Monday, April 29

All Week - 2013 Augustana College Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

11:00 - 12:00M - Blue and Gold Certification: CMS Basics
RSVP to Kristine Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

Tuesday, April 30

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Interfaith Worship Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

1:30 PM - The Salon: Nik Maggos leads a discussion about giving aid to developing countries
Black culture House

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning Excel
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Art History Spring 2013 Senior Inquiry Presentations
Bergendoff Hall, Room 12
Reception following in Bergendoff Room 7

8:00 PM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, May 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Community Retirement Celebration
4:00 PM - Recognition Program
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Flute/Clarinet Choir Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, May 2

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

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

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Blood Drive
Sign-up for a time to donate
College Center Loft

7:30 - 9:00 PM - 2013 Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy:  "Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS on the Van Allen Probes"
presented by Dr. Craig Kletzing, University of Iowa
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, May 3

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: CMS Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

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

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

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Feast for Locavores
Lower Quad Westerlin Lounge

7:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Saturday, May 4

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Celebration of Learning
Hanson Hall of Science and Olin

11:30 AM - Student Honors Recognition Program
102 Hanson Hall of Science

2:00 PM - Student Recital - Jessica Mahannah, clarinet
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:00 PM - Four Choirs Concert
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

2:00 PM - Student Voice Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Percussion Ensemble Concert
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

Volume 11, Issue 31 - April 29, 2013



Thank you to all who have contributed to the success of our academic program at Augustana College, and best wishes for your future endeavors.

Lisa Allen (Communication Studies)
David Arbesú (Spanish)
Leonora Brown (Economics)
James Dyer (Communication Studies)
Letania Ferreira (Spanish)
Mary Ann Gant (Registrar's Office)
Eric Gato (Chemistry)
Naoko Gunji (Art History)
Jasmine Harris-LaMothe (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Welfare)
Kenya Johnson (Economic, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Accounting, Business, Freistat, Texas Medical Center programs)
Jan Keessen (English)
Sherry Maurer (Art Museum)
Thomas Mayer (History)
Norm Moline (Geography)
Kelly Murphy (Religion)
Jamie Nelson (Library)
Jordan Purdy (Math)
Karthik Ramaswamy (Biology)
Larry Scott (Scandinavian)
Pat Shea (Education)
Molly Todd (History)
Kim Vivian (German)
Ryan White (Center for Vocational Reflection)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 PM (Recognition program begins at 4:00 PM)
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Celebrate Augustana's 2013 retirees who have shared their talents with thousands of students and with us their colleagues. Refreshments will be served.  Retirees this year include:

Mildred Brooks Facilities Services
Salvador Castaneda Building Services
Jackie Flowers Dining Services
MaryAnn Gant Office of the Registrar
Becky Goss Office of Admissions
Paqui Lerschen Dining Services
Barb Lesley College Center Mailroom
Norm Moline Department of Geography
Tom Mayer Department of History
Sharon Newberg Dining Services
Jenny Newton Dining Services
Peggy Rexroth Dining Services
Barbara Roggenbauer Dining Services
Lars Scott Department of German and Scandinavian Studies
Marily Snook Dining Services
Joyce Taylor Office of Advancement
Marilyn VandeWalle Dining Services
Kim Vivian Department of German and Scandinavian Studies


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:

Thursday, May 2, 2013
7:30 PM
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Dr. Craig Kletzing of the University of Iowa will give this year's Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy. His lecture, "Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS on the Van Allen Probes" is about the recent launch of NASA's Van Allen Probes, a twin satellite mission to investigate Earth's radiation belts. The radiation belts were a key discovery by University of Iowa professor James Van Allen in 1958. Dr. Kletzing will show some examples of the kinds of scientific measurements that are being made with the probes and also describe how the University of Iowa physics and astronomy department continues to expand on Van Allen's research. 

Eric Bogosian's suburbia
May 3-4 at 7:30 PM
May 5 at 1:30 PM
Potter Theatre

The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present Eric Bogosian's subUrbia, the final production of its 2012-2013 season, Balancing Acts. The show will be presented in Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.), April 26-27 and May 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 28 and May 5 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 for the general public and $9 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff.

The story focuses on three men in their early twenties who spend much of their time in the parking lot of a convenience store in the fictional town of Burnfield. They talk trash, revel in their high school glory days and harass the Pakistani owner of the store. The turning point of this evening is the arrival of an old high school friend who has gone on to become a semi-famous musician, has an album on the charts and a video on MTV.

In the course of the evening, all of the friends congregate in the parking lot and tension mounts as they all realize things are never the same as they once were. The building tension between the friends continues late into the night as relationships are made, tested and broken. As the next day dawns, some of the group have found their way out of Burnfield while the rest are left to deal with a tragedy that could have been any one of them.

 "Our hope with this play is that it sparks conversation: about the young people in our own lives who feel hopeless, and how to help them, and create a brighter future with them than the one they can envision for themselves. In the end, we hope that the audience sees why this conversation is an important one to have," said director Dr. Jennifer Popple, fellowship instructor at Augustana.

Tickets can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office by calling (309) 794-7306 or by

May Meeting
Friday, May 3, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 PM
College Center Board Room  

AAEOP is a sanctioned, Augustana organization which meets monthly and to which all clerical and technical personnel are invited to and have the right to attend. We encourage all support and technical staff to attend these events if at all possible, and remind managers and supervisors that this is considered a work activity and there is no need to clock out to attend.  As always, we hope that employees will work together to balance the need for adequate covereage with opportunities for professional development for this and other AAEOP events on campus this year.


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.

Faculty attending the Senior Honors Convocation will assemble in the Ensemble Rehearsal Room of the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts at 11:30 AM. Those presenting awards will be seated on stage and will form up in the Rehearsal Room as a separate group. Marching order will be posted in the Ensemble Room.  Please RSVP to Mary Koski x 7328 whether or not you will be attending the Senior Honors Convocation at your earliest convenience.

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

Wednesday,  May  8, 2013
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Black Ram, 1407 30th Street, Rock Island, IL

On Wednesday, May 8, Augustana College will begin a new tradition of celebrating faculty and staff who have helped generate good news for the college. Several of those who went above and beyond will be presented with a keepsake Augie "A". Join us for a reception and review of outstanding clips, along with awards, appetizers, beer and wine from 4:00 - 5:30 PM (short comments will be made at 4:45 PM). Please be there to celebrate your accomplishments and/or the accomplishments of your colleagues. RSVPs appreciated (but not required). Please let Keri Rursch x 7721 know if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, May 10, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Wilson Center

Many of you have asked about a historical tour of Augustana to learn more about the traditions, history and background on some of the hallmark buildings and items of interest on our campus.  Kai Swanson is delighted to offer just such a tour -- and we plan to offer this once per term. If you are interested, Kai will be leading a 90 minute walking tour on May 10th from 10am - 11:30am departing from just outside the Wilson Center.  If you'd like to participate, please RSVP to as we'd like to keep this to a manageable size.  Participants should be dressed for the weather with comfortable walking shoes. Are you interested but busy on 5/10? There will be another tour in late August and again in the fall.

April 27 - May 18, 2013 (closed for exams May 14-16)

Participating students presenting their Senior Inquiry: Brontë M. Benson, Arielle E. Campos, Jessica L. Coons, Emily M. Hayes, Konner Michael Pemberton, Amie Regina Rogers, Kaleigh Wall, and Huangyuying (Meimei) Zheng.

Walking Tour
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7:00 PM
Augustana Art Museum

Closing Reception 
Sunday, May 19, 2013
12:45 - 2:00 PM
Centennial Hall


Over the summer Web Services will be working to improve the design and content of our Department/Major landing pages. Our partners in this will be Academic Affairs, Admissions and Communication and Marketing. It's important for us to get feedback from any faculty members who are willing to read a few emails and look at prototypes. It will be an informal "Summer Web Working Group."

(There will be deadlines but no grades and no penalty for dropping.) If you'd like to be included, please contact Leslie Dupree. And thank you! Please click HERE to see page content.

Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2013
Milan Bottoms (a 3,500 acre flood plain forest complex along the Mississippi located at 92/280, near Jumer's Casino

On Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, you have a chance to participate in a BioBlitz at the Milan Bottoms- a 3500 acre bottomland complex located at 92/280, near Jumer's Casino.

A BioBlitz is an intense biological survey held over a 24 hour period in an attempt to document the flora and fauna found in a specified area.  Academic scientists and educators along with trained naturalists will gather from around the state to survey mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, insects, and more found in various area of the Bottoms.

For photographers, this is a unique opportunity to accompany and learn from wildlife experts and at the same time contribute by photographing various aspects of the BioBlitz.

The BioBlitz will consist of two broad parts- survey teams and base camp demonstrations.

Survey teams will be led by university professors or advanced trained naturalists.  They will lead teams that will go to remote areas of the Milan Bottoms.  Each team will focus on a particular type of animal or plant life.  The teams will be made of the expert, team leader, several assistants, and two photographers.  The photographers will record the survey process and the specimens collected.  Since the BioBlitz is both a documentary and a development activity, we will attempt to pair an experienced photographer along with a photographer who is at an earlier phase in climbing the learning/ experience curve.   


At various times, demonstrations will be conducted for the benefit of the general public.  Photographers will be assigned to record the activity at each demonstration site.

How to Participate

Please complete the participation sheet HERE, and return it to Steve Hager via email. Indicate the various activities that you would like to participate in.  Use #1 to indicate your first choice and proceed from there.  Please note that you might not be assigned your first choice if that option was selected by others who responded ahead of you.

If you are interested in participating as a member of a survey team, be aware that this may require some moderate physical activity.  If you are a 300# geriatric photographer, it would not be judicious to sign up.  You might not be up to slogging through some muck or paddling, let alone fitting into a canoe.  In that case, your best spot would be photographing base camp activities.

At the end of your photographic activities, you will be asked to download the images that you took on site.  By participating, you agree to allow the main sponsor of the event to have any images you took printed and displayed with a copyright symbol and your name.  You also agree to allow any of the academic experts to use images for educational purposes.  None of your images will be sold.  You retain all commercial rights to images you take.

At the sign-in tent on the day of the event, you will be asked to sign a participation agreement outlining the issues outlined above.   


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.


The Office of Admissions is currently recruiting a well-rounded and diverse student ambassador staff to aid in our efforts for next year.

Admissions Ambassadors are an integral part of our positive and enthusiastic communications with prospective students and their families. They are often the first voice to be heard on a phone call, the first greeters at our large visit events, and the first to tell the Augie story while giving tours.

In an effort to best serve our prospective students, we are aiming to shape an all-encompassing diversity in our Ambassador group, especially in the areas of gender, ethnicity, geography, religion and academic program.

If you know of any stand-out first-years or sophomores who are strong advocates of Augustana, please forward their names to Dane Rowley.


You are invited to submit a proposal for the 2013-2014 Center for the Study of Ethics Community Lecture Series.  Proposals may come from any academic discipline.  The only requirement is that they address an ethical issue.  Proposals should be sent to Dan Lee via e-mail by Wednesday, May 8, 2013.  Three or four proposals will be selected for the 2013-2014 Community Lecture Series. Each participant will present her or his lecture once on campus and up to three times to community groups and organizations.  The Center will pay a $200 preparation stipend and $50 per presentation up to a total of four times. Please contact Dan Lee x 7258 with any questions.