This Week

Monday, January 12

No events scheduled

Tuesday, January 13

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Kyle Severson '09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

5:30 - 6:30 PM - Interfaith Understanding Group
Founders Hall Basement Lounge. RSVP to Pastor Priggie

7:30 - 9:30 PM - "The Unknown God: The Tabla and the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John"
Presented by Mandala
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

Wednesday, January 14

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study
Chicago Room, College Ctr.
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

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

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

5:30 - 7:30 PM - "What's Spiritual About Music"
Presented by Mandala
Wilson Center
RSVP Required - see announcements

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

Thursday, January 15

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation
Centennial Hall
Dr. Scott Robinson - "To Go Among the Saracens: St. Francis of Assisi, Islam, and Music"

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science Building 102

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department and Program Chairs
Wilson Center

6:00 PM - Ethnographic Film Series
"A Love Apart"
Olin Auditorium

Friday, January 16

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Cecilia Vogel and Reuben Heine
Sabbatical Reports

Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend
See Announcements

Saturday, January 17

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Student Recital
Heather Lofdahl, viola
Wallenberg Hall
free to the public

7:00 PM - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Centennial Hall

8:00 - 10:00 PM - Guest Artist
Kara Santos-flute, and
Janet Stodd, flute
Wallenberg Hall
free to the public

Sunday, January 18

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 16 - January 12, 2009


For week six of the ACTL newsletter section, we feature a teaching narrative from Jason Koontz. Jason submitted a narrative on a group activism project to the Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Teaching last fall.

Hormone Group Presentation Assignment - Jason Koontz, Department of Biology

SoTL e-Journal

The latest issue of MountainRise, the international e-journal for the scholarship of teaching and learning, is available at This issue covers topics such as: student feedback and critical thinking, cooperative service projects, electronic portfolios, and getting to know the millennial generation.


Wednesday, January 14
New Faculty Teaching Circle
Faculty Portfolios
3:45 p.m.  - Wilson Center

The Faculty Portfolio is a collection of documents, materials or other products that can be used to reflect analytically about your teaching, document your effectiveness as a teacher, organize your research/scholarly work for later use in publications, grant writing, etc. and helps to organize evidence for performance reviews. The session will give some basic information on the different kinds of portfolios as well as practical advice on the ways they can be used by faculty.

Wednesday, January 21
Power Point Workshop
4:00 p.m. - Evald 315
Have you been using PowerPoint in your classroom, but not getting the feedback you hoped? When you turn down the lights, do your students turn down the sheets and fluff up their pillows? Maybe it's time to talk PowerPoint with others having the same problems.

On January 21st at 4:00 p.m. Paul Lewellan (Adjunct Faculty in Business Administration) will host a PowerPoint workshop in Evald 315. This is not a "how-to" introduction to PowerPoint. It is designed for people who already use PowerPoint, but want to use it more effectively.

(In addition to teaching Business Writing and Performance Studies at Augustana, Paul has published 22 short stories. His firm, PHL Consulting, does communication training and executive mentoring for area businesses.)

Thursday, January 22
New Faculty Teaching Circle (repeat of January 14)
Faculty Portfolios
10:30 a.m. - Old Main 128

Thursday, January 22
ACTL Faculty Forum
Student Attitudes and Behavior in the Classroom
4:30 p.m. - Old Main 128

Does the gender of a faculty member influence the way students interact and respond in class? Do men and women faculty experience different patterns of student reaction to written comments and critiques? Sharon Varallo will begin the session by presenting a summary of some research on these topics and will help facilitate the follow-up discussion.