Monday, March 10

Welcome back!

Tuesday, March 11

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Alexandra Blust, '14
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Art History Senior Exhibition: Whistler and His Contexts
Elizabeth Jakaitis and Jordan Kirkbride
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

4:30 PM - "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" Discussion Series - Today's session is "Snow"
Moline High School Planetarium, 3600 23rd Avenue, Moline, IL

Wednesday, March 12

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Augustana Association of Educational Office Professionals (AAEOP) meeting
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Guest Artist: Rebecca Ashe, flute

Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, March 13

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

11:30 AM - ITS Lunch & Learn: Lynda.com
Olin 110

11:30 AM - The Salon, with Laura Hartman "How Does Community Change?"
Brew by the Slough

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department & Program Chairs
Wilson Center

7:30 PM - "Looking Isn't As Easy As It Looks" lecture presented by Dr. Mary Kirn, Augustana professor emerita
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building, 2nd floor

Friday, March 14

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: "Good Student Research Writing? No Pie in the Sky" 
presented by Stefanie Bluemle and Lucas Street
3:30 PM - Refreshments

Wilson Center

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

Saturday, March 15

7:30 PM - Amadeus Trio (a piano trio)
Amadeus Trio performs as part of the new Symphony Signature Series
For tickets call 309-793-1213
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

8:00 - 9:00 PM - MPB Comedy Club: Tracey Ashley
Gävle Room, Center for Student Life, 4th floor

Sunday, March 16

4:00 PM - Student Recital - Henry Weberpal and Mineo Patrick Yasutake, cello
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Art Beat with WAUG Radio
Social hour featuring a live music broadcast. Free admission
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

Volume 12, Issue 21 - March 10, 2014

This Week's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to spring term! As we look forward to the culmination of our graduating seniors' SI projects, as well as to LSFY and Honors students' first attempts at the academic research paper, we might pause to reflect on the process of research we expect from our students--as well as what they actually do "behind the scenes" of these projects.

In a preliminary study of first-year composition papers, researchers from the Citation Project found that 94% of students' citations interacted with texts at the sentence level--by quoting, paraphrasing, or patch writing (i.e., attempting to paraphrase but staying too close to the original passages' language or syntax). Only 6% of citations were summaries and therefore indicated engagement with texts' overall arguments.

As judges for the first-year library prize, we've found the same or similar issues in both LSFY and Honors papers. So how can we promote authentic research as an indispensable life skill? How can we design research assignments to bring out the best from our students? And how do students really interpret and complete the assignments we give?

Find out in conversation with faculty colleagues and student tutors from the Reading/Writing Center, where we've served a total of 282 students in over 1,350 individual writing conferences over the last two terms at this week's Friday Conversation. And, since this week's Friday Conversation falls on Pi Day (3.14), you can expect to enjoy a slice (or two!) of delicious pie.

See you Friday,

Lucas A. Street, Reading/Writing Center Assistant Director
Stefanie Bluemle, Research Librarian