Monday, November 26

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

Tuesday, November 27

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Amanda Rodriguez '13
"Grand Adventures with God"
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

6:00 PM - Africana Studies Program Dinner for Students & Faculty
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - CVR Fireside Chat - Dr. Adam Kaul
Evald Great Hall

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Salon
Greg Tapis speaks on the role of students in reducing the cost of higher education
Andreen Hall, Red Room

Wednesday, November 28

6:30 - 11:30 AM - Biometric Screening
College Center, 3rd floor

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's & Gender Studies Tea Hour Series: Social Conflict Around Sexuality and Religious Freedom, presented by A.J. Juskewycz. How minority religious and social communities are engaged in public discourse about religious freedom.
Evald Great Hall

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: Introduction to Office 2010
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

Thursday, November 29

6:30 - 11:30 AM - Biometric Screening
College Center, 3rd floor

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

9:30 - 10:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Introduction to Office 2010
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

7:00 PM - River Readings at Augustana:  Peter Geye
Fiction writer Peter Geye, whose first book "Safe from the Sea," won Indie Lit Award and Northeast Minnesota Book Award, will read from his work. A reception and book signing will follow.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Friday, November 30

6:30 - 11:30 AM - Biometric Screening
College Center, 3rd floor

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Productive and (Potentially) Painless Preparation for the Faculty Review" presented by Marsha Smith, John Delaney and the Faculty Welfare Committee
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
The performance features the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Wennerberg Men's Chorus.
To reserve tickets call 794-7306. $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children
Centennial Hall

Department/Program Chairs Assessment Questions Due to Ellen Hayby December 1st

Saturday, December 1

Department/Program Chairs Assessment Questions Due to Ellen Hay

4:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
The performance features the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Wennerberg Men's Chorus.
To reserve tickets call 794-7306. $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children
Centennial Hall

8:00 - 9:30 PM - Craig Karges
Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and the imagination is challenged. Karges is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally-recognized speaker and an author.
Tickets are $10 per person. Augustana students, faculty and staff are free
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, December 2

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks: Shakespeare in Concert
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, and Quad City Choral Arts will present Masterworks: Shakespeare in Concert.
Call (563) 322-7276 for tickets
Centennial Hall

Volume 10, Issue 14 - November 26, 2012



An opportunity for your Student Group, Department or Office, Individual, Res Life floor or TLA to adopt one to three foster children or a Longfellow Elementary classroom this holiday season.

CLICK HERE to register for an adoption.  Once this form is completed, you will receive an email with the details and "shopping list" of the classroom, child, or children that you adopt.  Registration ends Friday, November 30that 4pm.  Gifts must be purchased & turned in to the Office of Residential Life by Wednesday, December 12thby 4pm.

Operation Christmas Spirit is an annual service event coordinated by Residence Hall Association (RHA).  Thank you to the Augustana Community for all of your support in this endeavor!

Operation Christmas Spirit: "Cuz every kid deserves a good Christmas"

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wilson Center
6:00 - 7:30 PM

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

November 28-30, 2012
6:30  - 11:30 AM
College Center, 3rd floor

The first step in Augustana's new wellness initiative is offering biometric sceenings on campus November 28, 29 & 30th from 6:30 - 11:30 AM.  For employees and spouses on the Augustana health plan, this screening is  free and you will receive a $75 Visa gift card at the time of screening.  For those not on the health plan, the cost is $140 payable by check, credit card, or flex spending account.

Register to reserve your appointment time via telephone or e-mail for the screening time most convenient for you.  For hourly employees, this screening can be done on paid time.

To register, go to:
Or call 1- 866-935-5462
Registration key: Au-80927-2


If you or your spouse is not on the Augustana health plan, you will need to click "Add Biometric Screening" on the Review Services page to finalize signing up for this program.  

Also, some of you may receive an error message saying that you are not on the list of those participants who can sign up for the program.  Guiding Life is working to correct this error.  In the meantime, disregard the message as you can still complete the information page and finish your registration.

Please don't hesitate to contact Laura Ford or any member of the HR team with questions.


Step one of your department/program's two-year assessment is to be submitted to Ellen Hay by December 1, 2012:  1) an interesting question about your major that you would like to address; 2) what baseline data are you using to better understand the issue?


The two-year cycle is explained HERE, along with the form to complete  and return to Ellen Hay by December 1st.

Tuesday, December 4 or Wednesday, December 5, 2012
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center  (Heavy hors d' oeuvres, wine, beer)

Come and enjoy some time with your colleagues as we talk about how you can help build a supportive environment for our international students and our students of color here at Augustana College. 

This program will discuss what college is like from a diverse student perspective, cultural differences of international students, and we will discuss students' classroom concerns. 

RSVP to  and let her know which of the two dates you will be attending.

Friday, December 7, 2012
4:00 PM - presentation; 3:30 PM refreshments
Wilson Center

On Friday, December 7, 2012  Allen Bertsche hosts the Friday Conversation and the topic will be the CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars. These seminars are two-week experiences overseas where faculty from a wide range of colleges and universities in the U. S. can expand their knowledge base and firsthand experience across the globe. Augustana has been sending faculty on these programs for over 10 years and the International and Off-Campus Programs Office has three $3,000 grants to help make it financially viable for you to participate.  

Basic information about the program can be found HERE, or visit to find out more.  There are 17 different programs to choose from and we want to use all of our grant money, so we really hope to send 3 of you on one of these experiences. This is a great way for you to get your feet wet in the world of study abroad, as well as a way to infuse your classes with international perspectives.  Some of the examples of programs this year include:


 Issues of Public Health

 Morocco & Spain

 Challenges & Coexistence in Neighboring Countries

 China (Shanghai)

 Economic Development & Urban Transformation


 French Notions of Disability & Difference


 Tropical Marine Ecology & Conservation


 Community Engagement & Development


 Contemporary Art World in Context


 Women, Tradition & Revolution


 Politics of Space & Spectacle

Please attend the December 7th Friday Conversation.  We will have the usual food and beverages available, and hopefully 2-3 alumni of the program to share their experiences. This is a unique experience and a chance to expand your horizons as well as those of your students. 

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. 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.

Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Brodahl Building

Members of the Augie community who have children under age 12 are invited to attend the CSD Department's annual holiday party and open house in the Brodahl Building on Friday, December 7, from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Appetizers and beverages, visits and photos with Santa, seasonal crafts and games, door prizes, balloon art and face painting await our guests!

This event is sponsored and funded by the Augustana Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and Royal Neighbors. Admission is free. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of child sized mittens, hats or scarves that will be donated to preschoolers in Project NOW's Head Start program.  If you have any questions, please contact Alli Haskill, ASSHA's faculty adviser.


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.

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.

 Invitation to Christmas Smörgåsbord
5:00 PM - reception; 5:30 - dinner
Thursday, December 13, 2012
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.


Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Augustana College

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Undergraduate research has been identified as a high-impact practice that fosters student development, leads to greater levels of retention and persistence, and encourages synthesis and engagement.

If you are interested in sharing how your institution has addressed these and other related questions, contact Ellen Hay. This one-day conference is designed to stretch faculty development funds through collaboration and exchange. It will feature a keynote speaker, concurrent sessions and a working lunch.  Submissions are due by Friday, February 22, 2013.


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 9 AM - 4 PM, 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, 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        
Founders Hall Basement

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

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship
Monday, February 18, 2013
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 - 5:00
Evald Great Hall

Senior Honors Convocation
Saturday, May 18, 2013                  
12:00 - 1:00                                   
Centennial Hall

Baccaulaureate Service
Sunday, May 19, 2013                   
Centennial Hall

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