A REMINDER AS WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR......
As we enter week 3, remember that first-year students are getting over the initial transition of moving away from family and have begun to find friends and join student organizations. Hopefully you have all noticed a bit of a calm returning to campus. However, beginning this week, many will be facing their first significant exam, paper or project. You may notice some anxiety that you haven't seen before, which is a normal response to this new stress they are feeling. However, just a reminder that if you are concerned about a student, please let Mike Augspurger, Director of First Year Advising, or Evelyn Campbell, Dean of Students, know so that they can determine whether or not additional support is appropriate. It's been a great start so far and we appreciate everyone's efforts to help our students feel at home.
Scott Fick Receives Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research!
Tredway Library is pleased to announce Scott Fick as the winner of the 2010 Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research, for his paper, "Household Compost in Rock Island." Scott wrote his paper for LSFY103, "Examining the Human Impact upon the Natural Environment," with Charlie Mahaffey.
Scott is a second-year student from Aurora, IL who plans to major in geography with minors in Spanish and environmental studies. He is president of STAND and involved in Farm to Fork and Global Affect. He also plays cello in the college orchestra.
The 2010 judging panel (Margi Rogal, Virginia Johnson and Stefanie Bluemle) was impressed by the sheer variety of sources Scott employed in his research. His paper cites scholarly journal articles, newspapers, interviews, lectures, authoritative websites and reference resources, contextualizing relevant local information-about composting and landfills in Rock Island County-with studies conducted across the country and the world. All sources are cited accurately and conscientiously, in MLA format. But, just as importantly, the panel admired the paper's logic, its organization, and its lively, emerging academic voice. It is noteworthy that Scott's reflective essay about his research process, requested as part of the library prize submission, focuses on his developing ability to gather and synthesize a broad variety of sources into a single, coherent argument: his paper demonstrates exactly that kind of growth.
The panel was impressed by all the papers submitted to this first round of the Tredway Library Prize. Congratulations, Scott, and thanks to all the first-year students who wrote and submitted such fine papers.
For a link to Scott's paper, see the library blog: http://tredway.wordpress.com/
AUGUSTANA TO HOST "REFORMING REFORMATION"
October 17-29, 2010
Augustana will host the conference "Reforming Reformation" on October 17-19, 2010, organized by Thomas F. Mayer (History). The object is to undertake a fundamental rethinking of all the possible meanings of the term reformation, concept and label. In order to stimulate such thought, the conferees will be divided into four vaguely "national" panels, emphasizing places that either did not have a "real" reformation or had an odd one. This will serve to put in perspective what far too many people still count as the only true reformation, the Protestant one especially in its Lutheran and Calvinist guises. Those four panels will treat Italy, England (emphasizing the Marian interlude since it has almost always been considered a bump on the way to seeing God's will done), the Empire and Spain. Needless to say, the conference will be strongly interdisciplinary, with participants from literature, art history, theology and history.
The conference will be spent mainly in discussion, rather than sitting through papers one after another. Participants will submit their talks at least a month in advance and they will then be circulated to all and sundry. They will also be posted on the Web in such a way that folk at Augustana can get access to them. Sessions will consist of ten-minute summaries followed by discussion and audience interventions. We want to involve students and members of the community as much as possible. The sessions will mix papers up geographically to see what extra comparative sparks that can strike. The conference will open with a plenary session on Sunday evening, mainly to introduce the participants and the themes. The working sessions will be spread through the day on Monday (various history faculty have generously given up their rooms and periods) before we end with one more plenary session, probably at 8:30 on Tuesday morning.
The participants have been urged to think as much as possible about big questions and broader implications. The final versions of their papers will go into a volume to be edited by Mayer and published in his series, "Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700," which will also include a ruminative essay based on the discussions.
List of participants
Daniel Bornstein (history), Washington University
Marcia Hall (art history), Temple University
Abigail Brundin (literature), St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge
Peter Marshall (history), University of Warwick, England
Anne Overell (history), The Open University, Leeds, England
III. The Empire
John Frymire (history), University of Missouri
Brad Gregory (history), University of Notre Dame
Ronald Thiemann (theology), Harvard Divinity School
LuAnn Homza (history), College of William and Mary
John Edwards (history), Queen's College, University of Oxford
Jodi Bilnikoff (history), UNC-Greensboro
Names of participants in alphabetical order
William J. Connell
Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Institute for Leadership and Service and the Center for the Study of the Christian Millennium, with the support of the Humanities Fund and the Department of History
"You're drinking what? Bottled water or tap....
what's the difference and why should we care?"
Elizabeth Royte, author of "Bottlemania"
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Elizabeth Royte looks beyond the environmental and ecological ramifications of the bottled water phenomenon (making, filling, transporting and land filling billions of bottles per year), to the tenuous state of our public water supplies. She ultimately makes the case for protecting public water supplies, for improving our water infrastructure and, in a world of increasing drought and pollution, better allocating the precious drinkable water that remains.
A widely acclaimed writer on science, the environment and mankind's uneasy relationship with both, Royte is the author of Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs and the Battle over America's Drinking Water.
3:30 PM refreshments
4:00 PM presentation
Friday, September 10th
Amanda Baugous presents "From Pilot to Passage: Mapping the Next Steps for the IDEA Center SRI"
This past spring 25 faculty members piloted a new Student Rating of Instructor instrument provided by the IDEA Center, a non-profit organization serving higher ed. Please join the SRSC & SRI pilot participants Friday, Sept. 10 as we discuss the experience and possible next steps. We plan to hold an open conversation on the strengths and weaknesses of the new instrument and how it supports Augustana's emphasis on teaching, learning, and faculty development. We also hope to generate discussion on the most effective way to present information about the measure to all relevant constituents, as well as the most appropriate way to move an adoption proposal forward.
Friday, September 17th (Evald 21) -- Note location for this week
Kent Barnds presents "Strategic Bridge Planning Task Force"
Child care is again available this year at Friday Conversations in the Brodahl Building. Please contact Mary Koski by 1:00 PM Friday if you wish to use this service.
In conjunction with this year's Augie Reads book Bottlemania and the theme of sustainability, the library is hosting "Food Reads," a reading/discussion (read "fun" here) group dedicated to food. We will meet twice each term in weeks 3 and 7 on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in Tredway 518. Please join us for food talk and eating (appropriate refreshments will be served). The essays and selections from the books are available on Moodle under Library/Food Reads. Here is the schedule:
- September 7 (not 9th): Julia Child, My Life in France (Knopf, 2006)
- October 5: four essays from Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (Modern Library, 2009) - Gopnik, Thurman, Bilger, and Child
- November 30: Laurie Colwin, Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen (Vintage, 2010)
- January 18: four essays from Endless Feasts: Sixty Years of Writing for Gourmet (Modern Library, 2003) - Fisher, Wechsberg, Stern, and Coffin
- March 22: Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Harper, 2008)
- April 19: three essays by Wendell Berry from Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food (Counterpoint, 2009); one essay by Robert Paarlberg "Attention Whole Foods Shoppers;" and one by Anna Lappé "Don't Panic, Go Organic."
INFORMATIONAL MEETING ABOUT STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
Monday, September 13, 2010
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Community Engagement Center Classroom, Sorensen
On Monday, September 13, the International and Off-Campus Programs Office invites all faculty with an interest in leading or participating in a study abroad program to a brief meeting. If you already have a program in the works for 2012-2013, please attend. So, you folks talking about Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Cambodia, that means you.
- If you have a concept for a program and you believe 2012-2013 would work for you, please attend.
- If you want to participate in a program, but don't know what is out there, please attend.
- If you have an interest, particularly in Latin America, but are not sure if you want to direct a program, please attend.
The goal of the meeting is to match people with places, people with programs, people with people and see what develops. I will propose a few possible models for faculty who wish to work on a full term abroad, a partial term, a short summer trip or a course on campus with a post-class trip.
If you are interested, but simply cannot make this meeting, please contact Allen Bertsche to set up a meeting at another time.
MUSLIM & JEWISH HOLY DAYS 2010-2012
As we prepare our students for a life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world, Academic Affairs along with the Office of Diversity would like the Augustana Community to be aware of the following Muslim & Jewish Holy Days:
*Means that Holy days begin at sundown the day before this date.
**Regional customs, group preference or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.
Note: For Jewish holidays, dates reflect the Reform tradition
Muslim holy days are in blue; Jewish holy days are in red
School Year 2010-2011
11 Ramadan begins* **
9 Rosh Hashanah*
10 Eid al Fitr* ** Ramadan ends
18 Yom Kippur*
16 Eid al Adha* **
16 Ashura* **
30 Pesach* (Passover) begins
MIDWEST FACULTY SEMINAR PRESENTS
ADAM SMITH'S WEALTH OF NATIONS
October 21-23, 2010
Registration forms must be received by Noon on Friday, October 17, 2010. For a description of this seminar please click HERE. Registration form can be found HERE. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ellen Hay.
Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection
Special Public Events
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Larson Hall (Bergendoff), followed by reception in the Augustana College Art Museum
Panel Discussion with Artists Represented in the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection.
Five artists represented in the Olson-Brandelle exhibition will visit the Quad Cities, and will begin by discussing their work. Participating artists will be: D. Y. Begay, Navajo weaver; Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo potter; Kathleen Wall, Jemez figurative potter; Richard Zane Smith, Wyandot potter; and Sally Black, Navajo basket maker. This program is partially funded by the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection and the Institute for Leadership and Service. No admission charge.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
10:30 AM until noon
Centennial Hall Convocation
First Connections: An Arts Festival with Artists Represented in the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection.
Five visiting artists represented in the Olson-Brandelle exhibition will demonstrate their work. Participating artists will be: D. Y. Begay, Navajo weaver; Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo potter; Kathleen Wall, Jemez figurative potter; Richard Zane Smith, Wyandot potter; Sally Black and Agnes Gray, Navajo basket makers. The Brown Otter Singers Song and Dance Group, Meskwaki, will provide a finale for this event in Centennial Hall at 11:30. This program made possible with funding from the Institute for Leadership and Service and from the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection. No admission charge.
The Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection will continue on exhibition in the Augustana College Art Museum, 3703 7th Avenue, Rock Island, through October 30, 2010. Public hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
2010 Samual M. Thomson Lecture
"Thinking About Women"
presented by Best-selling author, Jill Ker Conway
September 15, 2010
Kasch Performance Hall, Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, Monmouth College
free and open to the public
A familiar name on the Monmouth campus, Conway's highly-acclaimed 1989 memoir, "The Road from Coorain," has been the common reading assignment for the past four years in "Introduction to Liberal Arts", a required course for Monmouth's first-year students. The autobiography tells of her early life growing up in Australia in the remote township of Hillston, New South Wales.
In an interview with the New York Times, Conway said that she writes "to communicate to people very directly about the authenticity of women's motivation for work, about how a person strives to find some creative expression. The moral of my mother's life was that while she had challenging work, she was indomitable and when she didn't she fell apart. It's very much the vogue to talk about women as developing their moral consciousness through a connectedness to mother, but I think that's misleading. 'The Road from Coorain' is deliberately a story of separation - of independence and breaking away."
In addition to writing autobiographies, Conway has also edited three anthologies of women's autobiography from around the world, the most recent being "In Her Own Words."
Conway, who holds 38 honorary degrees from North American and Australian colleges and universities, has served the past 25 years as a visiting scholar and professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's program in Science, Technology and Society.
Her research as a historian has focused on the role of feminism in American history, resulting in such books as "The Female Experience in 18th- and 19-Century America (1982)" and "Women Reformers and American Culture (1987)."