Monday, April 5

No Classes today

7:00 PM - Swedish Immigration to the Quad Cities
Christina Johansson of the Swenson Swedish Center at Augustana College will speak. The presentation is one of a series of events related to Scott County Reads Together and the residency of John Price, author of Man Killed by Pheasant.
Davenport Main Library, 321 Main Street, Davenport, IA

Tuesday, April 6

Tuesday, April 6th will follow a MONDAY schedule

12:30 - 5:00 - Spring Preview Day
College Center

NO Tuesday Reflection Today

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital:  Janina Ehrlich, cello; Deborah Dakin, viola; Robert Elfline, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, April 7

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Evald Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study:  The Path of Descent
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

12:00 PM - Thirty-Fourth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The annual juried competition is open to artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities
Art Museum (Centennial Hall)

1:30 PM - Augustana Endowment Society
Beth Carvey , historian at the Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, will speak to the Augustana Endowment Society on "Saunkenuk, Capital of the Sauk Nation in Rock Island"
Westerlin Residence Center, 3200 10 Ave., Rock Island

3:45 PM - Teaching Circle (First-Year Faculty): "Making the Transition to College"
Wilson Center

7:30 PM - "Who Was Black Hawk? Who Are We?
Historian Kerry Trask speaks on the ongoing effects of Black Hawk on the American Identity
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Thursday, April 8

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation:  Dr. Miram Labbok - "Why should I attend a talk about....breastfeeding!?!"
Centennial Hall

12:00 PM - Thirty-Fourth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The annual juried competition is open to artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities
Art Museum (Centennial Hall)

12:00 PM - Edible Book Festival and Contest
Thomas Tredway Library

7:00 PM - Between the Jigs and the Reels: Traditional Music and Tourism in the West of Ireland
Adam Kaul talks about research in Ireland that has generated his book, "Turning the Tune."
Olin Auditorium

Friday, April 9

12:00 PM - Thirty-Fourth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The annual juried competition is open to artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities
Art Museum (Centennial Hall)

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations:  "Balancing teaching, scholarship, and service: focus on service" presented by Alli Haskill, Wendy Hilton-Morrow, and Jane Simonsen
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Evald Great Hall

Saturday, April 10

9:30 AM - Henriette C.K. Naeseth and the Reality of Dreams
Ann Boaden speaks to the Rock Island-Moline Branch of the American Association of University Women
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL

10:00 AM - Augie Acres Plant and Plough Celebration
Celebrate spring by gathering together to help plant and enjoy the day at Augie Acres. It's our first annual Augie Acres Plant and Plough Celebration.
2:00 PM - Barbecue
Augie Acres, 6th Avenue & 34th Street, Rock Island

12:00 PM - Thirty-Fourth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The annual juried competition is open to artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities
Art Museum (Centennial Hall)

Sunday, April 11

8:00 AM - Ascension Singers "tour"
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1310 Shepherd Dr., Naperville, IL

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

12:00 PM - Thirty-Fourth Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition
The annual juried competition is open to artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities
Art Museum (Centennial Hall)

2:00 PM - Augustana Chamber Singers Spring Matinee
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:30 PM - Student Recital - Megan Timmerman, bassoon
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Volume 8, Issue 24 - April 5, 2010

This Week's Message

Convocation at Augustana College; what it is and what we want it to be

The topic for the Friday Conversation on April 16th will be convocation. As my first year as the coordinator ends, I have heard widely differing opinions about it. These comments have ranged from "convos are terrific; all students should attend every one" to "convo is a great time to schedule meetings; no one goes anyway so people are free." 

Many see convocation as a way to bring speakers to campus to provide students with an alternative learning experience outside the classroom. Funds specifically for this purpose are provided through the Institute for Leadership and Service and several other endowed funds. Others see them as beneficial only to first year students and thus should be closely tied to that curriculum. Now scheduled 5 times per term, the convocations are often aligned with LSFY courses, the Augie Reads book selection, the campus ministry program, or speakers chosen because of particular student groups interested in a topic or speaker. Clearly, there are many ideas about convocation.

The purpose of this afternoon gathering, (with excellent food, I am assured by Margaret Farrar), is to open a conversation about the convocation experience here at Augustana; its purpose, how it fits into our campus culture, how often convocations should occur and what speakers we should invite.  As we consider restructuring our curriculum, we should also discuss our daily schedule and whether this is the best use of time. All the ideas shared at this gathering will be used to create a survey to be submitted to all faculty members.  Once this information is gathered, it will be used to prepare a convocation report for our new academic dean in 2011-2012. The information may also serve as a guide in choosing convocation speakers next year.

Convocations have been a part of the Augustana schedule for the last 10 years.  They were introduced at a time when the curriculum had no common features.  All general education was focused on distribution requirements, and even the few specific required courses in composition and religion varied greatly from section to section. Convocations were intended to draw the entire campus into conversation and demonstrate the connections in the liberal arts.  They were held weekly and each term considered a common theme such as the environment, diversity, or media. 

The Friday conversation on April 16th is an opportunity for your ideas about convocation to be shared. Please join us in exploring this aspect of the Augustana experience.

 

Connie Ghinazzi and Ellen Hay