Tuesday, May 24

TUESDAY 5/24/11

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Update on the Sesquicentennial Picnic and Fun Festival

Nothing can dampen the Luther Spirit. The coming storms are moving us to the Regents Center, but we are still going to have the party Wednesday, May 25, 4-7 p.m.

There will be games in the SRC (indoor track area), polka music and dinner—compliments of the President's Office, in the Main Gym.  Enter through the south lobby. 

At 5:45 p.m. President Torgerson will announce the winners of the Staff Excellence Awards and the History Walk will begin immediately thereafter. Come and join us.

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.

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.

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.

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>.

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>.

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.

Sesquicentennial staff development

What does it mean that we are a Lutheran college? How do we differ from other faith-based colleges? How do we respond when a student says her religion class shattered her faith? Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a half-day session to learn more about Luther's identity and philosophy as a college of the church. Led by Mike Blair and Kristin Swanson, the session will be Tuesday, June 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., lunch is included. Optional field trip to follow the session at 1 p.m. to the Vesterheim exhibit "Norwegian-American Lutheran Colleges—Institutions of higher education shaped by religious and ethnic identity."

This opportunity will be counted as work time but staff should make appropriate arrangements with their supervisors. Registration deadline is June 15. To register go to: http://tinyurl.com/150staffdev. For more information contact Karen Martin-Schramm, <150>, or Mike Blair, <blairmic>.

Fiscal year end reminder

Now that the end for the fiscal year is just around the corner, 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 in advance for helping us close out the fiscal year in a timely manner.

Message from HR

Winneshiek Medical Center will present HERway Conversations - a casual, educational community health talk series for women of any age. The meeting is free and a $5 box lunch is available by calling 387-3113 in advance. The next meeting is "Managing Stress with alternative therapies: Reiki, Reflexology and Massage Presentations" by Sheryl Juve, Elaine Felton and Barbara Meier Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room B on the lower level of the Medical Center.

Summer reading 2011

The summer reading for this fall's incoming class is "Strength in What Remains: a journey of remembrance and forgiveness" by Tracy Kidder. The Paideia Endowment has made a limited number of copies available free of charge at the bookstore for faculty and staff who are not already receiving the book as part of their work with first-year students. If you would like to read Deo's story and join the campus conversation this fall, please feel free to pick up a copy.

Facilities Services

Facilities Services will conduct the annual boiler shutdown and inspection beginning Thursday, May 26 at 7 a.m. Steam will be back on by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Hot water will not be available in Farwell, Larsen, Brandt, Regents Center, Ylvisaker, Olin and Valders. Limited hot water will be available in the Union, Miller/Dieseth and Sampson Hoffland. Some buildings will be cooler when the boiler is shutdown.  For more information, call 387-1146. 


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.

Farewell for Chris Barth

What could be better than ice cream on a summer morning? Join us for ice cream treats as we bid thanks and farewell to Chris Barth Monday, June 13, 10-11:30 a.m. in Bentdahl Commons. Rain location: Addams Lounge, outside the Admissions Welcome Center in Dahl Centennial Union.

All-Band Alumni Reunion July 29-31

Professors emeriti Frederick Nyline and Weston Noble will be honored at a Luther All-Band Alumni Reunion July 29-31, bringing together hundreds of former student musicians who performed in the bands directed by Nyline and Noble over the past 63 years.

Band alumni can register online or by downloading the print form at the Alumni Band Reunion website: https://www.luther.edu/alumni/band_reunion/.

Event schedule and information can also be found at that website, or by contacting Sherry Alcock, email <alcock> or (800) 225-8664.


Luther College Anthropology Lab contributed significantly to editing the spring 2011 (Vol. 29, No. 1) special issue of Anthropology of East Europe Review on “Health and Care Work in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union,” with guest editors Maryna Bazylevych and Ema Hresanova All articles available open access online at http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/aeer.

Three students awarded Erdman Prize

Luther's 2011 Erdman Prize for Entrepreneurship was awarded to Jamey Meyer, Melissa Larson and Kiflu Tesfaye at the 25th annual Entrepreneurial Showcase April 6. Each student received a $2,500 prize. Larson, this year's Grand Prize winner, received an additional $2,500. Other awards included the Accenture Scholarship, given to Daniel Flucke, and the E-Club Entrepreneurial Leadership Prize, given to Rachel Jungwirth.

Student Leadership awards granted

The Launching Luther Leaders program announced the recipients of Luther College's first Student Leadership Awards to groups for their contribution to the college's mission of service.

Award recipients include: I-Impact Now for Outstanding Student Organization, the Black Student Union Talent Show for Outstanding Event or Activity, and Alpha Beta Psi hosts Relay for Life for Outstanding Service Project.



To Lien Chiem, Norse culinary team, on the sudden death of her husband Tong Vo who was a former Luther staff member. Sympathy also to their sons Lam Vo '09 and Son Vo '07.


Softball lost to Texas-Tyler May 20, 0-1, in the first round of the National Tournament. The Norse fell to SUNY-Cortland May 21, 0-6, in the first game of the elimination round of the tournament. The Norse ended the season 41-6, and set a school record for consecutive victories with 24. The team won their sixth conference title, second straight conference tournament title and second consecutive regional title. Kelsey Kittleson '12 was given the Elite 88 award at the 2011 NCAA Division III Softball Championship finals banquet
May 19. This is the second time she has won this award, is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals of each of the NCAA's 88 championships.


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.

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>.

For rent: Well-kept condo in quiet building, close to downtown, available July 15 to single adult, couple, or small family. One-year lease requested. On second level, stair or elevator access, sunny south and east exposures, walk-out porch. Living room, kitchen, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and laundry room. Appliances included. Attached two-car garage. No pets, no smoking. Contact Kris, <petekr05> or (641) 430-1077 for information or to view.

For sale:  Compact white Amana Freezer, chest style, 5.5 cubic feet (30" x 22"), excellent condition. No rust or dents. Works efficiently and quietly. $90, email <chrisbir>.

Wanted: Roomate to share my condo, available July 1. No smoking, drinking. Requires three references. Must have job and working. All utilities paid except phone.   Off street parking w/computer access and laundry access. $325/month with $100 deposit. Contact [email protected] or 382-6022 and leave message.

Help available: 2010 Luther graduate relocating to Decorah looking for full-time nanny job for 2011-12 school year. Energetic, creative and five-plus years experience in childcare. Have been a nanny for the past nine months. CPR and first-aid certified. Have own transportation. References and resume available upon request. Contact <wolfji01> for more information.

Help available: All Wrestling Construction consists of Luther wrestlers available to do odd-jobs. 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: 2006 enclosed black trailer, single axel, with side door and back door ramp, ladder rack on top, relined with plywood and added light inside and additional electrical outlet. Call 419-3100.

For sale: 2006 Honda Accord EX in excellent condition. Silver, automatic, 4 cylinder, sunroof, spoiler, alum wheels, cloth seats, power windows/locks. 70,000 miles. $13,500 OBO Call 419-2918.

Troll guides wanted: If you're interested in the trolls of Decorah, and learning interesting facts and stories about this area's history, consider becoming a troll guide. Must take 2-4 hours of troll guide training and have a couple of hours free to lead Troll Walks during Nordic Fest. Must be comfortable speaking in front of small groups. If interested or want more information, contact Dennis Magnuson, 382-4423 or <magnusde> by May 30.

Hilton Head condo available: Want to spend a week on Hilton Head Island this summer? Five-star condo, available June 12-19. Two-bedroom, sleeps eight, pools, hot tubs, spa center, and many activities and amenities. Property on 11 miles of beautiful white beach. Normally rents for over $4,000/week but available at half the price. Call (612) 720-9634 for more information.

For sale: Three white Whirlpool appliances, all work and in good condition. No-frost top freezer/refrigerator, estimated annual energy cost $54, year: 1996, freezer five cubic feet, refrigerator 13.1 cubic feet. $150 or best offer. Microwave hood combination, year: 2000, $50 or best offer. 30-inch electric freestanding range, year: 2000, $150 or best offer. Contact Jane, 419-3519 or <hawleyja>.


Sustainability tip

Make your home more sustainable, and lower your utility bills. The Winneshiek Energy District is engaging various energy projects and programs to help members of the community make their homes and business more efficient and sustainable. Their services include home energy assessments and efficiency upgrades, cutting your utilities costs. More at: http://energydistrict.org/.

And finally…

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

-Margaret Atwood