Tuesday, July 12

TUESDAY 7/12/11

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


Directory photos at Public Information

The Public Information Office will take faculty and staff headshots in July and August. Come in if your Directory photo is more than five years old or if you want a new photo taken. Come in July 18-22, Aug. 1-5 or Aug. 8-12 between 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. or call 387-1865 for an appointment. There is no charge for this service

Health Care Council Executive Summary

May 26, 2011: Discussion continued on office visit and vision co-pays. Third quarter Caremark pharmaceuticals report was reviewed. The 2011-12 health care budget was reviewed. The July 1 reinsurance rates increase was noted. The council recommended increasing single premium $7/month and increasing family/employee + one premium by $10/month. Premium increase information has been sent to plan participants.

Augsburg pocket calendar available

The red Augsburg pocket calendar is available by pre-order through the Book Shop, $9.95 (cost to Book Shop). Interested in ordering a copy? Let the Book Shop know before July 15. No discounts apply.

Home energy planning with cost-share

For a limited time, Decorah homeowners are eligible for the best home energy efficiency financial assistance packages available anywhere in Iowa. Winneshiek Energy District encourages homeowners to take advantage of these assistance packages:

Visit http://energydistrict.org/projects/energy-planning-cost-share/, or call 382-4207, extension 3#. 


Luther Reuse sale July 12

A Luther Reuse Sale will be held Tuesday, July 12, 5-7 p.m. in the Ashmore-Jewell barn, next to Baker Village. As a replacement of the annual Luther College auction, the reuse sale will sell a variety of items no longer needed by the college. A link and an inventory list are available at www.luther.edu/sustainability under "What's Currently Happening."

Luther performance on Classical MPR

The Luther performance of Stephen Paulus' "Luther Mass" at Minneapolis Orchestra Hall in April will be broadcast on Classical MPR Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m. "Luther Mass," conducted by Allen Hightower, was performed by Nordic Choir, Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale and Symphony Orchestra. Student soloists were Emily Davis, soprano; Teresa Proctor, mezzo-soprano; Adam Bradley, tenor; Michael Penick, bass.

The July 14 program is part of Alison Young's "Morning Glories," devoted to regional choirs. To hear the MPR presentation click "Listen to the stream" online at: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/cms/.

Erickson retirement reception July 19

Join Dining Services at a retirement party for Grace Erickson Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. in the Caf. After 35 years at Luther, Grace will be retiring and we're having a celebration for her friends and family. Stop by between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for snacks and conversation.

Haemker retirement reception July 19

A retirement reception for Jim Haemker will be held Tuesday, July 19 from 2-4 p.m. to thank him for his service to Luther as director of the Book Shop and Union Services. Join us in the Addams Lounge, upper level of the Union, to bid Jim farewell. Deanna Casterton, Book Shop coordinator, will assume the position of interim director. 

Luther at the Iowa State Fair

Luther will have a table in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Aug. 11-21 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. The purpose is to gain some additional exposure in the growing Des Moines area. Members of the Admissions office will staff the table, but we could use your help.

Interested in helping us staff the booth? We anticipate meeting numerous prospective students, former graduates and Iowans looking to gain more information about our institution. We anticipate scheduling three four-hour shifts each day and would like to have as much representation from as many areas of campus as possible. Please indicate interest and availability to Sharon Rossing, 387-1650 or <rossinsh>, and we’ll let you know which days are open. We’re particularly short of help the last few days of the fair.


Position opening

Groundskeeper: Full-time position available. In addition to general grounds keeping/snow removal, this position is responsible for athletic field set-up and painting. Contact Human Resources for more information, 387-1134.

Decorah Shopping Shuttle driver: Part-time work study position opening in the Sustainability Department. We need someone with a valid driver’s license, and a great driving record to drive the shuttle a few times per month. Flexibility along with availability over breaks is preferred. The driver would drop some students off downtown, take the rest to Walmart, and wait approximately one hour before picking everyone up and returning to campus. If interested, please contact Dan Bellrichard, Sustainability Coordinator, <bellda02>.

Welcome new faculty

Luther will welcome more than 20 new faculty members to the Luther community this fall. Check the next editions of Tuesday for information about new faculty members.

Dan Davis will join the Luther faculty as professor in the classics department. Davis will begin his duties in August. A traditionally-trained classicist and classical archaeologist, Davis' current research is focused on the maritime cultures of Greece and Rome.  

Mary Patricia Donahue will join the Luther faculty as the interim head of the nursing department. Donahue worked for The University of Iowa College of Nursing where she served as assistant professor from 1976-80, associate professor from 1980-93 and professor from 1993-2006. She is a graduate of the St. Luke's School of Nursing, holds the bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University and the doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. 

Elizabeth Golovatski will join the Luther College faculty in August as visiting assistant professor of physics. Previously, Golovatski has served as a graduate research assistant, independent scholar and teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Her research interests include theoretical and computational modeling, nanomodeling, spintronics, and spin transfer torque.

Allison Bachelder will join the Luther faculty in August as a visiting instructor of nursing. Bachelder has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2002, serving as a registered nurse in the medical unit from 2002-05 and in the pediatrics unit from 2005-11.  She holds the bachelor's degree in nursing from Allen College and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing.


Marv Slind presented a paper at the Norwegian-American Historical Association-Norway Chapter conference:  "Lingering Vestiges of Heritage: The Fate of Washington's Selbu Community."

Jeannette Pillsbury co-facilitated an anti-racism workshop for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming in Casper, Wyo., June 29-30.

Robert Shedinger served as an external evaluator for the Humanties Iowa-funded workshop "Tools for Teaching about the Middle East and Islam" held in Elkader June 29-30.


Moving-out sale: Sony Trinitron 24-inch color TV $30; wooden TV stand, $10; IKEA black office swivel chair, $20; IKEA full-size mattress and metal bed frame which can be disassembled for transport, $30. Everything is in great shape and available for pick-up Thursday, July 14. Email [email protected].

For sale: Three-bedroom two-bath home next to Luther. Secluded setting in the trees. Two-car garage. All appliances included. Move-in condition. Price slashed. Call 387-0242. 

For sale: Two garden trellises, black metal. Small trellis, approximately three feet, is $7. Large trellis, approximately five feet, is $15. Email inquiries to <chrija02> and I will send photos.

Rental wanted: Incoming Luther faculty on a three-year term, looking for a house to rent. Wife, husband and child, non-smokers, no pets, would like two/three-bedroom with minimum washer/dryer hookups. We have been homeowners for 10-plus years in the Iowa City area. Great references available. August 1 rental date preferred. Contact Adam or Brooke, (319) 351-3646 or [email protected].

For sale: 64-inch Amish-built solid oak heirloom hutch featuring beveled glass and interior halogen lights. Like new and priced to sell at $1,598. New lists for nearly $3,200. Call (406) 250-4853, for more information.

For sale: Home for sale by owner. Quality, well maintained 2,000 sq. ft. home located on 4.3 wooded acres, walk out lower level, oversized two-car garage with storage and work area, three sided wrap-around deck. Great for family living or entertaining. Located off Highway 9 on a hard surfaced road, close to Wal-Mart, hospital, and only 10 minutes from the Luther campus. Extremely efficient for heating and air conditioning, and is priced to sell at $239,900. For a private showing call (406) 250-4853.

For rent: Two-bedroom house on Pershing Ave. Has fenced-in backyard, one-car detached garage, nice-sized deck on back. Kitchen and bathroom newly remodeled. Has washer/dryer in basement. Contact Julie, 380-4792 or <shocju01> if interested.

And finally...

A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.

-Raymond Duncan