Monday, February 9

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY 101, 102, and 103 Faculty Meeting
Wilson Center

7:00 PM - Center for the Study of Ethics Lecture Series
Dr. Laura Hartman (Religion) - "What Should Christians Consume?"
Science 304

Tuesday, February 10

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Nate Montover, Religion Dept.
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

4:00 - 5:30 PM - United Board Fellows Welcome
Evald Hall - Great Room

8:00 PM - Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, February 11

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

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall

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

Thursday, February 12

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation - Melissa Harris-Lacewell
Centennial Hall
See Announcements for more information

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Dept. & Program Chairs
Wilson Center

Friday, February 13

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations
Week 10 Reception

3:30 PM - Refreshments

Saturday, February 14

8:00 PM - Symphony Orchestra
Centennial Hall
Dan Culver, conductor

Sunday, February 15

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 20 - February 9, 2009

This Week's Message

Our work with our Teagle Foundation grant has led to some impressive results the past three years. In the last year, Mike Nolan and Tim Schermer have led work among the six colleges assessing the civic engagement of our students. The early findings are fascinating.

The study included detailed analysis of the curricular and co-curricular offerings at each of the colleges, focus groups on each campus, and a set of standardized instruments including the College Senior Survey. Key questions were:

While Mike and Tim will share more in the months ahead, I thought you might be interested in knowing that among the tentative findings are the following:

As faculty, we might collectively consider how our work contributes to our students' development as citizens. Focus group conversations in the study found that intentional focus on civic engagement by faculty and within classes leads to significant gains. I would welcome your thoughts on how our office might better support efforts by faculty to encourage civic engagement on the part of Augustana students.

Jeff Abernathy
Dean of the College