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October 24, 2005

Faculty News


Dan Connolly will be giving a public lecture on the History of the Labyrinth in Classical and Medieval Art and Architecture at the Unitarian Church in Davenport on Thurs., Oct. 27 at 7 pm.  This lecture is part of the Community Visions Lecture Series, which was made possible by grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Humanities Iowa.

Bo Dziadyk attended the Organization of Biological Field Stations meeting in September at the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory in North Carolina and became the new chair of the Small Field Stations Committee of OBFS.  In an attempt to address several issues perennially raised at the annual meetings, they are calling a one-day meeting for directors or other managerial personnel of smaller and newer field stations of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.  This meeting is to take place on Saturday, February 25, 2006 at Woodlake Environmental Field Station, 45 minutes south of Cleveland, Ohio. The agenda has several topics of common interest to both smaller and newer stations:     

  • What to do with a biological field station: setting priorities and a checklist of do's and don'ts                            
  • Promoting and scheduling the teaching, research and outreach activities of a field station                           
  • Liability issues for teachers, researchers and the home institution of smaller field station                          
  • Fund raising both within and without governmental agencies

Also, Bo will have an article in the "history corner" of the next OBFS newsletter. Preview article


Sangeetha Rayapati performed songs from Hugo Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch on September 25 for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Music Mosaics recital series. The Spanishes Liederbuch is a collection of 34 German songs with both sacred and secular themes. She was joined by Brian Leeper, baritone, and Jessica Paul, piano. These collaborators will unite again and perform them here at Augustana College on Friday October 21, 8pm in Wallenberg Hall. Other upcoming performances include the part of the Angel in Ottorino Respighi's Laud to the Nativity for the McDonough Choral Society in Macomb, Illinois in December.


Larry Scott has been contacted by Niklas Arnegren, of the Swedish Consulkate in NY, on behalf of our generous benefactors, Svenksa Institutet. On November 3-6, Niklas is organizing the annual Swedish Teachers' Conference in Austin, TX at Larry's old home The University of Texas (they insist on the capital T). He has asked Larry to give the keynote address in Swedish on aspects of Swedish immigration to the Lone Star State, something he is presumed to know something about, and he has agreed. This is something of a signal honor, as all previous speakers have been imported directly from Sweden.


Stacey Skoning has two presentations scheduled at the upcoming TASH Conference in Milwaukee, WI. She will present, "Accessing Curriculum through Dance and Creative Movement" and assist on another presentation given by the whole education department entitled, "Teacher Preparation for Inclusive Education." The conference is a reviewed/juried international conference on inclusive education.


Peter Xiao's work is included in a 6-states juried art exhibition the Mighty Midwest Biennial at the New Visions Gallery in Marshfield, WI from December 4, 2005 to January 14, 2006. Two years ago a different juror for the same biennial selected 89 works (including one by him) out of 900 entries.