Monday, October 8

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  Rome: Season 1 Episode 5: "The Ram Has Touched the Wall"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, October 9

9:30 - 10:30 AM - The Salon: Dr. Bohdan Dziadyk on vegetarianism
Black Culture House   

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

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

Wednesday, October 10

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 

2:30 - 3:30 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Google Drive
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109 

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Cheri Bustos, Democratic candidate for Congress from Illinois 17th District (Rock Island), will speak. Bustos is runnning against incombent Bobby Schilling
Olin 201 

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Talent Show
Centennial Hall 

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Read Local: Laura Hartman, author of The Christian Corner
Bettendorf Single Room, Bettendorf Public Library,  2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA

Thursday, October 11

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

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Excel Basics
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Department Chairs meeting
Olin Auditorium 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Staff and Faculty Literary Reading
Saga, Augustana's Art & Literary Magazine, will sponsor the fourth annual staff and faculty reading as part of Homecoming Week. Staff and faculty will read from their own work or a favorite writer.
Rozz-Tox, 2108 3rd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 

6:00 PM - Psychology Department presents 2012 JE Wallace Wallin Memorial Lecture: Dr. Adam Zeman presents "Syndromes of Transient Amnesia"
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:   "Amelie"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Friday, October 12

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM - Build-a-sundae in honor of Homecoming 2012 Building Spirit!
Everyone is welcome
Lower Quad (bottom of Tredway Library stairs)
(in the event of rain, the event will take place in the College Center Lounge, 2nd floor) 

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Sabbatical Report Presentations: Jon Hurty "Choral Singing in China and Tanzania" and John Pfautz "Church Music in Ghana and Nigeria"
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building 

4:00 PM- Homecoming Weekend Begins

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Classroom Observations for Enjoyment and Improvement  
presented by Steve Klien
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Coronation and Sing
Centennial Hall 

7:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

Saturday, October 13

7:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

Sunday, October 14

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Homecoming Sunday Tour of Augustana College Art Museum
Sherry Maurer, director of the art museum, will lead an informal discussion on the current exhibitions
Art Museum, Centennial Hall 

1:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

2:00 PM - The Chronicles of Lincoln and Grant
Dan Lee (Religion) will moderate a discussion after the performance of "The Chronicles of Lincoln and Grant."
Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 2131 11th St., Moline, IL 

Volume 10, Issue 8 - October 8, 2012


October Meeting
Monday, October 15, 2012
2:30 - 3:45 PM
College Center Loft  

AAEOP is a sanctioned, Augustana organization which meets monthly and to which all clerical and technical personnel are invited to and have the right to attend. We encourage all support and technical staff to attend these events if at all possible, and remind managers and supervisors that this is considered a work activity and there is no need to clock out to attend.  As always, we hope that employees will work together to balance the need for adequate covereage with opportunities for professional development for this and other AAEOP events on campus this year.

The remaining AAEOP meeting dates are as follows:

October 15
2:30 - 3:45 PM

November 15
10:00 - 11:30 AM

December 7
Noon - 1:30 PM

January 15
9:00 - 10:30 AM

February 14
2:00 -  3:30 PM 



Many of you are already using the CARE Retention Alert program. You have helped us identify and intervene with more than 100 students so far this term. The coordinated effort between faculty, advisors, and administrative offices to support our students has been terrific. 

Now there are new CARE features available to faculty and advisors. If you'd like to know more, read on!

If you log in to WebAdvisor, you will now see four options under "CARE Retention Alert":

The first option gives you an overview of how to use CARE and how CARE Reports are processed. Even if you've been using the program already, please review this short document for updated information.

The second link takes you to Augustana College Advocate where you can submit a CARE Report. Log in using your Augie network username and password. For more about submitting CARE reports, please read the "About CARE" document.

The third and fourth options are also new! To see a summary of CARE Reports submitted for your advisees, click on "My Advisees CARE Reports." If any of your advisees have a report, you'll see their name in the pick list and can view the report summary and actions taken.

If you have submitted a report on a student, you can use option four, "CARE Reports I submitted," to view a summary of the report and actions taken.

These new tools will help faculty and advisors stay informed about what's happening with their students and advisees. The reports available on option three and four are updated nightly, so the most recent activity will not show immediately.

You are encouraged to check out CARE, if you haven't already, and take advantage of the new features. We are still in the early stages of using the program, so be sure to watch for future news. As always, feedback and suggestions about how to improve this program for the benefit of our students and everyone involved in the retention effort is appreciated. Please contact Mary Windeknecht.


Please share your thoughts on the September 27th Symposium Day


7:00 - 8:30 PM

Laura Hartman is assistant professor of Christian ethics in the religion department at Augustana College.  Her areas of specialty include environmental, sexual, social, and medical ethics.  Be it fair trade coffee or foreign oil, our choices as consumers affect the well-being of humans around the globe, not to mention the natural world and ourselves.  In her book The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World, Hartman formulates a coherent Christian ethic of consumption, combining insights from the Christian tradition into a multifaceted guide to ethical consumption.  Books will be available for sale and signing.  This program is in partnership with the Midwest Writing Center.  Refreshments from a local bakery will be provided as our goal is to eat local too.


The 2012 JE Wallace Wallin Memorial Lecture
Dr. Adam Zeman
"Syndromes of Transient Amnesia"
Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Dr. Zemen is a British neurologist and researcher who specializes in cognitive and behavioral neurology, including neurological disorders of sleep. He is one of the world's leading authorities on amnesia linked to epilepsy. His research focuses on three related forms of memory loss linked to temporal lobe spilepsy: transient epileptic amnesia, remote memory impairment, and accelerated long-term forgetting. The patterns of memory loss Dr. Zeman studies are of particular interest to psychologists who seek to understand the way different types of memories are normally stored and later accessed in the brain.



Monday, October 15, 2012
7:30 PM
Lower Gallery of the Augustana College Art Museum, Cenennial Hall

Several examples of the artists' work will be on display in the permanent collection gallery.

The Martinez Studio is located in Jacksonport, Door County, Wisconsin. Wence was raised in a centuries-old commercial weaving center, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. He furthered his studies in Mexico City at the Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National School of Tapestry). His dream of focusing on his own designs and opening a gallery materialized in 1988, when he responded to a request to have one of Sandra's works on paper translated as a tapestry. As a couple, Sandra and Wence Martinez have forged a unique marriage of Wence's pattern-driven weaving and Sandra's signature glyphic drawing. 



Presented by Dr. Donna Gabaccia, University of Minnesota
October 20, 2012
7:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center will host Dr. Donna Gabaccia presenting the 23rd annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History. Her talk is entitled, "The Freedom to Move. Immigrants and Natives 1776-present."

Her lecture will focus on immigration policy and histories of groups that have been forced to move or not allowed to move, providing a different way of thinking about immigration policy and notions of liberty.  Her talk deals with some of the fundamental aspects of immigration history. 

Dr. Gabaccia, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, is a leading scholar in the field of American immigration history and has published numerous books and articles, among them "Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective" (2012), "What is Migration History?" (2009) and "We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans" (1998).

The O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History is presented annually by a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies. It is named after Dr. O. Fritiof Ander, a leading immigration historian who taught history at Augustana 1930-1968.  




All new programs and any program repeating on a three-year cycle should turn in full program proposlas if they are interested in running their program in the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline for any program proposal (electronic copy, please) for a study abroad program or domestic off-campus study program for 2014-2015 will be due to Allen Bertsche by Monday, January 7, 2013, the first day of post Winter-break classes.

Information on what should be included in a program proposal is available HERE. All proposals will be reviewed by the IOSC committee and program directors will be asked to attend a January or February meeting of IOSC to present their proposal.

Program proposals can be for any of the following:

  1. A term or half-term (domestic or international ) program using a team of Augustana faculty or a combination of Augustana faculty and 3rd party providers. (ex. East Asia, Holden Village, Brazil).  Half term programs have traditionally been during Winter Term, but this is not an absolute rule.
  2. A summer language immersion or other program type.  (ex. Spanish in the Andes, Rocky Mountain Geology, Lit & Music in Paris)
  3. An on-campus course which includes a travel component during Fall, Winter or Spring Break or in early summer (ex. Religion in Rome, Classics in Greece).

Any 5-day or longer travel experience which does not offer academic credit is exempt from IOSC committee review.  If you are planning such an opportunity, you should schedule an appointment to speak with me, but you do not need to develop and submit a formal program proposal.

All new programs should also turn in a program proposal, including short travel programs, summer and terms abroad.  If you are interested in leading a program in 2014-2015, I would advise you to schedule a meeting with me in the next few weeks so that I can assist you with the proposal process.  

If you have lead a program and wish to repeat it, the same basic principles apply as with new programs, save that you can focus your proposal on the new or altered components of the original program. Programs due for review on a 3 year cycle are:  Fall Term in London, Winter Term in Brazil, Winter Term in Vietnam.

Programs running on a 2-year cycle (For 2014-2015 this includes Jamaica, Norway and Religion in Rome) may turn in a brief report in the Fall of 2013.  For details on this brief report, just contact my office after the program has run this year.




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's primary audience is liberal arts college and university faculty.) To see previous issues, please visit our website: