Monday, September 14

4:00 - 5:30 PM - LSFY 102 Meeting
Chicago Room, College Center

Tuesday, September 15

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Pat Fish '10
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

8:00 PM - Guest Artist Recital Series: Lyrebird Ensemble (harp & flute)
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building

9:00 PM - Fields of Faith
Ericson Football Field (next to Carver Center)
For more information on the event and speakers, check out Fields of Faith fan page on Facebook

Wednesday, September 16

9:30 AM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study: Listening to New Voices About Faith
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

4:00 PM - Advancing Augustana conversation with President Bahls
Evald Great Hall

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

Thursday, September 17

11:30 AM - Faculty Senate
Science 102

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans Meeting with Dept. & Program Chairs
Wilson Center

Friday, September 18

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Tim Schermer and Jeff Abernathy: NSSE 2009 Results: Changes Since 2003 (Pre-AGES) and Comparisons to Peer Institutions
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Babysitting services will be provided. Contact
Mary Koski before 1:00 PM

Saturday, September 19

9:00 AM - Augustana Visit Day
Carver Physical Education Center

8:00 PM - Nathanson Piano Dedication Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Memorial Building

Sunday, September 20

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 4 - September 14, 2009

This Week's Message

Dear Colleagues,

I had no idea that the senate chair took a turn at these cover letters, and I doubt I have anything to say that merits much attention.  But here goes.

I can only say that the senate this year will be discussing issues that go to the heart of the college identity and mission.  The dean tells me that upwards of ten to a dozen new majors are in the works, and I agree with him, President Bahls, and past senate chairs that so many new majors at once may change the character of the college more than we want, no matter how interesting these new majors are.  Clearly, the senate will need to approve these majors-perhaps a package of them-with an eye toward the college's ethos and reputation and stated mission.  We will need to balance other needs, such as our challenges with the admissions work we all share, and the way we will be judged by accrediting agencies and others in the wider world.

On Thursday we will also consider a motion to name members to a task force charged with examining a major curriculum shift.  This group will look into the implications of a shift in graduation requirements and faculty load.  As this task force reports to the senate and the faculty at large we will need to enter into serious discussion about these implications.  It is a relief to many, I know, that a curriculum shift that leads to a load reduction is to be considered apart from reductions in teaching positions or other cost-saving measures.  I for one would really welcome a 2-2-2 load. Yet we know that a shift in requirements leads to other shifts in student demand for courses, and savings may need to be realized down the road if we are to establish a sustainable budget, and so we will have to be deliberate and careful in our considerations.

These are two expected challenges; there will also be the (currently) unexpected ones.

So on Thursday at 11:30 in Science 102, we begin to meet this year's challenges. 

All the best,

Dave Crowe
Senate Chair, 2009-10