April Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Katie (Koch) Code, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations and Nathan Lind, Academic Liaison for Computing for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they go above and beyond their expected duties are an inspiration to the community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Katie Code

Nomination: Auggie pride personified is Katie Code. You probably expect that from our Alumni Director, but what Katie brings to her role at Augsburg is an infectious spirit that rallies Alumni locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally.

Katie Code with Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement Team
Congratulations Katie for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award.

At this moment she is planning President Pribbenow’s trip to Norway in June, where the King of Norway will host key Norwegian, Lutheran colleges. That is one of the biggest opportunities imaginable for Augsburg, but there are smaller events happening all of the time that Katie throws heart and soul into—from the Auggie Alumni travel program to Canterbury Downs to Alumni awards to the dozens of affinity programs hosted by our Alumni Relations department each year.

Katie doesn’t just execute programs and events, she makes the events and programs connect with alumni and tie them back to Augsburg. Her Auggie spirit is so strong it connects all 60,000 alumni back to the institution. She is Auggie Spirit. She is called to encapsulate the spirit of Auggies every day. She is Katie Koch and she is deserving of this honor.

Nathan Lind

Nomination: Nathan Lind does a tremendous amount of work which is often often behind the scenes. He has worked through the process of finding the better videoconferencing setups between Minneapolis and Rochester, championed Zoom software (like Skype, only much better) which allowed more flexibility for students out-of-state to remotely attend a class and in doing-so put Augsburg on the cutting edge with premier technology.

Nathan accepts his award with his IT team
Congratulations Nathan for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award.

Nathan’s awareness of the IT budget has realized significant cost savings. Zoom software is one example where we are now paying less for MORE functionality. Most recently, he discovered we were paying $7,000 annually for a video streaming service which was underutilized and devised a solution to move the videos to Google Drive so the money can now be used somewhere else. His attention towards stewardship supports the mission.

Nathan is an environmental advocate and advocates for a cleaner healthier campus environment by sharing his ideas. He actively provides feedback and looks for ways to move us forward.

Auggie Pride Awards will resume next fall with the semester. To nominate an Augsburg staff for this monthly award, email the name of the staff person and reason for your nomination to staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

March Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Dianne Detloff, Administrative Assistant for the Center for Wellness and Counseling and Janet Lestock, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they go above and beyond their expected duties are an inspiration to the community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Dianne Detloff

Nomination: I want to nominate Dianne Detloff for linking the needs of the larger community for blood donations to the Augsburg community. She has expertly and selflessly taken on this responsibility by bringing the Memorial Blood Center to the Augsburg Campus and working with campus partners – like the Taylor Mattice and the Student Athlete Advisory Council to recruit blood donors on campus. From the March 29th, 2017 Blood Drive 105% of the goal for units of blood was met and many lives will be saved. Dianne is so successful doing this work over many years that the Memorial Blood Center arranged a site visit for a new MBC partner from New York to come and see “a good representation of a College Blood Drive.” This is only one reason to honor Dianne Detloff with the Auggie Pride Award.

Group shot of CWC with Diane to celebrate her award
Congratulations Dianne for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award.

Coordinated with Memorial Blood Bank the on-campus blood drive = hit 105% of our goal for the spring blood drive yon March 28. In addition, Augsburg was a site visit for a new partner to MBC from New York as they wanted to see a “good representation of a college blood drive” in operation. Collaborated with the Student Athlete Advisory Council and partnered in tabling, working at the canteen at the drive and recruiting student athletes for this drive. Not only was this an important community event, she did it in a collaborative way, engaging and involving students.

Janet Lestock

Nomination: In graduate and adult undergraduate admissions, we try to hold an information session once a term that is off campus. Besides her normal duties, Janet Lestock arranged an “In the City” event for us at Surly Brewing.

Group shot of Admissons with Janet to celebrate her award
Congratulations Janet for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award.

Surly is a hard location to get and Janet made sure that she secured the location by getting up very early one morning when the signups for the venue opened. The event was held yesterday, March 6th, and was well executed. Janet was careful to guard our event budget as she negotiated with the Surly coordinator. The excitement for Surly, the deluxe room and the catering all combined for a successful event. I believe we had nearly 110 RSVP’s for this event which is one of our best responses. We can follow up with the list of attendees and even those that did not show to promote our degree programs. There was a lot of excitement in the room for Augsburg due to Janet’s efforts!

Staff Spring Social set for May 4

Join the Augsburg community in celebrating the work of its staff during the past academic year. Food and drink will be provided. Door prizes will once again be given away.

Staff Spring Social 
Thursday, May 4
3-5 p.m.
The Quad
(In case of rain, the event will move inside Christensen Center)

Email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Staff Senate Seeks Nominees

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 candidate(s) names to staffsenate@augsburg.edu by Thursday, April 13. Online elections will take place April 18 – May 2. Staff Senate is filling four elected Staff Senate positions this spring.

All nominees will be verified before being placed on the election ballot. An email will be sent to all Augsburg staff with a link to the online election survey on April 18. Staff will have until May 2 at 5pm to take the survey. Successful candidates will be notified thereafter.

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 Staff Senate. All Staff Senate 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 regular full- and part-time staff, not including union, temporary staff, MMeep, MCC, or other agency groups). Staff Senate members are eligible to vote. Composition of Staff Senate: It is recommended that members be at least .75 FTE, regardless of exempt or non-exempt status.

January Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to  Mike Bloomberg, Systems/Circulation Librarian and Natalie Dinki, Academic Affairs Coordinator for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they took on new projects have made a huge impact. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Mike Bloomberg

Nomination: Mike almost single-handedly managed the Library’s migration from our old online catalog to our new one which was phased in beginning January 3, and “went public” in February. Our new system, WMS (WorldShare

Congratulations Mike Bloomberg for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

Management System) is more than just a catalog of books that the library owns – it’s the discovery system by which our students and faculty search all of the library’s resources (books, databases, e-journals, videos, digital collections, microforms – you name it!). That means Mike had to work with all the library staff members to customize the system for their particular part of the library operation and make sure they were fully trained to do their work once the system went live. Any system migration of this size and complexity will undoubtedly encounter a few bumps in the road. Our case is no different: we have 21,000 records that will need to be reviewed one by one and corrected or deleted. Mike already has a plan worked out with Rebecca Ganzel, our cataloger extraordinaire, to review these records and correct them within a 6-month period.

Natalie Dinki

Nomination: Natalie is the academic affairs coordinator in the provost’s office. She is responsible for a number of intersecting operational elements focused on faculty, faculty compensation, CTL travel and grant reimbursements, and course assignments, the last of which she just took on in the last couple months.

Congratulations Natalie Dinki for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

I am nominating Natalie for this January in particular because, not only did she manage everything that she was already doing, but she also took on room assignments for courses for the first time. During the first week of the term, there are always last-minute requests for room accommodations, occasional conflicts, and changes that require sorting through a “house of cards” to try to find available rooms, especially during peak times. It’s complicated, time-consuming, and can try the patience of faculty and students, but Natalie assumed this huge responsibility with a calm, steady approach, and a positive attitude. Not once did she suggest that she couldn’t successfully handle the work, nor did she ever seem like she was flustered or confounded by any problem that arose. She just worked until the problems were resolved.

She quietly goes about her work, and gets it done. I’m grateful for her work all the time, but this spring she’s been especially critical, and deserves recognition beyond my personal thanks and gratitude.

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

Outstanding Staff Award Recipients


And the winners of the 2017 Outstanding Staff awards are:

Outstanding Newcomer Award:
MARA KILGORE,
Academic Affairs

Outstanding Staff Awards:
NATE HALLANGER, Academic Affairs
VERLON MOSES, Custodial Services
DEVON ROSS, Undergraduate Admissions
DENNIS STUCKEY, Facilities Management
BILL WITTENBREER, Library

Staff Senate thanks all of the nominators for their work in gathering nominees and recommendation letters. We also thank those who were nominated and recognize the great work that all 15 staff have exhibited to be nominated by their peers.


Top image [L to R]: President Paul C. Pribbenow, Mara Kilgore, Dennis Stuckey, Nate Hallanger, Verlon Moses, Bill Wittenbreer, and Devon Ross

Photos courtesy of Mark Chamberlain

December Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Cathy Knutson, Coordinator of Fine Arts and Music and Joe Mann, Web Manager for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes through large projects that go beyond campus have made a huge impact. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Cathy Knutson

Nomination: Advent Vespers is arguably one of the most visible events in Augsburg’s year. Over 10,000 Alumni, Family, and Friends of the College gather at Central Lutheran Church to worship with our students, faculty and staff and at the center of it acting as air traffic controller is Cathy.  I watched Cathy arrange seating, give instructions to volunteers, mitigate issues, make sure people were being fed and did it all with grace and calmness. On top of

Congratulations Cathy Knutson for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award.

it all this year there were new ensemble directors, no dedicated vespers student assistant and new leadership at Central making this entire event even slightly more tricky, yet no one on the outside was the wiser. 

And then when Vespers is over there are still end of the semester ensemble concerts and offsite concerts and at each of them Cathy’s care and touch is evident. I am in awe of the work she does, and so thankful for the impact it makes with Augsburg’s Alumni, Family, Friends, and the campus community. 

Joe Mann

Nomination: Joe has spearheaded two important projects for the College in recent months. First, Accessibility Training: Augsburg is deeply committed to providing an accessible environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests…. Joe developed that training and delivered it in person at multiple well-received

Congratulations Joe Mann for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award.

sessions throughout the semester, furthering this important goal in line with the values of the institution. Second, A-mail Updates: Joe took on the effort to update the systems used to submit, publish, and read A-mail using more modern methods.

The two projects are above and beyond the normal day-to-day work of his role, and will both make a very substantial positive impact for the Augsburg community.   

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

Staff Appreciation FAQ

What are the Staff Appreciation Awards?

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.

Who is eligible?

All full-time and part-time staff that carry a regular FTE as designated by Human Resources, as well as union staff, are eligible to receive the Outstanding Staff Awards. Current Staff Senators and staff members who have received this award in the past three years are not eligible.

How many staff members are recognized?

Up to 6 staff members are recognized each year. Because there are more than 6 divisions, not all divisions will be represented in the recipients chosen for the awards; however, consideration will be given to make sure that the recipients represent a wide array of staff members at the College.

How can a staff member be nominated?

To be considered for this award, the nominee must have a complete nomination packet that includes:

  • A nomination form (online)
  • At least two letters of recommendation (emailed or delivered in person)

Nominations may be submitted from any current staff, faculty, or student at Augsburg College; however, self-nominations are not allowed. Faculty and staff may nominate people either within or outside their own divisions. The letters of recommendation should specifically describe how the nominated staff member meets the criteria stated above.

Division Vice Presidents are encouraged to nominate a minimum of two staff members from their respective divisions to ensure the pool of nominees represents a wide array of staff members at the College.

What are the Staff Appreciation Letter of Recommendation Guidelines?

A minimum of two Augsburg Faculty, Staff, or Students must submit letters of recommendation for a nominee to be eligible.  All letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, February 10. Letters may be:

* Emailed to Jim Matthias at matthias@augsburg.edu.
OR
* Delivered to Foss 17A  (Lower Level).

Each letter should explain how the staff person exemplifies the mission statement of the College through their actions, as well as how this person consistently goes 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.

Letters of Recommendation should be well written, between 3-5 paragraphs in length. The selection of individuals to receive the Staff Appreciation Awards from a pool of highly deserving staff members is an inherently difficult task. The more specific information you can include, in a concise manner, regarding why the nominee should receive the award, the easier it will be for the selection committee to accurately assess their outstanding work.

Who reviews the nominations?

The Staff Appreciation Awards Selection Committee is composed of all current Staff Senators, as well as 1-3 recipients of the previous year’s Outstanding Staff Awards.

Will staff be notified if they have been nominated? And will letters of recommendation be provided to the nominees?

Yes and yes. All nominees will be notified the week of February 13, 2017. Nominees will be provided their letters of recommendation after the Staff Appreciation Awards.

When will the 2016 Outstanding Staff Award recipients be announced?

All recipients will be announced at the Staff Appreciation Awards on Thursday, March 2 from 2–4 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel.

Staff Appreciation Awards 2017

staff-awardsThursday, March 2 from 2–4 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel

Every year Staff Senate has the benefit of hosting the amazing Augsburg Staff Appreciation Awards. Upon feedback from you, we have a small change for this year’s awards.

As you may know, we currently award six Outstanding Staff Awards based on nomination letters we receive. This year, within the current six awards given, one award will be designated the “Newcomer Award.”  The Newcomer Award will be awarded to an Augsburg staff member who is within their first two years of employment at Augsburg. Nominees who fit within this criterion will be only eligible/considered for the Newcomer award and thus not eligible for the traditional Outstanding Staff Award. We will pilot the change this year and we will seek your feedback at the end of the academic year.

The reason for this new category is because every year Staff Senate receives so many amazing nomination letters for our brilliant colleagues.  It has become increasingly difficult to attempt to weigh the difference between a colleague who makes an immediate impact within the first couple of years at Augsburg and a colleague who deserves recognition for amazing work over a longer period of time.  In an attempt to be able to honor both, and with your feedback, we thought this would be a great category to kick off for a trial run in 2017. Thanks for your feedback and let’s give this a try!

As a reminder, nominations for Outstanding Staff Awards will be open Tuesday, January 24 through Friday, February 10. Nominate a staff member using the online form.

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate recipients are also awarded during the Staff Appreciation Awards. Individuals developing and growing in their intercultural competence is a foundational piece of any institution’s move towards full inclusion and equity. Find out more information about the Certificate Program at the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity website. To register for the Certificate Program complete the online form.

November Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Allison Brown, Development Officer, StepUP and Kris Hogan, Assistant Director of New Student Financial Aid for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes through large projects and transitions in their departments have made a huge impact to the people around them and campus as a whole. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Allison Brown

Nomination: Allison has not even been at Augsburg for one year, and has already made a huge mark. Allison worked tirelessly to create a sold-out, highest-ever attendance at the annual StepUP Gala on October 29, raising nearly

allison-brown-auggie-pride
Congratulations Allison Brown for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

$500,000 for StepUP. She significantly increased the number of table sponsorships, attendees, and dollars raised and worked with Patrice Salmeri, Sarah Cash-Darvell, the StepUP Board, and many others to create an incredibly special event.

Kris Hogan

Nomination: Kris works in the business office as a Senior Accountant. However, since the end of July, Kris has done her own work as well as the accounts payable duties. Work that requires a depth of knowledge that had not been on her plate previously and not an easy position to just pick up, but Kris has done it with

Congratulations Amanda Burgess for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.
Congratulations Kris Hogan for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

patience and with the tremendous attention to detail that the work requires. And the work itself is not exactly as interesting as Kris’s usual job responsibilities, but she took on the role for the betterment of the business office team. I point out Kris because I think she’s taken on the toughest duty and the one that has the potential to rise to a high frustration level at any given moment. I admire the way Kris has handled the extra duties.

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