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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Find ‘Hidden’ HR Benefits during April 15 open forum

Human Resources Benefits and Communication Specialist Katie Berggren presents on “Hidden” Employee Benefits at 1 p.m. on April 15 in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center, during the Staff Senate open forum.

Held the third Wednesday of the month, the open forum series provides opportunities for Augsburg staff to learn about projects, collaborations, and our shared work.

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Outstanding Staff Appreciation Winners Announced

Outstanding Staff Award WinnersThe Staff Senate would like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Staff Awards. This year 75 individuals from across campus nominated a total of 18 staff for 6 awards. This award recognizes staff who go above and beyond their normal job duties and help to support the mission of the College.

Please help us congratulate the following winners: 

Barb Gaiser, Executive Assistant to the President
Office of the President

Stephanie Ruckel, Assistant Director of Financial Aid Systems
Student Financial Services

James Shropshire, Assistant Director of Operation and Investigation
Public Safety

Missy Strauch, Head Athletic Trainer

Eric Strom, Academic Liaison For Computing
Information Technology

Stephanie Weiss, Director of News and Media Services
Marketing and Communication

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Staff Appreciation Event set for March 3

Augsburg staff are invited to the Staff Appreciation Event at 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center. Staff Senate will honor staff who celebrated their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 35th anniversaries in 2014 as well as the nominees and winners of the Outstanding Staff Award.

Tuesday, March 3
2:30-4 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Please consider bringing a donation of nonperishable food or a toiletry item for the Augsburg College food shelf, Campus Cupboard (see needed items).


Margo Abramson, Institutional Advancement
Carly Eichhorst, Student Financial Services
Kathy Fagen, MBA Program
Shonna Fulford, Undergraduate Admissions
Barb Gaiser, Office of the President
Jeff Grauer, Facilities Management
Judi Green, Academic Affairs
Carole Kampf, Administrative Accounting
Robert Mata, Custodial Services
Aly Olson, TRiO – Student Support Services
Stephanie Ruckel, Student Financial Services
Dixie Shafer, Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity Office (URGO)
James Shropshire, Department of Public Safety
Kim Stone, Institutional Advancement
Missy Strauch, Athletics
Eric Strom, Information Technology
Sharon Wade, Nursing
Stephanie Weiss, Marketing and Communication


Matthew Ksepka, 5
Jill Davenport, 5
Timothy Brustad, 5
Janet Lestock, 5
David Jones, 5
David Langemo, 5
Amy Cram Helwich, 5
Amy Gort, 5
Harry Boyte, 5
Dennis Donovan, 5
Elaine Eschenbacher, 5
Derek Johnson, 5
Erik Skold, 5
Melody Martagon-Geiger, 5
Lonna Field, 5
Barb Gaiser, 5
Verlon Moses, 10
Carly Eichhorst, 10
Tina Brauer, 10
Lori York, 10
Erin Voss, 10
Kevin Healy, 10
Anne DeYoung, 10
Sue Hecker, 10
Mulu Erana, 10
Erika Ambourn, 10
Sandy Fevig, 10
Beth Carlson, 15
Anne Lynch, 15
Mike Navarre, 15
Jane Nelson, 15
Sharon Wade, 15
Lawrence Handsuch, 20
Judi Green, 20
Mary Jastremski, 20
Kris Connell, 20
Devon Ross, 20
Jennifer Posch, 20
Mary Stimpson, 25
Raymond Doehling, 25
Sally Daniels Herron, 35

Email staff senate if any of these anniversaries are not accurate. Thank you!

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Abramson awarded Auggie Pride for January

Margo AbramsonCongratulations to our January Auggie Pride Award Winner, Margo Abramson.

Abramson serves as Advancement Services Assistant in the Institutional Advancement division. Here is an excerpt from one of the nominations:

“I would like to nominate Margo Abramson for an Auggie Pride Award. In the month of December 2014, Margo led the effort to process more than 4,000 transactions for Institutional Advancement. This represents a 60 percent increase over last year’s total. This is just one statistic that illustrates the work Margo does. This is an enormous accomplishment in our world.”

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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