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Faculty Newsletter October 22, 2018

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3:30- 5:00 P.M.


Please join us to celebrate Week #10, the end of Fall term.

No agenda and no program - just time to eat, drink, relax, laugh and reflect.


Faculty News

Jon Hurty has published an iBook Improvisation for Choirs—Building Community Confidence and Creativity. The book was a result of his recent sabbatical and provides a resource for choir directors interested in using improvisatory techniques with large choirs. More information about the book can be found at

Adam Kaul recently presented two papers related to his ongoing work (with Dr. Margaret Farrar, formerly of Augustana College) on heritage tourism and sustainability in Bishop Hill Illinois. He presented “Forgetting and Remembering Bishop Hill: history, amnesia, and nostalgia in a rural American tourist destination” at the Swedish Association for American Studies meetings in Stockholm, Sweden during the last week of September. A week later, he also had the opportunity to present some of his research findings in Bishop Hill itself where the Communal Studies Society meetings took place between October 4-6.



Friends, today and the next three Tuesdays a long and fruitful partnership with the Rock Island Public Library continues with the Frieze Lecture Series bringing members of the Augustana community to the Rock Island Public Library.

Each talk begins at 2pm in the Community Room of the downtown Library, 401 19th Street. Here's the rundown:

October 23: DrEmily Cranford, visiting assistant professor of French, discussing Ourika, a novella by Claire de Duras. As the first French text to depict a black female character with complex feelings, Ourika was ahead of its time, and the talk of Paris at the time of its anonymous publication in 1823.

October. 30:  Dr. Kiki Kosnick, assistant professor of French, speaking on Guy de Maupassant, considered my many to be the greatest French short-story writer, and the critically acclaimed 1946 film adaptation by Jean Renoir of one de Maupassant's stories, “A Day in the Country.”

 November 6: Dr. Taddy R. Kalas, professor of French, speaking on another cultural lion in the world of the French Moderns, Émile Zola. The French novelist, playwright, critic, and political activist played a major role in overturning the false conviction of army officer Allfred Dreyfus. His articles on Dreyfus, a victim of anti-Semitism, are often credited as an influence on new journalism.

 November 13: Dr. Claire Kovacs, director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, turns the focus closer to home by highlighting works in the college collection by Swedish and Swedish-American artists whose practice brought them into conversation with Parisian Modernism. Her talk relates to their companion exhibition, Världen är litenThe World is Small, Modern Swedish & American Works from the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art.


Campus Cupboard

During week nine we served 41 students, translating to 400 pounds of food dispersed. We are currently looking for donations of rice, pasta, soup, and granola bars for next Thursday. Donation drop-off bins can be found on the first floor of Old Main (faculty lounge), Founders (dean's office), Denkmann (near the language secretary's office), Evald (sociology office), and Olin (across from room 105), as well as the second floor of the Tredway library and in Sorensen's Business Office. Thank you all for your continued support!

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

CFE and Semester Transition Team pair up for Wilson Center lunch hour Table Topics this winter!  In weeks 3, 6, and 9, CFE and your semester transition coordinators will host discussions in a very informal setting in the Wilson Center, with munchies and coffee provided.  Relax and converse over coffee -- come to hear others' ideas or to offer your own.

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)


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

Save the Dates! This year, on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, and  Jan. 22 (select Tuesdays in winter term), all those interested in discussing and debating “the vocation of Lutheran higher education” will work their way through a book by that name and discuss. Free books and refreshments for all participants (Co-sponsored with Campus Ministries)

The Fall 2018, issue of Intersections: Faith, Learning and the and the vocation of Lutheran Higher Education now has been published under the theme of “Civil Discourse in a Fragmented World.” Please contact Jason Mahn if you would like to contribute to upcoming issues dedicated to “Rooted and Open,” Creativity and Spirituality, the intersection of place and vocation, and more. You may follow these live links to the essays in this issue:

Current Issue: Number 48 (2018)

Full Issue


Full Issue, Number 48, Fall 2018



About the Cover


From the Publisher
Mark Wilhelm


From the Editor
Jason Mahn


Vocation and Civil Discourse: Discerning and Defining
Lynn Hunnicutt


Polarization, Incivility, and a Need for "Change"
Guy Nave


Putting the Kind Back in Human
Sarah Ciavarri


It's Time to Rewrite the Rules of Civility
Jon M. Leiseth


Original Song Lyrics: "Just a Little"
Mike Blair


The Musician's Vocation
Jeffrey Bell-Hanson


Weekly Events

Monday, October 22, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - New Faculty Mentoring Circle, Wilson, Brunner

Tuesday, October 23, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, October 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Tuesday. October 23, 10:45 a.m. General Student Recital, Wallenberg

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. Augustana Jazz Combos Concert, Joseph Ott, director, Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Friday, October 26, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Friday Conversation: "Week #10 Celebration, Wilson Center 

Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Augustana Choir and Augustana Choral Arts Concert, First Lutheran Church, Moline

Friday, October 26, 9:30 p.m. Flute Masterclass, Beth Plunk, Wallenberg Hall

Saturday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. Augustana Symphonic Band Concert, James Lambrecht, conductor, Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. Augustana Concert Band, Tony Oliver, conductor, Centennial Hall