Monday, October 25

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting: Transition/Feedback
Wilson Center

Tuesday, October 26

10:45 AM - General Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Kate Gibson '11
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

3:00 PM - Class Recital-British and American Song Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Hallowdreen
Andreen Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital-Kenzie Conner, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 27

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

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Clothesline Project Fundraising Bake Sale
Tredway Library, 2nd 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

3:00 - 4:00 PM - President Bahl's Open Office Hour
Thomas Tredway Library, Brew by the Slough

8:00 PM - Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, October 28

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - All-Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Frieze Lecture:  Ivory Tower or Front Porch?
presented by Roald Tweet
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, Illinois

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

4:30 - 6:00 PM - After Hours Poetry & Prose
Thomas Tredway Library, Room 518

5:00 - 11:00 PM - College Night at the Figge
College students, faculty and staff are invited to this free event featuring the special exhibit "Dancing Towards Death". The exhibit includes works by Hans Holbein, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, and more
Figge Art Museum map

Friday, October 29

All Day - Denim Day
Augustana is participating in the Lee Denim Day fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and research. Contribute $5 and wear your jeans in support.
Contact Sherry Docherty

3:30 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Week 10 Reception
Wilson Center 
Child care available: contact Mary Koski

8:00 PM - Fall Choir Concert
The Augustana Choir & Augustana College's premiere vocal ensemble concert of a cappella and accompanied works
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA map

Saturday, October 30

2:00 PM - Concert Band and Flute Choir
Flute choir alumni will return to play this concert. Concert features traditional and contemporary works
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - Dah Teater: "Crossing the Lines"
Visiting artists Dah Teater, a Serbian theatre troupe, performs "Crossing the Lines"  from the book "Women's Side of War"
Admission is Free. Contact Augustana Ticket Office for reservations
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Concert
Contemporary and traditional works featuring composers such as Sousa, Ticheli, Corigliano, and others
Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 31

7:30 PM - Bach Vespers
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Volume 8, Issue 10 - October 25, 2010

This Week's Message

Greetings,

As fall term draws to a close, it is customary to reflect on what we might ordinarily overlook.  Every day, I am struck by the many ways that each of you enriches our campus so let me take this opportunity to articulate just a few of these.

I would like to thank you for the extra attention and effort that is required to meet the needs of the largest class in Augustana history.  I am grateful for the cadre of first year advisers who have spent time helping students make the adjustment to college and appreciate the flexibility that many of you have had in rearranging class schedules to accommodate additional sections for our first year students.  We know that this focus works.  Our retention for last year's class was 87.7%, the second highest rate in 25 years.

As I noted at the beginning of this term, my hope is that we can strengthen our commitment as colleagues.  This does not mean that we need to agree with each other on the issues before us, but it does mean that we take the time to acknowledge the unique contributions that we make.  I have asked many of my senior colleagues to invite two junior faculty to lunch, and am delighted to see many of you becoming better acquainted.  Over the next few weeks, others will be contacted to participate so that we continue to expand our familiarity with each other.

Finally, I continue to be impressed by the work that is done in our classrooms.  Our invitation to be included in the "Learning to Improve" study that NSSE is conducting speaks to our effectiveness.  Over the last decade we have worked to implement a variety of high impact learning experiences (i.e. first year courses, learning communities, senior capstones, internships, international study, service learning) that research demonstrates have a significant influence on student learning.  Similarly, the high impact teaching practices  (http://www.liberalarts.wabash.edu/storage/High Impact_Practices_Summary06.01.09.pdf) integrated in our classes promote learning.  I hope that you will present the outcomes of your pedagogical choices at our spring conference "Making Learning Visible."  (E:\Making Learning Visible.docx)  I am excited about this opportunity to open the doors of our classrooms and share what we do with each other.

We do have much to celebrate and much to appreciate. 

Thank you.

Ellen