Tuesday, Feb. 7

TUESDAY 2/7/12

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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.

Candidate open forum

An open forum with Tanya Winegard, finalist for the position of Vice President and Dean for Student Life, will be held Monday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m.-noon in Mott/Borlaug. Her file may be accessed on Katie in the VP-STUDENT-LIFE-2011 course under the President's Office 'candidate searches' folder.

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.

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.

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.

Love to Give, Love to Save

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, give from your heart. Come to the Book Shop, bring a donation for the local food pantry and save money on your purchases. For one non-perishable food item take 10 percent off, two items=15 percent off and three or more items=20 percent off your entire purchase. Discounts include clearance items. Some exclusions may apply.

Faculty Development Brown Bags

Participants from the Summer 2011 Faculty Workshop “Enhancing Student Learning Through Information Literacy and Technology” will share changes they have made to one or more of their 2011-12 courses as a result of this workshop and discuss the impact that those changes have had on their students. You are invited to bring your lunch and join the conversation. Visit lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule to sign up for one or more of the following sessions:

  • Monday, Feb. 27, 12:15-1:15 p.m., presenters Brooke Joyce, Ben Moore, Steve Smith
  • Monday, March 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m., presenters Barb Bohach, Deb Fordice
  • Monday, April 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m., presenters Tom Berger, Jeff Dintaman, Lisa Lantz
  • Tuesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., presenters Nick Gomersall, Ginger Meyette, Jayme Nelson

Employee health fair March 20

An employee health fair will be held Tuesday, March 20 from 7:30 a.m.-noon in the Union's Williams Lounge. All March blood screenings will be moved to March 20 during the fair, the blood draw times have been extended from 7:30-11 a.m. Employees who have already signed up for a March date will be contacted to reschedule for March 20 if possible or an earlier date.

Visitors in first-year classes for Shadow Days

Admissions' first Shadow Day of the semester is Monday, Feb. 20. Many first-year students will host guests as they go through their day's normal activities.The Admissions office has asked all first-year students to tell you if he/she is acting as a host. Those who teach first-year students will most likely have visitors in class. We know that in some sections space may get tight, but please be as welcoming and as accommodating as possible. Most visitors will leave after the 2:45 p.m. class period. A second Shadow Day is scheduled for Monday, March 5. Thank you, Admissions


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Martin Klammer, Aurora
Friday, Feb. 10: Amy Kallansrud, senior chapel
Monday, Feb. 13: Gereon Kopf

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. 10, Center Stage Series Performance, Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Feb. 12-13, Dorian Orchestra Festival

  • Feb. 12, Dorian Orchestra Festival Concert, Luther College Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall
  • Feb. 13, Dorian Orchestra Festival Grand Concert, 7 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Main Hall  

Feb. 15-16, Black History Month Conference, Center for Faith and Life Main Hall

Dickens birthday celebration in Preus Library

The campus community is invited to come to the main floor of Preus Library Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. to celebrate the 200th birthday of author Charles Dickens. Enjoy a humorous presentation of "The Essence of a Christmas Carol in 13 Minutes" by Harland Nelson and performed by a cast of Luther student actors. Birthday cake is to be served afterwards at the Research Help Desk.

'Why Most Student Organizations Don't Work'

SAC Diversity is bringing Joe Urbanski, motivational speaker, to campus Wednesday, Feb. 8. Urbanski will explain to the group "Why Most Student Organizations Don't Work" at 7 p.m. in Olin 102. The lecture is open to the Luther community with no charge for admission.

Biology Colloquium Feb. 9
All members of the Luther community are invited to a biology colloquium Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9:40 a.m. in Valders 206. Brook Shields, visiting assistant professor of biology at Luther, will present "Ubiquitin: Terminator of Proteins."  

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.

Faculty Artist Series: Miko Kominami

Miko Kominami will perform a piano recital Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Kominami's program features two works by Franz Liszt: "After Reading Dante" and "Petrarch Sonnet 104." The program also includes Beethoven's popular "Waldstein" Sonata, "Andante Spianato" by Frédéric Chopin and "Four Pieces" by Sergei Prokofiev.

Luther College Woman's Club Feb. 21

Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project to present Luther College Woman’s Club program Tuesday, Feb. 21,1:30 p.m. All community women welcome. Refreshments served following program which includes a business meeting and update of LC events. Childcare available, call Amy Bruening, 382-8604. Shuttle Service from Decorah Swimming Pool parking lot available, call Ruby Hermeier, 382-4999.

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.

Student recitals

Tyler Zey '12 will perform a clarinet recital Friday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. Zey will perform works by Mauricio Murcia Bedoya, Norbert Burgmüller, Francis Poulenc and Miklós Rósza.

Mikki Sodergren '12 will perform a mezzo-soprano voice recital Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Sodergren will perform works by Gaetano Donizetti, Ricky Ian Gordon, Handel, Erich Korngold, Francis Poulenc and Ottorino Respighi.

Student recitals are held in the Noble Recital Hall, with a reception to follow each performance. Student recitals and receptions are open to the public with no charge for admission. 



To the family and friends of Orville Running, artist and Luther professor emeritus of art, who died Feb. 6 at the Aase Haugen Home in Decorah. Running, 101, began teaching art and Bible at Luther in 1946. Along with teaching and leading the Luther Art Department, he managed the college's annual Fine Arts Festivals from 1957-1966. He also taught courses in the religion department, delivered chapel talks, and preached in area churches. He was married to Marjorie Olney in 1934. They were the parents of four children: Marit (Pudas), George, Marjorie (Wharton), and Kristi (Carlson). Running married Mildred Lund in 1990; she died in 1999. Services are pending.

To the family and friends of Virgil Thuente, 89, who died Feb. 2 in Ossian. Virgil was the father of Vern Thuente and father-in-law of Donna Thuente, both of whom work in Facilities Services, and the father of former staff member Merle Thuente.

To Marty Jacobs, Facilities Services, on the Feb. 4 death of his father Marvin Jacobs, 71, of Springbrook, Iowa.

Welcome new employee

President Torgerson has named Ellen Modersohn the college's new director of publications and design. Modersohn will assume her duties with Luther on Feb. 27. She succeeds Greg Vanney who directed the Luther publications and design staff for almost 20 years before accepting a position with the University of Iowa Foundation in 2011. Modersohn will direct the college's publications operations. She will oversee the publications and design department and serve on the college's seven-member marketing and communications team.


Marv Slind was one of five historians featured in the February 2012 Viking magazine article, "Nine Notable Norwegian Americans," in which he discusses the role Herman Amberg Preus played in the development of the Lutheran church among Norwegian immigrants.

Jim Martin-Schramm is one of three co-authors of "Christian Environmental Ethics: A Case Method Approach," fourth edition, Orbis Books, 2012, 342 pp.


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 p.m.

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, see http://www.luther.edu/english/student-opportunities/.

McElroy student/faculty research projects

The Iowa College Foundation announces its call for proposals for student/faculty research projects for the 2012-13 academic year. Student participants must be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2012. Applications require dual authorship by the proposing student or team of students, and a sponsoring faculty member. Funds may be used to support all expenses of a credible research project except faculty stipends. Maximum award is $2,000. Luther is eligible to submit up to four proposals. Internal deadline for proposals is March 30. Forms are available from the Dean's Office, Union 262, <deansoffice>.

Staff Excellence Award nominations sought

Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award must be received no later than May 1. Faculty and staff are invited to nominate an outstanding exempt or non-exempt staff member. More information and the specific nomination criteria at: http://www.luther.edu/hr/award/. If you have nominated someone in the past and would like to re-nominate her/him, send a copy of your original nomination letter to Roy Prigge in Human Resources with any new information you want to add and a note indicating it is a re-nomination for 2012.


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 Tuesday, Feb. 7 Kinderhaus Preschool open house for all interested families with children ages 3-6. The open house is from 4-5:30 p.m. 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 counter top, double cupboards, four-drawer cabinet. Particle board and formica. Good condition. $40. Call 382-4139.

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

Wanted: A narrow, short bed. Size can be approximately 36-38" wide x 72-74" long (technically called a "narrow bunk"). If you have something close to this size that you would like to sell, please contact Marty Berg at <bergmart> or call 380-5853 or 387-1289.

For sale: Wood desk, $30. Large corner sectional couch, $40. Both for $60. Call 387-0242.

Dog walker: Freshman at Luther who has lifelong experience with pet care and in 2010-11 worked as a dog floor adoption volunteer at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minn. Please contact Jennifer, <ledoje01> or (612) 219-1326 if you need someone to walk or help take care of your dog.

Looking to rent/housesit: Two-four responsible, junior nursing students looking for housing off-campus next year fall 2012-spring 2013. We are either two or four renters plus a request for having a dog. Call (612) 819-4212.

Wanted: Acoustic guitar for left-handed beginning guitarist. Contact Michael at <bartmi03> or (319) 230-0077.

For sale: Diamond solitaire-1.74 caret round brilliant cut in 14kt gold band with 14 kt white gold six prong crown. Appraised at 9,250 without wrap, which can be included. Please call/text (319) 361-4248 for more information and pictures.  Any reasonable offer will be considered.


Wellness tip

Fight the number one killer of women-heart disease-during American Heart Month. The facts are clear, more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Read more and make ending heart disease a reality: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.

Watch actress/director Elizabeth Banks in "Just a little heart attack": http://www.youtube.com/OfficialGoRed4Women.

And finally…

You know you are in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

-Dr. Seuss