Monday, November 12

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Light and Leaven: Women Who Shaped Augustana's First Century, presented by Ann Boaden
Friends of the Rock Island Library meeting
Cost is $6.50 and includes lunch. Reservations required 309-781-1210
First Baptist Church, 3020 30th Street, Rock Island, IL

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, November 13

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

2:00 PM - 15th Annual fall Frieze Lecture Series on the theme "What the Dickens?"
Umme Al-wazedi  will provide a post-colonial view of the staunchly pro-colonial Charles Dickens
Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 

Wednesday, November 14

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 

3:00 - 4:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: Computer Basics
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Department Chairs Meeting
Wilson Center

6:30 - 8:00 PM - Human Trafficking, presented by survivor and founder of Courtney's House, Tina Frundt
John Deere Lecture Hall

Thursday, November 15

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

9:30 - 10:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: Computer Basics
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109

10:00 AM - Augustana Association of Educational Office Professionals (AAEOP) Walking Tour
College Center Lobby

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

7:00 - 8:00 PM - An Evening of Remembrance - A Salute to World War II Veterans
Keynote address given by Herb Wood, who flew Hellcat fighters off the U.S.S. Yorktown during the closing months of the war. All World War II veterans in attendance will be introduced. All veterans will be recognized. After the program ends and the colors have been retired, there will be a reception honoring World War II veterans. Free admission.
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Friday, November 16

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Integrating Symposium Day Into the Classroom, presented by Kristin Douglas
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

5:30 PM - Lutfisk Dinner sponsored by the American Scandinavian Association
Cost is $20 for ASA members; $25 for non-members and $10 for children and students. The non-member price includes membership for the remainder of the ASA year if desired. Reservations due Nov. 12. See Announcements for more information
College Center

7:00 PM - Ahahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti,  presented by Opera@Augustana
This holiday opera has delighted children and families for over sixty years, and tells the poignant tale of a poor boy and his widowed mother whose lives are changed forever by the unexpected arrival of three kings searching for the Christ child
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students, $8 Augustana students and staff and children 12 and under
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 pm - It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
The radio play, set in 1946, tells the classic story of George Bailey and his friend, Clarence who helps him through his darkest hour. Proceeds from the production will be used to support local programming for both WQPT and WVIK who are producing the show along with Augustana College.
Tickets are $20
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Building

Saturday, November 17

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Habitat for Humanity Turkey Trot
5k race on campus to benefit local families in need. 
Anyone can participate. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the event at 9 a.m.
Refreshments will be provided at the end
Paul V. Olsen Track

2:00 PM - It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
The radio play, set in 1946, tells the classic story of George Bailey and his friend, Clarence who helps him through his darkest hour. Proceeds from the production will be used to support local programming for both WQPT and WVIK who are producing the show along with Augustana College.
Tickets are $20
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff  Building

Sunday, November 18

2:00 PM - Student Recital - Rachel Park, Jakub Luba, Chase Matzinger & Mitchell Carter, percussion
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Building

7:00 PM - Ahahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti,  presented by Opera@Augustana
This holiday opera has delighted children and families for over sixty years, and tells the poignant tale of a poor boy and his widowed mother whose lives are changed forever by the unexpected arrival of three kings searching for the Christ child
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students, $8 Augustana students and staff and children 12 and under
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Art Beat with WAUG
Social hour during live broadcast from the museum. Exhibit on display is Liberal Arts Through the AGES: Interdisciplinary Art & Historical Inquiry 2012-13
Augustana Art Museum, Centennial Hall

Volume 10, Issue 12 - November 5, 2012


November Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 2012
10:00 - 11:30 AM
College Center Lobby, 2nd floor  

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 coverage with opportunities for professional development for this and other AAEOP events on campus this year.

The remaining AAEOP meeting dates are as follows:

December 7
Noon - 1:30 PM

January 15
9:00 - 10:30 AM

February 14
2:00 -  3:30 PM 


Faculty and staff are cordially invited to join the mathematics and computer science reading group. This group meets about three or four times during winter term on Thursdays at 2:30 PM to discuss the book The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin.  If you would like to join, please contact Tom Bengtson x7406 and he will get a copy of the book to you.


Art Beat with WAUG
Sunday, November 18,  20128 to 9 p.m.

Once each academic term, enjoy a social hour in the Augustana College Art Museum, Centennial Hall, featuring a live music broadcast with students of WAUG Radio. The winter term exhibition is Liberal Arts through the AGES: Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry 2012-2013, guest curated by Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and professor of art history.

Liberal Arts through the AGES: Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry 2012-2013
November 13-February 9 (closed holiday breaks November 22-26 and December 14-January 7)

The exhibition Liberal Arts through the AGES (Augustana General Education Studies) centers Augustana's art history collection in the winter-term liberal studies program. The accompanying exhibition catalogue and first-year textbook is the fifth book published in seven years for this project. This is an unprecedented collaboration of 210 contributions from faculty, administrators, alumni, and students, representing various majors and minors, and the classes of 1987-2014. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and professor of art history, is creator, editor and faculty curator for this project. A celebrated interdisciplinary art history education model, the project resonates on an international level. It has been well received at the Oxford Round Table, the Association for General and Liberal Studies, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among others.

The catalog and exhibition examine artwork dating from ancient through contemporary times and many diverse cultures, covering 6 continents. Through Dr. Goebel's leadership in building the pedagogical art history collection and designing an effective program to interpret it, Augustana has pioneered this innovative interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts through faculty and student research and writing on original works of art as primary documents. The project is supported by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, the Department of Art History with assistance from the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Augustana College Art Museum, as well as donors who have kindly lent and gifted pieces. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Goebel in collaboration with Sherry Maurer and Liberal Studies faculty consulted toward selecting the most relevant works from the current book for the 2012-13 Liberal Studies classes.



All new LSFY103, Learning Perspective, Suffix, and LC proposals you are scheduled to teach during SPRING TERM  must be submitted electronically by noon on Monday of week 1, winter term.

All other course proposals  must be submitted electronically by noon on Friday of week 1, winter term.
Detailed information on the course approval process can be found at:  

To navigate to the course approval process site, click on the Academics tab from the homepage, under Resources click Dean's Office, then  Resources for Faculty, then course approval process.
Please contact Kristin Douglas with your questions.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wilson Center
5:30 - 7:30 PM

You are invited to the annual AFSP dinner for students and faculty on Tuesday, November 27th in the Wilson Center (tentative location).  This celebratory repast is well catered. Please RSVP to John Tawiah-Boateng if you will attend.

Presented by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Friday, December 7, 2012
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102


Saturday, December 8, 2012
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Augustana College will be the local host via live webcast of this program from Trinity Church, Wall Street. This event, originally scheduled for November, was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.  Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, has been a visionary spiritual voice in America for over thirty years and is an accomplished author, social psychologist and communications theorist. About her presentations, she says, "Our task is now to be radical Christian communities in the here and now, not fossils of a bygone reality, not leftovers from an earlier golden age. Now we need new wisdom and a new kind of struggle to determine what we must be and do in the midst of these changing times." Participants can look forward to the tools she will offer for making the vital connection between contemplation and social action. For questions about this event please contact Campus Ministries at x7213.

Invitation to Christmas Smörgåsbord
5:00 PM - reception; 5:30 - dinner
College Center Lobby and Dining Room

Faculty, staff and their families are invited to this year's Campus Christmas Smörgåsbord. The Chamber Choir and Sankta Lucia singers will perform and Santa will make an appearance. Parents may drop off gifts for Santa to hand out in the Hammarskjold Room upon arrival to the reception. Gifts should not exceed $10 in value and be clearly labeled with children's names. Payment may be made by credit card online, or drop off a check or cash to Sara Maccabee in the Office of the President in Founder's Hall by December 5, 2012. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 5-10, and free for ages 4 and under.


As you know, preparations are getting underway for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. One of the things we need to accomplish is an archive of all current faculty CVs.  Please email a copy of your current CV to  Steve Klien, Chair of Faculty Welfare Committee, at your earliest convenience.



What is Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is an enrichment program for high school students. The goal of the program is to bring high school students to campus for a week during the summer for engaging learning experiences. Ideally, students who attend the Academy will build strong connections to Augustana faculty and students and will apply for admission during their senior year.

Students participating in the program stay in the dorms, take a course, and participate in organized group activities in the evening.  This year, we are going to add informational sessions discussing what to look for in a college, and the college application process. We are also going to discuss what the liberal arts are, and how a liberal arts education is different than other types of college experiences.

When is Summer Academy?

Students will arrive on campus on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Courses will run June 24-June 28.

What types of courses do student take?

Short answer: It depends. What do you want to offer?

Longer answer: Courses last year ranged from CSI: Augustana to Mid-River Writers to Dance: Music Made Visible. Eleven courses were offered last year, and 175 high school students enrolled. Courses can last one, three, or five days. The instructor(s) decides the length of the course. Students are in class with instructors from 9am-4pm, with a break for lunch.

Would I get paid?

Yes, faculty earn a stipend for teaching the course. Each course must be cost neutral, meaning that the cost of the supplies required, transportation, guest speakers, faculty stipend, etc must be less than or equal to student tuition for the program. I'll organize a meeting to discuss budgets with interested faculty, soon.

I'm interested! What do I do next?

It's simple. Contact Kristin Douglas, and we'll start discussing your course ideas.

Summer School is only 7 months away, and it is time to start planning!



The Office of Academic Affairs is implementing two structural changes to Summer School policies beginning with the 2013 Summer Session.

  1. Summer school faculty compensation rates will be determined on a three year cycle.
  2. A minimum enrollment of four students must be attained by noon May 24, 2013 or courses will be cancelled. Faculty will not be compensated on a sliding scale for teaching fewer than four students.

These policy changes were announced to Department and Program Chairs during the Fall Retreat. The rationale for these changes is that over the past five years, between 38% and 74% of our summer course offerings have been taught as under enrolled courses (fewer than four students per course) at reduced rates of faculty pay. Decisions of whether courses will be taught as under enrolled sections are made shortly before summer courses start, and students are caught in situations where their courses are cancelled with little notice to find alternate courses. In addition, courses with one or two students each might impact the pedagogy and student learning in the course and might not be the best use of faculty time. These guidelines seek to minimize student frustration with cancelled courses while at the same time fully recognizing faculty effort to teach summer school courses.

We are asking departments to carefully and intentionally identify potential course offerings that represent courses which cause bottlenecks in the major, have high interest, and are most likely to meet the minimum enrollment number of four students. Recent enrollment trends demonstrate courses which fulfill general education requirements are the most likely to meet minimum enrollment standards. Additionally, we ask that all faculty in the department be given opportunities to teach summer school courses on a rotating basis.

All on-campus course proposals must be submitted by your Department Chair (Department Chairs will receive a course proposal form under a separate email) by Friday, December 14.  Please submit your course proposals to your Department Chair.  Any new course offerings and/or new LP or suffix additions to courses must be approved by faculty governance before being proposed as a summer course.

The summer session runs from June 3, 2013 through June 28, 2013. 

Please contact Kristin Douglas with any questions.


All new programs and any program repeating on a three-year cycle should turn in full program proposals 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 Margaret Farrar.

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?



Convocation Symposia Days
9:00 - 4:00

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013     

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wednesday, Thursday, December 12, 2012
Thursday, January 10, 2013  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

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, 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 & 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, 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 Faculty Scholarship
Monday, February 18, 2012
12:30 - 4:00 PM

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