Monday, April 6

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Seder Meal
Wilson Center
The Seder includes both the ritual meal and a full supper, free of charge.
Attendance is limited to 25 persons.
Previous reservations necessary

Tuesday, April 7

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Brittany O'Brien '09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

5:30 PM - After Hours Presents an Exquisite Corpse Circle
The Quad by the Slough (rain location: Reading/Writing Center)
"Exquisite Corpse" is an adaptation of a surrealist game in which a group creates one poem by adding to it line by line. However, only one line of the poem is visible at a time, which creates some strange, disjointed imagery. Whoever participates will be email a copy of the finished poem. Everyone is welcome!

7:30 PM - Lecture by Nigel Thorp - Whistler and the Poetry of Sight
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building
followed by the formal dedication of the Center for Whistler Criticism
Dr. Catherine Goebel, Director
Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, Professor and Chair of Art History
Augustana College Department of Art History
Bergendoff 7

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital-
The Lyra Trio
Centennial Hall

Wednesday, April 8

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversations
Evald Great Hall

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

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

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

Thursday, April 9

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation -
Centennial Hall
See Announcements for more detail

Friday, April 10

No Friday Conversations today

Saturday, April 11

Sunday, April 12

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 25 - April 6, 2009


Reading Workshop Follow-up

Virginia Johnson and Farah Marklevits ran the first in a series of workshops devoted to reading comprehension last Thursday afternoon.  They introduced some basic principles on reading comprehension and then asked faculty to participate in an exercise to illustrate the impact of reading with purpose.  The exercise was adapted from John C. Bean's Engaging Ideas, specifically from his chapter titled "Helping Students Read Difficult Texts."   Faculty reflected on how this exercise affected their understanding and attitudes towards the reading.   We wondered whether it is an unrealistic goal to expect that students comprehend a reading text the way we hope in only one reading.   And do we need to do a better job at helping students wade through the many layers of understanding by explicit modeling and instruction?    Virginia and Farah ended the session by distributing a reading guide from Linda Flower's "The Construction and Purpose in Reading and Writing."  

Those in attendance hope that more faculty participate in follow-up workshops on this important topic.  Chuck Hyser and Katie Hanson are planning a follow-up workshop that will focus on more practical ways in which we can work with our students on their reading comprehension.  Stay tuned for specific information via email.