Congratulations to Mike Green
Michael Green, Associate Vice President, has accepted the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.
Mike has served Augustana since 1987, as faculty member in Music, assistant chair and chair of that department, associate dean of the college, and, most recently, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. In his work with our office, Mike has had a large list of responsibilities, handling everything from student appeals to new faculty orientation. His work on the latter has attracted national attention.
Lebanon Valley is a four-year liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church with an enrollment of 1,650, located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, within easy driving distance of New York and Washington D.C. Major programs at Lebanon Valley College are similar to those offered by Augustana with the exception of a few graduate programs. Mike will begin his new role on July 1.
LVC's announcement is here:
Given budget and enrollment concerns, the Academic Affairs Office will most likely delay replacement of Dean Green's position until the 2009-10 academic year.
Convocation - Melissa Harris-Lacewell
"The Continuing Significance of Activism in the Age of Obama"
Thursday, February 12, 2009
10:30 - 11:20 AM
Melissa Harris-Lacewell is Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of the award-winning book, "Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought" (Princeton 2004). She is currently at work on a new book: "For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough. "
Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology. Professor Harris-Lacewell's creative and dynamic teaching is also motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time. For example, her course entitled "Disaster, Race and American Politics" explored the multiple political meanings of Hurricane Katrina. Professor Harris-Lacewell has taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race. In a 2007 article of the Princeton Weekly Bulletin Professor Harris-Lacewell's colleagues recognized her contributions to the academy.
"She has to be one of the most talented intellectuals of her generation," said Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion. "She brings sophisticated quantitative skills, a sense of history and a synthetic imagination. That's rare among social scientists, and that's why I'm so thoroughly excited and inspired that she's here."
"What I like best is that she combines all this energy and cleverness with political passion, an eye for the big picture and a flair for communicating ideas," said Larry Bartels, the Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs.
Professor Harris-Lacewell's writings have been published in newspapers throughout the country. She has provided expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender issues for many television, radio and print sources both in the United States and around the world. She travels extensively and works on behalf of local and national efforts for justice. Professor Harris-Lacewell received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is currently a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Augustana Community Art Programs Double as Learning Opportunities for Area Children
Augustana College studio art faculty and community artists will offer a variety of classes through Kaleidoscope this spring. The community art program runs from February 14 through May 2 and features classes for children ages 4 to 12, as well as a variety of classes for adults. The schedule includes two-week classes, as well as several one-day workshops in the Augustana College Studio Art Building (610 35th Street). For more information or to request a brochure, contact the Augustana College Art Department at (309) 794-7721 or see www.augustana.edu/kaleidoscope.
Students can choose classes geared toward their age group in a variety of art forms, including drawing, painting, clay construction, beadwork, and even calligraphy. Each class serves as a learning opportunity as well as time to make take-home projects and crafts. Students will learn about Egypt while building a Sphinx in one class, learn the art of Mexican metal tooling in another, and even make their own clay pieces to be fired in the kiln, while learning about hand construction in yet another. Students will learn about patterns while making tessellations, study the color wheel in an introduction to painting, and may even go Green when making art with recycled materials. Kaleidoscope classes offer educational opportunities that are fit and fun for all ages.
Student Recruitment at Augustana
The Departmental Open House and Scholarship competition on January 24th was a huge success. We hosted 318 families(!) which surpassed our office goal to increase attendance from ‘08 by 10% (286 in '07). More than 10% of our visitors were from out of state which is great news for geographic diversity goals. The feedback from participants and their parents was fantastic. Thank you to each person who made a difference in the success of the event.
To provide a foundation for those interested in further developing recruitment tactics at the department and program level, you are encouraged click here and read a document by Kent Barnds entitled Strategies and Tactics for Developing a Recruitment Program at the Departmental and Programmatic Level.
Association of Lutheran College Faculties Conference
October 2-4, 2009
Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The registration fee for the conference remains at $75.00