The American Chemical Society Student (ACS) Affiliates Chapter at Augustana has been awarded the Commendable Award for its activities conducted during the 2006-2007 academic year. For that year, over 300 reports were submitted and the Society Committee on Education presented 28 outstanding, 51 commendable, and 96 honorable mention awards. The award winning chapters will be honored at the 235 th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans in April of 2008.
For 65 consecutive years, students and faculty at the Augustana College Center for Communication Disorders have provided assessment and intervention for members of the community who have communication disorders. This year the Center is located in its newly remodeled facility located on the first floor of the Brodahl Building . Currently, the Center is providing services to 88 clients with speech, language, voice, and fluency problems resulting from a variety of etiologies including developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cleft lip and palate, vocal nodules, hearing loss, autism, and Down syndrome. Clients, who live in both Iowa and Illinois , range in age from toddlers to senior citizens. This fall, intervention is being provided by 32 seniors majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Student clinicians work under the supervision of faculty and clinical staff, all of whom are licensed and certified speech-language pathologists. The CSD faculty members, Center staff, and CSD majors invite all members of the campus community to an Open House celebration from 2-5:00 on November 9 th. Please mark your calendars - tours and refreshments will be available.
The Bully Pulpit Series
Recently President Bahls announced a partnership between the College of Charleston in Charleston , South Carolina and Augustana College in the "The Bully Pulpit Series: Reflections on Presidential Communication." Dean Abernathy asked me to comment on the series for the newsletter, and I am happy to do so.
The College of Charleston Department of Communication and its Advisory Council have created a forum for presidential candidates to address communication issues. Under the sponsorship of Allstate Insurance Company, twelve presidential candidates -- six Republicans and six Democrats -- were invited to the College of Charleston campus for a formal series of talks focusing on their philosophies and policies on communication with the American public and the press. Faculty and students from our own Department of Speech Communication were invited to collaborate with College of Charleston students in discussions of presidential communication. Augustana College is the only college in the nation to be invited to join College of Charleston students and faculty for these exciting conversations.
Senator John McCain was the first candidate to respond to the invitation; he spoke at the College of Charleston to a packed house of over 400 students and 100 faculty, staff and community members. C- SPAN , CNN, The New York Times and other national, regional and local news outlets covered the events. After McCain's remarks, facilitator Dr. Brian McGee, Chair of the Department of Communication at College of Charleston , started the Q&A portion of the talk with an Augustana student's question:
"Senator, while we prepare for questions from our College of Charleston audience, I should note as well that communication students at Augustana College in Rock Island , Illinois are collaborating with us and hoping to learn more about you and your views on a variety of subjects including effective presidential communication. Let’s begin by asking a question that one of those Augustana College students submitted:
“Do you think it problematic that the American political dialogue has deteriorated from day-long arguments between Lincoln and Douglass to the two-minute answer, one-minute response debates we have today? If you believe political dialogue has deteriorated, what commitments would you make toward fixing that dialogue ?”
(At this point in our campus viewing, our Bully Pulpit scholars did a mini-cheer for Augustana Philosophy and English major Aaron Schroeder , who received kudos from the group for having his question chosen to lead the night.)
While our students varied in their opinions on whether or not Senator McCain answered the question fully, they were clearly of the belief that political politcal dialogue has deteriorated; some students argued that Americans no longer expect good answers and perhaps wouldn't respond well to better quality dialogue.
Commentary from students on both campuses are on the College of Charleston 's Bully Pulpit website, click here to view . The video of the entire McCain event aired on C- SPAN last week.
Thanks to the generosity of the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service, seventeen Augustana students with demonstrated interest in political communication were invited to be "Bully Pulpit Scholars" for the series. Each Bully Pulpit scholar agrees to attend viewings and contribute to discussions on presidential communication. In addition to the enriching dialogue, they receive books by the participating presidential candidates and a small monetary award. Please congratulate the following Augustana Bully Pulpit Scholars: Sarah Burnworth, Paul Carstensen, Carrie Clark, Maude Engstrom, Thomas Geraci, Andreas Henninger, Heather Holland, Molly Jackson, John Jordan, Scott Kretzmann, Robert Lyons, Allison Mennella, Angela Mitchum, Cassidy Morrissey, Leah Mortenson, Aaron Schroeder, and Katherine Walker.
John Bloom, a Local American Treasure
Exhibition October 20 – November 10
Homecoming Tour and Reception: Saturday, October 27, 11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
John Bloom (American 1906–2002) was one of the most prestigious artists of the Quad-Cities area. As a young man in the Depression, his ability was noticed by Grant Wood, who invited him to join his Stone City Art Colony. Their friendship continued with work on public mural projects, and Bloom independently completed several WPA murals. During the 1940s Bloom supported his family as an industrial designer but devoted his weekends to printmaking. His lithography was revived in the 1980s with the encouragement of Augustana alumnus David Losasso, who established Mississippi Fine Arts Gallery in East Davenport ( Iowa ). This exhibition is loaned from the Losasso collection, supplemented by the new college acquisition of the Bloom oil painting Seining Minnows.
Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.
All dates and times will take place in the Potter Theatre within the Bergendoff Fine Arts Building
FALL PLAY: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Written by William Shakespeare, this classic play is the definitive battle of the sexes, as Kate and Petruchio, one of the Bard's most famous couples, wrangle in a boisterous contest of wills to gain the upper hand in matrimony. Full of robust physical action, bawdy gags, and witty repartee, this buoyant comedy lightly illustrates the rewards (and challenges) of marital bliss.
Tickets are $8 for Augustana faculty/staff and students ($10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and children) and are available from the Augustana Ticket Office, x7306.
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