Monday, October 18

9:00 AM - Reforming Reformation Conference
Olin Auditorium
After-hours session for students (faculty welcome) at Evald Great Hall 5:00-6:00 PM

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Sabbatical Report - Alli Haskill presents "Finishing What I Started: Explorations of Narratives, Curriculum-Based Language Intervention and Linguistic Self Analysis in Children and Young Adults with Language Impairments"
Evald 120

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Being on the Job Market Workshop
Evald 18

4:30 PM - High School Chamber Choral Festival Finale Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Environmentalist Bill McKibben
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Tuesday, October 19

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Reforming Reformation Conference
Olin Auditorium

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Rebecca Reddick, Biology Dept.
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, October 20

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study w/Pastor Priggie 
"Teachable Moments"
Bring a Bible, or one will be provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish
Chicago Room, College Center

7:00 PM - Informational Meeting for Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program 2011
Old Main 335

Thursday, October 21

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Forum on Faculty Handbook
Hanson Science 102

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Science 102

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Frieze Lecture:  "Augustana History, 1935 to 1975" by Thomas Tredway
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, Illinois

2:30 - 3:15 PM - Service Awards
Olin Auditorium

4:30 - 5:30 PM - After Hours Poetry & Prose, moderated by Erin Bertram
Library Room 518

4:30 PM - WGST Tea Hour Series presents "A Psychologist's Perspective on Gender Dynamics in Alternative Sexual Practices" by David Rodemaker
Tredway Library, 2nd floor south end

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department and Program Chairs
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - African Children's Choir Concert
The performance is free but donations are accepted
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

7:30 PM - Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy: Finding Other Earths by Dr. Jason Steffen, Fermi National Laboratory
Hanson Science 102

Friday, October 22

10:30 AM - 2:30 PM - WGST Friday Film: "The Line"
This 30-minute film will play continuously from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
For more information on the film and a trailer http://whereisyourline.org/
WGS Research and Study Center, Old Main 225

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Making Sense out of Assessment" presented by Mark Salisbury
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center 
Child care available: contact Mary Koski

7:00 PM - African Children's Choir Concert
The performance is free but donations are accepted
First Lutheran Church, 1230 5th Avenue, Moline, Illinois
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7:30 PM - Wrestling with Angels and Demons theater production
General admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (full-time, any school), children, faculty/staff; $7 for students required to attend for class (faculty member must supply class roster in advance) - Order tickets
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall 

Saturday, October 23

4:00 PM - Augustana Four Choirs Concert
The Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Ascension Singers, Wennerburg Men's Chorus and Cantilena Augustana will perform
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - Wrestling with Angels and Demons theater production
General admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (full-time, any school), children, faculty/staff; $7 for students required to attend for class (faculty member must supply class roster in advance) - Order tickets
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall
30-45 minute Talkback Session immediately following (a Pre-Tenure Leave Presentation by Scott Irelan)

7:30 PM - Planetarium Open House
free and open to the public
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Sunday, October 24

1:30 PM - Wrestling with Angels and Demons theater production
General admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (full-time, any school), children, faculty/staff; $7 for students required to attend for class (faculty member must supply class roster in advance) -
Order tickets
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

4:00 PM - Gospel Choir Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Volume 8, Issue 9 - October 18, 2010

This Week's Message

Although we probably don't think about it much, we apply different paradigms for asking and answering questions all of the time.  Sometimes we are intrigued by a particularly vexing theoretical conundrum or mystery of the physical world.  So we put on our researcher hats and - to a greater or lesser extent - marshal the vast forces of our burgeoning intellect, methodically consider all of the scholarship that has gone before, apply a sophisticated analytical approach and, if we are lucky, make a lasting contribution to the global body of knowledge in our discipline.  Other times, after stepping in water seeping out from under the kitchen counter, we haul the toolbox in from the garage and start banging away at the pipes long before we know exactly what is causing the leak.  Personal experiences as a scholar/plumber aside, both approaches to addressing intriguing questions are equally appropriate, but only within the context of what we need to know, why we need to know it, and what we want to do with what we find out.  

In Friday's conversation, I'd like to examine together the similarities and differences between a "Researcher" paradigm and an "Assessment" paradigm.  In addition, I'd like us to explore how work derived through one paradigm can inform work in the other.  Finally, I hope that our conversation will consider how we can apply these paradigms appropriately and in concert to maximize our understanding of student learning at Augustana and improve the work that we do.

 

Mark Salisbury
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment