Tuesday, Dec. 5

TUESDAY 12/5/2017

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Thank you from President Carlson

Another superb Christmas at Luther weekend! I'm thankful for all of the students, faculty and staff who worked hard to create a memorable performance and host thousands of visitors on campus. Christmas at Luther is surely a highlight of the Advent season for many. For some of our guests, this magnificent weekend is their first welcome into our community of faith and learning. Thanks for making this weekend so special.

As we approach final exams and other end-of-the-semester activities, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday.

-Paula Carlson and Thomas Schattauer

Faculty/staff Christmas party Dec. 8

President Carlson and Dr. Thomas Schattauer invite all faculty and staff to the Faculty and Staff Christmas Party, held 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Peace Dining Room. Come share good cheer and luncheon fare with Luther friends and colleagues. Seating will be available throughout the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union. Please RSVP by Dec. 6. 


Staff meeting Christmas party

The December staff meeting will be a Christmas party held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Peace Dining Room. Donations will again be accepted and appreciated for the Decorah Community Food Pantry. Monetary donations are encouraged as cash gifts allow the Pantry to purchase in bulk. They will gladly accept non-perishable items, as well.

Electronic W-2s

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive electronic W-2s using the link in the employee profile section of my.luther.edu. Electronic W-2s can be accessed from anywhere and cannot be lost. Those that chose the electronic option for 2016 need not do it again for 2017. More detailed instructions and additional information can be found by clicking the W-2 Options link on the HR website.

KATIE version update on Jan. 3

There will be a small upgrade to KATIE Wednesday, Jan. 3. All work will carry over. KATIE will be unavailable noon-5 p.m. that day. This upgrade will reintroduce the popular document converter that allows instructors to view and annotate assignments within KATIE. See KATIE Version Update on Jan. 3 for more information or contact, <helpdesk> or 387-1000.

Library books due Dec. 8

Books checked out from the main stacks by faculty and staff on or before Sunday, Dec. 3, are due back Friday, Dec. 8. Books checked out by faculty and staff may be renewed online or by emailing <library>. The new due date is Friday, May 18, the last day of classes for the spring semester. Books that have already been renewed three times (two years) will not be renewed again. Those books need to be physically brought to the circulation desk to have them checked in and then out again to "re-start the clock." View your account online by clicking on "Library Account" at http://www.luther.edu/library/.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality has been in the news. The Federal Communications Commission will be making a big vote Dec. 14. To help navigate this complex but important topic, helpful information professionals at the Library have created a handy information guide about net neutrality.

New from Multimedia

Using a new classroom? 360° classroom views are now available along with classroom technology cheatsheets and videos. In addition, Multimedia has switched from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro in the Digital Media Center Lab. Click here to learn more about Premiere workflow and how to include video and audio assignments in class.

Christmas Cheer program

Reminder, the college has guidelines for participating in the Christmas Cheer program. College funds cannot be used to purchase Christmas Cheer gifts nor can purchases be charged at local vendors and paid through Luther's accounts payable system. The full policy can be viewed at https://www.luther.edu/policies/first-section/.

New at luther.edu

Marlene Jones '17, talks about how the role-playing games in Luther's French courses prepared her for her job teaching English grammar and conversational lab classes at Universitéde Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) in Brest, France.

Having studied French at Luther, Sam Olson '15, now combines it with his business skills, selling cloud software in the Quebec, Canada, area. "Enabling communication with people around the world broadens your perspective and empowers you to engage in a truly multicultural dialogue," he says.

Nordic studies majors Emily Linder '19, and Annika Vande Krol '19, have been helping Kate Elliott track down paintings by Herbjørn Gausta. The research involves combing through Luther archives and collections and contacting individual owners. It was a bonus that both students are Nordic Studies majors, Elliott says. "They can read Norwegian and it's very helpful when it comes to learning about or locating Gausta's works in Norway."

CEPE January book groups

The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement J-term book group selections include The Red Convertible (short stories), The Nordic Theory of Everything and The Handmaid's Tale. Sign up at cepe.luther.edu.

Book Shop news

Signed copies of Matteo Musso's books from his book signing this past weekend are available for purchase in the Book Shop.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind students of the second annual students' stress less party 9-10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the Book Shop. Students can pop away stress with a balloon drop filled with promos and fabulous prizes. Games, drinks, photo ops with Santa and Buddy the Elf and treats will be served. This event is sponsored by the Book Shop, Student Life and Wellness.


Chapel this week

Built into the class schedule and rhythm of life at Luther, chapel is a time for the community to gather for song, reflection and fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the CFL Main Hall. Faculty, staff, students and guests serve as speakers, musicians and artists.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Anne Edison-Albright; Andrew Last and Jennaya Robinson duet
Friday, Dec. 8: Kwanzaa chapel
Monday, Dec. 11: Finals week, no chapel

Home sporting events this week

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Women's basketball vs. Coe, 6 p.m.; men's basketball vs. Coe, 8 p.m.

Events this week

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Christmas Collection Day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Marty's; Decorah Power Learning Series, Matthew Backes, "Microgrids, Storage and Cybersecurity at the Community Level," 7 p.m., Valders 206; Senior Project Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Choir Room and Noble Recital Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 6: Christmas in the Union, 4:30 p.m., Dahl
Friday, Dec. 8: VPA Showcase: Ultra Mega Mega, 6 p.m., CFA
Saturday, Dec. 9: Kwanzaa Feast and Celebration, 4 p.m., Peace Dining Room
Sunday, Dec. 10: Candlelight Nativity Service, 9 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Final Decorah Power Fall Learning Series event Dec. 5

Matthew Backes, an MIT research engineer, will discuss the ins and outs of "Microgrids, Storage, and Cybersecurity at the Community Level" at the final Decorah Power Learning Series event at 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Valders Room 206. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Backes' interest in power and energy systems led to undergraduate research assignments at Iowa State, the University of California-Berkeley, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Energy Systems Group. 

Christmas in the Union Dec. 6

Enjoy free cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider, as Luther celebrates "Christmas in the Union" 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Santa will make an early stop in Decorah by the Union fireplace from 5-6:30 p.m. Other highlights include: kids crafts and activities, Christmas cartoons and live music, holiday dinner in the cafeteria, and reading of children's holiday books. The Book Shop activities include: an all-day Christmas sweater party with participants getting a treat, in-store promotions and Buddy the Elf specials. Buddy the Elf will visit between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up for Santa's naughty or nice list. Free popcorn all day.

The family-oriented event is open to the public with no charge for admission, and is sponsored by SAC Special Events, Book Shop, Dining Services, PALS and LSEA.

Fall Science Research Symposium Dec. 7

The Fall Science Research Symposium is 9:40-10:50 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Sampson-Hoffland Atrium and Valders Concourse. This is a unified event highlighting undergraduate student research in the sciences. The symposium will include more than 75 poster presentations by students from classes in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, math and psychology. All members of the Luther community are invited to see products of student learning in the sciences.

Kwanzaa feast and celebration Dec. 8-9

Luther's Kwanzaa Celebration is this week! Chapel is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the CFL, and the Festival Dinner is 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Peace Dining Room. Pre-registration by Wednesday, Dec. 6, is required for the Festival Dinner. Please sign up here. Faculty and staff can pay the Diversity Center directly.

Candlelight Nativity Service Dec. 10

College Ministries is holding a Candlelight Nativity Service at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Main Hall of the CFL. The event is open to the community with no charge for admission. The evening will include fellowship, carols and readings in preparation for Christmas.

NQFL Dec. 12

The next Not Quite Free Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Nobel Room, sponsored by Wellness. Boost social and emotional wellness by getting away from the typical work space and mingling with folks from across campus. The charge is just $5, payable by cash, check or Luther ID. The meal includes main course options, sides and dessert. Contact Wellness, <wellness> with questions.


Celebrations this week

Dec. 5: Robert Erickson, Marcia Bullerman, Leah McCrea, Lisa Witzke, Daisy Johnson
Dec. 6: Donna Ryant
Dec. 7: Derek Rausch
Dec. 8: David Faldet, Kathy Kerber, Kat Beane Hanson
Dec. 9: Mary Logsdon
Dec. 10: Cheryl Wieseler
Dec. 11: Chris Frana, Steve Kurash, Grace Hibbing

End of service celebrations

Please join the communications and marketing team in wishing Tabita Green well as she ventures out to explore new business opportunities in Decorah and beyond at a farewell celebration 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Hammarskjold Lounge in the Union.

Let's congratulate Marcia Bullerman on her retirement from Luther College and help her celebrate 32 years of dedicated service. Cards and well wishes can be sent to her home or dropped off in the President's office. Thank you, Marcia, for all you have done for us! Her official retirement date is Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Mary Overvold-Ronningen, associate professor of nursing, is retiring after 23 years of service to Luther. During her time at the college, Mary served as coordinator of the Rochester campus, an advisor for the Student Health Advisory Council, taught classes on the Rochester campus and served as interim department head. Join in wishing her well on her retirement 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Sampson Hoffland atrium.

Position openings

Head volleyball coach: Responsible for all aspects of the program, including but not limited to: practice organization, contest management, recruiting, staff hiring and development, budget oversight, student-athlete development and academic monitoring. Strong leadership and motivational skills are required; a record of integrity and the ability to inspire student-athletes to perform at a high level is essential; and a willingness to advance the goals and mission of Luther College while adhering to rules, policies and regulations. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree (master's preferred) and at least 3-5 years college or high school coaching experience. This is a 10-month position running August-May. Desired start date is Jan. 3.

To view complete job descriptions and apply for all current openings, go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Robert Shedinger presented "What is Evolving in the Evolution of Religion? Insights from Humanities-based Religion Scholarship" at the Second International Conference on the Evolution of Religion held on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico, Nov. 12-15.

Diane Scholl's poem "Christmas Morning at the Trout Hatchery" appears in the Dec. 6 issue of The Christian Century.

Teaching the Spanish language to students in Spain this summer, Lynnette Kennedy '18, interned at Colegio Pinosierra in Madrid. As an intern, Kennedy observed and co-taught a variety of classes. Her students ranged from the ages eight to 18. Through preparing and teaching lessons, she discovered how classroom norms differ from U.S. classrooms and gained insights into how to engage students.

Exploring the field of public health, Hanna Christopher '19, spent her summer as an intern at Regional Health Services of Howard County, Iowa. Working in the RHS marketing department, Christopher attended meetings and observed supervisors in various units of the hospital. She also generated posters to promote the Walk More Connect More campaign in Northeastern Iowa, which were also featured on the Luther campus for the Wellness department's Walktober campaign.

Working behind the scenes to facilitate business productivity, Duc Le '18, spent this summer as a data science intern at DECO Products in Decorah, Iowa. To help the company maintain high standards of excellence, Le daily analyzed inventory data and cross-referenced data to solve problems on a numerical level.


House/dog sitter needed: Looking for a place to stay over in Decorah Christmas break? House available from Dec. 10 until around Jan. 11. Within walking distance to downtown. Two older, small to medium-size dogs need care while gone. Can stay in house for taking care of dogs. Contact Gretchen at [email protected] or 203-1324 with inquires.

Pet/babysitting services: Available Dec. 11-Jan. 11 while home on winter break. No job too big or small. Responsible and dependable. Please email or call Molly, <[email protected]> or 379-9070, and leave message.

Wanted: Maria Pilar Monteso Curto will be a visiting professor at Luther College in February 2018. Professor Monteso is from Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain. She is looking for a room or apartment to rent close to campus. Email Loren, <touslo01>, or Maria, <[email protected]urv.cat>, with availabilities.

For sale: Fresh, local, farm eggs. $2/dozen. Call or text Michael, (319) 230-0077 or email <bartmi03>.

For sale: Gently used Tubbs Storm youth snowshoes. Excellent condition. $30. Contact Kristin, <bjerkr01>, with inquires.

For sale: Jump Sport trampoline anchor kit. Never used and available in original box. Originally $50; will sell for $25. Contact Kristin, <bjerkr01>, with inquires.

For sale: Blue 2004 Buick LeSabre Limited with 132,824 miles. Asking $3,100. 3.8L engine. Leather heated seats. Car is loaded. Very good condition. Tires very good. Contact Loren Brandt, 532-9427, with inquires and email Janine, <brandtja> for photos.


And finally...

Thursday, Dec. 7, is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The Japanese air attack on the U.S. naval base in Oahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, lasted 110 minutes. The attack sunk or damaged all eight battleships that were in the harbor at the time. In total, 2,335 United States servicemen were killed and 1,143 were injured, along with 68 civilian casualties and 35 wounded.

"Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941–a day which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan...No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory...With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph–so help us God."

–President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941