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October 24, 2005

Dear Colleagues,


As you know, Augustana has purchased Datatel software to provide the campus the new Augustana Information Management System (AIMS.) The AIMS implementation project is currently in the planning phase and a campus-wide kick-off is planned for the near future. All campus departments and offices will be impacted by this conversion, which will provide the campus with increased benefits in serving our students. The key improvement will be one centralized database that the entire campus will use to pull information. Some of the benefits of this type of system include: pre-registration and schedule submission to advisors; on-line registration for students; electronic grade submission for faculty and grade viewing for students and advisors; viewing transcripts and degree audit on-line; web-advising software for faculty advisors; and automatically generated e-mails for class rosters and advising lists. All of these functionalities will work in "real time" and come with an increased security and accessibility for our students and faculty, while decreasing the paper consumption by the campus.

This is an exciting time of change for administrative computing systems at Augustana. However, it is also a time consuming and labor intensive project for the entire campus, with the complete conversion taking 16-24 months. We ask the support of faculty and staff as we make the AIMS project one of our campus priorities.


On another note, I have heard from some of you that you would like to be able to have a conversation with me more quickly than my schedule will sometimes allow. In order to provide such opportunities, I will list hours when I will schedule no appointments each week for the rest of the term (and if this seems to work, for the rest of the year). Please feel free to drop in at these times as you wish: this week, I have left open Wednesday morning from 7:30-9:00. Other times for the remainder of the term are listed below. As always, you can call Sherry DeClerck (7312) to schedule an appointment with me.



Jeff Abernathy


My open hours in the office:

October 26 — 7:30-9:00
October 31— 11:30-1:00
November 10 — 12:30-1:30
November 15 — 7:30-9:00


This Week

Monday, October 24

4:00 p.m. Katz Harris Room

LS 113 faculty meeting


Tuesday, October 25

11:30 a.m. Ascension Chapel

Reflections - Sarah Iliff, '06


11:30 a.m. College Center Board Room

Explore: "Organizational Image" with Tracy Knofla


7:30 p.m. Olin Auditorium

Explore: "Alcohol Liability" with Tracy Knofla


8:00 p.m. Wallenberg Hall

Ray German Composition Concert


Wednesday, October 26

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Academic Affairs

Walk-in hours for conversation with Jeff Abernathy. Come by for coffee: there's no need for a scheduled appointment.


 7:30 p.m. Olin Auditorium

CUBOM Movies: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Also showing Friday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 27

10:30 a.m. Olin Auditorium

Convocation: "Augustana's Mission Trip to Harambee, Kenya ."

This past June, students, staff and faculty did mission work in Harambee, Kenya. Trip participants will reflect on their work and experiences. The convocation is sponsored by Augustana Campus Ministries.


7:30 p.m. Olin Auditorium

Explore: "M.A.D.D. -Mothers Against Drunk Driving" with Stephanie Stebens


Friday, October 28

3:45 p.m. Centennial Hall

Reception for Augustana College Studio Art Faculty

Gallery talk on sabbatical work by Megan Quinn/Peter Xiao followed by a reception and music by the Metrolites. The exhibition of work by John Deason, James Konrad, Sherry Maurer, Magan Quinn, Rowen Schussheim-Ansderson, Bruce Walters and Peter Xiao runs through January 3rd.


7:30 p.m. Potter Theatre

The 2005-2006 Augustana College Theatre season, The Masks of Comedy, opens with Oscar Wilde's witty satire, The Importance of Being Earnest. Set in Edwardian London, the play tells the tale of two young dandies, Jack and Algernon, seeking the hands of two young ladies, Cecily and Gwendolyn, in spite of numerous social obstacles. Perhaps the biggest problem they face is that the women they woo can only love a man named Ernest, and neither qualifies. This classic play is considered the definitive Comedy of Manners and has proven to be a perpetual audience favorite. $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, students, children and Augustana faculty/staff. Call the Augustana Ticket Office, 7306, for information and reservations. Don't be disappointed! Augustana College Theatre productions frequently sell out, and patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

Performances also on Saturday, October 29 th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Ocotber 30 th at 1:30 p.m.


8:00 p.m. Java Club

Christopher Jak performs music from his new album The New Nostalgia which blends a storyteller's lyricism with a pop singer's love of melody.


Saturday, October 29

8:00 p.m. Centennial Hall

Augustana Symphonic Orchestra Concert -- Mary Neil, piano


8:00 p.m. Wallenberg Hall

UNYK Multi-cultural dance ensemble - Admission is $1 per person, paid at the door.


Sunday, October 30

5:00 p.m. Wallenberg Hall

Senior Recital - Erika E. R. Brown, Soprano