November 2017 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Jeff Grauer, Maintenance Operator, and the Center for Wellness and Counseling for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award. Their passion to help our students, faculty, and staff is felt by the entire community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Jeff Grauer

Facilities department gathers to celebrate Jeff's Auggie Pride Award
Congratulations Jeff for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: Jeff sets an example of compassion that drives the goals and initiatives Augsburg University strives to achieve. Jeff is the HVAC specialist at the university. He is the only person in that role and he takes it on with pride. Jeff has excelled over time to learn the different applications on campus. He goes above and beyond to ensure that the residents, faculty, and staff are comfortable in their settings. Jeff works well with his peers, taking the time to help others learn about the numerous amount of equipment that it takes to run the university efficiently. Whether its after hours, or its during breaks, Jeff is always making sure that everything is ok. Not only is Jeff an employee, he is a student as well. During his downtime, Jeff‘s nose is in the books, learning and growing. He is going for a major in communications, which is a huge part of working in a facilities department. I commend Jeff for his willingness to show up and commit 100% effort into his role here at the university. So when you see a guy with his head in the ceiling, or his legs partially showing underneath something, give him a shout. Thanks Jeff for all you do.  

The Center for Wellness and Counseling

Center for Wellness and Couseling gathers for a photo
Congratulations CWC for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: The Center for Wellness and Counseling goes above and beyond to provide support, advocacy, and wellness to the greater student body here at Augsburg. They are incredibly collaborative, consistently reaching out to various departments to find out how they can be helpful in others’ work, seeking out educational opportunities to better their knowledge and skills as practitioners, and support others’ programming despite having an incredibly heavy workload. They are dedicated to their students, and work to help students seek out balance and health within their personal, social, academic, and family lives.  

 

 

September Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Caren Custer, MAE Coordinator and Matt Bakan-Fischer, Senior Admissions Counselor for receiving the September Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they go above and beyond their expected duties are an inspiration to the community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Caren Custer

The Augsburg Education Department joins Caren in a group photo to celebrate her Auggie Pride Award
Congratulations Caren for receiving the September Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: Caren Custer is an integral player on the Education Department team. She is always willing to lend a hand, and her extensive expertise, to any project. She is a true professional, who knows her work well. She stepped up to the plate to cover both Minneapolis AND Rochester MAE enrollment this summer, and provided new students with excellent service. Caren is a great mentor and co-worker, and I appreciate all she contributes to the education programs both in Minneapolis and in Rochester.

Matt Bakan-Fischer

Admission's Staff joins Matt in a group photo to celebrate his Auggie Pride Award
Congratulations Matt for receiving the September Auggie Pride Award.

Nomination: Matt has many strengths on display every day. I’m hoping we can recognize him for his ongoing efforts in graduate admissions. Not only does Matt have mastery of the grad programs he represents and their chief competitors, his cultures competency benefits his colleagues and prospective students. We lean on him for advice when working with applicants who originated from outside the U.S. or domestic students who earned degrees or credits outside the U.S.

Matt’s pursuing training so that he can provide cultural competency training for others as a credentialed facilitator/trainer. Given the diversity we find at Augsburg, Matt’s growing skill set becomes more relevant every term. Hats off to him to pursuing more training not available at Augsburg but that benefits Augsburg.

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.

April Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Katie (Koch) Code, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations and Nathan Lind, Academic Liaison for Computing for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they go above and beyond their expected duties are an inspiration to the community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Katie Code

Nomination: Auggie pride personified is Katie Code. You probably expect that from our Alumni Director, but what Katie brings to her role at Augsburg is an infectious spirit that rallies Alumni locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally.

Katie Code with Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement Team
Congratulations Katie for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award.

At this moment she is planning President Pribbenow’s trip to Norway in June, where the King of Norway will host key Norwegian, Lutheran colleges. That is one of the biggest opportunities imaginable for Augsburg, but there are smaller events happening all of the time that Katie throws heart and soul into—from the Auggie Alumni travel program to Canterbury Downs to Alumni awards to the dozens of affinity programs hosted by our Alumni Relations department each year.

Katie doesn’t just execute programs and events, she makes the events and programs connect with alumni and tie them back to Augsburg. Her Auggie spirit is so strong it connects all 60,000 alumni back to the institution. She is Auggie Spirit. She is called to encapsulate the spirit of Auggies every day. She is Katie Koch and she is deserving of this honor.

Nathan Lind

Nomination: Nathan Lind does a tremendous amount of work which is often often behind the scenes. He has worked through the process of finding the better videoconferencing setups between Minneapolis and Rochester, championed Zoom software (like Skype, only much better) which allowed more flexibility for students out-of-state to remotely attend a class and in doing-so put Augsburg on the cutting edge with premier technology.

Nathan accepts his award with his IT team
Congratulations Nathan for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award.

Nathan’s awareness of the IT budget has realized significant cost savings. Zoom software is one example where we are now paying less for MORE functionality. Most recently, he discovered we were paying $7,000 annually for a video streaming service which was underutilized and devised a solution to move the videos to Google Drive so the money can now be used somewhere else. His attention towards stewardship supports the mission.

Nathan is an environmental advocate and advocates for a cleaner healthier campus environment by sharing his ideas. He actively provides feedback and looks for ways to move us forward.

Auggie Pride Awards will resume next fall with the semester. 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.

March Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Dianne Detloff, Administrative Assistant for the Center for Wellness and Counseling and Janet Lestock, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they go above and beyond their expected duties are an inspiration to the community. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Dianne Detloff

Nomination: I want to nominate Dianne Detloff for linking the needs of the larger community for blood donations to the Augsburg community. She has expertly and selflessly taken on this responsibility by bringing the Memorial Blood Center to the Augsburg Campus and working with campus partners – like the Taylor Mattice and the Student Athlete Advisory Council to recruit blood donors on campus. From the March 29th, 2017 Blood Drive 105% of the goal for units of blood was met and many lives will be saved. Dianne is so successful doing this work over many years that the Memorial Blood Center arranged a site visit for a new MBC partner from New York to come and see “a good representation of a College Blood Drive.” This is only one reason to honor Dianne Detloff with the Auggie Pride Award.

Group shot of CWC with Diane to celebrate her award
Congratulations Dianne for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award.

Coordinated with Memorial Blood Bank the on-campus blood drive = hit 105% of our goal for the spring blood drive yon March 28. In addition, Augsburg was a site visit for a new partner to MBC from New York as they wanted to see a “good representation of a college blood drive” in operation. Collaborated with the Student Athlete Advisory Council and partnered in tabling, working at the canteen at the drive and recruiting student athletes for this drive. Not only was this an important community event, she did it in a collaborative way, engaging and involving students.

Janet Lestock

Nomination: In graduate and adult undergraduate admissions, we try to hold an information session once a term that is off campus. Besides her normal duties, Janet Lestock arranged an “In the City” event for us at Surly Brewing.

Group shot of Admissons with Janet to celebrate her award
Congratulations Janet for receiving the March Auggie Pride Award.

Surly is a hard location to get and Janet made sure that she secured the location by getting up very early one morning when the signups for the venue opened. The event was held yesterday, March 6th, and was well executed. Janet was careful to guard our event budget as she negotiated with the Surly coordinator. The excitement for Surly, the deluxe room and the catering all combined for a successful event. I believe we had nearly 110 RSVP’s for this event which is one of our best responses. We can follow up with the list of attendees and even those that did not show to promote our degree programs. There was a lot of excitement in the room for Augsburg due to Janet’s efforts!

January Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to  Mike Bloomberg, Systems/Circulation Librarian and Natalie Dinki, Academic Affairs Coordinator for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes as they took on new projects have made a huge impact. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Mike Bloomberg

Nomination: Mike almost single-handedly managed the Library’s migration from our old online catalog to our new one which was phased in beginning January 3, and “went public” in February. Our new system, WMS (WorldShare

Congratulations Mike Bloomberg for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

Management System) is more than just a catalog of books that the library owns – it’s the discovery system by which our students and faculty search all of the library’s resources (books, databases, e-journals, videos, digital collections, microforms – you name it!). That means Mike had to work with all the library staff members to customize the system for their particular part of the library operation and make sure they were fully trained to do their work once the system went live. Any system migration of this size and complexity will undoubtedly encounter a few bumps in the road. Our case is no different: we have 21,000 records that will need to be reviewed one by one and corrected or deleted. Mike already has a plan worked out with Rebecca Ganzel, our cataloger extraordinaire, to review these records and correct them within a 6-month period.

Natalie Dinki

Nomination: Natalie is the academic affairs coordinator in the provost’s office. She is responsible for a number of intersecting operational elements focused on faculty, faculty compensation, CTL travel and grant reimbursements, and course assignments, the last of which she just took on in the last couple months.

Congratulations Natalie Dinki for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award.

I am nominating Natalie for this January in particular because, not only did she manage everything that she was already doing, but she also took on room assignments for courses for the first time. During the first week of the term, there are always last-minute requests for room accommodations, occasional conflicts, and changes that require sorting through a “house of cards” to try to find available rooms, especially during peak times. It’s complicated, time-consuming, and can try the patience of faculty and students, but Natalie assumed this huge responsibility with a calm, steady approach, and a positive attitude. Not once did she suggest that she couldn’t successfully handle the work, nor did she ever seem like she was flustered or confounded by any problem that arose. She just worked until the problems were resolved.

She quietly goes about her work, and gets it done. I’m grateful for her work all the time, but this spring she’s been especially critical, and deserves recognition beyond my personal thanks and gratitude.

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.

December Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Cathy Knutson, Coordinator of Fine Arts and Music and Joe Mann, Web Manager for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes through large projects that go beyond campus have made a huge impact. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them both with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Cathy Knutson

Nomination: Advent Vespers is arguably one of the most visible events in Augsburg’s year. Over 10,000 Alumni, Family, and Friends of the College gather at Central Lutheran Church to worship with our students, faculty and staff and at the center of it acting as air traffic controller is Cathy.  I watched Cathy arrange seating, give instructions to volunteers, mitigate issues, make sure people were being fed and did it all with grace and calmness. On top of

Congratulations Cathy Knutson for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award.

it all this year there were new ensemble directors, no dedicated vespers student assistant and new leadership at Central making this entire event even slightly more tricky, yet no one on the outside was the wiser. 

And then when Vespers is over there are still end of the semester ensemble concerts and offsite concerts and at each of them Cathy’s care and touch is evident. I am in awe of the work she does, and so thankful for the impact it makes with Augsburg’s Alumni, Family, Friends, and the campus community. 

Joe Mann

Nomination: Joe has spearheaded two important projects for the College in recent months. First, Accessibility Training: Augsburg is deeply committed to providing an accessible environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests…. Joe developed that training and delivered it in person at multiple well-received

Congratulations Joe Mann for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award.

sessions throughout the semester, furthering this important goal in line with the values of the institution. Second, A-mail Updates: Joe took on the effort to update the systems used to submit, publish, and read A-mail using more modern methods.

The two projects are above and beyond the normal day-to-day work of his role, and will both make a very substantial positive impact for the Augsburg community.   

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.

November Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Allison Brown, Development Officer, StepUP and Kris Hogan, Assistant Director of New Student Financial Aid for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award. Their hard work and positive attitudes through large projects and 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.

Allison Brown

Nomination: Allison has not even been at Augsburg for one year, and has already made a huge mark. Allison worked tirelessly to create a sold-out, highest-ever attendance at the annual StepUP Gala on October 29, raising nearly

allison-brown-auggie-pride
Congratulations Allison Brown for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

$500,000 for StepUP. She significantly increased the number of table sponsorships, attendees, and dollars raised and worked with Patrice Salmeri, Sarah Cash-Darvell, the StepUP Board, and many others to create an incredibly special event.

Kris Hogan

Nomination: Kris works in the business office as a Senior Accountant. However, since the end of July, Kris has done her own work as well as the accounts payable duties. Work that requires a depth of knowledge that had not been on her plate previously and not an easy position to just pick up, but Kris has done it with

Congratulations Amanda Burgess for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award.
Congratulations Kris Hogan for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award.

patience and with the tremendous attention to detail that the work requires. And the work itself is not exactly as interesting as Kris’s usual job responsibilities, but she took on the role for the betterment of the business office team. I point out Kris because I think she’s taken on the toughest duty and the one that has the potential to rise to a high frustration level at any given moment. I admire the way Kris has handled the extra duties.

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.

James Shropshire receives Auggie Pride Award

Congratulations James Shropshire for receiving the September Auggie Pride Award.
Congratulations James Shropshire for receiving the September Auggie Pride Award.

James Shropshire, assistant director of Operation and Investigation, received the September Auggie Pride Award for his great work through adversity. 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: We had the assistant director for Transportation and communication in DPS leave for another position, which meant James had to carry two jobs while we did the job search. In the exciting time of CSBR construction, we lost 180 parking spaces, re-designated lots, increased incentive packages and added parking lots across the freeway. James took on this second job, and not only hired and trained the 16-17 students working at dispatch, but took on parking. There were a number of very trying situations and a good number of our community who weren’t particularly gracious or kind. James responded with professionalism to all.

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.

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 senate@augsburg.edu. Please include a short description of why your nominee deserves the award.

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.