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Faculty/staff open forum
President Torgerson will host two open forums to discuss TG150 recommendations in the CFL Recital Hall Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m. and Thursday,
Sept. 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Task Group 150 draft report is posted on Katie for faculty and staff to study and comment. Go to the course called "Office of the President" and then "Luther-President." Individual comments can be directed to <skodalda>.
A reminder to the community that there are to be no meetings scheduled during Chapel, 10:30-10:50 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Luther is distinctive in its practice of making space for community-wide chapel and I ask the campus to respect this tradition of having "set apart" time for reflection and spiritual nourishment.
Faculty/staff training sessions
In an era of greater attention given to institutional risk management issues, Luther periodically offers training sessions focused on the prevention of workplace harassment and discrimination. All faculty and staff are expected to participate.
Please plan to attend one of three workshops scheduled for this month:
Monday, Sept. 19: 9-10 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 19: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Fran Seplar of Seplar and Associates will lead the sessions, all of which will be held in the Recital Hall of the CFL.
Staff supervisors and directors should encourage their staff colleagues to participate in one of these sessions and arrange work schedules to permit colleagues to attend.
Thank you for your cooperation in scheduling your participation in these risk management workshops.
Dahl Centennial Union hours
Dahl Centennial Union
Daily: 7 a.m.-midnight
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-midnight
Saturday: 8 a.m.-midnight
Sunday: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7-9:15 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.
Friday: 7-9:15 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-7 p.m
Saturday: 7-9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Marty’s Cyber Café
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-midnight
Sunday: 1 p.m.-midnight
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: Open during home football games
Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–noon (packages only)
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Peace Dining Room
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Student Activities Office
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Updated Tuition Benefit Program
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 been updated and now has a three-step application process available online.
Deadlines are as follows:
Step 1: Nov. 1, applications due
Step 2: Dec. 1, finalized list of colleges due
Step 3: May 15, confirmation form due
All faculty and staff are encouraged to check their personal and business information in the Luther online directory. Send any changes to <wenthoma> in the Human Resources office. The information for the printed directory will soon be sent to the Publications office.
TIAA-CREF on campus
TIAA-CREF will be on campus for individual counseling sessions: Tuesday Sept. 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 28-29, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 30, 8:30-11:30 a.m. To schedule a counseling session, call (866) 842-2977. Location: Career Center interview room, second floor, Union.
Join us each Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Melanchthon Interfaith Room (second floor in the CFL) for Friday Prayers. Rooted in the Muslim tradition, this brief service is open to all. A call to prayer will be followed by readings, reflection and prayers. Luther alumnus Ahmed Alkhalili '10 and current students will be sharing in leading prayers. Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Allies, College Ministries and the Diversity Center.
Employee blood screening news
Effective immediately all staff, faculty and spouses interested in signing up for employee blood screenings will now to sign up online for their appointment in Health Service.
Complete and submit the form online and Health Service will receive your information.
Health Service appreciates everyone's cooperation in this new system.
Available dates are Sept. 29, Oct. 11 and 20, and Nov. 3. Employee blood screening website accessible through the Health Service website or directly at: https://docs.google.com/a/luther.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDBiMk5lQjBJZzdSTklIRUktMUt1RGc6MQ.
Communication studies speech lab
Communication studies staffs a speech lab for campus-wide use. The purpose of the lab is to help Luther students improve their oral presentations before giving them in class. Students are helped on a first-come first-served basis. A communication studies major will videotape the student speech or presentation and provide constructive criticism. For more information contact Kim Powell, 387-1362 or <kimpowell>.
Recipe submissions due Sept. 15
Remember, recipe submissions for the Luther Cook Book need to be returned to the Book Shop by Sept. 15. All current and former faculty, staff, administration, regents and friends of Luther are invited to contribute. If you haven't received recipe forms contact the Book Shop or stop by and pick them up.
Office Supplies Reuse Station has moved
The Office Supplies Reuse Station has moved to the closet across from 372F in the Environmental Studies/Sustainability Office Suite. Bring unwanted notebooks, folders, binders, staplers, scissors, markers/pens/pencils (new and used), etc. and pick up supplies. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Before buying new, see if you can get it here free.
Founders Day Festival Dinner
Founders Day Festival Dinner and Celebration of Distinguished Service will be held at Homecoming, Friday, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner. All Luther community members are invited to join in this premiere Sesquicentennial event in a transformed Regents Center. Tickets are $40 per person; seating is reserved and limited. RSVP online by Friday, Sept. 23, at www.luther.edu/homecoming/registration, or by calling 387-1861.
Events this week
Sept. 15: Guest Recital, Tiffany Blake, voice, 7 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Sept. 16: An Evening of Dance Solos, "Loss, the Great Escape and Other Memories," 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Studio II
Sept. 17: Faculty Artist Series, Jessica Paul, collaborative piano, 4 p.m., NRH
Sept. 17: Center Stage Series, The Passing Zone presenting "GRAVITY ATTACKS!" 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Sept. 18: Faculty Artist Series, Spencer Martin, viola, and Xiao Hu, piano, 2 p.m., NRH
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Sept. 14: Doug Knick
Thursday, Sep. 15: Songs for Earth Keeping, Hans Peterson '90, Bentdahl Commons Rain Location, CRH
Friday, Sept. 16: Kristin Swanson
Monday, Sept. 19: Todd Green
'Sounding the Sonnets'
Mark Z. Muggli is reading two of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets aloud in Bentdahl Commons Monday through Friday from 12:05-12:10 p.m., Aug. 31-Dec. 9. "Sounding the Sonnets: a Ritual Performance Happening" is part of Muggli's 2011-13 Jones Professorship "Our Shakespeare" project. Stop by to inject a brief burst of art into their busy daily schedule. See http://www.luther.edu/english/ourshakespeare/ for details of other "Our Shakespeare" activities.
Biology Colloquium Sept. 15
Brian Aukema, Forest Entemologist at the University of Minnesota, will present "When good insects go bad: mountain pine beetle and how the west was lost," Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9:40 a.m. in Valders 206. All members of the Luther community are invited to attend.
Guest voice recital: Tiffany Blake
Tiffany Blake, assistant professor of voice and voice area coordinator at Colorado State University, will perform a guest voice recital Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.
The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission and features works by Manuel de Falla, Henri Duparc, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf.
Faculty Dance Performance, Hamp
"Loss, the Great Escape and Other Memories" will be performed Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio II, Center for the Arts. It is an evening of dance solos choreographed and performed by Amanda Hamp. The project is supported by an award from the H. George and Jutta F. Anderson faculty development fund. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the performance.
FAS: Jessica Paul
Jessica Paul, professor of music, will perform a faculty collaborative piano recital Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital "An Explosion of Color…a Sampling of 20th Century Song Cycles," features Francis Poulenc's "Chansons Gaillardes," sung by Jacob Lassetter, adjunct music faculty, baritone, and Vitezslava Kapralova's "Jablko s klína," Op. 10, sung by Rachel Storlie, Luther alumni guest, soprano. The recital will also feature Karen Kanakis, associate professor of music, soprano, and Rachel Ware, Luther alumni guest lecturer in music, soprano.
CSS: The Passing Zone Sept. 17
The Passing Zone, an award winning comedic juggling duo, will kickoff Luther's 2011-12 Center Stage Series with a performance Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Box Office, 387-1357. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.
Faculty Artist Series: Martin and Hu
Spencer Martin and Xiao Hu will perform a faculty recital for piano and viola Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall.
The program, open to the public with no charge for admission, includes Bach's Sonata in G Minor for viola and harpsichord with accompanist Kathryn Reed, harpsichord.
College Night Sept. 19
Northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota high school students and their parents are invited to College Night on Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8 p.m. in the SRC, Regents Center. Students and parents will have the opportunity to talk with representatives of more than 70 higher education institutions. To preregister, visit www.iowacollegefairs.com. For more information contact Admissions, 387-1287 or <admissions>.
Luther College Woman's Club Sept. 20
Kristen Underwood, founder of Upstart Crowe Theatre Works and ArtHaus will present at the next Luther College Woman's Club meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20. Underwood's program "The History Walk: Bringing the Past to Life Through Theatre" is at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room.
All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are encouraged and invited to attend LCWC. Refreshments will be served following the program, brief business meeting and an update on current events at Luther. Childcare is available during the meetings. Call Amy Bruening, 382-8604, to arrange for this service. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot is also available. Call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999, to arrange for this service.
NAA fall sports luncheon Sept. 22
The Norse Athletic Association's fall sports luncheon will be held at noon Thursday, Sept. 22 in Peace Dining Room. Cost is $5.
All fall sport coaches will speak on their respective seasons to date. Don't miss a great chance to get firsthand information on Norse athletics.
The Norse Athletic Association was formed in 2007 to meet the increasing costs associated with running an NCAA Division III athletic program. Gifts made through the Norse Athletic Association will enable the Athletic Department to provide our student-athletes with quality and memorable experiences at Luther. Gifts may be directed to the general Athletic Department or to individual sports at Luther.
RSVP to Mark Franzen at 387-1588 or <franma03>.
'Music in the Shape of a Pear'
Luther's semi-annual "Music in the Shape of a Pear" concert series, directed by Brooke Joyce, continues in September with a sesquicentennial concert titled "Luther Composers" Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Welcome new staff/faculty
Please welcome Eric Holthaus in a two-year position as Energy and Waste Steward. He joins Dan Bellrichard in the Campus and Sustainability Office.
Jodi Meyer-Mork joins the Luther faculty as an assistant professor of education. She holds the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Northern Iowa.
Erik Grayson joins the Luther faculty as a visiting assistant professor in English. Grayson holds the bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College, the master's degree from McGill University and the doctoral degree from Binghamton University.
To Deb Franzen, facilities services, on the death of her father-in-law, Guide "Pete" Franzen from Ossian.
In August, Eric Kutz completed his 14th summer as a cellist with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. Kutz performed 28 concerts on 19 different programs during the 10-week Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park. This summer included the release of Kutz's eighth CD recording with the orchestra. The CD, "The Pulitzer Project," included three early winners of the Pulizter Prize in music: works by William Schuman, Leo Sowerby and Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring." The disc is on the Cedille record label.
Jon Christy was recently invited to join an advisory board, for a three-year term, charged with providing formative and summative assessment to colleges/ universities recently awarded Teagle Foundation "Engaging Evidence" grants. Summary of the grants at: http://www.teaglefoundation.org/grantmaking/grantees/engagingevidence.aspx. The advisory board held their first meeting Aug. 28-30 at the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College.
Amy Engelsdorfer presented a paper, "Open and Affirming: Music and Inclusiveness in the United Church of Christ," at the Christian Congregational Singing: Local and Global Perspectives conference at Ripon College Cuddesdon on Sept. 4.
Brett Johnson's co-authored article "Lifestyle Movements: Exploring the Intersection of Lifestyle and Social Movement" has been accepted for publication in the journal Social Movement Studies. It explores collectivities that actively promote a lifestyle, or way of life, as the primary means to foster social change.
Amy Weldon has published an essay, "Money and a Room: One Woman Gets Real," in the New Haven Review and a review of Daisy Hay's "Young Romantics" in Keats-Shelley Journal. Other short fiction and creative nonfiction is forthcoming in the online journals Fiction Southeast and A River and Sound Review.
Weldon presents her 'yarden' Sept. 17
Amy Weldon is part of a free garden tour associated with the annual "digIN" green expo event in Decorah. Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, the garden/ "yarden" tour will make five stops to demonstrate a variety of approaches to growing food in your own backyard. Weldon will also show off her rain barrel, clothesline and reel mower. See the information here: http://www.digindecorah.com/.
Comprehensive Smart Plan Survey
The Winneshiek County Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee encourages all individuals interested in the future of Winneshiek to fill out a questionnaire. Participants do not have to be a resident of Winneshiek County. Contact Wendy Stevens <stevenwe> with questions. Available until the end of September at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Winneshiek_County_Comprehensive_Smart_Plan_Survey.
Last year was a very busy year in Counseling. Learn more about our services to students by checking out the Data Highlights blog post under "News and Updates" at http://www.luther.edu/counseling/.
PALS available for Decorah youth
Interested in signing your child up for PALS? Email <pals> for an application or to request information. It's a great opportunity for your child to participate in fun activities under the supervision of Luther students. Deadline for applications is
Wanted: A small microwave. If you have one to donate or sell to Environmental Studies, please contact Emily Neal, <nealem01>.
For sale: 1990 Chrysler LaBaron, good condition, four-door, white with red interior, air, tilt, cruise, good tires, 99,000 miles. Contact Lyle Halverson, 387-2423.
For sale: Pride JAZZY Select. Price $2,300. Sold as is. Cash only. Location: Decorah. Unit less than two years old, primarily used indoors. Excellent condition. User manual included. Active-Trac suspension, 10-inch solid drive wheels, six-inch solid rear caster wheels, anti-tip wheels. Speed to four mph, battery up to 15 miles, battery charger included. Two motor mid-wheel drive train. Weight capacity 300 pounds. Scooter weight of 99 pound and highseat back 50 pounds. Comes apart in two pieces for transport. Call Eunice, 382-2029.
For sale: Nesco three tray American Harvest Dehydratar and Jerky Maker, price negotiable. Set of Dunlop Power Tennis Rackets, price negotiable. Call 382-6022 and leave message or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For rent: Stable rent for horse, box stalls, feed, arena, round pen and riding. Call Kevin Dotzenrod, 419-6801.
Wanted: Available to do mowing, raking and fall chores. Call 382-6022 and leave message.
Free: Two used, adjustable Kneeling Chairs. Pads of one of these clearly more broken in than the other, but both chairs are still structurally sound. In my office, come take a look. Contact <pauljess>.
Wanted: Queen-size bed frame. Happy to pick it up. Call 382-2029.
Help wanted: Coffee Street Dance Studio in Lanesboro, Minn. is looking for a Luther student(s) to assist in teaching after school kindergarten-third grade dance classes this fall and spring. Do not need extensive dance background, just a good attitude and a love for teaching kids. Must be reliable. Lanesboro is 35 minutes from Decorah. Classes are one day per week with two end-of-semester recitals and some additional performances throughout the year. Email <mcmuma01> or call Madison at 542-5788 for more information.
For sale: Dark solid pine dining room set. Includes buffet, hutch, table with two leaves and four chairs. $300. Contact Kay McGrew, 382-2178.
Organist/pianist wanted: Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cresco is seeking a pianist/organist to play piano for worship services at 5 p.m. Saturday and/or piano and organ at 9 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 547-2108. Funds are available for additional training to improve organ skills.
Wanted: House cleaning jobs. Contact 382-3978, 379-6070 or <hageju01>.
Wanted: Nanny position. I love kids and have provided childcare for children one month to 10 years old for seven years. I am a freshman at Luther and will major in elementary education and Spanish. References available upon request. Please contact Leah Schaefer, (608) 258-2803 or <schale01>.
For sale: Eddie Bauer Premium Goose Down Comforter. Reduce heat bill while staying cozy this winter with a like-new Eddie Bauer top-of-the-line, Premium Karo Goose Down Comforter. Queen size 88"x98"; khaki colored; 600 fill power down inside "Baffle" construction that keeps down evenly distributed. Used one January in northern Minnesota. Machine washable. Compare to LLBean 2011 Fall Catalog model, p. 108, KK238444. Has original transparent heavy-duty zippered storage bag. Price $95, paid $275. Call 382-4423 and leave message.
Wanted: Recycled shopping bags. Please bring bags to the Marty's C-store.
Wanted: Have an extra mattress no one uses? I need one in decent shape. Please call Lauren, (303) 895-0920.
Wanted: One or two bedroom apartment in Decorah. Ready to move in Oct. 1. Please call Lauren, (303) 895-0920.
Looking to recycle but don't know how or where? For an in-depth list of recyclable materials and their recycling locations on campus or in Decorah, go to luther.edu/sustainability and follow the link under "What's Currently Happening." Find out where to recycle plastics, cardboard, batteries, CFL light bulbs, electronics, plastic bags and more. Why throw away what you can recycle?
Best weight loss advice you've never heard:
The seventh of nine diet tips you may not have heard yet, borrowed from WebMD.com.
Weight Loss Tip No. 7: Downsize Your Dinnerware
The larger your plate, the more you're likely to put on it. So serving your meals on smaller plates can help you eat less.
But don't throw out those dinner plates, Blake suggests. Use the smaller, lunch-size plates to serve dinner, and use the dinner plates for salads.
Remembering Sept. 11: This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom. Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.
Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom - the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time - now depends on us. Our nation-this generation-will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause, by our efforts and by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail... I will not forget this wound to our country, or those who inflicted it. I will not yield-I will not rest-I will not relent in waging this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people.
-Past President George W. Bush