Monday, January 21

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM -College Democrats Inauguration Day
A viewing of President Barack Obama's Inauguration Day events
Evald Great Hall

4:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting
Wilson Center

5:00 PM - Faculty Research Proposals DUE to Mary Koski

6:30 PM - Augustana College High School Honor Band Finale Concert
Centennial Hall

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Darwin Week: Nature Reads
Professors and students will share their favorite accounts of the beauty of nature i nthese literature readings
Olin 304

7:00 PM - Augustana Film Series: Rome: Season 1 Episode 8: Caesarion"
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, January 22

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Darwin Week - "Faith and Science" Workshop
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Google Drive
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 110

4:15 - 4:45 PM - Sign Language Table
This table is open to all levels. The group primarily converses in signed English, but those with knowledge of American Sign Language are encouraged to come
Brew by the Slough, 4th floor, Tredway Library

6:30 PM - Voice Seminar
Larson Hall, Bergendoff

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Salon
Robert Tallitsch (Biology) (topic TBA)
Andreen Hall, Red Room

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

Wednesday, January 23

9:00 AM - 3:45 PM - SYMPOSIUM DAY - Keynote address "Healing the Relationship Between Humanity and the Environment: We Each Have a Role" presented by Molly Steinwald, Director of Science Education and Research, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

9:00-9:45 Advising Group Discussion
10:00-11:00 Keynote AddressI / Concurrent Session I
11:15 - 12:15 Concurrent Session II / Lunch on your own
12:30 - 1:30 Keynote Address II / Lunch on your own
1:45 - 2:45 Concurrent Session III
3:00 - 3:45 Advising Group Meetings

Symposium Day Moodle Site

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Blue & Gold Certification: Beginning Power Point
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 109

5:00 - 6:00 PM - After Hours Poetry & Prose
Sorensen Break Room

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Discussion/Lecture: Paul Olsen will speak on "In the Beginning..What? Darwin and the Romantic Poets"
Olin 304

7:00 - 9:30 PM - 18th Annual Hispanic Film Festival: "Los viajes del viento (The Wind Journeys)"
Not rated. Free of Charge
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Thursday, January 24

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

7:00 PM - 12th Annual Augustana French Film Festival - "Les femmes du 6ème étage (The Women on the Sixth Floor)"
Film is in French with English subtitles
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Darwin Week Documentary: "180 Degrees South"
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, January 25

4:30 PM - Deadline to submit nominations for Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit to Margaret Farrar

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "E-Portfolios" presented by Farah Marklevits
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Augustana Sights and Sounds
The Sixth Annual Augustana Sights and Sounds exhibition will feature photography from Augustana students and local high school students, in addition to video narratives by Augustana Video Bureau
Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa

7:30 PM - The Bock Eye (theatre)
Augustana College will present the world premiere of The Bock Eye, a bold and bawdy postmodern adaptation inspired by the Greek tragedy The Bacchae by Euripides. Written by American playwright Tommy Smith, The Bock Eye is a blend of old and new - a retelling of an ancient story, but with a strong contemporary attitude. The production will be directed by guest director Saffron Henke, who also directed the 2011 production of the Metamorphoses at Augustana.
As is the case with the classic Greek play that inspired it, The Bock Eye deals with adult themes and contains language that is not appropriate for children.$11 for adults or $9 for students and seniors
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Janet Stodd, flute
Featuring an alumni flute quartet: Elise Croner, Robin Gravert, Amy meier, and Janet Stodd performing "Harmony in Blue and Gold" by Eric Ewazen, and "Divertissement" by Johann Bach, "Sonata No. 1" by Eric Ewazen and "Airheads" by Gary Schocker.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, January 26

5:00 - 8:00 PM - Parents' Night Out  CANCELLED
Carver Center

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Darwin Week: Chuckfest
Musical celebration of life on Earth and the work of Charles Darwin
Loft, College Center, 3rd floor

7:30 PM - The Bock Eye (theatre)
$11 for adults or $9 for students and seniors
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Upright Citizens Brigade
The UCB Tour Co. show lasts about 90 minutes and consists of "longform improv." The  cast is picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles. UCB has brought audiences Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Ed Helms (The Daily Show, The Office), Rob Riggle (SNL, Daily Show), Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel (Best Week Ever), and many many more.
$10, free for Augustana students
Centennial Hall

Sunday, January 27

1:30 PM - The Bock Eye (theatre)
$11 for adults or $9 for students and seniors.
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Volume 10, Issue 19 - January 21, 2013

This Week's Message


In this frigid weather, it's nice to think in warmer metaphors, and today mine come from a fictional garden. In the children's book, Stega Nona's Harvest, Tomie dePaola tells the story of two gardens, one orderly and thoughtful, managed by Strega Nona. Perhaps because Big Anthony plants the second garden out of revenge for the job Strega Nona assigns him, manure-spreading, his approach is secret and scattershot. He plants without much of a plan, and he works alone.

Over the last few years, ePortfolios have been sprouting on campus in various places for various uses. Biology has begun to use a program ePortfolio; various instructors have used ePortfolios in their courses as a tool for teaching and learning. Others are considering how they might also use this tool for teaching and learning, for assessment, and for professional activity. At this moment, it seems that interest and practice in ePortfolios is taking more the form of a Big Anthony than Strega Nona garden, though without the motive of revenge. I hope.

Perhaps it is fine to continue on our Big Anthony ways. In dePaola's story, both gardens are productive and help feed the villagers in a season when their harvests are poor. However, Big Anthony is up late picking his produce, toiling secretly under considerable stress. It seems it's time to think about what we might gain by working and thinking together about ePortfolios at Augustana College. Where are we? Where do we want to go?

In this week's Friday Conversation, Karen Petersen, Kristina Jansson, and I will report on what we learned last summer at the 2012 annual ePortfolio Conference sponsored by AAEEBL, The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning. Then, we'll open the conversation to discuss where we are and where we want to go with ePortfolios. Bring your boxes of saved seed and your seed catalogs, the metaphorical ones.

Best wishes,

Farah Marklevits