PECHA KUCHA NIGHT
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Figge is excited to host PechaKucha Night as part of Thursdays at the Figge. This fun, informal event allows community members to share their ideas and interests-from recent travels to hobbies like knitting to major academic pursuits. Anyone can present at a PechaKucha Night, and the format is simple: presenters are allowed to show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, while they talk about their topic along with the images. Ten years after its development in Tokyo, nearly 600 cities worldwide host PechaKucha Night! For more information about Figge's PechaKucha Night or to get involved, contact Melissa Hueting at 563.326.7804 x7895 or email@example.com. Upcoming dates for PechaKucha Night: April 25, June 27
CAMPUS RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL CLIMATE SURVEY
During the month of March, Augustana will participate in the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey administered by Eboo Patel's organization, Interfaith Youth Core. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors will be invited to participate in the survey. This survey is meant to explore the ways that campus climate affects student experiences and development while in college. The survey period will be March 1-March 30, 2013. Students will get weekly email reminders to take the survey that include a customized link for each student. Your help in encouraging participation will be appreciated. We hope to hear from students who represent a wide spectrum of worldviews, including religious and non-religious perspectives.
Thank you for your help in encouraging participation with the survey. For questions contact: Pastor Kristen Glass Perez, College Chaplain or Mark Salisbury, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.
CAMP KESEM - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Two Rivers TMCA, 2040 53rd Street, Moline, IL
Camp Kesem Augustana College would like to remind faculty, administration and staff that applications are now open for their 2013 camp. Camp Kesem is a national, non-profit organization that provides a week long, free summer camp for children whose parents have, have had, or have passed away from cancer. The Augustana chapter held its first camp last summer, hosting 35 campers ages 6 to 13 for the weeklong event. This year, the Augustana chapter wishes to accept 60 campers ages 6 to 16 from the Quad City through Iowa area. We currently have 24 open camper positions available on a first come, first serve basis.
If you or someone you know has a child or children who are eligible for camp, we urge you to contact us directly for more information or with any questions at Augustana@CampKesem.org or via phone at (563) 484-4414 and access the camper applications located at http://campkesem.org/augustana/. If you would like to learn more about Camp Kesem Augustana, we are hosting an informational night on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Two Rivers YMCA located at 2040 53rd Street in Moline, IL. It is with your help that we can provide this rewarding experience to more children in the area.
NOVA SINGERS PRESENTS: A Procession Winding Around Me
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Kresge Recital Hall, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Sunday, April 7, 2013
First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, IL
Nova Singers, under the direction of Dr. Laura Lane, presents two performances of A Procession Winding Around Me, featuring classical guitarist Fareed Haque, on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 PM in Kresge Recital Hall at Knox College in Galesburg, and on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 PM at First Congregational Church in Moline. Nova Singers will join forces with Fareed Haque to explore the sound of choir and guitar. Featuring Jeffrey Van's A Procession Winding Around Me and Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Romancero Gitano, both written for a chorus of voices and a guitar accompaniment, this program is truly not to be missed.
"In each piece," says Dr. Laura Lane, "the guitar paints images of the text, such as rushing water, dissonance, or even aggression. These works highlight the incredible spectrum of emotion both guitar and voice are capable of conveying."
Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Students are admitted free of charge. For information about group rates, tickets, recordings, or other Nova Singers' events, call309-341-7038, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take the time to check out their website www.novasingers.com!
STUDENT-FACULTY ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP GRANT
The Augustana Student Research/Inquiry Committee is accepting applications for Student-Faculty Academic Partnership Grants until April 8. This is a new funding opportunity offered through the Committee, which supports student involvement in a faculty member's scholarly and/or creative projects. Students selected by faculty will undertake projects intended to enrich their scholarly interests and abilities and prepare them for advanced research of their own. Applications are submitted by faculty on behalf of their student(s). For more information and to find application materials, visit: http://www.augustana.edu/x48849.xml.
SUPPORTING STUDENT WRITING WITHOUT KILLING OURSELVES - AN INVITATION
Faculty are invited to two very hands-on workshops on designing writing assignments and responding to student writing. Our facilitator will be Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Professor of English at Roanoke College (VA). If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mary Koski indicating which day (or both) you will be attending.
Friday Conversation: April 12th. Note: STARTS PROMPTLY AT 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Enriching Inquiry Through Writing Assignment Design
This session is a repeat performance of a popular May 2012 workshop that Dr. Hanstedt lead at Augie, exploring ways to design more effective writing assignments. More particularly, this 90-minute session will provide faculty with the opportunity to move beyond traditional "cut and paste" research papers toward more effective assignments that help us achieve our goals in the classroom while engaging students in more sincere inquiry.
Saturday Workshop: April 13th. 10:00 - 2:00 (includes a working lunch)
Supporting Student Writing Without Killing Ourselves
This 4-hour session is driven by the understanding that even the best writing assignments won't achieve their desired ends if students don't have the necessary coaching and revision opportunities. At the same time, this workshop recognizes that most faculty are already overwhelmed by their teaching, service, and research schedules. How, then, to give students what they need without burying ourselves alive?
This workshop will provide an array of strategies from the very easy to the more intensive but still manageable, placing an emphasis on the best research on writing and student learning. Attendees will be encouraged to adapt and revise strategies to fit their own teaching methods and the expectations of their fields.
Paul Hanstedt bio:
Paul Hanstedt is a Professor of English at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where he has worked since he received his Ph.D. in 1996. During his tenure as Director of General Education from 2003-2008, Hanstedt led his campus in a successful curricular revision that resulted in a theme-based general education program featuring writing, quantitative reasoning, and oral communications across the curriculum. The co-recipient of a half-million dollar FIPSE grant for sustainable faculty development in general education, Hanstedt continues to help in the implementation of this model, serving as Roanoke's Coordinator of Faculty Development.
In 2009, Hanstedt received a Fulbright to spend a year in Asia as part of a team supporting Hong Kong universities as they shifted from a three-year British system to a four-year American-style approach that includes general education programs and courses designed to meet the unique needs of the Hong Kong populace. While in Asia, he worked with over a dozen different universities and community colleges in Hong Kong, Macau, and on the Mainland. Since his return to the United States, he has continued to consult with institutions abroad and also visits campuses in North America to discuss matters of general education, course design, writing, and assessment.
Paul is the author of numerous articles, essays, and stories, contributing to The Chronicle of Higher Education, MLA's The Profession, the Association of American College's and Universities' Liberal Education, and literary journals. He writes a great deal about food and travel, and regularly appears on Virginia Public Radio reading essays on anything from Winnie the Poo to playing the accordion-which he also does, very poorly.
Hanstedt is the author of two books: Hong Konged, a memoir of his year in Asia with three kids under the age of ten, and General Education Essentials, an introduction for college faculty to current trends in liberal education.
Remind your students to
Register NOW for the 2013 Celebration of Learning!
...the Augustana College student research symposium
The Celebration of Learning is a student research symposium that began in 1997, and is the result of hundreds of hours of collaborative work between students and faculty members. The annual event provides a venue through which students can display and share the results of Senior Inquiry, Summer Research, Honors Capstone, or other advanced research projects.
Register online here.
Registration closes Friday, April 12th at 11:55 PM.
PROMOTING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AT LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES: SHARING BEST PRACTICES
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration information is available online or by contacting Dr. Ellen Hay at email@example.com or (309) 794-8614. The registration fee of $50 for the day includes lunch and snacks.
The conference will feature a keynote address by Carthage Provost Julio Rivera, president-elect of CUR (Council for Undergraduate Research), and three concurrent sessions which each include five panels. In addition to Augustana faculty, panelists from about 20 other colleges and universities with be sharing their strategies and successes. More information on the program is available on our website:
The CEC will cover registration costs for Augustana faculty, but please register so that we know how much food to order. If you have colleagues at other institutions who might be interested in joining us, please invite them. They can attend for only $50.00. With professional travel funds limited, this is an excellent opportunity for collaboration and exchange.
CLASS ON PRESERVING FAMILY HISTORY
April 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Denkmann Hall
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center and the American Scandinavian Society at Augustana College will offer a genealogy class on the practical aspects of caring for family papers with proper storage, organization, and ways to minimize the risk of loss or damage to a collection. Participants will see examples of safe storage and proper care. The class will be taught by Lisa Huntsha, archivist at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Reserach Center. Parking is available in Faculty/Staff Lot "H". The class is free, but registration is required. Call 309-794-7204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Joseph B. Koek, Holocaust Survivor
Monday, April 8, 2013
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Joe Koek, born in the Netherlands in 1930, was hidden in the Dutch underground during World War II. When he was 11, Joe and two sisters left their parents and never saw them again. They were moved from location to location to avoid the Nazis, and all three survived. Joe lives in Chicago.
"Christians and Jews: Cultivating Interfaith Dialogue"
Presented by Heather Miller Rubens, Ph.D., Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18, 2013
"Exploring the Difference: Christian and Jewish Interpretations of Isaiah's Suffering Servant"
Presented by Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00 - 8:00 PM
While Jews and Christians share sacred texts, the two communities read, interpret, and embody their traditions in distinctly different ways. Over the course of an evening, Dr. Rubens will examine various Jewish and Christian interpretations of Isaiah's Suffering Servant, including a biblical illumination from The Saint John's Bible, in order to explore important differences in the Jewish and Christian interpretative imaginations.
"Continuing the Dialogue: Interfaith Understanding after College"
Presented by Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:45 PM Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Conversation
Founders Hall Basement
Dr. Rubens invites students to consider how they will engage in inter-religious dialogue in their post-collegiate lives (a.k.a. "the Real World"). She challenges students to consider their own obligation to promote inter-religious understanding in the greater United States, and will help students evaluate the various opportunities for inter-religious encounter available today.
CAMP KESEM AUGUSTANA COLLEGE ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION
"Ugly Man on Campus" (UMOC)
April 20, 2013
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity on campus based upon three cardinal principles: leadership, friendship, and service. Each year our chapter, Lambda Rho, organizes an annual charity auction called Ugly Man On Campus (UMOC). This is our largest and most successful charity event. This year's proceeds will benefit Augustana College's Camp Kesem.
Camp Kesem is a week-long summer camp, hosted by Augustana students, for children ages 6-13 whose parents have, had, or passed away from cancer. This camp provides a supportive environment and a fun experience that gives kids a chance to be kids. Camp Kesem also allows college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership skills for long-term social impact. Last year was the first year Augustana College has been a host. We are very excited about the continuation of this program and are thrilled to host an auction that benefits them!
We invite you to attend this year's auction on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 PM in Wallenberg Hall at Augustana College. Donated items appropriate for an auction are appreciated. For example, in years past, contributors donated gift cards, crafts, gift baskets, blankets, electronics, sporting event tickets, autographed photographs, etc. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding donated items, please contact any UMOC co-chair representative: Stephennie Nedza, Julia Frisbie, Elyse Sherlock, and Kourtney O'Brien. If you would like your donation picked up, please contact Stephennie Nedza at (847) 875-7043 or email@example.com. If possible, please have the donation sent to us by Friday, April 12th to the following address: Stephennie Nedza
Augustana College Box #1599
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
CAMP KESEM AUGUSTANA COLLEGE'S FIRST MAKE THE MAGIC EVENT
Saturday, April 27, 2013
6:30 - 10:30 PM
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second Sreet, Davenport, IA
Camp Kesem cordially invites you and a guest to attend their inaugural Make the Magic gala benefiting local children who are affected by a parent's cancer. Join us at the Figge Art Museum on April 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM to see the magic these children experience at camp. There will be activities, inspiring stories, and specially crafted hors d'oeuvres.
To register, please follow this link: http://augustana.kintera.org/MakeTheMagic or send a check to:
Camp Kesem Augustana
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Please register by April 13, 2013. If you have any questions about the event or registration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEIFMAN FELLOWSHIP IN JEWISH CULTURE
Annual student fellowship. Fellow will develop a lesson plan on an aspect of Jewish culture and present the lesson in area schools. Subjects might include: history, music, literature, travel, theatre, cuisine, dance, social justice. Stipend: $2000. The deadline for applications for the 2013-14 Fellowship is May 1, 2013. Details on Fellowship may be found here: www.augustana.edu/geifman
FACULTY EXPERTS DIRECTORY
The Offices of Academic Affairs and Communication and Marketing have been working to set up a Faculty Experts Directory on augustana.edu. The purpose of the directory is to make it easier for reporters and others to locate faculty who may have expertise on a given subject. The directory automatically lists Areas of Expertise found on each faculty member's directory page. Thus, if someone has listed "Cell biology" on his or her directory, it will show up as a topic in the "Areas of special expertise" list on the page. Clicking on a topic in the list will bring up the names of faculty who are matched with that term. (Also, if someone keyword searches for that term, he or she will get the same result.) You can see how it works here: http://www.augustana.edu/experts
Your help is needed to make the directory truly useful.
First, if you don't have any areas of expertise listed on your profile, please consider adding some. Go to augustana.edu/directory/update.php and use your network login. The Expertise field is at the bottom of the page. You may add or change your information on this page whenever you like, but we would appreciate an update by March 22nd.
Second, think about how your audience might frame search terms. Some people using the directory will know precisely what they are seeking; others will have only a vague idea. It's perfectly fine to put more than one term in for one topic (such as "ornithology" and also "birds.")
Once everyone has had a chance to update his or her profile and we are satisfied that the system is working well, we will link it on the website and begin to promote it as a media tool. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Margaret Farrar, Leslie DuPree, or Keri Rursch.
TREDWAY LIBRARY NOW OFFERING IN-DEPTH RESEARCH HELP APPOINTMENTS
The Tredway reference librarians are pleased to introduce a new service to you and your students: appointments for in-depth research help. Following models at institutions such as Oberlin, Grinnell, and Amherst - as well as responding to a trend in our library of students requesting more one-on-one consultations with librarians - we wished to provide students with another means by which to reach out to us for research help. We anticipate this service will be most beneficial to upper-level students working on Senior Inquiry or other advanced research projects, but it is available to students at all levels.
If you feel your students might benefit from this service, please share this information with them! The form to request an appointment is accessible on our "Ask a Librarian" webpage, or you may also access the form directly.
We will continue to offer our regular research help desk hours, and are also available for walk-in office visits. If you have any questions about this service, please contact reference librarian Anne Earel: email@example.com or x7315.
INVITATION TO RECOGNITION OF STUDENT HONORS
AND SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION
All faculty and staff are invited to the Saturday, May 4, 2013 Recognition of Student Honors at 11:30 AM in Hanson Hall of Science Room 102, in conjunction with the Celebration of Learning. This program will honor underclassmen receiving departmental honors. No registration for the Celebration of Learning is required to attend the Recognition of Student Honors, if you are not actively presenting or otherwise attending the Celebration of Learning.
All faculty and staff and also invited to the Senior Honors Convocation on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 12:00 Noon in Centennial Hall. The ceremony will recognize academic and departmental honors for senior students, including Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, and SGA Awards.
Please mark these events on your calendars and plan to attend.
STUDENT LEARNING THROUGH MENTORED SCHOLARSHIP
Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship (SLMS) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that focuses on mentored learning within higher education. The journal engages in disseminating innovative practices that demonstrate how academic professionals, community leaders, and professionals from the government or private sectors employ supportive mentoring to increase learning success and educational effectiveness by engaging directly with students or less experienced faculty. Critical to success is the mentees' initiative in exercising a participatory role in design and enactment of the learning experience. Mentee and mentor co-authored manuscripts are especially encouraged. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sageopen
to submit your manuscript.
Examples of topics of special interest to the readership of SLMS include:
- Mentored learning experiences in or out of class
- Learning produced through mentored student research
- Internships and service learning
- Cooperative learning experiences
- Community engagement projects
- Co-curricular activities or projects that support and advance formal learning
- Longitudinal development studies
- Administrative, management, or peer support of mentored learning
- Centers and institutes with a special mission to support mentored learning
- Initiatives that support mentored learning within special groups such as minorities
- Mentoring that encourages or inspires participants toward careers
- Curricula that utilize mentored student learning
CVs FOR ACCREDITATION
As you know, preparations are getting underway for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. One of the things we need to accomplish is an archive of all current faculty CVs. Please email a copy of your current CV to Steve Klien, Chair of Faculty Welfare Committee, at your earliest convenience.