Augie Chats: An Opportunity for Conversation

Conversation. It connects strangers, may lead to finding love — and has even prevented wars in some cases.

By taking time to enjoy good conversations, you become aware of just how powerful conversations are on the human soul. Every conversation is an opportunity to share and to learn.

In an effort to build community among faculty, staff, administrators and coaches — and because the Augustana community is blessed with an abundance of conversationalists

... the Office of the President will facilitate Augie Chats, a monthly opportunity for good, robust conversation around a topic of common interest.

Starting in October, we will host a monthly Augie Chat where faculty, staff, administrators and coaches can register to participate.  Each chat will be limited to 20 people so that all have the opportunity to participate in the conversation.

The following Augie Chats will take place this Fall

Past event: Monday, Oct. 21


The following Augie Chats will take place this Spring:


Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fernsen Brewing Company, 1400 E. Robur Drive
Hosted by Dr. William Swart

Beer, Wine and "Spirits:" Promoting a Culture of Responsible Alcohol Enjoyment on Undergraduate Campuses"

Research indicates that rates of alcohol use and abuse trend significantly higher among undergraduate students than the general population. Join us for a pint, a brief primer on beer styles, and conversation about the nature of undergraduate alcohol use and steps we might take to promote a more responsible culture of drinking on college campuses. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series; further conversation this spring will bring our students perspective into this discussion. Register to participate.


Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4-5 p.m., HUM 146 Pederson, Homan Center
Hosted by Dr. Peter Folliard

Listening into The Mix: Do You Hear What I Hear?

We all listen to music. Whether you are a country, pop, rock, rap, jazz, blues or classical fan we consume music through the iconic recordings we treasure or are yet to find. No matter how many times you've heard your favorite songs, we can all improve how we listen by becoming more mindful of the aspects that go into creating a recording. We'll talk about stereo separation, panning, reverb, over-dubbing and other studio techniques that make those recordings you love so unique. For this December take on Augie Chat, we'll listen to iconic holiday tracks and discuss what we hear with coffee in hand. I hope you can join me! Register to participate.


Monday, Jan. 20, 4-5 pm, Back Alley
— Hosted by Julie Loveland Swanstrom

Strength to Love: Confronting Segregation with the Legacy of Dr. King

The January chat will appropriately lift up the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's vision of an integrated society suffers blockage from within the Christian church. Join host Loveland Swanstrom for a discussion of the legacy of segregation in the Christian church. According to Dr. King, ending segregation should bring African-American and white Christians into community, and King approaches the notion of community in terms of mutual support and appreciation rather than complete homogeneity.

"I understand that there are Christians among you who try to find biblical bases to justify segregation and argue that the Negro is inferior by nature. Oh, my friends, this is blasphemy and against everything that the Christian religion stands for." (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 149) Register to participate.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4:30-5:30 pm, The Siverson Lounge
Hosts: Jenny Gubbels, Jessica Johnson, and Carrie Olson-Manning

Campfire Strum and Sing-a-long!

Love to strum and sing-a-long but not a performing artist?  This Augie Chat will become an Augie campfire jam! Join hosts Jenny Gubbels, Jessica Johnson, and Carrie Olson-Manning and their guitars in singing and playing their favorite campfire songs, including favorites like "Brown-Eyed Girl" and "Country Roads". We invite all who love to play and/or sing folk and old(er) country music to join the fun. Whether you are just learning to play a stringed instrument or have strummed around the campfire for years, this jam session is for you.  If you want to bring an instrument and would like a list of songs beforehand so you can join in, let Jenny know.  Singers are strongly encouraged to come--lyrics (and coffee) provided!  Register to participate.


Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30, Fernsen Brewing Company, 1400 E Robur Dr, Sioux Falls
— Hosted by Dr. Bill Swart

Beer, Wine and "Spirits:" Promoting a Culture of Responsible Alcohol Enjoyment on Undergraduate Campuses" Part II

Join host Dr. Bill Swart for Part II in our conversation about the nature of undergraduate alcohol use and steps we might take to promote a responsible culture of alcohol enjoyment on college campuses.  This chat brings our students’ perspectives in to the conversation.  Register to participate.


Thursday, March 5, 4-5 pm, The Source, 421 N. Phillips Ave.
— Host: Jen Jacobs

Working Parents; Is it Possible to Have It All?

Join host Jacobs for cup of coffee and a relaxing opportunity to talk about your family, how you balance children, work, community, faith and fun. What are your simple solutions to making it all work out, and what are your biggest challenges? How do you give yourself grace during challenging times? What strategies have worked for you to integrate work and family? Parents of all ages are welcome. Register to participate.


Wednesday, April 8, 6-7 pm, Severence Brewery, 701 N. Phillip Ave
— Host: Willette Capers

"Salute the Sample: Music Across Genres"

Sampling has influenced all genres of music and is an important part of pop, hip hop, and R&B and serves as a fundamental element of remix culture. Come out for a beverage and learn how some of your favorite songs have sampled music across the globe. Register to participate.


Past event

Monday, Oct. 21, 5:15-6:15 p.m., JJ’s Wine and Sprits, 3000 W. 57th St.
Hosted by Dr. Jay Kahl

Meditation: Charting a Course for Mindfulness

Research tells us that meditation can help clear your mind, make you healthier, or even make you more attractive. But where does one begin, and, how can one fit this into their already hectic day? Come and hear one man's approach and discuss ways you too can experience nirvana. Related topics will include, but are not limited to: mindfulness, duality, media, breathing, and the lotus position. Come join us!  Worst case scenario, you will simply leave looking more attractive than when you came.*

*Results will vary