Monday, February 6

Applications due for CIEE Faculty Development Seminars

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

Tuesday, February 7

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Megan Carter '12
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

1:00 - 4:00 PM - Trinity HeartAware Info Desk
Trinity representatives will discuss the HeartAware program, answer questions and assist in taking the on-line screening
Olin 204 

4:00 PM - Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens!
Tredway Library, 2nd floor 

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

5:00 PM - After Hours Prose and Poetry
Tredway Library, Room 51

Wednesday, February 8

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

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Faculty, Staff & Administrators' Bible Study
New Bible Study Series: "Justice for the Poor" featuring a 10-minute DVD introduction to each of the six sessions by Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners Magazine."
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

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

Thursday, February 9

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation: "My Revolutionary Idea"
Brian "Fox" Ellis, storyteller, author and naturalist, will portray a young Charles Darwin recounting his adventures sailing on HMS Beagel and the evidence that led to his revolutionary theory.
Free admission
Centennial Hall 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - President's State of the College Meeting
Olin Auditorium 

7:00 PM - "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War"
Steve Warren will lead this final session on the American Civil War.
For details or to register and obtain copies of program materials, visit 2nd fl. reference desk or call 309.524.2470. Free admission.
Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street, Moline, Illinois

Friday, February 10

12:00 PM - Lunch and Learn with Dr. Sanjev Puri
Dr. Puri, a Trinity cardiologyst, shares the latest research on heart health
Board Room, College Center, 2nd floor 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Principles of Inprovisation and Applying Them to Student Learning
Presented by Mark Salisbury
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

7:00 PM - The Vagina Monologues
The ninth annual production of Eve Englin's play will raise funds to prevent violence toward women.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, February 11

2:00 PM - Augustana Concert Band
Directed by Rick Jaeschke. Free admission.
Centennial Hall 

7:00 PM - The Vagina Monologues
The ninth annual production of Eve Englin's play will raise funds to prevent violence toward women.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
The Augustana Symphony Orchestra presents a winter concert of Mozart repertoire to include Symphony No. 38 in D Major, Clarinet Concert in A Major, and the well-know Magic Flute Overture
Free Admission
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, February 12

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Valentine's Day Masterworks IV
Guest conductor, Alondra de la Parra, and Robert Belinic, guitar
Tickets $11-$34. Order tickets
Centennial Hall 

4:00 PM - Nova Singers presents Sun & Moon, Sea & Sky
Admission is $16 for adults; $12 for seniors; students are free
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 

Volume 9, Issue 21 - February 6, 2012

This Week's Message

As some of you may know by now, I've been dabbling in the world of improvisational theatre for a while and have been lucky enough to perform regularly with an improv troupe over the last four years. As I began to learn the ropes of improv, it became clear that the principles of successful improvisation are thoroughly applicable to everyday life. There are even a few publications that advocate the application of improvisation to college teaching. Second City - the famous Chicago Improv Company - has even developed a curriculum for elementary and secondary students that they have brought to schools throughout the Chicago area for over a decade.

When I originally signed on to present the winter term week 10 Friday conversation, I fully intended to put together some mind-boggling, statistical kung fu from our vast stores of student data. But frankly, I think we've been neck deep in enough number crunching recently. So we are going to improvise - yes, WE are going to improvise.

On Friday at 4:00 in the Wilson Center, I will host an interactive session on the principles of improvisation and how they might be applied to improve student learning. I sincerely hope that this session will be a welcomed respite from all of the normal stressors that bubble over at the end of a term. I also hope that you'll find something in it that you might be able to apply to your own interactions with students.

In the spirit of full disclosure, if you are thinking about showing up I want you to know what you might expect.

And starting at 3:30, you'll be invited to enjoy a free anxiety-inhibitor in the off chance that the idea of performing without a script makes you clench involuntarily.

I hope to see you on Friday afternoon.


Mark Salisbury
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment