This week in brief

Monday, December 17
No events scheduled.

Tuesday, December 18
11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Reflection – John Deery '08
Ascension Chapel - Founders Hall

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Guest Lecture - Omid Safi
"Muslim Responses to 9/11"

New Science 304

Wednesday, December 19
No events scheduled.

Thursday, December 20
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Christmas Convocation

Centennial Hall

4:00 p.m.
Lessons and Carols
Chamber Singers

Ascension Chapel

8:00 p.m.
Lessons and Carols
Chamber Singers
Ascension Chapel

Friday, December 21
6:00 p.m.
Christmas Recess Begins

Saturday, December 22
No events scheduled

Sunday, December 23
No events scheduled














Volume 5, Issue 13• December 17, 2007


All faculty are expected to offer classes on the normal schedule this Friday, December 21. The Academic Affairs Office has regularly heard from colleagues that the choice of some faculty to cancel classes puts pressure on all others to do so.



Presidential Research Fellowships

President Bahls invites proposals for Presidential Research Fellowships to support faculty research. The fellowships are intended to support research, scholarship and artistic work at Augustana.

The fellowships will pay $4,000 for a faculty research project to be undertaken in the summer of 2008. Up to $750 is available for travel and expenses. The proposal should constitute a new area of research, a new area of an existing research agenda, or support for substantial, ongoing work. Proposals are invited in any of the four areas of scholarship: discovery, teaching, integration and application (outlined by Ernest Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered) as well as in artistic work.

Submission to a peer-reviewed journal—or the equivalent for an artistic project—is expected by March 15, 2009. A report on the research, a copy of the letter of submission, and a copy of the paper will be due on the same date. Publication or acceptance by March 15, 2010 will result in an additional $1,000 stipend.

Proposals should address the specific nature and scope of the research, as well as its likely audience. Proposals should be no more than five pages, including a detailed budget for any expenses. We anticipate that external readers will evaluate proposals and make a recommendation.

Presidential Research Fellows will be expected to do a substantial portion of the search on campus through the summer of 2008, unless the research calls them away from the area. Presidential Research Fellows will not be eligible for summer teaching other than travel courses lasting no more than two weeks.

Submit proposals through email by January 14 to Mary Koski in the Academic Affairs office.

Major Project Support

As in past years, limited funding is available to provide three-credit releases in the 2008-2009 academic year for faculty who are nearing completion of major scholarly, research, or artistic projects. Projects in any of the scholarly areas of discover, teaching, integration and application are eligible. Send proposals through email of up to four pages by January 14 to Rita Czupka in the Academic Affairs Office. Please include a supporting letter from your department chair as well as confirmation of outside commitment such as a contract from a publisher.


Institute for Leadership and Service


As you begin to plan for winter term, I wanted to call your attention to a guest who will be on campus in early January. Hosted by the Institute for Leadership and Service, Callie Crossley is willing to meet with classes and student groups during her time with us. Please feel free to contact me if you would be interested in arranging for such a meeting. I have also included information on our spring term guests, and would be happy to assist you in bringing other prominent individuals to campus either later this year or next. Again, please contact me.

Ellen Hay

Callie Crossley – January 14-17, 2008

"Ms. Crossley was an Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner for the documentary feature, Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom. Ms. Crossley was a producer for the ABC News Program 20/20 focusing on health issues; and for the primetime special 'Black in White America.' She was the senior producer for Blackside Productions' PBS series, This Far By Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience. Ms. Crossley appears as a regular panelist on the weekly television Beat the Press, a media criticism program airing on WGBH-TV. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has served as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is a weekly contributor for the radio program NPR News and Notes and a frequent commentator for other national radio programs including On the Media, and for national television programs such as CNN. " The Institute for Leadership and Service is pleased to host this Woodrow Wilson Fellow. (biographical information from MLA Annual Conference and Harvard University IOP program)

 Professor Raymond Cross – April 23 and 24

Currently a faculty member at the University of Montana School of Law, Professor Cross successfully represented the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation before the U.S. Supreme Court, ultimately achieving the largest monetary compensation from the U.S. Congress for federal land seizure. His work is featured in the book Coyote Warrior by Paul VanDevelder. Dr. Carl Agee will be joining us in the spring as well. Dr. Agee, formerly a NASA researcher, has been Director of Institute of Meteoritics and Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico since 2002. "Dr. Agee's research focuses on the origin and evolution of planetary interiors and application of high-pressure multi-anvil techniques to problems in experimental petrology" ( Mr. David Younggren is also scheduled for spring term visit. An Augustana graduate, Mr. Younggren is on the Board of Directors of the Piton Foundation. Established by the Gary-Williams Energy Corporation, the Foundation focuses on education, economic opportunity and community development.