Tuesday, Dec. 28

TUESDAY 12/28/10

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COLLEGE OPERATIONS

Payroll notification

Because of the holidays and limited work time available for staff, the time cards for the support staff bi-weekly pay period that ends Dec. 24 need to be returned to the Payroll office by Wednesday, Dec. 29 to be processed for the Jan. 5 payroll. Thank you for your cooperation.

Holiday hours

Dahl Centennial Union/Welcome Center
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Closed

Cafeteria
Tuesday-Saturday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1: Closed
Sunday, Jan. 2: Breakfast: Closed
Lunch: Closed
Dinner: 5-7 p.m.

Oneota Market
Tuesday, Dec. 28: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Closed

Marty's CyberCafe
Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 28-Jan. 2: Closed

Book Shop
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Closed

Mail Center/SPO
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1: Closed

Legends Center
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 30-Jan. 2: Closed
Monday, Jan. 3: Resume regular hours

'Over-the-Counter' clarification

The hr website contains the most recent list of 2011 "Over-the-Counter" items that will be reimbursable. A participant can be reimbursed for an over-the-counter medication if they have a prescription for it.  The prescription must be sent with the claim. To see the list go to:  http://www.luther.edu/hr/benefits/healthplan/.

Flexible spending accounts schedule

Holiday schedule for flexible spending accounts:  Claims that were received by noon Monday, Dec. 27 will be processed Tuesday, Dec. 28.

December is open enrollment month

December is open enrollment month for Luther’s health plan. Contact HR for form to make changes such as:
1. Add/change health care coverage.
2. Change preferred provider organization: Midland’s Choice which includes Mayo System or Gundersen Lutheran Network.
3. Change deductible plan: Option 1 or 2.
4. Add/drop dental coverage. Dental rates will increase to $26.46/month for single coverage and $69.10/month for family coverage.

Final Wellness check-up reminder

Reminder to employees and spouses on the Luther College health care plan. The Wellness check-up form is due by Dec. 31 to Human Resources. You can access the form on the hr.luther.edu website. Failure to turn this in will result in a $25 monthly premium increase. Thank you if you have turned in the form. Contact Greg with questions at <lonningr> or 387-2075.

EVENTS

Campus worship services resume Jan. 2

Tuesday, Dec. 28-Saturday, Jan. 1: No worship services
Sunday, Jan. 2: Worship resumes with 9:30 p.m. Focus
Monday, Jan. 3: Chapel resumes

SPORTS RESULTS/SCHEDULE

Women's basketball defeated Catholic University Dec. 21, 91-76 at the Daytona Beach Shootout. Sam Jewell '11, Taylor Johnson '14 and Nellie Nelson '13 combined for 47 of Luther's 91 points.

MISCELLANEOUS

Launch of FoodCorps at Luther

The Luther Environmental Studies Department, with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, will host the first troop of FoodCorps members in Iowa as part of the initiative's 2011 launch. Luther's Sustainability program has hosted the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative for two years. FoodCorps is a new national AmeriCorps program that focuses on service in school food systems that have children challenged with high rates of obesity and limited access to healthy foods.

UNCLASSIFIED ADS

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EDITORIAL COMMENT

Sustainability tip

Follow these handy tips for a greener, more sustainable post-holiday:

If you receive electric goods this season, don’t throw old ones away. Recycle or donate them using Earth911′s recycling locator: http://search.earth911.com/.

Take any unwanted gifts to a Goodwill location or list them on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

Make your New Year’s resolution to live more sustainably in 2011. See entire article at: http://tinyurl.com/lcsusttips.

Wellness tip

Who doesn't like a good cocktail during the holidays? Sure, spending three days straight with your extended family might have something to do with it. From the office holiday party, to the lighting of the menorah, to the various "Eve" and "Morning" festivities, there's no shortage of celebrations in which to involve libations.

Unfortunately, most holiday cocktails tend to give the gifts of too much fat and too many calories. One cup of eggnog has 343 calories and 19 grams of fat. It's a meal in a cup, with a ton of added fat and sugar. Then, there are the hot chocolates, mulled ciders and traditional grogs that chase away the winter chill but help hold on the pounds. And we can't forget about all of the themed mixed drinks that make every party a bit more fun, and our waistlines a bit more full. So how do we enjoy the fun of the holiday season without having to hide behind bulky sweaters till July? Here are eight fun drink ideas that are lower in fat, calories and sugar than their original versions.

View full article and drink recipes at http://teambeachbody.com/about/newsletters/-/nli/197#81570118.

And finally…

It is the service we are not obliged to give that people value most.

-James C. Penney