Monday, January 7

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Education Department Candidate Presentation-Mike Scarlett
Evald 212

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Discussion on Public Health study at Augustana
Wilson Center

Tuesday, January 8

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Matt Mordini, '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

1:00 PM - Dealing with the Press Workshop
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital: Randall Hall
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Salon
Kelly Murphy (Religion) speaks about "Misconceptions About the Bible...and do they Matter?"
Andreen Hall, Red Room

Wednesday, January 9

7:00 - 9:30 PM - 18th Annual Hispanic Film Festival: "Biutiful"
Rated R. Free of Charge
102 Hanson Hall of Science

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Soul Centering Through Nature" - Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Blue  and Gold Certification Workshop: Beginning Word
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
John Deere Lecture Hall

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department & Program Chairs
Wilson Center

6:00 - 7:00 PM - "American Identity in the Inaugural Address" presented by Steve Klien. The public inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States will take place January 21st.
Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL

Thursday, January 10

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Blue and Gold Certification Workshop: Beginning Word
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 105

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Education Department Candidate Presentation-Jennifer Cutsforth
Evald 217

7:00 PM - 12th Annual Augustana French Film Festival - "The Artist"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Friday, January 11

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation, presented by Steven Bahls
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital: Dortha DeWit, Susan Schwaegler, and Mary Neil
A joint faculty recital on flute, oboe and piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, January 12

1:30 - 2:45 PM - Exhibition Tour of Art Museum: Relating Music and Visual Art through the AGES
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

Sunday, January 13

4:00 PM - Faculty Recital: Janina Ehrlich, cello, and Charles Schmidt, piano
Recital will include "Klexmer Rhapsody" by Ilya Levinson, "Tanzlied des Pierrot" by Erich Korngold, "Serenade," Op.3, by Josef Suk and "Sonata in A Minor for Cello and Piano" by Alexander Zemlinsky
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Volume 10, Issue 17 - January 7, 2013



The Faculty Development Working Group invites you to contribute to our ongoing discussions about the future of faculty development efforts at Augustana. Currently our committee is thinking about several areas of faculty development:

We'll be hosting some sort of conversation on these topics later this academic year, but if you have something -- anything-- to say about any of these topics, please feel free to call or email one of our intrepid Working Group members: Katie Hanson, Mindi Mull, John Pfautz, Eric Stewart, Bob Tallitsch, Paul Weissburg, or Margaret Farrar. We'd love to hear from you!

Working Draft:
Mission Statement for Proposed Faculty Development Initiative

The Faculty Development Center at Augustana College provides faculty with the opportunities and resources to experience growth and renewal in the myriad ways they serve the College: as teachers, scholars, advisors, leaders, ambassadors, entrepreneurs, and campus citizens. Faculty development at Augustana is inclusive, collaborative, and ongoing.

Inclusive: We welcome all faculty, including those who are tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track, administrative faculty, and staff whose work impacts our students. We offer a wide range of programs and support for faculty work.

Collaborative: Faculty development is a partnership that can only occur in a community characterized by mutual trust and respect. We help build that community in two ways: first, by facilitating conversations and building partnerships among those with common interests and goals. Second, we are attentive to faculty as whole people, whose professional development is intrinsically related to personal well-being.

Ongoing: The FDC aims to be relevant to faculty at all stages of their career, from those interviewing for positions to retirement and beyond. Our programs and workshops help faculty respond to the new challenges and possibilities of a rapidly changing academic environment.


"Soul Centering Through Nature"
Noon - 12:50 PM
Chicago Room, College Center

In keeping with the focus upon the natural world in our January 23 Symposium Day, Wednesday Noon Bible study for faculty, staff, and administrators will explore the theme ofSoul Centering Through Nature in the coming five weeks.  Two prominent wisdom teachers will be our guides via videotape: Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM, and Bill Plotkin, depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and founder of Colorado's Animas Valley Institute.  Each of our 50-minute Wednesday sessions will begin by viewing a 30-minute presentation by Rohr or Plotkin and end with 20 minutes of discussion led by Kristen Glass Perez and Richard Priggie, Augustana's chaplains.

Specific questions we will consider include:

This is a no-guilt Bible study.  Bring your lunch if you wish.  Attend when you can.  Miss when you must.  


Tuesday, January 8, 2013
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Board Room, College Center

Most of you have worked, or will work with news media as part of your job with the college. Strategic communications consultant, Teresa Valerio Parrot, will be on campus Tuesday, January 8th to lead a media relations training session at 1:00 PM in the College Center Board Room.  This is an opportunity to learn the skills that will help you stay on message in any interview scenario. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Please RSVP to Scott Cason, as there is room for approximately 10 participants.

Saturday, January 12, 2013
1:30 - 2:45 PM
Augustana College Art Museum

The Augustana College Art Museum will present an informal discussion relating art in its current exhibition to music on January 12, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. The exhibition's catalog,Liberal Arts through the AGES: Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry 2012-2013, serves as a common text for first-year students and has become a national model for art history education. The program will be led by Augustana College faculty and will be free and open to the public.

The program will begin with an introduction by Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, and professor and chair of art history. Dr. Goebel, director of the Centre for Whistler Criticism, is creator, editor and faculty curator for the exhibition and corresponding book, available free-of-charge through the Anderson Chair.

 Dr. Deborah Dakin, who has previously taught from the AGES exhibitions for her music classes, will share insight on the historical relationships between music and visual artDr. Dakin is principal violist for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and adjunct assistant professor of music at Augustana.

Joining the discussion will be Dr. Frederick Jaeschke, who designed the CD that musically parallels both the art historical approach and illustrations in the interdisciplinary AGES book. Dr. Jaeschke is associate professor of music and directs the college's concert band. This collaborative program will conclude with an art museum tour of works displayed in the Centennial Hall gallery and listening to music selections.


Monday, January 14, 2013
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

You missed it! Woody Guthrie, composer of "This Land is Your Land," turned 100 in 2012. Even though a new year is upon us and Woody is now 101, you a have chance to celebrate his music and legacy by attending the "Woody at 100" concert on Monday, January 14, and by visiting the library's exhibit about Woody, located on 2nd floor. A prolific writer, singer, and visual artist, Woody Guthrie championed the workingman and woman through his music. Along with Pete Seeger and others, Woody gave folk music a shape and direction in the mid-20th century, and he gave us songs that have become a vital part of our folk song treasury. Join the fun and celebrate Woody on January 14.

Symposium Day:  Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Based on feedback from students and faculty after the Fall Symposium Day, the format of the Winter Symposium day has been slightly altered (see below). We will offer the keynote address twice in Centennial Hall rather than bringing the entire campus community together during one keynote address in Carver Arena. Half the student body will attend the keynote address at 10:00am while the other half will participate in concurrent sessions at that time. At 11:15am, half of the students will attend concurrent session II while the rest of the students each lunch. This schedule will allow students to attend more than one concurrent session. At this point, we do not expect students to pre-register for sessions, although this is something we might consider for future symposia. Our plan is to run 8-9 concurrent presentations during each of our three scheduled times for concurrent sessions. 



Off campus volunteering


Advising Group Discussion

Advising Group Discussion


Keynote Address I/ Concurrent Session I

Keynote Address I


Concurrent Session II /lunch



Keynote Address II / Lunch



Concurrent Sessions III


Advising Group Meetings

Advising Group Meetings


You are critical to the day's success. To volunteer to lead a concurrent session, please sign up on the form found here

Saturday, February 2, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 PM
College Center Dining Room

The Office of International Programs will host the 11th Annual International Food Festival. Join us for an all-you-care-to-eat buffet of dishes from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Tickets are $15 per person or $26 for two people, and $7 for children age 9 and younger. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and serving concludes at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited, and there are no reserved seats for this event. For additional information, please visit or contact Jane Tiedge. Tickets for the 11th Annual International Food Festival are available through the Ticket Office.  For menu and details, go to


January 26, 2013
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Carver Center

Augustana College Campus Ministries will be hosting a Parent's Night Out on January 26th in Carver Center from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Money raised through this fund-raiser will be used for their Spring Break service trip to Appalachia. The cost of the event will be $10 per child for the night. Drop off your child(ren) for an hour or three and take some time to yourself. Your kids will be entertained with games, activities and fun. You will be able to relax. Due to limitations in our facilities, we cannot accept any child that is not potty-trained. Please feed your child a meal before the event as we will only have some snack food provided.

Please sign up in advance so that volunteers and activities can be coordinated by filling out this form and email it to by Sunday, January 20th.

If you have any questions about the event, or about Campus Ministries' service trip to Appalachia, please email



Faculty and staff are cordially invited to join the mathematics and computer science reading group. This group meets about three or four times during winter term on Thursdays at 2:30 PM to discuss the book The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin.  If you would like to join, please contact Tom Bengtson x7406 and he will get a copy of the book to you.


Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Augustana College

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Undergraduate research has been identified as a high-impact practice that fosters student development, leads to greater levels of retention and persistence, and encourages synthesis and engagement.

If you are interested in sharing how your institution has addressed these and other related questions, contact Ellen Hay. This one-day conference is designed to stretch faculty development funds through collaboration and exchange. It will feature a keynote speaker, concurrent sessions and a working lunch.  Submissions are due by Friday, February 22, 2013.



As you know, preparations are getting underway for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. One of the things we need to accomplish is an archive of all current faculty CVs.  Please email a copy of your current CV to  Steve Klien, Chair of Faculty Welfare Committee, at your earliest convenience.


What is Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is an enrichment program for high school students. The goal of the program is to bring high school students to campus for a week during the summer for engaging learning experiences. Ideally, students who attend the Academy will build strong connections to Augustana faculty and students and will apply for admission during their senior year.

Students participating in the program stay in the dorms, take a course, and participate in organized group activities in the evening.  This year, we are going to add informational sessions discussing what to look for in a college, and the college application process. We are also going to discuss what the liberal arts are, and how a liberal arts education is different than other types of college experiences.

When is Summer Academy?

Students will arrive on campus on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Courses will run June 24-June 28.

What types of courses do student take?

Short answer: It depends. What do you want to offer?

Longer answer: Courses last year ranged from CSI: Augustana to Mid-River Writers to Dance: Music Made Visible. Eleven courses were offered last year, and 175 high school students enrolled. Courses can last one, three, or five days. The instructor(s) decides the length of the course. Students are in class with instructors from 9 AM - 4 PM, with a break for lunch.

Would I get paid?

Yes, faculty earn a stipend for teaching the course. Each course must be cost neutral, meaning that the cost of the supplies required, transportation, guest speakers, faculty stipend, etc. must be less than or equal to student tuition for the program. I'll organize a meeting to discuss budgets with interested faculty, soon.

I'm interested! What do I do next?

It's simple. Contact Kristin Douglas, and we'll start discussing your course ideas.



Again this year, Augustana College will participate in the Midwest Faculty Seminars sponsored by the University of Chicago. Participation permits the College to send two faculty members to any single seminar. Below are the dates and titles of the four 2012-2013 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Margaret Farrar. Margaret will nominate you and send the registration form to you for completion. You are responsible for making your own travel and accommodation arrangements. If you choose to reserve a single room, the Office of Academic Affairs will cover the costs associated with that. All Pcard receipts are to be submitted to Sherry Docherty.

Islam in/and the West
February 21-23, 2013
Deadline to contact Margaret Farrar:  Friday, January 18, 2013

Deadline for Registration:  Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Almost from its beginnings, Islam has been regarded by many European historians, theologians, political figures and others as a threat to the political and cultural traditions of the West. A great many Islamic thinkers, for their part, have participated in the construction of this relationship, too, treating the values espoused by Europeans and their heirs as fundamentally antagonistic to the ideals embraced by most of the inhabitants of the Islamic world. As a consequence, the history of this relationship has often been represented as one of ongoing conflict-a conflict that in many respects seems to continue to this day.

There is, however, another version of this story, one that the popularity of ideas about the "clash of civilizations" make rather hard to see. Indeed, while the history of Islam and the West often seems to be one of interminable conflict, there are numerous instances of conviviality and cooperation as well. Arab scholars were, for instance, instrumental in preserving and advancing the thought of the ancient Greeks. Generations of Christian theologians have looked with great admiration on the text of Islamic religious tradition. And in the past as well as the present, successive waves of population movements between East and West have made the putative opposition between Islam and Western Civilization harder and harder to believe.

This seminar, therefore, tries to go beyond the so-called "clash of civilizations" thesis in order to examine the shared histories of Islam and the West at sites throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States. It begins with an examination of the relations among Judaism, Christianity and Islam from the time of Prophet Muhammad through to the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the complexities of varied forms of intellectual and religious history. What defines the relations among the three Abrahamic faiths at the moment of Islam's founding? How do varied communities of believers come to understand the differences between one another? And in what ways have otherwise forgotten forms of cultural and intellectual exchange informed the histories of Christianity, Judaism and Islam as we understand them in the present?

The seminar continues with an exploration of Islam and the culture and politics of the West in the 19th and 20th centuries. How have colonial encounters between Muslims and Christians informed the meaning of modernity in the East and the West? How does the spread of Islam throughout the globe change the way we think about religion, secularism, and the nature of the public sphere? And what does the proliferation of new media technologies, transnational solidarities, and reformist political movements presage for the future of politics in North Africa, the Middle East and beyond?

While our ways of talking about "Islam" and "the West" often invoke a mutual antagonism that seems to span the ages, the historical realities this seminar tracks are much more complicated than such rhetoric suggests. By examining the often intimate forms of relation at work in the history of Islam and the West, the seminar hopes, in the end, to chart a new trajectory for thinking about Islam as a religious, cultural and political influence in the world today.

Presenters will include Rashid Khalidi (History-Columbia), Fred Donner (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), Isa Hussin (Political Science), James T. Robinson (Divinity) in addition to other faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

Climate Change Across the Disciplines
April 18-20, 2013

The problem of climate change has of late become the source of numerous critically important academic debates. Often, however, academic discussion of the topic has been limited to the biological and physical sciences, those areas of inquiry that have done the most to bring its challenges into view. This seminar therefore proposes to examine the problem of climate change from the perspectives of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences in order to better understand the problems climate change poses for the project of humanistic inquiry. How does anthropogenic climate change challenge the way we think about ethics, politics and history? In what way does a problem like climate change alter our approaches to the study of literature and other cultural objects? Are the disciplines as constituted adequate to the task? Or does climate change foretell not just substantial changes in the way we organize our economic life, but in the way we organize our forms of knowledge as well?