Tuesday, July 1

TUESDAY 7/1/14

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Thank you from the Tiedes

We want to thank the Luther community for the terrific "potluck" farewell you gave us last month. With the help of several of her friends, Karen Martin-Schramm, as is her custom, pulled the event together for fun, and fun it was. Harley Refsal's excessive praise was only surpassed by his beautifully handcrafted boxes, and the music offered by the Blair duo was delightful. We thank you!

P.S. The "Bottle of Bubbles" you gave us on Staff Day will find good use by our grandchildren on the Fourth of July! They thank you too!

Read on for the final "In the Luther Loop" from President Tiede.

Luther Interim President David Tiede names new regent

Luther College Interim President David Tiede has announced the appointment of Connie Plaehn, Luther College class of 1975, to the Board of Regents. The Regents serve as both trustees and stewards, ensuring that Luther fulfills its mission and that the needs of students, faculty, staff and other college constituents are being met.


Responsive design for Luther's website

Over the past year, Luther has seen a 70.44 percent increase in mobile device traffic and a 46.12 percent increase in tablet traffic to its main website, www2.luther.edu. To ensure that users who visit the college's website using a mobile device have the same great experience as desktop users, the college invested resources in designing a responsive website. Take a minute and check out the new design.

The 10-month project involved Luther's web content group and software development team, who worked in collaboration with content creators throughout campus.

College Resource Council

Novian Whitsitt has been appointed to the College Resource Council for a three-year term, replacing David Vasquez.    

2014-15 CRC Roster:
President Paula Carlson
Vice presidents: Diane Tacke and Kevin Kraus
Faculty representatives: Richard Bernatz (2015), Kim Powell (2016), Guy Nave (2017)
Staff representatives: Paul Mattson (2015), Ann Sponberg Peterson (2016)
Faculty or staff member with expertise related to matters of diversity: Novian Whitsitt (2017)
FIC representative: TBD (designated annually by the Faculty Interests Committee)

The wind turbine has now produced 10 million kilowatt hours of electricity

Last week, the wind turbine hit the 10 million kilowatt hours landmark. The turbine started generating power for the grid in October 2011, and on average produces 30% of the electrons used on campus. Read more here: http://www2.luther.edu/sustainability/energy-climate/renewable/wind-turbine/.

Document Center

The Document Center TRAC has changed its location. The new web address is doccenter.luther.edu. Please bookmark this location. Contact the Document Center at 387-1631 with questions.

Tech Support Scammers

The LIS Technology Help Desk received notification today of tech support scammers calling campus and local numbers. These phone calls came in as restricted or blocked numbers. LIS wants to warn users to avoid sharing information with such callers.

If you’re called and offered unsolicited tech support help, please do not follow their instructions. The LIS Technology Help Desk will not request passwords, banking information or other confidential information. More information on these scams can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

If contacted about a scam please notify the LIS Technology Help Desk at x1000 or online at help.luther.edu.

Holiday Hours

Dahl Centennial Union
Friday, July 4: 7 a.m.-noon

Welcome Center
Friday, July 4: Closed

Book Shop
Friday, July 4: Closed

Mail Services/SPO
Friday, July 4: Closed

Friday, July 4: Closed

Oneota Market
Friday, July 4: Closed

Closed for the summer

Nordic Brew & C-Store
Friday, July 4: Closed

Personal day

A reminder to all staff that the Personal Day issued on Sept. 1, 2013 must be used by Aug. 31, 2014 or it will be forfeited. The Personal Day is available on a yearly basis, to be used at the discretion of the employee and their supervisor. The allotted hours (based on full-time/part-time status) must be used in one single block and may not be split for more than one day. Contact Human Resources, 387-1134 or payroll, 387-1135 with questions.

Fourth of July reminder

During the week of June 30-July 4, the summer hours schedule continues to be in place, with 8 and a quarter hours worked Monday-Thursday and seven hours of holiday time for Friday.

International Student Friendship Families needed

The Diversity Center is in need of several more Friendship Families for incoming fall 2014 international students. Like the idea of sharing cultures with a young person from another part of the world? Please complete the interest form at: http://www2.luther.edu/diversity/programs/friendship-family/. No housing or financial obligations, just fun!


Events this week

July 2, Sustainability Class, "Presto Pesto," 12-1 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379

July 3, Sustainability Class, "Stir Frying," 12-1 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379

July 7, Sustainability Class, "It's Not Too Late! Things You Can Still Plant This Season," 12:15-1:15 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 362

July 7, Sustainability Event, Patchwork Green Farms Garden Tour, 7-8 p.m., Patchwork Green Farm

Lunch on the Lawn to feature LSM students July 9

The Luther community is invited to enjoy the talents of Lutheran Summer Music students as they perform during Lunch on the Lunch in Bentdahl Commons on July 9.  Rain location is Marty's. Lunch on the Lawn is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month this summer. Participants can bring a sack lunch and enjoy conversation and a picnic outdoors. Oneota Market offers a sack lunch and daily special.  Anyone wishing to provide entertainment at a future lunch can email <deansoffice> or call 387-1005. Future dates are July 23Aug. 13 and 27. 


Job openings

KWLC radio station manager: This position is half-time and provides leadership for the KWLC college radio station, effectively supervising the volunteers and staff and overseeing all broadcast operations. Requirements include bachelor's degree in communication studies, broadcasting, mass media or other related field, a master's degree is preferred, and three years experience in radio programming, including at least one year of supervisory experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience. To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.

Technical services assistant: Full-time. The primary responsibility of this position is to manage the daily work of ordering, processing and maintaining the print and electronic serial and periodical colleges of Preus Library. College degree preferred. Some library experience, including experience with WorldCat, international OCLC bibliographic database and WorldShare Management Services software, is highly desirable with 1-2 years in a comparable position preferred. 

Administrative assistant for communication studies and visual and performing arts: Ten-month, (.83 FTE) full time administrative assistant for Communication Studies and Visual and Performing Arts. The administrative assistant supports the active programs within the Visual and Performing Arts department, including art, theatre and dance, as well as within the Communication Studies department. Duties include, but are not limited to: managing multiple budget lines, managing student workers, processing accounts payable and obtaining rights/royalties for theatre and dance productions.

Registered Nurse: Nine-month, 40-hour/week, (.75 FTE) benefit-eligible position. Nurses who work in college health must be interested in the total wellness of students. Our nurses promote a positive image of health throughout the campus community and view health promotion as an essential part of their role. Qualified applicants will have graduated from an accredited nursing school and have a current license to practice in Iowa. An associate degree or diploma is acceptable, a bachelor's is preferred. CPR certification is required.

Security officer: Full-time Security Officer to provide for the safety and security of people and property on the Luther campus. 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.

View complete job descriptions, apply for these position or view all current openings, at the employment website: https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


To Carol and Stu Johnston on the June 16 death of Carol's mother, Alice Maeder, age 82, of Darlington, Wisconsin. Alice was living in Decorah at the time of her death, the funeral was held June 25.

To Sheryl Sievert and family on the June 11 death of her father, Melvin Hageman of Fort Atkinson.

To Kirk and Kerry Johnson and family. Kirk's father, Dean A. Johnson, age 83, passed away Monday, June 23 at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline. Memorial Service was held at Swedona Lutheran Church in Lynn Center, Illinois and visitation was at Estherdahl Funeral Home in Orion, Illinois.

Thank you

I would like to thank the Luther community for the memorials, cards, prayers and comforting words that were shown to me during my dad, Melvin Hageman's, illness and death. I would especially like to thank Marsha and Korrine and all of OFS for covering everything for me so that I could be with my family. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

-Sheryl Sievert 


At the beginning of June, Anna Peterson attended a two-week seminar on teaching the history of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Pastor David Vásquez published an article titled "Biblical Fluency: Living under God's Influence" in the June issue of "Currents in Theology and Mission." The volume was dedicated to reflecting upon, learning from, celebrating and furthering the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith Initiative.

Loren Toussaint was accepted for participation in the Early Career Reviewer program at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. As an Early Career Reviewer, Loren will serve the NIH by participating in peer review, work with accomplished researchers in psychology and medicine to help NIH identify the most promising grant applications, enhance professional networks and develop grant writing and review skills.  

Loren Toussaint and Gabriel Dorn '15, members of the Luther College Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit, along with colleagues Grant Shields from UC-Davis and George Slavich from UCLA, have published "Forgiveness Buffers the Effects of Lifetime Stress Exposure on Health" in the Journal of Health Psychology. It is the first study to demonstrate that people with forgiving personalities are protected from the damaging effects of lifetime stress on mental health. The study utilizes a state-of-the-art stress assessment that indexes stress from childhood through adulthood and covers virtually all domains of life stress.


For sale: Beautiful three piece Boyd solid oak headboard set for full or queen mattress. Two pieces sit on either side of headboard and contain drawers and storage space. We are moving and must sell. Contact Lisa, <chenli01> or (515) 468-9784, for more information and photos.

Free: Four bushes (approx 34" tall) and ferns available to anyone willing to dig them up. Email Anna Peterson <petean07>.

For sale: 2002 Toyota Camry LE (silver color) for sale. 107,500 miles. Asking price $5,500. The vehicle has been purchased new and stayed in the same household. Has been regularly maintained. Call Scott if interested at 380-1904.

For sale: Senior Nordic Dancer black pants, 30-inch waist, $20. Contact Marjorie Wharton <whartonm> or 382-3320.

Wanted: Condo mate. $400 per month includes all utilities for a separate bathroom/bedroom, with shared fridge and cooking/meals. Contact Deborah Bishop at 379-6037.

For sale: Three-bedroom, two-bath house. Great location next to college on a half-acre of wooded property. Two-car garage. Ready to move in. Call 387-0242 for more info.

Wanted: Volunteer Nordic Fest shuttle drivers, hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26. The shuttle will take passengers from campus to downtown Decorah and back. Drivers must be at least 20 years old and approved to drive by Facilities Services. If interested in any time frames to drive, please contact Chris Johnson at Facilities Services.

For sale: Custom made oak bookshelf. This beautiful piece has four shelves and eight drawers. Can be viewed at the Facilities Services office. Offers should be sent to Steve Arneson by July 11 at 5 p.m. Please email Steve <arnesost>.

For sale: Gorgeous custom made oak bar, the perfect addition to any home. Can be viewed at the Facilities Services office. Offers should be sent to Steve Arneson by July 11 at 5 p.m. Please email Steve <arnesost>.

Wanted: We are still in need of faculty and staff hosts for the new student orientation event "Desserts in Decorah." A great time to meet and greet a few new students in your home, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Feel free to partner with another colleague to share the fun. Contact Jane Hildebrand <hildebja> or Sue Halverson <halvesu> to sign up and for more information.

For sale: Antique oak drop-front writing desk. Lots of compartments and three large, deep drawers for organizing your stuff. Sturdy hinges. Desk top can easily accommodate a laptop. Great solution for a small space. $125. Contact <chrija02> for pictures and inquiries.

For sale: 1995 Volvo 850GLT wagon. Car owned by two people. The car is in good shape. 139,500 miles but this model can make 200,000. Asking $2,500. Please call Scott Bassford after 4 p.m. at (410) 603-0724 or Lisa Lantz at (443) 235-3664.  For more information and pictures see http://www.decorahnow.com/posts/15515.

For sale: 27-inch HDTV flat screen Samsung television. Good working TV. Contact if would like pictures. I am moving so need it picked up or delivered by July 9. Asking $20 or best offer. Contact Sarah <stadsa03>.

Fundraiser: Nordic Dancer fundraiser July 2 at Culver's in Decorah from 5-9 p.m. Senior Nordic Dancers will be greeters and servers for the evening. Orchestra will play from 6-6:30 p.m. T-shirts, horns, wreaths and CD's will be for sale. 10 percent of proceeds from the evening will be given to the Senior Nordic Dancers for their trip to Norway in 2017.

Free: Do you need office supplies? Save money at the Office Supplies Reuse Station (across from Valders 372F). Stop by any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to pick up free items such as manila file folders, paper trays, 3-ring binders, scissors, staple removers, pens, etc. for either work or home.

For rent: One level, three-bedroom house, very energy efficient with in-floor heating, 708 Rural Ave. Located in a great neighborhood near St Ben's school and Decorah Hospital. Call 380-7842.

Lefse flippers: Looking for lefse flippers July 24-26. No need to have previous experience, no need to be Norwegian... just need to have a desire to help at Nordic Fest and have fun. Please contact <julie> if interested in helping out. Shifts are just two and a half hours long, but seem like minutes since we're having such a great time. Proceeds go back into the Fest and the Decorah High School girls soccer team.


And finally...

What better way to celebrate the week of July 4 than to tune into the World Cup and cheer on the United States Men's Soccer Team as they take on Belgium in the knock-out round. The match can be streamed live though ESPN at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1.