Congratulations to Katie Asfeld, Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Student Services—Ruby Murillo, Jennifer Simon, and Hli Vang for receiving the October Auggie Pride Awards. Their support of Augsburg’s students is above and beyond their call of duty and their impact is felt across campus. Staff Senate admires their outstanding work and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.
Nomination: Katie has worked in the undergraduate admissions office for a year now and has done a tremendous amount of work to help bring new and innovative ideas to help with recruiting and enrolling new Auggies. In her short time she has brought a more critical eye to improving campus events, as well as constantly pushing our office to think of how our policies effect underrepresented populations. She was instrumental in the push to move the campus into being a test optional institution, thereby removing a financial barrier for many of our students. Although she has been here for only a short about of time, her kindness and grace has touched every single one of her co-workers and she is absolutely living the missions and vision of Augsburg.
Multicultural Student Services
Nomination: Augsburg Multicultural Student Services is 4 departments: Pan-Afrikan Center, American Indian Student Services, Pan-Asian Student Services, and Latinx Student Services. This fall, as Augsburg welcomed new students, with a yet-again larger percent of students from communities of color, we had an open position – the director, Pan-Afrikan Center. The current three directors, Ruby Murillo, Jennifer Simon, and Hli Vang orchestrated arranging the workload so they could be helpful to assist students who had work—and would work with the Pan-Afrikan Director. Besides individual work, it involved programs such as the Fall Leadership retreat (with 150-175 students, a welcome back event, and advising the Pan-Afrikan Student Union.
Join Staff Senate in the Commons over your lunch break to meet new colleagues and learn more about one another and how we work together. It’s a great opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the University, both for new employees and for those that have been here for years. Join us!
Thursday, October 4 12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons
Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!
Congratulations to Kristina Fruge, Program Manager for the Riverside Innovation Hub and Catherine Maun, Senior Financial Aid Counselor for receiving the April Auggie Pride Awards. This passion to go above and beyond to help students is a true inspiration. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.
Nomination: Kristina has done an exceptional job as the program manager of the Riverside Innovation Hub, a 5-year project at Augsburg aims to help congregations to create innovative ministry and make meaningful connections with young adults. As a leader, Kristina always goes above and beyond to motivate and support team members to work for this meaningful project. She is understanding, loving, and caring. She is loved by so many people from Campus Ministry, Christensen Center, and the Religion Department. Kristina is a wonderful example of someone who is living out her faith to serve the community. As an international student, I have received tremendous support from Kristina as I was going through challenges of finding an OPT internship due to recent changes in regulations from the new administration. Kristina has been very passionate and determined about fighting for my rights as well as promoting interfaith and intercultural diversity on campus.
Nomination: Catherine was interviewed for an article titled “One Nation” in the winter 2018 issue of St. Olaf magazine. The article highlighted Augsburg’s commitment to supporting students who are undocumented, and Catherine’s hard work and passion for helping students. It is clear that Catherine takes pride in her work at Augsburg and our commitment to diversity. Read the article, On Nation.
Volunteers are needed to help make signature events like commencement, homecoming, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum a success. This is also a great way to meet staff from a wide range of departments across our campus. If you are volunteering during your regularly scheduled work time and would like to use your allotted community service hours, please check with your supervisor. Weekend or after-hours commitments are not eligible for community service and would be considered volunteer time.
Commencement – Saturday, April 28
Roles include ushering, ticket taking, rehearsal support, diploma distribution, and more. Contact Kia Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Alumni Relations for more information.
Nobel Peace Prize Forum – September 13-15, 2018
This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the Forum’s esteemed speakers, moderators, and laureates. Roles include registration, greeting, ushering, session attendants, and more. Volunteers are also needed for the Thursday evening VIP Reception. Contact Allison Mangan at email@example.com.
StepUP Gala – Saturday, November 3, 5-8:30 p.m.
Roles include registration, ushering, silent auction assistant, videographer assistant, and more. Dinner will be provided. Contact Martha Truax at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
University Council staff representative Jim Trelstad-Porter has accepted an invitation to extend his term of service by one year. Trelstad-Porter, a member of the University Council’s inaugural advisory team, will continue to represent staff in the internal deliberation of university-wide decisions and to advise President Pribbenow. Elections for the next staff representative on University Council will be held in spring 2019.