Tuesday, July 15

TUESDAY 7/15/14

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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.


Copier phone scammers

The Document Center was informed that two different offices recently 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 387-1631 or 387-1013.

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

Check out the newest Ideas and Creations blog posts, including Thomas Johnson's "On producing a short documentary film," and Bob Shedinger's "Debating Darwin."


This initiative encourages Luther staff and faculty to stay active during the workday by taking half an hour walks, three times per week. A 30 minute walk adds about 4,000 steps to a typical day. Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday meet outside of Main at 9 a.m. and come join in on the fun. The program runs through Aug. 14. There is a drawing to win 20 chamber dollars every week as well as a grand prize.

Luther Health Care Plan

During 2014, the Luther Health Care Plan covers 100 percent of a Walk-In Community Wellness Test at Winneshiek Medical Center and physical exam for employees and their dependents. In addition to the blood screening, employees and spouses must complete the online Health Risk Assessment (https://www2.luther.edu/hr/benefits/health-plan/changes/) and have a physical exam. Upon completion, the Wellness Check-Up form ( https://www2.luther.edu/hr/faculty-staff/common-forms/) must be returned to Human Resources before December 31, 2014 to avoid the additional $25 monthly insurance premium in 2015. 

Request for support for Iowa Private College Week, Aug. 4-8

Luther will again participate in Iowa's annual Private College Week which is scheduled for  Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8. Morning and afternoon sessions take place each day.

We offer an academic fair at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day where students and parents have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff about Luther's academic programs. Those who are able to spare a half hour for one or more of the sessions, should email <visitevents> with their availability. Participants should indicate all of the sessions they are able to cover and how many they are willing to cover. We coordinate coverage so that we have varied representation at each session.

New windows in Larsen Hall 

The windows in Larsen Hall are currently being replaced. The new windows will be much more efficient.

The office supplies reuse closet has moved

The office supplies reuse closet has moved to Valders 364. Pick up used goods between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. There are currently tons of three ring binders, manilla folders, paper trays and more available. Have items to donate? Drop them off at the counter in the reuse closet during business hours.


Events this week

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

Summer events this week

July 16, Football Individual Camp

July 16-July 21, Olufsen Family Reunion 

July 17-July 25, Movement Fundamentals Coalescence 2014

July 18-July 20, Raptor Resource Project

July 18-July 20, 8 and 9 Man Team Camp (Football)

July 18-July 20, Soccer Team Camp 1

July 18-July 24, Gene Tokheim Housing

July 18-July 20, Seed Savers Conference 

July 19-July 26, Trudy Peach (Rosemauling) 

July 20-July 36, Weston Noble Alumni Choir

July 20-July 23, Wrestling Team Camp 3

July 21-July 24, Soccer Instructional Camp

July 21-July 24, Soccer Mini Camp

July 21-July 26, WIYLDE

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 wrote on his blog 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/.

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.


Unexpected news

Mike Blair has set up a Caring Bridge website to update friends on an unexpected health journey that has developed this summer. Visit his site at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mikeblair2.

New employee

Ahmed Muaz started his position as Multi-media Specialist on June 30. His office is in Preus Library 100A, telephone 387-1823.

Job openings

Administrative assistant for Office of the President: Full-time administrative assistant in the Office of the President. Duties include serving as the office receptionist, managing the President's schedule, making travel arrangements, scheduling meetings, coordinating events, providing budget management support and processing mail. The administrative assistant also provides support to the Executive Assistant to the President and the Vice President for Communications and Marketing. Bachelor's degree required, with three years experience providing executive-level administrative support. Applications received by Aug. 1 will be given preference.  

To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website: https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com


To Sheryl and Perry Sievert on the July 10 death of Perry's brother, Todd Sievert of Mesquite, Texas.


Earlier this month Nick Gomersall presented a paper, "Undergraduate Macroeconomics as Current Analysis: A Constructivist Experiment," at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Heterodox Economists, held in London. The paper described an alternative teaching method used in Econ 247 last fall.

John Christianson attended a seminar on "Freedom and Migration in a Norwegian-American Context" in Fagernes, Norway, on June 18-21 and presented a paper on "The Invention of American Immigration History."

Dawn Reding, visiting assistant professor of biology, along with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Universidad de Sonora, and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, co-authored "Range-wide analysis of genetic structure in a widespread, highly mobile species (Odocoileus hemionus) reveals the importance of historical biogeography." The study, published in the July issue of Molecular Ecology, presents a comprehensive genetic analysis of mule deer populations across North America to identify subspecies and the factors contributing to their divergence.

Empowering Learners, a philanthropic project led by Ann Sponberg Peterson, is pleased to report that two sea containers have arrived in Namibia filled with 23,000 books and 30 desktop computers for the benefit of the Josef Shifeta Primary School in Ongenga, the Nangombe Combined School in Okahao, and the Oniipa Primary School.  Many thanks to all the members of the Luther community who support this effort in so many ways. Those gifts are sincerely appreciated. For more information on the project see: www.empoweringlearnersnamibia.org 


Free: There are mixed greens and several herbs available in the campus edible landscape areas, 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>.

For sale: 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. 125,893 miles. Contact Chris Johnson, 387-1010 or <johnch07>.

For sale: Baseball-theme ceiling fan. Email [email protected] for pictures or with questions. $30.

Free: Beautiful Italian-made wire pet rabbit cage with plexiglas panel inserts large enough for two pet rabbits. Also included: several small bales of bedding and a large bag of rabbit food. Contact Ruth Kath <kathruth>.

Looking for a few good (or not) golfers: United Way of Winneshiek County will hold its 12th annual four-person best shot golf benefit on Monday, Aug. 4. The event includes lunch and prizes in addition to a round of golf. Proceeds cover the expenses that the all-volunteer United Way board incurs as it raises money to benefit 18 human services agencies that help people in the county. Go here http://www.unitedwaywinnco.org/events.html for more information and to register to play golf at the benefit. Contact Ellen <modeel01> for more information.

Garage sale: Huge multi-family garage sale, July 18-19, Friday 1-7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at 507 River St., Decorah. Boys and girls clothes: 3 mo.-5T, some XS, S and M youth clothes too. Two table and chair sets, toys, kitchen items, books, jewelry, scrapbooking supplies, adult clothes and much misc. Contact Julie, <julie> or 387-1865, with questions.


And finally...

Today (July 15) is St. Swithin's Day, a day on which people watch the weather. Tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days. This weather-rhyme, well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times, says it all:

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair

(nae mair = no more)