April 2018 AUGGIE PRIDE RECIPIENTS

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.

Kristina Fruge

Christensen Center for Vocation gathers to celebrate Kristina Fruge
Congratulations Kristina for receiving the April 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.

Catherine Maun

The Student Financial Services department gathers to celebrate Cathrine Maun
Congratulations Cathrine for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award

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.

Staff Senate Open Lunch—Wed. June 13

Get out of the office and join Staff Senate in Murphy Square for lunch and discussion. Take some time to engage with staff from other departments in casual conversation.

Wednesday, June 13
12-1 p.m. | Murphy Square

You can use this opportunity to speak specifically with Staff Senate members or just enjoy new company for lunch. Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in Murphy Square!

Rain location will be Einsteins.

Staff Volunteer Opportunities

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 (burton@augsburg.edu) 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 mangana@augsburg.edu.

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 truaxm@augsburg.edu for more info.

Staff Senate Open Lunch—Wed. May 2

Get out of the office and join Staff Senate in the Commons for lunch and discussion. Take some time to engage with fellow staff in casual conversation.

Wednesday, May 2
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

You can use this opportunity to speak specifically with Staff Senate members or just enjoy new company for lunch. Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

Staff Spring Social set for May 15

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

Staff Spring Social 
Tuesday, May 15
3-5 p.m.
The Quad
(In case of rain, the event will move inside Christensen Center)

Email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with any questions.

University Council staff representative update

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.

Staff Senate Updated Bylaws

As a response to the name change Staff Senate took this fall to revisit the Bylaws. There were five main revisions that were brought to the University Council for review:

  1. Name change to University
  2. Co-chairs – at least one must be an elected representative
  3. Including the union groups for nominations and election voting rights
  4. Updating the employee handbook statement to the 2017 handbook version.
  5. Policy Recommendations – Changes to the process
    • Adding more clarification on bringing items to HR
    • Adding University Council review

The bylaws are linked on our About page for your reference.

Advocate for your colleagues by joining Staff Senate

Be engaged in the Augsburg community by serving on Staff Senate. If you’d like to become a senator or nominate a colleague, complete the nomination form by Monday, April 30. Due to Staff Senate only filling one at-large position this spring there will not be an election process this year.

All nominees will be contacted before a selection is made. The selected candidate will be notified by May 8th and announced at the Spring Social on May 15th.

Staff Senate Nomination Form

Staff Senate Membership

Augsburg University Staff Senate 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 Rights: Nominations are collected through the online form and Staff Senate will select the at-large member. Composition of Staff Senate: It is recommended that members be at least .75 FTE, regardless of exempt or non-exempt status.

Any questions please contact us at staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

October Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Eric Graham, Groundskeeper and Mel Lee, Assistant Athletic Director, Head Softball Coach, and Instructor for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work in their new roles here at Augsburg made a huge impact across campus. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

ERIC GRAHAM

The facilities department gathers with Eric Graham to celebrate his Auggie Pride Award
Congratulations Eric for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: It’s better to just go out and walk around campus on a sunny day to get a full appreciation of how one man—a new addition to the Facilities Management Team—can make a significant change to the Augsburg environment. And he did things the right way. Going from one end of campus to the other in a calculated manner, pulling weeds, adding plants where needed, edging beds, and addressing every detail. For example, his work in the quad involved moving the inappropriately placed shade-loving hosta and adding turf. To do so required removing the large roots and leveling the ground. The quad now looks like a quad should, and Eric mows it to add pattern, which gives a lovely look from ground level and particularly higher. Today I parked for the first time in months in Lot L and noticed the plantings around benches in front of Si Melby. If I were a parent dropping my child off for college today, I would believe that Augsburg was a beautiful campus where care is taken. And that is solely the doing of Eric and his team.

MEL LEE

Mel receives the Auggie Pride award at the Athletics department meeting
Congratulations Mel for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: Melissa has been working tirelessly this year thus far averaging 14 hour work days 7 days per week. She has been doing her class load, helping students with class advising not to mention her Head Softball coaching duties and Game Management duties. She even took time out of her busy schedule to help the Excel Energy employee find the gas meter at the Kennedy Center and covered a shift for a colleague who needed to be gone due to a family funeral. Melissa has the desire to give and help others in any way possible. She exemplifies what it means to be an Auggie!!

Staff Senate Open Lunch

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Get out of the office and join Staff Senate in the Commons for lunch and discussion. Take some time to engage with fellow staff in casual conversation.

Wednesday, December 13
12-1 p.m.  |  Christensen Center, Commons

You can use this opportunity to speak specifically with Staff Senate members or just enjoy new company for lunch. Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!