Monday, September 23

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY 102 Curriculum Meeting CANCELLED
Wilson Center

Tuesday, September 24

10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon - Historical Walking Tour of Campus
Wilson Center. Meet outside the Wilson Center

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Consortium Colleges & Developing Summer Online Courses Meeting
Olin 110

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Kertesha Riley, Career Center
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

1:30 - 2:30 PM - Google Sites Training
RSVP to Kristina Zimmerman to RSVP x 7476
Olin 110

4:00 - 4:30 PM - Sign Language Table (Intermediate)
Center for Student Life, Sitting area outside of multipurpose room

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Sign Language Table (Beginners)Center for Student Life, Sitting area outside of multipurpose room

4:30 - 5:30 PM - New Faculty Mentoring Circle
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Tikkun
Deborah Dakin, viola; Janina Ehrlich, cello; and Robert Elfline, piano will perform works by guest artist composer Laura Kaminsky. Paul Olsen will narrate. Free admission.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, September 25

9:30 - 10:30 AM - PowerPoint Basics Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092
Olin 105

Thursday, September 26

SYMPOSIUM DAY: Relationships

PepsiCo Recreation Center

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - Salon
Brew by the Slough, Tredway Library

3:00 PM - Symposium Day All-Campus Reception
Gävle (Multipurpose) Room, CSL

Friday, September 27

1:30 PM - Upper Mississippi River and Urban Waterfront Joint Conference
RiverCenter Exhibition Hall, 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA

3:00 PM - President Bahls "Town Hall" Meeting - Strategic Directions
Olin Auditorium

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Christina Lorge-Grover, Director of Residential Life talks about the connections that Residential Life makes to the academic mission of the college
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Andreen Hall Lobby

6:00 - 10:00 PM - "Cloudbreak, California" release party
Final Friday will include a release party for Kelly Daniels' book, "Cloudbreak, California"
Free admission.
Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA

Saturday, September 28

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Fall Visit Day
Carver Physical Education Center

12:00 - 5:00 PM - Broadway Historic District 25th Anniversary Celebration
22nd Street in Rock Island, IL

8:00 PM - Second City, Chicago's legendary sketch comedy troupe
Centennial Hall

Sunday, September 29

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Swedish Hogmassa (high mass)
Jenny Lind Chapel, 6th Street and Oak Street, Andover, IL

Volume 12, Issue 5 - September 23, 2013

This Week's Message

College students at Augustana spend the majority of their time outside of the classroom.  However, the learning does not stop when students leave an academic building.  Learning continues, especially within the residence halls.  Augustana houses 1,500 students in a variety of housing formats including our traditional halls, apartments, townhouses, and houses.  There is intentionality in what is done within Residence Life to promote the learning outcomes of the college.

Researchers such as Astin, Chickering, and Tinto have looked at the environments in residence halls and concluded students who live on campus tend to have higher grade points, are more likely to complete a degree, and often times have a deeper understanding of real world application of course content.  The residence halls are real life laboratories where students receive an opportunity to apply what they are learning in their courses. 

Growth and development in interpersonal maturity and intrapersonal conviction takes place in our residence halls when students work out roommate conflicts, take on hall leadership positions, and build relationships with folks on the floors and within their buildings.  Additionally, Area Coordinators work to provide programming opportunities that socially integrate students to campus, challenge their beliefs, and expand their cognitive abilities. 

Online degrees have challenged traditional liberal arts colleges.  However, what occurs within a residence hall in terms of communication, collaborative leadership, intercultural competency, creative thinking, and ethical citizenship, cannot be done online, it has to be experienced. 

At this week's Friday conversation I will share with you what happens when students are not in class, introduce you to the Masters-level staff that lives in the halls with students,  and show you connections Residence Life makes to the academic mission of the college.  Residence Life is doing some amazing things and we hope to continue to move the department forward with stronger relationships with our faculty. 

The presentation begins at 4:00 PM, but please come earlier to have some appetizers.  We will also be offering tours of residence hall rooms in Andreen and Swanson Hall.

Christina Lorge-Grover
Director of Residential Life