Monday, September 16

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY Meeting "From Shitty Draft to Gilded Commode: Writing as a Process"
Wilson Center

4:00 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Olin 304

4:30 PM - Deadline to submit proposals for NEH Summer Stipend Program to Margaret Farrar

Tuesday, September 17

10:30 AM - Archaeology Program Discussion with Adam Kaul
Evald Great Hall

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

4:00 - 4:30 PM - Sign Language Table - intermediate
4:30 - 5:00 PM - Sign Language Table - beginner
Center for Student Life, sitting area outside of the multipurpose room

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Guest Artist - Wolfgana David, violin and David Gompper, piano
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, September 18

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Microsoft Word Intermediate Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092
Olin Center 105

5:00 - 8:00 PM - High Tea at the Putnam Museum
Alumni and friends of the college are invited to view the exhibit, "Diana: A Celebration", enjoy refreshments and hear a presentation by Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
$20 for adults; $15 for children
Putman Museum, Lardner Balcony, 1717 E. 12th Street, Davenport, IA

Thursday, September 19

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - The Salon
Brew By the Slough, Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Jane Austen Tea Party
If you have one, bring a favorite Austen novel, or just your favorite Austen scene or quote. There will be tea, scones and lively discussion.
Brew by the Slough Patio, Tredway Library

4:45 - 6:45 PM - Safe Zone Training for Faculty/Staff
Offered to the first 20 people who would like to provide support to LGBTQ students
Old Main 310

5:00 - 8:00 PM - High Tea at the Putnam Museum
Alumni and friends of the college are invited to view the exhibit, "Diana: A Celebration", enjoy refreshments and hear a presentation by Wendy Hilton-Morrow.
$20 for adults; $15 for children
Putman Museum, Lardner Balcony, 1717 E. 12th Street, Davenport, IA

Friday, September 20

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Jeff Strasser, Michael Reisner and Amy Bandman present "Assessing Augustana's Sustainability"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, September 21

No events

Sunday, September 22

No events

Volume 12, Issue 4 - September 16, 2013

Advising

Benefits of Group Advising

Advising group discussions on the morning of Symposium Day will focus on ADVISING this year! The goals for this 45 minute advising session are listed below:

  1. Provide an opportunity for advisors to do some group advising
  2. Introduce students to college wide student learning outcomes and discuss the many contexts in which students learn
  3. Emphasize how Symposium Day connects to intended student learning outcomes

Resources for the discussion on student learning outcomes will be coming out later this week, but I'd like to highlight a few benefits of group advising, here.

Becky Ryan published an essay in Academic Advising Today in 2010 in which she described the benefits of group advising (click here to read the article in its entirety). If you don't have time to read the article right now, I've digested some of the information for you below.

Our advisees are like the students we teach in our courses (sometimes, our advisees are in our courses). Students in our courses come into class on the first day with a range of attitudes, experiences and expectations for the course. We can say the same of our advisees. They approach their Augustana education differently because of their attitudes, experiences, and expectations. Some are overcommitted in extra-curricular groups while others struggle to make eye contact with another human. Some have known their career trajectory since elementary school while others are in college because it is what you do after graduating from high school. By bringing an advising group together, we can foster an environment where students learn from each other. This group experience can have a "strong normative influence" and "can provide a positive experience that can never be achieved within individual advising sessions" (Ryan). Conversations among advisees can introduce new ideas, broaden perspectives, and provide motivation.

As you plan next week's group advising session, be sure to leave plenty of time for students to talk to each other. You will guide the conversation (just like you do in class), but be sure to leave space for your advisees to learn from each other.

Have a great week 4!

Kristin