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Faculty Newsletter Dec. 2, 2019

This Week's Message


December 5, 2019

3:30 - 5:00


Celebrate the end of the semester and the arrival of the long holiday break at this Thursday's annual Open Mic Holiday Celebration in Wallenberg Hall! Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served beginning at 3:30p.m. The main event, a star-studded talent show featuring colleagues from across campus, will commence at 4:00p.m. Bring your laughter and holiday cheer! We will also be collecting donations of nonperishable food items and hygiene products for Campus Cupboard


The Campus Cupboard has been serving students this Fall term under the supervision of the Dean of Student Office. Open Wednesday from 11:15 - 12:15 and Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30, the Cupboard is visited by 17 students, on average, per day. These student have benefited from using over 1,900 pounds of food from the Cupboard this Fall.

Over 1,200 new pounds of foods has been collected through food bank donations and the bins across campus this Fall. Thank you to everyone who continues to donate.

Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

The CFE will host a J-term Contingency Plan session to discuss possible ways to work with canceled class days during J-term on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 1:30-2:30 PM in the Wilson Center. We will try to collect many a variety of ideas and strategies that people are developing in the event that we have a canceled class session during J-term. Please come ready to ask questions and to share your best ideas. In the event that you cannot make the meeting during finals week, the notes will be shared with the entire faculty. 

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

The Augie Choice application period for J-term and Spring Semester internships is open!

Find more information on Augie Choice here.


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.

Applications should be submitted with an unofficial Augustana transcript and a short reflective essay.

The application deadline is Dec. 13, 2019. Grants will be awarded by the first week of spring. 

Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

One way that Augustana educators (faculty, staff and administrators) might support students as they carve a path of meaning and purpose is by attending a regional conference sponsored by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. If you are interested in attending a gathering in 2020 as part of your professional development, please let Jason Mahn know. The Presidential Center for Faith and Learning would be able to pay the $50 conference fee; attendees would use their professional meeting or professional development funds for travel and additional expenses. Here is more information:

Registration remains open for the four NetVUE regional gatherings that are scheduled for the first half of 2020. Registration fees remain a modest $50 for those at NetVUE member institutions and include one or two nights’ lodging. Four upcoming events are scheduled for 2020:     


An important conversation about purpose and educating our students for vocation is coming soon! 

Please save the date for ThurCo Week 3 of Spring term (February 20) with special guest Tim Clydesdale, Professor of Sociology, scholar of Higher Education, and author of The Purposeful Graduate: Why Must Talk to Students about Vocation. This will be of particular interest to major advisors, first-year advisors, program leaders, and others who can and should be leading students in their vocational discernment and reflection. Here is a blurb from Tim's book: "We all know that higher education has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal—career training—and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are and how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival. In The Purposeful Graduate, Tim Clydesdale elucidates just what a tremendous loss this is, for our youth, our universities, and our future as a society. At the same time, he shows that it doesn’t have to be this way: higher education can retain its higher cultural role, and students with a true sense of purpose—of personal, cultural, and intellectual value that cannot be measured by a wage—can be streaming out of every one of its institutions. The key, he argues, is simple: direct, systematic, and creative programs that engage undergraduates on the question of purpose."

Weekly Events

Monday, Dec. 2, 11:20 a.m.-11:40 p.m. Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall second floor

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Friday, Dec. 6, 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Student Recital, Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann

Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, 2:00 p.m. Christmas at Augustana, Centennial Hall

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 7 & 8, 2:00 p.m. "Season of Light" planetarium show