Monday, October 17

11:30 AM - President Bahls presents State of the College update
Olin Auditorium

4:00 PM - End-of-term All LSFY Transitions Meeting
Wilson Center

4:00 PM - Sabbatical Report Presentation - Bo Dziadyk presents "The Augustana College Field Stations After 20 Years"
Hanson Hall of Science 102

4:30 PM - High School Chamber Choir Festival Mass Choir Concert
Free and open to the public
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Tuesday, October 18

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

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Annual Frieze Lecture: Echoes of the Civil War, presented by Jane Simonsen
Jane speaks on the impact of the war on gender roles and will discuss how women participated in the Civil War, and the impact of war on the home front.
Coffee and conversation following presentation
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, Illinois

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

Wednesday, October 19

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

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Stephen Page, saxophone
Free and open to the public
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, October 20

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Tim Lomperis "The Making and Unmaking of a Cold Warrior in Vietnam: A Spiritual Odyssey"
Centennial Hall

10:30 AM - President Bahls presents State of the College update
Olin Auditorium

11:30 - 12:15 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

5:00 PM - Saga's Alumni and Professor Reading
Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th Street, Rock Island, Illinois

7:00 PM - Rowen Schussheim-Anderson presents "Color, Pattern and Textiles" as part of the "Global Gathering: Brazil"
Bettendorf Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa

Friday, October 21

Homecoming

12:15 - 12:45 - "Light the Dome" Ice Cream Social
hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors
Stop by the front steps of the Tredway Library for your FREE scoop of ice cream

1:30 - 2:30 PM - CSD Lecture on Voice Therapy - Augustana graduate Janel Matousek Sullivan,
a speech-language pathologist, will be discussing voice therapy and sharing her experiences working with patients in a medical setting
Free admision
Hanson Hall of Science 103

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 22

10:15 - 11:15 AM - Homecoming Saturday Tour of Art Museum and Augustana College Studio
Art Faculty Exhibition
Centennial Hall

1:00 - 4:00 PM - Celebration for Ruth Ann Johnson's 25 years of teaching
Pop, beer and snacks provided. Cash bar for other beverages or food
River House Bar & Grill, 1510 River Drive, Moline, Illinois

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

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 23

2:00 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

2:00 PM - Guest Artist - Arianna String Quartet
In remembrance of the 9/11 tradegy and its 10th anniversary, the quartet will perform Joan Tower's "In Memory" in addition to combining with Janina Ehrlich to perform the Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 PM - Student Recital - Cameron Carrara, tenor
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Volume 9, Issue 9 - October 17, 2011

This Week's Message

Dear Colleagues,


Here is the latest update from your RISE Steering Committee.

We received over 160 responses to the survey conducted on possible calendar and class time changes. Faculty selected "No Change to our current credit, calendar and workload model," "Change to a 4-credit Semester model," and "Change to a 3.5-credit Trimester model (240 minutes per week class time)" as their top three choices. When looking only at first preference, 4.0-credit Semesters garnered the most support, followed by No Change, and finally the 3.5-credit Trimester model. However, all three had equal support when considering responses for both first and second preferences.

These results were presented and discussed during last week's Friday Conversation, sponsored by the RISE Steering Committee. We were pleased by the high turnout-the Wilson Center was packed!-and by the productive, balanced, and collegial discussion that followed. Many thoughtful questions were raised regarding the impact that these possible changes to calendar and/or class times might have, concerns we will consider carefully as we proceed with our work. One new option that emerged in this discussion was the possibility of a 32-course graduation requirement (as opposed to 35 courses) under a semester model, allowing for but not requiring the M or J term.

We plan to continue these critical discussions at a faculty forum on Monday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. in Science 102. Following that discussion, there will be a full faculty meeting on Thursday, October 27th at 11:30 a.m. in Olin Auditorium. At this meeting, the RISE Committee will make a motion to rescind the adoption of the 6/35 4-credit course model passed by the faculty last spring, because the increased seat time and/or documentation requirements needed to implement this model in accordance with HLC accreditation standards would have a very high opportunity cost.

If the motion to rescind passes, faculty must first decide whether or not to continue the curricular realignment process and which path to pursue. Any subsequent motions from RISE Steering to continue its work will be based on conversations with the faculty from the Friday conversation and the faculty forum. Keep in mind that at the full faculty meeting any voting member of the faculty may put forth a motion for consideration.

It should be noted, however, that if faculty want to continue pursuing the curricular reform process we must agree on a single "calendar-credit model" which would then model what our new curriculum would look like, both in the majors and in General Education. Why propose only one calendar-credit option for modeling? To do otherwise would require all departments and programs to develop at least two distinctly different plans for their majors/programs, a workload the RISE Steering Committee strongly believes would place unacceptable burdens on the faculty.

Please help us identify the most promising option by participating in the next faculty forum and full faculty meeting. Your input is invaluable as we consider ways to redesign our curriculum to improve the student and faculty experience at Augustana.


Sincerely,


Pareena Lawrence, Dean of the College and Co-chair RISE Steering
Pamela Druger, Co-chair SLG2 and RISE Steering member