Swenson and Stoner Speak at October 15 Open Forum

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Staff Senate’s monthly Open Forum will feature Jeff Swenson, Director of Athletics, and Donald Stoner, Sports Information Director. They will give and athletics update, talk about how Athletics collaborates with the larger campus community and discuss how staff can get engage with our Auggie athletics teams.

Wednesday, October 15
11:30 am – Noon.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Coffee and cookies sponsored by Athletics

Held the third Wednesday of the month, the Open Forum Series provides opportunities for staff, faculty and students to learn about projects, collaborations and our shared work.


Congratulations to September Auggie Pride Award Winners

Congratulations to September Auggie Pride Award Winners: Jeff Swenson ’79 and Ana Eliason!

Jeff Swenson Auggie Pride

Jeff Swenson ’79 has been a part of the Augsburg College community since 1975 and currently serves as Athletic Director.
Here is what Jeff’s colleagues who nominated him had to say:

“Jeff has been working tirelessly this summer to raise funds for the new scoreboard to recognize Edor Nelson ’38 and put on a major 100th birthday event for Edor in August. He has also been instrumental in securing fellowships for the athletic department which has led to the back-to-back largest recruiting classes in the history of the Augsburg athletic department.”

Ana Eliason Auggie PrideAna Eliason joined Augsburg in 2011 and serves as the Career and Internship Specialist in the Strommen Center.
Here’s what Jeff and Ana’s colleagues who nominated them had to say:
“Since coming to Augsburg three years ago, Ana has spent hours reviewing the internship process and working with faculty and various departments to see that the process is smooth and easy to follow. Her care, dedication, and commitment to serving students, faculty, and off-campus partners is incredible and it is so often highlighted in her work with internships at Augsburg. Ana plays a big role in designing those “wow” moments when our site supervisors also have a great experience hiring an Auggie.

Diversity and Inclusion presentation files

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The first Staff Senate Open Forum featuring Ann Garvey, VP of Student Affairs, had great attendance and discussion about diversity and inclusion work being done at Augsburg. Thank you for everyone that joined us to talk about the on-going efforts.

Feel free to download Ann’s presentation here.

The presentation was held on Wednesday, September 17, in the Marshall Room, Christensen Center.

Thank you to Latin@ Student Services (LSS) for providing refreshments.

Garvey to present at Open Forum event Sept. 17

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Augsburg College Staff Senate would like to invite you to its first Open Forum of the academic year 2014-15. The Senate hosts its Open Forum on the third Wednesday of each month.

Ann Garvey, VP of Student Affairs, will start the 2014-15 event series with a conversation about priorities and initiatives around diversity and inclusion for the upcoming year. Staff, faculty and students are welcome!

Wednesday, September 17
11:30 am – Noon
Marshall Room,Christensen Center
Coffee & cookies sponsored by Latin@ Student Services (LSS)

Meet the 2014-15 Staff Senate

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Staff Senate 14-15Staff Senate 2014-15

Kelly Anderson-Diercks, Athletics
Mark Chamberlain, Marketing and Communication (co-chair)
Michael Grewe, Campus Activites and Orientation/LGBTQIA Services
Seth Lienard, Event and Conference Planning
Jim Matthias, Information Technology (co-chair)
Dulce Monterrubio, Latin@ Student Services
Joanne K. Reeck, Campus Activities and Orientation
Martha Truax, Development

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

In person

During the academic year, Staff Senate hosts open forums on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-noon (check web calendar or Amail for location). All staff are welcome to attend!

Feedback form / Email

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.

Thank you to outgoing Staff Senators

The Staff Senate would like to recognize the contributions of its outgoing senators ending their term this month. These elected volunteers help to provide great programming around staff support and recognition.

  • Keith Bateman, Athletics  (2 years of service)
  • Tracy Christianson, Student Affairs  (2 years of service)
  • Jill Davenport, Central Support Services  (3 years of service)
  • Sara Schlipp-Riedel, Alumni-Parent Relations  (2 years of service)

Please join the Staff Senate and the College in expressing gratitude for their work and true Auggie spirit!

Weiss presents at May Open Forum

Stephanie Weiss, director of news and media services, will present at the final Staff Senate Open Forum of the year.

Wednesday, May 28
Noon-12:30 p.m.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

The Augsburg College Staff Senate hosts monthly open forums to foster dialog on important matters across campus.

Shared governance report released

The Shared Governance at Augsburg College report, approved by the Board of Regents on May 2, 2014, sets goals to help meet the 2019 Strategic Plan goals for Augsburg to be “organized for collaboration, efficiency, and effectiveness.”

Many of these goals and activities will directly effect staff and Staff Senate.

Find the complete report on the College reports page on Inside Augsburg.


Congratulations to elected staff senators

Congratulations to the following staff elected to Staff Senate starting in the 2014-15 academic year.

  • Seth Lienard, Events and Conference Planning
  • Jim Matthias, IT
  • Dulce Monterrubio, Latin American Student Services
  • Martha Truax, Development

Thank you to everyone on the election ballot and thank you to all staff who voted in the election. The new Staff Senate terms begin in August with the annual retreat.

Jacobs, Bishop awarded Auggie Pride for April

Please join the Staff Senate in congratulating the recipients of the Auggie Pride Award for the month of April.

Jen_JacobsJennifer Jacobs, assistant compliance director and assistant volleyball coach

Nomination: “I’d like to nominate Jen Jacobs for an Auggie Pride Award because I believe a lot of the work she does within the area of compliance goes largely unnoticed, yet plays a major role in improving our college. I also want to lift up the recent initiatives she has been working on to re-work leadership training for first-year athletes, in addition to the work she has been doing with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.”

Catherine Bishop, project manager in Academic Affairs

Nomination: “The transition to the new Adult Undergraduate program has required a major effort by staff and faculty. I have heard many comments about how essential Katie’s work has been to the successful launch of the new program. She has provided essential support to the transition. I think she is very deserving of this award and our appreciation.”

The Auggie Pride Incentive Program comes out of Staff Senate’s desire to recognize outstanding staff on a more regular basis (monthly), and tap the collective mind power for great ideas. If you would like to nominate someone or have a suggestion, please go to Auggie Pride submission form or email staffsenate@augsburg.edu.