Staff Day

“May the Norse be with You“ - June 7, 2016

This year's Staff Day, “May the Norse be with You,” will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The day is designed to provide some relaxed time together after a busy academic year and to grow in appreciation for the knowledge and gifts of members of the community.

The program begins with registration at noon, followed by lunch in the Cafeteria at 12:15 p.m. Two fun and informative breakout sessions follow and at 3:15 p.m. we will regroup for a closing program and the announcement of the 2016 Staff Excellence Award winners. All staff who participate in staff day are free to go home at 4:00 p.m. Staff participating in Staff Day may wear shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers for the day, or may change at noon, depending on their business attire requirements during the morning. Check with your supervisor.

Registration is now closed.

Breakout Sessions

Below are this year's breakout sessions. Please keep in mind that not all sessions are offered twice, and some are longer and therefore take up both time slots.

Ballroom Dancing - Mike Anderson
Gravity got you down? Learn to be light on your feet with Ballroom Dancing lessons brought to you by Michael Anderson. With just a few basic steps, you'll be able to show off your Chewie Cha Cha by dancing with the [literal] stars!

Cyberspace Safety -  Dave Smutzler
Today’s world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. As we become more reliant on modern technology, we also become more vulnerable to cyberattacks such as identity theft, phishing, and social media fraud. Stop by to hear what you can do to prevent from becoming a victim of attacks from the Dark Side and what you can do to minimize your chances of being involved with these crimes.

Fly Fishing Fun - Tom Murray
Put away your tie-fighter and learn about fly fishing from Tom Murray (retired development officer) and his friends from the Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited. We will discuss equipment, demonstrate fly tying, and provide casting instruction.

Kayaking and Canoeing (fills both sessions) - Amy Webber and Doug Nelson
Spending too much time planning the next Rebel attack against the Empire? Or too busy practicing your saber-skills? Take some time to relax and float down the Upper Iowa river with this Canoe/Kayak trip you won't want to miss.

Lawn Games - Chandra Jennings and Vicky Jaeger
Games of the Galaxy: Learn how to play two yard games and be the hit of your family gatherings this summer! Bocce ball combines the best of skee-ball, bowling, and shuffleboard. Kubb is a combination of bowling and horseshoes. Come join the fun! No previous experience required.

Making a Concrete Stepping Stone ($10 materials charge) - ArtHaus Staff
Looking to create something out of this world? Join ArtHaus instructors to construct your very own 12" round concrete stepping stone! With just a small materials charge of $10 per participant, you won't have to make any deals with Jabba the Hutt to get the tools to create a masterpiece. ArtHaus will supply: concrete, forms, materials for embedding (shells, tiles, glass, etc.), tools, gloves.

Mindstorm Troopers - Jane Busch
Master the force by creating codes to control your own robot. Using Lego Mindstorm, challenge yourself to solve a mission using simple drop and drag programming.

Natural Area Hiking (fills both sessions) - Molly McNicoll
Looking to return from the galaxy and explore Earth? 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.

Out of this World Cooking Class - Johanna Bergan
May The Forks Be With You': Don't get trapped in outer space without proper sustenance- learn to make quick lunches that will take your taste buds on an intergalactic adventure.

Pickleball - Miriam Skrade
Not Space Balls, but Pickleball! The basics: a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong; rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn; played on a small court with a paddle and a plastic ball. Play it even when 900 years old, you reach.

Pulpit Rock Brewery Tour (fills both sessions) - Bob Slack and Justin Teff, Pulpit Rock
Brews with Emperor Pulpit-ine. Join the brew masters at Pulpit Rock Brewery for a lesson on how their beers are made. From hops to malts, they'll take you through the galaxy of beer-making with a few pit stops for samples along the way.

Smart Phone and Camera Photography - Julie Strom
“Your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon Jinn. This session will cover basic tips for improving photographs—shot with your smart phone or a traditional camera.

Stargazing - Ken Larson
Galaxy Tour - Join Jedi Master Ken Larson in Luther's own air conditioned Planetarium for a show that will astound you. The presentation will facilitate interaction and promote questions.

Star Wars in the Public Square - Derek Sweet
While Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader have come to represent the archetypal struggle between light and dark, compassion and brutality, love and hate, the rest of Star Wars doesn’t always offer black and white answers to questions of societal ethics and individual morality. Rather than a universe of ethical clarity, I want to suggest that Star Wars depicts a galaxy rife with moral complexity. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 121 episodes of the The Clone Wars animated series, a series best described as space opera fused with political science fiction. As a form of political science fiction, The Clone Wars addresses several ethical dilemmas associated with wartime. This session critically examines the series as a voice in the political dialogues concerning human cloning, torture, just war theory, peace and drone warfare.

StrengthsFinder - Ann Landstrom
"Lead With Your Strengths, Young Skywalker!If you haven't had a chance to take the StrengthsFinder Assessment yet, now is the time! Discover and affirm your greatest gifts and talents with this fun and interesting self-assessment. The session will inspire awareness, development, and application of your top five talent themes. Plus receive a Strengths Door Tag, you will. (Please note: Participants will need to take the StrengthsFinder Assessment online before Staff Day. An access code will be sent to you via email to take it free of charge through Luther with a Wednesday, June 1 deadline.)"

Wood Carving (fills both sessions) - Harley Refsfal
Would-be Woodcarvers, Join Harley-Wan Kenobi (Refsal) in a lesson in 'kolrosing' (COLE-rosing), a traditional Scandinavian technique for decorating woodenware for your home; 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 Darth Burgers will taste better than you can imagine. No experience necessary!