Public Safety and Facilities Announcements
The Hagfors Center Fourth Floor is Visible
As the fourth floor of the north wing becomes visible, construction crews begin installation of the structural steel that will connect the two wings of the building to the lobby area of the Hagfors Center. A summary of this week's construction activities is posted on http://www.augsburg.edu/hagforscenter/construction-project-updates . Today's post includes the following:
 Fourth-floor roof construction, including a photo of the structural steel in place, as of last week, for the fourth floor of the north wing
 North and west wing connection
 Preparations for construction of the skyway
 Removal of concrete formwork
 Piping, electrical, metal framing, door frames, and duct work installation
 Work west of Oren Gateway Center
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Teaching and Learning
Civic Studies Symposium This Thursday
The theme of this Thursday's Civic Studies symposium is "The Citizen Professional - Organizing Democracy Change."
Faculty, staff, students, and community members will consider questions such as: What are skills and theory of making democratic changes in professions like teaching and nursing? How can we prepare students to be civic agents of change? What are obstacles and opportunities in a time of turmoil, divisions, and growing economic and racial inequalities?
The second Civic Studies Symposium at Augsburg invites members of the Augsburg community as well as public and community partners to explore such questions. The symposium will include:
- Margaret Finders on why the education department at Augsburg is focusing on developing "citizen teachers"
- Terrance Kwame-Ross on his experiences creating a democratic school
- Katie Clark on how the Nursing Program at Augsburg has come to focus on preparing the "citizen nurse"
It will also include opportunities for small group discussions on these questions and how to operationalize civic agency (civic empowerment) practices in curricular and co-curricular life.
The symposium will also announce the 2016-17 Civic Studies Fellows, an outstanding group of staff, faculty, and community-public partners who will work over the coming year on cultural and institutional change.
Civic Studies Symposium
Thursday, October 27
The three year Civic Studies Initiative aims at deepening a culture of civic empowerment (civic agency) across all aspects of Augsburg and its partners. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Department of Education, and the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. Harry Boyte, Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo CDC, is coordinator.
Read more about the Civic Studies Initiative: http://inside.augsburg.edu/ctl/about/civic-studies-initiative/
General Education Curricular Discussion on Wednesday
Heard the rumblings about the curriculum revision underway this year? Have opinions and questions? Eager to get involved?
Come to the first in a series of focused campus conversations sponsored by Academic Affairs this Wednesday. A White Paper with a summary of the 2015-16 review and outline of future steps is available online: https://web.augsburg.edu/academicaffairs/GenEdRevisionWhitePaper.pdf
Academic Affairs Campus Conversation Series: Gen Ed Reform 2016-17
Wednesday, October 26
3:40-4:40pm, OGC 100
Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome.
Assessment w/ Moodle - Lunch & Learn Next Tuesday
Faculty, mark your calendars for the first Assessment Lunch & Learn of the year. Grab lunch in the Commons (it's on us!) and come learn about using Moodle for assessment of student learning. LFC Eric Strom will present
Tuesday, November 1
11:30am - 12:30pm
Sponsored by Assessment and Academic Affairs. RSVP to email@example.com for lunch.
"Who Are My Neighbors?" Somali Americans
The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is hosting "Who is My Neighbor" with Brian Coyle Center's Youth Director and long time community leader, Abdirahman Mukhtar on Friday, November 4 from 3:15pm-4:45pm in OGC #113. Come and learn more about our Somali Community.
All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend, so feel free to bring friends!
Contact Mary Laurel True with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fair Labor Standards Act Information
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Changes to this law, effective December 1, 2016, include increasing the salary threshold required for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime.
Human Resources has worked with supervisors and the President's Leadership Team to develop a plan that enables Augsburg to comply with changes to the FLSA. To learn more about the changes to FLSA and the types of positions that may be impacted, please refer to the Augsburg College FAQ's http://web.augsburg.edu/hr/FLSA_FAQ.pdf
Additional information about the FLSA can be found on the Department of Labor website: https://www.dol.gov/WHD/overtime/final2016/faq.htm
Employees who are in positions impacted by the change in FLSA will be contacted by their supervisor by October 31. Because there are special provisions for higher education, faculty and others in positions whose primary duty is teaching will not be affected by these changes.
Human Resources will be hosting meetings to update employees about the new regulations and provide guidance on record-keeping requirements, how to determine compensable time, and Augsburg's pre-approval requirement for working overtime. These sessions will be held in the Marshall Room on:
November 3rd from 10 11 am
November 14th from 9-10 am
November 15th from 1-2 pm
All are welcome to attend.
NSF AugSTEM Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 27
AugSTEM Scholars Applications Due Thursday, October 27
Students planning to apply will need three letters of recommendation, so should be in contact with their letter-writers to give them sufficient notice.
The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF DUE-1565060), AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year. (Differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need.) Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.
* Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
* Within 5 semesters of graduating
* Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
* U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
* Demonstrate financial need via FAFSA
Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.
See http://www.augsburg.edu/stem/augstem/ or email Rebekah Dupont at email@example.com for more information.
New Student Organization on Campus - QIPOC
Queer Indigenous and People of Color aims to foster a supportive space to educate, embrace, and empower Queer Indigenous and People of Color to proudly accept all facets of their existences. QIPOC is committed to raising awareness about social issues to the entire Augsburg community.
QIPOC Meetings: Thursdays (Maroon Schedule) 5pm-7pm
Christensen Center Riverside Room
Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn: November 2, 12 p.m.
Mark your calendars! Human Resources and Student Financial Services are excited to be partnering up this fall to offer a Tuition Benefit Lunch and Learn on November 2, in Oren Gateway Center, Room 100, beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join other colleagues in learning more about the tuition benefit, the application process, and how to navigate getting the most of your benefit.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Senate and UC-Subcommittee Forum
Tuesday, October 25
1:30 p.m. in the Marshall Room
Based on feedback Staff Senate received seeking more communication, Staff Senate will be hosting a forum to give a overview of the role of staff senate and hosting representatives from each of the UC-subcommittees to uplift some of the amazing work going on in each committee. We invite you to join us for this great opportunity to learn what our rock star colleagues are doing for Augsburg College!
Why Academic Freedom Matters in the Classroom
This year the Augsburg chapter of the Association of American University Professors has organized the presentation and discussion, "Why Academic Freedom Matters in the Classroom," with Carleton professors Jeff Snyder and Amna Khalid, who recently published a major article in The New Republic on academic freedom and campus bias response teams (11:30-1pm, Thursday, 17 Nov., in Sateren Auditorium). The event is co-sponsored by Faculty Senate with support from longtime donor Judith McCartin Scheide, the Provost, and CTL. All students, staff, administration, and faculty are welcome. We anticipate a lively, vigorous, and challenging discussion.
Here are two different views on the event topic, the first by our guests:
"The Rise of 'Bias Response Teams' on Campus." Jeffrey Aaron Snyder and Amna Khalid. The New Republic. (30 March 2016):
"Can Cries of 'Free Speech' Be a Weapon? Students Say Yes." Jennifer Schluesser. The New York Times. (16 October 2016):
Boren Info Session TODAY: Funding for Study Abroad
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend!
Boren Scholarship Information Session with Boren national representative
When: Monday, October 24
3:15 - 4:15: Presentation on Boren Scholarship Program
4:15 - 5: Time for questions with representative
Where: Sverdrup 206
Hosts: URGO and CGEE Off-Campus Studies
We are fortunate to have a Boren representative coming to campus on Monday, October 24. Boren Awards provide funding to U.S. undergraduate students (first years through seniors) to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and Middle East.
In exchange for the funding awardees work one year at a federal agency around issues of national security defined very broadly, such as sustainable development, environment, disease, migration and economic competitiveness as well as more traditional security concerns.
Awardees (who must be U.S. citizens) can be given up to:
$20,000/Academic year study abroad
$10,000/Semester study abroad
$8,000/Summer study abroad (only for STEM students)
Keeping Track of Auggies
Paid Teaching Internships in China
Paid Internship in China at Augsburg's Exchange University--United International College. Starting date in August 2017. Application deadline February 2017.
The Foreign Internship Program is a one-year program designed for recent graduates of a 4 year accredited undergraduate college. Interns have duties on campus for up to 40 hours per week during the semester. Duties include working with professors and lecturers both inside and outside of class and working with students both individually and in groups. Specific tasks vary based on department needs. All interns are also expected to participate in Chinese classes and cultural events.
Interns are housed in apartments in a gated community called Horizon Cove that is a convenient 15-minute bus ride from UIC's campus. Typically, 2-3 interns are placed in one apartment. Each person has their own room. Horizon Cove is walking distance from a local community area called Tangjia. Tangjia has an abundance of restaurants serving local Guangdong and other Chinese cuisines, as well as a few western bar/restaurants, a movie theatre, a few open produce markets, and small grocery stores.
Graduates are invited to apply for a one-academic year Internship at UIC. Applications for the Intern position must be sent to the International Development Office email@example.com no later than the 8th of February 2017.
1. Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in any relevant programme.
2. A full transcript of academic work completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
3. Two letters of recommendation from academic staff supporting the application.
4. A full personal resume.
5. Agreement to enroll in a specially designed "Chinese Language, Culture, History and Development Programme"
6. An interview conducted by the Director of International Education at the home institution in which the applicant is enrolled. Leah Spinosa de Vegafirstname.lastname@example.org
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