Tuesday, July 8

TUESDAY 7/8/14

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Coffee break with President Carlson

All members of the campus community are invited to have refreshments with President Carlson Friday, July 18, at Bentdahl Commons. Come anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to relax, refresh and welcome Dr. Carlson to campus. (Rain location is Peace Dining Room.) 

Staff Excellence Award recipients

Luther College staff members Michael Bartels and Karen Dallenbach have been named the recipients of the Luther Staff Excellence Award for 2014. Bartels and Dallenbach were recognized at the annual Staff Appreciation Day on June 4.

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes exemplary performance by staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of Luther.


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)

Copier phone scammers

The Document Center was informed today that two different offices received a phone call asking about the copier in the office. The caller was requesting the brand and model number of the machines in the office. The majority of copiers/printers on campus are covered under a contract with Ricoh to supply the toner, parts and service for your machines. Please do not give out any information about the machine in your office.  Have them call Jeff or Kim in the Document Center at (563) 387-1631 or (563) 387-1013.

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 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, 387-1000 or help.luther.edu.

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.

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!

Ideas and Creations: Summertime, and the livin' is easy

Check out the newest Ideas and Creations blog posts, including Todd Pedlar's "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," Kate Elliott's "Get lost," and later this week posts from Thomas Johnson and Bob Shedinger.


Events this week

July 8, Sustainability Class, "Pressure Cooking," 12-1 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379

July 8, Exploring the rare book collection of Preus Library, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Preus Library, Rare Books Room

July 10, Making a college work V: Enhancing the student experience V, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Preus Library, Hovde Lounge

July 10, Interacting with students in the classroom and beyond V: Dealing with aggressive and hurtful students, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Preus Library, Hovde Lounge

July 16, Sustainability Class, “Quick & Simple Salad for a Fast and Easy Lunch,” 12-1 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379 

July 17, Sustainability Class, “Make Your Own Greek Yogurt,” 12-1 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379 

July 21, Sustainability Class, “Composting 101,” 12:15-1:15 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 362 

July 22, Sustainability Class, “Dips, Spreads, Other Healthy Fillers,” 12-1 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 379

Summer events this week

July 6- July 10, Distance Running Camp

July 7-July 11, Discovery Camp: Pre K Kindernature 2

July 7-July 11, Discovery Camp: Survival Camp

July 9- July 12, Wrestling Team Camp 1

July 10- July 12, 5th-8th Grade Skills Camp (volleyball)

July 11- July 13, Soccer Elite Camp

July 11- July 13, Alumni Reunion '98

July 13-July 15, Volleyball Varsity Skills Camp 2

July 14-July 17, Wrestling Team Camp 2

July 14-July 18, Global Youth Institute

July 14-July 18, Discovery Camp: Edible Earth

Follow Luther alumnus on the Tour de France

Riding in his first Tour de France, Matthew "Flip" Busche, Luther College class of 2007, is excited for the opportunity and impressed by the start of the 101st "le Tour."

"I'd be lying if I said the reception here in Yorkshire for the 'Grand Depart' wasn't impressive. I've never seen so many people lining the road. The noise has been deafening," Busche said after stage one of the Tour de France.

Follow Busche's perspective of the Tour de France on his blog at http://matthewbusche.blogspot.fr/ and on Twitter follow @matthewbusche. Keep track of the tour online at: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2014/us/.

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 Lawn in Bentdahl Commons 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.

Luther College Student Activities Council presents Love and Theft, and Gloriana Sept. 27 

Love and Theft, and Gloriana will take the stage at Luther College Saturday, Sept. 27 in the Regents Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. Tickets will go on sale to students Thursday, Sept. 4, and to the public Thursday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased at www.tickets.luther.edu, by calling the Ticket Office at 387-1357, or by visiting the Ticket Office


Job openings

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 positions or view all current openings at the employment website: https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


To Doreen Bidne, Debbie Aske and families on the June 13 death of their father, Gene Gulrud of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Thank you

Thank you to all in the Luther community who have expressed their sympathies to me and my family on the death of my father. Your cards, memorials, thoughts, prayers and words of comfort are much appreciated. We are blessed to be a part of such a great place as Luther, with such caring and thoughtful people.

-Kirk Johnson, Alumni Office


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.

A proposal to support recycling efforts on the Luther College campus written by Callie Mabry '14 and Bekah Schulz '14 has resulted in the college being awarded a $1,000 grant from Winneshiek County Solid Waste Agency.


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, 387-1146.

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>.

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.

Free: There are mixed greens and several herbs available in the Edible Landscapes, like kale, swiss chard, lettuce, basil, dill, and mint. When harvesting kale and swiss chard, pick the outer leaves from the plant since they are still young. For lettuce, cut off what you'd like with scissors, leaving an inch so that the plant will regrow. For the herbs, pick off what you'd like! Contact <yappma01> with any questions.

For sale: Six-year-old, 13 cu.ft. upright freezer. Like new condition. Not a frost-free freezer. Meat stays much fresher in this type. Asking $100. Contact <halvly01> if interested.

For sale: Aquarium and decorative iron stand - 55 gallons, 12.5 x 20 x 48 inch, glass with screen lid. $60. Contact Molly <mcnimo01>. 


And finally...

Saturday, July 12 is Simplicity Day. Living simply has been shown to increase clarity and focus, and that with less "stuff" people actually "gain" time.

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

-Arthur Ashe

I believe that a simple and unassuming life is good for everybody, physically and mentally.

-Albert Einstein

For more on Simplicity Day see http://www.doonething.org/calendar/simplicityday.htm