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 Handbook Review & Senate Bylaw Update Open Forum

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Wednesday, June 6
1–2 p.m.  |  Marshall Room

Join us for a staff focused Open Forum. HR will be providing an overview on the changes made to Staff Handbook and Staff Senate will review the updates made to their Bylaws. Time for questions will be provided.

March 2018 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Jack Hein, Admissions Operations Coordinator for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. New in August, Jack hit the ground running and his colleagues, student workers, and prospective students have been impacted by his presence. Staff Senate admires the work he does everyday and are honored to award him with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Admissions gathers to celebrate Jack's Auggie Pride AwardJACK HEIN

Nomination: Jack Hein, Admissions Operations Coordinator, started at Augsburg in August 2017. August is really when admissions starts getting busy, however, that’s didn’t affect Jack of any sort as he is a true professional. Jack immediately jumped into the vortex of craziness without any hesitation by answering phones his first week and working with the Auggie Ambassadors on how to improve the service at the Admissions Front Desk. Jack truly brings his personality of a kind person, warm thoughts and more importantly his ability to stay calm when it is extremely busy. Jack works closely with our Auggie Ambassadors to the point that he has trained in over 15 students to be independent at the front with limited supervision. In addition Jack is always “hungry” to add to his skills by taking on additional tasks such as document processing, updating forms, and managing social media. We are blessed to have Jack part of our team.

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 ( 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

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 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 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

January 2018 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Jim Trelstad-Porter, Director, International Student & Scholar Services and Mike Matson, Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award. Both consistently go above and beyond their expected duties and their impact is felt by our entire community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award him with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Jim Trelstad-Porter

Student Affairs gathers to celebrate Jim's Auggie Pride Award
Congratulations Jim for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: Jim has always been caring and attentive to the international students. More than just a faculty member or a director, Jim was the big father that took charge in looking over us for all of our troubles. Jim always goes out of his way to help the students in need and we are grateful to have him. In this past semester as I have had the honor to work with him, I get to know that not only is Jim kind and nice to everyone but he is also a passionate and hard working person. For the international student community of Augsburg to be as big and great as today, a huge contribution is thanks to Jim.

Mike Matson

Institutional Advancement gathers to celebrate Mike Matson's Auggie Pride Award
Congratulations Mike for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: Mike Matson ’06 has the “Heart and Soul” of an Auggie. New, to the Institutional Advancement department in the past year, Mike serves as a Leadership Gift Officer. As a newcomer to fund development work, Mike takes his passion for Augsburg University, and imparts it to potential donors. Prior to his full-time employment at Augsburg, Mike was Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, noted for its community involvement (much like Augsburg). For several years, Mike has served as chaplain to Augsburg University athletic teams and student athletes. He is also a US Navy Reserve Chaplain. Mike recently served as preacher in Chapel. He is married to Helen Matson, and together they have 4 “future Auggies”, and one on the way.