Tuesday, Sept. 24

TUESDAY 9/24/13

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2013 fall semester enrollment

Luther's 2013 fall semester student enrollment is 2,466.

U.S. students of color total 197 (8.0% of total enrollment), and international students total 142 (5.8% of total enrollment).

Forty states (includes Iowa) and 56 countries (includes U.S.) are represented in our total enrollment.

Our new registered student total is 668 (628 first-year students, 39 transfer students, 1 special non-degree student).

Student enrollment full-time equivalent (FTE) is 2,438.

Forty-one percent of our total enrollment report Lutheran as their religious affiliation.

First-year to second-year persistence for the 2012 first-year student cohort is 87.1%, first-year to third-year persistence for the 2011 first-year student cohort is 83.3%, and first-year to fourth-year persistence for the 2010 first-year cohort is 79.1%.

Our most recent four-year graduation rate (2009 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2013) is 67%. Our most recent five-year graduation rate (2008 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2013) is 80.5%.  Our most recent six-year graduation rate (2007 first-year student cohort graduating by Aug. 31, 2013) is 75.6%.

For detailed enrollment information for years 2009-13, and first-year student cohort persistence and graduation rates over time, visit New Luther Data: Fall 2013, http://www2.luther.edu/ir/enrollment/.


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.

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.

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>.

Davis Projects for Peace

Luther has been invited to participate in the summer 2014 Davis Projects for Peace, funded by a $1 million gift by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist who died earlier this year at 106 years of age. Her gift will fund summer peace projects undertaken by students at the more than 90 Davis United World College Scholars institutions across the United States. Luther students (working alone or in groups) interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Jan. 13. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000. For additional details and to receive application information, contact Jon Lund, Luther’s Davis United World College Scholars Program campus contact <lundjon>, or Terry Sparkes, Director of College Honors <sparkete>.

Faithfulness Beyond Boundaries retreat

Campus Pastor David Vasquez will lead a retreat at the Franciscan Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on Friday, Sept. 27 (7-9 p.m.) through Saturday, Sept. 28 (8-4 p.m.). Along with insights from both Christian and Jewish tradition on the book of Ruth, the retreat will draw on the voices of immigrants living in the margins of our society today and invite participants to reflect in their our own times of transition. For transportation, information and to register email <vasqda01>.

Paideia 450 for 2014-15 academic year 

Faculty wishing to propose a new Paideia 450 for the 2014-15 academic year will need to submit a proposal to be reviewed by the Paideia Governing Board by Oct. 25. The departmental form can be found at https://www.luther.edu/academics/dean/forms/paideia_course/. After receiving the approval of the governing board, faculty proposing courses will also need to complete the APC form and go through the APC process for faculty approval.

Ethics Hotline

Luther College management is committed to providing a safe, respectful and ethical working environment. If it is felt the college is not living up to this commitment, staff, faculty and students are encouraged to report the concern via the College Conduct and Ethics Hotline. The Hotline is an off-campus, confidential service allowing individuals to report concerns regarding college operations or workplace behavior that violates laws or Luther’s Policy of Professional Conduct. While this service is anonymous, please rest assured that Luther’s policies prohibit retaliation against any individual for responsibly reporting any workplace concern, regardless of the manner of reporting. The Hotline number is 1-877-409-0108.  

Res dining faculty and staff meal prices

Faculty and staff have reduced meal prices in Res Dining. Breakfast is $4, lunch is $5.65 and dinner is $7.50. Come join us for a meal and see all the changes that happened over the summer.

New items in the C-store

The C-store is now serving fresh k'uun coffee from Calmar, freshly made granola from Center Point and new items from Waukon's Homestead Dairy. COWABUNGA is the name of our new "reverse" ice cream sandwich from Homestead Dairy. They put a chocolate chip cookie inside a chocolate-dipped ice cream bar.

Sponsor a family from the Decorah community

Please consider sponsoring a family in the Decorah Community this holiday season. Encourage members of your student organization or academic department to help make the holidays brighter for less fortunate families in our area. If you would like a access to the online sponsorship form please email [email protected].

92 percent retention rate

The Student Support Services Program has achieved a 92% retention rate — 156 of 169 students served in 2012-13 either graduated or are continuing their studies this year. SSS serves first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and/or students receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Services range from tutoring and advising to leadership development and graduate school assistance. The program has been in place at Luther for 40 years. For more information, stop by the SSS Office in Preus Library, call 387-1269, or visit sss.luther.edu.

Fall Fling community service day Oct. 26

Volunteers from the LCSC will help Decorah residents with fall chores Saturday, Oct. 26 when Luther holds its annual Fall Fling community service day. Service will include yard work, planting, light housework, window removal, cleaning, and other chores. Groups of assigned students will go to each home for an hour and a half. There is no charge for the Fall Fling services, but donations will be accepted.

Decorah residents may sign up by contacting Luther College Ministries, 387-1271 or <ministry> before Friday, Oct. 18. Please provide a brief explanation of the household or yard tasks to be completed in a 90-minute timeframe.


Events this week

Sept. 25, Guest Recital, John Snow, oboe, Timothy Lovelace, piano, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Sept. 27, Center Stage Series Performance, Weiss Newman Trio, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Sept. 29, Faculty Artist Series, Music in the Shape of a Pear, Brooke Joyce, 4 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Sept. 25:  Greg Jesson, Norsemen
Friday, Sept. 27:  Jon Jensen, Cantorei
Monday, Sept. 30
:  Brad Chamberlain

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.

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.

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.

Reminder-Anne Lamott lecture open to public

Important note regarding the lecture by Anne Lamott. The 7:30 pm lecture Saturday, Sept. 28, is open to all members of the Luther and Decorah community with no charge for admission. Please join us for this distinguished guest.

Music in the Shape of a Pear

"Music in the Shape of a Pear" concert series will present "Music from the year 1973" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and features concert music and popular music from 1973. Featured in the concert are Luther music faculty members Ann Benjamin, Carol Hester, Xiao Hu, Helen James, Brooke Joyce, Karen Kanakis, Joseph Kromholz, Eric Kutz and Jacob Lassetter as well as student performer Hanna Josephson. Special guests include band “Absolute Hoot,” featuring Erik Berg, Jeni Grouws, Nori Hadley, Steve Smith, and Mark Stumme. 

The Weiss Kaplan Newman Trio

The Weiss Kaplan Newman Trio, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on Luther's campus. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors 65 and older, and $15 for youth ages 4-18. The program, part of the college's Center Stage Series, consists of an all-Beethoven bill including the "Ghost" piano trio (op. 70, no.1), the "Pathétique" piano sonata (op.13, no.8), and the trio in E-flat major (op.70, no.2). 

Photography on display from Sept. 26-Oct. 13

A retrospective of photographs by Jim Hockings '69, will be held in the Union Art Gallery and the CFA Gregerson Gallery Sept. 26-Oct. 13. All are invited to the opening at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the CFA. Jim spent his career in Canada, where he was the recipient of many national commissions and awards for his art photography. Professor Nick Preus and artist Carl Homstad will speak about Jim’s life and work.

Luther guest recital

Luther alumnus Rodolfo Nieto will perform a bass-baritone recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus. Following the performance, Nieto will speak about his experiences as an emerging professional opera singer and will take questions from the audience. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Guest lecture Søren Hermansen

Energy expert Søren Hermansen tells the story of how a community came together to create a future of sustainable energy in his lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. The lecture, held in Olin 102, is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Winneshiek Energy District will host a special energy breakfast with Hermansen at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at T-Bock's Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Decorah.

Barker to present Luther College religion forum lecture Oct. 1

To uncover some of the earliest contestations over the meaning of Jesus' identity and mission, join Barker for the Luther College Religion Forum Lecture, "Why did John write a gospel?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Olin 102.

Tortillas and Lefse: celebrating immigrant roots, calling for reform

As our national leaders discuss immigration reform, we invite you to engage the conversation through prayer, fasting and action. This Wednesday, Sept. 25, fast for a meal and email or call your elected representative to them know you care about this issue (contact info at http://house.gov/). Break your fast at Soul Food at 9:30 p.m. in the CFL, a service of prayer, reflection and holy communion, followed by fellowship around treats that go well with tortillas and lefse.

Student recital

Alex Greiner '14, will perform a baritone recital at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall. A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.


Loren Toussaint, along with colleagues Nathaniel Wade, Iowa State University, and Frederic Luskin, Stanford University, commented on forgiveness of murders.  The story appears in TODAY News at:http://www.today.com/news/how-do-you-forgive-killer-mother-moves-past-tragedy-4B11203330.

Rachel Woolsey '14 had her COMS Research Methods paper, "Parent and Adult-Child Relationships Affected by Alzheimer's Disease," published in Vol. 45, No. 2 of the "Iowa Journal of Communication."

Kelsey Engbrecht '14, Meghan Kaufenberg '14, and Isaac Skelton '14 had their Communication Studies Research Methods papers competitively selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association Conference, Sept. 20-21. Kaufenberg's paper was selected as a top three student paper of the conference.

Kim Powell presented on two panels at the Iowa Communication Association Conference Sept. 20-21 regarding professionalism in academia and the workplace. Powell also serves as President-elect of the organization.


New employees/transfers

Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members: Ashley Dress, Jake Geis, Felicia Pinto, Ashley Turk, Paige Wettach and Megan Woodward. This volunteer group comes from across the nation to help create a just and vibrant local food system and build active local communities. Housed at Luther’s Center for Sustainable Communities in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness initiative, members serve in 18 community school districts across the region. 


To Bethany (Bierman) Krepela '95, Twin Cities-based gift planning officer and family, on the birth of Caris Kimberli Krepela on Saturday, Sept. 7. All are doing well. "Caris" by the way rhymes with "Paris," and is Greek for God's unmerited favor.    


To Amy Wrightsman on the death of her father, Harold Mueller of Garnavillo, Iowa, who passed away Sept. 18.

To Norma and Harley Refsal on the Sept. 22 death of Norma's mother, Julie
Clauson Boots '38, Decorah.

Thank you

The United Way of Winneshiek County has a goal of $160,000. Thank you to everyone who has already turned in your pledge form. Employees who turn in their form to HR by Oct. 15 will have their name in the drawing for prizes, which includes one vacation day. Payroll deduction is an easy way to make a donation, and begins Jan. 1. If you need a pledge form, email <kelly.wedmann>. Your support makes a difference.


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.

For rent: Quality-built three-bedroom, two and a half bath, spacious home located within walking distance of trails, schools and downtown. Lots of garage space for cars, toys and storage. Very pleasant and comfortable home. $1,200/month with attached two-car garage, or $1,300/month with additional 2-4 car garage/workshop/storage space. Call Mike at 382-2121 or 380-9316, or Ruth at (203) 387-8220, for more information.

Wanted: Senior nursing student at Luther looking for a room or an apartment to rent short-term until this December. Willing to pay around 300 for rent. Please email <petema23>.

For sale: Four-five bedroom three and a half bath home. Hidden in trees on 1.3 acres with very little maintenance. Great location with valley views, only one mile from college. Privacy. New roof. Call 387-0242 for more info.

Lost: My husband's wedding band on a gold chain; probably close to the sidewalk on Center St. between the Sustainability House and High St. Incredible sentimental value, handmade by me for him. Sterling ring gold chain. Please call 213-9460.

Wanted: The Traffic Hearing Board is looking for a staff person to volunteer to join us at our meetings. We meet once or twice a month for about an hour. Guarantee to be the best hour of your day. Please contact Judy at <schnitju> if you can help us out. Thank you.

For rent: Quality-built three-bedroom two and a half bath spacious home located within walking distance of trails, schools and downtown. Lots of garage space for cars, toys and storage. Very pleasant and comfortable home. $1,200/month with attached two-car garage, or $1,300/month with additional two to four car garage/workshop/storage space. Call Mike, 382-2121 or 380-9316, or Ruth, (203) 387-8220, for more information.

Wanted: Community members. Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties have enacted moratoriums on frac sand mining that allow a little over a year to research how it might effect our water, our air quality, our roads, our landscape and our community.  The community is invited to Paul Cienfuego's talk "Our Government Institutions Don't Serve Us-By Design" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Decorah Elks Club, at his workshop "Becoming We The People," Sept. 27-29, in Decorah, at the United Congregational Center, 209 W Broadway or at Democracy School, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2. For more information email [email protected] or visit http://democracyschooldecorah.weebly.com/.

Available: Julie Noel has recently opened her own business "Chef du Jour," a personal chef/catering business for the masses. She can provide food for daily meals or special events, cooking, baking and meal planning, and is ServSafe Certified. Call Julie at 379-5045 to talk about the possible and affordable choices.

Wanted: Indoor cyclists. Did you know indoor cycling is coming to Decorah? Help shape the future of the classes by taking this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FZQCYJZ. For more information go to reefuel.biz


And finally...

Sept. 22-28 is national Banned Books Week.

"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves." 

-Claude-Adrien Helvétius

Take time to read one of the books on the 2012-13 banned/challenged books list:

Alexie, Sherman, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

Anderson, M.T., "Feed"

Atwood, Margaret, "The Handmaid’s Tale"

Aylisli, Akram "Stone Dreams"

Brannen, Sarah S., "Uncle Bobby’s Wedding"

Card, Orson Scott, "Ender’s Game"

Chbosky, Stephen, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Colasanti, Susane, "When It Happens"

Connell, Richard, "The Most Dangerous Game"

Crawford, Brent, "Carter Finally Gets It

Ehrenreich, Barbara, "Nickel and Dimed: on (not) Getting By in America"

Esquivel, Laura, "Like Water for Chocolate: A novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and home Remedies

Green, John, "Looking for Alaska"

Hergé [Georges Remi],  "Tintin in the Congo"

Hosseini, Khaled, "The Kite Runner"

Howe, James, "Totally Joe"

Ignatow, Amy, "The Popularity Papers"

James, E.L., "Fifty shades of Grey"

King, Stephen, "Different Seasons"

Loux, Matthew, "Sidescrollers"

Manji, Irshad, "Allah, Liberty, and Love"

Martinez, Elizabeth, "500 Years of Chicano history in Pictures"

Moore, Alan, "Neonomicon"

Morrison, Toni, "Beloved"

Myers, Walter Dean, "Fallen Angels"

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, "Intensely Alice"

Othman, Norani, ed., "Muslim Women and the Challenges of Islamic Extremism"

Palaniuk, Chuck, "Fight Club"

Parr, Todd, "The Family Book"

Pelzer, Dave, "A Child Called It"

Plum-Ucci, Carol, "The Body of Christopher Creed"

Polacco, Patricia, "In Our Mothers’ House"

Richardson, Justin, and Peter Parnell, "And Tango Makes Three"

Satrapi, Marjane, "Persepolis"

Shakespeare, William, "Romeo and Juliet"

Sittenfeld, Curtis,  "Prep"

Smiley, Jane, "A Thousand Acres"

Swift, Graham, "Waterland"

Tateno, Makoto, "Hero-Heel 2"

Timberlake, Amy, "The Dirty Cowboy"

Trueman, Terry, "Stuck in Neutral"

Walls, Jeannette, "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"

Wilson, David Howard, "Robopocalypse"

Wolfe, Tom, "The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test"