Monday, September 27

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Sabbatical & Pre-Tenure Presentations
presented by: Kelly Daniels and Mike Wolf
Wilson Center 

7:00 - 8:30 PM - 5th Annual Muslim-Christian Women's Dialogue: Sharing our Global Cultures in the QC Community
Free will offering
To register contact Jackie Walsh at 309-283-2108 or
Moline Mosque, 6005 34th Avenue, Moline, IL

Tuesday, September 28

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Lucas Westblade '11
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, September 29

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

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study w/ Pastor Priggie "Teachable Moments"
Bring a Bible, or one will be provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish
Chicago Room, College Center

Thursday, September 30

10:30 AM - Convocation: "Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on Campus" - Donna Freitas
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Science Building 102

Friday, October 1

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)

2:00, 4:00, & 7:30 PM - Contemporary Composers Concert
The Society of Composers, Inc. regional conference will bring several contemporary composers to Augustana and offer free public concerts. Each concert features Augustana ensembles playing the work of six contemporary composers.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building (except for 7:30 PM...Centennial Hall)

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Week Seven Seminar"
Cancelled for Mike Nolan's memorial service on campus. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.

7:00 PM - O. Fritiof Ander Lecture: Henrik Williams, Uppsala University, professor of Nordic Languages and leading authority of runes and the Viking era
Hanson Science Building 102

Saturday, October 2

10:30 AM, 2:30, 4:30, and 8:00 PM- Contemporary Composers Concert
The Society of Composers, Inc. regional conference will bring several contemporary composers to Augustana and offer free public concerts. Each concert features Augustana ensembles playing the work of six contemporary composers.
All in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, October 3

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks 1
FREDERIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
Call the Quad City Symphony office for ticket information (563)322-0931
Centennial Hall



Volume 8, Issue 6 - September 27, 2010


Sabbatical/Pre-Tenure Leave Presentations This Week

Monday, September 27, 2010
4:00 - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - refreshments
Wilson Center

"The Muse Reconsidered: A Conversion Story"
Presented by Kelly Daniels
"Mountains: their formation, field trips to them, and analysis of them"
Presented by Mike Wolf

The Muse Reconsidered.....For many years it has been fashionable in the teaching of creative writing to downplay the role of inspiration. It is difficult to teach inspiration, and madness is a nuisance in the classroom.  All this is quite understandable and proper, but Kelly suggests that we have lost something valuable when we banished the muse. More people than ever are writing, but the quality of our national literature hasn't risen. Writing programs have radically increased the quantity of mediocre writing  and this prevalence of mediocrity can in part be blamed on the way creative writing is taught. Kelly suffered the same misconception until he recently spent a two-month residency at the MacDowell Colony, where, half-crazy with snowed-in cabin fever solitude, he was visited by the muse.

Mountains....Earth studies in three movements:  1. Experiments on the role of deep crustal partial melting in the formation of the Sierra Nevada mountains of CA; 2. Summer field course for incoming first-year students to the Rocky Mountains; 3. Acquisition of an X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer for analysis of rock, mineral, soil and water samples.

"Sex and the Soul:
Juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance and religion on campus"
Thursday, September 30, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Centennial Hall

Students today are fascinated by religion but are also more sexually active than previous generations. How do these young people reconcile their spiritual longings with sexual freedom on campus? Donna Freitas crisscrossed the country, visiting a range of America's colleges and universities to find out what students had to say about these highly personal subjects.

Freitas has been affiliated with Boston University's Department of Religion and this fall joined the faculty of Hofstra University. In addition to being a member of the Washington Post's online panel forum "On Faith," she has written fiction, nonfiction and frequently writes for many newspapers and webzines.

The complete 2010-2011 Convocation Schedule is now available on the Augustana website,  

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


Friday, October 1st  (Library, 2nd floor, south)
Margi Rogal - Week Seven Seminar (in week 6)

Celebrating its 10th year at Augustana, Week Seven Seminar (W7S) is an informal discussion group by and for faculty. This term, W7S looks at the current state of the environment through the eyes of renowned writer Bill McKibben (who will be presenting a lecture on campus Monday, October 18). The text that will spark discussion is a selection from McKibben's new book Eaarth. Environmental historian Brian Leech, who has been teaching history and LS classes for three years at Augustana, will lead the discussion. Please join your colleagues in a relaxed and lively discussion. Texts by McKibben are on Moodle under Library/Week Seven Seminar.

Friday, October 8th (Library, 2nd floor, south)
Carla Tracy - Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Teaching


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

O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History
Henrik Williams - "The Kensington Runestone - Fact and Fiction"
October 1, 2010
Hanson Science Building Room 102
7:00 PM

Join us for the 21st annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History, presented by Henrik Williams, Professor of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University and a leading authority on runes and runic inscriptions. Dr. Williams will talk about the so-called Kensington runestone in Minnesota, which has been surrounded by controversy ever since its discovery in 1898.  The title of the talk is "The Kensington Runestone - Fact and Fiction."  He will discuss the inscription itself, the various points of view concerning its authenticity, and the role it has played as a symbol. The annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History is presented in memory of Dr. O. Fritiof Ander, a long-time professor of history at Augustana College and one of the pioneers in the field of immigration history.

Welcome! Välkomna!  




The Psychology Department is hosting an "open house" retirement reception on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Wilson Center. Please contact Sheri Stoneburner, Psychology Department (x7300), for additional information.  We hope to see you there!




October 11-16, 2010
7:00 PM
Hanson Science Building 102

The Department of Scandinavian Studies and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College are proud to present a film festival dedicated to modern Swedish film. Five films by Swedish directors will be screened free of charge throughout the week of October 11-15 in Room 102 in the Hanson Science Building at 7:00 PM.  A one-day symposium with Swedish and American film scholars as well as Augustana College faculty and students will conclude the festival on Saturday October 16. 

The films are free of charge and no registration is needed to attend. We do, however, require pre-registration for the Saturday symposium. Please also note that a buffet lunch is provided for $10 per person. All films are in Swedish with English subtitles.  Generous support for this event has been received from the Swedish Council of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the American Scandinavian Foundation in New York, New York, American Scandinavian Association at Augustana, and Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Persons wishing to attend the Saturday symposium are requested to fill out this form and send their reservations and checks for the lunch by September 30.

If you have any further questions please contact:

October 17-29, 2010

Augustana will host the conference "Reforming Reformation" on October 17-19, 2010, organized by Thomas F. Mayer (History).  The object is to undertake a fundamental rethinking of all the possible meanings of the term reformation, concept and label.  In order to stimulate such thought, the conferees will be divided into four vaguely "national" panels, emphasizing places that either did not have a "real" reformation or had an odd one.  This will serve to put in perspective what far too many people still count as the only true reformation, the Protestant one especially in its Lutheran and Calvinist guises.  Those four panels will treat Italy, England (emphasizing the Marian interlude since it has almost always been considered a bump on the way to seeing God's will done), the Empire and Spain.  Needless to say, the conference will be strongly interdisciplinary, with participants from literature, art history, theology and history.

The conference will be spent mainly in discussion, rather than sitting through papers one after another.  Participants will submit their talks at least a month in advance and they will then be circulated to all and sundry.  They will also be posted on the Web in such a way that folk at Augustana can get access to them.  Sessions will consist of ten-minute summaries followed by discussion and audience interventions.  We want to involve students and members of the community as much as possible.  The sessions will mix papers up geographically to see what extra comparative sparks that can strike.  The conference will open with a plenary session on Sunday evening, mainly to introduce the participants and the themes.  The working sessions will be spread through the day on Monday (various history faculty have generously given up their rooms and periods) before we end with one more plenary session, probably at 8:30 on Tuesday morning.

The participants have been urged to think as much as possible about big questions and broader implications.  The final versions of their papers will go into a volume to be edited by Mayer and published in his series, "Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700," which will also include a ruminative essay based on the discussions.

List of participants

I.  Italy

Daniel Bornstein (history), Washington University
Marcia Hall (art history), Temple University
Abigail Brundin (literature), St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge

II. England

Peter Marshall (history), University of Warwick, England
Anne Overell (history), The Open University, Leeds, England

III. The Empire

John Frymire (history), University of Missouri
Brad Gregory (history), University of Notre Dame
Ronald Thiemann (theology), Harvard Divinity School 

IV.  Spain

LuAnn Homza (history), College of William and Mary
John Edwards (history), Queen's College, University of Oxford
Jodi Bilnikoff (history), UNC­-Greensboro

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Institute for Leadership and Service and the Center for the Study of the Christian Millennium, with the support of the Humanities Fund and the Department of History

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Posters on the Hill Application Announcement

Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. In the Spring of 2011 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 15th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.
CUR is calling for students of member institutions to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply.  Should your research be inter-disciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form.  Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract.  A document listing the information required for submission can be found by visiting:

For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit:   Please note that CUR membership is required to submit an application.  Either the student's home institution must have an institutional membership, or the faculty mentor or student must have an individual membership. 

We will not review incomplete applications. Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by November 15, 2010. 

Please encourage your students to submit. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike.

For more information about the Posters on the Hill program, please visit

October 21-23, 2010

Registration forms must be received by Noon on Friday, October 17, 2010.  For a description of this seminar please click HERE.  Registration form can be found HERE.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ellen Hay.




This initiative is designed to promote and support doctoral study in the humanities by accomplished graduates of small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges.  Two fellowships, worth up to $50,000 each and renewable for a second year, will be awarded annually through 2011 in the fields of: History, Philosophy, Literature and Languages, and Fine Arts. American Graduate Fellows must be graduating seniors or recent graduates. Applicants must intend to enter a doctoral program in one of the eligible fields of study during the subsequent academic year.  All applicants must be citizens of the United States. For more information and application forms, visit: The deadline for recieving completed applications is October 15, 2010.





Have you tried a new way to help your students learn better in your classroom? online? one-to-one? How did it go? What did you find out? What have you learned about how your students learn best? What are you working on now?

You are invited to present your ideas, attempts, successes, and challenges to an interest group of peers at the 23rd Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching West. Join faculty members and administrators from all disciplines and types of colleges and universities in Scholarship of teaching and Learning (SoTL) discussions and presentations.

Proposals are due Friday, October 1, 2010

Early registration discounts through October 15, 2010. Call for Proposals & Registration Form available for
Lilly-West Conference on College & University Teaching - West
March 11 & 12, 2011
Kellogg Center, CalPolyUniversity (Southern) California

The 2011 Lilly Conference on College & University - West
theme builds on over 20 years of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:

Featured Tracks
Advanced Active Learning
Teaching Well with Technology
Engaging and Motivating Students
Promoting Diversity
Service/Experiential Learning
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Keynote Presentation:
Hula Hoops and Bottlenecks: Using Media to Unplug Bottlenecks

Ray C. Purdom, Ph.D.
Director, University Teaching and Learning Center
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

There is a place in every course where students get stuck in a "bottleneck" because they have difficuluty learning concepts they need to progress to more advanced material. One example of a bottleneck concept, from economics, is what happens and what causes shifts in demand curves. Showing a short clip about hula hoops, from the movie The Hudsucker Proxy, was able to unstick the students! In this session, you wil have the opportunity to consider where in YOUR courses your students find a bottleneck and to investigate how to use media to unplug their learning.

Full information at