Monday, April 29

All Week - 2013 Augustana College Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

11:00 - 12:00M - Blue and Gold Certification: CMS Basics
RSVP to Kristine Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

Tuesday, April 30

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Interfaith Worship Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

1:30 PM - The Salon: Nik Maggos leads a discussion about giving aid to developing countries
Black culture House

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning Excel
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Art History Spring 2013 Senior Inquiry Presentations
Bergendoff Hall, Room 12
Reception following in Bergendoff Room 7

8:00 PM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, May 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Community Retirement Celebration
4:00 PM - Recognition Program
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Flute/Clarinet Choir Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, May 2

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

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning Excel
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Blood Drive
Sign-up for a time to donate
College Center Loft

7:30 - 9:00 PM - 2013 Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy:  "Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS on the Van Allen Probes"
presented by Dr. Craig Kletzing, University of Iowa
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, May 3

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: CMS Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

12:00 - 1:30 PM - Augustana Association of  Education Office Professionals (AAEOP) meeting
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

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

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Feast for Locavores
Lower Quad Westerlin Lounge

7:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Saturday, May 4

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Celebration of Learning
Hanson Hall of Science and Olin

11:30 AM - Student Honors Recognition Program
102 Hanson Hall of Science

2:00 PM - Student Recital - Jessica Mahannah, clarinet
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:00 PM - Four Choirs Concert
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

2:00 PM - Student Voice Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Percussion Ensemble Concert
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

Volume 11, Issue 31 - April 29, 2013

Faculty News

Todd Cleveland (History) had a chapter entitled "Africa: Which Way Forward? An Interdisciplinary Approach," appear in the recently released (SoTL) volume Teaching Africa: A Guide for the 21st-Century Classroom, edited by Brandon D. Lundy and Solomon Negash, and published by Indiana University Press.


Carrie Hough (Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare) traveled to St. Louis, MO for the Central States Anthropological Society Conference over the first weekend in April with three Anthropology majors who presented their S.I. research. Kirsten Boesen's ('13) paper, "Exploring Hong Kong's Identity Through Its Organic Food Culture" was based on fieldwork she conducted during a semester abroad at Lingnan University. Julie Napientek ('13) received Summer Research Fellowship funding to conduct her research and presented a paper titled "Unity Through Faith: A Study in the Understanding and Application of Peace in an American Baha'i Community." Moselle Singh ('13) also received a Summer Research Fellowship for her S.I. project and presented the paper, "Something Was Missing": Exploring Women's Experiences of Health and Healing through Transcendental Meditation in the US."


Mindi Mull (Psychology) recently attended the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in Seattle, WA. She presented a poster co-authored with students Erica Aten and Heidi Maibueucher titled: The Role of Language and Second-Order False Belief Understanding in Children's Developing Theory of Intentionality.

Mindi also co-authored a paper with Margaret Evans (University of Michigan), that was presented as part of a symposium, titled: Deconstructing a Naive Metaphysics: Developing Conceptions of the Natural and Supernatural.

Mindi also attended SRCD's pre-conference Developmental Science Teaching Institute where she presented a poster, co-authored with Jayne Rose (Psychology), titled: Childhood in the Developing World: Learning the Importance of Context in Development While Studying Abroad.


Jane Simonsen (History and Women & Gender Studies) has received a Fulbright Award for 2014 as Senior Lecturer at the University of Regensburg in Germany.  She will be teaching courses in visual culture and the U.S. West in the American Studies department from March 1-July 31, 2014.  She is lucky enough to be returning to Regensburg after spending a half year there in 2003, and is looking forward to using her Bavarian lingo again. 


Marsha Smith (Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare) was the invited  panel Chair and  discussant for a session at 2013 ASIANetwork Conference in Nashville TN, "Challenges and Coping Strategies of Population Aging in China" with Zhang Hong, Colby College, Yi Sun, University of San Diego, Jieyen Liang, Miami University and Dan Choffness, Carthage College. In addition, she presented the following paper: "Negotiating the 'Introduction to Asian Studies' class in a multidisciplinary program"  at the same conference in a different panel.


John Tawiah-Boateng (English & Africana Studies Program) presented a paper titled "Chinua Achebe: Africa's Missing Nobel Laureate" at the African Literature Association's annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, 21 March, 2013.  John argued that Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who has thrilled the world with novels, poetry, short stories, and children's stories about Africa for over half a century, more than deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature.  The paper questioned the Nobel Committee's refusal to recognize Achebe's achievements, and possible explanations such as a possible vendetta for  the writer's remarks that had angered "a powerful member of the Swedish academy" some decades back; possible tendencies of tokenism; or even, worse, an unstated form of  apartheid.  A number of participants signed up to join in a campaign of letter-writing and possible Internet-based protest.  When John returned to the Quad Cities the following morning, the main headline on BBC News indicated that the author, Chinua Achebe, had just passed away.  Reportedly, a makeshift memorial service was held by the participants who were still at the conference.  Follow-up e-mails and contacts indicated that this led to a further discussion of John's presentation from the previous day, and an even stronger resolution to keep up the effort to ensure that African writers are not subjected to any form of apartheid or refusal of due recognition.