Tuesday, Jan. 17

TUESDAY 1/17/12

Published for faculty and staff by the Luther College Public Information office • Copy deadline: Friday, 3 p.m., 75-word limit • Phone: (563) 387-1865 • Email: <tuesday>

Note: All campus telephone numbers are in the 563 area code, all campus email addresses end in @luther.edu • ©2012


Message from HR

Faculty and staff should have received an email Monday, Jan. 16 from Roy Prigge (via Julie Shockey in Public Information) reintroducing the Luther College Conduct and Ethics Hotline. The hotline is designed to encourage faculty and staff to report any concerns about the way Luther is operating or to identify any workplace behavior they believe violates laws or Luther's Policy of Professional Conduct. Please see the PDF at the bottom of this page if you did not receive the email or would like to read it again.

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. 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.

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.


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. 18: Morning prayer, Kathryn Reed, piano, Adam Bradley, cantor
Friday, Jan. 20: Connie Barclay
Monday, Jan. 23: LuAnn Meeker-Gast
Wednesday, Jan. 25: Morning Prayer, Kathryn Reed, piano, Ben Wegner, cantor
J-term break, Jan. 27-31: No daily chapel

Events this week

Jan. 20-22: Oneota Film Festival, films shown throughout the day in Valders Hall of Science, Center for Faith and Life and Franklin W. Olin Building

Jan. 22: Concerts and Conversation, Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer, 3 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Jan. 25: Opera Scenes Workshop, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

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 Jan. 18-Feb. 29.

The exhibit is 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>.


New employee

Paul Mattson '81 has been appointed Executive Director of Library
and Information Services. Paul earned a BA in mathematics and computer science at Luther. He holds the masters in management of technology from MIT and in computer and information science from the University of Minnesota. He has held a number of leadership positions at IBM over a period of more than 30 years. Currently affiliated with IBM in Rochester, Paul is responsible for IBM Strategic Alliances. He leads the IBM/RCTC/Rochester Community Smarter Planet Training Program and he taught in the Luther College MIS program during the 2009-10 academic year. The Mattson family has a long history with Luther, son Eric is a Luther senior. Paul will begin his work at Luther about March 1.


To Alex and Laura Smith on the Jan. 10 birth of Bennett Dean. He weighed 8 lbs.,
1 oz. and was 21.25 long.

To Renee and Derek Hartl on the Jan. 6 birth of Cannon Benjamin. He weighed
9 lbs., 7 oz. and was 22 inches long.

To Tanya and Faust Gertz on the Dec. 22 birth of  Eli Paul Bishman. He weighed
7 lbs., 10 oz. and was 20 inches long.


To the family of Bartlett Butler, professor emeritus of music, who died Sunday,
Jan. 15. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah. Friends may greet the family Friday at 10 a.m., one hour before services, at the church.

Position opening

Full-time custodial floor crew: Third-shift 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Duties include scrubbing, buffing, waxing, spot cleaning and shampooing carpets in all campus buildings. Refer questions to Gary Brickman, 387-1668. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Send application to the Office of Human Resources, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA  52101. EEO employer.  http://www.luther.edu/hr/application/


"Hunting Birds: The Lives and Legends of the Pine County Rod, Gun, Dog and Social Club," a novel written by Jerry Johnson, has been published on Amazon.com. "Hunting Birds" is a character-driven story about the lives and misadventures of five 40-something men in Pine City, Minn., a dying small town that has become the lake-cabin playground of the urban rich. Order the book online at http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Birds-Legends-County-ebook/dp/B0062CB0CM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321976187&sr=8-1.

Figure carvings by Harley Refsal will be on display at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis Jan. 20-April 29. "Wit in Wood: Nordic Figure Carving" opens Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. with a catered reception and a talk by Refsal at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended, telephone (612) 871-4907.

Megan Benzschawel '12 from Minneapolis, Minn., and Lindsey Mulhausen '12 from Stillwater, Minn., have been selected as finalists in the fourth annual Off-Campus Study Photo Contest sponsored by Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Benzschawel is a sociology and Spanish major. She received second place for her photo, "Mothers in Mourning." Mulhausen is an education major. She received second place for her photo, "Missing Pieces," and honorable mention for her photo, "Father's Love."

Philip Freeman will sign copies of his latest book, "Oh My Gods," at Dragonfly Books in Decorah Monday, Jan. 23 from 7-8 p.m. "Oh My Gods," published this month by Simon & Schuster, details the exploits of familiar Greek and Roman mythological figures. In addition to signing copies, Freeman will also be available for discussion. The signing is open to the public with no charge for admission.


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.


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.

For sale: Entertainment center. Reposting. $150 OBO. Very motivated to sell as someone was supposed to come pick it up over 2 months ago. Please make an offer if you are at all interested. TV space dimensions are 29 inches wide, by 23 inches high and 18 1/2 inches deep. The diagonal is just over 36 inches. Contact Brittany <buczbr01> with questions or to see photo. Photo also available at Decorahnow.com under the "For Sale" section.

For sale: Facilities Services has four vehicles for sale.  The vehicles, being sold "as is" with a minimum bid, include a 1996 Ford F150, minimum bid $500; a 1995 Chevy Cargo Van, minimum bid $350; a 1995 Chevy Astro Van, minimum bid $250; and a 1994 Olds Ciera, minimum bid $300.  Bids can be submitted to Steve Arneson,<arnesost> by 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The vehicles are located by the Carpenter Shop on Pole Line Road.


Wellness tip

Keep that mind sharp! When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, playing — and even sleeping.

The good news is that emerging evidence suggests there are steps you can take to help keep your brain healthier as you age. These steps might also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. (Borrowed from: http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_brain_health_maintain_your_brain.asp)

Visit sporcle.com to give your brain some exercise every day! For a challenge today visit: http://www.sporcle.com/games/Hejman/let_freedom_ring.

And finally…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.