This Week

Monday, December 1

4:00 PM - LSFY 103 meeting
Olin 302

5:00 - 6:30 PM - Freistat Summer Language Fellows Presentations
Great Hall, Evald Carlsson building

Tuesday, December 2

11:30 - 12:30 - LunchBytes
Library, PBK Room
"Electronic Portfolios at Augustana"

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Barbara Gottechalk
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

6:00 PM - Working with Faith Potluck
Founders Hall Basement Lounge
Bring a dish to share. Main dish provided by CVR

Wednesday, December 3

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Weekly Bible Study
"Should Christians Worship Jesus?"
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain
Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible


9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

Thursday, December 4

10:30 AM - Convocation
Centennial Hall
Bobbie Gottschalk, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar
"Out Beyond Ideas"

11:30 - 12:30 - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science 102

4:30 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Wilson Center
For more information contact Molly Todd or Jason Mahn

7:30 - 9:00 PM - Center for the Study of Ethics Community Lecture
"Toward a Balanced Approach to Peace in the Middle East: Some Untold Stories"
Allan Ross, Exec. Dir. of Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities
Science 102
There will be a reception following the lecture, sponsored by the alumni association

Friday, December 5

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Sabbatical Reports
Margaret Farrar - "The Geography of Memory: Amnesia, Nostaglia, and the Politics of Place"
Steve Klien - "The Politics of the Big Mouth: Diatribe and the Rhetoric of the Culture Wars"

8:00 PM - A Celebration of Christmas
Centennial Hall
Featuring the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Choir, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Collegiate Chorale and Augustana Women's Ensemble
Tickets available through the Augustana Ticket Office 309.794.7306
$16 and $13 tickets, $8 for students

Saturday, December 6

7:00 PM - Holiday Planitarium Show
John Deere Planetarium,
820 38th Street, Rock Island
Free admission/reservations
requested 309.794.7327
Not recommended for children <7 year old.

Sunday, December 7

10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall

Volume 6, Issue 13 - December 1, 2008

A Message From Academic Affairs

Liberal Studies in the First Year: A Work in Progress


Out of a desire to contribute to the development of LS, and clinging to the possibility of winning one of three Target gift cards, 241 of our first year students have responded to the fall LSFY student survey. These surveys have been fodder for much conversation among the assessment and general education committees and at May general education retreats since AGES was implemented five years ago. As the program has evolved, student response has shown steady but modest gains. Students on the "old" program are no longer here to compare notes with students enrolled in AGES; instructors are becoming more confident with this new approach to educating our first year students. The biggest structural change to the LS went into effect this fall. For the first time, all first year students were in the same course at the same time-LSFY 101 Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts. And for the first time, the increase in student self-reported growth is more than modest. I am delighted to be able to share with you the preliminary results of this fall's survey as they compare to last year's responses. The general education committee will be sharing a more thorough analysis, comparing to all prior surveys, very soon. Thanks to all of you who have helped to get our first year students off to a strong academic start.  Click HERE to see the fall survey results.

Nancy Loitz
Associate Dean