Tuesday, Jan. 25

TUESDAY 1/25/11

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Thank you

Thank you to the campus—especially our campus programming staff, security, dining services, facilities and grounds crew—for helping facilitate the send-off for the members of the 322nd Engineer Company who are heading to Afghanistan. The CFL provided a great venue for the ceremony and thanks to Sodexo, the soldiers and their families were served a nice meal in our cafeteria. I'm proud Luther could extend its signature hospitality in this important way.                        

-President Torgerson

Comprehensive fee set

The Board of Regents has approved increasing the 2011-12 comprehensive fee from $38,930 to $40,585 (tuition-$34,735; room-$2,780; board-$3,070).

Sesquicentennial royal visit

Luther College is pleased to announce that the King and Queen of Norway hope to visit the Luther campus Thursday, Oct. 13. The college will receive final confirmation in May, when the Royal Palace in Oslo makes a formal announcement of the King and Queen's Midwest visit.

Strategic plan progress report

A progress report on Luther's current strategic plan, "Transformed by the Journey," is available to view on Katie. The plan was launched in 2008 and is meant to guide college decision making through 2012. To view the report, go to the Office of the President folder on Katie and click on the "Luther-President" course. 


Audio stream of February events

KWLC AM 1240 will stream several events live in February at http://kwlc.luther.edu/listen/index.htm including these upcoming music ensemble concerts:

·       Tuesday, Feb. 8: Nordic Choir homecoming, 7:30 p.m.

·       Sunday, Feb. 13: Symphony Orchestra homecoming, 7 p.m.

J-break hours

Dahl Centennial Union

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 31: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 1-2: 7 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 31: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 1-2: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 26: 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday-Tuesday, Jan. 27-31:
Brunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dinner 5-6:30 p.m.

Oneota Market

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 31-Feb.1: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 26: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday-Tuesday, Jan. 27-Feb 1: Closed
Wednesday, Feb. 2: 9 a.m.-midnight

Book Shop

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Mail Center/SPO

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Legends Fitness for Life Center

Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29: Closed
Sunday, Jan. 30: 2-6 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2: Resume regular hours

Preus Library

Wednesday, Jan. 26: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 27-28: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2: Resume regular hours

Farwell during J-break

J-term break begins Wednesday, Jan. 26. Farwell Hall will be unlocked during the week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for those that utilize the Farwell parking lot and elevator. Farwell will be locked over the weekend. Regular hours in Farwell Hall resume Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Biggest Loser/Live Healthy Iowa

An informational meeting for Luther's Biggest Loser and Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Challenge will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. in Valders 206. For more information contact Pamela Novotny <novopa01> or Greg Lonning <lonningr>.

Reminder: do not release information

Recently, several Luther employees have received an email phishing for information. This message is not from the college. Do not respond; mark it as SPAM. The message reads:

"Attention LUTHER.EDU Webmail Account Holder, Due to massive spam activities in the LUTHER.EDU Webmail, LUTHER.EDU support team has instructed that all account holders should confirm their true ownership of their account. To confirm your true ownership of your account, please Click on the following link http://www.formchamp.com/form.php?id=11716

Failure to Re-confirm your true ownership of your account, this means you are not the rightfully owner of this account and this email account will be permanently block in other to reduce spam activities in the LUTHER.EDU Webmail. Regards, LUTHER.EDU Webmail Support Team."

Winter Board of Regents meeting

The Regents will meet on campus Feb. 11-12. They will learn about Task Group 150's work, discuss Luther's financial position, act on tenure recommendations and eat lunch with students in the cafeteria. The Board's business meeting, held Friday, Feb. 11, at 4:15 p.m. in the Loyalty Board Room, is open to interested members of the campus community. Pre-meeting materials can be viewed at http://katie.luther.edu. Look for the Board of Regents site under the "my courses" section on the left hand side of the page. A sub-folder contains February 2011 documents.

Health plan incentive credit

The Luther health plan offers incentive credit to employees to encourage examination and self-auditing of eligible medical bills to ensure amount billed by provider accurately reflects services/supplies received by employee or dependent. When employee's self-audit results in elimination/reduction of charges, 25 percent of amount eliminated or reduced will be paid to employee ($10 minimum savings) provided savings are accurately documented with a copy of incorrect bill and corrected billing showing a reduction in charges, and submitted to Human Resources. Credit payment limited to $500/calendar year.

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. 

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.

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.

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/.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, Jan. 25:  Silent Meditation, 5 p.m., Melanchthon, CFL 205
Wednesday, Jan. 26:  Greg Eide
J-term break, Jan. 27-Feb. 1: No worship services on campus during break

Opera Workshop performance Jan. 25

Students in Luther's January Opera Workshop course will present "What's Da Ponte: Scenes from Mozart's Da Ponte Operas" directed by Jacob Lassetter Tuesday,
Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the NRH. The program includes 12 scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas that feature libretti by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Science research poster symposium

Come to the J-term science research poster symposium Wednesday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Sampson-Hoffland Carlson Atrium. The symposium will include poster presentations by students from ENVS 185 Global Climate Change: Science and Society, BIO 149/249 Winter Biology, BIO 247 Subtropical and Marine Biology, and MATH 260 Elementary Number Theory. All members of the Luther community are invited to come and see the results of research projects Luther students have been undertaking during J-term on-campus and away in the Boundary Waters and Bahamas.

Message from HR: HERway Feb. 1

Winneshiek Medical Center presents HERway Conversations, a casual, educational community health talk series for women of any age. "WMC Mammography-Saving Second Base!" will be the topic of discussion Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room B on the lower level of WMC. Richard Remark, M.D., radiologist with Decorah Clinic Physicians-Mayo Health System and the WMC "home team" discuss the "why," "how" and "what if" questions many women ponder when they plan a mammogram.

Spring Convocation Feb. 3

President of the University of Oslo Ole Petter Ottersen, M.D., Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the Luther College Spring Convocation, Thursday, Feb. 3 at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall. The convocation is open to the public with no charge for admission. Ottersen's convocation address, "Preparing Leaders for a New Global Environment: The Role of the University," kicks off Luther's sesquicentennial celebration which is based on the theme "Transformed by the Journey."

Faculty artist series: Martin, Kominami

Spencer Martin and Miko Kominami will perform a viola and piano recital Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. in the NRH. "Forgotten Gems for Viola and Piano" will feature selections from the duo's upcoming CD of the same name. The repertoire consists largely of pieces by lesser-known Romantic Era composers. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Remembrance gathering for Nabby

College Ministries will hold a gathering Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. to remember Luther student Nabby Baffour-Awuah who died Jan. 1. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend, especially those who were gone during J-term and were not able to attend other memorial and remembrance services. The remembrance gathering will start in the CRH and move to Qualley Lounge. 

Faculty artist series: Peter Lingen

Peter Lingen will perform a faculty guitar recital Sunday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in the NRH. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission. Lingen will play classics of Brazilian guitar such as "Sons de Carilhões" by João Guimarães and "Preludes" by Heitor Villa-Lobos. The program also features works from several contemporary composers who are fluent in classical and pop/jazz styles including Marco Pereira, Paulo Bellinati and James McGuire.

CSS: Carrie Newcomer Feb.11

Folk singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets are on sale through the Luther Box Office, 387-1357. The first Center Stage event of 2011, Newcomer's performance connects with Luther's sesquicentennial, inviting community members to explore the year's celebrated theme, "Transformed by the Journey." For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit http://centerstage.luther.edu.

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 tour begins in Preus Library.

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.


Welcome new employees, new positions

Kimberly Bohr, has been promoted to the position of IKON Site Manager.

Rachel Vsetecka assumed her new position as Assistant Director of Annual Giving Jan. 17.

Welcome new staff to campus: Heidi Skildum, Safe Routes to School liaison, Reid Wilson, Brandt Hall director, Jeff Naatz, IKON fleet printer specialist, and Joan deAlbuquerque, who begins her duties as Concert Band director in August.


To Sue Halverson and family on the death of her father Charles Rude, 80, of Decorah who died Jan. 20.

Position opening

Student Support Service administrative assistant: Full-time, 11-month position to begin immediately. Grant-funded position provides general office support and directly assists the Student Support Services program. For more information see: http://hr.luther.edu.


Women's basketball lost to Simpson Jan. 22, 58-118. Sam Jewell '11 tallied 26 points, going 18 of 23 from the foul line to tie the single game school record.

Men's basketball defeated Simpson, 77-65. Five Norse posted double digits, Nnamdi Okolue '11, 15, Dane Larson '12, 14, Jacy Dillahunty '11, 12, Tim Merritt '12, 11, and Tyler Wedemeier '13, 11.

Home events this week:

Basketball hosts Buena Vista Jan. 26; women's game at 6 p.m., men's game at
8 p.m. Men's basketball hosts North Central Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Swimming and diving hosts Coe Jan. 29, 1 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.

Seeking volunteers for 'History Walk'

In celebration of the sesquicentennial, Kristen Underwood seeks faculty, staff and students to portray people from Luther's past in a "History Walk," a series of short scenes to be staged around campus. Participants can expect 3-4 rehearsals in April; the opening performance is Saturday, May 7. Subsequent performances will be offered in the summer and fall. No theatrical experience required, but participants should be comfortable speaking in public. Contact Kristen Underwood for more info: [email protected].

Reminder: paper/personal care items

Luther's men's basketball team is helping conduct a paper and personal care items drive. 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, on Sundays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. 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/registration form downloadable at http://sports.luther.edu/men/soccer/index.html and http://sports.luther.edu/women/soccer/index.html


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.

Roommate wanted: Two Americorps members looking for a third roommate. Three-bedroom house on the flats. $200/month/person plus utilities. Move in: March. Contact Andrew <smeban01>.

For sale: White Bron range hood with two-speed fan and light excellent condition, $50 OBO. Touchmatic countertop microwave, $50 OBO. Call Kathy 517-1060.

For sale: Very nice home in Minowa Heights subdivision. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, family room with fireplace and built-in oak bookshelves, office/fourth bedroom, and rec/multi-purpose room. Many updates throughout. Visit http://tinyurl.com/1303panorama for more information and pictures. Call 379-1740 to schedule a showing.


And finally…

Inspiration is contagious; the more we are exposed to it the more we inevitably pass it on.

-Christopher Novak