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December 12, 2005

Faculty News


Dan Connolly has been invited to present a paper at the annual Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Symposium held at the University of Tennessee, March 2-3, 2006.  This year's symposium topic explores ideas of travel and identity and is titled The "Book" of Travels: Genre, Itinerary, Ethnology, and Pilgrimage from 1250-1700. Dan's paper, "Matthew Paris's Maps: Itineraries fit for a King," treats how those maps parcel out the space of the Latin West as they lead their user on a virtual or imagined pilgrimage from London, to Rome and onto Jerusalem.  By linking together these world capitals at defining places in the itinerary, along with their founding stories, the itineraries enact then current theories about the genealogy of empire, as well as the apocalyptic trajectory of history itself. The six papers presented at the symposium are to be published as a collection of essays by Brill Press.


Bob Grenier was named Area Governor of the Year at the recent Toastmasters District 54 Fall Conference. District 54 consists of 13 areas and covers most of central and northern Illinois.


Mwenda Ntarangwi recently presented a paper entitled "'I Have Changed My Mind Now': Students' Responses to Female Circumcision in Africa" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., Nov. 30-Dec. 4. This paper together with the others in the Panel entitled "The Female Circumcision Discussion Continued: Embodying Tradition, Violence, and Social Resilience" will be published in a special issue of the journal Africa Today.


Ntarangwi's piece entitled "African Anthropology Struggling Along," appeared in the December 2005 issue of Anthropology News (Vol. 46, No. 9, pp. 9-10).


Rochel Rittgers spoke and was part of a panel discussion Dec 2, 2005 at the 1st Annual Medical and Legal Controversies in Sports Medicine Conference in Chicago.  This two-day conference was sponsored by Northwestern University Medical School, Office of Continuing Education and was held at the Sears Tower Conference Center.  She was one of 22 faculty selected nationwide for the seminar. Her topic was "Medical and Legal Controversies in Sports Medicine, Collegiate Athletic Training Issues." She was part of a four person panel to handle questions on related topics.  More information on the conference can be found at  


The Tredway Library has received a grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) to build a collection of K-12 music education curriculum guides. Margi Rogal, with the assistance of Rick Jaeschke, partnered with fifteen other libraries in Illinois to form the "Music Education Cooperative Collection Project." A total of $44,500 was granted to the Project. Each library is collecting music education materials in a different sphere; all materials will be cataloged and available for interlibrary loan. The grant enables the state of Illinois to maintain strong and current music education collections which are available to every library.  


Sangeetha Rayapati has been asked to record the song "Luna, Luna" by William Campbell for the Latina Dance Project's "Coyolxauhqui Remembers"--a haunting new work of dance, theater, and music to re-interpret the Aztec myth of the Moon Goddess Coyolxauhqui. Performances are scheduled at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM and in Tuscon, AZ and Charlotte, NC.


Bob Tallitsch just received word that Elsevier Publishing — the largest publisher of medical texts in the world — has agreed to publish his new textbook. The text, entitled "Histology: An Identification Manual," is to be marketed at first year medical students enrolled in histology and upper-division college histology courses (similar to Biology 354 offered here at Augustana). Histology is the branch of anatomy concerned with the minute structure of cells, tissues and organs in relation to their function. The text will feature over 400 color photomicrographs and accompanying pen-and-ink drawings. The goal of the text is to provide medical students with the tools necessary to identify an unknown tissue sample when viewed through a microscope. The photomicrographs in the text were all taken by Bob Tallitsch, and the pen-and-ink drawings were done by Bob's art coordinator, Ron  Guastaferri, an Augustana alumnus. It is hoped that the text will be available for purchase in the spring of 2007.


Dara Wegman-Geedey represented Augustana at a December 1st conference planning meeting for the AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal's Faculty Work in the New Academy : Emerging Challenges and Evolving Roles is the working title, and the conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago , November 9-11, 2006 . Planners from nine Illinois/Indiana colleges and universities and representatives from The IDEA Center, POD, and AAC&U discussed the challenges that faculty and institutions face in coping with the turbulent environment in which we currently work. The planning meeting was an opportunity to share insights about the New Academy and identify va luable scholarship, provocative issues, and promising practices that will support faculty efforts to meet the evolving challenges of academic and campus life.

AAC&U’s Network conferences are designed to address the needs of campus practitioners, provide illustrations of theory informing practice, and highlight practices that foster inclusion and high achievement for all students. The goal for this conference is to have sessions and speakers that will address enduring and emerging scholarship, ways of enacting theory-driven practice, and employing strategies for change that are highly participatory.

One benefit of Dara's work in helping to plan this conference is that members of the planning meeting will have an opportunity at the conference to highlight special programs or activities taking place on their campuses -- so in January CSTL will hold a special session for faculty interested in developing proposals for this conference (likely deadline for proposals is March).