This Week

Monday, December 8

4:00 PM - LS 102 Meeting
Founders Basement Lounge

7:30 - 9:00 PM - Community Lecture "Diatribe, the Culture War, and Civil Discourse"
Science 102
Dr. Stephen Klien

Tuesday, December 9

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Dr. Anette Ejsing, Religion Dept.
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

Wednesday, December 10

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Weekly Bible Study
Bias from the Bottom: An authentic way to read the Bible
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain
Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

3:45 - 5:00 PM - Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

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

Thursday, December 11

No Convocation This Week

10:30 AM - Teaching Circle

Old Main 128 

11:30 AM - Values of Augustana "Community, Conversation, and the Business of a College"
Don Erickson, English Department
Library, South End

5:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department and Program Chairs
Wilson Center

6:00 PM - Kwanzaa Dinner Celebration
College Center Loft
Everyone is invited.

Friday, December 12

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - CIEE Faculty Development Seminar Report
Wilson Center
3:30 Refreshments
Vicki Sommer, S.A. Fenwick, Jason Koontz

Saturday, December 13

8:00 PM - A Celebration of Christmas
Centennial Hall
Messiah
Soloists:
Michelle Arezaga, soprano
Stacy Eckert, mezzo soprano
Brad Diamond, tenor
Phil Kraus, baritone
Tickets available through the Augustana Ticket Office 309.794.7306
$16 and $13 tickets, discount for Christmas package

Sunday, December 14

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

2:00 PM - A Celebration of Christmas
Centennial Hall
Messiah
Soloists:
Michelle Arezaga, soprano
Stacy Eckert, mezzo soprano
Brad Diamond, tenor
Phil Kraus, baritone
Tickets available through the Augustana Ticket Office 309.794.7306

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

Volume 6, Issue 14 - December 8, 2008

Announcements

December 5, 2008

At the last Faculty Senate meeting held December 4th, Van Symons (Freistat Chair of Studies in World Peace) and members of the Council of Advisors for the Freistat Center (Tim Bloser-Peace Studies, John Tawaih-Boateng-African Studies, Nirmala Salgado-Asian Studies, Adam Kaul-European Studies, and Mariano Magalhaes-Latin American Studies) introduced several programs being offered by a newly reconfigured Willaim A. Freistat Center at Augustana. With the full support of President Bahls and me, the Center is creating a range of new initiatives that will provide grants to faculty and students at Augustana to conduct research focused upon World Peace Studies or to undertake research, in country, in Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America. Additional grants will be given for curricular and program development focused upon these areas.

The college administration is currently working to make all the financial resources gifted to Augustana in the Freistat trust available to the Center to fund these initiatives. During the current academic year, the Center has a budget of $20,000 for program support, and next year (2009-2010) the budget will be $30,000. We plan to increase the budget in $10,000 increments until the Center is allocating 5% per annum of the trust's full value, or about $70,000. Should another bequest come from the Freistat family, financial support for these programs could double, providing still further resources to enhance the scholarly activities of faculty and students and enhance are international and peace studies programs.

Augustana College is indeed fortunate to have a bequest of well over $1,000,000 to foster the study of World Peace, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. We are grateful to the Freistat family for their vision and ongoing support. We encourage each of you to examine the array of new program offerings being created by those working at the William A. Freistat Center to support research and curricular development.

Initiatives funded this spring and summer, during the 2008-09 academic year, include $10,000 to support intensive language study, generally in country, by Augustana students, and $9,000 to fund "In Country Research Grants" for Augustana College Faculty. $30,000 in grants will also be awarded this spring for programs that will be run during the 2009-2010 academic year. These will include, additional "In Country Research Grants," "Travel Awards to Present Research Papers at International Conferences," "Peace Studies Curriculum Development Grants," and for students, "Student Conference Presentation Grants." The "On-Site Language Study Grants" for students during the summer 2010 will be awarded during the spring of 2010. During the 2010-2011 academic year the Center plans to add a "Visiting Scholars Program" that will enable Augustana to invite international scholars to Augustana to lecture, meet with students in classroom settings, and interact with Augustana faculty, followed in 2011-2012 by a program that brings Peace Studies scholars to campus. In 2012-2013, a program will be introduced that enables Augustana faculty to take one or two students during the summer of 2013 to either Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America to conduct undergraduate research. Modelled after ASIANetwork's "Student-Faculty Fellows Program," this is perhaps the most elaborate program being fostered by the Freistat Center, but as resources for the Center grow, it may have the greatest impact on both student and faculty participants.

Before Christmas break, all faculty will receive a newly published brochure about the Center and its programs. In addition, this spring the Freistat Center will complete the development of a website to keep everyone informed about the Center and its programs. Until then, Freistat Center programs will be posted on the "Augustana College Grants and Awards for Professional Development" website, or feel free to contact either Dr. Symons or the member of the "Council of Advisors" focused on your area of interest (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or Peace Studies) for further information.

Dean Abernathy