Tuesday, Feb. 15

TUESDAY 2/15/11

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Meeting with President Torgerson

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend either an 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. meeting with President Torgerson Thursday, Feb. 17 in the CRH. The President will provide an update on Task Group 150 discussions and a recap of the February Board of Regents meeting.  The Feb. 17 meeting replaces the Feb. 23-24 staff meetings.

DCI report regarding Nabby's death

The Decorah Police Department has released the Iowa DCI report on the cause of death for Luther student Nabby Baffour-Awuah, who died Jan. 1. The report was sent via email to all Luther students, faculty and staff on the afternoon of Feb. 14. If you have questions or concerns regarding the report please direct them to Jerry Johnson, 387-1565 or <johnsjer>.

Tenure and promotion announcement

At their meeting Saturday, the Board of Regents approved tenure and President Torgerson announced promotions for the following faculty members:

Tenure: Spencer Martin, music, and Michael Smith, music.

Tenure and promotion to associate professor: Robert Christman, history; Victoria Christman, history; Steve Holland, economics and business; Brooke Joyce, music; Lisa Lantz, theatre/dance; Sandra Peter, music; Derek Sweet, communication studies; Amy Weldon, English; Laurie Zaring, modern languages and literature.

Promotion to full professor: Carol Hester, music; Penny Leake, nursing; and Marvin Slind, history.

Promotion to associate professor: Andrew Whitfield, music.  

Congratulations to all.


Counseling Service web resources

Counseling Service has web resources available for faculty and staff to assist in helping troubled students and making referrals. See:

How to Help: http://www.luther.edu/counseling/help/

For Faculty: http://www.luther.edu/counseling/faculty/

Crisis Resources: http://www.luther.edu/counseling/crisis/

'Using Dropbox' introduction Feb. 17

"Using Dropbox: An Introduction to Saving and Syncing Files in the Cloud" will be Thursday, Feb. 17, 3-4 p.m., in the Borlaug Room in the Union. This LIS Training session will introduce Dropbox, an online service that provides automatic file backup and synchronization between multiple computers. Learn how to work on the same files at the office and at home without needing to lug a laptop or flash drive. To sign up, visit http://lis.luther.edu/node/5317.

Mac computers and Luther W2s

The Payroll Office has just learned that faculty and staff who printed their W2s using a Mac computer may have a W2 that does not have Box 13 correctly marked. In order to have the correct format, a PC has to be used. Contact the Payroll office, 387-1135 with questions.

Flu shots available at Health Service

The flu season is upon us. If you have not had your flu shot, come to Health Service Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Price is $10 for students, $20 for faculty and staff.

Event funding available

Got art? Planning to bring a speaker, artist, musician or performer to Luther in the near future? The Lectures and Fine Arts committee has limited funding still available for guests visiting Luther for this fiscal year. See: https://www.luther.edu/programming/lfa/ for more details. Note: applications for the next fiscal year will be accepted the second Friday after spring break. Some changes to the funding guidelines will be made for the next year. Changes will be discussed by LFA Committee representatives at upcoming divisional meetings.

Employee blood screenings

Health Service will offer employee blood screenings for employees and their spouses on March 24, April 21 and May 5. Call Health Service, 387-1045, to schedule an appointment. Price is $35 for regular lab screenings and $40 for the PSA. This is an uneven year so employees will not be reimbursed for blood screenings.

My ideal library

LIS is developing a long-range plan for Preus Library and therefore seeking your input in envisioning Preus Library one, five and even 20 years into the future. Take a moment to share your thoughts and dreams. We want to hear from you. Complete the online form at http://lis.luther.edu/myideallibrary or visit the library in February and contribute to whiteboard brainstorming.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, Feb. 15: Tuesday Devos, 9:40 a.m., CRH
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Gereon Kopf
Thursday, Feb. 17: Jazz morning prayer, CRH, Midwest Black History Conference
Friday, Feb. 18: Michael Rahfaldt, Vocation visitor
Monday, Feb 21: Kathy Sime, Center for Ethics and Public Life visitor, Cantorei

Events this week

Feb. 15, Religion Forum, Robert Shedinger, "Is Islam a Religion? Religion, Politics and Islamic Revivalism in America," 7 p.m., Olin 102

Feb. 16, Luther Ensemble Concert, "Tribute to Duke Ellington," Jazz Orchestra, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts, Main Hall

Feb. 16-17, Black History Month Conference

Feb. 17-April 6, Art Exhibit, Paula Berg Owen '70, paintings, Center for the Arts, Wigley-Fleming Gallery

Feb. 17, Center Stage Series, Nnenna Freelon, "Dreaming of the Duke," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Feb. 18-20, Vagina Monologues, Feb. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 20, 2 p.m., Storre Theatre

Feb. 19, Faculty Artist Series, Tarn Travers, violin, 2 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

Feb. 19, Faculty Artist Series, Rachel Ware, voice, 7 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

Feb. 21, Gallery Reception, Paula Berg Owen '70, 4:30 p.m., CFA, Wigley-Fleming Gallery

Feb. 22, School Performance, "We The People," 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Feb. 22, Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, Eric Baack and Beth Lynch, "Ecological Restoration: Maintaining spaces for the wild," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

Alumnus art exhibit on display

The photography of Doug Knutson '84, is on display through March 18 in the upper level of the CFL. The exhibit is on display throughout Luther's Black History Month Conference and the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. It consists of portraits of notable black Americans and Nobel Prize laureates. There will be a gallery reception Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Black History Conference.

Luther College Woman's Club Feb. 15

Robert Shedinger will present the February program to the Luther College Woman's Club Tuesday, Feb.15 at 1:45 p.m. Shedinger's presentation is "Was Jesus a Muslim? Trancending the Stereotypes of American Muslims." Music will be provided by members of the Luther musical community. The LCWC meets in Peace Dining Room.

Religion Forum Series lecture Feb. 15

Robert Shedinger will present the Luther Religion Forum Series lecture Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Olin 102. The forum will be based on Shedinger's lecture titled "Is Islam a Religion? Religion, Politics and Islamic Revivalism in America."

Pack the Stands Night Feb. 16

The Luther community is invited to Luther women's basketball's last home game of the season Wednesday, Feb. 16. SAAC and Happy Joe's are partnering to sponsor Norse Pack the Stands Night. The basketball game will begin at 6 p.m. Free pizza and games with prizes at halftime.

'Tribute to Duke Ellington'

Luther Jazz Orchestra will present a "Tribute to Duke Ellington" Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission and is in conjunction with the Edward (Duke) Ellington Symposium of the annual Midwest Black History Conference. The Jazz Orchestra will perform instrumental and vocal selections composed and arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Midwest Black History Conference

Jazz workshops, presentations and performances will rock Luther Feb. 16-17 when the college hosts the eighth annual Midwest Black History Conference. The conference, "An Edward 'Duke' Ellington Symposium," celebrates the life and music of Ellington. Featured presenters include six-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. Freelon's presentation culminates with her Center Stage Series performance "Dreaming of the Duke," Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Center Stage Dinner Series

Dine with Luther Catering before the Nneena Freelon performance Thursday, Feb. 17. Service begins at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. Serving bistro salad drizzled with a housemade dijon vinaigrette, maple glazed salmon served on a roasted vegetable nest, herbed focaccia bread with dipping oil, finished with dark and white chocolate dipped strawberries. Call the Box Office for tickets, 387-1357. More information about the dinner series is available at http://www.luther.edu/programming/centerstage/dinnerseries/.

CSS: Nnenna Freelon Feb. 17

World-renowned jazz singer Nnenna Freelon will perform Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18, available at the Box Office, 387-1357. Discounted tickets are available for Black History Month Conference participants. For more information or to order tickets online, visit http://centerstage.luther.edu.

Alumna art exhibit on display Feb. 17

Luther '70 alumna and 1995 Distinguished Service Award recipient Paula Berg Owen will exhibit her work Feb. 17-April 6 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. An artist's reception will be held Monday, Feb. 21 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Gallery. The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission. Owen's exhibit is part of the 2011 series featuring select alumni artists as part of Luther's Sesquicentennial.

SAC presents: Dynamic Duo

The Dynamic Duo, a slam-poetry performance pair, will perform at Luther Friday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m. at Marty's. Tickets are $10, available at the door or the Box Office, 387-1357. The performance is sponsored by the SAC Diversity and Spotlight committees. The dynamic team of Panama Soweto and Ken Arkind will slam everything from video games and super heroes to racial inequality and social injustice. 

'The Vagina Monologues' Feb. 18-20

Luther V-day 2011 will present a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" Feb. 18-20 to raise awareness to stop violence against women and girls. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Storre Theatre.

Tickets are $7 at the door, or $5 in advance available at the Luther Box Office. For more information, contact Bethany Wichman, <wichbe01>. 

Sesquicentennial visitor series: Rahfaldt

Michal Rahfaldt '97, is on campus through Feb. 19 as part of Luther's Sesquicentennial Visitor Series. Rahfaldt is the director of the Children's Radio Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. He has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Cape Town, along with serving in several capacities with UNICEF in Cape Town and Zambia. His visit is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Life and Sense of Vocation.

Faculty Artist Series: Travers

Tarn Travers, visiting instructor in music, will perform a faculty artist series recital Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The violin performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Travers will perform Bach's Chaconne for solo violin, Beethoven's C Minor Sonata for violin and piano, Ramiro Cortes' Duo for violin and piano, and the Ravel's Sonata for violin and cello.

Faculty Artist Series: Ware

Soprano Rachel Ware, alumni guest lecturer in music, will perform a faculty artist series recital Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission. Ware will be accompanied by Jessica Paul, and the performance will feature clarinetist Michael Chesher.

Gospel Service Feb. 20

Luther College Ministries will host the annual Black History Month Gospel Service Sunday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall. The college extends an invitation to the community to attend the service, which is scheduled in conjunction with Luther's eighth annual Black History Month Conference.

Guest preacher will be the Rev. Albert Starr Jr., director for African Descent Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

'We the People' Feb. 22

Luther will host Theaterworks USA's production of "We the People" Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. "We the People" is an all-new musical revue that brings American civics lessons to life and promises to make social studies exciting and accessible. Tickets are $3.50 and available at the Box Office, 387-1357.

'Ecological Restoration' lecture Feb. 22

Eric Baack and Beth Lynch will present a Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. The lecture, "Ecological Restoration: Maintaining Spaces for the Wild," will explore the ecological and ethical dilemmas involved with restoration and how this form of service develops connection to place and sustains hope in a time of ecological crisis.

Community mapping forum invite-DATE CHANGED

The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative invites the Luther community to a community mapping forum. Bring your great ideas and questions to help support an active community. Discussion about the walkable and bikable future of Decorah will be Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. at Decorah's City Hall.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture

Jack Goldstone, a globally acclaimed authority on regional conflicts, will present Luther College's Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture Thursday, Feb. 24 at
7 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall.

Goldstone, whose work on issues such as social movements, revolutions and international politics has won him global acclaim and tens of thousands of dollars in research grants, will present the lecture titled "Global Trends in the Quality of Governance and Democracy."

Philosophy Colloquium Feb. 25

Andrew Dilts, assistant professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago, presents "How Liberalism Succeeds by Failing the Felon" Friday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. in Olin 102.

Faculty Artist Series: Ashcraft

Eric Ashcraft will perform a faculty voice recital Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the NRH. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The evening will feature pieces from various operas, including "Tosca" by Puccini, "La Forza del Destino" by Verdi and "Carmen" by Georges Bizet. Jessica Paul, piano, will accompany Ashcraft. Also assisting are music faculty members Karen Kanakis, Jacob Lassetter, Beth Ray Westlund and Kristine Hightower.

Student recital

Sean Dostal '12, will perform a viola recital Sunday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., in the Noble Recital Hall

Anne Walsh '12 will perform a soprano recital Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the NRH.

Molly Ternus '12, will perform a soprano recital Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the NRH.

Receptions follow each performance. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission.


Retirement reception

A retirement reception for Joyce Huinker will be Friday, Feb. 18 in the NRH lobby from 9-10:30 a.m. Stop by and wish Joyce a happy retirement.


William Craft and Keith Christensen were part of the "Fundraising and the CAO" panel presentation at the Council of Independent Colleges 2010 Institute for Chief Academic Officers and Chief Financial Officers, held Nov. 6-9 in Williamsburg, Va. The goal of the 2010 Institute for CAOs and CFOs was to strengthen their partnership and help them better understand each other's perspectives on campus priorities.

Todd Green's new book "Responding to Secularization: The Deaconess Movement in Nineteenth-Century Sweden" was recently published by Brill. Available online: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=44427.

Luther has been awarded a $169,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to purchase a 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer for Luther's chemistry department. Bradley Chamberlain will serve as project director, overseeing the implementation of the new NMR spectrometer. The spectrometer will be installed this summer.   

Richard Tirk presented masterclasses and performed recitals on the campuses of University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Alabama and Montevallo University. 

Kim Powell had "Framing Islam: An analysis of U.S. media coverage of terrorism since 9/11" published in the special Middle East issue of Communication Studies, 62(1), 2011. This paper was in collaboration with COMS 464: Advanced Research Methods students.

Kate Martinson is curating "Making a Mark: Jeremiah Johnson and Jon Lobeck," the first in a series of art exhibits to be held at The Spectrum Network, 607 Washington St. The show is on display through March 15. The Spectrum Network will hold a reception Wednesday, Feb. 16, 4-7 p.m. The reception is open to the public with no charge for admission; refreshments provided courtesy of Oneota Community Food Co-op.


Wrestling lost to Dubuque Feb. 11, 13-26.

Men's tennis defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering Feb. 11, 9-0, Buena Vista Feb. 12, 6-3, and Central Feb. 12, 8-1. With the win over Central, the Norse have 33 consecutive victories in the IIAC.

Women's track placed second of five teams at the Meet of Hearts results held Feb. 12 at Carleton. The Norse placed first in the 4x200 meter relay, 1:49.53. They also took first through eighth place in the 3,000 meter run, and first through third in the mile run.

Men's track and field placed third of five teams at the Meet of Hearts. The Norse had three first place finishers: Nick Clark, high jump, 1.86m; Shane Steele, 3,000 meter run, 8:50.23; and Vaughn Tackmann, 600 yard dash, 1:16.02.

Women's basketball lost to Dubuque Feb. 12, 55-64.

Men's basketball defeated Dubuque, 64-53, clinching a share of first IIAC title since 1984.

Home events this week:

Basketball hosts Coe Feb. 16; women start at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.

Men's tennis hosts Simpson and UW-La Crosse Feb. 19 with matches at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Admissions seeks student ambassadors

The Admissions Office is in the process of hiring next year's student ambassadors. These students will serve as office assistants and tour guides. Take a moment to think about the students with whom you interact who would do a great job of representing their Luther experience to prospective students and their parents. Encourage them to come to the Admissions Visit Center for more information and an application, or email their names to Marty Berg and she will send them an application. They must be next year's sophomores, juniors and seniors. Applications are due Feb. 21.

Volunteers sought for Peace Prize Forum

Nobel Peace Prize Forum organizers are looking for drivers, traffic directors, hospitality helpers and people to direct crowds in between Nobel Peace Prize Forum sessions. You will not have to miss any of the Forum. If you can help send an email to <nppf> or call the President's Office, 387-1001, with your area of interest.

McElroy student/faculty research

The Iowa College Foundation announces its call for proposals for student/faculty research projects for 2011-12. Student participants must be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2011. Applications require dual authorship by the proposing student or team of students, and a sponsoring faculty member. Funds may be used to support all expenses of a credible research project except faculty stipends. Maximum award is $2,000. Luther is eligible to submit up to four proposals. Internal deadline for proposals is March 4. Forms are available in the Dean’s Office or via email <brandtja>.

Oneota Film Festival seeks volunteers

The Oneota Film Festival is looking for individuals or groups that want to be part of the planning process for the 2012 film festival. Planning will begin in the next couple of months with volunteers being solicited to help with film screening, event planning, volunteer coordination, student film submissions and marketing. Any interested students, faculty or staff should send an email to <danbellrichard>.

Math Fun Hour moves to DPL

Math Fun Hour for fifth and sixth graders has moved to the Decorah Public Library, after school on Fridays, 3:20-4:20 p.m. For information contact <bergerr>.


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.

For sale: Home within easy walk to Luther. Avoid springtime bidding wars and fall in love with 1305 College Drive in time for Valentine's. Newer home located just inside city limits. Amenities: fabulous neighborhood, borders 89 acres of Luther woods, open floor plan, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms on main, unfinished basement with room for three bedrooms, bath, family room and storage, attached oversized garage. Great for kids or retirement. Offered for $197,500, www.aGreatHomeDecorah.com.

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.

For sale: Beautiful home in the Dahly addition, located two blocks from Luther. Open floor plan with hardwood floors. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, big island, glass doors to deck. Three bedrooms, two full baths-one with an angled jet tub, finished basement, attached over-sized single garage with built-in cabinets. Check it out before it goes to the realtor next month. For more information or to see the house, contact Teri at 380-9991 or <laruet>. For photos of the house, see: https://picasaweb.google.com/107622549152671855653/TeriSHouse#.

For sale: Home in wonderful, family-friendly neighborhood in Minnowa Heights. Enjoy summer evenings on the beautiful patio and sunny days in the sun room all year long. Picture your family in a new home at http://603twinviewdrive-decorahia.weebly.com/.

For sale: Time share at the Vistana Resort in Orlando, Fla. This is for one week every other year. Willing to sell at a very reasonable price. If you would like more information please contact Maureen at <larsma02>.


Sustainability tip

Go to Luther's Sustainability videos page to view great, short videos Luther has produced highlighting some Luther sustainability projects:  http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/events_news/videos/

And finally…

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

-Hans Hofmann