Monday, October 12

7:30 PM - Filmmaker Ayesha Khan: Free screening of her new film "Kashf: the Lifting of the Veil"
Science Auditorium

Tuesday, October 13

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

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Religion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Robert Elfline, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 14

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.

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

Thursday, October 15

Friday, October 16

All Day - Homecoming

8:30 AM - Geography 60th Anniversary Symposium
Augustana Geography alums from different career directions and time periods will give 20 minute presentations about one of their special interests
John Deere Lecture Hall, Geosciences Building

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Celebration of Faculty Achievement
3:30 PM - refreshments

Tredway Library

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Faculty Reading hosted by SAGA
Cool Beanz Coffee House
1325 30th Street, Rock Island

Saturday, October 17

All Day - Homecoming

10:15 AM - Geography 60th Anniversary Symposium
Geography Department alums from different career directions and time period will give 20 minute presentations about one of their special interests
John Deere Lecture Hall, Geosciences Building

10:30 AM - Augustana College Art Museum Exhibition:
"Beyond fifteen Minutes of Fame: Andy Warhol's Protographic Legacy"

Sherry Mauer will lead a 50-minute tour of the current exhibition and the permanent collection gallery. Advanced reservations appreciated 794-7231
Centennial Hall and Augustana College Art Museum
3703 7th Avenue

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Jemmie Robertson, trombone
Jemmie Robertson - trombone & euphonium
Christine Robertson - soprano
Robert Elfline - piano
The program will feature Chamber Music of the American composer Eric Ewazen
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, October 18

All Day - Homecoming

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 8 - October 12, 2009

This Week's Message

This summer seven students conducted research at the Texas Medical Center through a program established by Heidi Storl. We asked senior Sven Steen to reflect on his experience.


U.S. News and World Report recently ranked M. D. Anderson Cancer Center the number one hospital in the United States for cancer medicine.  This past summer seven Augustana seniors had the opportunity to participate in research at M. D. Anderson and other Texas Medical Center affiliated hospitals and labs.  I was fortunate to be among them.  For many (if not all) of us it was our first such experience.

For me personally, it was an opportunity to experience cancer medicine and actively participate in clinical research at a research one institution.  In my time at Augustana I have developed an interest in physics and see radiation oncology as one area in which I might be able to pair my desire for a career in medicine with further experience in physics.  However, I had a number of questions and concerns about radiation oncology.  My internship at M. D. Anderson gave me the opportunity to answer many of these. 

I met weekly with head and neck cancer patients while they were going through radiation.  I saw firsthand the physical and psychological effects of treatment.  As salivary glands dry up, simple tasks such as eating become monumental tasks for otherwise healthy individuals in a matter of three weeks.  Through a program called project PREPARE, my mentor and I shared tips, recipes, recommendations, and stories from former patients with our current participants and their caregivers.  To see the devastating physical effects of cancer on individuals whose spirits remained strong was a very humbling experience.

One goal of the PREPARE program was to encourage adherence to a swallowing exercise program that combats the development of scar tissue, leading to long-term swallowing problems.  Interestingly, though M. D. Anderson regularly prescribes these exercises, there currently exists no published research to support their long-term effectiveness.  I worked directly with my mentor, the primary investigator on this initiative, to gather data and develop a manuscript in support of these exercises.  As part of this effort, I consulted with physicians who (quite literally) wrote the book on head and neck cancer treatment.  I also helped my mentor to streamline the data collection process, using concepts I have been exposed to through my business major.  This was a great experience for me to be able to see a tangible connection between my two majors in practice.  Interning at M. D. Anderson gave me a much better perspective on the career I intend to pursue and how I might be able to integrate my interests and abilities in the future.

Sven Steen
'09 Texas Medical Center Summer Intern
Pre-Medicine & Business Management