This Week

Monday, December 15

Christmas Smörgåsbord Reservation Deadline

4:00 PM - The Economy and Augustana College - An Update

President Steve Bahls and Vice President for Business & Finance Paul Pearson
Science Building 102

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Interfaith Understanding Group
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Faculty Senate Steering Committee Meeting
Carlsson Evald Hall, Room 20

Tuesday, December 16

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Mike Zapolski, Athletic Director
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

4:00 PM - Kent Barnds presents "Recruitment at Augustana: The Next Step"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
College Center Board Room

Wednesday, December 17

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Weekly Bible Study
Bias from the Bottom: An authentic way to read the Bible
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain
Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

2:30 - 4:30 PM - Holiday Open House at The Dahl President's Home

4:00 PM - "Friday Conversations"
(on Wednesday)
Kent Barnds presents "Recruitment at Augustana: The Next Step"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
College Center, Board Room

8:00 PM - Student Recital, Peter Bowling, double bass
Wallenberg Hall
Free to the public

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

Thursday, December 18

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Christmas Convocation

Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Lessons and Carols
Ascension Chapel
Augustana Chamber Singers
Jon Hurty, conductor
Free to the public

5:00 PM - Ethnographic Film Series "Number Our Days"
Science Auditorium 102

2008 Augustana Christmas Smörgåsbord
College Center Dining Room
5:00-5:30 PM - Christmas Goodies and Glögg
5:15-6:30 PM - Smörgåsbord
A brief Christmas program for children will follow the Smörgåsbord

8:00 PM - Lessons and Carols
Ascension Chapel
Augustana Chamber Singers
Jon Hurty, conductor
Free to the public

Friday, December 19

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

No Friday Conversations Today

Saturday, December 20

No Scheduled Activities

Sunday, December 21

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 15 - December 15, 2008

A Message from CVR

Service-Learning:  Aren't We Already Doing This?

My first impression on the Augustana campus was full of expectation. As I plowed into the complexity of my job as the Community Engagement Coordinator/Director of Augie Choice, I began to see the passion for service-learning from faculty, administrators and students. However, through this process, I observed the great need for a common language, a common definition. The expectation is not new and different, but it leads to celebration and fine-tuning.

I am sure all of us have served or volunteered in our communities at some point. This volunteerism or civic engagement captures the service piece of service-learning. Although some would believe that this combined with reflective essay would be service-learning, the reality is it is still volunteering. The key component of service-learning is the full partnership of texts/labs/lectures with the community, thus learning comes from both partners. One example: Dr. Poock and her class observe microbes in the science lab at Augustana. ("learning") Dr. Poock and her class join Living Lands and Waters to clean the Snake River. ("service") The students in Dr. Poock's class retrieve water samples from the Snake River, analyze the sample, and present the information to the Snake County Clean Water Council ("Service-Learning") This example demonstrates the "one more step" in making an experience truly service-learning.

We, Augustana, can celebrate the great service-learning that is already happening across our campus. And, we do have some fine tuning to do in curricular and extra-curricular experiences. As we expect our students and ourselves to engage in our communities, how can service-learning enhance the experience? How much more will students learn when classes challenge them to reach beyond the Augustana bubble?

As a devoted staff member of the Center for Vocational Reflection, I ask that we reflect on these questions and discuss with our colleagues what successes and fine-tunings in service-learning are happening at Augustana College.

Becca Poock
Community Engagement Coordinator-CVR