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

This Week's Message

You might you be interested in the Institutional Research website. Why?  The administration is being very transparent about basic college data, and you will find on the site the college's general and academic dashboards, the Augustana Databook, (with data on enrollments, admissions yields, retention, graduates, faculty demographics, faculty salaries, and college financial data), along with a variety of comparative data for peer institutions. The site also includes information from our surveys of students, alumni, and faculty and information on the Student Rating of Instruction program. The information on the site may be of general interest or of particular interest to various campus committees. 

The Institutional Research web site has moved to the college's main site under the "General Information" heading. The easiest way to get to it is to use the IR designation: .  Or you can follow a rather obscure navigation path from by selecting "General Information" then "Open Book college data", and then "Institutional Research".  Or, unlike the old website, you can now find the URL by searching for "Augustana Institutional Research" using Google or our site's search function.

On another note, Mike Nolan and I would like to thank the many faculty who have been and are continuing to support or assist with several major assessment initiatives. We are one of 74 institutions in The Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, which is following the development of students from entry through to their senior year (see the web site for more information). We are appreciative that all but one of the LSFY faculty for spring was able to free up a class period for administering an exam to our first-year students in the study, which has allowed us so far to approach nearly 100% retention of the students who began in the study last fall, and is a testament to faculty interest in student learning and students' respect for the LS faculty.   We are also continuing with the Teagle research project that has been studying student writing, critical thinking and civic engagement (with five other peer institutions), and the Teagle research project just underway with that will investigate the benefits of senior capstone projects, such as in our Senior Inquiry program (with three other peer institutions).  By the way, Mike Nolan is still seeking student papers for the writing project!

Have a good week.

Tim Schermer and Michael Nolan
Office of Academic Affairs