Tuesday, Nov. 2

TUESDAY 11/2/10

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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.  

New and improved Luther website

Thank you to the following team for their terrific work overhauling the Luther website: Kristin Bjerke, Aaron Burk '12, Chris Barth, Marcia Gullickson, Travis Huinker '11, Brian Jones, Rob Larson, Tracy Ostlie '11, Steve Smith, and Greg Vanney. This two-year project has taken an enormous amount of time and skill.  Please join me in thanking these individuals.  

-President Torgerson


'Around the Clock' sale Nov. 3

The Book Shop will have an "Around the Clock" sale Wednesday, Nov. 3. Featured time slots are 8:45-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3 p.m., and 3-4:45 p.m. During each of these four time slots, different items will be featured at huge savings. For a list of discounted items, please stop by the Book Shop or visit our website at http://www.luther.edu/bookshop/?story_id=299250.

Admissions Shadow Day Nov. 15

First Shadow Day of the year is Monday, Nov. 15. Many first-year students will host guests as they go through their day's campus activities. Admissions has asked each first-year student to tell faculty if he/she is acting as a host, but we also wanted to remind those who teach first-year students that you will most likely have visitors in your classes. We know that in some sections space may be tight, but please be as welcoming and accommodating as possible. Most visitors will leave after the
2:45 p.m. class period. Thank you.

Counseling Service website

Please visit the Counseling Service website http://www.luther.edu/counseling/ for an array of resources to assist you in responding to students struggling with mental health issues.  Website sections that might be especially useful include: "How to Help" http://www.luther.edu/counseling/help/; "For Faculty" http://www.luther.edu/counseling/faculty/; and "Crisis Resources" http://www.luther.edu/counseling/crisis/.

College donates to Food Pantry

From food plot to pantry, Luther College Gardens planted, produced and donated approximately 70 pounds of potatoes to the Decorah Food Pantry as part of a Luther College Sustainability initiative. The seed potatoes, locally grown potatoes donated by the Luther Cafeteria, were planted by Luther student gardeners in the Luther Gardens in a plot dedicated to the Food Pantry project.


Chapel this week Tuesday, Nov. 2: Tuesday Devos, CRH
Wednesday, Nov. 3: Stephanie Anderson, Young Adults in Global Missions
Thursday, Nov. 4: Morning prayer, CRH, Allison Alpers, cantor
Friday, Nov. 5: John Maraldo, Quartet from South Africa Choir
Monday, Nov. 8: Maren Stumme-Diers

Events this week 

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., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall
Nov. 4, Religion Forum, John Maraldo, 7 p.m., CFL Recital Hall
Nov. 5-6, NATS
Nov. 6, Center Stage Series, "Professor Kubinek meets the Symphony," 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 9,Luther Ensemble Concert, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall


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.


Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Nov. 2


Ginger Meyette will present a Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Tuesday, Nov. 2 at7 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.


Norse Pack the Stands night Nov. 2


The campus is invited to Luther Volleyball's last home match of the season and the first Norse Pack the Stands night Tuesday, Nov. 2. SAAC and Mabe's pizza are partnering to sponsor Norse Pack the Stands night. The volleyball match will begin at 7:35 p.m.


'The Bill Sackter Story' film screening


A screening of "A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story" will be Tuesday, Nov. 2 at

8 p.m. in Valders 206. The film documents the life of Bill Sackter, who after a lifetime of institutionalization, emerged as an international hero for people with disabilities. Mickey Rooney portrayed Sackter in the 1981 TV-movie "Bill."

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. For more information, visit www.thespectrumnetwork.org or call 382-8401.

Teaching discussion Nov. 4

Join us for "Celebrating Common Ground: An Open Forum on Teaching Development," scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4, 9:45-10:30 a.m. in the Jenson-Noble Choir Room. Come and participate in a teaching discussion with colleagues who engaged in spring 2010 teaching partnerships: Heather Armstrong, Rebecca Boehm Shaffer, Carol Hester, Brooke Joyce, Karen Kanakis and Sandra Peter. Refreshments will be served.

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.

World Fashion Show and Garage Sale

Come to the World Fashion Show and Garage Sale Friday, Nov. 5 from 7-9 p.m. in the CFA Atrium. All proceeds benefit the Sudan Education Program. In addition to the show and sale, there will also be a portrait booth, henna tattooing and a bake sale. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. Donate items through Nov. 2 to the Garage Sale via the box in Marty's or by contacting Isilda at <huliis01>.

'They Will Stumble' SPIN Theatre presents "They Will Stumble Over the Weight of Our Deep Roots," a participatory performance work, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at 9:30 p.m., Nov. 6 at 1:30 and 9:30 p.m. in the CFA, Studio I. Open to the public with no charge for admission.

Discovery Day Nov. 6

Luther's environmental education class will host Discovery Day Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon on the Luther campus for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children at Discovery Day will participate in environmentally focused education activities: learning about animal adaptation, tracking, nature's music, creative recycled art and local food investigations.

Pre-registration is required.  There is a $3 registration fee. Materials and snacks will be provided for participants. To register a student, contact Emily Neal <nealem01> or 387-2138.

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. For tickets, call the Box Office, 387-1357, or get them online at http://www.luther.edu/programming/centerstage/dinnerseries/.

Wind and Percussion Ensemble Nov. 9

Luther College Wind and Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Directed by Frederick Nyline, the program includes "Echoes of the Hollow Square" by Johnnie Vinson, "With Pleasure" by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Robert Foster, "Radetzky March" by Johann Strauss, arranged by Alfred Reed and "ONata Lux" by Guy Forbes, arranged by Preston Hazzard.

Kenny Barron Trio with David Sanchez

Kenny Barron Trio and Grammy award-winning saxophonist David Sánchez join together for an evening of jazz Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther College campus. Ticket price is $22, $20 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, 387-1357 or http://centerstage.luther.edu.

Center Stage Dinner Series

Dine with Luther Catering before the "Kenny Barron Trio" performance Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. The jazzy menu includes roasted fall vegetable salad with a smoky tomato vinaigrette, pepper crusted beef with a bacon chim churri sauce accompanied by horseradish mashed potatoes and baby carrots, artisan rolls and cappuccino mousse. For tickets, call the Box Office, 387-1357 or get them online at http://www.luther.edu/programming/centerstage/dinnerseries/.

Dorian Keyboard Festival Nov. 13

Nearly 150 junior high and high school students will take part in the 53rd annual Dorian Keyboard Festival at Luther College. Students will perform in piano, organ and harpsichord recitals Saturday, Nov. 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m., with an honor recital at 7 p.m. that evening. Recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall and are open to the public with no charge for admission. For more information, contact Jim Buzza, 387-1389.


Angeline Jacobson's 100th birthday Angeline Jacobson, Luther professor emerita of library science, will celebrate her 100th birthday Friday, Nov. 5. She served as a reference librarian in Koren and Preus Libraries from 1951 until her retirement in 1976. Her research interests focused on Native Americans. In 1977, Scarecrow Press published her work "Contemporary Native American Literature: A Selected and Partially Annotated Bibliography." She has been a resident of Aase Haugen Homes since November 2005. Greetings can be sent to her at P.O. Box 510, Decorah, IA  52101.

Position opening

Assistant director of annual giving: To plan, direct and coordinate components of the annual giving program in concert with the director of annual giving.  For more information see the hr website at http://www.luther.edu/hr/.


Rachel Vagts, Habitat for Humanity advisor, attended the Habitat for Humanity National Youth Leadership conference in Columbus, Ohio with five Luther students. Jessica Samuelson '12, Alex Mundy '11 and Ross Bansen '11 presented about the history of Can Mountain Day: donating redeemable containers to build affordable housing in Winneshiek County. Also in attendance were Eric Eitrheim '12 and Colleen Foote '12.

Holly Moore presented the paper "Thrasymachus' Blush and Socrates' Performative Elenchos" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham University Oct. 17.

Jim Eckblad is teaching a one-week class in early November on "The Life and Times of the Mississippi River." The class is part of the LIFE (Learning Is ForEver) program in Rochester which is supported by Rochester Community and Technical College and University of Minnesota Rochester.

Mark D. Johns presented a paper, "Facebook as a tool for religious fund-raising and support by religious organizations" at the Association of Internet Researchers international conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct. 21-23.

Marv Slind was elected to the board of directors of the Norwegian-American Historical Association.

Harlan Nelson and Richard Cole attended the Seven Rivers Region Fulbright Chapter Meeting at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. The chapter placed first in a national competitive grant application to fund a series of events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbrighters to experience unique cultural/ethnic/ geographic opportunities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. One of the events will be in Decorah.

Alfredo Alonso Estenoz presented a paper, "The Batrachomyomachia (The Battle of the Frogs and Mice) in the context of Borges's 'The Inmortal'", at the Borges Symposium, University of Pittsburgh, Oct. 15.

Karen Kanakis and Jacob Lassetter, along with pianist David Gomper from the University of Iowa, performed the world premier of the new song cycle "The Anthill" by composer Joe Dangerfield of Coe College on the Coe campus Sunday, Oct. 31.

Wanda Deifelt published an article titled "Advocacy, Political Participation, and Citizenship: Lutheran Contributions to Public Theology" in "Dialog: A Journal of Theology" volume 49, number 2, Summer 2010, p. 108-114.


Football lost to No. 15 Wartburg Oct. 30, 18-24. The Norse put up 444 yards of total offense against the usually stingy Knights defense. Dan Ridenour '13 posted a career high with 154 yards on 26 carries. With 212 yards of passing on the day, Chris Reynolds '12 became Luther's all-time leader for passing yardage. Kyle McGivney '12 led the defense with 17 tackles, 15 solo.

Men's cross country captured their 32nd IIAC title Oct. 30, their fifth straight. Luther's five scoring runners were Erik Johnson '11, third, Evan Neubauer '13, 11th, Shane Steele '12, 12th, Scott Mittman '14, 15th, and Kyle Buck '11, 16th. Johnson, Neubauer, Steele and Mittman were named to the all-conference team. It is Johnson's fourth time to be so honored. Steve Pasche was named Coach of the Year for the fifth time.

Women's cross country captured their 11th IIAC title, with five runners placing in the top 10. Emma Spoon '12 won the race and earned the MVP title and all-conference honors. Also earning all-conference honors: Ellie Neubauer '11, third, Kim Horner '11, sixth, Christina Storlie '13, eighth, Sarah Lundine '11, tenth, Julia Scheifelbein-Egan '11, 11th, and Melissa Erickson '12, 12th. Anna Murray '12 who placed 15th, was not awarded all-conference honors because the Iowa Conference has a rule that only seven members from one team can earn all-conference. Yarrow Pasche was named the Coach of the Year for the third time.

Home events this week: Volleyball hosts Dubuque Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Women's soccer hosts Coe Nov. 3, first round of IIAC tournament, 7 p.m.

Cross country hosts the JV Cup Nov. 5 at 3:45 p.m.

Swimming and diving hosts UW-Whitewater Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

Football hosts Dubuque Nov. 6, 1 p.m.


Calling all runners Celebrate Luther's 150th anniversary with a 150 km relay race from Luther's birthplace, Halfway Creek, Wis. to Decorah, June 4–5, with an overnight in Rushford, Minn. Teams should consist of 5-10 runners and a support crew. Organize your family, your friends, your department, floor or club. For more information contact Matt Hughes, 387-1345 or <hughesma>. To pre-register, visit http://www.luther.edu/150/events/relayrace

New Nordic Choir album released

Luther has released the new Nordic Choir album, "We Sing with Joy," a compilation of works performed by Nordic Choir on their 2010 West Coast Tour and on-campus performances. The CD is $20 and available on the Luther website, http://www.luther.edu/music/recordings/.

Upward Bound seeks employees

 The Luther College Upward Bound program is looking for college students and faculty to work our summer 2011 program. College students need to have completed their sophomore year by the end of May 2011. Faculty tutors can be any level of educator or a person who possesses a unique background that can be shared with high school students. Looking for people with experience in all majors to provide a variety of learning experiences to our students. Applications for Summer 2011 are available on-line: http://www.luther.edu/upwardbound/employment/summer_program/.


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: Burley Nomad bicycle trailer-cargo only. 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.

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]

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>.

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.

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

For sale: Frigidaire upright freezer. In perfect condition. Asking $100. Similar 2010 models going for $400. Contact Julie, <shocju01> or 387-1865.

For sale: Extremely clean 2001 Daewoo Nubira CDX four-door sedan, four cylinder automatic with power boost feature; front wheel drive, 56,000-one owner-miles, white, excellent condition, no rust, most service records, 28-30 mpg hwy; CD and cassette, AM/FM, AC, power windows and locks, fog lamps, anti-lock brakes, rear window defroster, four newer regular tires and four newer studded snow tires. $4,500. Email <cannma01> or call 379-3241.

For sale: Giant Suede E ladies electric assist bike.  $200. Email [email protected].

Found: In Valders 206 on Oct. 22-a dark grey Columbia jacket. To claim, see Lynn in SHL 231.

Found: In Sampson Hoffland Laboratories-sunglasses with large black frame. To claim, see Lynn in SHL 231.

Looking to buy: Foam flip chairs, or something comparable, for holiday beds for children. Also looking for a day bed. Contact Norma Refsal, 382-9383 or <refsalno>.

Wanted: Small space heater, suitable for office. Please contact <hollymoore>.

Wanted: Gently used, clean plastic shopping bags for the Marty's C-store. It is a great way to recycle.

For sale: Apartment-sized couch with matching pillows. Excellent condition. Price reduced. Contact 387-6198 or <tackde01>.


Sustainability tip Recycling used books, games, videos: The average household has almost 450 media items. That's roughly $7,400 in stuff that is rarely used. Interested in swapping? Go to http://www.swap.com/ and add books, CDs, movies and video games to your "Have List" that you want to swap. The site will then show you what you can swap for them. Complete the swap, mail your item, and wait with anticipation for your new-to-you item.

Wellness tip-Daylight Savings Time Reminder: Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m. Set your clocks back one hour this weekend.

And finally… "I don't really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind.

I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it.

At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves."

-Robertson Davies
The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks,
 1947, XIX, Sunday