Tuesday, Aug. 16

TUESDAY 8/16/11

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


Obama mania!

Thanks to Kris Franzen, Steve Arneson, Renee Bay, Julie Shockey, Helen Novak, Cindy Blue, Ann Highum, Rob Larson, Adam Forsyth, Gary Brickman, Dennis Blake and everyone else who worked with the White House and Secret Service on the Obama visit. Luther was told Friday we had 100 seats for the event at Seed Savers—80 for students and 20 for faculty and staff. By the time the White House approved our announcement of those tickets it was 5:45 p.m. Thus the late notice. 

Media from Obama visit

To see Luther College photos of President Obama's Aug. 15 visit to Seed Savers in Decorah, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157627319782081/


Service of Dedication

The 2011 Service of Dedication will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.  President Torgerson will deliver his State of the College address and new faculty and staff will be introduced.  If possible, offices should close from 4-5 p.m. so that all can attend. Feel free to bring a spouse/guest to the service and reception that follows. Though we are no longer able to provide childcare for this event, parents can contact Linda Skoda in the President's Office, 387-1001 or <skodalda>, for names and phone numbers of potential babysitters.

HR reminder

Starting Monday, Aug. 22, office hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

Document Center information

The Document Center would reminds everyone that any large mailings can be done through the Document Center at a discounted rate. The minimum required to mail via Postal Soft is 200 pieces. Call Vikki or Kim, 387-1631, for details or with questions.

Have a paper sample book from the Document Center? Send it back to the Document Center to be updated with paper samples. Include your name and department so it can be sent back to you.

New Student Orientation schedule online

A PDF of the 2011 New Student Orientation schedules (first-year and transfer) may be obtained online at www.luther.edu/studentlife/orientation/. Contact the Student Life Office, <students> or 387-1020, with questions about the schedules.

Oneota Market menu changes

Exiting new menu changes in Oneota Market are on the way. Beginning Aug. 15, we're changing our menu. Watch for new sandwiches, paninis and more.

LIS update: 'Single Sign-on'

Thursday, Aug. 18 LIS will implement "Single Sign-on" for KATIE and Norse Apps/Mail. Once you've logged into either Katie or Norse Apps/Mail with a Norse Key you will not need to re-enter your Norse Key when accessing the other — one single sign-on authenticates you to both services.

See details: http://lis.luther.edu/blog/20110812/new-logon-procedure-norse-apps-and-katie.


Awakening the SAGE

Awakening the SAGE: A Workshop to Empower Wholeness will be held at Baker Commons Aug. 21, 1-6 p.m. Mary Jorgensen '66, former faculty 2000-07, presents fun, fulfilling activities to help attendees gear up for fall with energy and optimism. Faculty: Laura Gentry, Laughter Yoga; Karen Misseldine, Spontaneous Art; Brenda Harris, Movement for Gratitude; Michelle Williams, Meditative Tea Ceremony; and convener, Mary Jorgensen, Rising Sun Life Coaching. Contact Mary at 382-4558 or [email protected] to register, or see website: http://www.thewayofthesage.com.



To Richard and Dodi Bernatz and family on the death of Richard's father Gerald Bernatz '50, 86, of Decorah. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 12 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.


JoAnn Uhlenhake has been promoted to the position of Book Store Coordinator. You may find her in Dahl Centennial Union.

Welcome new faculty

Michael O'Brien will join the Luther College faculty in August as the Associated Colleges of the Midwest-Mellon postdoctoral fellow in ethnomusicology. O'Brien holds the bachelor of arts and bachelor of music degrees from Lawrence University and the master's and doctoral degrees in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joseph C. Sumrak will join the Luther College faculty in 2011 as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. Sumrak holds the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees from North Central College and is currently a candidate for the doctoral degree from The University of Iowa.

Diversity Center seeks friendship families

The Diversity Center is in need of friendship families for our new international students arriving for the 2011-12 academic year. Never hosted an international student? Now is your chance to open your home and offer your family a fun new experience. The friendship families are not asked to house the students, but invite them to their homes for a meal, take them on recreational excursions or attend events in the community with the students. It is not a big obligation and can foster long-term relationships with students from another culture.  Contact Darlene Fossum-Martin, 387-1014.

Position opening

Administrative Assistant in Human Resources: Full-time position as administrative assistant in the Office of Human Resources. Serves as the administrative/clerical support person and provides supervision of the day-to-day administration of the office. The individual must maintain the highest degree of confidentiality with regards to all aspects of the office. High school degree required, post secondary education/training in human resources preferred. 7-10 years of office experience required. Send a letter of interest to the Office of Human Resources.


Diane Scholl had an article accepted by Modern Philology, one of the top journals of literary scholarship, published by the University of Chicago.  

Laurie Iudin-Nelson was the featured presenter for the second consecutive summer at a StarTalk methodology workshop for Russian teachers from throughout the nation, held at Concordia Language Villages. This program is funded by the Presidential National Security Language Initiative, which is aimed at the teaching and learning of critical languages in grades K-16.

Members of Luther's music department comprised a substantial portion of the 2011 Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival faculty. They included: Heather Armstrong (oboe), Carol Hester (flute), Allen Hightower (choir), Du Huang (piano), Xiao Hu (piano), Brooke Joyce (composition), Spencer Martin (viola), Beth Ray (voice), Tarn Travers (violin) and Andrew Whitfield (voice). In addition to teaching private lessons and coaching small ensembles throughout the festival, these faculty-artists performed frequently as soloists, in chamber groups, and in larger ensembles. Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival is a four-week training program for talented high school musicians from across the country. The 2011 festival was held on campus June 26-July 24.


Swim lessons available

Luther Swim Lessons:
Session 1: Sept. 12-20
Session 2: Sept. 22-30
Cost: $65 per child, per session. Email Cassie Peterson at <peteca08> or call 387-1701. Email is preferred. State name and age of each child, session and time desired. We cannot guarantee times and instructors. Registration deadline is
Sept. 7.  


Free: Futon in excellent condition but recipient must move it from a convenient Decorah location. Contact <norlandd>.

To give away:  Cell phone charger for Blackberry phone. Call 387-1507.

For sale: Entertainment center that fits smaller flat panel or 27" TV, $50 or best offer; five-drawer dresser, $50; LowePro Camera/Laptop Backpack, like new, sells for $68 on Amazon, $25; adjustable steel bed frame, $5; large dog kennel/taxi, $50; extra large Dogloo doghouse, $75; garden tiller, $100. Call 419-5681 if interested. 

For sale: 2002 GMC Sierra SLT extended cab pickup. 4x4 with Z71 package and loaded with leather, power windows and 10-way power seats. 138,800 miles. $9,500. Call 380-2760.

For sale: Football cleats: one pair Nike Speed black/white size 11. One pair Nike Flywire black/white size 11.5. Each worn one season. Asking $10 each. Great for practice or spares for rainy days. Call 387-1381 or 382-8615 and leave message.

Found: Ring on the street in front of Loyalty. It has been run over and flattened but it looks like a very nice ring. Stop by the Financial Aid Office to identify and claim.

Runners and walkers wanted: Register now for the United Way Family Fun Fest and 5K held Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Trout Hatchery. Events include a family/kids run at 8 a.m., obstacle course and pie throwing, and timed 5K run at 8:20 a.m. To learn more about this event and for a registration form, please visit http://www.unitedwaywinnco.org/, or stop by the Decorah Chamber Office or Parks and Recreation. 

For sale: Titan airless paint sprayer in like-new condition. Used for primer inside our house. Paid $300 and will sell for $150. Call 380-1964.

For sale: Five horsepower, two-speed snowblower, 20-inch, works well, $25. Call 380-1964.

Help available: 2010 graduate relocating to Decorah looking for a full-time nannying job for 2011-12 academic year. Energetic, creative and has five plus years experience in childcare, including nanny for past nine months. CPR and first-aid certified. Has own transportation. References and resume available. Contact <wolfji01> for more information.

For sale: Rustic cottage-style concrete planter, purchased at Seed Savers five years ago, like-new condition. Tolerates most weather conditions. Originally purchased for $50; will sell for $30-firm. Planting diameter is 14.5 inches; height is 12.5 inches. Planting depth approximately 6-8". You must haul. Email <chrija02>. For a picture, go to: https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/christy-sale/.

Wanted: Luther faculty who moved to an apartment with no washer or dryer is looking for wash/dry/fold service. If you know someone who could take in laundry once per week please call (319) 230-5693.

Babysitter wanted: Experienced babysitter needed from 3:15-5 p.m. several afternoons a week (either MTWTh, MTW, or TTh) for our children ages 4 and 6 at our home near Luther, starting in September. We also need more extended babysitting help between Aug 15-Sept 2. Contact [email protected] or 382-6338.

For sale:  Couch, loveseat, glass top coffee table, futon and 32-inch Toshiba TV. Call 380-5982 or 380-4532.

Wanted: Petsitter for two small dogs for a couple weekends this fall. References required. Contact <gehlje01> or 387-1405.

For sale:  Huffy Sports Arena ExactaHeight adjustable basketball hoop, 48-inch acrylic backboard, 3.5-inch round pole with base, $50, for more information contact <weisma02>.

Free: Weslo Cadence electric treadmill.  Used a lot, but still works. Also, four, four-inch flexible drain tile, 20 feet long. Call 380-1964.

For rent: Available end of September, cottage suitable for one or two people, peaceful, park-like setting close to Decorah, nice view from picture windows in kitchen and living room. See www.two-creeks.com for information and pictures. We have decided to rent it on a long-term basis. Contact Lane <schwla01>.

Piano lessons wanted: Family near Luther looking for a student who is willing to teach beginning piano lessons to their eight-year-old son. Please contact Kate <ellika03> detailing your experience, pay rate and availability.

Childcare needed: Family with two boys, ages five and eight, is in need afterschool care Wednesday afternoons, 3:20-5:40 p.m. Must be prompt, love to play outdoors and enjoy answering endless questions. Our home is an easy walk from Luther. Email Kate <ellika03> if interested.

For sale: Razor Ground Force electric go-cart. Recommended for ages eight and above, weighing  up to 140lbs. Works great, Includes new batteries and charger. Lots of fun. $125 OBO. Call Kim or Larry, 382-8533, before 8 p.m.

Wanted: 2011 grad David Hecht in Decorah this fall working with Given Gardens and the Raptor Resource Project needs a space or room to rent starting in late August. Tidy, responsible, agreeable and flexible. Please contact <hechda01> or (608) 780-8402 if you have space suggestions.

For sale or rent: Two-bedroom house at 331 Pershing Ave. Newly remodeled kitchen and bathroom. Attached deck, one-car detached garage, fenced-in backyard. Price reduced for sale. Contact Julie with questions or to see the house, <shocju01>, 387-1865 or 380-4792.

Wanted: Singers ages 6-16 for the Oneota Valley Youth Choir. Registration is Monday, Aug. 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. Rehearsals begin Sept. 12. For more information see: www.oneotavalleyyouthchoirs.org or contact Linda Martin <martli01> or 387-2148.


Sustainability tip

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb burning for almost four hours or to run your television for three hours. Every time you turn on the television, think about how your recycled cans have made that energy use sustainable.

Borrowed from  http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm#help.

Wellness tip

Best weight loss advice you've never heard:

The third of nine diet tips you may not have heard yet. Borrowed from WebMD.com.

Weight Loss Tip No. 3: Beef up your lunch salad

One of the most common mistakes dieters make is to eat a vegetable salad with little or no dressing for lunch.  

A salad is a great choice if you add some protein and a little fat to help keep you feeling full longer.

Top your greens with a 3 oz. piece of chicken breast: about 26 grams of protein but just 140 calories. Add about two tablespoons of light salad dressing, and your salad may be filling enough to get you through the 3 p.m. hunger slump.

And finally…

And I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation.

-President Barack Obama