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HR Update - May 19th

HR Update summer hiatus

The 2020-21 weekly HR Updates will conclude with today's update. During the summer, we will provide HR Updates on a as needed basis and will resume periodic updates in the fall of 2021-22.

Open positions - share the news!

Vaccination survey - help us plan

Fellow employees,

As we move towards a new, post-pandemic normal, we are planning for a more normal fall at Augustana. That means a return to the teaching, learning and working that is more like the Augustana we know, and what we do best.

Transitioning to a new normal will not be quick and easy, and we know there are many questions about how we can make the transition safely. Much will depend on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations on campus and in our larger communities.

While the college is not at this time requiring that you receive a vaccine, we do ask community members to share their vaccination status. (Survey link follows below.)

Here’s why:

• The more people who are vaccinated, the more we decrease transmission and its impact on the health of our community.

• A decrease in the transmission, or the health risks of transmission, supports our ability to return to our pre-COVID learning and working community.

We have become accustomed to many practices needed to operate safely during the pandemic, and we will need to understand how changing those practices will affect the risk of spreading COVID-19. Knowing the status of vaccinations on campus will help us to understand this.

This information also will be helpful as we consider whether it is necessary and appropriate to require the vaccine of any of our community members.


A link to this confidential survey will remain available on the COVID-19 information page.

The survey will ask you to provide your employee identification number and your vaccination status. Your responses will be directed to Human Resources and will be treated as confidential.

Anonymous reporting is an option for employees who would rather not reveal their identity but are willing to provide their vaccination status. At a later date, identity information may be required.


Thank you!


The Augustana Strong Task Force

Performance Engagement - year end appraisals

With the end of the academic year quickly approaching it's important to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments our teams have faced throughout these unprecedented times. Access to the online performance engagement system will soon be available and employees will be required to access the system and update the status of their assigned goals in order to prepare for conversations with their supervisors. 

Please be on the lookout for more communication coming soon!

Campus Health Clinic Closed for Summer

The Augustana Convenient Care Powered by Genesis will be closing for the summer as of 5/21 and will reopen in the fall. During this time employees are encouraged to use the Rock Island Wellness Center located on the lower level of city hall (1528 3rd Avenue, Rock Island). Hours of operation for the Wellness Center are M-F, 7:30am - 3:30pm. Due to current COVID protocols the Wellness Center is not taking walk-ins. Patients must call ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

To make an appointment please call (309) 732-2990.  

Thank-you bonus for employees

Earlier this week President Bahls shared that the board voted to award each full-time employee of Augustana a $1,000 bonus ($500 for part-time employees working 50% or more) as a sign of appreciation. The Office of Human Resources is working with the Business Office and Payroll to determine eligibility and pay dates. Please be on the lookout for more information coming soon.

Virtual Retirement Celebration


While we were not able to hold this year's retirement celebration in person, this past week we honored our retirees virtually. For those who may have missed our previous emails we wanted to share another opportunity to recognize our retirees through the videos below.

Please help me in congratulating, and sending well wishes to these retirees! 


President Bahls Opening Remarks

Ralph Arias, Facilities - Power Plant Mechanic

Deb Bazer, Facilities - Building Services Worker

Lillian Bradshaw, ITS - Programmer/Analyst

Ellen Dixon - Costume Shop Manager and Designer

Lynn Drazinski - Assistant Professor and Clinic Supervisor, CSD

Mary Kilbride - Math and Computer Science Instructor

Emil Kramer - Professor, Classics

Susan Kramer - Coordinator for Data, Licensure and Assessment

Beth Roberts - Editorial Director

Jayne Rose - Professor, Psychology

Dan Sand - Assistant Sports Information Director

Sue Standley - Associate VP of Enrollment & Director of Financial Aid

Tammy Sullivan - Executive Assistant to the VP for Finance & Administration

Dave Wrath - Sports Information Director



Friendly Reminder from the Business Office

Dear community members,

As we approach the end of this budget year (2020-21) on June 30, 2021, we would like to remind you about the following purchasing and accounts payable-related matters in order to facilitate our financial year-end close.
Purchase Orders
All requisitions for this budget year need to be entered by June 15, 2021, in order to allow sufficient time for purchase order approval, ordering and invoicing of goods and services shipped on or before June 30, 2021. Additional time may be required if the vendor is not currently in our system.

 When entering a requisition for this budget year, please add “Must be invoiced by June 30, 2021” in the printed comments section or speak with the vendor directly to make sure they are aware of this deadline. Requisitions can be entered for early next fiscal year by using a prepaid budget account number, and we are happy to offer assistance with this if needed.

Current budget year invoices must be signed, coded with an account number, and returned to Accounts Payable by July 9, 2021. If you will not be on campus during that time, please make sure someone else is available to perform this task. Invoices need to be dated on or before June 30, 2021, to be applied to this year's budget, and invoices dated after June 30 will be applied to the 2021-22 budget year.

Please make any fiscal year 2020-21 PCard purchases by June 25, 2021. All purchases after June 30, 2021, will be considered purchases for the fiscal year 2021-22. Please note that transactions generally do not post until a day or two after the actual purchase date, and the June 25, 2021 deadline ensures that purchases will be correctly applied to our current fiscal year. 

Please reach out to the following personnel if you have any questions: 

Jill Harris - AP Supervisor 
Kristen Vickers – AP Assistant
Malhar Saheed – Director of Procurement

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

Phone: 309-794-7352

Fax: 309-794-8962