Monday, April 27, 2009

8:45 - 10:00 AM - Faculty Senate Steering Meeting
20 Evald Hall

5:30 - 7:00 PM - Rituals and Practices Workshop
Carlsson Evald Great Hall
Prior Reservations Required

7:00 PM - Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies - Ralph Troll, Augustana Professor Emeritus
Centennial Hall

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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

8:00 PM - Student Recital
Various student musicians
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building
Free to the public

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversations
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

3:45 - 5:15 - Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

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

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

Thursday, April 30, 2009

All Day - 2nd National Poem in Your Pocket Day
College Center
See Announcements for more information

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Division Meetings
See Announcements for Locations

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Teaching Circle

Old Main 128

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

Friday, May 1, 2009

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Reflection Roundtable
Wilson Center
See CVR page for more information

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

Saturday, May 2, 2009

4:00 PM - Student Recital - Beth Trudell, flute
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Free to the public

8:00 PM - Opera @ Augustana - Puccini's Sister Angelica
plus select opera & music theatre pieces
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Free to the public

8:30 - 10:00 PM - John Deere Planetarium Celebrates 40th Anniversary
John Deere Planetarium, Carl Gamble Observatory, and Fryxell Geology Museum
820 38th Street

Sunday, May 3, 2009

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

2:00 PM - Opera @ Augustana - Puccini's Sister Angelica
plus select opera & music theatre pieces
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Free to the public

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

Volume 6, Issue 28 - April 27, 2009


Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies
Ralph Troll, Augustana Professor Emeritus
Monday, April 27, Centennial Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Ralph Troll, Augustana professor emeritus of biology and a survivor of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust, will speak on his childhood as a "half-Jew" in Hitler's Germany. In 1938, when he was 6 years old, Ralph's family moved from Darmstadt, Germany, to a small, isolated farm, hoping to escape Nazi persecution. Since his mother was Jewish, Ralph was not allowed to continue his schooling. When war broke out, the family often spent nights in the cellar of the farmhouse or days in nearby foxholes to escape Allied bombing raids. In February 1945, the Gestapo appeared in the middle of the night and took his mother away. Months later, after the war ended, his mother was liberated from Theresienstadt and rejoined her family. The family emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. Sponsored by the Geifman Endowment for Judaica.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Augustana
2nd National Poem in Your Pocket Day
Thursday, April 30, 2009

In that a poem in your pocket? Stop by the table set up in the College Center anytime to pick up a poem to carry with you and share today. Or write your own! Share the poem with someone. recite it an inopportune times. Celebrate poetry however you choose.

Out Loud: Open Poetry & Prose Readings
7:00 PM
Midwest Writing Center
225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, IA (near Arsenal Bridge)

No cost, everyone is welcome. Participants are eligible to submit to an upcoming anthology (both prose and poetry). For more information, see:

Division Meetings This Week
Thursday, April 30, 2009
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Fine and Performing Arts
Bergendoff Room 12

Language and Literature
Old Main 124

Natural Science
Science Building 102

History, Philosophy and Religion
Old Main 332

Business and Education
Evald Hall 212

Social Sciences
Old Main 122

John Deere Planetarium Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Open House on Saturday, May 2, 2009
8:30 - 10:00 PM

Augustana College will mark the 40th anniverary of the opening of the John Deere Planetarium with an open house on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The John Deere Planetarium (820 38th Street), Carl Gamble Observatory and Fryxell Geology Museum will be open from 8:30 to 10 p.m., for both indoor and outdoor programs. If cloudy weather develops, the indoor planetarium programs will still be offered. All events are free and open to the public.

Augustana's opening of the planetarium on May 2, 1969 has led to many visitors of all ages, as well as appearances by prominent scientists, including astronauts Neil Armstrong and Harrison Schmitt. The celebration planetarium which inaugurated its mission to bring astronomy to the public

Dr. C.W. Sorensen, college president at the time of the dedication, said, "For many long years to come, the John Deere Planetarium will serve as a continuous reminder of the desire of man to push back the horizon of the universe, to see, to know, to understand." Dr. Sorensen could not have foreseen the impact the planetarium continues to have today, pursuing its mission to bring the magic of the night sky to Augustana's campus, surrounding communities, and the central Midwest.

This year's open house will feature telescope views in the Carl Gamble Observatory of Saturn's ring system and the craters and mountains of the moon. Also on display will be a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite and a planetarium show on night sky wonders. An exhibit on Galileo, featuring a replica of his telescope and fascimilies of his sketches and writings, will also be displayed during the open house.

The Fryxell Geology Museum features one of the premier collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, as well as a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, a wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, and the complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica.

For more information, contact planetarium director Dr. Lee Carkner at 309-797-7327 or visit us online at

The River Readings at Augustana: Marvin Bell
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
Larson Hall in Bergendoff

Venerated poet Marvin Bell received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and taught there for forty years. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Iowa's first poet laureate. Bell is the author of many books, the most recent being Mars Being Red (Copper Canyon, 2007). A sample of poems is on Moodle under "Library/River Readings."

Exhibit on Vietnam Term 2008-09
Tredway Library, April 23-May 30, 2009

After five weeks of on-campus preparation, twenty-seven Augustana students and three faculty members (Dr. David Crowe, English; Dr. Ann Ericson, Business; and Dr. Mariano Magalhaes, Political Science) spent February 2009 in Vietnam. The photographs in this exhibit represent some of the highlights of the trip. Historical images from the Vietnam War are also included in the exhibit, reminding us of the terrible costs of the war, and the contrast between past and present. Vietnam Term Director Professor Ericson says, "Today 18-year-olds go to Vietnam not to fight but to learn about the country and meet its people. As we think about the global conflicts our country currently faces, it give us hope that current enemies may become future friends." Thanks to Ann Ericson for creating the exhibit along with library helpers Christine Aden and Margi Rogal, and student workers Helen Reinhold and Maria Ford. Special acknowledgement is made to Nguyen Huy Son, the main guide for the students and faculty in Vietnam, who took the large framed photographs.

Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition
May 2-24
(closed for final exams May 19-21)

Augustana College senior studio art majors present a cohesive body of their works as part of their Senior Inquiry portfolio. This process increases awareness of professional exhibition practices. Student presentations are supervised by Peter Xiao with assistance from Sherry Maurer and Eric Mathis. The fourteenth annual Alpha Vaky Wingard Art Award will be presented.

Walking Tour - Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.
All the exhibiting artists will discuss their works in the Art Museum during a 50-minute program.

Celebration of Learning - Saturday, May 9, 2:10 p.m.
Jamie Fialek, Katharine Hess, Britta Loucas, Jessica Merchant, Jenna Svatos, Jessica Shepherd and Dalsem Yang will give a reprise of their walking tour presentations.

Closing Reception - Sunday, May 24, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Art Museum hours are noon to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Upcoming CUR Institutes

Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs
May 27-29, 2009
Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Beginning a Research Program in the
Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Institution
June 5-7, 2009
The College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis

Proposal Writing Institute
July 19-23, 2009

Willamette University, Salem, OR
Application Deadline: May 15, 2009

For information on applying for these Institutes, registration fees, travel and lodging, please visit and complete the on-line application. Questions may be addressed to the CUR National Office ( or 202-783-4810).

The ELCA Wittenberg Center works with one of its Church partners, the EKD, the Evangelical Church of Germany, to award two scholarships for three months of study in Germany. We are currently looking for ELCA students/pastors/church workers who would be interested in applying for study in 2010. The deadline to submit applications is September 15, 2009. Please read the Announcement here. Please forward any questions to the Center at Application and Stipend guidelines.



Mark your calendars for the Fall Faculty Retreat
to be held August 17-18, 2009