Monday, May 13

Extended Library Hours for Finals Week
May 13 - May 15: 7:30 AM - 2:00 AM
May 16: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
May 17: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
May 18-19: Closed

Tuesday, May 14

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Accounting Majors Senior Inquiry Poster Presentations
Refreshments will be served
Evald Great Hall

Wednesday, May 15

3:00 PM - State of the College Address by President Steven Bahls
Update on strategic planning and enrollment
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

3:30 - 6:00 PM - Celebrating the Wilson Center and Continued Conversations in the new Center for Student Life
Wilson Center

4:30 PM - Faculty-Staff Golf Tournament Registration forms due to Melinda Reamy

7:00 PM - "Hampton 175 Years Ago" presented by Steve Warren"
Hampton United Methodist Church, 400 2nd Ave., Hampton, IL

Thursday, May 16

"And Another Thing..." Honoring Don Wooten
WVIK celebrates Wooten's long career with a fund-raising reception and dinner
Tickets are $35 and include dinner and two glasses of wine
College Center Dining Room

Friday, May 17

5:00 PM - Deadline for student submissions for Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research

5:00 PM - Alumni Weekend Begins
Opening reception and registration for Classes of 1958, 1953, 1948, 1943, 1938
College Center Lobby

5:30 - 8:00 PM - American Scandinavian Assoc. Annual Meeting and Smorgasbord
$18 for adults; $9 for students. RSVP to Loryann Eis (309) 762-8303.
College Center Loft

Saturday, May 18

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Scandinavian Folk Arts Fest
Food, mucis, carving, weaving, spinning and viking re-enactment. Baked goods and crafts will be sold
Free admission
First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Rock Island, IL

12:00 Noon - Senior Honors Convocation
11:30 AM - Faculty should assemble in Bergendoff Ensemble Rehearsal Room (lower level)
Centennial Hall

2:30 PM - Old-Fashioned Band Lawn Concert
Bergendoff Hall (rain location is Centennial Hall)

8:00 PM - Music Festival Concert
The Augustana Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and Choir will perform
Centennial Hall

Sunday, May 19

10:00 AM - Baccalaureate Service
9:30 AM - Faculty should assemble in Bergendoff Ensemble Rehearsal Room (lower level)
Centennial Hall

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Scandinavian Folk Arts Fest
Food, mucis, carving, weaving, spinning and viking re-enactment. Baked goods and crafts will be sold
Free admission
First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Rock Island, IL

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Graduation Brunch
College Center Dining Room

12:45 - 2:00 PM - Closing Reception for Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Augustana Art Museum, Centennial Hall

3:00 PM - Commencement
2:15 PM - Faculty should assemble at the Center in the area behind the main stage (west end of arena)
i-Wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL

Volume 11, Issue 33 - May 13, 2013


12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2012


Faculty and Staff - Pick up some summer reading today...Augie Reads '13 Text

Never Let Me Go

written by award winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro 

Available now in the Office of Academic Affairs, 116 Founders Hall.
Stop by to pick up your complimentary copy



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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:30 AM - Sign in
Highland Springs Golf Course, 9500 35th Street West, Rock Island, IL

Registration and money is due to Melinda Reamy in the Office of Purchasing, Sorensen Hall, by Wednesday, May 15th. Checks should be made payable to "Augustana College" with "Golf Tournament" in the memo.  Don't miss out on the fun and fellowship! Get your friends, family, and co-workers together to make a team.


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.


The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to offer complimentary on-campus childcare in our Brodahl building for any faculty member who would like to attend commencement who otherwise would not be able to.

Commencement is Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 PM at the i wireless Center. Faculty assemble at the i wireless Center at 2:15 PM in the area behind the main stage (west end of the arena). The ceremony usually lasts between 2 1/2 and 3 hours.

If you are a full-time faculty member you are expected to participate in the academic procession unless excused by the Dean. If you do not plan to participate, please contact me.  Part-time, fellows, visiting faculty are invited to march in the academic procession as well.
Please email Mary Koski as soon as possible if you are interested in childcare service.

Graduation Brunch Menu
Sunday, May 19, 2013
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
College Center Dining Room

A special brunch will be served following the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday May 19th, 2013. No reservations are necessary. The brunch will be priced at $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for kids 12 and under, for student flex point price will be 4.3.


Coffee Cake & Pastries
Fresh Fruit Salad
Caesar Salad
Pasta Salad
Strawberry Blintz
Scrambled Eggs
Omelet Station
Au Gratin Potatoes
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce
Dinner Rolls and Butter
Chocolate Cake/ Assorted Pies
Beverages: Regular & Decaf Coffee
Hot Tea/ Iced Tea w/Lemon

Thursday, May 23, 2013
7:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (light breakfast will be served)

The email below was sent to Students, Administrators, and Staff asking for actors to participate in our full scale exercise on Thursday, May 23rd. We are also looking specifically for 3 or 4 faculty members who would be willing to participate and simulate holding a class in Evald. During a normal school day, Evald would be populated with approximately 220 people. We are looking for at least 80 actors to be placed in 3 or 4 classrooms, with a professor, to simulate a school day. We are looking for two categories of Faculty actors. One would be in the classroom where the event takes place. The second is to be holding a class and react to the event occurring inside the building. Please read the rest of the message and if you want to participate, please contact Assistant Chief Mark Beckwith.

Over the past several months, Augustana College has been preparing for a full scale exercise that we will be hosting on Thursday May 23, 2013. This exercise is being coordinated with the Rock Island County Emergency Management Agency along with multiple participating emergency service agencies including Rock Island Police Department, Rock Island Fire Department, Trinity and Genesis Hospitals, all local EMS Services, as well as other local agencies. The scenario will be an active shooter/mass casualty exercise.  Although this exercise is focused on an active shooter situation, it will also allow the college and the participating emergency service providers and medical facilities to test their capabilities for large scale emergencies (i.e.: severe weather, power outages, etc.).

We are seeking volunteers to be "actors" for this exercise. You must be 18 years of age or older and be able to stay for the duration of the exercise. The actors will need to be on campus by 7 AM on Thursday May 23rd and be able to stay until approximately 12 PM.  A light breakfast will be served. There are three categories of actors we need: NOTE: If you plan on participating, be sure to wear "old" clothes! 

  1. Victims - These actors will have make-up applied and have a variety of injuries that will require transportation via ambulance to a local hospital.
  2. Wounded - These actors may or may not have make-up applied and may have minor injuries that may or may not require transportation to the hospital via a bus.
  3. Witnesses - These actors will populate other classrooms inside the building and will need to either run out of the building or lock-down inside the building. 

If you want to participate as an actor or have any questions, please email Assistant Chief Mark Beckwith  IMMEDIATELY.  When you reply, please indicate which level of actor you would like to participate or if you do not have a preference, please indicate that as well. At least 80 actors for this exercise and less than 20 have signed up.

On behalf of Augustana College and the Emergency Planning Task Force, we appreciate your consideration.  

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.

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.  

Demonstrations - 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.