Monday, April 1

Freistat Travel Awards to Present Research at International Conferences Application Deadline
Heidi Storl, Sorensen Hall 262

Freistat In-country Research Grants for Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America Application Deadline
Heidi Storl, Sorensen Hall 262

Tuesday, April 2

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning PowerPoint
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Norm Moline, Geography
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Campus Presentation by Dr. Susan Hill, Candidate for Associate Dean of Curriculum and Engagement
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Student recital, piano and violin: Beth Cole, Ethan Tarvin, and Rebecca Strandberg, piano; and Elizabeth Lundine, Madeline Ruzek and Shylee Garrett, violin
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, April 3

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture"
Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center

8:00 PM - Guest Artist Frederick Hemke, saxophone
Free admission
Centennial Hall

5:00 PM - Deadline to submit Sabbatical Leave Grant and Summer Research Stipend Proposals
email to Mary Koski

Thursday, April 4

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning PowerPoint
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Public Forum on April 9 Referendum
Community forum to discuss a ballot question on the scope of the Rock Island County Public Building Commission's authority and construction of a new county courthouse.
St. John's Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 4501 7th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

7:00 PM - Augustana Film Series: "The Twilight Samurai"
Olin Auditorium

7:30 PM - "The Spirit of the Lord" lecture presented by Kelly Murphy
Consider different Biblical perceptions of God
Hanson Science 102

Friday, April 5

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Discussion of the Global and Diversity General Education Requirements
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

6:30 PM - Reception for the 37th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The exhibition catalog will be debuted, and awards will be announced in the Art Museum.
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital - sopranos Elyssa LeMay and Allycia Nelson present works by Handel, Schubert and Mozart
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, April 6

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM - Promoting Undergraduate Research at Liberal Arts Colleges
This conference is intended to bring faculty, staff and administrators together to consider the challenges and opportunities of undergraduate research
$50 for non-Augustana faculty
Evald Hall

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - Preserving Family History Class Taught by Lisa Huntsha
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Denkmann Buildling

4:00 - 6:00 PM - A Lincoln Symposium: Scholars from the Land of Lincoln
Local scholars including Augustana's Steve Warren will consider the impact and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the nation's 16th president.
Free admission
Western Illinois University-QC Riverfront Campus, Riverfront Campus Atrium, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL

7:30 PM - Nova Singers Presents: A Procession Winding Around Me"
Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door.
Kresge Recital Hall, Knox College, Galesburg, IL

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Composer Jacob Bancks, Visions and Premonitions
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Sunday, April 7

4:00 PM - Nova Singers Presents: A Procession Winding Around Me"
Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door.
First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, IL

7:00 PM - Student Recital - Valerie Bach & Emily Bender, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Volume 11, Issue 27 - April 1, 2013


Tuesday, April 2, 2013
7:00 PM
Two Rivers TMCA, 2040 53rd Street, Moline, IL

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 7:00 PM 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.

Lecture by Dr. Kelly Murphy
7:30 PM
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

The Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to sponsor a lecture entitled "The Spirit or the Lord" presented by Dr. Kelly Murphy. Dr. Murphy is a Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow at Augustana College.  She received a B.A. from Mary Washington, an A.M. from the University of Chicago, a MSt. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.  Her areas of expertise include Hebrew Bible and Judaism.


NOVA SINGERS PRESENTS: A Procession Winding Around Me
Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:30 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Knox College, Galesburg, IL


Sunday, April 7, 2013
4:00 PM
First Congregational Church, Moline, IL

Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Procession Winding Around Me, featuring classical guitarist Fareed Haqueon Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm in Kresge Recital Hall at Knox College in Galesburg, and on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00pm at First Congregational Church in Moline.

Nova Singers will join forces with Fareed Haque to explore the sound of choir and guitar. Featuring Jeffrey Van's A Procession Winding Around Me and Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Romancero Gitano, both written for a chorus of voices and a guitar accompaniment, this program is truly not to be missed.

"In each piece," says Dr. Laura Lane, "the guitar paints images of the text, such as rushing water, dissonance, or even aggression. These works highlight the incredible spectrum of emotion both guitar and voice are capable of conveying."

Nova Singers, a professional vocal ensemble under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, hopes to share our musical soul with you.  Nova Singers is known for bringing a wide variety of choral music to its audiences, and for the beauty and charm the singers impart to their music. 

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers' events, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail Please take the time to check out their website!



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:


Dr. Peter Metcalf, Vice President of the Medical Staff at the Genesis Medical Center Illini Campus, and Dr. Joanna Short, Associate Professor of Economics

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:45- 2:45 PM
Location TBA

Panel Discussion on "Justice and Access to Health Care." The panel discussion, which is sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics, is part of a day-long symposium on justice.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

"Exploring the Difference: Christian and Jewish Interpretations of Isaiah's Suffering Servant"
Presented by Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Wilson Center

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.

"Continuing the Dialogue:  Interfaith Understanding after College"
Presented by Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:45 PM Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Conversation
Founders Hall Basement

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.


"Ugly Man on Campus (UMOC)
April 20, 2013
2:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall

Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity on campus based upon three cardinal principles: leadership, friendship, and service. Each year our chapter, Lambda Rho, organizes an annual charity auction called Ugly Man On Campus (UMOC). This is our largest and most successful charity event. This year's proceeds will benefit Augustana College's Camp Kesem.

Camp Kesem is a weeklong summer camp, hosted by Augustana students, for children ages 6-13 whose parents have, had, or passed away from cancer. This camp provides a supportive environment and a fun experience that gives kids a chance to be kids. Camp Kesem also allows college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership skills for long-term social impact. Last year was the first year Augustana College has been a host. We are very excited about the continuation of this program and are thrilled to host an auction that benefits them!

We invite you to attend this year's auction on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 PM in Wallenberg Hall at Augustana College. We would greatly appreciate donated items appropriate for an auction. For example, in years past, contributors donated gift cards, crafts, gift baskets, blankets, electronics, sporting event tickets, autographed photographs, etc. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding donated items, please contact any UMOC co-chair representative: Stephennie Nedza, Julia Frisbie, Elyse Sherlock, and Kourtney O'Brien. If you would like us to pick up a donation, please contact Stephennie Nedza at 1 (847) 875-7043 or If possible, please have the donation sent to us by Friday, April 12th to the following address: Stephennie Nedza, Augustana College Box #1599

Saturday, April 27, 2013
6:30 - 10:30 PM
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA

Camp Kesem cordially invites you and a guest to attend their inaugural Make the Magic gala benefiting local children who are affected by a parent's cancer. Join us at the Figge Art Museum on April 27th at 6:30 PM to see the magic these children experience at camp. There will be activities, inspiring stories, and specially crafted hors d'oeuvres.

To register, please follow this link: or send a check to:
Camp Kesem Augustana
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Please register by April 13, 2013. If you have any questions about the event or registration, please contact us at



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:



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.


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.



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.

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.