Monday, October 15

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Meeting
Board Room, College Center 

7:30 PM - Visiting Artists' Presentation: Wence and Sandra Martinez of Oaxaca, Mexico and Wisconsin will speak about their weaving, drawing and mixed media works
Augustana Art Museum, lower level of Centennial Hall

Tuesday, October 16

9:30 - 10:30 AM - The Salon: Araceli Masterson leads a discussion on culture
Black Culture House 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Augustana's 1st Learning Disability Awareness Day
College Center 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Maria Fonseca, Food Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center Open House
Light refreshments will be served
Denkmann Hall 

1:00 PM - Old Main Hard Hat Tour
A limited number of spaces are available. Please reserve your spot with Keri Rursch x7721.  The tour will last approx. 30-60 minutes. Please dress appropriately and wear close-toed shoes. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided.

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Genesis Doctors in Recital
Local physicians will showcase their musical talents in a recital to benefit music-therapy programs for Genesis hospice patients
Centennial Hall 

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 17

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Adventures of the Promise", tracking God's promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and asking how those promises intersect with our lives. Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center 

3:00 PM - Old Main Hard Hat Tour
A limited number of spaces are available. Please reserve your spot with Keri Rursch x7721.  The tour will last approx. 30-60 minutes. Please dress appropriately and wear close-toed shoes. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided.

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - State of the College Update - President Steve Bahls
John Deere Auditorium 

Thursday, October 18

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center 

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning: PowerPoint
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  "Go For Zucker"
Free admission
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Friday, October 19

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting (no Friday Conversation)
John Deere Lecture Hall, John Deere Planetarium

7:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 
 

Saturday, October 20

3:00 PM - Study Abroad Fair
Olin Auditorium 

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Planetarium Fall Open House
John Deere Planetarium, 820 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 

7:00 - 8:30 -The Freedom to Move: Immigrants and Natives 1776 - Present
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center will host Dr. Donna Gabaccia presenting the 23rd annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History.
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

7:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
The concert program includes Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major" and Arvo Part's "Lamentate for Piano and Orchestra."
Free admission
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, October 21

1:00 PM - Webster Competition Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

1:30 PM - Fall Play "The Arsonists"
Tickets: $11 general public, $9 senior citizens, students, Augustana faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

4:00 PM - Guest Artist Peter Miyamoto, piano
Peter is associate professor of piano and chamber music at the University of Missouri  
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

8:30 PM - High School Chamber Festival Concert
Centennial Hall, Wallenberg Hall 

Volume 10, Issue 9 - October 15, 2012

ACTL

Faculty Needs Assessment 2012

Thank you for participating in the Faculty Needs Assessment for 2012. We received 100 responses; you can see the results for yourself HERE, or visit the ACTL Moodle site (found under Departments and Other Groups/Faculty).

Before summarizing what we have planned thus far, I'd like to ask for your help in developing additional Friday Conversations (or other sorts of workshops) on teaching, mentoring, and research/publication.  To this end, please let me know your areas of expertise so that I am not always calling on "the usual suspects." You can fill out this short form (or just shoot me an email) letting me know what you have to share with the campus in regards to professional development. DO NOT BE SHY OR MODEST.

Here's a summary of our current programming:

As in the past, learning how to incorporate active learning strategies into our classes is high on the list of priorities in the Faculty Needs survey; 87% of faculty respondents expressed interest in this. In what I am sure will be the first of several sessions from different colleagues on this topic, Mindi Mull (Psychology) will be offering her insights from the workshop led by Ken Bain that she attended in a Friday Conversation scheduled for this week.

73% of faculty said that they were very or somewhat interested in learning more about "mentoring individual or small group research projects." This is not surprising given that so many of us are involved in advising and directing SI projects now. We began our discussion of this with a Friday Conversation hosted by the Student Research Committee on September 14; look for an updated website listing new funding opportunities for student-faculty research in the coming weeks. To further our conversation about best practices in undergraduate student research, Ellen Hay and I are planning a mini-conference this spring (probably in April, date TBA) where we'll invite faculty from regional colleges and universities to talk about how they structure and mentor student work, so that we can learn from each other --and get to know folks working through some of the same issues that we are.

65% of faculty said that they were very or somewhat interested in having more training on student advising. To this end, we've planned three Friday conversations this year dealing with student advising (September 7, January 18, and April 5). In addition, the Office of International and Off Campus Programs and the Multicultural Services Office are  teaming up to offer two more sessions on Understanding International & Multicultural Students. The dates are Monday, November 26th and Thursday, November 29th. 

Faculty also expressed a great deal of interest in learning more about how to do teaching and performance evaluation; Faculty Welfare will be sponsoring a Friday Conversation on this topic on October 12; look for other sessions on preparing pre-tenure and promotion materials.  The Office of International and Office Campus Programs will be hosting a Friday Conversation on "taking students with you" (i.e., planning off campus trips from the ground up) on December 7.

Please keep sending me ideas for the kinds of talks and workshops you'd like to see! And enjoy this gorgeous fall weather.

 

--Margaret