Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Public Information office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-1865 • Email: <Tuesday>
Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2012
Emergency communication following local outdoor siren
In the event of severe weather, Luther College will provide information regarding a potential weather threat immediately following the City of Decorah deploying their siren system. Information explaining the specific nature of the threat will be posted at emergency.luther.edu. Luther's emergency communication team will then initiate other communication methods as necessary.
The City of Decorah siren is primarily an outside notification system not intended to notify those inside buildings. It is used for a wide range of weather notifications and should prompt those who hear it to seek further information from the National Weather Service.
Constitution Day information reminder
Sept. 17, 1787, was the day on which the Constitution of the United States was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Constitution Day became a holiday in 1997 and is celebrated Sept. 17 each year. Prior to 1997, Sept. 17 was known as Citizenship Day.
Each year, in keeping with Luther's commitment to the role of citizenship in the liberal arts, and in accord with federal mandates, we offer various resources for greater understanding of the United States Constitution. To that end, Preus Library maintains a research website: lis.luther.edu/
Staff meeting Sept. 19 and 20
Come to the September staff meeting and try to stump a panel of "experts" with your most puzzling work-related questions, such as "Who is this KATIE everyone talks about?" or "What do I do if a mouse scurries under my desk?" The meeting will also include a report on the College Resources Council and information about the United Way. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
Passport/headshot photo days
Faculty, staff and students who need a new passport photo or headshot for the faculty/staff directory should come to the Campus News/Visual Media Suite (formerly Public Information) between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
Additional dates for passport photo or other headshot needs are: Oct. 26, Nov. 7, Nov. 21 and Dec. 3.
Contact Aaron Lurth, <lurtaa01>, for more information.
Reminder: Thursday, Sept. 20 from 9:45-10:45 a.m., all first year students are asked to attend an advising meeting. Students have been told by their advisers about this meeting, but many feel that their first priority is their work-study obligation during these hours. If a first-year student asks you whether there is any way to adjust or accommodate their hours so that they can attend this meetings, we would appreciate your support. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation,
-Nancy Barry and Jane Hildebrand
Family Weekend Sept. 21-23
Family Weekend 2012 is scheduled for Sept. 21-23. Please check the online schedule at www.luther.edu/
Luther Alumni Magazine online
The print version of the fall 2012 Luther Alumni Magazine is due on campus and in mailboxes within the next 10 days, but a flipbook version of it is available online now at www.luthermagazine.com. Find web extras and links to update alumni information or submit a class note or story idea.
Counseling Service website opportunities
The Counseling Service website offers a wealth of information and resources that you might find helpful in your work with students. Especially useful will be the sections pertaining to: Services; Crisis Resources; How to Help (especially Suicide Prevention and Violence Prevention); and For Faculty: Getting Help for Students. On the homepage, scroll down to News & Updates for our 2011-2012 Data Highlights, to view charts displaying data about our clients and services.
Employee blood screening available
Employee blood screening will be available at Health Service on Tuesday, Sept. 25, Thursday, Oct. 11, Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 25.
To register go to health.luther.edu, click on "Employee Blood Screening" on the left side of page and fill out the online form. Be sure to hit "submit."
Please read instructions carefully, prices have changed from $35 for Chem Panel to $45 per Winneshiek Medical Center, PSA is still $40.
TIAA-CREF representative on campus
Luther's TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus Wednesday, Sept. 19, 12:30–4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for individual counseling sessions. Register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1 or call (866) 843-5640, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Space is limited. The counseling sessions will be held in the interview room, Career Center, Dahl Centennial Union 205.
Flexible Benefit Plan information
Current participants in the Flexible Benefit Plan may visit: www.myflexonline.com to view current contributions and claims. This site shows a total picture of an employee’s health care reimbursement plan and/or dependent/child care reimbursement plan. Claim forms may be printed from this site. It also includes information on what are and are not allowable expenses.
Health care plan reminders
Health care reminder for Luther health care participants: Luther health care plan will pay 100 percent for a routine physical exam for employee, spouse and children ages seven and over; blood panel screening for employees and spouses age 21 and over; PSA blood screening for male employees and spouses ages 40 and over.
Routine mammograms are paid at 100 percent by plan every year for female employees and spouses ages 40 and over, and one baseline mammogram for female employees and spouses age 35-39.
Back, neck or shoulder pain?
Are you having trouble with back, neck or shoulder pain? Contact Greg Lonning <lonningr> for stretching and office ergonomic information.
Faculty interested in teaching Paideia
Faculty interested in teaching Paideia 111, 112 or 450 during the 2013-14 academic year should have department heads send information regarding faculty interest to Jackie Wilkie by Thursday, Oct. 18. Faculty who wish to teach 450 courses that are already approved should send the name of the course and the names of their teaching partner/partners. Faculty interested in teaching new 450 courses must submit a new course proposal via https://www.luther.edu/
Deadlines for submitting new courses for review by the Paideia Governing Board are as follows: Oct. 29 for new January 2014 courses; March 15, 2013 for new summer 2013 and fall 2013 courses and May 10, 2013 for spring 2014 courses.
Book Shop will return textbooks soon
The Book Shop strongly encourages students to purchase all titles at the beginning of the semester. The Book Shop will begin to return textbooks to the publishers one month after classes begin.
Faculty/staff directory updates needed
The 2012-13 faculty/staff directory is in production. A notice was sent to employees with directions to update personal information using the following link: django.luther.edu/
2012 Fall Semester Enrollment
Luther's 2012 fall semester student enrollment is 2,473. New students total 680 (645 first year students, 35 transfer students). The first-year to second-year student persistence percentage for the 2011 first-year entering student cohort is 87.7 percent. For detailed enrollment information for years 2008-2012 visit www.luther.edu/ir/
Hazardous waste pick-up
Do you have college-generated waste of which you would like to dispose? In the near future, Human Resources will be scheduling a pick up of campus hazardous waste. If you have materials that you would like to have included in this pick-up, please send an email to <steilo02> and Include the name of the substance, quantity and current location.
Tango Ensemble organizational meeting
Are you interested in learning to play an exciting and challenging style of dance music from Argentina? The Luther Tango Ensemble is recruiting new members on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute and clarinet. Come to an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Jenson-Noble orchestra room. Contact Michael O'Brien, 387-1621 or <obrimi01>, for more information.
Events this week
Sept. 1-Oct. 7, Art Exhibit, "Picturing the Parables," mixed-media touring show from Christians in the Visual Arts, Center for Faith and Life, upper level
Sept. 5-Oct. 12, Art Exhibit, Jill Kambs, Luther College Class of 2007, paper works, Preus Library
Sept. 10-Oct. 7, Art Exhibit, Art department faculty, Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
Sept. 18, SAC Diversity Performance, "Building Your Own Brand," Adam Carroll, 7 p.m., Valders Hall of Science, Room 206
Sept. 18, Faculty Artist Series, Michael Chesher, clarinet, 8 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Sept. 21-23, Family Weekend
Sept. 21, Faculty Artist Series, AGA Collaborative, 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Studio II
Sept. 22, Music Ensemble Performance, Concert Band, 12:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Sept. 22, Family Weekend Concert, Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral, Collegiate, Norsemen, Varsity Band, and Wind and Percussion Ensemble, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Sept. 22, SAC Soda Shoppe, 8:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé
Sept. 25, Distinguished Lecture, "PostSecret Project," Frank Warren, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Sept. 19: Karri Anderson
Friday, Sept. 21: Jon Lund, 50th Anniversary of the United World College Movement
Monday, Sept. 24: Nancy Barry
Art faculty show
Nine faculty members have their artwork on display through Oct. 7 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery. A gallery reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of the homecoming festivities. Additional information about the artists, their work and the Luther Art Department can be found at: www.luther.edu/art/.
'Trace' exhibit by Jill Kambs on display
"Trace," an exhibit of works by book artist and photographer Jill Kambs is on display in Preus Library through Oct 12.
Drawing from a background in language arts, photography and book arts, Kambs takes an interdisciplinary approach to her artwork. While the media and content of her works varies widely, it is conceptually unified through attention to detail and invisible structures.
'Building Your Online Brand' Sept. 18
SAC Diversity Committee presents Adam Carroll giving the lecture "Building Your Online Brand" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Valders Room 206.
Carroll's lecture will give insight on how to align an online image consistent with the personality, integrity, and work ethic of the student. With employers now hiring firms to research online, maintaining an appropriate online brand is more important now than ever.
Carroll, founder of National Financial Educators, encourages young people to gain complete control of their finances.
Faculty Artist Series: Michael Chesher Sept. 18
Michael Chesher will perform a faculty artist series clarinet recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the CFL Recital Hall.
The program will include Mauricio Murcia Bedoya's "Columbian Dances" for clarinet duo, Yvonne Desportes' French Suite for clarinet quartet, Timothy Kramer's "Key Fragments" for solo clarinet, Beatriz Lockheart's "Estampas Criollas," arranged by Jorge Montilla Francis and Poulenc's Sonata for two clarinets.
Woman's Club meeting Sept. 18
Marcy Fadness, physician assistant at Family Care Clinic in Decorah, presents the Luther College Woman’s Club program “Sleepy Women: National Epidemic or Personal Problem?” at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union. All women welcome. The program includes music, refreshments, a business meeting and an update of Luther events. Childcare available by calling Amy Bruening, 382-8604. Shuttle service from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot available by calling Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.
Christenson book signing Sept. 20
Former Luther College instructor and Decorah resident Kathryn Christenson will be at Dragonfly Books at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. She will read from her new book "Knowing Rolf: A Wreath for My Son," a collection of prose and poetry. Christenson's late husband, Ron Christenson, taught political science at Luther College. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
Valdivieso to lecture on 'New Photography' Sept. 20
Odalis Valdivieso, author and journalist, will present "New Photography" 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Room 203 of the CFA. The lecture is open to the public with no charge of admission.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Valdivieso is an artist who questions conventional assumptions of the limitations of photography. Her recent works focus on the intersection of urban landscapes and abstract spatial relationships. Her current system isolates the photographic moment and the physical materiality of a photograph.
Chinese movie, 'The Butterfly Lovers,' shown Sept. 20
"The Butterfly Lovers" is the Chinese legend of a tragic love story betweenLiang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, whose names form the Chinese title of the story. Often abbreviated to "Liang Zhu" and regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet, the legend has been adapted into many operas and films, including "The Butterfly Lovers," an animated re-telling of the classic Chinese story. What is their inescapable Romeo-and-Juliet-type of fate? Find out at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Hovde Lounge, Preus Library.
Faculty and Guest Performance: AGA Collaborative, Sept. 21
AGA Collaborative, consisting of Amanda Hamp, Luther College; Gretchen Alterowitz, UNC Charlotte; and Alison Bory, Davidson College, will present a new dance work at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 in Studio II, Center for the Arts. "Like a turtle without a shell, or crow's feet" explores the sometimes serious, frequently funny experience of bodies and psyches in pain. Vigorous dancing and quiet contemplation layer individual and communal histories of hurting, creating a space for healing through staged performance. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Supported by Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts fund and an H. George and Jutta F. Anderson Award.
WSMS: 'Coming Home Again' Sept. 21
Water Street Music Series will present its second concert, “Coming Home Again,” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 in Hotel Winneshiek’s Steyer Opera House.
The performance features local musicians and friends Ellen Rockne, Erik Sessions, John Goodin and Kathy Reed. Admission is $5. Reserve a spot now at www.wsmsdecorah.org. The event is sponsored by Hotel Winneshiek.
Family Weekend concerts Sept. 22
The Luther College Concert Band will perform in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. Seven ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the CFL Main Hall as part of the Family Weekend Concert. Both concerts are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Book Shop hosts storybooks read in character Sept. 22
The Book Shop and students from Barb Bohach's education class will host a storybook reading on Family Weekend from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the lobby area of Union. The students, dressed as their favorite storybook characters, will read selections from various children's books. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Refreshments will be served. This is the third year for this event.
Sustainability House open house Sept. 22
The Sustainability House, 629 Center St., is having an open house during Family Weekend from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Come meet house members and learn more about the house. Refreshments provided.
Book Shop hosts book signing with Rossman Sept. 22
The Book Shop will host a book signing session with author Douglas "Dag" Rossman for his book "Way of the Elves: A Nine World Saga" from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Book Shop. "Way of the Elves: A Nine World Saga" is a Norwegian mythological tale that takes readers to Alfheim, the mysterious and magical place of the Nine Worlds. The book is available for purchase in the Book Shop for $8.95.
Warren of 'PostSecret' project will lecture Sept. 25
Frank Warren, founder and curator of the "PostSecret" project will give a Luther College Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Warren’s lecture, “The Most Trusted Stanger in America,” discusses the power of secrets and his project "PostSecret."
A book signing, held in the CFL lobby, will follow the lecture.
Although this event is free, everyone needs a ticket. Tickets are available at the Box Office.
Frank Warren, founder of the "PostSecret" project, invites Luther students to join him a conversation: ”What Does It Mean to be Known?” Come with questions and an engaging spirit at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the CFL Recital Hall.
Eddie Daniels lecture Sept. 26
Speaker Eddie Daniels, who was imprisoned for 15 years for fighting the apartheid regime in South Africa, will present "Being a South African Anti-apartheid Activist" at 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Valders Room 206. In prison, Daniels befriended Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Conference, who praised Daniels for his "loyalty and courage, his sense of humour and justice, as well as total commitment to the struggle of the prisoners for the eradication of injustice and for the betterment of their conditions." The talk is open to the public with no charge for admission and is sponsored by Luther's Africana studies department.
Ashcraft and LoBianco faculty recital Sept. 27
Eric Ashcraft and guest musician Alexandra LoBianco will perform a faculty voice recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Noble Recital Hall. The duo will perform tenor/soprano duets from "La Bohéme," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "L'Amico Fritz" and many more. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' discussion Sept. 28
As a warm-up for the early-October theatre program production of "Much Ado About Nothing," join a book discussion sponsored by the Jones Professorship "Our Shakespeare" project. The discussion will be led by two long-time Shakespeare teachers, Emeriti Professors of English John Bale and Mary Hull Mohr at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in Main 111. Free copies of the playscript will soon be available in the Book Shop. Discussion open to all Luther community members.
Sweet Honey in the Rock performs Sept. 29
Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall as part of Luther College's 2012-13 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is an internationally renowned a capella women's ensemble founded in 1973 in Washington D.C. The entire performance features themes centering on social justice.
Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased at the Box Office or online at http://www.boxoffice.luther.edu.
Two fundraisers for SCI CAN foundation Sept. 27 and Sept. 30
Chris Norton '15, developed his foundation SCI CAN, after encountering many people who suffered similar spinal cord injuries without the luxury of adequate insurance policies.
It was with this in mind that Chris, his family and friends got together to develop the Spinal Cord Injury CAN project. This organization has the simple goal of raising money in order to provide patients equipment that would benefit them in achieving their recovery goals.
Two fundraisers will be held in September to benefit the foundation:
Decorah's Culver's restaurant will donate 10 percent of profits made Thursday, Sept. 27 to the SCI CAN Foundation.
The Decorah Tour, a free ride/run/bike/walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 starting at Winneshiek Medical Center. The Decorah Tour has two goals; to provide families, friends, visitors and community members with a fun filled afternoon while simultaneously working towards the SCI CAN goal of raising $25,000.
For more information, to donate or become a sponsor contact Chris Norton <notrch01> or (515) 238-5171.
United Way information coming this week
Look for information in your mailboxes this week about the United Way of Winneshiek County. More information will be shared at the staff meetings this week.
Message from Pasche family
Our second son, Sky North Pasche, was born Thursday, Sept. 6, weighing 7 lbs., 8 oz. He is already growing stronger and his overall health is good, but he was recently diagnosed as having Down Syndrome. We consider ourselves fortunate to be in such a supportive and loving community, and hope that you will join us in trying to provide a supportive and welcoming environment in which he can thrive and feel a part.
-Steve and Yarrow Pasche
Reunion giving officer: Engages alumni through independent donor connections and also through a volunteer reunion committee structure to advance philanthropic interests in Luther. Primary responsibility is to cultivate and solicit donors and prospective donors regionally and nationally through personal visits and event contacts within the context of class reunion planning and giving, working primarily with the 35-year and 40-year reunion classes. Qualified candidates will have the bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of demonstrated work experience in development or a related area. Significant regional and national travel is expected, often 10-15 days per month.
Gift planning officer: Serves as an ambassador of the College to cultivate and inspire donors. Primarily responsible for meeting personally with Luther benefactors to secure gifts in support of capital, endowment and annual fund projects through both direct and planned giving. Qualified candidates will hold the bachelor's degree as well as have three-five years of demonstrated work experience in development or a related area with a proven track record of direct donor cultivation, solicitation and gift closure. Significant regional and national travel is expected, often 10-15 days per month.
See complete posting information at: www.luther.edu/hr/
Larson named vice president for communications and marketing
President Torgerson has named Rob Larson to the position of vice president for communications and marketing. Since the 2008-09 academic year, Larson has served as executive director of communications and marketing. Prior to that, Larson was an associate professor of management.
Thank you to everyone who has so generously shared our grief for the death of Melody, our granddaughter. Please know how gratefully we feel your presence, your kind words, your compassionate spirit.
-Kent Simmonds and Lynne Sootheran
Jim Martin-Schramm spoke to the Root River Conference of pastors of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod about the "Energy Stewardship Initiative" of Lutherans Restoring Creation on Sept. 11 at Saetersdal Lutheran Church near Harmony, Minn.
Former Luther College instructor and Decorah resident Kathryn Christenson will be at Dragonfly Books at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. She will read from her new book "Knowing Rolf: A Wreath for My Son," a collection of prose and poetry. Christenson's late husband, Ron Christenson, also taught at Luther. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission; light refreshments will be served.
Luther College will create an interactive, multimedia touch-screen display on campus to honor and recognize Luther alumni who have served in the United States military. A $1,000 grant from the American Legion of Iowa Foundation given on Sept. 12 makes the project possible.
With funding from a generous grant from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and Mellon Foundation, a joint project initiated at Grinnell and Luther colleges called the Grinnell-Luther College Collaborative continues to promote the inter-campus collaboration of student-faculty research teams focused on the study of forgiveness and health. Several indexes of student growth attest to the positive impact of the project. A snapshot of learning gains and several scholarly products of this collaboration are listed at:
Homecoming Photo Contest
Have a lot of Luther gear? Put it to good use with fellow faculty or Luther friends to be the face of Luther for homecoming. Submit photos showing Luther pride to <sachomecoming> by Tuesday, Sept. 18 for the chance to see your face on SAC Homecoming publications. Contact Alex Schumacher or Laura Harney at <sachomecoming> to submit photos or with questions.
Parade entries wanted
Think your department is the best? Arrange a homecoming float for the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Contact Laura Harney or Alex Schumacher at <sachomecoming> or stop in the SAC office in the Union to pick up a form or with questions.
For sale: Used Sanyo SR-2570 compact refrigerator in good condition, $35. Contact Katie, [email protected].
Wanted: Small desk/writing table. Something low cost but still in presentable condition. Contact Brian Eayrs, <eayrbr01>.
For sale: Interior doors with frames (sizes include 18", 28", 30" and 32"), steel exterior door, garage windows, bathroom sinks, 25" color TV and 21" color TV. Call 419-4969.
Room needed: I am a sabbatical replacement for viola professor for spring semester 2013 (end of February-end of May) and am looking for housing in Decorah for this specific time. Please contact me if you have anything in mind. Contact Boris Vayner, [email protected] or (617) 407-7004.
For sale: 40-gallon hot water heater, AO Smith, LP hook up, chimney vented, one year old, used only nine months, asking $325. Call 419-3100.
For sale: Kitchen cart with butcher block top, drawer, and two wire shelves. $25. Contact Eric, <baacer01>.
Wanted: Kent Simmonds seeks ride to Decorah from Minneapolis airport any time after 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. Contact Kent, 382-8607 or <simmonke>.
Wanted: Used shelves in good condition, please contact <weisma02>, if you have any that you are no longer using.
For sale: 54" round oak table with pedestal base, plus eight leaves. Call Linda, 382-2710, after 5 p.m.
Are you interested in losing weight? We are organizing a 16-week weight loss program. For more information contact Greg Lonning <lonningr>.
LIS Tip of the Week
Check out a bike at the library. Thanks to the Luther College Wellness and Sustainability programs, eight bikes are available for check out any time the library is open. Enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and explore Decorah on two wheels. For more info, visit lis.luther.edu/tips or stop by the Circulation Desk.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. For the first time in history, researchers and fundraisers can imagine stopping cancer in its tracks. SU2C is bringing together the best and the brightest researchers and encouraging collaboration instead of competition among the entire cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort. To learn more go to www.standup2cancer.org.
If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.