Monday, October 22

8:00 - 8:30 AM - Clogustana Performance
Lower Quad in front of Olin 

4:30 PM - High School Chamber Festival Concert
Centennial Hall 

7:30 PM -Pre-Presidential Debate Discussion
8:00  - 9:30 PM - Debate Coverage
9:30 - Brief Post-Debate Discussion
Olin 109 

Tuesday, October 23

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Flu Shots
Free for Augustana Health Plan participants; $20 for non-participants
Chicago Room, College Center, 2nd floor

9:45 AM - Guiding Life Wellness Program Open Forum
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor 

10:45 AM - Guiding Life Wellness Program Open Forum
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Peter Kivisto, Sociology Dept.
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

2:00 PM - Guiding Life Wellness Program Open Forum
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor  

2:00 PM - 15th annual fall Frieze Lecture Series on the theme "What the Dickens?"
Karin Youngberg will provide an overview of the life and work of Charles Dickens, setting the table for the Series' consideration of Dickens' place in literature and history 
Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 

4:30 - 7:30 PM - Harvest Buffet
College Center Dining Room 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Hallowdreen
Trick-or-treat open to children (ages 0-12) of Augie's staff, faculty and administration
Andreen Hall 

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Wednesday, October 24

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 

2:30 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: Google Forms (surveys)
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

5:00 - 6:00 PM - After Hours Poetry and Prose
Students and faculty are invited for a weekly hour of ungraded creative writing.
Sorensen Hall Break Room/Lounge  

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Augustana's Haunted History Tour

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Thursday, October 25

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

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: Google Apps Basic
RSPV to Kristina Jansson  x7476
Olin 109

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Augustana Wellness Team's Poker Walk
The Slough Path (starting by Denkmann Hall) 

6:00 - 9:00 PM - College Night at the Figge: Maximum Exposure
Free admission for college students, faculty and staff. The theme Maximum Exposure, through photo, video, dance and social media opportunities, celebrates the exhibition "Posing Beauty."
Create and view submissions for the College Night YouTube Video contest that poses the questions "What makes you beautiful?" and "What makes other people beautiful?" VISA gift cards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. For more information, visit the Figge YouTube channe
Figge Museum, 225 W 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa 

6:30 - 8:00 PM - A Night of Explosions, Color Changes, and Toothpaste?
Augustana chemistry students and faculty will perform exciting chemistry demonstrations. All ages are welcome.
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday. Family and friends remember those who have died. Altars will be outside Ascension Chapel and one in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.
Casa Latina

Friday, October 26

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - College Learning Outcomes Statements presented by the Assessment Committee
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 - 10:00 PM - Augustana Choir and Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble Fall Concert
Centennial Hall 

Saturday, October 27

2:00 PM Augustana Concert Band Concert
Centennial Hall 

4:00 PM - Student Recital-Brooke Randazzo, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

7:00 PM - Pianist Leon Bates, Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist, will perform
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Concert
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, October 28

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 10 - October 22, 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.