Monday, February 11

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Budget Training for Department & Program Chairs
17 Evald Hall

5:00 PM - Glenn T. Seaborg award nominations DUE to Margaret Farrar

Tuesday, February 12

1:00 PM - Media Conference on Lincoln Academy
Augustana College Art Museum Gallery, Centennial Hall

4:15 - 4:45 PM - Sign Language Table
Students, faculty, and staff of all levels interested in signing skills are invited. 
Lead by Renee Poust and Annie Schone. The group primarily will converse in signed English, but those with knowledge of American Sign Language are encouraged to come as well.
Brew by the Slough, Tredway Library, 4th floor

7:30 - 9:00 PM - State of the Union Watch
The Augustana College Democrats invite the community to join the group in watching President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Evald Great Hall

7:30 PM - Annual Archaeological Institute of America lecture "The Bold and the Beautiful: Polychroming and Gilding in Antiquity" presented by Benton Kidd, associate curator of ancient art at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Wednesday, February 13

11:10 AM - Ash Wednesday Service - Roman Catholic Mass and Imposition of Ashes
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

9:30 PM - - Ash Wednesday Service - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Thursday, February 14

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

2:00 - 3:30 AM - Augustana Association of  Education Office Professionals (AAEOP) meeting

College Center Board Room, 3rd floor

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department and Program Chairs
Wilson Center

6:30 - 8:30 PM - Valentine Moonlight Outdoor Walk and Indoor Music
Black Hawk State Historic Site, Watch Tower Lodge, 1510 46th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Friday, February 15

No events scheduled

Saturday, February 16

No events scheduled

Sunday, February 17

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 22 - February 11, 2013



AAEOP: De-stress Your Life!
February 14, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM
College Center Board Room, 3rd floor 

The Augustana Association of Educational Office Professionals (AAEOP) will meet for "De-stress Your Life!" with news, music and a treat. Tom Schaubroeck will talk about what is new with purchasing,   Phi Mu will offer a serenade, and there will be a sweet treat for all to take back to their work stations.

The group meets monthly and all clerical and technical personnel are invited to attend. This is considered a work activity and there is no need to clock out to attend.  Employees should work together to balance the need for adequate coverage with opportunities for professional development.

Monday, February 18, 2013
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For the past several years, we have received complaints about low attendance at sabbatical, pre-tenure and other faculty research talks. In response to these complaints, we have decided to change the format for these discussions. This year we will hold a Celebration of Faculty Scholarship afternoon (not unlike the Celebration of Learning).

This year's event will take place on Monday, February 18th (right after grades are due), from 12:00 until 4:00. Presenters and other attendees will have lunch, and then participate in thematic panels organized around faculty research. As in the past, we'll also showcase the faculty's creative work for the past year (please use the form found here to submit your work.) Our hope is that we'll have a real opportunity to talk to each other about our work. All faculty are invited to attend. A free lunch is included.  Please RSVP to Mary Koski to ensure an accurate meal count. See the program HERE.



Annual student competition on the theme "Response to the Holocaust." Submissions may include essays, research papers, poems, plays, artwork, music, or other creative expression in response to literature, travel, or research. Monetary award: up to $300. Submissions made to Margi Rogal ( or Tredway Library, by 4:00 p.m., March 22, 2013.


Annual student fellowship. Fellow will develop a lesson plan on an aspect of Jewish culture and present the lesson in area schools. Subjects might include:  history, music, literature, travel, theatre, cuisine, dance, social justice. Stipend: $2000.  Details on Fellowship may be found here:


All faculty and staff are invited to the Saturday, May 4, 2013 Recognition of Student Honors at 11:30 AM in Hanson Hall of Science Room 102, in conjunction with the Celebration of Learning. This program will honor underclassmen receiving departmental honors. No registration for the Celebration of Learning is required to attend the Recognition of Student Honors, if you are not actively presenting or otherwise attending the Celebration of Learning.

All faculty and staff and also invited to the Senior Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in Centennial Hall. The ceremony will recognize academic and departmental honors for senior students, including Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, and SGA Awards.

Please mark these events on your calendars and plan to attend.




Student learning through Mentored Scholarship (SLMS) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that focuses on mentored learning within higher education. The journal engages in disseminating innovative practices that demonstrate how academic professionals, community leaders, and professionals from the government or private sectors employ supportive mentoring to increase learning success and educational effectiveness by engaging directly with students or less experienced faculty. Critical to success is the mentees' initiative in exercising a participatory role in design and enactment of the learning experience. Mentee and mentor co-authored manuscripts are especially encouraged.  Visit

to submit your manuscript.


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 (230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, Ill., 60604)  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.


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.

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?