Staff Day Activities

Registration is now closed.

Please come to the registration table in the lounge outside Admissions at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, to register for Staff Day.

This year's Staff Day, "Bubble Up," is designed to provide some relaxed time together after a long academic year and to grow in appreciation for the knowledge and gifts of members of the community.

We'll begin at noon Wednesday, June 4 with lunch served in Peace, followed by two breakout sessions, many of which were offered in the college's "Beyond the Bubble" program. We will regroup at 3:15 p.m. in the CFL for a closing program and the announcement of the 2014 Staff Excellence Award winners. All staff are free to go home at 4 p.m. Staff who attend Staff Day may wear shorts, tee-shirts and sneakers for the day, or may change at noon, depending on work attire requirements during the morning; check with your supervisor.

Please pick up your name tag (which will also have your sessions names and locations) between 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the lobby outside of the Career Center.

Check out the sessions (note: please keep in mind that not all sessions are available for each time slot):

  • A Generous Center (Mike Blair)--Serving in Lutheran Higher Education Staff serve on the front lines of Luther’s mission to be a community of faith and learning and bring a valuable perspective to how we live out our mission in life together. This session will explore how the distinctive approach of Lutheran higher education provides a faithful and generous center for engaging questions, challenges, and opportunities of higher education.
  • Community Singing (Liz Rog/Ellen Rockne)--Luther College is all about music, but when was the last time you raised your voice in song? Whether the answer is ten minutes ago, ten years ago, or even never--you are invited to step into this timeless circle of connection, where every voice is welcome, and be renewed. Come learn about the social singing movement that is rising all over the world and spend a little time making a joyful sound.
  • Digital Storage (Sasha Griffin)--Do you want to preserve your digital information such as photos, home videos, and personal documents so that you and your family can enjoy them in the future? Join instructor Sasha Griffin as she provides tips and tricks for making your "born digital" information last.
  • Eating Your Yard (Jeff Scott of Driftless Gardens)--Are you looking for a way to grow some of your own food, but aren't crazy about the idea of tilling up your lawn?  Edible landscaping is becoming popular as people realize the benefits of eating fresher food. You already spend time maintaining your yard, so why not add in a few things you can eat? Come and learn how to get started. (Offered only at 1:15)
  • Employee Technology Benefits (Diane Gossman and Larry Sikkink)--Learn about employee Apple and Dell discounts, the MS Office Home Use Program, and other software discounts. In terms of purchasing the right technology for you, LIS will share device options including desktops, laptops, iPads, and tablets.
  • Finding Information Faster in Digital Age (Jennifer Rian/Lindy Moeller)--Almost everyone uses Google to find information, but are you using the full capabilities of this powerful information tool? Whether you are researching something for work or for enjoyment, Luther librarians will show you insider tips to find what you're looking for. You will take away simple shortcuts and powerful search tricks to use on the Web, as well as a greater knowledge of the resources available to you through Preus Library.
  • How to Mingle at a Social Gathering (Wayne Tudor and Ann Sponberg Peterson)--Whether you are mingling at a reception or dining in a Five-Star Restaurant, knowing proper etiquette and protocol will make a strong impression. In this session you will fine tune and refresh best practice manners and receive dress and conversation tips to help you successfully navigate social occasions. Come and discover your inner Emily Post.
  • Less is More (Tabita Green)--Want to create more space in your life? Tabita Green will share strategies for avoiding distractions, decluttering, managing information flow, and creating a focus habit. Do less to accomplish more—and have fun doing it!
  • Love Your Money (Diane Tacke)--We all want to retire with sufficient financial resources and Diane Tacke is passionate about helping people get serious about retirement planning. This hands-on workshop will equip you to make wise financial decisions. The first Staff Day session is aimed at those under age 40, and the second session is designed for those over 40 (those "elders" who may remember the bubbles on the Lawrence Welk Show!).
  • Natural Area Hiking (Molly McNicoll)--Come for a leisurely hike on the trail system through Luther's native habitats, including oak woodlands and tallgrass prairies. We will talk about land stewardship conducted to improve the quality of our natural areas, including tree plantings, prairie and woodland management, and ongoing projects, including non-native invasive species control. A great hike for those who want to enjoy the early summer weather and native habitats in Iowa's driftless region. Wear footwear appropriate for light hiking. Rain alternative (inside): Learn about Luther's natural areas and the benefits of native plants in landscaping. (Lasts for both sessions)
  • Ropes Course (Greg Lonning)--Break through your bubble! When is the last time you did something for the first time? Join us on the rope course and challenge yourself 30 feet in the air.
  • Stargazing (Ken Larson)--Bubble up for a tour of the Milky Way in Luther's own air conditioned Planetarium with instructor Ken Larson. The show will facilitate interaction and promote questions.
  • Tips for Improving Communication (Brenda Ranum)--Have you ever received a cryptic memo at work, an undecipherable email, an incomplete invitation, or an odd look as you tried to share an idea with a coworker? In this session we will review examples of effective and ineffective workplace communication and learn some basic communication rules for success at work and in everyday life.
  • Wood Carving, Kolrosing (Harley Refsfal)--Would-be woodcarvers, welcome! No experience necessary! Learn 'kolrosing' (COLE-rosing), a traditional Scandinavian technique for decorating woodenware for your home; cutting boards, wooden spoons, butter spreaders, etc. All materials and equipment will be provided for making a wooden butter spreader during this session. Then, bring it home, use it and show it off... you will be the envy of your neighborhood, and your sandwiches will taste better than you can imagine.
  • Yoga (Molly Lesmeister)--Come learn some basic yoga poses designed to help with alignment and posture. If you work at a computer most of the day, you'll learn some poses specifically aimed at helping your shoulders and back. Whether you do yoga regularly or have never tried it, all are welcome!