Staff Senate will be hosting a forum to help continue to improve communication and create an opportunity for the Augsburg community to come together. Join us to hear:
Staff Senate’s role and goals for the year
Updates from the University Council staff representatives Jim Trelstad-Porter and Jeff Swenson
University Council subcommittee updates:
Campus Design Committee—Rebecca John and Jodi Collen
Space sub-committee—Rebecca John
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Leadership Forum—Leif Anderson
This year Staff Senate has decided to host two forums to help allow more time for questions. Half of the sub-committees will present at this first session and the others will join us in the spring for a second forum. We look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to Kristina Fruge, Program Manager for the Riverside Innovation Hub and Catherine Maun, Senior Financial Aid Counselor for receiving the April Auggie Pride Awards. This passion to go above and beyond to help students is a true inspiration. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.
Nomination: Kristina has done an exceptional job as the program manager of the Riverside Innovation Hub, a 5-year project at Augsburg aims to help congregations to create innovative ministry and make meaningful connections with young adults. As a leader, Kristina always goes above and beyond to motivate and support team members to work for this meaningful project. She is understanding, loving, and caring. She is loved by so many people from Campus Ministry, Christensen Center, and the Religion Department. Kristina is a wonderful example of someone who is living out her faith to serve the community. As an international student, I have received tremendous support from Kristina as I was going through challenges of finding an OPT internship due to recent changes in regulations from the new administration. Kristina has been very passionate and determined about fighting for my rights as well as promoting interfaith and intercultural diversity on campus.
Nomination: Catherine was interviewed for an article titled “One Nation” in the winter 2018 issue of St. Olaf magazine. The article highlighted Augsburg’s commitment to supporting students who are undocumented, and Catherine’s hard work and passion for helping students. It is clear that Catherine takes pride in her work at Augsburg and our commitment to diversity. Read the article, On Nation.
Join us for a staff focused Open Forum. HR will be providing an overview on the changes made to Staff Handbook and Staff Senate will review the updates made to their Bylaws. Time for questions will be provided.
Congratulations to Jack Hein, Admissions Operations Coordinator for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. New in August, Jack hit the ground running and his colleagues, student workers, and prospective students have been impacted by his presence. Staff Senate admires the work he does everyday and are honored to award him with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.
Nomination: JackHein, Admissions Operations Coordinator, started at Augsburg in August 2017. August is really when admissions starts getting busy, however, that’s didn’t affect Jack of any sort as he is a true professional. Jack immediately jumped into the vortex of craziness without any hesitation by answering phones his first week and working with the Auggie Ambassadors on how to improve the service at the Admissions Front Desk. Jack truly brings his personality of a kind person, warm thoughts and more importantly his ability to stay calm when it is extremely busy. Jack works closely with our Auggie Ambassadors to the point that he has trained in over 15 students to be independent at the front with limited supervision. In addition Jack is always “hungry” to add to his skills by taking on additional tasks such as document processing, updating forms, and managing social media. We are blessed to have Jack part of our team.
Volunteers are needed to help make signature events like commencement, homecoming, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum a success. This is also a great way to meet staff from a wide range of departments across our campus. If you are volunteering during your regularly scheduled work time and would like to use your allotted community service hours, please check with your supervisor. Weekend or after-hours commitments are not eligible for community service and would be considered volunteer time.
Commencement – Saturday, April 28
Roles include ushering, ticket taking, rehearsal support, diploma distribution, and more. Contact Kia Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Alumni Relations for more information.
Nobel Peace Prize Forum – September 13-15, 2018
This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the Forum’s esteemed speakers, moderators, and laureates. Roles include registration, greeting, ushering, session attendants, and more. Volunteers are also needed for the Thursday evening VIP Reception. Contact Allison Mangan at email@example.com.
StepUP Gala – Saturday, November 3, 5-8:30 p.m.
Roles include registration, ushering, silent auction assistant, videographer assistant, and more. Dinner will be provided. Contact Martha Truax at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.