2011 SURVEY OF RECENT GRADUATES
Last fall, alums from the classes of 1996 to 2010 were asked how they felt their Augustana experience prepared them for life, a career and graduate and professional school. More than 830 alumni completed the comprehensive online survey, and the results are now available on the Communication and Marketing website.
- Augusana graduates believe their experience directly contributed to the development of several essential career skills including critical thinking (93%), problem solving (89%), reasoning (89%) and effective writing (86%)
- 86% reported that their Augustana experience contributed greatly to their personal happiness
- 69% felt they were better prepared than their fellow students at the start of graduate school
- 48% earned a master's degree, 11% a Ph.D. and 8% an M.D.
SABBATICAL and PRE-TENURE PAID LEAVE REPORT PRESENTATION
Monday, March 5, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Kristin Douglas presents: "Sperm or Oocyte? White fate to choose?"
What is the most important decision you have ever made in your life? This is a tough question, isn't it? Long before you had any conscious ability to make decisions, your embryonic cells were busy making choices. These embryonic cell decisions are why you have all of the body parts and cell types that you do. My research program examines how embryonic cells make cell fate decisions. In other words, how do cells decide what part of the body they will become?
To examine this question, I study germ cell fate in a nematode called Caenorhabditis elegans. I want to understand how cells that know their job is to become a germ cell decide whether to become sperm or oocytes. I will present data collected by students in my lab demonstrating that a mutant allele called aug2 (named for Augustana!) is involved in germ cell sex determination.
Rob Elfline presents: "Same or Different? An Exercise in Deeper Listening"
Rob Elfline spent much of September 2010 recording a number of solo piano pieces by the expatriate American composer Tom Johnson. Johnson, the former music critic for The Village Voice, is one of the few composers who self-identifies as a minimalist. His music places a heavy emphasis on the sonic expression of mathematical principles, with many pieces resembling a musical "working-out" of a particular puzzle or question. As a part of the project, Rob recorded Johnson's 2004 piece Same or Different, which prompts the audience to listen to two short phrases and then (as the title implies) identify if they were literally identical or different in some way. This piece represents another fascination of Johnson's - the experience of listening to music on a deeper level. As a part of the presentation, a portion of the work will be performed.
FRIDAY CONVERSATION / PRE-TENURE PAID LEAVE REPORT PRESENTATION
Friday, March 9, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Mike Egan, Deb Bracke, and Pat Shea present "Longfellow Research Symposium"
PRE-TENURE PAID LEAVE REPORT PRESENTATIONS
Monday, March 12
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Paul Croll presents:
"Making Sense of Whiteness: From Invisibility to Colorblindness"
In my research, I find that whites are far more aware of whiteness than previously believed. A central idea in earlier works in whiteness studies was that whiteness was largely invisible for whites. However, I now find that a significant number of Americans, including whites, see ways in which being white provides advantages. This is not to say that whiteness has lost its power. Rather, I argue that the nature and power of whiteness has shifted over the past twenty years. I believe that it is no longer the case that whites are unaware of white privilege and therefore allow it to continue. Rather, whites are aware of ways in which they receive advantages in our society and simultaneously believe that individualistic efforts play an important role in explaining white advantage. Colorblind ideologies help to maintain this position. My current work is developing the idea that the power of whiteness is its ability to generate privilege while simultaneously rationalizing and justifying visible racial privilege in a post-racial, colorblind society.
Nadia Novotorova presents:
"The Influence of Attribute Wording on Product Preferences of Young Consumers in the U.S. and Russia: A Cross-Cultural Study"
Product labeling for genetically modified (GM) foods and an effective way to communicate the benefits of GM foods to consumers are important issues to marketers and policy makers. The study analyzes the differences in consumer ratings of various products and the trade offs among the value of specific attributes when the products are described identically but labeled differently. Significant differences were found between ratings of young U.S. and Russian consumers. Russia is a big marketplace and a better understanding of preferences and behavior of Russian consumers toward GM foods is essential for designing new market strategies and information policies.
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE SALON
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tredway Library, Room 518
The students running the Salon (a student group promoting informal intellectual discussion) would like to invite all faculty to any sessions you would like this term. Readings have been posted on a Moodle site, which you may enroll yourself into. Look on Moodle under "departments and other groups," then "students": "Salon". The students who attend are well worth getting to know, and the conversations are quite rewarding.
Steve Klein (Political Science) on politics/Republican primaries
Doug Parvin (Philosophy) on neurophilosophy
Stephanie Fuhr (Biology) on the three-toed sloth and the evolutionary, and philosophical questions it raises
Kelly Murphy (Religion) on apocalypticism
Bruce Rogers (Math) on energy (renewable and otherwise)
Thomas Banks (Classics emeritus) on evolutionary psychology and the classics
Jane Simonsen (History & WGS) on birth control, abortion, and the Catholic church
Brian Katz (Math) on TBA
Probably student-run discussion
Probably student-run discussion
FROM TREDWAY LIBRARY
"William Morris: Visions of an Ideal World"
Includes two books produced by the Kelmscott Press and examples of designs by William Morris, interior designer, book printer, writer, socialist, and lover of the "beauty of life."
Thomas Tredway Library
March 5 - May 17
"Aesthetics for the 99% by Ruskin & Morris: Why You Should Read the Victorians"
Owen S. Rogal, Professor of English, St. Ambrose University
Thursday, March 15, 4:30 p.m.
Tredway Library, 2nd floor south
"Morris & Co.: A Reading of Victorian Poets by Faculty and Students"
Celebrating National Poetry Month
Wednesday, April 11, 4:00 p.m.
Tredway Library, 2nd floor south
ENJOY THE "FREEDOM RIDERS" EXPERIENCE...AND FREE REFRESHMENT, TOO!"
March 12, 2012
How is it like to be a Freedom Rider? Do you have any experience with this extraordinary American encounter? Come and watch the pulsating video on the "Freedom Riders" with others on March 12th, and speak your mind! For more information, please contact John Tawiah-Boateng, x7460; John Hildreth, x7427, Chris Whitt, x7288 or Todd Cleveland, x7253.
NAVY SEA CHANTERS
March 13, 2012
The United States Navy's official chorus from Washington, D.C., the Navy Band Sea Chanters, will perform a variety of music, ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway and contemporary music. To avoid overfilling the auditorium, tickets are required, with a limit of six per request. Those wishing to get tickets may stop by the Augustana Ticket Office or send a request along with a self-addressed envelope to the Ticket Office, and tickets will be mailed back.
The Sea Chanters perform regularly for the U.S. president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. They performed during Inauguration Day 2009, the memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia, and the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance after the events of 9/11. The Sea Chanters also have performed with stars such as Perry Como, Marian Anderson, Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Michael Eisenberg, Co-Director, Project Information Literacy
"Are You Experienced? Do You Have What It Takes to Thrive in the Information Age?"
10:30 - 11:20 AM
Mike Eisenberg is Dean Emeritus and Professor in the University of Washington's Information School. He is the co-developer of the Big6 Model, the most widely known and widely used approach to teaching information technology skills in the world. Eisenberg conducts research, writes, consults, and lectures frequently on information literacy, information management in learning and teaching, and information and library education. Eisenberg earned his MLS from SUNY at Albany and his Ph.D. in Information Transfer from the School of Information at Syracuse University.
Eisenberg's convocation address is specifically designed for students working on improving their researching skills. On Wednesday afternoon, Eisenberg will be featured at a faculty workshop sponsored by Center for Teaching & Learning. More details about this will be forthcoming from Jon Clauss. Eisenberg and co-director of Project Information Literacy, Allison Head, have done extensive work on how students research. Their articles can be found at: http://projectinfolit.org/publications.
TRAVEL READS BOOK DISCUSSION: THE SHADOW OF KILIMANJARO
Sunday, March 18, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Great Hall, Evald Hall
"I'm about to fall back asleep when the lion roars again, a series of deep exhales that you know can only be
made by a large forceful animal."
So begins chapter 10 of Rick Ridgeway's The Shadow of Kilimanjaro: On Foot Across East Africa. In 1997, Ridgeway, his guides, and a few fellow travelers completed a foot safari across Tsavo National Park. The book is replete with encounters with wild animals, historical research of the Tsavo desert, and nuanced observations about the past, present and futureof the area. It is a captivating read, and is sure to provide discussion. Join us on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM in the Great Hall of Evald Hall. Todd Cleveland will lead the conversation. Travel Reads is free and open to the public.
EXPLORING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: WHITE PRIVILEGE SUMMIT 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The 2012 White Privilege Summit Core Committee is requesting program proposals for this year's theme, Exploring Economic Inequality. The Summit provides an opportunity for critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, environment, health, religion and systems of privilege and oppression. Members of the core committee chose this theme in an effort to broaden the scope of this year's Summit. By offering a series of facilitated workshops designed to offer a wide range of perspectives, the committee hopes to create a challenging learning experience for all participants. Your voice is critical to the workshop's success.
Midwest Faculty Seminar Presents "Alternative Modernities"
April 12-14, 2012
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
If you are interested in attending, please contact Pareena Lawrence.
Final 2011-2012 Topic:
April 12-14, 2012 (Note new seminar dates)
Deadline to contact Pareena Lawrence: March 12, 2012
Registration Deadline: March 24, 2012
SAVE THE DATE FOR ART@HEART
Friday, April 27, 2012
Figge Art Museum
Join us on Friday, April 27 at ART @ Heart, a fundraising dinner to benefit the Figge's education programs and exhibitions. Doors open at 6:30 PM with cocktails, socializing and the opportunity to view examples of how the Quad City community is engaged at the Figge. Dinner with commence around 7:30 PM. Following dinner there will be a short program with featured speaker Mark Schwiebert and live auction of Figge programs by emcee, Kai Swanson. RSVP early and save! Individual tickets are available for $100 through April 20. Make your reservation for 2 by April 6 and save $25! Interested in bringing friends? Call 563-326-7804 x2007 to learn more about table sponsorships.
RECOGNITION OF STUDENT HONORS
SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION
All faculty and staff are invited to the Recognition of Student Honors at 11:30 AM in Hanson Hall of Science Room 102, in conjunction with the Celebration of Learning, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012. This program will honor underclassmen receiving honors. No registration for the Celebration of Learning is required to attend the Recognition of Student Honors, if you are not actively presenting or otherwise attending the Celebration of Learning.
All faculty and staff are also invited to the Senior Honors Convocation scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM in Centennial Hall. The ceremony will recognize academic and departmental honors for senior students, senior students in Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, and SGA awards. FACULTY WILL WEAR ACADEMIC REGALIA DURING THE SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION EVENT.
Please mark these events on your calendar.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Faculty Forum on Curricular Reform
Monday, March 26, 2012
4:30 - 5:30 PM
4:00 - 5:00 PM
- Monday, March 19, 2012 (week 3)
- Monday, April 16, 2012 (week 7)
- Monday, May 7, 2012 (week 10)
DEANS' MEETING WITH DEPARTMENT & PROGRAM CHAIRS
5:00 - 6:00 PM
• Thursday, March 22, 2012
• Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Thursday, May 17, 2012
Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102
- Thursday, March 22, 2012
11:30 - 12:15
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
- Thursday, May 3, 2012
11:00 - 12:00
Full Faculty Meetings
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
• Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Vote on Curricular Realignment Proposal
White Privilege Summit
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Recognition of Student Honors Program (underclassmen) and Celebration of Learning
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Hanson Science 102
Senior Honors Convocation Program
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012