Tuesday, Jan. 24

TUESDAY 1/24/12

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J-term break hours

Preus Library
Thursday, Jan. 26: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 28-29: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dahl Centennial Union
Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 26-29: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31: 7 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 28-29: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26: 7-9:15 a.m., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m.
Friday-Monday, Jan. 27-30: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m.

Oneota Market
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 28-29: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Marty's CyberCafe
Thursday, Jan. 26: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday-Tuesday, Jan. 27-31: Closed

Book Shop
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 28-29: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Mail Center/SPO
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 26-27: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 28-29: Closed
Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Legends Fitness Center
Thursday, Jan. 26: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29: noon-6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 30: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Vice president and dean for student life finalists

Four finalists for the position of vice president and dean for student life will interview on campus in February: Tanya Winegard, associate vice president for student life at Creighton University; David Vasquez, campus pastor at Luther College; Rosalyn Eaton-Neeb, associate dean for first-year students at St. Olaf College; and Corey Landstrom, assistant dean of students at Colgate University. Candidate files may be accessed on Katie in the VP-STUDENT-LIFE-2011 "course" under the President's Office candidate searches folder.

Open Forums for the candidates will be held at 11 a.m. in Mott/Borlaug on these dates: Monday, Feb. 13, Winegard; Wednesday, Feb. 15, Vasquez; Monday, Feb. 27, Landstrom; and Wednesday, Feb. 29, Eaton-Neeb. All are invited.

See how far we've come

Thanks to the collective efforts of staff and faculty, Luther is making steady progress with respect to its strategic plan goals, set forth in 2008. A progress report has been posted on Katie at http://katie.luther.edu. Click on the "Office of the President" folder under the "my courses" section on the left hand side of the page and go to the sub-folder called "Luther-President."

Employee blood screenings

Health Service will hold employee blood screenings Feb. 16, 21 and 23, March 6 and 29, and April 12 and 19. The office prefers faculty and staff sign up for the earliest dates first. Since this is an even year your screenings will be paid for. Register online at health.luther.edu by clicking on Employee Blood Screening and following the directions carefully.

$500,000 challenge gift given

President Torgerson has announced David E.G. and Patricia Miller have committed a $500,000 challenge gift to the college's fund-raising campaign for its proposed aquatic center. The Miller Challenge Gift invites alumni and friends of the college to pledge $1 million in gifts to the aquatic center fund to secure the $500,000 challenge commitment. Completion of the challenge campaign will push funding for the new facility past the $3 million mark. The Millers have supported Luther through endowed scholarships, the Legends Fitness for Life Center, the Norse Athletic Association, and the Luther College Annual Fund.

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.


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. 25: Morning prayer, Kathryn Reed, piano, Ben Wegner, cantor
J-term break, Jan. 27-31: No daily chapel

Events this week

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

Opera Scenes Workshop performance Jan. 25

There will be an Opera Scenes Workshop performance Wednesday, Jan. 25 at
7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Workshop performance is the result of the Intro to Opera Scenes January term class, taught by Jacob Lassetter. 

Wellness brown bag lunch

Wellness will host a brown bag lunch, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at noon in Valders 206. "In The Family" is an excellent video on the role genetics plays with breast and ovarian cancer. If you have a family history of cancer this is a must see video. For more information contact Greg Lonning <lonningr>.

'Pursuit of the Spiritual' exhibit

Luther will host "Pursuit of the Spiritual," an exhibit of paintings by Chicago artist Salah Mubarek, Feb. 1-March 16 in the CFL.

Mubarek’s exhibit will coincide with Luther's ninth annual Black History Conference, Feb. 15-16. Located on the upper level of the CFL, the exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.

For more information visit www.luther.edu/blackhistoryconf.

Spring Convocation lecture Feb. 2

Luther alumnus Eric Olson, an economic affairs officer for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in the United Nations Secretariat, will present the college's Spring Convocation lecture Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:40 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Olson's address, titled "The United Nations' Quest to End Extreme Poverty," is part of a day-long theme focusing on global human rights issues.

Farwell Distinguished Lecture Feb. 2

Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, will deliver the Luther 2012 Farwell Distinguished Lecture Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Kristof's lecture, titled "Half the Sky: A Call to Action," centers around women's rights and how helping women in developing nations can change the world.

SAC Concerts: Eric Hutchinson

SAC Concerts is hosting singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson with special guest Dustin Hatzenbuhler at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 in the Center for Faith and Life. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 in the Luther Box Office or online at boxoffice.luther.edu. Hutchinson's music is a blend of pop, rock and folk sounds. Hatzenbuhler will entertain with vocals, ukelele, guitar and piano.

Music in the Shape of a Pear festival

A Luther concert series is expanding its format for 2012. Luther's semi-annual Music in the Shape of a Pear, directed by Brooke Joyce, Luther composer-in-residence, will become a weekend-long festival of new music from Feb. 3-5, with events at on and off-campus locations.

For more information on the festival, visit http://music.luther.edu/composition or call 387-1386. Co-sponsored by the Iowa Composers Forum, the Music in the Shape of a Pear festival will include six concerts and a presentation on composing for the organ.

All events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

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 are on sale 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.

Midwest Black History Conference Feb. 15-16

Luther's ninth annual Midwest Black History Conference will be held Feb. 15-16. The conference, titled "Modern Blackness and the New Jim Crow(s)," commemorates the legacy of Malcom X. Registration is open to the public, cost is $25. The conference includes presentations, panel discussions, a plenary lecture and book signing by keynote speaker Michelle Alexander, and a gallery exhibit and reception. For full conference agenda and registration information, visit http://www.luther.edu/blackhistoryconf/.



To April and James Rowe Neal on the Jan. 4 birth of Gavin Richard. He weighed 9 lbs., 6 oz. and was 22 inches long.

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/


Jon Jensen has been named to the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Based in Denver, Colo. and Lexington, Ky., AASHE was founded in 2005. Its sustainability goals for colleges are comprehensive, ranging from governance and operations to education and research. Jensen, director of the Luther Environmental Studies program, has been involved with AASHE since its beginning.

Richard Tirk was the guest conductor of the Concert Band for the 43rd annual Upper Iowa Conference Band Festival. Hosted by North Fayette High School, the festival had students representing 11 different high schools.

Luther College seniors Paul Carlin and Meghan McCall have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays scholarship from the United States Department of Education to study in Russia.

Todd Pedlar has had a paper titled "First observation of the P-wave spin-singlet bottomonium states h_b(1P) and h_b(2P)" published in Physical Review Letters Jan. 20 issue, based on his work with the Belle experiment at KEK, the national accelerator laboratory in Japan. This paper reports the discovery of two never-before observed particles, and offers new insight into the strong nuclear force, one of the four fundamental forces in nature. A press release of the analysis put together by Pedlar's co-authors may be found at

Ginger Meyette presented a paper titled "Grief in the Lives of Lesbians Age 60 and Older" as part of a Symposium titled "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging Research and Practice" at the Society for Social Work and Research conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 13.

Andrew Whitfield has received a scholarship from the German Lutheran Church (EKD) for a three-month fellowship in Germany during the summer of 2012. Co-sponsored by the EKD and the ELCA-Wittenberg Center, the award will allow Andrew to conduct research on the cantata arias of J.S. Bach and to further his study of the German language.

Brian Caton presented "Teaching South Asia" in a roundtable panel on "Teaching Modern Asian History: Themes and Sources" at the 126th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Jan. 5-8, in Chicago.

Brian Caton, Ellen Drewes-Stoen and Scott Hurley were selected to participate in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest's first Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning, to be held in Washington D.C. July 8-18. Read full release at http://acm.edu/features/news/314.


Youth soccer skills clinic reminder

Registration for the Luther three-day soccer skills clinic for ages 7-14 due Jan. 27. 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.

Journey Conversations retreat Feb. 12

Take part in the Journey Conversations interfaith contemplative conversation retreat with Luther students, faculty, staff and Decorah community members Sunday, Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m., in the Mott/Borlaug Room. Attendance for the full three hours is required for participation. The retreat is powerful as a standalone experience or as preparation for participating in a small group. After the retreat you will have the opportunity to join a small group if you would like. Register by Feb. 8 at http://www.luther.edu/ministries/getinvolved/journey/.

Women, Faith and Finance April 13

Mark your calendar for the eighth annual Women, Faith, and Finance educational seminar Friday, April 13 at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah. The 2012 keynote speaker will be Kathleen Rehl, award-winning author and financial planner. Her presentation is titled, "Claiming Your Passion, Purpose and Power to Make a Difference in Our Communities." Owner of Rehl Financial Advisors based near Tampa Bay, Florida, Rehl speaks about charitable and legacy planning and is a leading authority on the subject of widows and financial planning. Register online at http://www.luther.edu/wff/.


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.

Summer student work available: Luther has many opportunities for Luther students looking for summer employment. Applications are available in the Human Resources Office in Main 25 or online at http://www.luther.edu/hr/summeremployment/. Applications are to be turned in to the Office of Human Resources on or before March 1, 2012. Contact the Office of Human Resources, <hr>, 387-1116 or 387-1134 with questions.

Walking tour of Spain: Green Spain: walking the northern coast, is a walking trip along north coast of Spain, sea views and beaches every day, one day kayaking, etc., June 16-25, 2012. Led by Luther alum Anne Pinder. Twelve-person max, with several spots open. More info at: http://www.puentespain.com/Green_Spain.htm.

For sale: Historic house on Pleasant Hill, great view. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Spacious living room. Separate dining room. Family room with Norwegian-style corner fireplace. Library with built-in bookcases. Sold by John and Birgitte Christianson. Email <christianson> for a fact sheet.

Wanted: Looking for used but nice tutu's or dancing outfits for  four girls age 2-6, sizes from 3-8. Contact Pamela at <novopa01>, 387-1045 or 203-0439.

Bowlers wanted: Come join a 12-week adult doubles bowling league starting Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. in Decorah. This is a non-sanctioned fun league. No prize fund, no awards… just bowling and a good time. Cost is $8 per person per week.  Any combination of two people can be a team. If interested contact Don or Cindy Jones, 387-6199.


Wellness tip

Here are three nice ways to say, "no" so that you can claim more time and stop using food as a way to take care of you.

  • "I'd love to but I can't." Notice that this is short and sweet and includes no long explanations or justifications. This is key. An effective "no" does not open the door to negotiation and arm-twisting or to discussions of any guilt feelings that you might have.
  • "Unfortunately, that doesn't work for me. I won't be able to participate but thank you for thinking of me." Again, you are expressing regret, being very pleasant, but keeping the conversation loop closed.
  • "I'm not available to do that/participate/attend." The essential key is remembering that commitments to you count as much as commitments to anyone else. If your calendar says "go to the gym," then you have a prior engagement. It's not a flimsy excuse. Self-care commitments aren't lightweight propositions that deserve to be brushed to the side to make room for important stuff. They are the important stuff that allows you to show up as your best self to take care of everything else.

And that's the final and most important key to saying, "no" effectively. Once you start seeing what feeds you (and we're not talking chocolate) as essential, you'll feel more empowered to defend the space for it. Do you always make time to brush your teeth in the morning? Same concept. We do what we know we have to do. From: http://toomuchonherplate.com/blog/.

And finally…

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

-Winston Churchill