Jodi Collen presents at December Open Forum

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Please join Staff Senate at its monthly Open Forum, featuring Jodi Collen, director of Event and Conference Planning, as she presents “Events at Augsburg: Big Experiences in a Student Centered Community.” You don’t want to miss this!

Wednesday, December 17
11:30 am – Noon, Marshall Room
Cookies and coffee sponsored by Events and Conference Planning

If you have questions about the event, please email

November 19 Open Forum Hosts William Mullen and Rick Ellis  

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Staff Senate’s monthly Open Forum will host William Mullen, V.P. of Enrollment Management and Rick Ellis, Director of Admissions. Join us to learn more about enrollment at Augsburg, enrollment trends, and how staff can assist with the admissions process.

Wednesday, November 19
11:30 am – Noon.
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Coffee and cookies sponsored by Admissions & Enrollment Management

Griesse, Geffre awarded Auggie Pride for October

Congratulations to our September Auggie Pride Award Winners: Stephen Geffre and Sarah Griesse!

Stephen_Auggie_PrideStephen Geffre serves as the campus photographer in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Here is what Stephen’s colleagues who nominated him had to say:

 He works crazy hours, and on weekends, often — but this past week (homecoming) he worked tirelessly day-and-night on behalf of the College. Not only was he running around campus taking photos and video of the various events happening, he was also taking photos for an Augsburg Now story called “24 hours at Augsburg.” This required him — literally — to be on campus for 24 hours.”  

Sarah GriesseSarah Griesse serves as Dean of Students in Student Affairs. Here’s what Sarah’s colleagues, who nominated her, had to say:

 I am writing to nominate Sarah Griesse, Dean of Students. The reason she is an awesome Auggie is that she is a champion for students who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment. She does this by showing great care and great skill in helping students, including re-writing our policy and procedures, ensuring training for students, faculty, and staff, and coordinating support for resources for students. In particular, she led the college’s efforts to ensure compliance with recent legislation the Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE).”

Auggie Pride is a monthly award that recognizes staff who go above and beyond in their duties at Augsburg. The award is presented monthly based on nominations received and chosen by Staff Senate. To nominate a colleague, email staff Please include a short description of why your nominee deserves the award.

Thank you for a great Staff Community Engagement Day

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Staff Community EngagementThank you to everyone that helped make the first Staff Community Engagement Day possible. Thank you to everyone that came out and served at the Brian Coyle Community Center and with the West Bank Business Association.  Thank you to Mary Laurel True and Steve Peacock for leading the morning and afternoon groups. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help and connections. Thank you to our staff senator Staff Community Engagement Day coordinators, Martha Truax and Seth Lienard. Thanks to Martha and Dulce Monterrubio for promoting the event.


We had a great time, met some more great people, learned some new things, and helped to strengthen our campus community. Thank you!

Mark Chamberlain
Co-Chair 2014-15

Augsburg Staff Community Engagement Day

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Community Engagement DayStaff Senate invites you to participate in the Augsburg Staff Community Engagement Day on Friday, October 24! You may select one or both of the options outlined below. Please check with your supervisor for approval of the usage for your community services paid leave. 

9 a.m. – noon: Brian Coyle Community Center

Meet at 9 a.m. in the Oren Gateway Lobby.  The morning will be spent participating in a variety of projects at one of the neighborhood’s most important organizations — the Brian Coyle Community Center. Learn about the many programs of the Center including: the food shelf, youth and English Language Learning programs, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf Boutique, and much more.

 Lunch is noon to 12:45 p.m. on your own, but we will be gathering at the Afro Deli.

1-4 p.m.: West Bank Cleanup

Meet at 1 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center Lobby. Spend the afternoon with the West Bank Business Association staff and Augsburg colleagues for a neighborhood clean-up while learning about the restaurants, coffee shops, bars and arts organization in Cedar-Riverside. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Register Online

*Check with your supervisor for approval of the usage for your paid community service leave.

Questions? E-mail


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

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.