Monday, January 16

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Meeting  CANCELLED
Wilson Center 

4:30 PM - Deadline to submit Proposals for Teaching & Learning Experiences
Academic Affairs Office

6:30 PM - Honor Band Festival Finale Concert
Featuring two high school festival bands as well as Augustana Symphonic Band
Free admission
Centennial Hall 

Tuesday, January 17

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

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Genesis Employee Assistance Program Informational Meeting
Board Room, College Center, 2nd floor 

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

5:30 PM - Sky Full of Lighters
Lantern-lighting event complete with inspiring music and hot chocolate and a ceremony to bring tears to your eyes and motivation to take a stand. Buy a lantern for only $3 and write the name of a loved one or someone you know fighting cancer, and turn the switch to light the Quad with HOPE!  Lanterns are on sale all week in the College Center or you can buy yours at the event.
Lower Quad 

Wednesday, January 18

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Faculty, Staff & Administrators' Bible Study
New Bible Study Series: "Justice for the Poor" featuring a 10-minute DVD introduction to each of the six sessions by Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners Magazine."
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's & Gender Studies Tea Series: Conquering Canaan and Making Men? Manculinity in the Book of Judges
presented by Kelly Murphy
Evald Great Hall 

7:00 PM - Hispanic Film Festival: Lula Son of Brazil
This free film is the story of the early years of Brazilian President Luis Inácio da Silva, a man who came from nowhere to eventually achieve success (Not rated; in Portuguese with subtitles). 128 min.
Free admission
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

Thursday, January 19

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Genesis Employee Assistance Program Informational Meeting
Board Room, College Center, 2nd floor

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM - 13th Annual Augustana Food Fair"
Sample a wide variety of products and help select new items for next year's menu. Free.
College Center Dining room & 2nd Floor Lounge 

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

7:00 PM - Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War"
Steve Warren leads this series of reading and discussion groups
For details or to register and obtain copies of all program materials, visit the 2nd floor reference desk or call 309-524-2470.
Free admission
Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL 

Friday, January 20

Registration for So, Jr, Sr Students

1:30 PM - Windows 7/Office 2010 Workshop
Workshop will cover "What's New" with Windows 7 and Office 2010
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale
Olin 109 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Mary Windeknecht presents "Advising:  Intervention with At-Risk Students"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center 

4:30 PM - Deadline to submit Summer Research Fellowships

7:30 PM - Percussion Ensemble Concert
A wide variety of percussion repertoire performed by Augustana students under the direction of Tony Oliver.
Free admission
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall  

Saturday, January 21

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Asian Night
Students and faculty are given a chance to try new foods and observe cultures different from their own.
Tickets will be on sale Jan. 11-16 in the College Center during lunch and dinner hours. $5 in advance; $6 at the door
Westerlin Residence Center 

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Randall Hall, saxophone
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Sunday, January 22

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM - 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Symposium
RSVP to or
Evald Hall

Volume 9, Issue 18 - January 16, 2012

This Week's Message

Intervention with at-risk students: Your role in student success.

At-risk students will always be part of the student population at Augustana College. And former at-risk students will always be part of our graduating class. Why do some at-risk students succeed and others don't? The effectiveness of our intervention efforts plays a critical role. Tinto (1987) said "a very important factor in establishing high retention rates at a college is the degree to which students establish close and supportive personal and professional relationships with faculty and other significant people on campus." For at-risk students, these relationships are a lifeline to success.

By virtue of our mission as an institution, retaining students is everyone's job. As budgets continue to tighten, retaining these students becomes more critical; it is far more costly to recruit a student than to retain one.

But what can we do as individuals to reach and support these students? This week's Friday Conversation will focus on specific tactics we can use when working with students. We'll start with a discussion of which students are at risk and why. Then we'll look at how to communicate with and support an at-risk student. What should we say and ask? How should we ask it? What are we looking for in a student's response? What are effective methods of referring students to other campus resources? When is it appropriate to refer a student to Counseling Services?

Students at-risk may expect us to provide solutions to their challenges. But we can use these situations to help build students' critical thinking and reflection skills. The article "Toward Reflective Conversations: An Advising Approach that Promotes Self-Authorship" (link below) discusses how our approach to communicating with students can help them learn from their experiences and develop decision-making skills. The concept of self-authorship will provide a foundation for the tips and tactics presented at this Friday Conversation, 4:00 PM in Wilson Center (refreshments served at 3:30 PM). Please join us!



Mary Windeknecht
Director of Advising and Retention