Monday, November 14

Winter Term Classes Begin

"By Hand: A Collection of Commercial Lettering and Illustration From the 1920s to the 1940s" Exhibit Begins (through December 16)
Tredway Library, 2nd floor

4:00 PM - PTPL Report Presentation: Laura Hartman: "Transportation Ethics: American Christianity and Human Motion"
Wilson Center

Tuesday, November 15

Augustana College Art Museum Exhibit: Liberal Arts through the AGES 2011-2012
on display through February 11
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

10:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Laurel Householter, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

Wednesday, November 16

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

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group "What if Jesus Meant the Stuff He Said?"
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

4:30 PM - Opening Reception with painter Leslie Bell "By Hand: A Collection of Commercial Lettering and Illustration From the 1920s to the 1940s" Exhibit. Includes short talk by the collector Les Bell, and refreshments"
Tredway Library, 2nd floor

8:00 PM - Theatrical Trombone Performance
This recital by Samantha Keehn will combine the two arts of music and theatre
Free Admission
Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Thursday, November 17

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Blood Drive
Loft, College Center, 2nd floor

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation: LSFY 102 Panel: "From Antiquity to Modernity: How does exploring the past deepen our understanding of the human condition?"
LSFY faculty provide a chronological overview of ideas and issues addressed during the term, highlighted by music and artistic images.
Centennial Hall

2:30 - 3:30 PM - The Augustana Mathematics & Computer Science Department Reading Group will discuss the book "The Theory That Would Not Die" by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
Olin 202

7:00 - 10:00 PM - College Night at the Figge: Paris When It Sizzles
Inspired by the Special exhibition Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection, College Night offers free admission for college students, faculty and staff
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second Street, Davenport, Iowa

Friday, November 18

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: "Best Practices in Academic Advising" with Mary Windeknecht
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

4:00 PM - Sabbatical Leave Report Presentation: Janina Ehrlich: Music for Cello by Jewish Composers--A Work in Progress"
Bergendoff 113

5:30 PM - The American Scandinavian Association will serve a traditional Lutfisk Dinner and Jennifer Horrell of the Scandinavian Department will speak on "Swedish Crime Fiction"
The dinner is a scholarship fundraiser. Cost is $20 for ASA members, $25 for non-members and $10 for children and students. Reservations are due 11-14-11 to Loryann Eis, 309-762-8303
College Center

8:00 PM - Opera at Augustana Presents "The Long Christmas Dinner"
$12 adults, $10 senior citizens and students, $8 children
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Dance Company Fall Performance
$8 general public, $5 students. Call 309-794-7306 for tickets
Centennial Hall

Saturday, November 19

7:00 PM - An Intimate Evening with Mark Schulz
This Dove Award-winning artis has become one of the Christian music's most acclaimed singer/songwriters
$10 in advance, $12 at the door. Augustana students, faculty and staff should come to the Ticket Office with their ID to pick up their free tickets in person.
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Opera at Augustana Presents "The Long Christmas Dinner"
$12 adults, $10 senior citizens and students, $8 children
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, November 20

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Book discussion: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Travel Reads book discussion series.
Free Admission
Evald Great Hall

6:00 PM - Pre-Thanksgiving Day Dinner, sponsored by the Black Student Union
Free and open to all Augustana students, staff and faculty
Dahl President's Home

8:00 PM - Opera at Augustana Presents "The Long Christmas Dinner"
$12 adults, $10 senior citizens and students, $8 children
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building


Volume 9, Issue 12 - November 14, 2011


Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and rejuvenating break.

As we continue to encourage and support the use of ePortfolios in courses and departments this year, I wanted to share plans we have for other upcoming events this winter (and spring).

Senior Inquiry

On Friday 2 December (week 3) we will hold a conversation titled

Senior Inquiry - Where Are We Now? What Might SI Look Like on a 4-1-4 Calendar?

We hope to have a report summarizing aspects of SI as it was proposed in the departments, including the structure of various programs, faculty load, handling double majors and other issues of common concern. Ellen Hay and Mark Salisbury will share results of the Teagle study we have been involved in with three other colleges, which focused on capstone experiences. We plan to identify and discuss your concerns and are therefore asking that each department that has SI send a representative.


The following week, December 6 & 7, Augustana will be hosting a research team from the National Survey of Student Engagement. We've been chosen for this prestigious study because of gains we've made on select items measured by NSSE. Ellen Hay will soon share details.

Active Learning Techniques

It's time to organize another session on active learning techniques. If you have techniques that you have been using successfully that you might describe as cooperative/collaborative, experiential, discovery-, inquiry- or problem-based, or that you have found to be particularly effective at engaging your students actively, please consider presenting them to your colleagues. We'll find a time and place that works and communicate that soon.

Blended Learning

With grant support from the Evelyn E. Nicholson Academic Venture Fund, a group of a dozen of our colleagues have been exploring the use of technology to support and enhance pedagogy over the past year and a half. We would be glad to present the techniques and technologies they have been using and the effects those technologies have had. If you are interested, please let me know.

Student Research

Looking further ahead, Connie Ghinazzi and Todd Cleveland have arranged for a visit from Michael Eisenberg, co-director of Project Information Literacy, who has done extensive research on undergraduate student research. He will be holding a workshop for interested faculty and presenting at the Thursday convocation during week 2 of spring term. More info will be forthcoming as the date approaches; plan ahead!

If there are other ways that ACTL can support you in your work, please let me know!

I hope winter term starts well for you.


Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning