Horticultural House of Horrors!: Staff Senate in the Augsburg Greenhouse

On Halloween, Staff Senate co-sponsored Assistant Professor of Biology Leon Van Eck’s monthly open house in the Augsburg greenhouse. This month’s greenhouse tour featured the spiky, poisonous, and carnivorous plants in Augsburg’s collection. Can you spot the especially spiky Hallanger Cactus?

Augsburg staff observe plants in the greenhouse.

Thanks to everyone who joined for this fun event!

Watch out for more Staff Senate opportunities in the coming weeks and months, including an athletic facilities tour on November 12 from 2-2:30 p.m.

Residence Life Tour

Thursday, May 23  |  11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Depart from Urness/Mortenson Lobby
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Join us for this one hour tour of campus living. This is an opportunity to see the residence halls and housing options for our students, first year through graduation. It takes a community to make a community, so don’t miss out!

Call for University Council Staff Representative Nominations

Staff Senate is grateful for the 3-year term that elected UC staff representative, Jim Trelstad-Porter, has served. As his term comes to an end we are beginning the election process for the next elected UC staff representative.

The overall Council structure is an outcome of the Shared Governance Report released in 2014. The goal is to establish advocates with deep institutional knowledge from across the campus community to provide recommendations on issues that affect the University’s commitment to its mission and values.

Eligibility of representatives

Those eligible to serve on University Council are Augsburg staff with a .75 FTE or higher regardless of exempt or nonexempt status, not including union, MnEEP or temporary employees. Staff Senate members are eligible to serve on the University Council and/or its sub-committees.

Reviewal of the nominees will be based on the following criteria:

  • Staff members meet eligibility requirements as described above.
  • Staff members have been employed by Augsburg University for a preference of two years or more.
  • Staff members have demonstrated both leadership and the ability to work across departments in their tenure at Augsburg.
  • Staff members are able to represent the staff perspective while advocating for the interests of the University as a whole.
  • Staff members have a broad range of institutional knowledge.
  • Staff members must demonstrate an understanding of the current campus climate.
  • Staff members understand the University’s strategic goals and are dedicated to helping achieve them.

The selection process for the University Council Staff Representative begins with an open call for nominations from April 15–22. Nominations are received electronically from any eligible voting staff members. Self-nominations, nomination of others, and nominations for Staff Senate members are acceptable. Nomination Form.

Learn more about UC Staff Rep requirements, expectation, and election process.

Advocate for your colleagues—join Staff Senate 2019-20

Be engaged in the Augsburg community by serving on Staff Senate! For the upcoming 2019–20 school year, there are four Staff Senate seats available: three elected positions and one at-large position. If you’d like to become a senator or nominate a colleague, complete the nomination form by Friday, March 29.  Nominees will be contacted by April 3rd and the election will be live from April 4–11.

All nominees will be contacted before a selection is made. The selected candidate will be notified by April 30 and announced at the Spring Social on May 21.

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. An online survey will be distributed for the election of the two open positions 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 staffsenate@augsburg.edu.

Note from Staff Senate regarding Equity and Inclusivity

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As members of Augsburg’s Staff Senate, campus-wide conversations in light of incidents across campus that have deeply affected students have reinforced the importance of committing ourselves to one overarching goal: to contribute to the well-being of our students.

Staff Senate wants to make sure all staff are aware of the following information:

We also invite you to take part in a planned Day of Action in advance of the annual MLK Convocation. Please mark your calendars for the following:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Action—Monday, January 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Oren Gateway Center
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation—Monday, January 21 from 1 .pm. in Hoversten Chapel

October 2018 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Katie Asfeld, Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Student Services—Ruby Murillo, Jennifer Simon, and Hli Vang for receiving the October Auggie Pride Awards. Their support of Augsburg’s students is above and beyond their call of duty and their impact is felt across campus. Staff Senate admires their outstanding work and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Katie Asfeld

Admissions gathers for a group photo to celebrate Katie's award
Congratulations Katie for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: Katie has worked in the undergraduate admissions office for a year now and has done a tremendous amount of work to help bring new and innovative ideas to help with recruiting and enrolling new Auggies. In her short time she has brought a more critical eye to improving campus events, as well as constantly pushing our office to think of how our policies effect underrepresented populations. She was instrumental in the push to move the campus into being a test optional institution, thereby removing a financial barrier for many of our students. Although she has been here for only a short about of time, her kindness and grace has touched every single one of her co-workers and she is absolutely living the missions and vision of Augsburg.


Multicultural Student Services

Group shot of staff and students celebrating the award for the Multicultural Student Services
Congratulations to Multicultural Student Services for receiving the October Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: Augsburg Multicultural Student Services is 4 departments: Pan-Afrikan Center, American Indian Student Services, Pan-Asian Student Services, and Latinx Student Services. This fall, as Augsburg welcomed new students, with a yet-again larger percent of students from communities of color, we had an open position – the director, Pan-Afrikan Center. The current three directors, Ruby Murillo, Jennifer Simon, and Hli Vang orchestrated arranging the workload so they could be helpful to assist students who had work—and would work with the Pan-Afrikan Director. Besides individual work, it involved programs such as the Fall Leadership retreat (with 150-175 students, a welcome back event, and advising the Pan-Afrikan Student Union.

To learn more about the Auggie Pride program and to make a nomination click here to visit our website.


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Join Staff Senate in the Commons over your lunch break to meet new colleagues and learn more about one another and how we work together. It’s a great opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the University, both for new employees and for those that have been here for years. Join us!

Thursday, October 4
12-1 p.m. | Christensen Center, Commons

Bring your own lunch and we’ll see you in the Commons!

Staff Senate Open Lunch—Wed. August 8

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, August 8
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 Senate Open Lunch—Wed. July 11

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, July 11
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.


Congratulations to Kristina Fruge, Program Manager for the Riverside Innovation Hub and Catherine Maun, Senior Financial Aid Counselor for receiving the April Auggie Pride Awards. This passion to  go above and beyond to help students is a true inspiration. Staff Senate admires the work they do everyday and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Kristina Fruge

Christensen Center for Vocation gathers to celebrate Kristina Fruge
Congratulations Kristina for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: Kristina has done an exceptional job as the program manager of the Riverside Innovation Hub, a 5-year project at Augsburg aims to help congregations to create innovative ministry and make meaningful connections with young adults. As a leader, Kristina always goes above and beyond to motivate and support team members to work for this meaningful project. She is understanding, loving, and caring. She is loved by so many people from Campus Ministry, Christensen Center, and the Religion Department.
    Kristina is a wonderful example of someone who is living out her faith to serve the community. As an international student, I have received tremendous support from Kristina as I was going through challenges of finding an OPT internship due to recent changes in regulations from the new administration. Kristina has been very passionate and determined about fighting for my rights as well as promoting interfaith and intercultural diversity on campus.

Catherine Maun

The Student Financial Services department gathers to celebrate Cathrine Maun
Congratulations Cathrine for receiving the April Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: Catherine was interviewed for an article titled “One Nation” in the winter 2018 issue of St. Olaf magazine. The article highlighted Augsburg’s commitment to supporting students who are undocumented, and Catherine’s hard work and passion for helping students. It is clear that Catherine takes pride in her work at Augsburg and our commitment to diversity. Read the article, On Nation.