Monday, August 26

All Day - Center for Student Life (CSL) Celebration
Refreshments, music and drink specials at the Brew by the Slough all day
Center for Student Life (CSL) addition to the Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY Meeting:  New to LSFY 102 Orientation Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, August 27

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Cameron Onumah, SGA President
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Discover Cuba with WVIK
Informational meeting about "Discover Cuba" trip departin October 31st
Wilson Center

Wednesday, August 28

3:00 PM - Reception for Dennis Hittle, Capital Projects Coordinator
All faculty and staff are invited
Wilson Center

Thursday, August 29

No events

Friday, August 30

3:30 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Reception
Wilson Center

Saturday, August 31

Biodiversity Day
A free public event that invites Augustana students, faculty and volunteers to help assess the health of local ecosystems by taking an inventory of plants, animals and soil types. Participatns must register HERE
Green Valley Nature Preserve, 5920 52nd Avenue, Moline, IL

Sunday, September 1

No events

Volume 12, Issue 1 - August 26, 2013

Community Engagement Center (CEC)

Welcome Back from the Community Engagement Center members

Who are we? 

Ellen Hay Director of the CEC
Allen Bertsche Director of International & Off Campus Programs
Laura Mahn Director of Center for Vocational Reflection & Volunteering Coordinator
Doug Tschopp Director of the Entrepreneurial Center
Michael Reisner Director of the Upper Mississippi Studies Center
Angela Williams Augie Choice
Johnna Adam Director of Internships & Careers Office
Leslie Scheck Internships & Careers Coordinator for Business-related majors
Kertesha Riley Internships & Careers Coordinator for Applied Sciences majors
Kevin Carton Internships & Careers Coordinator for Humanities majors

If you're unsure of who to specifically contact you can always call the Office Coordinators- Angela Williams at x-8612 or Lisa Slater x-7339 and they will help direct you. 


After setting a record for study abroad participation last year, another exciting year around the globe awaits Augustana students. We just sent 74 students to East Asia, and we are expected to send another record number on programs this year, including students and groups traveling to the American West, Australia, Guatemala, Amsterdam, Botswana, Sweden, Hong Kong, Russia, Berlin and Greece.

But, there is no time to waste as the campaign to advertise 2014-2015 programs will begin in earnest in the next weeks.  We have another amazing lineup ready for 2014-2015, with term abroad programs each trimester, exchanges, short-term programs and a full slate of summer 2014 offerings.

The kickoff event for our enrollment period is the Augustana Study Abroad Fair.  It will be held in an open-house format on Sunday, October 6 from 4-6 PM on the main level of the College Center.  There will be tables representing each 2014-2015 program and students will be able to visit as many as they like as they shop for the best program for them next year.

The Fair will be followed by three weeks of individual program information meetings all leading up to the application period: November 18th through January 10th.  All programs from Summer 2014 through Spring 2015 will be accepting student applications during this period.

As you meet with students, please encourage them to attend the Fair, to explore the IOP website ( and to consider all the options for next year.  With such a wide range of programs, there is no major, no schedule and no financial situation that should dissuade a student from considering study abroad.  Our office can help any student find a program they can schedule, afford and benefit from.

If you have any questions about upcoming study abroad programs, please contact me at or at extension 8283.  

CENTER FOR VOCATIONAL REFLECTION A number of faculty have asked for vocational reflection resources to have at hand when meeting with advisees.  Ask and you shall receive!

These are just a few questions that offer a starting point for conversations. The key is to get students thinking about who they are before trying to make decisions about what they'll do.  At the bottom of this page is a list of websites that can be helpful for students who are stuck in the "What should I major in?" or "What can I do with an English degree?" mode.  I hope you find this helpful.

Start simple.  What are your parents' and siblings' jobs?  What, if any, jobs have you had in the past? What did you like best about your work?

Have you ever volunteered?  Where?  Why?  Why did the organization with which you volunteered exist (What need are they meeting?)?  What, if anything, did you like about your experience?  What challenged you?

What did you enjoy studying in high school?

Describe yourself in five or six words (then ask the follow up "why?")  This is painful for students but very helpful when they are able to be honest with themselves!

What are you naturally good at?  What would your parents say you're good at? 

In the past couple of years, what was an event, occasion, period of time when you felt the most alive? What were you doing? 

What's some thing you can't help but do?  It's so much a part of who you are, you can't NOT do it.

At the end of your life, how do you hope others will describe you and summarize your life? 

Make a list of all of the classes you've taken (or have them look at their program evaluation).  Which classes did you enjoy the most?  Which did you enjoy the least?

With what clubs/groups are you involved?  Why?

Since being at Augustana have you volunteered anywhere or done any internships?  Describe your experience.  What did you enjoy/not enjoy?  What is the purpose of the company's / organization's existence?  Are they doing a good job?  Have you ever thought about what you would do differently if you were in charge?  What would you hope would be different if you were receiving services from this company or organization?

Are there issues in the news that interest/perturb you?  Why?  Can you imagine getting involved in addressing these issues?Make a list of things about people that annoy you.  (This is good for students who aren't necessarily able to articulate specific issues.  It helps rule out a variety of options as well as open doors for possible areas of interest).

What would you like your life to look like when you're 35?  Where do you imagine living (city, suburb, small town, etc)?  Do you imagine having a family, being single, having pets, having children, etc? What kind of work environments have you experienced?  What environments appeal to you?

Help students see patterns in their answers and be able to articulate these patterns.  At that point, they have broad information that they can share with others to take next steps (the Internships and Careers office, other professors, parents, etc).  If they have not been involved in any volunteer activities, you can refer them to the volunteer website


Go to the What Can I Do With A Major In page to read about different outcomes for majors of interest.  Sometimes there are things there you have never heard of and may find it valuable to read about: 

PROFESSIONAL EXPLORATION:  (these sites give you a sense about specific jobs, their daily tasks, required education, hiring trends, potential salary, etc):

Occupational Handbook (

O*Net (·   is a great place to explore jobs that many students have never thought or heard of.

Please know that the CVR is here to be a resource for you and your students.

Laura Mahn
Center for Vocational Reflection


Kevin Carton is a 2010 graduate of Augustana and majored in Communication Studies, French and Africana Studies.  Since graduating, Kevin taught in France for a year and worked exporting product as a consultant at John Deere.

Kertesha Riley joined the team last December after earning her Masters in Family Counseling from Univeristy of Florida. 

Leslie Scheck is also a 2010 graduate of Augustana and majored in Psychology and Biology.  Leslie earned her Masters in School Counselling in May and joined the team in July.

Each of the Coordinators is assigned a group of majors (see below) and will work with students from those majors on all of their career related needs throughout their time at Augustana.  The Coordinators and I (Johnna Adam) are available as a resource to faculty as well.  We are happy to speak with your classes or advisees, consult on any career-related matters or collaborate on joint initiatives.  Please give us a call or send an e-mail.

August and September Internships & Careers Workshops and Events

Please encourage students in your classes and your advisees to attend!

August 29th - Business Upsilon Sigma (Business Club) - EVALD 315 at 11:30 am

September 5th - Resume Workshop - OLIN 105 at 4:30 pm

September 10th - Interview Strategies to Impress - OLIN 202 at 4:30 pm

September 12th - Social Media and the Job Hunt - OLIN 105 at 4:30 pm

September 17th - Resume Workshop - OLIN 105 at 11:00 am

September 19th, 20th, 23rd - Resumania (Quick resume reviews before ProFair) - CSL at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

September 19th - ProFair 101 (PIZZA) - OLIN 202 at 6:00 pm

September 23rd - Resumania (Quick resume reviews before ProFair) - CSL at 6:00 - 8:00 pm

September 24th - ProFair (Graduate Schools & Employers - PepsiCo at 12:00 - 4:00