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.

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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.

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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.

Congratulations Mike Bloomberg for receiving the January 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 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.

Congratulations Natalie Dinki for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

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.

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.

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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

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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.

Congratulations Cathy Knutson for receiving the December 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 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. 

Congratulations Joe Mann for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award.

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 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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Congratulations Allison Brown for receiving the November 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 $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.

Congratulations Amanda Burgess for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.

Congratulations Kris Hogan for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

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 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.

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October Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Amanda Burgess, Assistant Director of New Student Financial Aid and Mary Jastremski, Admissions Operations Coordinator for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes through tough 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.

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Congratulations Amanda Burgess for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.

Amanda Burgess

Nomination: Amanda was the interim director of financial aid while the department searched for a replacement. She stepped up and held the office together.  As I’m new to the office, I can see the kind of leadership Amanda exuded and I would like to recognize for this and all her years of service with Augsburg College and within the student financial services department.

 

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Congratulations Andrea Dvorak for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award!

Andrea Dvorak

Nomination: Andrea over the past year has been instrumental in implementing 2 major projects for CGEE. 1) CGEE-wide use of online application and risk management system. She has gone above and beyond to work with staff from all 6 (Minneapolis, Mexico, Nicaragua, Namibia, Guatemala, El Salvador) of our locations world-wide to make this system work for our complex organization which serves not only Augsburg College, but also colleges and universities across the country. and 2) Assessment. Andrea is CGEE’s newly appointed Assessment Lead. She serves on the College’s co-curricular and academic assessment committees. Again, she is working with staff from all 6 of our locations to develop assessment processes that incorporate not only for Augsburg stakeholders but also other colleges and universities.

The work on both of these projects is extremely complex and requires someone with excellent project management skills and the ability to work with diverse stakeholders. Andrea is doing an excellent job.

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Congratulations Mary Jastremski for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.

Mary Jastremski

Nomination: Admissions recently purchased a new software (Slate) and made a push to get it installed as soon as they could. Mary has been working tirelessly over the past months to get all the data from their old software (Hobsons Connect) into this new software, to set up data imports from the external agencies that feed data into Slate (ACT, Common App), and to get new data flows and updates happening in this new software. I’ve been working with Mary over the past month to get data from Slate into our main SIS software (Agresso) and to get data back into Slate and Mary is always cheerful and never ignores my requests. She always remains calm and composed. Mary has been working nights and weekends on this project and highly deserves this recognition.

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.

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Outstanding Staff Awards Survey

We are interested in some feedback about the awards given out every year at our Staff Appreciation event. Staff Senate strives to continue the growth of this event and the award opportunities that come with it and your input is key to making that happen. Take our two question survey.

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