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

This Week's Message

The first half of the academic year found faculty engaged in numerous topics of conversation. One thing is for certain, we're doing a lot of talking! Thanks to everyone for being so engaged in the many conversations we already have had. And, it's not just talking that we're doing, we even have come to some agreement on a variety of issues. We had a forum on AGES, when some important work was accomplished on LC, D/G, and LSFY. We took a collective look at the latest HERI data. We also have talked about recruiting three times--in a faculty forum, in a Friday's Conversation, and in a faculty workshop. We adopted the recommendations for faculty involvement suggested by George Dehne and Associates in the 2008 audit report. These recommendations serve as the jumping off point for increasing faculty involvement in the college's ever-important recruiting efforts. Now, let's just be certain that everyone jumps!

There are more formal discussions scheduled for the second half of our academic year. Stay tuned for information regarding faculty forums on faculty governance, including discussions on and dissections of the structuring of our committees, divisions, and senate. White papers will be disseminated prior to each forum, as a means of getting each conversation started. If we work together on these three areas, we can improve how we govern ourselves, how we're represented, and how we spend our time at Augie.

Continue to show up to share your opinions, while listening to those of your colleagues.

I look forward to continuing to work with everyone.  Happy 2009!

Kathy Jakielski
Chair, Faculty Senate