Tuesday, Jan. 10

TUESDAY 1/10/12

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Book Shop "After Christmas Sale"

All Christmas gift items in the Book Shop are now marked down 60 percent off the original price. Great time to stock up for next year's decorating needs or gifts.

Flexible benefit plan news

HR had good news to share about the Luther College prescription debit card. The new debit cards faculty and staff received for January 1, 2012 will have a three year expiration date rather than a 12 month expiration date.

Funds for each new plan year will not be available until Jan. 1 of the new plan year. A new enrollment form will be required each year. Extra cards can be ordered online at www.myflexonline.com. Contact Midwest Group Benefits, Inc. with any questions or concerns, 382-9611 or [email protected].

Data privacy webinars

January is Data Privacy Month for Higher Education. As such, LIS invites the Campus community to attend EDUCAUSE webinars to be held in Hovde:

  • Jan. 10: Privacy and Security Risks in Higher Education
  • Jan. 25: A Balancing Act: Student Privacy and Student Data in the Electronic Age
  • Jan. 30 lol…OMG!: What Everyone Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management

Details found at: http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

LIS to push Sophos update

Starting Friday, Jan. 13, an update to Sophos Endpoint Security will be pushed out to all faculty/staff workstations running Windows. A message will display on users' screens letting them know that the update is occurring. Users may continue working as usual throughout the update process. During the upgrade, Windows Defender may display an alert stating that the computer doesn't have anti-virus software; this can be ignored. If you have any questions contact the Helpdesk, 387-1000.

SSS program shares report

Happy New Year. The Luther College Student Support Services program is pleased to share our latest report, highlighting activities and accomplishments from the past year. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, SSS supports the success of approximately 160 Luther students annually. View report at: http://www.luther.edu/sss/annualreport/. Note: In the interest of sustainability and fiscal responsibility, SSS has printed and made available a limited quantity of these reports. Please contact our office at 387-1269 or <sss> to request a copy.

Dining Services has more local products

Try our individual six-ounce yogurts from Country View Dairy, which can be found in the coolers in Oneota Market and Marty's. Now all hamburgers in the Caf and Marty's are grass-fed beef from Grass Run Farms. Don't forget about the local cheese curds from WW Homestead Dairy in the C-Store and Marty's will soon serve local ice cream from WW Homestead Dairy.

'The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.' on sale in Book Shop

Copies of "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Clayborne Carson will be available for purchase in the Book Shop Jan. 11. The book sells for $15.99. Carson will give Luther's MLK Day Lecture Monday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Valders 206.


Chapel this week

January Chapel will focus reflections on Proverbs and Poems as we gather for chapel at 10:30 a.m. in the CRH on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Join Campus Ministries Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Melanchthon Interfaith Room for Silent Meditation.

Wednesday, Jan. 11: Morning Prayer, Kathryn Reed, piano, Meggie DeJong, cantor
Friday, Jan. 13: Mike Blair
Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel

Events this week

Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture, Clayborne Carson, "Remembering Dr. King in the Obama Era," 7:30 p.m., Valders Hall of Science Room 206

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture

Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the King Papers Project at Stanford University, will present the 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture on Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Valders 206.

Carson's presentation is titled, "Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Era of Barack Obama."

Carson has been a participant in and observer of African American political movements, and he is the author of numerous articles and books on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Luther College Woman's Club Jan. 17

John Moeller will present the Luther College Woman’s Club program Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1:30 p.m. on "Technology and Politics" co-presented by Scott Meyer, Luther alumnus/entrepreneur. The program is based on current team-taught course "Tweets, Leaks and Hicks: Governance in the Digital Age." All women are encouraged to attend.

Refreshments served. Childcare available; call Amy Bruening 382-8604. Shuttle from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot; call Ruby Hermeier 382-4999.

Rude art exhibit opens Jan. 18

An art exhibit featuring the work of Mat and Paul Rude will be displayed in the Kristin Wigley-Flemming Gallery in the CFA from Jan. 18 - Feb. 29.

There will be a reception in the Kristin Wigley-Flemming Gallery Saturday, Jan. 21 from 3-5 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public with no charge for admission.

This is first time the Rude brothers have displayed their artwork together.

Oneota Film Festival Jan. 20-22

Looking for something to do in January? The third annual Oneota Film Festival is coming to the Luther campus Jan. 20-22. The festival is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Films will be shown all weekend that relate to adventure, eco travel, food/agriculture, social justice and the environment, featuring both local and student films. Films will be shown in Valders 206, Olin 102 and the CRH. For more information and to see film trailers, visit oneotafilmfestival.org. Sponsored in part by Luther College.

Palmer and Newcomer lead Democracy retreat

Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer lead "Democracy from the Inside Out: A Circle of Trust Retreat," Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Baker Commons.

In this day-long experience, people will examine their own citizen "habits of the heart," guided by themes from Palmer’s book, "Healing the Heart of Democracy," and by "Circle of Trust" ground rules. Registration is limited with priority given to Luther students. More info and online registration available at:  http://www.luther.edu/public-life/.

'Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good'

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer and author Parker Palmer will debut their tour about "Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good" Sunday, Jan. 22 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

The concert and conversation event is open to the public with no charge for admission through support from Luther's Center for Ethics and Public Life.

The event is designed to encourage a new kind of political conversation—one that bridges community divides and helps restore civic community.

Interfaith holiday meal celebration Jan. 22

Ring in the Year of the Dragon with an interfaith holiday meal celebration on Lunar New Year, Sunday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room. Join College Ministries and the Diversity Center for a meal featuring dishes from various regions of East Asia and a program about celebrations of the Lunar New Year in various parts of the world. Space is limited. Tickets available at the Box Office through Jan. 18. Cost is $3 plus a meal plan swipe, $8 for students without a meal plan, all others $12. Questions? Contact <interfaith>.

CSS: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Grammy award winning artist Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul will perform at Luther College Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets for the performance go on sale Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Ivers' music blends many genres including Celtic, African, Latin, rock funk and jazz.


Welcome new employee

Sarah Wicks joined Luther as the Postville Project Assistant on Jan. 3. Her office is Preus 31 and her phone number is 387-1606.


Holly Moore presented the paper "The Transcendental Nature of Anaximander's 'Apeiron'" at the American Philosophical Association's Eastern Division meeting in Washington, D.C.  

Gregory Peterson performed as organist with the National Lutheran Choir for their annual Christmas Festival Concerts at the Basilica in Minneapolis, Dec. 9 and 10 and Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Dec. 17.

John Goodin will perform at the Kinderhaus Preschool benefit concert and auction Saturday, Jan. 14 from 7-11 p.m. at the Elk's Club in Decorah. The concert features local band Absolute Hoot, and opening music with Erik Sessions and Goodin on fiddle and mandolin. The event has silent and live auctions showcasing some of the area's best food, art, experiences and more. Tickets can be purchased at the Oneota Co-op.


Youth soccer skills clinic

The Luther College men's and women's soccer programs will host a three-day soccer skills clinic for ages 7-14 from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sundays: Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 in the Regents Center.

The goal of the clinic is improve on the individual players' technical skills, culminating in a 3v3 tournament. The clinic will be led by Chris Garcia-Prats and Russell Schouweiler, Luther head soccer coaches.

Cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt. Brochure and registration form is downloadable at http://sports.luther.edu/men/soccer/index.html and http://sports.luther.edu/women/soccer/index.html.

Contact Chris, <garcch01> or 387-1443, with questions. Registration deadline is
Jan. 27.

'Soup's On!' cook needed

Soup Cook needed for January "Soup's On!" The Luther Diversity Center needs one more volunteer to prepare a delicious soup for the Thursday, Jan. 12 "Soup's On!" If interested, contact the Diversity Center, <finaha01>. Bring the prepared soup to the first floor Brandt Social Lounge shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Cooks are welcome to stay and enjoy the soup with us from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Submissions sought

The Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research invites undergraduate students at ACM institutions to submit manuscripts in any discipline for consideration for publication in the second issue of its journal. Papers must be sponsored by a faculty member familiar with the work being submitted. Deadline is Jan. 31. Details available from the Dean's Office or by emailing [email protected].

Faculty/staff/alumni leaders needed for first-year immersion experiences

The Sustainability Office is looking for group leaders for the 2012 first-year immersion trips, taking place Aug. 18-24. There are six different trip options and each faculty/staff leader will be assisted by a student leader. If you enjoy interacting with students and spending time in nature, look for the link under "What's Currently Happening" at www.luther.edu/sustainability/ for more information.

McElroy Fellowships

Graduating seniors intending to pursue a Ph.D. in any field can apply for a McElroy Fellowship. The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend over a three-year period. Luther may nominate only one candidate, but only 10 colleges may submit nominees for the two annual awards. Contact Terry Sparkes, Union 262E, 387-2165 or <sparkete>, for further information and application materials. Applications due
Jan. 31.


For sale:  Fold-out couch with new bed and cover, $50, nice electric fireplace, $50, wooden toy chest, $25. Call 419-1124.

For sale:  "Arts and Crafts" style headboard for Queen Size mattress, $50. Like new. Attaches to any frame. Call 382-5241 or 419-8570.

House for rent:  Next to the college. Three bedrooms, two baths. Very comfortable home in excellent condition. All appliances included. Two-car garage. Ready to move into. Call 387-0242.

For rent: Newly remodeled kitchen and bathroom in efficiency apartment at 408 Day Street in Decorah. $200/month plus shared utility costs. Call 562-3851.

Nanny available: My name is Anne Walsh, I'm a senior music and education major at Luther. I have full day-time availability during J-term so I'm looking for part-time work. I love children and have a lot of babysitting experience. For the past two summers I was a full-time nanny for a wonderful family with three kids in Minneapolis and the two summers before that I was a full-time camp counselor to kids ages 6-14. I would love to send interested parents more information about myself or set up a meeting time to discuss things further. Thanks for your time, <walsan01>.

Wanted: Used treadmill in good condition, call 380-4453.

Free: For the hauling—Nordic Track Walkfit. Contact <norlandd>.

For sale: Bunk bed frames made of a light colored wood with wood slats. They only need a mattress, not a box spring. The frames can be separated into two twin beds or used as bunk beds. Mattresses and ladder not included. Asking $30 OBO. Contact Kim <kimpowell>.


Wellness tip

Decorah Free Clinic thank you and farewell to Greg and Karen ('72) Tjossem Tuesday, Jan. 10, First Lutheran Church. Refreshments served at 5:30 p.m., annual meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

And finally…

Is Friday the 13th really unlucky?
The number 13 has been "unlucky" for centuries. Some historians peg the superstition to the 13 people who attended the Last Supper, but ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi omits the number 13 in its list of laws, so the superstition dates back to at least 1700 BC. Thirteen is so unlucky, in fact, that in 1881 an organization called the Thirteen Club attempted to improve the number's reputation. At the first meeting, the members (all 13 of them) walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club lasted for many years and grew to more than 400 members, including five U.S. Presidents: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Despite the club's efforts, triskaidekaphobia (that's fear of the number 13) flourished; even today, most tall buildings don't have a 13th Floor.