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Nominations for VP/Dean due April 7
Due to the President's heavy April travel schedule he asks that nominations for the three-year position of vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college be submitted by 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, rather than Monday, April 11. Nominations should be sent to Linda Skoda, <skodalda>.
The President will meet with the Appointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee and the chairs of the Academic Planning Committee and Faculty Interests Committee early next week to seek their counsel.
College Council Executive Summary
College Council met March 14 and March 30. Agenda included: continuing review and development of the 2011-12 budget; assessment of budgetary implications of adding the international studies major and the discontinuation of the management information systems major per faculty action on March 15; a review of faculty/staff compensation including looking at ACM college and benchmark college comparative information; discussion of the progress of TG 150 discussions and the process for budget assessment and reallocation currently underway.
Memo from TG 150
We have heard that many in the community would like additional time to vote and comment on TG 150 initiatives available at ideas.luther.edu. As a result, we are extending voting and comment period through next Wednesday, April 6. Thank you for your thoughtful input to this process.
Staff Excellence Award nominations
Staff and faculty are invited to nominate a Luther staff member for this year's Staff Excellence Awards. Deadline for nominations, Friday, April 15, is earlier than normal so that the recipients can be announced at the Sesquicentennial Faculty/Staff picnic on Wednesday, May 25. Instructions for nominations are found at http://www.luther.edu/hr/award/. If you nominated someone last year and want to resubmit that nomination, contact Roy Prigge, <priggero> or 387-1189.
Summer school information available
Summer school information and course listing online at
Bargain Book Blowout
Selected bargain books in both children and adult titles are for sale now in the Luther Book Shop for $3.99 and $5.99. Hurry in. The sale continues while supplies last.
Distinguished Lectures next year
Selection process has begun for next year's distinguished lectures. To submit a person for consideration, send the name(s) and reason for consideration to Tanya Gertz at <gertta01>. Distinguished Lectures are intended to engage the entire campus around a high profile special guest once a semester, and offer various connections to academic life.
Reusable container sale
Limited time offer: In honor of Earth Day, during the month of April we're lowering the cost of reusable containers in Oneota Market to only $1. Once you have your container, use it and receive five percent off salad bar and entree items all month. Go green this April and save some green.
Fourth annual Peep diorama
The fourth annual Peep diorama contest will be hosted by the Book Shop next week. Entries will be accepted April 11-14 and judged on April 15. Please check http://lutherbookshop.com for complete rules and pictures from last year's event. Prizes will be awarded.
NFCA Strikeout Cancer game April 10
Sunday, April 10, the softball team will host the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Strikeout Cancer game with St. Mary’s University for a double header that will begin at 2 p.m.
The Norse will have balloons and ribbons available for donations, and will be wearing green headbands to show their support for Luther outfielder Abby Christian, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All of the donations will go towards Lymphoma research and the Christian Family.
Chapel this week
Tuesday, April 5: Tuesday Devos, 9:40 a.m., CRH
Wednesday, April 6: Ann Sponberg Peterson
Thursday, April 7: Morning prayer, CRH
Friday, April 8: Ann Highum
Monday, April 11: Victoria Christman, Collegiate
Events this week
April 5, Guest Lecture, Ahmed Shawki, "Eyewitness to the Egyptian Revolution," 6:30 p.m., Olin, Room 206
April 5, Luther Ensemble Concert, Collegiate and Cathedral tour homecoming, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
April 6, High School Choir Performance, 3 p.m., CFL Main Hall
April 6, Luther Ensemble Concert, Norsemen, Aurora and Nordic Choir, 5 p.m., CFL Main Hall
April 7, Poetry Reading, Patrick Cabello Hansel, 7:30 p.m., Farwell Lounge
April 7, SAC Concert, Jason Derülo, 8 p.m., Regents Center
April 9, Brudos Award Recital, Aliyah Richling, voice, 4 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
April 10, Balalaika Performance, 1 p.m., Farwell Lounge
April 12, Center for Ethics and Public Life Lecture, Janne Flisrand, "The Luxury of Limited Means: The Freedom to Choose Your Own Route," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Jens Jensen's Transformed campus
Luther senior Rebecca L. Kohnert's exhibit "Jens Jensen and the Transformed Campus" is open, displaying the evolution of the Luther campus landscape over the past 100 years.
The exhibit is located outside the Hovde Lounge on the main floor of the Preus Library. Kohnert, a history major with minors in museum studies and classical studies, is curator of the exhibit.
The Kohnert exhibit includes historic photographs, borrowed from the Luther College Archives and the Luther Photo Bureau gallery.
'Eyewitness to the Egyptian Revolution'
Ahmed Shawki, internationally-recognized activist, journalist and author, will present a Luther College Guest Lecture Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Olin 102.
In his lecture, "Eyewitness to the Egyptian Revolution," Shawki will discuss his firsthand account of the Egyptian revolution. He will provide the Luther community with a unique perspective on the future of the movement in the months to come and its impact on struggles throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Dorian Choral Festival, Concert April 6
Luther will host the Dorian Invitational Choral Festival and Concert Wednesday, April 6, the Festival Concert will begin at 3 p.m. Festival events will be held in the CFL. Choirs attending the 2011 festival include the Fort Atkinson High School Chamber Chorale, Fort Atkinson, Wis., the Hudson High School Chamber Choir, Hudson, Wis., the Lakeville North High School Chorale, Lakeville, Minn., the Mankato East High School Concert Choir, Mankato, Minn., and the Rosemount High School Concert Choir, Rosemount, Minn.
Collegiate, Cathedral tour homecoming
Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir will perform Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. in the CFL.
The performance is open to the public, no charge for admission.
Collegiate Chorale will perform works by Peter Philips, Carl Heinrich Graun, Sergei Rachmaninoff and an arrangement by Allen Koepke. In the second half of the performance, Cathedral Choir will perform Bach's "Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir" and "Jubilate Deo" by Agneta Sköld.
Big Questions Debate April 6
What is the relationship between religion and science in the pursuit of truth and goodness? Where does morality come from? Professors Eric Baack, Storm Bailey, Sean Burke and Loyal Rue have been invited to discuss such issues in a panel format in the first Big Questions Debate, hosted by the Secular Student Society Wednesday, April 6, 7-9 p.m. in Valders 262. For more information contact <nowobr01>.
Wii bowling party April 7
There will be a Wii bowling party on Thursday, April 7, starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Luther bookstore. Come see the two top teams challenge for the championship, have some snacks and enjoy the fellowship of friends.
NAA luncheon April 7
The Norse Athletic Association will hold a spring sports luncheon Thursday, April 7 at noon in Peace Dining Room. Cost for the luncheon is $5, paid at the door. Spring sport coaches will speak about their respective seasons, providing NAA guests a chance to get firsthand information on upcoming Norse athletics. RSVP to Mark Franzen, 387-1588 or <franma03>.
Flatland on IPTV
Wanda Flatland will be on "Iowa Outdoors," an IPTV program, on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. The spring episode takes viewers 100 feet underground into Coldwater Cave on Wanda's property to explore Iowa's longest and most spectacular cave.
Jason Derülo in concert April 7
Singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Jason Derülo will perform in concert Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in the Regents Center. Tickets are $27, available at the Luther Box Office.
Opening act for the Derülo concert is Nikki & Rich. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council: Concerts Committee.
Brudos Family Prize recital April 9
Aliyah Richling '11, will present the Brudos Family Prize in Opera Performance recital Saturday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.
Richling is the 2010 recipient of the Brudos Family Prize in Opera Performance. A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
'Believe to Achieve' half marathon
The second annual "Believe to Achieve" half marathon will be Sunday, April 10, starting at 1 p.m. This 13.1 mile race is for all walkers, joggers and runners that have never run more than a 5K race before. The $20 entry fee will go towards purchasing another AED on the Luther campus. Register online at: luther.edu/recsports/intramurals/believe/. For more information contact Vicky Jaeger, 387-1360.
Balalaika Ensemble performance April 10
Luther College Balalaika Ensemble will perform in concert Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Helen Farwell Lounge in Farwell Hall.
The fully costumed Luther Balalaika Ensemble performs Russian and East European music on traditional instruments.
The ensemble features instruments of the balalaika and domra families, as well as accordion, percussion and vocal. Members of the ensemble include students, faculty, staff and community members.
National Library Week book sale
Preus Library's annual National Library Week book sale will be held Monday-Friday, April 11-15. Hundreds of hardcover and paperback books will be available. Prices will decline daily.
'The Luxury of Limited Means'
Janne Kimberly Flisrand '94, will present the lecture "The Luxury of Limited Means: The Freedom to Choose Your Own Route" Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Flisrand will be on campus for a five-day residency, April 10-14.
Jazz Orchestra to perform April 13
Luther College's Jazz Orchestra will perform Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. at Center for Faith and Life. The performance is open to the public. The Jazz Orchestra concert program will feature Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
Maakestad art exhibit on display April 14
Paintings by Tom Maakestad '80, will be on display April 14-May 22 in the Kristen Wigley-Fleming Gallery in the Center for the Arts.
Maakestad's large landscapes have been featured in 50 group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and overseas, including 10 shows at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis over the past 16 years.
Comedian Pete Lee April 15
Pete Lee, comedian, will perform Friday, April 15 at 9 p.m. in Marty's.
Tickets are $9 and are available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 or <boxoffice>.
The Economics and Business department invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to join us in celebrating two special retirements. Uwe Rudolf and Rich Leake are retiring after a combined 76 years of service. We will also honor Mark Lund who is retiring after 35 years of service, but unable to attend due to his travel schedule. The retirement reception will be held Saturday, April 16, 2-4 p.m. at Marty's. All are welcome. If you would like to send an electronic greeting to any one of them, email it to <bernatzd>.
Upcoming student recitals
Michael Penick '11 will perform a voice recital Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Emmalee Johnson '12 will perform a violin recital Saturday, April 9 at noon.
Jesse Bunge '11 will perform a baritone recital Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.
Teresa Procter '12 will perform a mezzo soprano recital Tuesday, April 12 at
Student recitals are open to the public with no charge for admission and held in the Noble Recital Hall with receptions immediately following.
To Ellen Drewes-Stoen and Erik Stoen on the March 30 death of Ellen's father Henry Drewes, 94, of Decorah.
To Phyllis Gray and family on the recent death of Phyllis' sister.
To Gregg Narber and family on the March 31 death of his father James Narber, 88, of Des Moines.
To everyone who attended and/or supported the Student Support Services celebration banquet March 30. Highlights included the presentation of several awards and scholarships, a message from Chivonne Marlow and entertainment by Bromatic Progression.
SSS is a federally funded student retention program sponsored by Luther for more than 40 years. The program, which serves 160 students annually, provides services ranging from tutoring and advising to leadership development and graduate school preparation.
Administrative assistant: 40-hour/week, nine-month position as administrative assistant for the Study Abroad office. For more information visit hr website at http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies/.
Nancy K. Barry has been selected as a participant in the Lutheran Academy of Scholars 2011 Summer Seminar. Barry will be one of a select group of leading scholars from educational institutions affiliated with the Lutheran church who will take part in the prestigious LAS seminar. Held at Harvard University June 20-July 1, the seminar will address issues of religious, social and cultural significance. The summer seminar is the foremost of the Academy's programs that encourage scholars and promote scholarship: faculty seminars, publication support and conference sponsorship.
Don Jones, along with the partners of the LoSasso Interactive Advertising Agency in Chicago made a presentation titled "Matching Course Content with Interactive Marketing Needs of Business" March 24 at the Marketing Management Association Conference held in Chicago.
Richard Mtisi presented an invited lecture at Valparaiso University on Tuesday, March 22 titled "Triumph of Wild Animals over People? The Challenges and Opportunities in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Area of Southern Africa."
Robert Shedinger was invited to speak on his book "Was Jesus a Muslim?" by the Muslim Student Association at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Islamic Society of Nevada on March 18-19, and then by the Albanian Islamic Center in Grosse Point, Mich., and the Islamic Society of Flint, Mich. on March 25-26.
Emily Voss '13, has been selected as a finalist in the 31st annual College Photography Contest sponsored by Photographer's Forum Magazine and Nikon. Voss's photo, titled "Ice Blue: Eyes of the Winter Goddess," was one of the finalists selected from some 14,000 images submitted to the College Photography Contest by students around the world. Winners will be announced by August 2011.
Luther College Ballroom/Swing club took one-third of the medals in the 14th annual Star of the North DanceSport Classic held Feb. 25-27 at the Ukrainian Event Center in Minneapolis. Luther club members were among the 243 competitors at the event, ranging from college students, high school students and adults from the region. Thirty-one Luther students competed in seven dance categories: cha-cha, foxtrot, rumba, swing, tango, waltz and west cost swing.
Women's track and field placed first of 10 teams in the Central Invitational April 2. Christina Storlie '13 placed first in the 3000m steeplechase, 11:27.49; and Lauren Boleen '11 placed first in the javelin throw, 41.87m.
Men's track and field placed second of 11 teams in the Central Invitational. Trent Stonerook '11 placed first in the javelin throw, 50.82m.
Women's tennis defeated St. Ambrose, 9-0, and Monmouth, 9-0, on April 3
Men's tennis defeated ARI, 8-1, and St. Ambrose, 8-1, on April 3
Softball split games with Eau Claire April 3, 6-2 and 5-6. Bre Twait hit a two-run home run, Abby Christian went three for four in game two with three RBI.
Women's golf placed first of three teams at the Loras Invitational April 3-4, with Laura Davis '14 and Kate Traxler '13 placing first and second respectively.
Men's golf placed eighth of 12 teams at the Loras Invitational.
Home events this week:
Track and field hosts the Norse Relays April 9 at noon.
Benefit brunch for Joni Meyer family
A benefit brunch for the Joni and Herman Meyer family will be Sunday, April 10, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in St. Benedict Parish Hall, Decorah. Serving scrambled eggs with toppings, pancakes, sausage and beverages. Tickets are $6 per person; children five and under, no charge. Advance tickets available at the Luther Alumni Office or Viking State Bank. Tickets available at the door. The event will also feature a bake sale and silent auction. Joni, a staff member in the Alumni Office, was seriously injured in an automobile accident Jan. 28.
'Veg Yourself' pledge
Pledge to "Veg Yourself" and join Luther students, faculty and staff in a pledge to eat vegetarian at least once a week until the end of the spring semester. By focusing on the food groups we don't eat enough of, yet are so good for our well-being, we hope this pledge will help establish healthy habits for you and the planet. Go to http://luther.edu/sustainability to sign the pledge and join the movement. Contact <yatech01> with questions.
LFA accepting applications April 8
On Friday, April 8 Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts committee will begin accepting applications for the funding of campus programming. This programming may involve musical events, literary events, theatre/dance events, artistic events and speakers.
Funding is available for requests ranging from $100 to $1,000. If you are bringing someone to campus for the 2011-12 academic year who might fit in one of these categories, consider applying. The application form as well as additional information can be found at: https://www.luther.edu/programming/lfa/.
Save the date for Senior Sendoff
Faculty/staff are encouraged to "save the date" for the 2011 Senior Sendoff. Sponsored by Student Senate and the Alumni Office, Senior Sendoff has become an annual celebration, bringing together soon-to-be graduates with faculty/staff for an evening of conversation and dancing. Senior Sendoff will be held at the Hotel Winneshiek May 19 from 7-10:30 p.m. Faculty and staff will receive an email message with a link to register in late April.
HERway Conversations April 5
"Love the skin you're in" with a conversation on tanning beds, sunscreens, adult acne and more presented by Diane Ernst, ARNP, dermatology provider at Winneshiek Medical Center on Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Conference Room B on the lower level of the medical center. The meetings are always free and a $5 box meal is available by calling 387-3113 in advance.
Wanted to purchase: Used bike child trailer. Will only use for one more year. Contact 387-2229 or <hunterja>.
For sale: 6'x8' chain-link outdoor dog kennel. Like new. $125. Contact 382-4884 or <petertim>.
Wanted: Current Luther student seeking place to live April 1-June 1.Willing to rent or sublet room or small apartment. Willing to do yard work, watch pets and help out around the house. Contact Kyle, (319) 329-6684.
Wanted: 36-inch bathroom vanity, medicine cabinet with lights, 36-inch walk-in shower. Call 379-2656 and leave a message.
For sale or rent: House on North Street available for purchase or to rent. Six bedrooms, two kitchen units. Contact <jeffersj>, 379-1001.
Wanted to buy: Bike for 11-year-old boy. Contact Tim Schweizer, <schweizt> or call 382-5800.
Wanted: Incoming professor (fall 2011) seeking an efficiency or one-bedroom apartment. Would also consider renting a room from individuals who might be "snowbirds" interested in a house sitter for your vacation months. Would need a bedroom and bath/shower facilities. No kitchen facilities needed. Quiet boarder during the week. If you can assist, ask for Pat at 349-9549.
For sale: Charming two bedroom, story and 1/2 home on Ohio Street only two blocks from Luther, Decorah Prairie, bike trail and river. Open floor plan, remodeled kitchen and bathroom, hardwood floors and central air. Newer Energy Star appliances included. Privacy fence in spacious back yard, new deck and lots of perennials. Call 419-2555 to set up an appointment to see the house or to have house photos emailed to you.
Wanted: Good used double stroller, call 419-4969.
For sale: ProForm 485E Eliptical Exercizer. Was $400 new; gently used-will sell for $150. If interested "Google" ProForm Elipticals to view. Contact Jennifer at 379-1796 and leave message if no answer.
U-Car share: With this new program, faculty and staff can drive self-service cars by the hour or day, with gas, maintenance/roadside assistance, insurance and parking included. This is great for running errands or short trips. If you have a driver's license and meet the basic requirements, you can (and should) apply for U-Car Share membership. A special promotion is being held until April 15, where anyone with a Luther email address can sign up for free using the promotional code "Luther." You never know when it could come in handy, so sign up while it's free: https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/transportation/ucarshare/.
Reminder: Gina's E-Recycling is teaming up with Green Iowa AmeriCorps to host an Electronics Recycle Drive for small electronics Saturday, April 9 at the Decorah Chamber of Commerce, 8 a.m.-noon. Most appliances will be processed free of charge, with the exception of a few more complicated pieces. For more information, go to the Sustainability Event page: www.luther.edu/sustainability/events_news/events/.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it's expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.