Tuesday, May 17

TUESDAY 5/17/11

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Move out day parking restrictions

To facilitate traffic flow and parking for parents and students on move-out day from residence halls, Thursday, May 19, we ask the cooperation of Faculty and Staff with the following parking restrictions.

We will restrict access on High Street from Koren to Center Street starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

Faculty/Staff parking on this section will be closed during that time to allow better access to those moving out of Brandt Hall.

In addition we ask that Faculty and Staff not park in the small lot north of Valders Science Hall and east of the Center for Faith and Life on Thursday, May 19, so those moving out of Ylvisaker Hall may utilize this space.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation with the move-out day parking restrictions.

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.

Reservation deadline May 18

It is not too late to register for the Sesquicentennial Picnic and Fun Festival on May 25 from 4-7 p.m. We've planned something for everyone: great food (in the hands of an extraordinary grill team), lots of things for kids to do with plenty of prizes, our own Molly Busta and her Polka Band and a drawing for a one of a kind Sesquicentennial bicycle. At 5:45 p.m., President Torgerson will announce the winners of the Staff Excellence Awards. The History Walk will start immediately thereafter. Bring your walking and dancing shoes, lawn chairs, picnic blankets to the Bell Green and look for the inflatables, games and the picnic tent. Send reservations to Linda Skoda by Wednesday, May 18.

Facilities Services

The college lawns will be fertilized and treated, where needed, for broadleaf weeds beginning Tuesday, May 24, weather permitting.  When the treatment has been applied, notification signs will be posted.

No events during finals

Campus Programming reminder: Luther does not schedule public events during finals week. Exceptions include social gatherings, Cool Aid, Student Research Symposium, athletic events and Senior Recognition Day.

Bentdahl Commons scheduling guidelines

Official guidelines are finalized for use and scheduling of Bentdahl Commons. As you consider use of this beautiful space, take a look at the Commons guidelines. They can be found at the Campus Programming site: http://www.luther.edu/programming/scheduleanevent/policies/. All reservations for use of Bentdahl Commons go through the Campus Programming Office. To host an event at Bentdahl Commons, submit an event request form at: https://www.luther.edu/programming/

HR notice: summer hours

Reminder summer hours begin Monday, May 23 as follows: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with 45 minute lunch breaks, total hours each day = 8.25

Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with 30 minute lunch break, no morning or afternoon break, total hours = 7

Note: Each office must be staffed by at least one employee until 5 p.m. on Fridays. Breaks may not be scheduled at the end of the workday. 

Regular hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. resume Aug. 22.

Study Abroad Office renamed

One of the transitions occurring in the Study Abroad Office is the merging of International Admissions with Study Abroad. As a result, the phrase “Study Abroad” is no longer reflective of the work of the office. The new name, Center for Global Learning, more fully depicts the broader mission of the Center.

Cookbook sale in Book Shop

A limited selection of bargain priced cookbooks are on sale in the Book Shop. Great gifts for showers, weddings and graduation. Sale continues while supplies last.

Book Shop closed May 24-26

The Book Shop will be closed for inventory May 24-26. The store will plan to open on May 27, but there is no guarantee this will happen. Plan purchases accordingly as no merchandise may leave the store during inventory.

WalkLUTHER begins June 1

WalkLUTHER begins Wednesday, June 1 from 9:30-
10 a.m. in front of Main. Participants will walk Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10 a.m. throughout the summer. For more information email Greg Lonning, <lonningr>.

Volunteers needed for relay race

Organizers for the Sesquicentennial Relay Race June 4-5 are looking for a handful of volunteers to help out in manning exchange points and at the finish of each day. No experience is necessary and all volunteers receive a free t-shirt. To volunteer or for more information, contact Rachel Vagts, <vagtsrac>.


Events this week

May 20, Concert Band Concert, 8 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

May 21, Music Showcase Concert, 1:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

May 21, Baccalaureate, 8 p.m., CFL Main Hall

May 22, Commencement, 10 a.m., Carlson Stadium,

Bike to Work Week

The Winneshiek Energy District and Food & Fitness Initiative invite the Luther community to participate in Decorah's Bike to Work Week during the week of May 16-20. Along with getting in a nice ride in before work, socializing with friends and saving fossil fuel, bikers will receive free morning snacks from Luther's Wellness Program, Marty's, and Oneota Market. Register at http://energydistrict.org/ and find more information about great deals at participating businesses in Decorah.

Reception for Willis Livingood

Come wish Willis well as he leaves Luther Friday, May 20. A reception will be held in the Olson second floor lounge Wednesday, May 18 from 9-10 a.m. All are welcome to stop by and thank Willis for his time at Luther and to wish him luck on his next adventure.

Concert Band concert May 20

The Luther College Concert Band will perform Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life. The concert is open to the public, no charge for admission. Conducted by Frederick Nyline, professor of music at Luther, the Luther College Concert Band is one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation. Nyline will be retiring after this year and this will be his last concert.

Reminder: 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.

Senior art majors gallery reception

There will be a gallery reception for senior art majors Saturday, May 21, 4-5 p.m. in the atrium of the CFA. A group exhibit by the students is currently on display in both the Union Gallery and the Gregerson Gallery of the CFA. All are welcome.

Sesquicentennial relay race June 4-5

Relive the journey of Luther College on a relay race from Luther's birthplace in Halfway Creek, Wis. to Decorah June 4-5.  For information visit https://www.luther.edu/150/events/relayrace. In cooperation with Luther Wellness, current faculty, staff, and students can now register for $20 apiece. Contact Matt Hughes <hughesma> for more information on how to take advantage of this offer.


Sören Steding presented at the International Symposium  "Form — Violence — Meaning: Two Hundred Years of Heinrich von Kleist" at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  His presentation with the title "'Ach! Wie gebrechlich ist der Mensch!'—Krieg ein Trauma für Kleist?" explored possible influences of traumatic war-time events on the life and works of Heinrich von Kleist.

On April 30, Miko Kominami was the adjudicator for the senior high division of the Rochester Area Keyboard Club's Clements Competition. On May 7, Kominami joined Orchestra Iowa principal string players in a concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. She performed Brahms' G minor Piano Quartet as part of the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Series.  The concert will be broadcast on Iowa Public Radio on June 12 and 13.

Eric Kutz, cello, and Miko Kominami, piano, performed a recital as the Murasaki Duo on May 2. Valley City State University in North Dakota hosted the Duo in a concert of works by Johannes Brahms, Samuel Barber, Jocelyn Hagen and Astor Piazzolla.

Richard Tirk performed at the services of Spirit of Peace and First Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls on May 1. He also performed a trumpet and organ recital with Sean Vogt for the First Congregation Church Arts Series with music of Ore, Sweelinck, Hovhaness and Albinoni. 

Ryan Gjerde was recently named to serve a three-year term as editor of the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy website, beginning July 2011. As editor, Gjerde will work with component committees of the ACRL Information Literacy Coordinating Committee on developing and maintaining the website as an international information literacy resource, monitoring and responding to trends in information literacy, recommending enhancements to the web site, and collecting relevant data for assessment.

Students at Emerging Artists' Exhibition

Three Luther students were finalists in the Emerging Artists competition held at ArtHaus in Decorah. Best in Show was awarded to Hannah Kosgard '13, runner-up was Emily Temte '13 and Elsa McCargar '11was named honorable mention.

ArtHaus will hold public viewing hours of the current exhibition of artwork on display in ArtHaus and the ArtHaus Studio, 508 and 516 W. Water Street.

Added gallery hours are Friday, May 20, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-
1 p.m. Exhibition spaces will be open the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 10 a.m.-noon through May 27.


Thank you

A heartfelt thank you to Luther College and all my co-workers and friends. Thank you for being there for me! I will miss you all as I steam on into retirement. My welcome mat is always out.  -Sincerely, Wanda Flatland


Softball defeated St. Scholastica, 3-0, May 12 in the first round of the NCAA regional tournament. Lexy Determan '11 struck out 17 to solidify the shutout. The Norse defeated St. Thomas May 14, 11-2, in five innings in the semi-final, and defeated the Tommies again May 15, 4-3, to win the Regional Championship. Determan has a season total (to date) of 216 strikeouts, a new single-season school record, and she improved to 25-2, a new single-season school record for wins. Determan, Jenny Brons '13, Lauran Snyder '12 and Abby Christian '12 were named to the 15 player all-tournament team. Luther (41-4) will travel to Salem, Va., May 20-24, for the NCAA III Softball Championships.

Baseball lost to Simpson May 12, 5-8, in the first round of the IIAC tournament. The Norse defeated Central College May 13, 14-4, in the second round. Joe Thompson '11 was three for five with four RBI and two runs scored, Ryan Bahnemann '12 was three for four with two RBI and a run scored. They were eliminated after their May 13 loss to Buena Vista, 6-7, in 10 innings. Luther finished the season with an overall record of 24-19.

Men's tennis defeated Earlham College May 13, 5-0, in the first round of the NCAA III National Tournament. Samriddh Burman '11 and Nick Mozena '13 posted straight set victories in singles play. The Norse lost to no. 6 Washington University May 14, 0-5, and were eliminated from the tournament.. The team finished the season 20-8.

Women's tennis defeated Penn State-Behrend May 13, 5-0 to advance to the second round of the national tournament. Alana Humpal '11 and Cassandra Chalhoub '13 posted straight set victories in singles play. The Norse lost to the University of Chicago May 14, 5-0, and were eliminated from the tournament. The team finished the season 23-11.

Men's track and field finished third at the IIAC outdoor championhships. Dalen Dirth '12 won the decathlon, finishing 515 points ahead of the runner-up. Scott Mittman '14 was crowned the league champion in the 5,000-meter run. He won the race by nearly four seconds. Along with Dirth and Mittman, Erik Johnson '11, Zach Kotz '11, Andrew Papke-Larson '12, Nick Clark '13, and Jordan Lang '11 were named all-conference.

Women's track placed second in the IIAC outdoor championships May 12-14. Locals Ellie Neubauer and Christina Storlie were crowned Iowa Conference champions, in the 10,000-meter run and 3,000 steeplechase respectively. In addition to Ellie and Christina, Emma Spoon '12, Kim Horner '11, Melissa Erikson '12, Michelle Voigts '11, Lauren Boleen '11, Annie Klepper '13, Kayla Uphoff '14, Sarah Lundine '11 and Dani Meirick '12 also earned all-conference honors.

Events this week:

Follow the Norse softball team in the national tournament at Salem, Va. May 20-24 via the web: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/softball/d3.


Chris Norton fundraiser

The fourth annual Bikin' Bondu on June 18 will benefit Luther student Chris Norton and Doug Eshelman, residents of Bondurant, Iowa, who both suffered severe spine injuries. Registration for the ride is $20. To register, visit the website http://www.bikeiowa.com. For more information, contact Jeff Cook, (515) 491-3355.

Hoop house constructed

Luther constructed an 8-by-25-foot hoop house on the grounds of the Luther Garden, a project that will impact production and serve as a tool for teaching students about seasonal extension of garden operations. Funded by a donation by Rich Tenneson, the hoop house was constructed by Luther carpenters Giles Teslow and Vernon Tuente. Maren Stumme-Diers and students Elsa McCargar, Bekky Willis and Alex Olson helped finalize the project by stretching plastic over the structure.


For sale: 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera S, 73,500 actual miles, white, never kept outdoors. Older owner selling because no need for second car. $1,800.  Call 382-5490 or 387-1592.

For sale: White, excellent working Maytag Washer & Dryer. Asking $125 each or best offer. Contact <gullick> or call 380-8127. 

Wanted to rent: 2011 grad seeking to rent in Decorah area Jan-March 2012 (possibly until June). Will be finishing up nine weeks of student teaching in the area. Very responsible can provide references. Contact <dejofe01> or (224) 558-3045, leave message.

Wanted to rent: Luther student, class of 2014, seeking room/apartment in Decorah for summer, beginning May or early June until late August. Willing to share with roommates. Clean, non-smoker, responsible and hardworking. Will help with housework/babysitting/yardwork if needed. Can provide references. Contact <goetka02>, or leave a message for Keagan at 379-2824.

For sale: Nine-drawer dresser with two mirrors and matching two-drawer nightstand. $40 OBO. Contact Mike or Leslie, 382-6527 or <smitmi01>.

Students: Spending the summer break in Decorah? Housing is available on the West Side for two responsible students. Leave voicemail at (612)246-3255.

For sale: 2006 Ford Escape XLT. Four wheel drive. Has 63,500 miles, in excellent condition. Contact (319) 830-6736 or <larsam01>.

Wanted to rent: Graduating senior is looking for a place to live for the summer months. Will be leaving in August for grad school. Willing to rent a room sublet or share an apartment for the summer. References available upon request. Contact <lefeka02> or leave message at (319) 240-6656.

For sale: Nice Maytag seven-cubic-foot dryer. Model #MED9600SQ0. Controls are digital and knobs, and has control lockout for safety. Comes with a removable drying rack, interior light, super size capacity, leveling legs, reversible door and dry sensor. Call 379-1880, $200.

For sale: Pro Form 485E Elliptical Exerciser—Works your arms and legs. Was $400 new. It is gently used and will sell for $75. Contact Mary if interested, 379-3241.  Leave message if no answer.

Garden and plant sale: Friday, May 20, 3-8 p.m.  Large selection of glazed and terra cotta pots, garden tools, perennials (flowers and herbs), seeds, garden books and outdoor decor. 602 Stanwood Dr. Directions to house: http://tinyurl.com/plantsaledirections.

For rent: Large two-bedroom home, only two blocks from campus. Furnished with stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer, no lawn maintenance. $750 month, no pets, no smoking. Call 380-1415.

For sale: 2004 Subaru Forester 120,000 miles. Excellent condition. Automatic, all-wheel drive, two owners, A/C, AM/FM with six-CD changer, cruise, tilt, roof rack, power locks and windows, heated seats, windshield  mirrors. Will need tires this fall. Carefully maintained. Below Blue Book. Contact Craig Mosher 380-5854.

Wanted: Lawn mowing jobs. I've been mowing in my neighborhood for a couple years and am looking to branch out within Decorah. Willing to mow for the season or for one-time jobs when you're on vacation or otherwise occupied. Please give me a call. References available. Contact McKinley Eide, 382-9258.

Free: 40 eight-ounce jelly jars. Used once, in perfect condition. Contact <zarila01> or 387-2986.

For sale: Garden items including pots, stepping stones, tools, obelisk and decorative items. Pictures and prices at: https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/christy-sale/. Email inquiries only to <chrija02>.


Wellness tip

Step away from the computer: Research has found that checking your email before you go to bed can affect how well you sleep that night. The light from your computer monitor right before bed can "reboot" your wake/sleep cycle and make it harder for you to get the good night's sleep your body needs. More tips at: http://www.humana.com/resources/healthy_living/wellness_tips.aspx.

Sustainability tip

Check out a Watt Meter: Curious about how much energy your office appliances consume? With a watt meter, you can measure the amount of electricity that device uses. Check one out at the circulation desk in the Library. After you check out the meter, check out the instructional video, available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l_mo1jwh8Y and learn to use it.

And finally…

The way out is the way through.           

-L. Ron Hubbard