Monday, March 18

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

5:15 PM - Informal Supper and Conversation with Dr. Jacob L. Wright (speaker, Stone Lectureship in Judaism)
Vegetarian Mexican buffet (RSVP requested by March 14th)
Olin 305

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Stone Lecture: "Why Was the Bible Written? A Matter of Politics"
Jacob L. Wright, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Tuesday, March 19

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - ProFair
St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center, 518 W. Locust Street, Davenport, IA

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Fred Whiteside, Carver Athletics
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Performance Appraisal Training
Olin Auditorium

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Google Apps Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 105

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Fulbright Program Informational Meeting for Students
Olin 201

4:15 - 4:45 PM - Sign Language Table
Brew by the Slough, Tredway Library

4:30 - 7:00 PM - Easter Buffet
College Center

5:00 - 8:30 PM - Body Worlds Reception and Presentation
Alumni, parents and friends are invited to a reception at Putnam Museum and a presentation by Heidi Storl in conjunction with the Bodies Revealed exhibit
$15 for reception and admission to the museum and Bodies Revealed
Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA

Wednesday, March 20

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Performance Appraisal Training
Olin Auditorium

3:30 - 4:15 PM - "Run, Hide and Fight" video and Q&A session with Augustana's Emergency Action Task Force
Olin Auditorium

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Tea Hour Series - Wendy Hilton-Morrow "Sexual Identities and the Media: What to Make of Today's 24/7 GLBTQ Visibility"
Evald Great Hall

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Geography Teaching Fellow Candidate, Christopher Moran, National University of Singapore "Geographies of Home: Landscapes of Tourism and Mobility in Rural Japan"
Swenson Geosciences 211

5:30 - 6:15 PM - "Run, Hide and Fight" video and Q&A session with Augustana's Emergency Action Task Force
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - U.S. Army War College on Social Issues
Free Admission
Centennial Hall

Thursday, March 21

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: Google Apps Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 105

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

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Performance Appraisal Training
Olin Auditorium

12:00 - 1:30 PM - Augustana Association of  Education Office Professionals (AAEOP) meeting
College Center Board Room, 3rd floor

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

7:00 PM - Augustana Film Series: "The Edukators" (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei)
Film is in German with English subtitles
Olin Auditorium

Friday, March 22

Target date to update your profile on Faculty Experts Directory

4:00 PM - Deadline for student submissions for Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Boundaries with StudentsSetting Boundaries: Professor-Student Relationships " presented by Margaret Farrar, Evelyn Campbell, Ken Brill, Deb Vanspeybroeck
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, March 23

11:00 AM - 8th Environmental Film Fest: "Last Call at the Oasis"
"Last Call at the Oasis" argues that the global water crisis will be the central issue facing the world this century. It is the first feature at the eighth annual Environmental Film Fest
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

11:30 AM - St. Patrick's Day Parade
Begins at 23rd Street and 4th Avenue, Rock Island. Ends at Harrison Street and W. 2nd Street in Davenport

4:00 PM - Celebrating Women in the Arts
Yearly recital to commemorate women who perform and compose music. Refreshments will be served.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Gail Anderson, horn
Wallenbeg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, March 24

6:00 PM - Experience Augustana

Volume 11, Issue 25 - March 18, 2013



The Augustana Student Research/Inquiry Committee is accepting applications for Student-Faculty Academic Partnership Grants until April 8. This is a new funding opportunity offered through the Committee, which supports student involvement in a faculty member's scholarly and/or creative projects. Students selected by faculty will undertake projects intended to enrich their scholarly interests and abilities and prepare them for advanced research of their own. Applications are submitted by faculty on behalf of their student(s).  For more information and to find application materials, visit:

Remind your students to

Register NOW for the 2013 Celebration of Learning!

...the Augustana College student research symposium

The Celebration of Learning is a student research symposium that began in 1997, and is the result of hundreds of hours of collaborative work between students and faculty members. The annual event provides a venue through which students can display and share the results of Senior Inquiry, Summer Research, Honors Capstone, or other advanced research projects.

 Celebration of Learning 

Register online here.
Registration closes Friday, April 12th at 11:55 PM.



Tuesday, March 19, 2013
4:00 PM
Olin 201

Please consider encouraging your best juniors to apply for the Fulbright award next fall. To help students think about applying, Margaret Farrar will host a Fulbright Informational Session Tuesday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m. in Olin 201. Information will be shared about the program, and Professor Mariano Magalhaes, who is the recent recipient of a faculty Fulbright award to Brazil will be in attendance. The qualities the national commission looks for in candidates, how students might select a country for application, and the timeline for application, among other things will be discussed.

A Fulbright award is a grant that allows a college graduate to live and work in a country outside the U.S. for a full year. Fulbright awards are extremely competitive; as such, they are particularly desirable for students who eventually want to go to graduate school, go into government work, or work in nonprofit organizations. However, regardless of one's future path, a Fulbright provides a potentially thrilling experience for students and is a terrific addition to any resume.

You can see the timetable for application here:
You can read more about the types of Fulbrights awarded here:
More details about countries who sponsor Fulbright scholars and the language requirements involved can be found here:


AAEOP: Annual Salad Luncheon
March 21, 2013
12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM
College Center Board Room, 3rd floor 

The Augustana Association of Educational Office Professionals (AAEOP) will meet for their annual salad luncheon. Garry Griffith and Jim Johannson will talk about Farm to Fork initiatives during lunch. Nominations for next year's officers and open committee positions will be done.

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.


March 23, 2013
11:00 AM
Olin Auditorium

The eighth annual Environmental Film Fest will be held from 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Olin Center Auditorium. Admission is free. Doors open at 11:00 AM and movies begin at 11:30 AM. Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided. There will be fun and inspirational 5-minute short films before the feature films. for trailers and details!

Schedule of award-winning films:

11:30 AM "Last Call at the Oasis"
2:00 PM   "The Clean Bin Project"
3:30 PM   "Chasing Ice"



The Offices of Academic Affairs and Communication and Marketing have been working to set up a Faculty Experts Directory on The purpose of the directory is to make it easier for reporters and others to locate faculty who may have expertise on a given subject. The directory automatically lists Areas of Expertise found on each faculty member's directory page. Thus, if someone has listed "Cell biology" on his or her directory, it will show up as a topic in the "Areas of special expertise" list on the page. Clicking on a topic in the list will bring up the names of faculty who are matched with that term. (Also, if someone keyword searches for that term, he or she will get the same result.) You can see how it works here:

Your help is needed to make the directory truly useful.

First, if you don't have any areas of expertise listed on your profile, please consider adding some. Go to and use your network login. The Expertise field is at the bottom of the page. You may add or change your information on this page whenever you like, but we would appreciate an update by March 22nd.

Second, think about how your audience might frame search terms. Some people using the directory will know precisely what they are seeking; others will have only a vague idea. It's perfectly fine to put more than one term in for one topic (such as "ornithology" and also "birds.")

Once everyone has had a chance to update his or her profile and we are satisfied that the system is working well, we will link it on the website and begin to promote it as a media tool. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Margaret Farrar, Leslie DuPree, or Keri Rursch.


This is an annual student competition on the theme "A 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.  The deadline for applications for the 2013-14 Fellowship is May 1, 2013. Details on Fellowship may be found here:


Camp Kesem Augustana College would like to remind faculty, administration and staff that applications are now open for their 2013 camp. Camp Kesem is a national, non-profit organization that provides a week long, free summer camp for children whose parents have, have had, or have passed away from cancer. The Augustana chapter held its first camp last summer, hosting 35 campers ages 6 to 13 for the weeklong event. This year, the Augustana chapter wishes to accept 60 campers ages 6 to 16 from the Quad City through Iowa area. We currently have 24 open camper positions available on a first come, first serve basis.

If you or someone you know has a child or children who are eligible for camp, we urge you to contact us directly for more information or with any questions at or via phone at (563) 484-4414 and access the camper applications located at If you would like to learn more about Camp Kesem Augustana, we are hosting an informational night on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7pm at the Two Rivers YMCA located at 2040 53rd Street in Moline, IL. It is with your help that we can provide this rewarding experience to more children in the area.

"Why Was the Bible Written? A Matter of Politics"
by Dr. Jacob L. Wright, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Monday, March 18, 2013
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Why was the Bible written?  Many books seek to answer the Who, What, When, and Where of Biblical inquiry. One of the best-selling works of all time in biblical studies, for example, addresses the question Who Wrote the Bible? Most other works focus on the Bible's historicity, the ethical questions it poses, the lives of individual figures from its narratives, or particular themes. These are all significant facets of the Bible and deserve attention, yet the one question that is most intriguing and that determines how we approach all other matters related to the Bible is Why was the Bible written?  In this lecture, Dr. Jacob L. Wright will answer this challenging question with a surprising thesis-that the biblical authors intended to create a radically new form of political community. 

Professor Wright teaches courses on biblical interpretation, the history and archaeology of ancient Israel, and Northwest Semitic languages. He is the author of a number of articles on Ezra-Nehemiah as well as Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers, which won a 2008 Templeton prize. Dr. Wright delivered the prestigious 2010-11 lecture in Milieux biblique at the Collège de France in Paris, and was awarded a 2011-12 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Professor Wright is a member of Emory's Faculty of Distinction.

The Stone Lectureship in Judaism was established in 1983 in honor of Dr. Alex and Martha Stone.

Joseph B. Koek, Holocaust Survivor

Monday, April 8, 2013
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Joe Koek, born in the Netherlands in 1930, was hidden in the Dutch underground during World War II. When he was 11, Joe and two sisters left their parents and never saw them again. They were moved from location to location to avoid the Nazis, and all three survived. Joe lives in Chicago.

Heather Miller Rubens, Ph.D., Roman Catholic Scholar, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
"Christians and Jews:  Cultivating Interfaith Dialogue"
Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 PM, Wilson Center
"Exploring the Difference: Christian and Jewish Interpretations of Isaiah's Suffering Servant"
Free and open to the public.

While Jews and Christians share sacred texts, the two communities read, interpret, and embody their traditions in distinctly different ways. Over the course of an evening, Dr. Rubens will examine various Jewish and Christian interpretations of Isaiah's Suffering Servant, including a biblical illumination from The Saint John's Bible, in order to explore important differences in the Jewish and Christian interpretative imaginations.

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:45 PM Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Conversation, Founders Basement
"Continuing the Dialogue:  Interfaith Understanding after College"
Sponsored by Interfaith Understanding Group, and open to the College community.

Dr. Rubens invites students to consider how they will engage in inter-religious dialogue in their post-collegiate lives (a.k.a. "the Real World").  She challenges students to consider their own obligation to promote inter-religious understanding in the greater United States, and will help students evaluate the various opportunities for inter-religious encounter available today.

Pyrographies of Female Saints by Kat Hustedde
Exhibit:  Thomas Tredway Library, March 4 - May 17, 2013
Artist talk: Monday, March 25, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

Kat Hustedde is an artist living and working in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. She is a high school art teacher.  In 2012, Kat completed her M.A. in Visual Studies at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Influenced by the design meanderings of Art Nouveau and the complexities and contradictions of womanhood and religion, Kat Hustedde created a series of pyrographies (images produced by the process of burning wood) of female saints that, she says, "I prayed to in my youth." As an adult, Kat sees that many of these saints deal with women's issues: fertility, marriage, domestic violence, pregnancy, penitence, and housework. Kat states, "By conjuring their 'likenesses', I am venerating them, but in a way far removed from the prayerfulness of when I was a practicing Catholic. I acknowledge their existence as women who faced great hardship and conflict, more than as metaphysical beings that have an impact on their assigned advocacy." Kat's representations are at home on antique wooden ironing boards, symbols themselves of womanhood, domesticity, and labor.

PechaKucha Night
Thursday, March 28, 2013
6:30 PM
Figge Museum

The Figge is excited to host PechaKucha Night as part of Thursdays at the Figge. This fun, informal event allows community members to share their ideas and interests-from recent travels to hobbies like knitting to major academic pursuits. Anyone can present at a PechaKucha Night, and the format is simple: presenters are allowed to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, while they talk about their topic along with the images. Ten years after its development in Tokyo, nearly 600 cities worldwide host PechaKucha Night! For more information about Figge's PechaKucha Night or to get involved, contact Melissa Hueting at 563.326.7804 x7895 or

Upcoming dates for PechaKucha Night: April 25, June 27



During the month of March, Augustana will participate in the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey administered by Eboo Patel's organization, Interfaith Youth Core. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors will be invited to participate in the survey. This survey is meant to explore the ways that campus climate affects student experiences and development while in college. The survey period will be March 1-March 30, 2013. Students will get weekly email reminders to take the survey that include a customized link for each student. Your help in encouraging participation will be appreciated. We hope to hear from students who represent a wide spectrum of worldviews, including religious and non-religious perspectives. 

Thank you for your help in encouraging participation with the survey. For questions contact: Pastor Kristen Glass Perez, College Chaplain or Mark Salisbury, Director of  Institutional Research and Assessment.



The Tredway reference librarians are pleased to introduce a new service to you and your students: appointments for in-depth research help.  Following models at institutions such as Oberlin, Grinnell, and Amherst - as well as responding to a trend in our library of students requesting more one-on-one consultations with librarians - we wished to provide students with another means by which to reach out to us for research help.  We anticipate this service will be most beneficial to upper-level students working on Senior Inquiry or other advanced research projects, but it is available to students at all levels.

If you feel your students might benefit from this service, please share this information with them!  The form to request an appointment is accessible on our "Ask a Librarian" webpage, or you may also access the form directly.

We will continue to offer our regular research help desk hours, and are also available for walk-in office visits.  If you have any questions about this service, please contact reference librarian Anne Earel: or x7315.

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

Registration information is available online or by contacting Dr. Ellen Hay at or (309) 794-8614. The registration fee of $50 for the day includes lunch and snacks.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Carthage Provost Julio Rivera, president-elect of CUR (Council for Undergraduate Research), and three concurrent sessions which each include five panels.  In addition to Augustana faculty, panelists from about 20 other colleges and universities with be sharing their strategies and successes.  More information on the program is available on our website:

The CEC will cover registration costs for Augustana faculty, but please register so that we know how much food to order.  If you have colleagues at other institutions who might be interested in joining us, please invite them.  They can attend for only $50.00.  With professional travel funds limited, this is an excellent opportunity for collaboration and exchange.



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.

April 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Denkmann Hall

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center and the American Scandinavian Society at Augustana College will offer a genealogy class on the practical aspects of caring for family papers with proper storage, organization, and ways to minimize the risk of loss or damage to a collection. Participants will see examples of safe storage and proper care. The class will be taught by Lisa Huntsha, archivist at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Reserach Center. Parking is available in Faculty/Staff Lot "H". The class is free, but registration is required. Call 309-794-7204 or email to register.


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.

Examples of topics of special interest to the readership of SLMS include:



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.


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
Deadline to contact Margaret Farrar:  Thursday, March 14, 2013
Deadline to register: Wednesday, March 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? More about the conference HERE.