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

This Week's Message

Proud and Glad

This last weekend, I joined Cathy Goebel, Taddy Kalas, Emil Kramer, Tom Bengtson and Dell Jensen at the Association for Core Text and Curriculum annual meeting in New Haven. Sponsored by Yale, with Augustana, Boston College and the College of Holy Cross serving as co-sponsors, faculty in this organization shared insights and pedagogy for using classic texts as common experiences in various curricular structures. Most of the participants have programs similar to ours with common elements in the first year or as a part of honors, but some have course work across the four years or in the senior year.

I was very proud of our colleagues. Under Cathy's leadership, we focused on the winter term art exhibit and accompanying catalogue Liberal Arts through the AGES as a core text. Cathy wonderfully explained the works in the exhibit and provided an introduction to its interdisciplinary qualities. Taddy, Emil, Tom and Dell discussed how they incorporated various works in their courses. The panel and the catalogues that were provided to attendees were very well received.

While I attended some of the panels that others presented, I was somewhat amazed at what I was hearing as side comments. Over and over again, there were remarks such as: "We have to figure out how to assess our program" or "What are you going to do about assessment?" Many of these comments came from faculty at schools that have considerably more resources than do we. At that point, I was glad. For over ten years, we have asked important questions about the learning of our students and gathered information to help us answer those questions. I was glad that I was part of faculty who is open to thinking about how we demonstrate the value of an Augustana education.


Ellen Hay
Interim Dean of the College