Tuesday, Sept. 17

TUESDAY 9/17/13

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Sept. 18-19 staff meeting

Staff meetings begin again this month. September's agenda includes Aaron Steffens, with tips on orienting and supervising student workers, and Jon Jensen, who will share the goals and vision for the Center for Sustainable Communities. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room to allow greater participation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, and at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. All staff are strongly encouraged to attend.

Respecting chapel time

A reminder to the community that there are to be no meetings scheduled during 10:30-10:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Luther is distinctive in its practice of setting aside space for community-wide chapel and the campus is asked to respect this tradition of having "set apart" time for reflection and spiritual nourishment. 


Fall 2013 Luther Alumni Magazine is online

The fall 2013 Luther Alumni Magazine is online at www.luther.edu/magazine. Print issues will arrive soon. In this issue readers will find David Tiede, president for the interim, speaking about the issues and challenges that will help shape the college's future; a look at how a $1.5 million grant to college is being used to educate science teachers and researchers; highlights from 100 seasons of Norse football; interviews with alumni teaching abroad and more.

Legends/Regents closing early Sept. 20

The Regents Center is hosting a SAC concert on Friday, Sept. 20. The HPE/Pool locker rooms will close at 11:30 a.m. The pool will close at 10:15 a.m. Legends will remain open until 5:45 p.m., but patrons must access the facility through the event entrance doors on the north side of the building as the lower hallways will not be accessible. Thanks for your cooperation.

Kindernature registration open

Introduce your curious pre-schooler to the wonders of the natural world. Classes run from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 6. Meet behind the Red Barn on the Luther Campus. Online registration at luther.edu/environmentaloutreach or contact Emily Neal, 387-2138 or <nealem01>.

EZ Air Park

Employees parking vehicles at EZ Air Park in Minneapolis are reminded that the charges for parking should not include tax. The employee should inform the parking attendant when checking out that Luther is tax exempt.  EZ Air Park has the tax exemption certificate information on file. 

United Way

Look for information in your mailboxes this week about the local United Way of Winneshiek County. More information will be shared at the upcoming faculty/staff meetings.

1 in 10 first-year students is participating in SSS

Did you know that 1 in 10 first-year students is participating in Luther's Student Support Services program? Sixty-three of the 632 are benefitting from this federally-funded TRIO program.

SSS serves first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and/or students eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. The program is designed to support students' success through graduation. Services range from tutoring and advising to leadership development and graduate school assistance.

For more information, stop by the SSS Office in Preus Library, call 387-1269, or visit sss.luther.edu.

Outdoor Adventure After School

Get your K-second grade kids outside after school learning about the natural world through hands-on discoveries that are fun and educational, join Discovery Club! Held from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12. Pick-up from school available. Register online at luther.edu/environmentaloutreach or contact Emily Neal, 387-2138 or <nealem01>.

Weight management program

Wellness is having a meeting from 11:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Sept. 16, in Nansen for anyone interested in joining a 16-week weight management program. Contact Greg Lonning for more information.

Luther College fleet vehicles 

A reminder to all who use Luther College fleet vehicles. Any traffic citations issued by traffic cameras to a Luther College vehicle are the responsibility of the driver listed on the Facilities check out sheet. As with other moving violations if more than three citations are issued in a three year period to a college vehicle driver driving privileges will be suspended for three years from the latest citation.

Mail Center announces new account number

The Mail Center would like to announce a new account number is being used for UPS services on campus.  By leveraging Ricoh's combined shipping volumes we are able to provide a discount to the college for shipping. 

If your department has its own account number, and you would like to ship with the Mail Center's account, please contact Carolyn, 387-1447.  You can continue to use your own account.  Any old shipping papers with the previous account number should be destroyed.

Counseling service website information

The Counseling Service website offers a wealth of information and resources that you might find helpful in your work with students.  Especially useful will be the sections of the website pertaining to: Services; Crisis Resources; How to Help (especially Suicide Prevention and Violence Prevention); and For Faculty: Getting Help for Students. On the homepage, scroll down to "News & Updates" for our "2012-2013 Data Highlights," to view charts displaying data about our clients and services.

'Soup's On!' cooks needed

We are looking for volunteers to prepare a delicious soup for the upcoming "Soup's On!" events, an informal gathering of students, faculty, staff and Decorah community members. The dates of the "Soup’s On' events are Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Jan. 23 and March 13. Cooks are encouraged stay and enjoy the soup. These events will be a lot of fun and a great chance to meet new, interesting individuals. If interested, please contact the Diversity Center, <dyerja01>.

Myflexonline.com reminder

Current participants in the Flexible Benefit Plan may visit www.myflexonline.com to view current contributions and claims. This is a useful site that gives a total picture of an employee’s health care and/or dependent child care reimbursement plan. The site includes information of allowable expenses and printable claim forms.

'A Friend Asks' app

Would you know how to help a friend who is contemplating suicide? Download this free smart phone app from the Jason Foundation that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. A recommendation from the Luther Counseling Service.

'Walking in Spain and Morocco'

If you have a student or advisee still looking for a January course abroad, consider recommending "Walking in Spain and Morocco" (English 239). We will explore Barcelona, Granada and Marrakech. Fulfills J-2 and HE-PT requirements; application for "Intercultural" perspective is in process. Information meetings 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, both in Main 113. Or contact instructors Mark Z. Muggli <mugglimz> and Carol Gilbertson <gilbertc>.

Vascular screenings Oct. 10

Life Line Screening is coming to campus from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Mott/Borlaug room.

Recommended for anyone over 50 or age 40+ with the following risk factors: family history of stroke, diabetes, heart disease, or overweight, hypertension, smoking. Ultrasound and medical technologists conduct the screenings and board-certified physicians review the results. Luther employees will receive a 50% discount and pay only $55 for the screening. The screenings are fast, painless and do not require fasting.

Call Health Service at 387-1045 to schedule an appointment.

Participate in PALS

PALS is a community organization that matches Luther College students with elementary and middle school-age children in a big-brother/big-sister relationship. Fun group activities such as carnivals, holiday parties and picnics are held monthly right here in Decorah. If this sounds like a program your child would enjoy, please contact <pals> to request an application and/or to receive more information. Applications due Wednesday Sept. 25.


Events this week

Sept. 17, Religion Forum, "Conservation—The Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction," Diane Millis, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Sept. 18, Guest Recital, Allegresse Trio, flute, oboe and piano, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
SAC Leadership Presentation,
"How Do You Want to be Remembered?" Kent Stock, 7 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Sept. 19, Guest Lecture, " Fukushima is not Chernobyl? Don't be so Sure," Sarah Phillips, 4:30 p.m. F.W. Olin Building, Room 102
Guest Recital,
Linc Smelser, cello, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Sept. 20-22, Family Weekend

Sept. 20, SAC Concert, Mat Kearney, 7:30 p.m., Regents Center

Sept. 21, Adventure Race, 10 a.m.
Family Weekend Picnic, 11 a.m., Farewell Clearing
Family Weekend Concert,
Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral, Collegiate, Norsemen, Varsity Band, and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Music Ensemble Performance, Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band Concert, 8:45 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's

Sept. 22, Faculty Artist Series, Gregory Peterson, organ, 4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
Faculty Artist Series, Michael Chesher, clarinet, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
Guest Lecture, "For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future," John Ikerd, 7 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Sept. 18:  Kelley Johnson '04
Friday, Sept. 20:  Karla Suomala
Monday, Sept. 23:  Pam Torresdal

Lurth photography on display

Photographs by Aaron Lurth '08, are on display through Oct. 18 in Preus Library. The display includes eight large-format prints from Lurth's most recent body of work, "Parking." Through light, color and scale, Lurth's photographs create odd juxtapositions between unease and comfort, past and future and use and abandonment.

Photography on display through Oct. 18 

The work of Sandy Steinbrecher, Chicago photographer, will be on display through Friday, Oct. 18, in the Center for Faith and Life.

A gallery reception, artist talk and panel discussion will be held for Steinbrecher at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in the Center for Faith and Life. The show, titled "The Education Project: Educators as Advocates: a Look to the Future," and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Phyllis Yes art on display through Oct. 13

An art exhibit featuring Luther alumna Phyllis Yes is on display through Oct. 13, in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the Luther College campus. The exhibit, titled "God's Flowers," features six large acrylic paintings on canvas of colorful flower bouquets in a variety of clear glass vases.

Religion Forum with Diane Millis Sept. 17

Forming habits that help people be more present in their surroundings and reclaim the foundational importance of conversation in life are key concepts presented in the Religion Forum featuring Diane Millis.

Her lecture, titled "The Sacred Art of Conversation: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction," is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the CFL Recital Hall, and is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Vocation Visitor Sept. 17-19

Kelley Johnson '04, will be on campus Sept. 17-19 sharing with students her experiences with African immigrants, and other work with people of different cultures. She is visiting classes and will speak in chapel on Sept. 18. Contact Ruth Caldwell, 387-1181 or <caldweru>, for further details.

'Allégresse' trio guest recital Sept. 18

"Allégresse," the French word for joy, fittingly describes the Allégresse trio of flute, oboe and piano taking the stage at Luther at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The recital will be held in the Noble Recital Hall and is open to the public with no charge for admission. Prior to the performance the ensemble will give a master class for Luther students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Noble Recital Hall.

SAC Leadership lecture: Kent Stock

Kent Stock, teacher, coach, principal, banker and powerful speaker, will present a SAC Leadership lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science.

Stock’s lecture, "How Do You Want To Be Remembered?" will focus on how to live life on a daily basis and how his experience guiding the Norway High School baseball team gave him the insight to develop leaders in organizations nationwide.

Chinese Moon Festival Party Sept. 19

Do you see the moon is getting full? Yes, it is the Moon Festival again! Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 15th day of the eighth month in Chinese Lunar calendar, is a popular harvest festival celebrated in China. This year, it falls on Sept. 19. Co-sponsored by MLL and ASAA, a Moon Festival Party will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Farwell Lounge on the eighth floor. With delicious moon cakes and fragrant tea, come have a fun time playing Chinese games and learning about Chinese culture.

Linc Smelser guest recital Sept. 19

Award winning cellist Linc Smelser will perform with Luther faculty and the Luther College Cello Ensemble in an evening of music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

The performance, in the Noble Recital Hall, is open to the public with no charge for admission. The theme of the program is Works for Multiple Cellos. 

Family Weekend 2013

Family Weekend 2013 is scheduled for Sept. 20-22. Check out the online schedule at https://www.luther.edu/parents/familyweekend/ for event details. In the interest of conserving resources, a small supply of hard copies—the Family Weekend brochure—will be printed for distribution to parents and family members from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Dahl Centennial Union lobby. Questions about Family Weekend can be directed to the Development Office, to Kelly Wedmann, 387-1066, or Sue Drilling, 387-1100.

Public lecture 'Fukushima is not Chernobyl? Don't be so sure'

Sarah D. Phillips, professor of anthropology, Indiana College, will present public lecture "Fukushima is not Chernobyl? Don't be so sure," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Olin 102. Philips will also hold a brown-bag lunchtime Q&A session from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Mott Room in Dahl Centennial Union.

Phillips will present a public lecture addressing the issues of nuclear technology in different cultural contexts. She will consider whether “peaceful” nuclear technology is possible, focusing on two nuclear disasters: recent Fukushima and famous Chernobyl. Based on post-disaster ethnographic work in both sites, she will argue that independent of the system-Japanese or Soviet, nuclear technology requires obfuscation in multiple domains-medicine, science, governance-that create heavily scientized discourses and assumptions that assure us nuclear reactors are safe neighbors, while actually disregarding public concerns.

SAC Concerts: Mat Kearney Sept. 20

Nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Mat Kearney will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Regents Center. Sponsored by SAC Concerts, Kearney’s blend of pop and hip hop promises to be an exciting addition to the upcoming Family Weekend. General admission ticket sales begin Thursday, Sept. 12. Tickets are $22, and may be acquired online or directly from the box office. For questions regarding ticket sales, contact the box office at <boxoffice>.

Book Shop events Sept. 21

The Luther College Book Shop is hosting a trio of events—two book signings and a storybook reading session—on Saturday, Sept. 21. All events are open to the public with no admission charge.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Douglas "Dag" Rossman will sign copies of his newest book.

From 11 a.m. to noon, James McCaffrey, will sign copies of his newest book. 

Also from 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a storybook reading in the lobby of Dahl Centennial Union. 

Adventure Race Sept. 21

The Adventure Race is Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Register as a relay or individual. The race consists of three miles of canoeing or kayaking, a nine-mile bike ride, followed by a three-mile run. Register at https://www2.luther.edu/studentlife/wellness/adventure-race/. For more information or questions contact Karen Davidson <davika05> or Ashley Swanson <swansa01>.

Jazz Orchestra/Jazz Band concert Sept. 21

Luther College Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band will perform in concert at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in Marty's CyberCafé in the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther Campus. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

Luther Family Weekend Concert

Luther College's music department will present an evening of choral and instrumental music at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, as part of Family Weekend activities.

The concert, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on Luther's campus, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Seven ensembles will perform, including Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Norsemen, Wind and Percussion Ensemble and Varsity Band.  

For more information, visit https://www.luther.edu/parents/familyweekend/.

FAS: Gregory Peterson Sept. 22

Gregory Peterson, Luther College associate professor of music, will perform an organ recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The program includes Praeludium in G Major by Nicolaus Bruhns, Three Chorale Preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach, Passacaglia by G. Winston Cassler, Psalm-Prelude, Op. 32, No. 2 by Herbert Howells and three movements from the Byzantine Sketches by Henri Mulet. 

'For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future'

John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri Columbia, will give a guest lecture about the so-called success of the American food system at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus.

His lecture, "For Those Who Eat Food: Your Perishable Future," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Spontaneous dance work

David Marchant, guest dance artist and professor of the practice at Washington University in St. Louis, will create an original dance work with all students who are interested in the concept of "Spontaneous Performance" to premiere at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Studio II. Rehearsals for the performance are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 23-24 in Studio II. The event is generously supported by Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts and Theatre and Dance Programs.

Dance/science colloquium Sept. 26

David Marchant, guest dance artist and professor of the practice at Washington University in St. Louis, will co-present "Embracing the Fall: Contact Improvisation Dance as Therapy for Parkinson Disease" with Stephanie Fretham, assistant professor of anatomy on how dance and Parkinson's Disease may get along. Come join the colloquium in the Center for the Arts, Studio II at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26.


Alan Lerstrom, Communication Studies professor emeritus, and Isolde Anderson, Hope College, will be publishing "First-Year Students’ Use of Social Network Sites to Reduce the Uncertainty of Anticipatory Socialization" in the upcoming spring volume of the "Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition."

Laurie Iudin-Nelson was honored for 25 years of service at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minn., at a ceremony in July. Special guest at the event, which also served as a dedication of the new permanent Russian Village site and recognition of major donors, was Yury Y. Melnik, second secretary of the Russian Embassy, on behalf of His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. As part of the ceremony, an endowed scholarship was established in her name. The "Laurie Iudin-Nelson 25th Anniversary Endowed Fund" will grant scholarships for youth to attend the Russian Village.

Carol Gilbertson’s poem “In Memoriam” appears in the current issue of "Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature" (Vol. 3, 2013). The poem is a response to Agnieszka Piotrovska’s moving BBC documentary about the 1988 Spitak earthquake in Armenia, which killed 25,000 people in just a few minutes and left up to 500,000 people homeless.

Odette Bruneau and Jodi Meyer-Mork presented their work, "iPads and Text Master: Ideas to Increase Use of Technology in Teacher Education Programs," at the 20th International Conference on The Learner in Rhodes, Greece on July 12. Their article under the same title is currently in review for the "Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning."

Amy Weldon's essay "Hurling Yourself Against the Beautiful: Faulkner and Creativity" is just out in "William Faulkner: Critical Insights," ed. Kathryn S.Artuso (Salem Press, 2013). Her piece, "'The Common Gifts of Heaven': Animal Rights and Moral Education in Anna Letitia Barbauld's 'The Mouse's Petition' and 'The Caterpillar,'" originally published in "Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture 1780-1840," http://www.romtext.org.uk/articles/cc08_n02/) is being reprinted in "Poetry Criticism" (Layman Poupard Publishers for Gale/Cengage Learning, 2014).


New employees/transfers

Korrine Jackson began her position as Payroll Specialist Aug. 9. Her office is Main 25, telephone 387-1135.

Michael Reiter began his position as Keyboard Technician Aug. 1. His office is Jenson-Noble 189, telephone 387-1204.

Hillary Vamstad began her position as Campus News and Visual Media Assistant on Aug. 19. Her office is Dahl Centennial Union 213, telephone 387-1864.

Vaughn Tackmann began his position as Track Coaching Intern Sept. 2. His office is Regents Center 230, telephone 387-1083.

Renee Gunderson transferred to her position as Administrative Assistant in Education on Aug. 22.  

Position opening

Coordinator for special events and summer conferences: Coordinator will organize and market summer conferences and camps, coordinate Commencement and other special progrms held during the academic year, assist the director of Campus Proramming with campus-wide events, and arrange facility and housing rentals for campus guests. Qualifications include experience in conference and event management; demonstrated skill in planning, public relations, marketing, and personnel and budget management; and exceptional communication, leadership and technology skills, partnered with considerable initiative. Bachelor's degree and a commitment to the value of the arts and education are also essential. This is a 12-month administrative appointment, beginning November 2013. Send applications to <hr>.

Administrative and records assistant: The Alumni Office seeks a full-time 1.0 FTE administrative and records assistant. Will perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties in support of the day-to-day operations of the Alumni Office. Duties include serving as office receptionist, processing correspondence, managing event registrations, updating web pages and maintaining the database. This position calls for organizational skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to multitask. The candidate must also possess exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Send applications to <hr>.


For sale: 1998 Honda Elite S moped for sale. In great condition. Contact Claude Mertzenich, <mertzecl>.

Wanted: My name is Alison Vuolo, and I am a junior Music Education major at Luther College. I am currently seeking opportunities to tutor and/or mentor students in Decorah. Qualifications include: previous employment with College Nannies and Tutors, educational experience with grades 1-12, experience as a summer camp counselor, enrolled in Luther's teacher education program, passionate about teaching and helping kids succeed and can provide own transportation. Can help with all subjects, but for high schoolers, I am especially experienced in English, history, government, writing and grammar, music and ACT prep. Contact Alison Vuolo,<vuolal01>.

For sale: Two tickets to see Les Miserables performed at Rochester Civic Theatre (http://www.rochestercivictheatre.org/plays-civic-live/main-stage-productions.php) on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Cannot attend due to schedule conflict. Will sell tickets for $20/each ($30 regular price). Contact Kristin bjerke, <bjerkr01> or 387-2974.

For sale: Two fleet cars. A 2001 Chevy Malibu and a 2006 Chevy Impala. Both cars can be seen at the Facilities parking lot. The minimum bid for the Malibu is $3,400. The minimum bid for the Impala is $4,000. Bids should be emailed to Chris Johnson, <johnch07>, by 1 p.m. Sept. 13. Please state which car you are bidding on and the amount of your bid.

For sale: A 1997 Chevy pick-up with a lift gate and a 1993 Ford Ranger. The minimum bid for the Chevy is $400. The minimum for the Ford is $300. Bids should be emailed to Chris Johnson, <johnch07>, by 1 p.m. Sept. 13. Please state which truck you are bidding on and the amount of your bid.

For sale: 10-foot Pelican-Esprit 100 DLX-touring sit-in kayak, includes paddle and car top carrier, $400 OBO. Contact <meyerche>.

For sale: Frigidaire window air conditioner. Good condition. $150. Call 419-5681.

For sale: Specialized mountain bike. Great for trail or around town. $300. Excellent condition. Call 419-5681.

For sale: Marin Muir Woods 29er mountain bike. Excellent condition. $400. Call 419-5681.

Found: A pair of glasses was left in the Financial Aid Office about 2-3 weeks ago. Please stop by the office or call 387-1018 to claim them.

For rent: Second floor, clean, spacious, two-bedroom apartment at 408 Day Street. Available now. $300/month plus shared heating cost. Call 562-3851.

Free: Soloflex weight bench, excellent condition with all parts/instructions. Call 382-4676.

Seeking room: Looking for a place where my parents can rent a room for a night Saturday, Oct. 5. I hope there is some professor or administrative staff member who may have an extra room and would like a little extra $ for the trouble. My parents need a room for just about 12 hours and would “check-out” by about 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Willing to pay $75. Contact Jenna, <hogeje01> or (612) 247-1065.


Sept. 17-23 is National Constitution Week. 

"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."
-Benjamin Franklin