This week in brief

Monday, August 25
Fall term classes begin

Tuesday, August 26
11:30 – 11:50 AM – Reflections – Adam Langdon ‘09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

 5:30 PM – Open Faculty Meeting
Wallenberg Hall
Reception immediately following – Great Room/Patio, Carlsson Hall

Wednesday, August 27
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall 

3:45 – 5:15 PM – Teaching Circle
Wilson Center 

9:30 PM – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, August 28
10:30 – 11:20 AM – Convocation – “Lessons from Little Rock” – Terrence Roberts
Centennial Hall

Friday, August 29
No Friday Conversations

Saturday, August 30
No events scheduled

Sunday, August 31
10:30 AM – Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:00 PM – Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Volume 6, Issue 1• August 25, 2008


Think Outside the Car and Make a Difference in the QC
Global Affect, Augustana's student environmental organization, is spearheading an effort to increase alternative transportation on their campus and QC streets.  Along with the help of Bike N Hike and a grant from Royal Neighbors of America, Global Affect is buying bikes for 14 incoming freshman who pledge to not bring a car to campus for the year. 

This is a pilot project for Global Affect who would like to expand it annually to include refurbishing used bikes through Bike N Hike as well.  Check out the info here from their website...they've done a pretty incredible job for a pilot program. 

Community Lecture Series 2008-2009
Funded by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics as a way of expressing appreciation for the support the College receives from the community, the Community Lecture Series is made available without charge to area schools, churches, libraries, civic groups and other community organizations. Each participant has agreed to present his lecture up to four times to different groups and organizations. Participants do their own scheduling and should be contacted via email or at the phone number listed below to arrange a presentation.

Lectures and Presenters

Ethics and Reason: Eliminating the Distinction between Science and Morals
David K. Hill, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy (309) 794-7412 or email.

Diatribe, the Culture War, and Civil Discourse
Stephen A. Klien, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (309) 794-7562 or email.

Land Use: Private Property Rights and the Pubic Good
Norman T. Moline, Edward Hamming Professor of Geography (309) 794-7303 or email.

Building Peace from the Ground Up: Untold Stories of Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence
Alan Ross, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, and Member, Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics Community Advisory Committee (309) 793-1300 or email.

The Associated Colleges of Illinois provides member college students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to take part in some of Chicago's best cultural programs and activities. They will continue their partnerships with Lyric Opera of Chicago , the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the 2008-2009 academic year. ACI's Cultural Connections provides member colleges and universities with numerous benefits, including discounted tickets, free passes to dress rehearsals, and program lectures. 

The following is a list of upcoming operas, concerts, and programs that will be offered for the 2008-2009 season. Specific details and contact information are provided as attachments.

A. Lyric Opera's College Opera Circle
Enjoy the following traditional performances of:
Manon – Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. 
Lulu – Monday, November 3, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.           
Tristan und Isolde – Friday, January 23, 2009, at 1:00 p.m.

A maximum of 15 students per school may attend. Faculty attendance is limited to two faculty members per performance.  Please see the attached College Opera Circle flyer for more details.   If interested in attending, please submit the attached registration form directly to Lyric Opera by Monday, September 15, 2008.

B.  Chicago Humanities Festival & ACI Humanities Fellowship Awards
2008 Chicago Humanities Festival: Thinking Big
October 29 through November 9, 2008

The 2008 Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) is built around the theme "THINKING BIG," examining human works, ideas, and yearnings (past, present, and future) of large scope and ambition. CHF will consider certain essential questions: what are some of the ambitious human works, schemes, or inventions that advanced or inhibited civilization? What are some of the great, overarching concepts of the past that still underlie many of our current assumptions? What were some of history's great conceptual turning points, and what might the next ones be? And, finally, what constitutes a truly "big," transformative work or idea, and what are the next audacious "big ideas" – e.g., environmental geo-engineering, cures for diseases, domestic high-speed rail, elimination of poverty, emergence theory, time travel, cosmology, nanotechnology, etc. – that may solve today's challenges and advance understanding ourselves and our world?

ACI/CHF Humanities Fellowship Award
Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2, 2008

Each ACI member college can send up to four students to the ACI-CHF Humanities Fellows Weekend, October 31 – November 2, 2008. Participating students will receive two nights lodging, VIP seating at the majority of festival events, two breakfasts, and an exclusive opportunity to meet the winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize.  For each college that sends at least two students, the Festival also will offer one faculty member two nights lodging, VIP seating, two breakfasts, and an exclusive opportunity to meet the winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize. Each college or participant is responsible for remaining meal and transportation costs.

ACI member college faculties are invited to select undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to and scholarship in the humanities to receive this award. The award nomination deadline is September 29, 2008 , and colleges will be assessed a fee of $50 per fellow.  To nominate a student for the award, please complete this form and fax it to Julie Schwenk at 312-263-3424.

C.  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is pleased to offer ACI member colleges and universities discounted tickets to concerts for the 2008-2009 season. Members may purchase, by credit card, $25 seats to any concert provided that there is availability. No day of concert sales will be made. Orders may be placed by emailing.  In your email, please mention that you are a member of ACI so that the $25 ticket price will be honored. Please include all necessary contact information, including a phone number, in order to receive your tickets.  The season schedule can be viewed online here. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to expand your classroom to the concert hall.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program
The application for the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship, a new program to recruit talented college graduates and midcareer professionals to teaching in science, technology, engineering, and math (the STEM fields), is now available online, along with updated information about the program and award. To learn more, click here and feel free to direct potential Fellowship candidates there as well.

The WW Teaching Fellowship offers rigorous teaching preparation, extensive clinical experience, and ongoing mentoring, as well as a $30,000 stipend. These new WW Indiana Teaching Fellows will be STEM scholars and experts—outstanding college juniors and seniors majoring in these fields, recent college graduates, and second-career professionals—interested in teaching in high-need secondary schools.

Accepted Fellows will begin their studies in summer/fall 2009 in a master's degree program at one of four participating universities: Ball State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, and the University of Indianapolis. In exchange, Fellows will commit to teach math or science in a high-need Indiana secondary school for three years upon completing the master's degree and Indiana teaching certification.

The intent of this program is both to bring talented people into teaching in much-needed areas and also to help elevate the status of teaching. Known since 1945 for its highly competitive fellowships, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation counts among its Fellows 13 Nobel Laureates, 35 MacArthur "genius grant" fellows, two Fields Medalists in mathematics, and a number of other intellectual leaders and top scholars. The WW Indiana Teaching Fellows will become lifelong members of that same network of intellectual leaders.

Please take a moment to review again the Fellowship terms here and encourage any interested colleagues, students, and friends to apply. All applications are due by December 15, 2008. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Constance Bond at 609-452-7007 x 141, or by email.