2008-09 Programs

Welcome Dance: August 31, 2008 "Celebrate Community"

The WESTERN HOME STRING contra band will play in the CFL circle on Sunday evening to the delight of the first-year students. The local Moo-mobile will serve shakes, as well as pizza and lawn games to welcome everyone back to Luther. Sponsored by Wellness, College Ministries, and Student Congregation.

Service Project - September 6-7, 2008

This involved 465 first-year students along with 37 Resident Assistants spending two hours at a time cleaning, sorting, and stacking bricks taken from East Side Elementary School when it was demolished. Students had an educational session about the importance of recycling and reusing followed by a safety session before they headed over to the brick pile. The group moved TWO HUNDRED TONS in two days onto pallets after they had been cleaned. The bricks will be used at a later time for the building of an environmental house on campus.

Senior Series: Program One: KICK-OFF September 11, 2008

Baker Commons 7 p.m. - Come for the snacks and see what the series will be all about.

Buddy Climb in the Dark September 12, 2008

The Legends Fitness Center climbing staff invite all students and staff to join them at the wall for a special opening from 7:30-9:00 p.m. this Friday night. Try the wall for the first-time or reacquaint yourself with the thrill of adventure as you climb in the dark. Bring along your headlamps for an evening of fun. Food, friends, and climbing—a perfect blend to the weekend.

Canoe trip: September 13, 2008 3 p.m. Wellness floors take to the Upper Iowa for an afternoon of canoeing and picnicking.

BIKE SHARE program: has been moved to Preus Library. There are now eight bicycles to check out for use in Decorah.

Frisbee Golf League: informal league on Sunday afternoons. Prizes given weekly to the winner by the Wellness Dept.

Senior Series: Program Two: Considering Graduate & Professional School Seminar - September 16, 2008 6 p.m. - Olin 102

Eat local Mondays: Eat dinner on campus on Monday nights in September as 100 percent of the meal is produced and grown locally.

Free Massages: September 22 through October 2. Come enjoy a chair massage on Wellness. 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday-Friday (September 24-26-29) and Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (September 30, Oct. 2nd)

Senior Series: Program Three: DRESS FOR SUCCESS - INTERVIEW ATTIRE FASHION SHOW - October 7, 2008

8:00 p.m. - Baker Commons. "Don't know what to wear to an upcoming interview? Stop by Baker Commons to check out 'famous' Luther students as they strut their stuff down the runway in their best interview attire. Also learn what to wear and what not to wear for specific professions."

RAVE against Cancer: October 10, 2008. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brunsdale Lounge.

Help with the cancer treatment of a fellow Luther student as we raise money throughout the night. Entry fee to the RAVE is $1. There will also be mocktails and jello shots: two for a dollar; Root beer pong - $1 a play; Dollar Dance off - spare change and prizes given throughout the night. Co-hosts: Towers Halls; Wellness and Campus Ministry along with Hands of Love & Hope.

Adventure Race: October 12, 2008

Pick up a packet for this race at the Welcome Desk in the Union. This is a 90-minute canoe/kayak, 15-mile biking and 3 miles running race through the greater Decorah/Luther area. Race begins at 2 p.m.

  • Great success with 80 participants.

Family Feud: October 25, 2008 in Brandt Hall. Wellness floors sponsor along with Wellness (about 75 students attended).

Sustainability Day: October 27, 2008. Sign a contract on ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and receive a water bottle, reuseable bag.

Senior Series: Program Four: JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES - October 30, 2008

6 p.m. - Olin 102 Attend this session to learn how to manage your career or graduate school search.

Drunk Driving Car: October 31, 2008

Try out the simulation of driving while under the influence. The newest in technology will amaze you. Location: in front of the Union from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

RA MEAL: November 3, 2008. RA's from Brandt Hall will eat a free meal on Wellness and learn how to better manage their stress as well as their residents.

Stress-Less Day - November 4, 2008

9:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Visit the main level of the Centennial Union and visit the displays on how to take care of stress. Chair massages will be available as will the LABYRINTH in the Sports Rec Center from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Co-sponsored with Wellness and Active Minds.

RA MEAL: November 10, 2008. RA's (resident assistants) from Olson Hall will eat a free meal on Wellness and learn how to better manage their stress as well as their residents.

Weight Watchers Worksite Program: 9-week program for Luther staff/faculty. Qualley lounge. Fee required. November 11, 2008 start.

Senior Series: Program Five: ETIQUETTE DINNER - November 12, 2008

6 p.m. - Peace Dining Room "Table manners and the way you dress play an important part in making a favorable first impression. Regardless of whether you are having lunch with a prospective employer or dinner with a business associate, our manners can speak volumes about us as professionals."

RA MEAL: November 17, 2008 Resident Assistants from Ylvisaker Hall will eat a free meal on Wellness and learn how to better manage their stress and how to help their residents.

Brown Bag Seminar: "Type 11 Diabetes" November 24, 2008 Farwell Hall lounge. Nutritionist Anne Blocker will be presenting an hour-long informational lunch.

TREASURE ISLAND - January Wellness Initiative for faculty/staff - Begins January 5 and runs through January 30. Sign up in teams of 5-6 and move along the treasure island board by exercising thirty-sixty minutes per day. Winning person of every game wins a Decorah Bucks certificate. Friday events include: Jan. 9 - Bingo; Jan. 16 - Blackjack; Jan. 23 - Texas Hold 'Em; and Jan. 30 - Blackout Bingo.

Dive-In Pool Party: January 9. Sponsored by the Wellness Floors. Watch a movie, play basketball, and enjoy a cold Saturday night - indoors.

B.O.M.B. -(Brandt Open Mic Bar) January 17 - 8 p.m. - midnight. Sponsored by Brandt Halls and Wellness. Event to be held in Marty's Cybercafe. Prizes of $300, $200, $100 for the best act of the evening. Free drinks/snacks/prizes (there were 21 acts and excellent attendance for this event.)

Lose 10 Pounds in Ten Weeks! - Starts February 2 through April 6. Greg Lonning will direct participants on how to lose weight safely through diet and activity. Greet spring 2009 with a healthier mind, body, and attitude. (in conjunction with NICC Continuing Education)

Senior Series: Program Six: WHAT ARE BENEFIT PACKAGES - February 10, 2009

8 p.m. - Olin 102 "What's important to you - benefits, money, working environment, flexible hours or something else entirely? Attend this session to learn how to evaluate each offer."

Love Your Body Brown Bag Series: Monday, February 23, 2009

Farwell Lounge. Topic is "Mindful Media" and how the media affects our body image. Speaker is Anne Blocker. Reservations recommended.  Sponsored by Wellness and Active Minds.

Eating is a Celebration: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

White tablecloth eating celebration during the dinner hour in the cafeteria. Sponsored by Wellness and Active Minds.

Love your Body Bown Bag Series: Monday, March 2, 2009

Farwell Lounge. Topic is "How to Help a Friend" in learning the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Speaker is Marty Steele. Reservations encouraged. Sponsored by Wellness and Active Minds.

Senior Series: Program Seven: MEET THE BOSS: EMPLOYER PANEL - March 3, 2009

8 p.m. - Olin 102 "Find out.. what qualities employers are looking for in college graduates..what mistakes you should avoid in the interview process..how you should/shouldn't negotiate a starting salary... Get advice and answers straight from employers!"

Free Hot Breakfast Day in the Cafeteria: Thursday;, March 6. Faculty and staff are encouraged to eat with the students and share a free hot breakfast. Sponsored by Wellness and Active Minds.

Senior Series: Program Eight: GROWING UP: MAKING BIG PURCHASES AND BUDGETING - March 11, 2009

7p  m. - Baker Commons "Should I rent, buy, or lease? Come to this session and speak with a realtor and apartment manager about 'housing on your own'. Bank representatives will also be on hand to inform you how to take out a loan. For many students the work 'budget' has a negative connotation. Instead of thinking of a budget as financial handcuffs, think of it as a means to achieving financial success. Learn how to take control of your finances by attending this session."

Gambling Info Table: Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Information packets will be available on gambling and where to get help. Table will be located outside Marty's during the dinner hour.

Biggest Loser - Luther Style: begins April 3, 2009

Program runs from April 3 through July 3, 2009. Teams consist of two members who will weigh in once a week in the Health Services. The winning team gets $10/pound and the second place team gets #5/lb. Sign up in Health Services. Co-sponsored by Health Service and Wellness.

Senior Series: Program Nine: ONCE A NORSE, ALWAYS A NORSE: ALUMNI CONNECTIONS - April 1, 2009

8 p.m. - Baker Commons "People are your most valuable resources in practically every phrase of career development. By talking to alumni, you get information, advice, and referrals. Attend this session to learn how to utilize members of the Luther family in your career search."

Senior Series: Program Ten: SPRING SOCIAL - May 7, 2009

7 p.m. - location to be announced. "One last get-together as the Senior Class, to reminisce about your time as Luther students. Come listen to some live music, eat some food, and just have fun!"

Rave 2008