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

Faculty News

Jennifer Burnham (Geography) had an article accepted for publication in the Danish journal Dansk Ornithologisk Foreningss Tidsskrift. The article reported on findings from the 2008 Greenland field season regarding bird sureys of remote arctic islands. These surveys help provide baseline data for better understanding the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

Paul Croll's article "An Empirical Assessment of Whiteness Theory: Hidden from How Many?" was published in the journal Social Problems (August 2009).  The article uses data from a national survey to conduct an empirical assessment of core theoretical tenets of whiteness studies. Consistent with whiteness theories, white Americans are less aware of privilege than individuals from racial minority groups and consistently adopt color-blind, individualist ideologies. However, whites are both more connected to white identity and more aware of the advantages of their race than many theoretical discussions suggest.  The article was co-authored with Douglas Hartmann and Joseph Gerteis of the University of Minnesota.

Paul Croll recently attended the American Sociological Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco where he presented his paper "Explanations for Racial Disadvantage and Racial Advantage: Beliefs about Both Sides of Inequality in America."

Cathy Goebel's biographical information will be included in Marquis' Who's Who in America 2010 and Who's Who in the World 2010.

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.

Bill Hammer has been awarded a $286,152 grant by the National Science Foundation for his project entitled: New Research on the Mesozoic Vertebrate Faunas of the Beardmore Glacier Region, Antarctica.  This funding is for a three year period and the project support includes additional logistic funding not included in the grant award for a two month expedition to Antarctica during the 2010-11 austral summer.  Former Augustana student Nathan Smith (now a PhD student at the University of Chicago) and Allison Beck of the biology department are working with Bill on this project. 

Steve Klien and Margaret Farrar have contributed a chapter entitled "The Diatribe of Ann Coulter: Gendered Style, Conservative Ideology, and the Public Sphere" to the forthcoming book Gender and Political Communication in America: Rhetoric, Representation, and Display.  Their project was funded by a 2007 Augustana Presidential Research Fellowship.  The book, edited by Janis L. Edwards, will be released in August 2009 from Lexington Books as part of their Studies in Political Communication series. 

Dan Lee and his daughter, Elizabeth J. Lee, recently signed a contract with Cambridge University Press for the publication of their book on human rights and the ethics of globalization.  The book is scheduled for release in 2010.  Dan comments, "This is a book that I couldn't have written without Elizabeth's involvement and that she couldn't have written without my involvement.  As such, it is a true cooperative project.  Writing a book jointly with a daughter or son is a very special experience."  This will be Dan's ninth book and Elizabeth's first book.  They previously co-authored an article entitled "Adam Smith and Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia," which was published in the Global Studies Journal and which is the basis for one of the chapters in the book.   A 2008 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, Elizabeth recently completed a term clerking for the Hon. Michael D. Ryan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona, and is now working in the federal public defender's office in Houston.

Dora Malech's second book of poems was accepted by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center for publication in Fall 2010: She also had the honor of spending six weeks as a writing fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy's Umbria region:

Adam Parboosingh, Dept. of Theatre Arts, designed the set, lights and video for the Clinton Showboat's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Ben Webb (theatre arts major, class of '10), who received an Alumni Assistantship Award from the Alumni Board of Directors, was his assistant designer for this professional summer stock production.  Joseph ran August 6 through August 16.

Larry Peterson will have his third work to be published this fall. "O God Beyond All Praising" was originally written for Jon Hurty and the Augie choir before he began his work at Augustana. It is published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company, as were his other two pieces.

Karthik Ramaswamy (Biology) recently had a publication entitled Collective signals in treehopper broods provide predator localization cues to the defending mother published in Animal Behavior, a very highly regarded journal.  See the article here.

In July, Michael Zemek guest conducted the high school choir at Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC.  While collaborating with Lutheran church musicians and leaders from across the country, he presented a session for church music professionals titled "Youth Choirs as Worship Leaders" and a reading session of music for use with high school choirs in church settings.  At the final concert, Michael led the mass choir of elementary, middle and high school singers on a commissioned piece written by this year's guest organist, Wayne Wold (whose many honors include the position as the president's organist for the chapel at Camp David).

Michael once again served as the program director for Young Lutherans Sing, a middle school choir and worship experience sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  Over 70 children gathered from across the county at Carthage College.  Augustana alums Kim Holland and Kyle Severson as well as current music education students Hannah Hagert, Bobby Olson, Kristen Schweppe, and River Stanford were along as counselors.

In addition to his music camp experiences this summer, Michael was also appointed to the board of the IL-ACDA, the Illinois state chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.