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

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 (  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 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

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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
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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 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 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

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 Please include a short description of why your nominee deserves the award.

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Spring Social to celebrate Augsburg Staff

Please 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.

Spring Social 
Thursday, May 14
3-5 p.m.
The Quad
(In case of rain, the event will move inside Christensen Center)

Door Prizes have been provided by these generous supporters:
– A’viands
– Barnes and Noble Bookstore
– Department of Public Safety (parking permit)
– Davanni’s Pizza and Hot Hoagies (Riverside Ave. location)

Email with any questions.

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March Auggie Pride winner announced

Auggie Pride AwardWe are delighted to announce that Shawn Canada, custodial services, has received the Auggie Pride Award for the month of March 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.


Shawn Canada is a custodian with the early shift here in Si Melby/Kennedy Center. Every day when I arrive to campus, Shawn is the first person I see as he is methodically running the floor cleaner machine over our lobby area to make the place bright for the day. Every single time I see him, he is wearing an Auggie athletic team’s T-shirt or sweatshirt, has his headphones in, and is silently focused on shining up our work space as if it is the most important thing in the world. Then, as I walk by, he inevitably always lifts his head up and greets me with a HUGE smile, welcoming me in, and setting my day off right.

 It dawned on me the other day that we rarely share more words than those brief encounters, but that clearly, regardless of what he has going on in his life or world, he still greets me with that infectious happiness. I have watched him over the course of a couple years now, and I have noticed that Shawn does this with every single employee and student that comes through this building. He is such a blessing to have in our athletics area, and takes great pride in his work. His laugh is contagious, and he obviously cares so much for making all of our worlds that much easier and brighter.

It is with my great pleasure and honor to nominate Shawn for an Auggie Pride Award because I truly believe he embodies what it means to be an Auggie–to care for others, to find joy in serving others, to be committed to ones work, and to bring light to every single day. Please accept my nomination for Shawn for the next Auggie Pride award as I really do believe he is deserving.

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

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