Tuesday, Aug. 23

TUESDAY 8/23/11

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


Move-in day parking request, Aug. 26-27

Campus Safety and Security, Residence Life and Student Life staff ask all faculty/staff for their cooperation with move-in day parking and traffic challenges Aug. 26-27

To make the experience less stressful for the first-year families, parking areas near the residence halls will be reserved to accommodate move-in day vehicles.

The following parking restrictions go into effect at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

1. Valders/Ylvisaker parking lot will be reserved.

2. High Street from Jenson-Noble Music Hall to Campus house will be designated as a one-way street west to east; move in day vehicles may park on the north side of the street.

Faculty/staff/students are asked to refrain from parking in those areas.

Thank you for your cooperation in extending this welcome to new members of the Luther community.

Royal ticket lottery open through Sept. 8

Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway will visit Luther Oct. 13 in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial Celebration.  The royal visit will include a 30-minute convocation at 10:30 a.m. in the CFL. The convocation will not include a faculty procession.  Faculty, staff and students wishing to attend are invited to request a seat through the ticket lottery.  For more information and to enter the lottery, visit  http://www.luther.edu/150/events/royal_visit/.

Opening Convocation Sept. 1

Opening Convocation will be Thursday, Sept. 1, 9:40 a.m. in the CFL. Offices should be closed if possible so that all can attend convocation to welcome the class of 2015 and new transfer students. Tracy Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, journalist and essayist, will present the lecture, "Strength in What Remains." Kidder will hold an "ask the author" session Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 7-8 p.m. in the CFL, followed by a book signing.

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

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

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.

Large-format printing

Due to a shift in support from LIS to the science division, printing on the large format plotter in the GIS Lab, Valders 377, is now limited to natural science division faculty and approved students for science classroom and research work only. For all other large-format printing needs, a large-format plotter is available in the Document Center in Main. For questions contact Diane Gossman <gossmand> or Kirk Larsen <larsenkj>.

LIS Self Service now available

LIS announces the availability of our new web-based Work Order Self Service system. Enter new work orders, add to existing work orders or check on the status of requests. Visit http://helpdesk.luther.edu and sign in with your Norse Key. More information available at http://lis.luther.edu/learn/kboxselfservice. Note that you can still contact the LIS Technology Help Desk via email <helpdesk>, phone 387-1000, or visit Preus library.


Eid ul-Fitr reception Sept. 1

Eid ul-Fitr reception will be Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m. second Floor lobby, CFL. Join us for a celebration of the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, marked by prayer, fasting and charity. The celebration, sponsored by College Ministries and the Luther Diversity Center, is open to all and will include dessert and an opportunity for sharing and learning during a brief program at 7:45 p.m. Come and go as you are able.

Brown Bag presentation Sept. 6

Amy Dorman has completed her senior paper for WGST this summer and will be making her public presentation in the form of a Brown Bag Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Borlaug Room. The title is "Who Buys Sex, and Why?: A discussion on hegemonic masculinity and the global sex trade."

Founders Day Festival Dinner

Founders Day Festival Dinner and Celebration of Distinguished Service will be held at Homecoming, Friday, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner. All Luther community members are invited to join in this premiere Sesquicentennial event in a transformed Regents Center. Tickets are $40 per person; seating is reserved and limited. RSVP online by Friday, Sept. 23, at www.luther.edu/homecoming/registration, or by calling 387-1861.



To Loreen Houdek and family on the Aug. 16 death of her mother-in-law, Ann Houdek of Decorah.

To Myron Rediske and family on the Aug. 17 death of his brother, Vernon Rediske of Sparta, Wis.

Thank you

The family of Elsie Taylor would like to thank the members of the Luther and Decorah communities for the many expressions of love and support that we received as we grieve the loss of our mother, grandmother and friend.     

                                                   -Wintlett Taylor-Browne


Diane Tacke is pleased to announce the promotion of Marsha Wenthold to Human Resources Benefit Specialist. Marsha joined Luther College in 1989 in the Business Office and has worked in Human Resources since June of 2003.  Marsha’s responsibilities will include benefit/compensation administration, staffing and employee relations.


To Angela and Michael Kueny on the birth of a daughter, Ruth Irene, on Sunday, Aug. 7.

Position openings

Part-time cashier: Immediate opening for part-time cashier for the Office for Financial Services. Please see hr website for further information see the HR website at: http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies/.

Full-time administrative assistant: Immediate opening for full-time administrative assistant in the Office of Human Resources. Serves as the clerical/administrative 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. Letter of Interest must be received in the HR office by Friday, Aug. 26.


Tom Bourcier served as Village Musician at Holden Village in Washington state, July 16-23. His weeklong duties included preparing music for liturgy and nightly vesper services, as well as directing a village choir and instrumental group.  He also performed a solo jazz and blues piano concert for village attendees.  He was joined by his sons Winter, Rye, Willem and Beau.


Book Shop requests recipes

The Book Shop is collecting recipes from previous and current staff, faculty, regents, presidents and friends of Luther for a Luther College Cookbook. All recipes are welcome as well as thoughts or comments about Luther. Book Shop staff can deliver recipe forms or they may be picked up in the Book Shop. Recipes and comments are due Sept. 15. Cookbooks will be for sale in the Book Shop in time for Christmas. Net proceeds will be donated to the Sesquicentennial Scholarship Endowed fund.

Meal sign-up sheet

Alison Dwyer, married to Philip Freeman in Classics, is continuing chemotherapy through September, followed by radiation until about the middle of November. Thank you to those who have brought meals to their home. Willing to prepare an evening meal for them? Sign up at: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvmDRzEpPxnLdFdodGFDdm9tRmtfbFNsOC1YRlZ2a1E&hl=en_US&authkey=CKfJkrgG. For questions contact College Ministries at <ministry> or 387-1040 or Michelle Whitehill, 380-9219, one of Alison's co-workers at Vesterheim, who is coordinating meals.

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. 


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.

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>.

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>.

For rent: Three-bedroom, two-bath home next to Luther. Beautiful setting. Two-car garage. 387-0242.

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.

For sale: New Berber carpet remnant, off white/beige/ taupe fleck. Perfect for a college dorm or area rugs.  Comes in 3 pieces:  6.5'x7', 3'x8', 3'x5'. $15 for all of it and it stays out of the landfill. Email <chrija02> and I can provide photos.

Babysitter needed: For energetic set of boys, eight and five years old. Some nights, most Saturdays. Please call 419-0831.


Sustainability tip

On average, each American receives 41.5 pounds of unsolicited promotional mail each year and spends 70 hours dealing with it. Opting out of receiving this mail saves time and means the resources that would be used to create it can be used elsewhere. Check this site for help in removing yourself from junk mail lists:  http://www.ehow.com/how_6352334_stop-delivery-junk-mail.html. Borrowed from http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm#help.

Wellness tip

Best weight loss advice you've never heard:

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

Weight Loss Tip No. 4: Stock up on frozen vegetables. Sure, fresh vegetables are delicious and nutritious. But faced with the need to scrape a carrot, wash and slice a zucchini, or cut broccoli into florets, many of us say, "Too much trouble!" and reach for chips instead.

To make things easier, stock your freezer with frozen vegetables.

An even better way to be sure you eat more vegetables: Cook the frozen veggies ahead of time. Microwave the whole bag of green beans, for instance. Then keep them in the refrigerator, ready to dump into canned soups, add to a salad or just eat by the handful.

And finally…

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. 

-Edward Everett