Monday, September 10

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

Regional Interest Sessions: 
4:00 PM - SriLanka & India 
4:30 PM - Latin America
5:00 PM - Africa
5:30 PM - U.S.A. 
Community Engagement Center Classroom, Sorensen Hall, 1st Floor  

6:00 - 7:00 PM - Take the Scare Out of Profair Workshop
Evald 18 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: Rome: Season 1 Episode 3: "An Owl in a Thornbush"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, September 11

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - CMS Training
Olin 110 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - President Steve Bahls
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:00 - 4:00 PM - CMS Training
Olin 110

5:00 PM - "From a Distance, Dancing", Dr. Carol Gilbertson, retired professor of English, Luther College reads from her new book of poems
Evald Hall 120 

Wednesday, September 12

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, September 13

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

3:30 - 5:30 PM - Safe Zone Training
College Center Board Room 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - WVIK Community Advisory Board
WVIK Community Advisory Board meetings are held so the community can share thoughts, suggestions and concerns about WVIK's programming and community service.
WVIK Office 

6:00 - 7:00 PM - "Renewals and Reinventions: River Towns on the Mississippi River" presented by Norm Moline
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 

7:00 PM - "David and Bathsheba: From Midrash to Marc Chagall" presented by Kelly Murphy, Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow"
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:30 - 8:30 PM - "When Scientific Technicalities Matter" presented by Christopher Essex, professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Western Ontario; a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar. His talk is about how scientific minutiae are important to how we comprehend our world, and whether we are able to fear it or marvel at it.
Olin Auditorium 

Friday, September 14


9:00 - 10:30 AM - Augustana Association of Educational Office Personnel (AAEOP) Kick-off meeting
Wilson Center 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Exploring Models of Undergraduate Scholarship" presented by Bill Hammer and Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Co-chairs, Student Research Committee
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center 

7:30 PM - Guest Speaker Dr. Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the city University of New York, presents: "Perle Fine and Lee Krasner: From the Hoffman School to Abstract Expressionism"
Reception and book signing in the Augustana College Art Museum after the presentation
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building 

7:30 PM - The Izumi Ashizawa Performance Company will perform "Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady," including elements of Japanese No, Kabuki, and Suzuki styles, an original music score and puppets as well as actors.
Free admission
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

Saturday, September 15


10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Out of the Darkness Quad Cities Community Walk
Two campus groups - Active Minds on Campus and Psychology Club - are participating in this fundraiser and suicide prevention. Check-in is at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Lincoln Park, Rock Island. The 3- to 5-mile walk begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Online registration ends at noon Sept. 14 but on-site registration will be available.

Lincoln Park, 1100 38th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 

Sunday, September 16


Volume 10, Issue 4 - September 10, 2012



The Faculty Welfare Committee is pleased to welcome Jennifer Moon (x7502) from the Dean of Students Office to their support team. Jen will take over most clerical duties for the Committee. Faculty who need to ask questions about scheduling and submission of review materials should contact Jen rather than the Academic Affairs office. Of course, larger procedural questions about Faculty Welfare matters should be directed to the chair, Steve Klien.




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!



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 - Africa

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 - U.S.A.

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.



Presented by our own Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow in Religion:  Kelly Murphy|
Thursday, September 13, 2012
7:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 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, the founder of an everlasting dynasty. The major exception to David's positive depiction is the shocking story of David and Bathsheba. Professor Murphy 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.




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. 


Presented by Guest Speaker Dr. Gail Levin
Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies
at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York
7:30 PM
Larson Hall, followed by a reception in the Augustana College Art Museum

Support for this program is provided by the Augustana College Institute for Leadership and Service, the Augustana College Art Museum and the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Endowment.


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 AM - 4:00 PM 

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
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 Thurs., October 4, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Thurs., January 17, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Thurs., April 4, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Bergendoff 12
Language & Literature Thurs., October 4, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Olin 305
January 17, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Olin 307
April 4, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Olin 110
Natural Science Thurs., October 4, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Hanson Science 402
Thurs., January 17, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Hanson Science 102
Thurs., April 4, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Hanson Science 102
Business & Education Thurs., October 4, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Evald 315
Thurs., January 17, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Evald 315
Thurs., April 4, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Evald 315
History, Philosophy and Religion Thurs., October 4, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Sorensen 327
Thurs., January 17, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Sorensen 327
Thurs., April 4, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Sorensen 255
Social Science Thurs., October 4, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Evald 21
Thurs., December 13, 2012 4:30 - 5:30 PM Evald 21
Thurs., April 4, 2013 4:30 - 5:30 PM Evald 21


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

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     
Hanson Hall of Science 109

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                   
10:00  AM
Centennial Hall

152nd Annual Commencement Convocation Ceremony
Sunday, May 19, 2013                   
3:00 PM      
iWireless Center