Monday, November 26

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
John Deere Lecture Hall

Tuesday, November 27

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Amanda Rodriguez '13
"Grand Adventures with God"
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

6:00 PM - Africana Studies Program Dinner for Students & Faculty
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - CVR Fireside Chat - Dr. Adam Kaul
Evald Great Hall

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Salon
Greg Tapis speaks on the role of students in reducing the cost of higher education
Andreen Hall, Red Room

Wednesday, November 28

6:30 - 11:30 AM - Biometric Screening
College Center, 3rd floor

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's & Gender Studies Tea Hour Series: Social Conflict Around Sexuality and Religious Freedom, presented by A.J. Juskewycz. How minority religious and social communities are engaged in public discourse about religious freedom.
Evald Great Hall

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 - 4:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Introduction to Office 2010
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

Thursday, November 29

6:30 - 11:30 AM - Biometric Screening
College Center, 3rd floor

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

9:30 - 10:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Introduction to Office 2010
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

7:00 PM - River Readings at Augustana:  Peter Geye
Fiction writer Peter Geye, whose first book "Safe from the Sea," won Indie Lit Award and Northeast Minnesota Book Award, will read from his work. A reception and book signing will follow.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Friday, November 30

6:30 - 11:30 AM - Biometric Screening
College Center, 3rd floor

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Productive and (Potentially) Painless Preparation for the Faculty Review" presented by Marsha Smith, John Delaney and the Faculty Welfare Committee
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
The performance features the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Wennerberg Men's Chorus.
To reserve tickets call 794-7306. $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children
Centennial Hall

Department/Program Chairs Assessment Questions Due to Ellen Hayby December 1st

Saturday, December 1

Department/Program Chairs Assessment Questions Due to Ellen Hay

4:00 PM - Christmas at Augustana
The performance features the Augustana Brass Ensemble, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Choir, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and Wennerberg Men's Chorus.
To reserve tickets call 794-7306. $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children
Centennial Hall

8:00 - 9:30 PM - Craig Karges
Craig Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and the imagination is challenged. Karges is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally-recognized speaker and an author.
Tickets are $10 per person. Augustana students, faculty and staff are free
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, December 2

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks: Shakespeare in Concert
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, and Quad City Choral Arts will present Masterworks: Shakespeare in Concert.
Call (563) 322-7276 for tickets
Centennial Hall

Volume 10, Issue 14 - November 26, 2012

Community Engagement Center (CEC)

GREETINGS FROM THE CVR

Please join us in recognizing our students' commitment to community involvement. Students logged 6292.45 hours of volunteer service during fall term. While we know that this does not capture the complete picture of our students' engagement in the community, this number reflects some significant involvement. Campus organizations have been encouraged to develop more committed, long-term relationships with one or two organizations rather than spreading themselves thin among the community. Though this initiative is still new, the service hours logged during fall term reflect that Greek and Service groups on campus are embracing the commitment.


INTERNATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL STUDENT DIVERSITY TRAINING FOR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION
Tuesday, December 4 or Wednesday, December 5, 2012
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center  (Heavy hors d' oeuvres, wine, beer)

Come and enjoy some time with your colleagues as we talk about how you can help build a supportive environment for our international students and our students of color here at Augustana College. 

This program will discuss what college is like from a diverse student perspective, cultural differences of international students, and we will discuss students' classroom concerns.  

Please join us for one of our sessions. RSVP to janetiedge@augustana.edu and let her know which of the two dates you will be attending.


INTERESTED IN SERVICE LEARNING?

Research on service learning indicates that it promotes greater academic achievement and civic engagement.  "Students report that they are motivated to work harder in service learning classes, experienced deeper understanding of subject matter and social issues, and were better able to apply classroom learning to real problems" (Brownell & Swaner, 2010, p. 25).

Faculty who would like to develop a course/section with a service learning designation can receive a $500.00 grant from the CEC to support their efforts.  Brigitte McCray, a new faculty member in English, recently received this grant for two upcoming winter term courses.  In LSFY 102 students will be working with residents of St. Anthony's, and in ENGL 208, the class will participate in St. John's WOW program.

If you are not quite ready for a full SL course, you can try-out service learning on a smaller scale. CEC staff can work with you to integrate service activities in your courses.  For example, this fall in a two week time frame the students in COMM 384: Social Action Research gathered over 915 pounds of food and $270.00 to support the work of the River Bend Food Bank.   Two modules in the Twenty Minute Mentor series can provide a foundation for incorporating these learning experiences.

For more information on service learning, contact Ellen Hay at x8614 to consider the possibilities.


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:  COFFEE AND CONVERSATION

Join your colleagues on Thursdays at 9:00 AM in the CEC space in Sorensen Hall for Coffee and Conversation. Talk to your colleagues and meet all the new faculty that have moved into Sorensen for the year. Enjoy a hot cup of Starbucks coffee ($1.50 for a 12 oz. cup of coffee, FREE for the first 10 people). Indulge in a sweet treat. Stop by as you are able. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!