Monday, August 27

7:00 PM -Independent & International Film Series:  Rome: Season 1 Episode 1: "The Stolen Eagle"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium 

Tuesday, August 28

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Dr. John Hildreth, Music
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

Wednesday, August 29

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 

Thursday, August 30

9:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall 

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Art Beat with WAUG
Enjoy a social hour in the Art Museum featuring a live music broadcast with students of WAUG Radio. On display is "Tranquil Power: The Art of Perle Fine"
Augustana College Art Museum, Centennial Hall 

Friday, August 31

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Pareena Lawrence "Academic Planning: Vision, Values and Priorities, Part II continued"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center 

Saturday, September 1

No events scheduled

Sunday, September 2

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 2 - August 27, 2012


SEPTEMBER 13 AND 17, 2012
3:30 - 5:30 PM

Many of us have "Safe Zone" stickers on our office doors indicating that we want to be supportive of LGBT student stickers, and most of us are happy to lend an ear to students struggling with sexuality. But are we prepared to really help these students? Residential Life and the Women's and Gender Studies program will provide an opportunity to those who want to offer extra support. Safe Zone Training Sessions will be offered 3:30-5:30 p.m. on September 13 and 17, in the College Center Board Room. 


The library has mounted two displays in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the tragic six-week war between the Dakota Nation and the U.S. government, which resulted in killings on both sides; the largest mass execution in U.S. history; the deportation of hundreds of Dakota from Minnesota; and scholars believe, a series of wars that led finally to Wounded Knee. On 2nd floor (in the library's new exhibit space), books from Special Collections and the regular collection show how publications chronicled the conflict, beginning with Isaac Heard's 1865 history and extending to the present day. Also featured are two Dakota objects on loan from the Putnam Museum: a beaded hatband and a pipe bowl in the shape of a hatchet. On 1st floor, the newly-renovated Special Collections exhibits manuscript materials and photographs about the Dakota Conflict, particularly items related to the imprisonment of 200 Dakota at Camp McClellan in Davenport, Iowa. Many of these items come from the papers of Thomas S. Williamson and John H. Hauberg, whose papers are held in Augustana Special Collections.


Lecture by Kelly Murphy, Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow, Religion Department
Thursday, September 13, 2012
7:00 PM
Hanson Science Building 102

King David is one of the major figures of the Hebrew Bible, and most of the biblical texts are unambiguous about him--he is God's chosen, Israel's king, and the founder of an everlasting dynasty. The major exception to David's positive depiction is found in the shocking story of David and Bathsheba. Kelly Murphy, Bergendoff Fellow in the Religion Department, will reflect on some of the many ways that the story of David and Bathsheba has been told, retold, and interpreted, from midrashic readings to the paintings of Marc Chagall.

Professor Murphy holds degrees from Emory University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the texts of the Hebrew Bible from both historical and literary perspectives, and on the history of interpretation of these texts, stretching from the ancient world until today.  



SEPTEMBER 4, 2012:  Dan Rosenberg and Eduardo Corral
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
7:00 PM

Dan Rosenberg is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012), which won the 2011 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and a chapbook, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010). His poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in Pleiades, Conduit, American Letters & Commentary, and elsewhere. After graduating from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2007, he was a teaching fellow at Augustana College from August of 2007 to May of 2010. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, and is the co-editor of Transom.

Eduardo Corral has recently published his first book of poetry, Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012). In 2008, he was a creative-writing fellow at Colgate University and spent the fall semester at Buckness University. Corral was once an artist-in-residence at Yaddo in Sarasota Springs, New York, and at the beginning of 2011 he did another residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. In 2005, he won the Discovery/the Nation award, and in 2011 he won the Whiting Award. Corral became the first Latino poet to receive the coveted Yale Younger Poets Prize in 2011.



Presented by Professor Wang Jianping, Shanghai Normal University
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
7:30 PM

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, in Wallenberg Hall, Professor Wang Jianping, Chief of the Religious Studies Program and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Shanghai Normal University, will present a lecture entitled "Religion in China Today."  As you know, there is growing interest in religion in China today.  Professor Wang will update us on what is happening.  It's a lecture you won't want to miss.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Department of Religion and the Asian Studies Program at Augustana.

Professor Wang was born in Shanghai in 1953, where he received his early education.  His life was disrupted during the Cultural Revolution when he was assigned for re-education to work for four years as a farm laborer at Dongfeng Farm in Yunnan.  He subsequently worked for five years at a power station affiliated with a fertilizer factory in Yunnan.

His formal education resumed in 1979 when he entered Yunnan University as a history student. He subsequently studied at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and served as an assistant research fellow there prior to going to Lund University in Sweden for his graduate studies at the university's Institute of History of Religions, where he received the M.A and Ph.D degrees. (Lund University played a significant role in the history of Augustana College; several of the early leaders of Augustana College, including Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist, the College's second president [1863-1891], were educated at Lund University.)

Professor Wang has served as a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute at Harvard University, as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University, as a Visiting Professor on the Philosophy Faculty at Lateran University in Rome, and as a Research Fellow at the Truman Institute for Peace at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Professor Wang, who is a leading expert on religion in China with particular expertise on Islam in China, has published widely both in English-language and Chinese-language journals and is the author or co-author of ten books.


Monday, September 10, 2012
Community Engagement Center Classroom, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

 International & Off-Campus Programs has four areas to highlight for potential new programs. These are areas where we either have in-country partners to pair up with Augustana faculty to create a program, or locations around the world which are somewhat underrepresented by our current programs. If you have an interest in these regions and have thoughts of creating a new program, please attend and meet like-minded faculty from across campus.

4:00 PM
Sri Lanka and India
Augustana has a new partner in Sri Landa which will help us recruit Sri Lankan students. They are also eager to assist us with possible study abroad programs in Sri Lanka. We are expanding this area to include India. If you have an interest in South Asia, join us at 4:00.

4:30 PM
Latin America
Augustana has ongoing programs in Ecuador (Spanish), Nicaragua (Health Sciences) and Guatemala (Psychology) and last winter we had an outstanding term-abroad in Brazil, but there is room for growth in the region. Whether it is the Southern Cone, the Andes, Central America, or the Caribbean (Cuba, anyone?) if your interests lie in ALatin America, join us at 4:30

5:00 PM
Augustana will be running the Ghana Winter Term program this year, and we have an exchange agreement in Botswana, but Africa remains an area of growing student interest and great opportunities for new programs. If you have an interest in Southern Africa, Morocco, Tanzania or West Africa, join us at 5:00.

5:30 PM
Study Away or Domestic Study programs offer a range of potential programming which is largely untapped.  Augustana currently has Geology programs in the Rockies and the Badlands, an Education program in Florida, Internships in DC, Denver and Houston, and the upcoming Winter Term at Holden Village, but we are certainly looking for more ideas and initiatives.  Perhaps a trimester in NYC, or the American Southwest, the DC-Baltimore corridor, Savannah or Charleston, or a term exploring the Mississippi River from North to South & back again.  Let's brainstorm together.  Join the discussion at 5:30.

Hope to see you there.  Let's get the idea machine cranked up and see what develops.



For your information, dates of major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays which will occur while Augustana is in session for 2012-2013 are as follows so that you may know of potential schedule conflicts involving large numbers of students. All students are responsible for negotiating their needs around religious practices with the professor.

Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Muslim holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Muslim holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and the actual dates are determined by direct observation of the moon and announced by the mosque.


Date Holiday Religion
Friday, July 20, 2012 First Day of Ramadan Muslim
Sunday, August 19, 2012 Eid-al-Fitr Muslim
Mon., Sept. 17-Tues., Sept. 18, 2012 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Yom Kippur Jewish
Mon., Oct. 1 - Tues., Oct. 2, 2012 Sukkot, first two days Jewish
Monday, October 8, 2012 Simchat Azteret Jewish
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Simchat Torah Jewish
Tues., Oct. 16 - Wed., Oct. 24, 2012 Navaratri Hindu
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Dussehra Hindu
Friday, October 26, 2012 Eid-al-Adha Muslim
Monday, November 12, 2012 Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'i
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Diwali Hindu
Sun., Dec. 9 - Thurs., Dec. 16, 2012 Hanukkah Jewish
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Christmas Christian
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Ash Wednesday Christian
Sunday, February 24, 2013 Purim Jewish
Tues., March 26 - Wed., March 27, 2013 Passover, first 2 days Jewish
Friday, March 29, 2013 Good Friday Christian
Sunday, March 31, 2013 Easter Christian
Monday, April 1 - Tues., April 2, 2013 Passover, last 2 days Jewish
Sunday, April 21, 2013 Ridvan Baha'i



The Fall Convocation Symposium is on Thursday, September 27, 2012. As approved by the 2011-2012 Faculty Senate, all classes are cancelled on September 27 so that all students and faculty will be available to participate in the symposium. The day's theme is civic engagement, and Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, will present the keynote address.The day's activities will  run from 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM with the keynote address in the morning and concurrent presentations and panel discussions in the afternoon.

There is now a Moodle site for the Symposium day. It is located under Departments and other groups on the main Course Categories page. Chapter 1 of Loeb's book, Soul of a Citizen, is posted on this site if you would like to use it as a reading in your course(s).

4:00 - 5:00 PM


September 5th: Umme Al-Wazedi

Title: Dangerous Memories, Powerful Women" and "Velvet Jihad:" South Asian Muslim Women Writers Waging a Narrative War

October 3rdMargaret France 

Title: Who Wants to Marry a Hundredaire? Some Responses to an 18th-Century Personal Ad



November 28th: A.J. Juskewycz

Title: Social Conflict Around Religious Freedom and Sexuality

January 16thBrian Leech 

Title: Macho Miners in an Underground Heaven and an Above-Ground Hell


March 20th: Wendy Hilton-Morrow 

Title: Sexual Identities and the Media:  What to Make of Today's 24/7 Visibility

April 17thJennifer Popple 

Title: Extinguishing the Fire in the Head: An Exploration into Feminist Theatre Directing



Special Issue, Winter 2012: "Assessment/Engagement/Impact: Results from Two Multi-Institution Collaborative Studies"

In 2005, the late Dr. Michael Nolan of Augustana College served as principal investigator for a grant from the Teagle Foundation to test the claim that the participating colleges and small universities made a demonstrable and statistically significant impact on the intellectual and ethical development of their students. The grant, "Measuring Intellectual Development and Civic Engagement through Value-Added Assessment," brought together over four years faculty, administrators, and academic staff from six member campuses to assess and discuss key findings. In 2009, Provost Ken Bladh of Wittenberg University was awarded a second grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue some of the research begun in the first Teagle grant. This second project, "Structuring Faculty Work Explicitly Around Student Learning" (2009), focused the discussion on 'high-impact teaching practices' and how institutions can sustain and encourage their use given competing demands for faculty time and sometimes inconsistent reward structures for faculty work.

The Winter 2012 issue of Chalk will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Nolan and will provide a forum for program participants from the institutions involved to share with a wider audience what they have learned on their own campuses from one another in the process of completing this grant-funded research. Send proposals or articles (1,000-3,000 words) as electronic attachments, with "Chalk submission" in the subject line, to: Submissions received by November 1, 2012 will be guaranteed consideration. (Chalk'sprimary audience is liberal arts college and university faculty.) To see previous issues, please visit our website:  



The Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College are partnering to offer a four-week lecture series on the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Dickens.

The 15th annual fall Frieze Lecture Series brings Augustana College professors into the Rock Island Main Library for thought-provoking college lectures with no grades or tests. This year's theme is "What the Dickens?" with each lecture featuring a topic related to one of the best-known writers in the English language.

The lecture series is offered in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 23, 30, November 6 and 13. Coffee and conversation follow the lectures. Dates, presenters and topics include:

Tuesday, October 23: Dr. Karin Youngberg, Augustana College English department, will provide an overview of the life and work of Charles Dickens. Dr. Youngberg, who holds Augustana's Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities, will set the table for the Series' consideration of Dickens' place in literature and history.

Tuesday, October 30: Dr. David Ellis, Augustana College history department, will speak on the world Dickens inhabited, considering the key themes and issues in British, European and global history at the time Dickens was active. 

Tuesday, November 6: Dr. Cathy Goebel, Augustana College art history department, will offer a slide lecture on artists important to Dickens. Dr. Goebel, who holds Augustana's Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, will discuss both those artists who were favorites of Dickens and those who found inspiration in his literary works.

Tuesday, November 13: Dr. Umme Al-Wazedi, Augustana College English department, will provide a post-colonial view of the staunchly pro-colonial Dickens, and consider how his place in literature has changed in a world vastly different from the one in which he lived.

Presentations are free and open to the public. For more details about events at the Rock Island Library, call 309.732-7303.



For faculty retiring in May, the college requests that notification is made to Academic Affairs in the previous calendar year within the months of August or September. September 20 will serve as the deadline for payroll data entry in order to place upcoming retirees on nine-month pay schedules. This will allow benefits and salary to cease as of May 31, as well as allowing upcoming retirees ample time to coordinate enrollment and transition to Medicare and/or Social Security benefits.


Convocation Symposia Days
9:00 - 4:00 

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013        

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

Thursday, September 20, 2012 
Thursday, October 11, 2012  (Board Room)
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013


Faculty Senate Meetings
4:00 - 5:00 PM
John Deere Lecture Hall 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013  (Full Faculty Meeting)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013

Full-Faculty Meetings
Olin Auditorium 

Monday, November 12, 2012
4:00 - 5:00

Friday, February 1, 2013
4:00 - 5:00

Thursday, April 25, 2013
4:30 - 5:30

Division Meetings

Fine & Performing Arts 10/4/12 4:30-5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
1/17/13 4:30-5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
4/4/13 4:30-5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature 10/4/12 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 305
1/17/13 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 307
4/4/13 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 110
Natural Science 10/4/12 4:30-5:30 PM Hanson Science 402
1/17/13 4:30-5:30 PM Hanson Science 102
4/4/13 4:30-5:30 PM Hanson Science 102
Business & Education 10/4/12 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 315
1/17/13 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 315
4/4/13 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 315
Social Science 10/4/12 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 21
12/13/12 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 21
4/4/13 4:30-5:30 PM Evald 21
Hist., Phil. & Religion 10/4/12 4:30-5:30 PM Sorensen 327
1/17/13 4:30-5:30 PM Sorensen 327
4/4/13 4:30-5:30 PM Sorensen 255


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

Monday, September 10, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Monday, January 21, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013 Evald Great Hall
      (Augie Reads Kickoff)


Educational Policies Committee
4:30 - 5:30        
Swenson Geosciences Conference Room 103

General Education Committee
4:00 - 5:00        
Evald 305

Celebration of Learning

Saturday, May 4, 2013                        
9:30 - 2:00        
Hanson Science

Recognition of Student Honors Program (for underclassmen

Saturday, May 4, 2013                         
11:30 - 12:00   
Hanson Science 102

Augie Reads Kickoff

Monday, May 6, 2013                          
4:00 - 5:00        
Evald Great Hall

Senior Honors Convocation

Saturday, May 18, 2013                       
12:00 - 1:00      
Centennial Hall 

Baccaulaureate Service
Sunday, May 19, 2012                          
Centennial Hall

152nd Annual Commencement Convocation Ceremony
Sunday, May 19, 2013                          
iWireless Center