Monday, December 2, 2013

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY Meeting:  From the Source: Summary and Documentation
Wilson Center

4:30 PM - Submit expression of interest for offering online summer courses by today to Margaret Farrar

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Amber Whittle, '14
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

11:30 AM - Press Conference on Increasing Racial Diversity in the Workforce presented by Quad Cities Chamber
Evald Great Hall

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Christmas Tree Lighting/Appreciation Event Hosted by Steve Bahls
Students, faculty and staff - Come by for cookies, hot chocolate, festive music
Center for Student Life, 4th floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - New Faculty Mentoring Circle 2013-14 Cohort
Gävle Room (Multipurpose Room 1), Center for Student Life

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

8:15 - 8:45 AM - Open Financial Coffee Half-Hour with David English, VP of Finance & Administration
The Brew, Center for Student Life, 4th floor

10:30 - 12:30 - "Issues of Diversity in Higher Education, and Identity Development" with Gabriel Lara
Light lunch to follow presentation
Gävle Room, Center for Student Life

3:30 - 5:30 PM - Reception for "From Avon to Broadway: Selections from the Philip Wm. McKinley papers"
Refreshments served
Thomas Tredway Library, Special Collections, 1st floor

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Tea Hour Series: "An International Report on Women's Issue"s, presented by Jane Tiedge
Evald Great Hall

4:30 - 5:30 PM - New Faculty Mentoring Circle 2012-13 cohort
Gävle Room (Multipurpose Room 1), Center for Student Life

Thursday, December 5, 2013

5:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - WVIK Year-end Fund Drive

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - Google Apps Basics Workshop
RSVP to Kristina Zimmerman x 7476
Olin 110

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - The Salon, with Cathy Goebel - Art History
Augustana Art Museum

7:00 PM - Rock Island Civil War Prison: Andersonville of the North
Free screening and discussion of the 30-minute documentary.
Figge Art Museum Auditorium, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA

7:30 PM - "Libertarian and Democratic Tolerance: Toward a Christian Civic Virtue" presented by Daniel Morris
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, December 6, 2013

4:00 - 6:00 PM - Workshop with Steven Barrett on Theatre of the Oppressed
Students, faculty, and staff are invited
Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Building

8:00 - 9:30 PM - Christmas at Augustana
Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors; $10 for students, faculty and staff
Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Discussion on Arming our Public Safety Staff, presented by Evelyn Campbell, Tom Phillis, and Sheri Curran
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, December 7, 2013

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Christmas at Augustana
Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors; $10 for students, faculty and staff
Centennial Hall

Sunday, December 8, 2014

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks III
Guest conductor Alasdair Neale and concertmaster Naha Greenholtz, violin
Tickets $8-$51; call 563-322-7276
Centennial Hall

Volume 12, Issue 13 - December 2, 2013

This Week's Message

A number of realities have come together to motivate a discussion about whether Augustana College should arm members of its Public Safety staff. Those realities include continued mass shootings, like Sandy Hook; our experience in the mass casualty drill on campus last spring; the hiring of Mark Beckwith (Milan's former police chief); the adoption of an "all-hazards" approach to emergency planning; and tactical changes in how law enforcement responds to an active shooter.

Across the nation, we are seeing a trend among small liberal arts colleges to form police departments to better ensure the safety of their campus communities.

Because of these realities and the resulting trend, the Augustana administration believes it is time for our campus community to discuss this issue and make a decision about whether or not to have an armed presence on campus.

Pareena Lawrence has been kind enough to set aside this week's Friday Conversation for the purpose of discussing this issue. Tom Phillis, Sheri Curran and I will be present to answer questions. There will also be open forums for staff and students in the next two weeks to facilitate conversation and receive feedback. Ultimately, this is a decision to be made by our Board of Trustees, but the administration is interested in obtaining feedback from the campus community.

Evelyn Campbell
Dean and Vice President of Student Life