Monday, May 3

4:00 PM - Dr. Norman Wirzba, Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life, Duke Divinity School, presents:  "From Nature to Creation: Rethinking our Environmental Crisis"
Old Main 335

Tuesday, May 4

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 -11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Rebecca Wee, English
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd Floor

11:00 AM Lunch
11:30 AM -  Geifman Lecture - Ellen Kennedy presents "Vedem: A Children's Literary Magazine in the Terezin Ghetto"
Evald Great Hall

7:00 PM  - Geifman Lecture - Ellen Kennedy presents "Standing Up to the Nazis: Jews' Armed and Spiritual Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto"
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Various student musicians
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, May 5

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study:  The Path of Descent
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

8:00 PM - Augustana Flute & Clarinet Choirs Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Thursday, May 6

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

Friday, May 7

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations-Join Ellen Hay for a brainstorming session: Questions to Consider (see announcements)
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

4:00 PM - Faculty Program: Janina Ehrlich and Robert Elfline. Music for Cello by Jewish Composers
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - The Seagull
Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors/students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Saturday, May 8

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM:  2010 Celebration of Learning

11:30 AM - Recognition of Student Honors Program
102 Science Building

12:00 PM - Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Augustana Four Choirs Concert
Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Jenny LInd Vocal Ensemble, Ascension Singers, Cantilena Augustana
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - The Seagull
Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors/students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Seniors Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, May 9

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

1:00 PM - Student Recietal - Kelly Mitroff, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

1:30 PM - The Seagull
Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors/students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

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

Volume 8, Issue 27 - May 3, 2010


Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Welcome to the last two weeks(!) of the academic year. (Yes I know, there are also those things called finals; still, the year will be over soon!)

As you probably know, 25 of your colleagues are piloting a new SRI this week. In a timely article in the Chronicle last week, the Idea Center, provider of the instrument we're piloting, was described as "an education research group based at Kansas State University [that] has been spreading its particular course-evaluation gospel since 1975." The article goes on to cite one of the main reasons that ACTL has taken on organization of the pilot: "The central innovation of the IDEA system is that departments can tailor their evaluation forms to emphasize whichever learning objectives are most important in their discipline." (In fact, the individual faculty member has that control.) If you know of one of your colleagues who is participating, ask them how it went. Of course I suspect the real difference will be in the feedback provided, which of course will come after grades are turned in! We hope to have a full report from all participants by the Fall Faculty Retreat.

I also wanted to encourage you to take a look at a website hosted by Brigham Young University titled The Growth Mentality. There you'll find a summary of work by Psychologist Carol Dweck on "mindsets," as well as some useful links that may help you in course design and execution. If you're familiar with Dweck's work, I think you'll find this to be a handy and useful summary; if you're not, this will be a great introduction. Take a look!

 As we come down to the finish line, I hope you have a productive week 9!

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning