Meet Your Co-Curriculum Committee Chair!

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Meet senior Biology major and Psychology minor from Windom, MN, Emily Grandprey. Besides her involvement on ASA as a Senator and Co-Curriculum Committee Chair, Emily was the Viking Days Co-Chair with Shelby Kontz. She is also in Tri-Beta, Augustana’s Biology Honors Society, Angelus, one of the Augustana choirs, and works at the Elmen Center for Recreational Services.

What does the Co-Curriculum Committee do?

Emily: The Co-Curriculum Committee is responsible for addressing student concerns in regards to issues outside of the academic realm. Basically if there is an issue outside of the classroom, we address it! This year, we have made an effort to focus specifically on Housing, Dining, and miscellaneous concerns like fixing the clocks in Humanities, outlets in the Huddle, printing in the commons, etc. We also serve on the faculty/administrative co-curriculum council that addresses similar issues. Our mission is to ensure  the students’ voices are heard in regards to issues that affect student life.

What are your duties as the Co-Curriculum Committee Chair and why did you decide to become part of the committee?

Emily: I organize the Co-Curriculum Committee’s meetings, set goals for the committee, and make sure issues are being addressed. The Co-Curriculum Committee meets bi-weekly.

I wanted to be a part of this committee because, through my own experiences, I have become aware of the impact that problems outside of the classroom can have on student happiness and well being. Yes, academic issues can be a struggle, but things like your dining options, housing placement, and study spaces can affect your Augustana experience just as greatly.

What has your committee been working on this year?

Emily: Our committee has been very busy. We have worked with housing all year to address student concerns such as the stress that accompanies housing selection, the need for more apartments, and communication between students and administration. We have also researched upgrading our laundry facilities on campus so they would no longer be coin operated. Additionally, we have looked into the possibilities of adding a printer in the commons, and there was one placed in the Siverson Lounge during fall semester finals week because of our committee! We are now starting to work on a student activities brochure to offer to first year students to help them find ways to be involved on campus, and we are working on making an off campus newsletter to help students who no longer live in residence halls become aware of on campus events. Recently, our committee formed a dining services task force called the Kitchen Cabinet to address the future of dining services and its everyday practices.

How can students ensure their voices are heard?

Emily: If you want your voice heard, just talk to one of us! The members of this committee are Jesse Fonkert, Crystal Ortbahn, Scot Missing, Leah Murfield, Brittany Dardis, Kirsten Titze, and Katie Romano. We start all of our meetings by first discussing concerns that we have been hearing around campus. Our committee loves working hard for you. If you have a concern, please tell us so we can work to solve it.

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Emily: I typically make my own stir-fry when I eat in the commons, but my favorite thing to eat is ice cream.

What is your favorite memory at Augie?

Emily: My favorite memories at Augie are around Viking Days. It is the one week where you can put aside the stress of being a college student and just have fun with your friends. This week is especially fun for the Viking Days committee because you can see your hard work pay off.

Where is your favorite place to study?

Emily: My favorite place to study on campus is the library in a study room with a few friends.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Emily: If I had a superpower, I would want to have the power of teleportation. I would be able to travel the world instantly!

If you have any other questions for Emily be sure to contact her at elgrandprey10@ole.augie.edu or at 507-822-3250. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Emily a bit more, and  have a better idea of what the Co-Curriculum Committee is all about! Be sure to contact us at asa@ole.augie.edu, or via our websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Cheers!

Meet Your Curriculum Committee Chair

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Meet Kat Van Gerpen, your Curriculum Committee Chair! Kat is a sophomore Nursing major from Pierre, SD. In addition to participating in ASA, Kat is a PA in Solberg and a member of the Viking Ultimate Club. She also enjoys intramurals and  helping out at chapel.

What is the Curriculum Committee? 

Kat: The Curriculum’s Committee’s mission is to better the academic lives of students by improving Augustana’s Curriculum. The committee does that by having two representatives attend Curriculum Council meetings. Facilitating the Faculty Recognition Award is one of the committee’s main tasks.

What has your committee been working on recently?

Kat: Our committee is currently running Faculty Recognition Week and in the process of looking through the nominations for the Faculty Recognition Award.  We have also been discussing Curriculum Council Global Education Committee matters.

Why did you choose to  become part of this committee?

Kat: I chose to become a part of this committee because last year I was a part of the Co-Curriculum Committee, and I was interested in seeing what the Curriculum committee does.

How can students ensure their voices are heard on campus?

Kat: Every student should know that this committee has a voice in academic matters on campus (changes made to graduation requirements, new courses, and study abroad opportunities.) Your voices can be heard and expressed by contacting any member of our committee.

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Kat: I don’t really have a favorite meal at Augie, but I do love all the delicious soups!

Where is your favorite place to study?

Kat: My favorite place to study on campus is either the Huddle or the ASA office.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Kat: If I had a superpower it would be reading people’s minds using their body language and facial expressions.

If you have any other questions for Kat make sure to contact her at kjvangerpen12@ole.augie.edu or at 605-280-4592. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Kat a bit more, and  have a better idea of what the Curriculum Committee is all about! Be sure to contact us  at asa@ole.augie.edu, or via our websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Cheers!

Meet Matt Bell, Your Personnel and Development Chair

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So now that you’ve met our four officers, it’s time to meet the committee chair for Personnel and Development. Matt Bell, a sophomore Biology major from Sioux Falls is in charge of this committee. In addition to his ASA Senatorial duties, Matt is involved in the Bio and Pre Med clubs. So what exactly is P&D? Matt was happy to share his thoughts on his involvement as committee chair this past year.

What does the P&D committee do and why did you choose to become part of ASA? 

Matt: My committee works to harbor and support leadership on the Augustana campus. Each year we select the leaders for the major student groups on campus, making sure that our student groups and campus continue to have success in all of their endeavors.

I think student leadership is one of the most powerful and important aspects to having a successful college both in the present and looking into the future. I wanted to be a member of a committee that seeks out and selects the future leaders of our major student groups.

What has your committee been working on this year?

Matt: My committee  finished up the bone marrow registry drive here on campus. I love that event simply because it educates our students about opportunities for donations, but also emphasizes the beauty in selfless service. We are currently working to nominate the best leaders into positions of influence on our campus.

What can students do to make sure their voices are heard on campus?

Matt: Encourage strong leaders you know to apply and pursue leadership opportunities. A better Augustana starts with its students, and we need strong leaders to continue to lead us on our path to improvement.

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Matt: I love the thanksgiving meal at Augustana.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

Matt: If I had a super power it would definitely be invisibility.

If you have any other questions for Matt make sure to contact him by email at mgbell12@ole.augie.edu or at 605-331-5341. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Matt a bit more, and now have a better ideas of what P&D is all about! Be sure to contact us  at asa@ole.augie.edu, or via our websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Cheers!

Meet Your Director of Communications

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So who is behind all of the social media, blogging, emailing, and note taking for ASA? Meet Aimée Fisher, a junior Art and Education major from Montgomery, MN. She does a lot of the behind the scenes work for ASA to ensure the senate and the student body stay connected. In addition to working as the Director of Communications for ASA, Aimée keeps busy as a student ambassador,  an events coordinator for PRSSA, as part of the UBG Big Event committee, and helping people pronounce her name (it’s A-May). The Director of Communications position is new to ASA this year and has really helped us grow as an organization. Aimée was excited to share her thoughts with you today…

What do you do as the Director of Communications?

Aimée: It’s a pretty long list, but to keep it short and simple, I am in charge of ASA’s social media outlets, our email account, website, and the meeting minutes. I work alongside Matt, Krista, and Seth to brainstorm ideas weekly and communicate between the senate and student body.  Additionally, I take care of the marketing needs for ASA and keep an eye on the student calendar. I get to work with some pretty awesome students, faculty, and administrators here at Augie. It’s been a great year so far!

Why did you choose to become part of ASA?

Aimée: I was extremely involved in student government during high school, and was looking to become more involved here at Augie. I love that ASA is the voice of the students, and I’m constantly gauging what students are thinking and talking about. Augie is full of so many amazing people who want to make a difference. When the position for the Director of Communications opened, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to help further connect ASA to the student body and create the change students want to see. I was especially interested in the position because I have an interest in marketing and wanted to put my creative skills to work. ASA didn’t have a large online presence in past years and I’ve watched the number of followers grow throughout this year. It’s been an extremely rewarding experience.

What have you been working on this past year?

Aimée: At the beginning of fall semester I did a lot of work just learning more about ASA and the vision Matt and Krista have for it. I did a lot of work on the Facebook and Twitter pages for ASA and recently started up a blog. I’ve had to do a lot of learning on the job, like how to do some simple coding for the ASA website. I also work hard to make sure what happens at meetings is translated through the minutes to the student body. A lot of my work is anonymous, but I’ve worked hard to streamline some of the processes that ASA goes through to communicate with the campus.

How can students make sure their voices are heard? 

Aimée: I would love to have more emails sent to our asa@ole.augie.edu account and messages via Facebook and Twitter. We want to to hear what students have to say! Also, I would like to get 600 likes on Facebook. We are at 557 right now and who knows, there could just be a prize for the 600th like…

The best way to make sure your voice is heard on campus is to check out our Facebook and Twitter and comment or send us a message. I always have the ASA email and Hootsuite accounts up on my phone so I can usually respond within a few hours to any questions, comments or concerns. Feel free to contact me by email at affisher11@ole.augie.edu, by phone (507) 779-8505, or take a stroll through the art studio and come chat!

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Aimée: I would have to say stir fry with rice, crab, oranges, peas, peppers, broccoli, and general tso sauce. I’m also a huge fan of the chocolate chip cookies.

What is your favorite memory at Augie?

Aimée: I don’t know if I could choose! My trip to India with Dr. Looney and Dr. Pennington is one of my favorites, but there are a lot of little things like the slip n’ slides we created freshman year outside of Berg. All-nighters in the art studio are also pretty memorable.

Where is the best place to study on campus? 

Aimée: Honestly I can’t stay in any one place for too long. Sometimes I’m in the library, other times in the Madsen Center or the Huddle. Usually I like to work in the Art and Children room in the Center for Visual Arts or the couch in the painting studio!

If you could have a superpower what would it be?

Aimée: I would love to have the ability to be in two places at once. I could get so much more accomplished!

Now that you’ve met our Director of Communications, please stay tuned to meet the chairs of our committees: Personnel and Development, Curriculum, and Co-Curriculum. As always, feel free to contact us at asa@ole.augie.edu, or via our websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Cheers!

Meet Seth Vogelsang: Your ASA Treasurer

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Ready to meet the guy in charge of all of the money (well some of it)? Fairmont, MN native Seth Vogelsang is the guy to talk to. He’s also our Treasurer and makes sure money is allocated to all the awesome student groups on campus. Seth is a senior majoring in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance – good thing he likes money. Seth keeps busy at Augustana not only with ASA, but as a member of Augieholics and working at an internship with First Premier Bank. Seth was excited to share with you what his job as treasurer is all about!

What is your role as Treasurer and the Administration and Planning Committee Chair?

Seth: The Administration and Planning Committee is here to dominate the world. We essentially review all concerns dealing with money and student groups, and we make allocations based on budgetary concerns of each group. We review each request and continually evaluate options. The Administration and Planning Committee is also assigned to make amendments to the ASA constitution as they see fit (of course the Senate must approve these amendments).

My position on the Committee is the Treasurer. It is an elected position on the Senate. This means I get to lead the Administration and Planning Committee meetings, review previous budgets, and meet with leaders from many organizations. Being the Treasurer also means I get to meet with Luanne in the Business office, and she is awesome, so that is a definite plus!

Why did you choose to become part of this committee?

Seth: I was forced to because of the position I was elected to….

All kidding aside, It’s the best position on campus. Matt can keep the presidency. I get to meet with every student group on campus and talk about their goals for Augustana and learn how I can help them accomplish those goals. It is truly remarkable to see how many people at this school are more creative, intelligent, and motivated than anything I could have imagined! That is why I am part of this committee.

What has your committee been working on this year?

Seth: We have been working on a new way for student groups to receive funding. This would increase the amount each group is eligible for while making the entire process more efficient. This would also take the stress off of the budget meetings, which makes life easier for many student groups that are involved in those meetings.

What should every student know about your committee?

Seth: Every student should know that if the Administration and Planning Committee had a bajillion dollars, we would fully fund every opportunity every student has. We never want to say no to a request. It simply comes down to the budgetary constraints that we have.

How can students make sure their voices are heard?

Seth: Every voice can be heard by emailing me, Matt, Krista, or any other senator. Your questions, concerns, smart remarks, and relationship advice are valuable to us. I appreciate it when people ask me questions, and I would really like more people to be involved in the process!

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Seth: My favorite meal at Augie is a Buffalo Chicken wrap with carrots, celery, cheddar cheese, and a healthy dose of buffalo ranch. It’s probably the most awesome thing in the world.

What is your favorite memory at Augie?

Seth: I have so many favorite memories at this school. Ranging from a tailgate watching potential students hit a stuffed cougar with a bat to going to Thailand and playing frisbee on a beautiful beach with Dr. Nesiba. I think the majority of my college experience has been amazing.

Where is the best place to study on campus?

Seth: I like the upstairs couches of the Madsen Center to study. They are ridiculously comfy, and not many people know about them! I get too distracted with people while in the library.

Now that you’ve met our witty treasurer, stay posted to meet the rest of the crew! If you have any questions for Seth, or want to learn how he tamed the lion in his picture, be sure to call him at 507-236-3196 or send him an email at srvogelsang10@ole.augie.edu. As always, feel free to contact us at asa@ole.augie.edu, or via our websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Cheers!

Meet Your ASA Vice President

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With the start of Spring Semester, and an unexpected two month hiatus from the blog, we’re back in action and ready to introduce you to the rest of the ASA executive committee! Sioux Falls native Krista Youngberg, the ASA Vice President, is a senior Sports Management and Business Administration major with a minor in Philosophy. In addition to her Vice Presidential duties, Krista is a Peer Advisor, works in the admissions office, is part of the Ultimate Frisbee team, and is involved in other intramural sports. A fun fact, Krista has at least 100 Augustana t-shirts! Krista is a dedicated and involved member of the Augustana community. Here are some of her thoughts. Oh, and we now challenge you to beat Krista’s record amount of shirts and school pride…

Why did you decide to become part of ASA?

Krista: I chose to become a part of ASA because I wanted to work with my peers and make Augustana like always and the Augustana like never before!

What have you been doing to better Augustana’s community this past semester?

Krista:  Matt and I have been working to get additional study spots around campus like in the Chicago and Canton rooms. We have also been working on developing a mobile application for students to use on and off campus.

What can students do to make sure their voices are heard on campus?

Krista: Everyone should know that if they have a suggestion about what they want to see on campus they should share their opinion. ASA exists to have the voices of the students heard. Please talk to any ASA senator or comment on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Krista:  My favorite meal at Augustana is, of course,  Augie Bowl!

What is your favorite memory here?

Krista:  My favorite memory at Augustana was the night of semester shutdown where we played glow-in-the-dark bocce ball across campus.

Where is the best place to study on campus?

Krista: The best place to study on campus is in the library: main floor, second table from the back on the left!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Krista:  If I had a superpower it would probably be teleportation.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Krista a bit more. Stay tuned for more posts! If you have any other questions for Krista, please feel free to contact her via email at klyoungberg10@ole.augie.edu or by phone at 605-759-0459.  Please send us an email at asa@ole.augie.edu and check out our website,  Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Cheers!

Getting to Know Your ASA President

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Now that the stress of finals is over and everyone is taking a well deserved break, we felt it was appropriate to better introduce you to your ASA representatives and what they have been working to accomplish this past semester.  It only makes sense to first introduce you to President Matt Anderson, a senior Biology major from Sioux Falls.  In addition to Matt’s outstanding commitment to ASA, he is a violinist in the Augustana Orchestra and has been a Peer Advisor for three years running.  Matt has also been part of the Viking Days Committee, the Residence Life Advisory Committee, and the Dining Services Task Force (a.k.a the Kitchen Cabinet).  Matt is a dedicated and proud member of the Augustana community, and was excited to share his thoughts with you!

What Is Your Role As President of ASA?

Matt:  As President of ASA, I work with the executive committee (which consists of Krista Youngberg, the Vice President, the committee chairs, the treasurer, and director of communications) to help with logistics and brainstorming for the entire student association.  Krista and I also have the privilege of meeting weekly with Dr. Jim Bies, Dean of Students, to gain insight into college issues and activities of interest to the association.  We also work directly with each senator on a daily basis to provide support for the multitude of projects and initiatives that are occurring on around campus.  A lot of my time is spent in communication with faculty, administrators, and students, in an effort to make sure we are tackling the most relevant and pressing issues for our campus.  My job is made so much easier because of the incredible support I have from all of the senators and other executive committee members I am surrounded by.

What has inspired you as a leader?

Matt:  I was very inspired by the leadership of former president Thad Titze, and learned a great deal about ASA while working as vice president last year.  Being involved in ASA has given me so many opportunities to give back to Augustana, which I find very rewarding.  It takes a great deal of time to keep up with everything, but I truly love this job.  I get to work with people who care about Augustana just as much as I do, so it is fun to see so many passionate people come together with one common goal: to continue to make Augustana a place that cultivates learning and societal engagement on a level that you cannot get at any other institution.

What have you been doing to better Augustana’s community this past semester?

Matt:  Krista and I have  been working with Volunteer Services and USF’s student association president to establish a strong relationship between our student bodies.  We hope to collaborate on some pretty big service projects that are in the works for the coming few months.  Additionally, we have been working on finalizing the development and publication process of a mobile application for our campus, something that Thad Titze and I initiated last year while in office.  When completed, the mobile app will provide students and faculty with an intuitive and effective tool to access information on their smartphone.  This information will consist of everything from the dining hall menu to Moodle to emergency contact information.  We are excited to release the app to campus in the coming weeks!

What can students do to make sure their voices are heard on campus?

Matt:  The ASA Executive Committee works tirelessly to help oversee and coordinate all of ASA’s larger projects and initiatives.  While we are very active, we are always open to new suggestions and ideas.  I really would encourage you to stop by the ASA office (located next to the entrance of the commons), shoot us an email (asa@ole.augie.edu), check out our website, or connect with us via social media (Facebook and Twitter).  Let us know what you think about what we are doing.  Get to know your senators, as they are your simplest and most direct voice to the senate.  No idea is too big or too small for us to explore!  

So what does Matt enjoy during his free time?

What is your favorite meal at Augie?

Matt:  My favorite meal at Augie is either the Augie Bowl or the hot open-face sandwiches.  I also enjoy the cookie decorating nights, because frosting is my favorite.  The cookie dough nights are pretty great, too.  I guess it is safe to say that nearly every day is a great day for me at the commons – I enjoy eating pretty much every meal they make!

What is your favorite memory here?

Matt:  My favorite memory at Augie took place over the entire week of Viking Days this year.  I had such a great week, and really enjoyed Viking Varieties at the Pavilion.  I enjoyed playing in the orchestra in front of a sold out house – that is an experience that will stay with me for quite awhile.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Matt:  I don’t always study, but when I do, I usually stay in my room in East.  It is always quiet, and I have plenty of coffee and snacks to keep me awake for the long haul!  I wish I didn’t ever have to sleep. Sometimes it really seems to get in the way of homework and other obligations with friends.  If I could develop the power to stay awake indefinitely, that would come in handy.

Well, that concludes our first official ASA blogpost, so we hope you enjoyed it!  If you have any other questions for Matt, please feel free to contact him via email at mpanderson10@ole.augie.edu or by phone at 605.254.4538.  Please send email us at asa@ole.augie.edu and check out our website,  Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Cheers!