Monday, September 3

Labor Day - No Classes

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: Rome: Season 1 Episode 2: "How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium 

Tuesday, September 4

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Sister Bobbi Bussman
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

7:00 PM - The River Readings at Augustana: Dan Rosenberg and Eduardo Corral
Wallenberg Hall 

Wednesday, September 5

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Volunteer Fair
College Center lobby 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Feminist Tea Series "Dangerous Memories, Powerful Women" and "Velvet Jihad: South Asian Muslim Women Writers Waging a Narrative War" presented by Umme Al-Wazedi
Evald Great Hall 

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 

6:00 - 7:00 PM - Guitarist/vocalist Chris Dunn and Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English at Augustana College, will present "Songs and Stories of the Mississippi River."
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 

7:30 PM - "Religion in China Today" - Professor Wang Jianping, Shanghai Normal University
Wallenberg Hall 

Thursday, September 6

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, first floor 

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Blood Drive
College Center Loft 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: "Les Visiteurs" (France)
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Friday, September 7

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center 

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Jessica Warren-Acosta, principal flutist of the Quad City Symphony, will perform a recital and talk about her performing experiences. Warren-Acosta will perform works by Prokofieff, J. S. Bach, Debussy, and Doppler.  She will be joined by Augustana faculty members Mary Neil on piano and Janet Stodd on flute.
Wallenberg Hall 

Saturday, September 8

10:00  AM - 5:00 PM - 20th Annual East End Neighborhood Fair
Offering food and entertainment, plus information from various organizations
Free admission
St. John's Lutheran church, 4501 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 

8:00 PM - Comedy troupe: Second City
Faculty and staff are permitted 4 free tickets. Contact the ticket office.
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, September 9

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 3 - September 3, 2012



This past year was Augustana's first year of a new student-run organization, Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem-a non-profit summer camp held by colleges nationwide geared to help children whose parents have, had, or passed away from cancer--made its way to Augustana a year and a half ago through the work of one of its co-chairs, Jenna Orabutt. Being the smallest university to have a successful chapter of Camp Kesem by over ten thousand undergrad, it is suffice to say that it has been no small feat for everybody involved. This past year, the twenty-four student counselors of Camp Kesem were able to raise enough money to send thirty-five kids to camp, free of charge. This feat pushed the small but mighty group to raise a grand total of $37,000, with a goal to raise $60,000 for the 2012-2013 camp year. In addition, Camp Kesem earned exemplary marks on our standards this year; as a result, Camp Kesem Augustana will grow from a camp for kids six to thirteen years of age, to six to sixteen years of age. With the addition of this teen camp, Camp Kesem hopes to reach out to even more kids in the Quad Cities/ greater Iowa area to add to our ever-growing Camp Kesem family. This fundraising year is already underway, with money being raised at QC Bandits games, canning, bake sales, and more. With a growing group, new goals, and plans that are building our dreams into realities each day, we've got our plates full and ready for seconds. Our schedule is packed; be sure to keep an eye out for us!


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.



"Dangerous Memories, Powerful Women" and "Velvet Jihad:"
South Asian Muslim Women Writers Waging a Narrative War
Presented by Umme Al-Wazedi
Food and tea are provided
September 5, 2012
Evald Great Hall
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Faegheh Shirazi uses the term "Velvet Jihad," borrowed from the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution of the Czechs and Slovaks, to draw parallels between the non-violent resistance and Muslim women activists living in the Muslim world. I use the term "Velvet Jihad" to define the works of Muslim women writers who are working persistently to bring positive changes. Muslim women writers have participated in "Velvet Jihads" throughout the centuries. These writers, who have declared jihad against the patriarchs and Mullahs, are courgeous enough to resist the oppressive rules of Islamic fundamentalism in their homes and in the state throughout their writing which is always non-violent. Taslima Nasrin and Tehmina Durrani are also participating in this jihad. Social conditions in South Asian societies have compelled Nasrin and Durrani to engage in a struggle against religious oppression, a struggle waged largely in words, a velvet jihad and that is why it is important to re-read, reassess and reexamine the works of these writers against a new world order. However, when they published their works they were accused of "selling their stories" to the Western audience with the purpose of degrading Islam and their tradition and culture. Why is it that when a Muslim woman writes about the oppression of Islam she is accused of "selling her story?" What is their position in the discourse of Islam, gender and feminism in South Asia?


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

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. 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.

"What do I say?  Managing difficult conversations with advisees"
Wilson Center
4:00 - 5:00 PM (refreshments at 3:30 PM)

Effective advising and mentoring often require having tough conversations with students about their expectations and aspirations. The pre-med student who doesn't pass CHEM 121, the student who hopes to teach but doesn't meet the program GPA requirements, and the student who hovers around a 2.0 cumulative GPA -- we've all worked with students in these situations. But how can we guide the conversation with our students and advisees in a way that helps them learn from the situation and go on to be successful at Augie and beyond?

This week's Friday Conversation will deal with these tough questions. How can we lay an early foundation to help students weather challenges to their academic goals? What specific guidance and encouragement can we give to a student? How can we help them deal with the fallout they may face after a change in their plans. We'll look at the three scenarios above and discuss best practices for each.

Please join us on Friday, September 7, in the Wilson Center from 3:30 - 5 pm.



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.



By Carol Gilbertson
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
5:00 PM

Dr. Carol Gilberton will read from her new book of poems, From a Distance, Dancing. Gilbertson, a recently retired professor of English at Luther College, will share her poems about growth and death, exotic travel and Midwestern home, fervent worship and anxious doubt.

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. 


7:30 PM

Sometimes mathematicians and scientists can seem obsessive, and their insistence on technicalities overblow. But these minute details really do matter, and are important to how we see the world. Christopher Essex will explain why these aspects of science matter, including topics such as what Grover didn't teach you about near and far, and calculus as a matter of life and death.

Christopher Essex comes to Augustana as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar.  Essex is a former director of the Theoretical Physics Program at University of Western Ontario, where he is a professor of applied mathematics. He is the co-discoverer of the entropy production paradox. His work on radiation thermodynamics was highlighted at the 2011 Joint European Thermodynamics Conference, and he has taught on this subject at the UNESCO advanced school in Udine, Italy.  A featured speaker at the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival, he was a visiting professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark, an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow, and an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in modeling at the Canadian Climate Centre. He was appointed to the governing council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and is a permanent member of the World Federation of Scientists, based at CERN.

Lecture by Stephen E. Osman, independent scholar
Monday, September 17, 2012
7:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Dakota Conflict, historian Stephen E. Osman will speak on the single most important event in Minnesota's 154-year history. In six tragic weeks more were killed than all of Minnesota's Civil War deaths in combat, and the western half of the state was depopulated. Civilian casualties, adjusted for population, were nearly seven times those of 9-11. Minnesota's Dakota people were evicted from the state, leaving scars that remain to this day. Learn about the causes, visit the battlefields, and consider the legacy of the Dakota War in a colorful presentation by Stephen Osman.



All classes are cancelled so that all faculty and students can participate in a common learning experience. The topic for the day is civic engagement, and the goal is to encourage discussion within and across disciplines to answer the question: What does it mean for me to be a citizen?

When: Thursday, September 27th 9:00 AM-3:45 PM


9:00 - 10:15 AM Small group meetings with advisors
10:30 - 11:45 AM Keynote Address: Paul Loeb  Soul of a Citizen: Hope in a time of fear  
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:45 - 3:00 PM Concurrent sessions
3:15 - 3:45 PM Small group meetings with advisors

The day will start with small group meetings between advisors and advisees. A member of the Convocation Committee should have touched base with your department to discuss the logistics of these meetings. The Convocation Committee will assign locations for these meetings, but we will ask each advisor to communicate the location to their advisees. No need to be worried about what you will discuss during this meeting. The Convocation Committee will provide a list of questions/prompts to get the day started. You can expect to receive these questions a week before the event.


We'll come together in Centennial Hall for the Keynote address (we will try to arrange an overflow space, too).



Concurrent sessions will begin after lunch. If you volunteered to lead a concurrent session, you should have received a google form over email requesting information about your session. If you would still like to volunteer, please email Kristin Douglas. There will be speakers from the QCA, movie screenings, a debate presented by the debate team, opportunities for some students to travel off campus to "do" civic engagement, plus all of the faculty lead sessions!



After the concurrent sessions, advisors and advisees will meet again. This discussion will provide an opportunity to help students see the connections between the keynote address, concurrent sessions, and their lives. We'll provide some questions and prompts for this meeting, too.


Questions? Ask any member of the Convocation Committee: Jeff Coussens, Umme Al-Wazedi, Tim Muir, Jason Mahn, Nadia Novotorova, Mariano Maglhaes, Ken Brill, Kristen Glass Perez, Keri Rursch, Ryan White, Kristin Douglas

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.



 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