Tuesday, Aug. 30

TUESDAY 8/30/11

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


Memorial for Sylvia Sept. 3

In July the campus was notified of the shocking death of Sylvia Nabukeera '10. Her death occurred in Narobi, Kenya around June 23. Sylvia was returning home to Uganda and had stopped in Kenya for a job interview. Sylvia's death is under investigation by Kenyan officials who are questioning three suspects. Crime scene materials are undergoing DNA matching tests. The autopsy report has yet to be released. Two Luther professors who were traveling in Kenya and Tanzania in early August met with the police. 

Even as we grieve Sylvia and wrestle with the uncertainty surrounding her tragic death, we also treasure her memory and celebrate her life. The community is invited to a time for "Sharing Sylvia" Saturday, Sept. 3, 5-6:30 p.m. in the CFA Atrium to gather for informal conversation following the first rehearsal of the Gospel Choir. 

That gathering will include an opportunity for the community to explore ways to honor Sylvia's life by helping keep her most important commitments: supporting educational opportunities for her siblings, nieces and nephews, and her interest in working with orphans like herself so that they can have opportunities for education and personal growth like she had.

To share fundraising ideas, contact College Ministries at <ministry>. College Ministries, the Diversity Center, and the Counseling Center are resources for students who knew Sylvia and need support.

Ann Highum announces retirement

Ann Highum, vice president and dean for Student Life, will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.  In keeping with faculty handbook guidelines, President Torgerson will visit with College Council about the search process. A position announcement and timeline will be forthcoming.

State of the College address

President Torgerson gave the annual State of the College address Aug. 25. Read the text of the address at: https://www.luther.edu/publicinformation/sotc2011/.

Task Group 150 Report now on Katie

The Task Group 150 draft report is posted on Katie for faculty and staff study and comment. Go to the course called "Office of the President" and then "Luther-President." I will host open forums to discuss the recommendations in the CFL Recital Hall Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22, 9:30-
10:30 a.m. Individual comments can be directed to <skodalda>.

I ask the community to join me in thanking Victoria Christman, Jon Christy, Brad Miller, Nick Preus, Kelly Wedmann, Greg Peterson, Arleen Orvis, and David Vasquez, the members of Task Group 150, who have given considerable time and energy to thinking about how to best position Luther College to thrive in the years ahead.                                                                      
                                                                                                -President Torgerson

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.


Show Your School Colors Days, Sept. 2-3

Celebrate Luther College and wear royal blue with pride. On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3, the Book Shop is offering 20 percent off all predominantly royal blue garments and emblematic items. An additional 20 percent off will be offered on already low priced clearance items.

Business card deadline Sept. 7

The Publications office is accepting orders for business cards online at www.luther.edu/printwork. Please order in quantity increments of 250. Send a sample of an old card via campus mail to A.J. Perling  <perlad01>. Submit orders prior to Wednesday, Sept. 7. The Publications office gathers business card orders at the start of each semester; note orders printed individually at other times cost considerably more to run.

Launching Luther Leaders

The Launching Luther Leaders program is seeking new student membership.

Faculty and staff may nominate potential and current student leaders who want to develop their leadership skills and pursue a variety of leadership experiences.

Requirements include a minimum of 2.50 GPA, junior and sophomore status.

Please send names of potential student leaders to Jane <hildebja>. Students with junior status will be able to apply for the Leadership Certificate program group. We will also accept the names of promising sophomores to add them to the program during the spring 2012 semester.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 5.

Family Weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 2

The tentative Family Weekend 2011 schedule can be found at http://www.luther.edu/parents/familyweekend/. If you are coordinating campus events during Family Weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), please check the schedule to ensure your event is accurately listed. Questions, corrections, or submissions, email <drillisu> before Sept. 5. Thank you.

Foundation constructed

Luther took another step toward harvesting wind energy last week when the concrete foundation was poured for the college's 1.6-megawatt wind turbine manufactured by General Electric.

The wind turbine is projected to produce 5.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, approximately one- third of the college's annual consumption.

The turbine is being constructed on a tract of land northwest of Decorah's city limits and north of the rock quarry near the intersection of U.S. Highway 52 Luther College and the Madison Road.

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.

'Understanding What Morsle Can Do'

"Understanding What Morsle Can Do For You," a brown-bag demonstration of the Katie-Norse Apps integration, will be conducted in the Mott Room on:

Tuesday, Sept. 6: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9: 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Plan on stopping in for 15 minutes or so to learn more about how Morsle can make your course resource work easier, faster, more collaborative and more organized.


Events this week

Sept. 1: Opening Convocation, Tracy Kidder, "Strength in What Remains," 9:40 a.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Sept. 1: Reception, Eid al Fitr, 7:30 p.m., CFL, second floor lobby

Sept. 2: SAC Diversity Performance, Heiruspecs, 7:30 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's CyberCafé

Sept. 3: SAC Spotlight Performance, Jim Wand, hypnotist, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Sept. 4:  Faculty Showcase Concert, 4 p.m., CFL Main Hall 

Emily Gilbertson art exhibit

An art exhibit by Emily Gilbertson '04 will be on display Aug. 31-Oct. 21 in the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. Gilbertson's exhibit, titled "Synergy: An Interplay of Females and Floras," contains three bodies of work, tied together by a common theme.

Randy Carlson art exhibit

An art exhibit by Randy Carlson '76 will be on display Sept. 1-Oct. 16 in Preus Library. The theme of the ceramics exhibit draws on the Luther College Sesquicentennial theme "Transformed by the Journey."

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.

SAC Diversity presents Heiruspecs

SAC Diversity committee presents hip-hop group Heiruspecs Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Marty's CyberCafé. Tickets are $10, available at the door or through the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357. Heiruspecs, a six-member instrumental hip-hop group from St. Paul, Minn., is best known for its live performances. The group emphasizes a raw, live sound that comes from their roots in the local scene.

Faculty Artist Series: Peter Lingen

Peter Lingen will perform a faculty guitar recital Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The program, open to the public with no charge for admission, features Renaissance dance music from Europe: Galliards, Voltes and Courantes. Lingen will also perform contemporary music by Sergio Assad, Roland Dyens and Manuel Ponce from Brazil, France and Mexico.

Faculty showcase concert Sept. 4

Luther music faculty will present a faculty showcase concert Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life. The program includes works by Alexander Arutiunian, Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Roland Dyens, Mendelssohn, Maurice Monhardt, Mozart, Schubert and Eugène Ysaÿe. Featured works include "Cortège" by Brooke Joyce, Luther assistant professor of music, and "Valse Jalapeno" by Tom Bourcier, Luther instructor in music.

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 Bethany (Bierman) Krepela and family on the birth of Kaija Joyce Krepela, born Friday, Aug. 19, 5:15 p.m. weighing 7 lbs., 5.5 oz, and measuring 20 inches.


College Ministries is glad to welcome new Sunday morning organist/cantor Aaron Burmeister. We are grateful for his presence with us as Gregory Peterson, college organist, takes on new responsibilities as chair of the music department. Aaron will teach in the music department and will serve as Sunday organist and cantor two Sundays each month. Join College Ministries and the student congregation for a reception welcoming Aaron after the 10 a.m. worship service for "Walk to Church" Sunday, Sept. 4.


Peter Scholl led a post-performance Sunday Salon discussion at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., on Aug. 21 about the relation of horror films to the musical theater production of  "Little Shop of Horrors" now playing at the Commonweal Theatre through Oct. 28.

Nancy Gates-Madsen had an article published in "Accounting for Violence: Marketing Memory in Latin America" (Duke UP, 2011), edited by Ksenija Bilbija (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Leigh A. Payne (University of Oxford). Her essay, "Marketing and Sacred Space: The Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires," explores how marketing affects the construction of memorials to victims of violence in Argentina.

Kim Powell has been named the recipient of the 2011 Iowa Communication Association Citation Award. She will receive the award Sept. 23 at the ICA annual conference at the Ankeny Campus Conference Center of Des Moines Area Community College. The ICA Citation Award is given each year to a recipient who has consistently demonstrated exceptional service to communication and/or performing arts in Iowa over an extended period of time. It is the highest award given by ICA.

Todd Green was a guest on the Dr. Howard Gluss Radio Show Aug. 12. Todd was interviewed on the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. Hear the podcast at: http://drgluss.podhoster.com/index.php?pid=25187.

Luther College President Richard Torgerson will present the college's Spirit of Luther Award to R. Eric "Rick" and Cynthia Carlson and David and Brenda Carlson at the college's Sesquicentennial opening convocation Thursday, Sept. 1 in the Center for Faith and Life. The Carlson family is being honored for their long history of leadership, commitment and support for Luther and the entire Decorah community. 


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. Contact the Book Shop for a recipe form or pick one 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>.


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

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

For sale: 2006 Kawasaki KFX50 youth four-wheeler, electric start, gas power, $1,400, OBO. Please call Ryan at 419-3990 if interested.

Computer: 2007 Dell Dimension 521 desktop PC with 1 GB Ram, 222 GB hard drive, DVD/RW drive, 15" LED monitor, Windows Vista and MS Office: Student and Teacher Edition, 2003 Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, Outlook, Publisher. $100; or we would be pleased to give it to a worthy non-profit or family in need. Contact <marschja>.

Wanted: Books. The United Way is again looking for books for their annual book sale. Do you have books you're looking to donate? Please drop them off at the Public Information office by Friday, Sept. 9. Questions? Contact Julie Shockey, 387-1865 or <shocju01>.


Sustainability tip

In the garage: For most of us, the garage serves many purposes. We use it to store tools and lawn and garden equipment, organize home improvement projects, and protect our bikes and cars. Put the 3 Rs into practice by using your garage to serve yet another purpose-promoting the health of the environment and your community-with these simple tips.

• Rent tools and appliances. Consider how often you will use the next tool you are about to buy. If it is something you will rarely use, rent it at your local home improvement store or nursery instead of buying it.

• Recycle used oil. Motor oil from your car, truck, motorcycle, boat or lawn mower can be re-refined into new oil, reconditioned and processed into fuel oils, or used as a raw material for the petroleum industry. Imagine: if all do-it-yourself oil changers in America recycled their used oil, it would be enough for more than 50 million cars a year.

• Organize a garage sale. Host or organize a neighborhood garage sale. Sell all the usable items that would otherwise end up in the trash. Offer broken, but fixable, items for free or at a very low price. Set an example for sustainable living in your community. Borrowed from http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm#help.

Wellness tip

Best weight loss advice you've never heard: the fifth of nine diet tips you may not have heard yet, borrowed from WebMD.com.

Weight Loss Tip No. 5: Make yourself a party tray

Make a big vegetable platter, maybe with some low-fat dip on the site — the kind you put on the buffet for weight-conscious guests. 

But this one is just for you and any interested family members. Keep it in the fridge at eye level, encouraging you to snack healthy and avoid the higher-calorie contents of your refrigerator. 

Several studies have found that we tend to eat more when food is within easy reach. Secretaries who placed candy on their desks ate about 48 percent more than when the candy was six feet away, according to research by Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.

And finally…

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.  
                                                                                                  -Malcolm S. Forbes