Monday, March 23

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY 103 Meeting
Olin 201

Tuesday, March 24

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Colleen Kilbride, '09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

7:00 PM - "More Than a Few Good Men"
A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women with Jackson Katz
Olin Auditorium

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital
Centennial Hall
Sangeetha Rayaptai with Danielle Oester
and Taylor Pocopanni, sporanos

Wednesday, March 25

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Jesus and the
Kingdom of God"
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

Thursday, March 26

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation - Gregg Levoy
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Science Building 102

6:00 - 7:30 PM - Illinois Reform Commission Town Hall Meeting
Olin Auditorium
See Announcements for more information

7:00 PM - French Film Festival: The Beat that  My Heart Skipped
Science Building Auditorium

7:00 PM - The River Readings at Augustana - Aryn Kyle

Larson Hall (in Bergendoff Hall)

Friday, March 27

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - Paul Sotherland, Department of Biology, Kalamzoo College
"Structured Reflection: A Novice Learns From an Expert About How Students Can Enhance Learning From Experience."
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Robin Asay, flute

Saturday, March 28

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building of Fine Arts
Dortha Manning DeWit, violin

Sunday, March 29

10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall

4:00 PM - Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Hannah Hagert & River Stanford, voice

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall


Volume 6, Issue 23 - March 23, 2009

A Message from CVR

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a conference with the Council of Independent Colleges. The agenda for the gathering was focused on vocation in undergraduate education. Among the conversations from presidents, provosts, and CVR staff, a specific comment resonated with me. The person suggested that one of the benefits of discussing vocation on our campuses was that institutions are reflecting on who they are called to be.

I have been reflecting on who Augustana is called to be in the Quad Cities. The mission statement of our community says:

Augustana College, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and a Lutheran expression of the Christian faith, is committed to offering a challenging education that develops qualities of mind, spirit, and body necessary for a rewarding life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world.

Does this mission capture who we are? How do we see, hear, feel, even taste or smell our mission? Mission statements tend to both reveal and shape the vocation of an institution. As we examine our individual skills and values, we must remain committed to examining the gifts and passions of Augustana. Do we have a calling to the Quad Cities? How are we engaging with this diverse and changing community? How will we contribute during the economic downturn? Will we turn inward or extend outward to sustain the health of our community?

Many of us in the Quad Cities have seen the effects of the current economy. It is at this vulnerable time that we, Augustana College, have an opportunity to maintain and extend our existing community engagement.

Becca Poock
Community Engagement Coordinator
Director of Augie Choice
Center for Vocational Reflection