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Health Care Council executive summary
Feb. 1: Discussion was held on the Current Procedural Terminology codes used for office, emergency room, and urgent care visits. The criteria and charges associated with these codes were reviewed. Discussion will continue at further meetings.
Session on Exploring Norse Apps
Learn about several of the new components that are now a part of the Norse Apps suite Friday, Feb. 25, 11-noon, Dahl Centennial Union, Mott Room. Services demonstrated will include Groups, Reader, YouTube, Blogger, Picassa, Sketchup and Scholar. Updates to Docs, Calendar and Mail will also be shared. To learn more about each component and to sign up visit http://lis.luther.edu/node/5333.
Spring LIST and faculty development
The following sessions are now on the calendar for spring. Visit http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule for more.
* Citrix-New Features and Tips: March 29 and 31, 1-2 p.m.
* Morsle: KATIE Integration with Norse Docs: March 30, 1-1:30 p.m.
* Using Dropbox: April 7, 3-4 p.m.
* Using Skype in the Classroom: April 19, 3-4 p.m.
* Moving to the Mac: April 20, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
LIS Training Announcement List
Receive announcements directly in your inbox about student, faculty, and staff LIS Training and Instruction events, by signing up for the Norse Group email list: https://groups.google.com/a/luther.edu/group/lis-training-announce-group.
The my.luther.edu website has been updated. Menu items on the Prospective Students, Students, Faculty, Employees and Development Officers menus will not be displayed until after you have logged into the website. Click on the “Log In” link at the top right corner of the screen, then proceed to the menus to continue work. Contact the Technology Help Desk, 387-1000, with questions.
Loren Toussaint has returned from a fall semester sabbatical and all Human Subjects Review Board inquiries should now be directed to him in the Department of Psychology.
Car sharing informational session
Interested in learning more about Luther’s new car sharing program and how it could benefit you? Come to an informational session in Borlaug in the Union Thursday, Feb. 24 from 9:40-10:30 a.m. to learn how it works, how to become a member, how much it costs and how to reserve a car.
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/
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.
Book Shop textbook challenge
Congratulations to Jacki Wright for submitting the first textbook order for summer and fall 2011. She is the winner of a $10 Book Shop gift card. You too can win a gift card. Turn in your textbook order by the due date, and you will be entered in one of our random drawings.
Chapel this week
Tuesday, Feb. 22: Tuesday Devos, 9:40 a.m., CRH
Wednesday, Feb. 23: Ruth Drews, pastor in residence
Thursday, Feb. 24: David Faldet, Interfaith prayer, Native American Traditions, CRH
Friday, Feb. 25: Richard Torgerson, Aurora
Monday, Feb. 28: Wintlett Taylor-Brown
Interfaith contemplative chapel
College Ministries and the Diversity Center invite the campus to attend the interfaith contemplative chapel on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. Join us as we honor Native American religious traditions. David Faldet will share the reflection.
Events this week
Feb. 22, School Performance, "We The People,"
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life 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
Feb. 24, Biology Colloquium, Mara Erickson, "Conservation Biology of the Western Grebe in Alberta, Canada," 9:40 a.m., Valders 206
Feb. 24, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture, Jack Goldstone, "Global Trends in the Quality of Governance and Democracy," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Feb. 24, Guest Recital, Suzanne Tirk, clarinet, 8:30 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Feb. 25, Faculty Artist Series, Eric Ashcraft, voice, 7 p.m., NRH
Feb. 26, Gerhard Marcks Lecture, Anna Marley, "Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit," 6:30 p.m., Olin 102
Feb. 26, BSU Talent Show, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Feb. 27-28, Dorian Band Festival
Feb. 27, Luther Ensemble Concert, Luther Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Varsity Band and Concert Band, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Feb. 28, Dorian Band Festival Grand Concert, 6:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
'Finding a Voice in a Noisy World'
Kathy Sime '94 Luther alumna and former director of the ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal, is on campus through Feb. 23. Sime spoke in Chapel Monday, Feb. 21 and will present, "Use Your Words: Finding a Voice in a Noisy World," Tuesday, Feb 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Baker Commons. Pizza will be served. Sime is a Sesquicentennial Alumni Visitor sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Life, and coordinated by the English Department. Individual appointments on Tuesday, Feb. 22 available through <boesejud>.
'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.
Guest clarinet recital Feb. 24
Suzanne Tirk, associate professor of clarinet at Wichita State University, will perform a guest clarinet recital Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson Noble Music Hall on the Luther College campus. Tirk will be joined by Luther faculty members Miko Kominami, piano, and Eric Kutz, cello. The program will include pieces by Babin, Muczynski, Penderecki, Schumann and Brahms. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.
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."
Discussion forum with Jack Goldstone
Jack Goldstone, a globally acclaimed authority on regional conflicts, will be part of a discussion forum held in Mott Room in Dahl Centennial Union, Thursday, Feb. 24 from 2:30-4 p.m., concerning "Recent Protests and Transitions Toward Democracy in North Africa and the Middle East." His discussion will be joined by members of the Political Science Department: James Rhodes, Professor Michael Engelhardt and John Moeller. All are invited to take part in this timely discussion of recent events in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and Bahrain.
Museum career session Feb. 25
Do you have students interested in a museum career? They can join Anna O. Marley, Ph.D., curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, for an informal discussion Friday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in CFA 215. Marley will spend time discussing museum career opportunities, and will address student questions. All are invited to attend. Coffee and cookies provided.
Philosophy Colloquium Feb. 25
Andrew Dilts, assistant professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago, will lead a Luther Philosophy Colloquium Friday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. Olin 102.
Dilts' presentation "How Liberalism Succeeds by Failing the Felon" is open to the public with no charge for admission. He will analyze the practice of felon disenfranchisement, arguing that the current liberal political system is not capable of resolving the problems because it is an integral part of liberalism's theoretical structure.
Faculty-student basketball game Feb. 25
The faculty-student basketball game-"The Rematch" is Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Regents Center. Tickets are $3, available in the Union before the event, or $4 at the door. Come cheer (or boo) your favorite faculty. President Torgerson will be the head referee. Funds go to support Model UN.
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.
Gerhard Marcks Lecture Feb. 26
Anna Marley, curator of Historical American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will present the Gerhard Marcks Lecture Saturday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. in Olin 102. A reception will follow.
The lecture, "Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit," focuses on the life and work of the famous African American artist including his upbringing in Philadelphia following the Civil War and his adult life in WWI-era France.
BSU Talent Show Feb. 26
Luther College's Black Student Union will host the annual BSU Talent Show on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. All proceeds from the show will benefit the family of Nabby Baffour-Awuah.
The show will feature vocal and instrumental music, dance, comedy and other entertainment talents of the Luther community. Tickets are $2 in advance, available at the Luther Box Office, online at http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/buytickets as well as at the door for $3 the night of the show.
Human dissection seminars
Ever wanted to see what the inside of a human body looks like? The students who took the human dissection and anatomy course during J-term will share their dissections with Luther students, faculty and staff Feb. 28-March 17. Sessions are in SHL 153 and last about 45 minutes. To participate, sign up on the bulletin board in SHL 153 or contact Wendy Stevens, 387-1555 or <stevenwe> for the schedule of seminars.
Community mapping forum-date change
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.
Jeffrey Shulman guest lecture March 8
Jeffrey Shulman, associate professor of legal research and writing at Georgetown Law, will present the lecture "Who Owns the Soul of the Child?: Religious Parenting Rights and the Enfranchisement of the Child" Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.
Augustine performs March 12
Indie-acoustic duet Augustine will perform Saturday, March 12 at 9 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé. Tickets are $9, available at the door or at the Luther Box Office. Augustine is named for the oldest town in the United States, St. Augustine, Fla., where the duo, Louis Johnson and Jordan Meredith, met in 2009. Both sing and play guitar.
Luther College Norsemen, directed by Timothy Peter, will perform at the bi-annual national conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago March 9-12. Out of hundreds of choirs that were considered, Norsemen are one of eight college and university choirs invited to perform at the conference. The ensemble is one of only two college-level men's choruses presenting a concert session on the main stage.
J. R. Christianson addressed the annual meeting of the Philological-Historical Society in Copenhagen on Feb. 9 on the topic of "Fifty Years of Tycho Brahe Research." He spoke at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on Dec. 14 on "Crypto-Calvinism and Lutheran Concord at the Court of Denmark 1559-1596."
Todd Green's article, "The Resistance to Minarets in Europe," has been published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Church and State.
Jonathon Struve presented a paper, "Lieder eines armen Mädchens: A song cycle for the cabaret," at the New Voice Educators Symposium held Feb. 11 at Indiana University in Bloomington. The paper explores the music, texts, and performance practice of the song set, composed by Friedrich Hollaender and performed by Blandine Ebinger throughout the 1920s.
2011 Peace Scholars named
Congratulations to Lauren Griffin '12 and Thato Masire '12 on being named Luther College's 2011 Peace Scholars. They will participate in a summer study program arranged through the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. The Peace Scholars Program intersects with the work of Norwegian peace organizations, including the Nobel Institute, and is designed to deepen students’ understanding of peace, justice, democracy and human rights.
Men's basketball won the Iowa Conference championship Feb.16, defeating Coe College, 72-58. Tyler Wedemeier led the Norse offensive with 18 points. John Androus scored 14 points. The IIAC title is the first for Luther since the 1983-84 season.
Track and field competed in the Spartan Open at Dubuque Feb. 19. Dani Meirick '12 won the 800 meter run, 2.17:38. Annie Klepper '13, Meirick, Sam McAllister '12 and Michelle Voigts '11 won the 4x400 relay.
Men's tennis defeated Simpson College Feb. 19, 9-0, and UW-La Crosse, 8-1, increasing its overall record to 5-0.
Men's swimming and diving placed third at the Liberal Arts Championship with a point total of 512. Tim Cutler claimed Luther's only first place finish at the championships, with a time of 2:13.85 in the 200 breaststroke.
Women's swimming and diving claimed its fifth consecutive Liberal Arts Championship with a three-day total of 923 points. The team tallied nine school records and eight Liberal Arts Championship records.
Home events this week:
Men's basketball hosts IIAC tournament semifinal game Feb. 24, 7 p.m. If the Norse win, they will host the championship game Saturday, Feb. 26. Check website for time, http://sports.luther.edu/.
Junior dance camp Feb. 23-26
Luther's premier competitive Dance Team, Orchesis, is hosting a junior dance camp for children in K-5. We will teach a fun dance routine that will be performed at the BSU Talent Show Saturday, Feb. 26.
Camp is Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the CFA. Dancers will meet in the CFL Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. for the performance.
Camp cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt and snacks, along with a chance to perform in front of an audience. If you have any questions or would like to register, contact Colby Engel, (608) 358-4170 or <engeco02>.
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>.
Luther swim team offers swim lessons
The Luther and diving teams will offer swim lessons in the Regents Center Pool this spring for area children ages four and older. Two sessions are available: Session 1: March 30-April 8 and Session 2: April 11-20. Each session has three times available, 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Cost is $70 per session, per child. The swimming and diving teams will collect non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. With each item donated, $1 will be taken off the cost of the lessons, up to a maximum of $5. Sign up will begin the last week of February until the lessons are full. To sign up email Betsy Gilbertson at <gilbel01>. Please include child's name, session(s) and time preferences. Lesson times cannot be guaranteed.
Open house: Sunday, Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m. Two great Minnowa Heights homes for sale by owners: 1303 Panorama Drive and 603 Twin View Drive.
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?authkey=Gv1sRgCKK-kfqYxsWNEQ&feat=directlink.
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>.
For sale: 2001 Toyota Tundra, access cab, Limited Edition. Professionally rebuilt in 2004 due to rear damage. Features: 63,000 miles; 4.7 liter V-8; 4x4 low/high; TRD off-road package; towing package; dual air bags; ABS; leather; power windows/doors/mirrors/driver’s seat; variable speed wipers; cruise; six-disc CD; bed liner; sliding rear window w/dome light; alloy wheels; like new tires; premium synthetic AMSoil. $10,500. Photos at www.bartelsdesigns.com/tundra. Contact Michael, <bartmi03>.
Wanted: Donate gently used, clean plastic shopping bags to Marty's C-store.
Seeds for sale: Ready for spring planting? The preschool children of the Northeast IA Montessori School of Decorah are selling Seedsaver Exchange seed collections to raise money for the school. If you are looking for top quality seeds for your garden, and would like to help our children in the process, consider placing an order. Simply go to the Seedsavers website, http://www.seedsavers.org/Content.aspx?src=fundraiser.htm, download the booklet (on the right), and let us know which seed collection(s) you would like. Email your orders to Victoria <chrivi02> by March 1, and we will get your seeds to you on March 9.
For sale: Frigidaire Ultra Quiet III portable dishwasher. Bought from Rockweiller Nov. 2006. White with light grey speckled top. Excellent condition. Paid $450, asking $100. For more information call Jennifer, 379-1796.
Campers wanted: Camp Invention is returning to Decorah for its fourth year. This weeklong summer enrichment program is for kids currently in kindergarten through fifth grade. It instills 21st century life skills such as problem-solving and teamwork through hands-on fun. Camp meets July 18-22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Decorah Middle School. More information at campinvention.org. Contact is Rhonda Thompson, 387-0544.
Every day marketing companies bombard us with hundreds of advertisements trying to convince us that their lotion or detergent is the new best thing for our planet. However, without a magic mirror, how do we, as consumers, figure out what product is really the greenest of them all?
Thanks to Dara O'Rourke and his team, the answer is simple: Log on to the GoodGuide and find out how good a product actually is: http://www.goodguide.com/.
Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.