Monday, January 26

4:00 PM - LSFY 103 Meeting
Basement Lounge, Founders Hall

Tuesday, January 27

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Karen Petersen, Business Administration
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - LunchBytes "From the Horse's Mouth: Primary Sources at Tredway Library
Library, North End

8:00 PM - Junior Recital - Cole Guillien, cello
Wallenberg Hall
Free to the public

Wednesday, January 28

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study
Chicago Room, College Ctr.
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

4:15 - 5:15 PM - Progress with AGES Conversation - Jeff Abernathy and Margaret Farrar
Evald Great Hall

8:00 PM - Guest Artist - Joseph Rodriguez, trombone & Masterclass
Wallenberg Hall
Free to the public

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

Thursday, January 29

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation - Ronald Thiemann
Olin Auditorium

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Dahl Room
Molly Todd or Jason Mahn for more information

7:00 PM - The River Readings at Augustana -  Li-Young Lee
Wallenberg Hall
See Announcements for more information

Friday, January 30

11:00 AM - Augustana Choir-Illinois Music Educators Assoc. Performance
Riverside Community Church, Peoria, IL
Free to the public

7:30 PM - the Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes)
Potter Theatre in Bergendoff Hall
Tickets $10, with discounts for seniors and students. Call 309-794-7306 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

Saturday, January 31

5:00 - 7:00 PM - 7th Annual International Food Festival
College Center Dining Room
See Announcements for more information

7:30 PM - the Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes)
Potter Theatre in Bergendoff Hall
Tickets $10, with discounts for seniors and students. Call 309-794-7306 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

Sunday, February 1

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

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Centennial Hall
Call Quad City Symphony Office for ticket information

1:30 PM - the Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes)
Potter Theatre in Bergendoff Hall
Tickets $10, with discounts for seniors and students. Call 309-794-7306 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

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

Volume 6, Issue 18 - January 26, 2009

This Week's Message

The Reading/Writing Center's first five months in the library (on south end, second floor) have found us making ourselves at home in the new space and with new opportunities.  Many have asked how we like our new location; we have quickly appreciated the many advantages here.  The biggest advantage is the collaborative work developing between the librarians and us.  We have shared conversations, a tutor retreat, and even a trip to another campus to plan ways that we can together assist the campus and each other.  A second advantage is the ability to serve more students with evening hours.  In addition to our traditional daytime hours (Monday through Friday 10:00 till 4:00), we programmed evening hours 7:00-9:00 Sunday through Thursday.  These appointments fill with students who come to the library to work on papers as well as those who have fully scheduled days.  

Because we physically occupy a more central location on campus, we hope the community views us now as an academic learning and writing center for the entire college.  This winter we have begun conversations with faculty in the sciences as well as with Connie Ghinazzi, library liaison to the science division, about ways we can be more intentionally supportive, especially with writing that students do in science courses.  We have established an advisory board with a member from each division so that we can hear about the needs of faculty and students in departments across campus as well as ask for advice for meeting those needs.  All in all, the move has been both practical and inspirational. 

I encourage faculty who are curious about the Reading/Writing Center or have suggestions for us to contact me (x7372) or assistant director Farah Marklevits (x7316) by phone or e-mail, or even better, to stop by for a visit.  You can better help your students find their way here by knowing how we serve them and what the physical place offers.  We would also be happy to schedule a coffee break or lunch with you to share ideas or an in-class visit with your classes to explain what they can expect when they stop in.

Finally, I want to acknowledge how deeply we in the RWC appreciate the work and service Bill Coker has given us in his years here.  He has instructed and advised hundreds of students about academic skills, mostly struggling students but also those who wanted to become better writers.  I know that dozens of students would not have made it through Augustana without Bill's judicious and dedicated intervention.  He has been a model teacher and a source of joyous humor to peer and faculty tutors alike; he will be greatly missed.  All of us tutors wish him a wonderful term in Vienna this spring and a happy, productive retirement.

Virginia Johnson

Director of the Reading/Writing Center