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HR update March 30, 2020

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

HR update schedule change

As we all settle into our newest version of normal, HR Update will transition to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday publication schedule for the near future.  If there is news from your area, we are happy to share it.  Please send it to

Mailing Center will remain closed

The Mailing Center will remain closed until further notice.

The Receiving Dock will be open Tuesday, March 31st  9-Noon to allow one person per department to pick up essential mail/packages. Items will be placed in a mail tub, no need to enter the building. Mail that requires postage can be dropped off at this time.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the

TAO Connect

We are excited to announce a new employee benefit! TAO connect is now available to all employees and students at the college.  

TAO Connect provides mental health resources and education. Anyone with an Augustana email address can sign up and get free access to the mindfulness library, daily practice and journaling programs, and mental health education.

Choose "Sign-up in Self-Help with an Institution". It's anonymous and confidential.  This was researched and deployed from the Student Counseling center.  They would welcome your feedback and especially are interested if there is a person or two who might be interested in blogging about their experience.

 If you are interested please email

Temporary Work Assignments

As many positions change due to the move to distance learning, we’ve been connecting employees with temporary work assignments.  We’ll share updates on a periodic basis.  One of the first teams formed is the student calling team.  Led by Densie Yoder (head athletic trainer) and Wendy Kelly (associate director of Admissions) they have taken up the challenge of calling every Augustana student 4 times in the next 8 weeks.  

If you have information that you’d like them to deliver to students, please contact Denise or Wendy for inclusion in an upcoming call.  Here’s who is serving on this team as of now:

  • Kelly Atkins, Biology
  • Bettinna Bolger, Diversity Equity & Inclusion
  • Beth Ducey, Advising/Math & CS
  • Deb Finkle, Facilities
  • Kris Gende, Dining Services
  • Lisa Hoffman, Dining
  • Becca Kitterman, Athletics
  • Becky Lapp, Bookstore
  • Kris Ruggles, Dining Services
  • Emma Stader, Music Department
  • Kathi Thompson, Facilities


Today’s Cutest Viking

Please join us in congratulating Dave Wrath (sports information director) on becoming a grandfather.  Anna Marie Joerling made her appearance about one month early on March 27th.  


photo of baby Anna Marie wrapped in a cozy blanket with a pink hat
Anna Marie poses with her new pink hat while looking cozy.

Virtual offices and co-workers

Thank you to everyone who has continued to share their new offices and co-workers with us. We love seeing the Augie pride sprinkled in your photos. 

Kitty cat laying near latptop in the left hand corner.
I feel like many of us can relate to Kelly Atkins (administrative assistant, Biology) on trying to get work done at home with with a cat.
Winter snow in the background with lysol can and laptop. Lamp in the left corner.
Sherry Docherty (executive assistant, Academic Affairs) has the lysol and is ready to rock and roll for this work week!
Left side picture, plant in the corner with desk in right background and dog laying on the floor. Right hand side has dog looking into photo.
Colleen Sibthrop (WVIK director of finance and membership) must give Rukia a treat everyday to enter the office.
4 photo collage of 3 Augie students smiling. 2 boys and 1 girl.
Julie Oliger (administrative assistant, Education Department) and her kids, who are also Augie students, gear up for the newest adventure at Augustana, e-learning.

Exploring majors?

faces of four students

At Augustana, that's a plus, not a problem, as these students will agree.

Office of Human Resources
639 38th St.
Rock Island, Ill., 61201

Phone: 309-794-7352

Fax: 309-794-8962