Monday, May 6

4:00 PM - Augie Reads Kickoff
Evald Great Hall

Tuesday, May 7

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Angie and Nick Cummins '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

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

Wednesday, May 8

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture"
Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Good News Appreciation Event for Faculty and Staff
Reception and review of outstanding clips, along with awards, appetizers, beer and wine
4:15 PM - Short Comments
The Black Ram, 1407 30th Street, Rock island, IL

4:30 PM - Deadline to Submit Nominations of Augustana voting members for Representative & Alternate for Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to Sharon Varallo

4:30 PM - Deadline to RSVP for Blended Learning Boot Camp to Margaret Farrar

7:00 PM - Walking Tour of the Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Exhibiting artists will discuss their works in the Art Museum. Refreshments will be served.
Art Museum, CentennialHall

Thursday, May 9

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, 1st floor Sorensen Hall

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

7:00 PM - Senior Legacy Event
Three professors chosen  by the Senior class will give their last words of advice to our Senior class
Olin Auditorium

Friday, May 10

10:00 - 11:30 AM - Historical Walking Tour with Kai Swanson
Departure is outside the Wilson Center

3:15 - 4:15 PM - Farewell Reception for Lisa Allen
Communication Studies Hallway, 1st floor, Sorensen Hall

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Mark Salisbury shares reports from Augustana's participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education and from our most recent "9-Month Out" survey
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, May 11

4:00 PM - Combined Band Concert
Centennial Hall

6:30 - 10:00 PM - 375th Anniversary of the New Sweden Colony
American Scandinavian Assoc. at Augustana hosts a live webcast. Event is casual "come and go" with cookies and coffee. A free-will donation will be taken.
Hanson Hall of Science 102

7:30 PM - Quad City Playwrights' Festival
Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - The Pirates of Penzance, presented by Opera@Augustana, conducted by John Pfautz
$12; $10 for students, faculty, staff and seniors; $8 for children
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, May 12

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Quad City Community RiverBend Bronze Community Handbell Ensemble
Includes arrangements from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Celebration," "You Raise Me Up," "when We All Get to Heaven"
Dessert reception following. Free-will offering wil be accepted
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:00 - 4:30 PM - Quad City Choral Arts Spring Concert, director: Jon Hurty
Presenting "J.S. Bach: The Passion and Resurrection." Excerpts from Bach's St. John Passion and his Cantata BWV4 "Christ lag in Todesbanden"
$12 for adults, $10 seniors, $5 students
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport, IA

Volume 11, Issue 32 - May 6, 2013

This Week's Message

Last spring we completed our participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education - a four-year examination of the factors that influence our students' learning and development.  This study tested student learning gains on a range of outcomes traditionally associated with a liberal arts education.  It also collected data on student experiences in college.  Data from earlier cohorts of the study have provided a wealth of information on the relationships between various student experiences and learning gains.

During the winter Augustana received two reports outlining numerous findings of this study.  These reports provide data specific to the Augustana students who participated in the study as well as tables that compare our students' gains with students at the other institutions that participated in the study.

At this week's Friday Conversation I will share some highlights from these findings that note learning gains and important experiences.  I'll also show some findings from our most recent "9 Month Out" survey - a survey of 2012 graduates now that they have been out of college for almost a year.

I hope you'll come to the last Friday Conversation of the 2012-13 academic year willing to discuss these findings and what they might mean for our efforts to perpetually improve.


Mark Salisbury