Monday, August 24

Classes Begin

Tuesday, August 25

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Grant Jones, SGA President
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:30 PM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

Wednesday, August 26

3:30 PM - Teaching Circle
Olin 110

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

Thursday, August 27

11:30 AM - Convocation:  Adrien Wing:  "Will You Be a Future Leader of America?"
Centennial Hall

Friday, August 28

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

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Open Conversation on Curricular Matters"
Jeff Abernathy
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Babysitting services will be provided. Contact Mary Koski

6:00 PM - Ribbon-cutting and Exhibition:
Images of the Floating World: An Exhibit in Memory of Ray and Yone Tanaka
Putnam Museum, Davenport, IA

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Randall Hall Lecture/Recital
"So What Happends in a Free Improvisation Concert Anyway?"
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, August 29

Sunday, August 30

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

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


Volume 7, Issue 1 - August 24, 2009


Babysitting services will be available for the Friday Conversation series this year.  This will be held in the Brodahl building (where the CSD program is housed).  Please contact Mary Koski if you would like to arrange for babysitting during Friday Conversations.

Putnam Exhibition: Images of the Floating World: An Exhibit in Memory of Ray and Yone Tanaka
6:00 PM, Friday, August 28, 2009

Naoko Gunji, assistant professor of Art History, co-curated and provided scholarly information for the exhibition Images of the Floating World: An Exhibit in Memory of Ray and Yone Tanaka opening at the Putnam Museum in Davenport at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, August 28th.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. precedes the exhibition and reception immediately following until 8:00 p.m.  Dr. Gunji selected and identified twenty-three pieces from the approximately two hundred ukiyo-e prints in the collection.  She also discerned their international and historic significance as the same prints are found in archives of prestigious Japanese museums, libraries and universities.  Her preliminary research will be included in the descriptive panels for the exhibition. The selected Japanese prints primarily depict people's activities in four seasons and many scenes from kabuki plays in the 19th century.  The impressive list demonstrates the rich scholarly contribution that this project provides to the local as well as larger scholarly communities and its pedagogical potential as Dr. Gunji will further research these works of art with her students toward effective faculty/student collaboration.

Eleanor Clift's Augustana Residency

Our first Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, journalist Eleanor Clift, will be on campus August 31-September 3.  If you would be interested in having her meet with one of your classes or a student group that you advise, please contact Ellen Hay.  Ms. Clift's visit is sponsored by the Institute for Leadership and Service.  The ILS will also sponsor the residency of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend during the first week of spring term.  Ms. Clift's biography from the Newsweek website is included below.

"Eleanor Clift became a contributing editor for NEWSWEEK in September 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues.  She is currently assigned to follow the jockeying over policy and politics in the Democratic-controlled Congress, and the contenders for the 2008  presidential nomination in both the Republican and Democratic parties.  Clift also writes a weekly column on entitled "Capitol Letter" where she analyzes the political news of the week.   

Formerly NEWSWEEK's White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a key member of the magazine's 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named deputy Washington bureau chief.

As a reporter in NEWSWEEK's Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter's bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become NEWSWEEK's White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift began her career as a secretary to NEWSWEEK's National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter.

Clift left NEWSWEEK briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She returned to NEWSWEEK the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which tarnished the Ronald Reagan White House.

Clift is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," and is co-chair of the board of the International Women's Media Foundation.

Clift recently published a memoir to her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, Two Weeks of Life about caring for him the last two weeks of his life, juxtaposed with the Terry Schiavo drama happening at the same time in a Florida hospice. Clift and Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics  (Scribner, 1996), and Madam President:  Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (Scribner, 2000). Madam President is available in paperback (Routledge Press). Clift also wrote Founding Sisters about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote (John Wiley & Sons, 2003)."


Reports of unethical conduct have led to a good deal of public cynicism about government, resulting in erosion of trust in government.  Rather than dwell on what has gone wrong, however, a symposium led by Augustana faculty member Dan Lee and sponsored by the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI), will focus attention on what might be done to restore trust in government.  The symposium will be held Saturday, September 19, at Elmhurst College.

Former Rock Island Mayor and Augie alum, Mark Schwiebert will be the keynote speaker.  Other confirmed speakers include Mark Boozell, who served as Jim Edgar's chief of staff and is now a government policy advisor with Dykema in Chicago, and Jim Nowlan, a former state legislator who is a senior fellow with the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and adjunct professor of public policy at Knox College.  They will be joined on the panel by faculty from ACI member institutions.

Each ACI member institution is invited to send an eight-person delegation comprised of four students, two faculty members and two alumni.  The event will not be open to the general public.  Registration for the event will be $20, which will cover conference materials and lunch. The program can be found here.

Please contact Jeff Abernathy if you are interested or if you have a student interested in attending. Reservations must be made by September 10th.

7th Annual Meeting of The Association of Lutheran College Faculties
"Creative Adaptation"
October 2-4, 2009
Concordia University
Ann Arbor, Michigan

How does the adaptation or modification of earlier forms, methods, or works become a creative act in itself? What are the ways in which our disciplines are rooted in a "useable past" while addressing a new condition, a new technology, a new audience, a new era? What can we learn from the way scholars, teachers, artists, thinkers of all kinds respond to and appropriate their precursors? The arts and sciences address this issue formally and thematically in many and profound ways--in literary, artistic and musical creation, in theological and philosophical discourse, in educational methodology. This issue forces us to consider goals and directions: what is the nature and purpose of the liberal arts themselves and how can they adapt themselves to the way we live now? What place do they have in our lives as Christians in the 21st century?

Keynote Speaker:  Michael Daugherty, award-winning composer and professor of music at The University of Michigan, "Creating New Music with American Icons"

For a full schedule and registration materials, go to: and click on ALCF Conference, or to

2009-10 Midwest Faculty Seminars Announced

The Human Condition
November 5-7, 2009

The Science of Morality
January 14-16, 2010

February 25-27, 2010

Who Owns Culture?
April 15-17, 2010

A full description of the seminars can be read HERE. Registration information for the first seminar will be announced in a few weeks.  Please check Announcements in Faculty Newsletter.

MidStates Consortium for Math and Science (MCMS) Announces Upcoming Events for this Fall:

September 25-27
The MidStates Consortium and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) will be co-hosting a workshop entitled Women and the Academy: Defining our Roles and Shaping our Communities. The meeting will be held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Register for this event

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2009

The ACM and the MCMS will co-host this meeting at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA September 25-27, 2009. ACM and MCMS campuses continue to add women to their faculties and on many campuses, nearly 50% of the professors are women. It is exciting to see women securing tenure-track positions, demonstrating excellence as teachers and scholars, receiving grants and awards, earning tenure and promotion and making major contributions to their departments, colleges, and broader scholarly communities. However, women faculty still face particular obstacles. Women report working longer on class preparation including lectures and labs in order to avoid confrontations with students who directly challenge their authority about grading, assignments and workload. During committee work, women sometimes perceive their abilities, experiences and knowledge are not as highly valued as those of their male colleagues.

The ACM Committee on the Status of Women and the leadership of the MCMS would like to invite women faculty to come spend a weekend considering these issues including practical solutions, strategies and best practices that may help women address these challenges. We are hoping that through this meeting and further conversations, women professors who feel isolated and marginalized will be supported and encouraged by other women faculty who are also feeling similar challenges, but have found ways to successfully navigate these obstacles and capitalize on the opportunities that allow them to flourish.

Three women faculty from each school is invited to participate.  See for more information.

October 2-4
St. Olaf College will be hosting a MCMS meeting for students, staff and faculty entitled Moving Campus sustainability forward through collaborative student-faculty projects. The meeting will be hosted in St. Olaf's brand new LEED certified Science Building and will feature ways that students, staff and faculty in the natural and applied sciences are contributing to making our campuses 'greener'.

The MCMS hosts two annual fall Undergraduate Research Symposia on teh weekends of October 30-November 1 and November 6-8. The first meeting, October 30-November 1, will be at Washington University on St. Louis for those students whose projects are in the biological sciences and psychology. The second meeting, November 6-8, will be at The University of Chicago for students whose research projects are in the physical sciences, mathematics and computer science.

Please contact Jeff Abernathy if you are interested in attending any of these meetings.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends: Deadline: October 1, 2009

During the past five years, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over 400 Summer Stipends to allow faculty members and independent scholars to pursue their scholarship during the summer months. NEH is again holding its Summer Stipends competition, and the deadline of October 1, 2009, is quickly approaching. The grant award is $6000.

Prospective applicants should familiarize themselves with the guidelines and application instructions located on the NEH website:

If you wish to be nominated for this summer stipend, please contact Jeff Abernathy. Only those faculty who are nominated by the Dean should apply (unless they are exempt from nomination, as explained in the guidelines). Nominated applicants must include the name and email address of the appropriate nominating official. After the October 1 deadline, each nominating official will receive an email directly from the NEH asking for verification of the selected applicants. This verification must be received by October 20, 2009.

NEH accepts applications only through However, if applicants encounter trouble with the system, we encourage them to contact a member of the Summer Stipends staff, at or 202-606-8200.

11:30 - 12:30
Science 102

September 17, 2009
October 15, 2009
November 19, 2009
December 17, 2009
January 14, 2010
February 11, 2010
March 18, 2010
April 15, 2010
May 6, 2010
May 11, 2010  (Science 304)