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

Music Department
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

Marketing Team
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