Monday, April 4

School Librarian Day - Take a minute today to appreciate all the hard work that our librarians do and the patience the librarians display daily

Tuesday, April 5

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

Wednesday, April 6

8:30 AM - "Vocation for Life" presented by Bob Haak
Part of the Up 'N Adam, Eve event, tickets: $4; includes a light brunch. Call (309) 762-3624 for tickets
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline, IL

9:00 - 10:00 AM - President Bahls gives the State of the College Address
Olin Auditorium

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

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

4:00 PM - Lecture - "How Fieldwork Uncovered the Real Sacajawea and Led Me to Live with a Shoshone Doctor: What I Did with My Augustana Degree)
Dr. Tom Johnson and Dr. Helen Johnson share their experiences living and working with Eastern Shoshone Indians
Free and open to the public
Evald 113

4:30 - 5:30 PM - After Hours
Tredway Library, Room 518

4:30 PM - Tea Hour Series "Performing Reggaetón in the capital of Capital"
Araceli Masterson will examine the consumption and production of Reggaetón, a form of Latin urban music
Tredway Library, 2nd floor south

8:00 PM - Guest Artist Nonsemble 6
Performing Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time"
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, April 7

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation - Erin McKean presents "Is Everything You Know About the Dictionary Wrong?"
Centennial Hall

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Google Documents Workshop
Learn the basics of Google Documents. RSVP to
Olin 105

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Spring Term Division Meetings
see Announcements for locations

7:00 PM - Lecture: "Framing Art in the Liberal Arts" by Cathy Goebel
In conjunction with the Augustana exhibit "Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts Through the AGES."
Admission and the lecture are free to Figge members and Augustana faculty, students and staff; the lecture is free with admission to non-members.
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second Street, Davenport, IA

Friday, April 8

Drop to avoid a "W" deadline

Saturday, April 9

8:00 AM - Longfellow Build a Playground Day Postponed until 4-30-11
Volunteers are needed to assist with the building of the Longfellow playground
Refreshments will be provided. All skills levels welcome.
Longfellow School, 4198 7th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Annual Planting of Augie Acres
Join Farm2Fork in the annual planting. Bring the family and enjoy a BBQ, beverages, and cookies.
6th Avenue and 32nd Street

7:00 PM - Clogustana Clogging Showcase
Free admission
Centennial Hal

Sunday, April 10

2:00 PM - Augustana Chamber Singers Spring Matinee
The ensemble, lead by Michael Zemek, will explore folk, jazz and renaissance styles
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Scandinavian Easter (Påsk) Workshop
The American Scandinavian Assoc. & the Augustana Scandinavian Club are hosting a community faculty craft workshop for all ages. Activities will include coloring Easter cards, dressing as Easter witched, eating semlor (Lented buns), and learning some Swedish words.
Free admission. Contact
Fellowship Hall, First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th Street, Rock Island, IL

Volume 8, Issue 25 - April 4, 2011

This Week's Message

"An Open Discussion on Cultural Diversity: A Benefit to Us All"


At this week's Friday Conversations, we hope to have people from all corners of the Augustana community come to have a casual and open conversation on the issue of diversity. In this conversation we hope to share stories from many vantage points of diversity in higher education and specifically here at Augustana. It is important to address this issue in terms of not just faculty diversity but in reference to diversity across the entire workforce at the college.

There are experiences that people who are members of previously marginalized groups have when it comes to search for jobs in higher education and maintaining those jobs. Many times we look at diversity from the point of view of the institution and somewhat forget that the people whom we seek to fulfill our goals for institutional diversity are people with lives. So it is good to take some time to humanize the issue of diversity and have some honest dialogue about what has been successful, what can be done in the future and how the college can benefit from these efforts.

The hope is that people come to the Friday Conversation with open minds and open hearts. We will have a few issues presented and they will serve to begin discussions, but we will also be very open to stories, questions and the opinions of the audience. This type of open dialogue will serve us very well as we continue to make strides and open our arms to diversity in the college's workforce while building bridges to the diverse community that surrounds our campus.

~~Chris Whitt, Paul Croll, Mark Anderson, and Eric Rowell