commencement Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Need Help Filing Your FAFSA for Next Year? Come to Our Drop In Hours

submitted by lenze@augsburg.edu

Haven’t started your FAFSA or DREAM Act for the 2024-2025 school year yet? No need to fear! Drop in Hours are here! Come by the Enrollment Center to get assistance from Financial Aid Counselors to file your 2024-2025 FAFSA the following days:

April 15th: 2PM-4PM
April 16th: 12PM-2PM
April 17th: 10AM-12PM

We will be available to answer any questions you may have and sit down with you to check off that item before heading off for the summer term.

Please email studentfinances@augsburg.edu if you have any questions!

Get Your Art Featured on the Cover of the Thó Wiŋ Magazine

submitted by endol@augsburg.edu

The Thó Wiŋ Literary and Arts Magazine is looking for art to feature on the cover of this year’s issue. The covers (both front and back) will be approximately 9×9″, so art must fit a square ratio. Pieces depicting themes related to Minnesota, Minneapolis, and especially our magazine’s namesake, Blue Star Woman, will be prioritized (more info about Blue Star Woman can be accessed at our website, https://thowin-magazine.com). Please send submissions from your Augsburg email to twmagazine@augsburg.edu in .pdf, .png, or .jpg format.
We are approaching our printing deadline, so please submit as soon as possible!

Eclipse Watching Opportunities at Augsburg

submitted by stottrup@augsburg.edu

The Solar Eclipse is coming up on Monday, April 8. Join us outside Hagfors Center on the patio from 1pm-3pm to watch as the Moon moves in front of the Sun. Here in Minnesota, about 75% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon, with maximum coverage occurring around 2pm. We will have several different Sun-safe viewing options available (weather permitting), including solar telescopes, eclipse glasses, a sunspotter, and more! If it’s cloudy and we can’t observe the Sun ourselves, you can still join us to watch the NASA livestream of the eclipse.

If you miss this chance on April 8, 2024… you will be graduated or even retired when the next eclipse happens in North America (August 23, 2044). Thank you to Physics Faculty Katrina Marslender and Steve Brehmer for organizing this event.

GenEd Revisions Faculty Vote—Wed April 10

submitted by boylek@augsburg.edu

Dear Augsburg Community,

The vote on the proposed general education revisions is planned for the faculty meeting on Wednesday, April 10th from 3:40 – 5:10pm. Information about the proposed revisions is available in the updated General Education Revision Proposal. The proposal consists of an introduction (p. 1), an executive summary (p. 2), and an overview of the rationale and proposed revisions to our undergraduate general education curriculum (pp. 3 – 11).

We are grateful to Augsburg Day Student Government for their review and unanimous support of the proposed revisions, to our faculty colleagues for their comments and questions at the first reading during the March faculty meeting, and to all those who contributed to this important initiative over the last year.

With gratitude,
Stacy (freiheit@augsburg.edu)

Resources
2023 General Education Revision Proposal:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OUs01m4YcduyY4EPnGLBxPIpnm8pxBxBSvXeHG9Dz7U/edit?usp=sharing
GenEd(it) Comment Box:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLbGTjRopXvqXaW_kqlP-XW7J4sKR64JJT9FpBGSQptWLaSw/viewform?usp=sf_link
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?usp=sharing

Online Survey—Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

submitted by fleigr@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at fleigr@augsburg.edu. If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LPN7K3

Thank you!

Auggie Wins a CLS Spark

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Elizabeth Goff ’25 is majoring in psychology and has a double minor in studio art and religion. She won the Critical Language Scholarship Spark, which teaches a full year of a language critical to the U.S. Over the summer Elizabeth will be studying Russian virtually. Only 10% of applicants win the award nationwide. She hopes to use this new knowledge to help her with her research in the future. Congratulations Liz!

Vocation Chapel on Tuesday: Kristen Chamberlain

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

On Tuesday, April 9, Kristen Chamberlain, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Film, and New Media, will share her story in the next installment of the “Uncovering Vocation Series.” Uncovering Vocation is co-sponsored by the Christensen Center for Vocation.
Kristen earned her PhD in Communication Studies from North Dakota State University in 2007. She has been teaching a variety of classes as part of the Department of Communication Studies, Film, and New Media since the fall of 2007. Kristen is particularly passionate about environmental communication and has identified as an environmentalist since 9th grade. She is also always ready to talk about the media, favorite books, and cats.

Auggie Wins a Fulbright

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Congratulations to Emma Joswiak-McLaughlin for being awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Bulgaria! Emma is a senior graduating this coming May with a degree in Secondary Education: Communication Arts and Literature. She is heavily involved in the Augsburg community as a member of the National Communication Studies honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, and the National Education Association’s Aspiring Educators Club. Emma has also worked for Augsburg’s Writing Center for two years as a tutor and is currently student-teaching at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. To prepare for her Fulbright grant, Emma has been volunteering at a number of animal rescue organizations, learning Bulgarian in her spare time, and trying not to poison her loved ones with her attempts at cooking Bulgarian cuisine. Kudos to Emma!

Nominate Auggie Alumni for the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

submitted by jonesma@augsburg.edu

Now is the time to nominate Auggie alumni for the various 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards! Nominations are open for the First Decade Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Spirit of Augsburg Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. Awards will be presented at Homecoming this fall. Nominations are due by the end of June.

2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards Nomination Form

Auggie Wins a Goldwater

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Luke Omodt, a junior majoring in physics and chemistry, has been named a Goldwater Scholar, which is the top STEM award in the country. Goldwater named 438 scholars across the country, seven of whom come from MN colleges and universities. Luke is currently doing computational materials science research with Professor Hickox-Young in physics and will be working with him this summer funded by Dean and Amy Sundquist. In the past Luke conducted research with Professor Dasgupta in physics and at the U of M and Cornell University. Congratulations Luke!

Join Us For Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Professor Najeeba Syeed will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual Terence Nichols Memorial Symposium lecture. The topic will be Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Muslim and Christian Resources for Restorative Justice.

When: Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center 126
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit:

https://uofstthomasmn.my.salesforce-sites.com/summit__SummitEventsRegister?instanceID=a0zHq00000B2EBRIA3&_gl=1*jtrr4i*_ga*MjA4ODkyNjcxNS4xNzEwMjk3NDU4*_ga_B7VNHGCX7P*MTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4xLjAuMTcxMDI5NzQ1OC4wLjAuMA

Need Help Filing Your FAFSA For Next Year? Come To Our Drop In Hours

submitted by lenze@augsburg.edu

Haven’t started your FAFSA or DREAM Act for the 2024-2025 school year yet? No need to fear! Drop in Hours are here!

Come by the Enrollment Center to get assistance from Financial Aid Counselors to file your 2024-2025 FAFSA the following days:

April 8th: 2PM-4PM
April 9th: 12PM-2PM
April 10th: 10AM-2PM

We will be available to answer any questions you may have and sit down with you to check off that item before heading off for the summer term.

Please email studentfinances@augsburg.edu if you have any questions!

Final Day: Submit a Days in May Session Proposal

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that our 2024 Days in May Workshops will take place Wednesday, May 8 – Thursday, May 9, 2024, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

We invite proposals for professional development sessions from all interested faculty and staff. May workshop sessions might include areas of teaching and learning, leadership & service development, or research & scholarship development.

Sessions may be 60 minutes or 105 minutes.
All workshops will take place in smart classrooms unless otherwise requested below.
For full consideration, please submit proposals no later than Friday, April 5, 2024. Presenters will be notified on or before April 15th.
We hope you will consider sharing your best practices with our Augsburg teaching community.

If you have any questions about this form or the CTL Days in May Workshops, please contact the CTL Director, Rachel Lloyd at lloydr@augsburg.edu.

Days in May Call for Proposals

New Staff Positions This Week (3)

submitted by hr@augsburg.edu

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

04/03/2024: Human Resources Generalist
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999978005913-human-resources-generalist
04/02/2024: Graduate Assistant Track and Field Coach
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999977745693-graduate-assistant-track-and-field-coach
03/28/2024: Graduate Admissions Counselor
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999976872183-graduate-admissions-counselor

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Next Tuesday: Focused Conversation on Gen Ed Revisions

submitted by farrisr@augsburg.edu

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the February Focused Conversation next Tuesday, February 20. Professor Stacy Freiheit will provide an overview of the general education curriculum revision process and changes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Marshall Room and via Zoom

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

All Hands | Inside Augsburg (login required)

New Staff Positions This Week (2)

submitted by hr@augsburg.edu

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

02/14/2024: Director of Leadership Gifts, StepUP
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ni/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/d8f63ee5-743b-4394-975d-b6864de2fa17-director-of-leadership-gifts-stepup
02/13/2024: Program Associate, Off-Campus Study
https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/AugsburgUniversity-MinneapolisMN/743999967396804-program-associate-off-campus-study

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Online Survey-Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

submitted by fleigr@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at fleigr@augsburg.edu. If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LPN7K3

Thank you!

Interfaith Scholars: Apply Today

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Interfaith Scholar cohort.

Interfaith Scholars is a yearlong student cohort that engages students as partners in ongoing interreligious dialogue and action by exploring methods and best practices for talking about religion/spirituality/worldview in a diverse democracy. Students will engage in community service learning and interfaith events as well as learn from guest speakers from religious communities, business professionals, and other leaders from across sectors. Students accepted into the Interfaith Scholars program receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The cohort meets for the full academic year as a credit based course on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. Professor Najeeba Syeed is the primary instructor.

Students from every religious tradition and students without a connection to a religious tradition are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit:
https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/about/interfaith-scholars/

Applications are due Friday, March 1.

Our Streets Minneapolis Is Hiring for a Community Canvasser: Pay Begins at $27.58/hour

submitted by gilmerje@augsburg.edu

Our Streets Minneapolis is hiring for a community canvasser. A quality candidate is passionate about our work to create a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone. Canvassers will work closely with the Community Engagement Specialist and Advocacy Director to engage with the communities most impacted by the various projects Our Streets Minneapolis is championing. This position will do direct contact through door knocks and phone banks, introducing people to our campaigns, engaging with them on issues that are important to them, and receiving and reporting on their feedback on each project.

Canvasser positions are part-time, non-exempt positions. Pay begins at $27.58/hour. Additional benefits include health insurance stipend.

Benefits:
Completely flexible schedule
Healthcare stipend
Paid commute and transit reimbursement

How to apply: Please send a resume and brief explanation of your interest in the role to admin@ourstreetsmpls.org. Your resume should include any relevant paid or unpaid experience as well as education and skills.

To learn more about Our Streets and read the full job description visit: https://www.ourstreetsmpls.org/hiring_canvassers

Explore Christian Community and Vocation: Apply for Christensen Scholars

submitted by myers@augsburg.edu

The Christensen Scholars Program is a small group of ten academically accomplished students who share an interest in the theological and practical exploration of Christian community and vocation. The experience promises to be intellectual, communal, theological, dialogical, challenging, and practical.

Benefits
– Develop a deeper understanding of your own vocation in a caring community.
– Create a deeper sense of belonging among your peers.
– Learn new ways to live out your faith on a daily basis within the community.
– Experience a remote retreat center in the middle of winter in the mountains.
– Receive a $2,000 scholarship to cover your tuition.
– All-expenses-paid pilgrimage to Holden Village Retreat Center in the Cascade mountains.
– 4 upper division Religion credits (can be used toward your major or minor)

CLICK TO APPLY BY FRIDAY MARCH1

Do You Have Speech and Debate Experience? Earn $55 Per Tournament Judging Middle Schoolers

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University, provides academic competitive debate program for middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro.

We’re seeking caring adults with speech & debate experience to serve as middle school debate judges! A tournament with no judges is just a scrimmage- and while practice is great, we know our students want the opportunity to compete with pride! That’s why we are paying judges with experience in forensics (speech or debate) $55 per tournament for the next 5 in-person, local meets:

• Thursday 02/15/2024: 4:15-7:15 PM at Como Park Senior HS
• Wednesday 02/21/2024: 3:15-7:15 PM at Central High School (*high need)
• Tuesday 03/05 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
• Wednesday 03/06 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
• Thurs 03/07 from 3:15-7:15 PM*
(*location unconfirmed, on UMN campus)

Want to just volunteer? No debate experience is needed. We will train you. Judges facilitate the debate round, listen to students speak, choose a winner, and provide feedback. By judging, you’ll help students grow in their confidence and academic skills!

Transportation is available for those who need it. Please reach out to fullard1@augsburg.edu if you need this accommodation.

We can’t wait to see you there! Sign up using our shift calendar: https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/volunteer-opportunities/

Sign up to judge at the shifts where you’re available!

Come to the Writing Center

submitted by mollberg@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

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

Get Funded to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad: Fulbright Info Session

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Learn about a life-changing opportunity!

URGO is hosting an online Fulbright Info session on Thursday, February 22nd at 5-6:15 PM

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your
questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu

Register for Fulbright Info Session

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey

submitted by harrisdd@augsburg.edu

My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or harrisdd@augsburg.edu. You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or hopkinss@augsburg.edu. If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to IRB@augsburg.edu.

Sincerely,
Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Interfaith Symposium: March 7

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Join Augsburg’s Interfaith Institute for our 2nd annual Interfaith Symposium. The Interfaith Symposium is an invitation to learn more about religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. Keynote speaker Manu Meel will speak to this year’s theme of Building Trust in Divisive Times. As CEO of BridgeUSA, Manu is leading the largest and fastest growing student movement to bridge our differences.

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm*
Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
*class times will be adjusted so that students/faculty/staff can attend

The symposium will be livestreamed. To register for livestreaming and to learn more about the symposium, visit:

https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/about/interfaith-spring-symposium/

Job Fair Ready? Win Lyft and Food with Resume Prep Workshop TODAY

submitted by carrigan@augsburg.edu

Attend this event for a raffle entry to a win: $10 gift card to dining services AND $20 Lyft gift card. One raffle entry/event.

Session description:

Don’t Let Your Resume Go Stale: Freshen It Up With Donuts & Coffee
https://app.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/1488338

Friday February 16th, 2024 — 9am-12pm

Drop in the Strommen Center (across from Einstein) between 9am-12pm to freshen your morning and get your resume reviewed. Representative from US Bank and Strommen staff are ready to help you land that internship or job!

Special thanks to US Bank for sponsoring this session.

Ramadan Panel – February 22

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Join us for a student-led panel discussion on how to support student practices during Ramadan. Professor Najeeba Syeed will moderate the discussion. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Interfaith Institute, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Campus Ministry, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and the President’s Office.

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Science 123

CTL asks faculty/staff members to pre-register for Faculty Development events when possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome.

Faculty/staff, please register here: https://forms.gle/5BM497BhdLzSzoEp9
NOTE: Registration link has been corrected.

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers Exhibit at UMN

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Head across the street for, Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art
On view January 16 – March 16, 2024
Gallery Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Dreaming Our Futures: Ojibwe and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Artists and Knowledge Keepers marks the opening of the George Morrison Center for Indigenous Arts and features work in a wide variety of painting media and esthetic approaches by 29 artists, including Frank Big Bear, David Bradley, Awanigiizhik Bruce, Andrea Carlson, Avis Charley, Fern Cloud, Michelle Defoe, Jim Denomie, Patrick DesJarlait, Sam English, Carl Gawboy, Joe Geshick, Sylvia Houle, Oscar Howe, Waŋblí Mayášleča (Francis J. Yellow, Jr.), George Morrison, Steven Premo, Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, Cole Redhorse Taylor, Roy Thomas, Jonathan Thunder, Thomasina TopBear, Moira Villiard, Kathleen Wall, Star WallowingBull, Dyani White Hawk, Bobby Dues Wilson, Leah H. Yellowbird, and Holly Young.

Dreaming Our Futures is curated by Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor of American Studies, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, with Christopher Pexa, Associate Professor of English, Harvard University.

For more information visit: https://cla.umn.edu/art/news-events/news/dreaming-our-futures-ojibwe-and-ochethi-sakowin-artists-and-knowledge-keepers

Collecting Donations of Clean and Nice Clothing for Sisterhood Boutique

submitted by gilmerje@augsburg.edu

Hello! The Annual Women’s Night Out Party at the Brian Coyle Community Center will be collecting clean and nice women’s clothing for the Sisterhood Boutique. If you have items you would like to donate you can drop them by the Sabo Center in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall.

eLearning Update: Moodle Assignments and Academic Honesty

submitted by lindn@augsburg.edu

February 16, 2024

Dear Augsburg Faculty,

We hope your semester is off to a great start!

This week in the CTL Workshop “AI in Higher Education”, there were several questions pertaining to academic honesty in the age of AI. As we pursue various avenues to encourage academic honesty, we would like to share with you a simple idea that could help in this area.

In this week’s eLearning update we will cover:

How to enable a setting in Moodle Assignments that requires students to accept a submission statement agreeing to submit their own work, except where they have acknowledged the use of the works of others, and adhere to : Augsburg University’s Academic Honesty Policy.

Enable “Submission Statement” in Assignment Settings

In “Assignment Settings, click on the “Submission settings” drop down and select “Yes”.

If you enable the “Submission statement” in Assignment Settings, the students will see this when they submit their work.

Give it a go in your Moodle Assignments, and take note if it makes a difference. We look forward to hearing from you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding eLearning, we are here to help you. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Your eLearning team,

Susan, Jad, Shane, Nathan

For additional help, contact your LFC or Instructional Design Technologist.

Application Due February 19 – Free Trip to Holocaust Museum

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Applications due February 19, 2024 and can be found at https://jewishminneapolis.org/minne/. The trip will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu.

The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program.

*You DO NOT need to be a US citizen*

Eligibility:
• Full-time student
• Sophomore or above with at least one year left before graduating
• 3.0 GPA or higher
• Proof of COVID vaccinations may be required

Trip and Application Info

Minneapolis’ Annual Community Connections Conference, Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

submitted by gilmerje@augsburg.edu

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that connects residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, first floor, Hall E, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

This year’s conference will have workshops, performances, fun activities for the whole family, an expo and a community dialogue.

Schedule
9-10 a.m. registration and exhibit hall opens
10-11 a.m. opening ceremony and performances
11:15-12:30 p.m. workshops
12:30-1:30 p.m. lunch
2-3:45 p.m. community dialogue
3:45-4 p.m. closing remarks

Our conference theme this year is “Open city, your Minneapolis.” We want to focus on making Minneapolis a transparent, accessible city. Being an “open city” means being open to everyone, open to new ideas and open for business.

At the event, you can:
Learn about how to get involved in government decision-making
Find opportunities in your local community
Celebrate the many parts of city that are reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic
Conference goals

We host this conference so that:
Residents, community groups, neighborhood organizations, City of Minneapolis departments and decision-makers can connect.
All communities feel welcome to get involved in local decision-making.
Residents learn about programs and policies that affect them.

For more information and to register visit: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/departments/ncr/inclusive-community-engagement/connections-conference/

Debate Judges Needed for East African Debate League on February 29: Paying $55/Judge

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students. One of our programs is the East African Debate League, which provides a space for East African students to talk about community issues.

We’re looking for adults & college students from the East African community to join us at Edison High School on Thursday, February 29th from 3:15-7:15 PM and serve as debate judges.

You’ll earn $55 for sharing your time as a debate judge.

No debate experience is needed- we will train you at the beginning of the tournament.

By participating, you’ll help youth from across the East African community in the Twin Cities Metro build academic skills, express themselves on community issues, and grow their confidence. Sign up today and share the opportunity widely: https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/volunteer-opportunities/

Transportation provided if necessary; email fullard1@augsburg.edu for info.

Sign up for the February 29th shift

Free Concert TONIGHT: The Mirandola Ensemble presents “The Music of Jeffrey Van and John Dowland”

submitted by boerger@augsburg.edu

Join Minneapolis’s premier chamber singers

The Mirandola Ensemble

and students from

The Augsburg/Mirandola Chamber Collective

plus guitar phenom Maja Radovanlija

in a night of music featuring DEAD POETS,
a love balladeer from Queen Elizabeth’s time,
and one composer still alive and well in the Twin Cities.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:30, HOVERSTEN CHAPEL.

Free with Augsburg ID.
General Public $25.
(Discounted pre-orders accessible at link provided.)

https://www.themirandolaensemble.org/concerts

Community Engagement as a Tool to Bridge Systems and Community | February 29, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Zoom

submitted by gilmerje@augsburg.edu

Nexus Community Engagement Institute
Engaged Learning Series

The Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI) invites you to the first Engaged Learning Series of 2024! We will dive into community engagement as a tool to bridge systems and community, while keeping community at the center of these efforts.

Thursday, February 29
3:00 – 5:00pm CST
Zoom (online)

By centering community engagement efforts, it becomes possible to build a more inclusive and equitable society where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Join us as we ask ourselves “What power do I have? What decisions CAN I make?” and engage in an open space activity.

The Engaged Learning Series is an opportunity for people to brainstorm, process, and network with others in community – this series does not include trainings

Please note that the Zoom invitation will be sent out the week of the event.

To register for the event, please visit: https://linktr.ee/nexuscp

Online Survey-Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

submitted by fleigr@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at fleigr@augsburg.edu. If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LPN7K3

Thank you!

Fosdick Lecture on Preaching, February 29 at 10 a.m.

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

You are invited to the 7th Fosdick Lecture on Preaching where Rev. Barbara Lundblad will address the topic “Shall the Christian Nationalists Win?” Join us at 10:00 am in Hoversten Chapel (livestream is also available). One of Harry Emerson Fosdick’s most well-known sermons is “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” He preached that sermon in 1922: would he preach it today? Would we? What are the loudest Christian voices in the United States? Let’s reclaim our voices for the sake of the Gospel!

Barbara Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She received a B.A. in English from Augustana College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and served 17 years as a parish pastor in New York City. She has been a campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University and has taught homiletics at several schools, including Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. She also served as president of the Academy of Homiletics and in 2014 the Academy honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
She is the author of two books, Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change (2001) and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense (2007) which grew out of the Beecher Lectures she delivered at Yale Divinity School. In 2010 she received the YDS Alumni Award for Excellence in Theological Education. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission.
Following the lecture, please stay for chapel at 11:30 am to hear Rev. Lundblad preach.

Registration and more information

Sad News About Former Staff Member Sandra Lallak

submitted by gubrud@augsburg.edu

The Office of the Provost received the sad news that former Augsburg University staff member, Sandra Lallak, died Monday, January 29, 2024. Sandra worked in the Franklin Groves Center for Learning and Accessible Student Services (CLASS) department and retired in 2006. Her full obituary appears at https://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000479600/. Arrangements are being made for a Celebration of Life for Sandra this summer in Minnesota.

https://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000479600/

Employer Tabling: Luther Crest Bible Camp

submitted by carrigan@augsburg.edu

Luther Crest Bible Camp is a faith-based summer camp and retreat center located on Lake Carlos in Alexandria, Minnesota. Luther Crest exists to inspire faith, stewardship, and community in God’s creation. We do this through summer camp – where kids and teens unplug and immerse themselves in God’s great outdoors.

We are currently hiring college-age young adults to serve on our our summer staff. As a member of our summer leadership team, you’ll have the opportunity to work with children in a fun and engaging environment. We have a variety of positions available, allowing you to share the many gifts you have, while fostering new ones as you lead a wide variety of on-site and off-site programs.

At Luther Crest, we believe in the power of the outdoors and the importance of fostering a sense of community. You’ll help create a welcoming and inclusive environment where campers and staff can learn, grow, and have fun.

Employer Tabling: Luther Crest Bible Camp

Due Thursday February 15 – Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 50 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register using the link below by February 15.

You must have approval from your faculty mentor before registering for Zyzzogeton. If you do not have a formal abstract at this point, please provide a brief description of your research instead. You will have the opportunity to submit a final abstract/make final edits prior to the event. Abstracts will be published on the URGO website.

IMPORTANT: If you’re planning to co-present with another student(s), only one of you needs to register. Be sure to list their names and emails and indicate that they will be co-presenters where specified on the form. All presenters will be included in event correspondence.

Important Dates:
Registration opens: February 1
Registration closes: February 15
Poster making workshop: February 20
Deadline to submit final poster: March 29
Deadline to submit final abstract edits: April 5

If you have any questions, please contact Lara Crombie (crombie@augsburg.edu)

Register for Zyzzogeton

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or harrisdd@augsburg.edu. You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or hopkinss@augsburg.edu. If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to IRB@augsburg.edu.

Sincerely,
Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Seward Duplex for Rent

submitted by ericksoc@augsburg.edu

*Seward Duplex for rent— lovely upper unit, fully furnished or as needed, One+ bedroom, additional den and sun porch, new kitchen and bathroom renovations, large windows, wood floors, near bike trails and bus line, Mississippi River and Seward Coop. Available March 1 or sooner. $1100 /month includes utilities and all furnishings.
Call or text MaryJo 612-721-6422

Job Fair Ready? Win Lyft & Food with Prep Workshops

submitted by carrigan@augsburg.edu

Attend events for raffle entries to win: $10 gift card to dining services AND $20 Lyft gift card. One raffle entry/event. Two raffle entries max.

Session descriptions:

Pitch Perfect: Mastering Elevator Pitches for Career Fairs
https://app.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/1488466
Thursday, February 15th, 2024 — 3:30pm-5:15pm

Join us for a workshop in the Strommen Center to learn the structure of elevator pitches and the importance of making a good introduction. You’ll have the opportunity to craft your elevator pitch and practice with Augsburg Staff from MLife, Campus Life, and others! Attend this event for a raffle entry to win a $10 gift card to dining services AND a $20 Lyft gift card to get to the fair! Two raffle entries max/student.

Don’t Let Your Resume Go Stale: Freshen It Up With Donuts & Coffee
https://app.joinhandshake.com/edu/events/1488338
Friday February 16th, 2024 — 9am-12pm
Drop in the Strommen Center (across from Einstein) between 9am-12pm to freshen your morning and get your resume reviewed. Representative from US Bank and Strommen staff are ready to help you land that internship or job!

Special thanks to US Bank for sponsoring this session.

Fulbright Info Session: Get Funded to Teach, Study, or Research Abroad!

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Learn about a life-changing opportunity!

URGO is hosting an online Fulbright Info session on Thursday, February 22nd at 5-6:15 PM

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your
questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact urgo@augsburg.edu

Register for Fulbright Info Session

Voyager Scholarship: Get Paid Tuition and Travel

submitted by goffe@augsburg.edu

Attention sophomores who will be juniors in Fall 2024 the Voyager Scholarship is looking for leaders who are passionate about a career in public service.

Benefits:
– Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in financial aid for their junior and senior years of college.
– Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college.
– Students will be invited each fall to an annual summit to help define and inspire their public service journey.
– Students receive a 10-year travel stipend, totaling $20,000.

Eligibility:
– Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study in Fall 2024.
– Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
– Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
– Have demonstrated need
– Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
– Be a United States (U.S.) citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)

Applications Due: March 27, 2024 (very comprehensive application; start now)

Please email urgo@augsburg.edu if you need help with applying.

For more information and application

Ramadan Panel – February 22

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Join us for a student-led panel discussion on how to support student practices during Ramadan. Professor Najeeba Syeed will moderate the discussion. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Interfaith Institute, the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Campus Ministry, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and the President’s Office.

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Science 123

CTL asks faculty/staff members to pre-register for Faculty Development events when possible. Day-of and on-site registration are still welcome.

Faculty/staff, please register here: https://forms.gle/5BM497BhdLzSzoEp9
NOTE: Registration link has been corrected.

Medica Benefits Presentation on February 21

submitted by rankiniz@augsburg.edu

We invite you to join the Human Resources team and Medica for an informative presentation on Wednesday, February 21 from 8-9am about some of the programs and benefits you may not be aware are included in our Medica plans. Our Medica account representative will lead the event and cover the many other value-added benefits that are available to plan participants in addition to our health coverage. We encourage you to attend for part or all of this informative and interactive session. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be recorded.

Join via Zoom here!

Apply to Be an Interfaith Scholar

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Interfaith Scholar cohort.

Interfaith Scholars is a yearlong student cohort that engages students as partners in ongoing interreligious dialogue and action by exploring methods and best practices for talking about religion/spirituality/worldview in a diverse democracy. Students will engage in community service learning and interfaith events as well as learn from guest speakers from religious communities, business professionals, and other leaders from across sectors. Students accepted into the Interfaith Scholars program receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The cohort meets for the full academic year as a credit based course on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. Professor Najeeba Syeed is the primary instructor.

Students from every religious tradition and students without a connection to a religious tradition are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit:
https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/about/interfaith-scholars/

Applications are due Friday, March 1.

Interfaith Symposium: March 7

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Join Augsburg’s Interfaith Institute for our 2nd annual Interfaith Symposium. The Interfaith Symposium is an invitation to learn more about religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity. Keynote speaker Manu Meel will speak to this year’s theme of Building Trust in Divisive Times. As CEO of BridgeUSA, Manu is leading the largest and fastest growing student movement to bridge our differences.

Date: March 7, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm*
Location: Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center
*class times will be adjusted so that students/faculty/staff can attend

The symposium will be livestreamed. To register for livestreaming and to learn more about the symposium, visit:

https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/about/interfaith-spring-symposium/

Apply for Christensen Scholars: Explore Christian Community and Vocation

submitted by myers@augsburg.edu

The Christensen Scholars Program is a small group of ten academically accomplished students who share an interest in the theological and practical exploration of Christian community and vocation. The experience promises to be intellectual, communal, theological, dialogical, challenging, and practical.

Benefits
– Develop a deeper understanding of your own vocation in a caring community.
– Create a deeper sense of belonging among your peers.
– Learn new ways to live out your faith on a daily basis within the community.
– Experience a remote retreat center in the middle of winter in the mountains.
– Receive a $2,000 scholarship to cover your tuition.
– All-expenses-paid pilgrimage to Holden Village Retreat Center in the Cascade mountains.
– 4 upper division Religion credits (can be used toward your major or minor)

CLICK TO APPLY BY FRIDAY MARCH 1st

Employer Tabling: Ameriprise Financial

submitted by carrigan@augsburg.edu

We believe talented, driven people deserve more from their careers. That’s why Ameriprise Financial offers more options, flexibility and choices across our organization. We also provide the tools, resources and support to help you forge a career that delivers more of what you want: challenging and rewarding work, training, recognition and advancement opportunities.

From our Minneapolis headquarters throughout our offices nationwide, you’ll find we live our values every day — client focused, integrity always, excellence in all we do and respect for individuals and communities. We embrace diversity in our ideas, management, employee groups and clients. At Ameriprise Financial, diversity isn’t just a goal. It’s how we do business. Diversity and inclusion are reflected in everything that has driven our success for 125 years — our people, corporate values, business strategy, vendor management and our history of giving back to our communities. We embrace diversity of thought and the unique characteristics of our employees because we have proven it’s the best way to meet the needs of our clients.

Employer Tabling: Ameriprise Financial

Medicare 101 Webinar on February 27

submitted by rankiniz@augsburg.edu

We invite you to join the Human Resources team on Tuesday, February 27 from 8-9 am for an informative presentation about the A, B, C, and D’s of Medicare by TLC Insurance Group. This live Medicare webinar will provide an overview of how Medicare works, when to enroll, Medicare options, penalties, the variety of plan types, 2024 updates and much more. General questions can be entered into the chat, and answered as time permits. Specific or personal situation questions will be answered privately by the host. Medicare beneficiary assistance, guidance, and evaluation is provided at no cost to our employees and their families.

Join via Zoom here!

Come to the Writing Center

submitted by mollberg@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

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

Chapel: Ash Wednesday Service

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for an Ash Wednesday service with imposition of ashes. Pastor John Schwehn will preach today. We will also have an evening service at 7:30 pm with Trinity Lutheran Congregation. Pastoral intern D.J. Chatelaine will preach at the evening service which will include imposition of ashes and communion.

Webinar TODAY at 5 p.m.: Five Ways to Make Course Content More Accessible to Everyone

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

Five Ways to Make Course Content More Accessible to Everyone Right From the Start

Description: From video content to Moodle articles, this presentation will review 5 ways to make course content more accessible for students on Moodle and in class. We know that creating course content takes a lot of time and effort, and we want to discuss ways that embedding accessibility from the start can benefit students and save faculty time in the future.

Presenter: Lauren Radomski, M.A., OTR/L, Assistive Technology & Accommodations Specialist, CLASS/Disability Resources

Zoom ID: 92598091204
Passcode: 270541

Join Zoom Meeting

Warm Your Heart: Volunteer With Middle Schoolers This Winter

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to more than 1,300 students in the Twin Cities!

In January-March, we will be hosting weeknight debate tournaments for middle school students. Middle school debaters learn important skills like critical thinking, deep listening, note-taking, argumentation, and public speaking in debate – but they also have fun, make friends, and take pride in representing their school!

You can help make it happen by becoming a volunteer debate judge. No debate experience? No problem. We’ll train you. Judges listen carefully to students debating, weigh the arguments, choose a winner, and provide feedback for improvement.

Need/want service hours? Finish them before the semester heats up!

Sign up here:

https://mnudl.augsburg.edu/volunteer-opportunities/

Nominations Open: Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

submitted by lloydr@augsburg.edu

Augsburg annually recognizes faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment in one of three categories: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. All full-time faculty who have been employed at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Additionally adjunct faculty who have taught at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching Award.

Any member of the Augsburg Community (faculty student, staff, etc.) may nominate a person for these awards. For more information on the process and requirements of nominators, please see the individual nomination forms on the page linked below.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

Tomorrow: Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Christian and Muslim Resources for Restorative Justice

submitted by truesmit@augsburg.edu

Join Professor Najeeba Syeed and the Oxford Interfaith Forum for this free, virtual event. Professor Syeed will speak on Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Christian and Muslim Resources for Restorative Justice.

Date: January 11, 2024
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, CST
Place: Zoom
Cost: Free, but you must register to receive the zoom link

For more information and to register, click here: https://www.oxfordinterfaithforum.org/thematic-international-interfaith-reading-groups/peacebuilding-in-interfaith-contexts/interfaith-just-peacemaking-christian-and-muslim-resources-for-restorative-justice/

Art Commissions Open: Your Own Personal Hand-Painted Pet Portrait

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

My name is Rebecca and I work for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, but I’m also a painter. I am paying off some medical bills with art commissions. Members of the Augsburg community commissioned several paintings over the holidays, and I was very grateful. I am still open for commissions going into 2024!

I am painting acrylic on canvas in multiple small sizes for the following prices:

4″ x 4″: $40

4″ x 5″: $50

5″ x 5″: $70

5″ x 7″: $80

8″ x 10″: $120

I will ask you for a photo of the pet to copy and some colors you like, as well as the pets’ interests, to inform the background.

This provides a good sample of the type of portraits I do:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CWWrTFCL7DS/

As does this link: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClcZzAdriC3/

I can be paid by cash, Venmo, or PayPal and can drop off on Augsburg’s campus OR mail in the USA as needed.

If you are interested, please reach out ASAP and let me know by what date you want the portrait. (It makes for a great birthday present!)

Serious inquiries only. Please email me at froehlic@augsburg.edu if you are interested.

Online Survey—Chance to Win $100 Giftcard

submitted by fleigr@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at fleigr@augsburg.edu. If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LPN7K3
Thank you!

TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus in January

submitted by rankiniz@augsburg.edu

Take advantage of this on-campus opportunity to discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA Financial Consultant. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals, wherever you might be in your retirement planning.

All meetings are confidential!
o SIGN UP TODAY:
Space is limited. To schedule your consultation, please use the link below:
https://www.tiaa.org/schedulenow

o Available dates and times:
Tuesday, January 16 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor
Wednesday, January 17 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor
Thursday, January 18 / 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Room, Christensen Center 2nd floor

For questions, please contact hr@augsburg.edu

Schedule your consultation here!

“Disability Visibility” Book Discussion (Part 3): January 30—Start Reading

submitted by chandsyd@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 3: “Doing” on Tuesday, January 30, 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 can apply this event toward Good/Advanced standing for the 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

Earn Credit for Summer Study Abroad to South Africa

submitted by leejuy@augsburg.edu

Music Therapy Study Abroad to South Africa will be held between July 7-17th in 2024.

Here is an information page about the program:
2024 Music Therapy South Africa 

Here is a short info session video that we hosted this semester:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MRNVpwHqnqfNVdkM7cI6lp3c3l3UbXB4/view?usp=drive_link

All undergraduate students and graduate students studying related fields, for example, Physicians assistant, Social work, Psychology, Nursing, and more are welcome!

The faculty leader for this program is Jessica De Villers, MA, MT-BC!
The staff advisor for this program will be Emilie Lenz- M.A. Program Associate for Off-Campus Programs with CGEE-Study Abroad and Away. Her email address is lenze@augsburg.edu.

Feel free to email Jess or Emilie!

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card—Take Our Survey Today

submitted by harrisdd@augsburg.edu

My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or harrisdd@augsburg.edu. You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or hopkinss@augsburg.edu. If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to IRB@augsburg.edu.

Sincerely,
Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

New Student Position: Student: Registrar’s Office Assistant

submitted by hr@augsburg.edu

Our mission in the Registrar’s Office is to ensure the integrity of recorded data while providing timely service and communicating information regarding policies and procedures to the Augsburg community.  Registrar student employees will:

 – Use professional verbal and written communication by triaging phone, email, and in-person inquiries.

 – Actively train in database management by entering and checking course registrations, scanning and directing documents, and filling requests for unofficial transcripts.

 – Perform clerical duties such as preparing outgoing documents for mailing.

 – Work with fellow student workers and registrar’s office staff on project support as assigned.

 – Upholding student privacy and confidentiality.

 – Acting with respect for the Augsburg community, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Pay Rate: $15.19 per hour (subject to increase Jan 1)

Timeframe: Spring Semester 2024, with the possibility of continuing on.

View Job Posting

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card—Take Our Survey Today

submitted by harrisdd@augsburg.edu

My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or harrisdd@augsburg.edu. You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or hopkinss@augsburg.edu. If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to IRB@augsburg.edu.

Sincerely,
Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Online Survey—Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

submitted by fleigr@augsburg.edu

Hello Auggies! I am a graduate student seeking participants for a research study. I am exploring how one’s ability to recognize and regulate their own and others’ emotions may relate to feelings of depression and social disconnect. Participation in this study will involve completing a series of behavioral health inventories and a demographic screener that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. These inventories will ask if you have experienced symptoms of depression or loneliness and ask how intensely you experience your everyday emotions. Following completion of these inventories, participants will complete a test online that will walk participants through a variety of different tasks, such as recognition of facial expressions and implied social meanings. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participation in this study is done online from the comfort of your own home. Students are invited to participate in this study if you: (1) are between the ages of 18 and 31; (2) have not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, or a personality disorder; (3) have not experienced an interpersonally traumatic life event (i.e., assault by another human being); and (4) are not currently experiencing a major health concern (i.e., life threatening illness/injury or significant transplant/removal surgery).

For your time, participants will be entered into a random lottery drawing for one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding participation in this study, please contact me at fleigr@augsburg.edu. If you would like to participate in this study, please click the link below. You will be taken to a secure, online survey where you will be presented with a consent form followed by the demographic screener and brief inventories. Upon completion of these, you will be shown the link to the final assessment.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7LPN7K3
Thank you!