Tuesday, Dec. 26

TUESDAY (on Thursday) 12/26/13

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Finals week and break hours

Welcome Center and Dahl Centennial Union
Dec. 26-31: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-4: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Jan. 5-6: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Mail Center
Dec. 26-27: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 28: Closed
Dec. 30-31: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-3: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Jan. 4-5: Closed
Jan. 6: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Marty's and Nordic Brew
Dec. 20-Jan. 5: Closed
Jan. 6: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Marty's)
Jan. 6: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nordic Brew)

Book Shop
Dec. 26-27: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Dec. 28-29: Closed
Dec. 30-31: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-3: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Jan. 4-5: Closed
Jan. 6: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Oneota Market
Dec. 26-27: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 28-29: Closed
Dec. 30-31: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2-3: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 4-5: Closed
Jan. 6: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dec. 20-Jan. 4: Closed
Jan. 5: 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Jan. 6: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Legends Fitness Center
Dec. 26-27
: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 28-29
: Closed
Dec. 30-31
: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 1
: Closed
Jan. 2-3
: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 4-5
: Closed
Jan. 6
: Regular hours resume

Please remember to bring clean shoes to work out.

Preus Library
Dec. 26-27: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 28-29: Closed
Dec. 30-31: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 1
: Closed
Jan. 2-3: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 4-5
: Closed
Jan. 6
: Begin regular J-term hours

The C-Store will be closed during Christmas and J-Term breaks. For your special holiday ice cream cake and coffee deliveries, please contact Kuun Coffee and WW Homestead Dairy directly: Kuun Coffee, 562-9033, and WW Homestead Dairy, 568-4950. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Lisa and the C-Store staff.

Edible Landscapes: What should we grow in 2014?

It may be chilly, but 'tis the season for garden planning. Did you know that everyone on campus is encouraged to harvest from the edible landscapes near Ylvisaker and Valders? These gardens provide a nice place to go for a morning or afternoon snack, lunchtime salad or supplies for weekend cooking projects. This year Grounds and Sustainability are inviting members of the Luther community to provide feedback as to what you'd like to see grown in the Valders and Ylvisaker gardens during the 2014 growing season. Share your thoughts through a brief online survey

Flexible spending claims

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 (563) 382-9613.

Midwest Group Benefits holiday hours

Midwest Group Benefits was closed for Christmas, therefore flex checks are being processed Thursday, Dec. 26 with direct deposit Friday, Dec. 27. They will be closed from noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31 thru Wednesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday. Flex checks will be processed on Thursday, Jan. 2, with direct deposit on Friday, Jan. 3.

Claims should be at MGB by 5 p.m. on the Monday of each week.

Residence halls, including Farwell Hall, closed for holiday break

The residence halls are closed for break. This means the Farwell Hall elevator will not be available for faculty/staff to use until Saturday, Jan. 4. Faculty and staff who normally use the Farwell elevator should plan ahead concerning other parking options on campus.

Public reading of a Letter from Birmingham Jail

Luther students, faculty and staff are invited to join in reading Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." One mass rehearsal for readers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the CFA on the Luther campus; pizza will be served. Those interested in being involved in the event should email Lauren Kientz Anderson at <andela10>. Watch for more information to come on the scheduled readings.

Farewell party for Rachel Vagts

The Luther community is invited to join in celebrating Rachel Vagts' 15 years at Luther and wishing her well on her new position at Berea College in Berea, Ky. The farewell party is from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in Peace Dining Room. Light refreshments and beverages will be served and a short program will begin at 3 p.m. Contact Sasha Griffin <grifsa01> or Sarah Wicks <swicks> with any questions.

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.

H drive changes coming in December

For improved data security, on Thursday, Dec. 26, LIS is limiting off-campus access to information on H drives—space for storing electronic files on Luther's servers. For more information, visit H drive Changes Coming.

Google Calendar for facilities scheduling

The AdAstra room scheduling system is being replaced by a Google Calendar in early January. LIS has been working with Campus Programming and the Registrar’s office to create special facilities scheduling functionality in Google Calendar. Susan Peterson is meeting with schedulers in small groups to talk about the transition, demonstrate Google calendar if needed, and discuss the transition schedule. Please contact Susan if you use information in AdAstra and have not been contacted.


Chapel this week

No chapel during break.


Todd Pedlar, with two colleagues, co-authored a review article "Recent Results in Bottomonium" that was published in the 2013 volume of the Annual Reviews of Nuclear and Particle Science. Among the experimental results discussed in the article are those obtained by Pedlar and Luther students working as part of the CLEO and Belle collaborations.


Wanted: Looking for basketball players over the age of 50 to play half-court basketball. Contact Bob by phone at (515) 491-5326 or email [email protected].

Wanted: Looking for Verizon non-smart phones. My kids seem to be hard on theirs. Contact <schwla01>. 

For sale: A 1999 Buick Lesabre that runs and drives great and is in good condition. Asking $2600. Contact <mallamsa> for pictures and further details.

Lost: I have lost a tiger's-eye pendant (solid stone, brown and gold streaks, with three-dimensional carvings) on a long silver chain. I think it might have fallen on the street or on the Luther campus when I was walking sometime around Dec. 10-12. If anyone finds it please email <weldam01> or call 382-5094 and let me know. It is of great sentimental value. Many thanks, Amy Weldon.

Free: Used queen mattress and box spring. Used Sauder storage unit. Call 382-8625.

Available: Recent Luther grad available for house-sitting. J-term and/or spring semester. Contact <footco01>.

Wanted: We are looking for an experienced pet sitter for our nine-year-old dog this holiday. We either need someone the evening of Dec. 27-Jan. 4, or someone with a vehicle from Dec. 27-29 in the a.m. and able to transfer him to a local boarding kennel for the duration of the week. Please contact Bobby at <vrtiro01> to discuss details and compensation. Thank you.


And finally...

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever."

-Neil Gaiman