Monday, May 6

4:00 PM - Augie Reads Kickoff
Evald Great Hall

Tuesday, May 7

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Angie and Nick Cummins '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

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

Wednesday, May 8

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

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Good News Appreciation Event for Faculty and Staff
Reception and review of outstanding clips, along with awards, appetizers, beer and wine
4:15 PM - Short Comments
The Black Ram, 1407 30th Street, Rock island, IL

4:30 PM - Deadline to Submit Nominations of Augustana voting members for Representative & Alternate for Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to Sharon Varallo

4:30 PM - Deadline to RSVP for Blended Learning Boot Camp to Margaret Farrar

7:00 PM - Walking Tour of the Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Exhibiting artists will discuss their works in the Art Museum. Refreshments will be served.
Art Museum, CentennialHall

Thursday, May 9

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, 1st floor Sorensen Hall

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

7:00 PM - Senior Legacy Event
Three professors chosen  by the Senior class will give their last words of advice to our Senior class
Olin Auditorium

Friday, May 10

10:00 - 11:30 AM - Historical Walking Tour with Kai Swanson
Departure is outside the Wilson Center

3:15 - 4:15 PM - Farewell Reception for Lisa Allen
Communication Studies Hallway, 1st floor, Sorensen Hall

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Mark Salisbury shares reports from Augustana's participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education and from our most recent "9-Month Out" survey
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, May 11

4:00 PM - Combined Band Concert
Centennial Hall

6:30 - 10:00 PM - 375th Anniversary of the New Sweden Colony
American Scandinavian Assoc. at Augustana hosts a live webcast. Event is casual "come and go" with cookies and coffee. A free-will donation will be taken.
Hanson Hall of Science 102

7:30 PM - Quad City Playwrights' Festival
Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - The Pirates of Penzance, presented by Opera@Augustana, conducted by John Pfautz
$12; $10 for students, faculty, staff and seniors; $8 for children
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, May 12

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Quad City Community RiverBend Bronze Community Handbell Ensemble
Includes arrangements from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Celebration," "You Raise Me Up," "when We All Get to Heaven"
Dessert reception following. Free-will offering wil be accepted
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Quad City Choral Arts Spring Concert, director: Jon Hurty
Presenting "J.S. Bach: The Passion and Resurrection." Excerpts from Bach's St. John Passion and his Cantata BWV4 "Christ lag in Todesbanden"
$12 for adults, $10 seniors, $5 students
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA

Volume 11, Issue 32 - May 6, 2013



ITS and Academic Affairs are partnering to offer a "blended learning boot camp" immediately after grades are due. Please RSVP HERE. A draft of the schedule for your perusal can be read HERE. Faculty will receive a modest stipend for participation ($150 for both days).

Our goals for the boot camp include:


Wednesday, May 15, 2013
3:30 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Conversations, Community, and Southwestern Egg Rolls:

Please join us to commemorate the end of an era at the Wilson Center -- and to celebrate the end of the academic year and the start of new traditions. (No agenda and no program - just time to eat, drink, relax, and reflect.)

Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served.


All faculty and staff are 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.


Full and Part-time Faculty (including Fellows and Visiting) and Administrators are asked to please take note.

    The schedule for Commencement Weekend is as follows:  

If you are a full-time faculty member you are expected to participate in the academic processions unless excused by the Dean. If you do not plan to participate and have not already contacted Dean Lawrence's office, please do so as soon as possible via email to Mary Koski.

If you are a part-time faculty member, Fellow, Visiting Instructor, or  an administrator you are invited to march in the academic processions. If you plan to do so this year, please EMAIL Kai Swanson so that your name can be included in the marching order. Please specify the processions in which you plan to participate.

More detailed instructions for assembling at the various ceremonies will be e-mailed to you during the week of May 13. 


Senate approved the format proposed by Senate Steering/Nom & Rules for electing a representative and alternate to the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

Any faculty member may submit nominations of voting members of the faculty to Sharon Varallo no later than Wednesday, May 8th. Self-nominations are appropriate. Nominees are not required to be members of Senate.

In brief the 2012-13 Senate is charged with electing one representative and one alternate to serve during the academic years of 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.

The responsibilities of the representative include attending monthly meetings during each academic year that are held at various campuses across the state. The first meeting is scheduled for September 20, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The representative is expected to attend all meetings. The reason for the alternate is to increase the odds that we can always have at least one representative at the meetings. More information can be found HERE and at:

The remainder of the time line:


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 10:00 - 11:30 AM 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

"Integrating Biology, Health & Gender: A Teaching Workshop"
Friday, May 31, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Evald 17 and 18

Workshops will be conducted by Dr. Penny Seymoure, Assoc. Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Carthage College, and Dr. Kathryn Burlson, Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biolgoy & Genetics teaches non-major courses in Biology of Women & Biology of Human Function, Hamline University. Lunch will be provided in the Great Hall. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Vicki Sommer or Jane Simonsen.  Please RSVP to Jean Sottos by May 28, 2013.


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 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 Brian Tugana 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.



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.


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.