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February staff meeting change
Instead of the Feb. 15-16 staff meetings previously scheduled, all staff are invited to one session Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in Valders 206. President Torgerson and Paula Meyer, chair of the Board of Regents, will brief the staff on actions taken by the Board of Regents at their Feb. 10-12 workshop. Diane Tacke will share peer comparison data related to compensation. Because many offices need to remain open during this hour, departments are encouraged to designate a representative who can report back to colleagues unable to attend.
Candidate open forum
An open forum with Corey Landstrom, finalist for the position of Vice President and Dean for Student Life, will be held Monday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m.-noon in Mott/Borlaug. His file may be accessed on Katie in the VP-STUDENT-LIFE-2011 course under the President's Office "candidate searches" folder.
Faculty development sessions
LIS announces the following schedule of faculty development sessions in the "Teaching and Technology" series for Spring 2012. For more information and to sign up for sessions, visit http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule
LIS 'Teaching and Technology': Podcast Producer
LIS will hold a "Teaching and Technology" session Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hovde Lounge, Preus Library on Podcast Producer.
Podcast Producer allows instructors to easily capture video/audio of a classroom or instruction activity, and then stream it from a course's KATIE site. This session will demonstrate some examples of how the software has been used on campus, and will step through the basic process of how to capture and display video streams.
LIS faculty development brown bag
LIS will hold the first in a series of brown bags highlighting the work of faculty who attended the "Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology" summer workshop Monday, Feb. 27, 12:15-1:15 p.m. with presenters Brooke Joyce, Ben Moore and Steve Smith. The session will feature Ben Moore demonstrating how an iPad in a studio classroom can increase efficiency by gathering information almost instantly and presenting that information to the whole class wirelessly. Brooke Joyce and Steve Smith will demonstrate two software programs that manipulate sound and will discuss how students use them to create original compositions.
Health Risk Appraisals
Health Risk Appraisals have been mailed to all employees. Look for a blue envelope from the Office of Human Resources. The envelope will contain details about how to log onto the Other Health Plan website to do the Health Risk Appraisal. The Health Risk Appraisal is one of the three steps required in 2012 to avoid the additional increase in monthly health care premiums.
Facilities Services: driver announcement
Drivers of Luther vehicles are required to annually complete a driver's application. Applications are available on the Facilities Services' web page or the Facilities Services office. Drivers are required to provide a copy of their driver's license. First-time applicants must provide a copy of their health insurance card and take a quiz at the Facilities Services office. Large vans have special requirements which can be found online in the "Vehicle Use Handbook."
Discounted meals at the cafeteria
Luther faculty and staff receive discounted door prices at the Caf while they are working. The Caf is all-you-care-to-eat and features homemade recipes, local items-including 100 percent local Grass Run Farms hamburgers, every day and fresh ingredients. Join us for breakfast for $3.50, lunch for $5 and dinner for $6.75 any day of the week.
Fast and Feast
Fast and feast in community this Lent. Fast on Wednesdays during Lent from Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22 through Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4. As a way of sharing in a core spiritual practice of Lent, you are invited to choose a fast for Wednesdays in Lent. Fast from a meal, a particular treat (coffee, chocolate), or do an electronic fast (stay off Facebook, avoid texting, turn off your cell). Mark the day of fasting in community Wednesdays at Eucharist in the CFL with a simple communion service at 9:30 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship. Soup and bread will be served to break the fast.
Starbucks representative on campus
Have questions about Starbucks and Seattle's Best coffee? Through a request by Dining Services, a Starbucks representative is visiting campus Wednesday, Feb. 22 to speak with student groups and any interested members of campus. Attendees will learn more about fair trade vs. fairly traded coffees and other sustainability-related concerns. Open presentations will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.
International Studies declaration
Know a student interested in declaring a major or minor in International Studies? If so, the first step in that process is to attend an information session and fill in a plan of study form. There are two opportunities to do this in the coming weeks: Thursday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, March 8. Both sessions will be held from 9:40-10:30 a.m. in Koren 217. Attendees will hear details about the IS major and minor, and begin to fill out the necessary paperwork to declare the major/minor. Contact Victoria Christman with questions at <chrivi02>.
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Ash Wednesday, Jazz and Gospel Hymn Sing, Tom Bourcier, John Goodin, Cantorei (Reminder: Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service Tonight, 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall)
Friday, Feb: 24: David Vásquez
Monday, Feb. 27: Lauren Kraus
Events this week
Feb. 21, Center Stage Series Performance, Spirit of Uganda, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Brown bag talk Feb. 21
Michael O'Brien, ethnomusicology, will present "This Is What Democracy Sounds Like: Soundscapes of the 2011 Wisconsin Pro-Labor Protest Movement" Tuesday, Feb. 21at 11:30 a.m. in the Mott Room. Bring a lunch and join us. The Dean's Office will provide a beverage and dessert. For more information go to http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.
Luther College Woman's Club Feb. 21
Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project to present Luther College Woman’s Club program Tuesday, Feb. 21,1:30 p.m. All community women welcome. Refreshments served following program which includes a business meeting and update of LC events. Childcare available, call Amy Bruening, 382-8604. Shuttle Service from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot available, call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.
CSS: Spirit of Uganda Feb. 21
Spirit of Uganda will perform Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, 387-1357, $24, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Spirit of Uganda is made up of dancers and musicians ages 8-18, who bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa though bright costumes, dramatic choreography, standing drums and call-and-response vocals.
Osterholm lecture Feb. 23
Michael Osterholm, internationally known epidemiologist and science advisor to state and national government agencies, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 23 about his avocation: restoration and protection of the cold water trout streams of the Driftless Plains Region of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. His lecture "A Perspective on the Future of Coldwater Stream Restoration in the Driftless Area" is at 9:40 a.m. in Valders 206. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Artist receptions Feb. 23-24
Two artist receptions will be held Feb. 23 and 24 for art exhibits currently on display at Luther College.
Drawings and paintings by Decorah artist Viktor Iudin will be on display through March 16 in Luther's Preus Library. An artist reception will be held Thursday Feb. 23, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Hovde Lounge of Preus Library.
An art exhibit featuring the work of Mat and Paul Rude will be displayed in the Kristin Wigley-Flemming Gallery in Luther's Center for the Arts through Feb. 29. There will be a reception for the artists in the Kristin Wigley-Flemming Gallery on Friday, Feb. 24, from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit at Luther is the first time the Rude brothers have displayed their artwork together.
The exhibits and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Faculty Artist Series: Andrew Whitfield
Andrew Whitfield, Luther associate professor of music, will perform a baritone voice recital Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The program will include two cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach: "Ich habe genug" and "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen." Whitfield will also sing works by Felix Mendelssohn and Brooke Joyce, Luther College composer-in-residence.
Human dissection seminars
Ever wanted to see what the inside of a human body looks like? The students who took Human Dissection and Anatomy during J-term would like to share their dissections. This opportunity will be offered to Luther students, faculty and staff from Feb. 27-March 15. Sessions will be in SHL 153 and last about 45 minutes. To participate, sign up on the bulletin board in SHL 153 or contact Wendy Stevens, 387-1555 or <stevenwe> for the schedule of seminars.
Faculty Artist Series: Beth Ray Westlund
Mezzo soprano Beth Ray Westlund will perform a voice recital Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.
The program features two Handel arias, chosen partly as a result of Ray's 2010 sabbatical research on the dramatic context of Handel operatic arias. The recital also features five songs of Austrian composer Joseph Marx, and two songs of English-born composer Rebecca Clarke.
Jessica Paul is the collaborative pianist for the performance. Alumni lecturer Rachel Ware, soprano, will also perform.
CSS: Brentano String Quartet
Brentano String Quartet will perform at Luther Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 or online http://boxoffice.luther.edu. The quartet will perform compositions from their latest project, "Fragments: Connecting Past and Present." The project, co-commissioned by Luther, invited six composers of today to "finish" or complement unfinished pieces by past composers including Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.
Ethnic Arts Festival March 3
Come join the celebration of culture around the world Saturday, March 3. Schedule is:
Country Fair, 1-4 p.m., Williams Lounge and Oneota Marketplace
Ethnic Cuisine, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Peace Dining Room
Entertainment, 7 p.m., Marty's
Tickets for the dinner/Ethnic Cuisine are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10, and available at the Luther Box Office.
Kelsey Klimesh '12, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall, with a reception to follow each performance. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.
To Anne Blocker on the death of her father Leo Kriener, 77, of Fort Atkinson who died Feb. 15.
Love to Give, Love to Save: The Book Shop thanks all who participated in our Valentine promotion involving donations for the local Food Pantry. Well over 100 items were collected, delivered and placed on pantry shelves.
To my father's students, my students and friends in all departments at Luther College. You have sent a treasure of words of sympathy—spoken and written. Yes, I will miss my father, but his was a life fulfilled. He loved his work at Luther. He had high respect for the contributions each of you makes for the well-being of this place. Thank you for all you have done for him, and for his family.
-Marjorie R. Wharton
To Lucas and Sarah Welper on the birth of their daughter, Haylie Elizabeth Welper, born Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:34 p.m., weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces and measuring 19 inches.
Day trip to Minneapolis March 3: Nobel Peace Prize Forum
This year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held in Minneapolis March 1-3. It is a three-day event, with different themes for each day. Luther will charter a bus to take people up and back for the Saturday, March 3 program, which will include addresses by Nobel laureate F.W. De Klerk, Naomi Tutu and CNN international reporter Jonathan Mann. Cost for students is $20 for Saturday's programming. Register online at http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org. To ride the Luther bus—there is no charge—give your name, email and cell phone number to the President's Office via 387-1001 or <kms>. The bus will leave at 6:15 a.m. and arrive back at Luther at 9 p.m.
Empowering Learners seeks laptops
Consider donating gently used, personal laptops to Empowering Learners. Recently upgraded your personal system and wondering what to do with a slightly old laptop? Empowering Learners is planning to personally deliver 20 laptops to the far north of Namibia this summer. If your laptop is less than five years old and in good condition, we will gladly accept it, overhaul it and carry it with us. Read about Empowering Learners' philanthropic efforts to support the learners at Oshigambo and Nkurenkuru High Schools at http://www.empoweringlearnersnamibia.blogspot.com/. To donate contact Ann Sponberg Peterson <ann.peterson> or Luther senior Ethan Schultz <ethan.schultz>.
Casting call: standardized patient for nursing scenario
Volunteer wanted to play a patient in a home visit scenario with Luther nursing students Friday, Feb 17, 8-10:30 a.m. in Valders. Volunteer will be asked to come to a one-hour volunteer orientation during the week of Feb 13-17 at their convenience. Script will be provided. No medical knowledge or acting experience necessary. Must be willing to have students listen to your heart and lungs. Students appreciate the chance to interact with a "real" patient. Volunteers in the past have found the experience interesting and rewarding. Any age or background welcome. Contact Kristin Propson <kristinpropson>.
Hip Hop classes
Birte Heinecke from Hanover, Germany will be teaching studio Hip-Hop classes as part of her internship study with Jane Hawley. Birte is currently working on the master's degree in performance studies at the University of Hamburg. Birte will be researching how the movement fundamentals curriculum can develop more creative approachs and abilities within hip-hop training. Hip-Hop classes for adults ages 16 and up will be Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts Feb. 26-March 18. Hip-Hop classes for children ages 6-15 will be held Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts Feb. 27-March 19. These classes are free and open to the public.
For sale: Unused twin Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, box-spring and frame. Set retails for over $1,000. We bought it for our guest bedroom but then rearranged our house and it doesn't fit. Selling for $250 (or $300 delivered in Decorah), obo. Contact Matt <simpma01>.
Free: The nursing department has nine identical, gym-style, blue, vinyl sports bags available for any department who can use them. Bags are very clean and in great shape but they look a little dated. Contact Kristin Propson, nursing lab director <kristinpropson>.
Want to buy: Moped in good working condition. Student desk or office desk in sound condition. Need not be pretty, but sturdy is important. Call (612) 246-3255.
Lost and found: Lost and found articles are taking over the Legends Fitness for Life Center. All "found" items are on a table in Legends. Stop by and see if you recognize any of the articles.
For sale: 1990 Friendship mobile home located in Burr Oak. Can be moved or leave where its at. We just put new energy windows and a new front door. Has central air. Asking $12,000, or best offer. Contact Michelle Larson, <larsmi04> or (507) 450-4187.
Free: 20-inch RCA color television. Older analog model, works fine with dish or cable, but would need digital converter for antenna reception. Contact 387-1155 or <slindmar>.
For sale: baby gate $10, baby swing $15, bicycle carrier for kids $10, umbrella stroller $3, student desk $5, big wheel/tricycle $7, boy’s beginning bicycle (12”?) $8, Diego card table with 2 chairs $3. Contact Mike or Leslie at 382-6527 or <smitmi01>.
For rent: Two-three bedroom house at 403 Montgomery. $650/month. No smoking. Small pets ok. View online at www.triadpropertygroup.com. Available around March 20. Call Mike or Leslie, 382-6527.
Tickets available: 4-H Omelet Breakfast will be Sunday, March 4, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Danan Lansing Building, Fairgrounds. On the menu: omelets, cinnamon bread, applesauce, coffee, orange juice and milk. Price: $6, carry outs available. Tickets available at the door or contact Kay Schmitt at 378-1231 or Michelle Einck at 387-1862. Thank you for your support of the Winneshiek County 4-H program.
Tickets available: The annual Sunflower Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, March 4 at the Decorah Middle School held in conjunction with the KDEC Home, Sport and Garden Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are available from Sunflower parents, contact Julie, 387-1865 or <shocju01> for tickets or more details. Come have some pancakes, then check out all the exciting exhibits at the HSG Show.
For rent: Students: Need a house for four? New faculty/staff: Need a home rental for the year? We would like to rent our home in town near Family Table and Ladybug Landscapes for the twelve-month period of June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. Rent: $1,000/month, plus utilities. Utilities run between $100-200 monthly. Three bedrooms on the two above-ground floors, plus a fourth large bedroom in the basement. Our house would be quite comfortable for four students, and insanely so for three, or would be an excellent home in town for new faculty or staff moving into town as you get settled. Please call 419-3988 or email <pedlto01>.
For sale: Seed Savers collections for $10; collections include four seed packets. Sales to benefit Montessori School in Decorah. To order contact Brian Jones, 387-1075 or <jonebr01>. Orders due March 1.
For sale: Naturally-raised pork in half or whole quantities, processed at the award-winning Spillville Locker. Available in March. Contact <enosbejo> or 380-4185.
Cats available: The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is having a cat adoption day Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dragonfly Bookstore on Water Street in Decorah. Cats available for adoption will be on site, as well as information about fostering cats for the Humane Society. For more information contact Kim Powell at <kimpowell>.
Assistance available: Student seeks work that will pay reasonable money for the task being done. Yard work, painting, handiwork of any sort, or other business. I am willing to work beginning the soonest weekend possible, and am open to discuss work extending into the summer. Contact Brett Steelman <steebr02>.
For sale: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S. Great condition, low miles, 30 mpg on highway. Beautiful car. Call 387-0242.
Are you having back, shoulders or neck pain? See Greg Lonning <lonningr> for help with ergonomic equipment.
Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of 10 someone will intercept it before it reaches you.