Monday, September 24

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Nizhny Novgorod Institute meeting for faculty
Augustana has an agreement of cooperation with the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management & Business (NIMB) in Russia. Faculty are invited to join Dr. Olga Ponomareva and Dr. Liudmila Lazareva to talk about research collaboration with NIMB,  including possible publication and participation in conference presentations at NIMB
Olin 105 

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

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  "Rome: Season 1, Episode 4: Stealing from Saturn"
Free admission
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Tuesday, September 25

8:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Moodle Basics
RSPV to Shawn Beattie x7647
Olin 109 

9:15 AM - Salon
Dr. Norm Moline will join us as we discuss tourism, globalization, and local cultures, with special attention to the cases of Hawaii and Appalachia. (Background material is present on our Moodle page: scroll down until you see "Students" -- click there and you'll see the Salon page.)  
Black Culture House 

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

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Enrollment, admission and financial assistance session: "Shifting sand, leaking funnels and stealth applicants: A discussion of contemporary trends in student recruitment and the modern-day funnel"
Feel free to bring your lunch
Olin 304 

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Russia as a Market
Dr. Olga Ponomareva and Dr. Liudmila Lazareva, from the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Management & Business (NIMB) in Russia present.
Olin 109 

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

Wednesday, September 26

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Enrollment, admission and financial assistance session: "What happens in Seminary Hall: A discussion of Augustana's recruitment and admissions practices and processes"
Feel free to bring your lunch
Olin 304 

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 

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

Thursday, September 27

9:00 AM - 3:45 PM - Symposium Day: What does it mean to be a citizen? The first of three all-campus Symposium Days will address the topic of civic engagement. Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, will present a keynote address at 10:30 AM.

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

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Dr. Reuben A. Heine, associate professor of geography, will speak on "Learning From Levees: How They Affect Water Levels," at the Upper Mississippi River Conference. The conference runs Sept. 26-28, sponsored by River Action,  with the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
$149 conference fee
Stoney Creek Inn, 101 18th Street, Moline, Illinois

4:30 PM - Faculty Research Forum
4:00 PM - Refreshments
Dahl Room, College Center 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: "Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
Olin Auditorium 

Friday, September 28

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Blue & Gold Certification: Basic Mac Instruction
RSVP to Kristina Jansson x7476
Sorensen 104 

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Enrollment, admission and financial assistance session:  "A look behind the curtain: A discussion of financial assistance and how financial assistance influences recruitment and enrollment"
Feel free to bring your lunch
Olin 304

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Blue & Gold Certification: Basic Mac Instruction
RSVP to Kristina Jansson x7476
Sorensen 104 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "What the Best College Students Do"
presented by Mindi Mull
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center

1:00 and 7:30 PM - Ballet Quad Cities presents "Dracula"
Renowned artist Domingo Rubio will dance the lead role in Ballet Quad Cities performance of "Dracula." Deanne Carter, the ballet's resident choreographer, created the choreography and music collage for the performances. The ballet loosely follows Bram Stoker's "Dracula."  
For ticket information, please call 309-786-3779
Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 

Saturday, September 29

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Students of Dr. Richard C. Anderson (1930-2009) will present a symposium of talks on geology in honor of his life, teaching, work and the impact he had on students.
John Deere Planetarium & Carl Gamble Observatory, John Deere Lecture Hall 

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Fall Visit Day
Carver Center 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Jordbruksdagarna (Agriculture Days)
The Henry County village of Bishop Hill celebrates its agrarian heritage today and Sunday, featuring traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, vintage baseball, and Colony stew."  Bishop Hill was the site of a utopian religious community founded in 1846 by Swedish pietist Eric Janson (1808-1850) and his followers. Many consider the Jansonist emigration as the beginning of Swedish America.
Bishop Hill State Historic Site, 304 Bishop Hill Road, Bishop Hills, Illinois  

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Michelle Crouch, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Sunday, September 30

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 6 - September 24, 2012



You are invited to attend a series of sessions which were offered this summer in which we seek to share information and engage in dialogue about: admissions, recruitment and financial assistance. These are being offered again during the fall for those who were unable to attend during the summer. Staff, administrators, coaches and faculty are all invited to attend.

These sessions will be offered from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM in Olin 304:

Please feel free to bring your lunch to your session(s) of choice.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Tredway Library, 1st floor

 As part of the Center for Student Life Project, Special Collections, located on the first floor of the library, underwent a complete renovation over the summer. Please join us for a grand reopening celebration and open house. Selected materials from our collection will be featured in the Reading Room, as will our current exhibit on the Dakota Conflict of 1862, and a display on library history. President Bahls will speak briefly during the event. Refreshments will be served. We hope that you can join us!




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. Each advisor must communicate the location to their advisees. We'll come together in Carver Center afterwards for the Keynote address.

Concurrent sessions will begin after lunch. Click HERE to read session descriptions. Or, students can choose to volunteer in the local community. Pre-registration is required for volunteer activities. Students must sign up in the College Center Lobby October 24, 25, or 26 between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

After the concurrent sessions, advisors and advisees will meet again at 3:15 PM. This discussion will provide an opportunity to help students see the connections between the keynote address, concurrent sessions, and their lives. Questions and prompts for this meeting will be provided.

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, September 27 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.

The first meeting will discuss two pieces of SOTL (Science of Teaching and Learning) research that will be distributed approximately 7-10 days before the 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 I have received from participation in this group is that I (and you) 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.



Again this year, Augustana College will participate in the Midwest Faculty Seminars sponsored by the University of Chicago. Participation permits the College to send two faculty members to any single seminar. Below are the dates and titles of the four 2012-2013 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Pareena Lawrence.

November 8-11, 2012
Registration deadline is Thursday, October 25, 2012
Deadline to get approval from Pareena Lawrence:  October 15, 2012

J.M. Coetzee has long been a towering figure in the postcolonial canon. Few of his novels have garnered as much attention, however, as has his last South African novel, Disgrace. The story of an aging English professor and the aftermath of an ill-advised tryst, it is also a searing engagement with the politics of South Africa's post-apartheid transition and the complexities and traumas inherent therein. This seminar considers Disgrace as a text of that transition, focusing on heretofore under-discussed aspects of the novel and the questions with which it deals, such as its relation to Romanticism and the Russian novel, its importance to the history of the pastoral in South Africa, and the implications of its treatment of sexual violence for changing conceptions of rape under international law.  Look HERE for a letter detailing the registration process.  Registration form.  Early registrations are appreciated.

Mind, Brain, and World: On Embodied Cognition
January 10-12, 2013

For years, received understandings of the nature of cognition have tended to view the mind as something akin to a central processing unit that sends and receives signals between the center and periphery on the basis of entirely fixed rules. Of late, however, scholars working in fields as varied as neuroscience, developmental psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and literary theory have moved towards the idea that cognition relies for its foundation not so much on the brain, but on the network of receptors that make up a sensorimotor system. This seminar looks at the various implications of this account, focusing first on its challenge to the distinctions between mind and body and perception and action, and on the proposition that thinking beings should first and foremost be understood as (inter)acting beings. It also considers, however, the implications of this stance for fields not directly involved in the work of neuroscience, such as philosophy and economics, and art and literature as well.

Islam in/and the West
February 21-23, 2013

The "class of civilizations" thesis made famous by Samuel Huntington has come to inform a great deal of discussion about the history of Islam and its interactions with the peoples of Europe and beyond. Buy as many scholars know, and as increased immigration from Islamic countries to the West makes clear, the place of Islam in the West is much more complicated than such a heuristic would have us believe. This seminar attempts to think beyond the "clash of civilizations" thesis to look at a variety of intersections and interactions between Islam and the West, with a particular emphasis on identity formation, migration, and cultural and social accommodation in varied locations throughout Europe and the contemporary United States. How do these communities navigate their relationships with neighbors from different religious groups? How do they understand themselves and their participation in their separate public spheres? What defines the place of Islam in the West in historical terms? And how can the history of Islam in the West help us to understand its possible futures?

Climate Change Across the Disciplines
April 18-20, 2013

The problem of climate change has of late become the source of numerous critically important academic debates. Often, however, academic discussion of the topic has been limited to the biological and physical sciences, those areas of inquiry that have done the most to bring its challenges into view. This seminar therefore proposes to examine the problem of climate change from the perspectives of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences in order to better understand the problems climate change poses for the project of humanistic inquiry. How does anthropogenic climate change challenge the way we think about ethics, politics and history? In what way does a problem like climate change alter our approaches to the study of literature and other cultural objects? Are the disciplines as constituted adequate to the task? Or does climate change foretell not just substantial changes in the way we organize our economic life, but in the way we organize our forms of knowledge as well?



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

Thursday, September 27, 2012        9:00 - 4:00

Wednesday, January 23, 2013         9:00 - 4:00

Tuesday, April 9, 2013                    9:00 - 4:00     


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

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, 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, 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, 2013 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 & 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 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 PM   
Swenson Geosciences Conference Room 103

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

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship (Sabbatical and PTPL Reports)
Monday, February 18, 2013
Olin Center 

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 - 5:00Evald 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                   
3:00 PM                                       
iWireless Center