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Faculty Newsletter February 4, 2019

This Week's Message


3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Wilson Center

Come celebrate our very last Winter Term, ever!

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Augustana was well represented at the Illinois Music Educators Conference (IMEC) held in Peoria on January 24-26, 2019.

Thirty-eight students, members of the Augustana NAfME-Collegiate Chapter, attended professional development sessions and concerts as well as networked with practicing music educators.  A highlight of the weekend was the election of the Augustana chapter as the IL-MEA state host collegiate chapter for the 2019-2021 state conferences.  In this role the Augustana chapter will coordinate the collegiate sessions and social activities at IMEC.

The music education faculty took part in the IMEC program
•    Dr. Sarah Burns presented elementary/general music sessions titled “Banter, Beach Balls, and Books” and “Rhythmic Harmony: Extreme Body Percussion for Rhythmic Activities.”
•    Dr. Dawn Farmer presented a poster session and was the featured “Spotlight on Research” clinician with her research titled, ““Urban” Music Education: A Critical Discourse Analysis”
•    Dr. Michael Zemek lead a collegiate panel discussion on professional networking.



Reading/Writing Center Satellite Locations

The RWC is offering two additional "satellite" locations winter term:

Tuesday nights from 8-10 p.m., a RWC tutor will join forces with a student research assistant at the library's Research Help Desk.  Students may drop by for help with research and reading/writing at the same time.

Thursday nights from 7-9:15 p.m., a RWC tutor will take appointments in Casa Latina on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thanks in advance for sharing these additional winter hours with your students.  Of course, students are always welcome to stop by our main location (Gerber 423) M-TH 10-4 and 7-9:15, Friday 10-2:30, and Sunday 7-9:15.

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

Got PMA?  Remember to consider excellent teaching conferences such as The Teaching Professor Conference, June 2019 in New Orleans and also another excellent conference to attend is on Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts at Bryn Mawr. (with proposals due on February 25) 

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

CORE Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Walk in hours: 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Career Fest
Friday, February 15th, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Palos Hills, Illinois
Connect with nearly 95 employers from diverse industries! 
Job Seeker Requirements: Business attire/professional dress and resumes are required for admission. 
Open to students, alumni and the community! Bring plenty of resumes. Transportation will be provided from Augustana to the event. You are welcome to drive yourself as this is Friday of Finals Week. When you sign up you will be asked if you would like transportation.  For those taking Transportation, we will leave Augustana at 8:00AM and return to Augustana around 5:00PM. We will stop at a place for lunch on the way there - so plan to bring money for lunch or pack something. 

Employers include: 
Academy for Urban School Leadership
Ace Hardware Corporation
Acuity Insurance
Aldi Inc.
ALE Solutions
Allendale Association
ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
AmeriCorps-East Aurora School District 131
Applied Systems, Inc.
Archdiocese of Chicago
AssuredPartners of Illinois
BCU (Baxter Credit Union)
C.H. Robinson
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Cambridge Educational Services
Caterpillar Inc.
ChildCare Careers
Children's Home & Aid
Circle 8 Logistics
City Year Chicago
ComPsych Corporation
Drug Enforcement Administration
Eder, Casella & Co.
Enterprise Holdings
Family Guidance Centers, Inc.
First American Bank
First Midwest Bank
Galileo Learning
Gallagher Bassett
Game Day USA
Giant Steps Illinois Inc.
Glendale Heights Police Department
GW & Associates PC
Heartland Alliance
Helping Hand Center
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Department of Revenue
Illinois Office of the Auditor General
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Impact Networking
Joliet Township High School #204
KeHE Distributors, LLC.
LEARN Charter School Network
Legacy Professionals LLP
Little Friends, Inc.
Marine Officer Program
Marquette Associates
Millennium Trust Company
Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
Momentum Staffing Group
Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC
Northwestern Mutual
O'Cedar Brands of Freudenberg
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group
Ortho Molecular Products
Palatine Police Department
Pella Corporation
Per Se Group
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
PSC Group, LLC
Rawhide, Inc.
Republic Bank of Chicago
Republic Services
Scranton Gillette Communications
Sikich, LLP
SPEED S.E.J.A. District 802
Springfield Public Schools
SWC Technology Partners
Teach Kentucky - An AmeriCorps Program
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Menta Group
The Morton Arboretum
The Thresholds
Thrivent Financial
Timberline Knolls
Topel Forman, L.L.C.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
University of Illinois Springfield Office of Graduate Intern Programs
US Cold Storage
Von Maur
Walgreen Co
Washington Internship Institute

On Sunday, March 24th CORE launches a JCPenney Suit Up Event. 
ALL members of the Augustana community & their families are invited to attend. 
Stop by this JCPenney @ North Park from 4-7PM as a member of the Augustana community and receive 40% off all Career Dress Apparel. 
This 40% exclusive Augie discount even still applies to items already marked as clearance!! 
CORE wants students to have an opportunity to plan ahead and benefit from this experience 
by making professional attire and other career apparel accessible and affordable to all. 
Free giveaways will be announced leading up to this event so stay tuned! 
Free transportation is also provided. 
Pick up and drop off location at the Centennial circle.  


The Violet M. Jaeke Family Life fund could help to support teaching, research, service or general campus initiatives of interest to you and your students. Proposals accepted year round.

Teaching: Many courses have links to family life. Jaeke Family Life funding can support teaching relevant to family study in both applied and theoretical realms. Jaeke funding has helped with field trips, invited speakers, instructional supplies, library acquisitions and even pizza incentives for focus groups, all in support of family-related issues in the classroom, with topics ranging from immigration and sexuality to public policy and marital therapy, from trans identity talks and feminist art installations to film purchases to support teaching goals.

Research: Jaeke can help cover conference registration and travel fees to conference venues such as The Work and Family Researchers Network ( ), The Council on Contemporary Families, or the Prisoner's Family Network. Most conference support has been on family-related research at venues that have broad appeal. If your work is with families, about families, or benefits families, then please know there could be funding to support that work.

Service-Learning or Internships: Jaeke Family Life funding can help support students in family-related internships in organizations such as the Texas Medical Center or in rape/domestic violence hotline training programs through Family Resources. In the past, Jaeke funds paid for background checks and supplies for students volunteering with refugee families via World Relief. Along with support from Education/Longfellow Elementary funding, Jaeke funds helped support a creative after-school program involving teaching yoga practices to Longfellow children and their families

Service/Outreach: Some service projects might qualify for outreach funding. For example, Jaeke funding recently paid for healthy snacks for Opportunity Kicks Tutoring, an after-school tutoring program run by Augie students that combines soccer with study skills.

Campus Initiatives: Jaeke funds underwrite babysitting fees for Friday Conversations, to help allow Augie parents the opportunity to attend college functions and supporting student workers. This year, Jaeke funds have been proposed to pay for all-gender restroom signs to be installed around campus.

Please contact Sharon Varallo if you, your students, or staff have or would like to brainstorm ideas about family-related research, teaching, service or campus-related initiatives.

Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

Thanks to Chris Schafer,  Director of the Thomas Tredway Library, for passing along this essay from The New York Times: "One Way to Make College Meaningful: Don’t find yourself; find a vocation." In it, author Tom Perrin makes a strong case that church-related, liberal arts colleges such as Augustana ought to be focusing on the vocation of our students.

See here:…  




ACC&U is pleased to share news stories on liberal education and inclusive excellence each week, which are archived on our website.  Please share with colleagues and all who care about liberal education and inclusive excellence.

Weekly Events

Tuesday, February 5, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, February 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. Augustana Jazz Combo Concert, Joseph Ott, director, Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 p.m. Student Recital-Bethany Hobart, tromboneWallenberg Hall


Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

State Historical Society of Iowa

2019/2020 Research Grants


The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2019/2020 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the his­tory of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to appli­cants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s schol­arly journal.

Applications for the 2019/2020 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. Download application guidelines from our website ( or request guidelines or further informa­tion from:

Research Grants

State Historical Society of Iowa

402 Iowa Avenue

Iowa City  IA  52240-1806

Phone: 319-335-3931


Marvin Bergman

Editor, The Annals of Iowa, State Historical Society of Iowa | 319.335.3931 | 

402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240


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