Monday, December 6

7:00 PM - Summer in Berlin Informational Meeting
Olin 305

7:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
Admission is free, but reservations are requested 309.794.7327. The program is not recommended for children ages 7 and under. Doors will open 15 minutes before the program. Late-comers will not be admitted.
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Tuesday, December 7

11:30 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Laura Mahn, Religion Department
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

7:00 PM - Study in Vienna Informational Meeting
Bergendoff 113

7:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Wednesday, December 8

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie
Bring your lunch, if you wish, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

3:00 - 4:00 PM - President Bahl's Open Office Hour
Brew by the Slough, Tredway Library

6:30 PM - Joy of Christmas
Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover, Illinois

7:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Charles Schmidt, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, December 9

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation: Chad Pregracke: "Making a Difference: Helping to Clean America's Rivers"
Centennial Hall

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Division Meetings
History, Philosophy & Religion
Old Main 332
Business Education
Evald 212

11:30 - 12:30 - Faculty Forum on Faculty Handbook
Evald 113

11:30 - 12:30 - Division Meeting for Fine & Performing Arts
Bergendoff 12

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Tea Hour Series - Mike Augspurger presents: Fatherhood, Ambition, and the Academic Life
Tredway Library, 2nd Floor South

7:00 PM - Study in Brazil Informational Meeting
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Friday, December 10

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Special Collections at the Thomas Tredway Library"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

5:00 PM - Speech-Language-Hearing Association Holiday Carnival
For children of Augustana employees who are under age 12 and are clients of the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing
Brodahl Building

Saturday, December 11

2:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

8:00 PM - Handel's Messiah
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Augustana College and the 130th anniversary season of the Handel Oratorio Society with a performance of Messiah. Professional soloists, the 225-voice oratorio society and the Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra join in the performance. Tickets: $20 and $16 for the public; $18 and $14 and seniors; $10 for full-time students, faculty and staff. Order tickets
Centennial Hall

Sunday, December 12

2:00 PM - Handel's Messiah
Order tickets
Centennial Hall

2:00 PM - Season of Light Planetarium Show
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory


Volume 8 - Issue 15 - December 6, 2010


Thursday, December 9, 2010
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Evald 113

Up for discussion is the chaper on the pre-tenure and tenure process. It has the most revision of any considered to date. The material supplied to candidates and their chairs have been integrated and information relevant to the old SRI has been deleted. This chapter along with others that have been discussed are available on the Moodle site under Faculty Groups or can be read HERE.


December 10, 2010
"Special Collections at the Thomas Tredway Library"
4:00 - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Over the past several years, Special Collections has worked with classes from English, history, art history, religion, French, geography, anthropology, Scandinavian Studies, and the LS sequence. Almost 30 classes per year use Special Collections, and 350 students visited Special Collections during the 2010 fall term. Come learn how Special Collections might be useful to your classes or Senior Inquiry projects, and bring questions and ideas. Presenters include Meg Gillette, Jane Simonsen, Sarah Horowitz and Jamie Nelson.


Fine & Performing Arts 12-9-10 11:30-12:30 Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature DONE

Natural Science

12-2-10 10:30-11:30 Science 102
Hist, Phil & Religion 12-9-10 10:30-11:30 Old Main 332
Business & Education 12-9-10 10:30-11:30 Evald 212
Social Sciences 12-9-10 CANCELLED

DUE DECEMBER 15, 2010.

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

Chad Pregracke grew up near Hampton, Illinois on the Mississippi River. His experiences led to his vision to clean up the Mississippi and his organization, Living Lands and Waters. During his talk, he will take the audience out on one of the world's greatest rivers--a journey filled with endless challenges and gripping adventures. His tale embodies the importance of setting goals (one river and one piece of garbage at a time) and illustrates how determination, hard work and persistence pay off.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Julsmörgåsbord Christmas Buffet
December 16, 2010
5:00 PM
College Center Dining Room

Augustana employees and their families gather around a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord to celebrate our community (and eat too much potato sausage and herring). Students serenade the crowd, and after dinner, children are invited upstairs for an interactive telling of the Christmas story, and (possibly) a visit by the American version of the Jultomte.

Ticket Price: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12, free to younger children; maximum of $33 for employee and immediate family. Payment can be mailed or sent via interoffice envelope to the attention of: Sara Maccabee, President's Office, Founders Hall.

You are invited to the annual
President's Holiday Open House
at the
Dahl President's Home
1100 35th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Friday, December 17, 2010

Luncheon Buffet from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

We hope you can join Steve and Jane Bahls in this festive celebration
and partake in some collegial comaraderie
prior to the holiday break!

Books and Pamphlets from Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library

This display includes materials printed during the period of the Protestant Reformation that began in 1517 with Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses, and ended over a century later with Protestantism as an established part of European life. Included are examples of early persuasive pamphlets, the Augusburg Confesion (from which Augustana College derives its name), and Reformation bindings. These materials will be on display on the second floor of the library until the end of Winter Term.

Special Collections

Celebrations and traditions surrounding the Christmas season at Augustana have proven to be popular and long lasting. Many of Augustana's traditions are directly influenced by Augustana's Swedish heritage, such as the Sankta Lucia Festival, Tomtegubben, and the SmörÄ¡asbord, while others, such as the Handel Oratorio society, are simply a genuine expression of the joyous atmosphere of the holiday season. This exhibit aims to trace the formation and practice of five of Augustana's most popular Christmas traditions. Curated by Leslie Nellis '11, this exhibit will be on display in Special Collections until mid-January.


January 13-15, 2011

Registration for the second of this year's Midwest Faculty Seminars is due on January 7. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mary Koski for an MFS registration form and request Ellen Hay for a nomination.

The United States' Declaration of Independence asserts that all men are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." We all seem to understand the sentiment behind this statement, and yet any attempt to specify what exactly is meant by "happiness" reveals an inadequacy inherent to the description of such an intensely personal emotion. Such efforts have, nonetheless, been a primary concern of philosophical, religious, psychological and even, as the above example illustrates, of legal thought at least since classical Greece. This seminar will take a variety of approaches from across the academic spectrum to create a conversation that engages these and other related issues. How can scientific and quantitative methods help us to understand human happiness better? How do understandings and expectations of happiness differ across cultures? What role do governments have in defining, or even providing for, the happiness of citizens? How have conceptions of happiness changed over time?