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Faculty Newsletter Nov. 25, 2019

This Week's Message


No Thursday Conversation this week.

Be thinking about the talents you want to showcase in the upcoming "Open Mic" Holiday Party on December 5th.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Faculty News

Lucy Burgchardt, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Baltimore, Maryland (Nov. 14-17), entitled "Catalyzing Discourses: Ancestral Places, New Histories, and Preservation in the American Southwest." At the same conference, she received the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for my dissertation, entitled Attitudes Toward Antiquities: Rhetorical Enchantments, Preservation Advocacy, and the American Southwest.



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

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)

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

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, Nov. 25, 11:20 a.m.-11:40 p.m. Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall second floor

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Ekklesia, Old Main 135