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

This Week's Message

The rumors are true.  Faculty Senate has been shaking things up this year, complete with small group conversations and clicker polls.  However, all the fun has been with a purpose.  Last year's Senate Steering charged the 2013-14 Faculty Senate with five tasks:

  1. Consider, clarify, and prioritize role/responsibilities of Senate.
  2. Consider number of members of Senate necessary to appropriately address responsibilities of Senate.
  3. Consider distribution of Senate membership.
  4. Consider how to address absenteeism.
  5. Consider an "opt in" ballot preparation for Senate elections.

In approaching this charge, the current Faculty Senate Steering Committee (Mariano Magalhães, Patrick Crawford, Brian Katz, Mary Kilbride, and me) recognized that any discussion about the role/responsibilities of faculty senate needed to be situated within a larger conversation about faculty governance on this campus.  Where is faculty governance strong?  Where is it falling short?  Are there ways that a re-imagined faculty senate body could contribute to stronger, more effective, faculty governance?  In effect, we're trying to "backwards design" a better model for faculty senate.

Please join us at Friday Conversations this week, as we start to take the next step in this process.  What might some different models of faculty senate look like?  How might the role/responsibilities identified as priorities for faculty senate shape the size and membership distribution?  How are changes to faculty senate linked to other faculty governance structures (e.g. divisions, committees)?

They're complex questions, and there's certain to be disagreement.  Fortunately, we'll have at least two things going for us on Friday:  1) a lot of really smart people in the same room; and 2) free beer and wine.  With that combination, what problems can't we solve? 

Hope to see you there.

Wendy Hilton-Morrow
Faculty Senate Chair