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Hold the date
This year's faculty/staff Christmas party will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the cafeteria. An invitation is forthcoming in late November with more details.
Staff Meetings Nov. 14-15
At the November staff meeting, Jay Uthoff will talk about the solar energy production facility and Diane Tacke will present information on salaries and benefits, health care, and the college budget. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
Please contact the Book Shop with book orders for J-Term and Spring 2013. The Book Shop really needs faculty help to ensure they have books available to students at the best prices. Thank you for helping in this effort.
Children's bargain book blowout
Luther Book Shop will hold a bargain children's book sale beginning Monday, Nov. 12, offering hundreds of titles priced $1 and up. Great selection. Includes holiday titles. The sale continues while supplies last.
Educause online conference
LIS is offering access to the online Educause Annual Conference, Nov. 7-9, in the Dahl Centennial Union Borlaug Room. Sessions cover topics related to educational technology and are geared towards administrators, faculty, librarians and IT professionals. More information on sessions to be shown is available at http://lis.luther.edu/blog/
New KATIE version workshops
A new version of KATIE will be introduced for course sections beginning Spring 2013. If you currently use KATIE, plan to attend one of the following workshops. Space is limited so sign up at http://lis.luther.edu/learn. All workshops are in Olin 301, Round Table Room.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: 30: 8:15-9:15 a.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: 1-2 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 6: 2:45-3:45 p.m.
• Wednesday, Nov. 7: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Nov. 14: 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Upcoming LIS sessions
To sign up for one or more of the following go to http://lis.luther.edu/learn. Mark your calendar.
• Wednesday, Nov. 7: ZOTERO Workshop, 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 20: Intro to SAS, 11 a.m.
• Monday, Dec. 3: Remote Access Options, 12:15 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 5: ZOTERO Workshop, 7 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 6: Remote Access Options, 11:15 p.m.
Critical application updates for faculty/staff workstations
As part of an ongoing effort to increase data security across campus, LIS will be pushing critical application updates to all faculty/staff Windows workstations in the upcoming days and weeks. A notification will appear on your screen letting you know that an update is ready to install. Once acknowledged, the installation process will run in the background, allowing you to continue working as normal. Questions? Contact the LIS Technology Help Desk, 387-1000.
Flu vaccination clinic Nov. 7
Health Service will hold the next Flu Vaccination Clinic from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Students, faculty and staff may walk in, no appointment necessary. Cost is $20 for students, $25 for staff/faculty.
Employees and spouse/partner covered by the Luther College health plan should complete the following steps by Dec. 31 in order to avoid an additional $25/month premium in 2014.
Links to the 2012 health risk assessment and wellness check-up form may be found at: http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Electronic W-2 sign up reminder from HR
Sign up for W-2's online. It is easy to do. For instructions and more information, go to hr.luther.edu. Go to "Forms for Faculty and Staff" and under "Tax Forms" choose "W-2 2012 Options."
Mac users: please do not use the "preview" application to view your W-2.
Faculty and staff who chose the electronic option for their 2011 W-2 do not need to do it again for 2012. Go to "W-2 electronic consent" under "Employee Profile" at my.luther.edu to see which option was chosen for 2011. Remember-the electronic option is the sustainable option.
Advent calendars available
The Book Shop is selling advent calendars with chocolate behind every window. Hurry in. Priced at $2.79, they will go fast.
Energy conservation pledge
Sign Luther’s Energy Conservation Pledge and challenge others to do the same. Luther is starting a new year for the Energy Conservation Pledge and the goal is to get 10 percent of students, faculty and staff to sign the pledge. Currently there have been 30 pledges signed: three staff and 27 students. Visit http://www.luther.edu/
Finals Prep Week reminder
A campus programming reminder to all that Tuesday, Dec. 4-Sunday, Dec. 9 is considered Finals Prep Week and is intended to provide additional space for students to prepare for tests, papers, and finals. These six days are set aside for academic preparation for finals, and Luther does not schedule public events during this time. Exceptions include only athletic events, social gatherings, Christmas in the Union and Kwanzaa.
Enroll online for flex plans Nov. 1–Dec. 7
Employees may now enroll online for the 2013 health and dependent care flex plans from Nov. 1–Dec. 7. Representatives from Midwest Group Benefits will be present at two health care open forums in Dahl Centennial Union Mott Room to assist employees:
Tuesday, Nov. 13
1-1:30 p.m.—Presentation of changes and questions/answers
1:30-3 p.m.—Open computer to enroll in the flex account online
Wednesday, Nov. 14
11-11:30 a.m.—Presentation of changes and questions/answers
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Open computer to enroll in the flex account online
Important information regarding open enrollment will follow by email later this week.
Events this week
Nov. 6, Luther Ensemble Concert, Philharmonia and Brass Ensembles, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 8, Center Stage Series, Luciana Souza Quartet, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 9, SAC Diversity, Tani Diakte, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union Marty's CyberCafé
Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16, Luther Dance Performance, "A Tragedy Like Macbeth", 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts Jewel Theater
Nov. 9, Guest Recitalist, Christopher Taylor, piano, 7:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music
Nov. 11, Luther Ensemble Concert, Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 13, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Chapel this week
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Karri Anderson
Friday, Nov. 9: Jane Hawley, Mark Muggli
Monday, Nov. 12: Kate Narveson
Philharmonia and Brass Ensembles perform Nov. 6
The Luther College Philharmonia and Brass Ensembles will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the CFL Main Hall. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Philharmonia will perform four pieces, including a piece composed by Luther's own composer-in-residence Brooke Joyce. The Brass Ensembles will perform eight pieces.
Sunnyside Café grand opening Nov. 8
Luther College's Sunnyside Café will celebrate its switch to K'uun Coffee, roasted locally by Bean Masters Inc., with a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Truffles and biscotti will be available for sampling, and there will be special activities including a trivia game with prizes and live music. Sunnyside is inside Luther’s Center for the Arts.
CSS: Luciana Souza Quartet Nov. 8
Luciana Souza, an innovator in the bossa nova tradition, fusing jazz and Brazilian samba into lyrical tunes, brings her quartet to the Center for Faith and Life at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.
Her program will feature pieces from two new projects: "The Book of Chet," a tribute to iconic trumpet player and singer Chet Baker, and "Duos III," which includes Souza's signature songs in the Brazilian bossa nova tradition.
SAC Diversity: Tani Diakite Nov. 9
Tani Diakite, a Malian blues-funk artist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in Marty's CyberCafé. Diakite's visit is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council's Diversity committee. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office or at the door the night of the show.
Guest piano recital Nov. 9
Prominent American Pianist Christopher Taylor will present a guest recital during the Dorian Keyboard Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the Noble Recital Hall. Taylor has concertized around the globe, performing throughout Europe and in Korea, the Philippines and the Caribbean.
Dance performances Nov. 9-17
"A Tragedy Like Macbeth," a dance work based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," will be presented Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 by Luther College's Department for Visual and Performing Arts.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 15, and 16 with an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Performances are held in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.
Junior Dance Camp hosted by Orchesis Nov. 10
Junior Dance Camp hosted by Luther's Orchesis Dance Group is 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Regents Center North Gym. Ages 4-12 are welcome. Kids will be split into small groups and will perform the dance they learn for parents, friends and family at 4 p.m. Cost is $25. Email <larsje06> for more information or the registration form.
'A Journey to Freedom' Veterans celebration
Celebrating Veterans 2012, "A Journey to Freedom," will be held in the Center for Faith and Life at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The program will honor all veterans, and tell the story of the humanitarian efforts of the military during the Vietnam War. Speakers include: retired Surgeon General of the Navy, Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, retired Captain Paul Jacobs and retired Naval Historian Jan Herman. The program will conclude with the presentation of documentary “The Lucky Few." This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Symphony Orchestra performs Nov. 11
The Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Main Hall of the CFL. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Symphony Orchestra will perform "Montagues and Capulets" from "Romeo and Juliet" by Sergei Prokofiev and Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Digital photography workshop Nov. 14
The Visual Media office invites all faculty, staff and students to come to a workshop on digital cameras presented by Canon. Brian Matsumoto, a Canon Pro Products Trainer will present tips and tricks to make sure you are getting the best quality images from your digital camera. The workshop will be held in the Center for the Arts Room 119 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. For more information contact Aaron Lurth, <lurtaa01>.
Varsity Band concert Nov. 14
The Luther College Varsity Band will perform a concert titled, "Standard Time" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.The ensemble is under the direction of Brent Dodson, Luther visiting assistant professor of music.
"Standard Time" features music from the classic wind band tradition. Musical highlights include Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb," Julius Fucik's "Florentiner March" and John Barnes Chance's "Variations on a Korean Folksong."
Director of Facilities Services: Provide general management, supervision and professional direction to a comprehensive facilities department that provides: facilities planning; space administration; architectural, engineering and construction management; facilities maintenance and repair; renovations; utilities generation and distribution; custodial, landscape and other maintenance; and the college’s nationally-recognized environmental sustainability initiatives. Applicants should submit all application materials by Wednesday, Nov. 21 to ensure full consideration. See complete job posting and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Program support coordinator: Self-motivated, detail-oriented program support coordinator to coordinate acquisition of information resources, constituent relations, and administrative support activities. The successful applicant will provide administrative support to the Executive Director and work in the Office of the Executive Director within Library and Information Services. See full details and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/.
Web content manager: Responsible for planning, managing and providing strategic direction of the college’s web content and communications. Working collaboratively with campus partners, the Web Content Manager will identify opportunities to integrate social media into web and other communications and marketing campaigns; establish content management procedures and guidelines; develop and analyze reports and metrics; and, manage budget and supervise four staff members. Complete details and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/
CRM (Customer Relationship Management) coordinator: Will play a pivotal role in enhancing and administering Slate (integrated admissions software) and other CRM tools used in various campus departments. Reporting jointly to Admissions and Marketing and Communications, this position will act as a primary system trainer for internal staff, write and edit content, customize layouts/views and work to improve user productivity. Complete details and application instructions at http://www.luther.edu/hr/
Jessica Raabe began her position as Nursing Lab and Simulation Director on Nov. 1. Her office is Valders 247D and her phone number is 387-1237.
David Thompson's article "Promoting Metacognitive Skills in Intermediate Spanish: Report of a Classroom Research Project" appears in the fall 2012 issue of "Foreign Language Annals", the research journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Holly Moore presented a papertitled, "Elemental Literacy in the 'Republic' and Later Dialogues" at the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition in Kilauea, Hawaii on Sept. 29.
Andy Hageman published the essay "Science Fiction, Ecological Futures, and the Topography of Fritz Lang's Metropolis" in Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment http://www.ecozona.eu/index.
Carol Gilbertson served as the External Evaluator for the English Department at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Sept. 24-26, as part of the department’s self-study. She also gave readings from her poetry chapbook,"From a Distance, Dancing," at Augustana College in Illinois on Sept. 11, and at Augsburg College on Oct. 11. Composer Philip Wharton’s choral piece “Nightrising,” adapted from Gilbertson’s poem “Night Rising,” premiered on Oct. 6, at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma, Wash., performed by The Esoterics, conducted by Eric Banks. The choir also performed the piece at various locations in the Seattle area on Oct. 7, and 12-14.
Wanted to buy: Full-size refrigerator with freezer. Please contact 387-1018 or <finaid>.
For sale: 75 grey cement landscaping/retaining wall blocks. 11"w x 7"d x 4"h each. $65. Contact <freyheat> or 380-2401.
For sale: 1998 Chrysler Town and Country All Wheel Drive van, heated leather seats, rear captain seats, tow, all options, looks and runs great, $2,799. Contact 382-6386.
Wanted: Math tutor for 12-year-old girl. Please contact Larry at 380-8904.
For sale: Two twin bed mattresses in great condition, fairly new king mattress frame made to hold one king mattress or two twin beds-to make a king bed, newer king bed mattress pad, twin-to-king bed converter strap and pad-turns two twin beds into a king size bed. Can sell all together for a complete king sized bed set: asking $150, or by piece. Contact <kimpowell> if interested.
For sale: 1876 Haines "square" piano. All offers will be considered. Please contact Ryan Mix, <mixry01>, if interested.
For sale: The Winneshiek County 4-H Citizenship Group will be selling flower cards as a fundraiser for their upcoming Washington D.C. Trip in April 2013. The flower cards sell for $20. Each month, January-December 2013, you may redeem your flower card for a florist choice arrangement from Country Garden in Decorah. The flowers will be wrapped for you to take home. To purchase a card, contact Brenda Broghammer at 387-1445 or Michelle Einck at 387-1862.
Free: 14" Philips 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: Beautiful home with a modern open floor plan. Quiet setting in a small, rural community 17 miles south of Decorah. Large living room with a vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Main floor laundry. Clean, dry basement. 24 x 30 insulated, heated garage and 20 x 28 shed. Large lot with mature maple trees on the south side of house. Call (563) 379-3441, (563) 379-2009 or email <gunderre> for more information and pictures.
LIS Tip of the Week
For easier scheduling in Norse Calendar, allow guests to move the date or time of the event if they aren't available at the time you suggested. For more information, visit lis.luther.edu/tips.
I am sure that every one of my colleagues - Democrat, Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, every one is equal.
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