Tuesday, April 15

TUESDAY 4/15/14

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April staff meeting

The last staff meeting for the 2013-14 academic year will include reflections by senior students and by President Tiede, a presentation on revenue and expense processing and information on the Early Arrival Policy for students. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room, 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, and 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24. All staff are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions.


Easter break hours

Preus Library
April 17: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
April 18-20: Closed
April 21: 8 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center
April 17: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 18: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
April 19-20: Closed
April 21: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Marty's, Nordic Brew and C-Store
April 17: Closing at 5 p.m.
April 18-21: Closed
April 22: Opening at 10:30 a.m.

Oneota Market
April 18-20: Closed
April 21: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m

April 18: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner 5-7 p.m.
April 19-20: Closed
April 21: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m; Dinner 5-7 p.m.

Book Shop
April 18-20: Closed
April 21: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Mail Center
April 18-20: Closed
April 21: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

April 17: Closing at 5 p.m.
April 18-20: Closed
April 21: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Message from Facilities

The set of stairs on the south end of the Union leading to Marty's back, exterior entrance will be unavailable for use on Wednesday, April 16. A contractor is coming to put a coating on the stairs, weather-permitting. Thank you for respecting the barricades.

Update to Smoke-Free policy

The Smoke-Free policy has recently been updated to include other smoking devices such as e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes as prohibited forms of smoking. The entire policy can be viewed here. Those who encounter staff, faculty, students or visitors using such smoking devices on campus may inform them of this policy. Direct any questions to the Human Resources Office, 387-1189.

Update to Early Arrival policy

An update to the Early Arrival policy was recently approved by Cabinet and is available here. The specific criteria to determine approval of an early arrival that will be considered centers on whether the student's presence is essential for New Student Orientation or fall semester opening. It is understood that fall sport athletes will return for pre-season work. Review the policy for more detailed information.

Boiler inspections

Facilities Services will shut down and inspect the boilers at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. The steam should be back on by 5 p.m. Monday, June 2. Hot water will not be available in the Union, Farwell, Larsen, Brandt, Regents Center, Ylvisaker, Olin and Valders, and limited in Miller/Dieseth and Sampson Hoffland. Some buildings will be cooler when the boiler is shutdown. Contact Facilities, 387-1146, to report problems.

Spring Fling

Volunteers from the Luther College student congregation will help Decorah residents with spring chores on Saturday, April 26, during Luther's annual Spring Fling community service day. The day's volunteer work schedule will give priority to Decorah residents who are elderly or differently-abled, but any Decorah resident may sign up by contacting Luther College Ministries at 387-1271 or <ministry> before Tuesday, April 22.  

2014-15 Paideia presentations

The Paideia Endowment Governing Board invites members of the Luther College community to propose presentations for the 2014-15 text and issues series on the theme "Secrecy and Transparency: Peeking Behind the Curtain." Those interested in participating in the lecture series should submit a tentative title and a brief proposal of 250-500 words by Tuesday, April 22. The online proposal form can be found here.

Faculty computer refresh

LIS will host sessions on the summer 2014 faculty computer roll from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 22; 3-4 p.m. Friday, April 25; and 11-noon Tuesday, April 29, in Mott. Faculty members in the following departments are scheduled to receive new computers this summer as part of the four-year replacement cycle and are encouraged to attend: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, health and physical education, mathematics and physics. Click here to sign up.

Summer reading

As announced in January, the Paideia 111-112 planning committee has chosen George Orwell's 1984 for the 2014 summer read. Copies of these books are now available in the bookstore for faculty and staff who will not be teaching Paideia 111 in Fall 2014. These limited number copies of the text are made available by the Paideia Endowment Governing Board and the office of the dean.

2014 Health risk assessment

"Benefit Fusion," the 2014 health risk assessment reporting tool is now active on the website https://www.mybenefitfusion.com/. Employees should enter their last name in the username box, then enter the last four digits of their social security number in the password box (passwords may be changed once inside the website). 

Employees may add spouses covered on the Luther health plan by clicking the "My Profile" button that appears on the lower right side of the home page. From there, they may also change the password and make other edits. If both spouses work at Luther, the employee that is primary on the plan will need to register their spouse.

Business cards

Business cards can be ordered at any time from the Document Center. Go to, https://www2.luther.edu/doc-mail/document-center/business-cards/webform/ to order. Call Jeff at the Document Center, 387-1631, with questions.

Payroll for April 23

Reminder: time cards are due in the Payroll Office by noon on the Wednesday after the end of a pay period. If you would like to send time cards by campus mail, you must place the time cards in the mail in your building by Tuesday morning in order to meet this deadline. This deadline will be especially important for the pay period ending April 11 due to the Good Friday holiday. Contact Korrine in the Payroll Office, 387-1135, or Andrew in the Office for Financial Service, 387-1697, with questions or concerns.

Summer 2014 faculty workshop

LIS and the Dean's Office are partnering to offer "Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology" for faculty, June 10-13. Participants will consider course-specific information literacy principles as well as departmental and teaching goals as related to technology like multimedia, social media, new media literacies, hardware and software. Additional information and application can be found here. Individuals, pairs or teams from departments are welcome to apply. Contact Andi <beckenan> or Diane <gossmand> with questions. Applications are due May 5.

Cooking class

Johanna Bergan from the Oneota Co-op will discuss and demonstrate options for dairy alternatives in a refined cooking class from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Valders 379. Those with lactose intolerance, dairy allergies, a vegan diet or just curiosity about dairy alternatives can learn how to maintain a dairy free lifestyle while still enjoying cheese and ice cream. The class will also involve sampling the tasty treats. Sign up here.


Hosting a special meal for Easter? Check out the C-Store to order local products. Choose from Fassbinder Honey, k'uun Coffee, O'Brien's Granola, Homestead ice cream cakes or cheese products and other items from That Iowa Girl.


Events this week

April 15Music Ensemble Performance, Jazz Orchestra homecoming concert, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

April 16Music Ensemble Performance, Varsity Band and Wind & Percussion Ensemble, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Chapel this week

Wednesday, April 16:  Amy Zalk Larson, Varsity Band

Friday, April 18-21: Easter break, no chapel

Student recitals

Kalle Akkerman, '15, will perform an organ recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Katie Fillmore, '15, will perform an alto saxophone recital at noon Saturday, April 26.

Aubrey Ross, '15, will perform a voice recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Hannah Axt, '14, will perform a flute recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

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.

Library annual book sale

Preus Library's annual National Library Week book sale will be held from Monday, April 14 to Tuesday, April 22. Hundreds of hardcover and paperback books will be available available for purchase in the library. Prices will decline daily. 

Woman's Club meeting

Ellen Rockne, writer, artist, singer and co-founder of StoryPeople, explores the impact and importance of story and song in everyday life as she presents the Luther College Woman's Club program "The Stories We Tell and the Songs We Sing." The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Peace Dining Room. All are welcome. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot will be available, with a pick-up time of 1:10 p.m.

Jazz Orchestra homecoming concert

The Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, will perform their homecoming concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the CFL Main Hall. The performance will be streamed live online at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/lutheradmin.portal#.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The 2014 Jazz Orchestra tour program includes works by Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gordon Goodwin. Jon Ailabouni is featured on works by Darcy James Argue, Denis DiBlasio and Oliver Nelson. 

Luther ensemble performance

The Luther College Varsity Band and the Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the CFL Main Hall.

The Varsity Band will perform "A Festival Prelude" by Alfred Reed, "Poetic Intermezzo" by James Barnes, "Cajun Folk Songs" by Frank Ticheli, "Army of the Nile" by Kenneth Alford, "The Peanut Vendor" by Moises Simons and "Psalm 46" by John Zdechik.

The Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform "Satiric Dances" by Norman Dello Joio, "A Dream of Coming Home" by John Carnahan and "Exultate" by Samuel Hazo. The ensemble will also perform "Enchanted Spaces" by Samuel Hazo. This piece was commissioned by Decorah High School and will be guest conducted by Jim Fritz, director of bands at Decorah High School.

Denim Day

Luther College invites the Decorah community to join in participating throughout the month of April in Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an event that raises public awareness of sexual violence and educates communities on its prevention. Luther will host Denim Day Wednesday, April 23, and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to donate money and wear denim. The money raised will be used to raise awareness about the effects of sexual assault and help end sexual abuse. Read more about Denim Day here. Contact Sarah Stadie, Luther SAAM representative, <stadsa> with questions or to get involved.

Interfaith holiday meal celebration

Join College Ministries and the Diversity Center for a model Seder, a Jewish tradition that celebrates the Passover theme of freedom from slavery and oppression, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in Peace Dining Room. Cost is $3 for children or Luther students with a meal plan, and $8 for all others. Space is limited; contact the Diversity Center or the Luther College Ticket Office for tickets by Thursday, April 17.

Philharmonia performance

Luther College Philharmonia will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Luther College Philharmonia, a 51-member symphonic ensemble, will perform "Fanfare" from "La Péri" by Paul Dukas, Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44 by Dvořák, and Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62 by Beethoven.  

'200 years of May 17' lecture

The Knut Gjerset Annual Lecture has been renewed this year in honor of the bicentennial celebration of the Norwegian Constitution. The lecture "200 Years of May 17th" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in Olin 102.

Senior Send-Off

Luther's Student Senate and the Alumni Office invite all graduating seniors to attend the Senior Send-Off at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Hotel Winneshiek. Luther vans will provide transportation to and from the Hotel Winneshiek, departing from Union starting at 4:45 p.m. through the evening. Class of 2014 beverage glasses will be given out to all seniors at this event, compliments of the Luther College Alumni Association. The event is open to all seniors with no charge for admission. However, it is requested that students RSVP by Monday, May 12, to be eligible for the Senior Year Series prize drawings. Identification cards are also necessary for admittance.


Position openings

Admissions counselor: The admissions counselor is a full-time professional position. Primary responsibilities include coordinating the recruitment of students from a specific geographical region, visiting targeted high schools and attending select college fair programs. Duties include interviewing prospective students on campus and assisting with other admissions related activities and events as assigned. Extensive travel is required and candidates must be able to work evenings and weekends when appropriate. To see full posting and to apply, click here.

Area coordinator for towers: The towers area coordinator for Miller and Dieseth Halls is a professional, 10 month, live-in position responsible for supporting the mission of the college by developing a community conducive to student learning and academic success. Evening and weekend work is required. Compensation includes housing, food plan and benefits package. Master's degree is preferred, bachelor's degree required. Position begins Aug. 1. For full posting and application, click here.

Resident director for Brandt Hall: The resident director is a professional, 10 month, live-in position responsible for supporting the mission of the college by developing a community conducive to student learning and academic success. Evening and weekend work is required. Compensation includes housing, food plan and benefits package. Master's degree is preferred, bachelor's degree required. Position begins Aug. 1. For full posting and application, click here.


Alex Robinson, '14, and Elizabeth Campbell, '14, both presented research papers at the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology at Lawrence University on April 5-6.

Andy Hageman presented "A Robot Runs Through It: Žižek and Ecocriticism" at the International Žižek Studies Conference at the University of Cincinnati, April 5. This talk presented his chapter contribution to the forthcoming edited collection, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek."

Maryna Bazylevych presented a paper titled "Experiential learning at home and abroad: applying the insights from study off campus in traditional classroom setting" at the Society for the Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 21.

David Faldet's poem, "Dad's Radio" appears in the current issue of Midwestern Gothic. His poem "Easter at Flamingo" is in Saw Palm and "Salt" is in the winter 2013-14 issue of Ruminate. "Tilt" appears in the current issue of R.KV.R.Y. and the poems "Violation" and "What I Hate About the Dead" are in The 2River View.

Marv Slind's review of "Dear Unforgettable Brother: The Stavig Letters from Norway & America, 1881-1937" appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of The Annals of Iowa.

Five Luther College students were selected to receive a $1,000 Steven Mark Anderson Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. Recipients of the scholarship were announced during Luther's Student Support Services celebration banquet March 19 and include Jessica Edgar, Alex Hain, Pamera Kezy, Kathleenjo Peterson and Alexis Reynolds.

College Organist Emeritus William Kuhlman performed a Palm Sunday concert with the The Phipps Oratorio Society conducted by 1975 Luther graduate Thomas Dahle at Bethel Church, Hudson, Wis. The concert, "Oratorio and Organ Ovations Glorious Music for Chorus and The King of Instruments” included choral, brass and organ works by Gigout, Vaughan Williams, R. Thompson, Vierne, Fauré, Parry, Guilmant, Handel, David McK. Williams, and excerpts from The Creation by Haydn.

Ellen Drewes-Stoen has successfully completed the long and rigorous training required to be certified as a national scorer for the National Teacher Performance Assessment, edTPA.

Brad Hanson led a day-long prayer retreat with ELCA Metro Chicago Synod clergy at a Benedictine monastery in Lisle, Ill. on April 8, and spoke on contemplative prayer with the April 6 adult forum of Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

In 2006, Richard Simon Hanson, professor emeritus, gave a series of eight lectures under the auspices of the Northeast Iowa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship called, "How the Bible Happened." Films of those lectures are now available on a set of eight DVDs. The set may be purchased at the Luther Book Shop and is also available on the website here, along with further information.

Eric Baack attended the Iowa Academy of Sciences on April 11-12, where Ellen Behrens, '14, presented a poster on "Testing for presence of tick-borne disease and coinfection," Anna Gudjonsdottir, '15, Matt Rosene, '15 and Rebekah Schulz, '14, presented a talk on "Prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria in NE Iowa streams," and Kimberly Howell, '15 presented a talk on "Diversity and effect of endophytic fungi on Iowa prairie grasses."

Lindsey Row-Heyveld will facilitate a discussion titled "Focus on Disabilities," from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Spectrum Network, 607 Washington St., Decorah. This discussion, the first in a "Spotlight on Diversity" series hosted by the Decorah Human Rights Commission, will focus on raising awareness about people with disabilities in Decorah. A Continental breakfast will be served. This community-wide event is open to the public, with no charge for admission.

Beth Lynch, was awarded a $4,980 grant from the Iowa Science Foundation in August 2013. The grant is allowing her to document the occurrences of rare plant species and habitats in Iowa to better observe the impacts of ongoing environmental changes, including invasive plant species, deer herbivory and climate change on rare plant taxa and communities.


Wanted: Support for Molly Lesmeister's "3 Minute Yoga: A Revolution in Health and Vitality," a campaign running until noon on Saturday, April 19. Funds raised will work to bring simple, three-minute yoga videos to the web. When the goal of $4,500 is met, those who contributed will be invited to a special micro-yoga retreat. Share and support the campaign by visiting www.tinyurl.com/yogarevolution.

Free: 32-inch Toshiba tube television. If interested contact Karen, 387-1527.

For sale: 1983 burgundy Honda Gold Wing Aspencade GL 1100 motorcycle with 53,000 miles. Looks and operates great. Comes with two matching custom built trailers: utility and pop-up camper. Accessorized by original owner with many bells and whistles. Recently serviced and is road ready. Asking $5,000. Call Kate at (612) 747-0187.

Wanted: Bowlers. St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus will host a Bowl-A-Thon from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Oneota Lanes. Cost is $50 for four persons. Children and "bad" bowlers welcome. Cost covers two hours of bowling, one pizza with 4 sodas per lane and rental shoes. This is a fun way to support the community work of the Knights. Contact Don Jones, <jonedo01> or 387-1706, to register or for more information.

For sale: Daily fresh half loaf baked bread in the C-Store. White, sliced cracked wheat and sliced vegetable. Cost is $1.25.

Wanted: One-bedroom apartment. New Luther employee looking to rent in Decorah starting in May. No smoking, no pets, references available. Contact Mike <mike.anderson>.

For sale: A 2008 Kia Spectra EX will be for sale in the beginning of July. 93,000 miles, mostly on highway I90 between Syracuse and Albany. It's very clean, works perfectly and maintained well. Asking $7,250 or best offer. Contact Gokhan <gokhansavas>.

Wanted: Looking for two girls' Norwegian costumes, size 2-3 and size 4-5.  Please contact Diane at <schollde>, 382-4802 or 419-5607.

Wanted: Three or four-bedroom house. Family looking to a rent a home in town. Non-smokers and no pets. Contact Jennaya <robije01> or 419-6599.


LIS tip of the week

To protect your data, remove files that contain sensitive information, including social security number, birthdates and names after use. Questions? Visit www.luther.edu/helpdesk/tips.

Sustainability tip of the week

According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Luther students who are supplied readings online read the information on their computers. This means that even if those who are printing out the readings are printing single-sided the class as a whole is still using less paper than if the professor printed out the reading for the entire class.

And finally...

Easter Sunday is April 20. In addition to church-related activities, many Americans celebrate with rabbits and eggs, both of which symbolize fertility and rebirth. Other cultures have their own unique Easter celebrations. Here are a few: 

Finland: Children go begging in the streets with sooty faces and scarves around their heads, carrying broomsticks, coffeepots and bunches of willow twigs. In some parts of western Finland, people burn bonfires which stems from the belief that the flames ward off witches who fly around on brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Poland: Pouring water on one another is a Polish Easter tradition called Smingus-Dyngus. Legend says girls who get soaked will marry within the year. The tradition has its origins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 AD.

Haux, France: A giant omelet is served in the town's main square that requires more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. This originated from a story of when Napoleon and his army were traveling through Southern France and stopped in a small town and ate omelets. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather enough eggs to make a giant omelet for his army.

For more interesting worldwide Easter traditions see: http://www.womansday.com/life/easter-traditions-from-around-the-world-105074.