Tuesday, June 14

TUESDAY 6/14/11

Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Public Information office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-1865 • Email: <tuesday>

Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2011


Sesquicentennial development reminder

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 Tuesday, June 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., lunch is included.

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>.

TG150 update and input sought

As we enter into summer, Task Group 150 has accomplished much with more to be done. We are pleased to provide an update to the community as well as a revised draft collection of strategic actions for your review and comment. To access, log in to the TG 150 KATIE site: http://katie.luther.edu/moodle/course/

This memo also contains a concise view of the idea matrices. We welcome you to review the ideas posted in two separate forums on ideas.luther.edu (one for academic and one for administrative) where you can vote and comment. The idea forums give a broader understanding of each strategic action.

As always, anonymous comments are welcomed and may be forwarded to Linda Skoda in the President's Office.

NE corner RC lot closed through June 17

The parking lot by the northeast corner of Regents Center will be closed through June 17 to allow for a physical demonstration of the proposed Aquatic Center on June 16. We are sorry for any inconvenience. There should be ample parking in the larger section of the Regents Center lot. 

Massages available at Health Service

Massages are available during the summer every other Wednesday for staff/faculty and spouses, as well as for students. Cost for staff/faculty/spouses is $35 for 30 minutes and $45 for one hour. Call Health Service, 387-1045 to schedule an appointment.

Dean's List available online

The 2011 spring semester Dean's List has now been announced and is available online in Luther News at http://www.luther.edu/headlines/?story_id=334051.

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 the Hotline are confidential. See the hr website for more detailed information: http://www.luther.edu/hr/campusconducthotline/.

Flexible Benefit Plan available online

Current enrollees in the Flexible Benefit Plan may visit https://www.myflexonline.com/Login/Welcome.aspx to view current contributions and claims. This site gives a total picture of an employee's health care reimbursement and/or dependent/child care reimbursement plan. Links to claim forms and information on eligible expenses are also available.

Summer hours

Union: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., daily

Welcome Desk: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., daily

Mail Center/SPO: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Book Shop: 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Monday-Friday

Marty's: Closed for the summer, except special events

Oneota Market: 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Cafeteria: open daily

     Breakfast: 7-8:30 a.m.

     Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

     Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m.

Preus Library: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, closed weekends

Center Stage Series tickets available

Center Stage Series will bring 10 outstanding performances to the stage for the 2011-12 season. 

Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package now through Aug. 26 at the Box Office.

Subscription forms are available online at http://centerstage.luther.edu: click on "Build Your Own Subscription Ticket." To request the Center Stage Series brochure with subscription order form, contact the Box Office, <boxoffice> or 387-1357.

walkLUTHER changes walking days

The weekly schedule for walkLUTHER is changing from Monday, Wednesday, Friday to Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30-10 a.m.


Meet the authors

More than 15 authors affiliated with the Norwegian American Historical Association's Norway 2011 conference, held on the Luther campus, will sign copies of their books Wednesday, June 15 from 2:15-3 p.m. in the Williams Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union. Books range in topics from history to fiction, humor and bilingual publications. Books are available for purchase in the Book Shop. Open to the public with no charge for admission.

Aquatic Center showcase event June 16

Luther will host a special event on campus Thursday, June 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to showcase the plans for the college's aquatic center. 

Luther is raising funds to construct a new aquatic center as part of the college's Sesquicentennial Fund, a five-year, $50 million funding initiative in conjunction with Luther’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2011. 

This June 16 event is open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.  Contact Kelly Wedmann, 387-1066 or <kelly.wedmann> by Tuesday, June 14.


Todd Green gave a presentation in April for the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa on anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and the United States that has been featured in two publications: the May issue of "The Independent Monitor" and the July issue of the "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs."

Olga Rinco is directing the New Minowa Players summer 2011 musical "Anne and Gilbert" the sequel to "Anne of Green Gables." The performances will be at Decorah High School, June 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. and June 26 at 2 p.m. Olga will direct 47 local performers in singing, dancing and acting. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, are available at the box office in the NMP building, 906 South Mill St. June 20-24 from 3-6 p.m. or at the DHS auditorium one hour prior to show time.

Robert Shedinger was the featured speaker for an interfaith gathering co-sponsored by the Abu Bakr Siddiq Mosque and Christ United Methodist Church held in Rochester on June 4.

Rachel Ware served on the faculty of The Voice Foundation's 40th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia, Pa. June 1-5. She presented her paper: "How are we Communicating? The use of Science and Imagery in North American Voice Studios."

Richard Tirk served on a panel discussing undergraduate college auditions and adjudicated the Under 18 Youth Competition for the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Minneapolis. At the conference, he also conducted the Luther College Trumpet Ensemble where they performed three works including "Another World of Sky" by Neil Quillen '13, Assistant Professor Music Brooke Joyce's work "FireRED" and Jeff Kurtenacker's "The Leap Home."  

2011 Staff Excellence Awards announced

President Torgerson has announced that staff members Marsha Wenthold and Jon Lund are the recipients of the Luther Staff Excellence Award for 2011.Wenthold, who joined Luther in 1989, is the Luther human resources assistant and Lund, who joined Luther in 1995, is the executive director of the Center for Global Learning and International Admissions.


Welcome new employees

Please welcome the following new employees to the Luther community:

Katie Brown, Admissions visit coordinator. Katie may be found in the Admissions visit center, 387-1426.

Keley Smith-Keller, director of the Career Center.  Keley may be found in the Career Center, 387-1025.


To Jessica Paul on the April 21 death of her brother Fred Paul, 64, of Springfield, Ill.


Research participants needed

A Luther research team is exploring how family relationships are affected by the death of a sibling due to suicide. The purpose of this project is to help families that may face such a loss in the future. Participation involves a telephone interview. To qualify for this research, you have to have lost a sibling to suicide and were in touch with at least one parent before the loss. Contact Kim Powell, <powellki> if willing to participate or with questions. You will receive a check for $25 for your assistance with this research.


For sale: Due to the tornado, I'm salvaging out my barn. Call Myron, 419-5162, to purchase parts or wood, or for more information.

Wanted: Wooden outdoor play set with swings and slide. Contact Rachel, <vsetra01> or 379-7098.

For sale: Cozy three-bedroom, two-bath home within easy walk of college and public swimming pool. Very private and secluded with a forest for your backyard.   
Great condition. Full walkout basement. Two-car garage. All appliances included. Reduced in price. Availability flexible. Call 387-0242.    

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: Chicco Cortina KeyFit travel system. Color: Adventure. This travel system has never been used.  Features the No. 1 ranked safest car seat. Car seat comes with new born infant insert for babies 4-11 pounds, 5 point harness system with one hand pull center adjustment, and adjustable canopy. Car seat can be used for children up to 22 pounds. Stroller has many features. Car seat base included. Travel system retails for $299, will sell for $250. If you have questions or are interested please contact Kari, <ruenka01> or 387-1018.

For sale: 2003 KIA Sorento, black, V6 automatic, four-wheel drive. Power windows and brakes. Nice car. 130,000 miles. Call 379-8074.

Wanted: Used youth golf clubs in good condition, 387-1344.

For sale: Set of six brand new patio cushions, cinnamon color, 21"x21"x4". Brand new with tags. Bought the wrong size. $130 or best offer. Call 387-1344.

Wanted: New faculty member needs to rent a house soon-this month preferably. Would like to rent in the Decorah area. Seeking three or four bedrooms, pets ok, non-smoking, with washer/dryer hookups. Call (401) 396-9751, home, or (512) 997-5772, cell. Ask for Dan/Michelle.

For sale: Girls size 2 ice skates in good condition. $5, email <gehlje01>.

For sale: 2006 Honda Accord EX in excellent condition. Silver, automatic, four-cylinder, sunroof, spoiler, aluminum wheels, cloth seats, power windows/locks. 70,000 miles. $12,995 or best offer. Call 419-2918.

For sale:  Amana window air-conditioner, 12,000 BTU, good condition. Call 419-4969.

Wanted: Good used pull cart for golfing. Call 419-4969.

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.


Sustainability tip

Recycle your packing pillows: Luther now has collection bins for packaging peanuts and bubble wrap in the recycling area of Sampson Hoffland Laboratories by the dock. Departments can either drop packing materials off or request that the recycling crew pick them up from their office via trackit. Sustainability will contact a local business to come and pick them up when the bin is full.

And finally…

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. 

-James Dent