Tuesday, March 15

TUESDAY 3/15/11

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Craft recommended to Concordia board as next president

The Concordia College Presidential Search Committee has unanimously endorsed William Craft to become the 11th president of Concordia College. The committee is forwarding its recommendation to the Board of Regents. The Board will meet within the next week to 10 days to act on the recommendation.

Craft has served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Luther since 2000. He has worked with faculty to revise the curriculum, with the president to design and implement strategic planning, with the full community on initiatives in diversity and sustainability, and with graduates and friends of the college to build resources to support the college mission.

March staff meeting

The March staff meeting will focus on "Avoiding Identity Theft" with presenter David Smutzler from the Decorah Police Department. We will also hear about the Sesquicentennial "Luther Neighbors" Habitat for Humanity service project. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: Wednesday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, March 17 at 9 a.m. All are encouraged to come.


Spring Break hours

Dahl Centennial Union 

Friday, March 18: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: Closed
Monday-Friday, March 21-25: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 27: 8 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center

Friday, March 18: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: Closed
Monday-Friday, March 21-25: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 27: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.


Friday, March 18:
     Breakfast 7 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
     Lunch 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
     Dinner 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday-Saturday, March 19-26: Closed
Sunday, March 27:
     Dinner 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Book Shop

Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: Closed
Monday-Friday, March 21-25: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27: Closed

Oneota Market

Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: Closed
Monday-Friday, March 21-25: 7:30-3:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27: Closed

Mail Center/SPO

Friday, March 18: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: Closed
Monday-Friday, March 21-25: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27: Closed

Marty's Cyber Café

Friday, March 18: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-27: Closed


Friday, March 18: Close at 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20: Closed
Monday-Friday, March 21-25:  9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27: Closed
Monday, March 28: Begin spring hours, close at 9 p.m.

Farwell locked for break

Farwell Hall will be locked for break starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18.  Farwell Hall will reopen Sunday, March 27 at 8 a.m.

Important Tuesday reminder

The deadline to submit Tuesday items is 3 p.m. Friday. We cannot guarantee that items sent after the deadline Friday will make it into the Tuesday.

Staff Excellence Award nominations

Staff and faculty are invited to nominate a Luther staff member for this year's Staff Excellence Awards. Deadline for nominations, Friday, April 15, is earlier than normal so that the recipients can be announced at the Sesquicentennial Faculty/Staff picnic on Wednesday, May 25. Instructions for nominations are found at http://www.luther.edu/hr/award/. If you nominated someone last year and want to resubmit that nomination, contact Roy Prigge, <priggero> or 387-1189.

Campus Conduct Hotline

The Campus Conduct Hotline©system is available for use around the clock, seven days a week. Because the Hotline is operated by an independent organization, any calls made through this Hotline are completely confidential. See HR website for detailed information: http://www.luther.edu/hr/campusconducthotline/.

2010 flexible spending deadline

Flexible spending account dollars deducted from employee paychecks during 2010 may be used for eligible expenses through March 15, 2011. Claims for these dollars must be submitted to Midwest Group Benefits by March 31, 2011. Claim forms are available in Human Resources and on the HR website at http://www.luther.edu/hr/commonforms/. Select Flexible Benefit Claim Form. Complete form electronically. Print it and mail to Midwest Group Benefits, PO Box 408, Decorah, IA 52101 or fax to 382-9613. 

Upcoming faculty development training

Learn more about using the Round Table Room for coursework and student activities Tuesday, March 15, 3-4 p.m. in Olin 301/Round Table Room. Rob Larson and Ann Mansfield will talk about how the RTR has been used in classes at Luther and briefly demonstrate the software. Sign up at http://lis.luther.edu/node/5364.

Policies and procedures

Policies and procedures for faculty and staff operations/ areas are accessible on Luther’s website under "Essential Resources and Information for Faculty and Staff." The documents were previously available on the "luther_ common on Administration Storage Server." Additional policies will be added as they are completed. 

Blood pressure screening

Free blood pressure screenings will be held at Health Services from 2-4 p.m. on the following Thursdays: March 17, April 7, April 28 and May 5. All staff, faculty and their significant others are encouraged to come.

Blood screening available

Health Service has blood screening dates available March 24, April 21 and May 5. The May 5 date will be used only if the first two dates are full. Call Health Service, 387-1045 to schedule an appointment. This is an uneven year; no reimbursements are made.

Sustainability seeks immersion leaders

The Sustainability Office is looking for group leaders for the 2011 first-year immersion trips the week before Move-In Day.  There are six different trip options, and each faculty/staff leader will be assisted by a student leader.  If you enjoy interacting with students and spending time in nature, look for the link under “What’s Currently Happening” at www.luther.edu/sustainability/ for more information.

Save the date: May 25

Luther College Family Fun Fest for faculty, staff and their families will be Wednesday, May 25 from 4-7 p.m. More details to come.

Book Shop summer/fall requisitions

The Book Shop reminds faculty that Friday, March 18 is the due date for Summer 2011 and Fall 2011 requisitions. View the course list from Fall 2010 on the Book Shop website if you need that reference. Get your order in by March 18 to be entered into the drawing for a Book Shop Gift Card.

Explanation of brochures from HR

Employees covered by The Hartford, Luther’s life and disability insurance provider, received an inter-campus envelope with three brochures: Employee Assistance Program, Funeral Planning and Travel Assistance. There is a wallet-sized card on the back of the travel assistance brochure. The policy # for this program is GLT696936.  Write this number on the card and place in a wallet or purse.

LIS software requests

Submit any requests for new or upgraded software to LIS by the end of April to http://lis.luther.edu/services/software-requests. Requests made at this time will be considered for installation on classroom and lab computers over the summer.

Faculty/staff buffet is back

All faculty and staff are welcome to join Dining Services for the revival of the Campus Buffet on Thursday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. Lunch cost is $5 per person. Check here after spring break for menu items. Call Hannah Scheevel, 387-1463, with questions.

Student mental health data

Ever wonder about the extent to which Luther students use the Counseling Service or what kinds of issues they present?  Check out the data highlights link under News and Updates at http://www.luther.edu/counseling/.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, March 15:  Tuesday Devos, 9:40 a.m., CRH
Wednesday, March 16:  Amy Zalk Larson
Thursday, Mach. 17:  Lenten Morning Prayer, CRH
Friday, March 18:  Phil Gibbs

No worship services during Spring Break, March 19-27.  Chapel resumes March 28.

Events this week

March 15, Distinguished Lecture, Anna Deavere Smith, theatrical lecture, 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

March 16, Department of Psychology Reception, William Moorcroft, professor emeritus of psychology, 3-4 p.m., Valders 340

March 16, Psi Chi Evening Program, "Your sleep and dreams: What, why and help from problems" by William Moorcroft, 7-8:30 p.m., Valders 262

March 16, Faculty Artist Series, Brooke Joyce, "Music In the Shape of a Pear," 8 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

March 17, Biology Colloquium, William H. Bierwaltes, "The 'calcium paradox' a novel regulatory pathway in the control of blood pressure," 9:40 a.m., Valders 206

March 17, Paideia I Event, Commonweal Theater production, Ibsen's "Enemy of the People," 7 p.m., CFL Main Hall

POSTPONED TO FALL 2011 March 17, Faculty Artist Series, Virginia Strauss and Jessica Paul, violin and piano, 8 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

Luther College Woman's Club March 15

Deanna Hageman, CASA coordinator and program planner, will present the March program of the Luther College Woman's Club Tuesday, March 15, 1:45 p.m.  Hageman's presentation, "The Voice of Iowa's Children: Are You Listening?" is in Peace Dining Room. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following the program and brief business meeting. Childcare is available during the meetings. Call Amy Bruening, 382-8604 to arrange for this service.

Journey to Us: Transforming Possibilities

Celebrate 75 years of co-education at Luther with "Journey to Us: Transforming Possibilities" Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall with Anna Deavere Smith. Drawing from more than 2,000 interviews across the country to create deeply moving solo performances, she will explore the importance of change, education and the possibilities open to us all.

Conversation with Anna Deveare Smith

Classes, students and the Luther community are invited to a "Conversation with Anna Deveare Smith" Tuesday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the CRH. The event will be an intimate discussion with faculty members, Bob Larson and Lise Kildegaard that explores her process, soulful work and cultural commentary. Open to all, no cost. Experience her ground-breaking work online at: http://www.ted.com/speakers/anna_deavere_smith.html.

'Music in the Shape of a Pear'

Luther's semi-annual "Music in the Shape of a Pear" concert series, directed by Brooke Joyce, will continue in March with a concert titled "Etudes" Wednesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. in the NRH. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The program includes works composed in the style of etudes, a performance by guest composer Stephen Paulus, and the premiere of a new interactive electronic work by Steve Smith.

'An Enemy of the People' March 17

Commonweal Theatre will perform Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Paideia I students will attend the play as part of the spring term's focus on traditions and transformations in honor of Luther's Sesquicentennial. Balcony seating is open to the public, no charge for admission. Tickets available at the Box Office. The Paideia program thanks LFA and the Dean's office for helping fund the performance.

Vagts presents Paideia lecture March 29

Rachel Vagts will present the 2010-11 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall. The lecture, titled "The Transforming Journey: A Story of Service at Luther and Beyond," will explore the history of Luther and its strong commitment of service to the greater community. A reception will follow the lecture in Qualley Lounge.

Luther Sketches March 30-31

Seven students, under the direction of Bob Larson, will perform Luther Sketches: A Lighthearted Romp Through Luther's Sensational Saga. The work is being performed at alumni events in the Midwest. The 45-minute performance will be offered at Luther Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the CFL and Thursday, March 31 at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall.

Women, Faith and Finance Seminar

Luther is hosting the seventh annual "Women, Faith and Finance" seminar at Hotel Winneshiek Friday, April 1.  Women of all ages are invited to come and learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving.  Cost is $25—bring a friend, and each save $5.  First 75 women to register will receive the book Enough.  To register on-line, go to http://www.luther.edu/wff or email <lovellje> for more information.

'Church Basement Ladies' tickets on sale

The musical comedy "Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping" will come to Luther Saturday, April 2, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both performances are on sale at the Luther Box Office.

With their heartwarming humor and hilarious antics, the Church Basement Ladies takes us from serving the high school students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Viking's Super Bowl Sunday.


Thank you

To the Luther Community: To those of you who assisted us on March 4 while Dean was in crisis, we are so thankful that you were there, that the College community was so ready to deal with our needs. We all realize that if survival had been possible it would have been through efforts that began on the Luther campus.

To those of you who have shared your sympathy and notes of support, we thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring. The support of our many Luther friends helps as we move forward.

-Cindy, Jen and Dan Womeldorf

Thank you from Empty Bowls

We are grateful to Luther College, for providing such a wonderful setting to hold Empty Bowls event. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way. This year the total donations exceeded $20,000. The proceeds will be divided between local food pantries and globally, through Lutheran World Relief and Potters for Peace.

Position openings

Medical Transcriptionist: 30 hours/week, nine months/year opening in Student Health Center. For more information visit the hr website at http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies/.

Student Loan Coordinator: Full-time position. Responsible for collection of the Perkins/NDSL, McElroy, Luther, Mayo and International Loans.  Visit the hr website for more information: http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies/.


Kirk Larsen presented an invited seminar titled "Ground beetles, prairies and fire: managing for biodiversity" to the department of entomology at the University of Minnesota on March 8.  He also had a paper published in the most recent volume of the journal Entomological News titled "New distribution records of ground beetles (Coleoptera; Carabidae) from Iowa and South Dakota."

Wanda Deifelt has two of her contributions published: "Dio nel Corpo: Analisi Femminista della Rivelazione" in Per i Molti Cammini di Dio, edited by J.M. Vigil, L.E. Tomita and M. Barros, 73-91, Villa Verucchio (Italy): Pazzini Editore, 2010; and "Hermeneutics of the Body: a Feminist Liberationist Approach." In Gender, Religion, Kultur: Biblische, Interreligiöse und Ethische Aspekte, edited by Renate Jost and Klaus Raschzok, 55-65, Stuttgart (Germany): W. Kohlhammer, 2011.  

Kathleen Stokker has been invited to be the keynote speaker at Canadian Institute for Nordic Studies at their annual meeting as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., May 30-June 2.

Diane Scholl's poem, "Earth, Air, Fire, Water," appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Cider Press Review.

Heather Armstrong recently traveled to Houghton College for the second performance of Sun Mi Ro's "Cast Me Away," written for Armstrong and percussionist Jim Tiller.  The piece was commissioned with the support of a grant from the Hanson Institute of American Music and premiered at the 2008 International Double Reed Convention in Provo, Utah. The performance at Houghton featured the compositions of Sun Mi Ro interspersed with the poetry of Thomas Krampf.

Luther Mock Trial competes in Illinois

Luther Mock Trial will compete in the Opening Round Championship Series of the Collegiate Mock Trial Competition March 11-13 in Waukegan, Ill. Luther is one of 24 teams competing at Waukegan, one of eight national tournament sites taking place across the country.

Members of the Luther A team include, Abhra Biswas, Paul Esker, Caroline Feeney, Jorie Jackson, Laurie Medford, and co-captains Sydney Bean and Kelly Dotseth.  Faculty advisor is Michael Engelhardt.


Wrestler Kevin Bokoski finished eighth at the national championships March 11-12, earning him all-American honors at 141 pounds.


Student Research Symposium

Call for applications for the second annual full-day Luther College Student Research Symposium, to be held May 6. All Luther students are encouraged to apply to present research and creative work through oral presentation, poster presentation, or creative performance or exhibition. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 18 in order to be considered for this year's event. Go to www.luther.edu/symposium.

Peep diorama contest

Spring will soon be here and that means it is time to start thinking Peeps. The fourth annual Peeps diorama contest will be hosted by the Book Shop in April with entries accepted April 11-14 and judging on April 15. Please check lutherbookshop.com for complete rules and pictures from last year's event.

Spring Discovery Club

Spring Discovery Club will be March 29-May 10. Outdoor adventures after school, 3-5 p.m. Pick-up available at John Cline and St. Benedict's. Registration fee: $50. Contact Emily Neal, <nealem01> or 387-2138, for more information and to register.

Spring Kindernature begins March 29

Introduce your curious preschooler to the wonders of nature. For all nature enthusiasts ages 3-5. Tuesdays from 3:15-5 p.m. Drop off and pick up at Baker Commons. Registration fee $60. Contact Emily Neal, <nealem01> or 387-2138, for more information and to register.

Support relief efforts in Japan

Community members can support relief efforts in Japan through the ELCA Disaster Response. 100 percent of donations go directly to aid. Donate online at: https://community.elca.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=631.


For sale: GE Potscrubber Dishwasher. Eight years old, was replaced for different color. Excellent condition. For information call Dave, 380-3939.

Found: Nice-quality silver hoop earring, on the sidewalk near the library and Brandt on Wednesday, March 2. Contact Andi Beckendorf at <beckenan> or 387-1227 to identify.

For sale: Cheaper than rent. Two-bedroom, executive condo for sale, 164 West Greene Street, Postville. Only $45,500. For more information, contact [email protected] or 568-3053.

For sale: 2003 Buick Regal, auto/AC/leather/CD, only 41,000 miles, in showroom condition.  $7,900. Contact Terry or Darrell at 382-5582 or [email protected].

For sale: Beautiful three-four bedroom family home in Minowa Heights. The home features two bathrooms, large living room, cozy family room with fireplace and built-in oak bookshelves, and a fully finished rec/multi-purpose room. Many updates throughout. Visit http://tinyurl.com/1303panorama for more information and pictures. Sellers are motivated.  Call 379-1740 to schedule a showing. Open house Saturday, March 19 from 1-3 p.m.

Wanted: Place to live during June and July 2011. Two responsible class of 2012 women looking for a place to live this summer. Would mow lawn, maintain garden and keep up with general maintenance as needed. Please contact Emily, <cochem01> or (612) 597-3382.

For sale: Wurlitzer Spinet piano in excellent condition. Medium oak. Asking $600. Contact <kriebr01> or 387-1072.

For sale: Wii and DS Games. All games are in working condition. The kids don't play them anymore and are willing to part with them. DS-Puppy Luv and Build a Bear Workshop. Wii Games-Bowling Pin Buster, Balloon Pop, My Fitness Coach, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wheel of Fortune 2010. If interested call 419-4006 or email <einckmic>.

Wanted: Indoor dog kennel/crate. Contact <eganry01>.

Help available: Going away and can't take Fido? Need someone to water your plants while you enjoy time with the in-laws? Need an occasional baby-sitter? 2010 Luther alumna is available starting May 1 for jobs that include house/pet/plant sitting, child sitting (no children under 3) and other odd jobs. Student is responsible, organized, and can provide references upon request. For more information, contact Kirstin at <roblki01>.

Free: 17-inch CRT computer monitor. ViewSonic. Works fine, but I upgraded to a larger flat screen monitor.  Free for the hauling, but I ask that when you need to dispose of it, you do it in an approved manner.  Email Ellen <macdonel>.

House for sale: Beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath home close to college. One of most unique lots in Decorah. Desirable location and secluded in trees. Two-car garage. Separate walk out. All appliances included.  Move in condition and occupancy flexible. Call 387-0242.

Housemate wanted: Aug. 2011–July 2012. Two professionals working in Decorah (not students) seek one additional housemate to share a professor's house during a sabbatical leave next year. You have your own room and share a full bath with one other person. Share all common areas of house (living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, laundry and yard). On street parking. Rent: $300/month (includes wireless Internet and Dish network TV). Share gas, electric and water bills with two housemates. No smoking, no pets. Email <rincol01> or call 380-7660 if interested.

Service available: Childcare/animal sitter/house sitter. Are you in need of a date night or headed out of town, but can't find the proper care for your loved ones or home?  Look no further, I am a sophomore at Luther with eight years of childcare experience and fifteen years of animal care experience. Compensation is negotiable and references are available per request. Contact <jungra01>.

Wanted to  purchase: Large breed dog crate. Steel or plastic. Call 379-7844.

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, 380-9991 or <laruet>. For photos of the house, see: https://picasaweb.google.com/107622549152671855653/TeriSHouse?authkey=Gv1sRgCKK-kfqYxsWNEQ&feat=directlink.


Sustainability tip

From www.ecosnobberysucks.com. Go ahead and file this under "coolest thing you’ve seen all week."

"Jelloware: Cups that are made entirely out of a substance called agar agar. Agar agar is a gelatin-like substance that originally comes from red algae. I know what you might be thinking "Eat a cup that is made of Algae? Heck No!" So, for you haters out there, I encourage you to remember that those tasty portobello or button mushrooms that you might love so much are actually fungus.

If you don’t feel like eating the cup, you can actually just toss it in the grass. Yeah, you read that right. The cup has an extract of seaweed in it that actually has nutrients that support the growth of grass and plants.

And finally…

"Patrick knew firsthand both the destructive force of sin and the miraculous power of forgiveness… Patrick could have led devastating raids of revenge and profit against the Irish. He instead returned to the land of his enslavement with the power of faith."

-from "St. Patrick of Ireland" by Philip Freeman