Monday, March 9

1:00 - 2:00 - Walk-in Hour
with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

Tuesday, March 10

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections
Ian Fletcher '09
"Blessed to Be a Witness"
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

8:00 PM - Student Composition Concert
Wallenberg Hall - Denkmann Building

Wednesday, March 11

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Jesus and the
Kingdom of God"
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

3:45 - 5:00 PM - Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's and Gender Studies Tea Series
"Oliver Stone's Olympia: Whose Mother Is She Anyway?"
Kirsten Day, Classics
Evald Great Hall

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall - Denkmann Building
Jemmie Robertson, trombone
Robert Elfline, piano
Free to the public

9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

Thursday, March 12

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation - LSFY 103 Program "Culture Wars"
Centennial Hall
Mark Anderson, Roger Butts and Talia Alvi will be discussing the culture war theory based on their faith (Pentecostal, Unitarian, Muslim). The panel discussion will be moderated by faculty member, Mariano Magalhães

7:00 PM - Center for the Study of Ethics Lecture:  Dr. David Hill
"Cognitivist Implications of Emotivism"

Science 304
For more information contact Dr. Heidi Storl

Friday, March 13

Deadline for receipt of Sabbatical Leave Grants and Summer Research Stipends
Mary Koski, 116 Founders Hall

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - Bo Dziadyk presents "Management Plans for the Augustana Field Stations"
3:30 PM - Refreshments

8:00 PM - Augustana Choir-Home Tour Concert
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport
The Augustana Choir Home Quad Cities Concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street. Free to the public

Saturday, March 14

8:00 PM - Symphonic Band-Home Tour Concert
Centennial Hall
James Lambrecht, Conductor
Free to the public

Sunday, March 15

10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall


Volume 6, Issue 21 - March 9, 2009

A Message From Academic Affairs

Welcome back! I hope that the long spring break brought added time for rest and reflection. We have much important business before us for the spring term, including conversations sponsored by the Senate on committee structure and other important matters, in particular the likely effect of the economic downturn on Augustana in the years ahead.

I attended a meeting on the budgeting in tough economic times with other deans from across the country last week; many of our peer institutions are facing double digit budget cuts in the next year alone. We are fortunate to be in a strong position entering this downturn, but together we will need to make some difficult decisions.

I will speak with the Senate at its upcoming meeting about budget planning for the academic program, and I anticipate further budget talks for all faculty to discuss plans. Likewise, of course, I will continue conversation with department chairs, Faculty Welfare and the Senate Steering Committee.

I am grateful for the hard work that faculty across the campus are doing to ensure that we recruit a great class of new students and that we continue to have record retention numbers of current students. These are among the most important factors in our budget for next year and they are the factors most controlled by faculty.

I am delighted to announce that Margaret Farrar joins Academic Affairs as of today as Associate Dean. I am so grateful to Margaret for joining us earlier than she had planned; she is an excellent administrator who brings valuable experience to our office. Please join me in congratulating Margaret.

As you know, I have been working to ensure that administrative offices take the brunt of any budget cuts for next year. I wanted to let you know of some of the restructuring that will follow from that. Our office will not, for now, replace Michael Green as he departs. As part of the restructuring that will result, Margaret Farrar, Bob Haak and I will take over some of the work Mike has been doing. I am also delighted to announce that Jon Clauss has agreed to serve as Director of the Augustana Center for Teaching and Learning, which was a large part of Mike's responsibility. I am confident in the team that we have in place for next year, and I would welcome your thoughts about ways in which our office can best support faculty in their work.

Jeff Abernathy