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I am pleased to announce that Augsburg has established a new University Events department within the Marketing division, expanding the responsibilities of the Event and Conference Planning team and promoting Jodi Collen to senior director of University Events.
We’ve all seen how the work of Augsburg’s event planning team — Jodi, Seth Lienard, Sarah Cash-Darvell, plus their hard-working student crews — has a major impact in enhancing the event experience and reputation of the College. As the new University Events department, this core group will continue to lead the design, planning and management of Augsburg’s more than 400 annual live events — including signature events such as commencement, homecoming, scholarship weekend, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. University Events will also continue managing summer conferences and other external events that generate revenue for the College.
In addition, Jodi’s new role will include strategic leadership and project management to support major universitywide initiatives. Two significant institutional initiatives that Jodi has already taken on are the name-change transition to Augsburg University this summer and project management for the 2019 Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, co-chaired by Theater Arts Professor Darcey Engen ’88 and Athletic Director Jeff Swenson ’79. We are excited to extend Jodi’s project management expertise to these highly visible Augsburg initiatives.
We are currently in the process of updating the Inside Augsburg directory and other records with the new University Events department name. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Jodi on her new role and thanking the University Events team for its ongoing leadership in creating authentically Augsburg experiences for our students, alumni, guests and campus community.