Tuesday, Nov. 26

TUESDAY 11/26/13

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Happy Thanksgiving

Offices can close early and staff are permitted to leave work at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 27. Most nonexempt employees scheduled to work eight hours on Wednesday will work six hours and receive two hours of additional pay. Those employees who will have already worked their shift by 3 p.m. or those who must work their full shift because of the nature of their position will be given the option of taking two hours of paid time off on a different day. If there are any questions, please contact your immediate supervisor or Human Resources.

-President Tiede and the Cabinet

Dessert receptions with the president

President and Mrs. Tiede look forward to hosting faculty and staff in their home in celebration of Christmas. Dessert receptions will be held on three consecutive evenings: Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-18. An e-invite and RSVP is forthcoming in early December with more details.

'In the Luther Loop 3'

An email with President Tiede's "In the Luther Loop 3" was sent Nov. 22 to all faculty, staff, students and emeriti. The text is also available here: https://www.luther.edu/president/speeches/loop3/.


Christmas at Luther parking notice

In order to accommodate the large number of visitors expected for Christmas at Luther we need to make adjustments in parking area designations. While we realize these adjustments will create some inconvenience for our personnel and students they are necessary for logistical reasons.

The Valders parking lot will be converted to a Handicapped Only lot from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Alternative staff parking includes the Library lot, Farwell lot, Regents lot and the roadway from Valders out to College Drive. The lots adjacent the CFL will also be designated as Handicapped only for the performances but will be available for normal usage during the day until 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

Student vehicles must be removed from the Library, Jenson and City Pool lots by 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, until after 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Alternative parking areas for these days include Regents lot, Farwell lot and the Dike Road.

Exception: Commuter students, with the proper permit, may park in the Commuter designated row in the Library lot from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 5-6. Students may not park in faculty, staff or visitor areas during these nights. Regular parking regulations will go back into effect at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Any vehicle parked out of compliance with this directive is subject to a $25 fine under the Luther College Parking Regulations. Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Please direct any questions regarding this special event parking to Campus Security, 387-2111.

There is now a handicap accessible map of Luther College available at the information desk in Union as well as on www.luther.edu/disabilityservices.

Thanksgiving hours

Preus Library
Tuesday, Nov. 26: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 28-30: Closed
Sunday, Dec. 1: 6 p.m.-midnight

Wednesday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 28-30: C
Sunday, Dec. 1: 2
-6 p.m.

Regents Center

Tuesday, Nov. 26: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28: Closed
Friday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30: 11am - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday-Sunday, Dec. 1-15
  Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  Friday: 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
  Saturday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  Sunday: noon-8 p.m.
Monday-Friday, Dec. 16-20: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Union and Welcome Center
Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 26-27: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29: Closed
Saturday, Nov. 30: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29: Closed
Saturday, Nov. 30: Brunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1: Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 5-7:30 p.m.

Oneota Market
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Closed

C-Store and Nordic Brew
Tuesday, Nov. 26: Closing at 5 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-Dec. 1: Closed

Tuesday, Nov. 26: Closing at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Closing at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Closed

Mail Center/SPO
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Closed

Book Shop
Wednesday, Nov. 27: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Closed

Barclay retirement reception Nov. 26

A retirement reception for Jud Barclay will be held 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the CFL Lobby. Please stop by to enjoy some of Jud's favorite refreshments and wish him a happy retirement.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

This year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held in Minneapolis March 1 honoring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and March 8-9 featuring Nobel laureates Leymah Gbowee and Doctors without Borders. Tickets for the March 1 event are selling quickly and will be gone in a few weeks. Information and registration at nobelpeaceprizeforum.org. Carpooling is encouraged. For the March 8-9 events, Luther will be chartering a bus, with housing provided by Augsburg College students in their residence hall rooms. More details will follow in February. For now, interested persons should purchase tickets for the Forum using the link above because last year everything sold out. Questions? Contact Karen Martin-Schramm, <kms>.

Living Christmas gifts

Give the gift that will make the recipient smile all year long. Luther College Catering will sell Christmas cactus and Frosted Ferns beginning Dec. 5, for the affordable price of only $5 each. Stop by the Catering office and reserve one today.

Local chips available in C-Store

Pick up a bag of Sterzing's Potato Chips, made in Burlington, Iowa, in the C-Store. Sterzing's began operations in 1933. The company began shipping their chips to America's soldiers during the Vietnam War—Sterzing's still provides treats from home to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information go to: sterzingchips.com.

Don't forget to tag your bike

In an attempt to rid campus of abandoned bikes from bike racks on campus, members of the Luther community are asked to tag their bike if they plan on using their bike during the winter months. Bike tags can be obtained from the Welcome Desk. The tag this year is bright orange; the yellow tag from last year will not suffice. All bikes that do not have an orange tag will be removed on Dec. 20. Luther is not responsible for replacing locks or cables that may need cut for removal of bikes. Contact Gary Brickman with questions, <brickmga>.

Health insurance change

Gundersen will join the Midland's Choice network as of Dec. 1, 2013. Employees who are currently in the Gundersen Network will be issued new insurance cards reflecting the change in network. 

There are two forums scheduled in Mott to answer benefit questions, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, and 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

27 biweekly paychecks in 2013

Because the biweekly pay date for the pay period ending Dec. 20 would have fallen on Jan. 1, a bank holiday, that payroll will be paid on Dec. 31. This will have two consequences. First, this will be the 27th pay check in 2013 and will show up on employees' 2013 W-2 instead of their 2014 W-2. There will still be 26 paychecks in 2014. Second, this will be the third payroll in December, so flex and health deductions will not come out of this paycheck. To make changes to the Dec. 31 payroll, for instance, to your SRA contributions or W-4s, submit forms to the payroll office as soon as possible, but no later than Dec. 18. Forms are available at  https://www2.luther.edu/hr/common-forms/ or in Human Resources.

Sign up for W-2's online

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive electronic W-2's using my.luther.edu. The W-2 Electronic Consent option is included in the employee profile section of my.luther.edu. If you chose the electronic option for your 2012 W-2, then you do not need to do it again for 2013. More detailed instructions and additional information can be found by clicking the W-2 Options link on the HR website https://www2.luther.edu/hr/common-forms/ (Mac users: please do not use the "Preview" application to view your W-2). Remember, the electronic option is the sustainable option.


Employees may access the Luther’s TIAA-CREF website at any time to view the most recent quarterly investment reports for both the Defined Contribution and Tax-Deferred Annuity Plans.

Go to www.tiaa-cref.org/luther, click on "Plans and Investments." Choose either the Defined Contribution or the Tax-Deferred Annuity information link. Then click on "More about this plan and investment choices." On the left side of the page there is a menu. Click on "Plan Performance Card (PDF)." The most recent quarterly report will be shown in pdf format.

TIAA-CREF retirement accounts

Participants in the TIAA-CREF supplemental retirement accounts may elect to have up to $17,500 deducted from their paychecks during both 2013 and 2014. The Plan allows participants to make additional "Age 50 Catch-up" contributions if they are age 50 or older by the last day of the year. The "Age 50 Catch-up" is limited to $5,500 for 2013 and for 2014 (making a total of $23,000 for each year). Employees may call Human Resources, 387-1134 or Payroll, 387-1135, if they are unsure as to their current deduction, or if they wish to increase their deductions for the remainder of 2013 and for 2014.

Biweekly payroll Dec. 4

Cabinet has approved Nov. 28-29 as holidays. This holiday schedule limits time for processing bi-weekly payroll for the pay period ending Nov. 22 with a pay date of Dec. 4. Therefore, timecards for the pay period ending Nov. 22 will be due in the Payroll Office by noon on Monday, Nov. 25.

Supervisors, please review and sign all time cards, and deliver them to the Payroll Office by noon Monday, Nov. 25. Contact Korrine in the Payroll Office, 387-1135, or Andrew in the Office for Financial Service, 387-1697.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible spending account dollars deducted from employee paychecks during 2013 may be used for eligible expenses through March 15, 2014. Claims for these dollars must be submitted to Midwest Group Benefits by March 31, 2014. Claim forms are available in human resources and on the hr website: https://www2.luther.edu/hr/common-forms/. Select Flexible Benefit Claim Form. Mail the form to Midwest Group Benefits, PO Box 408, Decorah, IA 52101, or fax to 382-9613.


Chapel this week

Nov. 27-Dec. 1: Thanksgiving Break, no chapel

Edwards and McCaffrey book signing

The Luther College Book Shop will host book signing sessions with authors Dick Edwards and Jim McCaffrey from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-5 p.m. respectively, Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Luther College Book Shop in Dahl Centennial Union.

The book signings are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Dick Edwards will sign book copies from 10 a.m. to noon, and Jim McCaffrey will sign book copies from 4-5 p.m. 


Anna Peterson presented a paper on the medical management of maternity in early 20th century Norway at the Social Science History Association's annual meeting in Chicago.

Gokhan Savas, assistant professor of sociology, has published an article titled "Which is more consequential: Fields of Study or Institutional Selectivity?" (with Yingyi Ma from Syracuse University) in The Review of Higher Education-the official journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Read their article at: http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/review_of_higher_education/v037/37.2.ma.html.


Senior paper sweet rewards at Preus Nov. 26

All seniors completing their senior papers this semester are invited to celebrate their accomplishment with a tasty cupcake, compliments of LIS. Cupcakes will be available at Research Help in Preus Library from 11 a.m-4:30 p.m. (or when supplies run out) Tuesday, Nov. 26. See Preus Library on Facebook, facebook.com/PreusLibrary, for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity will sell gingerbread house kits for $10 Dec. 2-9 outside of Marty's. All money will go toward the Luther Habitat for Humanity spring break trip to Santa Fe, N.M. The kit includes the gingerbread pattern, candy and frosting. Order forms and money can also be turned in at College Ministries by Friday, Dec. 6. For more information email <habitat>. 


For sale: MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (2013 version). Like new condition, sparingly-used, 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 256GB flash storage, 8GB memory, original box and accessories, included case. $1,300 or best offer. Contact Travis Huinker at <huintr01> or 387-1417.

For sale: Queen size waterbed, Softside frame with heater. In good condition, asking $100. Contact Jane at <hildebja>, or call 382-3366 in the evening.

For sale: White leather couch with hide-a-bed and matching loveseat. Nice condition. Non-smoking home, asking $500. Email Heather at <freyheat>, or call 380-2401.

For sale: Single, adjustable, remote operated, Craftmatic bed and mattress for $300, or best offer. Valued new at $1,500. Two-piece dining room hutch and cabinet for $125. Call Keith, 380-7453. Still available are 1x12 inch and 1x3 inch various lengths of cedar siding planks. Call for price.

For rent: Three-bedroom, two-bathroom home near college. Two-car garage. All appliances including washer and dryer. Short-term rental available. No pets. Call 387-0242.

For sale: Two winter snow tires and wheels: 205 75 14. Nice condition. Call 387-0242.

For sale: Currie Electric Scooter that goes 15 mph and holds a charge for about 20 minutes. The scooter is metal and comes with a charger and key. Really good condition. If interested email and we will send photos. Asking $60. Also for sale is a set of hardcover Guinness World Record books years 2000-2008, and 2011. In really good condition, asking $50. If interested email <kimpowell>.

For sale: 2010 Town and Country Touring edition. Has 87,000 miles and is in excellent condition with Stow and Go seating, and power side doors and tailgate. Brilliant black color. Asking $12,000. For more information contact <carlsosc>.

Found: Eyeglasses with dark green tortoiseshell plastic frames were found on the sidewalk on Center St. near High St. on Monday evening, Nov. 11. Call Julia, 387-1622, to claim.

Free cats: Five, five-week-old kittens need a loving home. All the kittens are box trained. If you are interested in having one or would like more information please call or email Val at 568-8451 or <heikva01>. 

Housing needed: Housing needed for retired parents of a faculty member. Flexible dates, late November to mid December. Contact <kutzer01>.

For sale: Tired getting home after work, only to find there's no milk in the refrigerator? Try ordering Homestead Dairy milk from the C-Store. It is bottled fresh each week; then delivered Tuesdays and Fridays.

For sale: Beautiful smooth black leather Merrell Encore Nova 2 fashion sneakers size eight, medium. Never worn, still in original box. Shoes have a low back like a clog. Retail for $80, will sell for $50 OBO. Email <gilbertc> or call 382-9863.

Ride needed: Decorah senior citizen seeks ride to Minneapolis on Dec. 29. Travel date is flexible. Please respond to [email protected].

For sale: 2003 VW Westfalia Eurovan, 139K miles, runs well and in decent shape. This is the Weekender package, which has a pop up camper top and small hidden electric cooler. The rear seat folds flat to become a queen size bed, upper bed sleeps two. Seats 7. Call 419-0581 if interested.

Wanted: Looking to buy high quality used exercise bike in excellent working condition. Please email Chantel Olufsen at <olufch01>.

For sale: Nike Youth boys basketball shoes size 4.5. Worn one season and in good condition. $20. Email Kristin Bjerke at <bjerkr01>.

For rent: Two bedroom, one bath apartment near downtown. Garage stall, washer/dryer included. $650/month including utilities. Available January 1. If interested, email <spruju01> or call (419) 806-2527.


Sustainability tip

Save paper and resources by eliminating unwanted catalogs you receive in the mail. Sign up at catalogchoice.org. They'll contact companies on your behalf to get you removed from their mailing lists.

And finally...

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your break!

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. if you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."

-Oprah Winfrey

"For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received." 

-Storm Jameson

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share." 

-W. Clement Stone