Monday, March 11

11:30 - 12:30 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Google Sites
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

7:00 PM - Augustana Film Series: Rome: Season 1 Episode 8: "Caesarion" and Episode 9: "Utica"
Olin Auditorium

7:00 - 8:00 PM - "Leadership in Times of Crisis", 13th annual Ellwood F. Curtis Family Lecture in Public Affairs, presented by Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Tuesday, March 12

10:30 - 11:15 AM - Candidate for Geography Teaching Fellow Position Presentation - Matthew Focker
"Six Maps of Africa: Geographical Challenges for the 21st Century"
Swenson Geosciences 211

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Clayton Smith, '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

1:30 - 2:30 PM - The Salon: Religious Response to Nazism - Jason Mahn
Black Culture House, 3249 10th Avenue, Rock Island

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Intermediate Word
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

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

4:30 - 5:15 PM - Candidate for Geography Teaching Fellow Position Presentation - Matthew Focker
"The National Forest Imperative: A Cultural and Historical Geography of the United States Forest Service Landscapes, Northern Rockies, Montana"
Swenson Geosciences 211

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Fireside Chat - Jane Simonsen
Evald Great Hall

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital: Dortha DeWit, violin
Pieces by Bach, Mozart, Bohuslav Martinu and Sir Edward German. Accompanied by Charles Schmidt, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, March 13

4:00 - 5:30 PM - CEC St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Opportunity to meet three new employees: Michael Reisner, Leah Grabovac, Kertesha Riley
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall

Thursday, March 14

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: Intermediate Word
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

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

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Delta Series: Steve Thompson
Steve Thompson, author of "No More Fear" has been a national figur eon the subject of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking for several years.
Free admission
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - "From Garbage to Stuff: How We Recycle Plastics"
presented by Dr. William Carroll, Jr.
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, March 15

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

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress: A Hands-On Workshop for Advisors" presented by Mary Windeknecht
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Olin 105

6:30 - 8:00 PM - Afro-Cuban Performance Group and Latin Jazz Ensemble
These two University of Iowa's ensembles will showcase the drumming, dance and song of folkloric Afro cuban music, along with jazz from the Cuban tradition.
Free admission
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Emma Leland, violin
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, March 16

2:00 PM - Student Recital - Marcus Hostetler, horn
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Odd Bar Trio
James Dreier (percussion), Steve Grismore (guitar) and Brent Sandy (trumpet) will perform a jazz concert
Free admission
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - St. Patrick's Day Concert
The Augustana Flute Choir, directed by Janet Stodd, will present its 13th annual musical celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Guest performers, Harp Strongs, will perform several arrangements by Kristi Ruud. Irish dancer Allie Holloway will also perform.
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, March 17

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Scandinavian Easter Workshop
All ages are welcome to make Easter decorations and heart baskets to hang on tree branches, color Easter cards, dress as Easter witches, eat semlor (Lenten buns), make straw ornaments, learn Swedish words, and dance to Swedish music.
Free admission. Register with Loryann Eis at 309-762-8303 or Helene leaf at 309-757-7606
Fellowship Hall, First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th Street, Rock Island, IL

4:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Deborah Dakin, viola
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Volume 10, Issue 24 - March 11, 2013

This Week's Message

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress: A Hands-On Workshop for Advisors

Not so long ago, students could afford to have a fairly casual attitude about dropping a course. "Go ahead and take the course. If you don't like it, you can always drop it" was a common refrain from advisors. Those days are gone.

New federal financial aid regulations went into effect during the 2011-2012 academic year that changed the landscape significantly. The new regulations require a student to successfully complete 67% of their attempted credit hours or face a potential loss of financial aid. For students who rarely drop a course, the new regulations don't pose a challenge. But for students who routinely drop courses or don't have many accumulated credits, the new rules can create problems. Augie students already at greatest risk of attrition - first-year students and those struggling academically - are most affected.

That's where advisors can play a key role. Decisions about a student's course selections and credit load must become more intentional. Advisors need to understand the impact of schedule changes and be equipped to demonstrate it to students. Most challenging, our culture and attitudes need to change to reflect the new reality.

At this week's Friday Conversation, we'll review the new regulations and discuss the implications for advising. We'll introduce new tools available to advisors to help students understand their situation and their options.  You'll also receive hands-on experience using the new tools. For advisors of students at any level, this Friday Conversation can help you help your students understand the connection between financial aid and their academic performance. Join us in Olin 105 this Friday from 4-5 pm. Refreshments served starting at 3:30 pm.

Mary Windeknecht
Director of First Year Advising and Retention
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