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

This Week's Message

Join us for this week's Friday Conversation:  A Discussion of the Global and Diversity General Education Requirements

Among the General Education Committee's charges are to specify criteria for general education courses, to review proposed general education courses, and to make recommendations to the faculty with respect to proposed changes in general education requirements. The most recent concern of Gen Ed has been a discussion of the complexities, strengths, and weaknesses of the current "D" and "G" requirements and criteria.   A new approach we are developing, "Intercultural Competency" will focus class experiences on examining, exploring, and encountering cultures/groups other than one's own. It is the consensus of the Gen Ed Committee that in global/diversity classes student should develop skills, knowledge and attitudes aligned with Augustana's "Intercultural Competency" Intended Learning Outcome which states that...Our graduates should be able to demonstrate a nuanced awareness of difference across multiple domains, a sensitivity to the implications of those differences, a comfort in employing diverse perspectives to understand issues and interact with others, and a relativistic appreciation of cultural values.

To be fully prepared for and engaged in today's interconnected world students need to be able to communicate with and understand people and cultures different from one's own and they should be ready to work with people and communities from across the globe.  Students should be able to understand the complexity of elements important to members of another culture/group in relation to its history, values, politics, artistic expression, communication styles, economy, and beliefs and practices.  Experiential learning, including direct encounters, is deemed a significant component in this learning process.

The Gen Ed Committee is considering several models for replacing the current "D" and "G" course design.  These models include a two-tiered approach, experiential components, and other concepts we would like to share with you at this Friday's Conversation.  We would like faculty to participate in this process and plan to devote the majority of the session to gathering your input. We invite and urge you to join us.

The current General Education Committee members are Pareena Lawrence, Kristin Douglas,  Stefanie Bluemle, John Pfautz, Meg Gillette, Patrick Crawford, Lendol Calder, Mike Egan, Carrie Hough, Janene Finley, Virginia Johnson, Brian Katz, Rick Jaeschke, Jessica Hilbert, Richard Benson, Joe Bright, and Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Chair.

---Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Chair, General Education Committee