Tuesday, Jan. 31

TUESDAY 1/31/12

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Close offices during convocation

Convocations are an important way the Luther community gathers to affirm its mission. All are encouraged to attend Thursday's convocation at 9:40 a.m. in the CFL. No classes will meet during convocation time, and if possible, offices should close so all can attend. Eric Olson '85, U.N. economic affairs officer, will speak on the "United Nations' Quest to End Extreme Poverty." Faculty and staff should encourage students to participate as well.

Board of Regents workshop/materials

The Regents will hold their biennial workshop at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Feb. 10-12. Pre-meeting materials can be viewed at http://katie.luther.edu. Look for the Board of Regents site under the "my courses" section on the left-hand side of the page. A sub-folder contains February 2012 documents.

J-term break hours

Preus Library
Tuesday, Jan.31: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dahl Centennial Union
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 7 a.m.-midnight

Welcome Center
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m.

Oneota Market
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Marty's CyberCafe
Tuesday, Jan. 31: Closed

Book Shop
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Mail Center/SPO
Tuesday, Jan. 31: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Legends Fitness Center
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.

Search for director of Human Resources

After 15 years as director of Human Resources, Roy Prigge will retire May 31. We look forward to thanking him for his steadfast service later this spring. A search for a new director of HR will begin immediately with the following persons serving on the search committee: Mona Nelson, chair; Carolyn Schwendeman, Jon Christy, Marsha Wenthold, Bob Shedinger and Diane Tacke. A position description is posted at http://www.luther.edu/hr/staffvacancies

Comprehensive fee increase

In a January conference call meeting, the Board of Regents approved a comprehensive fee increase of 3.91 percent for 2012-13, increasing the comprehensive fee from $40,585 to $42,170.

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."

Business card deadline Feb. 8

The Publications office is accepting orders for business cards online at www.luther.edu/printwork. Order in quantity increments of 250. Send a sample of an old card via campus mail to AJ Perling. Submit orders prior to Wednesday, Feb. 8. The publications office gathers business card orders at the start of each semester; please note that orders printed individually at other times cost considerably more to run.

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.

Facilities services update

Work is taking place in the CFL to replace ceiling tiles and add door holders to certain doors. Use caution when passing through the building as work is completed overhead. The projects should be completed within a few weeks. The elevator in Main is scheduled for repair the first part of February. The repair should eliminate the rough ride and noise when the elevator is in operation.

Mandatory student employment supervisor meetings

All faculty and staff members who directly supervise student employees at any time during the year are required to attend one of four mandatory student employment supervisor meetings on Wednesday, Feb. 8. These meetings will be held in the CRH at 9 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., with each lasting approximately one hour. Items that will be covered include hiring process changes for 2012-13, payroll procedures, corrective action protocol and a discussion on the importance of work-study as a retention tool. Please plan on joining us for one of these sessions. Attendance will be taken.

Fundraising continues for 'Luther Neighbors' project with HFH

The Winter 2012 issue of the "Luther Alumni Magazine" incorrectly reported that construction had begun on the "Luther Neighbors" Habitat for Humanity house. The "Luther Neighbors" house will undergo construction in Fall 2012 on the lot adjacent to the Habitat for Humanity house pictured in the magazine. Fundraising for the "Luther Neighbors" house—a project of the college's sesquicentennial—continues. For  more information on the "Luther Neighbors" Habitat house, or to donate, contact Rachel Vagts at <vagtsrac>.

Parent Portal

The Office for Financial Services, Registrar's office, Financial Aid and LIS are excited to have the Parent Portal available for parents to assist their son or daughter with their financial responsibilities as well as to view grades and class schedule. A student can grant permission to a parent to view the student’s financial and/or academic information via http://my.luther.edu. For more information about the portal see:  https://luther.edu/financial-services/student/costpymt/parentportal/.

Wanted: Teams for Wii Bowling

Sign up now for Wii Bowling League to be held Feb. 13-March 9 in the Book Shop. Teams of four will bowl once a week. All students, faculty and staff may join. To reserve your time slot and register go to https://www.luther.edu/recservices/intramurals/spring/wiibowling/ or stop in at the Book Shop. Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 10.

Victim counselor training sessions

Luther College will host the Helping Services for Northeast Iowa 24-hour victim counselor training sessions Feb. 21, 23, 28 and March 1, 6 and 8. Sessions will be held from 6-10 p.m. in Loyalty Hall. Anyone interested in volunteering with Helping Services' 24-hour crisis line should attend. A light meal/refreshments will be provided at no cost. Contact Teresa Dehning, 380-1361, with questions or to RSVP for the training.


Chapel this week

Tuesday, Jan. 31: No daily chapel
Wednesday, Feb. 1:  Mike Blair
Thursday, Feb. 2:  Eric Olson '85, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Secretariat "The United Nations' Quest to End Extreme Poverty," Opening Convocation, 9:40 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 3:  Debrah Fordice
Monday, Feb. 6:  Wanda Deifelt

Trial change in chapel schedule for 2012 spring semester

In an ongoing effort to be attentive to changes in the patterns of the community, this spring semester the campus will gather for weekday chapel on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Other than for special occasions such as convocation on Feb. 2 and the Black History Month Conference on Feb. 16, there will not be chapel on Thursdays. At this point, this change is not permanent but a trial for the 2012 spring semester. The campus pastors will be available for conversation on Thursdays during the chapel time both in the Union and the CFA Atrium. 

Events this week

Feb. 1: Guest Recital, Matthew McCright and Sarah Schmalemberger, 7 p.m., Jenson- Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall

Feb. 2: Second Semester Opening Convocation, 9:40 a.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Feb. 2: Guest Lecture, Nicholas Kristoff, "Half the Sky: A Call to Action," 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Feb. 3: SAC Concert, Eric Hutchinson, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Feb. 3-5: Contemporary Music Festival

  • Feb. 3, Contemporary Music Festival Concert, 8 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
  • Feb. 4, Contemporary Music Festival Concerts, 11 a.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, NRH
  • Feb. 5, Contemporary Music Festival Concert, 2 p.m., First Lutheran Church, Decorah

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.

Kristof to host afternoon conversation

Farwell Distinguished Lecturer Nicholas Kristof will present an afternoon conversation, "Turning Oppression Into Opportunity: A discussion about gender equality" as part of his visit, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2:45 p.m. in the CRH. All Luther students, faculty and staff are invited to this special opportunity presented in part by the Women and Gender Studies program "Spotlight On Sex and Gender" conversations. Contact Campus Programming with questions or for more information, 387-1536 or <nichbe01>.

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.

Charles Dickens' 200 birthday celebration

The campus community is invited to celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th birthday with the Preus Library staff Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. The event features a short parody of "A Christmas Carol," written and directed by Harland Nelson and starring a cast of Luther students. 

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/.

CSS: Spirit of Uganda Feb. 21

Spirit of Uganda will perform Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, 387-1357, $24, $22 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Spirit of Uganda is made up of dancers and musicians ages 8-18, who bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa though bright costumes, dramatic choreography, standing drums and call-and-response vocals.



To Jim Iverson, Facilities Services, on the Jan. 21 death of his brother Gary Iverson, 66, of Fairbank, Iowa.

To the family of Sandra Rockwell, 57, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, at her home in Decorah after a long battle with cancer. Sandra was an administrative assistant in the music department. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 1, at the Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah. The funeral will be held at
10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA.  Sandra is survived by husband, Kevin '79, and two sons, Trevor '07 of Decorah and Erik '10 of Garnavillo, IA.  

New employee

Kari Taylor joined Luther as the Union Cashier and Book Store staff on Thursday, Jan. 19. Her office is in the Book Shop in the Dahl Centennial Union and her phone number is 387-1037.

Position opening

Residence Life Area Coordinator: The area coordinator is part of a five-person hall director/area coordinator team, in a 2,200-bed system.  Master’s degree in related area and hall experience preferred, bachelor’s degree required. This is a live-in position. Compensation includes housing and food plan, plus a liberal benefits package. Applications, including cover letter, resume and references,
will be accepted until position is filled. Position begins Aug. 1 and could include a limited collateral assignment. Contact Kris Franzen, Director of Residence Life, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, IA  52101, 387-1330 or <frankr03>.


Ed Tebbenhoff presented a paper titled "Godparents and Social Networks in Schenectady, New York, 1680-1800" in a session on "Religious Networks, Alliances and Friendship in the Early Modern World" at the 126th Annual Conference of the American Historical Association in Chicago, Jan. 5-8.


Register for 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

This year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held in Minneapolis March 1-3. The three-day event includes different themes for each day: business, education, arts, etc. Luther will charter a bus to take people up and back for the Saturday, March 3 program—focused on global peacemaking—which will include an address by Nobel laureate F.W. De Klerk.  Register online at http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org and if you want to ride the Luther bus, reserve a seat by contacting Karen Martin-Schramm at [email protected].  The bus will leave at 6:15 a.m. and return at 9:00 p.m.

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/.

Student writers contest

Please encourage student writers to submit their stories to the ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Entries are due to the English Department <boesejud> by Friday, Feb. 10, noon. For details on format and guidelines, seehttp://www.luther.edu/english/student-opportunities/


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.

Tickets available: Tickets for the Bluff Country Artists Gallery fundraiser are available through Kristin Bjerke, <bjerkr01>. The event features music by Two Many Banjos Saturday, Feb. 18 from 7-11 p.m., with silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center,163 West Main, Spring Grove, Minn. Advance tickets are $8 and include music, dessert bar and coffee. Tickets are $10 when purchased at the door. Additional food and liquor available for purchase.

Tickets available: Contact Julie Strom, <stromjul> for information on tickets to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum fundraiser Friday, Feb. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the North Winneshiek School, 3495 N. Winn Road. The event includes a spaghetti supper, silent auction and homemade pie auction. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and there is no ticket charge for preschool-age children.

Tickets available: Contact Rachel Sandhorst,  <sandra01>, for information on the Kinderhaus Preschool open house for all interested families with children ages 3-6. The open house is at the preschool, located at Good Shepherd Church, 701 Iowa Avenue, Decorah. All are invited to come meet the teachers, learn about the program and register for the 2012-13 school year. For more information go to http://www.kinderhausdecorah.com/.

Bags wanted: Join the go green effort and donate your used, clean plastic shopping bags to Marty's C-Store. We will gladly accept your bags—hole-free please—anytime.

Open house: Northeast Iowa Montessori School, 418 West Water St. is holding an Open House Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4-6 p.m. To learn more about Montessori Education visit with Victoria Christman <chrivi02>, or contact the school 382-6491 or [email protected], or view the website at www.neim.us.

For sale: Kitchen sink, dimensions: 33"L x 22"W, with a bowl depth of eight inches. Durable Astracast® composite double-bowl sink. $85 or best offer. Call 387-1400 or email <gullick>. See picture at http://www.decorahnow.com/posts/5802.

Free: Old Amana gas stove, currently set up for LP. Contact Julie 382-0315 or 387-1350.

Rental wanted: Two-three bedroom house beginning March 1. Call Sandy at 380-2008 and leave a message if there is no answer.

For sale:  5-foot long countertop, double cupboards, four-drawer cabinet. Particle board and formica. Good condition. $40. Call 382-4139.

For rent: Beautiful three-bedroom, two-bath home in walking distance to college. Fireplace. All appliances, including washer/dryer. Has two-car garage. Available now. Call 387-0242.

For sale: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S. Great condition, low miles, 30 mpg on highway. Beautiful car. Call 387-0242.


Wellness tip

Got asthma? Your pillow, a haven for dust mites, could be making matters worse. Wash your pillows regularly and replace them annually.

No matter how picky we are about our bunkmates, there will always be unwelcome visitors. Namely, dust mites. They love a warm environment like your bed just as much as you do. And since they snack on dead skin cells, they have no reason to leave. Good news is, they’re harmless unless you have allergies or asthma.

To keep their count down, wash your sheets in hot water regularly, and fluff your pillow in the dryer on its hottest setting. The most recent information on dust mites suggests using a combination of physical measures - including pillow and mattress covers, washing bedding in hot water and carpet removal - rather than chemical treatments. Found online at: http://tinyurl.com/7l999p4.

And finally…

Jan. 31 is national Inspire your Heart with Art Day celebrating art and the effect it can have on your heart. If you don't have a favorite artist to turn to today, check this out: http://www.anseladams.com/.