Monday, April 13

Easter Recess

Tuesday, April 14

No Reflections Today because of Monday Class Schedule

6:00 PM - Reading
Iowa Writers' Workshop Teaching Fellows Dora Malech (poetry) and Jason Lewis (fiction)
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Voice Performance
Joseph Maubach
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, April 15

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

8:00 PM - Guitar Ensemble Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
The Augustana Guitar Ensemble will play music from the Renaissance to the 20th century

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

Thursday, April 16

No Convocation Today

11:30 - 12:20 - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science 102

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

4:30 PM - ACTL Session
Film and Discussion: "Talking 9 to 5 -
Men and Women in the Workplace"
(see ACTL for session description)
Old Main 330

Friday, April 17

Deadline to register for Celebration of Learning '09

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - Jeff Abernathy
Wilson Center
3:30 PM - Refreshments

8:00 PM - Augustana Dance Company Show
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Allison Neidorf and Thomas Taylor
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, April 18

2:00 PM - Student Recital - Megan Timmerman and Kimberly Studer
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Dance Company Show
Centennial Hall

Sunday, April 19

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

2:00 PM - Webster Vocal Competition
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

7:00 PM - Student Recital - Joshua Young
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Volume 6, Issue 26 - April 13, 2009

This Week's Message

A message from Mike of ACTL........

I thought I would take this opportunity to share some thoughts about my work with teaching and learning initiatives in the last couple years.  By far, the most gratifying aspect has been the chance to listen and engage with faculty about the work they do in the classroom.  Getting faculty together through teaching observation groups, teaching circles, or more specific teaching and learning workshops, has clearly been an enriching experience for all of those who have participated.  While we can draw from many great external teaching and learning resources, I think we can learn as much if not more from each other by discussing and sharing what works in the classroom and what does not.  I have observed that faculty provide a tremendous amount of support to each other in these sessions and often encourage new teaching methodologies to enhance the student learning in the classroom.  We have also learned how those outside of our immediate disciplines teach and about the many connections and similarities that can be used to enhance our own pedagogy.

I know most of us are reluctant to add another activity to our weekly calendars, but I would urge you to take the time to work with your colleagues on something that is central to our mission as faculty.  It is well worth your time and effort.   I do hope that you will consider entering these rich conversations about teaching and learning next year under the very capable leadership of Jon Clauss.  

Mike Green - Augustana Center for Teaching and Learning