Tuesday, Feb. 18

TUESDAY 2/18/14

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Board of Regents meets this week

The Board of Regents will hold their winter meeting Feb. 20-22. Pre-meeting materials can be viewed at http://katie.luther.edu. Look for the Board of Regents site under the "My Courses" block.  

February 26 and 27 staff meetings

At the Feb. staff meeting, Wendy Stevens will present "100 Years of Biology at Luther College" and Diane Tacke will talk about health care and benefits. The meeting will be offered in the Peace Dining Room at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

'Beyond the Bubble' program

Please encourage all students to take advantage of "Beyond the Bubble: Building Skills for Life and Work." The program has two tracks: professional development and personal development. The professional development seminars are open to all students but also linked to work-study positions. If you supervise students, be aware that they can attend up to two of these seminars each semester and, with your permission, enter this time on their timecards as job training. More information is available at luther.edu/careers/beyond-the-bubble/.


Looking for summer work?

Luther has opportunities for students looking for summer employment. Applications are available in the Office of Human Resources in Main 25 or online at https://www2.luther.edu/hr/summer-employment/. Applications are to be turned in to the Office of Human Resources on or before March 3. Special room and board rate information is available through the Residence Life Office. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at [email protected] or call 387-1116 or 387-1134.

Summer Sustainability work study and internship opportunities

The Center for Sustainable Communities is offering a wide range of work study and internship opportunities this summer. Opportunities include internships in the areas of land stewardship, sustainable foods, gardening and environmental education. Please encourage any students who may be looking for meaningful work on campus or in the local community to visit our website for a full list of offerings: https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/get-involved/jobs/summer/.

Admissions seeks student employees

Admissions is in the process of hiring next year's student ambassadors. These students will serve as office assistants and tour guides. Admissions is asking faculty and staff to suggest students who would do a great job of representing their Luther experience to prospective students. Encourage them to come to Admissions 204D for more information and an application. Must be next year's sophomores, juniors or seniors. Application deadline is Feb. 24 at noon.

Health service blood panel screenings

Health service is unable to offer blood panel screenings this semester. A $45 walk-in community wellness test (PSA for males is an additional $40) at Winneshiek Medical Center will be reimbursed at 100% for 2014 health care participants. This is available from 7 a.m.-noon Monday - Friday, with a 12-hour fasting. Pay for the panel at the WMC registration desk and submit the receipt to Midwest Group Benefits for reimbursement.

Blood screenings done elsewhere will be reimbursed at the amount equal to the cost listed above. For example, if you are a male who has a screening done in La Crosse at the cost of $200, you will be reimbursed $85 for a blood screening and PSA. The remaining $115 will be applied to your deductible or co-pay.

Flu Vaccine still available

Flu vaccine is still available at Health Service. According to the Center for Disease Control it is NOT too late to receive your flu shot. The majority of infections occurred after December. During some influenza seasons, the incidence of infection may not peak until April or May. Staff/faculty and spouses/significant others and children in the household age 18 and over are welcome to come in for a flu vaccine. Cost of the vaccine is $20.

Regents panel

SAC Leadership will be hosting a panel of current Luther regents at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the CFL Recital Hall with a reception to follow in Qualley Lounge. The panel will feature Bob Paulson, Marilyn Roverud, David Meyer, Wendy Davidson, and Rick Theiler. The regents will be sharing their work on the Board of Regents and answering audience questions. There is no cost to attend, and all students, staff and community members are welcome.

Biology Alumni Panel

Please consider attending and encouraging students to attend the Biology Alumni Panel at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in Valders 206. Alumni presenters include Eve Doyle, '11, production scientist at Integrated DNA Technologies; Riley McDowell, '12, software developer at Pioneer Hi-Bred; Samantha Stevenson, '12, technical services at Epic and Mary Whipple, '09, clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic. All majors are welcome to attend. 

Nobel Peace Prize nominee on campus

Steinar Bryn of the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, Norway, will be on campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Shirley Baker Commons. Bryn, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, will discuss the Nansen Center's work in the Balkans in the aftermath of the wars of the 1990's, and show the award-winning film "Reunion."

'Up to Us' competition

Luther has been selected to participate in the "Up to Us" competition, a nationwide campaign to educate students and the community about the national debt. Help Luther win by liking the Facebook page www.facebook.com/uptousluther and taking the one-minute, five-question quiz under the "about me" section. Two people will be drawn each week to win $25 gift certificates to the place of their choosing by simply liking the Facebook page. We will draw one person who took the quiz to win a 32GB Microsoft Surface tablet.

Weight management class

Informational meeting in Mott at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, for anyone interested in participating in the Weight Management class this spring. The class meets every Monday 11:30 a.m.-noon in Borlaug beginning Feb. 24. Contact Greg Lonning for more information.

Diabetes Prevention program

Learn helpful prevention tips for type 2 diabetes from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, and Monday, March 3, in the Mott room of Dahl Centennial Union. Campus dietitian and certified diabetes educator Anne Blocker will lead a two part series to discuss diabetes risk factors, interpreting lab results and lifestyle changes for prevention.

C-Store Homestead Dairy products

Try locally produced Homestead Dairy products by ordering through the C-Store. Available to order are cheese curds, milk, ice cream and ice cream cakes. All products come in a variety of kinds, flavors, shapes and sizes. Order by 10 a.m. Tuesday for Friday delivery. Order by 2 p.m. Friday for Tuesday delivery.


Events this week

Feb. 18, Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, "Other from an Other Other: Science and Fiction in Human-Alien Encounters," Eric Baack and Andy Hageman, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Feb. 19-20, Black History Conference, all day, Luther College campus

Feb. 20, Norse Theatres, movie title TBA, 9 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Feb.21, Center Stage Series, "Fahrenheit 451", 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Feb. 24-March 21, Gallery Exhibit, prints, Sarah Smelser, Center for Faith and Life Gallery

Feb. 25, Benefactor's Organ Recital, David Briggs, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Blake Nellis

Thursday, Feb. 20: Benny Boyd, Recital Hall, CFL, Black History Symposium

Friday, Feb. 21: Mike Blair

Monday, Feb. 24: Amy Weldon

Student recitals

Esme Wong, '14, will perform a piano recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Jennifer LeDoux, '15, will perform a voice recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall with a reception following each performance. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Journey Conversations Retreat

Does your soul have a story? Listen to it and to other stories at the Journey Conversations Retreat: an interfaith experience of silence, listening and sharing stories that helps participants listen well, speak truth and be peace. The retreat is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Qualley Lounge, in the back of CFL. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. Attendance for the full three hours is a requirement for participation in the retreat.

Paideia Text and Issues: 'Other from an Other Other'

Eric Baack and Andy Hageman will present the Paideia Text and Issues lecture titled "Other from an Other Other: Science and Fiction in Human-Alien Encounters" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the CFL Recital Hall. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Other from an Other Other" will use popular science fiction texts about encounters between humans and aliens as a basis for discussion on what these texts say about society as a whole from both a scientific and literary standpoint.

Luther College Woman's Club

David Vasquez, Luther campus pastor, presents the Luther College Woman's Club program, "Faith on the Move: Economics and Spirituality in an Age of Globalization," at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Peace Dining Room. All are welcome and shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot will be available, with a pick up time of 1:10 p.m.

11th annual Black History Symposium

"Sports, Media and Race," the 11th annual Black History Symposium, will be held on the Luther campus Feb. 19-20. Participants will explore the popular perception of athletics, genes and cultural background predicting the advantages and disadvantages that athletes have in particular sports.

The symposium begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall with a Plenary Lecture, "Dangerous Dichotomies: Nature versus Nurture and Athleticism versus Intellect," by David Epstein, senior investigative reporter of Sports Illustrated magazine and author of "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance." After the lecture, Epstein will sign copies of his book in the Center for Faith and Life lobby.

Click here for full schedule of events and information on registration.

Faculty Artist Series: Peter Lingen

Peter Lingen will perform a guitar recital with Excier Rodriquez, Luther class of 1991, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall.

The program, open to the public with no charge for admission, features Spanish music by Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla, along with music from the Dominican Republic.  New works featured on the program include two "Sound Sculptures" by Tim Scully and Peter Lingen and "Manantial" (Waterfall) by Rodriquez.

Faculty Artist Series: Lorie Scott

Lorie Scott will give a flute recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. Joining Scott is Du Huang, piano, and Michael Chesher, clarinet.

The performance, open to the public with no charge for admission, includes works for the flute and piano from composers such as Bach, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns and Aaron Copland. Other works on the recital include an arrangement of "Jealousy Tango" by Danish violinist Jacob Gade, and a selection of Brahms' "Hungarian Dances" arranged for flute, clarinet and piano.

Douglas Hartmann at the Book Shop

The Book Shop will host author Douglas Hartmann 11-11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. His book is titled "Race, Culture and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and their Aftermath." Stop by to meet and converse with the author. This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

Center Stage Series: 'Fahrenheit 451'

Luther College presents a theatrical performance of one of the most revered novels of the 20th century, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. The "Fahrenheit 451" performance in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall is part of Luther's  2013-14 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events. Tickets for the performance are available online at www.tickets.luther.edu.

Sarah Smelser to present works

An art exhibit of original prints created by Sarah Smelser, associate professor of art at Illinois State University, will be on display Feb. 24-March 21 in the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life.

Smelser's works are about an abstract sensibility, referencing cartography, the body and cycles in nature. She draws heavily upon personal experience, songs she has heard, private jokes, anecdotes and poems when creating her works.

Gardening workshops

Over the course of the 2014 gardening season, the Center for Sustainable Communities is offering a series of monthly gardening classes. Local experts will guide participants through such topics as composting, saving seeds, edible landscaping, orcharding and seasonal extension. The first class of the series, "Garden Planning and Preparation," is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/food/education/gardens/.

David Briggs performance

David Briggs, English composer and concert organist, will present an improvisation concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Center for Faith and Life. As part of the concert, Briggs, who is making his second appearance at Luther, will improvise a score to accompany the 1925 silent film "The Phantom of the Opera." The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Faculty Artist Series

Luther College's "Music in the Shape of a Pear" concert series will feature guest artist Dylan Chmura-Moore, performing music for trombone and electronics at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Noble Recital Hall. The performance is open to the public and features recent works for trombone and electronics. Chmura-Moore is a performer and advocate of music, and enjoys new and original endeavors to which he may articulate his voice.

SAC Spotlight presents 'Dueling Pianos'

Entertaining Midwestern audiences with their wickedly fast fingers and humorous dialogue, SAC Spotlight brings "Dueling Pianos" to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Marty's. Two professional players sing and entertain the audience with songs ranging from Top 40 to classic rock, and everything in between. Be prepared to laugh and sing along at this entertaining event! Tickets are free with CAF, $5 without. 

SAC presents Pentatonix March 6

Vocal sensations and winners of season three of NBC's "The Sing-Off," Pentatonix will bring their unique and infectious style and sound to Luther College's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall Thursday, March 6. Concert doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase beginning Monday, Feb. 17.

Pentatonix performs a range of music, from original tracks to intricate re-creations of pop hits, and complex arrangements and medleys.

Ethnic Arts Festival

The Ethnic Arts Festival will once again celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures represented in the Luther community Saturday, March 1. Events happening around campus include a Country Fair from 1-4 p.m. in Williams Lounge and Oneota Market where children can tour the world and get their "passport" stamped, street food sampling from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room and entertainment at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Dorian Band Festival

Luther College will host the 66th annual Dorian Band Festival March 2-3. The first festival concert, featuring Luther College bands, begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 2, followed by the Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3. Both concerts will be held in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus and are open to the public with no charge for admission.


Position openings

Multimedia Specialist: Temporary, two-year, full time position open to assist in promoting and supporting the effective uses of video, audio, textual, graphical and other electronic media in support of teaching, learning, research, and administrative purposes. This position also supports AV events as needed during the weekday, evening, and weekend hours. Supervisory responsibilities include daily management of the multimedia work-request queue and student staff productivity. Experience or skill in leadership, team-building, and collaborative work is required. Bachelor's degree preferred, with preference for those in a computer or communications-related field. This is an entry-level, hourly position with full benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit luthercollege.hiretouch.com.

Security officer: Full time position open to provide for the safety and security of people and property on the Luther campus. Officers perform multiple tasks including random patrol of building and grounds on foot and by vehicle to deter and detect criminal activity and other conduct issues with an emphasis on prevention. Officers investigate criminal activity, maintain order, secure buildings, and respond to emergency and routine calls for service, all in an attempt to create a safe secure environment conducive to learning.

Good communication, problem solving and customer service skills are essential for this position. A high school diploma or GED is required; some college is preferred. Must have or obtain CPR and AED training. Preferred qualifications include past security, law enforcement and/or customer service experience and training. Prior experience in a college setting or working with college-aged people is desired. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record and must pass an extensive background check.

Please see complete posting at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com/.


Maryna Bazylevych's conference report, "Informality as an analytical category in research on healthcare" was published online on Somatosphere, a specialized medical anthropology blog.

Maryna Bazylevych presented her paper "Informal Practices and Structures in Eastern Europe and Central Asia" at the International Conference at Fribourg University in Switzerland, Nov. 2013.

J. R. Christianson's article, "The Hunt of King Frederik II of Denmark: Structures and Rituals," appeared in January in a special issue of "The Court Historian" devoted to royal hunts.

Brooke Joyce, and Noah Lange, collaborated on a presentation on the protest music of Bob Dylan on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Oelwein Public Library. The event was the final installation in a series of presentations on the Civil Rights Movement.

Brad Miller and David Ranum's book, "Python Programming in Context, 2nd Edition," has won the 2014 'Texty' Textbook Excellence Award, recently announced by the Text and Academic Authors Association.

Luther College was awarded a $170,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to fund the purchase of high-fidelity simulation mannequins and their associated audio-visual components. The equipment will be used primarily in Luther's nursing department, though the college expects the simulation equipment will be useful in several other academic departments as well.


For rent: Looking for homes (or apartments) to rent for my family and close friends for my wedding weekend, from Thursday, July 31, to Monday, Aug 4. One house July 28-Aug 4. If you will be away and are interested please contact Olga at <rincol01> or 380-7660. Only for my family and close friends who will be traveling from Canada or overseas.

Ride wanted: I am looking for a ride the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 20, or Friday, Feb. 21, preferably in the morning, to Chicago in order to get to a family wedding. Please contact Jenna at <hogeje01> if you would like company and to split gas costs.

For rent: Two two-bedroom apartments in Waukon available immediately. Off-street parking, large backyard. One block from schools and two blocks from the grocery. Appliances included. NP/NS. $475 and $525 per month rent. References and deposit required. Please call Rachel at 380-5789 and leave a message.

For sale: 2012 Toyota Prius 2. 14,000 miles on it. Includes manufactures extended warranty. Great little car. Silver in color. Asking $19,000. Contact Lyle at <halvly01> or 419-2897.

Wanted: Housing. Current Luther instructor looking for a room, one-bedroom apartment or similar living situation ASAP. Please contact Robyn at <ovanro01> or 380-0044.

For sale: Antique oak bed, complete with more recent custom-made box spring and firm mattress. Oak frame was refinished at Country Shop. Mint condition with mint endcaps. Call Darla at 382-2614.

Lost items: Legends Fitness Center is overflowing with lost items. We will be placing them out on tables starting Tuesday, Feb. 11, so people can claim their lost items and we can clean our drawers. Can't remember where that shirt or shoes or water bottle is? Check the table.


LIS tip of the week

You can unsend an email within seconds of sending it by using the "Labs" function within Norse Mail. For complete instructions, visit  www.luther.edu/helpdesk/tips.

And finally...

According to the CDC, February is American Heart Month. This typical symbol of love on Valentine's Day also serves to remind us to learn about the risks of heart disease and stroke and to find ways to stay "heart healthy." Here are a few tips from the CDC to keep your love organ healthy and happy!