Monday, October 3

7:00 PM - "Eternal People, Eternal City: The History of Jewish-Christian Relations in Rome
presented by Award-winning playwright Roy Doliner, co-author with Benjamin Blech of The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Tuesday, October 4

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Windows 7/Office 2010 Workshop
Olin 110

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - Full Faculty Meeting on Faculty Handbook
Olin Auditorium

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Killian Atwiine, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

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

7:00 PM - Ellwood F. Curtis Lecture in Public Affairs. Doug Cropper, CEO of Genesis Health System will discuss the current and future state of health care
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 5

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

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Beginning Access Workshop
Olin 110

4:00 PM - WGST Tea-Hour Series: Nirmala Salgado presents "Liberal Feminist Narratives and the Lives of Buddhist Nuns"
Old Main 125

Thursday, October 6

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation - Shane Claiborne "What if Jesus Meant the Stuff He Said?"
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Division Meetings
See Announcements for locations

6:30 PM - "Let's Talk College", an informal discussion about the college search process for high school students and parents and program leaders in education and community
Martin Luthern King, Jr. Community Center, 630 9th Street, Rock Island, IL

Friday, October 7

9:00 - 10:30 AM - BLDD Architects available to share two design concepts for the Center for Student Life project.  Stop by, take a look, and ask your questions
Phi Beta Kappa Room, Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations - Tracy Davis "Understanding College Men to Effectively Promote Learning"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center


8:00 PM - Augustana Gospel Choir Concert
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, October 8

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - "The Importance of Being Curious: A Symposium Honoring Mike Nolan"
Admission is free. Please RSVP at
Olin Auditorium

4:00 PM - Augustana Four Choirs Concert
This concert features Cantilana Women's Chorus, Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Jenny Lind Women's Chorus, and the Ascension Singers.
Free admission
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Quad City Ballet Folklorico
A traditional Mexican dance group performing traditional songs from states such as Yucatan, Baja California, Veracruz, Norte, Campeche, Guerrero, Sinoloa, and Jalisco
Admission free for students, staff and faculty with ID; General public tickets $8
Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 9

Volume 9, Issue 7 - October 3, 2011


Walktober 2011

Augustana College's Wellness Team invites all employees to join Walktober 2011 beginning October 1, 2011. October is National Walking Month. Participants may set a goal to walk for 30-60 minutes five days a week throughout the month. Individuals and groups may sign up for Walktober 2011 by emailing Human Resources. Those who sign up will receive a calendar to record time spent walking (or distance); motivational emails; and an invitation to the Walktober end of the month celebration. Walktober begins Saturday, October 2, 2011. Website:

The Center for the Study of Ethics presents a lecture by Roy Doliner
"Eternal People, Eternal City:
The History of Jewish-Christian Relations in Rome"
Monday, October 3, 2011
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service join the Center for the Study of Ethics in sponsoring this event. An award-winning playwright, Roy Doliner is the co-author with Benjamin Blech of The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, a New York Times bestseller. Doliner lives in Rome, where he has introduced several groups of Augustana students to the Jewish history of Rome, an engaging presentation that is invariably a highlight of the trip. His lecture will draw upon this material.

Women's & Gender Studies
Tea Hour Series
"Liberal Feminist Narratives and the Lives of Buddhist Nuns"
presented by Nirmala S. Salgado
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
4:00 PM
Old Main 125

Scholarship on contemporary Buddhist nuns is often informed by a liberal feminist framework in which women who renounce their lay lives are viewed as seeking freedom in the public realm. This talk will examine how liberal feminist narratives and public/private distinctions have dominated studies on contemporary Buddhist nuns and demonstrte why such narratives are inadequate in their accounts on the lives of Buddhist nuns.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
10:30 - 11:20 AM
Centennial Hall
Shane Claiborne
"What if Jesus Meant the Stuff He Said?"

Sell what you have and give it to the poor. Consider the lilies and the sparrows and live like them. Love your enemies. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Put away the sword or you will die by it. If you want to find your life, give it away. The Kingdom of God belongs to the poor, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers...Welcome to the upside-down Kingdom.

What would the world look like if we took Jesus seriously? Shane Claiborne unveils the tragic messes we've made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. Shane graduated from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. He is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical communities around the world. The community is called an example of the New Monasticism movement. Claiborne is also an activist for nonviolence and service to the poor.

Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice and Jesus.

The Importance of Being Curious: A Symposium Honoring Mike Nolan
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Olin Center
October 8, 2011

Friends, classmates and teachers of the late Dr. Michael P. Nolan will speak at a symposium and luncheon in Dr. Michael Nolan's honor. Some people are naturally curious. Former associate dean and longtime Augustana College faculty member Dr. Michael Nolan was one of those people. To honor Mike, "The Importance of Being Curious: A Symposium Honoring Mike Nolan" will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in the college's Franklin W. Olin Center for Educational Technology, 733 35th St. Registration and a detailed schedule are available online.

"He was one of the most curious, rigorous thinkers that I have met in my lifetime - a true 'liberal artist,' a man to emulate on so many levels," said Dr. Jon Clauss, Augustana professor of mathematics and director of the Augustana Center for Teaching and Learning.

"Mike was a great conversationalist," added English professor Dr. Jason Peters.

To honor Nolan's gift for engaging in dialogue, the agenda for the symposium allows for questions and conversation after each of the nine scheduled presentations. Presentations will be presented by Augustana faculty members, alumni and others who knew Nolan.

Presentation titles range from "National Energy Policy: The Power of Local Leadership" to "The Improvisational Mind and Voice" and "Curiosity and The Keg."

Nolan died Sept. 25, 2010, in Rock Island at the age of 54. He graduated from Augustana in 1977, and he went on to marry a fellow alum and professor. His wife, Dr. Ann Ericson, is an associate professor in business administration at Augustana.

"His impact on this college and on all the people that do or will call Augie home is a legacy that will last for many years to come," Dr. Clauss said.

Augustana Center for Polar Studies Science Lecture
"Birds and Bergs: Twenty Years of Avian Research in Greenland"
Dr. Kurt Burnham, High Arctic Institute
October 13, 2011
7:00 PM
Hanson Science Building, Room 102

For twenty years, Dr. Kurt Burnham has been studying birds in northwest and southwest Greenland. His research was originally centered on peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons, but has recently expanded to numerous seabirds that nest in the thule region of northwest Greenland (76° N). He'll discuss highlights of his research including tracking arctic terns, mercury contamination of seabirds, eider duck population increases, and the northward expansion of peregrine falcons in Greenland.

Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery
of Idaho State University presents
"Blending Celebrations in the Rockies: How Midsummer Became
American and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Pioneer Day Became Swedish"
Annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History
Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science

Dr. Attebery is Professor of English and Director of the Folklore Program at Idaho State University. She was educated at Indiana University and has, among other things, had two Fulbright awards to Sweden. She has written extensively on Swedish-American history, with a special emphasis on the Swedes in the West. Her 2007 book Up in the Rocky Mountains: Writing the Swedish Immigrant Experience focused on the experiences and letters written by Swedish traditions, like midsummer, were transferred, transformed, and celebrated by Swedish-Americans. It is this ongoing research that forms the basis for her talk. Please contact the Swenson Center at 309-794-7204, or if you have further questions. Please contact Jill Seaholm if you are interested in receiving future news such as this electronically.

Wesley Acres Produce Open House
Sunday, October 16, 2011
3:00 - 5:00 PM
2800 Coyne Center Road, Milan, IL

Wesley Acres Produce is hosting an open house on October 16, 2011 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Produce, farm tours, fresh goat yogurt tasting, cheese tasting, fresh custard with eggs and milk, and goat ice cream tastings will be available. The folks at Wesley Acres hope that everyone will be able to attend. Please RSVP to Jim Johansen, 309-787-1341,

Saga's Alumni and Professor Reading
Thursday, October 20, 2011
5:00 PM
Cool Beanz Coffeehouse

This year during Homecoming week, Saga Art and Literary Magazine will be hosting an Alumni and Professor reading. They would like to extend this invitation to you to join them on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM and share your own work, your favorite work by a famous author, or for you to just come and listen and enjoy the evening as faculty and alumni alike share their literary saga at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse. If you would like to join Saga for homecoming weekend, Saga will also be participating in the Cardboard Regatta on Saturday morning during the Homecoming Festival. Please call or email with reservations or questions. Saga Co-Editors-in-Chief Nathan McDowell and Ashley Higuchi.
Augustana College Studio Art Faculty Exhibition
September 24 - October 29, 2011

View recent works by Augustana studio art faculty. The bi-annual exhibition features Angela Dieffenbach, ceramic sculptures; Kelvin Mason, integrated media; Christian Mortenson, photography; Megan Quinn, ceramics; Trew Schriefer, paintings; Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, fiber works; Corrine Smith, mixed-media and paintings; Angela Rose Wilson, paintings; and Peter Xiao, paintings and drawings. Several examples of work by the late adjunct professor James Konrad will be included.

CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research)

CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR's disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Each abstract should explain the work that was performed and discuss the importance of the work to society (i.e., what larger problem were you trying to solve or understand?).

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using an on-line submission form. Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract. A document listing the information required for submission can be found HERE.

Both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter [on institution letterhead]) are to be submitted by October 18, 2011. Abstracts that are received without a letter of recommendation will not be considered. Only one letter of recommendation should be sent, and the signature on the letter must match the name of the advisor listed in the application. Multiple advisors may sign the single letter. The letter of recommendation should include the following information about the student:

1) progress toward completion of the project and probability of completion by March 1 of that year,
2) command of the subject matter,
3) communication skills, and
4) prior experience presenting the material to both technical and non-technical audiences.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION for the 2012 Posters on the Hill Session IS OCTOBER 18, 2011- no exceptions. After October 18, 2011 you will no longer be able to access the submission form.


Midwest Faculty Seminar Presents "Crime and Social Order"
November 3-5, 2011
Chicago, IL

Again this year Augustana College will participate in the Midwest Faculty Seminars sponsored by the University of Chicago. Participation permits the College to send two faculty members to any single seminar. Below are the dates and titles of the four 2011-12 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Pareena Lawrence.

2011-2012 Topics:

Crime and Social Order
November 3-5, 2011
Deadline to contact Dean Lawrence: 10/10/11
Deadline to submit registration: 10/21/11

Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man
January 19-21, 2012

Death and the Politics of Life
March 1-3, 2012  Dates changed to: February 23-25, 2012

Alternative Modernities
April 5-7, 2012


Faculty Forum on Faculty Handbook
October 24, 2011
11:30 AM
Olin Auditorium

LSFY Meetings
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wilson Center

Monday, October 3, 2011 (week 7) Cancelled
Monday, October 24, 2011 (week 10)
Monday, October 17, 2011 (week 9)
Monday, November 28, 2011 (week 3)
Monday, January 16, 2012 (week 7)
Monday, February 6, 2012 (week 10)
Monday, March 19, 2012 (week 3)
Monday, April 16, 2012 (week 7)
Monday, May 7, 2012 (week 10)

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Thursday, October 20, 2011
11:30 - 12:15

Thursday, December 1, 2011
11:30 - 12:15

Thursday, January 12, 2012
11:00 - 12:00

Thursday, February 2, 2012
11:00 - 12:00

Full Faculty Meetings
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
October 6, 2011
January 19, 2012
April 5, 2012

Fine & Performing Arts Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature Old Main 125
Natural Science Hanson Science 102
History, Philosophy & Religion Old Main 332
Business & Education Evald 315
Social Sciences

10/1/11 - Evald 113
1/19/12 - Old Main 122
4/5/12 - Evald 113