This Week

Monday, October 27

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LS 102 Meeting
Founders Hall Basement

Tuesday, October 28

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Walk in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections
President Steve Bahls
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

8:00 PM - Honors Recital
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, October 29

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

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall

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

Thursday, October 30

No Convocation This Week

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Division Meetings
Please see room assignments in "Announcements"

2:00 PM - 11th Annual Frieze Lecture Series
Community Room, Rock Island Library, downtown branch
Meg Gillette, speaking on the short story

Friday, October 31

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations Week 10 Reception
3:30 Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, November 1

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Admissions Visit Day
Roy J. Carver P.E. Center

2:00 PM - Concert Band & Flute Choir
Centennial Hall
Augustana Flute Choir
Janet Stodd, conductor
Concert Band
Rick Jaeschke, conductor

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Planetarium/Museum Fall Open House
John Deere planetarium, 820 38th Street
Free and open to the public

8:00 PM - Symphonic Band
Centennial Hall
James Lambrecht, conductor

Daylight Savings Time ends overnight tonight

Sunday, November 2

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

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Centennial Hall
Tickets $20-$32 available at

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

6:00 PM - Augustana Vegetarian Society Pre-Finals Dinner
Westerlin main lounge
Donations of prepared dishes appreciated

Volume 6, Issue 10 - October 27, 2008

This Week's Message

Some questions for faculty…

How meaningful is our service work on committees?
How does our service on committees factor into issues of workload?
Is our time well spent serving on the various committees to which we're assigned?
Are there too many committees on which faculty are expected to serve?

We have more wants and needs regarding curricular matters than we currently have money to fund. What will be funded immediately? What happens to the items that we cannot fund this year or next? How can faculty influence these decisions?

Is our current divisional structure meeting departmental and individual faculty member needs? Is representation fair? Is there a better way to structure ourselves? Also, given its current structure, how effective is Faculty Senate in accomplishing its mission? Could it be more effective if it was restructured?

Changing high school student demographics, the international financial crises, and our modest endowment all lead to a significant and immediate need to ramp up recruiting.

What role should faculty play in recruiting?

Should all departments be expected to develop a formal recruiting plan? If so, how soon?

These are only some of the questions that faculty have asked to discuss this academic year. There is a lot of wisdom in our faculty, so I am encouraging everyone to participate in these discussions. If you want to learn about the topics, come to listen. If you have opinions about and/or expertise in a topic, then please add your voice.

The first forum topic is on recruitment, and the forum will be held on Thursday, October 30th from 11:30-12:20 in the Olin auditorium. Student enrollment affects every one of us, so let's kick off the year by talking about what our role in recruitment should and could be.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Kathy Jakielski
Chair, Faculty Senate