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Faculty Newsletter Nov. 4, 2019

This Week's Message

Thursday Conversation (THURCO)

3:30 - 5:00

Wilson Center

Speaker: Chris Vaughan, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer, ITS

Topic: Cyber Security and Data Privacy 101: A Changing World

We will discuss the following:

  • Who are today's hackers and what are they after?
  • What sort of data exists at Augustana and how do we protect it?
  • Popular strategies for cyber-attacks or cyber-fraud
  • Tools and techniques to protect you and your family
  • Changing attitudes and legislation




Faculty News

Dr. Catherine Goebel (Art History), at Harvard last month, convened her advisory board including Dr. Martha Tedeschi, Director of Harvard Art Museums; Dr. Lee Glazer, Director of the Lunder Institute for American Art; Dr. Daniel Sutherland, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas; and U.K. colleagues. Dr. Goebel directs the Centre for Whistler Criticism, dedicated in 2008 by President Bahls. She thereby expanded her scholarly research to encompass an enormous pedagogical project based on her expertise, mentoring art history students each year in archival research. Dr. Goebel will publish this internationally anticipated digital archive of over 20,000 primary documents, crediting students, following preliminary scholarly review in 2020.    


Dr. Lena Hann (Public Health) presented the keynote address for the biannual Feminist Symposium at her alma mater, Cornell College, on November 2nd with a talk titled Pregnancy Tissue Viewing at the Intersection of Reproductive Justice, Health, and Rights: Where do we go from here?


Beth Roberts’ second book of poems, currently titled When We Break for the Spires and Tall Grass Together, has been chosen by Dr. Rebecca Wolff to win the 2019 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. The Ottoline Prize, which includes a $5,000 award and 2-week residency at Eliot House in Gloucester, Mass., is for a woman writing in English who has published at least one book of poems. Beth’s earlier book is Brief Moral History in Blue, published by New Issues in 2001. Her second book will be published by Fence Books in the fall of 2020.

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Campus Cupboard is in Olin 310

It provides non-perishable food items and hygiene products at no cost.

Cupboard Hours:

Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Donation Bins:

If you are looking to donate unopened, non-perishable food items to help support the Campus Cupboard, there are donation sites located in Old Main, Evald, Founders, Denkmann and Olin.

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

The Center for Faculty Enrichment, in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, invite participants for a reading group of Cia Verschelden's Bandwith Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost Due to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization. The CFE will purchase copies for the first 15 faculty members interested in participating in the reading group. We will discuss the book during final exam week. 

More about the book can be found here:

Please email to claim your copy of this book and your place in the reading group.

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

Augustana Passport Grant

The Office of International and Off Campus Programs invites applications for a Passport Grant. This is a need-based scholarship of $1,000 to be awarded to 30 Augustana students participating in study abroad programs for the summer of 2020 and January 2021 (J-term).

The awards will be applied directly to the cost of the Augustana program.

Here are guidelines and the application form.

The deadline for Passport Grant applications is Dec. 13, 2019.


The Augie Choice application has been updated!

The Augie Choice application has been updated to include an online approval process. Students applying for Augie Choice funds for internships or research will now submit their advisor's email addresses for an online approval. This will not only cut down on extra printing, but will be a more efficient process for students and faculty.

Find more information on the Augie Choice application process for current students at:


Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

Rev. Lenny Duncan, author of Dear Church: A Black Preacher's Love Letter to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S., spoke this summer at Augustana as part of the Convocation of Teaching Theologians gathering. He will be speaking again on the Wartburg College campus on Monday, November 18, as part of his national book tour. Wartburg College notes that they would "love to have friends from our fellow ELCA educational institutions in the region to join us for this event." His main presentation "Dear (College of the) Church" will be at 7 PM in the Wartburg College Lyceum. Lenny will also be speaking in chapel at 10:15am that day, with an in-store book signing to follow at The Wartburg Store.  

Dr. Mark Safstrom (Scandanavian Studies) represented Augustana among more than 600 scholars and academic leaders from 170 institutions at "The Character of the University" gathering at Baylor University, October 17-20.  The international conference  combined  the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture with the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts to explore the prospects for moral formation in higher education. Dr. Safstrom's presentation, “The Vocational Legacy of Lutheran Pietism: Augustana College and North Park University in Comparative Historical Perspective,” was part of a three-person panel entitled, "Being Faithful—Lutheran Faith-Based and Interfaith Initiatives." says Dr. Safstrom, "Connecting with other ELCA colleagues was the highlight and main benefit of this event." Thank you, Mark, for your leadership!

Weekly Events

Monday, Nov. 4, 11:20 a.m.-11:40 p.m. Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall second floor

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

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Recital - Susan Schwaegler, clarinet, Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Augustana Jazz Combos Concert, Larson Hall in Bergendoff

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. Augustana Symphony Orchestra Reading Nights, Bergendorff Hall Ensemble Room

Friday, Nov. 8, 11:20 a.m. General Student Recital, Centennial Hall

Sunday, Nov. 10, 4:00 p.m. Faculty Recital - Juliana Han, piano, Centennial Hall