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!

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.

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.

October Auggie Pride Recipients

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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.

Meet the 2016-17 Staff Senate

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Staff Senate 2016-17

Theresa Gade, Human Resources
Jie Hie, International Student and Scholar Services
Jennifer Jacobs, Athletics
Denielle Johnson, Marketing and Communication
Seth Lienard, Event and Conference Planning
Bryan Massich, Facilities Management
Jim Matthias, Information Technology
Pa Dao Yang, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

The Augsburg College Staff Senate shall serve Augsburg College and its staff by providing a forum to foster and promote a positive and meaningful dialogue among staff, faculty, students and administration by advising in decision making processes, by serving as an advocate for Augsburg College staff, by promoting professional development opportunities and by recognition of Augsburg College staff’s contributions to furthering and upholding the mission and values of Augsburg College.

Sharing Staff Concerns

If you would like to contact Staff Senate you can use the online form (anonymous option) or email concerns, issues, or observations to staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

The feedback form is designed to allow Augsburg College employees an opportunity to provide input to the Staff Senate, positive or negative. The form may be submitted anonymously. Please provide your contact information if you would like a member of Staff Senate to follow up with you. Your feedback will be discussed at our next available meeting time. If you would like to provide in-person feedback, we invite you to attend our open forums as well.

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 Tuesday, May 17. Online elections will take place May 19-26. Staff Senate is filling two 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 May 19. Staff will have until May 26 to take the survey. Successful candidates will be notified by May 27.

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 regular full- and part-time staff, not including union, temporary staff, MMeep, MCC, or other agency groups). 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.

Spring Social set for May 12

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 12
3-5 p.m.
The Quad
(In case of rain, the event will move inside Christensen Center)

Email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Simon receives Auggie Pride Award

Jennifer Simon, director of American Indian Student Services, Simon Auggie Pride Awardreceived the Auggie Pride Award for her work on the 2016 Powwow on campus. 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.

Nomination: “ Jennifer provided leadership for the 8th annual Powwow. She organized all the arrangements and worked with on- and off-campus groups and individuals. This event has helped to improve and solidify relationships with our neighbors as well as showing to our Native students how Augsburg values their culture and history. She made sure to include admissions staff at the event. This year she added an alumni event more than 20 alumni showed up with their families. She made sure that Alumni and Constituent Relations were present for the event.

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.

Outstanding Staff Award Recipients

Outstanding Staff Award Winners for 2016And the winners of the 2016 Outstanding Staff awards are:

Avis Benson, Information Technology
Jill Davenport, Purchasing and Central Services
Sonja Hagander, Campus Ministry
Melissa Lee, Athletics
Leah Spinosa de Vega, Center for Global Education and Experience
Laura Swanson, Marketing and Communication

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 18 staff have exhibited to be nominated by their peers.