Tuesday, May 3

TUESDAY 5/3/11

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Faculty Recognition Dinner May 12

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Faculty Recognition Dinner, Thursday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. dinner, in Peace Dining Room, with a program immediately following. The program will honor retirees Virginia Gibbs, Carol Gilbertson, Sheryl Juve, Harvey Klevar, Penny and Rich Leake, Alan Lerstrom, Mark Lund, Judith Nye, Fred Nyline, Uwe Rudolf, Loyal Rue and Walt Will. Twenty-five year honorees are David Bishop and Tim Schweizer. Thanks to support from the Dean's Office, tickets are $8 on sale until Friday, May 6 in the Box Office and from Dodi Bernatz, Olin, Doris Patterson, Jenson-Noble, Lynn Williams, Valders, Erin Zidlicky, Koren, Mary Moen, Regents Center, and Janine Brandt, Union.


Children's bargain book blowout

The Book Shop is celebrating Children's Book Week, May 2-8, with a bargain children's book sale beginning Monday, May 2. Selection includes hundreds of titles priced $1 and up. Hurry in. While supplies last.

'Morsle Redux' May 4

Attend the demonstration of Luther's integration of Moodle (Katie) and "Norse Apps" presented by Bob Puffer, Wednesday, May 4 from 12:15-1 p.m. in Dahl Centennial Union, Borlaug. See how to save time making resources available to students in multiple sections, provide collaborative work spaces for students, manage course email directly through Norse Mail, publish your course calendar to the student roster — available through Norse Calendar.  Check out "Morsle" now… available fall 2011. To sign up, visit http://lis.luther.edu/node/5583.

KATIE course cleanup

All KATIE course sites from terms earlier than spring 2009 will be removed on May 20 unless they have previously been requested to be saved or a request for saving individual course sites is received prior to May 20. The "LIS-KATIE File Storage.doc" policy can be found at admin1 on the LIS share under Policies and Procedures or as a link under "KATIE Help" on the KATIE website.

Fiscal year end approaching

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching. Remember all supplies, materials, etc., must be received by May 31 to be expensed to a FY 10-11 budget. Outstanding travel expense reports, original invoices (no faxed copies) and supporting purchase orders/purchase permits, or account adjustments should be sent to Office for Financial Services by June 10 to be included in FY 10-11 budget. Items for deposit must be sent to Office for Financial Services by June 3. Thanks for helping Office for Financial Services close out the year in a timely manner.

Feedback session on LIS events

LIS will hold a feedback session Monday, May 9, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Mott for members of the community to offer feedback on LIS Training and Faculty Development sessions, and to offer suggestions for the upcoming year. LIS wants to get feedback on time and length of sessions, topics covered and preferred mode of learning about new things (e.g. on your own, one-on-one, workshop, demo, etc.). Feel free to bring your lunch with you. To sign up: http://lis.luther.edu/node/5596.

Peace Dining Mother's Day Brunch

Want to avoid the wait? Reservations are highly encouraged for the Peace Dining Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 8. Call 387-1030 to make reservations.

Cafeteria times changed for May 6

The Cafeteria is changing meal times for the Student Research Symposium held Friday, May 6.

Breakfast: 7-9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (no hot food): 9-11:30 a.m.

Lunch: picnic outside on the lawn, noon-1:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5-7 p.m.

Note these changes when planning meals on Friday.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, May 3: Tuesday Devos, 9:40 a.m., CRH
Wednesday, May 4: Father Phil Gibbs
Thursday, May 5: Global Morning Prayer
Friday, May 6: Jeff Wilkerson, Student Research Symposium Day
Monday, May 9: Rachel Rudeen, senior chapel

'Ask What You Can Feed Your Country'

Curt Ellis, founder of FoodCorps and a Peabody-winning film-maker, will speak at Luther Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in Valders 206. His lecture, titled "Ask Not What Your Country Can Feed You—Ask What You Can Feed Your Country," will discuss his documentaries, advocacy and ideas for changing the way America eats. Reception with Ellis to follow the lecture.

'Of Pueblos, People and Prophets' May 4

Bruce Bradley, world-renowned archaeologist and professor at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, will present a public lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in Olin 102 titled "Of Pueblos, People and Prophets." The lecture will examine the rise and fall of an ancient civilization in the Southwest between 900 and 1200 A.D.  Bradley is an expert on stone tool technology and experimental archaeology.  His varied research interests include stone tool technology, paleo-American archaeology and the ancient history of the North American Southwest.

Crippen book signing May 5

Luther College Book Shop will host a book reading and signing session of the book "Every Place I Go I Take Another Place With Me" with author and Luther senior Hannah Crippen Thursday, May 5 from 9:40-10:30 a.m. in the Luther Book Shop. Compiled and edited by Crippen, the book is a collection of non-fiction essays written by 19 Luther students. Crippen and several Luther student contributors will read from the book and sign copies.

Farewell reception for Jean and Wanda

A farewell reception for Jean Brickman and Wanda Flatland will be held Thursday, May 5, 10-11 a.m. in the Addams Lounge. Faculty, staff and students are invited to join in saying farewell to Jean and Wanda and recognize them for their years of service to Luther and IKON. Their service with IKON concludes May 10.

Refsal book signing May 5

A book signing and reception in recognition of Harley Refsal's latest book on Scandinavian-style figure carving, "Whittling Little Folk," will be held at Java John's on Thursday, May 5, 5-7 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, but if you already have a copy, feel free to bring it along for signing.

'The Assemblage Point'

The Theatre/Dance department will present seven performances of "The Assemblage Point." Performances are in Jewel Theatre May 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance May 7 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Luther Box Office.

'Healing Ecology' lecture May 5

David Loy, professor, writer and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism, will give the lecture, "Healing Ecology: Buddhist Reflections on the Eco-Crisis," Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m. in Olin 102. Open to the public with no charge for admission.

Loy will argue that there is an important parallel between what Buddhism says about our personal predicament and our collective predicament today in relation to the rest of the biosphere.

Student Research Symposium

Students will present and display the results of their 2010-11 research and creative work on Friday, May 6 at the Student Research Symposium.

Presentations and displays take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in various buildings across campus.

The Symposium’s printed program and information about events will be available during the day in the lobby of the CFL and at the information desk in the Union.

The Research Symposium will showcase some of the best examples of the scholarship, research and creative activity of students from academic disciplines across the college. 

'Street Scene' May 6-7

The music department will present "Street Scene" with music by Kurt Weill Friday and Saturday, May 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL. The Luther Jazz Orchestra will play the music, conducted by Tony Guzman. Tickets are $10 (free with Luther ID), available at the box office.

Discovery Day May 7

Calling all kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, Saturday, May 7 is Discovery Day from 9 a.m.-noon at Baker Commons. Come enjoy a morning of outdoor games, discovery and fun. Luther Environmental Education class will host a series of three short workshops for all students interested in learning more about the natural world. Pre-registration required. Cost is $3, pay the day of the event. To register, contact Emily Neal, <nealem01> or 387-2138. Snack provided. Event will be held rain or shine.

'History Walk' dress rehearsal May 7

Faculty, staff and students are invited to view a dress rehearsal of the "History Walk" that Luther has commissioned for the Sesquicentennial Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. Costumed actors stationed throughout campus will bring to life many of the people and pivotal moments which have shaped the college since 1861. Meet at Bentdahl Commons ten minutes before show time, wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. The tour will last 50-60 minutes. Another performance will be offered Sunday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. as part of Commencement weekend. 

Student composers recital

Fifteen new works by 14 student composers will be premiered in two recitals, Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 9 at 9 p.m. Both recitals will be held in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The performances are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The composers are students in the Luther composition studio, directed by Brooke Joyce and Steven Smith.

Garlic mustard pull land stewardship volunteer event

Garlic mustard pull, a land stewardship volunteer event, will be held Sunday, May 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Come spend time outside in Luther's natural areas, pulling a problematic invasive weed, garlic mustard. Also see native wildflowers along the way.

Volunteers will meet in the first floor study lounge of Sampson Hoffland Laboratories at 12:30 p.m. Gloves and digging tools will be provided. In case of rain storms look for cancellation notices posted at Sampson Hoffland 190C.

Luren Singers and Norsemen concert

Decorah's Luren Singers will perform with the Luther College Norsemen Sunday, May 8, 7 p.m. at Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago St. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The Norsemen are conducted by Tim Peter, and the Luren Singers are conducted by David Judisch.

Farewell reception for Crafts

A reception for Bill and Anne Craft is Tuesday, May 10, from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. in Bentdahl Commons (rain location: CFL lobby). Join the campus in bidding farewell and thanks to the Crafts as they move north to share their gifts with the Concordia College (Moorhead) community. 

Book signing May 21

Luther College Book Shop will host a book signing session with author and Luther alumnus Theodor Robert Jacobsen Saturday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Luther Book Shop. Written for children of all ages, "Hallowed Ground: A Luther College Legacy" is the story of Jacobsen attending the Luther 100th anniversary celebration with his grandfather when he was six years old. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.



To Traci Elsbernd, Development office, on the death of her father-in-law Romuald Elsbernd, 86, of Calmar.

Thank you

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our family, friends and everyone who has helped us during this very difficult time in our life. The outpouring of good thoughts, prayers and support from our community throughout all of this has been humbling and very much appreciated.

We would also like to thank all the special people that organized, helped, attended and the many donations for the benefit held April 10 at St. Benedict's Church. With how well it was put together, we couldn't even imagine the work and hours that were put into it. We cannot thank everyone involved enough for what you have done for our family.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Luther College and Miller Law Firm families. Without your loyalty and support, we would not have made it through this. Your patience and help will never be forgotten.

-Herman, Joni, Alexis, Natalie and Tim Meyer

Welcome new staff

Cindy Jones, student loans coordinator, in the office of Financial Services.

Mary Logsdon has transferred to the position of payroll specialist, replacing retiree Sue Luzum.

Myles Coulter joins Luther as the Towers area coordinator.


Brett Johnson, co-author of "The Better World Handbook," will lead the Better World Discussion Group Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago St., across the street from Magpie Coffeehouse. Discussions include May 11-Home; May 18-Food, Money and Shopping; May 25-Relationships and Work; and June 1-Advocacy. Copies of "The Better World Handbook" are available for check out or purchase at NEIPJC. Contact <brett> for more information.

Natalino Guterres '13 has been awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace to support his "Music for Peace" project in his native country of Timor-Leste. Guterres will travel in the summer of 2011 to his home in Santa Cruz, Timor-Leste to direct his peace project.  With the assistance of a non-governmental arts education organization, he will purchase and distribute musical instruments to school children, coordinate music lessons and rehearsals, and organize Concert for Peace.

Jim Martin-Schramm represented Luther College and the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities on a panel devoted to "Iowa Leadership in Wind Energy Education" at the annual meeting of the Iowa Wind Energy Association in Des Moines April 27.

Jonathon Struve, baritone, and Jessica Paul, piano, will present an art song recital Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah. The recital will include selections by Reynaldo Hahn and Vincenzo Bellini. It will also feature Gerald Finzi's extended cycle, "Earth and Air and Rain," set to poems by Thomas Hardy. 

Nancy K. Barry presented a paper, "Before Research Went Electronic: How Did Students Use Sources?" at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta on April 9.  The paper was part of a series of panels related to The Citation Project, a multi-institutional research project aimed at exploring what students understand about sources they use in college-level research papers. For coverage by Inside Higher Ed explaining the Citation Project findings: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/11/study_of_first-year_students_research_papers_finds_little_evidence_they_understand_sources.

Kathleen Stokker will deliver the 17th of May address for the Syttende mai Club of Iowa City. Her talk, "The Fabric of Life: Textiles and the Rites of Passage," traces the journey through life's passages from birth through baptism, marriage and death. Vintage Norwegian photographs and paintings illustrate the talk, which examines the textiles used on these occasions to see how this handiwork amplified the meaning of the rites themselves. Stokker's talk is based on an exhibit of traditional textiles presented by the Vesterheim in 2010.


Men's golf placed fourth at the IIAC championships April 30. Tobias Kohl '14 was named all-conference.

Baseball split a double-header with Simpson, 1-2 and 12-1. Jordan Greenland '14 went two for three in the second game, with three RBI.

Women's tennis earned their third straight trip to the national tournament  with wins over Cornell, 5-0, and Coe, 5-0, May 1.

Softball won a share of the Iowa Conference championship with wins over Simpson, 9-1 and 7-0 on May 1. The Norse win streak is at 18, tying a 1974 school record for consecutive wins. In game one, Pagie Comentino '12 went three for three and Kelsey Weindruch '13 went two for two, driving in two runs. Lexy Determan '11 allowed one hit, walked five and struck out six. In game two, Lauran Snyder '12 went three for four with a three-run homerun. Becca Girvan '14 threw her seventh shutout of the year, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out 11.

Home events this week:

Softball will host the conference tournament May 5-7. For complete schedule see: http://www.iowaconference.com/sports/2011/3/27/SB_2011IIACTournament.aspx.

Baseball will host Central May 6 at 3 p.m. and a double header with Central May 7 at 1 p.m.


International student friends 2011-12

Forty new international students are coming to Luther College from 32 countries, and they'd like to share their cultures, as well as learn about yours. The Diversity Center is seeking individuals, couples and families to serve as friends to international students for the 2011-2012 academic year. If you are interested in participating or would like more information contact the LDC at 387-1014 or email <fosmarda>. They do live on campus.

Mollie and her Polka Band

Remember Luther's own Mollie Busta and her polka music? Mollie and her Polka Band will be here for the Family Reunion and Fun Festival on May 25. So bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket and come to hear some great music on Bentdahl Commons. 

Norton volleyball tournament fundraiser

Zeta Tau Psi is holding a sand volleyball tournament fundraiser for Chris Norton Saturday, May 7. First matches start at 11 a.m. Contact Mitch Obey <obeymi01> to sign up a team. All proceeds go to Chris and his family.

Got extra meals? Swipe it

I-ImpactNow, a non-profit organization created by Luther students this year, is accepting meal donations towards the development of an irrigation-based farming cooperative in Ethiopia. The project will unite 50 farmers to grow food in a collaborative setting, produce marketable crops for the growth of their families and encourage a sense of empowerment in Ethiopian communities. Visit the I-ImpactNow table outside Marty's to help accomplish this mission.


For rent: Large two-bedroom apartment, one bath, family room, kitchen, dining room, laundry room. All new kitchen appliances. Large deck on back. Deposit and references required. No smoking. No pets. No children. Call Rosie, 419-8089.

Wanted to rent: 2011 grad seeking room or house for rent in Decorah area beginning May or June 2012. Clean, quiet and responsible tenant. Happy to help with yard and housework. Contact 542-5788 and leave message.

Wanted: In-home summer babysitter for one to three weekdays per week, beginning the week of Memorial Day. Hours would generally be from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with varying days, as my work schedule varies. We have four kids, ages 1, 6, 10 and 12. The oldest two are very independent and able to transport themselves to activities, so most of the responsibilities would be with the 1 and 6 year olds. Must enjoy being active and outdoors, as biking, soccer, swinging, sliding and swimming are all favorite activities. If interested, please email me with some information about yourself and your salary requirements, <carbbr01>.

Wanted: A nonsmoking/non drinking roommate to share my condo. Available June 1. Off-street parking. Must be employed and have three references. Please email [email protected].

For sale: Three-bedroom, split foyer home located at 306 Hillcrest in Decorah. House was built in 1976, has had very good care. The home features an open floor plan, three-season room on the back, some newer windows, plus a large family room in the basement, and yard has been professionally landscaped. Price on this home has just had a $10,000 reduction. Call Janice Numedahl, 380-4084.

For sale:  Regal Kitchen Pro bread maker and bread maker cookbook, $35. Very good working condition, with settings for large and small loaves, whole wheat, French, sweet and dough cycles. Approximately 10 years old, but not used much. Inquiries to:  <chrija02>.

Wanted to buy: Bike for 11-year-old boy. Probably needs a 26" bike. Contact Tim Schweizer <schweizt> or call 382-5800.

Wanted: Efficiency apartment used refrigerator. Contact <schwla01> or 387-1642.

CSA shares available: Interested in becoming more connected with your local food community? Want to learn how to eat seasonally and healthier this season? Join Given Gardens CSA program. Nathan and Sarah Wicks, 2007 Luther alums and market gardeners, are starting a Community Supported Agriculture program for the 2011 growing season. For more information, go to www.givengardens.com/csa-program

Housing available: Spending the summer break in Decorah? Housing is available near campus for two responsible students. For details, leave a voicemail at (612) 246-3255. 

Free: Treadmill-works well but needs a new belt (estimate $300). Call Pat or Paul at 382-3829.

Help available: Mature female college student looking for summer employment, preferably full time. Great with kids, have extensive babysitting experience, strong work ethic, able to drive, fast learner, positive and energetic. Available May 30-Aug. 18. References upon request. With any questions or for more information contact 419-1718 or [email protected].   

For sale: Hot Springs hot tub with new cover, new heater and new circulation pump. Moto-massage jet needs repair. New: $7,900, asking $2,450 OBO. Owners leaving area. Call 382-3796. 

For sale: 1991 Honda Nighthawk 750 motorcycle, excellent condition. 15,000 miles, red, new rear tire and battery. Includes sport windshield and backrest. $2,300 or best offer. Call 419-2918. 

Housemate wanted: August 2011–July 2012 (shorter term considered). Two professionals working in Decorah 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 which includes wireless internet and Dish network TV. Share gas, electric and water bills with two housemates. No smoking, no pets, one person only. Email <rincol01> or call 380-7660.

Help available: The All Wrestling Construction crew consists of Luther wrestlers available to do odd-jobs this summer. The AWC specializes in lawn mowing, moving jobs, small construction, gardening, landscaping, roofing and more. Contact Billy Barringer, (651) 675-7381 or <barrwi01>, or Chris George, (715) 966-5594 or <georch02>.

For sale: 2001 Honda Insight hybrid. 62,000 miles. New 12V battery, new IMA battery, new Bridgestone Potenza tires. Silver 5-speed manual with air conditioning. Typically gets 64 mpg. There is nothing wrong with this car. Inquire to <fittonro>.


Sustainability tip

Reduce energy usage of your office technologies: LIS has information about sustainable practices with Luther technologies, ranging from energy settings for computers to the energy efficiency of the network and server systems on campus. Go to: http://lis.luther.edu/sustainability to learn more.

Wellness tip

A tip from Gundersen Lutheran: Positive Thinking
The benefits positive thinking may provide include increased life span, lower rates of depression, greater resistance to the common cold, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress. 

·       Check yourself. Are your thoughts mainly negative?

·       Be open to humor.

·       Follow a healthy lifestyle – exercise, eat a healthy diet and learn to manage stress.

·       Surround yourself with positive people.

·       Practice positive self-talk – don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to anyone else.

More at: http://www.gundluth.org/?id=3396&sid=1.

And finally…

Education is a wonderful thing. If you couldn't sign your name, you'd have to pay cash.              

-Rita Mae Brown