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Tuesday, April 2
1–2 p.m.  |  Oren 100

Join us to hear goals, updates, and plans moving forward from the University Council subcommittees whom we didn’t hear from this Fall.

  • Resource Committee (Net Growth Revenue Update)—Karen Kaivola
  • Resource Committee (Staffing Structure Update)—Beth Reissenweber
  • Enrollment Committee—Robert Gould
  • Student Success Committee—Katie Bishop

This is the second of this year’s two part series to help allow more time for questions. Half of the sub-committees presented this fall (read our event recap). We look forward to seeing you there!

January 2019 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to John Weirick, Marketing Copywriter, for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award. The large job he took on, on top of his regular day-to-day, to help improve consistency across communication will impact the university and beyond. Staff Senate admires his outstanding work and are honored to award him with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

John Weirick

Marketing and Events gather in a group photo to celebrate John's award
Congratulations John for receiving the January Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: John recently completed a massive project—developing a comprehensive editorial style guide to make sure the university is able to be consistent in our written communication across media (print publications, Augsburg Now, the website, etc.). This is a valuable tool for our department, but also for partners across campus who need to communicate with our key audiences: students, prospective students, alumni, donors, and more. Developing it took a tremendous amount of work and discussion both in the office and with others on campus.


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

December 2018 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Christine Berkenpas, Associate Registrar, and Maggie Sotos, Enrollment Communications and Event Specialist for receiving the December Auggie Pride Awards. The service they provide to the entire Augsburg community has an unmeasurable impact on not only the people they encounter but the institution as a whole. Staff Senate admires their outstanding work and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Christine Berkenpas

Registrars office gathers for a group photo with Christine
Congratulations Christine for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: Christine, Associate Registrar for Transfer and and Graduation, has worked tirelessly this term to advocate for our transfer students. She spent countless hours reviewing the new General Education proposal and its potential impact on Augsburg’s transfer student population. Christine pays attention to detail, uses data to demonstrate a need, and provides well-constructed responses for consideration. Christine identifies issues but always bring possible solutions to the table. Her research, collaboration, and follow-through have led to many meaningful conversation with the General Education Design Team. Christine’s work will have a positive impact on the Revised General Education Proposal which ultimately will benefit our transfer student population. Beyond this specific example, Christine is one of the most dedicated individuals I have worked with. She cares about our team, has high ethical and moral standards, and always puts our students first!

Maggie Sotos

Admissions gathers with Maggie for a photo
Congratulations Maggie for receiving the December Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: The Auggie Pride Staff Recognition Program honors staff members who go above and beyond on behalf…
   Augsburg’s mission statement leads with its dedication to creating informed citizens. These past few months, Maggie volunteered her time to engage both the admissions and admissions operations teams to participate in the November elections. Maggie regularly shared information on polling places, how to register, challenged the teams to research candidates and ballot issues, and brought in treats (and humor!) to incentivize the teams to vote. She challenged us to engage in the process in a thoughtful and meaningful way. I have to stress that Maggie didn’t care HOW we voted politically, but rather that we leverage our individual agency to affect collective community engagement. Maggie’s endless team spirit, motivation, and advocacy resulted in a 100% voter turnout among our departments! If her efforts don’t embody the very core of informed citizenship and thoughtful stewardship, I don’t know what does! Maggie brings passion to her work and lives out the University mission in her day-to-day connections with those around her, and I am thankful for the experience and vigor she brings to the University.

CLASS Office Tour

Staff Senate is hosting a tour with the Center for Learning and Accessible Student Services (CLASS Office) and welcomes you to join us to learn about what resources are available that may be helpful to you and students you may work with.

Tuesday, February 26
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.  |  Lindell Library, Gage Desk (floor 2)
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Following the CLASS tour, please join Staff Senate for an informal “bring your own lunch” at the Christensen Center, Commons.


Staff Senate is getting a tour of the Center for Wellness & Counseling (CWC) and welcomes you to join! Learn about CWC services, see their space, meet their team and more.

Wednesday, January 16
12–12:30 p.m.  |  Anderson Residence Hall, Suite 100
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Learn more about CWC at augsburg.edu/cwc

Staff Library Tour

Staff Senate is hosting a Library Tour and welcomes you to join us! Learn about what Library services Staff can utilize and more during a tour with Mary Hollerich, Library Director.

Tuesday, January 8
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.  |  Lindell Library
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Please meet at the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor of Lindell Library. The tour will be followed by an informal “bring your own lunch” gathering in the Commons.

November 2018 Auggie Pride Recipients

Congratulations to Sheila Fox Wassink, Disability Specialist and Hana Salad, EAST Program Manager for receiving the November Auggie Pride Awards. Their impact on Augsburg’s students is unmeasurable as they constant go above and beyond their call of duty. Staff Senate admires their outstanding work and are honored to award them with this month’s Auggie Pride Award.

Sheila Fox Wassink

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Congratulations Sheila for receiving the November Auggie Pride Award

Nomination: Sheila has provided primary leadership for assisting students with physical disabilities since we merged the Access Center with the CLASS Office when Sadie Curtis retired. While Sheila has taken on this leadership task for the last few years, in recent months she brought together several to review challenges in the new Hagfors Center and come up with solutions. As she gets ready to retire at the end of December, Sheila is making sure colleagues and her supervisor in CLASS have the background and knowledge to assist students after she retires. Sheila does all this on top of the specific work she does with students this semester.

Hana Salad

Nomination: Hana is the manager of the East African Student to Teacher (EAST) scholarship program in the Education Department. It is recruitment time for our new cohort of EAST Scholars! Hana has done incredible work with outreach. We have over 70 people who are planning to apply for about 15 spots. Hana has single handedly increased our visibility—making personal and professional connections across the Twin Cities—attending meetings in and across the East African communities to spread the word about our scholarship and Augsburg University. Hana does this work while actively supporting the academic success of our currently enrolled students—who are thriving at Augsburg and as future teachers because of Hana‘s individual support. She takes calls and texts from students 24/7. Her tireless advocacy of Augsburg is making a difference.

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

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

Welcome New Staff—Fall 2018

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Staff Senate would like the welcome the new staff members who have joined us this fall (August-November 2018).

Lindsay Boehmer, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Lauren Causey, Manager of Sponsored Research

Annie Chen, Program Assistant, Student Support and AE

Scott Cooper, Alumni Engagement Program Associate

Michele Crowder, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Deanna Davis, Academic Program Coordinator

Rebecca Froehlich, Administrative Program Coordinator

Stacey Hegrenes, Administrative Assistant I, PA Program

Emily Kindelspire, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Spencer Leary, Administrative Assistant, CLASS Program

Baird Linke, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Kerri Maher, Academic Program Coordinator

Mason Mennenga, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Lindsay Mikkelson, Interim Head Coach Women’s Swimming and Diving

Jordan Narloch, Events Coordinator, Event and Conference Planning

Joshua Shirreffs, HR Generalist, Human Resources

Benjamin Smethurst, Hall Director, Anderson Hall, Residence Life

Timothy Thao, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Amanda Vetsch, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Kevin Vollmers, Director, Leadership Gifts, Development

Asefa Wakjira, Riverside Innovation Hub Coaches

Lauren White, Assistant Director, Leadership Gifts, Development

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.