LS Convocation - November 20th
The second term of the liberal studies sequence (LSFY 102) deals with the past, more specifically with how explorations of the past can deepen our understanding of the human condition. Members of the LSFY faculty will prepare us to engage with this general issue by presenting ideas and issues drawn from the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and early modern period. We propose to place these ideas in temporal and cultural context by presenting them along with images and music drawn from these earlier periods. We intend to keep students alert and on point by sudden changes in audio and visual stimuli.
Office of Safety Announcement
The Office of Safety is offering informal, face-to-face meetings to any department with questions about health & safety at the College. The current "hot topic" is disaster planning, and in recent meetings discussion has included the following topics:
- E2campus - how it works, how to enroll or change account information
- The College's emergency notification system and plans for improvement
- The specifics of your building's emergency plan
- Future plans for emergency drills and training (NIMS)
- Coordination efforts with local agencies
- Appropriate responses to various emergencies
- The effect of the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act (passed August 2008) on Augustana
If your deparment wouldlike to discuss this too, or has something else requiring attention, please call me (Linda Roy (x7595) or my assistant Melinda (x6294) to schedule a meeting. We'd be happy to drop by.
Last week Ken Brill, Amy Mynaugh and 10 students attended the National Association of Campus Activities Mid-America Conference. At their closing conference banquet, Ken Brill received the NACA Hall of Fame Award. The Hall of Fame Award is selected by a confidential committee, so no one had a clue Ken would be the recipient. The Hall of Fame Award is described as follows: "The Hall of Fame Award honors professional and associate members who have displayed exemplary service and the commitment of time and energy to both NACA Mid-America and the profession. Recipients have given outstanding service to the organization, have upheld professional standards showing integrity, and hold the esteem and appreciation of colleagues, students and peers." Ken received a standing ovation, and for the rest of the night Ken was approached by students, performers, and student affairs professionals congratulating him. He is truly an icon in NACA.
In early October, Doug Tschopp attended the HighEdWeb conference with over 400 web communications professionals. This was his sixth year to serve as the conference program chair. Doug presented a half-day workshop on content development and research methods utilized to shape user-based websites. He also presented a session titled, "Card Sorting: Research That Every Web Developer Should Use" and moderated a panel session of web managers. In recent years, student web developers have attended this professional conference with Doug and have had proposals accepted for presentations often. This year was no exception with Tim Shearouse, a senior at Augustana, presenting an update to his research on card sorting including a new computer-based sorting tool that he developed. Another interesting note is that an alum, Kyle Ford (2000), was a keynote speaker at the conference talking about social networks and their application in higher ed (Kyle and Doug co-presented at this conference in 1999 and won a Best-of-Track award during Kyle's senior year at Augustana).