April open forum focuses on philanthropy

Martha Truax, director of annual giving, and Ben Krouse-Gagne, assistant director of annual giving, will lead an interactive discussion to get people thinking about philanthropy at Augsburg.

Wednesday, April 23
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.

Staff Senate Seeks Nominees by April 17

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 grewe@augsburg.edu by April 17.  Online elections will take place April 24 through May 1, determining our new representatives.

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 April 24. Staff will have until May 1 to take the survey. The winners of the election will be notified by May 2.

Staff Senate Membership

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 for a third year.

Members may serve more than one term. Those who have served a full term are not eligible for election for one calendar year after ending their term. A senator filling a vacancy (partial term) does not have to wait one year. If vacancy occurs during the year, a replacement will be appointed by ACSS to fill out the term. Elected members are replaced by the next highest voted nominee from their election. At-large members are replaced with a staff member chosen by ACSS.

Election Procedures

  • Time Frame: New members are elected to ACSS annually. The election process begins in April and is completed in May. Staff elected will begin their term in August, and are encouraged to participate in the summer events prior to their term.
  • 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.

Cashman speaks at Open Forum March 26

Jesse Cashman, director of public safety, will speak at this month’s open forum about safety initiatives on campus and expanded risk-management efforts. Staff, faculty, and students are welcome.

Wednesday, March 26
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.

Community Engagement Fair March 25

In an effort to provide opportunities to staff, faculty and students to get involved with the greater community, we are bringing to campus several organizations. During the fair, find out what these organization do and consider supporting them through volunteer time.

We also want to remind benefit-eligible staff they might be able to use Community Service Leave time for organizations such as these attending the fair. Please join us and bring your questions and suggestions.

Tuesday, March 25
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Christensen Center Lobby

Attending organizations:

  • Campus Kitchen
  • Redeemer Center for Life / Venture North BWC
  • Trinity Lutheran Congregation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Second Harvest
  • Project for Pride in Living

Supported by Staff Senate and Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning. Email with any questions or comments to staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

Outstanding Staff Awards Announced

Outstanding Staff Awards 2014
From left, President Paul C. Pribbenow, Nancy Shaeffer, Jodi Collen, Martha Truax, Scott Krajewski, Crystal Comer, and Abennet Tulu

Staff Senate would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Staff Award.

Jodi Collen – Director, Event and Conference Planning

Crystal Comer – Registrar, Registrar’s Office

Scott Krajewski – Director, Information Technology

Nancy Shaeffer – Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

Martha Truax – Director of Annual Giving, Development

Abennet Tulu – Custodian, Custodial Services

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize exceptional Augsburg staff members who exemplify the mission statement of the College through their actions. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award consistently go above and beyond the call of duty by providing exceptional service to others and/or making innovative and outstanding contributions to enhance the objectives of their department or the Augsburg community.

Staff Appreciation Event set for March 11

Staff members are invited to join Staff Senate in a celebration of Augsburg College staff. We will honor those who celebrated their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th anniversaries in 2013 as well as the Outstanding Staff Award winners.

Tuesday, March 11
2:30-4 p.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center    (Note change in venue from last year)

This year we would request staff bring a donation of nonperishable food or a toiletry item for the Augsburg College food shelf, Campus Cupboard (see a list of needed items at inside.augsburg.edu/foodshelf).

In order to honor the work of all staff nominated for the Outstanding Staff Award, below are this year’s nominees. There are six award recipients chosen from this list. They will be announced at the celebration event.

List of nominees for Outstanding Staff Award

Tina Brauer — Administrative Assistant, Music Department
Amanda Burgess — Assistant Director, Student Financial Services
Jodi Collen — Director, Event and Conference Planning
Crystal Comer — Registrar, Registrar’s Office
Amy Hanson —  Administrative Assistant, Campus Ministry
Scott Krajewski — Director, Information Technology
Ann Lutterman-Aguilar — Mexico Site Director, Center for Global Education
Regina McGoff — Director, Center for Global Education
Elizabeth Peszynski — Administrative Assistant, Physician Assistant Program
Mulugeta Sedoro — Custodian, Custodial Services
Nancy Shaeffer — Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
James Shropshire — Assistant Director of Operation and Investigation, Public Safety
Eric Strom — Academic Liaison For Computing, Information Technology
Martha Truax — Director of Annual Giving, Development
Abennet Tulu — Custodian, Custodial Services
Steff Weiss — Director, News and Media Services


Kaivola to speak at Open Forum event Feb. 26

You’re invited to listen and talk with Karen Kaivola, provost and chief academic officer, discussing “The Work Before Us,” at 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 26, in Room 301, Lindell Library.

Carlson and Haas receive Auggie Pride Award in January

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

Beth Carlson, assistant director of the Center for Counseling and Health Promotions

Nomination: “Beth has been going above and beyond to help our students who are struggling with big challenges in their lives, including some students in real crisis. This takes a huge effort to support them, get them connected with the necessary services, medical attention, and sometimes housing and financial assistance. This all goes on below the radar screen because of the needs for privacy and confidentiality, but is sometimes literally keeping these students alive. Beth has been working long hours, even when she is sick, to help members of our community who are most in need. Kudos to Beth!”

Jesse Haas, Recruitment and Promotions Coordinator, Center for Global Education

Nomination: “I have had the pleasure of working with Jesse Haas, recruitment and promotions coordinator, on CGE marketing materials every summer for the past few years and am always amazed at how organized and thoughtful she is about each and every piece. She manages 8-10 large marketing projects each summer, 3 issues of Global News and Notes annually, and many ads and smaller projects in between. I can’t remember a time when Jesse has missed a deadline, and she is always keeping me aprised of changes to current projects. However, where Jesse goes above and beyond is in her collaborative nature, always willing to share her knowledge of study abroad marketing and work with others to figure out the best way to reach CGE’s student base. She is a true team player and a joy to have as a colleague.”

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.

Shared Governance Task Force Hosts Forums

The Shared Governance Task Force, formed by the Board of Regents, will be holding meetings across campus in the next few weeks with various groups and committees, and with a series of open meetings. Please join members of the Governance Task Force on Monday, Feb. 3 from 11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in the Marshall Room to share your views and experiences with decision-making and governance at the College. These meetings are an opportunity for all members of the campus community to be involved in constructing the best decision-making climate we can. Forums will involve conversations that ask participants to draw on recent experiences with decision-making at the College to suggest improvements in shared governance.

Other town hall meetings will be held as follows: 

Thurs., Feb. 6, 12-1:30 p.m. Augsburg Room
Tues., Feb. 11, 3:40 – 5 p.m. Marshall Room
Fri., Feb. 14, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. OGC 100

Mullen to talk at Open Forum event on Jan. 22

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William MullenYou’re invited to listen and talk with VP of Enrollment Management William Mullen about Augsburg’s enrollment, planning, and trends.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Please bring your questions.