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March 6, 2006




Higher Learning Commission Visit


The Higher Learning Commission accreditation visiting team will be on campus March 12-15. You will find a host of information on the self study and the visit at the sites below. Information sessions will be held during the first week of spring term on Wednesday, March 8 in the College Center Loft at 10:30-11:30 a.m., and again at 1:30-2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.


As we have announced previously, the visiting team has requested a full set of 2005-06 syllabi for its review. Please send copies of your syllabi attached to an email with your department name in the subject line to:


International Educational Task Force Report


The International Education Task Force--Michael Green, chair, Allen Bertsche, Evelyn Campbell, Bob Haak, Mwenda Ntarangwi, Karen Petersen, and Van Symons--has completed its report on international education at Augustana. You will find the report here. Many thanks to the committeeand to all who contributed to their study. We will seek faculty responses in a forum in the spring term.


Special Collections Fellowships


Augustana College has collected and preserved a quite remarkable collection of rare books, manuscripts, and institutional archival materials with particular strengths in French Enlightenment and Revolutionary texts; Reformation imprints; the local history of the Upper Midwest with particular emphasis on Rock Island; and the history of Augustana College.
It is the goal of the library, in partnership with the faculty, to teach each student to be an effective user of knowledge and information resources. We recognize that the process of exploring these collections and working out how they might be incorporated into existing or new courses, or whether they can serve as primary resources for student or faculty research, is a time consuming task. Therefore, we are offering small stipends of $500, generously funded by alumni of the College, and enhanced access (for at least one week) to the materials and the staff of Special Collections to Augustana faculty at a time mutually agreeable to both the faculty member and the Special Collections Librarian. The call for proposals is at . 


Card Access installed in Academic Buildings


Card access readers have been installed on the following academic buildings:

  • Swenson Science north door under the awning
  • Old Main handicapped entrance on the north side
  • New Art main entrance

Faculty Access:

The faculty members for each of these buildings may come to the Access Control Office, located in the basement of Sorensen Hall, to obtain new Id's with proximity chips to use these entrances immediately. Faculty members will be allowed entry to these buildings 24 hours per day.


Student Access:

Faculty members will need to submit a list of authorized students allowed access to the building secretaries. The building secretaries will then forward these lists to either Jack Dunkin or Beth Dieterich in Access Control for entry into the building scheduling system. Students who use the buildings will be able to use their Id's at the beginning of spring term and will have access 7 days per week between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 12:00 A.M. Students will be allowed to remain in the buildings until 2:00 A.M. Faculty members will need to emphasize to the students that this is a privilege. Abuse of this privilege or creating conditions which are not safe (i.e. propping open doors) may lead to this privilege being revoked.

From the Office of the Registrar

Enrollment Verification Report #1 is due in the Office of the Registrar Friday, March 10, 2006.


Lutheran Academy of Scholars

The Lutheran Academy of Scholars is pleased to announce the 2006 Summer Seminar, "Lutheran Sensibility and Literary Arts." This seminar, under the direction of Professor Ronald Thiemann, will take place July 9-22 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The 2006 conversation will consider the relationship between the Lutheran tradition and the literary arts. Applications are due Monday, March 15, 2006 and, with approval of the dean, may be submitted to:

Gregg Muilenburg
Executive Director, Lutheran Academy of Scholars
Concordia College
901 8th St. So.
Moorhead, MN 56562


Midwest Faculty Seminar

The University of Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning has its spring MFS seminar coming up in April.

Natural Science and Human Values: Co-evolution or Confrontation? - April 27-29, 2006.

This seminar will consider the challenge of teaching science in the United States today, particularly in the context of recent debates about teaching evolution. Rather than treat these debates as a simple contest between science and religion, the left and the right, this seminar will use this interdisciplinary setting to explore what is at stake in this controversy. We will look at how the "intelligent design" argument seeks to redefine science by removing its commitment to methodological naturalism, and will examine the different understandings of "naturalism" that inform contemporary scientific and non-scientific culture. We will also discuss questions of educational accountability and cultural pluralism: how should educators address the divide between the scientific community and the large majority of Americans who, as polls show, do not think that evolution is a proven scientific fact?