Monday, April 18

Filing Deadline for 2010 Income Tax Returns

Deadline to register for Making Learning Visible Conference

2:30 PM - "Singular Value Decomposition: The Geometry of High Dimensional Data"
presented by Dr. Bruce Rogers, Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke University
Olin 201

Tuesday, April 19

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Interfaith Worship Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Food Reads
Readings are available on Moodle: Library/Food Reads/enrollment key: "food"
Tredway Library, Room 518

7:00 PM - "Eating Alaska" - Documentary film by Ellen Frankenstein
in celebration of Earth Week. The film follows the filmmaker's search for a sustainable, healthy and ethical meal. Viewing followed by discussion with the filmmaker.
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Student Composition Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, April 20

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

12:00 PM - Lunch 'n Learn, Assessing Our Food Choices
Learn amazing facts about the Nu Val Nutritional Scoring System presented by Hy-Vee dietitian, Dawn Blocklinger.
Bring your own brown bag sandwich. Side dishes and desserts will be provided. You must RSVP to reserve a spot for this event
Board Room, College Center, 2nd 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

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Beginning Access Workshop
Olin 105

7:00 PM - Senior Legacy Wine and Cheese Reception
Faculty and staff are invited to honor the senior class for their hard work and accomplishments
Abbey Station, 3031 5th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Thursday, April 21


10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation - "Chasing Chiles: Place-Based Food and Climate Change" by Gary Paul Nabhan
Centennial Hall

4:30 - 5:30 PM - After Hours Poetry and Fiction
Phi Beta Kappa Room, Tredway Libarary

6:00 PM - Easter Recess Begins (No classes. Campus offices closed Friday and open Monday)

7:00 - Egypt, Athens, Rome - and Us: Five Millennia of Connections Through Art
presented by Emil Kramer
Figge Art Museum, 225 West 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa


Friday, April 22

No events scheduled

Saturday, April 23

8:00 PM - Easter Vigil
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Sunday, April 24

1:30 PM - Augustana Highlights Tour
Meet in the lobby for a guided tour of the Augustana exhibit, "Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts Through the AGES," presented by students majoring in art history
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa


Volume 8, Issue 27 - April 18, 2011


A One-Day Conference on Sharing Evidence of Student Learning
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration at 9:00 AM in the Lobby of Olin
April 30, 2011
Send $25 registration fee to Ellen Hay in Academic Affairs by April 18, 2011

Frequently we use our professional meeting allowance to attend our discipline based conventions, and there is little "extra" funding to allow us to consider teaching and learning in a conference setting. To address this need, we are trying something new this year. On Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, we will be hosting our first "Making Learning Visible" conference. Faculty from Augustana, Loras College and Eastern Iowa Community College will share practices that have helped improve learning in their classrooms. Strategies such as concept mapping, experiential learning and service learning will be discussed, as will teaching technologies such as Lecture Capture, Smartmusic, and Livescribe pens. Come and learn how blogs can provide usable program assessment or how we can take better advantage of international settings. The cost is only $25.00 to cover food expenses (no cost to presenters) so it's a reasonable way to expand your teaching repertoire and spend informal time in conversation with others interested in college learning. Faculty from other area colleges have been invited to attend. Click HERE to register and for a conference schedule. Please let the Office of Academic Affairs (x7328) know by Monday, April 18 if you will be attending.

presented by Dr. Bruce Rogers, Duke University
Monday, April 18, 2011
2:30 PM
Olin 201

As computers become more integrated into daily life, each of us creates a digital trail of information, and it is important to efficiently sort through gigabytes of data. For example, how does Netflix know what movies to recommend? Our how does Facebook automatically recognize and tag photos? The singular value decomposition (SVD) theorem in linear algebra is a key tool for solving these problems in pattern recognition and data mining. We will show how SVD describes a simple geometric transformation in high dimensional spaces and then use the theorem to do facial recognition.


Donation cans are found within the major buildings on campus
The building that has raise the most money
will win the honor to display the Japanese flag!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Food Reads Discussion on Wendell Berry
4:00 PM
Tredway Library, Room 518

Join an informal discussion on three essays by renowned farmer and writer, Wendell Berry, along with two more by Paarlberg and Lappe, arguing against and for eating organically. This is the last Food Reads discussion of the year. Come for talk and refreshments made with local foods. Readings are on Moodle/Library/Food Reads/key: "food."

"Eating Alaska" with filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein
7:00 PM
Olin Auditorium

What happens to a vegetarian who moves to Alaska and marries a commercial fisherman and deer hunter? See the film, and talk with the filmmaker herself to answer the question. Maybe eating ethically depends on where and with whom you live. The viewing will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The film follows the filmmaker's search for a sustainable, healthy and ethical meal. "Eating Alaska" has garnered praise from national and international audiences. The film has been screened at the American Conservation Film Festival, the Sonoma International Film Festival, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, and on PBS stations across the country.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Abbey Station, 3031 5th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Faculty, administrators and staff are invited to join the Augustana Class of 2011 for a special wine and cheese reception to honor their hard work and accomplishments. Please share this annual event with us and bid our graduating seniors farewell.

Chasing Chiles: Place-Based Food and Climate Change"
Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan
Thursday, April 21, 2011
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Centennial Hall

Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called "the father of the local food movement" by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.

He is the author or editor of twenty-four books and will be focusing his talk on his latest book, Food Diversity, Food Security and Climate Change. For his writing and collaborative conservation work, he has been honored with many awards, including a MacArthur "genius" award.

He works as most of the year as a research scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and the rest as co-founder-facilitator of several food and farming alliances, including Renewing America's Food Traditions and Flavors Without Borders.

"Egypt, Athens, Rome - and Us: Five Millennia of Connections Through Art
presented by Emil Kramer
Thursday, April 21, 2011
7:00 PM
Figge Art Museum

Emil Kramer will share his research on three pieces of Augustana's art collection now on view at the Figge. Two of those are examples of late-Roman blown glass, which connect the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean to the modern world. The third item, an 18th-century engraving after Raphael's fresco, School of Athens, connects classical Athens, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to modern liberal arts.

This is the third of four lectures by Augustana faculty in April at the Figge Art Museum. The lecture is in conjunction with the Augustana exhibit "Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts Through the AGES."

The Figge cafe and bar will open at 5 p.m. and there will be live music for this "Thursdays at the Figge" event. Admission and the lecture are free to Figge members and Augustana faculty, students and staff; the lecture is free with admission to non-members.

"Modern Abortion Narratives and the Century of Silence"
Presented by Meg Gillette
April 28, 2011
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Tredway Library, second floor south

presented by Dr. Jeff Johnson, University of North Texas
Thursday, April 28, 2011
7:00 PM
John Deere Planetarium Lecture Hall

Dr. Johnson is a member of the research team with Augustana's Jennifer Burnham who spend several weeks in northwest Greenland each summer studying bird populations, genetics, and environmental pollution. Dr. Johnson is interested in evolution and conservation biology, especially the adaptive significance of genetic diversity and the effects of increased population fragmentation and isolation. His appearance is funded by Augustana's Institute for Leadership and Service.

Farah Marklevits and Erin Bertram
Fellowship Instructors in English at Augustana
Thursday, April 28, 2011
7:00 PM
Cool Beanz Coffeehouse

Free admission! (donations benefit Literacy is for Eeryone). Winners of the National Poetry Month Trash Poetry contest will be announced. Please contact Erin Bertram for more information.

Community Lecture Series
April 28, 2011
7:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Lisa Brothers Arbisser, M.D. will present a lecture entitled "Health Care: Business or Calling? Dr. Arbisser is a member of the Center's Community Advisory Committee.

WEEK 7 SEMINAR (in Week 8)
Friday, April 29, 2011
4:00 PM - Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Tredway Library, 2nd floor, south

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Teaching
Thursday, May 12, 2011
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Tredway Library, 2nd Floor, South

On Thursday, May 12, Academic Affairs will host a reception in the library for Augustana's faculty, students and Board of Trustees. This will be the second opportunity this academic year to update your record of achievements.

The library needs your scholarship published, performed or exhibited from August 31, 2010 through April 1, 2011-including books, journal articles, grants, SoTL articles, music compositions, plays, photos of works of art, papers or presentations at conferences. (Scholarship published, performed or exhibited after April 1 will be included in the next year's celebration.)

The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 2, 2011.

Work previously submitted to the library will be included-you need not send it again.

Rita Griffin, Library Secretary, x7266, or Carla Tracy will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Saturday, May 7, 2011
11:30 AM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

All faculty and staff are invited to the Recognition of Student Honors at 11:30 AM in Hanson Hall of Science Room 102, in conjunction with the Celebration of Learning, scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2011. This program will honor underclassmen receiving honors. Please mark your calendar. Faculty will not don academic regalia.

Saturday, May 21, 2011
12:00 PM
Centennial Hall

All faculty and staff are invited to the Senior Honors Convocation scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM in Centennial Hall. The ceremony recognizes academic honors for the senior class, special departmental honors, Phi Beta Kappa members, as well as other awards. All full-time faculty are invited to participate in academic regalia, but it is understood that conflicts may not allow you to be in the procession. Please mark your calendar and look for more details in your email box soon.


Eight graduating studio art students will have a portfolio of their work exhibited at the Augustana College Art Museum May 7-21, 2011 (closed for exams May 17-19). Slated to participate are: Anita Cook, Holly Gore, Anny Hasse, Gina Jarrell, Stephanie Sarb, Kelly Spreitzer, Cassie Trent and Audrey Waner. The exhibiting artists will discuss their art in the Augustana College Art Museum during a 50-minute walking tour program on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM. Art Museum hours are Noon to 4:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, contact (309) 794-7231 weekdays.


March 19 - May 29, 2011

In celebration of Augustana's 150th anniversary, a rich and diverse historical overview of art works from the Augustana College art collection will be exhibited in "Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Liberal Arts through the AGES" at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. All Augustana faculty, staff, administration and students are admitted into the museum FREE until the end of May. One hundred works of art from Augustana's Liberal Arts through the AGES collection, ancient through contemporary, are currently on display. Every Thursday night at 7:00 PM during the month of April there will be a talk and tour by an Augustana professor on the collection and the project. Each work of art is exhibited with a panel written by an Augustana student or member of the faculty/administration. Catalogs are provided free of charge until the supply runs out. For more information on these faculty talks, click HERE. There will also be free student-led tours of the exhibit every Sunday in April from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.


Wednesday, April 27, 2010
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Old Main

Augustana College, Whitey's Ice Cream and the Quad-City community will gather to celebrate the Guinness World Record set for the longest chain of people licking ice cream on Wednesday, April 27, 2010 on campus near Old Main (3600 7th Avenue) from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. World record participants are encouraged to attend. The celebration will include eating Augustana Viking Pride ice cream, signing a world record banner to display throughout the Quad Cities and the opportunity for participants to pose with the record certificate for picture taking.

The college and the Quad-City community came together a year ago to beat the record set in 2009 by 2,500 people in De Valladolid, Spain. Augustana chose to challenge the record with the new Whitey's ice cream flavor, "Augustana Viking Pride," which was created to honor the college's sesquicentennial anniversary. Earlier this month, Guinness World Records informed Augustana College that the 2,694 people who gathered on Ericson Field on April 20, 2010, had officially beaten the record.

Augustana Viking Pride was created through a naming competition that drew more than 100 submissions from campus community and alumni. The names were narrowed down to 13 finalists, and then a group of seven tasters guided Whitey's owners-Augustana alumni Jon and Jeff Tunberg-to Augustana Viking Pride. The flavor is peanut butter ice cream with fudge swirls and Oreo chunks.


Thursday, April 21, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Evald 212

Thursday, April 28, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Olin Auditorium

Thursday, May 5, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Saturday, May 7, 2011
11:30 AM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Saturday, May 21, 2011
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Centennial Hall

August 15-16, 2011


To facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research
experience desiring to pursue an advanced degree
with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Any undergraduate may go to to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student or the student's institution and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students' information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.

We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time. You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores.

CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now. For more information or to login if you've already created a profile, please visit:

2011 Summer Adventures
June 20 - July 1st and July 18 - 30th

Rivermont summer school classes are open to public school children as well as Rivermont. Click HERE to see classes available.