September Auggie Pride Winners

Congratulations to our two Auggie Pride Award winners for the month of September, Katie Detwiler and Jon Mergens, both staff members in the academic advising department. Katie and Jon have worked tirelessly in the last month to support new transfers, first-years, and returning students register for classes, navigate financial barriers, and prepare for the beginning of the semester. Academic advising is proud to have them here at Augsburg and our staff senate is happy to recognize their amazing work. Congratulations Katie and Jon!!

Tour Kennedy/Si Melby with the Staff Senate on October 6

Curious about Augsburg’s athletic facilities and how you can use them? Never been able to find the locker room in Kennedy Center? Excited to see the new sports medicine space? On October 6, the Staff Senate invites you on a tour of Athletics buildings. Meet Jackie Voigt, the assistant women’s basketball coach, and other members of the staff senate at 1:00 pm in the lobby of Kennedy for a half-hour tour of the athletic facilities. 

 

2021-22 Staff Senate Members

 

Joel Enriquez Blas, Registrar’s Office

Christopher Bogen, Institutional Advancement

Janice Dames, Campus Ministry – Co-chair

Deanna Davis, Professional Studies – Co-chair

Kate Gray, Strommen Center

Jackie Voigt, Athletics

 

Spring 2021 Elections

Augsburg University Staff Senate has two important elections this spring: We are currently taking nominations for Staff Senate and University Council Staff Representatives.

Staff Senate 

Staff Senate is accepting nominations for four open seats.

To nominate someone to serve on Staff Senate, or to nominate yourself, please fill out this form by clicking on this link. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m on April 9.

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. Composition of Staff Senate: It is recommended that members be at least .75 FTE, regardless of exempt or non-exempt status.


University Council Staff Representatives

There is one staff representative position being filled at this time. For an overview of the full process, see the University Council page.

Staff may nominate other eligible staff or self-nominate for either Staff Senate or University Council using this nomination form.

Nomination deadline for both Staff Senate and University Council is April 9, 2021.

Please email staffsenate@augsburg.edu with questions. 

2020 Staff Senate Election

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Staff Senate has two open seats and now is the time to fill them.

Augsburg University’s Staff Senate is composed of six members who are nominated and elected by their peers for a two-year term, as well as two additional at-large members appointed by Staff Senate. All members have the option to serve a third year. The senators serve Augsburg University 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 staff, by promoting professional development opportunities, and by recognition of staff’s contributions to furthering and upholding the mission and values of Augsburg University. You can learn more about the Staff Senate on our webpage.

Check your email for the link, review the list of nominees, and vote for two candidates you would like to see on the Staff Senate.

The deadline for voting is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9th.

Staff Senate 20-21 Elections

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year!

Staff Senate is accepting nominations for two open seats.

To nominate someone to serve on Staff Senate, or to nominate yourself, please fill out this form by clicking on this link. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m on September 25.

Augsburg staff will be able to vote for Staff Senate nominees from October 2 to October 9.

The winners will be announced by October 21.

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. 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

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