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Lawrence Williams memorial Sunday, Oct. 23
The community is invited to a memorial service for Lawrence Williams at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. in the CFL Recital Hall. Lawrence died July 31 in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where he lived after retiring from teaching Africana Studies at Luther. Queen Williams will come to Decorah with their sons, Lawrence and Martin, and their daughter, Shari, for an opportunity to remember and celebrate Lawrence's legacy at Luther.
President Carlson's office hours
President Carlson invites Luther faculty and staff to stop by during her office hours in Dahl Centennial Union 236. No appointment is necessary.
Monday, Oct. 31: 4-5 p.m.
'Liberating Grace': save the date
Please save the dates March 31-April 1 for the conference, "Liberating Grace: The Power of the Reformation in the World Today." The conference is part of the Luther College yearlong commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation. Click here for details. Registration will open later this fall. Contact Robert Christman, <chriro05>, with questions.
Tuition Benefit Program deadline Nov. 1
Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online.
Deadlines are as follows:
Nov. 1: Applications due
Dec. 1: Finalized list of colleges due
May 15: Confirmation form due
For complete information about the process and an application form, see the HR benefits website. Contact Scot Schaeffer, <schasc01> or 387-1430 with questions.
Satellite absentee voting station
From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Luther will host a satellite voting station for the Nov. 8 general election located in the Union on the main floor. Ballots will be available for precincts five and six only. This includes Decorah wards four and five, Decorah Township in Supervisor District three and Canoe Township. Voter registration forms will be available for new registrations in the county. Changes in current registration records may also be made.
Information for employees with spouses enrolled in the college health care plan
In order for a spouse to complete the Comprehensive Health Risk Assessment, they must create their own user name and password at the UMR website. In addition, they can give you access rights so that you can view claims information for your spouse. This is also true for dependents age 18 and over. The UMR Online Employee Guide is located on the HR website.
Troubleshooting for employees with spouses enrolled in the college health care plan
When logging into the UMR website to complete the Comprehensive Health Risk Assessment, the page may lock up. Look at the information status bar at the top of the screen. Click "allow" to be redirected to the CHRA. Please contact Marsha Wenthold, <mwenthold>, or call 387-1415 if problems persist.
Health care plan announcement
As ofJan. 1, 2017, the college's health care plan will move to a "non-grandfather" status. Per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this means that non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover specific in-network services as preventive, with no cost sharing. There is no requirement for out-of-network coverage for these services, nor does PPACA prohibit cost sharing on out-of-network services. Please note that colonoscopies, including anesthesia, will be covered at 100 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2017. A detailed list is available on the HR website in the benefits section.
Apply for Lecture and Fine Arts funding by Nov. 1
The Lecture and Fine Arts Committee has pooled the remaining funds in each of its funding categories into one general LFA fund and is now accepting applications for event funding. Applications that were previously declined can be revised and resubmitted. Applications must be completed here by Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Davis Projects for Peace
Luther has been invited to participate in the summer 2017 Davis Projects for Peace. Since 2007, Luther students have carried out summer peace projects in 14 different countries around the world. Luther students, working alone or in groups, interested in designing and implementing their own grassroots projects for peace are encouraged to submit proposals of three pages or less by Jan. 15. Each project selected receives funding of $10,000. For additional details and to receive application information, contact Jon Lund, <lundjon>.
Employee Wellness fall activities registration
Register for yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes that begin soon and run for six weeks with no classes week of Thanksgiving. All activities will be held in the CFA Studio 2. The cost is $24 for each six week session and is open to current employees and spouses. To register please email <wellness>. Payment is due before the first day of class by cash or check to Luther College. Drop off or campus mail to Vicky Jaeger.
Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m., Nov. 1-Dec. 6
Pilates: Wednesdays, 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m., Oct. 26-Dec. 7
Yoga: Thursdays, 12:45-1:35 p.m., Oct. 27-Dec. 8
October employee wellness newsletter
Check out the October issue of "Words of Wellness." This month's main article, "Applying the Concept of Mindfulness in the Workplace," follows the theme of this year's mindfulness campaign. Eddy Atwell is featured as the spotlight employee of the month. It includes other tips and a printable recipe, and all content is written by student wellness ambassadors. Opt-in in for monthly emails here.
Health Service is sponsoring an additional flu clinic from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Union. Students may bill their student account. Faculty and staff can pay cash or check. Cost is $25.
Please turn in completed United Way forms to HR
The United Way is raising money for agencies that help Winneshiek County residents with food needs, preschool costs, emergency housing and much more. Yellow donation fliers were distributed through the Mail Center and should be filled out and returned to Human Resources. Contributor names will be put into a drawing for a chance to win a Luther sweatshirt donated by the Book Shop, tickets to The Nile Project concert donated by Center Stage Series, Peace Brunch tickets donated by Dining Services or a full spectrum lamp from Luther's Wellness Program. Contact United Way board members Peggy Lensing <lensinpe> or Ellen Modersohn <ellen.modersohn> with questions.
Are you tracking or slacking?
As first quarter has now ended, Facilities is sending a friendly reminder to please track airline mileage for use on the college's Carbon Footprint report. Luther has committed to keeping an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions on an annual basis as part of the process to track our carbon footprint. This commitment requires that we gather information related to all faculty, staff and student air travel miles paid for and/or reimbursed by the college, as well as college visitors flown to Luther on college expense. The Air Mileage Form can be found here.
Chapel this week
Gather for song, reflection and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the CFL Main Hall.
Wednesday, Oct. 19: Mike Blair
Friday, Oct. 21: Hymn sing
Monday, Oct. 24: Chris Dahl '05
Home sporting events this week
Oct. 21: Cross country vs. UW La Crosse, women at 4:30 p.m. and men at 5 p.m.; volleyball vs. Simpson College, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22: Volleyball vs. Central, 11 a.m.; Soccer vs. Central, women at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.; football vs. Coe, 1 p.m.
Events this week
Oct. 19: Presidential debate live screening, 7:30 p.m., Valders Room 206
Oct. 20: Guest Lecture: Kate Kunau, 7 p.m., Olin Room 102
Oct. 21: Gallery Exhibit Opening: "Transfer of Memory," CFL Gallery; Center Stage Series: "Versa Style," 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Oct. 22: Gallery Show "Trigonopoetry," by Tiberiu Chelcea, Preus Library Gallery
Public screening of final presidential debate
Join the Center for Public Engagement at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Valders Room 206 for a public screening of the final presidential debate! Communications professor Derek Sweet will introduce the debate with a discussion of rhetoric in our public dialogue and will lead a short post-screening discussion. Free pizza will be served. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, Luther College Democrats and Luther College Republicans.
Guest Lecture: Kate Kunau
The 2016 Gerhard Marcks Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Olin Room 102. This year's lecture will feature Kate Kunau, associate curator at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Kunau will deliver a lecture titled "Rodin's Last Pupil: Malvina Hoffman." Hoffman studied with famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin in the last years before his death in 1917. Hoffman's talent and tenacity earned her a place in Rodin's studio and it was from him that she developed a highly naturalistic style of sculpture capable of expressing fluid movement and the character of her subject.
Center Stage Series: Versa-Style Dance Company
The Versa-Style Dance Company will perform "Box of Hope" as part of Luther College's Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the CFL Main Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.
'Transfer of Memory' art exhibit on display Oct. 21-Dec. 5
"Transfer of Memory,"a touring exhibit consisting of photographs and stories by Minnesota Holocaust survivors, will be on display, Oct. 21-Dec. 5, in the CFL Gallery. Luther will be the first Iowa site to host "Transfer of Memory." The exhibition, brought to Luther by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, is open to the public with no charge for admission.
'Trigonopoetry' art exhibit to be displayed at Luther College
Artist Tiberiu Chelcea brings old and new together with his unique art featuring pages from vintage trigonometry textbooks. The "Trigonopoetry" exhibit, open to the public with no charge for admission, is on display Oct. 22 to Dec. 11 in Preus Library. Chelcea says his work "investigates the physical and tangible beauty of mass-produced technological/scientific objects and texts, as well as their relationship with our recent past and our outdated ways of doing things."
Guest Lecture: Dean E. Johnson
The United States is a good place to live and work, but our nation faces some definite challenges. Dean E. Johnson, ’69, retired Army General, Minnesota State Senator, Lutheran Pastor and University of Minnesota Regent will deliver his talk, "America's Challenges...Thoughts on Repair and Healing" at6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25,in the CFL Recital Hall. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.
Trever Schwichtenberg '17, will perform a piano recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
Hunter Prueger '18, will perform a saxophone recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.
Chris O'Connell '18, will perform a trombone recitalat4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
Student recitals are held in Noble Recital Hall and are followed by a reception. Both recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Chad Eby Quartet Oct. 27-28
Featuring four talented jazz musicians and an original suite based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein, the Chad Eby Quartet is performing a recital at7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. The quartet is also hosting a jam session at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Marty's. The jam session includes performances from Luther jazz students.
Faculty Artist Series: Tara Meade
Tara Meade will perform a faculty flute recital at7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in NRH. The program includes works by Bach, Pierre Sancan, Shulamit Ran and Paul Taffanel. Collaborating with Meade on the performance are music faculty Kathy Reed, harpsichord; Philip Borter, cello; and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano.
Hemp Prize recital: Namuun Tsend-Ayush
Luther College senior Namuun Tsend-Ayush will give the Richard C. and Joann Hemp Family Prize Recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the NRH. Earlier this year, Tsend-Ayush received the Hemp Family Prize for Orchestral Performance. The Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize for Orchestra Performance is awarded annually to rising seniors who are outstanding members of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.
Residence hall trick-or-treating
LutherResidence hall trick-or-treating will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 in the first-yearresidencehalls. Luther communitymembers are welcome to bring their families trick-or-treating through Ylvisaker Hall, OlsonHall and Brandt Hall. Participating rooms will be identified by an orange pumpkin on the door. There will also be cookie decorating in Olson, craft making in Brandt and games in Ylvisaker. Please join us fortrick-or-treating in thehallswhere the weather is always nice.
Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series: Rachel Brummel
The 2016-17 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series "Who Do You Trust?" continues at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the CFL Recital Hall. Rachel Brummel, assistant professor of environmental studies, will explore how, in a world where our environmental fates are intertwined, building trust among actors in the commons should be the primary project of environmental politics. Her lecture is titled "Trust in Commons: On Interdependence and Saving the World." Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge.
"Perpetuating the Two-Party System: How Our System Sidelines Independent Candidates"
Independent Michael Luick-Thrams and Libertarian Charles Aldrich are running to represent Iowa in United States Senate, but aren't widely known - and that's exactly how those in power like it. Come find out how institutionalized hurdles to gaining access to the public political discourse keep the United States stuck in a two-party system and how these two men are pushing back. Join the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement for a brown-bag discussion. Bring some food, questions and suggestions 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in Mott.
Celebrations this week
Oct. 19: Trisha Soiney, Brandon Samuelson
Oct. 20: Arturo Rico
Oct. 21: Kathy Ferrie, Dawn Reding, Missy Flack
Oct. 23: Korrine Jackson
Oct. 24: Gwen Strand, Paul Atkins, Shawn Hoffman, Anne Blocker
New positions and titles
As of Oct. 1, Rachel Vsetecka's title is director of reunion giving. Her office is Loyalty 210, telephone 387-1286.
To the family of Virginia Leland, age 89 of Decorah, who passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Decorah Lutheran Church.
Director of Campus Programming (interim 18 month appointment open to internal candidates only): The programming office, in consultation with varied on-campus constituencies, is responsible for developing and applying a campus programming philosophy that extends, expands and supports the underlying mission of the college. To that end, the office works closely with academic departments in assuring varied and manageable events; assists administrative offices with such events as Homecoming, admissions visit days and Commencement; and is centrally involved in key programs like the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Center Stage Series. The director's primary duty is to coordinate scheduling and planning of external events including lectures, concerts, conferences and convocations, across campus. Over the next 18 months, this person will assist in review of office and leadership needs, and participate in college strategic planning conversations, to support and enhance the contribution of the Campus Programming office to the broader Luther College mission. Internal candidates (current employees and spouses) are invited to applyhere.
Britt Rhodes presented "Trauma Informed Contemplative Pedagogy" Oct. 8 at the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Annual Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts. The conference was titled "Transforming Higher Education: Fostering Contemplative Inquiry, Community and Social Action."
Todd Green gave lectures and facilitated conversations on Islamophobia and interfaith dialogue at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, Oct. 9-10. His visit was sponsored by various university and community organizations, including Lutheran Campus Ministry, the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, the Muslim Student Association and the Interfaith Initiative of Centre County.
Diane Scholl's poem, "October," appears in the Oct. 1 issue of Cider Press Review.
David Njus and Katrina Okerstrom '14 published their manuscript, "Anxious and Avoidant Attachment to God Predict Moral Foundations Beyond Adult Attachment," in the recent edition of the Journal of Psychology and Theology.
Beth Lynch was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of Seed Savers Exchange. SSE is a internationally-recognized organization with a mission to protect biodiversity. Lynch is looking forward to learning more about Seed Savers and participating in long-range planning. While on the board she will also work to strengthen connections between students at Luther and projects underway at Seed Savers.
Free: Large exercise/balance ball free to a good home. Contact Megan <minnme01>.
Books wanted: Used and inexpensive Stephen King novels needed for a project. Contact Andy, <hagean03>.
For sale: Four 4.5 HP Toro snow blowers. All are model number CCR2000, two purchased in 1994 and two in 1995. All but one in ready to use condition. Used by snow removal crew and can be viewed at the grounds office. Email bids by the snow blower number to <hackiv01> by noonWednesday, Nov. 2. Facilities Services reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Housing wanted: Looking to rent an affordable apartment, small house or room in Decorah from Dec. 1-May 31. No pets, non-smoker and employed at Luther until May. Contact Alexandra, <robial01>.
Pancake breakfast: St. Benedict School will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. This annual event to raise funds for technology is open to the public and features a menu of pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages. Breakfast is prepared and served by the Decorah Lions, Parent School Association and school families. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students 4-10 and children three and under eat free. Take out meals are available. Contact Jamie, <gavlja01>, with questions.
For sale: Late 1970s Yamaha U3 upright piano for sale. The instrument is in perfect condition. New bass strings, butt flanges and a damp chaser have been recently installed, and the instrument sounds and plays beautifully. The case is also in perfect condition. The buyer arranges for the move. Contact Spencer, <spencer.martin> or call 517-1765.
For rent: Beautiful fully-furnished three-bedroom, two-bath home for rent, located near Phelps Park. Availability is very flexible. $1,100 per month. No pets, no smoking. Contact listing agent Mark Harman, 380-9137.
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