Monday, September 17

3:30 - 5:30 PM - Safe Zone Training Session for Faculty and Staff
Board Room, College Center 

7:00 PM - "Minnesota's Other Civil War: The Dakota Conflict of 1862" lecture presented by Stephen E. Osman, independent scholar, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Dakota Conflict
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:00 PM - "Families are Messy"
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Tuesday, September 18

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Michael Gerber, '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

12:00 - 4:00 PM - ProFair
Pepsico Recreation Center 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Tredway Library Prize Award Ceremony for 2012 Recipient Natali Bode
Tredway Library, South end, 2nd floor 

Wednesday, September 19

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 

8:00 PM - Heywire Fall Show
Free Admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Thursday, September 20

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

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

7:00 - 8:00 PM - River Readings at Augustana: Poet Carl Phillips, professor of English and African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, will read from his work. A reception and book signing will follow. Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: "Run Lola Run (Germany)"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium 

Friday, September 21

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Different experiences, different retention rates: Can senior survey data help us understand persistence?" presented by Mark Salisbury
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center 

4:00 - 8:00 PM - Illinois Native Plant Society Annual Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 

9:00 PM - Adam Kaul's band Subatlantic will open for Plume Giant in an all-ages show
Tickets are $6
Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 

Saturday, September 22

8:00 PM - Illusionist Mike Super
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, September 23

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 5 - September 17, 2012


September 17, 2012
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Board Room, College Center

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 17, in the College Center Board Room. 



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 Carver Center 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


Thursday, September 27, 2012
4:30 PM (4:30 refreshments)
Dahl Room, College Center

The first Faculty Research Forum will convene on Thursday, 27 September at 4:00 for refreshments, and 4:30 for conversation in the Dahl Room of the College Center. The Faculty Research Forum (FRF) is a friendly, interdisciplinary working group of researchers and writers that gathers once a term (this year) to workshop works-in-progress (e.g., book chapters, grant proposals, conference papers, journal articles, book proposals, and other forms of scholarly production).  Volunteers submit their work to the group, and then we gather over drinks and snacks to ask questions and provide constructive critiques--all in an effort to improve our research and writing.

Our first meeting will discuss two pieces of SOTL (Science of Teaching and Learning) research that will be distributed approximately 7-10 days before our meeting, which enable you more than adequate time to read the pieces and provide feedback to the authors. 

You do not have to have something to present to the group in order to participateAll you need to do is read as much of the distributed material as possible, come, contribute comments, listen, learn and enjoy the fellowship

One of the most positive benefits from participating in this group is we get to see the type of work others in our academic community are doing, contribute to their work, and informally socialize with others from multiple disciplines.

If you are interested in being part of this group--whether or not you have something to have reviewed by others - or wish to learn more--please contact Bob Tallitsch to get added to the distribution list.


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:  



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
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thursday, December 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 17, 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 - Olin Auditorium
   (this will be a Faculty Meeting perhaps with Senate business)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013

Full-Faculty Meetings
Olin Auditorium 

Monday, August 20, 2012              
4:30 - 5:30

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
Thurs., January 17, 2013 4:30-5:30 PM Olin 307
Thurs., 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, 2012 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 Division 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                                    
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 AM - 12:00 Noon                              
Hanson Science 102

Augie Reads Kickoff

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

Senior Honors Convocation
Saturday, May 18, 2013                  
12:00 - 1:00  PM                                
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, Moline, IL