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January 16, 2006

Announcements

 

Tredway Library

Week Seven Seminar, a forum for informal faculty discussion, will meet Friday, January 27, at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Friday series "Conversations on Scholarship." The reading for discussion is Chapter 8, "The Fusion of Unum and the Benefits of Pluribus," from Stephen Jay Gould's book The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the Humanities (Harmony Books, 2003). The reading is on electronic reserve at the Library's web site under "Week Seven Seminar." Please join us for discussion and refreshments in the Library (south end, 2nd floor) on January 27.

 

When you are looking for a book that the Tredway Library doesn't own, it's always a good idea to check ILCSO, a catalog of 65 academic libraries across Illinois. But now ILCSO has a new name: I-Share. I-Share is ILCSO with a new look; it features a new logo and color scheme, but it operates the same way ILSCO did. The name change results from the creation of CARLI, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, a consolidation of three existing Illinois data management organizations. The link to I-Share replaces the ILCSO link under "Book Catalogs" on the library's webpage: http://www.augustana.edu/library/

 

Illinois library systems offer superior benefits to all libraries in the state. For example, the I-Share Universal Catalog recently logged its nine millionth bibliographic record. These records represent 31.8 million items held by the 65 academic libraries in the consortium. This means that I-Share is the third largest shared library catalog in the nation based on bibliographic records, and it is the largest based on total number of items. The Tredway Library is fortunate to be part of this excellent organization.

 

Office of the Registrar

PUG (Preliminary Unsatisfactory Grade Report) will be due in the Office of the Registrar Monday, January 16.

 

Tanzania Conference

The ELCA Vocation and Education Unit will be hosting the second symposium of Partners for Educational Progress: An Alliance Between the Colleges, Universities and Seminaries of the ELCA and TumainiUniversity in Tanzania.

 

The symposium will take place at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, from July 17 to 26, 2006. This year the topic will be “Human Rights from Christian and Muslim Perspectives” with a special focus on women and children.

 

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together faculty from the two cultures who are interested in collaboration on joint research projects and in development of curricular materials. We expect the participants to continue their collaboration after the symposium. We hope to be able to select an interdisciplinary group of participants with expertise and interest in many different fields, including religion, philosophy, social sciences, law, gender studies, conflict resolution, and education.

 

The institutions where the American participants are teaching will be expected to contribute $1,000 toward the travel costs of the participants; except for that contribution, the organizers will cover the other expenses of the symposium.

 

Faculty interested in being chosen as seminar participants may electronically submit the abstract of a paper to the program director, Dr. Shoonie Hartwig, at shoonieh@aol.com. The abstract should be in her hands no later than February 12, 2006. We plan to complete the selection process by the end of February. Along with the abstract we request a letter of support from your academic dean or provost, and a brief resume.

 

Last summer Jayne Rose attended the first symposium in the series which was hosted by Tumaini University. She would be glad to provide information to faculty interested in applying for this year’s conference.

 

Midwest Faculty Seminar

The University of Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning has its third MFS seminar of the academic year, "Secularism," coming up in February. For more details, see the links below. Registration forms are due Monday, January 30.

Seminar Description (PDF - 15 KB)

Registration Form (PDF - 16 KB)