Monday, October 1

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Interfaith Event: Religion and the Middle East in the New today: Lunch and Conversation
Cyrus Zargar and Augustana students presenting. 
A light lunch will be provided. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.
College Center Board Room 

Tuesday, October 2

8:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Google Sites Basics
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109 

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Salon
Greg Tapis will lead the discussion of  politics and business
Black Culture House 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Ann Boaden, English Dept.
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:30 - 5:30 PM - Special Collections Grand Reopening and Open House
Refreshments served
Tredway Library, first floor 

Wednesday, October 3

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Adventures of the Promise", tracking God's promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and asking how those promises intersect with our lives. Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's & Gender Studies Tea Hour Series "Who Wants to Marry a Hundredaire? Some Responses to an 18th-Century Personal Ad"
presented by Margaret France (English)
Evald Hall Great Room 

7:30 - 10:00 PM - Debate Watch
All are welcome to watch the first presidential debate along with faculty from communications studies, political science and debate. Snacks provided.
Evald Great Hall 

Thursday, October 4

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center 

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Intermediate Word
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Division Meetings
See locations in Announcements 

5:00 PM - Groundbreaking for the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex
on the site of the new Charles D. Lindberg Stadium and the Ken Anderson Academic All-America Club
Ericson Football field, by the scoreboard 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Interfaith Event: Sukkot: A Fall Celebration!
Join in as we celebrate and learn about the Jewish agricultural holiday of Sukkot. We will create a "Sukkah" and enjoy a fall harvest themed dinner
Students, faculty and staff are welcome
Begin at the Gazebo on the Library Lawn and end at Founders Hall Basement Lounge

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  "Amelie"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

7:30 - 8:30 PM - Dr. Louise Leakey, paleontologist, conservationist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, will give the talk, "A Human Journey: What Fossils Tell Us"
Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum will be open prior to the lecture
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

7:30 PM - Eric Stewart will lecture "Should Ethicists Use the Bible?
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

Friday, October 5

3:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Smart Classroom Training (Mac)
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Sorensen 104

3:30 - 5:30 PMGuest Artist Masterclass-Demondrea Thurman, euphonium
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - An abbreviated discussion of three admissions and recruitment topics
presented by Kent Barnds, Dane Rowley and Sue Standley
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 - 10:00 PM - Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer is known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix and free-flowing delivery. His debut album, "Andy Grammer," was released in 2011
Centennial Hall 

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

Saturday, October 6

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Four Choirs Concert
The Four Choir Concert features the Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Cantilena Augustana, Ascension Singers, and Chamber Singers
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, October 7

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster Premiere
Featuring Wagner's "Rienzi Overture," Dvorak "Symphony No. 8," and the "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor" by Max Bruch performed by Naha Greenholtz, the symphony's new concertmaster
Contact Quad City Symphony Box Office, 563-322-7276
Centennial Hall 

Volume 10, Issue 7 - October 1, 2012


Faculty Needs Assessment 2012

Thank you for participating in the Faculty Needs Assessment for 2012. We received 100 responses; you can see the results for yourself HERE, or visit the ACTL Moodle site (found under Departments and Other Groups/Faculty).

Before summarizing what we have planned thus far, I'd like to ask for your help in developing additional Friday Conversations (or other sorts of workshops) on teaching, mentoring, and research/publication.  To this end, please let me know your areas of expertise so that I am not always calling on "the usual suspects." You can fill out this short form (or just shoot me an email) letting me know what you have to share with the campus in regards to professional development. DO NOT BE SHY OR MODEST.

Here's a summary of our current programming:

As in the past, learning how to incorporate active learning strategies into our classes is high on the list of priorities in the Faculty Needs survey; 87% of faculty respondents expressed interest in this. In what I am sure will be the first of several sessions from different colleagues on this topic, Mindi Mull (Psychology) will be offering her insights from the workshop led by Ken Bain that she attended in a Friday Conversation scheduled for this week.

73% of faculty said that they were very or somewhat interested in learning more about "mentoring individual or small group research projects." This is not surprising given that so many of us are involved in advising and directing SI projects now. We began our discussion of this with a Friday Conversation hosted by the Student Research Committee on September 14; look for an updated website listing new funding opportunities for student-faculty research in the coming weeks. To further our conversation about best practices in undergraduate student research, Ellen Hay and I are planning a mini-conference this spring (probably in April, date TBA) where we'll invite faculty from regional colleges and universities to talk about how they structure and mentor student work, so that we can learn from each other --and get to know folks working through some of the same issues that we are.

65% of faculty said that they were very or somewhat interested in having more training on student advising. To this end, we've planned three Friday conversations this year dealing with student advising (September 7, January 18, and April 5). In addition, the Office of International and Off Campus Programs and the Multicultural Services Office are  teaming up to offer two more sessions on Understanding International & Multicultural Students. The dates are Monday, November 26th and Thursday, November 29th. 

Faculty also expressed a great deal of interest in learning more about how to do teaching and performance evaluation; Faculty Welfare will be sponsoring a Friday Conversation on this topic on October 12; look for other sessions on preparing pre-tenure and promotion materials.  The Office of International and Office Campus Programs will be hosting a Friday Conversation on "taking students with you" (i.e., planning off campus trips from the ground up) on December 7.

Please keep sending me ideas for the kinds of talks and workshops you'd like to see! And enjoy this gorgeous fall weather.