This week in brief

Monday, September 1
Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 2
8:00– 9:00 a.m. – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall 

11:30 – 11:50 a.m. - Reflections – Mark Anderson, Director of Diversity
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, September 3
9:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2 nd Floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, September 4
No Convocation

10:30–11:30 a.m. – Teaching Circle
Old Main Room 128

Friday, September 5
3:30 p.m. – Friday Conversations – Norm Moline
Wilson Center

8:00 PM – Faculty Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Faculty Lecture-Discussion Recital

Saturday, September 6
No events scheduled

Sunday, September 7
10:30 a.m. – Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

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

Volume 6, Issue 2 • September 2, 2008


Division Meetings

The division chairs have scheduled regular division meetings through the year. Given the importance of these meetings to faculty governance and campus communication, we ask that no other meetings be scheduled at this time. Please mark your calendars!

Thursday, October 30, 2008
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 22, 2009
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 30, 2009
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

All meetings will take place in the following rooms:
Fine and Performing Arts – Steve Klien
Bergendoff Room 12

Language and Literature – Laura Green
Old Main ­­­­124

Natural Science – Darrin Good
Science Building 103

History, Philosophy and Religion – David Hill
Old Main 332

Business and Education – Randall Hengst
Carlsson 212

Social Sciences – David Dehnel
Old Main 122

Undergraduate Research Symposia in the Biological Sciences and Psychology

Event date: Friday, October 31, 2008 – Sunday, November 2, 2008
Hosted at the University of Chicago

Event Date: Friday, October 31, 2008 – Sunday, November 2, 2008
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 2, 2008 (statements of interest should be emailed to Dell Jensen by September 26)

The URS in the Biological Sciences & Psychology will be held October 31 - November 2 at the University of Chicago. Up to eight students and two faculty members from each of the 14 Consortium member campuses are invited to participate in each meeting. Costs for participants including transportation, lodging and meals will be covered by the Consortium.
The meeting will include both poster and oral presentations by undergraduates as well as several plenary seminars by faculty. One of these presentations, the first Janet Anderson Lecture will be given by award winner Dr. David Hall, Associate Professor of Chemistry from Lawrence University.
Undergraduates who would like to present their research results are encouraged to speak with their research advisor(s) to prepare an abstract and decide between a 15-minute oral presentation and a poster presentation. Students are encouraged to present individually, but on occasion, teams of two or three students have presented together. Check with your research advisor about preparing your abstract.

Faculty Recital
Friday, September 5th, 8:00 p.m.
Wallenberg Hall

This concert will be a lecture-discussion recital titled The Intersection of Parallel Lines: An inquiring into musical assumptions .  The discussion will focus on the relationship between notation and improvisation.  It has come to my attention there is some confusion among the students regarding the difference between contemporary improvisation and the performance of fully-notated pieces in contemporary style, as well as the spectrum of indeterminate possibilities in-between these poles.  It seemed best to address any lingering misconceptions directly in a format, which will immediately explain what is happening as it happens.  We plan to project the scores as we play them and take questions from the audience in addition to the lecture portion.

Far from seeing experimental music and improvisation as areas of musical specialization more fitting for the conservatory, Randall views them as a forum for inquiry unique to the liberal arts.   While examining musical assumptions obviously implies looking at the mechanics, structures and techniques of making music, it is furthermore a means to examine the cultural paradigms that inform and influence our art.  Randall finds that questioning of assumptions to be a key characteristic of the liberal arts experience and experimental music provides a forum to explore our musical assumptions and the correlating cultural assumptions precisely because it is so different from tradition.  Click here to read a paper Randall Hall has prepared regarding this discussion.

Augustana Art on Display at Bettendorf Public Library
Discover China through art and craft. The Bettendorf Public Library will have Chinese scrolls, papercutting and sculpture from the Augustana Art Collection on display, thanks to Sherry Mauer. Dr. Marsha Smith will display tea pots, a nice counterpoint to the program she's hosting on September 27 th . Her program is entitled “The Treasure of Tea: Exploring the Art of Chinese Tea Culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience four teas in two different tea ceremonies. One is a traditional ceremony and the second is a Bai Minority ceremony.

401 First-Years Study in Wabash Study
The Wabash National Study of the Liberal Arts is off to a good start.  Sunday afternoon during Fall Connections, 401 first-year students took either the ACT CAAP Critical-Thinking Test or the Defining Issues Test and filled out two surveys that explored their previous educational experiences.

Thank you to those who took time from their weekend to help, including Ann Ericson, Jason Peters, Tim Schermer, Martha Schermer, and Mark Vincent, as well as students Elise Fletcher, Derick Peterson, and the Peer Mentors. We will hold a make-up session on Sunday September 7, to gather data from more students, particularly males who are underrepresented. 

The Wabash Study design asks us to test the same students this spring and spring of their senior year. The Study explores students' development in reasoning and problem solving, inclination to inquire and lifelong learning, integration of learning, intercultural effectiveness, leadership, moral reasoning, and well-being.  The Study is gathering data from 54 other colleges and universities, proving a rich context for comparisons.

Michael Nolan
Associate Dean of Grants and Assessment

New anthropology major/minor on display :
The Fall Term display in the Tredway Library celebrates the college's new major and minor in anthropology. On view throughout the term, the display includes examples of field notes, recordings, and photographs generated by professors Adam Kaul and Carolyn Hough in the course of their research and fieldwork in Ireland and The Gambia, as well as artifacts they collected. The display also includes descriptions of the field of anthropology, why one would want to major in anthropology, and what led Dr. Kaul and Dr. Hough to become anthropologists themselves.

Display in Special Collections :
“Hail to the Candidate: Election Memorabilia from the William D. Edmondson Papers”

In honor of the November 2008 presidential election, Special Collections presents an exhibition of campaign memorabilia.  The campaigns of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wendell Willkie, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George Wallace, and Barry Goldwater are represented by a diverse selection of materials, including the traditional bumper stickers and buttons, but also more unusual items such as sheet music, match boxes, a tie, and a soda can.  Come to the first floor of the library and Special Collections to see this array of American political history!

Reflective Leader Internships
Through generous funding from the Kemper Foundation and with support from the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service, fourteen Augustana juniors piloted a new program that placed them in not-for-profit organizations as summer interns.  The goal for the Reflective Leader Intern program is to demonstrate to students that they can use their knowledge, gifts and talents in service to community. This year's interns are completing majors in business, biology, communication, sociology, English, Spanish, and psychology.

The Reflective Leader Intern Program is a three-part program.  Students applied and were chosen for the program in December. During weekly meetings in the spring, the interns completed an extensive orientation in which they assessed their strengths and values, reflected upon prior learning and goals for the future, and conducted library research to better understand their placement organization and the needs that it seeks to address.  Over the summer, they worked at the sponsored-internship, receiving a stipend funded by the Kemper Foundation.  In the fall, upon returning to campus, they will evaluate how their summer experience connects to their academic study by writing a paper, and preparing a presentation that summarizes their research from the spring, their internship activities, and what they learned about themselves and others.  For those departments in which it would be applicable, the spring and fall courses are credit-bearing so that the entire three-part experience would satisfy the department's senior inquiry requirement. 

Eight students will be interning at Quad City organizations.  Brandon Anderson (Rock Island, IL) will be at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Cassidy Morrissey (Erie, IL) at Quad City Development Group, Anna Calix (Olympia Fields, IL) at the Quad City Health Initiative, Xonchitl Lopez (Chicago, IL) and Shaina Bengtson (Lamont, IL) at the Niabi Zoo, Scott Griffith (Moline, IL) at the United Way, Becky Cook (Naperville, IL) at Habitat for Humanity and Megan Lawryn (Aurora) at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Other students will be working at Chicago area organizations.  Allyse Stombres (Saint Charles, IL) will serve as an intern at the Sara Lee Foundation, Allison Stoner (Manhattan, IL) at Great Lakes Disabilities Commission, Kelly Morgan (Park Ridge, IL) at the McCormick Tribune First Freedom Museum, Amy Howard (Hoffman Estates, IL) at the Chicago Foundation for Women, Mallory Schiesher (Huntley, IL) at the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Elizabeth Hesse (Bettendorf, IA) at Opportunity International (co-sponsored by the Servant Leader program). 

For the upcoming 2008-2009 academic year, twenty juniors will be selected to participate in the program.  Applications will be taken during fall term.  The Institute for Leadership and Service provided funding to help arrange the internships during summer, 2007 and then to match the $50,00 from the Kemper Foundation.  The program is directed by Ellen Hay.