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HR update May 5, 2020

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.

Summer student employment - URGENT

This summer, it is extremely important that student employment happens in a very different way.  Given increased safety concerns, cleaning protocols and the like, it is imperative that summer employment needs are coordinated.  We are asking the student employment point person or supervisor from each department to complete the survey. 

Any summer employment needs, whether already fulfilled or pending, must be shared ASAP using the Summer Student Employment Survey.  Approved summer employment will have specific new safety guidelines to follow and those guidelines, as well as approval for summer work, will be shared.

Until we can more accurately project forward to fall student employment, we ask that any recruiting, posting, and hiring decisions be put on hold until budget decisions are finalized.  You may direct any questions to Director of Human Resources, Laura Ford,

Email reminder - avoid group emails

During this pandemic, we are utilizing a student update and HR update to streamline communication and avoid the email “avalanche” that often results in important emails going unread by both students and staff.  We ask that you not mail to the staff group, administration group, faculty group, and student groups for general emails.  

Instead, please send messages through either the student update,,  which goes out 3 times per week or the HR update which goes out twice per week. 

Cinco De Mayo

La Batalla de Puebla a.k.a Cinco de Mayo

Today, many Americans will revel in Cinco de Mayo festivities. Do you know the significance of Cinco de Mayo in Mexico or Mexican culture in the US?

Learn the cultural roots of Cinco de Mayo and the the history of La Batalla de Puebla 1862 (the Battle of Puebla).  If you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, keep in mind this is a commemoration of a historical event. Celebrations should be inclusive and respectful, avoiding stereotypical nods. The Anti-Defamation League  offers ideas for consideration.

Onward Together,

Monica Smith

Drinking fountains

During the COVID pandemic experts suggest that we do not share drinking fountains.  Our facilities team has taken standard drinking fountains out of service.  Those that utilize a bottle filler remain available.

Mail Room reminder

For the month of May, mail and package pickup and drop off should be as follows:  

  • Faculty/Staff - Pick-up in Receiving from 9:30 -11:00 am on Tuesday & Thursday 
  • Students -  Pick-up in Mail Center from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm on Tuesday & Thursday

If you have a large project or a special need, please contact

Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic - employee discount

We are delighted to share the news that we now offer substantial fee waivers for Augustana employees and their dependents who could benefit from speech, language, or literacy services on campus at the Barbara A. Roseman Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing that is housed in Brodahl Hall.  In recent years, we have offered a modest discount for Center services, but with the addition of our master's program, we are now able to offer a significantly stronger benefit that equates to 75% off our normal fees. We have a limited number of spots available each semester and will operate on a first come, first served basis. Please read below for additional information:

What types of services are offered at the Center?

We provide testing and therapy services for individuals across the lifespan who have:

  • difficulties producing speech sounds
  • have disfluent speech (stuttering)
  • voice disorders
  • language impairments (late to use first words or sentences, difficulties with grammar/sentence structure, word usage, or language comprehension)
  • social communication difficulties related to autism spectrum disorder
  • language-based reading and writing difficulties 
  • communication deficits as a result of stroke or traumatic brain injury/concussion

In addition, we have several specialty services including tongue thrust therapy, accent or dialect modification, transgender voice therapy, auditory processing disorder therapy, and Parkinson's voice therapy.  
In addition to therapeutic services for individuals with communication impairments, enrichment services also are available during the  summer session for children who may or may not have special education plans, but who may benefit from literacy enrichment to be better prepared for the upcoming school year. 

How are services provided?

Undergraduate and graduate student clinicians who are supervised by master's or doctoral level clinical faculty normally provide services in our on campus clinic in Brodahl Hall. However, due to the current COVID 19 situation, for our summer session, we will be offering services through teletherapy (i.e., on the computer). 

What does the schedule look like? 

We work with our clients to find a schedule that fits their needs, but generally, our hours run from 8 am-5 pm in the summer and 8 am - 7 pm during the fall and spring semesters.
Clients typically receive 1-2 hours of services per week (note that there is no price difference between these two options). 
Our 6-week summer session runs from June 22-July 31. Our fall and spring sessions run  weeks 2 through 13 of each semester. 

How do we enroll? 

For enrollment, scheduling or fee information, or if you have any questions, please contact Alli Haskill, Center Director, at or 309-794-7388. 
Thank you!
Alli Haskill


Faces of resilience project

In an effort to highlight some of the amazing faculty, staff and students of Augustana during this unprecedented time, Farrah Roberts and The Observer have partnered to launch the Faces of Resilience Project.

Do you know a member of the Augustana community that has gone above and beyond during distance learning, demonstrated creative ways to stay connected, perhaps a student that has bounced back from adversity or gone out of their way to support their peers? If so, please send their name and a brief description of their resilience to The Observer at They will be highlighted in an upcoming online issue.

Observer would like all final nominations by Wednesday the 6th

Employlee spotlight - Ellen Dixon

Ellen Dixon, a superhero in the Theatre Arts department, leads an initiative to make hundreds of masks for Augustana.


Ellen Dixon surrounded by fabric. Wearing a gray sweatshirt with blue letters on the front that spell Augustana.

Tredway library's new digital exhibit

Special Collections invites you to check out their new digital exhibit, "Plants: Cultivators of Curiosity and Inspiration".  Curated by Augustana senior Jessica Beyer and converted to a digital exhibit by Special Collections staff, this exhibit reflects elements of Jessica's major in Biology, minor in History, and experience as a student worker in Special Collections.  

Our reading room may be closed, but that won't stop us from sharing our beautiful books and archival treasures with you!

The pollinator project

Some good news:

We are planting "pollinator pockets" on campus to nourish bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators.

The first pollinator pocket planted with native flora will be a quarter-acre area near the Bell Tower.

The idea for the project came from faculty and students. Good work by senior Kirsten Biefeld and grounds supervisor Josh Becker (below) in leading the initiative! Read more about it


Josh seeding the ground to prepare the pollination pockets. Green grass in the background with a tree trunk.

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

Phone: 309-794-7352

Fax: 309-794-8962