Tuesday, Nov. 9

TUESDAY 11/9/10

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Flexible benefit plan information

Current enrollees in the flexible benefit plan may visit www.myflexonline.com to view current contributions and claims.  This is a useful site that gives a total pictures of an employee's health care and/or dependent childcare reimbursement plan.  Claim forms may be printed from this site; and includes information about allowable expenses.

Health care reform information

With the passage of health care reform, effective Jan. 1, 2011 non-prescription drugs and medicines may NOT be reimbursed through Health Flexible Spending Accounts. However, non-prescription drugs and medicines can be reimbursed if a physician writes a prescription for them. 

Request from Sodexo

All carryout requests involving meal transfers (such as sports team carryouts) should be sent to <diningservices> in the future. If you have requested a carryout in the last week, please resend your request to this email address so that we can process it. If you have questions, call Sheila, 387-1461.

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/.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Tuesday Devos, CRH
Wednesday, Nov. 10: Ginger Meyette
Thursday, Nov. 11: Global Prayer, CRH
Friday, Nov. 12: Father Phil Gibbs, Catholic Chaplain
Monday, Nov. 15: Katie Deaver, senior chapel

Events this week 

Nov. 1-19, Campus Conservation Nationals, campus
Nov. 9, Luther Ensemble Concert, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall
Nov. 11, Gallery Reception, Byron Anway, 5 p.m., Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery
Nov. 11, Center Stage Series, "Kenny Barron Trio," with special guest David Sanchez, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 12-13, Nov. 18-20, Luther Theatre Performance, "The Servant of Two Masters," 7:30 p.m., with additional 1:30 p.m. matinee performances Nov. 13 and 20, Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre
Nov. 12-14, Dorian Keyboard Festival
·       Janice Wenger, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall
·       Festival recitals, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall and Choir Room
·       Evening recital, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall
Nov. 13-14, Church Youth Fest
Nov. 14, Luther Ensemble Concert, Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 16, Luther Ensemble Concert, Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

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/.

Lutheran Festival of Writing reprise

Come and see a reprise of a moving performance done for the Lutheran Festival of Writing Friday, Nov. 12, in chapel, 10:30 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Amanda Hamp and Rose Milligan '10 will perform Amanda's choreographed dance, "Vibrant Acts of Reading," accompanied by soprano Rachel Ware singing a hauntingly beautiful vocalise from Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, along with a cello ensemble of Eric Kutz and seven student cellists, conducted by Richard Tirk.

'The Servant of Two Masters'

The theatre/dance department will present seven performances of "The Servant of Two Masters," a classic commedia dell'arte play, Nov. 12-13 and 18-20.

Evening performances will be held Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, and Thursday-Friday, Nov. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances Saturday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

All performances will be in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Tickets free for faculty, staff and students, and are available in the Box Office.

Alumna to perform at Elks

Singer Lynne Rothrock '85 will perform at the Decorah Elks Lodge Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., presented by ArtHaus. Rothrock has performed as a jazz, blues and cabaret singer in musical theatres, nightclubs and concert halls across the U.S. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact [email protected]. Rothrock will offer a master class to David Judisch's voice seminar Thursday, Nov. 11.

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.

Symphony Orchestra performs Nov. 14

Luther Symphony Orchestra will perform Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. The orchestra will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Aaron Copland, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gershwin.

Luther College Woman's Club Nov. 16

Luther College Woman's Club will gather at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Peace Dining Room. Laurann Gilbertson, chief curator of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, will present on the topic "Religion and Norwegian-American Quilts." Members of the Luther musical community will present selections. Refreshments will be served. All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are welcome and invited to join the Luther Woman's Club. Childcare is available; call Amy, 382-8604, to arrange for this service.

Philharmonia concert Nov. 16

Luther's Philharmonia will perform in concert Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the CFL. The orchestra will perform all-Scandinavian works, which will include three pieces from "Sigurd Jorsalfar" Op. 56 by Edvard Grieg, "Concertino for Trombone and Strings" Op. 45, No. 7 by Lars-Erik Larsson featuring trombone soloist Michael Smith, Luther associate professor of trombone and low brass, "Findlandia" Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius and "Karelia Suite" Op. 11 by Sibelius.

Luther College Jazz Band concert Nov. 17

Luther College Jazz Band will perform in concert Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. Directed by Thomas Bourcier, Luther instructor in music, the 19-piece band will perform pieces selected from its wide range of jazz literature. 

Artist lecture Nov. 18

Artist Marcos Valella will give a public lecture about his artwork on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the CFA Atrium. He creates paintings mainly with oil on canvas.

Valella teaches painting and drawing at Miami International University.

Poetry reading Nov. 18

Celebrated poet Camille Dungy will present a reading of her works Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Olin 102. Dungy's presentation is open to the public with no charge for admission. A book signing session with the author will follow the presentation.

Varsity Band concert Nov. 18

Luther College Varsity Band will perform Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.  Directed by Frederick Nyline, Luther professor of music, the program includes works by Dwayne Milburn, James Swearingen, Aubrey Winter, Norman Dello Joio, John Warrington, Ryan Main and Henry Fillmore and works arranged by Jess Turner.

Fall opera workshop performances

Luther students in the fall opera workshop course will present "American Opera: A Journey through the New World" Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. There is no charge for admission. The program will feature scenes drawn from well-known American operas and also from newer works, including "Candide," "The Crucible," "Dead Man Walking," "Little Women," "Of Mice and Men," "Postcard From Morocco" and "Regina."

Chamber Orchestra performance Nov. 21

The Luther College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin, will present a concert Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m., in the NRH. The orchestra will perform the "Petite Symphonie for Wind Instruments" by Charles Gounod, Symphony No. 101 in D major (the "Clock Symphony") by Franz Joseph Haydn and the "Brook Green Suite" by Gustav Holst. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Student recitals

Matthew Umphreys will perform a piano recital Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

Amy Streck '11 and Maria Vejadni '11 will perform a soprano recital Saturday,
Nov. 20, 4 p.m.

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall, with a reception to follow. The recital and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.


Position opening

Web content coordinator: Half-time, temporary position available Jan. 1. Requires bachelor's degree and strong writing and editing skills. For more information see the hr website: http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies/.


Rita Tejada presented the paper "Technology in the short narrative of three Caribbean writers" at the Second Caribbean Conference on Culture and Literature at Marquette University Oct. 8. Tejada also participated in the workshop "Visualizing the Future of Spanish Education" organized by Wiley Faculty Network in New Orleans Oct 22.

Victoria Christman presented the paper "While the Cat is Away...: Charles V, his regents, and the fight against heresy in the Netherlands" as part of an Oct. 16 panel titled "Regents, Bishops, and Inquisitors in the Habsburg Netherlands, 1520s-1560s" at the 16th Century Studies Conference in Montreal, Canada. 

Bob Larson and Mark Z. Muggli participated in a Coe College ACM FaCE conference focused on embodiment in theatre/dance education. In addition to focused conversations with other ACM college faculty, they had a full-day workshop with the DAH Theatre of Serbia and a provocative DAH performance of a devised theatre piece about women's experiences during the 1990s civil war in the former Yugoslavia.

President Richard Torgerson has been elected to the 2011 steering committee of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.  President Torgerson was one of 17 college presidents and chancellors confirmed Oct. 13 as members of the committee at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in Denver.  The ACUPCC is the first effort by any major sector of society to set climate neutrality - not just a percent reduction in emissions - as its target. 

Gregg Narber lectured on "Grant Wood's Epply Hotel Murals: A Style in Transition" for the Bluffs Arts Council lecture series on Grant Wood Oct. 20 at the Council Bluffs Public Library. 

Robert Shedinger presented a paper titled "Resisting Religionization: The Academic Study of Religion and Islamic Revivalism in America" at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta Oct. 31.

Sören Steding was the winner of the first literary competition by the Austrian Online Magazine Evolver, a website devoted to pop, cyber and subculture in print and film. His modern horror-fairytale "Frederika und der kleine Zombie" was published in the anthology "Das Buch der lebenden Toten," for which only 22 of the 249 entries were selected.

Minnesota Orchestra honors student

Bailey Cahlander '12, will create a piece of violin art for the Minnesota Orchestra annual Symphony Ball spring fund-raising event. Cahlander was one of five artists to receive a commission from Minnesota Orchestra to create an artwork, based on a violin provided by WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association, the primary fundraising organization for the orchestra.


Volleyball defeated Dubuque Nov. 2, 3-1, to advance to the Iowa Conference Tournament. Hannah Walker '14 led the attack with a personal best 24 kills. Taylor Hjerleid '11 gave 42 assists, moving her into the fifth slot for career assists with 1,829. Sophia Brown '13 had two solo blocks and seven assisted blocks. The Norse lost to Wartburg in the first round of the conference tournament Nov. 5, 1-3. Lindsey Weaver '12 led the team with 17 digs. Brown and Hannah Wilson '14 had 10 kills each. The Norse end the season 17-17, 5-4 in the conference. Walker was named all-conference, Weaver earned honorable mention honors.

Men's soccer lost to Central Nov. 2, 0-1, in the first round of the Iowa Conference Tournament. The Norse end the season with an overall record of 8-9-1, 4-5 in conference.

Women's soccer defeated Coe Nov. 3, 4-0, in the first round of the Iowa Conference Tournament. Scoring the game-winner was Sarah Czechowicz '12 on a free kick. Kelsey Balk '11 scored two and Kendra Ledel '12 scored one. Katie Van Winkle '14 was credited with two assists. The Norse lost to Loras, 0-2, in the semi-final Nov. 5, finishing 10-8-1, 6-4 in conference play.

Women's swimming and diving lost to UW-Whitewater Nov. 5, 108-116. The Norse won seven of 12 events.

Men's swimming and diving lost to UW-Whitewater, 73-142.

Football defeated Dubuque Nov. 6, 30-23. Chris Reynolds '12 completed 20 of 29 attempts for 205 yards and one touchdown pass. Reynolds rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown, and had seven yards receiving and one touchdown. Kyle McGivney '12 set the NCAA III single-season tackles record by posting 20 tackles on the day, giving him a season-total of 183. Adam Bohr '13 was one for one passing, with a touchdown pass, and had 65 yards on 19 carries. Jordan Grimm '11 scored Luther's final touchdown of the day on a Dubuque fumble. In the fourth quarter, Treavor Theobald '11 was credited with a pass break-up on a blitz, a sack and picked off a pass.

Home events this week:

Women's basketball hosts UW-La Crosse Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The game will be video streamed.


Newspaper readership program update

Student Senate and SAC have partnered this year on a program to encourage newspaper readership. Based on surveys conducted last year, Student Senate decided to provide two papers in the Union for student use: The New York Times and USA Today. The program is being funded through the student Co-curricular Activities Fee. We ask that you read the papers in the Union and return them to the newspaper racks so others may enjoy them.

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/.


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>.

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

Free: Sturdy ramps and dolly for changing oil etc. on vehicles.  Call 382-5241 or 419-8570.

For sale: 12-volt in-vehicle travel cooler, like new, plugs into lighter, $10; electric power seat-lifting cushion, like new, $20; white "Hunter" brand ceiling fan with three lights and remote control, like new, $125 OBO; 17x13 1/2 medium rose colored carpet, $35. Call 382-5241 or 419-8570.

Sitter available: I am available after 5 p.m. most nights. I have a lot of experience with children and can provide references as needed. My typical fee is $5 an hour, but this is negotiable. I have worked with children of all ages and have had at least five in my care at one time. I can cook, help with homework, put to bed, etc. Contact Stasi at <dubban01> or 495-8481.

Free: Used, medium-quality banjo with case, free to a good home. Contact <davismar>.

Snow removal available: Snow removal in the Decorah area-cheap. Hurry accounts filling quickly. Very reliable. Will remove snow from sidewalks, driveways, patios, decks, and will salt. Please call Jon (612) 205-8746.


Sustainability tip

Stop junk mail at home: Stop receiving catalogs, credit card offers, and other junk mail with a variety of online services. Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you opt-out of unwanted catalogs. Opt out of mailings, or get unlisted at http://www.catalogchoice.org/#welcome.

Opt out of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers by calling 888-567-8688 (888-5-OPT-OUT) from your home telephone; it will be checked against an address database. Or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.

Opt out of mailings from the Direct Marketing Association, the trade group used by 5,200 member companies to pitch their products directly to consumers. To stop receiving mailings from DMA members, go to www.the-dma.org and click on the green box that reads "DMA CHOICE."

For other great ideas, view or read this: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/18530707/.

See full article at: http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/faculty-staff.html#FewerResources

Wellness tip

Adjusting your body to Daylight Savings Time:

·  Exercise. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. Exercise regularly, preferably outdoors early in the day. A brisk morning walk is perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep. 

·  Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it earlier in the day and limit your snooze time to no more than 20 minutes.

·  Don't imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don't rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.  

·  Digest. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep.

·  Lighten up. The right combination of light and dark can help your body's circadian rhythm readjust so you can fall asleep on your new schedule and sleep more soundly. In the morning, open the shades and brighten the lights. Try to spend time outside during the day, if possible. Dim the lights in the evening, so that your body understands that it's time to wind down.

Full article at: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1236.

And finally…

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.

It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.

It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."

-Charles R. Swindoll