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HR Update - April 28th

To keep communication as clear as possible, and archive it for later use, the Office of Human Resources will be sending out updates using this format.

If you have information that you would like to disseminate to all employees, please send that to and we will coordinate adding the information to a future HR update.

For now, we would ask that you limit any mass communications to avoid confusion.

Changes to HR update submissions

Due to staffing transitions in the Office of Human Resources, please be sure to send future submissions to  As this publication becomes a shared duty, submission to this email address will ensure your content is included in the next HR Update.

Denim Day Today!

On Wednesday, April 28, employees are invited to participate in International Denim Day to raise awareness concerning sexual assault. For the past 22 years, Peace Over Violence has run an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Summer FAQs

As the summer grows closer, employees often have questions regarding summer dress code, work hours and holidays. Answers to these frequent questions are below.  Of course, employees should discuss how this relates to individual offices with their manager/supervisor, and the HR team is ready to answer individual questions as well.

Please refer to our Summer FAQ document. 


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What's in a Name?

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“A person’s name is to [them] the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” 

–Dale Carnegie.


Join Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies for What's in a Name? A two part dialogue focused on understanding the importance of names in signaling identity. 

Wednesday April 28th 8:00 pm - Sexual Assault Education Listening Section - Hanson Hall of Science (102)

This listening session is geared toward combating campus sexual assault. Students will ask questions to The Sexual Assault Prevention Education team on matters concerning bystander intervention, campus policies, Title IX, and future partnerships. This will also be an opportunity for students to become actively involved on Campus as potential peer educators and advocates.

Tuesday May 4th 4:30pm - 5:45pm Dine and Dialogue: Survive, Adapt, Thrive! JOIN HERE

Amita Mehta, Founder, AMP Consulting will encourage us specifically in relation to LGBTQ+ inclusion and allyship. This interactive session aims to help us lean into our vulnerabilities, unlocking our own potential to create a climate in which people can bring their whole selves to learning and life. Join us for these talks with Q&A and earn a Safe Zone sticker for your door badge!  


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Guidance for hosting a meeting with colleagues

Wondering if it's time to reconvene the staff or committee meetings in person? Please see the following recommendation from the Augie Strong Task Force.

  • Keep room occupancy at 1/2 to 1/3 of the regular total occupancy. Occupancy numbers available on Astra.
  • Ensure guests wear their face masks, even if they are vaccinated
  • Have short meetings (60 minutes max) and encourage people to leave the space upon completion for the sake of air flow.
  • The employee hosting the meeting should ensure the space is sanitized upon arrival and upon departure.

Note: Please keep in mind that meeting face-to-face is an individual decision and online alternatives should be available for those who wish to use them.


Summer speech therapy - Discounts available to Augie faculty and staff

The Barbara A. Roseman Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing is offering a 6-week summer session, starting June 21st and running through July 30th, 2021. We offer a substantial scholarship for Augustana employees and their dependents. The Center is located in the newly expanded Brodahl Hall and is a training site for undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology. We provide assessment and intervention for individuals of all ages with any type of speech, language, or literacy need.

More information and registration forms can be found here:

Space is limited, so if you are interested in securing a spot, please contact Dr. Stacie M. Greene, Center Director, at x7394 or

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