Outstanding Staff Award nominations open through Feb. 12

Nominations for the 2016 Augsburg College Outstanding Staff Awards are being accepted through February 12.

The Outstanding Staff Award is intended to recognize exceptional Augsburg staff members who exemplify the mission statement of the college through their actions. Recipients of this award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community. There are six awards given out each year.

Augsburg faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate staff members. More information about the awards and process are posted on the nomination form.


All nomination materials must be submitted to Jim Mathias (matthias@augsburg.edu) no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 12.

All recipients will be announced at the Staff Appreciation Event on Tuesday, March 3 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel. Augsburg staff length of service recognition also will be presented at the March 3 event.

Questions about the process can be directed to staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

Thank you,

2015-16 Staff Senators

Kelly Anderson-Diercks, Athletics
Mark Chamberlain, Marketing and Communication
Theresa Gade, Human Resources
Jennifer Jacobs, Athletics
Seth Lienard, Event and Conference Planning
Bryan Massich, Facilities Management
Jim Matthias, Information Technology
Martha Truax, Development

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Staff Senate announces staff representatives to University Council

Jim Trelstad-Porter and Jeff Swenson have been selected as staff representatives to University Council. Trelstad-Porter was elected to a 2-year term and Swenson was selected by Staff Senate to serve a 4-year term. The staggered terms allow for more stable transitions in University Council membership when terms end. Going forward all terms will be 4 years long.

For the staff elected position, there were 17 nominated candidates. The quality and passion of these candidates was clear in the survey answers provided. Staff Senate thanks all candidates for their willingness to serve. Because of the number of nominees, Staff Senate decided to hold two elections — first to narrow the field to three and then to select the top candidate.

Since he was elected, Trelstad-Porter was given a choice of a 2- or 4-year term commitment. Staff Senate then performed an internal evaluation of the candidates based on a set of criteria and compiled those rankings. This resulted in Jeff Swenson being offered the remaining 4-year term to University Council representing staff.

Trelstad-Porter and Swenson bring a wealth of leadership abilities and institutional knowledge to the newly forming University Council. We are excited to have them as advocates for staff.

Please help us in congratulating them.

-Staff Senate

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Staff Senate holds primary election for University Council position

Staff Senate received a large number of nominees for the elected staff representative to University Council position. Staff Senate is currently holding a primary election in order to hone the number of candidates to three for the final election beginning on Dec. 1.

If you have not received a ballot via email or have questions about the process, please email staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

The primary election runs through Nov. 24.

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University Council nomination period closed

Staff Senate is no longer accepting nominations for University Council. Staff Senate is currently working with nominees to ensure they accept the nomination and that each candidate meets the outline criteria.

See University Council process page for more information.

We have an excellent nomination pool. Thank you for your nominations and attention to this process.

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UC staff rep. nominations now begin

Augsburg College Staff Senate (ACSS) is starting the process of selecting two representatives to the newly forming Augsburg College University Council. There are two staff representative positions being filled at this time, a 2-year position and 4-year position. One representative will be appointed by ACSS and the other will be chosen through a staff election later in November. After the initial selection, future Council representatives will serve 4-year staggered terms, with terms beginning at the start of the academic year.

Nominations are currently being accepted through November 10 at 3 p.m. Staff may nominate other eligible staff or self-nominate. Staff nominees must be non-temporary, non-union, and be a .75 FTE or greater. Please submit nominations through the online form or email (staffsenate@augsburg.edu).  If you have accessibility concerns, please let a staff senator know or email us.


After the November 10 deadline, all nominees will be vetted by ACSS. For a description of the process, including the vetting criteria, visit the ACSS website. A short questionnaire also will be given to each eligible nominee. The answers to which will be available on the election ballot. The election will take place electronically November 17-24. ACSS will post the results of who the appointed and elected representatives are by December 1 in Amail. Please email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with questions. Thank you for your participation in this important process.


For an overview of the full process, go to our University Council tab.
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Hecker and Lilija Auggie Pride winners for September

We are delighted to announce that Sue Hecker (Office of Admisssions) and Jolee Lilija (Office of Leadership Studies) have received the Auggie Pride Award for the month of September 2015. The Auggie Pride Award is presented to Augsburg staff as a token of appreciation for their dedication and work that goes above and beyond what is expected.

Auggie Pride Presentation for Sue Hecker

Auggie Pride Presentation for Sue Hecker

Nomination for Sue Hecker:

Sue is the Data Processing Coordinator for the Office of Admissions. Her attention to detail to all of our student records is extremely important to the admissions process but also to the university as a whole as it is critical that all student records are complete prior to student matriculation. However, that is not where it ends. At times there can be glitches within a process that need fixing or a student situation is complex and requires trouble shooting across departments. Sue’s ability to look at all perspectives is so important and welcomed when the issue is not always simple. She does all of this with a smile and respect for her fellow colleagues. Sue holds a position that is behind the scenes within the admissions process, but we couldn’t support our students the way we do without her ability to handle so many details.

Nomination for Jolee Lilija: 

Jolee, a 2015 graduate of the MAL program, is the new program director for the Master of Arts in Leadership and the Center for Leadership Studies. In the few months that she has been at Augsburg, she has launched a LinkedIn page for MAL students, faculty, and alumni; developed expertise in Qualtrics for the department to use in surveying current, former, and prospective students; and has made several constructive changes to the MAL new student orientation program. MAL is undergoing an institutional program review this year and her work has helped lay a solid foundation for that work.

To nominate an Augsburg staff for this monthly award, email the name of the staff person and reason for your nomination to staff senate@augsburg.edu.

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Congratulations to Bryan Massich, new Staff Senator

Bryan Massich has been elected as a Staff Senator and will join seven other staff members on Staff Senate. Bryan has been at Augsburg since October 2012 and serves as the Maintenance Manager in the Facilities Department. Congratulations to Bryan and thanks to all who voted!
Also, thank you to staff who provided thoughtful feedback through the survey that accompanied the election ballot. We will use this feedback to help better serve staff. As always, if you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Staff Senate at staffsenate@augsburg.edu.
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Staff Senate Seeks Nominees by September 10

Staff Senate seeks awesome Auggies.

Be engaged in the Augsburg community by serving on Staff Senate. If you’d like to become a senator or nominate a colleague, send your candidates to staffsenate@augsburg.edu by September 10. Online elections will take place September 1​5-​21. The purpose of this election is to fill a single Staff Senate position.

All nominees will be verified before being placed on election ballot. An email will be sent to all Augsburg staff with a link to the online election survey on September 1​5. Staff will have until September ​21 to take the survey. Successful candidate will be notified by September ​23.

Staff Senate Membership

Augsburg College Staff Senate (ACSS) is composed of six members who are nominated and elected by their peers for a two-year term and two at-large members to be chosen, in every instance, by ACSS. All ACSS members have the option to serve a third year.

Election Procedures

Nomination and Voting Rights: Nominations are collected through e-mail and ballots are gathered from all staff through an online survey (staff eligible to vote are all permanent full- and part-time staff people 0.1+ not including union, MMEP, or temps). ACSS members are eligible to vote. Composition of ACSS: It is recommended that members be at least .75 FTE, regardless of exempt or non-exempt status.

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Pribbenow to speak at final Open Forum

President Pribbenow will speak at the final Staff Senate Open Forum of the academic year. He will share some thoughts on the recent All Hands Summit (learn more at the All Hands page on Inside Augsburg).

Wednesday, May 20
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with any questions.

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IA division awarded Auggie Pride for April

Institutional Advancement Auggie PrideFor the month of April, the Augsburg Institutional Advancement division was nominated and selected to receive the Staff Senate Auggie Pride Award. The Institutional Advancement Division includes Institutional Advancement Services, Development and Alumni Relations.

The nomination specifically recognizes the combined efforts that successfully completed the fundraising goal for the Center for Science, Business, and Religion (CSBR). Nearly 1,000 donors have given more than $50 million to the campaign, and the College will soon proceed to the next stage of architectural design, and determine a date to break ground on the CSBR. This is the largest capital campaign in the history of the College. More at augsburg.edu/csbr.

Auggie Pride is a monthly award that recognizes staff who go above and beyond in their duties at Augsburg. The award is presented monthly based on nominations received and chosen by Staff Senate. To nominate a colleague, email staff senate@augsburg.edu. Please include a short description of why your nominee deserves the award.

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