Tuesday, July 22

TUESDAY 7/22/14

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Copier phone scam update

The Document Center was informed that several 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 caller will send toner and then charge the office three or four times the regular price. 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 blog

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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 Dec. 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.

Edible landscapes ready to pick

There are lots of different greens, several herbs and flowers 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.

Facilities Services announcement

The steps at the south end of the Union, by the cafeteria, leading to the stadium will be recapped in the near future. There is not a definite date yet but this project will begin very soon.

Volunteer drivers needed

Looking for volunteer Nordic Fest shuttle drivers Friday and Saturday, July 25-26 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The shuttle takes 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 driving, please contact Chris Johnson at Facilities Services, 387-1010 or <johnch07>.

Lunch on the Lawn, Nordic style

The Luther community is invited to Lunch on the Lawn in Bentdahl Commons on Wednesday, July 23. This week features a Nordic Rock Throw contest (prize for male and female winners) and Norwegian treat. 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.  Future dates are Aug. 13 and 27. Rain location is Marty's.


Events this week

July 22: "Dips, Spreads, Other Healthy Fillers," Noon-1 p.m., Valders 379
July 28: "Sweet Earth Farm Tour," Noon-1 p.m., Sweet Earth Farm
July 29: "Cooking with Children," Noon-1 p.m., Valders 379

Summer events this week

July 19-26, Trudy Peach (Rosemaling) 

July 20-26, Weston Noble Alumni Choir

July 20-23, Wrestling Team Camp 3

July 21-24, Soccer Instructional Camp

July 21-24, Soccer Mini Camp

July 21-26, WIYLDE

July 24-27, Get Down, Give Back

July 25-27, Nordby Skolekorps

July25-28, Nannestad School of Fine Arts

July 27-Aug. 8, Pre-College Sustainability

July 27, Border Battle Team Shootout

July 27, Football 7 vs. 7 Passing Camp

Oneota Film Festival summer films

Oneota Film Festival and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, in special arrangement with the Norwegian Film Institute, will present recent Norwegian films beginning with the award-winning documentary "North of the Sun" ("Nordfor Sola"). It will play at 3 p.m. Friday, July 25 at the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water Street across from Vesterheim Museum.

On Saturday, a series of short Norwegian films will be shown beginning at 3 p.m. at Amdal-Odland Center. The films include "Dreaming of the Golden Eagle" ("Drømmen om kongeørnen") (8 min.) and Øystein Moe and Alexander Somma's indescribably quirky "Alien Repair Guy" (13 min.). "The Devil's Ballroom" ("Mannen fra isødet") (15 min.) will also be shown.

All Oneota Film Festival films are free of charge. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come basis. Decorah's nonprofit Oneota Film Festival is made possible in part by support from Luther College.

Follow Luther alumnus on the Tour de France

Follow the last week of Matthew "Flip" Busche, Luther class of 2007, on 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/.


Unexpected good news

A week ago today we were reeling from the "presumed" diagnosis of lymphoma. Today we have been stunned by good news! Sue and I met my Mayo Hematology Nurse Practitioner today to learn the joyful news that my PET scan came back negative. This means I don't have any aggressive form of lymphoma. There is a possibility I have an indolent or low grade lymphoma. That type of lymphoma grows so slowly it isn't treated, only monitored. I will return to Mayo Clinic in two months to follow up on this. Read more.

Job openings

Director of Human Resources: Responsible for managing all aspects of human resources including classification, compensation and benefits, employee relations, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, retirement and taxes. Additional responsibilities include developing and enhancing policies and procedures, preparing analyses and reports, overseeing HR information systems and data management, and interpreting laws and regulations and advising the college administration and employees regarding the same. Beginning date Nov.-Dec. 1.

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.

New employee

Bryan Nikkel started his position as head baseball coach and director of athletic facilities on July 9. His office is Regents Center 217E, telephone 387-1590.


Tex Sordahl recently had his paper, "Distribution of color-morphs of the Eastern Screech-Owl in Iowa" published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The paper is the product of his long-term research project on polymorphism in screech-owls.

Kirk Larsen along with a colleague at the Universidad de Guadalajara coauthored an article titled "Response of ants to the leafhopper Dalbulus quinquenotatus and extrafloral nectaries following fire" published in the June 2014 issue of the journal Sociobiology, volume 61, pages 136-144.

An article by David Kamm titled "Ole Rasmussen Dahl's Drawings of the Southern Prisons of U.S. Officers during the American Civil War" has been published by the Norwegian-American Historical Association, Norway. The article appears in Norwegian-American Essays 2014: Migrant Journeys: The Norwegian-American Experience in a Multicultural Context.

Rebecca Sullivan's article "The iPad in Library Instruction: Collaborative Inquiry for Information Retrieval" appeared in the June 2014 issue of College and Undergraduate Libraries.


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.

For sale: 2005 Pontiac Montana SV6 minivan in great condition. Loaded, includes DVD, captains chairs. Dark blue. Good tires. Call Lyle for a test drive 419-2897.


And finally...

May the Norsk be with you! Get out and enjoy Decorah's Norwegian heritage this weekend, with lefse, rommegrot, varme polse, the Kubb tournament, rock throwing, entertainment galore and so much more! For the full schedule of events see: http://www.nordicfest.com/.