Monday, April 8

7:00 PM - Augustana Film Series: "Rome: Season 1 Episode 12: "Kalends of February"
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - Geifman Lecture - Joseph B. Koek, Holocaust Survivor
The Geifman Prize for Holocaust Studies will also be awarded to an Augustana student
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:30 PM - Deadline for submission of Augustana Student-Faculty Academic Partnership Grant Proposals

Tuesday, April 9


10:00 AM - Symposium Day Keynote AddressI: Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women
Centennial Hall

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - NO REFLECTION
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Dahl Room, College Center, 3rd floor

Wednesday, April 10

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

6:30 - 7:30 PM - Back to School in Special Collections
Sarah Horowitz and Jamie Nelson will present on the kinds of materials collected and preserved in Special Collections, plus highlight Augustana-related collections
Tredway Library, first floor

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Contemporary Cuban Visual Texts and Art
Julie Portela Ponce de León, director of the Theory of Art Dept., Univ. of the Arts in Cuba, lectures on contemporary Cuban art. Reception in lower level of the Art Museum following
Free admission
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Thursday, April 11

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Augustana Association of  Education Office Professionals (AAEOP) meeting
Olin Auditorium

6:00 PM - Experience Augustana

Friday, April 12

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Transfer Friday

11:55 PM - Registration Closes for Celebration of Learning

3:30 PM - Friday Conversation: Dr. Paul Hanstedt Professor of English at Roanoke College (VA): "Enriching Inquiry Through Writing Assignment Design"
Wilson Center

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Augustana Dance Company's Annual Spring Performance
Admission $8; $5 for students; free for ages 12 and under
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Spektral Quartet
Includes violinists Austin Wulliman and Aurelien Pederzoli, violist Doyle Armbrust and cellist Russell Rolen. The chamber group is the ensemble-in-residence at The University of Chicago in the 2012/2013 season.
Free admission
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Saturday, April 13

8:00 AM - Registration for Autism Awareness Walk
9:00 AM - Walk begins
$35; $50 for family of four. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of the Quad Cities
Pepsico Recreation Center

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Professor of English at Roanoke College presents: "Supporting Student Writing without Killing Ourselves"
Wilson Center

6:00 PM - The 49th Convocation and Investiture of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois
Centennial Hall

Sunday, April 14

12:00 - 4:00 PM - Cross the Lind for Devine: wheelchair relay race to raise funds for injured veterans in honor of Adam Devine, an Augustana alumnus who lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011.
$10 in advance or $12 at the door
Ericson Field

7:00 PM - Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra
$10 for adults; $7 for seniors; free for ages 12 and under
Centennial Hall

Volume 11, Issue 28 - April 8, 2013

This Week's Message

I'm happy to tell you about several faculty development opportunities we have coming up over the next few months. First, this Friday we're delighted to host Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Professor of English at Roanoke College (VA), for a Friday Conversation on Enriching Inquiry Through Writing Assignment Design. This workshop will  provide faculty with the opportunity to move beyond traditional "cut and paste" research papers toward more effective assignments. Dr. Hanstedt will continue the conversation on Saturday with a workshop on Supporting Student Writing without Killing Ourselves. If you haven't yet RSVPed for these opportunities but would like to participate, please contact Mary Koski (7328) as soon as possible.

Second, in conjunction with ITS, we're planning a "blended learning boot camp" for faculty and staff interested in learning more about blended learning technologies (specifically, "flipping the classroom") and educational technology more generally. The event will be 1-2 days long and faculty participants will receive a modest stipend ($100/day). Stay tuned for dates and more details, and be sure to respond to this brief survey if you're interested:

With our colleagues at Luther and Alma Colleges, we're planning a workshop on innovative pedagogy in the STEM disciplines. We've invited Dr. Ellen Goldey of Wofford College (SC) to help facilitate a conversation between participants on questions such as: What are our goals in introductory science courses and are we achieving them? Do our students become better scientific thinkers in our introductory courses? Do they carry those abilities with them if they don't continue in science courses? (I.e., can they apply scientific thinking or scientific method across the curriculum?) The workshop will take place June 1-3.

Finally, the Faculty Development Working Group will present our recommendations from this year at Faculty Senate on May 3rd. Soon after, we'll have a copy of our report available for campus feedback. And of course, if you have ideas for what you'd like to see in terms of faculty development opportunities for next year, just let me know (email me, call me, or make me buy you a cup of coffee.)

Have a great week!

Margaret Farrar