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Faculty Newsletter Feb. 24, 2020

This Week's message


February 27, 2020

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

TOPIC: Suicide Prevention

SPEAKER: Farrah Roberts  

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, but it is preventable. Recent research suggests that colleges and universities need to make students, faculty and staff more aware of available resources and services, and they should also take steps to change the culture and attitudes around the topics of suicide and mental health so that more students feel comfortable and empowered to seek help when in distress. In addition, it is important for everyone working directly with students to know the warning signs of suicide and how to appropriately address a student in crisis. 

Faculty News


Dr. Kirsten Day (Classics) gave a colloquium presentation entitled, “Foundation Myth and the Dangers of Hubris: Cowboys & Classics in Westworld (1973), A Night at the Museum (2006), and The Lego Movie (2014)” s at the Illinois Junior Classical League meeting in Itasca, Illinois. 


Dr. Juliana Han will be performing a piano recital on Sunday, March 1st at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church located at 1702 Iowa Street in Davenport. The program will feature the works of Brahms and is free and open to the public as part of the church's performing arts series. 


Dr. Reuben Heine was recently awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to create a new endangered-species GIS database. The geographic database will include location data for over a dozen endangered species and green infrastructure data for a multi-state area. The geodatabase will be used by the FWS staff for future species protection and habitat restoration.  Twelve Augustana students have been selected to serve as paid research assistants on this project. The initial phase of the research will be completed in teams consisting of one FWS employee and one Augustana student. These pairs will work to identify sources of geographic information and incorporate the data into the master database. In the second phase of the project, students will refine and test the GIS database and then train the US FWS staff in its use.


Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

On Friday, February 28, from 3-4:00 p.m., Farrah Robers, Director of Students Well-Being and Resiliency, will join us to discuss the ways her work can help faculty to help students in the classroom. Discussion will be held in Galve #2.

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

The deadline for Study Away applications for 2020-2021 is February 28th. Program information and applications can be found at   

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:     


State Historical Society of Iowa

2020/2021 Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2020/2021 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce a manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s schol­arly journal.

 Applications for the 2020/2021 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2020. Download application guidelines from our web site ( or request guidelines or further informa­tion from:

Andrew Klumpp

State Historical Society of Iowa

600 East Locust Street

Des Moines, IA 50319



Weekly Events

Monday, February 24, 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, February 25, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. Sarah Kisak, flute, Wallenberg Hall

Saturday, February 29, 4:30 p.m. Clarinets for Conservation, Wallenberg Hall

Sunday, March 1, 4:00 p.m. Student  Recital, Zoe Haenisch, voice, Wallenberg Hall

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

Faculty Research Stipend

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (in Denkmann Hall) invites applications for our annual Faculty Research Stipend. This $600 stipend supports one Augustana College faculty member's 1-week exploration of Swenson Center library and archival materials, to support the creation of class projects or the faculty member's individual research (priority given to those that will impact students). Apply by May 1.