Tuesday, Feb. 14

TUESDAY 2/14/12

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February staff meeting change

Instead of the Feb. 15-16 staff meetings previously scheduled, all staff are invited to one session Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in Valders 206. President Torgerson and Paula Meyer, chair of the Board of Regents, will brief the staff on actions taken by the Board of Regents at their Feb. 10-12 workshop. Diane Tacke will share peer comparison data related to compensation. Because many offices need to remain open during this hour, departments are encouraged to designate a representative who can report back to colleagues unable to attend. 


Candidate open forum

An open forum with David Vasquez, finalist for the position of Vice President and Dean for Student Life, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m.-noon in Mott/Borlaug.  His file may be accessed on Katie in the VP-STUDENT-LIFE-2011 course under the President's Office "candidate searches" folder.

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 sessions

LIS announces the following schedule of faculty development sessions in the "Teaching and Technology" series for Spring 2012. For more information and to sign up for sessions, visit http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule

  • Zotero: Grab your Research with a Single Click; Thursday, Feb. 16, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Using Podcast Producer to Capture Classroom Video; Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Making Appointments with Norse Calendar; Friday, March 30, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Social Pedagogies and Technology; Thursday, April 12, 3-4 p.m.
  • Update on 2012 Summer Faculty Computer Roll-out; Wednesday, April 18, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Intro to Voicethread: Collaborative Multimedia Slideshows; Tuesday, April 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Health Risk Appraisals
Health Risk Appraisals have been mailed to all employees. Look for a blue envelope from the Office of Human Resources. The envelope will contain details about how to log onto the Other Health Plan website to do the Health Risk Appraisal. The Health Risk Appraisal is one of the three steps required in 2012 to avoid the additional increase in monthly health care premiums.

Facilities Services: driver announcement

Drivers of Luther vehicles are required to annually complete a driver's application.  Applications are available on the Facilities Services' web page or the Facilities Services office. Drivers are required to provide a copy of their driver's license. First-time applicants must provide a copy of their health insurance card and take a quiz at the Facilities Services office. Large vans have special requirements which can be found online in the "Vehicle Use Handbook."

Locally made treats for Valentine's Day

Forget the flowers...try something sweeter. Dining Services is selling special locally made treats this Valentine's Day. Swing by the C-Store for locally made chocolate roses and hearts, just $1 each. Then in Marty's on Valentine's Day from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can get a personalized heart-shaped red velvet cake from the Norse Bakery, just $6.95.

Discounted meals at the cafeteria

Luther faculty and staff receive discounted door prices at the Caf while they are working. The Caf is all-you-care-to-eat and features homemade recipes, local items-including 100 percent local Grass Run Farms hamburgers, every day and fresh ingredients. Join us for breakfast for $3.50, lunch for $5 and dinner for $6.75 any day of the week.


Chapel this week

Wednesday, Feb.15: Greg Lonning
Thursday Feb. 16: Keona Ervin, Black History Conference chapel, LC Jazz Quartet
Friday, Feb. 17: Stephanie Conant
Monday, Feb. 20: Lawrence Williams, Nordic

Events this week

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

Feb. 17, SAC Diversity Performance, "Six Appeal," 8:30 p.m., Marty's Cybercafe

Feb. 17-19, The Luther College Production of the Vagina Monologues, Feb. 17-18 at 7 p.m., Feb. 19 at 2 p.m., Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall

Feb. 18, Faculty Artist Series, Miko Kominami, piano, 7 p.m., Noble Recital Hall

Feb. 19, Faculty Artist Series, Hannah Leffler, flute, NRH

Feb. 21, Center Stage Series Performance, Spirit of Uganda, 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall

Brown bag talks Feb. 14, 21

Andy Hageman, English and environmental studies, will give a brown bag talk on "Post-'Nature' Projections: Ecological Media Teaching and Research," Tuesday, Feb. 14. Michael O'Brien, ethnomusicology, will present "This Is What Democracy Sounds Like: Soundscapes of the 2011 Wisconsin Pro-Labor Protest Movement" Tuesday, Feb. 21. Both brown bag talks will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Mott Room. Bring a lunch and join us. The Dean's Office will provide a beverage and dessert. For more information go to http://lis.luther.edu/learn/schedule.

'The Vagina Monologues' Feb. 17-19

To raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls Luther College V-Day 2012 will present a benefit production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" Feb. 17-19. Performances are Friday and Saturday Feb. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in the CFL Recital Hall.

Tickets to the performances are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

For more information about the Luther College V-day production, contact Kelsie Hoehne, student director, <hoehke01>.

SAC Diversity: Six Appeal

Six Appeal, a six-person contemporary a cappella group, will perform Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Marty's CyberCafé. Tickets are available at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357, or at the door the night of the show. The performance is sponsored by the Student Activities Council Diversity Committee.

Faculty Artist Series: Miko Kominami

Miko Kominami will perform a piano recital Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. 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.

Gospel Sunday worship service

Luther Ministries will host its annual Gospel Sunday worship service Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. in the CFL Main Hall. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Lawrence Williams, Luther professor emeritus of Africana studies. Luther's Cathedral and Gospel Choirs will provide music for the service. The service is open to the community.

'Spotlight on Sex and Gender'

The women and gender studies program extends an invitation to gather for a conversation on "Sex and Gender" immediately following the 2 p.m. performance of the Luther College production of "The Vagina Monologues," Sunday, Feb. 19 in the CRH.  Moderated by Thomas C. Johnson, post-doc in communication studies, faculty and students will consider key questions in hopes to inspire social awareness and deepen understanding of sex and gender. This conversation will kick-off the "Spotlight On Sex and Gender: A Campus Conversation Series" initiative sponsored by the WGST program.  

Faculty Artist Series: Hannah Leffler

Hannah Leffler, adjunct faculty in music, will perform a flute recital Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Noble Recital Hall. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Leffler will perform works by Ian Clarke, Paul Hindemith, Lowell Liebermann, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Pierre Sancan.

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.

CSS: Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet will perform at Luther Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Tickets are on sale at the Luther Box Office, 387-1357 or online http://boxoffice.luther.edu. The quartet will perform compositions from their latest project, "Fragments: Connecting Past and Present." The project, co-commissioned by Luther, invited six composers of today to "finish" or complement unfinished pieces by past composers including Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. 

Student recitals

Steve Ramsey '13, will perform a bass trombone recital Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Laura Christensen '13, will perform a bassoon recital Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. 

Nick Harvey '13, will perform a double bass recital Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

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 Marsha Kruse and family on the sudden death of her sister Darlene. Funeral arrangements are pending. Darlene is from Minneapolis. 

Thank you

To the Luther community for their support, well wishes and prayers after the death of my father, Marvin Jacobs. 

-Marty Jacobs


A chapter by Mark D. Johns, "Voting 'Present': Religious Organizational Groups on
Facebook" is included in the book, "Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture," recently published by Peter Lang.

Tom Bourcier and Lynne Rothrock '85 will perform a cabaret titled "Half Price Chocolates in a Heart Shaped Box" at ArtHaus, Feb. 17-19. Rothrock has performed from Nashville to the Manhattan Vocal Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, while Bourcier has performed around the world with acts such as the Dirty Dozen Band and Dizzy Gillespie. They met at Western Michigan University; this marks their first collaboration. For details, visit www.arthausdecorah.org.

Nancy Gates Madsen's article "Bearing False Witness? The Politics of Identity in Elsa Osorio's 'My Name Is Light'" was published in "Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony: Meta-morphoses and Migrations" (Palgrave Macmillan Press, January 2012), edited by Louise Detwiler and Janis Breckenridge. 

Three Luther faculty presented at the ACM Conference "The Past, Present, and Future of the Book" held at Cornell College on Feb. 3-4. Andi Beckendorf featured student projects from Art 104 "Foundations: Visual Thinking" in the presentation "Rare Book Roundtable: Drawing Inspiration from the Curriculum" that was part of a session co-led by Leslie Hankins of Cornell. Andy Hageman presented the paper "Google Books and the Prospects of Distant Reading" which explored emerging methods of reading and how they enable us to rethink research in the humanities. Kate Martinson offered the hands-on workshop "Against the Grain" and presented "The Green Book - Teaching Sustainability through Knowledge of the Book," based on work from her Green Book course at Luther.

Carol Gilbertson, professor emerita of English, gave a reading of her poems from her recent chapbook, "From a Distance, Dancing" (Finishing Line Press, 2011), at the Library After Hours program at Grandview University in Des Moines, Friday, Feb. 3.  Her visit included teaching three creative writing classes.

Luther will implement new sustainability initiatives thanks to a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The MAC Foundation awarded $383,612 to support efforts in environmental education and sustainability. The MAC Foundation grant is supporting sustainability internships, environmental education outreach programs and the staff coordinator who oversees these efforts. The college also received a five-year grant of $50,000 from the foundation in 2009.

Congratulations: tenure and promotion

Congratulations to the following faculty members who were granted tenure by the Board of Regents on Feb. 11: Alfredo Alonso Estenoz, modern languages and literatures; Heather Armstrong, music; Erin Flater, physics; Nancy Gates Madsen, modern languages and literatures; Doug Knick, education; Britt Rhodes, social work; Paul Savariappan, mathematics; and Stephanie Travers, psychology. These individuals were also promoted to associate professor.

Congratulations to five faculty members promoted to full professor: Colin Betts, Charlotte Kunkel, Kent Lee, Novian Whitsitt and Jeffrey Wilkerson


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.

Day trip to Minneapolis March 3: Nobel Peace Prize Forum

This year's Nobel Peace Prize Forum will be held in Minneapolis March 1-3. It is a three-day event, with different themes for each day. Luther will charter a bus to take people up and back for the Saturday, March 3 program, which will include addresses by Nobel laureate F.W. De Klerk, Naomi Tutu and CNN international reporter Jonathan Mann. Cost for students is $20 for Saturday's programming. Register online at http://nobelpeaceprizeforum.org. To ride the Luther bus—there is no charge—give your name, email and cell phone number to the President's Office via 387-1001 or <kms>.  The bus will leave at 6:15 a.m. and arrive back at Luther at 9 p.m. 

Empowering Learners seeks laptops

Consider donating gently used, personal laptops to Empowering Learners. Recently upgraded your personal system and wondering what to do with a slightly old laptop?  Empowering Learners is planning to personally deliver 20 laptops to the far north of Namibia this summer. If your laptop is less than five years old and in good condition, we will gladly accept it, overhaul it and carry it with us. Read about Empowering Learners' philanthropic efforts to support the learners at Oshigambo and Nkurenkuru High Schools at http://www.empoweringlearnersnamibia.blogspot.com/. To donate contact Ann Sponberg Peterson <ann.peterson> or Luther senior Ethan Schultz <ethan.schultz>. 

Casting call: standardized patient for nursing scenario

Volunteer wanted to play a patient in a home visit scenario with Luther nursing students Friday, Feb 17, 8-10:30 a.m. in Valders. Volunteer will be asked to come to a one-hour volunteer orientation during the week of Feb 13-17 at their convenience. Script will be provided. No medical knowledge or acting experience necessary. Must be willing to have students listen to your heart and lungs. Students appreciate the chance to interact with a "real" patient. Volunteers in the past have found the experience interesting and rewarding. Any age or background welcome. Contact Kristin Propson <kristinpropson>.


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.

For sale: Unused twin Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, box-spring and frame. Set retails for over $1,000. We bought it for our guest bedroom but then rearranged our house and it doesn't fit. Selling for $250 (or $300 delivered in Decorah), obo. Contact Matt <simpma01>.

Free: The nursing department has nine identical, gym-style, blue, vinyl sports bags available for any department who can use them. Bags are very clean and in great shape but they look a little dated. Contact Kristin Propson, nursing lab director <kristinpropson>.

Tickets available: The Luther Balalaika Ensemble will perform a benefit concert at noon Sunday, Feb. 19 at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church, 5300 10th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The Luther Balalaika Ensemble is a fully-costumed musical group that performs Russian, Russian Romani, Jewish and Eastern European music on traditional instruments. The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission. A free-will donation will be collected to benefit the Food Sharing Ministry of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy.

Want to buy: Moped in good working condition. Student desk or office desk in sound condition. Need not be pretty, but sturdy is important. Call (612) 246.3255.

Lost and found: Lost and found articles are taking over the Legends Fitness for Life Center. All "found" items are on a table in Legends. Stop by and see if you recognize any of the articles.

For sale: 1990 Friendship mobile home located in Burr Oak. Can be moved or leave where its at. We just put new energy windows and a new front door. Has central air. Asking $12,000, or best offer. Contact Michelle Larson, <larsmi04> or (507) 450-4187.

Free: 20-inch RCA color television. Older analog model, works fine with dish or cable, but would need digital converter for antenna reception. Contact 387-1155 or <slindmar>.


Wellness tip

The American Heart Association suggests "The Simple 7" heart health factors for a long and healthy life: get active, control cholesterol, eat better, manage blood pressure, lose weight, reduce blood pressure and stop smoking. See the site for ways to focus on "The Simple 7": http://mylifecheck.heart.org/Multitab.aspx?NavID=8&CultureCode=en-US.

And finally…

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

-Roy Croft