Monday, March 4

Exhibit: "Burning Truths: A Women's Work" Pyrographies of Female Saints by Kat Hustedde
Exhibit runs March 4 - May 17, 2013
Thomas Tredway Library

7:00 PM - Mutual Fund Observer
David Snowball presents "Mutual Fund Observer" to the Quad-Cities Computer Society. He is the founder and publisher of Mutual Fund Observer, a free, independent, non-commercial website
Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL

Tuesday, March 5

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Dan Conway, Business Administration
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Photo Editing Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 105

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Fulbright Information Session for Students CANCELLED...to be rescheduled
Olin 201

7:00 - 8:30 PM - Dr. Corey Ciocchetti "Authentic Life"
Dr. Corey Ciocchetti speaks to thousands of individuals each year about "authentic success" and living an ethical life. He is the author 'Real Rabbits: Chasing An Authentic Life."
Centennial Hall

Wednesday, March 6

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Soul Centering Through Nature" - Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Candidate for Director of Residential Life Conversation - Michael Burns
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

Thursday, March 7

8:15 - 9:30 AM - A Stronger Quad Cities: The Importance of Diverse Coalition Building
Augustana's Dr. Christopher Whitt, assistant professor of political science, will speak on "A Stronger Quad Cities: The Importance of Diverse Coalition Building."
Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Multicultural Speaker Series.
The event will begin with a breakfast and registration at 7:45 a.m. The program will begin at 8:15.
Ticket Price: $20 for members, $25 future members, $10 students - Order Tickets
Centre Station, 1200 River Drive, Moline, IL

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

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: Photo Editing Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 105

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Candidate for Director of Residential Life Conversation - Julie McMahon
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

Friday, March 8

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Mark Salisbury presents "Applying the principles of improv to college teaching"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

2:00 - 2:30 PM - Candidate for Director of Residential Life Conversation - Christina Lorge-Grover
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

8:00 PM - Augustana Choir Home Concert
Free admission
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady Street, Davenport, IA

Saturday, March 9

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Orff workshop: Orff in all Directions
This workshop is the third in a series of four workshops for music educators focused on Orff instruments and instruction. The final workshop for the 2012-13 academic year will take place on April 27.
$40 including lunch; $8 for students
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

1:00 PM - Transcending Gun Violence Through the Power of Nonviolence
Dr. David Cortright, author and leading proponent of reducing gun violence, will lead a discussion on the use of non-violence to affect social change
102 Hanson Hall of Science

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Home Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, March 10

2:00 - 4:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Masterworks:
Masterworks: Rite of Spring and Pictures at an Exhibition
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra  will present Masterworks: Masterworks: Rite of Spring and Pictures at an Exhibition.
Concert Conversations will begin at 1:00 PM
Tickets are $8 - $15
Centennial Hall

7:00 PM - Faculty Recital: Samantha Keehn, trombone and Howard Eckdahl, baritone
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Organ Showcase
Larry Peterson, director of music for Campus Ministries and instructor of organ, will perform in an hour-long Organ Showcase.
The concert will feature some of the finest organists from the Quad-Cities, and showcase one of the Midwest's premier tracker-action baroque instruments. The cathedral's Wolff organ was designed in the northern German tradition of organ building from the Baroque era.
Organ literature will include works by Bach, Sweelinck, Mendelsson, Walther, Widor and others.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA

Volume 10, Issue 23 - March 4, 2013

This Week's Message

Welcome back to campus!  It may not seem like it right now, but you are starting the home stretch of the 2012/13 academic year.  Ten weeks from now the birds will be singing, the trees will be blooming, the grass will be green, and you'll be wondering why you aren't wearing shorts and basking in the sun.

To help you get through the late winter doldrums, I am bringing back to this week's Friday Conversation the the workshop I ran last year on applying the principles of improv to college teaching.  I promise that you'll laugh and learn at the same time.  And there will be some adult beverages if you need them to get over your fear of being asked to improvise in public!

As college faculty have infused a variety of active learning pedagogies into their teaching, many have taken even greater care to plan for each minute of their class time.  In this context, the unexpected distraction can be the worst thing to happen.  Suddenly, your carefully crafted schedule becomes rushed or gets turned upside down and you are left holding the bag.

If we put all of our teaching marbles in a minute-by-minute basket, we are perpetually vulnerable to anything that pulls us away from our plan.  However, students often learn best by pursuing an intellectual vein that attracts their interest, whether or not such an intellectual pursuit is "scheduled" by the professor.  So how can we rectify this tension?

Applying the principles of improv can help faculty reframe the unplanned "distraction" into a vital opportunity for deeper substantive learning.  To develop instructors' ability to take advantage of these moments, this Friday Conversation will teach the principles of improvisation and apply them to your work in the classroom.  The session will be highly interactive, so wear comfortable shoes and bring your risk-taking self.  We will demonstrate how improv can turn classroom "distractions" into sparks that ignite learning.

And we will laugh a lot along the way.

See you on Friday afternoon!

Mark Salisbury