Monday, February 8

4:00 - 5:30 PM - ALL LSFY Faculty Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, February 9

10:45 AM - Student Recital - Various student musicians
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 -11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Dr. Michael Zemek, Music
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd Floor

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital-Christine Robertson, soprano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, February 10

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Evald Hall

NO Convocation this week

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Life's meaning and purpose"
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

4:00 PM - "Chill the Drills: Oil Development and Climate Change in America's Arctic" presented by Kit McGurn, National Arctic Organizer for Sierra Club
Swenson Hall of Geosciences, room 106

4:00 PM - Tea-Hour Series - Dr. Carrie Hough presents:  "Juggling? Balancing? Blending? New Moms and the Return to Work"
Old Main 128

7:00 PM - Pan's Laberynth (El laberinto del fauno)
Final film in the 15th Hispanic Film Festival

Science Building Auditorium

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Thursday, February 11

10:45 - 11:15 AM - The Drinking Gourd-a short play
John Deere Lecture Hall

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

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Departmet & Program Chairs
Wilson Center

7:00 PM - The Vagina Monologues
Seventh annual production of Eve Ensler's play will raise funds to prevent violence toward women
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Friday, February 12

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Planning for the Future of AGES
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

6:00 - 10:00 PM - Parent's Night Out Child Care
Erickson's Basement

Saturday, February 13

7:00 PM - The Vagina Monologues
Seventh annual production of Eve Ensler's play will raise funds to prevent violence toward women
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, February 14

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

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


Volume 8, Issue 20 - February 8, 2010


Chill the Drills: Oil Development and Climate Change in America's Arctic
4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Swenson Hall of Geosciences, room 106

Kit McGurn, National Arctic Organizer for the Sierra Club, travels the country working to educate and engage citizens in Arctic conservation issues. The Arctic ecosystem on the North Slope of Alaska represents a microcosm of the realities that society at large faces with regard to fossil fuel dependency, climate change and the importance of protecting our last wild and pristine places.

The Drinking Gourd-a short play
Thursday, February 11, 2010
10:45-11:15 AM
John Deere Lecture Hall

Join one-hundred and thirty excited Rock Island Primary Academy elementary students as they watch Augustana Black Student Union members perform a 20-minute play entitled "The Drinking Gourd."  The Drinking Gourd play illustrates the story of slaves' use of the Big Dipper (known as the drinking gourd) to locate the North star which would lead them North to freedom, along the Underground Railroad. These Augustana students have worked for weeks to organize and prepare the show for these local 3rd and 4th graders. The Augie students are to be commended for participating in this service learning project which encourages and promotes a multicultural environment and benefits not only Augustana students but also community elementary students as well.

Come cheer on: Michelle Anderson, Max Artis, Victoria Owoo-Battlet, Teriauna Bland, Siara Cooper, Ariel Edgeworth, David Etheridge, Sury Garcia, William Hatchet, Michael Rogers and Astrid Tello-Rodriguez.

Friday Conversations this Week:
Planning for the future of AGES
Friday, February 12, 2010
4:00 PM - presentation 3:30 PM Refreshments

This is the first in what the Gen Ed Committee expects to be a series of conversations on the future of the AGES curriculum.  We'll look briefly at the assessment data that led us to implement the AGES program, and at what we know about the successes and challenges of the program thus far.  As we know, the AGES program we planned for in 2000 is not the AGES program that exists in 2010...and the curriculum we have in 2020 will likely look different still.  What direction should we pursue in regards to general education?

Please join us for good food, good conversation, and a celebration at the end of Week 10!

Kerry Trask, author of Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America (Holt, 2006)presents a public lecture
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
7:30 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building


Wednesday, March 31, 2010
4:00 PM
518 Tredway Library

Books are available for the first 20 people who sign up to participate in the book discussion. Register with Margi Rogal by Tuesday, February 9!

Kerry Trask is professor of history emeritus with the University of Wisconsin Colleges and taught at University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc from 1972 until his retirement in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in history at the University of Minnesota and his B.A. from Hamline University. A native of Canada, he has a particular interest in the early history and development of the Great Lakes region and has taught courses and published numerous articles on that subject. Trask is the author of three books. His most recent is Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America  (Holt) which was awarded the  Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award by the State Historical Society of Iowa and was recognized for "Outstanding Achievement" by the Wisconsin Library Association. Dr. Trask was made a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in 2008. Currently, he is a candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Augustana College's
2010 Celebration of Learning:
A Student Research Symposium

Students and faculty collaborate.
Ideas are shared.
Results are published.

Plan now! Registration opens: Week 1, Spring Term.
Deadline for online registration:  April 16, 2010
Conference: Saturday, May 8, 2010

Contact Anne Earel or Stefanie Bluemle.

Midwest Faculty Seminar Presents:
Global Capitalisms: Old and New
February 25-27, 2010

Midwest Faculty Seminar is pleased to announce their third seminar of the 2009-2010 academic year.  This seminar will examine capitalism in a variety of forms, and will discuss the ways in which these forms can be conceptualized. Confirmed speakers include Moishe Postone (History & Jewish Studies), Dali Yang (Political Science & East Asian Studies), Ralph Austen (African History), Paul Cheney (History), and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (History). A program announcement and registration form can be found herePlease contact Jeff Abernathy by February 15th if you are interested in attending.

"What are we doing here?" 

Ever get that question from your students?  Do you have a good answer? 

Figuring out what we are doing, how we are trying to do it, and if it is working is important to all of us.  How do we figure that all out?  It starts with asking the question.

Each year, the Dean's Office and the Assessment Committee try to find ways to be helpful concerning these questions-and encourages you to come to your own answers.  We'd like to do that again.

We make the following offer to all departments trying to answer these questions (and others).  You are invited to a Departmental Workshop day on March 5th (the Friday before the start of Spring term).  We will provide coffee and donuts (and maybe something healthy) in the morning and will provide lunch to all departments that commit to gathering that day to explore these questions.  Members of the Assessment Committee will be available to offer suggestions and help if you get stuck.  We will also provide materials to help "prime the pump."   If your department has had difficulty finding time or motivation to do assessment work this year, then this workshop is for you. 

Departmental Workshop
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
March 5
Evald Hall

To reserve you place at the table, contact Bob Haak: or call Ext. 8614


Alumni/Departmental Summer Assistantships
[4 awards at $500 paid to the student]

Proposal:  Should provide an overview and scope of the work to be done and the impact of this project on the student, the college and/or the discipline. It is preferred that the proposal come from both student and faculty, however, proposals from faculty members will be considered if the student has not been selected yet. Proposals do not have to be lengthy, 1-2 pages will suffice. Submit proposals electronically to

Projects: The Alumni Association Board of Directors would like to encourage all subjects and research projects to consider this opportunity---they value supporting a variety of departments.

Deadline for submission is Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Abernathy.