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

This Week's Message


It has been wonderful to see so many of you during the last week, and fun to have the campus filled with activity.  For those of you who attended the retreat, you know that one of my goals this year is to build collegiality.  Collegiality is one of the values of the academy that sometimes seems in conflict with other values.  As professors we have autonomy in making decisions about the content and pedagogy that we use in our classes, and independence in the topics and issues that we chose to pursue in our research.  Yet one of the most rewarding parts of my life is interacting with you.  I feel truly fortunate each day that I am surrounded by smart people who challenge my thinking, make me laugh, and encourage me to be better at what I do. Good colleagues make a difference and that is one of the reasons that I think we need to constantly work to strengthen this aspect of our professional lives. 

Researchers suggest that "collegiality" or the lack thereof is why some faculty function harmoniously and effectively while others are combative and isolated.  A number of years ago at an AAHE conference (when there was an AAHE), Anna Carey and Susanne Soled of the University of Cincinnati and Barbara Walvoord of Notre Dame presented research that identified the four dimensions of collegial departments.  These may serve as good benchmarks for us.

While my "take a junior colleague to lunch" plan is a very artificial way to foster collegiality, I hope it can at least be a beginning point for us to demonstrate our commitment to each other.  I hope that we can also take advantage of venues such as faculty forums, Friday Conversations, and upcoming handbook discussions.   A sense of equality, an ability to build consensus, attention to tradition, and support for community are truly gifts that we can give to our colleagues.

With best wishes with the 2010-2011 year,

Ellen Hay