Monday, April 16

All final catalog changes due to Beth Ducey for the 2012-13 catalog

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY meeting
Wilson Center 

Tuesday, April 17

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Spring Preview Day

10:45 AM - General Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

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

11:30 - 12:20 - Faculty Forum on Chap. 4 of Faculty Handbook
Chicago Room, College Center 

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

8:00 PM - Student Recital: Jessica Aldis and Caitlin Gmitro, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Wednesday, April 18

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, 1st floor, Sorensen Hall

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Faculty, Staff & Administrators' Bible Study
Bible Study for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Tea Hour Series: Electrical the Embryo: An Alternative Guide to Pregnancy, presented by Farah Marklevits
Evald Great Hall 

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Kenn Pennington Lecture "Women on the Rack: The Use of Torture in Medieval and Early Modern Courts"
Old Main 122 

7:00 PM - WVIK - A Little Night Music
Performers include: Charles Schmidt, Janet Stodd, Michelle Crouch, Samantha Keehn, Deborah Dakin, Rob Elfline, Janina Ehrlich
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Thursday, April 19

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Ken Anderson "My Career As I Remember It"
Centennial Hall 

11:30 AM - Pre-Tenure Paid Leave Report Presentation/Chem Chats
Greg Domski presents: "Molecular Bushwhacking: Design and Synthesis of Novel Donor Functionalized Mono- and Bisimidazolium Salts, Their Corresponding Ruthenium (II) Complexes, and Applications to Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation"
Hanson Hall of Science 203 

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department & Program Chairs
Wilson Center 

7:00 PM - River Readings: Jaimy Gordon
Author Jaimy Gordon is the winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Lord of Misrule
Free and open to the public
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

7:00 PM - World Hunger: Food, Water, and Energy Film Series: "The Polyface Farm"
Lemonade and cookies served
Evald Great Hall 

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Birds and Window Collisions: What Can Be Done?
presented by Steve Hager
Black Hawk State Historic Site, Singing Bird Nature Center, 15th Street and 45th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 

Friday, April 20

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Google Forms Workshop
Olin 105 

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Augustana Retirees Reception
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Ellen Hay "Service Learning"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Student Recital: Eileen Andrews, voice and Megann Gezella, clarinet
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Saturday, April 21

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 3rd Annual Planting of Augie Acres
6th Avenue and 32nd Street, Rock Island, Illinois 

2:00 PM - Student Recital: Jakub Luba and Rachel Park, percussion
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital: James Tenney, saxophone/composition
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - International Dueling Pianos
Performers do requests, sing alongs, laugh alongs, comedy and audience participation
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Sunday, April 22

2:00 PM - Chamber Singers Spring Concert
Featuring a variety of cappella works performed by the Augustana Chamber singers
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Handbell Choir Concert
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

Volume 9, Issue 29 - April 16, 2012


April 26-27
University of Chicago

The Sawyer spring conference, "After 1948: Realignments in Politics and Culture," brings together regional and topical panels devoted to taking a measure of the political, social, and cultural transformations underway throughout the world around 1948. Building on the fall conference, "Year Zero: The World Undone," our focus on "realignments" seeks to reassess postwar trajectories through multiple aspecst of alignment, nonalignment, disalignment, and re-alignment - of nations or colonies, of cultures or artistic movements, of thinkers or disciplines. Taking as our proximate endpoint the Bandung conference of non-aligned nations in 1955, how might is aspirations and failure re-open Cold War narratives to transformations underway in the postwar period across the global north and south?

Positioning our inquiry at the interface of the worlds of geopolitics and letters, arts, and culture, we frame this conference's discussion in terms of multiple scenes of realignment underway in the contexts of the consolidation of the nation-state, the emergence of decolonization, the amelioration of genocide, and the rise of international human rights regimes. Much was in flux between violent pasts and undecided futures. If the Bandung Conference ultimately marked the organization of non-aligned nations within a logic of nation-states and regime decolonization, we take the trajectories that converged in Bandung as indicating a transforming world whose negotiation, shifting terms of alignment, and interfaces across a range of postwar geographies too often remain obscured by Cold War teleologies.

For more information about the conference please see:  The conference program can be read HERE.

Attending the conference has no cost. If you would like to receive financial support for lodging and travel expenses, please send a paragraph about your area(s) of expertise and how this conference would contribute to your teaching and/or research, with an estimate of your travel expenses. (The seminar has reserved some guest rooms at International House on the University of Chicago campus). If you are interested, please respond soon, as budget support is limited. Contact Margot Browning, Associate Director, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago,



The celebration will be the "Friday Conversation" of May 4, 2012, held in the Wilson Center. The Library needs your scholarship published, performed or exhibited April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.  Welcomed are books, journal articles, grant abstracts, SoTL articles, music compositions, plays, papers or presentations at conferences, photos or works of art.  Scholarship published, performed, or exhibited after March 31 will be included in next year's celebration.

Please send your scholarship to Ann Miller, library secretary.  The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is Friday, April 20, 2012. 

Work previously submitted to the Library will be included--you need not send it again.  Please contact Ann Miller or Carla Tracy if you have questions.




Ken Anderson:  "My Career as I Remember It"
Thursday, April 19, 2012
10:30 - 11:20 AM
Centennial Hall

Augustana alumnus Ken Anderson, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and longtime NFL coach, will speak about leadership and football. Anderson is a 1971 graduate, majoring in science and mathematics. He came to Augustana from Batavia, Ill., on a basketball scholarship. Having enjoyed playing sports year round in high school, he wrote wrote a letter to then-Augustana football coach Ralph Starenko. That letter, which has become legendary on the Augustana campus, asked Starenko if he (Anderson) "could try out for football". Starenko wisely said yes and the rest is history.

Anderson enjoyed a stellar two-sport career at Augustana, excelling in football and basketball. He was not only a 1,000 point scorer on the basketball team but also broke every record that had been set while playing quarterback for the Vikings. Upon graduation, Anderson was drafted into the NFL by the Bengals, 67th overall in the 1971 draft. He played for the Bengals for his entire 15-year football career. Augustana retired Anderson's jersey No. 14 in 2011. After his playing days were over Anderson coached from 1993-2009 for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2006) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2007-2009).

In January 2012, it was announced that thanks to Anderson's leadership and the generosity of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Augustana College is planning a major renovation and new construction project at the college's football field and physical education building. Tentative plans include stadium and locker room improvements, all-weather turf, and the addition of team meeting rooms.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012
11:30 AM
Chicago Room, College Center

The Faculty Welfare Committee is leading a Faculty Forum on a proposed revision of chapter 4 of the revised Faculty Handbook. This chapter concerns procedures for promotions and post-tenure reviews, including procedures for APT faculty. The forum will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 11:30 AM in the Chicago Room of the College Center. A draft of the revised chapter was sent to all faculty on Friday, March 23.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012
6:00 PM
Founders Hall Basement

Lee Gordon is a co-founder of the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel which works on building peace, coexistence and equality through a network of integrated, bilingual schools for Jewish and Arab children.

Please RSVP to by Sunday night.


Greg Domski presents:
"Molecular Bushwacking: Design and Synthesis of Novel Donor Functionalized Mono- and Bisimidazolium Salts, Their Corresponding Ruthenium (II) Complexes, and
Applications to Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation"
Thursday, April 19, 2012
11:30 AM
Hanson Hall of Science 203


Friday, April 20, 2012
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

The Augustana campus community will gather on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 3 to 5 PM in Wallenberg Hall to honor 12 retirees who have shared their talents with thousands of students and with us over the years. Don't miss this opportunity to visit will colleagues from across campus to offer thanks and Godspeed as they begin their life's next big adventure. Refreshments will be served.

2012 Retirees

Richard Ballman
Lou Belby
Roger Crossley
Jean DePauw
Dave DeWit
Don Erickson
Mike Finnemann
Mooch Gay
Larry McCallum
Dick Narske
Deb Nelson
Van Symons

Unable to attend:

Charlie Mahaffey
Sr. Marilyn Ring
Tom Schmulbach



Friday, April 20, 2012
4:00 PM - Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Ellen Hay and Darrin Good Present: "Service Learning 101: Beginning Steps"



Saturday, April 21, 2012
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6th Avenue and 32nd Street, Rock Island




Monday, April 23, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wilson Center

Margaret Morse presents:  "From Church to Home and Back Again: The Merging of Public and Private in Early Modern Domestic Devotional Art" 

This talk will explore the religious dimension of the  sixteenth-century Venetian household, created and reinforced by pious objects and images, and more specifically the ways in which this visual culture linked the home to a larger religious community. Civic cults infiltrated the homes through copied images. Similarly, the mass production of popular and efficacious art forms united the personal devotions of numerous households into a larger network of Christian spirituality thereby validating individual beliefs and actions. The personal also colored the public, as Venetians gave to their city's parishes and monasteries through testamentary bequests the very goods that formed the visual culture of their everyday domestic settings. By examining the ways in which images and objects physically and mentally traversed the boundaries between the so-called public and private spheres, Margaret's research highlights the importance of domestic religion and its visual culture in the broader framework of early modern faith and worship.


Sarah Skrainka presents: "Marot's Psalms as Song of the Self"

Evangelical poet Clément Marot (1496 - 1544), despite his status as "the prince of French poets," came to fear for his life following a crack-down on the nascent movement to reform the Church. When even the king's sister could no longer ensure his safety, he fled to Ferrara, Italy in early 1535. Although readers particularly appreciated his witty, autobiographical epistles, he turned away from his hallmark genre upon his return from exile. Instead, he focused renewed energy on translating the psalms, work he had begun some years earlier. Sarah's research explores the relationship between Marot's psalms and his verse epistles, asking to what extent the autobiographical impulse displayed in the latter redirects itself into the former. His contribution to the Huguenot Psalter participates as much in the literary tradition of imitatio as in a doctrinal endeavor. Ultimately, his translations reflect the deeply personal expression of a complex man involved in a continuous struggle that, for him, defined what it was to be human.

In this presentation, Sarah focuses on Marot's translation of Psalm 107 by comparing it to a number of possible source texts in Latin, as well as passages from several of the poet's most important epistles. Looking closely at the work of one poet, this discussion may be of interest to scholars of the Renaissance and Reformation, the Psalter, poetic translation and imitation, and the literature of exile.



Sunday, April 29, 2012
7:00 PM
College Center Loft
Entrance Fee: Donation

In short, an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is an inspiring event that promotes poverty awareness through an experience unlike any other. Everyone that attends will be split into groups that reflect current poverty ratios in the world. The corresponding groups receive food and accommodations that reflect their group. After the main portion of the event, guests will be able to discuss topics brought up and reflect upon the experience.  Register online now HERE. Space is limited, so register early.  Questions? Email augiehabitat@augustana.ed



Saturday, May 5, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012

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 5, 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 19, 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.




Geifman Lecture
"Surviving the Holocaust: A Young Girl in Hungary"
Agnes Schwartz, survivor of Nazi persecution
Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Wallenberg Hall

Agnes Schwartz was ten years old in Budapest, Hungary, when the city was occupied by Nazi forces in 1944. After moving to a Jewish ghetto, she was taken in as a "niece" by the family maid. During Allied bombings, Agnes was sent underground to hide for months. Agnes's father was saved by Raoul Wallenberg and hid in one of his safe houses. Her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt drowned in the Danube. Her mother was deported and perished at Bergen-Belsen.

Stone Lectureship in Judaism
"Why Did Sarah Laugh?"
Avivah Zornberg, Hebrew Bible scholar
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Wallenberg Hall

An acclaimed Torah scholar, educator, and writer based in Jerusalem, Avivah Zornberg teaches and lectures in Israel, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. As a child, Dr. Zornberg studied with her "most important Torah teacher," her father, who was a Rabbi and head of the Rabbinical Court in Glasgow, Scotland, She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jersalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past twenty-five years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes, and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

Geifman Fellowship in Jewish Culture
Annual fellowship held by students who learn and teach Jewish culture
Applications due May 1

For guidelines and applications, go to
or contact Margi Rogal for more details:


Friday, April 27, 2012
6:30 PM
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.



Late last term, the Convocation Committee requested your input on themes for each of next year's Convocation Symposia. Your votes determined the following themes:

Fall term (Thursday, September 27): Politics and/or Common Good. This theme could include discussions about political candidates in a debate, discussions of civil discourse, corporate responsibility, and what it means to be a citizen.

Winter term (Wednesday, January 23): Environmental Issues. This theme could include discussions about food, energy, climate, agriculture, business, and literature. 

Spring term (Tuesday, April 9): Social Justice. This theme could include discussions about global citizenship, immigration, social entrepreneurship, activism, privilege, and religion.

Now, we need to start planning! We are going to need your help to build thought provoking, engaging, and meaningful experiences for our students. Do you know of a particularly engaging speaker relating to one of these themes? A play? A documentary? An artist? ALL ideas are welcome.

Send your emails to Kristin Douglas, Convocation Coordinator '12-'13



If you have a high-school aged child (age 16 and over) at home who needs to complete service hours for school or a club, or if your son/daughter simply enjoys volunteering, please ask them to consider ushering for Commencement on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Volunteers would need to be dressed in appropriate business attire, provide their own transportation to and from the i wireless Center, and arrive by 1:00 PM. Responsibilities would include handing out programs, answering patron questions and giving directions. Once the ceremony begins at 3:00 PM, volunteers would be free to either leave or go into the arena to watch Commencement.

For more details, please call or email Rita Gustafson at 309-794-7236 or




Faculty Forum
Chicago Room, College Center

Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102

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

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

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

Recognition of Student Honors Program (underclassmen) and Celebration of Learning
Saturday, May 5, 2012

11:30 AM
Hanson Science 102 

Senior Honors Convocation Program
Saturday, May 19, 2012
12:00 Noon
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, May 20, 2012
3:00 PM
iWireless Center