Wishing Natalie Dinki Farewell

submitted by greenj@augsburg.edu

After 4 years, Natalie Dinki will be leaving Augsburg for a new position at the University of Minnesota, where she will join the research administration department at the University of Minnesota Medical School as a grants coordinator.

Natalie’s supervisor, Nate Hallanger, writes: While this is a great professional and career opportunity, we are saddened to see her leave Augsburg. From the time she started four years ago, Natalie has embraced Augsburg’s identity and mission, and has become critical to the ongoing operations of almost everything that happens in academic affairs. She’s helped lead us through an implementation of a new applicant tracking system, an on-boarding system, and myriad new processes and procedures including CTL grants and professional development support for faculty. In early 2017 she took on the work of classroom scheduling–a challenging task under any circumstances–and then we went ahead and opened a big, shiny new academic building to make it more complicated. I can say with certainty that despite having more classroom space, the scheduling task did not get any easier. And then we decided to upgrade our scheduling software last fall, a process in which Natalie has been critical to sorting out the inevitable bugs.

Through it all, she has approached her work and everyone with whom she interacts with humility, optimism, and care, and a real sense of service to the neighbor. For all of this and much more, I want to publicly thank Natalie for all that she’s done to help academic affairs run more smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.

Natalie’s last day here will be April 12, so I hope you’ll be able to stop by our office suite in Memorial Hall 118 on April 12 from 1:30-2:30 pm, or stop by before then if you can’t make it on the 12th.