Monday, October 7

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY Meeting - "Tales from the Crypt Stay in the Crypt: Grammar for the Living"
Wilson Center

6:00 PM - Adam Kaul's band Subatlantic
Bierstube, 415 15th Street, Moline, IL

Tuesday, October 8

10:45 AM - Student Voice Seminar
Students Rowan Corw, Hillary Taylor, Alicia Lumberry, Vivian Perez, Lillian Pickens and Silvia Ramirez-Bertolasi
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - ITS Employee Focus Group
Faculty and staff invited to talk about ideas, concerns and suggestions. Pizza will be served
Olin 304

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Paul Olsen
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:30 -4:30 PM - Intro to Google Forms Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092
Olin 105

4:00 - 4:30 PM - Sign Language Table (Intermediate)
Center for Student Life, Sitting area outside of multipurpose room

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Sign Language Table (Beginners)
Center for Student Life, Sitting area outside of multipurpose room

4:30 - 5:30 PM - New Faculty Mentor Circle - "Your Pre-Tenure or Annual Review" presented by Steve Klien
Wilson Center

6:00 PM - Switzerland and Germany Spring Study Abroad Info Session
Old Main 28

Wednesday, October 9

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Excel Basics Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092
Olin 105

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM - Campus Ministries Noontime Conversation
"What it means to teach and work, live and learn at Augustana as a Lutheran College"
Grab your lunch in the dining room or bring your own lunch bag. Chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass-Perez, along with Jason Mahn lead a meaningful conversation about "Vocation"
Gävle Room (Multipurpose Room 3), Center for Student Life

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Augustana Association of Educational Office Personnel (AAEOP) Meeting
Evald Great Hall

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Feminist Tea Hour Series: "Sex as Capital: The Women of Rome Season 2" presented by Kirsten Day
Evald Great Hall

7:00 PM - Homecoming Talent Showcase
Centennial Hall

Thursday, October 10

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Division Meetings
See Announcements page for locations

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - The Salon, with Gregory Tapis (Business Admin.)
Brew by the Slough

5:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department & Program Chairs
John Deere Lecture Hall

7:00 PM - "The Road to Shameless: A Survivor's True Story of Rape and Recovery" with Nancy Donoval
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 - 8:00 PM - St. Francis Environmental Challenge - Laura Hartman presents an evening reflection
St. Mary Monaster's Benet House Retreat Center, 2200 88th Avenue West, Rock Island, Illinois

Friday, October 11

Homecoming

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Rethinking Faculty Senate" presented by Wendy Hilton-Morrow
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

6:00 - 6:30 PM - Re-dedication of Old Main
Old Main will be open until 7:30 for a tour at your liesure
Old Main front steps

7:00 PM - Homecoming Coronation & Sing
Free admission
Centennial Hall

Saturday, October 12

10:30 AM - Celebration of Life for Don Morrison
Professor emeritus and former choir director
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - Nova Singers: We Sing Life!
Free for students, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors
First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

Sunday, October 13

8:30 PM - Chamber Choir Festival Concert with The Choirs of Augustana College
Free admission
Centennial Hall

Volume 12, Issue 7 - October 7, 2013

Advising

Mary Windeknecht and I are at the National Academic Advisors Association (NACADA) conference this week in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended a preconference workshop on academic coaching Sunday afternoon, and one of the comments during that session struck a chord with me. As you head into the heavy advising time of the term, you might keep this idea in mind.

We often complain about our students being overcommitted. They are busy doing their social media thing, their organizations, their group work, etc. They are often so busy, they do not have time to think. Many of us could say the same of our days. There is no time for reflection, which we know is important for learning.  

Advising appointments might be the only time students to take time to "think things through."  So, advisors need to be ready to make the most of our short meeting time with students. Asking open ended questions and the always relevant "why" question are critical to helping students think about their major choice, their academic performance, their post-graduate plans, etc.  

What are your favorite "go to" questions? I'm always looking to build my repertoire. Below are some questions you might add to yours to help students use their advising time to "think things through."  

What is it about (insert topic here) that drew you to it?
What can you see yourself doing in ten years? How are your courses/activities helping you get there? How do you see your courses, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities preparing you for life after graduation?
On a scale of 1-10, how productive are you on most days? What could you do more of/less of to increase that number?
What's changed since the last time we talked?
Is (insert topic here) still a good plan for you?  

From sunny Utah,

Kristin Douglas