Monday, May 11

4:00 PM - LSFY Faculty - Augie Reads Kick-Off
Evald Great Hall

Tuesday, May 12

10:30 AM - Values of Augustana - Jeff Abernathy
Library South End

10:45 AM - Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Various student musicians
Free and open to the public

11:30 AM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science 102

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Joey Papuga '09 and Alyssa Nikides '09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building
Various student musicians
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, May 13

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversations
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Jesus and the
Kingdom of God"
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building
Joseph Ott, director

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

Thursday, May 14

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Honors Convocation
Centennial Hall

12:00 PM - Faculty Senate Organizational Meeting
Science 102

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Dahl Room, College Center

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department and Program Chairs
Wilson Center

 

8:00 PM - Seniors' Recital
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building
Free and open to the public

Saturday, May 16

1:00 PM - Student Recital - Danielle Oester
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Free and open to the public

4:00 PM - Concert and Symphonic Band Concert
Centennial Hall
Featuring student conductors
Free and open to the public

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Katie Gandhi and Kelly Helmich
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Free and open to the public

Sunday, May 17

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

3:00 PM - Moline Boy's Choir Concert
Centennial Hall
Tickets $8 for Adults; seniors and students $5

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

 

 

Friday, May 15
Volume 6, Issue 30 - May 11, 2009

A Message From Academic Affairs

Let us take this opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Admissions and Financial Assistance offices; their leadership in our recruitment effort this year resulted in a class of around 600 as of last Friday. In today's challenging environment, that's a substantial success. Thanks as well to the faculty and staff who worked so hard in our recruitment efforts this year.

For all our success, we know we will need to improve in the years ahead. We will all need to be pro-active in our approach to recruitment in the years ahead, given the demographic decline we are facing and the prospect that families have begun to question the value of residential liberal arts colleges generally.

As we work on recruitment for next year, I will ask department chairs to think about how they might enroll in their majors three - five additional students each year. I would be grateful if you might think of the strategies you would develop. Would we re-write the departmental web page to reach out to the needs and interests of seventeen-year-olds? Develop a new scholarship competition program? Perhaps a new model of recruitment altogether might work: perhaps more departments might actively seek strong students through their own recruitment efforts, as our colleagues in music have done for years.

Beyond these questions, what new programs do you think might help the college to attract new students? Our new offerings in Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Journalism, and Nursing together yielded 32 students this year, despite the fact that they are still being developed.

I welcome your thoughts on these matters, and I thank you for your personal efforts to recruit students to Augustana.

- Jeff Abernathy