Monday, August 23

Classes begin

Tuesday, August 24

9:30 AM - Open Session for Strategic Planning
College Center Board Room

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Anna Knepler, SGA President
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

12:00 PM - Sesquicentennial Art Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

Wednesday, August 25

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, first floor

3:45 - 5:15 PM - Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

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

Thursday, August 26

3:30 PM - Open Session for Strategic Planning
College Center Board Room

6:00 - 8:00 PM - "World on a Plate" gathering sponsored by QC United
Join local leaders celebrating diversity in the QC
Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door
Putnam Museum theatre balcony

Friday, August 27

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Pickin' & Pullin' Fridays at Augie Acres
6th Avenue between 32nd and 35th Street (up the hill west of Carver Center)

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Ellen Hay presents:  "Retreat Reactions: Follow-up and Action Steps"
3:30 PM - refreshments
Wilson Center 
Child care available: contact Mary Koski

Saturday, August 28

10:00 AM - WVIK 30th Anniversary Open House
Join WVIK in celebrating 30 years of Augustana Public Radio. Don Wooten will host a special edition of Saturday Morning Live!, and there will be food, station tours, and live music.

Sunday, August 29

All Day - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Auditions
The Quad City Symphony will hold open auditions for positions starting in the 2010-11 season. Positions open include section violin, section viola, section cello, and utility clarinet.
Bergendoff Hall

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 8, Issue 1 - August 23, 2010


3:30 PM refreshments
4:00 PM presentation
Wilson Center

Friday, August 27th
Ellen Hay presents "Retreat Reactions: Follow-up and Action Steps"

Friday, September 8th
Kristin Douglas presents "
Augustana Committee Structure: Recommendations from the Committee on Committees"

At a faculty forum in March 2009, an ad hoc committee, the Committee on Committees (C2), was formed by faculty vote. The charge of C2's members was to study our committee structure and then make recommendations for reducing the number of unnecessary committees and increasing the effectiveness of the remaining committees. In this Friday Conversation, the members of C2 will report their recommendations, as well as begin a discussion on Augustana's division structure.

Child care is again available this year at Friday Conversations in the Brodahl Building.  Please contact Mary Koski by 1:00 PM Friday if you wish to use this service.

"Sharing Our Stories - What Influenced You as a Student at Augustana?"
Thursday, September 2, 2010
10:30 AM
Centennial Hall

Faculty members Ann Boaden, Paul Olsen, Darrin Good, Wendy Hilton-Morrow and Jennifer Burnham will share their Augustana experiences in celebration of the college's 150th anniversary.  Learn what they view as the influences that shaped their education at Augustana and how that has shaped their current career choices.  Kai Swanson will moderate this sesquicentennial event.

More on Augustana's 150th anniversary celebration can be found here.

The 2010-2011 Convocation series website is:

Augustana's 150th Anniversary Hometown Celebration
Wednesday, September 1, 1010
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Schwiebert Park

The college held its first class on September 1, 1860 in Chicago.  In an expression of gratitude to Rock Island, the college's hometown of 135 years, a special celebration will be held at Schwiebert Riverfront Park, featuring an ice cream social, performances by college music ensembles, remarks by President Steve Bahls, Congressman Phil Hare and other local dignitaries, Viking Pride ice cream, poetry reading and fireworks.  Hope to see you there!

Food Reads!

In conjunction with this year’s Augie Reads book Bottlemania and the theme of sustainability, the library is hosting “Food Reads,” a reading/discussion (read “fun” here) group dedicated to food. We will meet twice each term in weeks 3 and 7 on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in Tredway 518. Please join us for food talk and eating (appropriate refreshments will be served). The essays and selections from the books are available on Moodle under Library/Food Reads. Here is the schedule:

  • September 9: Julia Child, My Life in France (Knopf, 2006)
  • October 5: four essays from Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (Modern Library, 2009) - Gopnik, Thurman, Bilger, and Child
  • November 30: Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen (Vintage, 2010)
  • January 18: four essays from Endless Feasts: Sixty Years of Writing for Gourmet (Modern Library, 2003) - Fisher, Wechsberg, Stern, and Coffin
  • March 22: Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life  (Harper, 2008)
  • April 19: three essays by Wendell Berry from Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food (Counterpoint, 2009); one essay by Robert Paarlberg “Attention Whole Foods Shoppers;” and one by Anna Lappé “Don’t Panic, Go Organic.”

Contact Margi Rogal or Sarah Horowitz for more information. Hope to see you at Food Reads.

New Exhibit in Special Collections

This fall’s Special Collections exhibit is “The Party Days: Snapshots of Student Life in Anniversary Years.”  September 1, 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes at Augustana College.  As part of the celebration of Augustana’s Sesquicentennial, this exhibit shows what life would have been like for students starting their first year at Augustana during four important years in the college’s history: 1860, 1910, 1960, and 2010.  The exhibit presents snapshots of various aspects of student life: tuition costs, class statistics, clubs and sports, library resources, and graduation requirements. 

The exhibit was curated by Natalie Markovich ’11 with research assistance by Amanda Wellhouse ’12.

 Celebrations of Augustana's Sesquicentennial continue this fall

The 150th website ( will continue to feature weekly stories on Augustana history, "This Week in the Observer," showing what was happening on campus in years past, and "Today in Augustana History."  This week features a story on whether Augustana College was the first college in the United States to use letter grades; check the site throughout the fall for stories on early science at Augustana, the Augustana Prohibition League, the 1918 influenza epidemic at Augustana, and much more.  In addition to the website, the library will be sponsoring a scavenger hunt for students beginning in week 7, and the second floor of the library and Special Collections will feature exhibits related to the sesquicentennial. 

11:30 - 12:30
Science 102

September 9, 2010
September 30, 2010
October 21, 2010
December 2, 2010
January 20, 2011
February 17, 2011
March 24, 2011
April 14, 2011
May 5, 2011
May 10, 2011 (Science 304)

2010-2011 Division Meeting Schedule

Thursday, September 23, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Thursday, December 9, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Thursday, April 7, 2011
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Meetings will take place in the following rooms:

Fine and Performing Arts
Bergendoff 12

Language and Literature
Old Main 125

Natural Science
Hanson Hall of Science 102

History, Philosophy and Religion
Old Main 332

Business and Education
Evald 212

Social Sciences
Old Main 122

2010 - 2011 Midwest Faculty Seminars Announced

Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations
October 21-23, 2010

January 27-29, 2011

Migration: Displacement and Belonging
February 24-26, 2011

April 7-9, 2011

A full description of the seminars can be read HERE. Registration information for the first seminar will be announced in a few weeks. Please check Announcements in the Faculty Newsletter.