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Faculty Newsletter Feb. 10, 2020

This Week's Message


Feb. 13, 2020
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

TOPIC: Proposed Amendments to the Honor Code

SPEAKERS: Stefanie Bluemle and student co-chair Nadia Ayensah

Members of the Honor Council are proposing two amendments to the college's Honor Code. The first would change election procedures for student members in order to diversify the council's membership, making it more representative of the student body. The second would eliminate the distinction between major and minor violations in favor of a system based on the number of violations a student has received: our hope is that this change would make the assignment of violations, especially first violations, more equitable and favorable to student learning.     

Honor Council coordinator Stefanie Bluemle and student co-chair Nadia Ayensah will be present at the Thurco to discuss the proposed amendments and questions you might have about the work of the council. If you are interested in the Honor Code and efforts to promote academic integrity on campus, please join us!  There will be no alcohol served at this meeting.

Faculty News

Dr. Kirsten Day (Classics) presented the research she conducted in Denmark last summer with the aid of a Wallenberg Faculty Grant at the recent American Scandinavian Association Pea Soup and Pancake Dinner in a lecture entitled, "On the Fringes of the Roman Empire: Searching for Classical Connections in Denmark."

Dr. Kiki Kosnick received the 2019 Florence Howe Award for outstanding feminist scholarship in the field of foreign languages from the Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages at the 2020 MLA convention. The winning article, "The everyday poetics of gender-inclusive French: strategies for navigating the linguistic landscape," was published in the journal Modern & Contemporary France (2019).

Dr. Jason Mahn (Religion) will have his reflections on interfaith understanding and faith formation (and on teaching Augustana's "Encountering Religion" course) published in the February 12, 2020 issue of The Christian Century, a popular mainline Protestant publication. The online version of his essay can be found here

Dr. Ann Perreau presented at the 2020 Illinois Academy of Audiology conference on Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Activities Treatment: Counseling for adults and children. The presentation discussed and demonstrated counseling materials that were updated last year during Perreau's sabbatical leave in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Iowa. 

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

On Friday, February 14, from 12:30-1:30 in Olin 304, ITS and the CFE invite you to a conversation about the ways features of Moodle can be used to enhance student learning.

Are you presently using Moodle but interested in learning more about its features like grade book and discussion forums? Do you have questions about how to get started or enhance your use of Moodle with your students?

Kelsey Arkle, Eric Stewart, and Shawn Beattie will show you how to use some of Moodle's features and answer your questions about using Moodle in your courses. A nacho bar lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to this link by Wednesday at 5 PM.   

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration

The deadline for Study Away applications for 2020-2021 is Feb. 28. Program information and applications can be found at   

Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

Please SAVE THE DATE for Thurco on Thursday, February 20 (week 3) to discuss why and how we at Augustana educate our students for vocation.

 Dr. Tim Clydsdale, professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey and author of The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation will present findings from his deep study of eduction for vocation in higher education. Vocational discernment  and reflection is one of the Five Faith Commitments of Augustana and a primary way that we carry out our mission as a Lutheran liberal arts college. While this conversation should inform and support all of us in our work, first-year and major advisors and leaders of high-impact educational experiences may find it particularly meaningful. 


Weekly Events

Monday, February 10, 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, February 11, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Visiting Artist lecture, David Henry Hwang, Brunner Theatre Main Stage

Monday, February 17, 6:30 p.m., High School Honor Band Festival Concert, Centennial Hall