Tuesday, Nov. 16

TUESDAY 11/16/10

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Faculty and staff Christmas party

Hold the date. This year's faculty/staff Christmas party will be Thursday, Dec.16, in Dahl Centennial Union. More details to come.

Task Group 150

Reminder: faculty and staff can track the work of TG150 by reviewing minutes posted on Katie under the course called Office of the President. There is also an anonymous questionnaire for posting suggestions on ways Luther might better use its resources. Click on the first topic, "Luther College—Using Resources Wisely."


Luther Reuse Sale Nov. 17

A Luther Reuse Sale will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17. in the Ashmore-Jewell Barn next to Baker Village, from 5-7 p.m. As a replacement of the annual Luther College auction, the sale will sell a variety of items no longer needed by the college. Check www.luther.edu/sustainability under "What's Currently Happening" for more information.

Holiday processing for flex checks

The schedule for processing flexible spending account checks over the holidays will be as follows:

Thanksgiving: Claims received at Midwest Group Benefits by noon Monday, Nov. 22 will be processed on Tuesday, Nov. 23, with direct deposits made Friday, Nov. 26.

Christmas: Claims received at Midwest Group Benefits by noon Monday, Dec. 20 will be processed Tuesday, Dec. 21, with direct deposits made Thursday, Dec. 23.

Flu vaccinations from Health Service

There will be a flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Dahl Centennial Union.

Staff/faculty walk-ins are welcome Monday-Friday at Health Service from 1-5 p.m.

Cost for staff/faculty is $25 for the shot and $30 for flu mist (no needles). Cost for students: $20 for the shot, $25 for flu mist.

Children’s bargain book blowout

Luther Book Shop will hold a bargain children’s book sale beginning Monday, Nov. 22, offering hundreds of titles priced $1 and up. Great selection: includes holiday titles. Hurry in. The sale continues while supplies last.

Book Shop Advent calendars for sale

The Book Shop is selling Advent calendars with chocolate behind every window. Hurry, priced at $2.79 they will go fast.

Book Shop notifications available

Sign up to receive Book Shop emails notifying you of in-store promotions and events. Sign up on the Book Shop's homepage: http://www.luther.edu/bookshop/.

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>. If you have questions, call Sheila, 387-1461.

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. 16: Tuesday Devos, CFL Main Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 17: Andy Jolivette, Luther Seminary
Thursday, Nov. 18: Interfaith prayer, CRH
Friday, Nov. 19: H. George Anderson, Africa choir
Monday, Nov. 22: Madeline Jungbauer, senior chapel

Events this week 

Nov. 1-19, Campus Conservation Nationals, campus
Nov. 16, Luther Ensemble Concert, Philharmonia, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 17, Luther Ensemble Performance, Jazz Band concert, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 18-19, 21, Class performance, Shakespeare's "As You Like It," Nov. 18-19 at 4 p.m., Nov. 21 at 2:45 p.m., CFA Studio II
Nov. 18-20, Luther Theatre Performance, "The Servant of Two Masters," Nov. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre
Nov. 18, Artist Talk, Marcos Valella, 6 p.m., Center for the Arts Atrium
Nov. 18, Luther Ensemble Performance, Varsity Band concert, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 19, Philosophy Colloquium, "Why Skepticism is Wrong," Greg Jesson, 4 p.m., Olin 102
Nov. 19-20, Opera Workshop Performance, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m., Jenson-Noble Music Hall, Noble Recital Hall
Nov. 21, Luther Ensemble Concert, Chamber Orchestra, 2 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
Nov. 21, Luther Ensemble Concert, Jazz Orchestra,
4 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

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.  

'As You Like It' Nov. 18-19, 21

Enjoy an abridged performance of Shakespeare's classic comedy 'As You Like It,' presented by students of English-theatre/dance 261 "Shakespeare Performed" with Mark Muggli, instructor. Banishment, love, jealousy, the court and the Forest of Arden, fools galore, a male actor performing the part of a woman playing a man pretending to be a woman, what more could one want?

Performances Thursday, Nov. 18, 4-5:15 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 19, 4-5:15 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21, 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Studio II.

'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. 18-20.

Performances are Thursday-Friday, Nov. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. All performances are in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Tickets are free for faculty, staff and students, available in the Box Office.

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."

International Men's Day Nov. 19

Friday, Nov. 19, is International Men’s Day, begun in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, and now celebrated in 18 countries. The day is devoted to appreciating men who’ve made a positive impact in our community. Stop in the Union Tuesday and Thursday to write on the paper on the wall about male heroes in your life. On Friday, stop in the Diversity Center and write in the book. Visit the Facebook fan page. Tributes made there are sent to the UN. For more information visit: http://www.internationalmensday.com/.

Philosophy Colloquium Nov. 19

Greg Jesson, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, presents "Why Skepticism is Wrong" Friday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. in Olin 102.

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.

Jazz Orchestra concert Nov. 21

Jazz Orchestra will present its annual fall concert Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. in the CFL, open to the public with no charge for admission. The Jazz Orchestra will perform a diverse repertoire of works from the beginnings of the jazz era to recent jazz compositions and arrangements. Luther Vocal Jazz and the Luther Jazz Quintet will also perform. 

NAA Winter Sports Luncheon Nov. 30

The Norse Athletic Association luncheon will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Peace Dining Room at noon. Cost for lunch is $5. Come hear fall sports coaches wrap up their seasons, and winter sports coaches preview theirs. To reserve a seat, contact Mark Franzen, <franma03>.

'Christmas at Luther College'

"Christmas at Luther College," a musical celebration of the joy, faith and traditions of Christmas, will be performed Dec. 2-5 in the Luther College Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The theme of the 2010 concert is "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." Tickets for all five "Christmas at Luther" performances are sold out. For more information about "Christmas at Luther," visit website http://www.luther.edu/christmasatluther/.



The department of Classics is happy to announce Akira Yatsuhashi, visiting assistant professor, his wife Noriko, and five-year-old daughter Fumi welcomed the arrival of son and little brother, Hinoki Mathias, Oct. 30. 

Thank you

Many thanks to the Luther community for all your kind support. Thank you to everyone who sent us notes and cards, included us in your prayers, and brought us food. We are grateful to be a part of such a caring community.

-Jennifer, Brooke and Keegan


Kate Narveson was an invited presenter, speaking on "Blurring the boundary between public and private: Lay voluntarism in early Stuart England" at a round table discussion on public and private devotion in early modern England, sponsored by the Early Modern Research Network. The panel was part of the Oct. 14-17 16th Century Studies Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Gregg Narber's new book, "Murals of Iowa, 1886-2006," was released by The Iowan Books on Nov. 5.

Ryan Gjerde presented "You Got Your IT in My Library: Blending Service Points in a Merged Library/IT Organization" as part of a lightning round on library issues at the 2010 EDUCAUSE Conference, Oct. 14, in Anaheim, Calif.

Richard Tirk conducted the Three Rivers Band Festival in Caledonia, Minn. The honor band included students from Caledonia, Fillmore-Central, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Southland, Chatfield, Kingsland, Rushford-Peterson, Dover-Eyota, Lewison-Altura, St. Charles and Wabasha-Kellogg high schools. 

Nancy Gates-Madsen gave a presentation Nov. 5 at the Wisconsin Association For Language Teachers Conference in Appleton, Wis. with Rachel Knighten, assistant professor of Spanish at UW-Fox Valley. Their talk, "Taking Language Learners the Next Step: Using Telenovelas to Inspire and Advance Students" presented ways in which Spanish teachers can incorporate Latin American soap operas into language classes.

Richard Cole was invited to and attended a conference on Historical Cartography at the Newberry Library Nov. 4-6 in Chicago.

Norma Hervey was a panel member of the International Education Task Force Plenary during the 33rd annual Conference of the Fulbright Association in Buenos Aires, Argentina Nov. 4-7.

Alumnus receives Luther award

Luther named Dean Anderson the recipient of the 2010 Weston H. Noble Award for distinguished achievement in the field of vocal music. Named for Weston Noble, the award honors music educators who continue the legacy of Noble, a teacher, clinician and director who influenced vocal music education in America and around the world. Anderson received the award at the Luther Homecoming Concert Sunday, Oct. 10.

Luther places well at NATS

Luther hosted the 2010 Iowa District student auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Nov. 5-6. Of the more than 350 competitors, 24 Luther singers advanced to the semi-final round in their divisions where 11 received honorable mention, four earned third place honors, six earned second place honors and three earned first place: Matthew Stump, junior men; Erin Brown, junior women and Evan Mitchell, first-year men.


Women's cross country captured the NCAA III Central Region Championship Nov. 13. The Norse placed all seven runners in the top 37. Six of the seven earned all-region honors by placing in the top 35: Emma Spoon '12, sixth; Ellie Neubauer '11, 11th; Kim Horner '11, 13th; Sarah Lundine '11, 16th; Christina Storlie '13, 22nd; Kayla Uphoff '14, 23rd. The Norse will compete in the national championship Saturday, Nov. 20 at noon at Wartburg.

Men's cross country placed second at the Central Regional Championships. Three Norse runners earned all-region honors: Erik Johnson '11, third; Evan Neubauer '13, 19th; Jordan Lang '11, 21st. The Norse qualified for the national championship Nov. 20, 11 a.m. at Wartburg.

Football lost to Loras Nov. 13, 10-24. Seth Streeter '13 kicked a 32-yard field goal, and Ryan Monroe '11 scored the touchdown. Kyle McGivney '12 and Trent Kerrigan '12 led the defense with 15 and 11 tackles respectively. McGivney finished the year with an NCAA III single season record 198 tackles. The Norse finish the season 5-5 overall, 4-4 in conference.

Home events this week:

Women's basketball hosts UW-La Crosse Nov. 16, 7 p.m.


Ridge Road luminary display

For more than 20 years, Decorah's Ridge Road neighborhood has shared holiday cheer with its display of more than 1,200 luminaries. Come enjoy the sight Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 4-5, from 5-10 p.m.

Scholarship deadline extended to Nov. 22

Wigeland/American-Scandinavian Foundation scholarship application deadline has been extended to Nov. 22. The Wigeland/American-Scandinavian Prize for Study in Scandinavia is open to students with at least one full year of full-time study at Luther with a minimum junior standing at the time of intended study, have demonstrated interest in concentrated study in Scandinavia, and present an outstanding academic record. Application forms available in the Dean's Office.


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.

Open house: Robert and Joyce Street will be honored at a 50th wedding anniversary open house Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Hesper Lutheran Church from 2-4 p.m. No gifts please, your presence is present enough.  Send greetings to 3808 188th Ave., Decorah, IA 52101.

For sale: Two hand-crocheted antique bedspreads in mint condition, 74 x 113 and 72 x 101, $150 each. Call 382-5241 or 419-8570.

For sale: 1982 Kountry Aire fifth-wheel camper. Thirty feet long, queen size bed and futon, sleeps four total. Full bathroom, lots of storage. Would like it moved before winter. Asking $2,500 or make an offer. If interested or for questions call Mitch at 380-5959.

Housing: Free housing provided to handyman in exchange for home repair/maintenance skills. West Side. Call (612) 246-3255.

Wanted to rent: New Luther employee looking to rent 2-3 bedroom house or apartment. Prefer yard for quiet, medium-sized dog. Would like appliances to be included: stove, fridge, washer/dryer, etc. Need availability first week of December. Please email [email protected].

For sale: 15-cubic-foot freezer in excellent shape. Refrigerator with freezer on top, new in 2001. Everything works great, we're just downsizing. Call Dave 380-3939 or 387-1564.


Sustainability tip

Tips from Luther Sustainability:

Computers, Lights and Electronics

·       Customize your computer settings regarding sleep mode and power usage to increase efficiency and reduce energy waste. Visit http://lis.luther.edu/sustainability for easy "how-to" tips for computers and other electronics. 

·       Utilize power strips to reduce the number of power outlets being used.

·       Buy ENERGY STAR qualified equipment and appliances.

·       Use and install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when old bulbs burn out. 

·       Unplug electronics and power strips when leaving over the weekend or holidays.

·       Buy/request environmentally preferred products such as recycled paper, Energy Star appliances, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Make double-sided copies. Minimize printing when possible. 

·       Recycle ink cartridges, cell phones and batteries at designated areas- LIS, the Union, and in Olin.

·       Before purchasing new office equipment, email LC Facilities to see if they have what you're looking for in storage. With a simple email you could save your office money, and keep things out of the landfill.

Wellness tip

Quit-smoking tips

·       Know why you want to quit. To get motivated you may need a powerful, personal reason to quit.

·       Don't go cold turkey. It may be tempting to toss your cigarettes and declare you've quit, but going cold turkey isn't easy to do. Ninety-five percent of people who try to stop smoking without therapy or medication end up relapsing.

·       Try nicotine-replacement therapy. Nicotine-replacement therapy can help reduce feelings of frustration, depression, restlessness and irritability. Studies suggest nicotine gum, lozenges and patches can help double your chances of quitting successfully when used with an intensive behavioral program. 

·       Ask about prescription pills. To ease nicotine withdrawal without using products that contain nicotine, ask your doctor about prescription medications.

·       Don't go it alone. Tell your friends, family and co-workers that you're trying to quit. Their encouragement could make the difference. You may also want to join a support group or talk to a counselor.

·       Manage stress. One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you quit, you'll need another way to cope with stress. Try getting regular massages, listening to relaxing music, or learning yoga or tai chi. If possible, avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking.

Read seven more tips at www.webmd.com.

And finally…

Nov. 18 is Great American Smokeout, a day created by the American Cancer Society in 1977 to encourage to quit smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, and less cancer and emphysema deaths.

"It's easy to quit smoking… I've done it a thousand times."

-Mark Twain