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

This Week's Message

On behalf of the Convocation Committee, I would like to thank each of you for your participation in Augustana's first Community Symposium Day. Whether you facilitated discussion among your advisees, led a concurrent session or a team of volunteers out in the community, or were an active participant in the day's events-this alternate day of learning could not have happened without you.

Our goal for the day was to bring the entire campus community together for a common conversation on civic engagement, and we were excited to see nearly 2,300 audience members at the keynote address in Carver Arena. We have heard extremely positive comments about the concurrent sessions, and many students commented they wish they could have attended more than one session. Advisors have commented they enjoyed the interactions with their advising groups during the day. But, what about student learning? Did students learn anything on Symposium Day? Did they learn what it feels like to be part of a vibrant intellectual community together with their faculty? Were we all challenged to be socially conscious and engaged in the broader community? Did we reflect on our duties as a citizen?

We know these are big questions that are difficult to answer, but data collected from over 550 students offers encouraging news. Part of participating in a vibrant intellectual community is having discussions with a different set of people than you normally would. Thirty percent of respondents reported participating in a conversation with a faculty member they did not know, and 56% reported participating in a conversation with students they did not know. When asked whether the day's activities made them critically think about their roles as citizens, 45% of respondents agreed.

As one would have expected (given this was our first time) there were several things in the day that did not go well, and we are working to fix those while incorporating both student and faculty feedback as we plan the winter symposium day. The topic for our Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Symposium Day is "Environmental Issues," and our keynote speaker is Molly Steinwald. Molly is the Education Director at the Phipps Conservatory, a Botanical Center in Pittsburg. She is also a gifted photographer whose work focuses on highlighting nature in urban settings. You can get a sneak peek of some of Molly's photography here.

We will soon post sample assignments on Moodle to help you think about how to incorporate the Symposium Day into your winter term courses, and we are also planning a Friday Conversation on Friday, November 16 (week 1) focused on integrating Symposium Day into the classroom. All students and faculty are expected to participate in this alternative day of learning. Please remember to integrate this day into your Winter term syllabi.

Finally, in case the faculty feedback survey got lost in your mailbox, you can find the survey here. Please help us make this day a more effective and meaningful day for our campus and larger community.

Have a great week!

 

Kristin Douglas