Monday, November 28

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Meeting  CANCELLED
Wilson Center

Tuesday, November 29

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunchbytes Workshop:RefWorks
Tredway Library, north end, 2nd floor

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

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

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Trombone Quartet
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, November 30

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

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Bible Study: The Advent Conspiracy
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring a Bible, or borrow one available at the session
Chicago Room, College Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Stand Next to Me Closely: Literary Collage and the Vanishing of Camille Claudel
Erin Bertram speaks about the vanishing of Camille Claudel at the Women's & Gender Studies Tea-Hour Series
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

7:00 PM - River Readings: Jill Alexander Essbaum
Poet Jill Alexander Essbaum is describes herself as obsessing over three topics: God, sex, and death
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - "Rembrandt as Printmaker"
Thomas E. Rassieur, a co-curator of the traveling exhibition "Rembrandt in America"
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Thursday, December 1

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation - Eboo Patel "Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis"
Centennial Hall

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

Friday, December 2

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations "Jon Clauss, Mark Salisbury and Ellen Hay "Senior Inquiry: How's it Working Out? What Might it Look Like in a 4-1-4 System?"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
Three hundred student musicians share their talents, featuring performances by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, the Augustana Choir, Ascension Singers, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, and the Wennerberg Chorus
$20 General Public; $10 Faculty, Staff & Students; $16 Senior Citizens
Centennial Hall

Saturday, December 3 

4:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
Three hundred student musicians share their talents, featuring performances by the Augustana Brass Ensemble, the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, the Augustana Choir, Ascension Singers, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, and the Wennerberg Chorus
$20 General Public; $10 Faculty, Staff & Students; $16 Senior Citizens
Centennial Hall

Sunday, December 4

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Concert
Call QC Symphony Office for tickets 563-322-0931
Centennial Hall 

Volume 9, Issue 14 - November 28, 2011

This Week's Message

Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

I am writing the cover of this week's newsletter because I am responsible for organizing this week's Friday Conversation. For several reasons we thought it would be a good time to take a look at how and how well student inquiry has been incorporated into our departmental curricula.

As you may already be aware, Tim Schermer is completing a Teagle grant designed to study the impact of senior capstone courses at a small group of schools, including Augustana. Ellen Hay and Mark Salisbury will present findings from that study and from our most recent NSSE results. I have been collecting information from departments' original SI proposals when available and asked department chairs to update that info, which I will share; hopefully you have all provided me with necessary updates by now. (If not, now would be a good time!)

Of course you're aware that our potential curriculum realignment will require each department and program to rethink the design of their majors and minors. As we do so, we'll need to consider to what extent student inquiry, culminating in a senior capstone project, should influence that design.

Questions we'll need to consider include

We are hoping that each department will have a representative at our conversation this Friday. I hope you can join us.

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning