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Faculty Newsletter October 8, 2018

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TOPIC:  “An Introduction to Rooted and Open: The Common Calling of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities and Its Purposes.”

4:00 -  Presentation, 3:30  - Refreshments 

Wilson Center

SPEAKER: Mark Wilhelm, Member of Augustana’s Board of Trustees & Director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities  (Conversation sponsored by the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning and Campus Ministries)

How has and will Augustana embody its Lutheran identity?

The project that became Rooted and Open developed after several years of conversation in the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU) about the network’s Lutheran identity. Rooted and Open expresses the calling or vocation that is shared by Augustana and 26 other NECU colleges, as informed by our shared Lutheran affiliations. The Board of Directors of NECU received Rooted and Open at its January 4, 2018 meeting and unanimously endorsed Rooted and Open “as an expression of the common calling and shared values of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities. The board also “commended [the document] to the colleges and universities of the Network for their use.”

In this Friday Conversation, Mark Wilhelm's will introduce Augustana educators (and perhaps fellow board of trustee members) to what "Rooted and Open" says and does, followed by an open conversation about its possible uses on Augustana’s campus. I hope you can join us!


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Matt Fockler (Geography) was asked to contribute Creating "An In-Between Thing": The United States Forest Service and Ivan Doig's Two Medicine Country" to the recently published special issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History in honor of author Ivan Doig's life and work. Matt's article focuses on the role that Lewis and Clark National Forest plays in Doig's work, and  highlights Doig's engagement with landscape and history to create a powerful sense of place.  In addition, Matt recently received a grant from the  Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Environmental Studies for his current research using repeat photography to examine changes on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Matt will be presenting this research at a free public lecture on Oct. 17 at Black Hawk State Historic Site 

Brian Lovato (political science) has had a coauthored (with Jon Gould - American University) article entitled "Making Academic Life 'Workable' for Fathers" published in PS:Political Science & Politics. This article is part of a symposium that was the result of the National Science Foundation–sponsored workshop, “Advancement through Narrative:Understanding and Navigating Success and Failure in the Academy” (NSF Grant #1643084).



News from America occupies a prominent place in Swedish media. For decades, political, cultural, and social developments in the U.S. have been closely followed in Sweden. This interest has grown even more intense in recent years.

On October 13, 2018, the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College will host a panel discussion looking at how foreign journalists report on news from the United States, using Sweden as an example.

Foreign news media have a long tradition of stationing correspondents in America. These reporters play an essential role in shaping their readers’ perception of America. In the past, Swedish newspapers, radio, and television were the main source of information about the U.S. in Sweden. But today, the internet provides Swedes with easy access to American media. How does this abundance of American news affect the work of journalists? Is there a greater need for context when so much information is readily available? How well informed is the public in the respective countries?

Participants will include Augustana Provost Wendy-Hilton Morrow, Swedish journalists Karin Henriksson and Martin Gelin, and the moderator, Dr. Jonas Björk, professor of journalism and public relations at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

The event will be held in Wallenberg Hall in Augustana's Denkmann Building (3520 7th Ave) and will run from 2 p.m. until about 4:30 p.m. with a coffee break from 3-3:15.

Support for this event provided by the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center and Scandinavian Studies program at Augustana College, through a grant from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.


Campus Cupboard

During week seven we served 37 students, translating to 278.5 pounds of food dispersed. We are currently looking for donations of pasta, soup, and granola bars for next Thursday. Donation drop-off bins can be found on the first floor of Old Main, Founders, Denkmann, Evald, and Olin, as well as the second floor of the Tredway library and in Sorensen's Business Office. Thank you all for your continued support!


Augustana Theatre

Augustana College's presentation of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's classic drama about the Salem Witch Trials, will take the story out of the 1600s and into the future. Performances will be presented in the Brunner Theatre Center. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, and at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21. Tickets are $15, or $12 for senior citizens and Augustana faculty/staff, $10 for students and children age 12 and under, and free for Augustana students with ID.


Center for Faculty Enrichment (CFE)

CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration)

Do you hire student employees? Does your department sometimes need extra student workers to help with a special project or event? If so, join CORE in Olin 109 on October 10 or 11 at 10:00 A.M. for a Student Employment workshop. We will cover how to post a job on Handshake and how to review the job applicants, and will talk about the Flexible Employment Program and show you how to request temporary student workers for your special events or projects.

If you cannot make it to the workshops but have questions, feel free to reach out to our Student Employment Coordinator, Andy Shearouse, at or 309-794-7470.


The Violet M. Jaeke Family Life fund could help to support teaching, research, service or general campus initiatives of interest to you and your students. Proposals accepted year round.

Teaching: Many courses have links to family life. Jaeke Family Life funding can support teaching relevant to family study in both applied and theoretical realms. Jaeke funding has helped with field trips, invited speakers, instructional supplies, library acquisitions and even pizza incentives for focus groups, all in support of family-related issues in the classroom, with topics ranging from immigration and sexuality to public policy and marital therapy, from trans identity talks and feminist art installations to film purchases to support teaching goals.

Research: Jaeke can help cover conference registration and travel fees to conference venues such as The Work and Family Researchers Network ( ), The Council on Contemporary Families, or the Prisoner's Family Network. Most conference support has been on family-related research at venues that have broad appeal. If your work is with families, about families, or benefits families, then please know there could be funding to support that work.

Service-Learning or Internships: Jaeke Family Life funding can help support students in family-related internships in organizations such as the Texas Medical Center or in rape/domestic violence hotline training programs through Family Resources. In the past, Jaeke funds paid for background checks and supplies for students volunteering with refugee families via World Relief. Along with support from Education/Longfellow Elementary funding, Jaeke funds helped support a creative after-school program involving teaching yoga practices to Longfellow children and their families

Service/Outreach: Some service projects might qualify for outreach funding. For example, Jaeke funding recently paid for healthy snacks for Opportunity Kicks Tutoring, an after-school tutoring program run by Augie students that combines soccer with study skills.

Campus Initiatives: Jaeke funds underwrite babysitting fees for Friday Conversations, to help allow Augie parents the opportunity to attend college functions and supporting student workers. This year, Jaeke funds have been proposed to pay for all-gender restroom signs to be installed around campus.

Please contact Sharon Varallo if you, your students, or staff have or would like to brainstorm ideas about family-related research, teaching, service or campus-related initiatives.

Presidential Center for Faith and Learning

October 12: Friday Conversation with Mark Wilhelm, Augustana Board member and Executive Director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities, who will lead us in an open discussion of “Rooted and Open: The Common Calling of ELCA Colleges” (Co-sponsored with Campus Ministries). “Rooted and Open” is the foundational document by the new Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities articulating the shared institutional vocations of the 27 member schools. You can find a copy here.

Weekly Events

Monday, October 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - New Faculty Mentoring Circle, Wilson, Brunner

Monday, October 8, 4:00 p.m. - High School Chamber Choir Festival ConcertCentennial Hall

Tuesday, October 9, 11:30 a.m. - Augie Reflections, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall 2nd floor

Tuesday, October 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Ekklesia, Old Main 135

Friday, October 12, 4:00 p.m. Friday Conversation: "Week #8,  An Introduction to Rooted and Open: The Common Calling of the Network of ECLA Colleges and Universities and its Purposes, Speaker: Mark Wilhelm, Wilson Center 

Saturday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert, Daniel Chetel, conductor, Centennial Hall