Monday, April 20

11:30 AM - Harry Brod "Beyond 'But We Were Both Drinking!': The Ethics and erotics of Sexual Consent"
Board Room, College Center

4:00 PM - Women & Gender Studies Tea Hour Series Talk and Reception with Harry Brod
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

5:30 PM - Interfaith Understanding Group
Founders Hall Basement
Supper is included
RSVP to Richard Priggie

7:00 PM - Harry Brod "The People of the Comic Book"
Olin Auditorium

7:30 PM - George Gmelch: The Changing World of Professional Baseball
Science Building Room 102

Tuesday, April 21

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Levoy Workshop Follow-Up
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Ian Fletcher, '09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

7:00 PM - Augustana Historical Society Meeting
Wilson Center

Wednesday, April 22

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff Abernathy
116 Founders Hall

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversations
Carlsson 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

6:00 PM - Readings
Iowa Writers' Workshop Teaching Fellows Alicia Myers (poetry) and Dan Rosenberg (poetry)
Wilson Center

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

Thursday, April 23

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation
John Granger
See Announcements for more information
Centennial Hall

4:30 PM - RSVP Deadline for Rituals and Practices Workshop
See Announcements for more information

5:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department Chairs
Wilson Center 

7:30 PM - Ric Burns' Documentary Film Showing: Tecumseh's Vision
Olin Auditorium
See Announcements for more information

Friday, April 24

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Reflection Roundtable
Wilson Center
See CVR for more information

4:00 PM - Week Seven Seminar
"Darwin's Contribution to Modern Thought"
led by Kevin Geedey

3:30 PM - Refreshments
Tredway Library
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Saturday, April 25

8:00 PM - The Handel Oratorio Society Spring Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, April 26

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

12:00 - 400 PM - Campus-Wide Clean-Up
See Announcements for more information

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

7:00 PM - Percussion Ensemble
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Building

8:00 - Handbell Choir
Ascension Chapel

Volume 6, Issue 27 - April 20, 2009

This Week's Message


Some Thoughts on Augustana and Europe

A spectre is haunting Europe.  It is the nagging feeling that insufficient numbers of Augustana students are studying abroad in Europe.  While Augustana College operates a Europe Term every three years, there is some fairly convincing evidence that the demand for studying on "the Continent" is not being met by our institution.  After operating every three years for over a quarter of a century, it may be that the format for Europe Term has either run its course or needs to be supplemented.  Certainly it bears scrutiny from Augustana faculty and administrators who wish to have Augustana students participating in study abroad programs as part of the liberal education offered by Augustana College.

While the number of students who participated in Europe Term in fall 2008 was a fairly robust 96, it was slightly lower than in previous years.  The chief culprit for the slight decline was most likely the economic recession in the United States.  Other programs in Europe - Vienna at present, Ireland (spring 2010), and Rome (May, 2010) - have full numbers and in the case of the Ireland and Rome - long wait lists.  These data are consistent with figures throughout higher education in America.  Nationally, Western Europe is the destination of choice for over 60% of American students who study abroad.  According to the Institute for International Education (IIE) the top 10 destinations for undergraduate American students are (in order):  the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, China, Australia, Mexico, Germany, Ireland and Costa Rica.  Taken together, these ten countries account for 63% of students studying abroad in 2006/2007. 

Assuming that the Augustana market for study abroad is at all similar to that of the nation as a whole, (and the strong student response for Augustana program offerings in Ireland, Vienna, and Rome confirm this view), we should consider ways to expand the menu of choice on the continent of Europe for Augustana students. 

What is to be done?  I would like to have Augustana faculty take this opportunity to revisit the format and structure of Augustana's Europe Term specifically and our European offerings in general.  In our thinking about Augustana programming in Europe, we should be mindful of the new Augustana calendar and the possibilities it affords us in structuring our programs.  The winter term has seen two successful programs, one in Australia and another in Vietnam, which had less than ten weeks in country, but afforded an opportunity for significant familiarization with the history and culture of the destination in a classroom setting.  It is at least arguable that this coursework made for a richer experience on the part of the students.

We might also think about expanding the European menu, either through more frequent programs, or more offerings.  One benefit of approaches such as these might be in having smaller numbers on programs (say 30-50 instead of 100), while still enabling more Augustana students to participate on programs in Europe.  What if, for example, Augustana had a fall term in the United Kingdom (London/Glasgow), and a spring term in Central Europe (Prague/Budapest/Krakow)?  Each could operate with 30-50 students.  What if we shifted to offering a smaller Europe Term every two years?  It would require commitment and expertise of our faculty engaged in research and teaching on European-based topics, but would pay large dividends for Augustana as an institution. 

I offer these thoughts and examples as a means to stimulate thinking on the topic.  The next Europe Term is scheduled to operate in the fall term of 2011.  No decisions about structure, direction or destination have been made at this time.  Now is the time for thinking and conversation.  I would appreciate your thoughts.

Kim Tunnicliff, Director
International Programs
Augustana College