Monday, March 7

7:30 AM - Classes Begin

4:00 PM - State of the College Address - President Bahls
Olin Auditorium
A second session will be held at 9:00 AM March 14th in the same location

4:30 PM - Deadline to submit "Making Learning Visible" pre-registration form to Ellen Hay - see Announcements

8:00 PM - Tian Kong Choir
The Tian Kong Choir is an all-female ensemble known for its high level of precision, musicality, and original interactive performance style.They hosted the Augustana Choir in China in 2005. In addition to a solo performance, they will join the Augustana Choir on Aaron Copland's A Promise of Living.
Centennial Hall

Tuesday, March 8

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

4:00 PM - Fat Tuesday Reception
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

6:30 - 8:30 PM - Swenson Center Book Circle
Please join the Swenson Center for their new book circle! On Tuesday, March 8, Part 1 (the first three chapters) of the book Swedish Oregon by Lars Nordstrom will be discussed. The Swenson Center will provide copies for anyone interested in attending. RSVP to for a copy of Part 1
Swenson Center, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, March 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

9:30 PM - Ash Wednesday & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, March 10

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation - Jeanie Knigin: "A World of Opportunity"
Centennial Hall

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

Friday, March 11

All Day - Augustana Choir Concert and Reception
The Augustana Choir's 2011 Home Concert. A reception for alumni, parents, and friends will follow
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, Iowa

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - 6/35 Committee Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Augustana Choir Tour Home Concert
A wide variety of choral works by various composers from regional, national, and international backgrounds
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, Iowa

Saturday, March 12

All Day - Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
2010 is the 35th year for this juried competition of local artists working in various media
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Tour Home Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, March 13

No events scheduled

Volume 8, Issue 21 - March 7, 2011

This Week's Message

An Invitation from the 6/35 Committee:

As our committee works toward a proposal for a realignment of faculty load, we need your input on the many issues we are grappling with. This week's Friday Conversation is one such opportunity.

Fundamental to the structure of any proposal is the academic calendar. For reasons explained briefly below, the committee is currently exploring models that would leave us under the current three-term structure. Within that structure, one of the key issues is what sort of course credit system we should use (three-credit courses as the base unit, four-credit courses, course units, etc.). We would like to get your input on some possible models that we are considering.

As for calendar, the faculty remains divided on the issue. However, in order to put together a working proposal for load reduction, assumptions about calendar options must be made. At this point, the committee has decided to adopt the current three term structure as a working model for our deliberations. With a load reduction, this structure would involve a teaching load of 2-2-2 (or the equivalent) and a student load of (approximately) 3-3-3. The student graduation requirement would be the equivalent of 35 courses.

Like the faculty as a whole, some members of the committee prefer semesters and some prefer terms. The primary reasons for our decision to adopt a term structure as our working model are simple enough: First, although the faculty remains divided, our recent survey showed a modest lean in favor of terms. Second, by remaining on terms, we minimize the disruption of existing programs around campus, thereby easing some of the costs of transition.

We recognize that this rationale will not satisfy those who prefer semesters for pedagogical and other reasons. We also recognize that for some departments, a load reduction would be easier to accomplish on semesters. However, there are other departments for which the opposite is true. The task of this committee is to craft a proposal for load reduction that seeks to reasonably accommodate all programs on campus. In the coming weeks we will be working with you to complete that task. We will be in particularly close contact with the programs that have reported to us that remaining on the current calendar will present serious challenges.

We hope to see you Friday,


Dave Dehnel
On behalf of the 6/35 Committee