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Final staff meeting of the year
The April staff meeting will have President Torgerson sharing highlights of the year, senior students reflecting on their time at Luther, and—continuing this year's "top 10" theme—Judy Nye will share "The 10 Most Interesting Questions I've Received as a Faculty Member." The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m. All are welcome.
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.
LIS software requests
Submit any requests for new or upgraded software to LIS at: http://lis.luther.edu/services/software-requests by the end of April. Requests made at this time will be considered for installation on classroom and lab computers over the summer.
Upcoming LIS training
Apple's iLife Software in the Classroom, April 12, 3-4 p.m., more info at http://lis.luther.edu/node/5532
Using Skype in the Classroom, April 19, 3-4 p.m., Olin 301, more info at http://lis.luther.edu/node/5334
Moving to the Mac, April 20, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Union-Borlaug, more info at http://lis.luther.edu/node/5329
TIAA-CREF individual sessions
TIAA-CREF will be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, and Thursday, April 21, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for individual counseling sessions. To schedule a counseling session, call (866) 842-2977.
Business card deadline April 20
The Publications office is accepting orders for business cards online at www.luther.edu/printwork. Please order in quantity increments of 250. Send a sample of an old card via campus mail to AJ Perling. Submit orders prior to Wednesday, April 20. This order will be printed and back just before graduation to accommodate summer travelers. The Publications office gathers business card orders at the start of each semester; note that orders printed individually at other times cost considerably more.
PEEPtacular day in the Book Shop
Stop by the Book Shop Friday, April 15 to see the creative and entertaining Peeps dioramas. Vote for your favorite diorama from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. with the winner announced at 3:30 p.m. Toss a beanbag to determine your amount of storewide discount. Discounts up to 25 percent off entire purchase. Peeps and punch will be served. Don't be a marshmallow, come and join the fun!
Luther Neighbors Project with HFH
Remember to return pledge cards with pledges and/or donations in support of the Luther Neighbors project with Habitat for Humanity. The cards may be returned to College Ministries. As a reminder, all donations before May 15 will be used for a $10,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance. If you were unable to attend a presentation about our partnership project to build a house with Habitat for Humanity in 2012 or have misplaced your pledge card, contact Rachel Vagts at <vagtsrac> for a pledge card and more information.
Missing: soft bags from Health Service
Health Service is missing two red soft bags used for carrying lab specimens to hospital in. The bags look like lunch bag coolers. Reward offered. Call Health Service with any information, 387-1045.
The Pepperfield Project and Luther Sustainability are offering gardening classes this summer. The classes are open to beginning, intermediate and advanced gardeners who want tips from gardening basics to gardening with limited space, planning a fall garden and gardening/ canning for colder months. Classes are free and open to the public. Find details, dates and sign up at www.luther.edu/sustainability. Information about signing up for a plot in the Community Garden is also available there. Sign up by April 29.
Chapel this week
Tuesday, April 12: Tuesday Devos, 9:40 a.m., CRH
Wednesday, April 13: Mike Blair
Thursday, April 14: Morning prayer, CRH
Friday, April 15: Jon Lund, Aurora and Norsemen
Monday, April 18: Andrea Berven, senior chapel
Events this week
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
April 13, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Orchestra tour homecoming, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall
April 14, Biology Colloquium, Steven D. Carson, Ph.D., "Selection for coxsackievirus B3 capsid variation in a low-receptor environment," 9:40 a.m., Valders, Room 206
April 14, Luther Ensemble Concert, Cantorei, 7:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
April 14, SAC Diversity, Unified Jazz Ensemble Performance, 9 p.m., Marty's CyberCafé
April 15, SAC Spotlight Comedian, Pete Lee, 9 p.m., Marty's CyberCafé
April 16, Celebrating 150 Years of Music at Luther, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
April 17, Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony and Lecture, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall
April 19, Luther Ensemble Concert, Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
'Restoring the Nature of Childhood'
Environmental educator Ken Finch will present "Restoring the Nature of Childhood" Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m., in Valders Hall of Science, Room 362.
Finch, of Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, will share thoughts and data about an emerging "nature deficit disorder," its implications and impacts, and how we can restore nature-based play to childhood. He will discuss the importance of nature-based play in early childhood centers, community parks and children's own backyards.
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.
Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day April 14
Enjoy the richness of well-placed words. Put a poem your pocket Thursday, April 14 for Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day. Poems free for the taking will be available in various locations around campus. Take one, read it and then save it or give it to a friend. Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day is an initiative of the Academy of American Poets and is sponsored on campus by the English department. For information, contact Carol Gilbertson <gilbertc>.
Cantorei concert April 14
Cantorei, a choral ensemble of 50 women, will perform a spring concert Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.
The concert is the choir’s culmination of its spring semester’s work and will include a variety of choral music, both a cappella and accompanied. Student accompanists include senior, Paige Silberhorn, piano and sophomore, Sydney Kjerstad, piano.
Unified Jazz Ensemble April 14
The Unified Jazz Ensemble, a renowned jazz quartet, will perform at Luther Thursday, April 14 at 9 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé. The quartet aims to entertain with their big band beats and funky grooves.
Tickets are $5 and are available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 or <boxoffice>.
The group is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages by engaging listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions. Sponsored by SAC Diversity.
Comedian Pete Lee April 15
Pete Lee, comedian, will perform Friday, April 15 at 9 p.m. in Marty's. Lee won Country Music Television's Next Big Comic and has been featured numerous times on Comedy Central.
Tickets are $9 and are available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 or <boxoffice>. Sponsored by SAC Spotlight.
Parents' Day Out April 16
APO is hosting a Parents' Day Out service event Saturday, April 16 from 1-4 p.m. Parents, professors and others from the community can drop off their children for the afternoon and take some time for themselves. Drop off children at Brunsdale Lounge in Dieseth Hall, where members of APO will play games and entertain children. Free babysitting. Contact <apo> if interested.
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>.
World premiere of Paulus piece
The internationally-renowned choirs and orchestra of Luther will perform "Luther Mass" by Stephen Paulus Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life and Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis.
Conducted by Allen Hightower, the Luther Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of the newly commissioned mass in addition to Franz Joseph Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass."
For tickets to the on campus performance, call the Luther College Box Office at 387-1357 or visit http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/. Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for students, reserved seating.
For tickets to the Minneapolis concert, call the Orchestra Hall Box Office, (612) 371-5656 or 1-800-292-4141, or visit http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/. Cost is $24 for adults and $17 for students, general admission seating.
Pre-concert lecture April 16
The Luther and Decorah communities are invited to attend a pre-concert lecture Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Mott-Borlaug Room in Dahl Centennial Union. James Griesheimer will present comments on the "Lord Nelson Mass" by Haydn, and composer Stephen Paulus will be present to discuss his new work.
LASO: 'Miles for Norton'
Luther Athletes Serving Others will hold "Miles for Norton," Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. "Miles for Norton" is a 5K run through campus and out into the Decorah community in honor of Chris Norton, a freshman Luther football player who was severely injured in a home football game this fall.
The run begins at the front entrance of the Union. Cost to register is $3 per person. Register outside of the Cafeteria at dinner on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, or at the event on Sunday in front of the Union. All money raised will go to Chris Norton and his family. Easter eggs will be hidden along the running route that contain gift certificates to be used on campus or in the Decorah community.
Luther College Woman's Club
Jon Lund will present the Luther College Woman's Club program Tuesday, April 19. Lund's presentation "International Students: Creating a Global Learning Environment" will be at 1:45 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are encouraged and invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following the program, with a brief business meeting and up-date on current events at Luther. Childcare is available during the meeting. Call Amy Bruening, 382-8604, to arrange for this service.
Upcoming student recitals
Alison Scheevel '12 will perform a flute recital Saturday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in the NRH.
A reception will follow the performance. Both the recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
To Jon Christy on the death of his father James Christy, 81, formerly of Nevada, Iowa.
To Jim and Karen Martin-Schramm, on the death of Jim's father, Henry I. Martin, 96, of Decorah.
Rachel Ware presented "How are we Communicating? The Use of Science and Imagery in North American Voice Studios" at the College Music Society's Great Lakes regional conference at Lawrence University April 2 in Appleton, Wis. She shared the results of a research survey that she conducted of 520 pedagogues concerning their use, value of and perceived success when using Science and Imagery when teaching voice students.
David Kamm recently attended the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education conference in St. Louis, where he was part of a panel on "Attentiveness." He also has an article titled "Riding the Light: Visual Thinking and the Constructive Mind" in the latest issue of "Future Forward," published by Integrative Teaching International. An electronic version of that publication is available at http://integrativeteaching.org/future-forward. Click on Volume 1, Issue 2, Manifestos and Manifestations.
Sixteen Luther students presented research projects at the 25th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the showcase event for exemplary research and scholarship by undergraduate students from the nation's top colleges and universities. Some 2,000 undergraduate students in all academic disciplines came together to present and discuss their research projects through posters, oral presentations, visual arts displays and performances. The 16 Luther students were accompanied by Brad Chamberlain and Mark Muggli.
Lori Stanley and seniors Sylvie Hall and Kia Johnson attended the annual conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 30-April 2, in Seattle. Stanley organized a symposium on anthropology and study abroad, and presented a paper titled "Forging Partnerships through Study Abroad: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Maasailand." Hall and Johnson coauthored and presented two papers, "Applied Anthropologists in the Making: Lessons Learned in Maasailand" and "Pastoralists, Plants, and the Preservation of Traditional Knowledge: Striving for Reciprocity in Study Abroad."
J. R. Christianson conducted a U.K. Seminar of The Society for Court Studies in London on April 4. The seminar on "Science and Religion at the Court of Denmark 1536-1700" was held at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in Bedford Square.
Ann Highum was one of four student life professionals asked to present an all-day workshop at the recent conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, March 12 in Philadelphia. The workshop, "Mid-Level Institute for Small College and University Professionals," covered topics important for the leadership development of 25 staff from around the country.
Richard Leake presented a paper titled "Physiognomy: A Fresh Look at an Old Selection Tool" at the MBAA International (formerly Midwest Business Administration Association) annual meeting in Chicago on March 4. The paper was selected by peer review and will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal for North American Management Association. Leake was also awarded the North American Management Society's Outstanding Service Award, 2011, at the MBAA meeting.
Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano, performed Feb. 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids as part of the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players Series. The two performed Saint-Saens Piano Trio No. 1 with Orchestra Iowa concertmaster Holly Mulcahy. Their performance was broadcast twice in April on Iowa Public Radio.
Tim Schweizer presented a paper titled "Introducing Idea Mapping into the Business Curriculum: Results from Two Experiments" at the seventh International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society, March 25-27, in Bilbao, Spain.
Hannah Crippen '11 edited a new print anthology of creative nonfiction pieces by her classmates in Amy Weldon's Creative Writing: Nonfiction course. Hannah was inspired to showcase their talent in a book, printed through the online publishing site Lulu.com. Titled "Every Place I Go, I Take Another Place With Me"—the title of an essay by classmate Anna Rick, included in the collection—the book will be available for sale at lulu.com and through the Luther College Bookshop.
Amy Weldon presented her creative nonfiction piece "Three Elizabeths: An Imagining" at a conference in honor of the retirement of American literature scholar Linda Wagner-Martin at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill April 7-9. Weldon presented a pedagogical paper, "'The First Enthusiasm of Success:' Reading Victor Frankenstein as a College Student" at the Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference in New Haven, Ct. April 14-16. Her essay "Money and a Room: One Woman Gets Real" is forthcoming in the New Haven Review, developed by her continuing work on her blog, http://cheapskateintellectual.wordpress.com.
Sean D. Burke presented a paper titled "From Gender-Resistant to Gender-Queering: Ruth and Judith" at the Society of Biblical Literature Upper Midwest Regional Meeting held in St. Paul, Minn. April 1-2.
Baseball defeated Buena Vista April 8, 3-1, then lost a double-header to BV April 9, 2-7 and 3-6.
Men's track placed second of three teams at the Norse Relays April 9. Trent Stonerook '11 placed first in the javelin and Zach Kotz '11 placed first in the shot put.
Women's track and field placed first of three teams at the Norse Relays April 9. Four individuals and two relays posted first place finishes. Lauren Boleen '11 will make her third trip to the NCAA DIII National Outdoor Championships after automatically qualifying with a school record of 146-10 in the javelin. The 4x1600 relay of Sarah Lundine '11, Christina Storlie '13, Kim Horner '11 and Emma Spoon '12 set a school record of 21:09.57 winning the event. Melissa Erickson '12 won the steeplechase, 11:48.24; Addy Rickels '13 won the high jump, 5-1 3/4; and Amanda Dunn '14 won the discus, 131-3. The 4x400 relay of Michelle Voigts '11, Jordan Dudek '14, Sam McAllister '12 and Dani Meirick '12 won the event by almost eight seconds in 4:06.57.
Men's tennis defeated Cornell, 6-3, and UW-Eau Claire, 7-2, on April 9. The Norse lost to Coe April 10, 4-5.
Softball went four for four this weekend, defeating Buena Vista April 9, 2-0 and 5-1, and St. Mary's April 10, 11-2 (6) and 6-2. Lexy Determan threw for a four-hit shutout, striking out 15 of the 24 batters she faced.
Home events this week:
Softball hosts Wartburg April 13, 3 p.m. The games will be video streamed.
Baseball hosts Loras April 15 at 3 p.m. and April 16, 1 p.m. The games will be video streamed.
'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, 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.
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.
Survey: exploring Decorah gardens
To have a better understanding of the number of vegetable gardens in Decorah, figure out ways to encourage community members to consider gardening and ways to help those already gardening, students have put together a survey. The information provided will help us to better understand Decorah urban gardens and the next steps to take. For more information and access to the survey, visit www.luther.edu/sustainability/.
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.
Garage sale: Quartermania-all used items are 25 cents. Toys, kitchen and holiday items, knick knacks, books, clothing and miscellaneous items. Some new items on sale as well, priced as marked-all at less than half original price. Saturday, April 16, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at 309 E. Water St., in the garage behind Bookends and Beans.
Wanted: Babysitting job for the summer. Certified through American Red Cross. Call Michelle, 379-2625.
Wanted: Full size bed with mattress and box spring, in good condition. Call 382-1491. Leave message.
For sale: Beautiful, historic, brick, Victorian home on acreage, two miles from Luther, 1.8 acres plus, three-car garage, extra 20 x 15 two-story building, five bedrooms, one full and two partial bathrooms, living room, dining room, office/den, many perennial beds, gardens, very good condition, many updates. For information, please contact 382-8495 or WIHA@rconnect.com.
Garage sale: Mega downsizing sale Friday, April 15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 907 W. Pearl, near Phelps Park. Kids, adult and ethnic clothing, foreign crafts and jewelry, furniture, toys, books, CDs, artwork and many posters, computer, printer, antiques, tools, hardware, housewares, Amana freezer, 500 National Geographics and much more.
For sale: Country home/acreage, two miles from Luther, two-level, owner designed and built, quality craftsmanship, seven acres, horses, gardens, orchard, pond, in-floor heat throughout, four bedrooms, two 1/2 baths, two offices, living area, family room, gathering kitchen, abundant natural light, maple woodwork, geothermal heat, large two-car attached garage, additional 36 x 60 garage/shop/studio with in floor heat. Please contact Barbara, email@example.com or 380-0677, or go to http://www.forsalebyowner.com and look under Decorah, Iowa.
Free: The college archives office has about 80 acid-free document boxes to give away. Good for old letters, photos and important papers. A few are located in the Office Supply Reuse Store. Email <livesimply> to arrange a pick-up.
For sale: Daffodils are here. Have a dozen delivered on campus for $6. Email <davismar> for delivery.
Have you registered your bike? Free bicycle registration is available to all students, faculty and staff on campus, and will put your bike's information into a national database accessible by police departments throughout the country. If your bike is stolen in Decorah, or elsewhere, registering your bike will identify you as the owner if it is recovered. Register online at: https://spreadsheets2.google.com/a/luther.edu/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dDlWNm9peTBJTkVqNUZ5THlOT0Nvc2c6MQ&pli=1#gid=0 or at the Rec Sports/BWP Office.
When caught in a crazy, busy day, try a breathing exercise. Try the Breath Series of Four — inhale to a slow count of four; hold the breath for a slow count of four, exhale completely to a slow count of four. Repeat four times. Read more online at: http://www.spamagazine.com/gallery/12-wellness-tips-2011
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!