Monday, February 7

12:00 PM - RSVP to Mary Koski for Reacting to the Past Workshop

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting - Transition and Feedback
Wilson Center

Tuesday, February 8

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection: Ryan Schone, '11
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

6:30 - 8:30 PM - Winter Ecology Series: Karthik Ramaswamy presents: Bugs on Ice!
Cost is $8 per class. Students and children <17 free. Walk-ins welcome.
Black Hawk State Historic Site, 15th Street and 45th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Wednesday, February 9

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff and administrators
Bring your lunch, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

6:00 PM - Understanding Latino Culture, presented by Dr. Duane "Chip" Anderson
Free admission
102 Hanson Hall of Science

7:00 PM - Hispanic Film Festival: Octubre
Rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles, free of charge
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, February 10

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Strategic Imperatives Planning Committee/Design Team Representatives will be available to discuss the framework before and after the faculty meeting

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

10:45 AM - "The Drinking Gourd"
A production about the Underground Railroad presented by the Black Student Union
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Obseratory

4:00 PM - Celebrate Valentine's Day with "Augustana Sweethearts"
Netta Bartholomew Anderson, Lydia Olsson, and Ethel Pearson, the current student-curated exhibit in
Special Collections, Thomas Tredway Library, first floor

7:00 PM - The Vagina Monologues
$9; or $6 for students in advance
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 PM - French Film Festival: Bamako
Not rated. In French with English subtitles, free of charge
304 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, February 11

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - "Strategic Imperatives Show and Tell"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

7:30 PM- Autobahn: A Short Play Cycle
Bergendoff Hall, Black Box Theatre

9:00 PM - Tracey Ashley, comedian
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, February 12

2:00 PM - Augustana Concert Band Concert
Music of various composers
Rick Jaeschke, director
Centennial Hall

3:00 PM- Autobahn: A Short Play Cycle
Bergendoff Hall, Black Box Theatre

7:00 PM - The Vagina Monologues
$9; or $6 for students in advance
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
Included will be Webern, a Schoenberg-Mann cello concerto, and Mahler Symphony No. 6
Centennial Hall

Sunday, February 13

3:00 PM - Piano Dedication Concert
Rob Elfline will present a concert to dedicate the congregation's new Yamaha Conservatory piano and will include works by Bach, Haydn, Grieg, Gershwin and Ellington.
Free and open to the public
St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois


Volume 8, Issue 20 - February 7, 2011



Refreshments served!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
4:00 PM
Special Collections, Tredway Library, first floor

Celebrate Valentine's Day with cookies, chocolate, tea, and Netta Bartholomew Anderson, Lydia Olsson, and Ethel Pearson. Who are these women? They're the protagonists of "Augustana Sweethearts," the current student-curated exhibit in Special Collections. In it, you can follow three Augustana romances through photographs, diary entries, and love letters. Come see the exhibit, other related items from Special Collections, and enjoy some refreshments. We hope to see you there.

The exhibit is curated by Becky Hopman '11, Anna Pusateri '11, and Natalie Markovich '11. If you can't make our party, it will be on display until mid-April.

February 11, 2011
4:00 PM - Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Strategic Imperatives "Show and Tell"

Invitation to the Augustana Faculty and Administration
Audio Conference: Responding to Academically Adrift: What Colleges Can Do
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM
location to be announced

This book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press), was released in late January. It reports abysmal results of learning at colleges and universities in the U.S. Augustana has done extremely well on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which the study and book were based, scoring in the 91st percentile on the CLA test/retest (2005-2009). In order to maintain our success, however, it is important to understand why. As the authors emphasize, even at the best colleges many students do not demonstrate improvement...are not learning. What can we do to increase our success with ALL our students?

Please RSVP to Darrin Good. Attendees are asked to be seated, with their lunches, prior to 12:00 Central Time. It is hoped that the discussion will continue among Augustana community members once the audio conference ends until approximately 1:30.

Read more HERE and follow the link to see some of the firestorm that has surrounded this book. The Institute of Leadership and Service is happy to sponsor this Audio Conference.

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22-23, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
College Center Board Room

ATTENTION: ALL FACULTY: Come and be a part of the: Framing the French Constitution! David Ellis will be leading us through one of the "Reacting to the Past" games that he and other colleagues have incorporated into their LSFY courses. The annual summer workshops at Barnard College feature a variety of "moments in time" that can be used in teaching many different disciplines. This experience is designed to acquaint us with how the games are structured and the learning opportunities they present.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Mary Koski by 12:00 PM February 7, 2011 so that materials can be ordered in a timely manner.

A One-Day Conference on Sharing Evidence of Student Learning
April 30, 2011
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

What do you do in your classes that promotes student learning? What practices have you integrated into your teaching and how do you know they are working? What evidence do you have that students are learning?

Augustana is hosting a one-day conference designed for college instructors in our area to share what is happening in their classrooms. It is an opportunity to meet with others interested in teaching and learning, and discuss what we do and how we evaluate our effectiveness. Plans for the day include a keynote speaker and several concurrent sessions. Registration will be approximately $50 per participant and will include snacks and lunch. A more detailed program and registration information will be sent in mid-March.

You are invited to present your work at this conference. For example, you might discuss a department initiative, a course that you developed, a class assignment that you tried, an evaluation strategy that you used, or a special learning opportunity that you offered. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ellen Hay. Proposals should be sent to Ellen Hay by March 7, 2011.

"Migration: Displacement and Belonging"
February 24-26, 2011

The increasingly global economy makes the movement of people a more complex problem and an increasingly essential topic. As transportation, communication and commerce all become much easier and more fluid across national boundaries, the stakes and the nature of migration necessarily change. This seminar will consider both the forces causing movement (disasters, development projects, politics, economics) and the issues around settlement (community formation and exclusion, cultural and political citizenship). How does an ethnic or cultural community change as the population disperses, or as it is infused with new populations? How do migrant communities negotiate between traditional cultural identification and assimilation, and how can cultural identity be preserved in new and unfamiliar locations? Do governments have a role in preserving or protecting migrant cultures, or in encouraging assimilation? How can governments regulate immigration and migrant populations in a way that is humane as well as fair to both citizens and immigrants?

If you would like to consider attending this seminar, please contact Ellen Hay by February 14, 2011. The College's membership covers some registration and housing costs for the seminar for up to two faculty. If approved by the Dean, complete the registration form, save it as "MFS.Migration" and attach it to an email to by noon on February 18, 2011.


Thursday, February 10, 2011
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Olin Auditorium

Thursday, February 10, 2011
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Olin Auditorium

Thursday, February 10, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Olin Auditorium

Thursday, February 17, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Thursday, March 10, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Thursday, March 24, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Thursday, April 7, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fine & Performing Arts Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature Old Main 125
Natural Science Science 102
History, Philsophy & Religion Old Main 332
Business & Education Evald 212
Social Sciences Old Main 122

The Faculty Research Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Faculty Research Awards:

Randall Hall Music Performances and presentations in Spain, Feb-March 2011
Reuben Heine Geography Mississippi River Sediment Size Changes, 1925 to 2011
Karthik Ramaswamy Biology Does sexual selection promote speciation? Insights from a genus of herbivorous beetles
Lori Scott Biology Meiothermus ruber genome annotation project
Lisa Seidlitz German Immigrant Identity Project
David Snowball Communication Studies The Bryce Committee Report
John Tawiah-Boateng English Liberal Arts Education in Africa
James van Howe Physics Mid-infrared Pulsed Source using Telecom Phase-Modulator
Peter Xiao Art Autobiographic art series


The Faculty Research Committee seeks proposals for Sabbatical Leave Grants and Summer Research Stipends. Fundable items include faculty salary replacement (for Sabbatical Leave Grants), student salaries, special equipment, supplies, journal page costs, work in major archives, and additional study.

Proposals are due March 14, 2011 by 5:00 PM to Mary Koski in Academic Affairs. Please refer to the "Grants" page for more information, or contact any of the committee members: Jamie Nelson, Margaret Morse, David Arbesú, Jim van Howe, Patricia Shea, Ian Harrington.