Week 4
Hazing Awareness Week

Monday, December 10

1:00 - 2:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Content Management System (CMS) Basics
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109

4:30 PM - Deadline to contact Margaret Farrar requesting attending Midwest Faculty Seminar "Between Cognition and Culture: The New Sciences of the Mind"
116 Founders Hall

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Holiday Planitarium Show
Free admission, but reservations are requested at 794-7327. Program not recommended for children ages 7 and under. In addition, Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum will be open. Doors will open 15 minutes before each program
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Tuesday, December 11

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Dane Rowley, Admissions
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:15 PM - Sign Language Table
Open to all Augustana students, faculty and staff
The Brew, Tredway Library, 4th floor

7:00 PM - Celebration of Festival of Sankta Lucia featuring traditional songs and stories by Augustana's Swedish lanauge students, and light refreshments
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Student Recital
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

8:00 PM - CRV Fireside Chat - Reuben Heine (Geography)
Evald Great Hall

8:00 PM - The Salon
Margaret Morse talks about "High art vs. low art"
Red Room, Andreen Hall

Wednesday, December 12

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

1:30 - 3:30 PM - Art History Department Open House
Stop by and share in some Christmas Cheer! Hot cocoa, cookies and decorated trees will delight your holiday senses! Come see the 24 trees and multiple colors and themes
Bergendoff Hall, Suite 7

3:00 - 4:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Photo Editing Workshop
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109

4:00 PM - Operation Christmas Spirit gifts to be turned in to Office of Residential Life

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

7:00 - 9:00 PM - A Tribute to Our Lady Guadalupe
Guests are encouraged to bring flowers to the altar and to wear traditional clothing for this celebration of Mexico's popular religious and cultural image
Free admission
Centennial Hall

Thursday, December 13

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

12:00 Noon - 2:30 PM - Annual Holiday Open House at the Dahl President's Home
1100 35th Street, Rock Island, IL

3:30 - 4:30 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: DVD Maker Workshop
RSPV to Shawn Beattie x7647
Olin 105

3:30 PM - Book Discussion Group "What the Best College Students Do" by Ken Bain
Olin 304

4:00 PM - Augustana Chamber Singers - Lessons and Carols
Free and open to the public
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Social Science Division Meeting
Evald 21

5:30 PM - Christmas Smörgåsbord
5:00 PM - Reception
College Center Lobby and Dining Room

5:00 - 8:00 PM - WVIK Wine Social
Gratuities benefit WVIK
The Grape Life, 1623 Second Avenue, RockIsland, IL

6:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  Japan: "Death Note"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Augustana Chamber Singers - Lessons and Carols
Free and open to the public
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Friday, December 14

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Community Engagement Center Open House
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

4:30 PM - Presidential Research Fellowship Applications due to Mary Koski
116 Founders Hall

4:30 PM - Phi Beta Delta nominations due to Jane Tiedge
CEC, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

4:30 PM - Summer 2012 Course Proposals due to Kristin Douglas
116 Founders Hall

Saturday, December 15

No events

Sunday, December 16

No events

Volume 10, Issue 16 - December 10, 2012



In 2007, Augustana College was named the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an honorary college society that recognizes students, faculty and administrators for their contribution to international education and initiatives.  Since that time we have inducted 34 students, 18 faculty and 7 administrators.  A membership roster is HERE.
Phi Beta Delta honors those who serve internationalism - "the idea of a world connected, of respect for different traditions, of the need for education to enhance knowledge of the many cultures that are part of a globe that we all must share."
Goals of Phi Beta Delta include:

We ask for your assistance by nominating persons who you think represent the goals of Phi Beta Delta.
Membership criteria for domestic students, international students, as well as criteria for faculty and administrators can be read HERE.

The Nomination Committee members for 2012-13 are:  Administration:  Allen Bertsche and Darlene Link; Faculty:  Peter Kivisto and Bo Dziadyk; Student Representative Lynn Reinacher and PBD Campus Coordinator Jane Tiedge.

We ask that you send us your nominations no later than Friday, December 14.  This will give us time to verify their qualifications, contact the nominee to ask them to submit a formal application, and process their application by the beginning of Spring Term.  

Thank you for your help.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jane Tiedge x 8980.


"What the Best College Students Do" by Ken Bain
Thursday, December 13, 2012
3:30 PM

Olin 304

The book is an easy 260-page read, which can be done in a couple of hours.  If you need to be strategic about a reading, Brian Katz suggests Chapter 2 (about types of learners) and Chapter 5 (about messy problems). There are a few copies of the book floating around campus. In addition, the Library copy has arrived and there are a number of copies through inter-library loan.


The planning for the Winter term Symposium Day is in full swing. On November 16th, the Convocation Committee hosted a Friday Conversation on how to incorporate the Symposium Day topic, Environmental Issues, into winter term courses. You can find many resources to incorporate into your courses on the Symposium Day Moodle site found here. You will also find information about our keynote speaker, Molly Steinwald.

Based on feedback from students and faculty after the Fall Symposium Day, the format of the Winter Symposium day has been slightly altered (see below). We will offer the keynote address twice in Centennial Hall rather than bringing the entire campus community together during one keynote address in Carver Arena. Half the student body will attend the keynote address at 10:00am while the other half will participate in concurrent sessions at that time. At 11:15am, half of the students will attend concurrent session II while the rest of the students each lunch. This schedule will allow students to attend more than one concurrent session. At this point, we do not expect students to pre-register for sessions, although this is something we might consider for future symposia. Our plan is to run 8-9 concurrent presentations during each of our three scheduled times for concurrent sessions. 



Off campus volunteering


Advising Group Discussion

Advising Group Discussion


Keynote Address I/ Concurrent Session I

Keynote Address I


Concurrent Session II /lunch



Keynote Address II / Lunch



Concurrent Sessions III


Advising Group Meetings

Advising Group Meetings

You are critical to the day's success. To volunteer to lead a concurrent session, please sign up on the form found here.
The  Convocation Committee thanks you!



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. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4736114847#


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. Margaret will nominate you and send the registration form to you for completion. You are responsible for making your own travel and accommodation arrangements. If you choose to reserve a single room, the Office of Academic Affairs will cover the costs associated with that. All Pcard receipts are to be submitted to Sherry Docherty.

Between Cognition and Culture: The New Sciences of the Mind
January 10-12, 2013
Deadline to contact Margaret Farrar:  Monday, December 10, 2012
Deadline for Registration:  Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scholars working within the field of cognitive science have long been working to displace the mind-body dualism implicit in its foundational models of the mind with accounts of mental life that better approximate the way we think and act in the world. Only recently, though, have resulting theories about "embodied," "embedded," "extended," or "enacted" forms of consciousness begun to inform how scholars in the humanities and social sciences do their work. In some instances, dialogue with neuroscience and cognitive psychology has confirmed what scholars in these disciplines already thought they knew. But more often, the humanistic and social-scientific engagement with the new sciences of the mind have promised to alter how we think about language, subjectivity, history and culture in fundamental ways.

This seminar explores the ongoing relationship between cognitive science and the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on how recent work by cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and neurobiologists has led to a reconsideration of the ways in which scholars approach the study of human political and cultural life. It is rooted, therefore in recent work in the sciences of the mind, and will pay careful attention to some of the most exciting inquires ongoing in this constantly evolving scientific field. But the seminar also goes well beyond the sphere of the sciences to ask how the kind of scientific work being done today on questions of selfhood and cognition speaks to scholars in a wide variety of other fields.

The seminar thus examines, for instance, the way that cognitive science, contemporary psychoanalysis and new ideas about the theory of mind can help us reconsider, in the context of literary studies, the way we think about selfhood, subjectivity, and the intricacies of self-expression. It also engages, moreover, work done by scholars at the intersections of cognitive science and religious studies, asking how cognitive science and religious studies might be understood as mutually enlightening fields, especially where the relationship between cognitive science and Buddhism is concerned.

Beyond literature and religion, the seminar interrogates the relationship between the sciences of the mind, the philosophy of mind, music, and politics as well. How can the science of the mind help us to understand more carefully the philosophy of the mind? What has cognitive science confirmed with regards to long-standing accounts of what the mind it? And what ideas has it disturbed? What does neuroscience tell us about the cognitive effects of music? And thus about the roles that music might play in culture? What can cognitive science tell us about why we believe what we believe? And thus about how we make the political decisions that we do?

These inquiries are, of course, only small samples of a vast and still developing body of work. But in their own intricacies and idiosyncrasies, they can help to reveal volumes about how scholars are working between the sciences of the mind and the study of human culture. The goal of the seminar, in the end, is to reflect on the problems and possibilities of this form of academic engagement, and thus on how to orient the most cutting-edge research in the humanities and the social sciences as we move into the future.

Presenters will include Amanda Woodward (Psychology), Lisa Ruddick (English), Dan Arnold (Divinity), David Finkelstein (Philosophy), Larry Zbikowski (Music) and Eric Oliver (Political Science).

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

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

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, 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