Monday, May 3

4:00 PM - Dr. Norman Wirzba, Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life, Duke Divinity School, presents:  "From Nature to Creation: Rethinking our Environmental Crisis"
Old Main 335

Tuesday, May 4

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 -11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Rebecca Wee, English
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd Floor

11:00 AM Lunch
11:30 AM -  Geifman Lecture - Ellen Kennedy presents "Vedem: A Children's Literary Magazine in the Terezin Ghetto"
Evald Great Hall

7:00 PM  - Geifman Lecture - Ellen Kennedy presents "Standing Up to the Nazis: Jews' Armed and Spiritual Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto"
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Various student musicians
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, May 5

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study:  The Path of Descent
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

8:00 PM - Augustana Flute & Clarinet Choirs Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Thursday, May 6

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

Friday, May 7

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations-Join Ellen Hay for a brainstorming session: Questions to Consider (see announcements)
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

4:00 PM - Faculty Program: Janina Ehrlich and Robert Elfline. Music for Cello by Jewish Composers
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - The Seagull
Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors/students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Saturday, May 8

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM:  2010 Celebration of Learning

11:30 AM - Recognition of Student Honors Program
102 Science Building

12:00 PM - Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Augustana Four Choirs Concert
Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Jenny LInd Vocal Ensemble, Ascension Singers, Cantilena Augustana
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - The Seagull
Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors/students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Seniors Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, May 9

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

1:00 PM - Student Recietal - Kelly Mitroff, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

1:30 PM - The Seagull
Tickets: $10 general; $8 seniors/students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

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

Volume 8, Issue 27 - May 3, 2010

This Week's Message


It's hard to believe that another year is quickly drawing to a close.  I hope over the next few weeks that you will thank Jeff Abernathy for his leadership and service.  During his time with us, Jeff has challenged us to enact many significant changes, a rare feat for college faculty.  He has encouraged us to rethink long standing perspectives and policies, and to examine our assumptions about the "Augustana" way.  In so doing, he has introduced us to many of the best practices that are the foundation of higher education today. 

As we end the spring term, it is apparent to me that we will continue to challenge ourselves next year.  We will participate in selecting a new dean, investigate calendar options and curricular reorganization, and implement plans for programs such as Senior Inquiry and Augie Choice.  While I know that we will spend a lot of time "doing," I think we also have an opportunity for conversation and consideration.  As we move forward with these new ventures, it is important to reflect on what we have accomplished and what it means for the future Augustana.  Here are a few of the questions that I would suggest deserve our attention:

I doubt that we decide upon one simple answer to these questions, but the discussion should provide us with a better appreciation for our rich traditions and future prospects. I invite you to begin this conversation on Friday afternoon, May 7, in the Wilson Center and continue it in the fall at our annual faculty retreat scheduled for August 16 & 17, 2010.

Enjoy the weeks ahead!

Thanks for your time.

Ellen Hay