Monday, August 25

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Great March for Climate Action
CSL Dining Room

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY 10 New Faculty Meeting
Old Main 117

Tuesday, August 26

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Richie Benson, '15 - Student Government Assoc. President
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

7:00 PM - "The Future is Calling Us to Greatness"
presented by bestselling author and evolutionary theologian Rev. Michael Dowd
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3407 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Iowa

Wednesday, August 27

6:30 - 8:30 PM - Riverine Walks: State of the River, presented by Reuben Heine
Tickets Price is $5
Sunset Park (map)

Thursday, August 28

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Council Meeting
Dahl Room, College Center 3rd floor

11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - Reading/Writing Center Open House
Stop by and meet our new ELL Specialist, Jake Romaniello
Reading/Writing Center, Center for Student Life, 4th floor

3:30 - 4:30 PM - State of the College
Presented by President Bahls
Olin Auditorium

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Intro to the Office of Career Development
Students can learn how to best use the services of the Office of Career Development
Olin 302

Friday, August 29

3:45 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation "New Spaces on Campus Tour"
Meet at 3:45 in Center for Faculty Enrichment, Olin 301/303

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Live on Campus: Republic of Lights
Brew by the Slough

8:00 PM - Faculty & Guest Artist Recital: Pendulum
Performers are Randall Hall, saxophone, and Jonathon Kirk, laptop
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, August 30

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Augie Acres Farmers Market
Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport, IA

8:00 PM - Second City, improvisational threatre troupe
Centennial Hall

Sunday, August 31

6:00 PM - Six Appeal
Six Appeal uses a cappella singing to span decades of classic oldiesk, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes
Centennial Hall

Volume 15, Issue 1 - August 25, 2014


FACULTY RETIREE PROCEDURES   For faculty retiring in May, the college requests that notification is made to Academic Affairs in the previous calendar year within the months of August or September. September 20 will serve as the deadline for payroll data entry in order to place upcoming retirees on nine-month pay schedules. This will allow benefits and salary to cease as of May 31, as well as allowing upcoming retirees ample time to coordinate enrollment and transition to Medicare and/or Social Security benefits.    

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Once per term Augustana devotes a full day to an alternative approach for learning and opens its doors to the entire commumnity. We believe this multidisciplinary approach to discuss a "theme" truly examplifies the rich value of liberal learning. Symposium Days include invited speakers, alumni, advising sessions and opportunities to practice the liberal arts and be involved with our community. Fall Symposium has a rotating theme connected to Augie Reads; Winter Symposium's theme is Social Justice; Spring Symposium is Celebration of Learning featuring original research and scholarship by Augustana's students and faculty.

Please use the Google form below to submit a proposal for a concurrent session for Fall Symposium Day that fits with the theme "Identity". The theme connects to several aspects of the Augie Reads book, The Round House, by Louise Erdich.


Please submit by 4:30 PM Thursday, September 4, 2014.

More details can be found HERE.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Reading/Writing Center, Center for Student Life, 4th Floor

Stop by and meet our new ELL Specialist, Jake Romaniello.

Monday, September 8, 2014
7:30 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

The featured speakers are Dr. Theresa Williamson, Founder and Executive Director of Catalytic Communities, a nonprofit organization based in Rio de Janeiro dedicated to ensuring vision and voice on behalf of the city's infamous favela communities, and Brian Hollenback, President of Renaissance Rock Island, the umbrella organization for Development Association of Rock Island, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation and The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District. Please share this in your classes and encourage your students to attend.

Presented by Dr. Allen Isaacman, Regents Professor of African History, University of Minnesota
Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Open any newspaper and there is almost certain to be one or more articles about crises or chaos in Africa.  Journalistic accounts highlight famines, "tribalism," failed states, ethnic cleansing, the plight of refugees and the AIDS or EBOLA pandemics.  There rarely, if ever, is a serious discussion of the underlying causes of this instability.  Instead it is implicitly assumed that this is the natural order of events in the "Dark Continent."  The lecture challenges the racially inspired and cultural arrogance which underlies contemporary assumptions and representations about Africa.

If you have an interest in Africa or think your students might, please consider attending.  Please direct any questions you might have to Todd Cleveland (History), x7253.

Fall Meeting: Monday, September 15, 2014

4:00 - 6:00 PM
Olin 304

This year, our campus will being implementing the new Strategic Plan: Augustana 2020, which includes a focus on making connections between our work across campus. Moreover, the campus has articulated a vision for the faculty in which we are the "architects of a vibrant and diverse intellectual community". The Research Forum is one of the groups on campus working toward these goals, and we'd like to invite everyone to participate.

The Research Forum is a relaxed and friendly, interdisciplinary working group of scholars interested in learning from others on campus and engaged in supporting each other as we write, reflect, and think. We meet over snacks and drinks to discuss our colleagues' work-in-progress, which might include book chapters, grant applications, journal articles, book proposals, and other forms of scholarly work and communication. Volunteers from our ranks submit their work to the group, often including questions or themes they would like to sound out at the Forum. We gather to discuss and provide constructive critiques - all in an effort to improve our research and writing.

All are welcome, and in the past the group has consisted of colleagues from all ranks and divisions as well as scholars within the ranks of administration. You do NOT need to commit to share a work-in-progress to be part of the group, nor do you need to commit to attending all of our sessions. We share the writing about a week in advance of each Forum to allow members a chance to read and digest, but we have definitely had productive contributions from members who could not spend much time in advance of the Forum.

If you are interested in being part of the Research Forum or just in learning more, please email Brian Katz (Mathematics). If you would like to get feedback on a piece of work-in-progress, please include (1) a brief description of the project and (2) the term(s) in which you expect the project to be ready for a round of feedback and discussion.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 PM (Happy hour to follow)
Center for Student Life

Plan on joining us and...

Celebrate the end of the fall term
Enjoy free food and drinks
Win great prizes
Have fun with co-workers and colleauges from across campus
Join faculty, staff and administrators to find out firsthand why Augie students love bingo so much!

Sponsored by the 2013-14 Bartholomew Institute (BALI) campus leadership group. Members are: Jenny von Kaenel, WVIK; Matt Walsh, Financial Assistance; Katey Bignall, Student Life and Leadership; Kertesha Riley, Career Development; Scott Dean, ITS; Tom Phillis, Public Safety & Police; Mary Tatro, Thomas Tredway Library; and Keri Rursch, Communication and Marketing.


Augustana College has renewed its institutional membership to the Figge Art Museum. This means that you will gain free admission to Figge events if you present a valid Augustana ID. Faculty members can bring their classes free of charge to exhibitions, guest lectures, or participate in other educational ventures hosted by the Figge, including the use of their research library. Please enjoy this community resource and use it in creative ways to better understand and integrate visual literacy into our curriculum and other activities.  Thanks to the folks in the Departments of Art and Art History who vigorously pursued this membership, and financially supported this effort together with the Office of Academic Affairs.