Tuesday, Jan. 18

TUESDAY 1/18/11

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Sesquicentennial convocation Feb. 3

Spring convocation, to be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL, will also be Luther's sesquicentennial kick-off celebration. The president of the University of Oslo, Ole Petter Ottersen, will speak on "Preparing Leaders for a New Global Environment: The Role of the University." Many descendants of Luther's founders will be in attendance and Dean Craft's sesquicentennial hymn, "Invocation," will be premiered. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

Faculty/staff buffet: revisited

Remember the faculty/staff buffet in Peace Dining Room? It is making a one-day return in honor of the sesquicentennial kick-off Convocation. Stop by between noon and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 for the "Luther Blue Plate Special" for $5. 

Magazine seeks senior profile suggestions

The Luther Alumni Magazine staff seeks help in compiling a list of Class of 2011 members to profile in a future issue. We want to hear about students who have excelled academically, but we'd also like to learn of students who have been exceptional in contributions outside the classroom or are embarking on unique or interesting careers. Email names and information on accomplishments/activities and post-graduation plans to Sara Friedl-Putnam at <friedlsa>.

U Car Share hits Luther campus

Luther College and U Car Share are launching the first U Car Share service in Iowa. The new partnership will provide Luther students, faculty and staff as well as community members access to U Car Share's car-sharing service. Beginning Jan. 20, U Car Share will provide students, faculty and staff as well as Decorah community members with another transportation option. Sign up online at http://www.ucarshare.com.

Norse Mail supports email delegation

Norse mail supports email delegation which would, for example, allow someone to give their administrative assistant the ability to view messages in their Norse Mail inbox and respond on their behalf. For more, see http://lis.luther.edu/learn/norsemailfaq#Q33.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum registration

Luther will host the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum March 4-5. "Striving for Peace: Courage to Act," will focus on the importance of courageous action in the work of peacemaking. Luther has invited as keynote speaker the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President Barack Obama. Confirmed keynote speakers include Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and Eboo Patel, leader in the global interfaith youth movement.

For complete information and to register visit http://www.luther.edu/peaceprize/.

Memorial information for Nabby

Memorial donations for Nabby Baffour-Awuah will be sent to Nabby's family to assist with travel costs and other expenses. Please send any donations to College Ministries, payable to Luther College Congregation with a note or indication on the memo line, "Nabby's Memorial." College Ministries will forward donations to Nabby's family on behalf of the Luther community. 

Flexible Spending Account reminder

The 2010 prescription debit cards expired Dec. 31. 2011 prescription debit cards are being mailed to employees that checked the enrollment form request.  Employees may request a 2011 prescription debit card any time during the year. Call Human Resources, 387-1134 with questions.

IRS guidelines for debit cards

The Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance allowing the continued use of health flexible spending arrangement and health reimbursement arrangement debit cards for the purchase of prescribed over-the-counter medicines and drugs.

Starting Jan. 16, you may continue to use an FSA or HRA debit card to purchase over-the-counter medicines or drugs, so long as you obtain a prescription for the medicine or drug, the prescription is presented to the pharmacist, and the medication is dispensed by the pharmacist and given an Rx number.

Contact Midwest Group Benefits, Inc. at 800-344-3766 or [email protected] with questions.

Employee withholding changes for 2011

The employee share of FICA withholding has been reduced by two percent, from 6.2 to 4.2 percent. The Medicare withholding remains the same at 1.45 percent. The employer-matching share remains the same at 6.2 percent and 1.45 percent respectively. Complete information can be found at irs.gov in Notice 1036.

In addition, Federal withholding tax tables have changed for 2011. Call the payroll office, 387-1135, if you would like to review your withholding information. 


Chapel this week

Tuesday, Jan. 18: Silent Meditation, 5 p.m., Melanchthon, CFL 205
Wednesday, Jan. 19: Mark Franzen
Thursday, Jan. 20: Labyrinth, CFA atrium, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Come explore new patterns and walk at a different pace by spending some time in the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth—an experience that combines body movement, prayer and meditation. Walk at your pace; take as little or as much time as you want.
Friday, Jan. 21: Derek Sweet
Monday, Jan. 24: JoEllen Anderson

Self-guided art tour through March 18

As part of Luther's sesquicentennial celebration, the college will host a self-guided art tour Jan. 10-March 18. Luther's first 150 years will be on display through portraits of individuals significant to the school's history.

The self-guided tour begins in Preus Library and travels through several other locations on the Luther campus including the CFL, Jenson-Noble and Koren.

Luther College Woman's Club Jan. 18

Mary Hull Mohr, emerita professor of English, will present the first program of the year to the Luther College Woman's Club Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 1:45 p.m. Mohr's presentation is "The Beginnings of LCWC: A Chapter in Luther's Sesquicentennial Celebration." The group will also share a musical program presented by Spencer Martin, associate professor of music, and Miko Kominami, adjunct faculty in music. The LCWC meets in Peace Dining Room.

Oneota Film Festival Jan. 21-23

Looking for something to do in January?  The second annual Oneota Film Festival is coming to Luther's campus Jan. 21-23. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Films that pertain to adventure, eco travel, local and student films, food/agriculture, social justice and the environment will be showing in Valders 206, Olin 102 and the CRH. For more information and to watch film trailers, visit oneotafilmfestival.org

Brandt Open Mic Bar Jan. 22

Looking to beat the winter blues? Join us for "BOMB 2011: Tropical Paradise" Saturday, Jan. 22, 9 p.m.-midnight in Marty's CyberCafé. BOMB is a campus-wide event sponsored by Wellness and the Brandt RAs. There will be live performances, witty MCs and exotic mocktails. Want to share a talent? Register to perform by emailing [email protected] by Wednesday, Jan. 19. Acts must be under eight minutes. First prize is $250 Nordicash, second is $150 Nordicash and third is $75 Nordicash.

Nordic Choir tour homecoming concert

Nordic Choir will perform a tour homecoming concert Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. The performance by the 64-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission.



To Joni Meyer and family on the Jan. 9 death of her father-in-law, Don Meyer, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa.

Thank you

Special thanks to Kathy Riley, Donna Thuente, Larry Johnson, Julia Hageman, Chuck Humphrey, and Candy Ode—we appreciate all your efforts to assist us in flipping the dining room to prepare for the send-off celebration honoring the 322nd Engineer Company on Friday, Jan. 14. We could not have done it without you.

Sincerely, Luther Catering


Martin Klammer co-authored a book with South African freedom movement activist Blanche La Guma. The book, titled "In the Dark with My Dress on Fire: My Life in Cape Town, London, Havana and Home Again," was released in South Africa Nov. 25. Klammer was joined at a sold-out book launch event by La Guma and guest speaker Albie Sachs, a former Constitutional Court Judge of South Africa.

John Goodin's book, "Telemann for Mandolin: 72 Compositions Chosen from the Works of Georg Philipp Telemann, Arranged for Solo Mandolin" has recently been published under the Bill's Music Shelf imprint of Mel Bay Publications.

Richard G. Cole, emeritus professor of history, has a short article: "The Enlightenment: We were wrong about the woods" published in the annual holiday issue of WOODLANDS AND PRAIRIES magazine, winter 2010-11.

Richard Tirk performed as principal trumpet in the Wichita Grand Opera's production of "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini on Jan. 8. 

The National Catholic Reporter recently published a story mentioning David Vasquez. Read the article, "Guatemalan families reunite in Iowa," online at http://ncronline.org/news/justice/guatemalan-families-reunite-iowa.

Philip Freeman's biography "Alexander the Great" received praise in a recent Wall Street Journal review. Reviewer Tom Holland says "Here, in vivid and exciting detail, are all the familiar highlights of Alexander's career: the battles, the tempestuous relationships, the dazzling ambitions, the mysterious death in Babylon. Mr. Freeman's ambition, he tells us in his introduction, was 'to write a biography of Alexander that is first and foremost a story.' It is one he splendidly fulfills." The full article is available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703791904576075760889881174.html.


Wrestling lost to no. 1 Wartburg Jan. 14, 3-45. Kevin Bokoski '11 defeated the no. 3 wrestler in the nation at 141, 4-3. The Norse placed eighth of 10 teams at the Cornell Matman Invitational Jan. 15, Cody Orr '14, 141, and Taylor Mansfield '11, 285, placed fourth.

Women's basketball lost to Simpson Jan. 15, 36-55. The Norse were led by Sam Jewell '11 who recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Men's basketball defeated Simpson, 57-45. Dane  Larson '12 and Tim Merritt '12 led the Norse scoring with 16 and 10 points respectively.

Home events this week:

Basketball hosts University of Dubuque Jan. 19, women tip-off at 6 p.m., men at
8 p.m.


McElroy Fellowships

Graduating seniors intending to pursue a Ph.D. in any field are eligible to be nominated for a McElroy Fellowship, worth a $30,000 stipend over a three-year period. Luther may nominate only one candidate, but only 10 colleges may submit nominees for the two annual awards. Contact Terry Sparkes, Union 262E, 387-2165 or <sparkete> for further information and application materials. Applications due Jan. 31.

Paper and personal care items drive

Luther's men's basketball team is assisting Northeast Iowa RSVP in conducting a paper and personal care items drive. The campaign is launched in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of making this country a better place to live. Drop-off boxes are in the Regents Center south lobby, by the SPOs in the Union, in Main by the Paideia office, and in the service centers for Towers, Brandt, Ylvisaker, Olson, Larsen and Farwell. Call Kathy with questions, 382-3717.

Winter soccer skills clinic

The Luther soccer programs will host a three-day soccer skills clinic for youth age 7-14. Luther soccer coaches will run the clinics Sundays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. The first two sessions focus on improvement of players' technical skills. The final session is a 3v3 tournament incorporating all aspects of the game. The clinic will be held in Luther's SRC. Cost is $50. Register by Jan. 27. Contact is Chris Garcia-Prats, <garcch01> or 387-1443. Brochure and registration form downloadable at http://sports.luther.edu/men/soccer/index.html and http://sports.luther.edu/women/soccer/index.html.


Free: Ameda "Purely Yours" breast pump—bought at a garage sale, never used. Contact <brooke.joyce>.

Free: Two working PCI cards for desktop PC.
1) PC60G wireless card, six months old, works great
2) Creative Soundblaster 24-bit audio card, five years old, works great.
Both have original packaging. Contact <brooke.joyce>.

For sale: Armstrong flute in case. $225 obo. Contact 387-1549 or <leibolbr>.

For sale: Charming one and 1/2-story home near campus. Hardwood floors, new shingles, lots of updates. Move-in condition and immediate possession. Call and ask for Kelly at (515) 468-8348 for more information. It could be good income property.

For sale: Nordic Track Ski Exercise Machine. The machine is in good condition. Mechanically its in excellent condition. Selling for $100. Call 419-5681 to set up a time to come and see it if you are interested.

To give away: 27-inch Mitsubishi tube television. Free to good home. Asking that you make a $10 donation to a food pantry in Decorah. Call 419-5681.

Free: Six-foot artificial, pre-lit Christmas tree. Some of the lights don't work. Could be re-strung. Located behind Bookends and Beans, 309 E. Water St. First one to come get it can have it.

For sale: Two-bedroom Calmar home for sale, includes two-car attached 24x28 garage, one-car unattached garage and alley access, spacious back yard with covered patio. Completely remodeled interior includes new wood laminate floor, carpet, ceramic tiled bathroom, new oak doors and maple kitchen cabinetry. No maintenance steel siding and new roof. Call 419-2918 or view pictures at http://calmarhouse.weebly.com/

For sale: Chest freezer. Approximately 16 cubic feet. Only three years old. $200. Call Cindy Fredrick, (319) 621-5032.

For sale: 34-string lever harp, custom-made by William Rees, Glen Aulin model; cherry with poplar soundboard. Full set of Truitt levers, nylon-strung, wire-wrapped C1-F1. Has a wonderful warm, clear, big sound and is in excellent condition, having been lovingly played and cared for by a single owner for seven years. One small ding at the head. Includes tuning key, soft padded case, and full set of replacement strings. $2,300. Contact Laurie Zaring, <zarila01>.

For sale: 27" RCA TV, two years old, $50. Call 419-6288.

For sale: Wonderful three-bedroom two-bath home within short walk from college. Surrounded by trees in secluded setting. Cozy upstairs/downstairs with separate entrances. Fireplace. All appliances included. Two-car garage. Flexible availability. Call 387-0242.


Sustainability tip

The Lazy Environmentalist: Going green doesn't have to cost a lot of green. Use these simple tips to make a positive impact on the environment while keeping your wallet intact. It's easy, even for the laziest of environmentalists.

·       Shut down and unplug electronics. Make small changes to use–and pay for–less energy, like shutting down your computer when you're not using it and plugging your cell phone and other electronics into power strips so you can turn several devices off with one switch.

·       Wash your clothes in cold water. By using cold water instead of warm, the average household can avoid emitting 1,281 pounds of carbon dioxide annually and save on energy bills.

·       Fill your bottle with filtered tap water. Choose the greener solution by using a reusable bottle.

·       Update your wardrobe for less. Instead of consuming new products, trade fashionable clothes, accessories, cosmetics and shoes for free (you only pay for shipping). By swapping merchandise you can lower the amount of harmful emissions caused by the manufacturing process. Check out swapstyle.com to learn more.

·       Exchange CDs, DVDs and books instead of buying. Now you can avoid purchasing new products without forfeiting your entertainment needs. Visit swapacd.com, swapadvd.com and paperbackswap.com for access to thousands of CDs, books and DVDs.

·       Use refurbished electronics. You can get refurbished electronics for a steal, and before they're resold to the public, they go through an intense defect-testing process and the warranties usually remain intact. Save money and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Shop at http://www.secondipity.com/ and www.refurbdepot.com.

·       Use kitchenware products made of recycled materials. Since they're about the same price as regular kitchenware, it's a no-brainer to choose Preserve products. Visit preserveproducts.com.

Josh Dorfman is an environmental activist, host of the Sundance Channel's upcoming show called "The Lazy Environmentalist" and author of "The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money. Save Time. Save the Planet." For more tips from Josh, see http://lazyenvironmentalist.com.

Wellness tip

For a 2011 national health observances calendar, see https://www.brokerbriefcase.com/buildtemplate.aspx?buildid=02D08B2B-4BE1-4509-8216-BA9EA55B1638239.

And finally…

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

-Martin Luther King Jr.