Monday, October 10

Registration for sophomore, junior and senior students

4:00 PM - Deadline to contact Pareena Lawrence about attending Midwest Faculty Seminar "Crime & Social Order"

7:00 PM - Biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest Lecture presented by Bo Dziadyk
Bo Dziadyk will lecture on the neotropical systems of the Amazon basin
Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa

Tuesday, October 11

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Art Exhibit 'Red Memories'
Peter Tong Xiao will exhibit paintings related to his experience of China and being Chinese in America.
Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

10:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Colin Johnson, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

7:30 PM - Bus vs. Train: Ethics in Transit
Laura Hartman examines the use of buses and trains in the Quad Cities from an ethical perspective
Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102

Wednesday, October 12

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group "What if Jesus Meant the Stuff He Said?
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Moondance for Kari Rose Kell
$15 per person to benefit the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship
Redstone Room, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport, Iowa

Thursday, October 13

10:25 AM - Augustana Service Awards Program
Olin Auditorium

2:00 PM - "Live United" - Informational Session on the 2011 United Way Campaign
Pledge forms will be available, along with Whitey's malts to celebrate
Olin Auditorium 

2:45 PM - "Live United" - Informational Session on the 2011 United Way Campaign
Pledge forms will be available, along with Whitey's malts to celebrate
Olin Auditorium

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Teaching Abroad Workshop
presented by Jake Tiedge (International Programs) and Karen Eilers (Career Development)
Old Main 122

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Why People Belive Weird Things
Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, will talk about how people form beliefs in this leadership and education series event.
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - What's Worth Burning? the culmination of The Read on WVIK, an exploration of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and all it entails. Featuring Meg Gillette, Katie Hanson, Virginia Johnson, Brian Katz and Jason Mahn.
Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive

7:00 PM - Augustana Center for Polar Studies Science Lecture "Birds and Bergs: Twenty Years of Avian Research in Greenland" presented by Dr. Kurt Burnham
Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102

Friday, October 14

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Curricular Reform/Course Credits Proposals Discussion
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Peter Xiao lectures on his 'Red Memories' Art Exhibit
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Reception
Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Augie's Top Voice
Sigma Kappa Tau's largest fundraiser of the year. The entire Augustana community is invited to sing, cheer and join the cause. 100% of the money goes to Habitat for Humanity
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Augustana Theatre: Real Girls Can't Win
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and oler
$11 general public; $9 senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Saturday, October 15

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 5th QC Earth Charter Summit: Strengthening & Sustaining our Communities through Local Foods
Advanced registration is recommended as seating is limited. Website: http://www.qcprogressiveaction.org
Adults $10; Students $5
College Center

7:00 PM - "Blending Celebrations in the Rockies: How Midsummer Became American and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Pioneer Day Became Swedish" presented by Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery of Idaho State University
Annual O. Fritof Ander Lecture in Immigration History
Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102

 

7:30 PM - Augustana Theatre: Real Girls Can't Win
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and older
$11 general public; $9 senior citizens and students; $7 for students in classes required to attend
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Sunday, October 16

1:30 PM - Augustana Theatre: Real Girls Can't Win
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and oler
$11 general public; $9 senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

 

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Wesley Acres Produce Open House
2800 Coyne Center Road, Milan, Illinois

4:00 PM - Study Abroad Informational Meeting
Olin Auditorium

 

Volume 9, Issue 8 - October 10, 2011

This Week's Message

Dear colleagues,

The faculty last Spring voted to implement the 6/35, 140-credit plan at Augustana. A key assumption of that proposal was that there would be no change in the length of class sessions. In our initial conversations regarding implementation, next steps, and the many questions that were raised about this new curricular plan, it became apparent that the traditional measure of "seat time" (1 credit = 750 minutes/semester) is a criterion being more closely examined and expected by the Higher Learning Commission and the Department of Education than it was even just a few years ago.

That expectation translates to 300 minutes a week of class time for 10 weeks in a 4-credit course - making MWF class sessions 100 minutes in length and TTH classes sessions150 minutes long. In addition, our weekly class schedule must include room for 8 class periods. Therefore, classes would need to begin at 8:00 a.m. and not end until after 5:00 p.m. daily. If we did not increase class time we would be have to undertake a significant amount of documentation for each and every course to justify 45 hours of additional out-of-class coursework per term. It is clear to us that simply adding additional reading to our courses will not satisfy the additional out-of-class expectations.

When this information was presented at the Faculty Senate on September 29th, it was obvious that the need to add so much class time had not been anticipated by faculty. Anticipating this reaction, RISE began considering and modeling an alternate 3.5 credit proposal. Members of the Senate raised other questions and perspectives, and wanted additional time to discuss these matters.

Our first opportunity to do so will be at this week's Friday Conversation, October 14, 2011. The continuation of the conversation will take place at a Faculty Forum on Monday, October 24, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science 102. In these sessions we will share the original proposal, several alternatives RISE has developed in the interim and the results of the faculty poll that you are invited to participate in. The poll will be open beginning Monday, October 10, 2011 and will close on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 4:00 p.m. An email invite from RISE Steering with details on several options under consideration was sent to your Augustana email account. The goal of the poll is to help provide some structure to our dialogue regarding this issue. You can take the poll at http://www.isalient.com/app/index.php?survey_code=25009eff&login=1.

Please share your opinion with us and we look forward to robust conversations.

Sincerely,

Pareena Lawrence and Randy Hengst
Dean of the College and Chair, Faculty Senate