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Faculty Newsletter September 10, 2018

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4:00 Presentation, 3:30 Refreshments

In the Wilson Center

This Friday, we’ll explore the answers to those pesky Starfish questions that keep you up at night.

Questions like…

 ·Is there a way to upload my hand-written advising notes into Starfish? (Spoiler alert—YES! You can!)

·What are speed notes, and why does Jayne Rose care about them for transitional advising?

·What do I do when a flag is assigned to me?

 No question is too big or too small. We’ll do our best to answer them all.

 On behalf of the Office of Advising, I hope to see you at Friday Conversation this week.







Faculty News

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson was a keynote speaker for the American Tapestry Alliance’s bi-annual retreat in Reno, Nevada in July.  She also taught a tapestry class at the retreat entitled Off the Grid …going global

Sharon Varallo (Communication Studies) and Rebecca Wee (English) were on the 2018 summer teaching staff at Holden Village in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.  Both were interviewed for the Holden Village podcast:  Sharon engaged villagers and visitors on how we are socialized to understand time, linked here (titled Cultures of Time).  Rebecca gave popular workshops and describes her love for Poetry at Holden further down the same link.

Augustana College was well represented at Coe College's White Privilege Symposium on September 7-8 in Cedar Rapids, and many of the Divisions were, too.  Attendees included Jose Boquin (Chemistry), Paul Croll (SASW/Sociology), Meg Gillette (English), Jennifer Heacock-Renaud (WLLC/Spanish), Carrie Hough (SASW/Anthropology & Public Health), Kiki Kosnick (WLLC/French), Brian Lovato (Political Science), Jason Mahn (Religion), Oleski Miranda-Navarro (WLLC/Spanish), Tony Pomales (Sociology), Monica Smith (VP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), Sharon Varallo (Comm Studies), and Michelle Wolff (Religion).



Reading/Writing Center Class Visits

Reading/Writing Center tutors are available to visit your classes for 5-7 minutes to introduce the RWC and its services.

If you're interested in a class visit, please email the following information:

  • your course code(s) and meeting times
  • 2 or 3 dates that would work well for a visit, in order of preference
  • the classroom in which you'll be meeting

We look forward to working with you.


The Campus Cupboard is open Thursday from 10:30 to 12:20 and 6 to 8 PM.If you are looking to donate unopened, non-perishable food items to help support the Campus Cupboard. Donations drop-off bins can be found on the first floor of Old Main, Founders, Denkmann, Evald and Olin. The cupboard served 38 students during Week #3, translating to 222 pounds of food dispersed. We are currently looking for donations of peanut butter, pasta, canned chicken and tuna for next Thursday. Thank you so much for continued support!



Children’s Show (TYA) – The Frog and The Princess by Brandon Roberts: September 15 & 16

Special School Showing: September 14, Brunner Theatre

Our annual children’s theatre offering!  Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Stonewell, there lived a beautiful princess named Alvinia. Once a beautiful and magical Kingdom, admired by everyone, Stonewell has fallen into despair since the King, Princess Alvinia father, became ill and the Step Queen Corvidae started to rule. Enter Prince Gerwyn, the handsome suitor from the Kingdom of Hopspond, who meets and instantly falls in love with the beautiful and kind Princess Alvinia. Asking for her hand in marriage, she tells him he will have to ask the Step Queen, but it’s not going to be easy! To ensure her “rightful” place on the throne, the Step Queen Corvidae, has transformed all of the suitors for Alvinia’s hand into animals! And Prince Gerwyn is no exception. With her magical golden ball, the Step Queen casts a spell that turns Gerwyn into a slimy frog forever...unless he can get a kiss from his true love, Princess Alvinia. With her scheming servant, it’s not going to be an easy task. Will Gerwyn and his Princess live happily every after?


Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

CFE is partnering with the Tredway Library to encourage review of Open Educational Resource material (OER) for classroom use.  Look soon for announcements of incentives to thoughtfully review textbooks and other material for possible use in semesters; this continuation of the spring pilot is being supported by Academic Affairs.  Of special interest will be departmentally-collaborative efforts and/or efforts to find resources for multi-section courses. 

CORE (Career, Opportunities, Research, Exploration)

CORE is pleased to share that Leslie Scheck, Associate Director; Rebecca Marion-Flesch, Career Coach; and Alex Washington, Career Coach have successfully completed a six-week certification course for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument.  The MBTI is administered by trained professionals all over the world and is the most widely used personality assessment of its kind. It is based on well-researched and validated personality theory with proven applications in a variety of fields, including career development.  

CORE Offers activities such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to individual students seeking self-assessment as part of the career development process as well as to classes looking for engaging activities promoting career education and professional development. 

Please congratulate Leslie, Rebecca, and Alex on their new certification.

Contact Laura Kestner-Ricketts, Executive Director, Career and Professional Development, for more information at or 7338.


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.


Join us at the Black Box Theatre on Tuesday, September 18th to hear Kai and Anders Carlson-Wee!

This fall's River Readers will be poets Kai and Anders Carlson-Wee! Come meet them on Tuesday, September 18th at 5:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre to hear them read from their poetry collections Dynamite and Rail! And for an extra treat, come to the Black Box early at 4:30 PM for a screening of their short documentary film "Riding the Highline"! 

Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail, forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review, which selected his poems for its 2013 Editor’s Prize. 

Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019). His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, The Nation, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Sun, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. 

Weekly Events

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

Tuesday, September 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Friday, September 14, 4:00 p.m. Friday Conversation: "Week #3 Starfish", Wilson Center

Friday, September 14, 4:00 p.m. Masterclass-Nick Zoulek, saxophone, Larson Hall, Bergendoff