Monday, September 30

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Golf Cart Users Safety Training Class
Olin Center 307

5:30 PM - Tuition Benefit Meeting
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

Tuesday, October 1

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Kertesha Riley, Career Center
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor Founders Hall

1:30 PM - Tuition Benefit Meeting
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Introduction to Google Drive Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092

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 - 7:00 PM - "Take a Look at Lindberg" Employee & Family Event BBQ
Free admission.
Lindberg Stadium (rain location is College Center Dining Room)

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Erin Freund, Janet Stodd, Samantha Keehn and Gail Baldwin
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 2

8:15 - 8:45 AM - Open Session with David English
Brew by the Slough

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - "Foundational Theories in Student Development" presented by Dr. J.Q. Adams
Gävle Multipurpose Room, Center for Student Life

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Golf Cart Users Safety Training Class
Olin Center 307

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 will lead us into a meaningful conversation about "Grace"
Multipurpose Room 3, Center for Student Life

2:15 - 3:15 PM - Golf Cart Users Safety Training Class
Olin Center 305

3:15 - 4:15 PM - Golf Cart Users Safety Training Class
Olin Center 305

Thursday, October 3

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

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - The Salon, with Emil Kramer (Classics)
Brew by the Slough

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Young Professionals Network at Night
Advanced registration is required for this free networking social lesliescheck@augustana.edu
Duck City Bistro

Friday, October 4

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "Working with International Students" presented by Jane Tiedge
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Board Room, 3rd floor College Center

7:00 - 8:00 PM - O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration: "Indians and Immigrants - Entangled Histories"
Presented by Dr. Gunlog Fur, School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
Larson, Hall, Bergendoff Building

Saturday, October 5

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Indians and Immigrants: Entangled Histories
Pre-registration is requested
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Sunday, October 6

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Masterworks I
Tickets are $8 - $51; call 563-322-7276
Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Study Abroad Fair
College Center Cafeteria and Lobby

Volume 12, Issue 6 - September 30, 2013

Tredway Library

This week's report comes from Allen Bertsche, director of International and Off-Campus Programs. Over the summer he sent out an e-mail advertising the new "Mango Languages" database and how it could be used, and he said it so well that we've chosen to simply reprint his message here!

"Mango Languages" is basically an online language learning tool.  It is not going to replace anything we do on campus, and we certainly don't see this being part of a for-credit course in language, but it can offer students basic conversational language skills in over 40 languages as well as serving as an ESL tool for some of our international students.  

We are testing out this product for the next year, primarily as a tool for students going on study abroad to countries whose primary language we do not offer.  So our Amsterdam students can pick up some Dutch, our students going to Russia can practice some basic Russian expressions and our students going to Brazil, Tanzania or Vietnam next year can engage with people in Portuguese, Swahili or Vietnamese.

This can also be of use to many of you who may travel to conferences, workshops, seminars or to do research around the world.  With over 40 languages, there are a lot of options.  The focus is on spoken conversational language, so it is best as a primer for upcoming travel rather than reading proficiency.  

It won't replace a true language program, and it is not intended to, but we hope that this resource will help engage students with upcoming study abroad programs, give them some basic tools to communicate and open opportunities for cultural exchange.  It is amazing how much good just a few sentences and phrases in a local language can do for a traveler.

So, if this sounds interesting to you, take a look, explore a little, maybe pick up a phrase or two for yourself.  And if you do have students who are going abroad, encourage them to consider picking up some language skills, even if only basic greetings and transactional language.  

The link to the library website is below.  Scroll down and click on Mango Languages and then set up an account using your Augustana email as the user.  It will recognize any Augustana account as a valid one.  We hope to get a lot of feedback this year so that we can decide if we want to keep the service beyond this year. Contact AllenBertsche@augustana.edu or AmandaMakula@augustana.edu and tell us what you think of "Mango Languages".

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