Tuesday, Oct. 26

TUESDAY 10/26/10

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Nov. 3-4 staff meetings

The November staff meeting will consist of a recap of the fall Board of Regents meeting, an update on sesquicentennial plans and the "Ten Most Interesting Questions the Development Office Receives." The college will also recognize employees marking five-year anniversaries. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.  

Fall Regents meeting

The Regents will meet on campus Oct. 29-30. They will review and discuss the work of Task Group 150, the 2009-10 audit, fall budget adjustments, the land use management plan and debt financing options for renovating Miller-Dieseth. Board materials can be viewed at http://katie.luther.edu. Look for the Board of Regents site under the "my courses" section on the left hand side of the page. A sub-folder contains the October meeting materials.

150th celebration

In a few months Luther will begin celebrating its sesquicentennial. See what is being planned at http://www.luther.edu/150, and if you want to volunteer with any of the events or projects, contact Karen Martin-Schramm, <marschka>, 387-1527.


HR health conversation announcement

One out of three women suffers from urinary incontinence: uncontrolled leakage of urine from the body. Urinary incontinence can limit lifestyles and relationships. While some conditions are temporary and can be managed with simple therapy or medicine, there are advanced treatment options available in Decorah.

On Wednesday, Nov. 10 Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a free urinary incontinence seminar, 5:30-7 p.m. in the lower level conference rooms at the medical center. The conversation will be facilitated by Brad Orvis, urologist with Decorah Clinic Physicians-Mayo Health System.

Directory at the printer

The 2010-11 Faculty/Staff Directory is at the printer.  For up-to-date information, use the online directory at https://www.luther.edu/directory/. The online directory is updated every other day. By logging in with a Norse Key, employees may modify the amount of information that is available for viewing.

Upcoming faculty development sessions

Thursday, Oct. 28: Syncing and Sharing Files in the Cloud: Using Norse Docs and Dropbox, 3 p.m.

See http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule for more information and locations.

Luther Reuse Sales

A replacement for the annual Luther auction, Luther Reuse Sales will offer a variety of items no longer used by the college.  The sales will be held in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn near Baker Village.

The Reuse Sales, a project of Luther Sustainability, are held on selected dates throughout the school year.

Items will also be auctioned on the Luther Reuse Sale website, http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/waste-recycling/reusesale/.

Office Supplies Reuse Station

From staplers to scissors and pens to paper clips, the Luther Office Supplies Reuse Station provides students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to sustainably dispose of and acquire office and school supplies.

Located in Room 376 in the Valders Hall of Science, the Reuse Station is open
8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Faculty, staff and students are invited to donate used office and school supply items that are no longer needed.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, Oct. 26: Tuesday Devos, CFL Main Hall, LIFT event, David Vásquez
Wednesday, Oct. 27: Soeren Steding, Reformation Chapel, Norsemen
Thursday, Oct. 28: Interfaith prayer, CRH
Friday, Oct. 29: David Vásquez, Cathedral
Monday, Nov. 1: All Saints' Day chapel, Collegiate

Events this week 

Oct. 26, Luther Ensemble Concert, Concert Band Tour Homecoming Concert,
7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Oct. 29-31, Lutheran Writers Festival
Oct. 29, SAC Concerts, Relient K, 8 p.m., Regents Center Main Gym
Oct. 30, Faculty Artist Series, LC Woodwind Quintet, 7 p.m., Noble Recital Hall
Oct. 30, PRIDE Drag Ball, 9 p.m., Marty's
Nov. 1-19, Campus Conservation Nationals, campus
Nov. 2, Fair Trade Fest, 5-10 p.m., Marty's
Nov. 2, Paideia Text and Issues Lecture, Ginger Meyette, "Beyond Boundaries: Empowerment at a Transformational Service Paradigm," 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall

All Saints Day Chapel Nov. 1

All Saints Day Chapel will be held Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall. College Ministries would like help in identifying children born or adopted in the Luther community in the last year as well as the names of those loved ones who have passed away. Employees, their spouses and children, and students' parents and siblings will be listed in the bulletin. There will be an opportunity to light candles and name other saints to be remembered. Contact College Ministries, 387-1040 or <ministry>, with names by Oct. 27.

Lutheran Festival of Writing at Luther

"The Vibrant Word: A Lutheran Festival of Writing," Oct. 29-31 at Luther, welcomes everyone interested in stories and poems. Thirty authors will read their work and keynote speakers poet Robert Cording and novelist René Steinke will give presentations. Former campus pastor Norene Smith preaches at Sunday worship. Luther faculty, staff and students can register at no charge. Registration is necessary except for keynote presentations, which are open to the public with no charge for admission. Please urge students to attend.  Information and registration available at: http://www.luther.edu/lutheranfestivalofwriting/ or via email at <gilbertc>. 

ACM's Newberry Library semester

The fall 2011 directors of the ACM Newberry Library Seminar semester, Diane Lichtenstein and Linda Sturtz, will hold a brown bag informational for faculty that have students with interest in the program Friday, Oct. 29 from noon-1 p.m. in the Bunche Room. The seminar next fall is titled "Crossing Boundaries" and focuses on topics related to geographic, national, racial/ethnic and gender role boundaries. 

SAC presents Relient K, Angel Taylor

Grammy nominated Relient K and the highly-praised Angel Taylor will perform at Luther Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Regents Center Main Gym.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27, available at the Box Office or online: http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/.

The concert is sponsored by SAC Concerts.

'Haunted Lab' Oct. 30

Luther College physics department will hosting its annual "Haunted Lab" on Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring spooky hands-on science demonstrations that will entertain people of all ages.

The family-oriented Haunted Lab will be open from 6-9 p.m. on the first floor of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus. Visitors may attend the lab any times during the three-hour show. Enter though the southeast entrance on the lowest level of Valders. Signs will guide visitors to the Haunted Lab.

Oneota Winds present concert Oct. 30

Oneota Winds, a new faculty woodwind quintet, will present a concert Saturday,
Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. Performers include Luther faculty members Heather Armstrong, flute, Michael Chesher, clarinet, Carol Hester, flute, Helen James, bassoon, and Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, horn. They will be joined by junior Erik Wadman, percussion. The group will perform works by Valerie Coleman, Franz Danzi, Astor Piazolla and Maurice Ravel.

Residence hall trick-or-treating

Luther residence hall trick-or-treating is Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-7:30 p.m. in the first-year residence halls. Luther community members are welcome to bring their families trick-or-treating through Ylvisaker, Olson Hall and Brandt Hall. Participating rooms will have an orange pumpkin on the door. For children, there will also be cookie decorating in Olson, craft making in Brandt and games in Ylvisaker. Join us for trick-or-treating in the halls where the weather is always nice.

In conjunction with residence hall trick-or-treating, APO, a service fraternity, will be collecting loose change to help fund Park and Recreation activities for area youth and families in need.

Fair Trade Fest Nov. 2

Luther College SEEDS will hold a Fair Trade Fest Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5:30-10:30 p.m. in Marty's Cybercafé. Fair Trade Fest is open to the public with no charge for admission. Fair Trade Fest is an opportunity for SEEDS to inform students of many of the social justice issues occurring in the world and offer steps that can be taken to stop those injustices. Their mission is to raise awareness of the problems as well as to celebrate the ways people are fighting back. Fair-trade goods on sale include coffee, jewelry and apparel. Many Luther student-led music and dance groups will be performing.

Student recitals

Erik Ripley '12 will perform a trombone recital Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Andrew Ritter '11 will perform a tuba recital Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

David Clair '12 and Kristina Tucker '12 will perform a trumpet recital Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

Aaron Knodle '11 will perform an organ recital Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall.

Charlie Rasmussen '11 will perform a cello recital Sunday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Erin Brown '12 will perform a soprano recital and Chad Sonka '12 will perform a baritone recital Sunday, Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Student recitals are in Noble Recital Hall unless otherwise noted, with receptions to follow. Open to the public with no charge for admission.

Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Nov. 2

Ginger Meyette will present a Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Tuesday, Nov. 2 at
7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. A reception will be held in the CFL Qualley Lounge following the presentation. Meyette's lecture will explore the concept of transforming service, and service as a catalyst for transformation through an empowerment lens.

Religion Forum Nov. 4

John Maraldo, professor from the University of North Florida, will present the Religion Forum "Are Religions Only a Matter of Belief? An Alternative View" Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall.

Take a Kid to a Game Nov. 6

Luther Athletes Serving Others will sponsor Take a Kid to a Game day Saturday,
Nov. 6, 1-4 p.m. at Carlson Stadium. LASO invites children in kindergarten through fifth grade to attend the Luther football game against the University of Dubuque and sit in the stands with Luther student-athletes. The event is open to area children with no charge for admission. To enroll a child, contact Will Maddox, 387-1799 or <maddwi01>.

'Professor Kubinek Meets the Symphony'

A lunatic is coming to Iowa, and he's taking over the Orchestra. Luther will present the Iowa premiere of "Professor Kubinek Meets the Symphony" Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall.

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Box Office, 387-1357, or may be purchased online at http://centerstage.luther.edu. Ticket prices are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. "Professor Kubinek" is part of Luther's 2010-11 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.

Center Stage Dinner Series

Dine with Luther Catering before "Professor Kubinek Meets the Symphony" Saturday, Nov. 5. Service begins at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. Distinctive art and
beautiful food pair nicely to form a special taste from Iowa. Serving pumpkin soup, Iowa pork loin with an apple compote, red cabbage, house-made beer bread and house-made Czech desserts. Please call the Box Office for tickets, 387-1357. More information about the dinner series is available at http://www.luther.edu/student-life/housing-dining/dining/catering/series/.



To Jennifer Self and Brooke Joyce on the birth of their son on Sunday, Oct. 24 at
9:19 p.m. He weighed in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces.

New employee

Mallory Marlatt '10 will serve as the college's acting director of music tours and marketing during the maternity leave of Jennifer Self, the college's coordinator for music organizations and marketing since 2008.


To Brian Caton and family. Brian's grandmother, Kaye Caton, 84, passed away Oct.15 in Virginia Beach, Va.

To Deb Henderson, dining services, on the death of her father Carol "Red" Mincks, 83, Calmar.


Todd Green gave an invited lecture at the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on Oct. 19. The title of his lecture was "Making Mountains Out of Minarets: The Newest Chapter in Europe's Resistance to Islam."

Robert Shedinger gave a lecture titled "Engaging Islam Islamically: The Problem of Religion in Interreligious Dialogue" at DePaul University Oct. 18. The lecture was jointly sponsored by the DePaul University Religious Studies Department, Muslim Student Association, Center for Interfaith Engagement and the Islamic World Studies Program.

Social work program faculty presented at the Council on Social Work Education annual conference in Portland in October. Britt Rhodes shared strategies for infusing gerontology education into the social work curriculum at the Curriculum Development Institute training at CSWE Oct. 14; Craig Mosher led a panel presentation on Sustainability and Social Work at CSWE on Oct. 15; and Ginger Meyette presented the paper "Grief, Aging, and Lesbians: Intersection of Identities Through a Queer/Feminist Lens" at CSWE on Oct.16.

Rebecca Sullivan's article "Web Research in Academic Libraries" was recently published by the Association of College and Research Libraries as part of a series that documents best practices for college and small university libraries. 

Nancy Gates-Madsen presented the paper "Tales of Disappearance in Juan José Saer's La pesquisa and Eric Stener Carlson's I Remember Julia: Voices of the Disappeared" at the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto, Oct. 5-9.

Diane Scholl's poem, "St. John's Bible, May, 2005" appears in the Nov. 2 issue of "The Christian Century."

Laurie Iudin-Nelson was a featured guest presenter at a STARTALK seminar for teachers of Russian for grades kindergarten through undergraduate college. STARTALK invited teachers from throughout the United States to the Russian Village of the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota to participate in the seminar in June and July. Iudin-Nelson's presentations included sessions on folk singing, balalaika instruction and five lectures on various aspects of music as a pedagogical tool for foreign language and culture education.


Men's soccer defeated Coe Oct. 20, 1-0, Cornell Oct. 23, 5-0, and St. John's University Oct. 24, 3-0. Matt Hoffman '14 scored the game-winner vs. Coe; Mark Fernandes '13, Brock Arend '14, Saul Rosales '13, Dickson Kwatampora '12 and Jason Block '12 scored in the Cornell match; and Rosales, Jason Lentz '11 and Andrew Eisenberg '11scored in the St. John's match.

Women's soccer defeated Coe Oct. 20, 1-0, and defeated Cornell Oct. 23, 7-1. Renee Weeks '12 scored a goal in each game. Dani Meirick '12, Paige Ofstedahl '12, Kirsten Stevens '13 and Maggie Herrity '13 each had a goal in the Cornell game; Anna Grinde '11 had two.

Volleyball won three of four matches at the UW-La Crosse Tournament Oct. 22-23. The Norse defeated UW-River Falls, 3-0, UW-Superior, 3-0 and UW-La Crosse, and lost to Carthage, 2-3. Hannah Walker '14 was named to the all-tournament team. She led the Norse offense with 69 kills.

Football defeated Buena Vista Oct. 23, 26-20. Seth Streeter '13 made two field goals, Chris Reynolds '12 threw for 207 yards and tallied 95 yards on carries. Steven Thompson '12 caught a career-high 10 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle McGivney '12 led the defense with 15 tackles and one forced fumble.


Experienced tutor seeks students: Spouse of a current Luther student with five years of experience tutoring high school and middle school students in math, Spanish, and writing. Tutor will gladly come to your home or to school. Call Nathan Gates, (319) 330-8627.

For sale: Four car tires in nice condition, $40 total. Premium Touring radials, 205x70x15. Call 387 0242.

For sale:  Ford Taurus GL, gray, four-door, FWD, A/C, 65,800 miles. Good condition, runs great. $3,000 OBO.  Call 382-4067 or email [email protected].

For rent: Spacious four-bedroom, two-bath home in Decorah. Close to Middle School and downtown. Call or leave a message for more information 419-6931.

Wanted: Qualified referee for middle school basketball games at CFS Schools in Calmar. If interested, contact Patti, 562-3291.

For sale: 1996 Yamaha Razz scooter with 8,574 miles. Asking $400. Contact Ron, 735-5537.

For sale or rent: Two-bedroom townhouse condominium; 1,400 square feet; newly remodeled first floor, including kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances; attached one-car garage. Located on Ohio Street, very close to campus. Rent: $750/month. Contact <whitan01> for purchase price or further information.

For sale: Burley Nomad bicycle-cargo only-trailer. Bought it this summer and only put about 80 miles on it. Asking $250. Contact Seth at 387-7191 or <minese01>.

Seeking donations: Time to clean out the linen closets. The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church is continuing to help Decorah residents by offering them new and gently used blankets, sheets and towels for this winter. Deliver your donations to Tech Services at Preus Library and Martha Davis will deliver them to First Lutheran. Or you may take them directly to the church.

For sale:  Full-length, heather brown fall coat from the Sundance catalog. Beautifully tailored, worn only once. Too large for me, but I've been reluctant to admit it. I paid $180 for it, but I'll be happy to get (close to) half that price from a happy recipient.  Glad to show it to you. Contact Jess, 387-1147 or <pauljess>.

Odd jobs wanted: Going away and need someone to water your plants or take care of Fido? Need someone to watch your house during your holiday travels? 2010 Luther graduate is available for odd jobs from mid-December through late January. Services offered included: house/pet sitting, baby-sitting and outdoor jobs. Graduate is responsible, dependable and can provide references upon request. Rates are reasonable. For more information, please contact Kirstin at: <roblki01> or [email protected]

Huge multi-family garage sale: Saturday, Oct. 30 opening at 8 a.m. at 2711 Cedar Road. From the college go north on College Drive, right on Grandview, first left off Grandview and end at the first house on left. The sale will have furniture, housewares, toys, baby furniture, clothes for everyone, collectibles, exercise equipment, bikes, mattress sets, Lane sofa/recliner, changing table, high chair, crib, toddler bed, cradle, doors, Care Bear trike, dining room set, traps and other outdoors-person miscellaneous.

For sale: Beginner Ludwig percussionist set. Snare drum, stand and case, $35. Contact 387-1400 or <gullick>.

Help wanted: Short-term nanny/mother's helper needed. We are looking for evening and weekend help with two small children, Nov. 17-23. Childcare experience necessary. Please provide references. Call 387-6886.


Sustainability tip

Precycling (while entertaining):

  • Use washable plates and utensils instead of disposable
  • Use cloth instead of paper napkins
  • Borrow or rent items that you use only seasonally or occasionally
  • Buy snacks in bulk instead of single-serve
  • Send invitations via email
  • Encourage guests to carpool
  • Wrap gifts in reusable items to match the occasion like receiving blankets or dish towels.
  • Make decorations with reusable or recyclable material

For more see: http://www.halifax.ca/wrms/precycling.html.

And finally…

"Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."

-Carol Bishop Hipps

"It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms

In masks and gown we haunt the street
And knock on doors for trick or treat
Tonight we are the king and queen,
For oh tonight it's Halloween!"

-Jack Prelutsky